A Party to Celebrate the Mercure London Bridge Relaunch:
Everyone loves a party don’t they? So when I was invited along to learn more about Mercure London Bridge, have a few drinks and a bite to eat, well, of course I said yes. The hotel is almost equidistant between London Bridge and Southwark but not much more than a five minute walk from either.
Close to a whole range of London attractions including Borough Market, The Globe and Tate Modern. But, I really wasn’t quite sure what to expect and since I didn’t know the hotel before it’s refurbishment I can’t comment too much on what has changed in design terms. All I know is that I walked into a vibrant and welcoming environment with live music, food and wine in informal and comfortable surroundings.
Of course there WAS a party on with plenty of wine including a good sprinkling of English whites and sparking wines (Nyetimber is a particular favourite of mine) and the largest cheeseboard in the world.
In the lounge area, oysters, scallops with black pudding and even little dishes of fish and chips and sausages and mash. All thoroughly British…
Huge piles of macarons, trays of chocolates and some delicious desserts.
It was a genuinely friendly and interesting event.
A short burst of opera from some of the ‘staff’ followed by a few speeches about the rationale behind the redesign. But for me the reality came from talking to some of the other guests.
I met a lovely Australian couple who had just flown into the UK from Brisbane. They’d arrived the day before and been invited along to the party. Free food and drink? Well why not!
More significantly I got some insight from them into how the new check-in service worked. They’d arrived and, after their 36 hour flight, instead of having to stand at the reception desk, they sat in comfort in a couple of armchairs, while the reception staff checked them in on tablet pcs. And their response was overwhelmingly positive. Having traveled a fair amount myself, I can imagine that it was a genuinely good experience. I hope the rest of their stay in the UK goes smoothly.
So if you are visiting London and need somewhere to stay yourself or looking for a recommendation for a mid-price hotel for others, well, the Mercure London Bridge seems to tick a lot of boxes. I can’t guarantee there will be a party, but I’m sure the welcome will be warm and friendly.
Mercure London Bridge
71-79 Southwark Street
SE1 0JA – LONDON