A hotel committed to reducing waste has done away with the traditional in-room minibar concept, but don’t worry, there’s still convenience on-demand,  and even an emergency engagement ring, should the mood strike.  

The Bankside Hotel on the south bank of London’s River Thames is a design-forward six-storey hotel that has art, innovation and sustainability at the forefront.  

Sustainability in hotels is an increasingly audible topic of conversation. Sure, Bankside has thought of elements like sourcing local, power-saving outlets, protocol to minimise waste, rooftop beehives and allocating open areas for co-working spaces. But it’s the pioneering approach to a different minibar concept that has got people talking.

Rather than the usual in-room selection, Bankside opted to install communal high-tech touch screen vending machines on each floor. The idea has been a success, as it means all guests have access to “quality” items, but in a more experiential way.  Think CBD drops, face masks, shaving kits and tights – which all sit neatly alongside Tom Ford sunglasses, sparkly hotpants and an adjustable diamond engagement ring.

Read more about the Bankside Hotel and its high tech vending machines online HERE

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