It’s not everyday that we can come across a 19th century Magistrates Court turned into a luxury hotel. The Dixon newly opened in January 2019 is the new addition to the Autograph Collection Hotel and Marriott Bonvoy Program. The hotel’s name pays homage to John Dixon Butler. The Grade II-listed building's original Edwardian architect who was mainly known for building several iconic Police Stations and Stables throughout London.
Now it is serving as a new trendy hotel in London and I had the chance to visit the facility.
Tower Bridge is considered one of London’s top area for its instantly recognisable structure, numerous activities and hidden gems spread throughout. The Dixon could not have found a better location by blending perfectly with an iconic London Landmark.
Out of its 193 rooms, my focus was their much talked about signature room; The Orwell Suite.
Upon entering you will find yourself into a sprawling suite with a separate living room connected easily with the bedroom providing just the right amount of privacy for guests. The secluded master bedroom features an ensuite large marble bathroom and oversized walk-in closet. The design of the room was well executed; a combination of classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, finely crafted details which make the room exudes an air of luxury and comfort.
Building a hotel in a former Magistrates Court comes with certain perks. The hotel had to keep some the original materials throughout its constuctions therefore make sure to pay attention to the fine details that will take you back in time. For example, the original windows were kept and new ones were built over them!
Dining + Bar
The hotel is ramping up its restaurant scene with the creation of Provisioners Ldn where passion for refined European-inspired cuisine awaits. It’s a very distinct modern retro design restaurant with Scandinavian chairs, curvy mod Sixties styles, plush fabrics sofas and bold pink-toned patterns will please the 70s lovers.
Furthermore, it features sumptuous fare of delicacies and also used to serve as a former prison with some of the materials still noticeable. You will be able to find an original jail door right in the middle of the restaurant as well as original engraved messages from prisoners and cell keys on some of the walls.
When it comes to food, this restaurant offers various selection from breakfasts, lunches and dinners that highlights the best of Britain with a delicate mix of mediterranean flavours. Not to forget the restaurant's very own coffee called the Shakedown which was named after the sound produced by the guards to wake up prisoners. Guarantee to wake you up just like the good old penitentiary days.
If you fancy some drinks then head over to the Courtroom Bar. Staying true to its name, this bar represented the old Magistrates’ Courtroom was where criminals received their punishment after their judgement. You will be able to find on the walls some of their mugshots. The judge’s bench has been transformed into a beautifully crafted bar serving a wide collection of cocktails and spirits.
A short visit at the Dixon hotel will show you at first glance an historical building with a luxury boutique hotel state-of-mind. The Dixon is an artful mix of historic heritage and contemporary character, a refined hotel integrated in a landmark of London’s most cosmopolitan and culturally rich area.
The Dixon, Tower Bridge, Autograph Collection
211 Tooley St,
London SE1 2JX