Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:35:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 London’s Top October Eventshttp://www.swintonhotel.com/londons-top-october-events/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/londons-top-october-events/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:26:38 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=1064 Continue reading ...]]> There’s always lots to see and do in London. So much, in fact, that it can sometimes be hard to choose. Here’s a shortlist of the very best events taking place in the capital during October, all easily accessible from the centrally-located Swinton Hotel.

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Six-Day London

The Velodrome in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has become one of London’s most iconic sporting buildings. From the 25th to 30th October, the world’s top professional cyclists, including Olympic medallist Mark Cavendish, will be competing in a range of events on the track that saw many of the most unforgettable moments of the London 2012 Olympics.

London Film Festival

From the 5th to 16th October, the capital is the cinematic centre of the world, with everything from red carpet premieres of the latest Hollywood movies to arthouse and world cinema events, plus talks, workshops and masterclasses. Leicester Square is the heart of the Festival but don’t miss the unique Embankment Garden Cinema, a 780-seat pop-up venue in the small park between the Strand and the river Thames.

Way to success on the red carpet (Barrier rope)

Picasso Portraits

Opening on the 6th October, the National Portrait Gallery’s autumn blockbuster traces the career of Picasso from child genius to the most famous and controversial artist in the world. If you’re happy to queue, 100 tickets will be available every Friday for just £5.

The Chocolate Show

Who doesn’t like a naughty nibble? From the 14th to 16th October, London’s only chocolate exhibition will be a feast of indulgent treats, live celebrity demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Don’t miss the totally unique chocolate fashion show!

Beyond Caravaggio

The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square from the 12th October is the venue for London’s other art spectacular this autumn. Caravaggio revolutionised painting in Rome at the end of the 1500s and his work is just as awe-inspiring today. This is a rare chance to see many of his greatest creations from collections around the world.

A city centre hotel is the best place to stay if you want to make the most of your time in London. Friendly, great value and with superb transport links, the Swinton Hotel will keep you close to the pulse of this great city. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to find out more.

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London is Again the UK’s Top Tourist Destinationhttp://www.swintonhotel.com/london-is-again-the-uks-top-tourist-destination/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/london-is-again-the-uks-top-tourist-destination/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:23:58 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=1056 Continue reading ...]]> In 2015, overseas tourists made a remarkable 18.7 million visits to London’s best known cultural attractions – an increase of 1.8 million over the last four years. It’s no surprise, then, that the capital was named as the top UK city for the sixth year running in the annual Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2016.

Such an accolade helps to justify the massive investment made in bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Games to London in 2012. A key aim of hosting this event was to boost the quality of London’s tourism infrastructure and attract more visitors – and the latest figures from the Mayor of London’s official tourism body definitely bear out that ambition.

What’s more, the boom in London tourism is set to continue post-Brexit. Two-thirds of Americans who visited the capital in the last two years said they will definitely come again, thanks in part to a more favourable exchange rate.

Top Tourist Attractions

One of the main reasons for London’s enduring popularity is the sheer range of things to see and do in the capital. The UK’s latest survey of visitor attractions showed the Tower of London way out in front among those which charge an admission fee, with nearly 2.8 million visitors in 2015. Next on the list were three more of the capital’s gems: Westminster Abbey, Kew Gardens and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Among the free attractions, nine of the UK top 10 were in London! The British Museum, National Gallery and Natural History Museum welcomed a total of more than 18 million visitors through their doors, highlighting the fact that many of London’s most prestigious venues don’t charge for admission.

Value for Money Cccommodation

London boasts many of the UK’s award-winning holiday and business hotels and spas. Yet the city also offers excellent hotels to suit every price point, with few more highly regarded by its guests than the Swinton Hotel.

With a central location near the exciting and buzzing King’s Cross district, and benefiting from truly excellent transport links, the Swinton Hotel is an ideal base to explore the many delights of Britain’s top tourist destination. Contact us today to find out how we can make your stay in London even more memorable.

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Visit London This Autumnhttp://www.swintonhotel.com/visit-london-this-autumn/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/visit-london-this-autumn/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:31:12 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=1074 Continue reading ...]]> London is a thrilling place to visit at any time of the year. When the days are getting shorter and there’s a chill in the air, the autumn is a great time to head indoors and enjoy some of the capital’s world famous museums, galleries and concert halls.

A centrally-located hotel is the very best place to stay if you want to make the most of your time in the capital. The Swinton Hotel is situated in the vibrant King’s Cross district, with superb transport links to help you get around town quickly and easily.

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Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

Running until April 2017, this family friendly exhibition at the atmospheric Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green will have you reminiscing about those long-forgotten squabbles over Monopoly! More than 100 games from across the globe are featured, including many rare and historic artefacts from the V&A Museum’s collection.

