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Last updated: 05 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

Fun, sophisticated, and cosmopolitan: if London was a cruise liner, this is what she would look like.

Guestrooms in this cleverly-converted one-time home of a shipping company come with porthole mirrors and maritime-themed fixtures and fittings that never quite stray into cliche.

This is a grand, glam affair of a hotel, with Lyaness – regularly voted London’s best bar – offering some of the city’s most inventive cocktails.

The cherry on the cake is the rooftop bar and restaurant which has fantastic views across the Thames – the perfect spot for a romantic dinner overlooking the night skyline.

The Tate Modern, St Pauls Cathedral, Borough Market and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre are all within walking distance.

Surrounding area

The entrance to Sea Containers is on the Thames Path – with the river just beyond, the Oxo Tower building on one side and Blackfriars Bridge on the other.

By day, the area is busy with tourists walking along the river and local office workers popping out for lunch and filing in out of Blackfriars Station.

At night it quietens down, but the Thames Path is well-lit and there are always people around, making it safe to walk at pretty much any time.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Tate Modern

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 miles]

This iconic, renovated power station on London’s South Bank showcases headline-grabbing Modern and contemporary art.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

National Theatre

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 miles]

From classic drama to musical comedy, the National’s three stages (the Olivier, Lyttleton and Dorfman) epitomise the best of British theatre. Boundary-pushing, and world-class quality.

Best for ages: 13+ | £45

Shakespeare plays at The Globe

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 miles]

Shakespeare’s works are brought vividly to life at this half-timbered, riverside replica of the Bard’s Elizabethan theatre. A pilgrimage for Shakespeare fans.

Best for ages: 13+ | £10 | 1-3 hours

St. Paul’s Cathedral

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.9 miles]

This iconic, domed cathedral is an architectural masterpiece and a highlight of London’s skyline, designed by the great Sir Christopher Wren.

Best for ages: 10+ | £17

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Exterior view of the grand building surrounding a large square

Somerset House

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.8 miles]

Famous for its picturesque alfresco ice rink in winter and the Edmund J Safra fountains in the summer, this elegant neoclassical building is also home to an art gallery and upscale restaurant.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Exterior view of front facade with people walking in front

SEA LIFE London Aquarium

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.1 miles]

London’s impressive aquarium, set on the South Bank, home to hundreds of species of fish and a selection of sharks.

Best for ages: Any | £27

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