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
- 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
First stay in this hotel, as we don’t normally go to this part of London. What a lovely hotel. Check in and out was good. We had to book to visit the Rumpus Rooms, but the staff were really pleasant as we were in there early, wanted to leave and return. They accommodated us. Drinks are pricey, but in keeping for this type of venue. We will definitely return, and just have to make the extra effort to travel there. Hope the standard remains high.
In contrast to other reviews we found the staff to be friendly and helpful, from the lady at reception to the bell boys/restaurant staff at breakfast.
Stayed one night for an event, requested a quiet room and we received an upgrade to ensure this which was unexpected on a busy Saturday in December. We also were able to enjoy a quick drink in the Rumpus Bar with its fantastic views. The staff allowed us to sit at a reserved table for a short time so we could enjoy our drink/the view. Would happily stay again.
Visited this hotel this evening and have since left - awful front desk experience which made me feel extremely uncomfortable. Unkempt rooms, dirty bedding and unclean bathrooms. The front desk team whom I spoke to were completely out of their depth and have let me down. Very very poor experience.
We visited the hotel bar this evening for my sisters birthday celebration. We were in a group of 10 people - 2 Caucasians and the rest of us were Asian - as we walked up the bar we were told that the we couldn’t go in, but then the door man said he would allow them Caucasians through - which he then did. We spoke to the general manager in absolute disgust as to what we had experienced and he said he was ‘unable to help us’ and walked away into the back office. I have travelled to many hotels around the world but never have I experienced a service of this level. I will be taking this matter further but in the interim felt obliged to write something on this forum in view of my shocking experience today - what age are we living in?!?! Do NOT visit this hotel. Absolutely appauled.
With a room of 10 people visiting the hotel - 8 of whom are were Asian, 2 Caucasian - told the Asians were not allowed to enter the bar but caucaisns would be. Discussed the case with the general manager who said he was ‘unable to help us’. Absolutely shocking. 2018 - do not visit this hotel.