The LaliT hotel London's spacious grand bed with an orange theme and seating

The LaliT

London - United Kingdom


East meets West at this quirky boutique hotel in the heart of London, a former Victorian grammar school that has been reimagined as an Indian-themed urban sanctuary.

Behind the 19th century red brick façade lies a vibrant and modern hotel where the staff wear traditional Indian dress, and the assembly hall is now a fine dining restaurant serving cuisine from around the subcontinent. Even the hotel’s afternoon tea evokes distant shores, served with an aromatic pot of chai.

It’s easy to forget that you’re in London, so make sure you get out and explore! The South Bank location is fantastic, just steps from Tower Bridge and Borough Market, and the vibe is welcoming and inclusive, ideal for LGBT travellers.

Inclusive Retreats Rating

5 stars

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£239 from

Per Person

Two people sharing a room for 2 nights in November 2018. Contact us for your specific requirements. From price for guidance only, all subject to availability.


  • Indian inspired hotel retreat located by Tower Bridge on the south side of the Thames
  • Evocative afternoon tea served with an aromatic pot of chai
  • Steps from Borough Market and the South Bank
  • Gourmet bakery serving delicious naan breads
  • Sample fine dining in The Baluchi restaurant

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The LaliT hotel London's large stylish bedroom with bed foot sofa and kettle
The LaliT hotel's high end bedroom with views of London's grand tall buildings
The LaliT hotel's large royal marble sink in central London
The LaliT hotel London's five star elegant bedroom with seating by window near London bridge
The LaliT hotel's white and black themed bathroom with a walk in shower in central London
The LaliT hotel London's posh reception area with seating near borough market
The LaliT hotel London's five star luxury massage cloth with flower
The LaliT hotel London's wooden massage table and luxury dressing gowns in calm bright room
The LaliT hotel London's five star lounge interior with comfortable seats
The LaliT hotel London's building exterior and road in central London
The LaliT hotel london's outdoor dining at al fresco restaurant
The LaliT hotel London's blue great hall with eating tables and grand chandeliers
The LaliT hotel's luxurious seating area with champagne on a wooden table in London
The LaliT hotel's chic marble top bar in central london
The LaliT hotel london afternoon tea with scones, sandwiches and comfortable seating
The LaliT hotel london afternoon tea by high end bar

Nearby Attractions

The LaLiT is on Tooley Street, just a couple of minutes’ walk from Tower Bridge. The surrounding area has been completely revitalised over the last decade, and is home to major attractions such as The Shard, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

A Saturday trip to Borough Market is a must for foodies, and there’s always something going on along the South Bank during summer. The views across the Thames towards St Paul’s Cathedral and the skyscrapers of the City are spectacular, best appreciated from one of the characterful pubs that line the river.

The nearest Tube station is London Bridge, with great connections to all corners of the city. Hop on the Jubilee Line for the boutiques of Bond Street, the O2 Arena or the Olympic Park; the Northern Line will take you to Soho and the theatres of the West End, or east to trendy Shoreditch and Old Street.


Many of the 70 rooms and suites used to be classrooms, and they’re all slightly different in their layout and Indian-infused décor. All rooms have an LED TV, free WiFi, Nespresso machine and Kronocare bath amenities.

The lovely spa, Rejuve, draws on both eastern and western therapies and traditions, and there is also a gym.

Enjoy a cocktail in a sophisticated setting at the Teacher’s Room, or sample fine cognacs and Champagne in the Headmaster’s Room. The Baluchi restaurant enjoys a stunning setting in the Grade II listed assembly hall, with a fabulous fine dining menu that takes inspiration from India’s many distinctive regional cuisines. The wonderfully named Naanery is a gourmet bakery where you can enjoy the best naan you’ve ever tasted, and The Gallery serves a unique Indian-themed afternoon tea. There is also an appealing outdoor terrace where you can dine al fresco if the weather allows.

Amenities & Activities

  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage


The LaLiT’s main restaurant, Baluchi, is the stunning centrepiece of the hotel, occupying what was once the assembly hall of St Olave’s grammar school. The menu is inspired by cuisine from around India, featuring dishes from regions including Kerala, Kashmir and Bengal, making use of high quality British ingredients such as Romney Marsh lamb and Gloucestershire pork belly. The food is fantastic and the setting is spectacular, with chandeliers suspended from the vaulted ceiling and a rich colour palette of deep blues and dark woods.

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How to get here...


Several regional UK airports have flights into London, and the capital is the hub for train services from all over the country.

airport transfer

Located close to Tower Bridge, London's airports are all between 30 minutes and 1½ hours’ drive from the hotel, depending on traffic.

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