Novotel London Blackfriars Review

During our last visit to London we stayed in the 4 Star Novotel London Blackfriars hotel...

Photos courtesy of Novotel website


Novotel London Blackfriars is Located near the Thames River Blackfriars Bridge London Eye and Tate Modern. It is a 2 minute walk from  Southwark Tube Station and you are super close to South Bank. Our 6th floor room had a view of The Shard.

Check In.

Check in was super easy, in fact as we arrived in London earlier than check in the reception staff happily took our bags so we could attend our event  without them! They then even took our bags up to our room for our arrival. Five stars for that Novotel!!

The lobby was large and bright with simple but really cool decor! An LED welcome sign going up the stairs, and interactive art work on the walls. I wish I had more photo of the art work but it took us until check out to realise that they changed, by which time all my stuff was packed away!

 The lobby also housed a cool web corner with Apple mac's that Ellie LOVED and she stayed and took advantage of the free WIFI whilst I filmed the room tour! 

Photo courtesy of Novotel website

The Room.

We stayed in a family room, with a huge double bed and 2 single beds. Even with the 2 single beds out the room was still really spacious! Watch a room tour below:

All the rooms in Novotel London Blackfriars have a glass screen, which becomes transparent or opaque at the touch of a button, that separates the room and the bathroom.

All room in the hotel have a  32" TV and media hub, although I didnt know how to connect it so an instruction manual would have been great, although I am sure if I had rang down to reception someone would have been up to help us out! 


I just love the food at Novotel! We opted, for pizza and fries to share in our room after a busy day in London!

The next day we headed down to an almost empty Elements restaurant for breakfast (the perks of young children waking up at 6!!!), we could have opted for room service again, but by this point a 3yo and 4yo are definitely ready for a change of scenery! We chose to sit at a quite table for 4, but there was plenty of seating from 1 seat TV tables, tables for large families and also this super cool iPad table that you can see in the background of my photo below...It came in very handy once the monsters had eaten their weight in breakfast and I was able to finish my (now cold after getting up and down so much with the 2 smaller ones!) breakfast.

And we tucked into everything from pancakes, to croissants to coffee, hot chocolate, toast, cereals, bacon eggs the works...Evie and Jenson also enjoyed a BabyBel from the continental breakfast!

Coco Pops...of course got the thumbs up!

Other Stuff...

Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to make use of the free gym or heated pool (boooo!!), nor did we need to make use of Novotel offering FREE hire of the Quinny Yezz to traveling families (which I definitely would have used had we had Elsie with us!) The website says their is a play area for children of all ages but we couldn't find it (again too wimpy to ask!) nor did I get to test out the bar, although it looked fantastic, travelling on my own with 3 children wasn't the time to be trying out the wine list!

 Photos courtesy of Novotel website.

We had an absolutely great time at Novotel London Blackfriars and we were certainly not ready to go home, as a family we are great lovers of our capital and I know that we will be visiting again in the near future, Novotel as a brand, and certainly this hotel will be high up on our list of places to check for booking first!

Disclaimer: We were lucky enough to receive our trip complimentary thanks to the Accor Hotel group. All opinions, word's and photo's are our own unless stated.


  1. That hotel looks great, I have never stayed in a Novotel before. It looks like a great hotel for children too and I love the offer you the use of buggy's if you need a one xx

  2. Looks a great hotel, I always struggle to find a hotel which sleeps 2 adults and 3 kids. Wonder if they do? I like that the hotel is so family friendly.


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