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Published June 1st 2013
Stunning view, tasty cocktails
Housed in the old Marconi Building on the corner of Aldgate and the Strand and just near the end of Waterloo Bridge, Hotel M is a boutique dream.
Entering through the chicly designed lobby we are herded towards the lifts at the rear and whooshed up to the roof where the Radio Bar is awaiting us.
It isn't necessarily the most auspicious greeting, I found the indoors a bit "trendy hotel bar" with the matching requisite lack of character and bevy of well dressed but perhaps too polished clientele. This just isn't my normal crowd but once we started on the cocktails and the snacks I was happily settling into our corner.
I still wasn't fully convinced by this place until, that is, we opened the sliding doors and took a step out onto their terrace.
Wow. What a view, It is fair to say that this is one of the best in London. You overlook the courtyard of Somerset House, lit in all its splendour and behind that the curve of the river at Waterloo, stretching all the way down to Westminster at one side and Canary Wharf at the other.
What I'm saying here is that you can pretty much name a London landmark and then pin a little badge on it from this vantage point. We went when it was still chilly and they provided us with blankets and fired up the heaters in our little sheltered cabana but now summer seems to be showing its head a little this place will be amazing.
Expect queues when the sun is shining, this place is no longer a secret, and it might pay to book ahead but the view is definitely worth it.