WHERE Southbank in the Sea Containers building
THE VIBE Urban sophistication and ultra cool, under the creative direction of renowned British designer Tom Dixon. From the curved copper wall meant to resemble the hull of a ship to the magenta hues of Rumpus room (the rooftop bar), kaleidoscopic colour with natural touches reigns at this hotel inspired by the glory days of transatlantic travel.
THE ROOM Our river balcony suite overlooks the Thames and Blackfriars Bridge and on evenings, the pink and blue sky fades to black over St. Paul’s Cathedral. The luxurious marble bathroom with rainfall shower and free standing bathtub features Malin & Goetz amenities, while, details for frequent travelers, like the North American power sockets are a welcome touch. Best of all, the large 700 square foot living space, with custom designed furniture by Tom Dixon makes the room feel like we’re cruising on the Thames.
DON’T MISS Dining at Mondrian London at Sea Containers where chefs busily flutter to and fro the open kitchen, preparing for evening service. Under the guidance of New York-based Chef Seamus Mullen, the restaurant excels at mezze like the beautifully spice grilled octopus salad with ebony forbidden black rice and citrus vinaigrette, herbaceous lamp rump with charmoula marinade, barbecued heritage tomatoes and creamy labneh yogurt. As the sun sets over the Thames, sipping an old fashioned and nibbling on a smoked aubergine flatbread with almond almond romesco, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be.
This travel article first appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.