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This London Hotel Takes Inspiration From The Days Of Transatlantic Travel

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As we near the end of 2022, it’s safe to say that London has returned to, if not surpassed, pre-pandemic tourism numbers. Tack on a strong dollar against the pound, and the number of Americans eager to get across the pond has only grown. (The United Kingdom was also named Travel + Leisure’s destination of the year for 2023.) While the sprawling metropolis has dozens of neighbourhoods and hundreds of hotels to choose from, with Mayfair, Shoreditch, and Covent Garden all vying for attention, there’s a unique stay in the South Bank that’s worth considering: Sea Containers London.
Originally designed by an American architect named Warren Platner, this building once housed the office headquarters for a sea containers company that went under (pun intended). In recent years, it has found better luck as a trendy maritime hotel meant to resemble a glamorous transatlantic cruise from the 1920s, albeit with modern appeals like a full-service spa, rooftop bar, and sustainability program that’s committed to reducing carbon emissions by 66% by 2030.
Then, there’s the location. Guests can walk along the River Thames in one direction to get to the Tate Modern and Borough Market, and in the other direction to reach the London Eye and Westminster Bridge. You’ll also snag fabulous views of St. Paul’s Cathedral from many areas of the hotel sending constant reminders: You are in London.
Here’s a look inside the glamorous London hotel
Image Credit: Niall Clutton/Courtesy of Sea Containers Hotel
Entering the Sea Containers lobby will transport you to another world. A London designer named Tom Dixon, along with Universal Design Studio, renovated the interiors, adding bold pop art like the enormous blue knot sculpture, as well as a front desk tucked inside a curved copper wall that’s meant to look like a ship’s hull.

Image Credit: James McDonald/Courtesy of Sea Containers Hotel
The copper wall leads to a long hallway with a marquee board where you can keep an eye out for the staff’s daily quote. On the far end of the hotel is a relaxed but stylish all-day restaurant serving American and British fare using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu is designed to be shared, with small and large plates such as burgers and flatbreads, and more inventive items like chicken mousse with pickled mushrooms and halibut with razor clam broth. Snag a seat on a pale yellow banquette or request an outdoor table and watch the passersby walking along the River Thames.
Image Credit: James McDonald/Courtesy of Sea Containers Hotel
Next to the restaurant lies an upscale lounge called Lyaness, helmed by an award-winning bartender known as Mr. Lyan, which also overlooks the Thames. The interiors incorporate brass fixtures and varying shades of soft blue in the lampshades, painted walls, and plush seating that contrasts a green marble bar. This is where talented bartenders whip up inventive cocktails, though you can always opt for the nonalcoholic afternoon tea menu.
Image Credit: James McDonald/Courtesy of Sea Containers Hotel
To get to the 359 stylish rooms, suites, and apartments, take a ride in the elevators featuring colourful life-size figures. Standard rooms come with bespoke furnishings (again from Tom Dixon), dimmable lights, free Wi-Fi, minibars, and marble bathrooms with rain showers and Malin + Goetz bath products. Upgrade to a range of categories for more space and views, like the Riverview Balcony suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony overlooking London, or the Superior Patio room with a generous outdoor dining area covered in ivy.
Image Credit: Niall Clutton/Courtesy of Sea Containers Hotel
If you need a wellness boost, pay a visit to the subterranean spa, called Agua, which features a range of signature holistic treatments. There are 14 treatment rooms decorated in soothing neutral tones along with meditation beds, plus a dedicated chill-out zone with interesting art pieces to observe while hydrating. There’s also a state-of-the-art gym, open 24/7, so you can keep up your workout routine, though it’s hard to beat a morning jog along the river just outside the hotel.

Image Credit: Ed Reeve/Courtesy of Sea Containers Hotel
After dark, head to the rooftop bar called the 12th Knot, with jewel tones and hanging orbs made from tiny white lights. The open-plan layout boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace, so you’ll get panoramic views of London’s skyline no matter what the weather is doing. Come during the week for a more relaxed vibe, or join a buzzy mix of locals and travellers on weekend evenings when DJs spin tunes.
Image Credit: Niall Clutton/Courtesy of Sea Containers Hotel
Of course, you can always find solace in the hotel’s cushy den, ideal for sipping a glass of wine and reading one of London’s daily newspapers. The property also has a 56-seat screening room that features new releases. Kids are welcome at the theatre, or you can inquire about babysitting services at the concierge desk.
Image Credit: Niall Clutton/Courtesy of Sea Containers Hotel
Though it’s not suited for traditionalists, Sea Containers is a fun and lively hotel option in the up-and-coming South Bank district, with contemporary style, full-service amenities, and iconic views. At the very least, stop by for a refreshment on your leisurely walk along the River Thames.

