London has had quite a few show-stopping hotel openings in 2015, but the Mondrian Hotel may be the most prominent one of all. And for good reason – this modern beauty, with prime location in the Sea Containers building on the South Bank is worth a visit. Whether it be for breakfast, dinner, cocktails or an overnight stay, the Mondrian will delight.
I went for dinner and cocktails about a month ago. Even your arrival is memorable – the copper, sea inspired ‘wave’ is perhaps more unique than it is beautiful, but I loved it. The whole design of the place is to echo a 1920s cruise ship. In my mind that description sounds like it should look hideous, but it’s far from it.
The restaurant – colourful and shiny – was busy in a pleasant way; the design sleek with a flashy bar in the centre of the room. But your eyes are instantly drawn to the views. You’re right on the river Thames and you’ve got Blackfriars Bridge and the City on your right (the Tate Modern is an 8 minute walk), and Westminster and all its glories to your left. The food was delicious and light, presented with care. Perhaps I chose healthy options, but I left feeling satisfied without overly full (which is sadly usually the case when you’re as greedy as I am).
The bar at the Mondrian is perhaps even more of a highlight than the restaurant – the decor (modern, of course) again stands out. While bright pink leather sofas may not necessarily be my cup of tea, here they fit perfectly with the emerald green walls. At night the bar is so dimly lit you don’t even necessarily notice the colours. Again, the view drew my attention more than anything. London looks so magical at night, and from the bar (make sure you sit close to the window) the views are uninterrupted. The cocktails too deserve a mention, the menu beautifully designed and the drinks were well crafted.
The Mondrian hotel may not be for everyone – it’s daring and loud, the design is ridiculously slick and it perhaps lacks a degree coziness. But its style is fun and original, the views phenomenal, the location ideal to see London and the pricing fair (this is all relative of course). While I didn’t see the rooms I know some say they do feel slightly more business-like than the hotel’s communal areas, but still very comfortable with all the mod-cons you could wish for.
But I suppose what I liked so much about the place was that the restaurant and bar did not feel like they were part of a hotel at all. So regardless of whether you’re a hotel guest or not, you still very much feel like a special guest in your own right.
20 Upper Ground,
London SE1 9PD