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The top 10 things to do in London

Amongst the growing trend of latest technologies and ideas, there is certainly one that has escaped my attention, (and possibly yours)… that of the appropriately named, ‘listicle!’  ‘What on earth’, I hear you ask, ‘is that?’ Well, for the uninitiated, and those who haven't been on the internet for some time, ‘listicles’ have recently become popular with people who enjoy reading lists instead of a good novel!  A "listicle," is generally defined as a phrase for any article which is presented in the form of a list.   So this month we present the top ten things to do in London as a listicle…

Let’s look at what many people would consider to be the top 10 things to do in London our wonderful capital city, also discovering a few which are free.

Unusual facts that may surprise you about the top ten things to do in London as featured in this article!

  1. The London Eye
  2. The Tower of London
  3. The Shard
  4. Buckingham Palace
  5. The London Dungeon
  6. Madam Tussauds
  7. Take a walk
  8. Science or Natural History Museums
  9. Explore the Parks
  10. Stroll the Markets

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1. The London Eye

This iconic, giant Ferris wheel is a masterpiece of engineering, located along the Thames. Officially known as the Coca-Cola London Eye, it is over 200 times larger than the average cycle wheel and is Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, rising to 135 meters tall.  There are 32 capsules, one for each of the London boroughs, each weighing 10 tonnes. Capsules are numbered 1 to 33, with interestingly no capsule 13, for superstitious reasons!  The Eye can carry 800 passengers, (equivalent to 11 London double-decker buses), and welcomes over 3 ¾ million visitors annually.

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It was once turned into a rotating nightclub, along with becoming a ‘pop up’ restaurant during the London Restaurant Festival! An unmissable venue!

2. The Tower of London

Despite once renowned as a place of torture and death, this 1000 year old, working monument has been a royal palace, jewel house, royal mint, fortress and armoury. Legend says that the ghost of Anne Boleyn walks the Tower accompanied by her head, placed, appropriately, under her arm.  With over 2½ million visitors each year, this is an attraction not to be overlooked.

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For 600 years it accommodated a range of wild creatures, making it the first London Zoo.  Exotic animals, ranging from kangaroos to a polar bear, hunting for fish in the River Thames on a lead! All long gone now, although legend has it that if the Tower’s ravens leave, then this spells doom for Great Britain.  So let’s hope they stay! 

3. The  Shard

This superb vantage point is twice as high as any other in the city.  As Western Europe's tallest building, (309m), The Shard allows visitors to see up to 40 miles away.  The impressive 95 storey

structure was designed as a vertical city, enabling people to work, relax and live.  Its ‘Neo-futuristic’ design was based on the shape of a shard of glass, derived from the architect’s description during planning. Incredibly, 95% of the construction materials are recycled, and the 11,000 glass panels have a total area of 8 football pitches, around 56,000m2. It’s wiring amounts to 320km and would stretch from London to Paris, whilst the swimming pool on the 52nd floor is Europe’s highest swimming pool. An apartment in this fabulous space would set you back around £40 million, so best just to visit!

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Near the end of construction, a fox, nicknamed Romeo, was found on the 72nd floor. Later released into the wild, it is thought it survived on food left by construction workers.

4. Buckingham Palace

This unmissable, working royal palace, gives you a glimpse into royal life.  The superb state rooms boast palace treasures and masterpieces from fine artists like Rembrandt and Rubens. Originally named Buckingham House, and the Queen’s official London residence, the house comprises of 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 main suites, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms! There are also 760 windows and 1,514 doors, 350 clocks and watches, along with a post office, police station, doctor’s surgery, ATM, cinema and pool.

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There is an exciting set of passageways running beneath the palace, connecting it to the outside world.  Many royals, including HM Queen Mother and King George VI, enjoyed exploring these.  On one occasion, they encountered ‘a very polite man from Newcastle,’ who was living down there.

5. The London Dungeon

This thrilling attraction transports you back to Britain’s gory past.  The macabre setting lets your senses explore all the sights, smells and sounds of London’s horrifying crimes.  Not for the faint hearted and with a surprise round every corner, you’ll encounter an array of frightening characters, from torturers, judges and infamous rogues and villains, played by fine actors. So stay alert for the shocks, special effects and rides and become entwined in the world of horror.  Embark on this thrill-filled journey at your peril, through 1,000 years of London's dark past.

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Figures like Sweeney Todd and his sidekick Mrs Lovett, are only fictional, as no public records exist which substantiate the existence of a barber named Todd. Yet stories of shocking criminal deeds were often embellished as they were told and were therefore asserted to be true.

6. Madam Tussauds

This fine museum, founded in 1835 by wax sculptor Anna Maria Tussaud, has been enthralling visitors for almost 200 years.  Typical figures included in today’s displays range from historical to royalty, film stars to sporting legends and famous murderers.  Originally holding around 400 exhibits, some of these were damaged irreparably during the war, although many have been remade using the original casts.  Each sculpture takes four months to produce, costing £227,000. Accuracy is paramount, so 250 precise measurements, along with 180 photographs are taken to ensure this.

