With thousands of hotels across the capital, there are themes, styles and services tailored to suit the lives of every personality to grace London. Amongst the huge choice of modern, boutique, luxury and traditional hotels, there is occasionally a hotel born that redefines expectations. With design, heritage and service at its heart, Mondrian London at Sea Containers House is one of those hotels that has risen to the luxury hotel challenge, and it is winning.
Originally conceived in the 1970s as a luxury hotel, the final decision was made to complete the brutalist building as an office building instead. These offices remained until 2011 when the processes began to convert a large part of the building back to its original intended use. Developed for the Mondrian and designed by Tom Dixon, the hotel stays true to the building’s past whilst catering for the guests of the future.
Sea Containers | Private Dining
One of the first things you will notice anywhere on the ground floor is the gorgeous copper hull that wraps its way around reception and leads you through to the Sea Containers restaurant and bar. This design is a clear reference to the buildings past whilst transporting us into the current day with one of Tom Dixon’s signature materials. Continuing in reference to the original design is the exposed concrete ceiling above the bar that add character and compliments the warm tones and fabrics used in the restaurant.
Dandelyan & Rumpus Room
On the opposite side of the ground floor to Sea Containers restaurant is Mondrian’s award winning Dandelyan bar. With rich emerald green walls, copper bar and detailing and a captivating soft pink sofas, this bar has quickly developing a name for itself as London’s most exquisite destinations for luxury cocktails in style. If that was not enough, the hotel has extended upwards to hold a stunning rooftop lounge and bar with breathtaking views across the city.
Spa & Treatments
In contrast to the rich tones, soft velvets and dark wooden floors are the light and airy surroundings of the spa and treatment facilities on the lower ground floor. Taking you away from the party atmosphere and into a world of calm, the style continues with an incredible copper teardrop centrepiece, textured white walls and refreshing light stones to help you feel at your most relaxed. References to the building’s history continue with the original Sea Containers reception desk acting as a focal point on your entry to the spa.
Cinema / Screening Room
With a city rich in entertainment history, it is not surprising that Mondrian wanted a piece of the action. In a similar manner to the Dandelyan bar, this room has a focus towards one rich tone, complimented with gorgeous brass detailing. This design creates such an iconic space, in a type of room so easily forgotten by designers due to the difficulties in sound and lack of lighting.
Hotel Rooms & Suites
My final area of focus has to be one of the most important to the hotel guest staying, the rooms and suites. With the exception of the signature Wingback chair, all the furniture has been designed bespoke for the Mondrian. There is a further connection to Tom Dixon with the inclusion of individually created drip paintings numbered and signed by Dixon himself in each of the guest rooms. Whilst designer from top to bottom, each of the rooms have a soft, simple and luxurious feel to them. Bright injections of colour have been carefully though out to add character yet not over power the space.
A personal favorite in so many aspects, I love the incorporation and importance of design into every area of this hotel. The Mondrian London at Sea Containers House has created a destination and revived life back into this area of Southbank.
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