Stepping into the lobby of Mondrian London, your eyes cannot help but be drawn to the expanse of copper flowing into the building through the lobby, continuing around a corner, and disappearing into the Thames, which floats along the rear of the building. Up close, it feels like a giant ocean liner might be gliding through the space. This is no accident. In his first foray into hotel design, heavyweight British designer Tom Dixon has scattered references to the maritime past of the building, which was originally home to the Sea Containers company, throughout.
The hotel is another example of the constant ebb and flow of London, having recently been converted from office space into a stunning 359-room hotel. The site is perfectly located on the south bank of the Thames in Southwark within walking distance of many major tourist sites, including Shakespeare’s Globe theater and the Tate Modern gallery. The hotel lobby, filled with playful modern art, makes it feel slightly like the gallery might have moved along the river to meet you.
The rooms are decorated in a cool gray palette with playful bright pink flourishes, underlining the feeling of a luxurious first-class cabin on a 1920s liner. Dixon’s influence is evidenced through custom-designed furniture and exclusive drip-wall paintings in each. In a city that doesn’t make it easy for smokers, the hotel allows guests who book one of the rooms with a patio or terrace to enjoy a cigarette or cigar out in these covered, private spaces facing directly onto the river with views toward St Paul’s Cathedral and the London skyline. These are some of the most beautiful private spaces in the city in which to relax and indulge.
With its iconic green marble bar, parquet flooring, and jaw-dropping views of the Thames and beyond, one of Mondrian’s most prominent features is its cocktail lounge, the Dandelyan, founded by International Bartender of the Year winner Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan). Dandelyan was awarded the World’s Best Cocktail Menu at the 2016 Spirited Awards. If leaving your room for a cocktail seems like too much, Lyan’s creations are provided in the hotel room minibars.
Meanwhile, up on the hotel’s roof, the Rumpus Room hosts live music every Wednesday night and DJs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This hidden gem is a modern interpretation of 1920s London. Sunshine by day, skyline by night—and an outdoor terrace to enjoy your favorite cigar.
In pretty much every level, the Mondrian manages to deliver on both style and substance without being stuffy or buttoned up. As the new kid on London’s luxury hotel block, it is serious competition to more established competitors.
20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD
+44 20 3747 1000
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