What We Love
- Top riverfront location on London’s South Bank
- Interiors by British design guru Tom Dixon (including artwork in the guestrooms)
- The restaurant is overseen by New York chef Seamus Mullen
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Rooms are large by London standards (at least 312 square feet)
- Not all rooms overlook the river
- The rooftop bar is closed Sundays and Mondays
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The first Mondrian property outside the U.S., on the riverfront between the Tate Modern and the London Eye, is a collaboration between a crack team of creative and culinary stars from both sides of the Atlantic, with interiors by British design guru Tom Dixon and a restaurant helmed by New York chef Seamus Mullen. The hotel is in the iconic Sea Containers House, and Dixon has stayed true to the building’s heritage: a giant ship’s hull made from beaten copper panels swoops through the reception area, and the interiors are inspired by transatlantic liners. Even the 359 guest rooms give off a cruise ship vibe—without inducing cabin fever. They’re spacious by London standards (the smallest is 312 square feet) and decked out in shades of gray and hot pink, with striking wingback chairs and artwork by Dixon. Snag one of the riverfront rooms for awesome views of the Thames and across to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Dixon’s vision for the rooftop bar, a stellar spot for sundowners and skyline views, was for it to feel like a ship’s ballroom, and its Art Deco–style interiors, velvet seats, and copper fixtures complete the look. Book a table right by the window at the river-level Sea Containers restaurant and order dishes inspired by South American, Middle Eastern, and Italian cuisine from the open kitchen. Then, grab a post-dinner drink at the Dandelyan bar, where the quirky cocktails come courtesy of hipster mixologist Mr. Lyan.
In the Area
Between the London Eye and Tower Bridge, the South Bank is a cultural hot spot. The Tate Modern is a five-minute walk. For theater there’s Shakespeare’s Globe, the Old Vic or the intimate Menier Chocolate Factory. Try the OXO Tower for high-end eats overlooking the Thames, or stroll farther along the river to Borough Market to tuck into free samples from fromageries, patisseries and other artisanal food stalls. Arrive early and pick up a deliciously strong coffee from Monmouth or pop into Neal’s Yard Dairy and Wright Brothers Oyster Porter House for tasty snacks. Across the river, head to St. Paul’s Cathedral to climb up to the Whispering Gallery, or browse the boutiques at One New Change, a high-end mall with rooftop bars and restaurants.
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It's a stylish hotel but to be completely honest if you fancy the quality of a holiday Inn at 4 times the price then go for it. Breakfast was really poor, service was poor but Location is great!
I probably will go back one day but not top of my list for the area.
The hotel is in a good location.
The hotel looks nice and modern on the inside.
The rooms are peaceful too even from noise from the corridor. Also has great tv with movies and sports.
Issues resulting in low mark.
Roof top bar only offers snacks no real food and the jazz band was so loud you couldn’t have say and chilled and chatted.
Bar on the ground floor was snacks also. The room service menu had burgers pizzas etc but here aren’t on offer in the bars.
The restaurant is al a cart also so none of the above is server anywhere other than room service. I did try to use the restaurant though but the lady taking people to seats seemed more interested taking people stepping in from the street to tables that people internal to the restaurant that were stood elsewhere and despite acknowledging we were there seemed to only ever go to the street entrance till I gave up.
Room service although a lot quicker than they advised. Said up to an hour came in 39mind. But took 5calls to order as wanted to pay for the meal not add to the room so had to call me back. Then took order. Then called back to confirm order as if asked for no salad. Then called back with cost as didn’t add up (has survive charge 3.50 and 12.5% additional charge). When the food came it had the salad I asked for not to be there so despite re affirming. Still didn’t do what I asked.
Fire alarm at 3am woke me up with a meeting early the next day this wasn’t welcomed.
Last reaso for low rating. Offered a free drinks voucher. For house whine or beer which I thought was a nice touch.
Sat In the bar I ordered a house wine and was delivered a drink. It was nice and chilled after a long day to be approached after I had drunk half of it to say I had been give a glass of wine that wasn’t the house and I’d have to now pay for it. Needless to say after the bar manager got involved I didn’t have to pay but felt like a con and now what was needed after a long day.
To finalise the bad review when I checked out I was asked how my stay was which was two nights I replied I’ve had a lot better thank you, the receptionist said she was sorry to hear that and took my payment without speaking to me again never querying why.
Which a shame for what could have been a great hotel.
I was recommended by my colleague for TimeOut voucher for this restaurant. We bought a good deal there for £25/pp for ammount of food in photo. The photos are food for two.
Food quality and rating: I would say 5 stars for the food except the pasta (tasteless and overcooked) and panacotta (a bit too firm). Hence, averagely, I would say 4 stars for food
Service:for the first 40 mins in the restaurant, I already gave the service 5 stars. But, things started going down hill. We started our meal at 7pm and the appointment said we can only keep the table max 2hrs. We dont actually want to stay that long. We finished main course at around 7:45pm. We tried to call a staff to order our dessert. It took us 15 mins to finally have someone coming to our table. The restaurant is clearly understaffed. We ordered dessert at roughly 8pm. We waited for so long and when it is pass 8:30pm, we call the waiter (same person had taken our order, by the clothes, I think he is manager because he was not in uniform). My friend told him that we had been waiting for 30 mins for the dessert. Can you please check? He tried to say back that "It was only 10 to 15 mins.". He didnt even say sorry for the long wait for the dessert. We are very sure about the time because we even waited until 8:33pm to start complaining about the speed of the food. Then, dessert came after less than 5mins. Our suspection is he forgot the food.
By the atmosphere, I know the restaurant is expensive and the deal we got from TimeOut is quite cheap. However, if the restaurant give different attitude to customers who use the vouchers then I think you should not initially sell the voucher.