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SECRET HOTELS LONDON

london-catFor a break full of majesty and tradition in the heart of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, explore all that London has to offer. One of the most popular tourist destinations on earth, London boasts regal attractions such as stately Buckingham Palace and the historic Houses of Parliament – iconic feats of architecture instantly recognisable the world over. Take a tour down the Thames and marvel at the grandeur of Big Ben or grab a map and take on the city on your own for a truly unforgettable discovery into London’s illustrious past. Steeped in rich history from its humble beginning as a Roman settlement, the city has witnessed the horror of the Black Death and Great Fire of London to the imminent age of Shakespeare and opulent Tudor rule; remaining a beacon of strength and magnificence.

Jump on the world famous London Underground to conquer the city with ease or hop on an iconic big red double-decker bus to sightsee in style. Treat your eyes and mind to the wonders of some of the finest museums in the world, from masterpieces in the National Art Gallery to fun and interactive child-friendly exhibitions at the Science Museum. Dine in the finest Michelin starred restaurants owned by esteemed celebrity chefs, shop ‘til you drop in upmarket department store Harrods or enjoy a matinee musical on the legendary West End – London is a dynamic, exciting and fast-paced metropolis guaranteed to enchant, inspire and awe.

Ensure that your break in London is as magical and memorable as possible by making sure you book with the help of Secret Hotels. The best-kept secret in luxury hotel accommodation, Secret Hotels guarantees unbelievable savings on the finest hotels in the city; from lavish boutiques in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea to unbeatable value in Westminster, close to the hub of the UK’s political world. Whether you want to be at the centre of the action in the Big Smoke or you wish for a quiet, relaxing stay with a stunning view over one of the city’s abundant green spaces, Secret Hotels will offer you savings of up to 70% on a hotel to suit your every need.

From young couples after a relaxing, romantic stay with luxurious spa facilities and fine dining in the capital to families with young children wanting family-friendly apartments with all the mod-cons to make their stay as comfortable as possible, Secret Hotels boast a huge variety of accommodation tailored to everyone. Traditional opulence in the heart of Hyde Park at an unbelievably low price or ultimate value on the Embankment with an impeccable view can be yours if you choose Secret Hotels, as long as you keep it a secret of course!

London’s finest boutique near Marble Arch

With a top location close to Marble Arch and Oxford Street, this 5* Top Secret Hotel offers guests luxurious bedrooms and top modern facilities to make your stay in London one of pure luxury!

Rooms are equipped with amenities and home comforts of the highest quality, featuring items such as a flat screen LCD television with a CD and DVD player, high-speed Internet access free of charge, and a well-stocked mini-bar for your convenience. Bedrooms also include coffee and tea facilities, air-conditioning and a safety deposit box should you wish to store any valuables. Your stunning en-suite bathroom includes complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, make-up mirror and bathrobes, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing hot bath after a busy day of exploring the city, before relaxing on your large and comfortable bed. Other amenities include complimentary fruit and mineral water and coffee and tea facilities for your convenience.

London’s finest boutique near Marble Arch provides guests with a range of services and facilities at the 24-hour reception desk, including currency exchange, a safety deposit box and free daily newspapers. Parking is available for those arriving by car, and a valet parking service is also available for an additional charge. At reception guests can use the efficient laundry and dry cleaning service, as well as arrange limousine transport and arrange banqueting facilities for larger groups. The property also has a superb library, as well as a comfortable bar serving a range of drinks and snacks. Other leisure facilities include a DVD library and a gymnasium that features a jogging track.

London is home to many of the UK’s most iconic cultural institutions, with the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square proving to be one of the most popular landmarks with both locals and tourists throughout the year. With a widely diverse range of artworks spanning across hundreds of years and from a number of continents, the National Gallery is free to enter, making it a great place to visit even if you don’t have much time. Once you have finished looking around the vast exhibitions, the gallery also has an excellent gift shop where visitors can pick up some superb souvenirs or books of some of the works in the gallery.

