Slow is Fast
August 18, 2022

Hotels series: Mondrian London

The latest addition to London’s thriving hotel scene, Mondrian London brings a modernist edge to the South Bank, minutes away from the Tate Modern.

It’s a landmark on the river Thames: standing tall like a cruise ship, the modernist Sea Containers House lies next to the OXO Tower. Designed in the 1970s by American architect Warren Platner as the headquarters of a shipping company that owned the Orient Express, the building was recently transformed into the Mondrian London. Spearheading the remodelling, designer Tom Dixon and his team (known as Design Research Studio) reinterpret, throughout the rooms and public spaces, the golden age of transatlantic travel. From the entrance, a huge copper-clad structure mimics a ship’s hull and welcomes the reception desk. Further down the corridor, the Sea Containers restaurant and Dandelyan cocktail lounge are staged around impressive central bars wrapped in elegant green marble or diner-inspired silver Bibendum rings. Inside the 359 rooms, one finds the same commitment to refinement through the use if Dixon’s signature brushed metallic details, velvet Wingback chairs and deep colour palette.

The overall retro-fitted – yet contemporary – take on interior design is further conveyed by the rooftop bar with its crimson leather banquet, dramatic light fixtures and floor to ceiling glass windows.

With unobstructed views on the river Thames and the City, life seems to glamorously float by Mondrian London.

by Clara Le Fort