Where to stay in London: Sea Containers

Where to stay in London: Sea Containers London

When it comes to where to stay in London, we’ve got the perfect hotel. Whether it’s a romantic city break, a birthday treat or you just fancy a night away together in your own city. Sea Containers London should be top of your list.

Where to stay in London

When it comes to where to stay in London, there are hotels in abundance. But what you really want is something that has views. London’s skyline is pretty epic so a hotel that allows you to enjoy it, is winning.

About Sea Containers London Hotel

Sea Containers London sits boldly along the famous South Bank. With exterior designed to be reminiscent of a 1920s cruise liner, its nautical theme is immediately clear. Inside you’ll find hip interiors that feel instantly trendier than it’s ship-like shell. The reception is a wow-factor copper curve and some of the staff don stripe t-shirts adding to that cool nautical vibe.

Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed and given the low-down on the hotel. With rooftop bars, buffet breakfast offering, a spa and its own cinema, we knew we were in for a luxurious treat.

What really hits you about this hotel is its location. You can walk to The Shard and Borough Market. Or, head along the South Bank for The London Eye and those famous Big Ben and Houses of Parliament views. All of the top London attractions are a stone’s throw away which means, if you get up early, you can beat the tourist rush.

Where to stay in London
Where to stay in London

The room

We were very kindly upgraded to a Superior Room with a patio, an ideal room for a couple because of the extra outdoor space. This would be even more wonderful in the summer – hello al fresco drinking!

The room was beautiful. With a wide-screen TV, the softest sheets, extra seating areas, a mini bar and his ‘n’ her bathrobes, they had thought of everything. The bedroom decor continued the hotel’s slick and shiny theme, with touches of hot pink and a contemporary chair by Tom Dixon accentuating the room’s modern edge.

We enjoyed a bottle of champagne (again, kindly gifted) before heading up to the rooftop bar to enjoy a drink before dinner. You can book dinner at the hotel’s on-site restaurant but we were in the mood for mooching up the buzzing South Bank.

One thing to note is that on arrival the reception will ask for a credit card to act as security (in case you go on a rampage through the mini bar). We did enjoy a Kit Kat but for £3 per choccy bar we only had one.

Where to stay in London
Where to stay in London
Where to stay in London
Where to stay in London
Where to stay in London

Where to drink at Sea Containers London

Sea Containers London have their very own rooftop bar called 12th Knot, a great spot to enjoy a wine before dinner and admire London at night. If you’re looking for an after-dinner tipple then adjacent to the hotel is the award-winning, Lyaness. This luxe cocktail bar has been voted as one of the top 50 world best bars and certainly deserves an hour of your evening.

If you’re looking for more nightlife in the area, more bars restaurants can be found a short walk away along the South Bank. After we had enjoyed some drinks in 12th Knot, we walked 15 minutes up to Wagamamas to sample their vegan menu options. It. Was. Divine.

London skyline at night

The breakfast at Sea Containers London

We awoke from the comfiest night’s sleep to a rather grey start. Coffee was in order. We popped on the kettle and enjoyed a delightfully slow morning before trundling down to breakfast around 10am. The Superior Patio Room comes with a complimentary breakfast which runs from 6.30am – 11am on weekends.

The hotel’s restaurant sits next to the reception and serves up a tasty buffet offering at the weekend. We were shown to our seat and poured a coffee before heading straight for the simple yet good-looking buffet layout.

We didn’t feel rushed to gobble up our food so leisurely enjoyed two trips to the buffet – we had plans to walk around the city which required the extra fuel.

Romantic stays at Sea Containers in London
Where to stay in London
Where to stay in London
Where to stay in London
Where to stay in London

Where is Sea Containers London?

We live in East London so easily travelled in by tube (it’s so much fun stay-caying in your own city) but the transport links are super accessible if you’re coming in from outside the capital.

You’ll find a bus stop three minutes away on foot, two tube stations that are an eight minute walk, and Waterloo Station (overground train and tube) that’s a 10-minute walk away. If you’re coming in from further afield then London Heathrow is a 50 minute drive away or an hour by public transport and London City Airport is a half-hour drive or 40 minutes via public transport.

Sea Containers London
20 Upper Ground
South Bank
London SE1 9PD

+ 44 (0) 20 3747 1000

What’s nearby to the Sea Containers London?

If you’re coming in from out of town and seeing all the top attractions is on your to-do list, then the location of Sea Containers London is next level perfect. Once we’d eaten breakfast (slowly) and packed up our things (again, slowly), we checked out. Check out is at 12 noon too – this felt later than other hotels so was a complete bonus and definitely encouraged our relaxed Saturday morning.

Luckily for us, the weather had cleared and quite unbelievably, parted the way for some extremely blue skies. After walking over Blackfriars Bridge we decided to take in the South Bank from the other side of The Thames. We were treated to even better views of the imposing Brutalist structure of Sea Containers, glistening away in the midday sun.

We wandered down to The Shard which was a 20 minute walk and then pit-stopped in Borough Market. As keen photographers, the fact that you can aimlessly wander through the London streets and see something striking with every corner turn, is what makes it such an exciting city to explore and shoot in.

Where to stay in London
The Shard
imposing Brutalist structure
imposing Brutalist structure
Borough Market London
imposing Brutalist structure

Thank you so much to Sea Containers London for the most fabulous city base. We felt rejuvenated and re-inspired to explore our own city together.

**Hotel stay gifted, all words and images our own.


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