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 stayed here for my birthday in September and had a lovely trip - the staff were all very friendly and helpful and the rooms were beautiful, particularly the bathroom! The bed was also very comfy. Though our room didn't have a particular view, we could see the London Eye and also a beautiful sunset. We also enjoyed the crystal champagne glasses in the evening. It was also a nice touch when we left for the day and came back to a hand written happy birthday message!
The only reason I gave 4 and not 5 is due to the breakfast. I ordered a full vegan breakfast which was fairly poor quality for the price - the sausages were very mushy and the scrambled tofu was completely bland. I was quite disappointed but it did not ruin my trip, I would definitely come and stay at the hotel again, just would not recommend the vegan breakfast!
Great room, clean and spacious with a view. Walking distance from all major tourist spots. Close to the underground with cheap fare to Gatwick airport. Friendly staff that always greeted us with a smile
Thank you to Ricardo & Silvio for the efficient check-in service and extremely friendly welcome. The attention to detail at the Sea Containers is exquisite. Great view over the Thames and overall fantastic customer experience. Highly recommended.