ESCAPE LONDON – Walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen this summer

·         Mercure Hotels launches an exclusive ‘Jane Austen experience’ – a limited edition afternoon tea and walking map inspired by the novelist

·         Guests can trace the steps of the literary heroine this summer, 200 years after her death

10.07.17 – Box Hill, UK.
Some of the scenery near the Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel.
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To mark the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s passing on 18th July, Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel is offering an exclusive literary experience for guests to enjoy this summer.

Available to book with the hotel directly from 12th July until 10th September, guests can enjoy a limited edition, immersive Jane Austen experience comprised of a themed afternoon tea and a bespoke walking map, designed to explore Box Hill’s rich literary history.

10.07.17 – Box Hill, UK.
Box Hill Fort, one of the locations to explore near the Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel.
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The afternoon tea, priced at £19.95, features Austen’s favourite Bath Buns and cucumber sandwiches, and guests can book by calling the hotel directly. Those visiting the hotel will be able to request a copy of the limited edition Local Stories walking map which has been developed in conjunction with the Dorking History Museum to celebrate the life and works of Jane Austen.

Austen is said to have written part of her famed novel ‘Emma’ whilst staying at Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel – you can spot her infamous quote on the wall of Emlyn’s Restaurant, where you can experience fine British contemporary cuisine in an exquisite, beautiful setting: ‘They had a very fine day for Box Hill… Nothing was wanting but to be happy when they got there. Seven miles were travelled in expectation and enjoyment and everybody had a burst of admiration on first arriving’.

This dedicated offer provides something special for every literary fan, and a library of key novels and fiction books written by famous names such as Jane Austen and John Keats (who were inspired by the local area) will also be available in the hotel’s reception for guests to enjoy throughout the summer months.

Nick Bees, General Manager of Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge said, “Our hotel is rich in history and it’s fascinating how many literary heroes have found their inspiration. We are delighted to be offering our guests this exclusive afternoon tea featuring cucumber sandwiches and Bath Buns, along with the walking map to ensure that they can make the most of their time with us”

The Mercure Hotels Local Stories initiative encourages hotel guests to ‘Stay Different’ by exploring the local area of the unique properties, as well as utilising the expertise of the staff and concierge to enjoy their stay as much as possible.

Set within stunning landscaped gardens at the foot of Box Hill and with a history dating back over 760 years, the Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge hotel has long been a secluded haven for writers inspired by nature. The hotel also boasts a beautiful outside swimming pool and award-winning restaurant.

To book the ‘Jane Austen experience’ at Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel please call 020 7660 0684, or visit The offer is available from 12th July – 10th September 2017.