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Terms & Conditions


These terms and conditions (“Terms”) set out the basis on which we will provide rooms and other services to you. In some cases, we will draw your attention to other rules and policies that apply: please familiarise yourself with all relevant information, and ask us if you are unsure about anything. Our aim is always to present information in a way that is clear, fair and honest. We will review these Terms occasionally to ensure they are up-to-date and as clear as possible. We always welcome your comments.

Our Details

Our details are as follows:

Name: Sea Containers Hotel Limited
Company number: 07753407
Country of incorporation: England
Registered office address: 7th Floor, 2 Portman Street, London W1H 6DU
Hotel address: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
Contact e-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: (+44) 020 3747 1000

We will refer to ourselves from now on in the Terms as “Sea Containers” or as “we” (or by related words such as “us” or “our”).

We will refer to you – whether you are an individual or a group – as “you” (and by related words such as “your”).


Status of these terms

These Terms apply to your bookings with us, unless you and we agree that other terms will apply.
If you are a consumer, you also have certain basic rights at law, and these are not affected by these Terms.
All your interactions with us are also subject to our Privacy Policy, which explains what personal information we collect from you, how and why we collect, store and use such information, your rights in relation to your personal information, and what to do if you have a query or complaint about the use of your personal information.


Making, cancelling and varying a booking

Making a booking
You may make a booking online, by telephone or in person. We do not charge different prices depending on the method of booking, unless we issue a promotional offer that must be redeemed using a particular method, in which case we will be clear about that. Please check our website, or phone us, for room rates. Room rates are subject to VAT. If you are a tax-exempt guest, you must bring an Individual Tax-Exempt form received from your organisation and present it at check-in.

Cancelling a booking
Occasionally people wish to cancel all or part of a booking. In that situation, we like to make life easy for you, and so if you are early enough in your cancellation, we often won’t need to charge. Please read the rest of this clause 4 to understand the position.

If you are entitled to cancel a booking, you may do so online, by telephone or in person – you do not need to use the same method you used to make the booking.

With the exception of pre-paid bookings, group bookings of 9 rooms or more (see clause 4.7), or any special promotion that states different cancellation terms, our policy is that:

  • if you cancel a booking before 6:00 p.m. (UK time) on the day prior to check-in, you will not be charged for the cancellation; and
  • if you cancel a booking after 6:00 p.m. (UK time) on the day prior to check-in, you must pay one night’s stay (plus VAT) for your cancelled room (or for each room, if you booked more than one), based on the price you would have paid for the room(s).

Varying a booking
If you wish to change the dates of your booking, this will be treated as a cancellation and rebooking, and will be subject to the cancellation provisions.

The following are non-cancellable and non-refundable in all situations:

  • fully pre-paid bookings;
  • group bookings of 9 rooms or more; and
  • bookings made under certain special offers where we have made it clear prior to your booking that no cancellation or refund is possible.

If you wish to leave prior to your departure date, you must pay an early-departure fee of the equivalent of one night’s stay (plus VAT) for each cancelled room (plus the current night’s stay if you tell us after 6:00 p.m. and your new departure date is the following day).

Luggage Storage

We have secure luggage storage facilities on-site. Our team are on hand to assist with any luggage storage required prior to check-in or at departure stage.

Checking in and out

You must be at least 18, and have a valid form of identification, namely a passport, driver’s licence or EU I.D. Card, to check in. Persons under 18 need to be accompanied by a guardian or another adult with written authorisation by your guardian/s in order to stay.

We will require a valid credit card at check-in. In addition to room and tax, a refundable £100 per night will be deducted from your credit card to guarantee any incidental charges during the stay. For stays longer than seven nights, the hotel may charge a lower sum to guarantee incidentals, which it will communicate at check-in.

You may check in from 3:00 p.m. (UK time) on the first day of your stay, and you must check out by 12:00 noon (UK time) on your day of departure.


There are limited parking facilities at Sea Containers at a flat rate of £45 per 24 hours Sunday – Thursday or £49.99 on Friday and Saturday, subject to availability on the day.

Valet parking is unavailable at this time, the team however will provide guidance on where and how to park. This should be arranged through the front desk.

Vehicles may be taken in and out at any time of the day or night and the team will assist you.

Local Parking

If our parking spaces are unavailable there are local car parks which are can be utilised, subject to availability on the day.

The National Theatre: The National Theatre’s car park is located under their building. The entrance ramp is on the southwest corner of the building, accessible from Upper Ground (the street that runs behind the National Theatre building). Our car park is open from 6am to 12 midnight Monday to Friday and 7am to 12 midnight, Saturday & Sunday. Height restriction 1.88m. Overnight parking is allowed. This car park is within the London Congestion Zone.

Cornwall Road underground car park: The car park is located on Cornwall Road, between Upper Ground and Stamford Street, Waterloo. This car park is within the London Congestion Zone.

Getting around

Santander Bicycles: There is a docking station for Santander bicycles across from the entrance to our property. Hiring a Santander Cycle costs £2 for unlimited journeys up to 30 minutes, within a 24-hour period. For journeys longer than 30 minutes, you pay £2 for each additional 30 minutes. You must return the cycle within 24 hours or you may be charged.

e-Scooter Hire: Rental electric scooters can be used on public roads (not on pavements) within the United Kingdom. In order to hire an e-scooter you need to provide proof of insurance and have a full or provisional driving, moped or motorcycle license. Speeds are limited to 15.5mph.
The following companies operate in London and you are able to download their App: Voi ScooterLime Scooters.

