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Grims Dyke Hotel

The hotel is set in some 40 acres of grounds and is hidden by a scenic drive, the effect of which is to create the feeling of a Country House hotel and not a location so close to London and Underground lines. The main building enjoys a triple Blue Badge award; it was built to the order of Frederick Goodall the Victorian artist who had it designed by architect Norman Shaw. Later, after ownership by a member of the Hambro banking family, it was purchased by Sir William Gilbert (Gilbert & Sullivan) and was his final home. The earthworks known as Grim’s Dyke runs through the site and some sources point to its link to Roman times.

Across the Main House and Garden Lodge there are 46 guest bedrooms, two of which have very full disabled adaptations and several have four poster beds. A kitchen garden is maintained to supply the award winning Gilbert’s restaurant and there is an acclaimed Malt Whisky selection in the Library Bar. The Gilbert & Sullivan tradition is continued with fortnightly productions of G&S operas during the season. These are in the format of Opera dinners and also some matinees with Cream Tea.

The hotel has an enviable reputation for private functions and weddings with rooms licensed for civil ceremonies. Lady Gilbert's Gardens cover much of the estate and are wonderfully photogenic for wedding or other photographs. The amount of bird song and nature sounds often surprise visitors, who can find it difficult to believe they are so close to London.

A location of choice for many visiting Wembley, the Harry Potter studios experience, or utilising the hotel ahead of or after treatment at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Bentley Priory, with its Museum, is just over a mile away and records its use as the wartime Fighter Command centre, it was used as such in the Battle of Britain film. Grim’s Dyke itself was first used for filming some 50 years ago and that has included several Hammer films, Agatha Christie, Dr Who, Eastenders, Little Britain, Futtocks End, The Saint, the Avengers and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.