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A striking presence on the South Bank

An Iconic Building

Inspired by the golden age of ocean cruising

Set within the iconic Sea Containers building on London's bustling South Bank, the hotel was originally designed by acclaimed American Modernist architect Warren Platner in 1974.

Intended to be a hotel, the building opened as office space due to the economic challenges of the time and the building's proximity to the City of London. It wasn't until 2014 that the south wing of the building was renovated and brought back to its original intended use as a luxury hotel. With interiors transformed by Tom Dixon's Design Research Studio and access opened up to the Thames Path walkway through the hotel's new Thames-facing bars and restaurants, the building could engage in the energetic cultural activity of its South Bank location at long last. 

Holding a striking presence between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges, in 2019 the hotel was renamed Sea Containers London, with the interiors further animated and evolved by Lore Group's Jacu Strauss, paying homage to the history of the building and marking our new independent status within Lore Group, a collection of thoughtful hotels in London, Amsterdam and Washington D.C.

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