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This story first appeared on www.travelandleisure.com
Main and Feature Image Credit: Niall Clutton/Courtesy of Sea Containers Hotel
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ICE London 2023 to feature exhibitors from record 68 nations – IAG

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Industry trade show ICE London will feature exhibitors from a record 68 nations, topping the previous best of 65 set three years ago, according to organizer Clarion Gaming.
ICE London returns as a full-sized show for the first time since 2020 from 7 to 9 February, with the total 623 exhibitors representing everything from Argentina to Australia and Macau to Mexico.
“No other exhibition in the gaming space can come anywhere near the internationalism of ICE,” said Clarion Gaming Managing Director, Stuart Hunter.
“To have 68 nations represented by our community of exhibitors means that visitors are immediately part of what is a global experience with unique access to the smartest gaming innovators drawn from every corner of the world. There are very few exhibitions of scale in any industry sector which are able to compare with such international representation and legitimately lay claim to being a ‘global’ or a ‘world’ event.
“Once an event is recognized as being genuinely international, stakeholder groups including brands, regulators, trade associations, media groups and strategic industry-wide bodies focus their activities accordingly.
“Research that we’ve undertaken has shown that for many people ICE and iGB Affiliate London actually start on the Sunday preceding and finish on the following Saturday. In that week we estimate that over 100 gambling industry events will take place outside of the show hours providing a new and compelling perspective on why ICE and iGB Affiliate London are so influential and important to the world industry.”
IAG will have a team of four at ICE London next week. Visit us at Stand ND7-C.

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David Ford and Annie Dressner Live in London

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There’s something special about London on a Saturday night – there’s a certain buzz in the air as you head into the Capital city. For me that buzz was extra special, as I was going to see David Ford and Annie Dressner at The Lexington in Islington. I literally listened to their ’10 Days (Live)’ album for the first time a week ago, but since then it’s been on repeat and heading in I knew that the night was going to be special.
The Lexington is a great place for music, with a bar on the ground floor before heading up the winding stairs to the spacious venue itself. And as the crowd started coming in, the atmosphere in the room was growing by the minute.
Opening the night was Scottish singer songwriter Gary Stewart. He set the night off really well, with an engaging set that got the crowd onside from the start. He opened with his 2021 single ‘Hot To Trot‘ and you already knew the set was going to be a good one – a rousing folk song with great lyrical dexterity. The highlight of the set was ‘Frontlines’, a simply gorgeous song (check out a YouTube video of the song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDCLwYwsesk). Gary ended with a fine cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Song for the Asking’.
It was time for a quick visit to the bar before settling down for the main event. 
The duo appeared on the stage to great applause, David in an orange shirt and Annie in a sparkling black dress. They opened with ‘Easy Falling’, the first song that I’ve ever heard of theirs, and a song that convinced me I needed to listen to the rest of the album. This slow and moving number is a touching love song and shows off the brilliant harmonies of David and Annie – there’s something special about the English (David) and US accents (Annie) mingling in the way that they do. 
Throughout the set, there were so many highlights. ‘Something I’ll Have to Learn‘ is a song with an almost timeless feel that feels like a conversation in song, Annie’s original ‘Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names‘ was simply brilliant and ‘Some Folks Are Lucky I Guess‘ is a song with a great sentiment. ‘Can’t Help What I Want‘ (below) is a great example of those brilliant harmonies that the two share.

‘Trash‘, a cover of the Suede hit, was a particular highlight – a song that was a nice surprise on the live album. As they break into ‘Oh maybe, maybe it’s the clothes you wear‘ it almost feels like this was a song that Suede wrote for David and Annie, their version is that good. Outstanding.
The set had a second cover, a song that Annie introduced as ‘an American classic‘. This classic was ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You‘ from Chas and Dave, a song that typified the cockney sound of London back in the 1980’s. I love the way they re-worked it and there was something special about the way Annie sings the word ‘Darling’ in her US twang that just resonated and put a smile on my face.
There were great moments of humour throughout the night, the chat between the two great. At one point mid-song, Annie passed her guitar to David, exclaiming ‘I knew there were chords in this song, I just didn’t know which ones‘ which had the crowd laughing.
The best of the night was saved till last. ‘Warning Sign’ had quickly become my favourite song from the pair and hearing it live in person lived up to all expectations. There’s such a beauty in live music, and hearing songs like this with other people in a venue can really bring a song home – and almost even change your own personal relationship with a song.
The final song of the night (there was no encore as David explained that they literally had no more songs!) was ‘Put Me In A Corner’. Annie’s vocals take the lead in this track and it was just magical, the emotion of the song emanating from the stage and filling the room. You can listen and see for yourself below.

You never know what to expect when you see an artist or artists perform for the first time. Some exceed expectations and some just don’t hit the heights you expect. In David Ford and Annie Dressner, it was definitely the former. The gig was stripped back – just two people on a stage creating a moment. And what a moment it was.
Annie and David and reviewer Nick Cantwell
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***Note – I need to say a word about the audience for the gig. The audience was impeccable, with barely any talking at all at any point (apart from whispered orders at the bar). Credit goes to Gary, Annie and David, who managed to grab the audience from the start, but also to everyone there. If you were there yourself, give yourself a high five!***
Review written by Nick Cantwell (instagram.com/nickcantwellmanagement)
 
 
 


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