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
We have been wanting to stay here for a while & have no complaints, we had made bookings elsewhere so can only comment on reception & the room, we had a superior room , nice view, had a double bed & it felt quite small , spacious room & bathroom , very powerful shower . Reception was good , smelt fantastic ! Speedy & smooth check in , no issues on check out either , we wanted to try the 12th knot roof bar & asked reception to book us in later on but was told it was first come first served basis , when we returned we couldn’t get in , London was absolutely heaving that day so it was understandable , maybe we can try it next time
We stayed here for a Saturday night in June. The hotel seemed quite busy with visitors from many countries. The check in was great as we were 2 hours early and they put us in a prepared room on the 7th floor with views to the east. Our room was clean and was complete with everything you could want. Bed was comfortable and although there was a lot of noise outside, inside was silent. Price was average by London standards.
Overall we were well pleased with our stay.
Jose and Rafael were absolutely gloriously fantastic. Thank you!! It was totally wonderful and we had a great time. The cocktails are a must and we drank all the Prosecco. Highly recommended, we shall be back soon. X
We had booked a superior room as part of the "soak up the southbank" offer (up to 25% off flexible rate, £50 credit to spend in restaurant) and were looking forward to our weekend away...
The check-in process was smooth (be aware they pre-authorise your credit card for the full amount, plus a further £100 which is standard practice apparently) and it wasn't long before we were heading to our room.
The hotel (which as other reviewers have stated is like a 1920s cruise ship) was awash with travellers checking in for the weekend, the place had a nice buzz to it.
Our superior room was not overly spacious but was meticulously clean; the marble bathroom with rain shower, stocked with Malin & Goetz products was again spotlessly clean and of a nice size. Sweeties in a bowl (nice touch) and a fully stocked minibar for those who had the munchies later. Everything was lovely actually... Except...
Now, the reason we had paid extra for the "Superior Room" was due to the advertising on the website:
"What sets superior rooms apart is their unparalleled views of London's skyline...." So...
if a side of a building, and a lift shaft is now deemed "unparalleled views".... To say we felt mis-sold was an understatement. Many of you reading this may be thinking, so what, you're not in your room much, get on with it, move on, visit the in-house cinema or chill out in the spa....but we'd booked this hotel on that wording alone. And considering we had paid over £300+ (not including breakfast) I guess we were expecting a little more.
Cut a long story short, we were given a different room with a much better view, so all became right with the world, but be aware that your expectations may need to be lowered if you're booking a room based on the website description.
The staff were lovely, Andree in particular, and he took care of us and ensured he did what he could to remedy the situation.
The food in the restaurant was lovely, the cocktails in both bars (12th knot) were wonderful.
Would I recommend this hotel? Yes, but be aware not every room will have the outlook you imagine from the glossy pics on the website.
We recently stayed in Sea Containers Hotel and found it to be a top class hotel in all aspects. From the moment we arrived in reception we had a warm welcome from all the staff who made checking in quick, efficient and were very helpful. Our room overlooking the Thames was spacious, beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and had some extra little touches to make you feel at home. The breakfast was good and again all the staff were very friendly and provided an excellent service. The location of Sea Containers is perfect for visiting so many attractions and theatres in London so we will definitely be booking another stay here.