Situated in the heart of the West End, The Strand Palace Hotel is easily accessible from the City, Docklands and Trafalgar Square, we offer an unbeatable location among central London hotels. The Hotel boasts 785 guestrooms, 9 state-of-the-art meeting rooms which can easily be tailored for any type of function of up to 230 people. All meeting rooms offer a complete range of integrated audio-visual equipment along with complimentary Wi-Fi which is available throughout the venue. In addition, we offer guests use of our onsite gym, equip with personal trainers, Carvery and Grill Restaurant, and Bar the Gin Palace. The property is surrounded by iconic architecture, theatres and cultural landmarks making this historic hotel the perfect address for all guests travelling to London. More info...
Our part in The Strand story begins in 1907, when permission was granted for a ‘grand’ new hotel. Two years later the Strand Palace Hotel opened its doors. At that time, a single room with breakfast would have set a guest back five shillings and six pence – just 27p in today’s money.
The twenties then saw the Strand Palace Hotel expand, taking over the neighbouring Haxell’s Hotel. But the real story was a spectacular redesign. New art deco features – including a foyer so iconic that it is now owned by the V&A museum – proved a hit with fashionable Londoners, and made the hotel a firm fixture on the capital’s social scene.
The hotel adapted quickly to the Second World War, providing accommodation for American servicemen, accepting ration vouchers in its restaurants and sheltering guests in its basement during air raids. Not everything changed, however – the hotel’s regular dances continued, offering a much-needed escape for war-weary Londoners.
With the war years behind it, the hotel began to modernise. By 1958 all rooms had private bathrooms, and increased demand for hot water spelt the end for our old coal-fired boilers, which had been salvaged from a First World War battleship. Modern oil-fired models took their place.
Electronic cash registers soon followed, hinting at the communications revolution to come. Today, the Strand Palace Hotel would be unrecognisable to guests from the Edwardian era, however, links to our Art Deco times will come alive within our new bedroom re-design and continue through to the lobby. On the outside, the Strand remains a buzzing focal point of West End life as it was in 1909.
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