there's no denying london is one of only a handful of truly global hubs. accordingly, the city plays a significant role in almost every imaginable field, from banking to fashion, cultural treasures, trade, and of course in the political arena. yes, the british capital is a force to be reckoned with. and we haven't even begun to talk about its sex appeal that has spawned a multi-faceted and continuously evolving lifestyle playground, one that often serves as a source for initiatives elsewhere on the planet. the hospitality scene is very much an exponent of the local buzz and innovation, and london continues to see a multitude of high-profile openings, the latest being the swanky mondrian london.
a member of the overtly designy morgans hotel group, the hotel obviously comes with the chain's bells and whistles, and is like a wet dream for design aficionados. it's situated in the sea containers house, a colossal 1970s structure on the south bank of the thames, and built by american architect warren platner. originally designed as a luxury hotel, the building’s brief was never fulfilled and it instead was used as office. among the occupants was shipping company sea container from which the building now draws its name. all 16 floors have been fully renovated by design research studio, the company of lauded british designer tom dixon.
as a nod to the building's history, dixon's interior design draws inspiration from platner’s work, including the mighty cruise liners that the american designed. contemporary splendour kicks in from the moment guests arrive at the mondrian london. a giant copper clad wall, inspired by the hull of a ship, runs from outside the building and glamorously ushering them to the hotel lobby within. the ground floor is vast and also accommodates a restaurant + bar with sweeping river views. this warm-hued metal is featured in various elements across the premises, and culminating in a happening rooftop cocktail bar.
each of mondrian london's 359 bedrooms features a rich palette with a beautiful range of custom-designed furnishings. obviously, these lavish pads come with all the comfort and nifty tech amenities that modern travellers require. equally minute attention to detail has been given to the property's public spaces. the aforementioned ground floor restaurant, called sea containers, boasts a chic yet welcoming setting inspired by the golden age of transatlantic travel. this is the domain of chefs seamus mullen and luke rayment whose collective expertise has spawned a menu that's not only seasonally contemplated, but also globally responsible, and using only the very best of locally sourced ingredients.
adjacently situated is dandelyan, a swish and happening bar, created by award-winning bar impresario ryan chetiyawardana a.k.a. mr lyan, and his fans know that adventurous killer cocktails are plentiful wherever he hosts. the rooftop bar is designed with references to an ornate art deco-period ballroom, while the bar itself features a state-of-the-art lighting installation to give the place a glamourous edge. stunning views? but of course. and as the good life can take its toll, the mondrian london features adequate options in that department as well. there's a well-equipped fitness center for those who like to break sweat with various exercises, and the so-called agua bath house + spa if a more soothing approach is required amidst a stunningly designed setting. additional facilities include a 61-seater screening room and a number of flexible break out and meeting rooms. location: sea containers house, 20 upper ground [southwark].