Swinton Hotel –Swinton’s Greetings from King’s Cross!

‘Tis the season to be jolly during your stay at the Swinton Hotel! We want to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year as a way of thanking you for your valued custom and choosing the Swinton Hotel for your stay in the country’s capital.

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London is a magical place to take a trip, but during Christmas it’s truly enchanting. At the Swinton Hotel we would like to make your stay as special as possible, bringing some of the best that London has to offer right on your doorstep!

Our hotel is situated in King’s Cross, where many festive events are due to take place over the December month. We’re in an ideal location just five minutes from the station, which makes it so much easier for you to put your feet up as soon as you step off the train. Relax in our simple and stylish rooms after a long day’s shopping and sight-seeing before heading out for dinner in the evening.

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If you keep checking up on our blog, we will make sure you stay informed about things such as the latest restaurants to open in London and how to ring 2016 in this year. However, if you have any enquiries about events happening nearby or would like any recommendations regarding the best bars in the area, don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff at the hotel who will be more than happy to help you.

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With the expense that Christmas brings, the Swinton Hotel needs to be your number one choice of cheap King’s Cross hotels. Our accommodation is low-cost which will ensure that you save money for the rest of your trip in London. If you’ve already stayed with us then we encourage you to come back so we can make your stay twice as special this time!

If you’re planning a visit with us over the Christmas period then we look forward to seeing you and wish you a pleasant time with us. However, if you’re taking a trip over the New Year and are looking for a place to stay, then the Swinton Hotel could be the place for you, so if you have any enquiries about our rooms then feel free to contact us at 020 7837 1451.

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Reasons to Visit London in the New Year


London is teeming with festive activities and celebrations in the New Year. While we may still be quickly wrapping our Christmas presents, now is a good time to start looking for reasons why you may be visiting our stunning capital in 2016.  Continue reading

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Boxing Day Bumps, Bashes and Bards

If you’re spending Christmas in the capital this year, a quiet Christmas might not be on the agenda with all the festivities going on in London. You get one day where you get to pause for breath as Father Christmas passes over Big Ben, until Boxing Day springs back into life with sale signs adorning shop windows with all the must have Christmas bargains. But instead of trying to brave the crowds of frantic shoppers, why not do something different the day after Christmas?

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Bump Roller Disco

Especially after a day of heavy eating and drinking, you may want to get up and about to work off your full belly. You could go for a scenic Christmas walk, or for a stroll down the river, but instead of either of those you could go to a roller disco at Southbank Centre.

What better way to kick off your Christmas hols? Bump Roller Disco holds special club nights on Fridays and Saturdays which couldn’t be better timing for this year’s Christmas weekend. The pop-up roller disco is part of the Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival and raves on until mid-January.

What’s more, if Christmas Day indulgences didn’t finish you off, winter cocktails, mulled cider and other festive beverages will be served at the bar – post-roller-skating, of course.


 Boxing Day Bangers Bash

If you fancy seeing over a thousand cars smash each other to smithereens on the race track, then the best way to cure your hangover could be the National Big Van Bangers and destruction derby in south west London for day of sporting fun!

Over the years this event has seen ice cream trucks, mini buses and police vans competing with each other on the track, but who knows what they’ll unleash this year?

Was your Christmas quiet? Perhaps it was too quiet… Well then, to truly liven things up a bit, head down to Wimbledon Stadium where they’ll be hosting this truly smashing motor sports event.

Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol & Seasonal Traditions Walk

Feel like you can’t quite let go of Christmas just yet? Then you don’t have to! The London Walks company host guided tours of different areas of London, and this Boxing Day at 2:30pm sees Dickens’ famous Christmas story brought to life.

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The walking experience will feature seasonal stories of the author’s Victorian London as inspiration for the tour which kicks off at Tower Hill tube station.

As one of the best hotels in King’s Cross, we want to make your Christmas weekend memorable from start to finish in experiencing a more alternative London this Boxing Day. To book a room with us or for any enquiries about making the best of your Yuletide away from home, contact us at 020 7837 1451.

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Ring In The New Year In The Capital

With just two weeks until we bring in 2016, it’s definitely time to start thinking about what to do on NYE. Luckily for those choosing to spend it in the capital city – there are plenty of options for you to choose from!

With some of the biggest and most exciting celebrations, we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but London on NYE.

It’s worth being prepared – as tickets to events do sell quickly. Here is our pick of the best events taking place this New Years Eve.

