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throughout the London streets, included jellied eels, a particularly gelatinous meal, along with pie and mash, (also originally made using London’s abundance of eels).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!
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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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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at 11 Jul 2017
With spring almost here, Easter round the corner and summer not too far away, many of us will soon begin to venture out into the (hopefully) warm sunshine to explore London's great outside spaces. The month of May brings us the prestigious annual Chelsea Flower Show, along with numerous other outdoor events, all of which start around now and herald the onset of the better weather!
From 23-27th May, the fabulous spectacle of the Chelsea Flower Show, set within the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, finds a plethora of world famous plant specialists, garden experts, designers, nurseries and florists coming together to exhibit their inspired ideas. You'll be able to see their innovative garden designs on show, along with stunning, vivid floral and horticultural displays, which will certainly inspire you to get out and get gardening! There will be an array of splendid award- winning gardens, rare plants and unusual flowers to peruse, as you stroll through this wonderland for garden lovers. Attracting more than 150,000 visitors annually, tickets need to be booked early, in advance, and range between £35.00 to £63.00 per person. Unmissable!
You could combine your trip to the Chelsea Flower Show with any of a host of other floral-themed events on in the Chelsea area during May. For example, to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show, many famous restaurants and hotels throughout the district offer special meals or afternoon teas.
With two bank holidays in the offing, May boasts a host of further activities including a range of festivals held in some of London's fabulous parks and museums. Brockwell Park's music festival, near Brixton, (Sun 28th May) for example, combines music and food, with chefs, restaurants, bars and breweries ready to serve up their delights. Including both live acts and DJs to dance off the calories, along with traditional fun and games, this event should not be missed.
Also in May, the stunning setting of Regent's Park outdoor amphitheatre forms the backdrop for its amazing Open Air Theatre, which begins it's season on the 19th May, with 'On The Town', which is set to dazzle audiences as it's the biggest dance musical ever staged at Regent's Park. With famous, toe tapping hit tunes and superb choreography, you can follow the frolics of three sailors on leave in New York, a truly excellent show. Entry to this spectacular theatre venue event, under (hopefully), blue skies, starts from £18 per person.
For culture lovers, why not become a 'Lates Lover' and join in the 'Festival of Lates Museums at Night'?
In many of London's museums and galleries this May you'll be able to experience some of the special museum events, held after dark, which explore art, history and our heritage. This is a biennial festival, sometimes free (see individual museum websites for details), where you can see new exhibitions, talks and presentations, participate in torch lit tours and enjoy live performances in historic settings. So, to do something different in a museum, gallery or heritage site this Spring, here are just two examples of the many superb events on offer around the London area.
- Museums at night - banknotes and bullion Bank of England Museum 19th May - 30th May 21:00
The staff will be revealing unseen objects from the bank's collection which visitors can handle. Explore the 'Banknote Gallery', to discover how banknotes have evolved from simple paper receipts into the sophisticated notes of today. Free admission
- Dickens after dark - Charles Dickens Museum 18th May 18:00 - 21:00
For just £15 this venue is well worth a visit. The former home of the great author, Charles Dickens, is opening its doors for an evening of Dickensian revellery, enabling you to browse through the hidden, walled garden, Georgian interiors and be amazed by a variety of delights to entertain you. A candlelit bar adds to the atmosphere, with live music and a reasonably priced, delicious menu, at the Victorian watering hole, 'The Lady Ottoline' to add to your experience.
For more events like these see the website - https://museumsatnight.org.uk/events-page
For footie followers, the 27th May should be a date for the diary. Whether you have tickets for the FA Cup Final, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on this day, or whether you wish to watch this league final in one of the many London pubs, where the atmosphere is often electric, there is a place for you to chill out and enjoy this annual event.
To allow you to make the most of your visit to London this May, why not combine several of these events and take the opportunity to have a short, or longer break in the capital?
Euracom have a range of affordable apartments in some of the most convenient locations for all the above events, giving you a home from home experience.
