Time Out can reveal the setting for the much-publicised TV series starring Gordon Ramsay and Mary Portas, called ‘Hotel GB’, which is to be starts on October 1 at 9pm on Channel 4. The hotel is the Bermondsey Square Hotel, in a regenerated area just off Tower Bridge Road. Bermondsey Square itself is a curious mix of handsome Victorian heritage and privately owned ‘public’ space, the sort now found across London from Spitalfields to the Isle of Dogs.
The series takes over Gregg’s Table, a brasserie which opened in February 2012 to a barrage of negative feedback and reviews. It is thought that backer Gregg Wallace will play no part during the filming. It is unclear at this stage how many genuine paying members of the public will be permitted to visit during the filming; visits to the hotel appear to be arranged via the TV production company making the series, Optomen. E-mail Hotelevents@optomen.com for more info.