Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Historic London Hotel

The Strand Palace Hotel is centrally located, still inexpensive, and full of atmosphere. I haven't stayed there, but I looked around and I liked this charming, old London hotel.

Last year the extensive renovation of the hotel was finished to celebrate the 100 year anniversary. One hundred years ago a single room with breakfast cost six shillings and sixpence! The hotel now features 24 hour room service, a carvery, a traditional English pub, and a business centre. These facilities make it a match for any modern hotel.

Art Deco features were added in the 1920's. Some of these can still be seen at the hotel, but others are at the V&A Museum. These include the 1930's entrance.

The hotel was popular as a night venue during the 1920's when the 'bright young things' did the Charleston, and members of the American forces also danced the night away at the hotel whenever they could.


Hels said...

ooohh I love the idea... bright young things, tea dances, Charleston, a band, champagne !! If you find any photos of the interior of the Strand Palace Hotel during the 1920s, 30s and even 40s, I would love to see them.


Viola said...

Hi Hels,
I love the idea too! I will try to find some photos - I think that there are some on the Internet.

Thank you very much for your comment.