Bars & Restaurant

  • Our kitchens close at 10pm.
  • Seating preferences will be subject to availability.
  • A discretionary 12.5% service charge will be added to your final bill.
  • Cancellation and confirmation of numbers for small groups – there is a 48-hour cancellation policy. A fee of £25 inc VAT per person will be charged if your booking is cancelled within 48 hours to your reservation date.
  • If the party size increases, sufficient notice is advisable as last minute additions to your party are subject to availability
    *Different Terms & Conditions apply to private dining bookings and reservations of 8 people and above.
  • Cancellation for Spirited Tea – same as above but for same day cancellations or no shows, we will charge the full Afternoon Tea amount of £55 + VAT per person.
  • For bookings of 7 people and above dining from the A la Carte menu, we will require a deposit of £15 per person as a booking guarantee in the restaurant. This deposit will be put towards the final check, but it is non-refundable in case of cancellations or no shows.
  • Decorations and branding – The bringing of any decoration, or other objects, or branding of any kind, is not permitted throughout the premises. This includes balloons, confetti, table ornaments, and other decorative objects that may cause a Health & Safety risk.
  • Sea Containers Restaurant & 12th Knot: our terrace works on a first come first served basis, which means unfortunately we do not accept reservations. Your preferences will be noted, and we’ll do our utmost best to accommodate them. The terrace at 12th Knot closes at 10pm.
  • Age policy – Lyaness & 12th Knot operate an over 18s policy from 5pm


Sea Containers is a pet-friendly hotel. You are, therefore, permitted to bring your pet provided that:

  • we do not consider your pet to be dangerous;
  • the animal must weigh 20lbs / 9.1kg or less;
  • the animal is tame and not excessively noisy;
  • you sign a Pet Waiver on check-in; and
  • you may not leave your pet unattended (or with our staff) or bring it into our bars or restaurants or hotel public areas, such as the Den.
  • Under the Pet Waiver, you must pay a £100 deposit for each pet as part of your wider responsibility for any damage and incidents caused by a pet under your care, and for any pet-related cleaning costs.

Gift Certificates

You can buy Gift Certificates. They will be subject to the terms applicable at the time of purchase and to any additional terms made clear in advance of your purchase.

Special Offers and Promotions

Occasionally we may issue special offers such as price reductions. If so, the terms relating to such offers will also be considered part of your contract with us, and if there is any discrepancy between any term in a special offer and these Terms, the relevant term in the special offer shall apply.

In issuing any special offer or promotion, we are bound by the terms of the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising, Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing issued by the Advertising Standards Authority. Our intention in all our marketing is to facilitate sales in a way that respects advertising law and consumer rights.


Smoking, including the smoking of e-cigarettes and vaping, is prohibited everywhere on our premises, except for the patios of Superior Patio Rooms. Please note that, in case a guest if found smoking in our premises, a fine of £350 will be applied to their bill.

You may smoke on the terrace of the 12th Knot bar from the opening time of the venue until 10.00 p.m. Smoking is also permitted on the river walk alongside the hotel, and cigarette posts are available for guests’ use.


Sea Containers provides information, collects data, and engages in e-commerce activities on the following domains:
The information on the websites referred to above has been put together with care. However, the software, products and services on these websites are subject to change and could include inaccuracies. Therefore, the websites are provided as-is and no rights can be derived from the information on our webpages.

All information on our websites, including text and graphical elements, is owned by us and is our intellectual property. You may not reproduce or distribute anything of ours, including the content of any of our websites, without our prior permission.

We reserve the right to change or discontinue the information on any website at any time without notice. Sea Containers is not liable for any consequences of discontinuance or alteration of any website services.
This website may contain links to third-party websites. Sea Containers will not be liable for any of these linked websites, their information or services. Please check the privacy policies of such websites, and ensure you are comfortable with them before progressing.

Limitation of Liability

We do not seek to limit or exclude any liability that may not be limited or excluded by law, such as liability for death or personal injury that is caused by our negligence, or liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.
In all other respects, we are not liable for the following:

losses that were not caused by a breach on our part;

losses to the extent that they were caused by other people;

losses that you and we did not reasonably foresee as being possible;

business losses, such as loss of profits;

loss of your luggage, provided we took reasonable care.

Except where we are not permitted by law to limit our liability, our maximum liability to you will be 150% of the sums that you were liable to pay to us in respect of the stay in which your loss occurred
You and we agree that this clause 14 is a reasonable balancing of risk and losses.

Gender Pay Gap Information

Calculated in accordance with The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. Data as of March 2017.

Sea Containers London Gender Pay Gap
Mean pay gap: 13.36%
Median pay gap: 3.22%
Mean bonus gap: 10.49%
Median bonus gap: 1.27

Workforce Population
44.34% Female / 55.66% Male

Pay Quartiles by Gender
Lower Quartile: 44.16% Female, 55.84% Male
Lower Middle Quartile: 48.05% Female, 51.95% Male
Upper Middle Quartile: 44.16% Female, 55.84% Male
Upper Quartile: 41.03% Female, 58.97% Male

Sea Containers London is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a consistent and fair approach to remuneration and development, ensuring all employees are awarded equally paid wages based on job roles, performance, and market alignment.

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