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The singer Ozzy Osbourne once posed in the museum as himself and scared unsuspecting visitors. Mother Teresa decreed that her ‘work was more important than her physical being.’ She was therefore one of the only people to refuse to be sculpted.

Free Activities in the Top Ten

7. Take a walk

Head off to admire the lions in Trafalgar Square and take in the famous Nelson’s Column. Cast in bronze, the lions were designed by Edwin Landseer, who worked from real corpses and the cast of a lion statue.   After this, head inside the nearby National Portrait Gallery to view some fabulous artwork and drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt.

Did you know?

Although he strove for great accuracy, Landseer made a big error. In reality, lion’s backs are convex when laying down, not concave as he depicted them. Many thought they looked more like a sphinx!

8. Science or Natural History Museums

The NH museum boasts a huge collection relating to life and earth science specimens. It holds over 80 million items within five main collections, including; botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. It has excellent research facilities, specialising in identification, conservation and taxonomy.  Many specimens have significant historical value as well as scientific, like those collected by Charles Darwin.  The museum is particularly popular amongst younger children for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons.

Alternatively, the incredible Science Museum is another of the city's major tourist attractions, attracting 3 million visitors annually.  Major interactive exhibitions, such as ‘Exploring Space’, are always excitingly displayed and of great interest to young and old alike. The museum now holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including such famous items as Stephenson's Rocket and Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive)

9. Explore the Parks

Hyde Park is just one of eight Royal Parks and is well worth a visit to see such sights as the Serpentine, Speakers Corner and the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Start from Marble Arch tube and stroll around.

Did you know?

Each Christmas Day, a few mad bathers dive into the Serpentine, competing for the Peter Pan Cup.  It’s aptly named, by the Peter Pan author, JM Barrie, who donated the cup.  Worth noting though, that participation is for Serpentine Swimming Club members only, so maybe just focus on cooking the turkey!

10. Stroll the Markets

Why not feast on delicious food at the Borough Market, or watch the street performers whilst dining in Covent Garden?  These are some of the oldest and most charming London areas, with superb cheese and bread stalls, along with a memento or two to take home.

Did you know?

The name of ‘Covent Garden’ was a spelling mistake.  It was supposed to be CONVENT GARDEN, the market garden of the convent of Westminster Abbey!

So there you have it…a ‘listicle’ showing some strange facts about the top ten attractions in London.  Whilst weighing up your choices why not consider staying a while longer to tick some others off your ‘bucket listicle!’  You’ll be glad you did! 

Euracom has a range of serviced apartments to suit your every need, from budget studio flats to luxurious sprawling apartment suites.

Take, for example, the Luxury corporate serviced apartments in London E1, Bishopsgate, these stunningly spacious, recently converted, luxury serviced apartments are bright and well furnished.  Perfect for business travellers and tourists alike, they give easy access to the City and its main attractions like Covent Garden, Spitalfields Market and the Museum of London. From £1034 pw, these apartments offer a range of luxurious services & facilities that cater for everyone.  

Services & facilities include

  • Baby cot / high chair (upon request)
  • Bathroom/ toiletries provided
  • Concierge / security / reception/ door entry phone/ lifts/ telephone/TV / freeview/wi-fi
  • Daily or weekly linen change/ daily cleaning service/starter packs of groceries/ toiletries available
  • DVD player/  radio / alarm clock
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ laundry / dry cleaning facilities available/ tea / coffee making facilities
  • Gym in building or nearby

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Slightly more expensive, at £1071pw, are the short stay apartments London, Earls Court Road, SW5.  These lovely, Edwardian styled apartments, feature high imposing ceilings and comfortable, well- proportioned rooms.  Close to Kensington Palace and the Natural History Museum, the four bedroom apartments can sleep up to 8 people, making them the perfect apartments to rent for a short stay in London.

Services & facilities include

  • Baby cot / high chair (upon request)/ daily cleaning service
  • Breakfast available/ dishwasher in some apartments/ welcome pack available
  • Concierge / security / reception/ door entry phone/ Lifts
  • En-suite bathroom in some apartments
  • Desk / workspace/ dining table & chairs
  • Ensuite bathroom in some apartments
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ laundry / dry cleaning facilities available/ tea / coffee making facilities
  • Telephone/ TV / Freeview/ DVD player/Wifi

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Alternatively, you could opt for our corporate serviced apartments, Holborn Lambs Conduit Street WC1, which are set in a quiet street in the heart of London's Holborn district.  Close to Covent Garden, The British Museum and the City, these apartments make an ideal base for both holidaying and business.  Each apartment has been individually designed and furnished to a high standard, featuring Italian furniture, king-sized beds and comfortable living and dining areas.

