Enjoy Easter Sunday Lunch at the Carvery & Grill for only £24.50*per person. Choose from traditional British fare with all the trimmings, including signature dishes like the roast rib of 21-day aged premium ‘Southern Gold’ beef served with a Yorkshire pudding. For dessert try the homemade blueberry cheesecake, drizzled with tangy citrus sauce. Each table will also feature miniature Easter eggs for you to take away.
*Subject to availability
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When you book a stay* away at the Strand Palace Hotel this Easter, you could be in with the chance of winning an ‘egg-tastic’ prize* There are colourful plastic eggs hidden in some our rooms with a message inside, if you are lucky enough to find one, reception will exchange this for a £15* gift voucher. *Gift vouchers can be used against food and drink at the hotel’s dining outlets, such as the Carvery & Grill, Lounge Bar including Afternoon Tea, Mask Bar and Indian restaurant Dawwat.
Book a stay* at the Strand Palace Hotel this Easter. Click here to make a booking.
*This offer applies to check-in on Saturday 4 April 2015 only and is subject to availability. Rooms will be selected at random and winners need to take their eggs to reception to claim their £15 gift voucher. One £15 gift voucher per winner will be issued. Vouchers cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer.
Not only are we passionate about theatre here at Strand Palace Hotel, but we know a thing or two about the world-famous West End and the shows that grace its stages. Each month, we pick one of our favourite productions playing in nearby Theatreland and give you some insider tips about visiting central London and taking in a show.
This month… Matilda.
About the show
This highly acclaimed adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book is a lively, colourful, funny and heart-warming piece of theatre — well worth a visit to the West End if you’re staying in London. The musical follows the five-year-old child prodigy Matilda, born to a television-loving family. Following Dahl’s original story, Matilda, who loves nothing more than to read, faces obstacles caused by her parents, brother and school.
The stage script was adapted by Dennis Kelly, a writer who had been known for violent and depressing plays in the past. However, in Matilda, he has achieved the joy and humour of Roald Dahl’s original best-selling book magnificently. The score was created by Australian comedian Tim Minchin and in it he has achieved the lyrical wit and impressive melodies that he is famous for Down Under.
Insider show tips
Strand Palace Hotel is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Cambridge Theatre. Here are some of our expert tips about booking to see Matilda.
- Although Matilda was a children’s book, this musical really is for all the family. Its sharp lines and brilliant music makes it a show that appeals to all age groups.
- Cambridge Theatre has about 1,300 seats spread over three levels. The best seats in the house tend to be the front central section of the Dress Circles and the central section of the stalls.
- Our concierge service at Strand Palace Hotel can get you great offers and last-minute deals. Call us before your stay or visit the concierge desk when you arrive and we’ll see what we can do for you.
- There is no formal dress code at the Cambridge Theatre, so dress comfortably and enjoy the show!
Before and after
There are plenty of restaurants and bars around Cambridge Theatre and the West End. If you fancy a meal before the show, our Indian Restaurant Daawat at Strand Palace Hotel is a great option to warm the belly. Or our Mask Bar might be more to your liking if you’re looking for a lighter meal or snack. If you haven’t got the kids with you, our bar is great for post-show cocktails as well!
If you’re looking for hotels near the Cambridge Theatre for Matilda, then choose Strand Palace Hotel — it’s just a 10-minute walk away. Our dedicated concierge can take care of your booking for any West End show, as well as offer you even more insider advice.
The Strand Palace Hotel dates back to 1909, but it didn’t begin its life as a hotel. In fact, the original premises were constructed in the 1500s, when the Strand was just a speck on the London landscape and Shakespeare was entertaining the growing crowds that flocked to the capital.
Burghley and Exeter House
In 1571, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, built his house on the Strand. Cecil was a highly influential figure, twice Treasurer of State and Advisor to Queen Elizabeth I who he entertained at Burghley House, which he affectionately referred to as his, “rude new cottage.” He remained in the property right up until his death in 1598 when his son Thomas took ownership.
Politically minded like his father, Thomas Cecil was soon appointed Earl of Exeter and the building was renamed Exeter House. After the Earl’s death in 1623, the building was converted into a marketplace known as the Exeter Exchange.
The Exchange had an arcade covering the front and a large collection of shops located at the rear, but over time, shops replaced the traders on the ground floor, and the upper rooms were used for storage.
