Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:36:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Quirky London: Unusual Things to do in the Capitalhttp://www.swintonhotel.com/quirky-london-unusual-things-to-do-in-the-capital/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/quirky-london-unusual-things-to-do-in-the-capital/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:36:21 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=1149 Continue reading ...]]> London is an incredible city with rich history and an array of activities and sights to enjoy. Yet, many tourists aren’t aware of the many quirky, trendy alternatives to make their stay even more memorable. Here are four of our top quirky picks.

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1. Namco Funscape

Located near the London Eye, Funscape offers families, couples and groups of friends a world of arcade games, puzzles, simulators and bowling. Test your team work and agility in the laser maze before heading to the candy floss making machine for a sweet treat. There are prizes to be won and tickets can be exchanged for toys, sweets and souvenirs. It is easy to spend hours at Funscape and there is plenty of enjoyment to be had.

2. Golf Bars

Punch and Judy, Morecambe and Wise, Thelma and Louise – and now another great duo: golf and beer! There are several bars in London that offer the unlikely pairing of golf and beer. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal and the golf is played on an interesting indoor crazy course. With drinks on hand to add even more fun to the occasion, this is definitely an activity for those looking to enjoy time with friends in London.

3. Escape Rooms

London has a variety of escape rooms from those centred on Area 51 to the drawing rooms of the rich and famous. Each game adheres to a similar concept (locking a group of people in a themed room with several puzzles and tasks) but each offer a unique experience and mystery to solve. Expect twists, turns and frustration as you work together as a team to solve mysteries that help you to escape the room.

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4. Gaming Bars

For those who enjoy computer games and board games, gaming bars offer a unique night out in London. There are bars dotted around the city and electronic and board games are free to play. Popular games include retro Nintendo games and World of Warcraft. Go along in a group or meet other enthusiasts there. You are sure to have a great time and make new friends.

To enjoy all of these unique experiences a central London location is essential. Swinton Hotels offer cheap accommodation in the convenient and accessible Kings Cross area.

Book your stay at Swinton Hotel Kings Cross and enjoy all that London has to offer and more. Contact us for more information, we are always happy and willing to help.

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24 Hours in Kings Cross: A Guide From The Localshttp://www.swintonhotel.com/24-hours-in-kings-cross-a-guide-from-the-locals/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/24-hours-in-kings-cross-a-guide-from-the-locals/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:24:50 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=1140 Continue reading ...]]> London is vast. With so much to see, how do you know where to go if you’re only here for the weekend? And how can you avoid spending your limited time in the capital travelling on the Tube?

With plenty of cheap hotels in Kings Cross, the area has recently become more than a transport hub and turned into a destination in its own right.

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Here’s our local’s guide on the best way to spend 24 hours in Kings Cross – with all attractions within easy walking distance from The Swinton Hotel.

If you have accommodation in Kings Cross you don’t even have to leave the station to see its biggest tourist attraction – Platform 9¾! Although the Hogwarts Express won’t really speed you to the legendary School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (and we’d recommend not trying to board the train by running at the wall) there is a platform sign and a trolley stuck in the wall on the Euston Road side of the station.

Morning

The House of Illustration

(www.houseofillustration.co.uk)

One of London’s best kept secrets and perfect for families, this is the UK’s only public gallery dedicated to illustration. It’s the perfect place to learn more about every aspect of drawing, from comic books and children’s illustrations to animation and graphic design.

Afternoon

The Wellcome Collection

(www.wellcomecollection.org)

After grabbing lunch at Aux Pains du Papy (www.auxpainsdupapy.com) on Grays Inn Road, take a short walk down Euston Road, to the “free destination for the incurably curious”, a fabulous family-friendly (and free!) exploration into the history of medicine.

The British Library

(www.bl.uk)

On your way home, pop into the second largest library on Earth – home to over 150,000,000 books and 10km of shelves – and check out the free exhibition, showcasing everything from the Magna Carta to handwritten Beatles lyrics.

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How about rounding your day off with a pint in The Queen’s Head? You’ve earned it!

If you want to know more about our accommodation in Kings Cross, then please contact us today.

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Three Important Decisions You’ll Have to Make When Spending New Year’s Eve in Londonhttp://www.swintonhotel.com/three-important-decisions-youll-have-to-make-when-spending-new-years-eve-in-london/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/three-important-decisions-youll-have-to-make-when-spending-new-years-eve-in-london/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:50:41 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=1127 Continue reading ...]]> London is the place to be for anyone looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve. During the festivities, the city attracts visitors from all over the world – including a fair chunk from the UK. This is really no surprise given that there’s so much going on in the Big Smoke at the end of December.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to make several important decisions if you’re looking to be in the capital on 31st December. Here are just three that you could do with making sooner, rather than later.

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1. The Entertainment

Tickets to the city’s iconic firework display are no longer on sale. If you weren’t lucky enough to get your hands on any, it’s still possible to get rather close to the action. However, with the best spots already taken, you might be best off thinking about another activity. Luckily, there are plenty of other things to do – from clubbing to watching live music. Be warned though, many events require tickets for entry, so you will need to act fast.

