London is arguably one of the most historic locations in the world and boasts a hugely interesting past marred by plague, fire, war and riots. When visiting the English capital, you will no doubt be planning to visit a number of landmarks that have a colourful past, but why not go one step further and stay somewhere with an interesting history too? Let’s take a look at 5 Fabulous Historic Hotels London…
When researching your favourite London hotel deals, keep an eye out for hotels with a history – who knows, maybe you’ll be resting your head in the same room as a great political figure, rock star, or star of the silver screen.
Browns Hotel: Located on Albemarle Street in the middle of Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is the oldest in London and it is certainly steeped in history. It was from this hotel that Alexander Graham Bell made the first ever telephone call, and rumour has it that Rudyard Kipling penned The Jungle Book under this very roof. You can ponder who may have once sat in your seat over one of their award-winning afternoon teas. The location is fantastic as well, just a short stroll to Green Park and Hyde Park as well as Buckingham Palace. If it’s retail therapy that you’re in town for, Oxford Street and Regent Street are walking distance away.
Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton: Located just off Regent Street, this unusual hotel is located inside a Grade II listed building that used to be an old courthouse. You’ll be interested to hear that John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Oscar Wilde all had cases heard here. The hotel’s designers have been careful to remain true to the building’s roots and have retained many of the original features. Look out for the prison bars in reception and you can even enjoy a cocktail or two inside three of the building’s original prison cells.
The Savoy: Everyone has heard of The Savoy: a hotel with a fascinating history that is also one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Located just off The Strand, it was the first of its kind in Great Britain to feature electric lighting throughout, electric lifts, decadently furnished rooms and hot and cold running water. These unheard of levels of luxury attracted the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchill – who would regularly take his cabinet to lunch in the hotel restaurant.St Ermin’s Hotel: This beautiful four star hotel is located on the site of what used to be a 15th century chapel devoted to St Ermin. Those interested in London life during the Second World War will be fascinated to hear that the hotel played an important part – providing a base for MI5 and MI6. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Westminster where you are just a short stroll away from The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and of course, the River Thames.
Threadneedles: Located slap bang in the middle of London’s financial district, close to Bank station, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Museum of London, is Threadneedles Hotel. Upon entering the first thing that will draw your eye is the 19th century glass dome in the lobby. This hotel used to be a bank and this is very apparent in many of the original features that the developers have been so careful to retain.
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