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St. Ermin’s Hotel London

By Emma McNamee – July 8th 2021
St. Ermin's Hotel London

What I loved about St. Ermin’s Hotel London

Pretty much everything, from the grand entrance to the luxury rooms, the history of the hotel to the attentiveness of the staff throughout.

 

Worth paying a babysitter?

Take your pick.  We visited for a romantic break just me and the hubby, but St. Ermin’s Hotel London is also very well set up for children too from the mini gardener afternoon tea to the family rooms.  And the kids will love looking at the Bee Hotel on the 3rd floor – don’t miss it!

 

What to expect from St. Ermin’s Hotel London

Luxury, class, intrigue and relaxation in a great location for exploring London.

St. Ermin’s Hotel London, a Victorian design masterpiece

It’s one of those hotels where I was constantly compelled to look up.  Entering the courtyard entrance of St. Ermin’s hotel London you can’t help but glance up to admire the external red brick in Queen Anne style typical of the late 19th century that make up the 6 floors of this hotel. As you enter the lobby you are then left in awe admiring the dramatic and original plasterwork of the grand sweeping staircase, overhanging balconies and ornate ceilings that dominate your upper line of vision.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Be sure to ask the concierge to take you for a tour of the ballroom too as you continue to take in the impressive and theatrical Victorian designs of J.P. Briggs who also designed the Savoy Theatre in London.

St. Ermin’s Hotel London and its connection with British Intelligence and Espionage

However, the grandeur and mystery of St. Ermin’s Hotel London is not all above ground.  Rumours have it there is a secret tunnel underneath the staircase that MPs could use to get to Parliament.  Indeed, an original Division Bell is on display in the reception area that would have been rung to call MPs to House back in the day.

 

So as an important landmark in Westminster’s history, this hotel has claims to fame and history in abundance.  This is where Churchill would meet with his ‘Secret Army’ during WWII, whose headquarters were established right here as the SOE (Special Operations Executive) to plan and conduct clandestine espionage activity.  The Secret Intelligence Service and MI6 all have history in St. Ermin’s Hotel and double agents would have met in the Caxton Bar with their contacts.

 

And rightfully so, St. Ermin’s Hotel London is very proud of its legacy and connection with British Intelligence and keen to share it with guests.   There are original silks on display with printed secret coded messages. There’s a large display behind glass showcasing espionage memorabilia and stories.   There are hand-outs to put your code-breaking skills and the inner spy within you to the test.

 

Much of this history is due to the hotel’s location close to Parliament and the government offices of Whitehall, which also makes it a great base for exploring London as a tourist.   Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Thames are all in close proximity as well as London’s beautiful parks such as St. James Park and Green Park.  Indeed, after a decadent afternoon tea on their outdoor terrace, we ventured forth on foot to explore London.

The Rooms at St. Ermin’s Hotel London

But not before we’d checked in to our 6th floor room.  St. Ermin’s Hotel London motto being “a home to you, but a hotel to us” is very evident in the comfort and service we received throughout our stay.  The room had every modern luxury we needed for a relaxing stay in classy surroundings and the attentiveness of the staff throughout the hotel was commendable.

 

We were lucky enough to be accommodated in one of their suites which felt truly special.  We had a lounge area separate to the bedroom giving us that extra space of cosiness, but they also have family rooms that can sleep up to 5, often tricky to find in London.  Everything about St. Ermin’s Hotel London oozes luxury and style and we came away feeling truly spoilt.

Dining Options at St. Ermin’s Hotel London

In all honesty, you don’t have to leave the hotel at all if you’re just away for a relaxing break, though it would be a shame not to take a walk around the immediate area and soak up a bit of London life strolling around St. James Park, or stopping by Buckingham Palace to see if the Queen is in residence.

However, with an on-site restaurant and cocktail bar in the form of Caxton’s Grill and Bar, you could quite happily pass the evening sipping cocktails and enjoying dinner in the comfortable surroundings of the hotel.

Although I think we all took it up a notch on Saturday evening as we’d pre-booked a table in their bar area, in front of the screens, to enjoy England’s quarter-final match against Ukraine.  However we did this whilst enjoying our cocktails of choice – mine a strawberry daiquiri – a couple of glasses of wine, and dining on a succulent rib-eye steak whilst cheering England on.

The atmosphere was spot on, as was the food, but then we didn’t expect anything less after our fabulous Afternoon Tea at the hotel over lunch – to learn more about Afternoon Tea at St. Ermin’s Hotel London take a read of my review here:

https://girlabout.co.uk/afternoon-tea-at-st-ermins/

The culinary delights at the hotel are on offer morning, noon and night. The  Caxton Grill doubles up as a breakfast room in the morning to see you on your way with a hearty cooked breakfast.  And I was particularly impressed with their option of a gluten-free basket of goodies too containing apple cake, carrot cake, muffin and toast.  Again, attention to detail and catering for multiple preferences being core to their service ethos at St. Ermin’s Hotel London.  Don’t believe me?  Try it out for yourself when you’re next looking to have a break in London.  It won’t disappoint.

For more information on St. Ermin’s Hotel London visit: 

https://www.sterminshotel.co.uk/about/

Enjoy!

Emma xoxo

REVIEW:

This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management to stay and dine at their hotel & restaurant free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

Emma McNamee
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