STAY IN A BIT OF HISTORY

Those who like to walk in the footsteps of the famous and infamous have been given a list of hotels in history by the Mail on Sunday.

These include the Hotel National in Moscow, where Lenin stayed in room 107 for the first meeting of the Soviet government after the 1918 Russian Revolution; the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin where the 1922 signing of the Constitution of Ireland took place in room 112; The Plaza Hotel, New York, where The Beatles stayed in Presidential Suites 1209-1216 in 1964 for their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show; The Watergate Hotel, Washington, where the theft of documents that brought down President Nixon was organised from room 214; Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire, now a hotel, where Secretary of State for War John Profumo met showgirl Christine Keeler, who was skinny-dipping in the pool in July 1961.

Meanwhile, in Birmingham, the West Midlands Police and ghost hunt event company Haunted House have been charged with being “distasteful and insensitive” after they promoted a charity Halloween ghost hunt event which included a chance for delegates to sleep in 12-foot square cells in the custody block where killer Fred West was once held. Since the outcry the reference to West has been removed from the event promotional material.

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