Last August Native Bankside threw open its doors to the public; another superb addition to the UK aparthotel operator Native, which has more than 25 properties across the UK. A sun-drenched Friday evening saw one of The Handbook team heading to sample its central London existence and it’s safe to say the brand didn’t disappoint with its cosy offering.
Here, you’re amidst the bustling vibrancy of South Bank. London shines in full splendour across the River Thames, whilst tourists crowed the exterior of Shakespeare’s Globe marvelling at the history that engulfs it. Restaurants are rife, with post-work drinkers raising pints in pubs and dining out for special occasions. Yes, Native Bankside, snug in an 18th-century tea warehouse, resides amongst a real hub of activity, with the famed Borough Market just a stone’s throw away – we recommend taking a trip down there the following morning for a dose of moreish coffee and some freshly baked buns.
A stay at Native Bankside dispels all feelings of being in your own city; instead you’re nestled in a sanctuary that feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of the outdoor world, with only the twinkling lights of the city, seen through marvellously large windows in your room, to propel you back to the present. Native boasts largely modern interiors; transformed by SPPARC Architecture and furnished by Conran Contracts, there are 75 apartments in total, each of which offer hugely cosy beds that require you to dive straight on in, movie moment fashion, and big wrap around sofas that provide all the comfort you need for a night in front of the TV, preferred tipple in hand.
There are various eateries in the surrounding area but, in true Aparthotel style, Native Bankside offers up the ability to cook in-room, using all of the amenities provided. On the first floor you’ll find a pantry with various sweet and savoury treats including pasta, rice, milk, bottled water and little packets of Haribo which we guzzled up – all of which you can work off in the resident gym, which comes equipped with city views. Highlights most definitely included speedy WiFi, a light sensitive bathroom with an epic waterfall-esque shower, black-out curtains and a room so cosy we found it enduringly hard to leave.
Previously known as Go Native, the group sees no signs of stopping with Native Glasgow having recently opened and Native Manchester at Ducie St Warehouse – all of which gives you no excuse not to immerse yourselves in the ‘home-away-from-home’ vibes Native has to offer. Native Bankside provides such a simplicity when it comes to plonking yourself in London and enjoying its nightlife; a real must-stay for those who triumph ease and elegant interiors.
Native Bankside can be found at Empire Warehouse, 1, Bear Gardens, SE1 9ED, www.nativeplaces.com