There is always plenty to see and do in London, and it seems that this Easter will be no exception. With the Easter holidays fast approaching, many parents will be wondering what they can do with their children to keep them entertained. Or maybe you’ve decided to head down to London with a loved one or some friends, and are wondering what new and exciting things you can experience during your week. Even if you live in London but want to do something different during the Easter period, then there’s sure to be something on for everyone.

Here is a quick rundown of what’s happening in London over Easter.

Death by Chocolate – London Dungeons (Up until Sunday April 12th_)

The London Dungeons have put their own scary twist on Easter this year by introducing a new Victorian sweet shop that offers up lots of colourful sweets and chocolate for the visitors. Whilst this might sound like a good thing, you must be warned that all confectionary are made with poison, so eat at your own risk! (Okay, so not real poison, but it’s fun for the kids!)

The Roof Gardens (Sunday April 5th)

If you fancy something different this Easter, then head down to The Roof Gardens on Easter Sunday for fun for the whole family. Set across 1.5 acres of greenery, it’s something different away from the hustle and bustle. Children can enjoy a chocolate Easter egg hunt with an egg-cellent prize for the winner! And parents, don’t feel left out; you can sit back and enjoy one of the Easter-themed cocktails whilst you watch the hunt going on!

Discover a Country Fair at River Lee Country Park (Sunday 5th April – Monday 6th April)

This two-day country fair offers plenty of fun for all the family! There’s huge array of events happening over the two days to keep everyone involved. There are several different animal shows throughout the weekend, including a live birds of prey show, a dog show and even a unique chance to bottle-feed lambs during a goat exhibition. (The children will love this one!) Other points of interest include motorcycle stunts, arts and crafts displays and plenty of food and drink stalls!

Egg Hunt at Selfridges (Thursday April 2nd – Sunday April 4th)

Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a good old-fashioned Easter egg hunt! Taking place across the fourth floor of the huge department store, children are invited to search for chocolate eggs in a race to see who can find the most. It’s free to join in and makes a perfect afternoon activity for parents to take their little ones.

Visit a chocolate shop (All year ‘round)

Everyone loves chocolate, and Easter is the perfect excuse to go visit some of London’s fabulous chocolate shops. We can’t name them all as we’d be here all day, but some of the ones that we do recommend are: Choccywoccydoodah, Melt, Rococo Chocolates and Artisan Du Chocolat. With every kind of chocolate you can think of and those you’ve never heard of, these chocolate heavens have something for everyone.

If you’re looking for great Kings Cross Hotels, then we’re the perfect choice, located just 5 minutes from Kings Cross Station. You can check availability for our rooms and book online or call us on  020 7837 1451 and a member of staff will be happy to help you.

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London Bucket List

London is one of the most amazing cities in the world, with so much to see and do. If you’re visiting London, there are certainly going to be plenty of things you would like to do, and at Swinton Hotel, we want to ensure you get the most out of your stay. Here is our London Bucket List, designed to help you get the most out of the capital.

Ride on All the Underground Lines

That’s right, all 11 lines on the London Underground. This is a great opportunity to see what London has to offer, and get around the city, while also travelling on one of the most iconic metropolitan transportation systems in the world. Bonus points if you visit all 270 stations.

Have a Picnic in Hyde Park

London isn’t just a buzzing metropolis; it also features a number of beautiful parks. On a warm summer day, pack up your picnic basket, grab a rug and head to Hyde Park to spend a few hours relaxing in nature.

See a West End Show

Whether or not you’re into the theatre, you simply cannot visit London without going to see a West End show. There is plenty to choose from all year round, from tear-jerking musicals like Les Miserables to nostalgic productions like The Lion King.

Visit Buckingham Palace

Even if you’re British, you shouldn’t resist the temptation to take the classic tourist photo outside Buckingham Palace. Although you won’t realistically be able to get up close to the guards, it’s still an amazing sight to see. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see the famous Changing of the Guard!

Ride the London Eye

Get the best view of the city by hopping on the London Eye. You can travel in the day or at night, though it’s best to choose a clearer day to get the best possible view. We hope you’re not scared of heights.

Walk the O2 Arena

Feeling adventurous? You can now take a walking tour over the famous O2 Arena, formerly the Millennium Dome. You won’t have to hold on too tightly (harnesses are provided), but this certainly isn’t an activity for the faint-hearted!

Visit Camden Market

Lose yourself as you wander through stalls selling all sorts of goods, from clothing to arts and crafts. You can also sample some of the best food that London has to offer, and get a true taste of the London lifestyle.

Go to London Zoo

Escape for a while and go to see the variety of wildlife at London Zoo. From lions to lemurs, the zoo makes for a great day out, with or without the kids. The zoo also has night opening times, which make it a great activity in summer.

Visit Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station

Are you a fan of Harry Potter? You can visit the Platform 9 ¾ exhibit at London’s Kings Cross Station, which features a Hogwarts luggage trolley on its way through the passage. You can have your photo taken by the exhibitors, who also provide you with a scarf from the Hogwarts house of your choice. This attraction is free of charge.

Shop in Harrods at Christmas Time

When it comes to the festive season in London, no where can put on a display that can rival Harrods. Visit the toy department to have a go with some of the latest toys and gadgets, or treat yourself to something special in the jewellery department.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

It’s pricey, it’s luxurious and it’s well worth doing at least once when you’re visiting London. Get all dressed up and enjoy an afternoon of tea and fine food, but don’t forget to book ahead!

