Availability and Booking
A Room for London is staying for 2013. The ballot to book available June, July and August 2013 nights is now live. It closes at midnight (London, GMT) on 24 April 2013. Do sign up to our newsletter to get updates on future ballot release dates and other news from Living Architecture.
Read more and enter the ballot here.
The price per night is £300 (for up to 2 adults).
Entries will be selected randomly, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the ballot.
Other available dates in 2013 will be released in future ballots throughout the year. To receive an update of our news and developments, and the exact release dates of future ballots, please sign up to our email newsletter.
A Room for London – questions and answers
Q: Why have you chosen to use a ballot to sell nights?
A: We received so much interest for nights in 2012 that we could have sold the nights 100 times over. We have always tried to make the process as fair as possible, and have listened to feedback. In 2012, we operated on a first-come first-served online booking basis, but - due to the fact that the nights sold out in just a few minutes, and not everyone can be on a computer at the exact time the booking system opens - we felt that a ballot would be the fairest method going forward.
Q: How are people selected in the ballot?
A: Entries will be selected randomly, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the ballot.
Q: Why is the price set at £300 per night?
A: The price of £300 per night covers the running costs of having A Room for London on the roof of Southbank Centre, which includes the hire of a dedicated lift to take people up to the roof, daily cleaning and laundry, maintenance, insurance, other operating expenses and VAT. The nightly rental only just covers these costs and therefore couldn’t be set any lower. The boat is actually quite large - with separate kitchenette, living space, an upstairs library and deck - bigger than an average hotel room, with the most amazing view of central London (from St Paul’s Cathedral to the London Eye). We have tried to keep the nightly price as low as we operationally can, and hope that people will see it as good value compared to other hotel rooms on the Thames.
Q: Will A Room for London be staying up for the whole of 2013?
A: A Room for London was originally intended to be on the Queen Elizabeth Hall for one year (2012). It has proved so overwhelmingly popular that Living Architecture discussed with the Southbank Centre the possibility of it staying up for another year, and we are delighted to announce that A Room for London will be staying up for the whole of 2013.
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Q: Will A Room for London’s artistic programme continue in 2013?
A: The artistic programme on board A Room for London throughout 2012 was initiated and produced by Artangel. You can access an archive of Artangel’s artistic programme at www.artangel.org.uk/.
In 2013 the Southbank Centre are running an artistic programme and more details on this will be announced over the next few months.
Q: When will the rest of the nights for 2013 go on sale?
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Q: Where will the boat be in 2014?
A: We are hoping A Room for London will travel. We are considering other options for 2014, and have been approached about other possible locations in London and outside London. We are working to find a future location that provides great views and makes for a stimulating experience.
If you know of any places that may be interested in hosting the boat, and have good access and a vantage point, do let us know – we’d love to hear from you.