London is one destination that seamlessly mixes old and new (think: the stark comparison between the centuries-old Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque masterpieces and the newer, flashier towers that dominate the skyline). For a hotel stay that combines the best of both worlds, consider Sea Containers London, which is just as dynamic as the city it calls home.
The Look of Sea Containers London
As you can guess from the property’s name, the nautical-inspired Sea Containers London is housed in the Sea Containers House. Located along the south bank of the River Thames, the structure was designed by famed American architect Warren Platner in the 1970s. Today, its interiors are modeled after a ‘20s-era cruise ship, which is apropos given the building’s history as the home of a maritime transport company. The lobby features an eye-catching copper wall designed to represent the base of a ship. There’s also a bold blue sculpture made of twisted pipes. Speaking of color, the property isn’t afraid to play around with it: There is hot pink seating in the lobby, while the rooftop bar, aptly named 12th Knot, also has pops of pinks, purples, and blues. The pink accents carry into the chic accommodations, which are outfitted with marble bathrooms, bespoke furnishings, and eclectic artworks; some even offer river views.
The Vibe at Sea Containers London
Contemporary with a fun nautical flair and a hint of glamour — albeit none of the stuffiness you may find at other posh properties around the city. The hotel also beacons guests to enjoy the ample amenities, be it the rooftop bar, restaurants, cinema, or spa (but more on the latter two in a bit).
What’s more, Sea Containers London is a destination in and of itself, and those who stay here appreciate that. So, in between sightseeing excursions and tours, they’re often on-site, enjoying all that the property has to offer. Of course, this only adds to the scene-y, high-energy vibe.
Who Will Love Sea Containers London
Trendy travelers, including couples, groups of friends, and those flying (or, in this case, cruising solo) will love it here. The property’s prime location in the South Bank neighborhood is another draw for visitors.
Who Might Not Love Sea Containers London
Families, especially those with younger children, may be turned off by the grown-up-geared vibe.
Best Amenity at Sea Containers London
It’s a tie between the spa — which offers sleek relaxation areas, pops of gold, and top-notch treatments — and the stylish cinema, where, on weekends, guests can veg out with a popcorn and unwind. The rooftop bar, which offers stunning views of the skyline and River Thames paired with delicious cocktails, is also noteworthy.
What’s Included at Sea Containers London
Your stay includes access to the on-site restaurants, bar, cinema, and gym. Wifi is also included, as is luggage storage at the front desk.
Fees & Extra Costs You Should Know About at Sea Containers London
Typical taxes and fees should be expected. Guests also have the option to rent Peloton bikes and Theragun massagers for an additional fee. Spa treatments and parking spaces (subject to availability) cost extra, too.
How to Get a Deal at Sea Containers London
Join the property’s Shipmates rewards program and book direct and snag a 15% discount on room rates. Other perks, including discounts to the on-site restaurants and bar, are also available. Don't forget to click on the "special offers" tab on the hotel website.
The Sweet Season
Ditch the crowds and enjoy the city’s top attractions (almost) all to yourself by booking a trip in the off-season (January-April and September-November). The weather may be cloudy and perhaps on the chillier side, but you’ll be too busy touring and having fun that it won’t dampen the mood. Just bring some warm sweaters and a rain jacket, and you’ll be set.
In the Neighborhood of Sea Containers London
Located in London’s South Bank neighborhood, the hotel is close to a number of cultural attractions. It’s also a short stroll to the London Eye, South Bank Centre, and the Tate Modern.
Nearest Airport to Sea Containers London
London City Airport is around nine miles away, while Heathrow and London Gatwick are 19 and 28 miles away, respectively.
Nearest Public Transportation to Sea Containers London
The Blackfriars tube station is an eight-minute walk away.
Those craving a sleek stay in the heart of the city will love the design-forward Sea Containers London.