Accor has opened its first MGallery hotel in London.
St Ermin’s is located in St James in central London, between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
It is just a short walk from major West End theatres and London’s historical sites.
St Ermin’s is part of London’s history: during the Second World War, British prime minister Winston Churchill sometimes met with his teams in this hotel to organize secret operations.
It is also rumoured that in the 1950s, a spy used an underground passage linking the hotel to the houses of Parliament to smuggle secret documents out of the Foreign Office.
It is said the tunnel still exists, under the majestic staircase that dominates the lobby.
The hotel boasts 331 rooms and owes its singular design to architect Dayna Lee who has successfully combined contemporary decorating features with a classic style creating a friendly and sophisticated atmosphere.
The hotel also features a fitness area with sports equipment and an exercise room and 14 meeting rooms that can cater for up to 200 people.
MGallery is a new collection of upscale hotels, each with a marked personality.
They are designed to appeal to individual travellers looking for distinctive services or seeking a place with a “true soul”.
Whether located downtown or in prime tourist areas, each hotel in the collection offers an inimitable setting in which guests will enjoy a singular hotel experience reflecting a philosophy of pleasure.