Double Openings In London

The city of London welcomed 2 new additions to its hotel offering with boutique openings by restaurateurs Corbin & King and US-based Morgans Hotel Group. The former has made its foray into hospitality with The Beaumont, while the riverside Mondrian London at Sea Containers marks the American brand’s transatlantic debut.


The Beaumont

Situated in the upmarket Mayfair district of London and close to the US Embassy, The Beaumont occupies a Grade II-listed art deco building originally built in 1926 by architects Wimperis & Simpson as the garages for the Selfridges department store. Chris Corbin and Jeremy King commissioned ReardonSmith Architects and interior design firm Richmond International to lovingly restore the property to its former glory.


Cherry wood panelling, bold checkerboard flooring and elegant brass and gold details transport guests and visitors back to pre-war 1920s and the Prohibition era. The 73 guestrooms and suites are sumptuously decorated in old-school luxury, featuring plush bedding, marble bathrooms and hardwood flooring. Most striking of the accommodations is “ROOM”, a 3-storey sculpture of a crouching man by artist Antony Gormley that doubles as one of the hotel’s suites.


With the owner’s roots in food & beverage, The Beaumont does not disappoint with its dining offerings. The Colony Grill Room, set over 2 levels, serves transatlantic cuisine in a refined setting showcasing an eclectic mix of artwork. Similarly, The American Bar is tiered with leather, woods and murals to emulate the atmosphere of a New York speakeasy, while The Cub Room is a relaxation lounge exclusive to the hotel’s residents.


Completing the facilities is a compact spa with hammam and a gymnasium for residents’ recreation needs.


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Mondrian London at Sea Containers

Morgans Hotel Group has expanded the Mondrian brand beyond its native USA with the opening of the highly-anticipated Mondrian London at Sea Containers. At the forefront of design and style, the former Sea Containers House on the city’s South Bank has been transformed by local designer Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio into a unique and awe-inspiring property celebrating the golden age of transatlantic travel.


A dramatic, handcrafted copper hull sweeps from the entrance through the lobby into the heart of the 359-room hotel, with the maritime references continuing to the guestrooms and suites that embody the elegance of a 1920s transatlantic liner fused with 1980s post-modernism references. Each accommodation offers city or river views and is furnished with luxury bedding, marble bathroom with MALIN+GOETZ amenities, flatscreen television, complimentary wireless internet, a teleadapt media panel and custom-designed furniture from Tom Dixon, including the signature wingback chair.


Combining the best of England and America, Sea Containers restaurant is helmed by famed New York Chef Seamus Mullen alongside Executive Chef Luke Rayment, presenting cuisine prepared with local produce from the renowned Borough Market. Equally stellar is Dandelyan, created by award-winning bar impresario Ryan Chetiyawardana (a.k.a. Mr Lyan) and serving innovative cocktail creations as well as refined intepretations of time-honoured classics. Den is a cozy lounge space situated for unwinding to coffee or a glass of wine and an as-yet-unnamed rooftop bar overlooking the River Thames will complete the food & beverage offerings when it opens.


The hotel also features over 510 square meters of stylish event space, including a 56-seat screening room capable of hosting meetings, groups and events ranging from fashion shows and press junkets to film screenings. Additionally, the Agua Bathhouse & Spa embraces the Hollywood glamour, renegade origins and bold nature of the Mondrian brand with the Spa Playground concept, a social and multi-sensory experience akin to the heritage and spirit of community found in Roman spa culture.


Mondrian London at Sea Containers joins sister hotels in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, with the brand’s international foray continuing further east. New projects for Mondrian are currently under development and set to open in Doha and Istanbul.


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