The Montague On The Gardens

15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5BJ, United Kingdom

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About The Montague On The Gardens

A traditional Georgian 4 star deluxe Town House overlooking a secluded garden square, with a feeling of 'fine country house hotel' in the heart of busy London. The Montague on the Gardens provides us with a distant echo of the activities of the rascally Ralph, Duke of Montagu, who came by this land in a very devious manner. The story begins not with Montagu - an ancestor of the present Lord Montagu of Beaulieu - but with a ‘crack-brained, addle-pated fellow’ named Christopher Monck, 2nd Earl of Albemarle. Christopher’s father, George Monck, 1st Earl of Albemarle, had been the chief mover in restoring Charles II to the throne of England in 1660. Christopher Monck lacked the qualities of his father. He invested what little fortune he possessed in an expedition to discover sunken treasure. The wits made light of his chances but against all the odds the expedition succeeded. Unfortunately, but true to character, Christopher died on the very day the discovery was made. His Duchess, whom Horace Walpole described as ‘more mad with pride than any mercer’s wife in Bedlam’, was possibly not as silly as she was made out to be because although she believed herself to be the Empress of China, she somehow contrived to get all the treasure for herself, the other investors never seeing a penny. The Duchess of Albemarle used her ill-gotten gains to live in almost Imperial splendor, surrounded by a host of retainers, all of whom were required to serve her on bended knee. She swore that unless the Prince of Tartary himself were to come to her door and beg her to be his wife by throwing himself at her feet, she would never remarry. Hearing of this, the unscrupulous Duke of Montagu dressed up as the Prince, prostrated himself before her and thus acquired both her hand and her fortune. He appropriated his wife’s ‘galleon money’ to construct for himself a vast mansion, Montagu House, in Great Russell Street. The land of Montague Street formed part of its ten-acre garden, thus confirming that the Montague on the Garden is well-named.

Amenities

  • Room Service
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Babysitting Services
  • Internet Access - Free Public Access
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking - Self
  • Parking - Valet
  • Dry cleaning service
  • BBQ Grills
  • Non-Smoking Facility
  • Business Center
  • Pet Friendly
  • Lounge/Bar

Location

The Montague On The Gardens
15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5BJ, United Kingdom

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