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Crowne Plaza London - The City

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Why We Love It

  • Great location, one block from the River Thames & opposite Blackfriars Station
  • Sights like the Tate Modern and St Paul's can be reached within 10 minutes on foot
  • Good for business travellers, it's 10 minutes' walk from The City & has free Wi-Fi in the lobby
  • Drink champagne cocktails in Henry VIII's dungeons at on-site Voltaire

Map & Directions

The hotel is 50 minutes by taxi from Heathrow Airport (the journey will take longer at peak times) and an hour by public transportation -- take the Piccadilly line to Hammersmith and then the District line to Blackfriars Station. From London City Airport it's 25 minutes by car, or take the DLR to Bank, walk to Monument Station and then board the District line to Blackfriars Station. The journey takes half an hour. Gatwick Airport is an hour's drive away, or 35 minutes by direct train to Blackfriars Station.

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Calm and civilised with touches of glamour" (The Daily Telegraph), Crowne Plaza London - The City is a bright, modern hotel in a prime location near Blackfriars Bridge. It is a great choice for business travellers -- there's free Wi-Fi in public areas and it's just 10 minutes' walk from The City -- but it's also central enough for sightseeing. You'll find the Tate Modern and St Paul's Cathedral within 10 minutes on foot, and the BFI movie theatre, London Eye and the Tower of London just a little farther away. The West End and Chinatown can be reached in three stops on the tube from nearby Blackfriars Station.

There are two main dining options: the AA-Rosette Chinese Cricket Club (Sichuan cooking and dim sum, closed Saturday) and the hotel’s latest venture: Italian restaurant Diciannove (closed Sunday).

Voltaire, a buzzing bar and eatery, is a trendy option for champagne and light bites. Reserve a VIP table in one of the cellar alcoves -- these darkly glamorous stone vaults were once a dungeon when the building was one of Henry VIII's royal palaces. The comprehensive list of on-site facilities also includes a small gym and a sauna, and the hotel is also ideally situated for riverside runs, as it's set one block from the River Thames.

Renovated in 2011, rooms are stylish and are double glazed. Standard rooms aren't huge, but they are no smaller than is the norm in London. Upgrade to a King Studio for more space and a separate sitting area. Guests staying in rooms on the Club level also get free access to the Club Lounge, which provides breakfast, hors d'oeuvres and drinks as well as free chocolate in the mini bar. Families can be accommodated in some rooms, and those up to the age of 18 stay free.

From the press:

  • "Don't let the hotel's all-business appearance and financial-district location put you off—it's a polished operation, with stylish minimalist rooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant, and it's just steps from a Tube station" -- Fodor

  • "The lobby has a soaring atrium and modish interiors that are a welcome surprise, and the mood is calm and civilised with touches of glamour. Expect to see a lot of suits" -- The Daily Telegraph



  • Gym / fitness center
  • Sauna / Steam Room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer


  • Valet service (fees apply)


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 12pm

National Rating
This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitEngland, the National Tourist Board for England.

Know Before You Go

  • Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: GBP 22.50 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: GBP 47.5 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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