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Has London REALLY changed in the last decade?

Has London changed that much in the last ten years? Did we really do anything hugely different then than we are now? Has the landscape changed much in terms of the arts, business, sports and economics? This article will take a fun, irreverent and reminiscent look at how our wonderful city has shifted in time over the last decade…

Let’s start with the facts –




Prime Minister

Tony Blair (Lab)

David Cameron (Con)

Mayor of London

Ken Livingstone (Lab)

Boris Johnson (Con)

Tallest Building in London

One Canada Square (771 ft)

The Shard (1,004 ft)

Unemployed in London

260,000 (approx.)

368,000 (approx.)*


7.3m (approx.)

8.3m (approx.)

Average House Price

£125,000 (approx.)

£380,000 (approx.)

Pint of Milk



*Source: Office of National Statistics

In the news, serial killer Harold Shipman was found dead in his cell; 23 Chinese cockle pickers drowned at Morecambe Bay; Maxine Carr, convicted of ‘assisting an offender’ in the Soham murder case was released under a false identity;  relatively unknown football coach Jose Mourinho is appointed manager of Chelsea; it was the 60thanniversary of D-Day; England are (unsurprisingly) knocked out of Euro 2004 on penalties by Cristiano ‘winker’ Ronaldo  and his Portugal team; Chancellor Gordon Brown announces plans to cut 100,000 civil service jobs; Great Britain won nine gold, nine silver and 12 bronze medals at the Olympics in Athens; British hostage Ken Bigley is beheaded by Iraqi militants; Home Secretary David Blunkett resigned and the tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed 228,000 people including 9,000 Europeans.

In the world of entertainment, the biggest selling artists in the UK were Eminem, Britney Spears, Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand and The Streets; films released includedAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Scorsese’s The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Pegg and Frost-inspired Shaun of the Dead and Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby.

In sport, Mourinho-inspired Porto beat Monaco in the Champions League final, Greece surprise everyone by beating Portugal on their home turf in the final of Euro 2004, legendary football manager Brian Clough died at the age of 69, Justin Gatlin was Olympic 100m champion winning in a time of 9.85s (Usain Bolt’s record is now 9.58s), the Great Britain 4x100m team triumphed in Athens, Team Europe beat Team USA 18½ – 9½ to retain the Ryder Cup, Amberleigh House won the Grand National and ‘Rocket’ Ronnie O’Sullivan won the World Snooker Championship.

Fast-forward a decade and where the news is concerned, nothing very much has changed. People are still doing awful things to each other, politicians are headline news often for the wrong reasons and England are still rubbish at football!

It’s evident that after years of recession, public sector cuts and financial turbulence, London remains a spectacularly exciting, vibrant and global city at the forefront of fashion, trade, technology and food (we now have 61 Michelin-starred restaurants in London). Also, due to the dearth of creative talent, we can now attract world-class tech behemoths such as Amazon, Google, Cisco, Facebook and Intel. While we retain cautious optimism, the economy is showing real and lasting signs of recovery as more and more businesses look for commercial property in the West End and surrounds. Of course with international businesses arriving, international staff will arrive and Euracom has a wide range of corporate apartments in London. Have a look at our site and then call us for information.

There has been a noticeable move towards a denser, more sustainable and urban style of living (with a much higher concentration of tall buildings going up). There are noticeably more bicycles on our streets, more and more people and businesses paying attention to recycling and having one eye on sustainability and over the last decade, there has been an explosion of farmer’s markets popping up all over the city trying to persuade Londoners to buy local. And we are.

Immigration has been the textbook political hot potato for the last decade and with any diaspora, issues will almost certainly arise about the numbers coming in but collectively, we rely more and more on Europe, so can we have our cake and eat it? It’s a discussion that will undoubtedly run and run.

As with any major city, London has it’s fair share of challenges moving forward into 2014 and beyond including urban regeneration, housing and economic development and given our unprecedented funding and delivery situation, it’s become vital for people to come together to share best practice, to develop thinking that is both innovative yet practical and to invest in the future to keep our city relevant, vibrant, cosmopolitan and exciting.

What are your memories of London over the last ten years? What changes have you seen that you like and dislike? What should we be doing but aren’t? We’d love to hear your feedback, thoughts and ideas.

