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The area is a terrific base to see all parts of London, with much to see and do even nearby on foot. Close to the Swinton hotel in Kings Cross lies the British Museum, British Library and Bloomsbury.
Head in town (5 minutes by tube) to all the delights the West End has to offer. Visit Covent Garden for the impressive Royal Opera House, many interesting shops, cafes and restaurants in and around the famous piazza, or quite simply to soak up the atmosphere and watch the street performers charm the bustling crowds.
Or nearby Soho for its eclectic streets and numerous cafes and bars; a place to make your day stray in to the evening as it comes even more alive during the evening than during the day. For an afternoon pit stop find the original Patisserie Valerie on Old Compton Street, holding steadfastedly on to its original 60s look, this treasure offers an abundance of gorgeous cakes and treats.
Avoiding the tubes you can reach many attractions by foot from the hotel. Nearby Bloomsbury is a pretty area of the city boasting lush green gardens and grand city houses. Less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel is the British Library, home to one of the largest book collections in the world. Come and browse and soak up the academic atmosphere. Nearby you will the find the British Museum, another huge collection of treats, and a sensible option if the weather is not suited to outdoor activities.
If the big smoke gets a bit much, make use of King’s Cross Rail Station, you’ll soon realise when you do what an amazing location the Swinton really is; King’s Cross is the gateway to the North and East of England, and also Scotland. Visit cities such as Oxford or Newcastle, or for some country air try the Norfolk coast, around two hours away.
If you want a less frenetically paced day and want to stay very close to the hotel, King’s Cross itself has much to offer. There is great shopping to be found at the Brunswick Centre, which also boasts a cinema, and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in the area. Try Camino for some tasty Spanish fair, in a relaxed and lively setting, or Acorn House, a gourmet treat that focuses on fresh, seasonal and local produce. The area also abounds with culture, housing two theatres, The Shaw Theatre and The Bloomsbury Theatre, plus The Canal Museum, if you want to try somewhere more intimate that The British Museum.
Hotel rooms are on the small side yet perfectly formed, some even have access to a small and private, secluded garden. All come with free Wi-Fi, and ensuite with baths or showers. The service at the hotel is friendly and relaxed; they’ll gladly assist with any queries you may have, and they also have plenty of tourist information. When the bright lights of the city get too much you can always relax in their TV lounge.