St Ermin’s London
The hushed history of espionage whispers through every corridor of this Westminster hotel. In 1940, Churchill gathered a group of volunteers in the building and formed the SOE (Special Operations Executive). Tasked with waging covert operations in Europe, they used St Ermin’s as their base. In the Fifties, further subterfuge ensued when Cambridge spy Guy Burgess met his Soviet counterpart in the Caxton Bar to pass intelligence to the USSR. The hotel has emerged from the shadows with theatrical interiors and 300 rooms.
St Ermin’s Hotel, 2 Caxton Street, London, UK (020-7222 7888; sterminshotel.co.uk). Doubles start at £140, room only.