On London's bustling South Bank - just across the road from Tate Modern and minutes away from Shakespeare's Globe.


Bankside House is located on London's South Bank. Tate Modern is just across the road and Shakespeare's Globe, St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, HMS Belfast, Tower of London and Tower Bridge are all just a stroll along the river. Vinopolis, Borough Market, London Dungeon and Imperial War Museum are also close by.

We offer a range of clean, comfortable rooms from singles to quads. Many of our rooms are en-suite.

Please note:  On Saturday 9th June 2018 check-in time will be postponed to 4.00pm to allow the hall sufficient time to prepare the rooms after the students move out in the morning.

History to the present day

Bankside House was converted into a student residence for LSE in 1995. Prior to this it was the offices for the Bankside Power Station - now Tate Modern - designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, most famous for his design of the red telephone box.

Food and Drinks

Accommodation at Bankside comes with an excellent breakfast-  you get a choice of six items from a range of continental and English options.

Lunch and dinner is available for much of the summer - please check with the restaurant on arrival for opening times. Bankside is also surrounded by a growing number of excellent restaurants and cafes, ranging from Italian to Sushi.

The bar in the basement is a good way to relax at the end of the day. The bar also boasts Sky TV and games.

Vending Machines are available 24 hours a day in the lobby and basement.

Grounds and gardens

Centrally located within London, and within short travelling distance of all of London's major parks and green areas.

Other facilities

There is free wifi available. 

Tea and coffee making facilities in each room. Coin-operated laundry. Games Room. Sky TV in the bar. 24 Hr CCTV and Security. Lift to all floors. 


Breakfast included

Private car parking for a charge (on site)

No smoking

Children welcome


Children's cots

Luggage storage

Linen included

Towels included

Clothes dryer

Washing machine

Food and Drinks


Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)


Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 5

Bankside House, South Bank, London - Reviews


Based on Based on 341 reviews
Service 4.1
Rooms 3.6
Food 4.1
Website 4.3
Value 4.3
Overall Experience 4.0

Great facility with efficient friendly staff in a perfect location and at the right price.
Mr Gordon A

Ideal location, pleasant quiet rooms
Mr Michael H

value for money
Mme. christiane M

Lady on reception very helpful making sure my friend and I were near each other and sharing a bathroom as requested and not two.floors apart as allocated. Great price for the location and a room to myself, it was basic, as uni halls are, but was clean and I appreciated not having to bring towels. Reasonable choice at breakfast.
Ms Amy M

London's best kept secret! Perfect location, amazing breakfast, quiet, and clean! Thank you so much LSE Bankside, you made my holiday bliss!
Dr Sonia W

Very good position for South Bank attractions.
Mrs Dorothy B

The people at the front desk were most helpful at all times.
Ms Marilyn F

Ideal location for visiting the Globe and Tate Modern.
Dr Sarah H

No complaints at all. The residence is very well-situated (just opposite Tate Modern), the staff on duty were helpful, the room was fine (with en suite, which I wasn't expecting) and the breakfast was copious.
Dr Robin M

This accommodation is all I require for a busy trip to London. It has a perfect location and wonderful breakfast. The kitchen staff were very friendly and the reception staff VERY helpful. Very efficient lifts if needed.
Mrs Kay R

Travel Info

Address: 24 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9JA, United Kingdom

Check in: From 3.00pm  Check out: Before 10.30am

You can check-in anytime after 3pm as reception is manned 24 hours a day. If you arrive early or leave late we can store your luggage for you free of charge.

Please note:  On Saturday 9th June 2018 check-in time will be postponed to 4.00pm to allow the hall sufficient time to prepare the rooms after the students move out in the morning.

How to find us: Bankside is ideally located for exploring London with easy access to all parts of the city! 

Bankside House is located mid-way between Southwark (Jubilee line), Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo lines) and London Bridge Stations (Jubilee and Northern lines) From there just follow the signs to the Tate Modern, about a 10 minute Walk. Cannon Street is just across the River, again just follow the signs for the Tate Modern.

The 381 and RV1 buses from Waterloo pass close to Bankside House as do the 45 and 63 from Kings Cross/St Pancras - just get off at the Tate Modern stop and follow the signs.

From Heathrow: Heathrow is easily accessible via London Underground. Bankside can be reached by using the Piccadilly line to Green Park and then take the Jubilee Line to Southwark. From Southwark station follow the Orange Lamposts towards the Tate Modern and you will see us on your right, just beyond the iconic Blue Fin Building.

From Gatwick: Take the Thameslink Service to Blackfriars Station. From Blackfriars follow the directions to the Tate Modern, we are just behind.

From Stansted: Take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street Station and then take the Central Line to St. Pauls Station. From there follow the signage to Tate Modern, Bankside House is just behind the Tate Modern.

From Luton: Take the Thameslink service to London Bridge.

From City: Take the DLR to Canning Town. At Canning Town change onto the Jubilee Line to Southwark.

From Eurostar: take the Northern Line to London Bridge Station and follow the signs to the Tate Modern.

Please note: Blackfriars underground station will be closed until late 2011. The circle and district lines can be accessed via Cannon Street Station a 10 minute walk from Bankside House. Overland rail services are still serving Blackfriars Station.