The splendid Clarendon Royal Hotel has occupied its privileged position on the banks of the River Thames since 1845. With stylish, comfortable rooms and suites, a great range of places to eat and drink, and excellent connections to London, the Clarendon remains a superb choice for both business and recreational stays. 
And not only is this loveable boutique hotel one of north Kent’s premier wedding venues, it’s an increasingly popular choice for live music fans. Live bands are regularly hosted in the Admiral’s Bar, with the Treble Clef Club attracting some of the hottest performers from within London and the South East’s soul scene. 
Built in 1665 as a residential home for the Duke of York, this grand building was converted into a hotel in 1845. 
Just a few years later it welcomed its most famous guest to date, the then Prince of Wales. The eldest son of Queen Victoria, who would later become Edward VII, stayed at the hotel in 1863 when he greeted his future bride, Princess Alexandria to the shores of the UK. 
It was this visit which enabled the hotel to add the ‘Royal’ moniker to its name, becoming The Royal Clarendon Hotel. 
With its original features lovingly restored by its current owner back in 2007, the Clarendon has lost none of its grandeur and has never fallen out of favour. As well as providing a comfortable stay, the hotel remains one of Gravesend's most popular venues for all kinds of events and functions, especially weddings 
Outside the hotel, the centre of the historic town of Gravesend is just minutes away. A stroll through this facinating market town, which reveals much of its historic importance in its architecture, is well a must for out-of-town visitors.  
Known to exist as far back as the Stone Age, Gravesend was mentioned in the Domesday Book and has played a key role in the River Thames' defences of London. 
Places of interest in easy walking distance, include Milton Chantry - once a leper colony and Gravesend's oldest builing; Pocahontas' grave site and statue in St George's church yard; the town Market - one of the oldest in the country; the New Tavern Fort and Gardens; and the lovely the promenade. 
Tilbury Fort can be reached by a 10-minute ferry journey across the river. It was here Queen Elizabeth I famously addressed her forces before they departed to defeat the Spanish Armada.  
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