A Room for London with Mastercard

My first question before I even begin this post is this: Do you have a MasterCard?  If not then you really need to go and get your hands on one.  I have had a MasterCard for years and let me just tell you how friendly this little flexible companion can be! By being a MasterCard holder you have access to a wide variety of offers, benefits, and my favourite – two for one drinks!  Not forgetting to mention exclusive competitions and experiences that only the Queen would have access to (more on that later!) For access to all of the above, sign up to priceless.com here.

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On Thursday last week, I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest of MasterCard for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Southbank Centre. With it came an exclusive access to the Roof of the Royal Festival Hall with some of the finest views of London’s skyline, a seat in the Queen’s box in the Royal Festival Hall and access to the new Hayward Gallery Exhibtion Carsten Holler’s decision. It was a lot of fun for we got to be big kids and slide down the big spiral slides. The experience was mind-blowing and a bit of a slap on the wrist for me as the Southbank centre sits nicely on London’s doorstep I really have no excuse for not making the most of such an amazing venue!  A post of my learning of London and the Southbank centre and surrounding areas to follow, but moving swiftly onto the crème de la crème of the evening – a private dining experience in A Room for London!

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A Room for London started out as a competition attracting more than 500 architects and artists from across the world.  The brief for the competition was to create a room on one of the most visible sites in the British Capital, where up to two people could spend a unique night in an architectural landmark.  The picture below depicts just that! It was the winning entry designed by David Kohn Architects and Artist Fiona Banner.  This one bedroom installation is placed on the very edge of The Queen Elizabeth Hall roof.  The winners wanted the building to look like the boat had just come to rest on the building after sailing on the River Thames.

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On boarding the Room for London, I entered what was a very simple yet stylish living area with a modern bathroom area near the entrance. There was also a small kitchenette area in the middle of the boat, some beds and a large sitting/ dining area with Panoramic views of London’s skyline stretching from Big Ben to St Paul’s Cathedral. Little modern touches and a small library on board make the boat seem like home away from home.

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After soaking in the Panoramic views we sat down to a gorgeous meal cooked by our own private chefs.

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Post feasting on after dinner coffees and chocolates, we were told we had yet another treat which would require mounting the ‘viewing deck’.  The viewing deck is accessible via the kitchen though a pull down ladder leading into a small study area that leads to the upper deck.  The views from the upper deck speak for themselves – truly magnificent! And as if that wasn’t enough, we were serenaded to a beautiful sunset over London.

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To be in with a chance to win a night for two in A Room for London and a private dining experience on board for 6 people sign up to priceless London here.

Mrs J xx

I was a guest of MastercardUK and #PricelessLondon

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