Bankside House, South Bank, London

Customer rating:
Average: 4.0 (317 ratings)
View comments
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. 

More photos of Bankside House, South Bank, London

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

We guarantee that all our feedback is genuine and can only be submitted by people who have booked through our websites.

, 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

, August 2015: 4/5

, August 2015: Very busy venue. Room basic but clean, carpeted and comfortable with good en suite facility. Staff extremely pleasant and helpful. Excellent location with good transport for access to anywhere in London. Glad we found you. 5/5

, August 2015: It was great to find an affordable B&B in central London and such nice desk staff. Thanks 5/5

, August 2015: Really pleased with everything and very helpful staff 5/5

, August 2015: We were very happy to stay in such a good location at the price. We didn't expect 5 star luxury but were very happy with all the important things like cleanliness etc. The breakfasts were ace and the staff deserve better treatment than the average guest seems to be able to manage. 4/5

, August 2015: 5/5

Mrs linda R, August 2015: We went as a family (x2 adults x2children) and had a most satisfying stay. Breakfast was good, we all slept well and our room was clean. What more do you want from a short stay in London. Thanks you. 5/5

Ms Michele V, August 2015: The front desk staff were very helpful, and lovely. 4/5

Mrs Deborah M, August 2015: could do with more towel hanging hooks in ensuite 'bathroom' area. my friend was very impressed with how her lost ring was located in our room after we had left. we never quite managed to get into a kitchen area for fresh water - of course we could have asked! but didn't get round to it. very much enjoyed our stay. 4/5

Mrs janet C, August 2015: Bankside House is situated on the South Bank at the back of the Tate which was brilliant. Staff were very helpful, excellent choice of items for breakfast. I was at the back of the building on the 1st floor; it was a bit noisy but apart from that i enjoyed my stay and will return again. 5/5

Mrs Julie O, August 2015: comfortable quiet room. very friendly helpful reception. a safe place to stay. I have already booked another room for next week, for another work meeting. 4/5

Mrs Sarah E, August 2015: 5/5

Dr Gibson D, August 2015: We will be using the website again for future bookings 4/5

Mr gerald B, September 2014: wonderful, thank you 5/5

Mrs jennifer P, September 2014: very good value for money 4/5

Mr John B, September 2014: Excellent value for Central London. Basic, but clean and comfortable. Ver helpful staff . Will definitely come again 5/5

Mr James O, September 2014: Great stay. 4/5


Mrs Patricia P, September 2014: Good value for money in London for a family with teenagers. Excellent location. 4/5

Dr Cathleen M, September 2014: We loved our time. Brilliant situation. Great value for money. Loved the breakfast. We had a fab time as a family with you. Thankyou so much. We'll definitely be back and recommend you to our friends. Thanks:-) 5/5

Mrs Elaine B, September 2014: The young man who covered reception during the day over the weekend we were there was very helpful and efficient. 4/5

Ms Sheila R, September 2014: Very good service, very clean room, brilliant spot 5/5

Mr Jan Thore M, September 2014: I will highly recommend Bankside House as a place to stay while you visit London. The breakfast is really nice, and the place has a perfect location. 4/5

Mrs Pam H, September 2014: An excellent place to stay in London, right behind Tate Modern. The rooms were clean, beds comfortable, and breakfast generous. At £42.50 per person for bed and breakfast it's fantastic value for money. 5/5

Mrs Caroline Wendy M, September 2014: A really pleasant experience and one which we hope to repeat next year. 5/5

Mr JJ K, September 2014: I was delighted with my choice this year of staying in university accommodation during my trip to London. Being right beside the Tate Modern for the all night opening on sat night for the last night of the Matisse was excellent timing! Room was quiet and good do see all ages staying at Bankside. Room was clean and comfortable. Not having a TV in the room made it an oasis of peace! 4/5

Ms Maggie Y, September 2014: Very friendly staff always willing to help. Breakfasts were top notch. Bar staff very obliging and friendly. I will stay here again and recommend 5/5