As always, Euracom can satisfy your accommodation requirements in Londonincluding holiday and vacation apartments in London, student apartments in Londonand corporate accommodation in London so please call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email and we will happily talk you through everything you need to know.

By Rob at 20 Jan 2014

Winter in London Is Wonderful!

***STOP PRESS*** There is now only two weeks until Christmas and if you’re coming to London and you don’t yet have accommodation, you better call us quickly on 020 8420 7666 or email! Spaces are limited but we still have holiday apartments in Bloomsbury, the City of London, Earl’s Court, Hampstead andWestminster.

When was the last time you spent Christmas in London? It’s traditional for Londoners to escape the hustle and bustle of the big smoke and either travel to sunnier climes or leave the city for the relative quiet of the provinces however London in winter is exciting and magical with tons and tons to do!

Over the last few months we have written about London’s markets and Christmas shopping in London but there’s a lot more to do than go shopping!

Take Winter Wonderland for example. It’s in Hyde Park until 5th January and it’s full of fantastic things to do for all the family – walk through the Magical Ice Kingdom, ride the Giant Wheel and try not to fall over ice skating at the Lycamobile Ice Rink! If you’re not too exhausted after that, you can see the Cirque Berserk show, a Zippos Circus extravaganza thrill show with knife throwing, fire, high wire stunts and a Wheel of Death! There’s something for everyone!

One thing you must do while you’re in town is see the windows of the department stores on Oxford Street. One of this year’s highlights is Debenhams who have constructed animals from household objects like hoovers, coffee machines and leather bags! It’s brilliantly creative and the kids will love it (you will too!) After that, stroll down Regent Street and go into Hamley’s, one of the biggest toy shops in the world but beware, it’s SO popular there are queues to get in but it’s worth the wait!

One of the most famous sites in London every Christmas is the tree in Trafalgar Square. Every year since 1947, the people of Norway gift a tree (usually a Norwegian spruce) to the people of London to say thank you for Britain’s support for Norway during World War II. It’s over 20m high and around 50-60 years old and it’s chosen from the forests around Oslo by the foresters who look after it and call it ‘the Queen of the Forest.’

Most evenings in the run up to Christmas there’s carol singing and all sorts of events around the Square as well as dozens and dozens of restaurants and bars for some seasonal food and drink!

In true British fashion, here’s a word of warning. Christmas in London is fantastic and we can’t recommend it highly enough but there are always some unscrupulous types who look to prey on the innocent so keep bags, wallets, phones and cameras hidden away and if you’re driving, PLEASE don’t drink. The police are cracking down on anyone they suspect who may be over the limit and if there’s anything that can instantly ruin Christmas it’s a night in the cells and a car you can’t use for a year.

So, all that’s left for us to say is a huge thank you for trusting Euracom with all your accommodation requirements in 2013 and we very much look forward to servicing your every need into 2014 and beyond.

As we said our holiday apartments in London are filling up VERY quickly so call us today on 020 8420 7666 or email and we will do our very best to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

By Rob at 12 Dec 2013

Christmas Shopping in London

Christmas in London is magical and we Londoners put on a real show for all our visitors! It’s true that shopping in London is exceptional all year round, but at Christmas, it’s just a little bit more special.

We don’t know if it’s just us, but generally speaking, Londoners have a habit of leaving their Christmas shopping to the last minute – especially the men – so here’s a handy guide so you can avoid last-minute panic buys!

If you’re staying in London over December, remember Euracom has some fantastic accommodation in Bloomsbury, Camden Town and indeed all over London and includes serviced apartments in London, holiday apartments in London and student apartments in London – something for everyone, just like the shopping!

Anyway, we digress.

People flock to London at Christmas from all over the world, but where do they go to do their shopping?

To us, one of the best places to go is to walk along Oxford Street and Regent Street. The lights are always fantastic but the real thrill is the department store windows. Each year they compete to see who has the best window displays. It’s hard to judge because they are all fantastic but one thing is guaranteed, the whole family will love it! Hamleys on Regent Street (one of the most iconic toy shops in the world) always has brilliantly inventive windows – as well as seven floors of every toy and game in the universe!

