Hot spot: Sea Containers, Mondrian London

Michael Frohlich, MD UK, EAME Brand Marketing Practice at Ogilvy Public Relations, reviews this month's top eatery, Sea Containers at Mondrian London.

Sea Containers, Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground
London SE1 9PD

020 3747 1000

The story
Morgans Hotel Group’s newest hotel is Mondrian London at Sea Containers, a luxury hotel on ­London’s South Bank and below Ogilvy Group’s soon-to-be home.  

The restaurant, Sea Containers, is helmed by famed chef Seamus ­Mullen and boasts multiple bar spaces, including Dandelyan, with drinks crafted by master ­mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan), and a stylish roof top bar called the Rumpus Room.

The reality It’s a beautiful hotel with some neat quirks. The nearest tube is Southwark, with London Bridge a brisk 15-minute walk away. It really is at the heart of Southbank, and offers a needed injection of style, giving the old faves such as Skylon and the OXO Tower some ­serious competition.

The damage
A meal for two with a glass of wine will hit the £100 mark. Spend some time in the Dandelyan bar and you may see that bill increase swiftly.
Signature dishes
A comforting, silky rabbit gnocchi, some stunning wild mushrooms and a delicious hot apple pie and custard were the winners.

Dining experience ****
It will be a great place for that informal (but yet still formal) ­client lunch. It’s vibrant, stylish and has an extensive menu that will please. The buzz is still building but you can definitely see the ­beginnings of the ‘stylish cool kids’ taking ­residence south of the water.

Chance of booking at the last minute **
It’s not too bad, but be prepared for busy days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Dandelyan was packed and it had only been open a week, but they take reservations for tables.

Client wow factor *****
A total stunner from the inside to the view outside and has real style in its drinking dens. A great option, ­particularly considering the closeness to London Bridge and Waterloo.

Overall *****
A great experience, friendly staff and a lasting impression of style. The sting of the bill was soon forgotten as another cocktail was served. All in all a winner. We at Ogilvy are particularly happy as it’s just downstairs… we’re hoping they might consider room service to our desks.

Reviewed by Michael Frohlich, MD UK, EAME Brand Marketing Practice, Ogilvy Public Relations

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