London Marriott Hotel County Hall

A historical riverside escape

Nestled along the River Thames’ South Bank, the landmark London Marriott Hotel County Hall combines history, luxury and modern comforts. The Grade II-listed building dates back to 1922, and as the name suggests, it has borne witness to significant moments in Britain’s political history.

The architecture is grand and imposing, and the interiors are undeniably characterized by the hotel’s storied past, yet the atmosphere is anything but antiquated. Vaulted ceilings and wood-paneled chambers get softened with art-deco-patterned carpets and warm, decorative lighting. Modern art embodies quintessentially British themes with nuance, and quirky London references can be spotted in every corner — there’s even a classic red phone booth on the ground floor.

Sprawled across six floors, the hotel won’t feel busy or chaotic even at full occupancy. In fact, it offers a welcome respite from the crowds along the riverbank. Expect a vibrant, charming and whimsical stay in one of London’s most exciting neighborhoods.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The location is simply unbeatable, right on the doorstep of the thriving South Bank, where art, gastronomy, culture and entertainment collide for a quintessentially London experience.
  • Despite being in the mix of this dynamic area, the South Bank hotel feels like a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle the moment you step into the grand courtyard.
  • The South Bank is known as a hotbed for the London arts scene, and this is reflected in the hotel’s art, too, with multiple pieces commissioned by local artists.
  • Gillray's Steakhouse and Bar delivers a vibrant dining experience with a live pianist and a sprawling, glamorous setting. Provenance is paramount for the seasonal British cuisine, with meat sourced from eighth-generation butcher O’Shea’s of Bermondsey and fish from the world-famous Billingsgate Market. The restaurant's name pays homage to the debating chamber’s original caricature artist.
  • The views from almost every spot in the hotel are breathtaking, but for an unparalleled panorama of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the River Thames and the London Eye, book the Balcony Suite. There are six balcony suites, all with slightly different configurations.

Things to Know

  • Marriott Elite members and those staying in suites can access the M Club Lounge and enjoy drinks and canapés throughout the day. It’s a gorgeous space that’s open 24 hours a day and serves as a great place for a break during days full of activities.
  • Enjoy a classic afternoon tea with river vistas in The Library, which feels like stepping back in time. The cozy room is adorned with antique features, including original bookcases filled with the books that politicians would use to research their debates and original Greek statues. This is also where Marriott Elite members enjoy breakfast.
  • If you haven’t got your step count in strolling along the River Thames, the London hotel comes with a fitness center and Olympic-sized indoor pool.
  • Gillray's Restaurant and Bar boasts an impressive selection of more than 120 gins, including its own Gillray Gin. The bar spotlights a “gin of the month” along with masterclass tasting events.

The Rooms

  • The hotel’s strong historical narrative is also expressed in the room décor — spot the Thames-printed wallpaper and drapes depicting Big Ben. The accommodations also have a hint of orange, which was the signature color of the debating chambers.
  • Rooms are spacious, modern and contemporary, with leather accents, retro armchairs and striking gold light fittings. The accommodations no longer serve as the County Hall’s offices, but you’ll still find a writing desk in most of them.
  • Every suite features luxurious marble bathrooms with rain showers and entryways adorned with tiled mosaic flooring.

Nearby Attractions

  • Some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the London Eye, Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, are all within a leisurely stroll's distance.
  • The Southbank Centre is a vibrant cultural hub offering live music, theater performances, art exhibitions, dance shows, literary events, workshops and festivals.
  • A reconstruction of the iconic Elizabethan playhouse, the Globe theater showcases Shakespearean dramas and provides an authentic glimpse into the theatrical history of London.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Getting There
London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road London, England, SE1 7PB, United KingdomLondon Marriott Hotel County Hall
LHR (40 min-1 hr 25 min)   LCY (30 min-1 hr 5 min)   LGW (1 hr 5 min-2 hr 20 min)  
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