Mrs Chris M, September 2014: All went well - no problems. Would use again 4/5

Miss Melanie D, August 2014: Very handy location. Little noisy but good value. 4/5

Miss Jennifer J, August 2014: Reception , young friendly very patient delightful 5/5

Mr TIM W, August 2014: Great location - excellent overall. 5/5

Dr Susan P, August 2014: Nice touch to have the soap/shampoo sachets and tea/coffee 5/5

Dr John F, August 2014: Excellent value for money. I'll certainly book with you again and recommend LSE vacations to others. 5/5

Miss Cyndy W, August 2014: Very pleasant and comfortable stay - will certainly use this type of accommodation again 4/5

Mr Alan J, August 2014: Certain room doors could do with coat of paint. But good value for money. 3/5

Mrs Catherine W, August 2014: We had a short but comfortable stay and we were very impressed with the room and the extras (towels and soap etc was very welcome!) The location is a dream for Shakespeare's Globe, I was able to pop back and get changed during our evening, when the temperature dropped! However, the tagging system on our left luggage was not properly explained on the first day and then on collection we were gently told off that we'd done it wrong. Also, I was a little disappointed that the breakfast was restricted to 6 items per person. But overall a very pleasant stay and I would definitely come again. 5/5

Mrs Frances C, August 2014: Would love to visit again 5/5

Dr Tram N, August 2014: It was a pleasant surprise to have ensuite bathroom. 4/5

Ms Helen N, July 2014: Room was exactly what we were expecting in uni accommodation. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, especially the breakfast and we didn't need anything else to eat until 5pm that day!!! We will definitely come back to stay in future and have already recommended to friends 5/5

Mr Donald H, July 2014: I will definitely stay here again if I can have a room with a view of the Shard! 5/5

Mrs Efi M, July 2014: As expected for student accommodation the room was pretty basic - but very clean and including linen and kettle. Location fantastic. 4/5

Miss Theresa W, September 2013: Enjoyed my stay and would stay here again when available. 4/5

Ms Virginia B, September 2013: Came with 4 friends. We were all amazed at the value for money this was. I found my bed a bit uncomfortable, but swapped to the other one in the room which was fine. One person was not sure if her bed had fresh bedding on All agreed we would use again for the excellent location. 4/5

Mrs Adriane D, September 2013: Price was good, personnel was very friendly - it was ok to me 3/5

Mr Gerry W, September 2013: basic but clean rooms , couldn't have asked for better. Staff were helpful and courteous 4/5

Mr Andrew S, September 2013: Great value accommodation in a great location. 5/5

Ms Silvia F, September 2013: very efficient organization given the size of the place. one big downside: lack of free wifi. why??? 4/5

Mrs Nicola R, September 2013: Great location, room was clean and had everything that you would expect. Only real issue was that there was no wifi but then I did know this when I booked. Breakfast was good and staff were friendly. 4/5

Mr Peter S, September 2013: I used this as an alternative to a hotel which is what I would usually book. The room was clean and tidy and had everything I needed (except wifi seemed to not be working). For location and value for money I thought it was excellent. I didn't go to the breakfast so unable to comment on that but was unable to put n/a on the feedback scores. 4/5

Mrs Jennie C, September 2013: Wonderful situation - have stayed before. Do not expect 5* hotel accommodation in a college and for the very reasonable cost charged. 4/5

Ms Christine P, August 2013: Excellent location, rooms a bit shabby but as expected for university accomodation. Very helpful staff. 4/5

Mr Robert L, August 2013: Comfortable, clean & safe. My room was a bit noisy being on the ground floor near the exit, but I probably could have changed it if I had asked. Good basic breakfast. Recommended for any travellers on a budget 4/5

Ms Moira T, August 2013: I was upgraded to the flat for some reason and hence fabulous stay and probably also worth paying the extra for the top floor as very VFM for London and relative to other hotels.The only thing at breakfast--no proper coffee. 5/5

Mr Gordon S, August 2013: Was my first time staying in university accommodation and I would certainly do it again great value for money 5/5

