Imagine having to enter a lottery for the chance to pay to stay in a really cool room. Usually you just go online and book the place you’d like to stay. If it is a very popular place or area, you might need to book many months in advance to secure the date you want.
Well, at one temporary London stand alone hotel room, if you want to spend the night you’ll have to enter the lottery and hope to get selected.
A Room for London is an unusual, poetic and life-enhancing ‘boat’ perched, as if by retreating floodwaters, on the very edge of the Queen Elizabeth hall at the Southbank Centre.
The boat (room) made of wood features one bedroom and offers amazing views of various iconic London sites. The winning design was selected from a competition which had entries from over 500 architects/ artists from around the world.
The room can be booked for up to 2 people for a one night stay. (One night stays are the max allowed in an effort to have as many people as possible get to experience A Room for London.)
Staying at A Room for London is not cheap. I didn’t see prices listed on the website but according to Thrillist, one night for 2 costs just under $500 while a night for 1 costs around $200.
More about the room from Living Architecture:
- The bedroom area has panoramic views across London. The bed can be made up either as a double or twin single beds (please specify when booking).
- Next to the sleeping area, there is a small kitchenette, with a microwave oven and fridge, and a small dining table for two people.
- Next to the kitchenette is an ensuite bathroom, with WC and shower. The spacious bathroom spans the full width of the boat and has doors at either end of the bathroom to provide privacy.
- On the upper deck (accessible by ladder only) there is a ‘bridge’, with an octagonal library (containing an impressive collection of books), and a desk that looks out across the Thames.
Some “things provided for your holiday”:
- Miele fridge and microwave oven
- David Mellor cutlery, glasses and basic kitchen equipment
- REN skincare individual shampoo, shower gel and hand soap.
- Peter Reed high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen
- Luxurious hand towels and bath towels.
- Luxury hypo-allergenic pillows and duvets (to ensure that everyone, including those with allergies, have a comfortable stay; but please note we do not have the storage space to also provide feather duvets and pillows).
- A library of books to keep the most avid reader happy
- Wi-fi internet connection (which you can access if you bring a laptop, but please note that, due to its location and for reasons beyond our control, internet access may be intermittent).
So who’d like to spend at night at A Room for London? Bookings for April and May are already closed.
Find out more from Thrillist HERE.
Check out Living Architecture to find out all about A Room in London and other interesting places they have for rent HERE.