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Malmaison London
Malmaison London

18-21 Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AH

4.0 out of 5.0

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

£109
The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel

St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LD

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Wapping, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London, and HMS Belfast.

£108
Devonshire Club & Hotel
Devonshire Club & Hotel

4 & 5 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YD

5.0 out of 5.0

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin, Tower of London, and Royal …

£162
M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City
M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City

151-157 City Road, London EC1V 1JS

5.0 out of 5.0

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

£130
The Montcalm At Brewery London City
The Montcalm At Brewery London City

52 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SA

5.0 out of 5.0

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Barbican Arts Centre, Museum of London, and Ol …

£124
Qbic Hotel London City
Qbic Hotel London City

42 Adler Street, London E1 1EE

3.5 out of 5.0

Located in North London, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Walkie Talkie, Tower of London, and London Bridge. The Gherkin …

£68
Britannia The International Hotel London, Canary Wharf
Britannia The International Hotel London, Canary Wharf

Marsh Wall, London E14 9SJ

4.5 out of 5.0

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

£49
Thistle Euston
Thistle Euston

Cardington Street, London NW1 2LP

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of KoKo London, University of London, and British Librar …

£108
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7UT

4.0 out of 5.0

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

£161
Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul's
Club Quarters Hotel, St. Paul's

24 Ludgate Hill, London EC4M 7DR

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the courtyard of historic Stationers Hall, this club-like hotel is within walking distance of the Tate Modern, the …

£90
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Pocket Guide: Ware Scott's Grotto Hotels

Hertfordshire is not short on interesting historic buildings, and Scott's Grotto near Ware is certainly one of them. It consists of an entrance hall and six chambers which delve into a chalk hillside for over 65 feet and these are all decorated with bits of coloured glass, stones and flints. Light wells, air shafts and connecting passageways create a large underground complex here, quite unusual for the time and for grottos in general. Grottos were all the rage in stately homes in the 18th Century, and this one was a part of the extensive gardens surrounding Amwell House. All of the structures here are either Grade I or Grade II listed, and if you're based at a nearby Hertfordshire hotel, or simply passing through the area, Scott's Grotto is a fascinating place to visit or stop off for an hour or so.

Hertfordshire Hotels for Scott's Grotto

Scott's Grotto was built by John Scott. He was a Quaker poet in the 18th century whose father left him Amwell House in his will, and he duly took possession in 1768. Scott was obviously a bit of a romantic, and there are numerous other odd features in the gardens here, including an early gazebo on the hillside. Even for the time, Scott excelled in embellishing his house and garden with all sorts of unusual features, and quite a few visitors turned up to see his handiwork. In the 10 years from 1779 no fewer than 3,000 of them stopped off, including Samuel Johnson, who in 1773 described the grotto as a 'fairy hall'. Find out what all the fuss has been about for all these years, and see the place for yourself if you're staying at a nearby hotel or guesthouse in Hertfordshire.

Visit Fairy-Cave Scott's Grotto from Hertfordshire Hotels

Scott left the house, garden and grotto to his daughter Marie and in 1863 after she died Scott's Road was constructed close by. The grotto has been open to the general visiting public for over a century now, and was listed in 1950. It's easy to find from a nearby Hertfordshire hotel, and it really is still just as charmingly eccentric and colourful as when Samuel Johnson described all those years ago.

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