Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
In the heart of central London, where the City meets the West End
The historic Strand Palace Hotel first opened its doors to guests in 1909, fast becoming an icon of the West End. Indeed, its art deco foyer of the 1920s was so well regarded that it is now housed by the Victoria & Albert museum as an item of important cultural heritage.
While the hotel’s art deco legacy lives on in little touches throughout the property, the real joy of a stay here today is in its superb location. Mere moments from the buzz of Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square and in the centre of London’s theatre district, guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to venturing further afield.
With transport options including Waterloo and Charing Cross railway stations, as well as excellent bus routes and Embankment, Holborn, Temple and Leicester Square tube stations all within easy walking distance, the Strand Palace is a favourite home away from home for cultural visitors and business travellers alike.
The hotel has 785 bedrooms and includes a concierge service, a gym for guest use and nine meeting rooms, its largest accommodating 250 people. From the hotel’s main entrance, an art deco staircase leads to a dedicated 680sq m events floor, home to nine contemporary rooms all fitted with built-in AV equipment and video conferencing facilities. The largest space is the bright Exeter Suite, which can be split into two soundproofed rooms for smaller meetings, or kept as one for banquets and awards ceremonies.
But with several dining options within the hotel itself, guests may often find there’s no need to step out at all. The award-winning Carvery and Grill serves traditional British roasts, while at the Daawat Indian Restaurant head chef Asharaf Valappil recently picked up the Best Chef gong in the 2016 Curry Life Awards.
Visitors can also enjoy an aperitif in the Lounge Bar, a late-night cocktail in the Gin Palace, or a beer or two in the Nook Bar. And for a pick me up in the day, there’s the choice of a quick coffee and a sandwich in Sacred Café as well as several quirky afternoon tea options. Alongside the traditional afternoon and cream teas served in the Lounge Bar, the Strand Palace offers a ‘G & Tea’ featuring gin-based cocktails and gin-infused teas in the Gin Palace, and an Indian afternoon tea of little samosas, paneer rolls and Indian pastries to tempt the palate.