Dog-friendly hotels in London are a must for solo city breakers, couples and families wanting to explore the capital with their four-legged companions in tow. Easy, comfortable travel is essential; luxurious city-chic accommodation is a bonus.
Bankside Hotel on London’s Southbank is a perfect example of both.
For humans, the hotel – set just off the bank of the Thames – is modern, stylish and refined, with plush rooms, a contemporary art collection, delicious food and stand-up sustainability credentials.
For dogs, there is a full canine concierge service with a list of dog-friendly things to do in London, from walks to groomers to welcoming restaurants.
Dogs are considered throughout the hotel’s public areas and rooms. They can join their owners in the restaurant, seated in discrete areas to allow for the comfort of both the pet and the waiting staff.
The rooms themselves are prepared to cater for different breeds, with the hotel carrying a range of dog beds, bowls, treats and toys. The reservations team reach out via email in advance to ask all about your pup, and have the perfect pooch set up ready in your room on arrival.
Green Key accredited, sustainability is a clear priority at Bankside. Initiatives include responsibly-sourced wood for furniture, ocean plastic-based uniforms for staff, recycling food waste as biofuel, and using low-VOC paints.
Plastic key cards have been swapped for bamboo ones and smart water refill stations can be found on every floor.
Up on the roof, solar panels power renewable energy and beehives provide honey for the hotel’s cocktails and seasonal menus in the Art Yard restaurant, in partnership with Bermondsey Street Bees.
Bankside Hotel also supports local and emerging artists through the on-site Art Maker’s Studio, a permanent creative space with ever-changing artworks, in partnership with the Contemporary Collective and Degree Art.
The Artists in Residence program has led to over 100 sales, with all commissions directly supporting the artists. The studio is open for guests to drop by and watch the artists in practice.
Bankside is a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel with 161 bedrooms including seven suites.