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Sea Containers, South Bank, London
A fun-loving, design-led hotel right on the River Thames. Styled like a 1920s cruise liner, with two bars, a restaurant, spa, Curzon cinema and fitness room, it's a destination hotel rather than a jumping off point for the city. Celebrating couples and friends check in on a Friday night and don't leave until Sunday morning, making full use of the facilities. In the week, Londoners join hotel guests in the rooftop 12th Knot bar to enjoy jazz nights and comedy nights or come to sample the experimental cocktails in Lyaness Bar. Rooms have glorious river views and some boast outdoor terraces. The spa creates its own products from ingredients found in British hedgerows and some of these ingredients are also carried through to the restaurant menu.
We love watching the pleasure cruisers, cargo ships, and police boats plying their trade up and down the Thames.
The hotel is right on the river, beside Blackfriars Bridge with views of St Paul's cathedral and the London Eye.
By car: around 1 hour 45 mins from Oxford, 2 hours from Brighton and 4 hours from Manchester. Private parking costs £50 per day.
By train: there are direct trains to London Waterloo from Salisbury (1 hour 30 mins), Portsmouth (1 hour 30 mins) and Exeter (3 hours 15 mins). The hotel is a five-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Perfect for romancing couples and celebrating friends. We love the split-flap noticeboard that displays playful quotes; the sound of the letters changing reminds you of an early 20th-century train station.
Service & Facilities
The massages in the Agua Spa are therapeutic rather than just cosmetic.
- Paid parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Room 371 has a fully-furnished balcony to sit and watch the toings and froings on the river as well as a separate seating area and maxi-sized bathroom, with toiletries from upmarket US brand Malin + Goetz.
Standard, Superior, Superior Double, Superior Double Double, Superior Patio, Riverview Deluxe, Riverview Deluxe Double Double, Studio, Loft Suite, Riverview Suite, Riverview Balcony Suite, Riverview apartment
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, free toiletries, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We love the Rose Nacional cocktail in Lyaness, which is made with Havana rum, purple pineapple, cider vermouth, mescal and rose tea. The sea bass ceviche tacos, with coriander and salsa, are delicious too.
The restaurant: bistro dining. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £24.
Lyaness: drinks, cocktails, sharing plates. Open Mon-Weds from 5pm, Thurs-Fri from 3pm, weekends from noon. Small plates from £7.
12th knot: rooftop bar and lounge. Open Tues-Sat 5pm-1am.