Luxury Hotels


It’s really a joy staying literally on the South Bank of The Thames in central London. This, above, is the night view from room 463 of  Sea Containers, named because it was for decades headquarters of Sea Containers, the company founded in 1965 by James Sherwood.

It was Girlahead’s first visit – and she fell in love, with the product, its people and its food, drink and atmosphere. The 14-floor building is brutalist with an edge of Hollywood. The ‘lobby’ is more like a stage set for HMS Pinafore redone by Rodgers & Hammerstein, and team members wear blue and white striped t-shirts. The 359 bedrooms have curved inner walls, as if reminders of longhaul ocean yachts of yesteryear.

Oh the staff… led by their Captain, sorry GM, PJ Kenny, they’re empowered continuously to use creativity and personality (for Girlahead, a welcome gift included a pale pink make-up bag and a Moleskin-type notebook). In the always-busy Lyaness Cocktail Lounge, drinks the exuberant mixologists have devised are described in a hologram-look booklet. Try a Goose & Gander in a tall glass, Grey Goose vodka, Szechuan sauce and soda. Close by in the similarly-packed Sea Containers restaurant, size-zero hostesses in teeny-weeny black Barbie dresses and white sneakers smile authentically as they deftly guide you to the one empty table.

To eat what? Well you could choose a Dover sole or a T-bone but Girlahead went on an adventure. The first wood platter held home-baked bread and Marmite butter. The next bore mouth-watering bone marrow, see below. Then it was down to earth,for a white Dudson plate holding grilled Hispi  cabbage, crispy cavolo nero, shallots – with a cup of  fries, mayonnaise, and a glass of Hattingley Valley Rosé 2022.

This is style with edge, this Lore Group hotel – and it’s a new member of Global Hotel Alliance GHA. And it’s fun, from start to finish.