Sabrage: the true mark of ceremonial splendour!

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Sabrage

Sabrage, the act of slicing off the cork from a bottle of champagne, is the mark of ceremonial splendour – and what better place to celebrate both the art and ceremony, than in the beautiful 17th century Grim’s Dyke hotel? History of Sabrage Sabrage is said to have started with Napoleon’s infamous cavalry, the Hussards, celebrating their spectacular victories across … Read More

Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore

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Opera Glass

The Grim’s Dyke Hotel is proud to present H.M.S. Pinafore. Gilbert & Sullivan’s fourth operatic collaboration and their first international sensation, it is being performed by The Grim’s Dyke Opera group. One of Gilbert & Sullivan’s flagship operas So much more than ‘just’ one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s plays, this production was the first one that was self-financed by the … Read More

What our brides say about their Grim’s Dyke Wedding

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Wedding Shoes

Welcome to your fairy tale wedding location! It can be overwhelming looking for the perfect wedding venue: So many choices and lots to consider. Rather than us telling you why we think we’d be the perfect fairy tale venue, why don’t you see what our brides have to say? “The best day of our lives!!!” “We recently got married here and … Read More

Great Crested Newts found in Grim’s Dyke

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Great Crested Newt

The Great Crested Newt has been in decline during the last century, so we are incredibly lucky to find them, both in our waterways and in the lake, here at Grim’s Dyke. Great Crested Newts are the largest of the UK’s three native species, growing up to 17cm in length. Their decline is, in part, due to the deterioration and … Read More

Weddings at The Grim’s Dyke

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Weddings

If you’re looking for a wedding venue steeped in history and surrounded by tranquil romantic scenery, look no further than The Grim’s Dyke Hotel. Located just 12 miles from central London, with the towns of Harrow, Stanmore and Watford close by, Grim’s Dyke gives couples the chance to have everything on their wedding venue wish list – picturesque settings, breath-taking … Read More

What’s happening in the Grim’s Dyke gardens during June?

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June Garden

I’ve joined our lovely Head Gardener Helenka, for my monthly stroll around the grounds of Grim’s Dyke. It’s a chance, not only to catch up with Helenka but also to find out what’s happening in the kitchen garden, orchard and grounds generally, during the month of June. Green springing up everywhere! When it comes to green growth, you can’t fail … Read More

Unique Jazz nights at The Grim’s Dyke Hotel

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Jazz

The Grim’s Dyke Hotel are proud to host a new series of Jazz nights featuring the JusVibes Trio. The new Jazz night soirees were officially launched on the 18th of May, however you still have time to enjoy the unique sounds of JusVibes, as there will be a Jazz Night each month during June, July and August (for exact dates, … Read More

W. S. Gilbert and his menagerie of animals

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Robin Red Breast

W. S. Gilbert had spent thirty-five years being a professional writer, so the decision to retire was a hard one for him. However, retiring allowed him to enjoy the prestige and wealth he’d worked hard to achieve, and this left him free to spend his time at Grim’s Dyke, surrounded by his family and friends. It also gave himself, Lucy … Read More

W. S. Gilbert and the lemurs in his life

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Lemurs

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, most known for his ‘Savoy Operas’ in Victorian England, also had a deep love of animals, particularly his various pet lemurs. The English writer, composer, comedian, actor and singer George Grossmith, is stated as once overhearing Gilbert saying “Deer-stalking would be a very fine sport – if only the deer had guns.” The first lemurs of … Read More

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Dinners

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Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Dinners

During the years that W. S. Gilbert lived at Grim’s Dyke, dinners were run firmly by Gilbert’s rules. He would always have a pretty woman on either side of him, something he immensely enjoyed and Lady Gilbert would gracefully tolerate. It wasn’t unusual for Grim’s Dyke dinner parties to consist of the family, guests, dogs and lemurs. This provided a … Read More