Each month the hotel will recommend a Book of the Month to guests, starting this month with a selection of titles from leading authors including The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Leading publishers have partnered with the hotel to be part of this unique Book Club which will showcase new works with meet the author events, book signings and readings. Hotel guests will also be invited to leaf through at their leisure, or take away a complimentary copy courtesy of the hotel.
Centrally located on London's South Bank, the luxury 5* London Marriott Hotel County Hall Library is traditionally elegant with views overlooking Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames – the perfect spot in which to lose yourself in the latest best seller or a classic novel.
Commenting on the launch of the Book Club, General Manager Theresa Maw said, “With the Library setting the launch of the Book Club is the perfect fit for the hotel and the ideal way to enhance our Afternoon Tea offer for guests. We look forward to welcoming celebrated authors and offering guests the opportunity to enjoy a mix of classic and new novels.”
The hotel, the former home of the Greater London Council, has 200 spacious guest bedrooms and suites, all of which are air-conditioned and many offering river views and balconies. The rooms feature a dedicated work area, internet access and luxury bedding. The hotel boasts a traditional bar – The Leader’s Bar – steeped in history and covered with political cartoons; Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar plus The Library.
The hotel’s library is itself steeped in history as the original member’s library. Bookcases made of English oak support the busts of writers and classical figures including Shakespeare, Milton, Agrippa, and Plato. The fireplace at the south end of the room hosts a carving by A.H. Wilkinson (1922) of ‘The truth reading aloud” depicting the plumed helmet of Minerva, ‘Goddess of the Arts’. Behind it is situated the original librarian’s office with a very narrow oak spiral staircase leading to the gallery above. The books housed in the Library today are mainly reference books covering such topics street lighting codes of 1929 to the compendium of organoleptic compounds.
Guests can enjoy complimentary use of the leisure club at County Hall, featuring an indoor pool and gym. There is also a spa offering a wide range of treatments. With 11 dedicated meeting rooms, the hotel can also create bespoke events and first-class catering.