Bankside House, South Bank, London

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Bankside House

Bankside House, South Bank, London

On London's bustling South Bank - just across the road from Tate Modern and minutes away from Shakespeare's Globe.


  • Breakfast included
  • Private car parking for a charge (on site)
  • No smoking
  • Children welcome


  • Children's cots
  • Luggage storage
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Clothes dryer
  • Washing machine

Food and Drinks

  • Restaurant
  • Continental breakfast (included)
  • Cooked breakfast (included)
  • Bar

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Tennis courts (walking distance)
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

Bankside House is located on London's South Bank. Tate Modern is just across the road and Shakespeare's Globe, St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, HMS Belfast, Tower of London and Tower Bridge are all just a stroll along the river. Vinopolis, Borough Market, London Dungeon and Imperial War Museum are also close by.

We offer a range of clean, comfortable rooms from singles to quads. Many of our rooms are en-suite.

Please note:  On Saturday 11 June check in will be from 5pm due to a change over from student to commercial operations

History to the present day

Bankside House was converted into a student residence for LSE in 1995. Prior to this it was the offices for the Bankside Power Station - now Tate Modern - designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, most famous for his design of the red telephone box.

Food and Drinks

Accommodation at Bankside comes with an excellent breakfast-  you get a choice of six items from a range of continental and English options.

Lunch and dinner is available for much of the summer - please check with the restaurant on arrival for opening times. Bankside is also surrounded by a growing number of excellent restaurants and cafes, ranging from Italian to Sushi.

The bar in the basement is a good way to relax at the end of the day. The bar also boasts Sky TV and games.

Vending Machines are available 24 hours a day in the lobby and basement.

Grounds and gardens

Centrally located within London, we are within short travelling distance of all of London's major parks and green areas.

Other facilities

There is free wifi available. 

Tea and coffee making facilities in each room. Coin-operated laundry. Games Room. Sky TV in the bar. 24 Hr CCTV and Security. Lift to all floors. 

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: 24 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9JA, United Kingdom

Check in: From 3.00pm  Check out: Before 10.30am

You can check-in anytime after 3pm as reception is manned 24 hours a day. If you arrive early or leave late we can store your luggage for you free of charge.

Please note:  On Saturday 11 June check in will be from 5pm due to a change over from student to commercial operations

How to find us: Bankside is ideally located for exploring London with easy access to all parts of the city! 

Bankside House is located mid-way between Southwark (Jubilee line), Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo lines) and London Bridge Stations (Jubilee and Northern lines) From there just follow the signs to the Tate Modern, about a 10 minute Walk. Cannon Street is just across the River, again just follow the signs for the Tate Modern.

The 381 and RV1 buses from Waterloo pass close to Bankside House as do the 45 and 63 from Kings Cross/St Pancras - just get off at the Tate Modern stop and follow the signs.

From Heathrow: Heathrow is easily accessible via London Underground. Bankside can be reached by using the Piccadilly line to Green Park and then take the Jubilee Line to Southwark. From Southwark station follow the Orange Lamposts towards the Tate Modern and you will see us on your right, just beyond the iconic Blue Fin Building.

From Gatwick: Take the Thameslink Service to Blackfriars Station. From Blackfriars follow the directions to the Tate Modern, we are just behind.

From Stansted: Take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street Station and then take the Central Line to St. Pauls Station. From there follow the signage to Tate Modern, Bankside House is just behind the Tate Modern.

From Luton: Take the Thameslink service to London Bridge.

From City: Take the DLR to Canning Town. At Canning Town change onto the Jubilee Line to Southwark.

From Eurostar: take the Northern Line to London Bridge Station and follow the signs to the Tate Modern.

Please note: Blackfriars underground station will be closed until late 2011. The circle and district lines can be accessed via Cannon Street Station a 10 minute walk from Bankside House. Overland rail services are still serving Blackfriars Station. 