Mrs Linda R, August 2013: Very pleasant atmosphere. Helpful people on reception desk. Fresh food. Excellent location. We have stayed at Bankside before, and shall do so again. 4/5

Mrs Kate W, August 2013: I was delighted by my night's stay - very comfortable and quiet, despite the many students that were staying there. Got a great night's sleep and view of the Shard to boot - who could ask for more! Being able to park cheaply whilst in central London was also a great bonus. Many thanks 4/5

Mrs Jacqueline W, August 2013: We had a very enjoyable exprience at Bankside House. The staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was superb. Fantastic location. Only minor point, we had to ask for toilet roll, shampoo and shower gel on second day as none had been left. Thanks to all.:-) 5/5

Dr Paul M, August 2013: Bankside is what it says it is - university accommodation - so it isn't luxurious, but it was perfect for our needs. Great location, room perfectly adequate, reception desk and bag storage friendly and efficient. It suited our needs perfectly at a great price for central London. I'd recommend it whole heartedly, and hope to be back one day soon! 5/5

Ms Christine S, August 2013: A brilliant stay - great atmosphere, fantastic value for money, very helpful service (especially from Simone) and one of the best breakfasts in London. Thanks! 5/5

Mrs kathy M, August 2013: Would thoroughly recommend staying at bankside. 5/5

Mrs Kay D, August 2013: It was the first time i had stayed in university rooms and wasn't sure what to expect but I was very pleasantly suprised. My daughter ,who was with me and had been to university, was concerned what my reaction would be, was also very impessed. We will most definetly use them again. i have already recommended them to some friends. 5/5

Mr Robert S, August 2013: I've stayed in University accommodation before when visiting London and wasn't expecting the Ritz, but I was very impressed by Bankside House. A clean room with en-suite bathroom and tea-making facilities, a great breakfast, a good value bar in the basement, and perfectly placed for sightseeing. Would definitely come here again. 5/5

Ms Gillian M, August 2013: This was the first time I had stayed in university accommodation and found the experience very good, I would defiantly do it again as it was really good value for money 4/5

Mrs Sandra D, July 2013: Had a wonderful stay and would recommend you to all our friends. Great value for money and centrally situated for so many attractions. We had concert tickets for Queen Elizabeth Hall so the stroll back along the embankment was magical. Will definitely stay again- everyone was so helpful with transport information etc. 5/5

Mr Daniol W, October 2012: cheap and cheerful 4/5

Mrs Diana H, October 2012: Fantastic value for money and brilliant location. Will definitely stay again next summer 4/5

Mr JOHN Z, October 2012: Very pleasant, helpful staff.Very good value for money. Thank you ! 5/5

Ms Jennifer P, October 2012: I had a great time during my stay in London and I was really happy with Bankside house. The facilities are very basic, but they provide everything you need and the front desk is helpful and polite. 4/5

Sra. MARIA SALOME N, September 2012: Buena ubicación, a 15 minutos de la estación de metro de Blackfriars y al lado de la estación de tren del mismo nombre. El ambiente es agradable, muy juvenil y animado. A pesar de lo grande que es el edificio, es tranquilo y se puede descansar. Hay una lavandería a buen precio. El personal es atento. La habitación estaba adaptada para personas con discapacidad física y como no era el caso, el baño resultaba bastante incómodo: el lavabo nos llegaba por la rodilla y no había plato de ducha, con lo que se inundaba el suelo. Los colchones están bastante usados. No hay wi-fi en todo el edificio, solo dos ordenadores en el vestíbulo siempre ocupados y con una conexión cara. Al lado hay cafeterías con wi-fi gratis. Aunque no hay cocina común ni nevera en la habitación, hay supermercados cerca. Muy buena relación calidad-precio. Recomiendo el sitio (yo he repetido estancia). 4/5

Ms Angela E, September 2012: I had a really great time - the location was excellent and the facilities and staff brilliant - I'd highly recommend it. 5/5

