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Sea Containers London

Hotels, Luxury hotels South Bank
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Niall Clutton
Niall Clutton
Niall Clutton

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

With a prime riverside location, a destination cocktail bar and a cinema, Sea Containers London is a hotel for international travellers and Londoners alike.

Since this review was published, Mondrian London at Sea Containers has changed management and its name to Sea Containers London. Time Out editors, January 2019.

First things first: the Mondrian isn’t just for tourists. Since it opened it has wooed Londoners (Time Out included) with its award-winning Dandelyan cocktail bar, governed by the hand of Ryan Chetiyawardana (or Mr Lyan as he also known). Then there’s the decent Sea Containers restaurant and the Rumpus Room, a stunning 12-floor bar offering panoramic views across the Thames to St Paul’s and beyond. Oh, and there’s a 56-seat cinema should you be too lazy to venture further down the South Bank to the nearby BFI.

It’s this South Bank location (next to Blackfriars Bridge) which gives it unparalleled access to London’s cultural quarter. Guests can tick off the Tate Modern and the Globe to the east, and the National Theatre and the Southbank Centre to the west, should they want to cram in more culture than ‘The Culture Show’ during their trip. On the flipside, this does mean you’re a bit of a schlep away from the party spots and world-class restaurants of, say, Soho, but that’s nothing a short Uber ride can’t fix.

Arriving from the riverside entrance makes a much more favourable impression than the rear which is remarkably unremarkable (it’s surrounded by offices and flats). Once inside, the main foyer, with its curvy bronze cladded walls designed to mimic a ship’s hull (the building used to be a shipping company’s offices), is an impressive sight. And this slick design runs throughout the building. Corridors to rooms are sultrily lit, and rooms lend themselves to the feeling this is a hotel where you can get up to all sorts of naughtiness. Standard rooms can be bagged for under £200 per night during quieter times, but those with deep pockets can live the dream in a riverside balcony suite – a palatial space that’s bigger than some one-bedroom flats in London. These come equipped with roll top bath tubs, dining tables, Tom Dixon-designed furniture and fittings, and a bed so comfy you’ll want to chain yourself to it in protest at having to leave.

The Mondrian is part of the Morgans Group, a company that also owns the Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane in London, as well as Mondrians in LA and Miami. This is easily their best property in the capital. In fact, it’s one of the very best hotels in town - whether you’re a guest or a local.

Time Out tip
The whole stretch along the Thames is an absolute joy to walk along, and if you're planning to propose, it also makes a beautiful backdrop for popping the big question (she said yes, by the way). 

By: Mark O'Donnell



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Can not fault anything. Beautiful views - would definitely recommend sitting on the terrace. They even have blankets and heaters to keep you warm. The food was outstanding, i would recommend the crab on toast - it was light and flavourful. Our waiters were outstanding. I will certainly be back - loved the place!


A beautiful, opulent hotel. This place is sheer luxury. A great place to stay for a special occasion. The views are of course, the biggest draw, offering panoramic vistas across the city from most of the rooms and bars.

The bar on the 12th floor is amazing. Very posh but still relaxed and the balcony views are breathtaking. The wonderful Sea Containers restaurant is fabulous too, serving delicious high quality cuisine.

The rooms themselves are lovely and well equipped for any stay in London. Its not cheap but with the right deal, you can still feel like you are getting value for money.


I treated my husband to a stay here for his birthday - and what a great night it was.

The hotel is located on the Southbank in a prime location close to some of London's most iconic landmarks, and great views from the bar, and upper level rooms (we were on the 14th)!

The rooms were reasonably sized for London, with all the lovely extras you hope for from a fancy hotel - nice towels, bedding, and toiletries!

It isn't cheap, but there are lots of offers if you book in advance!

The breakfast (which was included in our rate) is fantastic - everything from traditional cooked to smoked salmon, fruit and pastries!


Stunning. I attended the Time Out Bar Awards here on the 12th floor. Free food and drink with breathtaking views over the capital. The Rumpus Room, as it's titled, is the space on the 12th floor, with a balcony that overlooks the Thames. Beautiful from floor to ceiling, there are plush sofas and stools dotted all around the room. At the end, is the bar. Golden and shiny with lots of handsome waiters there to take your order! It also had a stage (although I'm not sure if that is always there or was there for the event). The toilets were also immaculate, keeping with the theme of the place. The Mondrian is a fantastically posh and luxurious setting and I cannot wait to return!


I popped to The Rumpus Room for a quick drink while waiting for a friend to finish work because I'd seen a sign on the street reading "LIVE MUSIC ROOFTOP BAR 5PM". I like a spot of live music, and who doesn't like a rooftop bar? I looked at the time, it was ten past five. Perfect!

The bar is 12 floors up in a red lit lift (yes, I took a lift selfie). I was greeted at the top by two glamorous women. Feeling like I was going to be shown the door for being completely underdressed I asked if I could have a quick drink. "Is it just you?", asked maxi dress number one. "Yes, just me. Can I sit outside?" Maxi dress number two spotted the camera around my neck and chimed "Oh of course, you'd like to take some photos of the view! Yes, yes. Please find a seat." 

While the bar was pleasant, the prices were expensive - a single glass of wine cost nearly £13. It's a great view, but you can get better further down the river. The crowd was mixed, mostly after work city types who were buying bottles of champagne just because it was Wednesday. And the music? Well, apparently that didn't start until 7pm. It transpired that the time on the sign was the time the bar opened. Spontaneity brought me to this bar, it didn't wow me but it's certainly unoffensive.


The Rumpus Room bar is definitely a sight to behold. Perched on the twelfth floor of the Mondrian Hotel, sat right on the south side of the Thames, the views are stunning. You might be able to see more from other tall buildings in London but on a summer's evening, the sun lighting up the mixture of glass and brick across the river, you can't really fault it. 

I was there on a promotional night so I can't vouch for the bar itself but while the decor wasn't necessarily to my taste, it did feel nice and spacious, although if it's not raining there's no reason to leave the Terrace. Not an everyday spot but certainly worth checking out at least once.

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