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This is a unique Marriott Autograph Hotel that makes the most of being inside Tower Bridge Magistrates Court, a Grade II-listed building. Tastefully refurbished, you can now sip cocktails in the former courtroom and drink coffee roasted inside a former holding cell. Plus, its SE1 postcode means you're a short walk from London Bridge, the Shard and Borough Market.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Located in SE1, one of the capital's most vibrant postcodes, the hotel is just 10 minutes from Borough Market (with smaller but trendier Maltby Street Market even closer) and the bars, restaurants and art galleries of Bermondsey Street. Tower Bridge and the Thames are moments away, and the hotel sits in the shadow of the Shard - a great place to visit for spectacular views.

By car: the hotel is 4 hours from Manchester, 2 hours 30 mins from Birmingham and 7 hours from Glasgow. Reception can provide you with a discount code for the nearby Q-Park Tower Bridge.

By train: London Bridge is 10 minutes' walk from the hotel, Waterloo is 15 minutes in a taxi. Paddington, Kings Cross and Euston stations are all around 25 minutes in a taxi. Book trains to London Bridge.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Built in 1905, the Tower Bridge Magistrates Court was functional until seven years ago and the hotel itself is named after John Dixon Butler, its Edwardian architect. The design makes clever nods to its former use, with 60 transparent handcuffs attached to the impressive 6m long chandelier in the grand entrance hall. The holding cell benches complete with carvings by ex-cons have been transformed into works of art, and hundreds of old keys, found during the extensive refurbishment, are embedded in the lift lobby.

THE FACILITIES

All the staff - from the concierge to the cooks - are passionate about the hotel's history and can't wait to tell you about it (sometimes more than once!). There's a small gym and 24-hour room service from the restaurant and bar, plus a great meeting or events room in the other original courtroom on the first floor.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Fitness suite
  • Room service
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

You'll find rooms in the original building boasting Edwardian period features, or in the new block behind, where rooms on the upper floors have views of Tower Bridge. All rooms have white marble bathrooms.

Room types: Dixon King Room, Dixon Twin Room, Superior, Executive, Junior Suite, Suite, Orwell Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Murdock toiletries, table and chair, TV, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Don't miss the opportunity to sip a cocktail in court (or the closest you'll ever get to doing so in the Courtroom Bar). Food in Provisioners, the hotel's restaurant, is decent enough although there are hundreds of other options close by - Bermondsey Street and Borough Market are both popular with local foodies.

Provisioners: European and British inspired, modern, seasonal dishes, fresh pasta, seafood. Open all day. Mains from £14.

Courtroom Bar: cocktails, coffee, afternoon tea.

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