The International Passenger Survey by Office for National Statistics highlighted that out of the 32.8 million inbound tourists to the UK in 2013, 16.8 millions chose to stay in London. Moreover, London has recently been rated world's third most popular destination in TripAdvisor 2014 Travellers' Choice awards, based on the result driven from complex algorithm on data collected from travellers' reviews and ratings on hotels, restaurants, and attractions worldwide. A lot of credit for this achievement is reserved for the hotels in London! It is their hospitality and warmth that is undoubtedly the first impression of people and culture of the city.
Historic Architecture of Hotels in Gower Street
London has a true breadth of history which can be traced back hundreds of years with a fascinating number of sights and landmarks, each has a story to tell and an architectural glory to share. There is a magnificent collection of buildings illustrating the great architectural achievements stretching across Stuart, Georgian, and Victorian age. One of the best examples is the historic establishment of 1790s on Gower Street London, located in the heart of Bloomsbury that displays the traditional Georgian town planning and can be more precisely described as 'balance, proportion and uniformity'. The geometrical proportion and symmetry added a profound meaning and beauty to the Georgian architectural style where height to width ratio of windows in relation to shape of rooms mattered as much as the symmetrical cut stonework and uniformity in the house front exterior across the street. Where most of the early age Georgian buildings have generally succumbed to modern architectural development, great amount of efforts have been put by the government in preserving some of these townhouses converted into hotels in Gower Street London as a few remaining examples of the original Georgian architecture. Staying in these hotels can be a great opportunity for the travellers to catch glimpse of many of the feature hallmarks of Georgian houses from centred façade entry, pedimented and pilastered doors and windows, graceful moldings and carvings, slash windows, paired chimneys, fireplaces, to tasteful decorative brick patterns at doorways and windows.
Fame, Reputation, and Recognition of Gower Street London
The scenic and architectural uniqueness of Gower Street do not only attract tourists but also film production companies. The hugely popular BBC's adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work Sherlock Holmes recreated the detective's address 221B on Gower Street and used the scenes of the street as the exterior and surroundings of the Holmes' residence.
In mid 18th to 19th century and prior conversion, these hotels in Gower Street London have played residence to a great mix of talented people, from famous architects, painters, poets, to naturalists. Some of the legendary people who have lived here at some point include architects, George Dance the Younger and John Shaw Sr. who deeply influenced the architecture at that age and beyond, the greatest English novelist of Victorian age, Charles Dickens, and Charles Darwin who has also spent some most critical years of his life at Gower Street while he was forming an opinion and making advances on the Theory of Natural Selection.
Architectural Elegance Surrounding Gower Street London
Bloomsbury is also a home to the University College London, London's first university founded in 1826. The UCL main building designed by the famous architect William Wilkins in 1827 is also amongst the Grade-I listed buildings of special architecture and historic interest. The university is consistently ranked amongst the top 25 universities in the world and has number of Nobel Prize winners and Field medalists associated to it.
In addition to what hotels in Gower Street London can offer on historical, scenic, and architectural fronts, they can also place you in the heart of the city from where you can reach famous shopping destinations and places of interest like Oxford Street, Bond Street, and Covent Garden, on foot in no time. The National Gallery is another wonder designed by William Wilkins that is not to be missed! It is only 4 minutes on tube from Gower Street and exhibits a vast collection of paintings and masterpieces from the 13th to 19th centuries, free of charge throughout the year. The British Museum is only 10 minutes walk away and is a Grade-I listed building with Greek revival, neo-classical and modern architectural features. It has gone through series of renovations and transformations since 1754 when it was first established as one of the finest buildings in London. Museum's collection comprises of about 8 million objects including books, manuscripts and natural specimens with some antiques, spanning the history of world's culture from beginnings to present. Also a few minutes walk from Gower Street London is the largest library in the world, The British Library with over 150 million items from across the globe, in most known languages including the world's earliest dated printed book, the Diamond Sutra (May 11, 868).
With a huge history associated to it, Gower Street has something to offer to everyone and is sure to touch anyone's souls and inspire them in one or the other way. Staying in one of the finest hotels in Gower Street is the best call you will make while in London!