The Radical Eye

One of the many things we have recently learned about Sir Elton John is that he owns one of the world’s finest collections of 20th century photography. Sir Elton has loaned more than 150 iconic images to Tate Modern for this remarkable show, which opens on 10th November and runs through to 7th May 2017. The focus is on the years from 1920 to 1950, with Man Ray and Dorothea Lange among the big names on display.

20th Century through Maps

The British Library’s major autumn exhibition (opening 4th November) explores the history of the 20th century through a selection of fascinating and significant maps from its renowned cartography collection. Many items are on public display for the very first time.

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Southbank Centre Winter Festival

The Southbank is always a fun place to hang out and the Winter Festival offers a range of seasonal treats from 23rd November. If contemporary circus and rock ‘n’ roll don’t quite take your fancy, you can stock up instead at the high quality Christmas Market or just enjoy a bite to eat and a drink at the many bars and restaurants along the stunning river front. Cheers!


If you choose to stay with us, we guarantee you’ll be right at the heart of the action. Contact us today on 020 7837 1451 and we’ll be happy to tell you more. Alternatively, why not head over to our booking page and make a reservation right now?

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London in One Day: How to Make the Most of Just One Day in the Capitalhttp://www.swintonhotel.com/london-in-one-day-how-to-make-the-most-of-just-one-day-in-the-capital/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/london-in-one-day-how-to-make-the-most-of-just-one-day-in-the-capital/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:04:44 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=1048 Continue reading ...]]> It’s fair to say that there’s nowhere quite like London. The UK capital is home to more than eight million people and is visited by twice as many each year. Sadly, not everyone has time to spend a week or so wondering around the Big Smoke. If you fall into that category, fear not! You can get plenty done in one day if you plan ahead and know what you’re doing. Here are some handy tips to help you make the most of your time in the capital.

Houses of Parliament, London

Use public transport links

London has some of the best transport links in the world. From huge overground railway stations like Euston and Victoria to a world-renowned underground service, it’s very easy to get from A to B in no time whatsoever. That’s without even considering all the buses and taxis you can catch.

Don’t be afraid to walk

Admittedly, walking might not be the speediest option when it comes to getting around London, but it does provide the opportunity to stumble upon interesting sights that you probably never knew existed. Walking will likely lead you to interact with locals, rather than just spending time among your fellow tourists.

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Do inside and outside

There are loads of places where you can go if you want to stay indoors. There’s the Victoria and Albert Museum, Camden Market and the British Library – just to name a few! If it’s a sunny day, don’t be afraid to stay outside. Most tourists will surely want to head to the legendary Hyde Park, which is always jam-packed with Londoners.

Be sure to enjoy London

It’s more than possible to savour London in just 24 hours. All you need is a solid plan and you’ll be having the time of your life in no time.

Choose a top notch hotel

The best way to do London in one day is by staying overnight. Usually this means stopping in a hotel and getting up bright and early. There are countless hotels to choose from, and arguably none hold a candle to the centrally-located Swinton Hotel in King’s Cross. The hotel is inexpensive, friendly and surrounded by numerous transport links. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information.


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What to do in London When it Rainshttp://www.swintonhotel.com/what-to-do-in-london-when-it-rains/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/what-to-do-in-london-when-it-rains/#comments Sun, 04 Sep 2016 15:56:44 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=1042 Continue reading ...]]> If you visit London you can always count on the fact that you are going to have a great time. Unfortunately, you cannot always count on the British weather. Don’t let this dampen your spirits though – we’ve comprised a list of the best London offerings for those inevitable rainy days.

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Madame Tussauds

Rubbing shoulders with celebrities is a dream for many. If, however, you’re not given the opportunity to attend the Oscars, a family trip to Madame Tussauds is the next best thing! As well as hosting a selection of ‘core’ pieces, there are also frequent new additions to the cast, meaning no two trips are ever the same.

The British Library

Located just two minutes from King’s Cross Underground Station, the British Library offers a lot more than just lots and lots (and lots!) of books. There are regular exhibitions and entry to the main building is free. Be sure to check out the statues in the awe-inspiring courtyard too!

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The London Eye

If you can brave a brief queue in the rain, the London Eye is just as good when it’s pouring as it is when the sun is shining. The spectacular views of the city are unparalleled and the space age pods in which you are seated are an excitement in and of themselves.

Sea Life Centre

Available as part of a package ticket which can include both Madame Tussauds and the London Eye, the Sea Life Centre is an interesting, educational and exhilarating experience for the whole family. Located just a five minute walk from the London Eye, be sure to see the sharks and stingrays!

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum offers a whole host of exhibits, covering all aspects of science and nature. Educational and enjoyable, the museum can be reached from the tube station, meaning you don’t even have to step outside into the rain. Entry is completely free, so those extra few pounds can be used for some interesting replica items in the gift shop!

Natural History Museum, London.

The city is Your Oyster!

For Londoners, rain is a fact of life. But by visiting the above attractions, you can be sure you will still have a great day out despite the weather. Stay at Swinton Hotel and you’ll never be far from all the action.

For more information, contact us today.

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