Hotel, close to Kings
Cross Station and the Eurostar Terminal but tucked away
just north of Russell Square on the edge of Bloomsbury
in a classic curved crescent of Grade II listed Georgian
town-houses (built c.1809 - 1811) overlooking gated gardens
and tennis courts. These town-houses were once the homes
of the wealthy but many are now converted to hotels and
the George Hotel was formed as a result of the uniting
of 3 of these buildings.
perfect location for a stay in central London - quiet
and peaceful facing central gardens but within walking
distance of the British Museum, Covent Garden, Soho
and the West End, ideal for both theatres and shopping.
If you prefer to use the tube, the hotel is only 2 stops
from Oxford Circus and Covent Garden and only 3 stops
from Leicester Square.
bedrooms in the George have Freeview TV, free Wi-Fi, direct-dial
phone, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, etc., and the
prices include a traditional English breakfast and tax
– the only extra to pay for is the phone if you
need to use it. The hotel now has a computer in the lounge
with free internet access for guests to keep in touch
with friends and family while travelling.
The gardens to the front of the hotel are private but
as a guest at the hotel you will have access. Also use
of the tennis courts is available for a nominal sum and we can provide
you with racquets and tennis balls.
and direct access is available straight from Heathrow
Airport by tube (to Russell Square station on the Piccadilly
line) or we can arrange for a cab to pick you up at the
Arrivals Hall. We're only a few minutes walk from the
Kings Cross St. Pancras International Terminal for the
Eurostar train link to the Continent.
To check on room availability for your stay just click
on the “Enquiry” link above and fill in the
form on that page or click on the "Secure Bookings"
link above and check for yourself what rooms are available.
Reserve with confidence – If your
plans change, and you need to cancel or change a reservation,
your deposit will be fully refunded if you let us know
at least 7 days before you are due to arrive (different
deposit requirements apply during the 2012 Olympics).
you have any questions and the answer isn’t on
our “Frequently Asked Questions” page, just
contact us. Because of the different times zones there
could be a delay in response but we should always come
back to you within an absolute maximum of 12 hours.
details you'll need to know :
- The George is a smoke-free hotel.
- The George is a Grade II Listed historic building
so we have not been permitted to install a lift (elevator),
all bedrooms are walk-up.
- As with most London B&B's the rooms are not air-conditioned
but each room is equipped with a fan.
- Sorry, no pets are allowed.]
EARLY RESIDENTS OF CARTWRIGHT GARDENS
Cartwright Gardens was originally named Burton Crescent
but was renamed to honour an early resident, John Cartwright
(1740-1824 and resident 1820-24), a political reformer
and military officer. He came to be called the "father
of reform" for his advocacy of universal manhood
suffrage, parliamentary and army reform, and the abolition
of slavery. When the disputes with the American colonies
began he saw clearly that the colonists had right on their
side and warmly supported their cause.
the beginning of the American War of Independence he
was offered the appointment of first lieutenant to the
Duke of Cumberland which would have put him on the path
of certain promotion but he refused, unwilling to fight
against a cause which he felt to be just. You can see
a bronze statue of Cartwright in the private gardens
to the front of the hotel.
Cartwright Gardens' other notable residents was Sir
Rowland Hill (resident from 1837), the originator of
the modern system of postage. He introduced the world's
first system of pre-bought stamps for letters with the
introduction of the "Penny Black", which went
on sale 8 May,1840.
during the same period, Edwin Chadwick (later knighted)
who lived next door to Rowland Hill. Chadwick may be credited
with the beginning of public health reform. He was appalled
at the number of people admitted to the workhouses and
became convinced that if the health of the working population
could be improved then there would be a drop in the numbers
of people on relief. He campaigned throughout his career
to improve sanitary provision in Britain and contributed
to a report of 1834 that led to legislation covering the
national supervision of health, safety and social problems.
He later brought through parliament the Public Health
Act of 1848.