London, January 2015 – There is something about the area around London Bridge that makes developers want to revitalise and adapt it to the modern era, time and time again. The precedent was set almost 2,000 years ago with the establishment of Londinium by the Romans. Today it’s the development of London Bridge Quarter with the gravity defying London Shard at its centre, which has breathed new life into this vital outpost near the City of London, keeping the area relevant for 2015 and beyond.
Tucked away, five minutes’ walk from the mainline and underground stations of London Bridge, lies the independently run four star property, London Bridge Hotel offering contemporary, well-appointed rooms, free Wi-Fi throughout, daily newspapers and an approachable, friendly and efficient staff. With a location that is easy to reach from all points of the UK, the hotel is the perfect venue for an important board meeting or a small to medium sized meeting, accommodating from six to 80 people in five different sized rooms from 16.5 sq m to 68 sq m. The thriving Quarter Bar and Lounge, offers an alternative venue for a one-on-one casual meeting (with a row of banquette seating if extra privacy is required) whilst the aptly named Londinium Restaurant is perfect place to unravel with their new comfort menu.
Daily delegate rates start at just £62 per person (based on minimum numbers) and include: coffee and pastries on arrival, hot and cold refreshments throughout the day and an imaginative lunch with a modern twist served as a buffet in the conference room or a seated lunch in Londinium. Preferential rates are available for those who require overnight accommodation in one of the hotel’s 138 Deluxe and Executive rooms. For those on secondment, three long stay apartments at reasonable rates are available.
The meeting rooms are kitted out to the highest standards providing the latest audio-visual equipment, ISDN lines or IP Polycom video conferencing, complimentary high speed internet access, (both Wi-Fi and wired) and LED screens operated by touch control panels.
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Fun factoids re the London Bridge Area:
- Londinium was established as a town, following the invasion led by Emperor Claudius in 43AD.
- This prime location was almost certainly chosen as the Thames was narrow enough to build a bridge, but deep enough to handle sea-going marine vessels.
- The very first London Bridge transformed Londinium into a thriving business centre, buzzing with imported goods from the most exotic and far flung lands.
- For many years, this remained the sole bridge over the Thames.
- One of the most elegant of bridges at one time, the 1831 bridge was sold and shipped, stone by stone to America where it can be found in a housing development in Lake Havasu City in Arizona. A flavour of the architectural style of the bridge can be seen when walking down some steps to the road below – the supports were not required evidently.
- The steps you walk down are known as Nancy’s steps, the poor heroine of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist who was fictionally murdered by her lover, Bill Sykes on these steps.
- The Griffins (or as some say dragons) you can see on the Bridge mark the boundary of the City of London’s jurisdiction or the Square Mile (which is the size of the City of London). Similar griffins can be seen at other points of the mile.
- When work began on building London Bridge Hotel in 1915, many Roman remains were found and these are stored in the collection of The Museum of London nearby.
- The http://www.the-shard.com/ is Europe’s tallest skyscraper and the building has four public viewing platforms on levels 68 – 72 (The View from The Shard). On a clear day, you can apparently see for 40 miles over the city and beyond.
- The London Shard was built at a rate of 30 cm an hour at its peak by 900 workers on site and features 11,000 panes of glass.