Staying @Ibis Blackfriars, London


Ibis Blackfriars, London is a mixed bag … good locations, a minute walk from Southwark underground and 5 mins from Southbank which is becoming a happening place. We had taken the extremely slow and the Blackfriar station was ever so convenient. Just exit from the Tate Modern side but turn right from the exit towards Blackfriars Bridge not Tate. 5 mins walk & you are at the hotel. A quick & efficient check-in and you are in the room which is fairly large by London standards. A small extra bed (as we had a 5 yr old) was convenient … though it ate up all the open space. The bathroom was quite small, a replica of the Ibis ones in Europe.

The Wifi worked great in the room though we had to pay GBP 5 for a small adapter since we has European plugs on our chargers. The hotel has a breakfast option that we did not take as there are so many options nearby … right from great Waffle/Burger/Hotdog joints around Southbank to variety of restaurants across the bridge towards St. Pauls. The cathedral is a 10 mins walk away, with good food options all along + shopping (Blacks etc.) nearby.

The best part about Ibis Blackfriars is the location … the proximity to Thames / Southbank and all major landmarks is a huge benefit and I would recommend this hotel to anyone planning to see London by foot. The Southwark station connects to all other places and was good for a late evening return after a Broadway musical we caught near Piccadilly Circus. The Tate Modern and Shakespeare Globe is just 5 mins walk and the latter a must visit if you are a literature fan.

Would also recommend a meal and drink at the nearby Nicholson’s Pub just at the station crossing. Good beer, great food and view of the river around sunset.

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