Hotel Hit Squad: Sea Containers London gets top marks for crazy cocktails and stunning views – but the dining lets it down


Is being home to the best bar in the world enough of a reason to justify a hotel’s existence? The question was never far from my mind during my recent visit to Sea Containers, a glass and concrete modernist edifice that stretches along the South Bank, gleaming on sunny days like the teeth of the Cheshire Cat. 

The hotel’s drinking den, formerly known as Dandelyan, has become internationally renowned for its brain-twisting cocktails spiked with the likes of nutrient-enriched cardboard and camomile bitters. But the watering hole caused a bit of a stir last year when it dramatically announced its closure just days before taking the winning spot at The World’s 50 Best Bars.

It has now reopened as…

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