Well-heeled and seasoned travelers will no doubt have already heard of U.S luxury hoteliers Mondrian, who have boutique hotels situated in New York, Los Angeles and South Beach, Florida. But now the U.K can sample some of this Hollywood opulence, as the latest Mondrian is due to open in London on September 30th.
Mondrian London has been described “like a transatlantic liner that’s just docked” by its designer Tom Dixon, and is located at the iconic Sea Containers building in the newly revamped South Bank. Guests to the Mondrian London can visit some of London’s famous sights, such as the Tate Modern, Southbank Centre and the Borough market, which are all walking distance.
The new hotel boasts magnificent views of the Thames River, alongside the London Eye, and for those who prefer to stay within its wall, there is an American styled restaurant and two bars. All in all, the Mondrian is destined to be the place to visit on London.
British architect Dixon took the old Sea Containers building as his inspiration when designing the new hotel. It was originally set to be a hotel when it was first built by esteemed architect Warren Platner in 1978, but was turned into offices instead. Dixon wanted a feel of the opulence of transatlantic travel for the Mondrian, and with help from the Design Research Studio, borrowed features from both the American and British sea faring eras:
“Platner is best known for creating the ill-fated Windows on the World restaurant at the top of the Twin Towers and a very famous wire chair for Knoll. He also designed for Stena Sealink – you could say he’s a naval interior designer. When we saw the building’s proximity to the river, we thought there was already a strong narrative there and it’s really about the Anglo-American relationship,” Dixon said.
The idea for the hotel to be fashioned as a ship came from the building itself, as Dixon explains:
“The building is a bit like ship. We’ve emphasised this by mucking about with the top line of the building to make it more like a cruise liner. It feels like a transatlantic liner that’s just docked.”
And its not just the exterior that gets the cruise liner feel, as the interior also has features that have played their part in British naval history. In the foyer, guests arriving to check in pass by the burnished copper hull which Dixon says was “nicked from the Cutty Sark just down the river.”
The restaurant is headed up by renowned New York Irish-American chef Seamus Mullen, who will create a delicious menu, combining the best of locally sourced produce with the help of executive chef Luke Rayment from nearby markets.
The bars are fashioned after the old gentlemen’s bars, common in the early 20th century in London, and have an elegant emerald-green marble as its main feature.
The sea theme continues with curved walls and is described by Dixon as “a bit titanic, with elegance of a transatlantic 1920’s liner and a healthy dose of 1980’s post-modernism reference.”
Many of the rooms come as standard with a free standing bath, a rainfall shower and the choice of a queen or king size bed, and a flat screen TV. There is also valet parking available and spa treatments can be taken in the rooms, if you don’t fancy heading down to the Agua Bathhouse and Spa.
The Mondrian London at Sea Containers officially opens on September 30 2014, but you can book your reservations now, with room rates starting at £234.