For fans of Blues music and bars with a comforting and relaxed atmosphere, head to Ain’t Nothin’ But in Soho. Serving a range of beers, wines and spirits – as well as an excellent cocktail selection – Ain’t Nothin’ But is regarded as one of the coolest bars in the area and it is easy to see why. With regular live performances in a beautifully designed venue, if you are looking for somewhere to enjoy a great atmosphere and great music then this is the place to be!

Have a wonderful time in London!

The jewel in the heart of the East End – 4 star – London

The East End of London is renowned for being home to some of the capital’s most trendy and exclusive hotspots, and this contemporary 4* Top Secret Hotel is in the heart of it all. Each spacious and finely furnished double en-suite guest room features a flat screen LCD TV with cable channels, free Wi-Fi internet, climate control, complimentary luxury toiletries and a whirlpool bath. Onsite hotel facilities include a 24 hour concierge, underground secure parking, an airport shuttle service, newsstand and a dry cleaning service. As well as being an ideal base for a leisurely city break, this hotel is also suited for executive guests due to its extensive business centre with fully-equipped meeting and conference rooms.

Located just a stone’s throw from the city’s Shoreditch and Hoxton neighbourhoods, this jewel in the heart of the East End is surrounded by fashionable high streets and trendy nightlife destinations. The Shoreditch and Old Street area is crammed with a startling number of artisan coffee shops, charming vintage stores, independent boutiques and organic eateries, making it a popular alternative to the more commercial central shopping locations such as Oxford Street and Bond Street. Hotel guests are strongly advised to pay a visit to the iconic Old Spitalfields Market which boasts a colourful range of fashion, arts and crafts and food and is open seven days a week.

One of London’s architectural giants, St Paul’s Cathedral, is just a short journey away from the hotel on foot or via the London Underground. With its vast dome rising over the city skyline, the church sits on a religious site dating back to AD 604 and has seen the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana as well as Winston Churchill’s funeral. The cathedral still holds daily services and prayers and is open to the public throughout the week; tourists may even wish to climb the 271 steps to the Golden Gallery to enjoy panoramic views across London.

Along the River Thames to the east from St Paul’s is another one of the city’s most iconic pieces of architecture and engineering, Tower Bridge. Finished in 1894, the bridge contains a high-level walkway which is today used as an exhibition space and observation platform giving visitors unparalleled views over the Thames and East End of London. The exhibition gallery serves as a miniature museum with free admission which details the history of the bridge and its Victorian past through interactive displays and videos.

 

Top West End London Notting Hill apartments – 4 star – London

Perfect for those seeking luxury and the ultimate privacy, these exclusive 4* Top West End London Notting Hill apartments ensure a London city break with a difference. These spacious and stylishly furnished apartments all feature a flat screen LCD TV, free Wi-Fi internet, comfortable living area, modern kitchen and a large modern en-suite bathroom. Although the historic apartments are largely self-contained onsite facilities include a 24 hour concierge, night porter, laundry service and regular cleaning service.

The Notting Hill neighbourhood of West London is famously known as the setting of the 1999 Hollywood film of the same title which was shot just a few streets from the hotel itself. Many of the area’s most iconic landmarks were featured in the film, making it a popular tourist attraction for movie buffs and fans. One such location is the famous Portobello Road notable for its charming colourfully painted townhouses and weekend market with its stalls stretching to Notting Hill Gate. Renowned for its quirky selection of antiques and vintage fashion, Portobello Market is a must-see for any tourist in the Notting Hill area. During August, Notting Hill is also famous for its annual carnival which celebrates London’s Caribbean nationals and their vibrant culture with a variety of street performances, food stalls, musical acts and themed floats.

