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
Literally nothing was too much to ask for in this wonderful hotel! The customer service was spot on, every single member of staff were courteous and professional. The bubbly, eager to please, and friendly attitudes at the front desk, created such a warm and welcoming environment!
Well done for going the extra mile, it does make a difference! There are many high end hotels in London that could learn from your quality of customer care. We will be returning!
For a romantic and special night, this place was terrific. Upon arrival, the chap on reception was delightful and gave us the astonishing river view room on the 4th floor. The place is spotless and beautifully find out, but the Sunrise/ sunset over the river and the sight of St Paul’s is the greatest thing about it.
Very pleased with our overnight stay.
Everything was clean and most impressed with every staff member we encountered.
It seems the reception staff are given a reasonable leeway to deal with issues without having to run off and see the management.
Had an issue with booking, the price increased between choosing room and what appeared on the confirmation page. Accept there had been a delay between choosing room and clicking confirm/book. If in the background the price changes the page should have timed out.
Complaint was “sort of” sorted by reception, but it shouldn’t have been necessary.
We are regular visitors to London and wanted to stay in a nicer hotel for our trip. This hotel met all of our expectations of a five star hotel, and it was hard to find anything wrong with it.
It’s a great location, near to Blackfriars tube station, near to Shakespeare’s globe, and just generally in a cool area of London.
The setting is ideal, with great views over the river.
The staff are professional and welcoming. The room we had was comfortable, stylish and modern. The experience was impressive throughout. Worth every penny.
Best Birthday party. Bottomless Brunch is a great (cheap) idea. Food is delicious - I did have to order two sides to make a proper meal but still affordable. Lovely venue. Severed by the wonderful and beautiful Filippo x