The recently opened, ultra-stylish Mondrian Hotel occupies the site of the riverside Sea Containers House, sitting between the Oxo Tower and Blackfriars Bridge. The building was once a 1970s office block, and its new interior design, the work of architect Tom Dixon, nods towards its nautical heritage. Sea Containers House was actually originally designed as a hotel by the celebrated American architect and designer Warren Platner in the 1970s, but the idea got shelved due to a recession.
The new hotel also contains, in the basement level, the newest Curzon Cinema in London. A 56-seat auditorium will show films to both public and guests, though only at weekends as presumably the screening room must be shared with the hotel and its clients. The cinema opened 31 October and is currently showing new releases like Gone Girl.
You can see pictures from a recent excursion into the hotel below. Apart from the striking lighting and general finery, the giant, copper clad wall visible at various points in the interior, inspired by the hull of a ship, is the feature that really catches the eye. Apparently it runs from outside the building, through to the lobby and on to the river side of the hotel.
The Daily Mail also has this feature on the hotel, and Curzon have a web page up for their new cinema already. Curzon are promising no less than that: "Curzon Mondrian London will have an extensive range of food and drink for you to enjoy with delicious selection of food and drink options. You can enhance your visit with a choice of two bars, a riverside restaurant and a luxury spa."
Ticket prices for such luxury do not come cheap at peak times:
OFF PEAK TICKETS
Saturday, Sunday from opening to 5pm
Curzon Cineaste members: £6.80
Children (under 15): £5.00
Friday after 5pm to close, Saturday Sunday after 5pm to close
Curzon Cineaste members: £12.30
Children (under 15): £7.00