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London hotel looking sad and abandoned

Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London, August 2021

I often walk or ride past this hotel and it has long looked tired and well past its best, and to my eyes it did not match its name. In reality it looks sadder than in these photos.

Investigation revealed that the name was inherited from its predecessor: from 1911-1967 the hotel here was an ornate red brick building built in Art Nouveau Tudor and Art Nouveau Gothic style. It flaunted corbels, gargoyles and statues, a green copper roof and ornate towers. It had a Winter Garden and Turkish baths. But in the 1960s it no longer met the required standards and was demolished. Apparently it did not have enough bathrooms, but another theory is that it did not fit with the fashion tastes of the 60s.

But now the hotel is under renovation and I’m waiting to see the results, though I think the plan is for internal rather than external resuscitation.


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 4 September 2021

Posted as part of Six Word Saturday

39 replies »

  1. I had a drink in the bar of the Imperial a couple of years ago when an American friend stayed there. He found it satisfactory, to “the standard”, he said, of hotels in close proximity of tourist attractions. I can’t agree with him there but he was happy enough with it. Certainly they served a very good vodkatini in the bar but that may be because they had a lot of American visitors.

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