All aboard the Sunborn Yacht Hotel, London [REVIEW]

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The Sunborn Yacht Hotel is permanently moored in London’s Royal Victoria Dock, where it has resided for the past three years, having been moved (or rather, hauled) from Finland. The super yacht’s engine has long been removed and it now provides elegant accommodation, a restaurant with superb London skyline views and scrumptious afternoon tea, for Londoners and tourists alike, looking for a fun experience or somewhere a little bit different to stay.

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The nearest station is the DLR Custom house for the Excel Centre. It is a slightly strange area, since it is primarily set up with Ibis and Novotel type accommodations, designed to provide somewhere for tradeshow-goers to stay. But the whole area has undergone/is undergoing regeneration, with London’s epicentre shifting ever further East.

The Sunborn Yacht Hotel provides a spot of luxury in a peaceful spot, convenient for people travelling in from London City Airport and with good links to travel to the city within half an hour, via DLR and tube. It is easy to visit all the star attractions, as well as the more local areas of Greenwich, Shoreditch and Canary Wharf.

We took afternoon tea, which is available every day for guests and visitors alike. Read my review of the: Sunborn Yacht Hotel ‘Under the Sea’ afternoon tea – a collaboration with Hummingbird Bakery

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The view from the front top deck of the yacht are wonderful – you look over Royal Victoria Dock to see the O2 arena, the fairly new Emirates Air Line cable car and the London city skyline beyond. So, as well as it being a convenient, and plush, place to base yourself for sightseeing main London, it would also make a rather nice crash pad, post concert at the O2

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We stayed in an Executive room. The bed was huge (two put together) and the furnishings, comfortable.  You did have the feeling of being onboard a boat, due to a heavy closing bathroom door, slightly compact bathroom (albeit with a very lovely and powerful shower and nice Molton Brown toiletries), and balcony with views overlooking the dock to the new Silvertown development on the other side. This is an area due for massive regeneration over the next few years, with a super mall, residential developments and big businesses rolling into town.

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We had dinner at the Lands End restaurant on the middle level, which looks out to the front of the boat – the same views as from the afternoon tea. There is definitely something magical about looking over all those twinkling city lights.

I had scallops and chorizo with apple salsa for my starter and a cod dish with spinach and artichoke for main. My fellow diner (a coeliac) chose crab for a starter, then a lamb dish for main. There is a brilliant selection of wine onboard, we went for a white Picpoul, and the attentive staff are happy to pair for you. There is also a children’s menu, but which is mainly pasta and pizza, based.

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Transport: Nearest station is Royal Victoria Dock and Custom House (DLR)

Children of all ages are welcome. 

Book online at Sunborn, or call 0203 714 8111. Nightly rates on board Sunborn London start from £160 on B&B basis based on 2 sharing

Why not book an afternoon tea onboard for a special occasion?

There is also a cinema club onboard the Sunborn every Sunday, where you can have a burger dinner and popcorn served to your seat while you watch, for £29 per person.

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