Moving around London, Covent Garden always looks beautifully festive and is a warm place to be with its boutique shops, cafés and restaurants. Trafalgar Square, now they have pedestrianised it will be a great place to be this Christmas and there are also a number of ‘pop-up’ Christmas markets and fairs that are definitely worth a visit –

Christmas at Kew Gardens – there’s lots to do for the family, including vintage and Victorian rides, a market, Santa’s Grotto, food treats and live festive music.

Handmade Christmas Fair – One-off pieces made by small, independent designers, crafters, hobbyists and foodies!

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – Plenty of rides, stalls and attractions, including two circuses and the world famous ice-rink.

Southbank Centre Christmas Market – Loads of toys and gifts, food and drink including the German staples of bratwurst, glühwein and gingerbread!

Taste of Christmas – The Taste of London brand goes all festive! There’s food as far as the eye can see with masterclasses, demonstrations and tastings from top restaurants and special guests like Michel Roux Jr, Monica Galetti and Valentine Warner.

While it’s tempting to stay at home in the warm with the family with a hot chocolate and repeats of The Wizard of Oz and Only Fools & Horses on the telly, there really is a huge amount to do in London over Christmas. We’ve just talked about the shopping but there are ice rinks, carol festivals, grottoes, shows, pantomimes and attractions and lots of events for adults, kids and the whole family.

We promise you’ll never be bored. You won’t’ have time to be!

Where are your favourite markets, shopping streets or hidden gems n London? Where’s the place that you can’t wait to get to in the festive season? Tell us on Twitter@EuracomLondon or on our Facebook page!

Don’t forget, we have some of the best apartments to rent in London so browse through the website and then call us on 020 8240 7666 or email!

By Rob at 8 Nov 2013

London’s Markets

Here at Euracom, we have built our business on the strength of offering excellent accommodation to students, executives and tourists.

Three relatively disparate groups of people, but the all have one thing in common and while each group goes about their daily business, we’re sure that at one point or another, every one of them has visited one of London’s markets.

London’s markets are world-famous. Their origins are grounded in the Middle Ages where, under ancient charter, they were set up to serve the expanding numbers of people coming into the City of London. As the years passed, some grew into huge, wholesale markets catering for the new breed of retailer and some became street markets to meet the needs of the growing suburbs.

There are traditionally two types of markets here in London – wholesale and consumer – but there is a third type of market that has emerged over the last 5-10 years that Londoner’s have come to love – the Farmer’s Market.

We won’t focus too much on the wholesale markets but they are worth visiting simply because of their sheer scale and history.

Wholesale Markets

New Covent Garden Market is the UK’s largest fruit, vegetable and flower market. It supplies 40% of the fruit and veg eaten outside of the home in London and 75% of London’s florists buy their flowers there each morning.

Billingsgate Fish Market is the UK’s largest inland fish market and they process 25,000 tonnes of fish and seafood every year.

Smithfield Meat Market is one of London’s oldest markets – meat has been traded here for over 800 years – and is open to the public.

Consumer Markets

The beauty of London’s consumer markets is in their eclectic nature. You can buy, within reason of course, almost anything, from high-end art and antiques to second-hand books to flowers, clothes, food from every corner of the globe, gifts, curios, handmade goods and jewellery.

Opening hours vary from market to market (some are permanent and some operate on certain days of the week only) so it’s worth checking before you go but one thing is for sure, there are great markets operating every day of the week and you will never be lost for a market in London to go to!

Borough Market – Fresh foods, fruits and vegetables as well as specialist ingredients. A gourmet’s paradise!
Greenwich Market – Jewellery, clothes, accessories, gifts and pictures. There’s also a food court and lots of local, independent shops.
Covent Garden Market – London’s most famous craft market. Look out for the street performers too, some of them will blow your mind!
Jubilee Market – Antiques on Monday, arts & crafts on the weekend and then a general market. It’s in the heart of Covent Garden and definitely worth a short detour!
Camden Lock Market – Clothes, art, workshops, accessories, gifts and punky counterculture stuff with a very cool vibe and lots of street food stalls.
Broadway Market – Artisan foods as well as clothes, gifts and furniture in Hackney, one of London’s coolest and vibrant areas.
Old Spitalfields Market – A covered market selling clothes, art, food and gifts and you can nip up the road to Shoreditch to hang with the cool crowd!
Portobello Market – Antiques, artisan foods, posters, vintage and designer clothes and artwork. It’s been here for almost 200 years and Saturdays is the best day to come.
Leadenhall Market – Designer clothes and shoes, fresh food, gifts and services. It dates back to the 14th century and is in the heart of the City.
Brick Lane Market – Bric-a-brac, leather clothes, saris, spices and other Eastern delights. A real hotbed of cultures, Sundays is the best day to come.

Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s markets are a relatively new addition to the London market scene. Simply put, they are weekly markets set up by local and artisan food producers to sell the fruits of their labours. Where previously we have bought our French cheese, our Spanish ham and our Middle Eastern fruit from American supermarkets, now Londoners can buy direct from the source. Local, seasonal foods that haven’t been corrupted by ‘food miles’ and import duties made by local, artisan producers who care more about the quality of the produce they serve rather than their profit margin.

Every week around the country, farmer’s markets are popping up wherever there’s a suitable space – car parks, school playgrounds, fields, town squares and high streets and while there is an argument that you may end paying slightly more for your apples that you would at any high street supermarket, you know for sure they have been picked off a tree by the guy selling them to you within 10 miles of where you’re standing rather than having been mechanically harvested in China or Turkey.

To find your nearest farmer’s market, click here.

Remember, we have some of the best apartments to rent in London so browse through the website and then call us on 020 8240 7666 or email today!

By Rob at 11 Oct 2013

Welcome to the ‘new’ King’s Cross

3.4m square feet of commercial office space.
500.000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space.
45,000 new people.
67 acres of mixed use development.
23 new and refurbished Grade A office buildings.
20 new streets.
10 new public squares.
1 new postcode.

Welcome to the ‘new’ King’s Cross.

Since the arrival of the railway in the early 1850s, King’s Cross has been an area afflicted by constant change. The ability to move goods around the country from a central hub boosted the capital’s economy but after the Second World War, the area declined.  It was a poor but bustling industrial and distribution centre but degenerated into a partially-abandoned and derelict post-industrial area rife with poverty and the associated social injustices of drug abuse, malnutrition, a thriving black market economy and the sex trade.

By the 1980s, King’s Cross was an area with very high unemployment and high numbers of immigrants came to the area. It became notorious for prostitution and a place where drugs were never in short supply and while the reputation of the area impeded its revival, there remained disused buildings and homes, railway sidings, warehouses and contaminated land which had the potential for development.

Development plans for the area came and went but eventually, a coherent masterplan was submitted. In 2006, the London Borough of Camden granted outline planning permission for the scheme. The plans included world-class transport links throughout the UK and Europe as well hotels, restaurants and cultural centres. One focus has been on attracting blue-chip businesses alongside the associated calibre of residents and by 2016, most of the 67 acres will have been developed.

The area really has to be seen to be believed. If you have any recollection what it was like in the 80s and early 90s, you’ll be amazed! The ‘undesirable’ reputation has largely been driven out and there are an increasing number of cultural establishments making their homes in the area. Establishments including the new British Library and the newly-renovated British Museum as well as The Guardian and The Observer newspapers and perhaps ironically the UK Drug Policy Commission.

For a look at how one of London’s most extraordinary areas is taking shape, click here.

King’s Cross is rapidly becoming one of London’s most desirable areas to live and work. It’s bordered by Bloomsbury (one of London’s most celebrated literary and academic districts) and is minutes from central London and the City.

For students and those looking to come to London in short-stay apartments, Bloomsbury is perfect. It’s in the centre of London’s university district, and close to Covent Garden, Oxford Street, The British Museum, The British Library and central London’s restaurants and theatres.

For more information about our short-stay apartments in Bloomsbury, please click here.

Have you been to King’s Cross recently? Let us know what you think on Twitter@EuracomLondon or on our Facebook page.

Remember, we have some of the best apartments to rent in London so browse through the website and then call us on 020 8240 7666 or email today!

By Rob at 9 Sep 2013

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