Five Alternate Things to do in London

You may remember that a few moons ago, we did a blog post on London’s best tourist attractions, and while each one is a sight anyone who visits our fine city must see, there are plenty more places to go if you want to try something a little bit different.  Continue reading

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What’s On In London: October Highlights

October is less than a week away, which means that summer is definitely over.  As colder temperatures and darker evenings approach, a lot of you might be tempted to stay at home and do nothing. We think you should leave hibernation for another time and book yourself an autumn getaway in the capital. Cosy pubs, brilliant events and leafy walks – we think London is the perfect place to get away for a few days.

As one of the best cheap Kings Cross hotels, we are situated in the heart of London. Therefore, we are fully equipped to give you the lowdown on all the exciting things happening in October. As we do every month, we have put together a guide to some of these unmissable events.

Falls Colors in  the Forest Canopy

The Crime Museum (Friday 9th – Sunday April 10th)

This exhibition runs until early next year, but we have included it on our list because it actually opens in October. The Crime Museum has never been assessable to the public, having just served as a place for law enforcement to learn about criminals and study evidence collected over the years.

Until now. The general public are now being given the chance to step behind the curtains and learn about some of the most horrific and goriest crimes.  The Museum of London will be holding some of the most fascinating exhibits, where you can view and learn unseen secrets from some high profile cases over history.

It sounds very exciting – we can’t wait to check it out ourselves!

The Rumfest (Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th)

Taking place in London for the ninth year running, this event allows you to check out over 400 different kinds of rum from around the world, as well as some of the best brands available on the market. You can attend tasting classes, as well as cocktail making, seminars and masterclasses.

There will be live music and food to enjoy, as well as an auction of rare bottles of rum – which is all for charity! It’s definitely one for those who love rum.

Glass of cognac on the old wooden barrel

NFL on Regent Street (Saturday 24th October)

To celebrate the NFL international games that are taking place at Wembley Stadium on this day, Regent Street will be hosting a massive American themed block party. There will cheerleaders, a drum-line performances, as well as interaction games for everyone to join in with!

The event will last all day and there will be plenty to eat and drink! We think it sounds really fun and definitely worth checking out.


If you’re tempted to check out any of these events, don’t forget that we offer high quality and affordable accommodation in London. If you would like to speak to us about booking a room, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can give us a call on 0207 837 1451 and a member of the team will be happy to help.

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Filming the Capital: Best Movies Set in London (Part 2)

Well, it’s that time again! We return to our list of the best London set films, because we at the Swinton Hotel don’t just specialize in hotel rooms in King’s Cross, but also in everything London! As we get further into this list, it becomes a lot harder to narrow down the list of great films as there’s so many! But, we shall do our best!  Continue reading

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Filming the Capital: Best Movies Set in London (Part 1)

With London being the capital, and largest city of our great nation, it’s only natural that it’s a hot spot for film directors and their visions. In fact, the number of films shot in London is over 1,000 and is even re-created by Hollywood as a studio backdrop. Yes, our fine capital is the setting of many films but with so many already made, and with more on the way, it’s hard to know which are the good ones; ones which use the city to its full potential and show it off in all its ‘Britishy’ glory. Well, to save you the trouble, we’ve compiled a small list of the best films set in London.  Continue reading

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Can You Feel The Love? Spend a Romantic Break in the Capital

It might be 6 months since Valentine’s Day but who says that romance should be contained to one day a year? We think that love should be celebrated any time of the year, and where is better to spend a romantic break than in the capital?

With plenty of things to see and do with your loved one, we can’t see why you would think about going anywhere else.

Still hesitating? Here are some of the reasons why you should spend your romantic break in London.

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