Bankside will opens in September 2018 on the south bank of the River Thames, just minutes from the City and close to a selection of the capital’s best loved landmarks including Tate Modern, the National Theatre, and Borough Market.
The property blends 161 airy rooms and suites with ‘white cube’ spaces for meetings and events, co-working areas and a relaxed neighbourhood-style restaurant and bar with an outdoor terrace.
The six-storey glass building that houses Bankside is part of the striking One Blackfriars development from award-winning architect Ian Simpson.
Its contemporary exterior lines belie the timeless interiors by film set producer-turned-interiors architect, Dayna Lee of Powerstrip Studios.
Here, a mid-century modern aesthetic is balanced by an eclectic mix of bespoke furniture and art that celebrates local craftmanship and heritage.
Bankside’s light-filled spaces have been thoughtfully curated to deliver a residential feel.
“We wanted to create a genuine boutique hotel for the modern mindset, with calm rooms and creative public spaces that reflect the vibrant, history-steeped community of SE1,” stated Lee.
“We’ve had fun celebrating the local artistic community including post-kiln pottery drying racks for shelves, kid-leather-covered furnishings conjuring an ‘art school’ experience and punctuating these with lots of luxurious, custom-made features.”
Sustainability is at the core of Bankside, with key initiatives including in-room power-saving elements, rooftop beehives, an aim of zero waste landfill, sustainably-sourced wood and the use of non-or low-VOC paints throughout.