If you're coming to London over the St Patrick's Day festivities why not book yourself into an Irish hotel where you can sleep off all the Guinness? After one too many pints of the black stuff you can collapse into a comfy bed, courtesy of trademark top Irish hospitality. See our selection below or search LondonTown.com/hotels for a wider range of London hotels discounted by up to 75%. Happy St Patrick's Day!
An elegant Edwardian hotel, steeped in history, The Cadogan's Irish connection can be found hidden away in room 118 where Irish playwright Oscar Wilde was arrested in 1895. His crime, committing various acts of indecency, earned him two years in prison and the famous arrest was recorded in a poem by John Betjeman, 'The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel'. The hotel also has strong links with British royalty - this time inside the elegant Edward VII Suite, where the future King of England would pursue his prolonged courtship with actress Lillie Langtry. Today, The Cadogan makes an excellent choice for the serious fashionista with a weakness for designer labels. Sloane Street is famous for its A-list shops with Gucci, Tiffany, Prada and Harvey Nichols among the well known shops on the street.
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The Doyle CollectionThe three Irish-owned London hotels which are part of The Doyle Collection have recently undergone a complete revamp. The results of the multi-million pound refurb are really very impressive with the landmark hotels restored and rebranded as luxury accommodation. All are of a high standard and although upmarket, the hotels still retain that warm and welcoming ambience traditionally associated with Irish hospitality.
This hotel in South Kensington reopened in the summer of 2009 following a nine-month, £20-million refurbishment programme, including the restoration of original period mouldings, columns and panelling. Located in a prominent position on the corner of Queen's Gate and Old Brompton Road, what used to be four Victorian townhouses is now one very stylish hotel with 150 rooms and suites.
Chic, sumptuous and very central, the neo-Georgian building - originally designed by British architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens as the headquarters for the YWCA - retains its period charm with chandeliers and herringbone timber floor modernised by bespoke rugs and B & B Italia furniture. Whether you want to see the fun of the parade or visit the British Museum, this is the perfect location.
Filled with striking objects d'art, the feeling of luxury is set from the moment you walk into the lobby of The Marylebone Hotel and set your feet upon its hand-laid mosaic floor. After a long day spent celebrating St Patrick's Day you can revive yourself with a steam or sauna at the health club which includes a 16-metre swimming pool, dance studio and gym. At the 108 Marylebone Lane brasserie ingredients are sourced locally at the brilliant butchers, the Ginger Pig, and top class cheesemongers, La Fromagerie.
Jurys Inns are renowned in Ireland for being the biggest hotel group in the country with hotels in Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Galway. In London, the mid-priced Jurys Inns offer affordable accommodation in the city centre - choose from Jurys Inn Islington or Jurys Inn Chelsea - and beyond. Jurys Inn Heathrow caters for air passengers while Jurys Inn Croydon is convenient for Gatwick and the south east of England. For St Patrick's Day, Jurys Inn Islington is well positioned for a night out enjoying the convivial atmosphere of the area's Irish bars - Filthy McNasty's and Anam are just two options nearby. In well-heeled Chelsea it's difficult to find anything offering good value so the Jurys Inn Chelsea, with rooms from £79 a night, makes a welcome change from paying through the nose. But the appeal of Jurys Inns is not only in the price: the group has been rewarded for its green credentials - such as energy efficient lighting and water saving policies - and now all of its properties have a gold or silver award from the from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. A second coveted award came in January 2010 when Jurys was named best independent hotel brand at the Business Travel Awards. This is award-winning affordable accommodation.
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Bringing the charms of Irish hospitality to London this hotel in the north-west of the city is just a short tube journey to the West End and boasts accessible travel connections out of London. The local area of Kilburn is known for its rich Irish community and St Patrick's Day celebrations look set to light up the area. Drawing on both contemporary design and more traditional architecture, the hotel is luxuriously furnished with stylish decor. The elegant lobby is fed with natural light through a glass roof, as is the slick indoor swimming pool.
It's said that Irish playwright Oscar Wilde was commissioned to write 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' while having dinner at the Langham Hotel in London. In 1889, American publisher Joseph M. Stoddart met Oscar Wilde and his friend, author of the Sherlock Homes adventures, Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle recalls it as 'a golden evening' in his autobiography 'Memories and Adventures'. This Irish connection makes the hotel an ideal place to stay if you're in London for St Patrick's Day. Not only can you follow in Oscar Wilde's footsteps, you can even eat in the very restaurant where his seminal book was first dreamt up. This beautiful and historic hotel is in the final stages of refurbishment with Designer David Collins giving the Landau restaurant a stylish makeover and transforming the Artesian bar into one of the most glamorous hotel cocktail bars in London.
St Patrick's Day in London 2010
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