Crowne Plaza London—The City

19 New Bridge St., London, EC4 6DB, England

Don't let the hotel's all-business appearance put you off: it's a polished operation, with stylish minimalist rooms, just steps from the Blackfriars Tube and train station in one direction and bustling Fleet Street in the other. The hotel occupies the shell of an old stationery warehouse, on the former site of Henry VIII's Bridewell Palace, and rooms, in cool shades of gray and cream, have soundproof windows to block out city noise. There are two restaurants: Refettorio serves high-quality rustic Italian cuisine, and the fabulously named Chinese Cricket Club specializes in modern Sichuan cooking. The Black Friar pub, across the street from the hotel next to Blackfriars station, is one of London's true hidden gems—check out its stunning art deco back room.

PROS

  • good rates available with advance booking
  • great location near the river and transport

CONS

  • neighborhood is superbusy during the day and empty at night

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0871-942–9190

HOTEL DETAILS

203 rooms, 3 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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