London Neighbourhoods: top 5 family hotels in Southwark

By John Pilkington,

The London Borough of Southwark stretches from the River Thames in the city centre to the edge of leafy Crystal Palace Park, around six miles to the south. This area is home to some world-class attractions, and is an excellent place to visit with children.

As part of our London Neighbourhoods series, we’ve put together 5 of the best family-friendly hotels in Southwark.


Check out our family guide to Southwark here.


Southwark is a great area if you are searching for mid-range 3-star hotels, as shown below.

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Novotel London Blackfriars

Family hotels in Southwark: Novotel

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Located in the bustling area of Blackfriars, this Novotel hotel is the ideal place to spend a stress-free stay with the family.

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Novotel have several initiatives designed with families in mind: up to two children under 12 can stay and eat for free, a 5pm check-out is available to help you make the most of your stay and a special personalised welcome gift on arrival.

Novotel London Blackfriars also boasts the Jamboree Foodfest & bar – an exciting dining experience offering flavourful and exotic cuisine.

DoubleTree London Docklands Riverside

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Located right on the Thames, DoubleTree London Docklands Residence offers guests fantastic views of Canary Wharf. Guest rooms at the hotel embody the urban essence and historic atmosphere of London, featuring exposed brickwork and archaic map prints.

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Specially designed family rooms are available; accommodating up to two adults and three children, these rooms are spacious and modern, offering your family comfort and peace of mind.

Other family-friendly options include children eating for free when you opt for bed and breakfast, a complimentary chocolate chip cookie on check in, and cots available on request.

The Mad Hatter

Family hotels in Southwark: The Mad Hatter

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A contemporary pub and hotel in the heart of the city, The Mad Hatter offers 30 spacious en-suite guest rooms all furnished in a contemporary style. Double, twin and superior rooms are available, with each featuring sumptuously comfortable beds for a great night’s sleep.

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As the name suggests, nods to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland can be found throughout the hotel, although the name actually stems from the building’s former use as a gentleman’s hat factory.

The hotel also offers great transport links to help you and your brood get in and around the city, while sights such as the Southbank centre, the Tate Modern and the Globe are an easy walk away.

Allstay Maltings Residence Tower Bridge

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If you’re looking for a bit more independence during your stay in London, why not check into a serviced apartment? Allstay Maltings Residence Tower Bridge has a selection of two-bedroom apartments well suited to families.

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Located on the site of a former vinegar factory, apartments are furnished in a chic and modern style, while preserving some hints of the site’s former industrial use.

The spacious apartments feature a digital TV, free WiFi and fully-equipped and fitted kitchen, allowing you to enjoy a piece of home away from home – so why not spend your evenings relaxing with a film or enjoying a home-cooked meal?

Hilton London Bankside

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The newly-opened Hilton London Bankside offers a prime location close to the river, close to Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tate Modern and the vibrant Southbank area – ideal for families who don’t want to spend too much time on the Tube.

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The design-led hotel offers stylish and contemporary guest rooms, complete with 42-inch HDTVs, bathrobe and slippers and signature Hilton Serenity beds for a good night’s sleep. The fitness centre includes a 17-metre heated indoor pool.

For families there are interconnecting rooms, a children’s menu in the OXBO Bankside restaurant and babysitting services if mum and dad want to pop to The Distillery for a drink or two – it’ll be hard to resist the 50-strong gin menu!

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