Staring at a clock is generally considered a sure sign of boredom, and that you can’t wait to clock off work. But stay at the new £350 million Westminster Bridge Park Plaza and if you get a room looking out across the bridge the view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament will transfix you.

Avert your gaze and you will find a comfy, spacious and very well-appointed room. At over 1,000 rooms it is a large hotel, yet it doesn’t feel it. Although busy during my stay, the first floor lobby and other public areas never felt crowded.

And the curved exterior made it feel far less imposing than many smaller hotels.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge bedroom reviewed by tlm - the travel & leisure magazine

Free wi-fi throughout the hotel is a boon, especially for those who work on the move. There is also a spa and fitness centre, with a 15-metre pool and 24-hour gym – handy for nightbirds – while the five dining and entertainment options include the acclaimed Brasserie Joel French restaurant.

But the room was the star for me, and not just for the view. My suite (there are 54, including penthouses) had 37-inch LCD TVs in both the lounge area and bedroom, and both had sport channels. Result! With Chelsea playing Liverpool on Sky and the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix on the BBC, I had the luxury of leaving one screen tuned into each, and followed the action by walking from one room to the other.

As for the view? I was tempted to leave the curtains open all night. If only Big Ben had an alarm setting…


Park Plaza Westminster

Bridge London

South Bank, London SE1 7UT

Tel: 0844 415 6780

Rooms from £139 ex-VAT

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Best for

  •  Great views
  • Central location
  •  Well-thought out room

Could do better

  • Awkward closet

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