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.
How to Get There
This was my third visit to Sea Containers and suffice to say, suffice to say this visit cemented an on going affair with the restaurant. In fact, I’m currently trying to think of an upcoming special occasion as an excuse to go back soon.
From the moment we walked in the staff couldn’t do more for us. They always kept our glasses full and took the time out to make recommendations without ever once being intrusive (our party had a lot to catch up on).
To start, we ordered from their small plate selection: oysters, burrata, chorizo flatbread, mushroom flat bread and the tacos. Whilst I couldn’t fault anything I have to give time and appreciation to the 5 mini-bite tacos which adorned our plates (we ordered 3...read on to understand why). Imagine the best tacos you’ve ever had.Are you picturing it? Well these tacos tasted like that but in one mouthful.
Satisfied with our starters we moved onto the large plates. We ordered the salmon chowder, squid, mushrooms and creamiest mac ‘n’ cheese this self-confessed mac ‘n’ cheese lover has ever had the pleasure of tasting-I will not be sharing next time.
Moving on to dessert, we all shared the pecan pie, cream brûlée and the name of the last dish slips my mind but I do however remember liking the eggnog ice cream that accompanied it.
Definitely worth a visit (or two) or even for drinks to take in the expensive view of London.
To all the staff at Sea Containers, thank you for getting my bank holiday weekend off to a fantastic start!
This is now our third time staying in sea containers and honestly, it just keeps getting better.
They are constantly improving the place, literally we were here two weeks ago and it is better again.
This time we decided to upgrade to a studio room, highly recommend this room! Very spacious.
K’s favourite thing about the place is the smell as you come in (which is also available to buy from the room)
My favourite has to be the fact that they refill the sweets in the room every day.
Cannot recommend this hotel enough!
Can’t rate their bottomless brunch enough. This was about my 6th time of visiting and Ben looked after us so well. Such a lovely guy and lovely prosecco.
Thanks Sea Containers we will definitely be back!!
Amazing champagne bottomless brunch! We were taken care of by Emmanuel - great food and amazing service ! Really good, highly recommend and an amazing place for a special occasion! Great views of London.
My husband & I had a party to attend at The Yacht Club, Temple Pier so he booked this hotel as a surprise Mother’s Day treat! I was a little dubious as we drove up but was impressed as soon as we entered the reception area. The nautical theme is carried throughout the hotel - even the staff uniforms. Really quirky but fab!
The chap who checked us in (sorry, forgot to ask his name but he had a lovely French accent) was exceptionally friendly & helpful - giving us lots of handy hints & tips for our stay. He also asked what the occasion was & kindly offered us an upgrade to a superior room, which we were most grateful for!
The room was smallish but was modern, spotlessly clean & had all amenities (including a cute little pot of retro sweeties). We also had a side view of the river Thames, the London Eye & the Oxo building which was nice.
We had pre-booked a table at 12th Knot for a drink & bite to eat. The front-of-house chap was being quite brash with people but he was polite to us (maybe because we had a booking?). Service was quite slow but the cocktails were nice. Our food wasn’t great for the price but it filled a hole. The views, again, were nice.
We loved that the hotel has a little Curzon cinema - a great feature! (see photos). There is a Little Waitrose a few minutes walk away which is great for any extra snacks! Breakfast was plentiful and lovely. Easy access from breakfast, to the Embankment - perfect for a walk along the Thames after eating.
We found all of the staff (even the housekeeping) to be exceptionally polite & friendly & we will definitely be visiting again in the future.