hotel highlight: the Qbic Hotel in London, England

Planning a more environmentally responsible trip to London? Surrounded by world-famous street art and just steps away from the easy-to-navigate Underground lies the eco-accommodation you've been searching for-- the Qbic Hotel London City

With perks like complimentary bikes, shelves stocked with board games, and free cocktails for those looking out for Mother Earth, Qbic is the perfect base for any conscious young traveler looking to visit England's capital city! 

In this post, I'll outline every detail and give you the scoop on the perks that await you should you book a room with Qbic Hotel London City

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CHECKING IN 

I arrived at the Qbic around 10:30 AM eager with plans to soak in the nostalgia that London brings with it, knowing good and well that check-in wasn't until 3:00 PM. I walked into Qbic with my carry-on hoping they'd generously hold it for me until my room was available. They did me one better! They checked their bookings and immediately gave me the key card to my room. Even if I hadn't gotten to hop upstairs in to my room right away, the fact that Qbic's staff took time to see if it was an option without me asking had me fully impressed. 

 laughing to keep from crying over the fact places like this exist in real actual life

laughing to keep from crying over the fact places like this exist in real actual life

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SLEEPING BEAUTY 

There are three types of rooms available for booking at the Qbic: Fun {large double}, Cosy {standard double}, Smart {no window}. All rooms comes with rainfall shower heads, vibrant design details, and free WiFi {it's fast too}. 

Every room is designed with our big blue planet in mind. As a matter of fact, Qbic recycled 95% of its building materials during the hotel's construction. Energy saving solutions and plastic reduction techniques can be found in the details. No bin liners, no throw away shampoo or conditioner bottles, no toothbrushes wrapped in plastic you'd secretly collect and then never use {because they aren't good quality anyway, aye?}. That doesn't mean that the Qbic offers no amenities, in fact, they offer some of the most well-thought out extras I've ever experienced {keep reading!}. 

I typically wake up around 7:00 AM wide-eyed and ready to take on the world. After a day meeting up with friends in London, I fell into my bed and slept in almost a full hour passed my natural alarm clock. I could have slept all day under the fluffy bedding watching Task Master re-runs on the tele, but BREAKFAST WAS WAITING! 

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EAT YOUR HEART OUT

An endless buffet of breads, cereals, fruits, juices, teas, and coffees await you downstairs for breakfast. But Qbic gives the word "options" new meaning. There are no dairy milk options to accompany multiple cereal options. Want waffles? Qbic's gotcha covered. You can fill up on quinoa muffins, start the day healthfully with yogurt and muesli, or enjoy any of the number of pastries that are fresh from the oven {I recommend the cinnamon raisin scroll}. If you prefer hot plates, Qbic London has a menu for you that serves cook to order items like a Full English Breakfast {also available in a vegetarian version} and smashed avocado toast with poached eggs and chili flakes. 

Are you drooling yet? Did I mention they cater to vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free diets. 

Also of note: no paper plates or plastic cutlery! Holla! 

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SCRUB-A-DUB-DUB 

The bathroom had what bathrooms need to have: a sink, a shower, towels, and a toilet. No fancy steam features or random toilet features needed. The shampoo, body wash, and soap in the room were all organic and had me scrubbing off sweat from a hot stroll down Brick Lane and emerging from the shower smelling like lemon and honey. The products were in recyclable and reusable containers, no yucky plastic throw-aways!  

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

As a frequent traveler, I can tell you that there is nothing worse than finding a city's coolest hotel in the absolute worst location. Most travelers want to be central to major sights, near public transport, and somewhere with a local vibe. Check, check, check!

My carry-on and I took the Hammersmith and City line on the tube to Aldgate East station. From there, Qbic is only a 2-minute walk. It's that easy. 

Qbic Hotel is located at the bottom of famous Brick Lane in hip East London. Walk for 20-minutes and you'll find yourself crossing London Bridge to Borough Market where the smell of food from market stalls almost makes you wish you didn't eat so much for breakfast {almost}. Walk a few minutes more and you're at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where you can catch a show or continue walking to peep art at the Tate Modern. Other nearby attractions include Sky Garden {post coming soon!}, the trendy Shoreditch area, Rich Mix Cinema, and Whitechapel Gallery. 

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PERK UP

Qbic offers some of the most creative perks to their guests. Tea and coffee stations offer free refreshments to all guests on every floor. If you're staying for more than a night, Qbic rewards green thinking by giving a free cocktail to guests who opt not to have their linens changed. Guests of the Qbic can also enjoy discounted cinema tickets {and 15% off popcorn and refreshments} at Curzon Aldgate just around the corner from the hotel. Don't feel like doing your laundry while you're traveling? That's fine. Qbic guests get 10% off dry cleaning and laundry services using LaundrappIf your trip is marking an occasion or you want to make a stay with your loved one extra special, Petalon Flowers will deliver seasonal bouquets straight from their shop in Hackney to the Qbic, making your romantic efforts hassle-free {not that romance should ever be a hassle, amirite?}. 

For a full list of Qbic perks, read more here. 

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BOOKING 

You can make your reservation for a stay at the gorgeous and green Qbic Hotel London City by using their website here. 

There is also a Qbic in Amsterdam, and you can bet I've already looked at returning to the city of bicycles and canals just to stay in this funky little hotel! 


Disclaimer: I was a guest of Qbic Hotel London City, but all my opinions are my own and my experience is expressed authentically.