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Sea Containers London

20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD England
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#141 of 1,164 hotels in London
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Set within the Sea Containers building - originally designed by acclaimed American architect Warren Platner - on London’s South Bank, the hotel boasts 359 guest rooms and suites, Sea Containers restaurant serving up fresh modern cuisine, an award-winning experimental cocktail bar spearheaded by master mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana, and an exclusive rooftop bar with panoramic views over the River Thames. Designed by Design Research Studio under the creative direction of visionary Tom Dixon, Sea Containers London is also home to a maritime-inspired 56-seat cinema and spa. Inspired by the golden age of ocean cruising, a time when exotic ingredients were introduced to the world, and an abundance of fresh local produce was celebrated, the three distinctive food and drink venues each offer a dynamic experience. Flavourful dishes range from nourishing to hearty at Sea Containers Restaurant, which is perfect for an al fresco lunch by the river, sunset cocktails or an atmospheric dinner. Experience innovative cocktails in the award-winning Lyaness, voted as one of the top 50 World’s Best Bars, featuring a signature electric blue seating as well as the original sweeping green marble bar. Take in panoramic views of the London skyline from our rooftop bar 12th Knot, with its beautifully appointed lounge and outdoor terrace for unrivalled views over the River Thames.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Secured parking
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Rooftop bar
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Steam room
Waxing services
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
VIP room facilities
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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J_Hope_246 wrote a review Jan 2021
London, United Kingdom71 contributions36 helpful votes
I was very lucky to win a free stay here as my husband recommended me as an "NHS hero" for working as a junior doctor during the pandemic. Firstly, very generous to offer over 500 free rooms and breakfasts! Now we did wonder if there would be a reduction in service, because we were getting the night for free, so didn't need to be treated the same as paying guests, but this was absolutely not the case! Fantastic service from even before we checked in (we were supposed to have dinner in their restaurant but sadly there was terrible traffic in London and we didn't get there until 2 hours later than expected and the restaurant was closed). They were very accomodating as I contacted them repeatedly from the car, and didn't charge me a penalty for not making the dinner reservation as I had heard some restaurants were doing! Checking in was smooth with friendly staff, we were in a room facing the Thames which was absolutely lovely, it was so nice seeing all the twinkling lights of London reflected in the river on a beautifully clear night! The room service we ended up getting because we were too late for the restaurant was fantastic - not included in the offer but as we were getting the room free we didn't object to paying for room service!! Contact free delivery on the room service was very polite and professional. The room was absolutely lovely, lots of nice storage space, lovely comfy bed, nice chairs to sit on, beautiful bathroom and very nice toiletries. We appreciated having tea and coffee facilities in the room and whilst we would normally avoid using disposable cups, we appreciated having them instead of China ones due to the pandemic as we knew they would be clean (that being said, we had absolutely no concerns about cleanliness during our stay - the place was spotless!) Breakfast the next morning was fantastic - we did have to call someone over to ask for coffee, but after that service was impeccable and lovely food, sat looking out at the river and the Londoners walking and jogging by! We walked around London for a while after, and then returned to have afternoon tea in the lyaness bar later (not included in the free offer but something additional we chose to pay to do and we're very glad we did!) I will also be posting a review of the lyaness bar which will also be 5/5! The hotel happily kept our bags safe until we had finished at the lyaness. Overall an excellent stay, and we would absolutely consider coming here again even if we had to pay for it! My review is not influenced by the fact it was free, I looked up the cost of the rooms for bed and breakfast and would be more than happy to pay that amount in the future, although I am so thankful to sea containers for offering me this opportunity to stay! To round off our trip, we got to see the rainbow to NHS heroes and it was so lovely to read all the stories and see my name too!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Willba F wrote a review Jan 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Visited on the 15th December 2020 with a dear friend who took me out to dinner. The service was impeccable and our waiter was called Ishmael. Nothing was too much and from beginning to end he was attentive, polite and prompt. I will definitely attend again and hope that he is my waiter again. Absolutely excellent service and the food was great too. The ambiance was good as social distancing was in place. Next time I’ll request a River front dining spot. We were inside next to the window which was great. Wonderful restaurant. Five stars.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Katie Young wrote a review Dec 2020
1 contribution
We stayed for the night in December. Room was lovely, great hotel. Booked in for dinner at the restaurant and amazed to see in 2020 not one vegetarian or vegan main course option! The mushroom pasta has Parmesan on. I asked for this to come without but it still came with it all over. Please get some more plant based options on your menu, it’s not just vegans/vegetarians who want these.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Oceancervantes W wrote a review Dec 2020
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom20 contributions6 helpful votes
We came straight from our wedding and couldn't have been greeted by more welcoming and helpful people. Joe the guest experience manager gave us drinks on arrival, upgraded our room and arranged breakfast for us every morning. In such a rubbish situation with Covid, we have had so much stress this year re arranging our wedding etc and staying here you would bearly notice Covid was still a thing (obviously they have safety measures in place) but apart from that it was such a relaxed, enjoyable experience and so lovely to get away from all that stress and anxiety for a couple of days. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a getaway to London to stay here, we had a beautiful suite that was clean and tidy, all staff were amazing and also they have an app that you can use to book breakfast etc. That was absolutely amazing. Honestly I could not praise them enough.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Barbara Becchetti, Marketing at Sea Containers London
Responded Dec 30, 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave your kind review - we're really pleased to know how much you enjoyed your stay with us! Your scores and comments are much appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you back "on board" again in the future. We wish you a Happy New Year. Warmest Regards
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MarkEvans1981 wrote a review Dec 2020
Tredegar, United Kingdom87 contributions10 helpful votes
Stayed at the Sea Containers for one night Saturday 12th Dec 2020. Check in was quick & simple. Baggage taken straight to room while me & my Friend headed to the Bottomless Brunch which we pre booked due to Covid restrictions. The staff was all fantastic, very helpful and kept the drinks flowing while we ate our meal. Great choice on the Menu, the food was outstanding, very tasteful. We booked into the Bar later on in the evening due to limited space because of Covid restrictions but did not disappoint. Rooms was lovely looking over great views of London. Very clean & cosy. Breakfast was amazing. Over looking BlackFrairs Bridge. Didn’t have any problems with my short stay so I would definitely stay here again & also recommend this hotel to others. Really good weekend away Hope to return soon.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Barbara Becchetti, Marketing at Sea Containers London
Responded Dec 30, 2020
Dear Mark, Thank you for taking the time to leave your kind review - we're really pleased to know how much you enjoyed your stay with us! We are so happy that you could try more of our facilities and enjoyed them all. A little tip for your next stay we also have a lovely spa, book in for a nice treatment you will love it I promise. Your scores and comments are much appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you back "on board" again in the future. Warmest Regards
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sea Containers London
Which popular attractions are close to Sea Containers London?
Nearby attractions include The Queen's Walk (0.2 miles), The Grid (0.2 miles), and Victoria Embankment Gardens (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sea Containers London?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Sea Containers London?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Sea Containers London?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Sea Containers London?
Yes, paid private parking on-site, paid private parking nearby, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sea Containers London?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pieminister, Tibita, and Sticky Mango.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sea Containers London?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Is Sea Containers London located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of London.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sea Containers London?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Sea Containers London offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sea Containers London?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.