Services & facilities include;

  • Baby cot / high chair (upon request)/ daily cleaning service/ welcome pack available
  • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
  • Central heating/concierge / security / reception/ door entry phone/ lifts/ safe
  • Dining table & chairs/ fully equipped kitchen/ dishwasher in some apartments
  • DVD player/ hairdryer available
  • Grocery store onsite / nearby
  • Kitchen / kitchenette/ iron / ironing board/ laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Radio / Alarm clock/satellite TV/ telephone/TV / Freeview/ Wi-fi

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By Rob at 4 Aug 2017

Why foodies should visit London this summer

In the not too distant past, on visiting London, you’d have been faced with some rather strange and uninteresting options for local cuisine.  Once, common traditional delicacies, sold throughout the London streets, included jellied eels, a particularly gelatinous meal, along with pie and mash, (also originally made using London’s abundance of eels). Over time, eel pies were thankfully replaced with those made from minced meat or mutton, as meat became cheaper and the eel population declined! To accompany these treats, another London favourite, usually served as a side dish, were cockles winkles and whelks, or a portion of cod and chips, served in newspaper!

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Thankfully, with the huge influx of multicultural influences within the capital, ‘British’ cuisine has developed out of all recognition during the last few years, through the welcome introduction of ….flavour!!  From a simple ‘meat and two veg’ society during the 60’s and 70’s, Britain is now addicted to the spicy, more interesting foods of today’s London eateries and food outlets. This long awaited, dramatic turning point in British eating habits, along with our love affair with the ‘new era’ of experimental British cuisine’, has resulted in many fabulously exciting restaurants and special cafés surfacing throughout the capital.  London is now on the ‘foody radar’ and is becoming one of the most popular cities in the world now for its inventive array of superb dishes, often inspired by overseas cooking. 

Celebrity Chef Restaurants

There are a plethora of excellent celebrity restaurants dotted around the city.  The Ivy, for example, situated in Covent Garden, is a long-standing ‘celebrity haunt’ within art- deco surroundings, which excels in providing modern British food, and Ivy classics along with other contemporary dishes, suited to any palette.

Covent Garden is also renowned for other well- known celebrity chef haunts, such as Jamie's Italian.  This restaurant is perfect for al fresco dining, whilst you soak up the atmosphere of this famous ancient, London market.  It features fantastic, rustic dishes inspired by the traditional food of Italy, incorporating flavour and flair with a great cocktail or two!

Or why not head to celebrity chef Angela Hartnett's Cafe Murano, a spin -off of her restaurant in Mayfair, where you’ll experience her take on cooking, using big, bold flavours.  Delicious classics such as braised lamb shoulder with Tuscan beans and celery will take you beyond heaven, whilst the jewel in their crown is the veal tartare, a melt in the mouth delicacy.

More Modest Options

For a menu dedicated to the bounty of the sea, try J Sheekey, which serves fabulous oysters and shellfish along with old-fashioned snacks like herring roe on toast. Alternatively, try their more upmarket dishes, like Dover sole or lobster thermidor.  The comforting fish pie is outstanding, whilst the shrimp and scallop burger takes the taste buds to a whole new level.

Or for an even more affordable dining experience, why not seek out ‘Battersea Pie’ in Covent Garden Market, which has the aim of making proper British food and sharing it with as many people as possible?  Here you’ll get a truly authentic and delicious British dining experience, enabling you to sample a wide range of succulent pies, with of course, the inevitable mash!

Whilst exploring the eateries of Covent Garden, to make your stay even more relaxing, why not stay at one of Euracom’s serviced apartments within the area, such as…

Covent Garden - St Martins

These apartments are close to the wide variety of shops, markets and restaurants and are perfectly located between Covent Garden and Leicester Square. Each impeccable apartment offers designer furnishings and modern appliances such as digital LCD TV, DVD player, internet access and fully equipped kitchen. The penthouse apartment boasts a fabulous kitchen and a huge private balcony, plus much more!

Other features of these apartments include:

  • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)/Central heating/ Daily cleaning service
  • Desk / workspace/ Dining table & chairs
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Dishwasher in some apartments/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Meet & greet arrival service
  • DVD player/ Hairdryer available/ Iron / Ironing board
  • Radio / Alarm clock/ TV / Freeview

So why not combine a ‘celebrity chef dinner’ or night on the town, with a luxurious stay in these fabulous apartments?

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Try the Unusual!

Moving closer towards Regents Park, a few of the more unusually named restaurants include ‘The Potato Project’, the baked potato company.  The owners are passionate about giving you a quality fresh menu in atmospheric and homely surroundings and providing an exciting experience for everyone. Their menu shows that the humble potato can be more than just something you have with beans or cheese! Typical twists on the classic jacket include, a smoked ham hock, pesto mayo, sun-dried tomato & melted mozzarella filling.  (Makes you wonder whether you can get a potato that’s big enough to accommodate this lot!)

Or, a mere stones- throw away, near Shoreditch, is the The Ginger Pig Café, which is an unpretentious, reasonably priced eatery. The Ginger Pig Cafe is a rustic, yet cosy place, within Hoxton Market.  Apart from the typical breakfast and brunch dishes, there are delectable burgers and rib eye steaks on the brunch menu.  A warning though, these sizable dishes aren’t for the fainthearted!

A trip to the Archipelago Restaurant (W1), will send you on a sensory dining journey amidst palm trees, Buddhas and giant peacock feathers!  A globally inspired cuisine awaits and will ensure that your senses are awakened through fragrant and indulgently tantalising dishes. If you want to sample crocodile, wildebeest and kangaroo, then this restaurant is for you, whilst if you prefer classics like chicken and fish, then these are also firmly on the menu. If you want to part of ‘London’s culinary portal to world cuisine’ then this restaurant will give you a night to remember!