Take for example the 'Chelsea Cloisters', a three - star residence, set in the heart of fashionable Chelsea, which offers studios, 1 and 2 bed apartments with en-suites and fully fitted kitchens. With comfortable dining areas and living rooms, these apartments are close to a variety of attractions, including Buckingham Palace, Natural History/Science Museums and Olympia. With nightly rates from only £75 or weekly from £525 these apartments offer you a range of amenities, including;
- Concierge / security / reception
- Daily or weekly linen change
- Daily cleaning service
- Onsite restaurants / bars
More about our Chelsea Cloisters serviced apartments ›
Or why not try our Regents Park - Melia Serviced Apartments in Central London, NW1
For just £555 per week, you could rent an apartment on a par with a 4 - star London hotel. In fact, these superb serviced apartments are situated within a wing of an existing 4-star hotel, so there are no additional utility charges! Choices vary from an affordable, simple, 1 person studio flat, to a larger one bedroom apartment with separate lounge/sleeping space which could sleep four people. Close to Regent's Park and within a short distance to the underground, these apartments have all the additional benefits of the attached hotel, such as restaurants, room service, gym and spa.
- Concierge / security / reception
- Conference / meeting room available
- Daily or weekly linen change Daily cleaning service
- DVD player / Wifi/ Telephone
- Fully equipped kitchen/ Tea / coffee making facilities
- Onsite restaurants / bars
- Toiletries provided and Welcome pack available
Perfect for those on a budget, and allowing you to make the very most of the superb location, these would be an excellent choice for those visitors who don't wish to venture far, as there are many attractions within walking distance.
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For a prime location, you could try our 5 excellent apartments in Baker Street which have good connections to Wembley and North London. There are a variety of restaurants and bars within the area and are located close to excellent attractions like Madame Tussauds and the London Planetarium. Featuring a choice of a studio, three 2 bedroom apartments and one 3 bedroom apartment, for a weekly rate from £210 pp pw, features offer;
- Bathroom and Fully equipped kitchen
- Dining table & chairs
- Door entry phone/ Meet & greet arrival service
- DVD player/ TV / Freeview /Telephone/Wifi
- Grocery store onsite / nearby shops
- Utilities included
These apartments make an excellent base to explore local London attractions and further afield, due to the excellent transport links nearby.
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at 14 Mar 2017
The London Classic Car Show 2017 starts this month. 23rd of February!
If you like fast cars, or have a real enthusiasm for collecting or following classic cars, then The London Classic Car Show is a must this February.
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This annual classic car show provides the perfect excuse to visit & stay in London for all budding classic car experts and enthusiasts. The show celebrates the best dealers, products, and manufacturers, past and present. It’s the capital's biggest classic car event so not to be missed.
The show is set at ExCeL, a premier events venue within London, and is easily accessible by public transport and road. A huge attraction of the show is the indoor driving runway where classic cars are fired up and driven so that you can see these wonderful classics come to life in all their glory.
Opening times for the show from the 23rd of February are as follows;
Official opening at 12 noon on Thursday, 23rd February 2017 by Jacky Ickx (a Belgian former racing driver who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times, achieved eight wins and 25 podium finishes in Formula One, won the Can-Am Championship in 1979 and is a former winner of the Dakar Rally.)
Thursday 3pm-9:30pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Many events during the show are planned with over 200 companies exhibiting, such as the Gala evening where you can see live, exclusive interviews with famous motoring celebrities, such as the six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx. Added to this, you’ll be able to join the celebration of 70 years of Ferrari, with a huge display of this iconic brand, together for the very first time and worth over £120 million in total! Admission costs start from £18, and this includes entry to its sister show, Celebrating Historic Motor Sport, which should persuade you to make a weekend of your visit to London.
For more details of presentations at London’s Classic Car Show, please see the link below.
Should you wish to make your visit to The London Classic Car Show into a mini city break, or extend it longer for a London vacation, we at Euracom can help to arrange your stay in a London serviced apartment.
