It probably sounds a bit random that we love a London staycation, but actually it’s many of the best things about travelling without the frustrating downsides. It was the Mr’s turn to pick, and as he fancied a modern stay, we picked the Sea Containers Hotel on the Southbank.
I’ve popped in a few times for cocktails with friends (at this Mr Kiwi rolled his eyes ‘of course you’ve been here before’) but it was quite thrilling to be wheeling our cases in for a overnight sojourn.
“With a design reminiscent of a 1920s transatlantic cruise liner, award-winning food and drink outlets and an electric energy, Sea Containers London is the remarkable South Bank hotel. It’s a destination where glamour meets brutalism – and it’s your London anchor on the River Thames.”
From the moment you step in, you feel the modern glamour – this 4-star hotel is a modern architecture/design lovers dream.
In light of Covid times, the team are doing everything they can to make the safest environment possible – temperature checks as you walk in, hand sanitiser everywhere and strict policies for single household use of lifts – that’s even before you get into your room.
Our room was one of the standard rooms with a river view, which we loved.
It featured a sumptuous super king bed, custom designed furniture by designer Tom Dixon with art deco nods, and rainfall showers in the marble bathroom.
The rooms are outfitted to echo that of cruiseships, and was such a great size.
We spent a fair amount of the time gazing out the window – the view was from the BT Tower all the way along the Strand to St Pauls Cathedral.
…and we got quite a kick out of the birds eye views of the magnificent London lampposts.
Settling in, we unpacked, popped on our comfy bathrobes and ordered a spot of room service for dinner. Appetites sated, we popped on a movie and settled under the covers for the evening.
One of my favourite moments was actually about 4am. I woke up randomly, realised that it was pre-dawn (a time I’ve not seen since, well, a long time) and padded to the window. Pulling the blinds back, the river was as still as a millpond.
These signs in the foyer are fantastic!
The next morning with a late checkout, we grabbed a ‘to go’ breakfast, taking it back to bed for a leisurely start to the day before cracking open our laptops for a few hours.
Cheers to London!
Our evening at Sea Containers, in a part of London that we don’t normally spend a lot of time in, was fascinating. Past staycations have included the Montcalm Royal, the London Langham Hotel, Hazlitt’s (which came with a resident cat) and the Montagu Place Hotel in Marylebone.
Do you enjoy staycations?
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