The Alchemist (EC3) This experimental cocktail lounge and eatery in the heart of London is well worth a visit.  Here, mixologists ‘create every cocktail with an obsessive eye for detail, presented in vessels orchestrated to add a devilish dash of theatre.’  Also specialising in a range of menus, which, according to customers ‘cross between genres’, inevitably making this an extremely interesting, entertaining evening!  They serve huge main courses, along with ‘naughty nibbles’ to accompany a drink. The rather oddly adorned walls and weird and wonderful artworks, provide an additional talking point! do.

Whilst sampling some of London’s best West End eateries, why not also sample Euracom’s amazingly spacious, yet affordable serviced apartments at the following location?

Weymouth Street London, W1

This property, set in the heart of London's West End, is a short walk from London’s major amenities and attractions.  It features a range of one bedroom apartments accommodating up to 3 people, along with a studio which can accommodate 2. For a weekly rate of only £650 p/w, the building is in a prime position for all central restaurants, bars and pubs, and has good accessibility to the underground.  

Other features include…

  • Desk / workspace
  • Dining table & chairs

Fully equipped kitchen/Dishwasher in some apartments / Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available

  • Door entry phone/ Property supervisor nearby
  • Telephone/ TV / Freeview/ Wifi
  • Twin or double beds in some apartments

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Go East!

Venturing ever more eastwards towards East London, the ‘Cereal-Killer Café is a must! 

Situated in Brick Lane, at the heart of the East End, this colourful, nostalgic eatery boasts more than 120 cereals, plus a selection of milk and toppings. Ranging from the bog standard cereal (it is anything but!), to ‘CEREAL MILK ICE CREAM’, which is an excellent way to cool down during our long, (hopefully), hot summer, this café provides excellent value for money, even catering for the little rascals in our life, by offering such delicacies as ‘Disney princess cereals’ or ‘Frankenberry’, for the boys! For a breakfast with a difference, this is a must!

Alternatively, the Frog Restaurant (E1), run by chef of the year (2014), Adam Handling, is worth a visit if you want beautifully presented food sourced with the finest ingredients.  Adam’s love of all things Asian has inspired him to create dishes prepared with a number of different techniques and styles, thus delivering a real depth of flavour to his recipes.  Dishes to delight your taste buds include crab doughnuts, which will both surprise and wow you!  Adam’s ingenious cooking and flavour combinations, demonstrates just how far British cooking has come along since those heady days of the jellied eel!

If you are intending to make your visit to London’s eateries an extended one, then Euracom’s serviced apartments listed below will make an ideal base.

Aldgate Commercial Road serviced apartments London E1

Ideally suited for travellers wishing to stay in the very heart of London's City centre to access the major tourist attractions, these contemporary styled, self-catering apartments have been tastefully furnished those personal touches giving them a ‘home from home’ feeling.  From a nightly fee of £129p/n, these spacious living quarters are fitted to a very high standard, featuring a comfortable lounge, fully equipped kitchen & modern bathroom. Furthermore, many of the apartments have balconies, giving scenic views of London’s striking skyline.  There are excellent transport links and the apartments are close to many of the trendy, quirky bars and restaurants mentioned above.

Other features include:

  • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
  • Bathroom / En-suite bathroom in some apartments/
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Dishwasher in some apartments/ Iron / Ironing board
  • DVD player / Satellite TV/ Freeview/ Wifi
  • Concierge / security / reception/ Lifts / Lobby / waiting area
  • Daily or weekly linen change
  • Dining table & chairs / Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Sofa bed (upon request)

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By Rob at 11 Jul 2017

Celebrate Fathers Day 2017 in London

If your dad is the outdoor, active type, why not try a fabulously exhilarating helicopter tour, souring over the London landscape, taking in sights such as The Shard, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace, or opt for a daredevil speedboat excursion on the Thames in a RIB (rigid inflatable boat).  Prices range from £150 per person for this superb helicopter experience, or around £43 per adult for the speedboat ride. Two thrilling ideas, sure to blow the wind out of his sails!

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Still for those adrenaline junkie fathers, for £130, the SEA LIFE London Aquarium offers the experience of a lifetime- ‘Snorkelling with Sharks.’  Your Dad will be able to get up close and personal in the aquarium's famous shark tank, giving him a really nail- biting encounter with these beautiful creatures- the ultimate sea predators, without the need to leave the UK.  Not for the fainthearted!

Alternatively, you could challenge Dad to a 90 minute, amazingly unforgettable expedition across the roof of the O2 Arena!  For a £30 fee, he’ll be suspended 53m high and wend his way along a tensile fabric walkway, enabling him, at the summit, to savour the unsurpassed 360° view of London on the observation platform.  An unforgettable experience!

For sports mad fans, you could opt to treat your Dad to a tour of the infamous Wembley Stadium, which is an all- encompassing, behind the scenes tour, taking in the England changing rooms and the players’ tunnel where many football legends have walked before you onto the highly revered turf.  To top your visit, you’ll be able to pose in front of the Royal Box with ‘The Cup.’ The tour also includes an exhibition which celebrates football history.