Just a stone’s throw from the apartment complex on foot are one of the city’s Royal Parks, Kensington Gardens. Spanning 270 acres of green parkland and lakes surrounding the royal residence of Kensington Palace, the gardens are regarded as West London’s ‘green lung’ and make for a relaxing escape from the rush of the city. The park contains several notable focal points, including the Long Water and Serpentine lakes, the Italian Gardens, the Albert Memorial and the Elfin Oak and is a popular place to dog walk, picnic or jog around.

Kensington Palace itself has been a royal residence since the 17th century and is currently the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Boasting ornately furnished State Apartments, prestigious art galleries and the famous Orangery, the palace is one of the city’s most popular royal attractions and is open to the public seven days a week.

The apartments also enjoy a convenient location within close proximity to Victoria Station, one of London’s major central transport terminals. As well as having a London Underground station, Victoria also features National Rail links, bus links and coach links across the country and to all of London’s major airports.

Tranquility haven in Westminster with pool & spa – 4 star – London

Experience affordable luxury when you book, ‘Tranquility haven in Westminster with pool & spa – 4 star – London’. Complete rest and relaxation in luxurious surroundings is guaranteed with a city break stay in this exceptional 4* Top Secret apartment complex in London’s exclusive Victoria and Westminster area. Each self-contained but serviced apartment features free Wi-Fi internet, a flat screen LCD TV with cable channels and games console, state of the art kitchen, stylish living area and a modern en-suite bathroom with whirlpool bath, amongst other excellent facilities. Onsite complex amenities comprise of a daily housekeeping service, secure indoor parking, laundry service, limousine service, airport shuttle service, pharmacy, hair salon and gift shop. The fantastic onsite leisure opportunities make for a unique haven in the heart of the city and guests can enjoy the tranquillity of the health club with indoor pool, spa, sauna and fitness club.

Arguably the apartment hotel’s most desirable selling point is its exclusive central London location within the borough of Westminster. Internationally synonymous with Parliament and the Palace of Westminster, one of the city’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, the area is regarded as the most influential in the country. Lying nearby on the banks of the River Thames, the gothic-style Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are one of the most popular tourist attractions in London and a must-see for any visit to the capital. An emblem for parliamentary democracy and symbolic of the history of the UK in general, the Grade 1 Listed building was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Just a short walk from the apartments is the most famous royal residence of the British monarchy and another of the city’s most iconic landmarks, Buckingham Palace. Situated at the end of The Mall which stretches 1 mile from Charing Cross to the palace itself, the palace has traditionally been the location for state events and royal weddings for centuries. During the summer the royal forecourt is used for the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony which attracts thousands of tourists daily and the palace’s state apartments are open to the public during August and September.

Some of London’s most famous parks and green spaces are located in the Westminster area, just a short distance on foot from the complex. Sitting adjacent to The Mall is St James’ Park, the oldest of the city’s Royal Parks. Comprising of 57 hectares of open green parkland and lake, the park is the perfect destination in which to escape the buzz of the city and admire Buckingham Palace from afar.

Trendy hotel walking distance from British Museum – 4 star – London

Secret Hotels customers can treat themselves to unbelievable discounts on an unforgettable city break to London with a stay in this stylish 4* boutique hotel in the city’s Covent Garden and Soho area. Each of this hotel’s spacious and contemporary double en-suite guest rooms boast a flat screen LCD TV with cable channels, complimentary luxury toiletries, free Wi-Fi internet, climate control and an optional turndown service amongst other excellent facilities. Guests of ‘Trendy hotel walking distance from British Museum’ will also benefit from extensive onsite amenities including a 24 hour concierge, city tours service, airport shuttle service, currency exchange, night porter, dry cleaning and a theatre reservations desk.

Centrally located in one of London’s most desirable neighbourhoods close to Covent Garden square, this trendy Top Secret Hotel is the ideal choice for those after luxury in the heart of the capital. Covent Garden, famously immortalised in the 1964 musical film adaptation of My Fair Lady, is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions due to its market, vibrant street performers and lively nightlife scene. The Covent Garden area is also home to the Royal Opera House, the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Transport Museum, as well as over 60 pubs and bars sure to satisfy any night-owl.

