Showy sky-high bar at the South Bank’s Sea Containers.
Please note: since this review was published, Rumpus Room has been renamed to 12th Knot and Mondrian London has been renamed to Sea Containers. Time Out editors, 2019.
Hotel bars used to be the straight-laced kind of place you’d take your ’rents. Not so at Sea Containers, where Dandelyan has been winning awards on the ground floor while level 12’s Rumpus Room has stayed a bit of an inside secret. Now this chic bar is ready to welcome the world, with a terrace overlooking St Paul’s and DJs to lure sophisticated after-workers and Friday night socialites.
I say socialites, since the venue claims to take its cue from the Bright Young Things, a group of hedonists followed by the tabloids in the 1920s. Think England’s non-fiction ‘Great Gatsby’ (or the ’20s version of the sidebar of shame). In truth, the theme’s not obvious, but the setting is pure style.
Waitresses work the room in floaty, floral numbers you’d expect to see on Kate Moss in the French Riviera. And she’d probably approve of their way (a million miles from ‘basic bitch’ service). There are mauve banquettes, glittering chandeliers, and a shiny gold bar, but it’s the view that really wins the crowd. Stick around for sunset, when the room gets more blingy.
Don’t expect such an atmosphere without paying a pretty penny; solid classic cocktails cost £14. My paloma was faultless, but my bank card withered when I promptly reached the bottom of the glass. Stick with champagne cocktails to feel more at peace; after all, Rumpus Room is an occasion bar. We can’t vouch for ’20s-style hedonism, but you’ll see some modern-day bright young things trying their damnedest.
A true reflection of South Bank's vibrant energy, expect bright, verdant décor and an open-plan layout which puts the panoramic views centre stage. So whether you're curled up on a window seat, relaxing on the balcony, mingling at the bar or on the dance floor, London's breath-taking skyline is the main attraction.
Offering a wide selection of champagnes, wine and spirits as well as a brand new cocktail menu inspired by the golden age of transatlantic travel.
Enjoy live music every Wednesday at our Skyline Sessions featuring some of London’s hottest bands, as well as DJ’s from Thursday through to Saturday. Grab some friends and join us in our elegant playground that will harness the youth and energy of the South Bank while projecting the glamour of modern London.
The space is the ideal London venue for receptions and parties for up to 300 guests, with the outside terrace providing a perfect opportunity to watch the sunset, drink in hand.
Dress code: smart/casual - no sportswear, trainers or flip-flops
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Hidden with its own private lift there's no way you would stumble across it but the Rumpus Rooms really is a gem along Southbank. From its dramatic views of St Pauls to the delicious selection of cocktails, there is nothing you could want more from a rooftop bar in Central London. I was pleasantly surprised by the band on the Wednesday I visited, but they certainly push for only the best and the live performance was a welcomed addition to my visit. I can't wait to come again and try even more of the extensive range of cocktails available.
Great view and nice atmosphere. Drinks are super expensive, but really good. The staff does not give the impression that they like to work there or want to give guest a experience. You don't really se them smiling. Been given a table even without a reservation. Friendly host!
Beautiful venue, complemented by a lovely view of the Thames and St Paul's cathedral. Even though it was on a Friday night and relatively busy, me and my friend managed to get a table. The terrace is simply great for the warm summer evenings to come (hopefully!)
If you looking to impress without the aura of trying too hard, I would recommend the Rumpus Room at the Mondrian Hotel, South Bank. It’s on the 12th floor of the hotel, has open air balconies and 360 degree views of London. It’s not cheap, but I would recommend getting a bottle of red, charcuterie board to share and go on a Wednesday night for some free jazz whilst you sit and take in the views.
The view was incredible and the drinks were pretty good. The design is chic and simple which contributes to an amazing atmosphere with great music from the DJ. We had an amazing night and stayed until closing. However, the staff is not very welcoming and the service is quite slow. I would recommend trying to reserve a table if you want to avoid standing for most of the night as it is very busy.
The view from this bar is outstanding. Sat at the top of the Mondrian Sea Containers hotel the Rumpus Rooms has a great atmosphere and a fantastic range of drinks. The view is to die for with St.Paul's right in front of you. Highly recommended for somewhere to meet and drink if you want to impress.
This is so not obvious! It's one the 12th floor and its terrace is partially enclosed so you can't tell it's even there. Having been here for a private event, I am not even sure if this place is normally just a bar or whether you need booking. But the view is impressive, it's well lit, it's not too noisy and staff are friendly. I liked the G&T but I wasn't too keen on the other two cocktails and I didn't get to try any of the canapes - but I like how it feels down to earth even though it's actually a really lush space - would be great for other hired events. The layout also means you can see everything and cannot get to crowded. I love that.
I love this place.
Firstly, WHAT A VIEW! One of the best views of London without a doubt.
Secondly, some amazing drinks. I had the All British Whiskey Sour which was just fab.
Finally, the service was friendly and attentive and I will definitely be returning soon.
Yet another rooftop bar in London so decided to go check it out past weekend. All staff is friendly, but comes across rather fake. Positive points are the cocktails, the view (obviously) and the music. The tunes played by the lovely DJ (curly blond hair, "geek style" spectacles and a "boss like" attitude) would have been the perfect jam to dance on all night long. Unfortunately not a single person (apart from the staff) was dancing and I am quite sure that people would have stared you out of the bar if you actually did.
It seems like Rumpus Room still has a few things to learn, but compared to the other roof top joints in town, it is definitely not the worst one. Go and check it out.
Went there last Friday with a group of friends hoping to celebrate my birthday. The worst experience ever, those guys have no idea about customer service. Massive disappointment!