Originally built by American architect Warren Platner to be a hotel, this building instead became the headquarters for a sea containers company that eventually went broke. London’s designer of the moment, Tom Dixon and Universal Design Studio, completely revamped the building, with plenty of nods to Platner and the building’s nautical past, including a copper-clad reception area resembling a ship’s hull and the aptly named Sea Containers restaurant. Plus, the subterranean spa is incredible (the Alexandra Soveral signature treatment is a game-changer), and the plush,thoughtfully turned-out rooms boast views of the Thames, something that no other London hotel can claim.

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