The Canary Wharf Boardwalk serviced apartments, for example, would be the perfect base to stay for The London Classic Car Show. Featuring a fantastic selection of great apartments, many with views of the waterfront, these apartments are located within the bustling business centre of London. Restaurants and stylish shops abound in the area and there are excellent links to the very centre of the tourist area. For cultural enthusiasts, the Docklands museum and the famous Canary Wharf are nearby whilst for those visiting the Classic Car Show, the Excel Exhibition Centre is just a short journey away. With a contemporary feel, incorporating integrated appliances, equipment and its own balcony, prices for these one and two bedroom apartments start from only £139 per night and provide a luxury home away from home, allowing far more freedom & privacy than a hotel whilst being considerably cheaper than an equivalent hotel. Amenities include:
- Concierge / security / reception/ lifts
- Daily or weekly linen change/ daily cleaning service
- Desk / workspace/ dining table & chairs
- Fully equipped kitchen/ tea / coffee making facilities/dishwasher in some apartments
- Door entry phone/DVD player/ radio / Alarm clock
- Non- smoking apartments
- Onsite restaurants / bars
- Toiletries provided/welcome pack available
- TV / Freeview/ telephone/ Wifi
Get further details on our Canary Wharf Boardwalk luxury serviced apartments or Make a reservation ›
For a more extended stay these apartments are also available on a weekly basis from £976p/w
So why not fix the date in your diary, book your serviced apartment & experience both spectacular shows, The London Classic Car Show & its sister show Celebrating Historic Motor Sport for a truly memorable stay in London this February.
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at 8 Feb 2017
February is a great time to visit London for London Fashion Week!
London Fashion Week starts Friday the 17th of February, your chance to see the crème de la crème of style!
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Those wishing to experience the crème de la crème of style during London Fashion week, from Friday 17th February to Tuesday 21st February, will see some of the top contributions from leading designers, such as the award winning, British born Jasper Conran (OBE), who trained in New York during the 1970’s and was a founding member of London Fashion Week. London Fashion Week also showcases the likes of Julien Macdonald (OBE) who was appointed lead designer to Chanel after being spotted by Karl Lagerfield in the 1990’s, as well as up and coming designers such as Sophia Webster, who combines sophistication with feminine designs.
For more details of the shows and presentations scheduled for London Fashion Week please visit: http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/Schedule
If attending London Fashion Week from afar or if you just fancy spending some time exploring London, we have the perfect serviced apartments available to rent for the duration of your stay.
Kensington Queens Gate serviced apartments, are conveniently situated in South Kensington. For a nightly rate from only £185p/n. This contemporary Victorian building is the perfect choice for those visiting London during London Fashion Week. This venue includes studios, duplexes and one and two bedroom apartments. Its close proximity to many of London’s shops and most famous attractions, such as The Natural History / Science Museum, make it an excellent location to savour London’s sights, whilst not paying a fortune for the equivalent of 4-star hotel services. As well as being just a short distance to the Strand, (where much of London Fashion Week is held), on London’s historic underground, you will experience your own fully self-contained apartment, in a beautiful building, with many of the amenities listed below included within the price.
- Air conditioning/ concierge / security / reception
- Daily or weekly linen change and daily cleaning service
- Dining table & chairs
- Kitchen / kitchenette/ laundry/ with dishwasher (in some apartments)
- Lifts/ lobby / waiting area/ Non- smoking apartments
- Tea / coffee making facilities and toiletries provided
- TV / Freeview/ Wi fi and welcome pack
If you want an apartment which still maintains its classic Victorian features, whilst being tastefully designed with that modern feel, then Kensington Queen’s Gate serviced apartments are for you.
Get further details on our Kensington Queens Gate serviced apartments or Make a reservation ›
For an extended stay these apartments are also available on a weekly basis from £1296p/w.
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at 1 Feb 2017
It’s that time again! Our letterboxes and increasingly so, email inboxes, are full to the brim with ‘please vote for us’ manifesto promises, political rhetoric, policy statements and photos of incumbents and hopefuls kissing babies, but who should you vote for?
Of course we’re not getting drawn into playing with that particular hot potato – we live in a democracy, vote for whoever you like! – but we thought we’d give you the runners and riders as well as a slightly irreverent look at the election rather than a serious political diatribe on who should be trusted* and who shouldn’t**.
* None of them
** All of them
Just kidding. Sort of.
Britain goes to the polls on May 7th and you and your 48,000,000 friends get to choose who will run the country for the next five years. In the 2010 General Election, voter turnout was 65.1% but analysts expect the turnout to be higher for this election.
