Around November time last year there was a buzz in the air in London about a new swanky hotel opening on the other side of the river. It was a bit off the beaten trail, but had Londoners moving and shaking over to the Southbank for cocktails, dinner or a night or two away from it all. London finally had it’s very own Mondrian.
The Mondrian Sea Containers in London is just about everything you’d expect it to be for a hip and happening new place. The lobby is massive and the space is filled with odd shapes and light fixtures, otherwise known as art. The staff are dressed as if they were chic guests themselves, which ends up being both confusing and comforting at the same time. Then there are the very many twists and turns involved in navigating your way around the space.
If you are headed to the bar or restaurant, life is a lot more simplistic. That being said, the hotel is still laid out in a way that can easily make you look like a fish out of water if you don’t know the lay of the land. Even going into the bar I wondered which doors to use, which clipboard commander to approach and what seating was allocated versus free for all. It all adds to the excitement, the adventure perhaps, of being one with the in-crowd.
Just don’t have too many cocktails or you’ll be in for a shock as you open the lift doors to find an astronaut and a rather dapperly dressed man staring back at you. No, you weren’t slipped hallucinogens in your Cosmpolitan. These are actual prints on the lift walls. I liked to think of them as my lift buddies as I made my way up to my loft suite on the fourth floor.
I wandered the halls down to my room to find a rather contemporary, yet comfortable setting behind the first door. The furnishings were cool, way too cool for me. Yet, they were approachable and perhaps even inviting. The true invitation to sit, however, came with the view from the furniture. The room offered the most spectacular view of London, one which came alive when the sun went down and the lights came up.
In short, the Mondrian was a pleasant experience and a VERY comfortable night’s sleep. However, I am more appreciative of the viewpoint that the space offered. In one night the Mondrian restored my love for this beautiful city I call home. London, by day or by night, is seen in a most glorious light from any riverside view at the Mondrian Sea Containers. This is definitely a perfect night away for a romantic rendezvous or restorative retreat. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the beautiful spa.