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London Marriott Hotel County Hall

London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road · London, SE1 7PB United Kingdom

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History of Our Hotel

The vaulted ceilings and wood panelled chambers of County Hall have witnessed historic London moments. Now, completely refurbished, our iconic luxury hotel with its incredible riverside views offers some of the most spacious guest rooms in the heart of London.


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Grand Opening

The London Marriott Hotel County Hall opened on 6th July 1998. An official Grand Opening with J.W. Marriott Jr., Chairman and President of Marriott International Inc. in attendance was held on 23rd September 1998.

Renovation Details

A total renovation was completed in 2016. Plans for the multi-million dollar project were announced in September 2015. All of the hotel's public spaces, guest rooms, suites, event spaces and meeting rooms were included in the venture.

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Hotel Features

In its heyday, the London County Council occupied 1,000 offices. Today, our hotel has 206 spacious guest rooms and suites created from original offices resulting in accommodations that are larger than those found in most London hotels.

Famous for seven miles of long and complicated corridors, at one time guests to the building had to be escorted. Staff members without a sense of direction were known to get lost and would have to leave the building and start all over again.

Guest Rooms

Our hotel's historic past has resulted in a destination filled with unique features. As a Grade II listed building, there have been little changes from the original architecture. Nearly 100 years old, the oak covered walls have been marked by the English Heritage Foundation.

Steeped in history, our expansive Library is filled with English Oak bookcases, many of which support not only a collection of 4,452 original books, but the busts of writers and classical figures, including those of Shakespeare, Milton, Agrippa and Plato.

Restaurants

Gillray's Steakhouse and Bar
Occupying what was once the Council Member's Reading Room, and renovated in the 1960s to the Chairman's Reception Room, Gillray's Bar is adjacent to our steakhouse restaurant. Named after James Gillray, an English caricaturist born in Chelsea in 1757, the restaurant, located along the crescent, was created from five offices, one of which was for the Chairman of the Council. These offices were originally accessed by separate doors from the corridors outside.

The Library Lounge
Perfect for Afternoon Tea, the library is filled mainly with reference books covering topics from street lighting codes of 1929 to the compendium of organoleptic compounds! A fireplace at the south end of the room features a carving by A.H. Wilkinson (1922) of ‘The Truth Reading Aloud' which depicts the plumed helmet of Minerva ‘goddess of the Arts'.

The Leaders Bar
Located in a building added in the early 1970s, here you'll find a selection of photos, paintings, engravings and cartoons of the LCC and GLC chairmen and leaders.

Meeting Facilities

The King George V and Queen Mary meeting rooms recognize their namesakes, who laid the first foundation stone to County Hall in 1912 and returned again in 1922 to declare its official opening.

The William Wordsworth room is named after the English romantic poet who, along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the joint publication Lyrical Ballads in 1798. Wordsworth also penned his immortal sonnet "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" in 1802.

Four of our meeting rooms are named after Council leaders and chairmen: Francis Anderton (1922 - 1923), Herbert Morrison (1939 - 1940), Lady Nathan (1947 - 1948) and Horace Cutler (1977 - 1981), the pre-war leader of the old London County Council and also the most formidable figure since Herbert Morrison.

Wedding Facilities

Laced in elegance our hotel's iconic event space is ideal for hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions. The warmth of historic oak panelling and original features that include marble fireplaces and natural lighting combine with modern amenities for one-of-a-kind celebrations.

Health Club

Located on the top two floors of our hotel, the Club at County Hall features a 25-meter heated indoor swimming pool, one of the few in London draped in natural daylight. Our facilities also include a state-of-the-art cardiovascular gym, resistance gym and a dedicated County Hall CrossFit. From the historic balcony areas, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the River Thames, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

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