Make Your Own Discoveries

In a city with so much to offer, you’re bound to make your own discoveries in London. Go out and explore, and don’t be afraid to be adventurous! Soon enough, you’ll have your very own hotspots.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our London Bucket List, and that it’s got you excited for your next trip to the Big Smoke. If you’re visiting London and you’re looking for cheap King’s Cross hotels, Swinton Hotel can provide you with quality, affordable accommodation for your stay. For more information, contact us today by calling 020 7837 1451.

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You Cannot Brie Serious – Hotel Serves Up Cheese and Biscuits Faux Pas

You hear about all sorts of weird and wonderful stories when it comes to hotels. They say any sort of publicity is good publicity, but personally we’d rather not find ourselves as the subject of some more typical ‘hotel horror stories’! There are plenty of sensible habits and checks to adopt when choosing a hotel, but we’re guessing that checking out the cheese and biscuits menu in advance isn’t top of your list.

Except, well, perhaps it should be from now on!

If you’re on the ball with internet trends, you’ll know that – pretty much as of today – cheese and biscuits may never be thought of the same again.

We’ve heard of taking things literally, but this really takes the biscuit (no pun intended…maybe…)!

Swinton Hotel

All joking aside, this may be a great story but – unless this proves to be a new combination that takes the world by storm – you probably don’t want to be greeted by an assortment of sweet biscuits the next time you order cheese and biscuits. Call us old traditionalists, but the savoury selection of crackers is gouda ‘nough for us (OK, OK…we’ll stop…we promise…). If you’re of the same mind, then you’ll definitely feel at home at Swinton Hotel.

At Swinton Hotel, we’re not only renowned as a great option for a cheap Kings Cross B and B, but we’re also a fantastic choice when you’re looking for a place to stay in the heart of London. Rest assured, when you order cheese and biscuits from us, there won’t be a Bourbon in sight (unless you’d like there to be of course…in which case we’ll see what we can do for you…). To book your stay at the Swinton Hotel, contact us today by calling +44 20 7837 1451 and we’ll be happy to help.

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Fascinating Facts About the London Underground

When staying in London, you are more than likely to use the London Underground. However, there are hundreds of facts about the transport network you probably didn’t know. At the Swinton Hotel, we love everything about London, so here are our favourite fascinating facts about the Underground.

  1. The average speed on the London Underground, including station stops, is 20.5 miles per hour.
  2. The tube journey between Leicester Square and Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line takes approximately 20 seconds, but will cost passengers £4.30
  3. Angel tube station is home to the London Underground’s longest escalator, which is 60 metres long and has a vertical rise of 27.5cm
  4. The total length of the London Underground network is approximately 249 miles
  5. Paul McCartney busked on the London Underground wearing a disguise.
  6. Underground stations were used as air raid and bomb shelters during the Second World War from September 1940
  7. The London Underground is the third busiest metropolitan transport system in Europe, following those in Moscow and Paris.
  8. In Cockney Rhyming Slang, the Underground is commonly known as the Oxo, referring to the well-known stock product the Oxo Cube (rhyming with Tube)
  9. The most hectic day on the London Underground in history was during the London 2012 Olympic Games. On 3rd August 2012, 4.4 million people were recorded using the network.
  10. Alcohol was banned on the Underground, as it was on all public transport in London, from June 2008
  11. The first year the Underground carried a billion passengers was 2009
  12. During the morning peak-period, Waterloo is the busiest train station, with approximately 57,000 people travelling through
  13. The logo used for the Underground is known as ‘the roundel’
  14. The first baby to be born on the Underground was born in 1924 on a train at Elephant & Castle Station on the Bakerloo line.
  15. Jerry Springer, the British-born American TV show host, was born in Highgate tube station on 13th February 1944, where his mother was taking shelter from an air raid during Second World War.

We hoped you enjoyed reading our favourite facts about the London Underground. If you’re paying a visit to London and looking for cheap Kings Cross hotels, Swinton Hotel can offer you a spectacular hotel experience without breaking the bank. Contact us today by calling 020 7837 1451.

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Best London Museums (Part Two)

In our last blog we took a quick look at some of the best museums London has to offer; fantastic institutions which are home to a vast array of fascinating works of art and artefacts. Here in the second part in our series we take a further look at some of the capital’s must see museums which any visitor to the city would be sorry to miss.

The London Transport Museum

This popular museum is definitely a London institution. The museum explores the history of London’s intricate transport system and how this has evolved over the past 200 years, in line with the changing face of London society.

The museum is renowned for its variety of exciting exhibits and collections and is home to a vast array of transport vehicles, including the first underground train and the iconic red London bus. This museum is a real treat for kids too and features a number of interactive exhibits including real buses and trains for them to play on.

Design Museum

The Design Museum is a must see for design enthusiasts and offers a variety of fascinating insights into the world of fashion, architecture and design. In addition to its cutting edge exhibitions, the museum also holds a variety of family activities and talks on a broad range of topics.

National Gallery

Art lovers need look no further than the National Gallery, which is considered by many to be one of the finest museums here in the UK. This fantastic museum, located in Trafalgar Square, displays a vast collection of western European paintings which date from the Middle Ages through to the 20th century. Here you can discover an array of inspiring works of art, including masterpieces from the likes of Rembrandt, Leonardo Da Vinci and Van Gogh, to name but a few.

If you’re planning a trip to London and are looking for a place to stay, then here at the Swinton Hotel we’re an ideal choice. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, the Swinton Hotel is a friendly and cheap Kings Cross B and B and is the perfect base from which to explore all London has to offer. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 020 7837 1451 to speak to a member of our friendly team.

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