Sea Containers London

20 Upper Ground, London, UK
Southwark, Lambeth & Waterloo
359 Rooms
Cutting-Edge & Happening
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MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

The Sea Containers building, on the South Bank of the Thames next to Blackfriars Bridge, was always meant to be a luxury hotel, but what with one thing and another, it somehow took more than thirty years to come to fruition. The past’s loss, we suppose, is the present’s gain — the Morgans hotel group opened it as the Mondrian a few years back, and now it’s gone independent under the name Sea Containers London.

You’ll check in around the landlocked side, fittingly for a hotel that fancies itself an ocean liner, and there you’ll be treated to the first overture of Tom Dixon’s design performance, a curvaceous structure which creates the illusion that the reception desk is located just above the waterline of an arresting (if somewhat impractical) copper-clad cargo ship.

Once inside you’ll find the sights and textures a bit more familiar and welcoming, as velvet and leather replace hammered metal and an Art Deco undercurrent reinforces the hotel’s transatlantic aspirations. Space is plentiful in the rooms and suites, as is sunshine, a welcome departure from the cruise-ship theme, and one side of the hotel is treated to an extraordinary front-row view of the Thames.

Sea Containers now lends its name to the restaurant, a partnership between an American culinary director and an English executive chef, and two bars keep the hotel buzzing late into the night — the colorful Thames-facing Lyaness and the rooftop 12th Knot, a 1920s-style lounge with a decidedly 2020s view. Add to that a spa, a fitness center, and a private cinema (a must in today’s London) and you’ve got an impressive update to the city’s boutique-hotel heritage.

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Sea Containers London
20 Upper Ground, London, UK
Southwark, Lambeth & Waterloo

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Off street parking
  • Valet parking
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Luggage storage
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Designated smoking area

Need to Know

  • Small pets 20 lbs or less are allowed on request in certain rooms (charges apply). Guests aged 13 and up should be booked as adults Extra beds and baby cots are not available. Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Debit and credit cards will be pre-authorized at check-in for the amount of your stay, plus an amount of GBP 100 per room per night to cover incidentals. The authorization will hold the funds until check out, at which time the amount actually incurred during the stay will be charged. Pre-authorized amounts may take up to 30 days after departure to be released by your bank or financial institution and the hotel will not be responsible for any resulting fees or charges. The card holder and the same card used to make the booking must be present at check-in. If the card is not presented, the property will require another payment method.
Check in: 15:00
Check out: 12:00

Credit cards accepted

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