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If you are planning to be in London over St George's Day why not stay in a traditional English hotel. Refined, elegant and so very English we have picked out some exquisite examples of fine living. Book through www.LondonTown.com/hotels and you can also enjoy our fantastic discounts. Happy St George's Day!
The sleek, modern design of the Cavendish hides its long and colourful history. One of the oldest surviving hotels in London, 81 Jermyn Street was first built in 1674 although it has undergone major additions and reconstruction over the years. It wasn't until sometime in the late 1700s that it became a hotel and in 1836 adopted its current name of 'The Cavendish'. Its most famous owner was Rosa Lewis, the famous 'Duchess of Duke Street' who rose the ranks from general servant to proprietor. The Cockney cook-turned-hostess was linked with Edward VII with talk of an affair. As a cook, she was employed by Lady Randolph Churchill (mother of Winston Churchill) and the family of Prime Minister Herbert Asquith. In 1902, Rosa bought the Cavendish, already a fashionable private hotel, and would shop at her local Fortnum & Mason. After the First World War she allowed impoverished military officers to stay at the hotel free of charge.
The Grosvenor was one of the earliest railway hotels, opening in 1862 as part of the adjoining Victoria railway station. The introduction of the railways marked a heyday for London, bringing new visitors and day trippers to town. These days the the hotel's interiors are entirely modern, however much of its original external splendour remains showing the Italianate style, with dressings in Bath stone, and a French-style pavilion roof. The hotel is now the oldest and most attractive surviving part of the original train station. Stay here for St George's Day and it's a short walk to Buckingham Palace where the Queen's Gallery is showing the Victoria & Albert: Art & Love exhibition. Also nearby is Westminster with the Abbey and Houses of Parliament as must-see attractions. It doesn't get much more English than these great buildings symbolizing the seat of power.
A night at this appealing little hotel is quite the grand English gesture and a really special treat for St George's Day. Emanating traditional sophistication, Hazlitt's strikes an essentially English tone. Furnished with fine Georgian and Victorian furniture, every bedroom has been decorated individually, with meticulous attention to historical detail. Grand four-poster beds, scented candles and little cosmetic goodies all add to the wonderful ambience. Located amid the literary haunts of Bloomsbury, the hotel is proud of its erudite roots. Named after the 19th century writer, William Hazlitt, who once lived there, many leading literary figures graced the premises as his guests and the 23 bedrooms bear their names. Jonathan Swift and Lady Frances Hewitt are the namesakes of two particularly delightful rooms. These days, with Bloomsbury publishing just down the road, contemporary writers often stay in the hotel. JK Rowling, authoress of Harry Potter, has a great affection for the place. Theatreland is just round the corner. You can catch a show then dine in a swanky, candle-lit restaurant before retreating back for an early night within the eminently elegant quarters of this superb hotel. As one of London's most historic hotels, it's a great place to sit back, relax and soak up the unique and intimate charm of this beautiful establishment - very fitting for St George's Day.
A wonderfully quirky little hotbed of history, we love the timber beams and slanting ceilings of this charming old hotel. It's like stepping back in time to old England. Created from two Georgian houses, this hotel occupies a uniquely peaceful location in The City. Come weekends The City area shuts down and becomes a beautifully undisturbed historical place, free from the tumult that blights other parts of the capital. Near to Smithfield Market, The Rookery is quiet, unpompous, flagstoned and furnished with real antiques. It strikes just the right balance – refreshingly unelaborate without pandering to the minimalist tendencies that have taken hold of other hotels in the capital. Even the bathrooms are a treat. Filled with carefully-sourced, original bathroom fittings, you can sink into a bubble-filled, steaming hot, traditional roll-top bath. The whole place has the feel of an antiquated country house. It’s the perfect way to escape the throng of the capital without actually leaving. If you want to visit the St George's Day celebrations, The West End is just a short Tube journey away. Otherwise you're free to step out of the door and stroll to St Paul's Cathedral or down to the Thames.
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