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
I've been staying at this hotel since it first opened as The Mondrian in 2014. Since then it's had 2 changes and now has become and independent hotel, called Sea Containers. This hotel is one of the best (in my opinion) in London. Not only is it a superb location, with fantastic bars and rooms but the staff here are one of the best I've ever come across. There has been lots of changes in staff, as there normally is, but no matter how new the staff may be....they are all equally fantastic with the guests. Nothing is too much trouble, they are excellent. However, one of the BEST additions to this hotel (since becoming an independent) is the Guest Experience Manager, Joe Rockey. What a fantastic guy, who goes WAY above and beyond to make your stay first rate. He has a wealth of experience to enhance anybody's stay. He has charisma and charm and actions anything you may need, immediately. Fantastic to have you at the hotel now Joe! If you need anything - he's the man you need to get in touch with. Fabulous addition to an already top class staff!
A great location for seeing London. Generally expensive all round and like other hotels they annoyingly discount the price of breakfast when you check in only to withdraw the offer when you attempt to take up the offer on the morning of your departure ! The hotel bar is very busy on Friday evenings and despite being a hotel resident priority was given to non hotel guests to seats and tables in the bar area who had "pre booked" ! Needless to say we left the bar shortly afterwards.
Nice clean room though and great location.
After reading nice reviews of sea containers, I decided almost a month ago to book my partners 30th romantic getaway with this hotel.
After booking a standard room, I sent an email stating the occasion and hoping they would have made our first stay a remarkable one. I did mention it was a birthday celebration and I was expecting hoping they would have considered that as well.
We got to the hotel and after we checked in, the receptionist said if we wanted an upgrade of room it was £95 (which I thought it was ridiculous to pay that amount just for a “nice” view)but the hotel had a little surprise for us.
Got to the room, very plain with no note nor a tiny balloon. 5 mins later someone knocked the door and it was one of the staff with a half bottle of a very cheap white wine which didn’t impress my partner as I couldn’t even try cos I’m expecting.
We then decided to go to the spa which we found out didn’t have a pool and the only thing free was a relaxation lounge and a steam room I couldn’t use because I am expecting...
The only good thing I enjoyed was the breakfast buffet the next morning.