Mondrian - London

Heading back to London is like walking down memory lane. Scott and I loved living in the big smoke for the few years that we called Putney home; there were so many exciting places to explore right on our doorstep. If you've read the 'About' section on my website, you'll already know that I like to think of Bath as a mini London really. Our Georgian city has just as much to offer; there are a plethora of trendy cafes, bars and restaurants, with new ones arriving on the scene, almost as frequently as they pop up in London. Then you've got the Theatre Royal, Little Theatre Cinema and Komedia to entertain you with live acts or artistic films. In addition to all of Bath's many local, independent and high street shops which can easily deplete your savings in a heartbeat! You can even while away an afternoon in The Holburne Museum, or, the famous Roman Baths of course. Don't forget to make time for coffee and cake too, or fudge if that's more your thing! That can be found a stone's throw away from Bath Abbey, over at the Bath Fudge Kitchen Shop (they hand out free samples - nudge, nudge!) However, as much as we enjoy life in Bath, it can be just as fun to plan a weekend away, especially if it's in aid of birthday celebrations, and, London is the destination in question! So, for my birthday last month, we did just that. We stayed at the ultra-modern Mondrian hotel; the old Sea Containers House former HQ. The Mondrian is part of the Morgans Hotel Group and is sandwiched between the Tate Modern and the Oxo Tower. The perfect place to pitch up for the night...

With so many hundreds of hotels to choose from in this busy, bustling city, it is always worth heading to TripAdvisor for honest reviews, before booking up and spending your pennies. This is something Scott and I always make a habit of doing before we sleep or eat anywhere new, no matter where we are in the world! Fortunately, our homework had paid off, and we were delighted with our new home for the weekend. Just check out this #instaphoto view! London's iconic skyline (spot the Cheesegrater, the Oxo Tower, St Pauls Cathedral, the Walkie Talkie!) all within touching distance of the Mondrian (well, not quite, but still, close enough!) 

Having exhausted my camera with many panoramic pictures of skyscrapers, boats and bridges, we stepped foot into the Mondrian. It felt like we had been transported into an elegant ship. British designer, Tom Dixon, would be delighted, I think, to hear me saying that, as his inspiration for the interior layout of the Mondrian was "transatlantic travel." To explain, Dixon's vision was to create something "a bit Titanic," and nods to the design of that famous ship can be seen every which way you turn. Check out this copper "hull" (www.cntraveller.com) which dramatically sails through the main lobby and continues on towards the 'Sea Containers Restaurant.' Pretty impressive, wouldn't you agree?!

More transatlantic nods are evident as you turn a corner in the lobby and spot this stunning, intricately designed model of the RMS Queen Mary, which is also part of the Morgans Hotel Group...

Thankfully, the only sinking Scott and I did on this trip was falling into a mound of cloud-like pillows and fresh bed linen! True to my word, we did just that as soon as we had checked in, found our room and put our bags down. Collapsing in a heap after a busy morning travelling from Bath to London was just what we needed, together with a delicious box of Ladurée Macaroons...

The salted caramel being an absolute favourite!

Not for long though, as I couldn't wait to snap away at all the contemporary furnishings and fittings...

We both agreed that we had never seen artwork like this on a wall in a bedroom before. It's evident that Tom Dixon had lots of fun designing and styling these rooms.

It was a wonderful surprise to find these gorgeous smelling Malin + Goetz toiletries in the sophisticated marble clad bathroom. The rest of them ended up in my wash bag, naturally!

A golden fortune cookie... Our one read "Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don't make compromises. Don't worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work." Not sure what I make of the middle bit, but the start and finish sound pretty accurate!

Lots of bright and colourful artwork adorned every corner of the hotel...

Stylish low lighting created drama and presence, and has clearly been thoughtfully designed, even along those vast, empty corridors...

After we had had a good nose around the hotel and our fabulous room, we made the short journey downstairs to the Dandelyan Bar for a few cheeky cocktails...

Scott mentioned that this trip was in honour of my birthday, so luckily for us, the drinks were kindly provided on the house!

Lots of deliberation later and we were finally ready... (How pretty is this menu by the way?!)

We both opted for something completely different to one another. I went down the creamy cocktail route with a "Koji Hardshake" (£12.50) which had a mix of "Mr Lyan Scotch, Dewar’s 12 scotch, lemon juice, koji, cream sugar and liquorice bitter." Scott, on the other hand, chose a refreshing, zingy "Lyan Mimosa," (£12.50) which contained "hopped Cocchi Americano, Grey Goose Vodka, mimosa root, sparkling clementine, tamarind and turmeric." Both were delicious, but I preferred mine; the toasted marshmallow was an added sweet bonus!

In conclusion, I would certainly recommend booking the Mondrian to anyone visiting London for the weekend. Although not the cheapest of options, this 5 star hotel has everything you need for a comfortable nights stay; delicious food, clean rooms, smart furnishings and friendly, attentive staff. For more information please visit their website.

 Have you stayed here before? If so, I'd love to know what you thought of it too! Remember, you can leave me comments if you scroll down a little bit further... See you again soon!