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In pictures: The boat hotel perched on top of Queen Elizabeth Hall

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A Room For London is a new, one-bedroomed hotel on the Southbank. It doesn’t provide room service or a hotel bar (let alone a jacuzzi), and guests are only allowed to stay one night.

But it’s already fully booked until the end of June. Take a look at these pictures to find out why

A room for London

Perched on top of Queen Elizabeth Hall, A Room for London has an en-suite double bedroom, kitchenette, library and viewing deck, guests are invited to rest and reflect upon what they see and hear during their one night stay.

A room for London

Designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner, the unique hotel was the winning entry in a competition to create a room on one of the most visible sites in the British capital, where up to two people at a time could spend a unique night in an exemplary architectural landmark.

A room for London

The competition is the fruit of a collaboration between the Art Council funded commissioning body, Artangel, London South Bank and philosopher Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture programme. Living Architecture describes itself as “a social enterprise dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of world-class modern architecture.”

Banner has named the boat “Roi des Belges” (King of the Belgians), after the riverboat captained by Joseph Conrad while he was in the Congo in 1890, later recreated in his novel Heart of Darkness.

A room for London

The boat is available from £120 per night, visit www.living-architecture.co.uk for more information.




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