Citizen M describe themselves as affordable luxury, and they couldn’t be more right. They have three locations across London but today I am showing you around Citizen M, Tower Hill. Considering the brilliant price of the hotel, I think you’ll be quite shocked when you walk inside. The hotel is very edgy, very modern and very stylish but still focuses on comfort and practicality. That’s reflected in both the lobby areas as well as the rooms.
CHECK IN & TRANSPORT
When you book your hotel, you’ll receive an email which will help you with a quick, fuss-free self-check-in by one of the self serve computers in the lobby area. Your ticket will print your room number and you’re free to explore your home for the night or next few days. The nearest tube station to/from Citizen M is Tower Hill which serves the Circle Line Tube. For transport help, I recommend you download CityMapper for excellent, free guidance.
The rooms at Citizen M are compact but brilliant. When I say they’rere basic in the best of ways. There’s everything you need in there with minimal fuss of all the things you don’t need. The beds are from TV Bed Store, XL king-size with soft, plump cushions and sheets. You have a small sink area with extra towels, hairdryer and mini-fridge underneath. Behind a frosted glass door in the room is a large shower and compact toilet.
The hotel is very technologically advanced which is reflected in the way the room is set up to run. The room is controlled by an iPad left in your room. With the ipad you can control the blinds, the smart TV, the lights. You can even change the colour of your room or set it to a certain mood. How cool is that? The smart TV also has a ton of channels and up to date films to watch.
THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
This particular Citizen M Hotel I stayed at was in Tower Hill. They do, however, have another two locations in London in Bankside and Shoreditch. All three locations have plenty going on around them to explore:
Very close to the hotel is the historic Tower of London. Some of the rooms in the hotel actually look onto the tower which could be a great addition to your stay. The Sky Garden is a short walk away which has views across London for free. If you’re into your horror, you could explore the Jack The Ripper Museum. Leadenhall Market is one of London’s oldest markets and the setting for scenes in the first Harry Potter film. The Monument to the Fire of London is a 9-minute walk away. St Dunstan in the East Church was destroyed during the second world war and you can visit the remains that still stand today. It’s very beautiful.
Shoreditch is one of the coolest places to hang out in London. Near the hotel is Box Park, an undercover food market with a huge range of street food to try. If you want to support small business Spitalfields Market hosts a whole range of stalls selling fashion, jewellery and gifts. A short walk away from Spitalfields Market is Brick Lane which has lots more stalls to browse and independent shops to admire. Plenty more street food, too. If you want a fancy breakfast, you can always treat yourself at Duck & Waffle that offers views across London with your morning cup of tea. If you’re into your art, the streets of Shoreditch has lots of graffiti to check out.
You could spend a whole weekend exploring bankside alone and it’s a great location for a stay in London. Borough Market is foodie heaven and a must place to visit when visiting the city. Nearby is the Tate Modern Museum which has hundreds of contemporary art pieces as well as a brilliant viewing platform which offers 360-degree views of London, for free. Shakespeares Globe sits along Bankside and is great for any theatre enthusiasts. After all of that exploring, you’ve definitely earned a pint at the Founders Arms, a lovely pub with great views of the river.
FOOD & DRINK
Citizen M has plenty of food and drink options to take advantage of.
Breakfast starts at 6:30 am and is £12 per person. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they have had to change it up slightly and instead of a self serve buffet, staff members operate it and serve you a choice of bread, cheese, bacon, sausage and eggs. A small canteen area also offers a self serve fruit, jams and spreads and granola pots. The canteen turns into a small snack area during the afternoon/evening with lots of goodies to buy. They also have a hot menu in the evening to enjoy in the lobby areas.
If you’re heading out for the evening or fancy a nightcap before bed, they have a large, fully stocked bar with beers, wines and lots of delicious cocktails. I’d recommend heading to one of their snuggly sofas in the lobby area to enjoy. Also, don’t forget your room has its own fridge for anything you’d like to bring yourself.
WHY STAY AT CITIZEN M?
- It’s exceptional value for money.
- They have lots of locations across London in key areas.
- The hotel is simple but stylish.
- It’s great if you travel for business.
Heard of the Citizen M passport?
You may be interested in learning more about the Citizen M Global Passport. The Global Passport entitles the owner 30 days stay at any Citizen M hotel for a fixed rate of just £50 a night. The passport also has a whole host of other features including a discount on breakfast, 10% off drinks and unlimited use of the Citizen M living rooms for work, rest or play. There are only 1000 passports available and once they’re gone, they’re gone! To find out more or to buy yours click here. T’s & C’s apply.
For more information on any of the Citizen M Hotels or to book your next stay click here. My stay at Citizen Mw part of a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.