Just a short walk down Long Acre is Leicester Square, another famous public focal point popular with tourists. Often dubbed as the heart of ‘Theatreland’, the square has a long history of gravitas in the entertainment world and the Odeon Cinema regularly hosts the UK premieres of major Hollywood films. Leicester Square is also home to several high-end exclusive nightclubs making it one of London’s top nightlife destinations.

Situated nearby just off of Great Russell Street is one of London’s most popular institutions, the British Museum. Home to over 8 million works detailing human history and culture, the museum is most famous for its extensive collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts including several mummies and the iconic Rosetta Stone which dates back to 196 BC. Boasting several other notable exhibits and collections, the British Museum is a must for tourists and is free to visit seven days a week.

Other museums in the area sure to impress art and history enthusiasts are situated on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. This stretch of road is home to many of the city’s most prestigious academic institutions as well as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Ultra luxury 5 star hotel near Covent Garden – 5 star – London

Revered for first-class luxury hospitality and housed in an elegant historic property, this 5* Top Secret Hotel near Covent Garden is perfect for discerning guests after an exceptional city break in London. Each finely furnished, spacious double en-suite guest room boasts free Wi-Fi internet, a flat screen LCD TV with cable channels, climate control, complimentary luxury toiletries and a whirlpool bath, as well as a turndown and butler service. As well as featuring a highly regarded, gourmet restaurant specialising in international cuisine, the hotel also offers its guests an indulgent cocktail lounge with unparalleled views over the city. Also ideal for executive guests, this hotel also features an onsite business centre with fully-equipped meeting and conference rooms.

This ultra luxury 5 star hotel near Covent Garden is in a prime central location for all of the capital’s major tourist attractions. Made famous by its depiction in the film adaption of My Fair Lady, Covent Garden has historically been renowned for its market and collection of artisan shops and restaurants. Today, the streets surrounding Covent Garden are filled with street performers and lined with over 60 pubs, bars and nightclubs.

To the west of Covent Garden lies London’s West End area, also known as ‘Theatreland’ due to the number of prestigious theatres running world famous musicals and shows. As London’s equivalent of Broadway, the West End attracts millions of tourists each year to iconic matinee and evening performances of long-running productions such as the Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and the Lion King. Tourists can take advantage of cheaper rates on tickets by paying a visit to last minute vendors at Leicester Square to avoid paying premium prices.

The location of this luxury 5* establishment is also perfect for shopaholics wishing to indulge in a spot of retail therapy during their stay in London. Just a stone’s throw away from the hotel on foot or via the London Underground is Europe’s busiest shopping street, Oxford Street. Lined with over 300 of the nation’s favourite high street retailers and flagship department stores, the Oxford Street area is one of the city’s most popular shopping destinations.

Close to Tottenham Court Road and Holborn underground stations on Great Russell Street is one of the city’s most famous institutions, The British Museum. With over 8 million historical and cultural artefacts and an especially acclaimed Ancient Egypt exhibition, the museum is highly regarded the world over.

Ultra modern hotel close to Wembley – 4 star – London

With uber-cool contemporary interiors and a focus on superb hospitality, this exclusive 4* Top Secret Hotel in north-west London is the ideal base for any city break to the capital. Set in a stunningly renovated Victorian property with a contrasting modern glass and stainless steel atrium, this hotel combines the best of period elegance and innovative design. Each spacious double en-suite guest room features free Wi-Fi internet, a flat screen TV with cable channels, complimentary luxury toiletries, climate control, whirlpool bath and a comfortable living area. Perfect for both business and leisure guests, the hotel boasts an extensive onsite business centre with numerous conference rooms as well as a fitness centre, beauty salon and indoor pool.

