Glass relaxes at the London Marriott County Hall Hotel

A STONE’s throw away from the Thames and with a view that captures London perfectly, the Marriott County Hall stands proud as a place to relax in a city that never sleeps.

With a history that dates back to 1909, when British architect Ralph Knott designed this six-storey Edwardian Baroque building, the construction was delayed by the First World War and was finally opened by King George V in 1922. Known as the London County Hall for 64 years before becoming a part of the Marriott family, the building’s walls have witnessed influential changes to the country’s capital.

Marriott County Hall

London Marriott County Hall

Now, better known as the Marriott County Hall Hotel, Glass enjoyed a night relaxing in the heart of London. Directly on the South Bank of the Thames with the London Eye to its right and a perfect view of Parliament and Big Ben to it’s left, there are few hotels that can capture postcards quite like this one.

View from London Marriott County Hall

The colossal Grade II listed building is still reminiscent of the original architecture and the oak-covered walls are untouched as they spiral around the corridors. With 206 bedrooms, eight meeting rooms, a Members Library Lounge (perfect for a traditional Afternoon Tea), Gillray’s Bar & Restaurant and a Leisure Club that has a 25-metre pool.

Using the history of the place as inspiration, the meeting rooms are named after significant individuals who have made their mark on this place. Having laid the foundation stone back in 1912, there are two rooms named after King George V and Queen Mary. Williams Wordsworth, Francis Anderton, Herbert Morrison, Lady Nathan and Horace Cutler have also had their names used.

Rooms at Marriott County Hall

The room that I stayed in was on the top floor equipped with a balcony directly overlooking the river. A King-sized bed and a section to relax in, I was able to unwind during the exciting but stressful lead up to Christmas. Contemporary with a muted palette for the interior made it even more enjoyable as the distractions went – except for the view that kept me discovering and naming places I knew.

The rooms are far larger than ones you would experience elsewhere in London as they were originally Council members’ offices, so each type of room whether it be Deluxe, Superior or Executive, gives you an enviable amount of space for your money.

Marriott County Hall

Marriott County Hall

Lobby of London Marriott County Hall

Though keeping to the tradition of the building, there is a 25-metre indoor pool that serves as a great place to either start your day in or end it – not forgetting to mention, a 6,000 square foot gym with all the amenities that you need. For those who prefer sweating in other ways, there is a sauna and a variety spa treatments on offer to help you to alleviate any stresses.

Marriott County Hall

Pool at The Marriott County Hall

The exceptional location and views make this place hard not to enjoy, the staff are attentive and the service is flawless, ultimately offering a traditional London experience for all to enjoy.

by Imogen Clark