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Last updated: 28 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

Offering front-row seats for the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and a sparklingly historic stretch of the River Thames, this hotel is ideal for first-timers to the city, with an unbeatable location and impressively grandiose feel.

Once through the imposing Victorian entrance – complete with lots of marble and wood-panelling – things start to feel a bit more contemporary, with an excellent gin bar, stocking more than 100 different varieties, and juicy British steaks on offer in Gillray’s restaurants. Rooms are a touch corporate, but comfortable and many have panoramic river views.

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are on the doorstep, while Westminster Abbey, the National Gallery and the London Eye are within walking distance.


Surrounding area

Situated right on the River Thames, just by Westminster Bridge, the Marriott is flanked by St Thomas’s hospital on one side, the London Aquarium on the other and surrounded by a clutch of other hotels. Most of the buildings are high rise, many dating to the 1960s/70’s.

Step out of the door and you’re on a busy road junction, but the Thames Path is literally a stone’s throw away.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

The London Dungeon

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

A gallows humour romp through London’s most gruesome periods of history, encountering its shadiest characters, via live action, rides and special effects.

Best for ages: 12+ | £27

Churchill War Rooms

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 miles]

A secret subterranean bunker from which Churchill directed operations during WWII – exactly as it was during the blitz of 1945 – offering a fascinating historical insight to the war and Churchill himself.

Best for ages: 8+ | £25

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Exterior view of front facade with people walking in front

SEA LIFE London Aquarium

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.1 miles]

London’s impressive aquarium, set on the South Bank, home to hundreds of species of fish and a selection of sharks.

Best for ages: Any | £27

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Exterior view of the grand building surrounding a large square

Somerset House

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.1 miles]

Famous for its picturesque alfresco ice rink in winter and the Edmund J Safra fountains in the summer, this elegant neoclassical building is also home to an art gallery and upscale restaurant.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Royal Academy of Arts

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.7 miles]

An 18th-century mansion of masterpieces sitting pretty on Piccadilly, home to one of Britain’s oldest collections of fine art and regular blockbuster exhibitions.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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