Situated in the heart of London, St. Ermin’s Hotel is somehow beautifully secluded. With its lush tree-lined courtyard, kitchen garden and home-made honey, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the countryside.
Calm and peaceful, the hotel hides a rich past. Built in 1899 it has undergone modernisation, and the Grade II listed building’s classic design sits comfortably alongside the spectacular Art Nouveau and Rococo plasterwork and beautiful mosaic floors. With stories of secret underground passageways and a history of politicians and spies carrying out covert operations, St Ermin’s Hotel has more to it than first meets the eye.
It is a beautiful hotel. I loved the sweeping staircases and dramatic balcony that welcomes you in. Having taken in the grand lobby and checked in, we were taken to our spacious room, overlooking the courtyard. With heavy curtains, green silk wallpaper and two bathrooms with lovely White Company toiletries, this was a wonderfully relaxing space. Perfect for getting ready for a wedding or to laze in after a busy day exploring London. Which is exactly what we did for the afternoon, before coming back for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Caxton Grill.
Dinner at St. Ermin’s Hotel
Dinner was just lovely. The restaurant is gorgeous and we sat comfortably with ambient lighting, enjoying our meal. They believe in local, fresh and seasonal ingredients, and source produce from their rooftop kitchen garden where they have flowerbeds, pots and a greenhouse, along with hives of bees who provide the hotel with the most local of honey, with pollen and nectar collected from the London parks close by.
We enjoyed goats cheese garnished with the prettiest of flowers, fresh fish and steak along with a beautiful roséwine. Coffee semifreddo and a lemonade parfait finished the meal perfectly. We couldn’t fault the food, and the service was so relaxed and friendly.
Turndown was fabulous, with pillow spray and slippers by the bed, just begging us to rest, so we did and arrived at breakfast fresh and spritely after a good night’s sleep. A continental buffet breakfast was delicious (full English also available) and we then took a tour of the hotel. I couldn’t wait to see the wedding facilities, having had a little preview with the rest of the beautiful hotel!
Weddings at St. Ermin’s Hotel
There is so much to look at when walking through the corridors of St Ermin’s Hotel. The gorgeous plasterwork, the stairways and the stunning rooms and then the Crystal Ballroom is just spectacular. With a mezzanine, columns and balconies, this would be a dramatic and vibrant room to host your wedding. St Ermin’s is licensed for civil ceremonies and can host up to 140 guests. Smaller spaces are equally as beautiful, with the arched plasterwork ceiling of the Cloisters (for up to 120 guests) and the pretty Crystal Mezzanine (for up to 80 guests) offering equally beautiful accommodation.
Afternoon tea at St. Ermin’s Hotel
They also boast a gorgeous afternoon tea room and a terrace overlooking the courtyard which would make a lovely space for a girls afternoon or a casual parents’ meet up with tea or cocktails.
We felt thoroughly spoiled and truly welcome during our stay at St. Ermin’s. They are passionate about their history, gifting us a book detailing their past, along with a story book for our daughter. There’s so much more to St. Ermin’s than meets the eye and we would thoroughly recommend finding out for yourself. Thanks for having us!
Caxton Street, London SW1H 0QW
Tel: 44 (0)20 72227888