This ultra modern hotel close to Wembley is located ideally for those visiting London but seeking quieter suburban surrounds. Getting into central London on public transport could not be easier for hotel guests owing to the hotel’s proximity to Wembley Stadium National Rail station and Wembley Central underground station. With Wembley Central being on the Bakerloo line, hotel guests can be at the capital’s most famous historic landmarks and popular attractions within a matter of minutes.

The Wembley area is synonymous with the vast Wembley Stadium and with a total capacity of 90,000 it is the largest stadium in Europe. The stadium is usually used to hosting major football matches, including the FA Cup Final and the UEFA Champions League Final, but has previously hosted large music concerts such as the Concert for Diana and Live Earth. As the stadium is just a stone’s throw away, this exceptional Top Secret Hotel is the ideal choice for those intending to attend a game or gig at the venue.

Another famous entertainment venue in the area is the Wembley Arena, the second largest indoor arena in London after the O2. Built in 1932 and originally used as a swimming pool, the arena today has a long history of hosting concerts given by some of the world’s top musical artists including Madonna, Muse, Beyoncé and The Beach Boys. As a unique touch, the arena also features its own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame where performers are invited to imprint their hands into bronze plaques, making for a popular tourist attraction. The arena is easily accessible via Wembley Park underground station or the 92 bus route stop.

Unbelievable discounts for South West London – 3 star – London

Located in an exclusive area of southwest London a stone’s throw from Wimbledon village, this excellent 3* Top Secret Hotel ensures flawless hospitality in tranquil suburban surroundings. This hotel’s spacious and contemporarily furnished double en-suite guest rooms feature free Wi-Fi internet, complimentary toiletries, a plasma TV with cable channels, climate control and exceptional room service. As well as a 24 hour concierge, the hotel also boasts onsite banqueting facilities, free parking, a fitness suite, night porter and express check out. Those in the area on business can take advantage of the hotel’s business centre which comprises of numerous fully-equipped exhibition and board rooms. Book today and receive unbelievable discounts for South West London!

Enjoying a desirable location in one of London’s most upmarket postcodes near Wimbledon village, this Top Secret Hotel is the ideal choice for those after a relaxing city break. Synonymous with the annual professional championships, Wimbledon is inextricably linked with tennis, summer and strawberries and cream. As the oldest tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon is undoubtedly regarded as one of the most prestigious and each summer thousands of spectators flock to the All England Lawn Tennis club for a piece of the action.

During the rest of the year, the club is open to the public to pay a visit to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, the largest tennis museum in the world. With numerous exciting interactive exhibitions and even a large cinema showing film excerpts of important matches, the museum is a must-see for any tennis fan.

Wimbledon’s setting just outside of central London means that guests are spoilt for choice in terms of outdoor pursuits, as well as fantastic transport links into the capital. Although made famous as the national home of tennis, Wimbledon boasts numerous golf clubs, most notably the Wimbledon Park Golf Club, accessible via Wimbledon Park underground station. This sprawling 18-hole course set in picturesque parkland is extremely popular with golf addicts and features an exclusive clubhouse for leisurely afternoon teas.

Served by the nearby Wimbledon rail station and Wimbledon underground station, it could not be easier for hotel guests to get into central London. Situated on the district tube line, hotel guests can arrive at popular historic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament at Westminster and Earl’s Court concert venue within a matter of minutes. The hotel is also ideally located for guests intending to use Heathrow as Wimbledon is connected to the airport via major motorways and public transport networks.

 

Unbelievable offer at a hotel near Hyde Park – 4 star – London

Secret Hotels customers can take advantage of exclusive discounted rates on this exceptional 4* Top Secret Hotel, just a stone’s throw from London’s magnificent Hyde Park. This premium, newly refurbished property boasts spacious double en-suite guest rooms each fitted with free Wi-Fi internet, climate control, a flat screen LCD TV with cable channels, complimentary luxury toiletries and a whirlpool style bath, amongst other excellent amenities. Guests can indulge themselves in the hotel’s onsite restaurant which specialises in gourmet international cuisine and later sip on cocktails in the adjacent club lounge. Other onsite facilities include an airport shuttle service, car rental desk, currency exchange, 24 hour concierge, tour desk, dry cleaning service and private car transfer service. Don’t miss this unbelievable offer at a hotel near Hyde Park!

