Review: Sea Containers Family Stay, London
With the sound of the water hitting the bankside beaches and the dozens of gulls flying noisily overhead, it’s easy to feel as if you’ve escaped the city as you relax (eyes closed) on your Sea Containers balcony. Open your eyes, however, and you’ll spy Blackfriars Bridge, St Paul’s and the bright lights of the city, with boats passing along the Thames brimming with families discovering London by clipper. Ready to join them? Dive right into the Sea Containers’ South Bank Sleepover package, which has everything from a family boat pass to a complimentary nanny service, with London’s south bank on your doorstep ready to explore. Navigate the summer holidays from this nautical luxury hotel, where fun is guaranteed for all the family, says Rebecca Cox.
Sea Containers London Review
One of London’s most interesting (and coolest) conceptual hotels. From the huge copper hull in reception to the modern art rope sculptures (hardly enough for kids to get up close and personal with) and tactile sea-themed sculptures and artworks dotted throughout the hotel, Sea Containers offers what so many London hotels lack: space. The rooms’ minimal cabin-inspired designs further enhance the spacious feel, with enormous bathrooms and double length balconies in the suites, which boast stunning river views, perfect for enjoying a peaceful glass of champagne on, once the kids have crashed. This chic, spacious, comfortable rooms will ensure you avoid cabin fever this summer, however long you and the kids decide to hole up in the city for.
As part of the South Bank Sleepover package, the hotel has partnered with UberBoats to offer guests a complimentary ‘River Roamer’ day ticket to hop on and off the frequent Thames Clipper service to explore London by boat. Hop on and off until you’ve seen every inch of the route, or one of the kids feels seasick. Complimentary scooters are also available to borrow if life on the water is not for you.
Somerset House Dodgems (until 22 August), Uniqlo Play at the Tate Modern(until 29 August) and Street Games at the South Bank Centre (until 29 August), are all on the doorstep and sure to delight the kids, or across town the Underbelly Festival is running at London Wonderground at Earls Court, with plenty of family-friendly shows to check out.
The Sea Containers is currently also running the Mini Cine Club, offering the chance to take over the screening room for a kids’ film party with added extras.
Sea Containers Restaurant serves superlative seasonal dishes in a chic, bustling setting with gorgeous views across the Thames. Kids under 12 eat free from the children’s menu when dining with an adult, but after an early supper, utilise the complimentary four hours of childcare with the accredited nanny service and enjoy a glass of champagne on the Laurent-Perrier Summer Terrace or a cocktail at Lyaness or rooftop bar 12th Knot.
THE FINAL WORD
There’s nothing kids love more than being immersed in the hustle and bustle of the city, but the Sea Containers’ South Bank Sleepover package encourages you to slow down, take to the water and lap up London at your leisure. The result? A much more relaxing city staycation and happy customers all round.
The Southbank Sleepover package is available until 5 September, priced from £225 per night, based on two adults and two children sharing a double room or suite. Minimum booking for two nights, maximum booking for four nights. Price includes Grab and Go breakfast, complimentary nanny for four hours for one evening, complimentary activity books and pencils for each child and UberBoats ‘River Roamer’ day ticket for up to 2 adults and 3 children | seacontainerslondon.com
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