Caxton Grill & Bar, St. Ermin's Hotel, London, England, UK

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    Before we travelled to London we informed ourselves what was in the Intercontinental Westminster's vicinity. Of course we had heard about the St. Ermin's Hotel before. It had re-opened ca. a year ago after a refurbishment.

    [ GRAND LANDMARK FACADE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Facade of the hotel

    It is built horse shoe shaped, in Queen Anne revival style and located in Caxton Street. Originally the St. Ermin's Hotel was an apartment complex, but in 1899 it opened its door as a hotel and has operated as one ever since.

    St. Ermin's is quite quirky and has a checkered history. It has a connection to MI6 and Winston Churchill.

    During our visit we went to Caxton's Bar. When entering the hotel the restaurant and bar are to the left.

    Overall the room felt very decadent with rich stucco on the ceilings, a library and interesting artwork.

    The tables were interesting too. There was a table cloth underneath a large glass plate and a nice plant on top of it.

    We had informed us on the internet and realized that the cocktail menu was different than the one online. When we checked with our waiter he advised that unfortunately the internet hadn't been updated and the printed menu at the hotel was correct. They didn't stock the ingredients for previous cocktails any longer, so one of our choices was not available.

    [ IN THE AFTERNOON, SHEER REFRESHMENT ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ The Caxton Fallen Angel Cocktail

    Instead the waiter suggested an Espresso Martini, which was similar to what one of us wanted. My better half decided to have a think and studied the two page cocktail list. I had made up my mind already and asked for a Caxton Fallen Angel. He had in the end a Maple Leaf. Feeling a little bit cool from walking quite a long time outside we had a cappuccino and a hot chocolate as well as some desserts.

    [ IN THE AFTERNOON, SHEER PLEASURE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Chocolate fondant with salted caramel

    He had the chocolate fondant and I the bread and butter pudding with peanut butter ice cream and banana. All was very delicious. My dessert was served on a wooden plate, his came sprinkled with edible gold. We both loved the strong flavors.

    [ IN THE AFTERNOON, PURE PLEASURE ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Bread and Butter Pudding with peanut butter ice cream and banana

    The waiter was quirky too, btw. Because when we ordered dessert he said: "Why not?"

    The other patrons were a mix of younger and older people; some were on leisure, others on business. Even though the bar was full, it was quiet. The atmosphere was relaxing.

    The waiter was attentive and friendly.

    [ PURE REFRESHMENT ] by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ The Maple Leaf Cocktail

    The bill came in at slightly under 50 GBP (ca. 58 Euro or 75 USD) including 12.5 % service charge.

    The impression the St. Ermin's left was so good we are going to stay at some stage there.

    Would we recommend this place? YES!
    Would we return to this place? YES!

    Thanks, safe travels and Enjoy! :)

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