Footy Fans and Royal Watchers Unite for London’s Fantastic Celebrations this May
For those out there who are keen royalists and football enthusiasts to boot (get the pun), you must think that all your Christmases have come at once!
The up and coming nuptials of our charming Prince Harry and his beloved ‘Suits’ actress Meghan Markle on May 19th, is reason enough to make your way to London this spring to celebrate. Added to this the FA cup final taking place on the same day, and you have a marriage made in heaven!
These must-see events will cast a frenzy of excitement over London and its suburbs during this splendid weekend, making it the place to be, ensure you book early to secure your perfectly located serviced apartment from which to enjoy the festivities.
The Royal Wedding
Certainly, everyone loves a wedding, especially a royal one, and especially one where the groom is perhaps the most popular young royal ever, with his rugged looks, roguish antics of the past and most sincere nature, like his mother, Princess Diana. It is therefore no surprise that we regard this wedding as a special event in our history. A wedding such as this, involving a senior member of the royal family, (Harry is currently 5th in line to the throne), is seen as an important occasion, and as such, will attract huge national and international attention and coverage. Although it’s likely to be on a smaller scale than the wedding of his brother Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011, which took place in the vast expanse of Westminster Abbey, (capable of holding 2,000 guests), Harry and Meghan’s venue, in St George’s Chapel, will be far a far more intimate affair, holding only 800.
Expect still to see though, a wealth of royal guests, along with A-List celebrities. Anyone who is anyone will be angling for a royal wedding invitation right now. It is rumoured that Sir Elton John, a close friend of Princess Diana, has cancelled several of his Las Vegas gigs over that weekend, so it seems likely that he’ll be there, whilst no royal wedding would be complete without the Beckham’s, who are close friends of both William and Harry. Hopefully, if Sir David does attend, he won’t make the same faux pas as he did at William and Kate’s wedding, when he overlooked correct procedure, as he inadvertently wore his OBE medal, received for his services to British football back in 2003, on the wrong lapel! He was suitably embarrassed by his rusty etiquette and righted the oversight after being discreetly alerted by another honouree, much to the relief of Posh, I’m sure!
The couple’s choice of venue, the 14th C, awe inspiring, St George’s chapel, is more personal to Harry, as this was where he was baptised when just 3 months old, and is where his beloved Great Grandmother, The Queen Mother, rests. It is also a more convenient venue for Her Majesty the Queen, as Windsor is where she resides for the much of the year. Considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England, the chapel has hosted many royal weddings in the past, including that of Edward V11th to Princess Alexandra and Prince Edward to Sophie Rhys Jones. Although Windsor Castle will obviously be closed to the public during the marriage festivities, it is one of London’s greatest tourist attractions throughout the year, attracting millions of visitors, and well worth a visit.
Excitement about royal weddings isn’t a new occurrence, and historical documents show that it’s not just the marriages of heirs to the throne that have been the focus of attention. Weddings of younger siblings, such as Prince Harry, have also been major events. So why not get yourself down to London this May and join the celebrations? Whether you do this by cheering the happy couple in the streets of Windsor, or within the historical, majestic sites of London itself, you will certainly have a stay to remember.
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The FA Cup Final
If you are out of the running for an invite to the wedding, then a great alternative, especially if you are an avid football fan, would be to get down to Wembley stadium to see a moment of English football history. This is the oldest and longest-running football competition in the world. Initially having only 15 entries from clubs, it was first held in 1871-72. Since that time, it has grown continually every year and now boasts hundreds of teams all entering the competition with hopes of getting to the elusive final. It is usually played at London's Wembley Stadium, although from 2001 to 2006, extensive renovations at Wembley meant that the final was held in Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. However, from 2007, the FA Cup returned to Wembley’s impressive, newly refurbished, stadium.
Not everyone is lucky enough, to obtain the prized cup final tickets, so to savour some of the build up to the final and experience all the excitement and frenzy associated with it, you could head off with your mates to watch the match live in one of London’s famous bars, soaking up the atmosphere as you support your favourite team.
The factor that really adds to the excitement is that this competition is a knockout tournament, involving teams from all levels of competition, which means that you have that David and Goliath situation….a small team could surprise everyone by knocking out one of the biggest and best teams in the Premier League! This therefore makes thrilling matches where nobody can really predict the outcome. So for sports enthusiasts, lover of underdogs and football fanatics alike, this event is one that is etched on the sporting world calendar and therefore not to be missed.
With some 89,000 fans in attendance at the 2017 final, this is one of the most attended football events in the world. Last year, the 136th FA cup final was played between Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal was victorious in celebrating a 2-1 victory, making them the record holders after winning this prestigious trophy 13 times. They are now the most successful club in FA Cup history.
As with Windsor Castle, the Stadium is open for tours throughout the year, although these may not be available on some holidays and event days, so check before booking. Wembley Stadium is an amazing place to savour footballing of the past and retrace your footballing hero’s footsteps.
With the wedding taking place in Windsor and the FA Cup in Wembley, it makes perfect sense to stay within easy reach of the many tube stations that can take you to both venues. Central London itself will also be buzzing, with, no doubt, giant TV screens to keep the crowds happy, along with a host of activities thrown into the mix. So, to experience all this excitement, why not make an extended stay from your visit to London this May?
Euracom have a wide range of luxurious, serviced apartments that can make your stay in the capital a memorable one. With easily accessible transport links to both Windsor and Wembley, our apartments will provide the best of both worlds; A great setting to stay, whilst having excellent travel links nearby, making your trip to witness these spectacular events easy and trouble free.
The following serviced apartments from Euracom are just 3 examples from our amazing portfolio of London serviced apartments.
