I love the South Bank. Easy to get to direct from Southampton to Waterloo. I particularly love that you can get one train, be in London, spend the day there and get one train home. I’m not against the tube, but a day out on the South Bank for me, is the perfect mix of being in the city, without really being in the city, if you catch my drift. You can see the sights from the riverside, and especially if you’re with children, you can point out the landmarks without actually really being in the main hustle and bustle.

I’ve had some of the best phone chats walking along the river, my last one being with my dear Nan, not long before she became too poorly to talk. I’ll always associate the South Bank with her, and because of that, it’s a very special place, so to have found a hotel at the end of my walk which allows for a transport free overnight stay is bliss.

Great British Life: The communal spaces are filled with the hotel's contemporary art collection (c) Viktor KeryThe communal spaces are filled with the hotel's contemporary art collection (c) Viktor Kery

Bankside is part of the Autograph Collection of hotels, known for their eclectic artworks, handpicked furniture, and timeless design. The futuristic style mirrored-glass exterior gives a hint of what lies within, as it reflects the buildings within the neighbourhood making it almost disappear at first glance. Set a few roads back from the Tate Modern, it’s clear that art dictates style at The Bankside and inside the hotel is filled with stunning contemporary collections.

At the back of the hotel, the Art Yard Studio is run in collaboration with Contemporary Collective, who champion up-and-coming creatives, to bring an ever-changing programme of makers in residence. Residencies are typically two months, during which time the artists use the space to develop their creative process, showcase their work, as well as hosting a range of workshops which guests can participate in.

Next door to the studio, Art Yard Bar & Kitchen serves as the hotel’s unique and art-filled restaurant. The hotel organises Taste of Art events which include workshop and three-course dinner, and during your meal there is plenty to feed the eyes as well as the hotel’s collection fills every nook and cranny. Dining here is laid-back and informal with an emphasis on fresh, vibrant, and healthy dishes. We ordered a selection of small plates and pizzettes which were perfect for family sharing. The staff were incredible attentive and reflected the hotel’s unique personality with their open and warm serving style. Nothing was too much trouble, and our waiter expertly paired wine to go with our meal, which came from a well-stocked list full of choice.

Great British Life: The Art Yard Bar & Kitchen serves up relaxed sharing suppers perfect for the whole family (c) Viktor KeryThe Art Yard Bar & Kitchen serves up relaxed sharing suppers perfect for the whole family (c) Viktor Kery

After a long day exploring the South Bank, with a mooch around the Tate Modern, glimpse at The Globe and a very delicious gelato stop at La Gelatiera, we were pleased to be able to relax in our complimentary robes and snuggle down in our generous queen room, which sleeps four comfortably in two queen-size beds. The whole hotel, but particularly the bedrooms, has a mid-century vibe and the blend of wood, marble and concrete gave the whole room a cosy and memorable atmosphere. There are some cool finishing touches here too, like the remote controlled black out blinds, interactive tablet from which to order room service, and find out more about the hotel, and there are communal vending machines and still and sparkling water taps in the corridors for refreshments and late-night snacks.

Breakfast the following morning was back in the Art Yard Bar & Kitchen and consisted of a beautiful buffet spread with hot and cold options and again, the staff were there for our every need. We left, ready to mooch our way back along the river to Waterloo full, happy, and inspired. If you love art and have plans to visit The Tate, then Bankside is the perfect rest stop to extend your cultural city break.

Great British Life: The mid-century modern rooms are cosy and inviting (c) Viktor KeryThe mid-century modern rooms are cosy and inviting (c) Viktor Kery

Book your break

Rooms start from £493 per night, book online at banksidehotel.com