The 2015 General Election Runners and Riders
There are 650 constituencies in the UK and we are voting to elect MPs in each of them. The party who has the most seats when all the votes have been counted will win. Or at least that’s the theory…
Alongside the main seven political parties, a number of smaller parties are contesting seats including the Elderly Persons Independent Party, Left Unity, the Christian People’s Alliance, the National Health Action Party and of course everyone’s favourite election losers, the Monster Raving Loony Party, but here are the key players:
Conservative Party – David Cameron (incumbent Prime Minister)
Liberal Democrats – Nick Clegg (incumbent Deputy Prime Minister)
Labour – Ed Miliband (Leader of the Opposition)
Scottish National Party – Nicola Sturgeon
Green Party – Natalie Bennett
Plaid Cymru – Leanne Wood
UKIP – Nigel Farage
As with every election, there are always the traditional issues that each party will campaign on – education, health, welfare, immigration, law and order, pensions, housing, environment, Europe, taxation and defence – and each one will tell you that their ideas are right for the country and their opponents’ ideas are wrong for the country.
The thing is, it’s up to you to make up your own mind by reading the manifestos, listening to the politicians speak and making your own mind up. Don’t be swayed by popular opinion or what you read on Facebook on Twitter. The decision on who you will vote for is important and if you’re registered to vote, please do.
If you don’t vote, you don’t get to moan about who ends up in Number 10 for the next half-decade!
Instead of us spouting on about our own brand of political bias, here’s an irreverent look at the election, the candidates and the parties. After reading this list, you may be clearer on whom to vote for, then again, we may have muddied the waters further…!
- No party has ever come back into government after one term in opposition since 1979 when Thatcher beat Jim Callaghan. Miliband has to if he wants to be PM
- Ed Miliband is 5’11” and Clegg and Cameron are a shade under 6’1”
- The youngest Prime Minister was William Pitt the Younger who was 24 in 1783
- 59% of Labour MPs were educated in state schools compared to 30% of Tories and 26% of Lib Dems
- According to the Daily Mail in a survey of 1,000 women, 3% said they would vote for Joey Essex over Nick Clegg and if they were standing, 14% would vote for Russell Brand, 11% for Lord Sugar, 4% for David Beckham and 1% for Cheryl Cole….
- As of April 2015, of the 650 MPs, 148 are female and 502 are male
- Perhaps surprisingly, just under half (49%) of MPs represent a constituency in the region they were born
- 24% of MPs are Oxbridge-educated
- In the Tory stronghold of Wealden in East Sussex, Labour have chosen an 18 year-old Politics student called Solomon Curtis to contest the seat and to challenge Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam, UKIP picked a 21 year-old former Lib Dem activist
- The longest continually-serving MP was Charles Pelham Villiers who was elected in 1835 and served until he died in 1898, a period of over 62 years
- MPs earn £67,060, while the combined ministerial and parliamentary salary for a Cabinet minister is £134,565
- In a YouGov survey asking people what animal David Cameron most resembled, voters decided on a snake. Nigel Farage was seen as a weasel and a response from a focus group on Ed Miliband was ‘one of those animals that, when you go to the zoo, you’re not bothered whether you see it or not!’
- UKIP are being challenged in Nigel Farage’s Thanet South seat in Kent by comedian Al Murray, the Pub Landlord and his newly formed Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP)
- David Dimbleby will head his 51st and final election broadcast on the BBC; Jeremy Paxman has been snapped up by Channel 4 and Tom Bradby and Alistair Stewart will look after both ITV viewers
- In a measure of consistency, on election day Cameron will have been in charge of the Tories for 3,440 days, Miliband in charge of Labour for 1,686 days and Clegg for the Lib Dems for 2,698 days
- The last election not to take place on a Thursday was on Tuesday 27th October 1931 and it was also the last time a party (Baldwin’s Conservatives) took over 50% of the vote
- It’s said that elections take place on Thursday because traditionally, people were paid on Friday and they would have little money left to get drunk
There’s also the list of ‘Things That Will Definitely Happen in the General Election’, including:
- A tabloid superimposing a candidate into an image of a vegetable
- One of the campaign buses will be foreign-made or will inadvertently park in a disabled spot
- A member of the public will throw eggs, make a rude gesture or confront a candidate in the street
- That member of the public will get arrested and end up doing the rounds of tabloid interviews until we forget who they are
- One of the candidates for PM will forget a mic is on and say something royally stupid, racist, sexist or plain ignorant
- A politician visiting a school will be asked a very simple maths or spelling question and get it wrong
Whatever happens, the future of our great nation is in your hands!
Joking aside, as long as you’re a registered voter, please vote. You may not think ‘just one extra vote’ counts, but it absolutely does. It’s your country and you have a right to say who is in charge.
Have a great month and we’ll see you in May!
at 21 Apr 2015