Sea Containers House

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Sea Containers House on the River Thames, in 2011
Sea Containers House decorated for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, to the left of the OXO Tower, in August 2012

Sea Containers House is a prominent building on the south bank of the River Thames in London.


Sea Containers House is located towards the eastern end of London's South Bank cultural area, and is within the London Borough of Southwark. A continuous river-side walkway, actually part of the Thames Path, passes in front of and below the building, and links it with near river-side attractions such as the Festival Hall, the National Theatre, the Tate Modern, the Oxo Tower and the Globe Theatre.


Sea Containers House was originally conceived as a luxury hotel.[1] Its location near to the City of London led to the decision to complete it instead as office space. Its name comes from the former long-term tenant, Sea Containers.

In Spring 2011, a process began to gain planning permission for an extensive internal and external refurbishment of Sea Containers House. The east and west wings, which face the Thames, will remain offices,[2] with global advertising and marketing agency Ogilvy & Mather moving in August 2015. While the south wing was renovated as the Mondrian Hotel London,[3] bringing at least part of the building back to its original intended use.[4]

Cultural influence[edit]

In October 2009, three-piece music band Gyratory System released the album The Sound-Board Breathes with a track named Sea Containers House.[5]


  1. ^ "Sea Containers House". Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  2. ^ "Sea Containers House". Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  3. ^ "London's Sea Containers House set to become Mondrian hotel". Business Traveller. 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  4. ^ "Sea Containers House". Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Music - Review of Gyratory System - The Sound-Board Breathes". BBC. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Sea Containers House at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°30′31″N 0°06′25″W / 51.5085°N 0.1070°W / 51.5085; -0.1070