The main perk of a staycation? No airport or travel hassle. 30 minutes after leaving home, we arrive at Southbank, and we’re seriously smug. It has the exciting feel of a European citybreak, without the faff.
First things first: dump the bags. We’re in a Riverview Deluxe Double Double Room and it’s beautiful: modern furnishings, twin beds, an amazing shower and incredible views over London out of the floor to ceiling windows.
Next stop: the spa. It’s gorgeous and feels very spacious for a London hotel. There’s no pool , but we make the most of the sauna and steam rooms, as well as laying around in fluffy bathrobes, slippers and towels. My advanced body work treatment is amazing, a great mixture of pressure where requested and relaxing too – so much so that I actually nodded off. It’s worth spending time in the chilled recovery area, where we sipped on a less-than-virtuous glass of Laurent Perrier champagne.
It’s an easy dinner menu, with lots of bits to try and share. We dine in my favourite way: sharing bites, small plates and sides with a bottle of red – it was all delicious! Highlights included mac and cheese, tacos and crab on toast – indulgent, and worth it. Book a table on the rooftop in advance and head on up for a nightcap and people watching.
Breakfast is a buffet with eggs to order and although the food is great the real feast for the senses is nabbing a table by the window, as the view never gets old.
Then it’s back to reality – which although tedious, is made easier by the ease of the journey and the knowledge that all this is on our doorstep.
Visit the Sea Containers hotel website here.
Charlotte is a London girl through and through. She sweats through spin and puffs through Pilates to justify trying the latest restaurants and devouring copious amounts of sweet potato fries, burrata and bread – preferably on holiday. Her favourite destinations include Italy, the Maldives and anywhere where the sun’s shining and there’s a strong breakfast buffet. She’s obsessed with walking, visiting farmers’ markets and reading. She’s also learning to cook. Wish her (and her husband) luck.