The Sea Containers hotel opened on London’s South Bank is making quite a splash with its optimised-for-Instagram interior décor (thanks to the creative direction of design genius Tom Dixon) which nods to the building’s heritage with a host of nautical features…
The reception desk is set within a giant copper hull that sweeps from the lobby and into the heart of the hotel.
The bar in the Sea Containers restaurant sits beneath a yellow submarine.
The Dandelyan bar is reminiscent of a cruise ship club lounge, with its sumptuous green marble bar and dramatic views of the Thames. On the menu are innovative cocktails plus refined interpretations of the classics.
With the golden age of transatlantic ship travel and glam ocean liner cabins as his inspiration, Tom Dixon has created compact and clever rooms (from £195 per night) that feature metallic and brass touches and bespoke furniture, finished with one-off artworks and stunning river or city views.
As well as a cinema to seat 56 (commandeered by Curzon each weekend to screen the latest leading arthouse films to guests and the public), Mondrian also debuts agua Bathhouse & Spa, a bold new spa playground concept, with six spacious treatment suites and a curated menu of luxury signature treatments.
My sister and I paid an early morning visit to Sea Containers for breakfast. We drank in the drizzly view from our window seat, across Blackfriars Bridge to St Paul’s, as we devoured Belgian waffles topped with dark chocolate and coconut cream.
On our way out, we nosed around the lobby, lounges and bathrooms before passing out of the revolving door (which Ellen proceeded to get stuck in…!) leaving the larger-than-life venue behind to brave the drizzle and head for the office.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD
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