For a rather less expensive option, (that is depending on how much you intend to drink!) you could take your Dad for one of the latest range of craft beers which are becoming increasingly popular throughout the capital.  These are progressive beers brewed by small-scale enterprises, quite unlike traditional British beer and often with a unique taste. Combine this with a gourmet burger, or a meal at a trendy gastro pub like The Anchor and Hope or the Canton Arms, and you have a marriage made in heaven!

Brewery tours are a very popular idea for Dads who like to know the ins and outs of making good beer.  Head off to the Camden Town Brewery to meet he brewers, have a look around and find out all there is to know about beer production.

On a historical theme, or for those Dads who see themselves as military buffs, why not pay a visit to HMS Belfast and take time to explore what life was like on Europe’s only surviving 2nd World War cruiser?  There is a host of activities to give your Dad a wonderful, educational day out, whether it be recovering a drowned plane, becoming a lookout on the flag deck and being wowed by the 360- degree views of the capital, or experiencing the boiler and engine room environment 15 feet below sea level, in the bowels of this famously imposing warrior of the seas. Prices start from £14.50.

If you want to treat your Dad to a more leisurely pursuit this Father’s Day, there are a wide variety of options. From that leisurely meander amongst London’s beautiful variety of gardens and parks, to the cultural treats of an evening under the stars at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.  Combine this with a hilarious play such as Twelfth Night, at the famous Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and you have everything you need for an indulgent treat to keep Dad happy for another year! 

If you are travelling from a distance, or intend to make your Father’s Day visit into a longer stay in London, then Euracom can help!  We have a range of affordable, serviced apartments, close to all the major attractions in the heart of our wonderful capital.

Take, for example, our prestigious serviced apartments in Curzon Street, which are situated in Mayfair.  From £1127 p/w, this accommodation will provide a private, self- catering oasis after a long day of sightseeing. A short distance from the chic Mayfair shops, and close to many of London’s famous theatres like The London Palladium, all apartments include spacious living/dining areas and a luxury kitchen providing scope for entertaining. Added to this a marble en-suite bathroom, and you have the ultimate in luxury, ideal for treating your nearest and dearest to a well- earned break.  

Features include;-

  • Concierge / Security / Reception / Safe
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Dining table & chairs
  • DVD player
  • Ensuite bathroom in some apartments
  • Fully equipped kitchen / Dishwasher in some apartments/ Iron / Ironing board
  • Tea / Coffee making facilities
  • Dry cleaning facilities available/ Hairdryer available/ Laundry /
  • Non- smoking apartments
  • Radio / Alarm clock /Telephone TV / Freeview/ Wi-fi

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For a slightly less expensive option, although no less attractive, the serviced apartments at Sussex Gardens, Hyde Park, would make an excellent choice.  Within a Grade II Victorian listed building, (once the home of the 1st Duke of Wellington), these lovingly restored apartments are situated near to Kensington Gardens, with close proximity to the famous Hyde Park and Marble Arch. Suitable for both short / longer periods of stay, this comfortable accommodation provides a great base for both business travellers and those on vacation. Ranging from a weekly cost of £1011 per week, these apartments provide that ‘home from home’ feel, combining superb design features with fine Victorian architecture.

Features include;-

  • Bathroom Concierge / security / reception
  • Dining table & chairs
  • Fully equipped kitchen / kitchenette /Dishwasher in some apartments
  • Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Lifts/ DVD player/ Radio / Alarm clock/ Telephone/ TV / Wifi

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For those needing easy access to attractions on the Eastern side of London, such as the 02 Arena, Excel Centre, or Westfield shopping centre, our 111 apartments at Stratford, have been tastefully designed by a top architect, whose brief was to provide high spec, comfortable apartments, without a high London price tag.  With easy access to Central London via Stratford Station, this accommodation provides comfort and space along with superb technology, such as wide screened TV’s. Up to date kitchens and bathrooms with premium quality fittings add to the appeal of these fantastic apartments.  At a reasonable rate from £93p/n, features of these apartments include;-

  • Baby cot / high chair/ Wheelchair accessible
  • Bathroom/ Toiletries provided
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Iron / Ironing board/ Tea / Coffee making facilities/Welcome pack available
  • Concierge / Security / Reception/ Lifts/ Lobby / Waiting area
  • Daily cleaning service/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Desk / workspace/ Dining table & chairs
  • TV / Freeview /DVD player/ Wi-fi

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By Rob at 1 Jun 2017

Get ready for a fantastic summer in London

With the long summer days, and evenings, London’s vibrant atmosphere comes alive with its famous parks packed with sun worshippers, open air events and other outdoor attractions in abundance.  Take, for example, the city’s rooftop bars, offering fabulous views of London’s ‘city-scape’, allowing you to eat, drink and be merry, whilst watching the sun set with a glass in hand. So, escape the heat of the pavements and get a birds-eye view of the city. Try both the Rooftop at the Boundary in Shoreditch and Coq d’Argent which offer outdoor fine dining roof-top style.

