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St. Ermin's Hotel

History: 
    St. Ermin's Hotel
 in London

History

St. Ermin’s Hotel is now an established landmark in London, England – one that speaks volumes of the city's vibrant history and tradition. The story of its creation is no ordinary one, but a historical tale that revolves around one gentleman named St. Ermin himself.

A 6th Century Welshman, St. Ermin originally created his life in Brittany, France as he founded two monasteries there. The story soon after intertwined with royalty, as Henry VII became shipwrecked off of the Southern coast and was adamant that the only reason he lived to tell the tale was through the timely intervention of St. Ermin. A chapel was built upon the site in 1496 to commemorate the celebration of divine acts within his life. Nuns lived within the chapel, and a 16th Century statue of St. Ermin was built and placed in Henry VII’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey. As time moved forward and the structure eroded, the building was reconstructed to become the beginning of the St. Ermin’s legacy that is known today.

In 1887, St. Ermin’s opened as luxurious apartments, and in 1899, the structure was converted into a luxury hotel, soon to be prized among London’s visitors and residents alike upon its opening in 1905. Exquisite theatre designer J.P. Briggs crafted the meeting and event spaces in an opulent Victorian fashion, and modern conveniences arose at St. Ermin’s, when telephones were placed within guestrooms rather than the more traditional use of bells. A notable spot for important public figures, St. Ermin’s has frequently seen visits from politicians, celebrities, and members of Parliament.

Each facet of the hotel contains with it a story, a legendary element depicting its existence. One such instance is a tunnel, rumored to run from St. Ermin’s grounds to Westminster’s neighborhood. A secret passageway is also located within the hotel’s main lounge in its staircase, and it is noted that politicians would intercept confidential phone calls from members of Parliament within this very spot.

A vast array of historical events were also held at St. Ermin’s throughout its scintillating history. One such example occurred when Winston Churchill visited the hotel for a monumental meeting in 1940, during which he invited select members of society to found the Special Operations Executive, which performed intricate operations during World War II. Throughout its history, St. Ermin’s Hotel has crafted a unique story all its own, entwined with the divine and the notable. Visitors today can experience its glory within its legendary walls time after time.

St. Ermin's Hotel, a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2015, dates back to 1887.


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