Cancellation Terms

Cancellation fee as percentage of booking value depending on when the booking is cancelled.
More than 14 days notice: 0 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 14 to 8 days: 25 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 7 to 1 days: 50 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Trying to cancel for same night (or if they don't show up): 100 % of booking value for night in question

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Quad en-suite Single Basic Single en-suite Triple en-suite Exterior Lifts Communal room Buffet Bathroom Breakfast Breakfast Twin en-suite Single with shared bathroom Twin en-suite

Customer feedback

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, September 2017: Ideal location, pleasant quiet rooms 4/5

, July 2017: value for money 3/5

, July 2017: Lady on reception very helpful making sure my friend and I were near each other and sharing a bathroom as requested and not two.floors apart as allocated. Great price for the location and a room to myself, it was basic, as uni halls are, but was clean and I appreciated not having to bring towels. Reasonable choice at breakfast. 4/5

, July 2017: London's best kept secret! Perfect location, amazing breakfast, quiet, and clean! Thank you so much LSE Bankside, you made my holiday bliss! 5/5

, July 2017: Very good position for South Bank attractions. 5/5

, June 2017: The people at the front desk were most helpful at all times. 3/5

, September 2016: Ideal location for visiting the Globe and Tate Modern. 5/5

, September 2016: No complaints at all. The residence is very well-situated (just opposite Tate Modern), the staff on duty were helpful, the room was fine (with en suite, which I wasn't expecting) and the breakfast was copious. 5/5

, September 2016: This accommodation is all I require for a busy trip to London. It has a perfect location and wonderful breakfast. The kitchen staff were very friendly and the reception staff VERY helpful. Very efficient lifts if needed. 5/5

, August 2016: Amazing value for money! Perfect situation, everything that was needed, and a fantastic breakfast. Certainly hope to use this again. Thank you. 5/5

, August 2016: Great basic accommodation with a fabulous breakfast. We had a great stay!!! 4/5

, August 2016: Great location, good food, very friendly helpful staff. Must check out other LSE locations. Thank you 4/5

, August 2016: very efficient service. 3/5

, August 2016: My family had fun at Bankside House. room is clean, staff is friendly and location is very good. 1/5

, August 2016: we were very impressed with everything about our stay 4/5

, June 2016: Very helpful and knowledgeable staff (thanks for getting us to the airport on time!). Felt safe and secure. Great value for money. Clean rooms, with everything you need. An excellent location to explore London, in a fabulous neighborhood. Breakfast was much better quality and had more variety than I expected. Really enjoyed it and would recommend it and would return their myself. A real gem!! 5/5

, June 2016: We were very impressed with the location and service. Very friendly and helpful staff. I would definitely come back! 5/5

, June 2016: A wonderful experience, one I would recommend to others. I may well return. 5/5

, June 2016: Great room super-friendly staff lovely atmosphere 5/5

, June 2016: For the price it was very good - clean and comfortable beds and pillows Staff even found me a fan as I was soooooo hot!!! Will definitely stay there again and recommend it. 4/5

, September 2015: Absolute bargain! £45 for a night in central London, with a great view over the Thames and Tate Modern, decent bed, nice and quiet, and a blinding breakfast! Will certainly be back again! 1/5

, September 2015: We enjoyed our time at Bankside House. The staff was helpful and curious and the location was central to everything we wanted to do. The value for the location was fantastic. I will definitely be posting on Trip Advisor. We especially enjoyed breakfast both for the selection (chocolate croissants!)and the helpful ladies behind the country and cooks! 4/5

, September 2015: Great location, easy to find Checkin was good Free wifi despite information sent out with confirmation saying it wasn't available Signage in corridors is limited Breakfast is very good - hot food is actually hot. 4/5

, September 2015: Great place to stay, only downside is that it can only be used at certain times Ill be back 5/5

, September 2015: On arrival I was told I had been upgraded to a twin room with en suite shower room for individual use in a quiet part of the building! That's service! This was my second visit and was not disappointed. The breakfast was again excellent though I did marvel at the greed of some visitors!!! 7 items plus unlimited toast, unlimited hot and cold drinks and 2 pieces of fruit must be enough for the largest appetite!!! The kitchen staff were super and so responsive and friendly when one said, "Thank you" and smiled. I was there for 5 nights and was greeted warmly every morning, delightful! The only 'hiccup' was over excited guests on the Sunday evening after the Notting Hill Carnival! I did lose my cool at 4 a.m. and shout at the gentlemen who were talking outside my door! Thankfully there was not a repeat on Monday! The situation is ideal for soaking up the culture on the South Bank. When I next come to London, Bankside will be my base! By the way, I am 60+!!! 5/5

M. nicolas N, August 2015: 4/5

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