The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel

Where the first Indian cricket team stayed!

Location: 61-66 Russell Square, Bloomsbury

Description: The Imperial Hotel is a hotel on the east side of Russell Square dating back to 1970. It was built to replace the former Charles Fitzroy Doll designed hotel from 1911 which became structurally unsound.

An extension to the original hotel was completed in 1913 and included Turkish baths - the only remaining features from the original hotel are the sculptures from these baths that are now in the courtyard along with tiled mosaic in the pavement. The baths were opulently decorated and treatments included Russian vapour, electric light and ultraviolet ray baths!

In its opening year it was used by the first all Indian cricket team to tour England.

Physicist Leo Szilard was staying here when he conceived of the atomic bomb, not far from the hotel.

Comedian Arthur Askey and his new wife May stayed here for a week on their honeymoon in 1925.

In 2012, Amir Taaki organized the first Bitcoin conference in London at the Imperial Hotel.

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The Imperial Hotel

Where the first Indian cricket team stayed!

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