From 1773, the upper rooms were let to a series of impresarios, namely Gilbert Pidcock and Stephani Polito, who operated a menagerie to rival the renowned Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London. They housed many dangerous, exotic animals during the winter months, charging their countless visitors up to 2s6d to visit the caged beasts.
Many artists, poets and celebrities went to see the animals and some even included them in their work. English poet, Lord Byron was among those who visited the indoor zoo. In November of 1813 he wrote in his diary, “There was a ‘hippopotamus’ like Lord Liverpool in the face; and the ‘Ursine Sloth’ hath the very voice and manner of my valet – but the tiger talked too much.” Of the star attraction, an eleven-foot tall Indian Elephant called Chunee, Byron wrote, “The elephant took and gave me my money again – took off my hat – opened a door – trunked a whip – and behaved so well, that I wish he was my butler.”
Lord Byron may have believed the elephant to be well behaved, but in fact Chunee was prone to fits of rage, attacking and killing his keeper in 1826, and was subsequently publicly executed. Three years later, the Exeter Exchange was demolished.
In 1831, Exeter Hall rose from the rubble to serve as a religious centre. Whilst it fulfilled this role, it soon became the place to hold weekly society meetings too, the most famous and influential being the Anti-Slavery Society. Campaigners frequently met to give speeches on the subject of oppressed nationalities. Just two years after the erection of Exeter Hall, slavery was abolished in the UK.
The hall also housed some of the finest composers of the age, such as Berlioz, Spohr and Mendelssohn, and became the place to be seen. Unfortunately, Exeter Hall fell to the Exeter curse and was torn down in 1907.
The Strand Palace Hotel
Soon after, J. Lyons & Co. bought the site and two years later opened the Strand Palace Hotel breaking the curse for good. The hotel was established for those who wanted, “the maximum of luxury and comfort with the minimum of expense.” At that time, a single room with breakfast would have set you back 5s6d- a whopping 27p in today’s money!
The hotel was a hub of activity where the best and brightest of London’s social scene went to show off their dancing skills with displays of the Charleston and Tango. Despite the passing of time, the hotel has remained a popular venue and continues to offer comfortable accommodation at affordable prices right in the heart of London’s beating heart
If you’re crazy about couture and happen to be in London this weekend, don’t miss one of the most anticipated shopping events in the world of style: London Fashion Weekend. The event gives the general public a rare opportunity to get first-hand insider knowledge and style advice from London Fashion Week’s most famous British brands.
The biannual four-day spectacle at Somerset House is a popular end to the city’s jam-packed fashion week, and includes designer shopping, catwalk shows, pop-ups, hair and beauty, and information panels from industry experts and style leaders. The event begins tomorrow, February 26, and runs until Sunday, March 1.
Step into the world of fashion
London Fashion Weekend is a retail-focused event that follows immediately after London Fashion Week — one of the ‘Big Four’ fashion events in the world alongside New York, Paris and Milan. The weekend is open to the public and allows people to hear insider advice and to discover next season’s design trends. Somerset House — just around the corner from Strand Palace Hotel — plays host for the weekend. The stunning neoclassical building overlooks the River Thames in the heart of London and is well worth a visit.
What to see
Following London Fashion Week’s leading trade show, this first-look weekend is one of the biggest shopping events in Britain. But there is more to the event than purchasing next season’s wardrobe. Visitors can pamper themselves with skincare and makeup products or indulge in spa treatments, including massages and manicures, all while picking the brains of leading beauty experts.
Each day includes insider talks from fashion editors, stylists, top designers and industry leaders in the Events Lounge. This weekend’s guest speakers include Toni & Guy’s International Artistic Director Philipp Haug, designers Jean-Pierre Braganza and Holly Fulton, Maybelline New York make-up artist Nancy Sumner, Larsson and Jennings PR Manager Alicia Waite, and fashion photographer John Phillips, to name just a few.
How to visit
Strand Palace Hotel is less than five minutes’ walk away from Somerset House. London Fashion Weekend spans over four days, starting tomorrow:
- Thursday 26 February -11am to 9pm
- Friday 27 February – 10am to 8pm
- Saturday 28 February – 10am to 7pm
- Sunday 1 March – 11am to 6pm
The fashion weekend is an over-18 event, but minors are allowed to attend if accompanied by an adult.
There are different ticket options available and Strand Palace Hotel’s concierge service can assist you in purchasing your ticket. There is a cloak room that can be used for coats and bags for a small fee.
If you’re looking for hotels near Somerset House, Strand Palace Hotel is the perfect choice, located just a few minutes’ walk away.