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A Room for London stays for 2014

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‘A Room for London will be staying at the Southbank Centre for 2014.


The ballot for April and May 2014 nights has now closed. Do sign up to our newsletter to get updates on future A Room for London ballots, and other news from Living Architecture.


A new perspective on the River Thames


Writer and broadcaster Tom Sutcliffe, guest on 31st August 2013, 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 LondonLiving 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.’


Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

On a recent visit to the Southbank, I was delighted to see Noah’s Ark still in position above the QEH. I’m going to sign up for the newsletter and enter the next ballot! What an inspiring view for those lucky enough to experience London from this angle.

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