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article imageReview: Dazzling bars and a basement cinema, a day at the Mondrian Hotel Special

By Tim Sandle     Dec 9, 2015 in Travel
London - The Mondrian is a high end 5 star hotel in the center of London. The hotel contains a cool cocktail bar, classy restaurant and a delightful basement cinema.
The Mondrian hotel in London is dubbed "The Sea Containers," a nod to the hotel building's history. The building was originally Sea Containers House. Sea Containers Ltd. was a Bermuda-registered company which operated two main business areas: transport and container leasing from its London base. The company went bust in 2006, and, in 2011, agreement was given to develop a hotel. The hotel opened in 2015.
The Dandelyan bar is a great place to meet for coffee or a cocktail...or two.
Dandelyan bar at the Mondrian hotel in London.
Dandelyan bar at the Mondrian hotel in London.
 Peach in a pine cone  cocktail: 
Mr Lyan Gin  fermented peach  pine cone  citrus  soda
'Peach in a pine cone' cocktail: Mr Lyan Gin, fermented peach, pine cone, citrus, soda
A perfect cup of coffee served at the Mondrian hotel in London.
A perfect cup of coffee served at the Mondrian hotel in London.
The hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful, some of the nicest hotel staff this roving journalist has ever encountered.
The restaurant, in keeping with the hotel, is styled on the golden age of transatlantic travel.
The sea Containers restaurant at the Mondrain Hotel  London.
The sea Containers restaurant at the Mondrain Hotel, London.
The hotel layout was developed by Design Research Studio under the creative direction of renowned British designer Tom Dixon.
The front of the Mondrian Hotel  sharp  bright and artistic.
The front of the Mondrian Hotel, sharp, bright and artistic.
The main aim of the design was to encapsulate 1920s cruise ship glamour. One of the artistic delights is giant, copper clad wall inspired by the hull of a ship, running from outside the building, through to the lobby and on to the river side of the hotel.
Brash  nautically themed copper cladding runs around a large part of the hotel.
Brash, nautically themed copper cladding runs around a large part of the hotel.
There are some nice touches, highlighting the sea-going past.
A typical ocean carrying cargo ship model in the hotel foyer. It captures the history of Sea Contain...
A typical ocean carrying cargo ship model in the hotel foyer. It captures the history of Sea Containers House by Blackfriars Bridge.
There are various boat themed aspects to the hotel  many making for eye catching displays.
There are various boat themed aspects to the hotel, many making for eye catching displays.
There are also some quintessentially British touches, like the classic post box.
A shiny  bright red post box in the foyer of the Mondrian Hotel.
A shiny, bright red post box in the foyer of the Mondrian Hotel.
One of the delights of the hotel is a basement cinema, run by the specialist cinema chain Curzon. The cinema screens some latest movies and many classics.
Entering the Curzon cinema at the Mondrian Hotel in London. Delightfully intimate.
Entering the Curzon cinema at the Mondrian Hotel in London. Delightfully intimate.
An old-fashioned looking popcorn machine was a delight and the popcorn was delicious.
A classic looking popcorn machine  containing lovely buttery and salty popcorn.
A classic looking popcorn machine, containing lovely buttery and salty popcorn.
The cinema contains some classic film posters:
Classic movie poster from a 1950s B-movie.
Classic movie poster from a 1950s B-movie.
An a realistic space suit, straight from a 1950s sci-fi B-movie.
An astronaut suit  on display at the Mondrian Hotel  London.
An astronaut suit, on display at the Mondrian Hotel, London.
The cinema is an intimate 56 seat screening room. The size and exclusivity provide a great place to relax. The cinema has 4K digital projection, Dolby 7.1 surround sound and luxurious seating. Drinks, including alcoholic beverages, and hot food can be taken into the cinema. Small tables align most seats.
The special cinema at the Mondrian Hotel in London.
The special cinema at the Mondrian Hotel in London.
The hotel's location, close to right on the Thames is really good for river walks and to explore the South side of the river.
A view of London and the River Thames  facing out from the Mondrian Hotel in London
A view of London and the River Thames, facing out from the Mondrian Hotel in London,
The hotel is located at 20 Upper Ground London, SE1 9PD. It is well worth a visit.
James Bond s favorite - the vesper martini  served at the Mondrian hotel in London.
James Bond's favorite - the vesper martini, served at the Mondrian hotel in London.
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