The maritime-themed Mondrian London at Sea Containers docked along the Thames River is becoming one of the city’s hottest hotels. What was once an unsightly 1970s office building is now a stunning five-star property created by British Designer Tom Dixon.
With the help of Dixon’s ultra-contemporary vision, the American import has done away with the traditional style of other luxury London hotels for a slick, sexy and Millennial-ready look. The magnificent copper-clad hull which doubles as a lobby reception and corridor wall, for instance, seems made for wow-factor Instagram feeds. Dixon amps up the theme inside the hotel’s 359 rooms and suites, with results that leave you feeling like you’re inside a trendy cruise liner cabin. Front-facing rooms and suites with direct Thames River views help further achieve this effect.
The property is home to Sea Containers, its signature restaurant, and two bars: Dandelyan and Rumpus Room. At the eatery, New York restaurateur Seamus Mullen delivers international flavors with dishes such as sea bream and prawn ceviche to the family-style servings of rib eye with bone marrow.
Dandelyan offers a green marbled bar, retro fittings and avant-garde cocktails like concrete-filtered cognac. In just one year, it ranked on Drinks International’s “World’s Best 50 Bars” and won the Spirited Award’s “Best International Bar,” further cementing Mondrian London as the “it” place in the city. Guests can also take the party up top to the Rumpus Room, the hotel’s swish rooftop bar and lounge. It’s there that you’ll find the most stupendous vistas of the city, stretching from Blackfriars Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral to the skyscrapers on the East End fringe.
Mondrian London’s South Bank location allows for prime access to several London attractions including the world-renowned Tate Modern gallery, National Theatre, Millennium Bridge and the London Eye Ferris wheel. All are within a 15-minute stroll. On site, the property boasts the state-of-the-art Agua Bathhouse & Spa (guests receive complimentary access) and a 56-seat cinema, a suavely furnished, all-cobalt venue by Tom Dixon. Rooms begin at around $277 a night.