June has a plethora of events on offer, ranging from famous royal events, like the spectacular Trooping the Colour, a military parade to celebrate Her Majesty’s official birthday. This unmissable event along the Mall oozes British pomp and pageantry, and has taken place in our capital for 200 years now.

Trooping the Colour, London 2017

Other royal events during June include the Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, along with the Household Division’s Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade. This unique British sunset pageant takes place every Wednesday/Thursday evening, before the Queen’s official birthday in June.  You’ll witness precision drills from expert cavalrymen, accompanied by cannons, fireworks and music from the Household Divisions massed band of over 300 musicians. To top off at least one of these evenings, either the Queen herself, or one of her senior family members, will attend the ceremony to take the salute.

June is certainly the time to take in the wealth of festivals, sports activities and free entertainment on offer in the capital.  With the vibrant flower displays on show, make sure you spend time savouring the beautiful parks within the city. Alternatively, on 17th/18th June, why not explore over 230 private, secret and little-known gardens, in the Open Garden Squares Weekend?  For a mere £13 per adult, you’ll experience gardens ranging from the historic and traditional, to the new, more experimental ones.  Gardens will include private and roofed gardens, community allotments, those belonging to historic buildings, institutions, cafés, schools and shops. One ticket gives access to numerous gardens across the weekend.

Meanwhile on 25th June how about cheering along the racers at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, at London Regatta Centre?  Watch, as up to 40 different teams take to the Thames to compete to win one of four trophies.  Whilst there, you can sample the Asian food delights on offer and watch the Chinese lion dancing or martial arts displays.  There is also live music on offer at this great, free family day out.

Or for Father’s Day, (18th June), you could challenge Dad to a 90 minute, amazingly unforgettable expedition across the roof of the O2 Arena!  For a £30 fee, he’ll be suspended 53m high and wend his way along a tensile fabric walkway, enabling him, at the summit, to savour the unsurpassed 360° view of London on the observation platform.  An experience he’ll always remember!

For a famously British tradition, why not head over to SW19 from 3 -16 July to sample strawberries and cream at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, along with some of the best tennis around? This popular two week, Grand Slam event, features world renowned tennis players from all around the globe.  This is the longest running tournament in the world, developing from its first competition in 1877, to the massive event that it is today, attracting up to 500,000 spectators, plus millions more viewers, who watch the televised event.

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Taking place in the historical setting of Wimbledon Village, this event largely overshadows a hidden gem, the unique village itself, which offers a blend of select boutique shops, cafes and bars, set amongst handsome period buildings and open spaces like Wimbledon Common. (Remember the Wombles)?  This large common includes ponds, a windmill and nature trail and is home to a variety of birds and insects.

Also worth a visit, whilst on the tennis theme is Wimbledon Tennis Museum.  Open daily from 10am to 5.30pm and located within the grounds of the famous Wimbledon Tennis Club, this shows the history of the game through the ages and attracts all ages, through its interactives and touch screens, which help people to experience all the traditions, artistic flair of the players and skills needed to become one of the all- time greats in tennis.  Also available are tours of the grounds, where you can gain access to a few restricted areas, normally inaccessible to the public.

When visiting this phenomenal museum, you’ll begin to understand why a ‘Wimbledon title’ is the most coveted success in tennis.

Summer is the perfect time to explore many of London's open-air events. It is now a London summer institution to see global stars performing in front of huge crowds.  Hyde Park’s 2017 concert programme, for example, boasts the likes of Phil Collins, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing live. Whilst supporting acts at these one-day festivals include Blondie, Tears for Fears and Stevie Nicks amongst the line-up.

For the classical enthusiast, take to the world famous Royal Albert Hall to see the BBC Proms; an eight week, fabulous, affordable classical music experience. 

As July is often the warmest month in London, take advantage of this and enjoy an open-top bus tour, or eat al-fresco at many of London’s cafes and restaurants. Take Tattershall Castle, for example, one of the Thames’ permanently moored boats, near Embankment. This has recently undergone a major refurbishment to be ready for the long summer nights.

Or, thanks to Boris Johnson’s Bikes, scattered around the capital, you can hop on a cycle and see the city from a different perspective. Many of London’s Royal Parks have cycle routes to make your ride even more enjoyable.

If picnics and Pimm’s are more to your liking, you could head to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in their huge outdoor auditorium. Shows take place throughout the summer months, whatever the weather.

Alternatively, for art lovers, the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, takes place across Royal Greenwich, Docklands and Tower Hamlets.  This annual festival presents street theatre, circus, music, dance acts and performing art events, with a range of international artists taking part.

For something a little different on those long summer nights, you’ll find the Rooftop Film Club has several venues where you can enjoy a film, snuggled in a comfy chair, complete with a blanket, for those chillier evenings.

Or you could don your swimwear and sample the Hot Tub Cinema. Book your own tub, or share with others, and indulge in the luxury of drinking, film-going and bathing, all at the same time! This even comes complete with your own waiter! What more could you ask for?

One last idea for a sensational summer activity, which is always a popular pastime at this time of year, is to mess about on the water!  There are a range of rowing boats or pedalos to hire in such venues as, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and Battersea Park.  So get out into the sultry, summer air and sample the London delights on offer this season.