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Best of British Bash (The Ealing Park Tavern)

The historic Ealing Park Tavern was recently refurbished and reopened in the centre of South Ealing. Originally an old coaching inn and brewery, the tavern is now a member of the ETM Group’s collection of high quality pubs and restaurants throughout London.

This NYE, the boutique pub will be hosting a much anticipated ‘Best of British’ party. For just £10 (and a free glass of fizz), guests are invited to enjoy a seasonal a la carte menu, as well as some NYE special additions. There will also be a selection of market stall snacks available – including homemade crusty bread and cheese.  As you count down to 12 – and beyond – you’ll be treated to a whole range of Britishpop classics from a lively DJ!

Big Bang Boat Party (Westminster & Festival Pier)

If you’re looking for something a little different to do this NYE to ring in 2016, how about celebrating somewhere in which you can fully enjoy the incredible views of the world famous fireworks? With the ‘Big Big Boat Party’ you are invited to spend your NYE on the Thames, aboard an original venue that promises to give you a night to remember.

You can take in some of London’s famous attractions and sights from the river, as the fireworks make for an amazing and unbeatable backdrop. The 5 hour cruise includes a live DJ, a ‘substantial’ buffet, unlimited drinks, and a photographer capturing everything that happens.

With experienced event staff there to make sure the party goes off with a bang – we don’t think you’ll be forgetting this one in a while.

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Swarovski Ice Rink (Natural History Museum)

Looking for something family friendly to do this NYE? We don’t think there is anywhere more magical than the outdoor Swarovski Ice Rink. The enchanting ice-rink is set upon the stunning backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse’s Natural History Museum buildings, with trees covered in fairy lights and a truly splendid Christmas tree in the middle of the ice.

There is the main 1,000 metres squared rink, as well as a smaller area for young children. There is also live music and fairground carousel for adults and children alike!

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Looking for somewhere affordable to stay this NYE? Swinton Hotel offers brilliant accommodation in Kings Cross that promises to not break the bank.  Located in the heart of London, you’ll won’t be too far from all the action.

For more information on how to book a room with us, please give us a call on 0207 837 1451 and a member of the team will be happy to help.

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Come Quick, It’s Christmas!

December has descended and soon you’ll be able to see Hogwarts students appearing out of thin air at King’s Cross between platforms nine and ten as they return for the Christmas holidays. Granted, these guys are hard to spot, but other hints that the magic of Christmas is in the air can be seen all around King’s Cross, so keep your seasonal senses in tune during your stay in one of our hotel rooms in King’s Cross.

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Real Food Christmas Market

It’s going to take real will power to resist the treats that will adorn the square outside King’s Cross St Pancras station as of December 15th.

For just over a week the food market will be selling everything from confectionary to charcuterie, more than enough choice for continental cheese and more foodie gifts than you can shake a cinnamon stick at.

The market opens its stalls from 12-7pm and runs up until the last crumbs are swept away on December 23rd.

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Christmas Under The Canopy

Another sign that Christmas spirit is floating in the air is the from the earthy smell of pine and sweet mulled wine that’s coming from the West Handyside Canopy situated between Central Saint Martin’s and Waitrose.

Having opened on December 3rd, a fir tree forest awaits people’s purchase and although we don’t recommend you drag one through the lobby for your hotel room, the atmosphere will be delightful if the weather not too frightful.

Opening in early 2016 in Granary Square, pub and restaurant, The Lighterman, has organised food, drinks, carols and entertainment to feed your festive cheer until December 13th.

The event has free entry, but all funds raised will go towards charity Farms for City Children.

Alternative Christmas Carol Concert

If you say you haven’t yet hummed at least one Christmas song with the turn of the month then you’re lying. Not even the Scroogiest of people can say they don’t secretly enjoy hearing the merry Christmas soundtracks that play in the shops, unless you work in retail and have heard them at least 200 times.

But if you can’t get enough of these jolly jingles, then head to The Crossing on December 14th where the all female choir, Lips, will be performing a selection of chart toppers than traditional carols.

This evening of mulled wine and music will hosted in part by writer, John-Paul Flintoff, a member of The School of Life organisation who will provide a twist to the evening by reflecting upon the year 2015 and the lessons we’ve learnt along the way.

Tickets are £10 and are available to purchase at The School of Life website.

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Why not make this year’s run up to Christmas one to remember?  Don’t miss out on Christmas in King’s Cross amidst all this festive fun. To book a room in this iconic area of London, contact The Swinton Hotel at 020 7837 1451 for a truly memorable stay this December.

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