Main Photo: Mondrian London Hotel to become Sea Containers London
Date: January 2019
Location: London’s South Bank, UK
Name: Mondrian London Hotel to become Sea Containers London
No. of Keys: 359
Seller: SBE, acquired by Accor in 2018. Owned by Archlane and asset managed by the Lore Group.
Lore Group operates hotels in the US and Europe. It also creates and manages independent hotels under the Lore Collection, including the Pulitzer in Amsterdam and Riggs in Washington DC, and is involved in a joint venture at Soho House Amsterdam.
Buyer: The South Bank design hotel, Mondrian London will officially become Sea Containers London. Paying homage to the history of the iconic building in which the hotel sits, the new name will also mark the hotel’s independent status, as it will now be managed by Lore Group, as part of its collection of independent hotels.
Lore Group will take over the management of the property from sbe. The seamless transition will allow Sea Containers London to operate as normal with an on-property team.
The hotel was opened in 2014 as The Mondrian.
Sea Containers London will continue to house riverside eatery, Sea Containers Restaurant, as well as the award-winning Dandelyan bar from Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan).
Sea Containers London also offers a rooftop bar, 12th Knot (formally Rumpus Room), featuring an outdoor terrace providing unparalleled views of the River Thames. The hotel’s acclaimed spa, agua, and Curzon cinema will continue to operate within the hotel as normal.
While the original Tom Dixon design of the hotel will largely remain the same following the transition, the hotel will receive a variety of interior updates that will build on the existing design. In addition to this, staff will model new uniforms, which nod to the golden age of transatlantic travel mixed with the contemporary street style of the South Bank.
As part of the hotel’s new status, Sea Containers London will debut a fresh graphic identity and branding to reflect the next chapter in the hotel’s history. A playful sense of humour has been incorporated into the Sea Containers London brand, with materials featuring classic images with pop art-style illustrations that reflect the nautical history of the building and the transatlantic design of the interiors.
Billy Skelli-Cohen, CEO, Lore Group comments: “We’re very excited about this new era and next step in the hotel’s story. Our incredible hotel team will continue to offer guests an unrivalled experience at Sea Containers London. We have lots of initiatives in the pipeline and look forward to welcoming all our guests in 2019 and beyond.”
THPT Comment: The de-branding of Mondrian London leaves Mondrian with four properties currently operating – in New York, Los Angeles, Miami South Beach and Doha. Not sure if SBE/Morgans ever owned this hotel, or was it owned by Sea Containers but branded Mondrian and managed by SBE?
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