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
Had a business lunch and was not disappointed.
Even though the menu was limited the food was truly amazing. Our waiter gave a recommendation for the main and it was spot on! Drinks and food were fab! The staff were so attentive - will definitely be back and would recommend
I spent a week in this hotel and it was good. The rooms are perfectly equipped and clean, the service is discreet and reliable. The location is great and the connection with airports is an advantage. The only thing to note: it would be great to vary the selection of food at breakfast.
Situated on South Bank near to all amenities. 30 min walk to Tower Bridge and 15 min walk to Waterloo. Lots of bars and restaurants nearby. Superior room very comfortable with great facilities especially bathroom.
Service here is second to none. Every request was dealt with promptly and courteously nothing was too much trouble. We had to travel by car and well worth booking valet parking which was superb service. All the doormen/concierges were brilliant.
The shower was missing a panel on the floor / Wifi didn't work at all (particularly annoying as I had work to complete) / The TV didn't work in the room (had no signal and couldn't connect). However, both the location and gym were great & the hotel was very modern.
I stayed in one of the studios for one night.
Our second overnight stay here was made extra super special when we were upgraded to Room 357 which was a River View Balcony Suite. (Special thanks to Ricardo for looking after me so well when I said I wasn't happy with our initial River View Deluxe Room 333 because the view was obstructed).
If you are lucky enough to be able to splash out on this room do so because you won't be disappointed!
Pre dinner drinks in the 12th Knot bar are a must and no stay is complete without indulging yourself with a nightcap at the Lyaness bar.
I can think of no downside to this destination hotel and fully intend to return again.