Opening today, September 30, the Mondrian London at Sea Containers is the UK capitalâ€™s hotel du jour. On the cityâ€™s South Bank, the iconic 1970s building was initially designed by American architect Warren Platner to be a luxury hotel before turning into offices instead; now, it has finally reclaimed its intended identity as the third UK outpost of the Morganâ€™s Hotel Group. Renowned British designer Tom Dixon reincarnated the interiors as 359 rooms modeled after those of a cruise liner during the 1920sâ€™ golden age of transatlantic travel, evoking the feeling of being in a ship cabin with curved walls, brass accents, and views of the River Thames. Much of the art-lighting comes from Dixonâ€™s own collections, while Knoll chairs recall Platnerâ€™s days designing for the furniture brand. Anglo-America partnership takes hold again in the main Sea Containers restaurant, where New Yorkâ€“based culinary director Seamus Mullen and British executive chef Luke Rayment serve upscale American diner food fashioned from produce sourced locally, like the nearby Borough Market.
With other locations in L.A.â€™s West Hollywood neighborhood, New Yorkâ€™s SoHo, and Miamiâ€™s South Beach, Mondrians are known for their stakes in citiesâ€™ nightlife, and here is no different with Dandelyan, a colorful bar helmed by cocktail expert Ryan Chetiyawardana with drinks inspired by the herbaceous British countryside, and a reservations-only rooftop bar housed inside a glossy glass box with an outdoor terrace and panoramic views. Finishing out the property is a 56-seat screening room and subterranean Agua Bathhouse and Spa with six treatment rooms, quirky therapies (like the Custom Guru Massageâ€™s sports techniques),and niche beauty brands.
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