Tower Hotel, London

The Tower Hotel is a large hotel situated on the north bank of the River Thames, on the east side of Tower Bridge, in London.

The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel, with St. Katharine Pier in the foreground
General information
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Opening19 September 1973
ManagementGLH Hotels
Technical details
Floor count14
Design and construction
ArchitectRenton Howard Wood Partnership
DeveloperTaylor Woodrow
Other information
Number of rooms801
Number of suites18
Parking80 Spaces
The Tower Hotel

The hotel was designed by the Renton Howard Wood Partnership, and constructed by Taylor Woodrow for owners J. Lyons & Co., and opened in September 1973.[1] It was built in a Brutalist style[2] and was voted the second most hated building in London in a 2006 BBC poll.[3]

J. Lyons operated the hotel until July 1977 when it was sold for £6.5m to EMI Leisure.[1][4] In 1980, EMI Leisure properties, including the Tower Hotel, were sold to Trusthouse Forte. The hotel was later acquired by the Thistle Hotels group.

The hotel has 801 rooms, as well as 19 meeting rooms with capacity for up to 600 people. It also has a gym, restaurant, coffee bar, and licensed premises. The hotel is ultimately owned by Singapore-based GuocoLeisure which shifted the hotel into a separate luxury brand called Guoman Hotels, now GLH Hotels.[5]

It is frequently used for roof top filming due to its high level view of a skyline including Tower Bridge, Tower of London and the river.[citation needed]

The nearest London Underground station is Tower Hill. Tower Gateway DLR station is also nearby.

See also


  1. "Tower Hotel London". J Lyons. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  2. "Stars vie to get their hands on ugly hotel". The Architects’ Journal. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  3. BBC Poll – Most Hated Building
  4. EMI Annual Report 1977, p.39. Retrieved: 4 February 2016
  5. Ruddick, Peter (11 June 2013). "Guoman Hotels brand to be 'retired' as Guoman Hotel Management is rebranded as glh". Big Hospitality. Retrieved 13 May 2021.