With the just-opened Mondrian London at Sea Containers, Morgans Hotel Group is pushing the envelope as it always does— from the hotel’s stunning design to its creative food and beverage to its new approach to the spa as a social hub.
The design by Tom Dixon, whose London store is known for its furniture, lighting and home accessories, is his first-ever for a hotel. Inspired by the grand era of Transatlantic travel, one highlight is a dramatic, handcrafted copper hull that dominates the entrance and lobby.
The interior of this 359-room hotel is just as stylish as Dixon’s store, including the 5,500 sf of event venues and 56-seat screening room. One would expect no less from a brand that originated in West Hollywood.
There’s also a rock-star quality to the food and beverage, led by chef Seamus Mullen of Tertulia, in Manhattan’s West Village, and El Comado, at the Gotham West Market. Mullen grew up on an organic farm in Vermont, and the hotel actually sources ingredients from the Real Food Market, right across the street in South Bank.
Master mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana (known as Mr. Lyan) of the hotel bar Dandelyan and as-yet-unnamed rooftop bar, is another celebrity. We’re told that his White Lyan cocktail bar in London is the only bar in the world that uses no perishable items (such as ice and fruit). All the spirits served are its own Lyan brand.
The innovation at the Mondrian London continues in the Agua Bathhouse and Spa, which spa director Jacqueline Kneebone describes as “a spa playground inspired by the Roman spa culture. It’s a new concept, a place that promotes social multisensory experiences and embraces community. It’s not just somewhere you go to have your treatments, then leave.” For meetings and incentives, the Glamour Room offers group preening experiences, from brow treatments to manicures and pedicures, served up with champagne cocktails, chocolates and ice cream sundaes.
South Bank—which Kneebone calls “one of the city’s most important up-and-coming neighborhoods”— is the ideal setting for the Mondrian London at Seas Containers. South Bank sits right on the Thames River, just around the corner from the Tate Modern, and there are restaurants, bars and independent shops popping up everywhere.
Morgans Hotel Group has two other London properties, Sanderson and St. Martins Lane.