The site of the Crowne Plaza London – The City is steeped in history. Throughout the years, it has been home to the palace of King Henry VIII as well as a prison commissioned by King Edward VI: both bearing the name “Bridewell”. A castle was housed on the Bridewell plot of land before it even bore this name.
The City of London - in which the Blackfriars area is situated - does not denote London, but rather the one Square Mile at the centre of it. The corporation that runs the City of London is older than the UK itself, with a government so ancient that it is unknown when it was established.
Located in the heart of this deeply historic area, the building of the Crowne Plaza London – The City that stands today was built in 1916. Architecturally Edwardian and post-Edwardian, the nine-story hotel is Grade II listed due to its cultural significance.
Find out more about the hotel and Blackfriars with our dedicated walking tour and quarterly newspapers.
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Every newspaper will give you an insight into the story behind the Crowne Plaza London – The City hotel’s claim to fame: being built upon the foundations of King Henry VIII’s and Catherine of Aragon’s Bridewell Palace. As well as revealing a different aspect of the local area’s history, each issue will grant you access to exclusive food and beverage deals in the hotel’s bars and restaurants. For tourists and Londoners alike, get the inside scoop from a member of our team on their top tips for getting the most out of this wonderful city.
There are many literary connections to Crowne Plaza London - The City's predecessors, Bridewell Palace and Bridewell Prison, as well as to the local area: Blackfriars. Fleet Street located a two minute walk from the hotel has been known as the home of the printing press since the first print shop opened there in 1500. Explore these links and find out more for yourselves by visiting a special bookshelf at City Lounge in the Hotel Lobby. Perhaps get a cup of tea while you're at it!
Let our guided audio tour introduce you to the rich history of the area in which the hotel is located. From gory anecdotes of the Body Snatchers of Blackfriars to the stories behind the country’s most magnificent churches, discover the often untold tales of the City of London by walking through the very streets on which they took place.