You may remember when we told you about a boat-hotel that recently opened on the Regent’s Canal well now it has competition. They’re like buses – you wait ages for one and then two boat hotels come along at once and you don’t know which one to get on! The difference with this one however is that it is not floating on one of London’s many waterways, but perched high atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank.
The brainchild of arts collective Artangel and Living Architecture, the boat-hotel (boatel, perhaps?) was designed by Turner Prize nominee Fiona Banner and architect David Kohn and is part of Ideas for London and the Olympic arts festival. It has one en-suite bedroom, kitchenette, library and a viewing deck that promises one of the most spectacular views in London, from Big Ben to St Pauls.
The ship, called Roi des Belges, is currently being constructed and will be hoisted into position in December ready to open on January 1st. Prices start from £120 per night but don’t get too comfortable – stays here are limited to one night only!