Mr Vincent S, September 2012: Please note that there were no breakfasts served here. Overall this was good for the price. Room is old, but that is not really a problem.Apart from that the kitchen facilities were very satisfactory, the washing facilities in the room well very welcome and the shower worked well. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The location is excellent, being infact, within walking distance of Waterloo. 4/5

Mr Vincent S, September 2012: Please note that there were no breakfasts served here. Overall this was good for the price. Room is old, but that is not really a problem.Apart from that the kitchen facilities were very satisfactory, the washing facilities in the room well very welcome and the shower worked well. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The location is excellent, being infact, within walking distance of Waterloo. 4/5

Miss Pam C, September 2012: Absolutely great value for money, brilliant breakfast and super location!!! 5/5

Mrs Deborah M, September 2012: We enjoyed our stay at Bankside House (mother and daughter - two nights, sharing twin room). It was as expected of student accomodation - big and busy; some noise at night, especially the plumbing! Breakfast was very good. Check in staff were helpful. Very convenient situation and reasonable cost. We would stay again. 4/5

Mrs Fiona K, September 2012: Can't remeber the room number but it was a quad room on 2nd floor. It was basic as we had expected but spotlessly clean and very adequate. Only comment is I would have appreciated a hairdryer in the room! Breakfast was great really good value for money and we will be recommending you to friends. Thank you 5/5

Mr Derek W, September 2012: Good value for money in a central location. Reception staff were very helpful, as was the barman. 4/5

Miss Marijke B, September 2012: Exactly as expected of a student room in terms of facilities and decoration of the room itself. The restaurant serves a fantastic breakfast! Staff very friendly and helpful; bar with extremely friendly prices. Overall very satisfied, I will book here again! 5/5

Mrs Genevieve M, September 2012: Ideal location 4/5

Mr Mark M, September 2012: Excellent stay, good comfortable room, excellent breakfast, fortunate to get a parking space right outside. Only "complaint" no wireless network.... 4/5

Ms Judith S, August 2012: My husband loved the breakfast with the news on the TV! The staff were friendly and very helpful with the internet. I loved being able to use a wide carpeted staircase with huge windows to get to my room 4/5

Mr David K, August 2012: Bankside House is hugely convenient from a location perspective for exploring central London. However, it is somewhat noisy at night thanks to groups of younger guests hanging around outside. The mattresses have seen better days as well. But for the price and the location it's great value for money. 4/5

Mr Michael W, August 2012: Very pleased with our stay 5/5

Mrs Daniela G, August 2012: The size of the family room was a positive surprize. the room was clean and the prize was good. 4/5

Mrs Louise H, August 2012: Found the instructions to find Bankside a bit confusing and had to ask someone where to go. We thought it would be better to include the Blackfriars Tube Station, walk across the bridge to the Tate Modern and then take the path at the left hand side to the back of the Tate Modern. The staff are very friendly and we would stay here again. Very clean. Excellent value for money. 5/5

Mrs Elizabeth R, August 2012: We had a lovely stay thank you 5/5

Mrs Jan T, August 2012: Friendly, helpful staff. Straightforward, basic accommodation. Great location. 4/5

Mr Eliott O, August 2012: Very nice staff, easy place to find and room was very clean. Great location to see London. 4/5

Ms Aileen J, August 2012: A very pleasant stay in LSE south bank. the room was just what we needed, but it did smell a bit 'musty' - like my son's room in hall in Sheffield! However, that would not deter me from booking in the future as it was excellent value for money to stay in central London for the Olympics. Thanks. 4/5

Mr Ian P, August 2012: Excellent location and at a reasonable rate.... Would use it again 4/5

Miss Wai Ling T, August 2012: I would recommend Bankside House for those who are looking for "good value for money". 4/5

Miss monica P, September 2011: Place was very clean room nice and roomy. breakfast was good and abundant. 5/5

Mrs Hilary P, September 2011: Very good value for money particularly because of position of accomodation so close to Tate Modern/Globe etc. 4/5

Show more...