1. Short stay apartments London E1 Canary Wharf, Trinity Tower
Situated within the prominent 'Tower' building of the Lanterns Court development, Trinity Tower provides luxury facilities ideal for leisure stays in London along with corporate clients who wish to work in London. With easy access to Canary Wharf with its numerous shops, bars and restaurants, these affordable, luxury apartments are also ideally situated if you want to venture a little further afield, due to the excellent transport links. For a nightly fee from just £163p/n, the apartments boast a bright, luxurious, fully furnished, open planned living area complete with fully equipped kitchen. Each apartment has floor to ceiling windows, a spacious hallway, and a bathroom for maximum comfort and convenience.
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2. Serviced apartments to rent in Covent Garden, London WC2
A slightly cheaper option, starting at £145p/n, is our St. Martins Court serviced apartments, near Leicester Square. Set in the heart of London’s theatre district near Covent Garden, these apartments are perfect for exploring all central London’s famous attractions. With a variety of restaurants, shops and theatres nearby, these stylish, modern apartments offer excellent short-stay accommodation for those looking to stay in London. The range of beautifully appointed studios/1-bedroom apartments feature everything you’ll need for a short/ mid-term leisure break. They offer space, privacy and independence for an experience of central London living that hotels simply can’t match. Close proximity to the London Tube gives these apartments the best of both worlds- excellent transport links to the rest of London, along with a prime, central location.
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3. Corporate serviced apartment rental London Fleet Street, EC4
Located in a quiet courtyard, near to Fleet Street, these corporate apartments were once the home of the British press. They are within walking distance of many of London’s attractions, such as St Paul's Cathedral and The Globe Theatre. Reasonably priced from £133p/n, they are ideal for business stays, or short vacations. Offering easy access to many of London’s famous attractions, these comfortable apartments also offer excellent transport links to London’s suburbs and beyond- a perfect base from which to explore.
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- Bathroom/ Hairdryer available
- Central heating
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- DVD player/ Radio / Alarm clock/ Telephone/TV/ Wi-fi
- Fully equipped kitchen/ Dishwasher in some/ Iron / Ironing board/ Breakfast available
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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.
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.
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;
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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;
- Breakfast available
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- Dining table & chairs/DVD player/ Safe
- Fully equipped kitchen/ Washing machine
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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.
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- Nearby shops/near city centre
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at 8 May 2017
Well, what month! So much has happened since we last spoke it’s hard to know where to start!
How about with some happy Royal news? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – aka Wills and Kate – had a baby daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on the 2nd May. She immediately slots in fourth in the line of succession behind her old man, her uncle Harry and her brother George and she weighed 8lb 3oz. As an aside, Charlotte was ranked 21st in the ONS list of most popular girls’ names in 2013. Who wants to bet that it will be higher in 2015?
We also marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day on May 8th.
Here are some interesting VE Day facts for you:
- 20,000 people gathered outside Buckingham Palace to welcome King George VI and the Royal Family, accompanied by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, on VE Day
- On VE Day, 13,000 British POWs were brought home on 200 Lancaster bombers
- It took 4h 19m from the time the Germans signed the official Instrument of Surrender at Allied HQ in Reims on May 7th (2.41am) to the time Churchill was informed the war was officially over (7.00am)
- Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force secretary Susan Hibbert took 20 hours to type the official surrender document signed by the Allied Expeditionary Force, the Soviets, the French and of course the Germans. It consisted of just 272 words but with everyone putting in their two-penneth, it took a while. When she died in February, we said goodbye to the last British witness to the German surrender
Street parties were recreated with the food, clothes, music and entertainment of the time but as we celebrated, we must spare a thought for those who perished on the battlefields, in the cities and in the concentration camps. Britain lost 450,000 in the war (with an estimated 65-80m dead worldwide) and that should never be forgotten.
Last week, to top off a memorable month for Britain we had the General Election. In the weeks leading up to it, it became clear that no party would get the requisite number of votes needed for a majority and a mandate to do what they liked. Would the Tories have to form another coalition with the Lib Dems? Would Labour have to join up with the Scottish Nationals? Would UKIPs Nigel Farage get the seat he was so desperate for?
The answer to all three was a resounding ‘no’.
Both the Liberal Democrats and Labour were so embarrassingly thrashed, within hours of the resounding Tory victory, both Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband resigned and then when Farage was trounced in South Thanet by the Tories (with not an inconsiderable helping hand from comedian Al Murray’s Free United Kingdom Party, aka FUKP), he also threw the towel in.
So there we have it, a Tory majority and a mandate to do all the things they said they are going to do. Let’s wait and see shall we…?
You know summer’s coming when the football season finishes. At the time of writing, the Champions League final will be contested by Barcelona and Juventus, bringing back the union of Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini, where the latter was bitten by the former in the World Cup, and the union of Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra, where the former was found guilty of racially abusing the latter. Should be a good game!
We also know when summer’s coming when our phones are ringing off the hook. As ever, our city in the summer is a fantastic place to be and we have some fantastic deals on holiday apartments in London. Whether you’re coming as a tourist for a few weeks or as a student for the year, have a look at our selection of vacation and student apartments in London.
Here at Euracom, we have been arranging student accommodation in London for a quarter-century and as well as some great apartments at great prices, we make sure that you are well taken care of. If there’s anything you need or any help we can give you while you’re in the UK, please just ask us. It’s what we’re here for!
If you are looking for outstanding accommodation in London, make Euracom your first phone call (or email!). You can get us on 020 8420 7666 or by email email@example.com
We look forward to making sure you have a fantastic summer staying in a Euracom apartment!
See you in June!
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