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Sunborn London
Sunborn London

Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL

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4.5 out of 5 (1,012 reviews)

Located in Canary Wharf, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Excel Exhibition Centre and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Boleyn Groun …

£119
Britannia The International Hotel London, Canary Wharf
Britannia The International Hotel London, Canary Wharf

Marsh Wall, London E14 9SJ

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3.3 out of 5 (3,053 reviews)

Located on the waterfront in London's Docklands business district, the hotel overlooks the iconic Canary Wharf tower and …

£45
De Vere Devonport House
De Vere Devonport House

King William Walk, London SE10 9JW

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4.2 out of 5 (772 reviews)

Located in Greenwich, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory. O2 Arena and …

£80
M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City
M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City

151-157 City Road, London EC1V 1JS

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4.5 out of 5 (486 reviews)

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Barbican Arts Centre, Walkie Talkie, and St. Paul's …

£119
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7UT

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4.5 out of 5 (7,497 reviews)

This fantastic new hotel is located on the South Bank, near London Eye. Waterloo and Westminster stations are within 5 minute …

£152
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel

372 The Strand, London WC2R 0JJ

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4 out of 5 (7,503 reviews)

Located in Soho, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Covent Garden Market and King's College London. Royal …

£115
ibis London Excel Docklands
ibis London Excel Docklands

9 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1AB

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (1,301 reviews)

Located in Canary Wharf, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Excel Exhibition Centre and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Boleyn Ground …

£55
Park Plaza London Waterloo
Park Plaza London Waterloo

6 Hercules Road, London SE1 7DP

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4.7 out of 5 (40 reviews)

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Imperial War Museum, London Eye, and London Dungeon …

£127
Malmaison London
Malmaison London

18-21 Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AH

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4.4 out of 5 (533 reviews)

Located in London City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Bailey, Museum of London, and Barbican …

£119
Park Plaza London Riverbank
Park Plaza London Riverbank

18 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TJ

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4.2 out of 5 (2,806 reviews)

Park Plaza London Riverbank is across the river from the Tate Britain gallery, close to Westminster. The London Eye, Houses o …

£116
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Pocket Guide: Thurrock Coalhouse Fort Hotels

Coalhouse Fort is located on the banks of the Thames in the village of East Tilbury in Essex. Constructed in the 1860s, this impressive fortification was designed to protect England from seaborne attack by the French. Coalhouse Fort was also in use for the two World Wars, its defences updated accordingly - for example, a Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun was installed on the roof of the fort in 1943. If you're staying in any nearby Essex hotels, Coalhouse Fort makes for a fascinating day out and a great place to learn about Britain's defensive history.

Explore Britain's Military Past from Hotels in Essex

Today, Coalhouse Fort is run entirely by volunteers who took over management of the site in 1983. Thanks to the Coalhouse Fort Protect, the fort is open to the public every last Sunday of the month between March and September and most bank holidays, so if you're staying in nearby hotels in Essex you should time your visit accordingly. As well as guided tours and displays of military paraphernalia, Coalhouse Fort runs a series of open days throughout the year, including a classic vehicle day in July.

In Easy Reach of Essex Hotels

Thankfully, you don't need to mount a seaborne attack to reach Coalhouse Fort and it is easily reached wherever you're staying in the county of Essex, with good access to road and car parking facilities. East Tilbury, the nearest village, also has a railway station, and it is a roughly 15-minute walk from there to reach the fort. The are many Essex hotels close by, including the Bell Inn, located in nearby Stanford-le-Hope, and the Ibis London Thurrock, located in West Thurrock.

The nearest village to Coalhouse Fort is East Tilbury, a small settlement with a unique character. One of the first villages in the UK to adopt a modernist aesthetic, it was originally designed and built by the Bata Shoe Company, whose founder Thomas Bata was a leading proponent of the modernist movement. For this reason, it's worth visiting East Tilbury if you're after a unique day out and have had your fill of afternoon teas!

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