2. The Borough

You can’t really go wrong with staying in accommodation in King’s Cross like the Swinton Hotel. From here you’re rather central meaning you can get to the north, south, east and west of the city pretty easily. If you’re after splashing the cash, you might want to spend the occasion in a swanky neighbourhood like Chelsea. However, if you want somewhere a little more raw, you might be better suited to a borough like Camden.

3. The Cuisine

Choices, choices, choices! This one might take some thought as you decide between Italian, Japanese, Greek, French and many, many more cuisines. If your pallet is craving Indian, you should head to Brick Lane in Tower Hamlets. However, if you fancy Chinese then you will surely enjoy Chinatown in Westminster.

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Have fun!

Whatever decisions you make, it’s almost certain that you will have fun in London. The city comes alive around this time of year and there is always something for everyone. Start your trip by booking a room at the Swinton Hotel and you can soon get planning your itinerary right away.

For more information, please contact us today.

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The Three Best London Markets (& They’re Not Just for Christmas)http://www.swintonhotel.com/the-three-best-london-markets-and-theyre-not-just-for-christmas/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/the-three-best-london-markets-and-theyre-not-just-for-christmas/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:43 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=1107 Continue reading ...]]> At this time of year, Swinton Hotel provides high quality accommodation in King’s Cross for a huge amount of visitors who wish to take advantage of the well-trodden attractions of London during the Christmas season. There is a lot of focus on the “winter wonderland”-style events in Hyde Park, the Christmas lights of Oxford Street, and ice skating at Somerset House. While all of these are great for Christmas cheer, there are more permanent fixtures of London that are great for buying gifts for your loved ones.

Winter and Christmas time

A year-round feature of London is its superb markets, and we heartily recommend that our visitors take a look round, both at Christmas and at any other time they’re in town. So, without further ado here are three of the best:

1. Borough Market

Located in the London Bridge/Southwark vicinity, Borough Market is a relatively rough and ready fruit and veg market by night, but it focuses on artisan food during the day, which is when we’d recommend you strike! A beautiful market set underneath arches and bridges, it is one of the oldest in London, and won’t fail you on gifts for the foodie in your life, or just for buying some incredible lunch!

2. Broadway Market

Every Saturday, the area of London Fields is abuzz with Broadway Market, which lines the road from the aforementioned parkland to Regents Canal. A taste of traditional East End life (though admittedly less so with gentrification), it offers superb food, coffee and bric-a-brac that treads the line between cheap, cheerful and contemporary cool. You can walk from Camden Town to the market along the canal, for a great morning stroll.

3. Portobello Road Market

For antiques, look no further than the iconic Portobello Road Market, which gives visitors a chance to take in the beautiful Notting Hill area while collecting top-notch trinkets in the process. A fantastic way to spend a Saturday, it nonetheless gets rather busy, so get there early and get ensconced in a cafe to admire your purchases as the crowds arrive.

Without even mentioning Columbia Road Flower Market or the hipster behemoth that is Brick Lane market, we hope that this will offer you a few ideas for Christmas shopping that are a bit out of the ordinary, and their virtues are happily there to be enjoyed at any time during the year. Contact us today for bookings, and start planning your winter shopping now!

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Top Christmas Attractions in Londonhttp://www.swintonhotel.com/top-christmas-attractions-in-london/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/top-christmas-attractions-in-london/#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:35 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=1114 Continue reading ...]]> With an average temperature of 6 degrees celcius in December, London is the perfect location to celebrate Christmas. With twinkling lights, beautifully dressed shop windows and plenty of shopping on offer, you can get everything you need in this one city. But if you’re looking for a cosier, stylish and more unique Christmas experience, check out these attractions.

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Best for: The Complete Christmas Experience

Christmas Under the Canopy

A magical Christmas garden is set up at West Handyside Canopy at King’s Cross. Stroll through the fir tree forest and pick out your Christmas tree, enjoy delicious food, or just take in the festivities and listen to Christmas carols. Save your money for baubles and decorations by staying at a cheap Kings Cross hotel. For more Kings Cross Christmas fun, check out this blog post.

Best for: That Warm, Cosy Christmas Feeling

Skate at Somerset House

The 18th century courtyard at Somerset House becomes host to 900-square metre ice rink every Christmas. Not only can you go for a skate, but there are lots of events to enjoy, too. The Fortnum’s Lodge offers champagne and afternoon tea – we recommend having the champagne after the skating, unless you want to channel some Bambi-style moves! – and you can get a cocktail at the Botanical Bar. There are even club nights run by Ministry of Sound and Island Records.

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Best for: A Beautiful and Incredibly Stylish Evening Out

Christmas in Leicester Square

Brand-new for 2016, Christmas in Leicester Square promises to be the Crimbo destination in the run-up to 25th December. Leicester Square is set to become host to a traditional Christmas market, grotto, and a vintage Spiegeltent, which is a wooden, velvety venue home to an amazing selection of Christmas shows. Entry is free, but tickets for individual events can be bought separately.

Contact us to book your accommodation in Kings Cross, putting you at the heart of all the Christmas fun! A Christmas spent in the gorgeous capital of England is the most festive option of all!

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