If you’re visiting from a distance, or if you just fancy spending time exploring London, Euracom have the perfect serviced apartments available to rent for the duration of your stay.

Take, for example, the lovely, 4 star, corporate serviced apartments, at Westminster Dolphin House.

Options include studios, 1-3 bedroom & executive apartments, conveniently situated within central London.  Close to the iconic river Thames, in attractive Pimlico, Westminster, the apartments are located within 3 ½ acres of landscaped gardens available to all residents, allowing you to unwind with a drink after a hard day watching the tennis at Wimbledon. Ideal for longer stays in the capital, this accommodation has good amenities to enhance your stay, including complimentary use of Dolphin fitness clubs swimming pool, sauna, steam room & gym, and is close to the underground. From just £149 p/n, each apartment is equipped with;

  • Bathroom (En-suite in some apartments) Toiletries provided
  • Laundry / dry cleaning facilities/ tea / coffee making facilities
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ (Dishwasher in some)/breakfast available/ room service available
  • Concierge / security / reception
  • Daily or weekly linen change/ Daily cleaning service
  • Desk / workspace/Dining table & chairs
  • Grocery store onsite / nearby/ on-site restaurants / bars/shops
  • Lifts/ Lobby / waiting area
  • Private jacuzzi & sauna/ Spa / health club in building or nearby
  • Telephone/TV / Freeview/ Wifi

Giving you the modern comforts of home, along with a convenient location to all the major sights, these superb apartments aren’t to be missed.

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Similarly, located near Hyde Park, the Bayswater Grand Plaza serviced apartments make the perfect choice for those visiting London for stays of 2 nights to several months. A very modern space which provides that ‘home from home’ feeling, these apartments are close to the Kensington museums.  Within the superb setting of a listed Victorian building and situated on a quiet side street, the Grand Plaza combines the serenity of the apartments with the vibrant West End which is close by. Good links from Paddington station to Heathrow, make these a useful base from which to fly. For a weekly rate of £735 p/w, there are a range of services & facilities, which include;

  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast available
  • Concierge / security / reception/ lifts/ lobby / waiting area
  • Dining table & chairs/DVD player/ Safe
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Washing machine
  • Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • TV / Freeview/ wifi

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For a slightly cheaper alternative, the recently refurbished apartments in Bloomsbury are perfect for those on a lower budget.  Close to The British Museum, Oxford Street and other attractions, these apartments are ideal for exploring central London.  For a weekly rate from £702 p/w, the apartments are simply furnished and offer a small kitchenette/ bathroom. Studios sleep two, whilst the larger 1/2 bed apartments have a larger kitchen/ bathroom and a sofa bed in the lounge.

Other services include;

  • Baby cot / high chair (on request)/ Twin (or double beds in some apartments)
  • Concierge / security / reception/safe/ wheelchair accessible
  • Daily or weekly linen change
  • Kitchen / kitchenette/ laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Lifts/lobby / waiting area
  • Nearby shops/near city centre
  • Telephone/TV / Freeview/ Wifi

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By Rob at 8 May 2017

Make the most of spring time in London

When the sun makes an appearance in London in the spring and the temperatures begin to rise, there is no better time to sample the capital’s delights.  All the city's parks are awash with every variety of spring blooms, so it’s an absolute joy to stroll amongst the azaleas in the Isabella Plantation at Richmond Park.

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Another unmissable venue during springtime in London is the exceptional Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where you can partake in daily, springtime, blossom-spotting walks.  With a royal palace, treetop walkway, and vast greenhouses hosting a huge variety of rare and unusual plants from across the world, this is a day not to be missed.

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April also sees this year’s opening of the Chelsea Physic Garden), one of the world’s oldest apothecary gardens, where you’ll not only see an important, yet stunning medicinal plant collection, but also how the garden has adapted to changing times.  Different growing environments have been established, such as the Pond Rockery, Fortune’s Tank Pond and an evolving collection of Glasshouses. 

London heralds some spectacular events this spring for families.  There’s something for everyone, whether you’re into chocolate, (as most of us are at Easter), or someone that enjoys a more outdoor experience. Finding something to do during the children’s spring breaks is easy, with a plethora of Easter and spring- themed activities available, throughout the capital, many of which having family-friendly events. 

Take Battersea Park Children's Zoo for example, which runs Easter events for families, such as an Easter egg hunt with a difference!  Spot brightly coloured eggs, hidden amongst the animal enclosures, as you take a look around the zoo.

Or venture out to Lauderdale House, in Highgate, for the ‘Great Egg Roll’ event, or to take part in egg decorating or a treasure hunt?

A must for those with small children, is the London Wetland Centre, which is certainly worth visiting in spring.  At this stunning nature reserve, you’ll find ducklings, chicks in abundance, buds and bugs to explore, along with the Easter GIANT duck trail to discover.  Until 17th April, cunningly disguised ducks will be hiding amongst the real ones, with chocolate prizes for those finding them all!  You’ll wander around the lakes, ponds and gardens and also discover 14 new, 6ft tall celebrity Dusty Ducks, arriving in Spring to form the ‘Dusty Duck Trail’, made to celebrate the WWT’s 70th anniversary. (1st April to 21st May). 

