Alex Tieghi-Walker

Mondrian London

  • Where:London
  • Why:Sneaky local getaway.
  • When:Valentine's Day
  • Who:With handsome Gregory.
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The copper centerpiece of the spa area.

Rooms are dark and masculine and filled with mineral textures and colours.

Bath was big.

The bright blue installation in the lobby represents anchor chains; the reception desk is moulded in the form of a beaten copper hull that extends to the porte-cochere.

Nature is an important decorative element throughout the Mondrian; charred wooden stools topped with wild flowers are arranged throughout the public spaces.

Model liners reflect the maritime heritage of the building (this model of the Queen Mary is really, really huge).

A playful colour scheme brings the lobby to life.

The daytime view from our balcony: River Thames, Blackfriar’s Bridge, and Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

Dixon’s own designs are contrasted with folk objects in surprising places.

Turned to one of Dixon’s copper globes to emphasize the absolute size and scale of the suite.

The floral details continue in Dandelyon, the hotel bar. We ate the flowers, too

Lights out for bed, just lanterns and illuminated buildings of London beyond.

Highs & Lows

  • The spa was COSMIC. I highly recommend the facial.

  • Dandelyon, the bar, was a real highlight. Get drunk on botanical goodness.

  • I loved the maritime references throughout the hotel; the model boats kept me busy for ages.

  • Dixon’s design is spot on. Every surface is texturally intriguing and playful.

  • Our room had two wall-mounted televisions, which I thought was slightly excessive.

  • No nods to sustainability or positive environmental awareness, which I think is very important in hospitality (and elsewhere).

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 43/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Riverside design spot.

  • Vibe

    Maritime industrial meets California cool.

  • Location

    At the centre of an arc in the Thames, which stretches from the Southbank in the West to Borough Market further East.

  • Rooms

    237, most with river views.

  • Music

    As would be expected from the Mondrian group.

  • Year Opened

    2014

  • Designed By

    Tom Dixon, who filled the hotel spaces with mineral textures such as stone, metal and wood.

  • Pool/Gym

    No pool, yes gym (and spa!).

  • Restaurant

    Sea Containers at Mondrian. It’s an impressive space under the Stewardshop from Executive Chef Seamus Mullen.

  • Bar

    Two, both wonderful. Dandelyan is headed up by Ryan Chetiyawardana and serves botanical-based cocktails.

  • Minibar

    I don’t think I ventured in to the mini-bar — we spent most of our time in the actual bar.

  • Children

    Yes, they’d enjoy the model ships and watching boat-life on the Thames.

  • Price

    $$

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