Situated in the heart of the upmarket Notting Hill and Bayswater area of west London, this Top Secret Hotel enjoys a highly desirable location for both business and leisure guests. Famously immortalised in the 1999 film Notting Hill starring Julia Roberts, the area is renowned for its weekly Portobello Market which spans from Portobello Road to Notting Hill Gate. Known for its stalls specialising in unique antiques and second-hand vintage fashion, the market attracts thousands of tourists and locals each Saturday hoping to snag a bargain. Notting Hill is also famed for its annual carnival held in August which celebrates Caribbean culture through musical floats, street food stalls and vibrant processions.

Just a stone’s throw from the hotel are the sprawling acres of Royal parkland known as Hyde Park. Divided in two by the Serpentine and Long Water lakes, Hyde Park is the ideal place in which to relax in with a book or a picnic during the warmer summer months in order to escape the rush of the city. Alongside Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St James’ Park, the contiguous area of open green space is known as London’s ‘green lung’ with Hyde Park being especially notable for its Speakers’ Corner. Located to the northeast of the park, Speakers’ Corner is an area dedicated to public open-air speaking and debate and has historically hosted the likes of Marx, Lenin and George Orwell.

To the southeast of Hyde Park lies one of the capital’s most famous tourist attractions, Buckingham Palace. As the most iconic of all the royal residences, the palace draws in millions of visitors each year and during July and August a selection of ornate state rooms and art collections are made open to the public.

Unique Mayfair property next to Green Park – 5 star – London

This exclusive 5* Top Secret Hotel captures quintessential English luxury in the heart of one of London’s most privileged postcodes, Mayfair. Each spacious and charmingly finished double en-suite guest room features a flat screen LCD TV with cable channels, complimentary luxury toiletries, comfortable living area, free Wi-Fi internet, daily housekeeping service and an indulgent four poster bed. Excellent onsite hotel facilities include a 24 hour concierge, night porter, shoe shine, currency exchange, fitness suite, valet laundry and VIP services. Business guests will enjoy the hotel’s extensive business centre comprising of several fully equipped meeting and conference rooms.

This unique Mayfair property, next to Green Park, enjoys one of the most sought after areas of central London in the borough of Westminster. Adjacent to Green Park, one of the city’s Royal Parks, this hotel offers its guests a peaceful oasis on its doorstep amidst the rush of the city. Consisting of 47 acres of open parkland and flanked by Piccadilly Circus and Constitution Hill, Green Park is the ideal central escape for those needing a moment of peace and quiet whilst sightseeing in the area. With a dedicated underground at the park’s north side, hotel guests can explore London with ease, getting to the city’s most famous attractions within a matter of minutes.

Shopaholics wishing to indulge in a spot of retail therapy will enjoy the hotel’s close proximity to one of the most upmarket shopping streets in the country, Bond Street. With a prestige in fine fashion retailers dating back to the 18th century, today it is home to luxury brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Chopard. Regarded as Europe’s most expensive retail location, guests after more affordable high street brands can head to the nearby Oxford Street on foot for several of the nation’s most loved flagship department stores.

Just south of Mayfair and accessible from Hyde Park Corner and Green Park underground stations is one of the country’s most iconic historic attractions, Buckingham Palace. Still used as the Queen’s primary London residence, the palace is synonymous with the heritage of the British royal family and is a must-see for any tourist on their first time in the capital. During the summer months the palace is open to the public to explore several of its opulent state rooms and millions of visitors are attracted to watch the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony held in the palace forecourt.