For culture lovers, many of the National Trust properties run spring family events, enabling you to savour lovely London properties whilst still keeping the children happy!  Red House is one such option. Its family wombat trail, open from April, will find Top, the wombat, and friends, who are hiding at Red House.  Its Easter egg hunt (14th April), boasts an ‘antipodean adventure’ to discover what has escaped into the gardens.  So hop along to help to find all the animals and claim your chocolate prize.  Most hunts cost £3.50 per child 

For a free event you could witness a huge sporting event, the London Marathon, (23rd April). Savour the party atmosphere whilst cheering on runners from all over the world.  Taking in all of London’s top sites, this great charity event is not to be missed. 

A variety of St George’s Day celebrations start with the Mayor of London’s Feast of St George at Trafalgar Square, taking place on April 25th.  Expect cookery demonstrations, food stalls, live music and dancing performances to entertain you.

2017 alfresco fun begins at Shakespeare’s open-air, Globe Theatre this spring, where a spectacular production of 'Romeo and Juliet' takes place from 22nd April – 9th July.  This classic tale of lovers from warring families marks the beginning of a year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 ‘Summer of Love.’

English royalty forms a particular attraction to many foreign visitors, where the pageantry and pomp form the mainstay of British culture.  Although the Queen’s official birthday is in June, her actual birthday is 21st April.   So go along to Hyde Park and the Tower of London, where to mark the occasion, you can listen out for gun salutes.   

Continuing the royal theme, why not join the masses of spectators watching the traditional procession, making its way along The Mall and Whitehall, leading the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament in May? This important, century old, ceremony marks the start of the new parliamentary year, and the speech is broadcast live on TV, so spot the horse-led coach, escorted by the Household Cavalry and savour the nostalgia.
For something a little different, why not try IWA Canalway Cavalcade? This is London's best waterways festival.  Organised by volunteers, and with the advantage of free admittance, this unique waterway boat gathering has been taking place at Little Venice since 1983.  From 29th April to 1st May, (First May bank holiday weekend), come and take part in the colourful festivities.  There’ll be a boaters’ gathering, pageant of boats, trade shows and stalls, live music, kids’ activities, competitions, Morris Dancers, a real ale bar, and a wide variety of snacks and food.

For another free event, head over to St Paul's Church on the West Piazza for the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival (May 10th),  marking the 40th anniversary of this event.  This is the spot where Samuel Pepys spotted the first Punch and Judy show in May 1662.  Punch and Judy puppeteers will congregate to perform throughout the day. So go along to enjoy the shows and celebrate the art of puppetry on Mr Punch's 353rd birthday. Also expect maypole dancing and a variety of workshops.

With the UK schools breaking up for a week’s half-term holiday at the end of May, these are just a few of the family-friendly attractions on offer.  Many of London’s more famous attractions, such as the Science and Natural History Museums often put on special activities for children, so keep your eyes peeled for these events, and enjoy the spring sunshine!

If you’re visiting from a distance, or if you just fancy spending time exploring London, Euracom have the perfect serviced apartments available to rent for the duration of your stay.

Take the Bayswater Studios, which are situated in the vibrant streets of Bayswater.This listed building offers a range of studios and apartments, catering for between 1-3 people, and a three bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment which sleep 6.

A range of local amenities like restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and cinemas, abound. Within close proximity to Kensington Palace, and Hyde Park and Oxford Street, this accommodation, with its private garden, provides a personal and friendly service and has a very welcoming "home from home" feeling. Prices range from £97p/n

Features of this property include:

  • Concierge / security / reception/Door entry phone
  • Daily cleaning service
  • DVD player/ Hairdryer available/ Telephone/TV / Freeview/ Wifi
  • Kitchen / kitchenette/Laundry/Bathroom/Dishwasher in some apartments

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Alternatively, for a spacious, yet affordable alternative, in the heart of London's West End, why not try our Great Portland Street accommodation.  A short walk from Oxford Street, these 28 apartments are close to good transport links, shops, restaurants and bars, making an ideal base for business travellers. For a weekly price from £650p/w, our 1-4 bedroom studios and apartments offer a range of modern conveniences.

Features of this property include:

  • Bathroom / Fully equipped kitchen / kitchenette / Dishwasher in some apartments/Dining table & chairs/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • DVD player/ Wi- Fi /Door entry phone
  • Lifts/ Lobby/ waiting area/ Property supervisor nearby/ Telephone/ Utilities included

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Our air conditioned apartments at Holborn are also very economical.  From £130p/n or from £910pw, these apartments range in size from 1 and 2 bedroom studios to a 1 bedroom apartment sleeping four.   All apartments boast fully equipped kitchenettes and a bathroom and are located only minutes away from the City and Covent Garden.

Features of this property include:

  • Air conditioning / Safe / Telephone / TV / Freeview / Wifi / Radio / Alarm clock / Lifts / Concierge / security / reception / Conference and meeting room available
  • Kitchen / kitchenette/ Breakfast available / Dishwasher in some apartments / Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available / Daily cleaning service

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By Rob at 10 Apr 2017

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