A Room for London

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© Charles Hosea
© Charles Hosea
© Charles Hosea
Perched on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, with a commanding view of the river, this wonderfully whimsical temporary hotel room was designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner in response to a competition organised by Living Architecture. It looks like a boat washed up by a freak high tide on the Thames and has proved a poetic addition to the Southbank skyline, playing host to numerous artists, musicians and thinkers as well as paying punters. After a reprieve in 2013, we're delighted that it will be staying at the Southbank Centre for 2014 – offering Londoners and visitors the opportunity to stay for a night in this lofty yet surprisingly cosy space. Nights, which cost £300 (for up to two people) are sold via three-monthly ballots throughout the year. For details of the next one, keep an eye on www.living-architecture.com/contact.asp

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Emma B

A once in a lifetime treat. Don't underestimate the work and attention to detail by the creators of this amazing space. It's not a hotel, it's an immersive art experience that you happen to sleep in. You're surrounded by references to Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" - from art prints to hidden galleries to the architecture itself. It's full of books, some of which have hidden messages left by previous tenants, you can't help but relax, marvel at the beauty of London on the Thames and the world buzzing around below you. Naps, reading, leisurely glasses of wine, takeaway brought back up to the room, a cup of coffee - this is a retreat. Don't balk at the price tag, you won't find anything else like this in the world - I absolutely understand why it's sold out!


We were lucky enough to stay here last month and weren't disappointed. It's a hefty price tag, but then so is a hotel overlooking the Thames. Fantastic views and amazing detailing inside.


300 pounds a night for the most recent dates sold unless i am mistaken. How can people call this a room for London with a straight face?