Lloyd and I work for a large digital software entertainment company in Cambridge, of who were hosting a huge company expo at Here East on October the 7th.
Lloyd was part of the developer “meet and greet” team, so he was expected to stay the entire day to answer public questions. This called for a chance to stay at a plush palace for the night, right?
I’m only going to go into an overview of the hotel, its facilities and what you can expect on a whole from a stay at Mondrian London in this post, however I will be going into much finer details on the highlights like my spa experience in later posts. If I went into everything in one go here, we would be at dissertation level.
Mondrian is part of a worldwide collection of luxury hotels owned by Morgans Hotel Group (another coincidence…), with another Mondrian being located in NYC.
Due to only being available for a single night stay, we opted for the Superior room option.
"Award-winning designer Tom Dixon fuses cutting-edge design and functionality in each of the guestrooms, creating an atmosphere that embodies the elegance of a transatlantic 1920’s liner with a healthy dose of 1980’s post-modernism reference. All Superior rooms feature a queen bed, custom designed dimmable lighting, bespoke furniture and stunning marble bathrooms indicative of Hollywood Glamour, complete with MALIN+GOETZ amenities. Superior rooms boast some of the hotel's best London views. Unique design items include a drip wall painting handcrafted by Tom Dixon as well as his signature wingback chair."
Beautifully presented, the rooms are extremely welcoming and luxurious, as expected from such a name, and wowed me to silence as I entered the door.
The well stocked personal bar area greets you at first glance, with a whole array of mixers and spirits to indulge in a little cocktail making if you wish. Below is a hearty selection of chocolates and snacks, from Joe & Seph’s popcorn, to Oreos and more.
Speaking of food, you could literally order a 3 course meal to your room, respective of what is served at Sea Containers, as well as menus to cover you for continual feasting, as early as the hours between 12am-6am!
TRAVEL SIZE FAVOURITES
The bathroom is floor to ceiling marble, with a Hollywood style mirror, and recessed toilet area.
The view was spectacular from 1507, being the very top floor, with incredibly clear views of the London Eye, and St Pauls. If you were to visit over New Year, I would say that this would be a fantastic option (although don’t take my word for that without checking with Mondrian first, of course).
There’s a large flat screen TV mounted to the wall, which is able to flip out to face the incredibly comfortable bed, which houses complimentary bottles of own branded water on the side tables, on arrival.
The room also comes with digital controlled air conditioning for your comfort.
Fillet Of Scottish Salmon (£14)
Half Corn-Fed Norfolk Chicken (£15)
Aged Rib Eye (£22)
Kentish Rump Of Lamb (£16)
Pistachio Creme Brulee (£8)
Vanilla Almond Sponge (£8)
Mondrian London Tiramisu (£9)
Cheese Board (£9)
Mondrian doesn’t stop at luxury lodgings, but is also home to its own spa, of which I made ample use of, named ‘Aqua Bathhouse and Spa’ (more details on that in a later post!), as well as a fitness centre.
Not only that, but Mondrian also has its own luxury cinema to take advantage of if you fancy a true cinema experience but in a plush environment, and four dining options!
EVENING WEAR FAVOURITES
Sea Containers restaurant is situated on the ground floor of Mondrian, and runs alongside the River Thames, with outdoor dining availability, as well as indoor.
The menu is split into several parts:
An example of the full menu which we had during our stay can be found below.
Many of the dishes are served "tapas style", whereby they are intended for sharing! So you basically pick what you each like, and populate your table with many delicious bites to bring to your plate!
Each dish is cooked to perfection, and full of flavour. DO NOT be concerned on quantity. Trust me when I say that the concentration of flavours throughout fills you up entirely by the end of a handful of pickings, however if you're not entirely satiated, you are welcome to continue adding to your table as you go along.
The setting is beautifully lit of an evening, and tables are perfectly set around the room so you feel intimately set with your guest, without feeling like you're sitting on other guest's laps.
Each morning, breakfast is also served at Sea Containers, and consists of a hot food, English style breakfast (sausage, eggs, toast, beans, you know the drill), as well as a cereal and Continental choices.
I highly recommend the scrambled eggs (I'm dreaming of them), as well as the freshly prepared Bircher Muesli, greek yogurt, homemade preserves, with cold meats, salmon, and brie cheese on the side. Delicious! £20 per person.
You are also welcome to order additional breakfast dishes for an additional cost, like these two examples (there are more options available HERE):
Steel Cut Oat Porridge £9
crushed banana, lime zest,
grated green apple
(no added sugar)
Smashed Avocado £9
on Charred Toast
cherry tomatoes, coriander,
chilli, soft boiled egg.
Such luxury establishments can only be expected to be exquisite hosts for parties and such, and already Mondrian have some super events planned for the remainder of the year.
There’s “The Ultimate New Year’s Eve’ where guests are guaranteed views of London's fireworks display from just a handful of Superior or Studio rooms on the higher floors, with a bottle of champagne and canapes. You’re then encouraged to wake up refreshed, to full buffet breakfast in Sea Containers restaurant on New Year's Day – perfection in my eyes! Imagine checking in to the loft suite for then!!
In addition, there’s Christmas lunch to consider on the banks of the River Thames at Mondrian London, with an overnight stay, full buffet breakfast and choice of Christmas Lunch or dinner for two in Sea Containers restaurant.
Mondrian Christmas dining includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Champagne to toast the occasion as well as dishes such as maple cured salmon, roasted Norfolk turkey with all the trimmings and apple and quince.
I’m getting incredibly hungry just off the memories of the place.
Rates start at £234 per night for a standard room, scaling up to £1,063 for the River View Apartment.
Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs (discontinued) | Top: Topshop | Wide Leg Trousers: Topshop
From the perfectly polished surroundings, the luxurious comfort, and the more than willing and warm staff, I would never hesitate to stay at Mondrian, London, again in the future.
The rooms were modern with perfectly turned out…everything, and the food and drinks were unfathomable, truly. I’ve never tasted anything like it.
The spa treatments were by far some of the best I’ve had yet, and I couldn’t have felt more comfortable and pampered to the very maximum (Agua Spa post coming soon!).
Look out for more detailed thoughts and experiences on our time spent at Mondrian London over the coming days ahead.
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