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A Room for London
Architect / David Kohn Architects & Fiona Banner
Location / London

Sleeps / 2
Beds / 1 Double/ Twin

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A Room for London 

Please note that A Room for London has now closed for a while, and the boat is in hibernation while the Queen Elizabeth Hall is being refurbished. Do sign up to our newsletter to get updates on A Room for London and other news from Living Architecture.

A new perspective on the River Thames

Writer and broadcaster Tom Sutcliffe wrote: “A Room For London is magical. Big Ben out of one window, St. Paul's out of the other...”. “Had a wonderful evening in Room For London. I recommend you sign up for the next ballot now”.

There can be few places to stay a night in London quite as unusual, poetic and life-enhancing as A Room for London Living Architecture's 'boat' perched, as if by retreating floodwaters, on the very edge of the Queen Elizabeth hall at the Southbank Centre.

The one-bedroom installation is intended to offer guests a place of refuge and reflection amidst the flow of traffic at this iconic location in the capital. The lower and upper decks offer extraordinary views, by day and night, of a London panorama that stretches from Big Ben to St Paul's cathedral. Inside, the boat is a beautifully crafted timber object, full of nooks and crannies to explore – and all the creature comforts that one would expect in a good hotel.

On arrival 'aboard', guests are invited to fill in a logbook detailing what they have experienced during their stay, out of the window as much as within themselves. In future years, we hope that the boat will resume its journey and find itself perched in other vital parts of London (or outside London), in a location that provides great views and makes for a stimulating experience for our guests.

The Making of A Room for London: take a look at this time-lapse video commissioned by our main contractor Millimetre. And a beautiful video about the making of A Room for London commissioned by Artangel. You can also see photos that some of our guests have taken on the A Room for London flickr page.

A Room for London news

David Kohn Architects received a RIBA London Regional Award for A Room for London. It was nominated for The Design Museum's Designs of the Year 2013.

Read architectural reviews of A Room for London by The Observer, The Sunday Times The Guardian and The Financial Times. And a guest review of a stay in A Room for London featured in the Daily Mail ("A Room with an extraordinary view: Gazing across London from a modern Noah's ark").

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