Modern design and fun, bold colours make South Place tick, and stand out from the rest of the city hotel crowd. Dog-friendly rooms include complimentary WiFi, air-conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries by James Heeley, a pillow menu and gadgets galore; expect a 40″ Bang & Olufsen TV, touch-panel mood lighting, a media hub and electric black out blinds.
All 80 rooms are dog-friendly, so there are plenty of options to choose from.
South Place Loft rooms, the cosiest rooms, are on the top floor of the hotel, with full height windows offering views over the city’s rooftops. Signature South Place rooms have a super king or twin beds, with a luxurious, deep bathtub and walk in shower.
If you choose one of the 22 Eldon rooms, you’ll be treated as a VIP, with a Nespresso machine, complimentary soft drinks from the mini bar, and priority over other guests for early or late check out. There’s also generous wardrobe space for your (and fido’s!) belongings. Opt for a Wilson room, and you’ll also receive a complimentary welcome drink – these are some of the hotel’s most spacious rooms. A level up, the five Studio rooms have open-plan designs, and a bath tub big enough for two.
Suite 610, a one-bedroom penthouse suite, boats panoramic views of the city skyline, and includes a kitchenette and separate guest bathroom. Your own dedicated room service team can cater to your every whim and the dining table can seat 8, so host a dinner, or your very own cocktail party. Relax after a long walk with your four-legged friend (or a busy evening of entertaining for both of you) in the glass bathtub in the bedroom.
While you’re enjoying the human luxuries, fido will be kept entertained with his very own chew toy; a bed and two bowls are also provided.
Don’t forget your flats – this part of London is made for exploring. If you are heading into Shoreditch, make sure you’ve packed a skinny tie for fido so he can look the part.
The hotel’s gym is open 24 hours, with towels, water and headphones provided. Personal training can be arranged, or if you fancy some fresh air, grab a running map from your room and explore the city streets.
Fancy exploring on something a little faster than your own two feet? Canary-coloured Pashley bicycles are available, which you can reserve in advance.
You’re spoilt for choice at South Place. While fido can’t join you in the restaurants, he can in two of the bars.
As the name of the South Place Chop House suggests, expect a mouth-watering selection of red meat, from their house burger, to Chateaubriand. Newly opened in 2016, the menu changes seasonally, and marries the best cuts of meat and freshly caught fish with modern, continental flavours and seasoning.
For a real culinary treat, the hotel describes Michelin-starred restaurant Angler as a ‘jewel-box in the sky’. Boasting panoramic views of The City, and seafood by Executive Chef, Gary Foulkes, the restaurant offers a seven course tasting menu which changes daily, alongside fresh, seasonal a la carte options.
3 South Place Bar is situated on the ground floor and is a stylish haven where both you and your pooch can hang and grab a snack or two. At South Place, gin is their thing, with an extensive list of 40 gins as well as their favourite pairings for a classic G&T. There’s a large concrete communal table, or window seats where you can watch the city buzz.
Your dog is also welcome in the Secret Garden, an all-weather Miami inspired outside bar which has champagne, cocktails and cigars all covered.
The Angler Terrace, the hotel’s other outside space, is an extension of the Angler restaurant by day, and allows you to sample light bites from the Michelin-starred kitchen by night. Le Chiffre brings a speakeasy vibe to the venue, and can be hired privately, with the venue providing bespoke snacks and cocktails in this library bar and lounge for up to 60 guests.
Room service is available 24 hours a day.
2016 was the year that bottomless brunches took over London, and South Place have their finger firmly on the pulse. Your dog won’t be able to join you, but their Bellini brunches are infamous – enjoy bottomless bellinis, prosecco or mimosas with the a la carte menu at South Place Chop House on Saturday lunchtimes. On Sundays, build your own Bloody Mary, and then enjoy bottomless wine with your roast.
For fido’s morning constitutional, the hotel is located right by Finsbury Circus Gardens. Although the largest green space in The City, it is currently undergoing some disruption due to Crossrail, which is set to last until 2018. An alternative is the 10 minute stroll up to Bunhill Fields.
A stay at South Place puts the ever-evolving adventures of the east end of London at your paw-tips. A few stops on the Central line to the east will take you to Victoria Park, 218 acres of fetch space where fido can roam anywhere he likes, apart from the children’s play areas. Staying over on a Sunday? Take a leisurely stroll back to the hotel via Columbia Road Flower Market, open in the morning until early afternoon, where you’ll find bucketfuls of breathtaking flowers for you to admire, and your dog to have a good sniff at.
For more of an urban walk, stroll through the City to the South Bank and take in many of London’s famous sights, from Tower Bridge to HMS Belfast. If you’re there on Saturday morning, foodie haven Borough Market is well worth a visit, although remember some treats for fido as his mouth will be watering in no time!
If you’re looking for some other nearby dining options, The Culpeper is just up the road – fido is most welcome, and you can enjoy the ever changing pub menu, including dishes made with ingredients from their very own greenhouse on the roof.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF
If you’re bringing your own car, for overnight stays, Finsbury Square car pack is two minutes from the hotel and costs £55 for 24 hours. A better option may be the hotel’s valet parking which costs £7 per hour or £50 for 24 hours.
South Place is very tube friendly; 3 minutes’ walk from Moorgate on the Northern, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Circle lines, and 5 minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street station, which allows you access to the Central Line, and national rail services. If you’re coming in from the south, it’s only a short cab ride from London Waterloo.
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