Sea Containers | Southbank Restaurant
Much like a bee container, Sea Containers is also a hive of activity.
Only it’s a slick restaurant tucked into a boutique hotel on the Southbank, overlooking the romantic, sprawling vista of St. Paul’s and the London skyline.
Housed in the eponymous riverside building (now the Sea Containers London Hotel), it’s a globe-trotting restaurant whose design draws inspiration from the “Golden Age of transatlantic travel”. And no, that’s not Phileas Fogg (although there’s a place for that too), but more ‘retro cruise’, as referenced by Tom Dixon’s sleek copper walls, and mustard and burgundy leather seating. And pretty fortuitously, there’s a ready-made river right outside too, which you can enjoy from the floor-length windows or al fresco on the sizeable terrace.
So you can expect delicately prepared dishes like agnolotti pasta with wild mushrooms and ‘cep dust’; pan-seared salmon with cockles and mussel chowder; slow-cooked beef short ribs with espresso sauce to share; and ceviche tacos with seabass and coriander salsa.
And if you’re wondering what that is in the middle of the room, it’s merely a horseshoe-shaped, 18-seater, stainless steel bar that reflects both the Atlantic eatery theme, and, more literally, the hefty yellow submarine suspended above it.
Because of course.
It’s here that they whip up faultlessly executed cocktails – like the Shaddock Daisy with tequila, Aperol, agave syrup, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce – besides stocking an immense number of spirits and high-end wines available by the glass.
Because if you’re dining like you’re at sea, well, you may as well drink like a fish.
NOTE: Sea Containers is open daily from 6.30am (7am weekends) to 11pm, with bottomless brunch on weekends. You can book a table on their website HERE.
Sea Containers | Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
Fancy an aperitif? Head to Lyaness across the foyer…