In the summer of 2014 I traveled to the United Kingdom and Ireland for a personal trip and to attend the Croke Park Classic in Dublin. I stayed at the St Ermin’s Hotel which is a 4 Star Luxury Hotel in Central London. St Ermin’s is within walking distance of many tourist attractions, such as Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament, River Thames, London Eye and Buckingham Palace. It is also around the corner from New Scotland Yard, St. James Park and the Undergound, London’s subway. St Ermins also has an interesting history:
The St Ermin’s Hotel has a reputation for use by the UK’s secret intelligence agencies. During the 1930s the hotel and the building at 2 Caxton Street were used by officers of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6) located close by at 54 Broadway to meet agents and is well documented from March 1938 as the headquarters first of SIS’s Section D, headed by Australian George Taylor and then as home of the SOE, working under “Statistical Research Department” cover. Among the more famous personnel known to have worked from offices in the building are Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, Laurence Grand, H. Montgomery Hyde and Eric Maschwitz.