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Mondrian London: the hotel is a ship

Tom Dixon takes you back on a cruise inside the Sea Containers 

Since its opening last year, the Mondrian London at Sea Containers became one of London’s landmarks, bringing new vibes in Southbank’s eclectic atmosphere. Located on the banks of the Thames in the former headquarters of Sea Containers, Mondrian London is the work of Design Research Studio that worked under the guidance of Tom Dixon. The new hotel maintains the essence of the original estate, transmitting the glamour and atmosphere of the cruise ships from the 20’s with a modern and refined touch, just like the Mondrian style dictates.

The elements related to the sea are many, starting from the giant wall coated in copper that reminds the hull of a ship. This wall winds along the facade overlooking the Thames, connecting the exterior with the interiors through the lobby.  The elegant restaurants and the unmistakable green marble counters from the Dandelyan cocktail bar also overlook the Thames and you can enjoy the real inventions of the famous inventor of bars Chetiyawardana, (a.k.a Mr. Lyan).
But perhaps the most fascinating space is the top floor of the Mondrian London at Sea Containers: the Rumpus Room with its glass structure and the outside terrace with a panoramic view of London. The hotel is very close to the unmissable sites like the Tate Modern, the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre, the Globe Theatre, the Borough Market and the London Eye.

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