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February 9, 2022

Sea Containers London – a truly stunning South Bank Hotel

This Tom Dixon designed hotel is a most unusual and stunning property, with a style reminiscent of bygone era of the roaring 20’s set on a transatlantic cruise liner.

Sea Containers London is situated in a prime location on the South Bank of the River Thames, a stone’s throw from Covent Garden, Borough Market, The Globe Theatre, Tate Modern and so much more…

The hotel showcases it’s heritage with a number of nautical features including a impressive, handcrafted copper hull dominating the reception area passing through the lobby into the heart of Sea Containers London – the restaurant.

After being warmly greeted with a glass of Prosecco by the concierge manager, we checked in to our fourth-floor room overlooking the Thames to find a beautifully designed and spacious suite. The décor was so obviously ‘Tom Dixon’, the lighting, soft furnishing, sofas and chairs were striking in strong shades of plum and purple on grey and white, simple, minimalistic yet stunning.  The bathroom was huge and but again designed to maximum effect and practicality.

We settled in and unpacked and took advantage of a couple of hours before dinner to catch up on some work, but we also allowed ourselves the treat of the chilled bottle of Laurent Perrier gifted to us by the management, thank you. The suite had a fabulous large terrace, perfect for those instagrammable London skyline photos and for summer in-room dining.

To build up our apetite for dinner we decided to take a stroll along the river towards Borough Market, we picked up a few culinary  foodie bits, had a coffee and slice of cake and ventured back to our suite.

I was in for a treat at the hotel spa, Agua Spa. The spa offers experiences and personalised treatments and an original selection of skincare. Agua Spa has a new product range – Hedgerow by Agua, which is a range of seasonal products, blended onsite, using techniques drawn from herbalism and aromatherapy and delivered with a medium to deep massage. The organic ingredients are locally and sustainably sourced from indigenous flora with a history of use in medicinal and wellbeing remedies, providing effective and aromatic treatments. The ingredients of the oils change according to the season, but are delivered by therapist with great massage techniques, my massage was perfect. I needed an hour to just chill out in the suite before dinner and to take full advantage of the massage, oils and feeling of euphoria!

Now it was cocktail time, so before dinner we enjoyed an hour in the eclectic South Bank rooftop bar, 12th Knot, which has 360 degree views across London highlighting the evening city skyline. We chose a couple of delicious cocktails before heading down to the ground floor for dinner which was booked in Sea Containers London.  The Sea Containers Restaurant offers fresh, seasonally inspired cuisine that is sustainable, carefully sourced and perfectly prepared. We had a fabulously delicious meal, I began with my absolute favourite oysters and my husband chose the chowder, followed by a whole grilled seabass to share, it was all served with flair and artistry and tasted simply divine. Our waiter David was a fountain of knowledge and explained every dish perfectly, ensuring our dining experience was perfect.

We didn’t think we would find room for dessert but the choices were so enticing we couldn’t resist, so we indulged in the bread and butter pudding with rum and raisin ice cream and chocolate brownie served with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce, calorific and heavenly.

We  decided to have a coffee back up in the roof top bar, 12th Knot and the atmosphere was buzzing, eventually we sucumbed to our tiredness and went to bed in our dreamy super kingsize bed and didn’t stir until morning.

Breakfast was as perfect as everything else in the hotel, taken in the Sea Containers Restaurant, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and a full English set us up for a day of business.

All-in-all our stay at Sea Containers London was a perfect as any hotel we’ve ever stayed in. The hotel team were all warm and friendly and happy to ensure our stay was spot on.

For more information on Sea Containers London or to book an upcoming stay at the hotel, please visit here

A: 20 Upper Ground , South Bank, London SE1 9PD
T: + 44 (0) 20 3747 1000
W: Sea Containers London

Written by Debbie Stone Global Editor for Luxuria Lifestyle International

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