The sun is out, as are the deckchairs in St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace will open its gates this week (26th July), meaning one thing, summer is truly here.
Summer in London is always a treat but summer at St. Ermin’s is extra special, as so many of London’s top historical attractions are situated right on St. Ermin’s doorstep, the hotel’s terrace then provides the perfect destination for post sight seeing refreshments. The hotel has also planned a collection of summer-inspired treats for guests to enjoy, once they have returned to the hotel.
St. James's Park is just a five minute walk from St. Ermin's Hotel
Top 5 historical attractions, within 10 minutes walk of St. Ermin’s Hotel
Buckingham Palace, open 26th July- 28th September
Buckingham Palace opens its doors for a limited time each year, and guests at St. Ermin’s Hotel are perfectly placed to visit the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. During this time you can visit the Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms, with its special exhibition on the royal childhood. Visitors can also enjoy The Royal Mews and The Royal Gallery. As well as the main summer opening, Buckingham Palace is offering exclusive evening tours of The State Rooms (1st September – 28th September) and The State Rooms and Garden Tours for groups (2nd August – 28th September).
A view of Buckingham Palace from St. James's Park
St. James’s Park
St. James’s Park, London’s oldest Royal Park, home to Trooping the Colour, once was a grazing ground for pigs. Now it is the ideal place for a relaxing stroll, a family picnic, or to simply unwind after visiting the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, all of which are in close proximity. St. James’s Park is at the heart of historical London, with St. James’s Palace to the north, Horse Guards Parade to the east and Birdcage Walk to the south.
Westminster Abbey has been described as a ‘living pageant of British history’. The Abbey, coronation church since 1066, when William the Conqueror was crowned king, is one of Britain’s most important gothic buildings and contains some of this country’s most revered paintings, stained glass and textiles. More recently Westminster Abbey is famous as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding venue.
The Houses of Parliament
The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The Houses of Parliament have been a Grade 1 listed building since 1970 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. The Elizabeth Tower is better known by the name of its main bell, Big Ben, one of London’s most famous landmarks. There is a strong link between The Houses of Parliament and St. Ermin’s Hotel, as St. Ermin’s is home to one of Westminster’s Division Bells, the bell is rung to signal a division is occurring and that members in the Commons or in the House of Lords have eight minutes to get to Parliament to vote for or against the resolution.
Churchill War Rooms
Close to St. Ermin’s Hotel lie the Churchill War Rooms, a museum that is part of the Imperial War Museum. The museum is made up of The Cabinet War Rooms, an underground complex that sheltered Churchill and his government throughout the Second World War, and the Churchill Museum. The Churchill Museum depicts and focuses on the life of Winston Churchill.
Top 5 summer attractions at St. Ermin’s Hotel
Summer in St. James’s Afternoon Tea
St. Ermin’s’ Summer in St James’s Afternoon Tea, is the quintessential British way to celebrate all that is summer. Served in The Tea Lounge or on the Caxton Terrace, this mouthwatering collection of contemporary delicacies created by Adam Handling, puts summer ingredients centre stage. Summer in St. James’s Afternoon Tea costs £34 per person and is available between 12 noon and 6pm.
Beehives and Bee & Bee Hotel
St. Ermin’s Hotel is home to 300,000 very special guests – Buckfast bees. St. Ermin’s’ bees live on the hotel’s third-floor terrace, which has been specially planted with bee loving plants on which the hotel’s bees can forage. St. Ermin’s bee expert Camilla Goddard has recently installed a Bee & Bee hotel, made up of bamboo hexagonal suites in which the bees and other insects can live. Guests can watch all the bee action, safely from the viewing window on the hotel’s third floor.
The new Bee & Bee hotel at St. Ermin's Hotel
MasterChef: The Professionals Finalist Adam Handling’s Tasting Menu
St. Ermin’s’ restaurant Caxton Grill is run by Adam Handling, renowned for being a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist and an innovative chef founded on first class seasonal ingredients. Adam Handling’s Tasting Menu offer eleven tasting dishes, with the option of pairing with five glasses of fine wine, and is available in Caxton Grill, Monday –Sunday 6pm-10.30pm (last orders 9pm). £70 per person, or £110 per person with wine pairing.
Sipping a post sight-seeing cocktail on the Terrace
St. Ermin’s Hotel’s open-air destination Caxton Terrace offers guests and visitors a relaxing environment in which to unwind whilst enjoying a perfectly chilled glass of Champagne, accompanied by one of the Terrace’s Japanese styled sharing Bento boxes. Caxton Terrace is open daily from 11am-10pm, April-September, weather permitting.
The al fresco terrace at St. Ermin's
Enjoying a family summer holiday
St. Ermin’s is the ideal place to stay for a families holidaying in London. Reflecting St. Ermin’s’ historical relationship with spies, every child that stays at St. Ermin’s Hotel receives an ‘iSpy for St. Ermin’s’ pack. This pack contains code breaking games, and a Secret Agent mission, that once completed entitles them to an ‘iSpy for St. Ermin’s’’ identity card and a non-alcoholic cocktail.
St. Ermin’s’ Family SpyKids package has been created with families in mind, meaning a family of four can stay in one of the hotel’s family rooms from only £330.00 per night, for a minimum of two nights. The package includes an ‘iSpy for St. Ermin’s’ pack and local London Spy Walk challenge.
For anyone wanting to combine culture and relaxation in London this Summer, then St. Ermin’s Hotel is the perfect place to stay for a romantic weekend break or a family holiday. St. Ermin’s Hotel’s summer rates start from £199.00 per room, including continental breakfast.