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The changing face of London through the ages

There is undoubtedly a plethora of relatively new, interesting buildings and structures within London, which have proven to be a large attraction to the many visitors we have to our capital city. Take the London Eye, the Shard and the Millennium Dome to name a few. Yet London is also one of the most historic cities on the earth, dating back well beyond Roman times, boasting landmarks that have given the city a reputation for both splendour and culture.  

This month we’ll look at some of these older, yet well-loved tourist attractions, which will hopefully be around for many more years to come. Needless to say, whether you opt for the ancient or modern within London, there is always something of interest to everyone. That’s why London is such an exceptional place to stay and rent a serviced apartment, as you get the best of everything, both old and new, equally contributing to make the city the wonderful city we know today.

Marble Arch

One spectacular area of London, hosting an iconic city landmark, is Marble Arch.  Now an entirely modern, bustling district, with Oxford Street to the East, Park Lane to the south and Bayswater to the west, the region encompasses much of the City of Westminster, boasting some of the most expensive real estate in the Capital.

The area around the Arch now accommodates a major road junction, yet once, according to the poet John Betjeman, who in one of his poems states, ‘For here where once were pleasant fields and no one in a hurry!’   How times have changed!

This historic arch has had a chequered history.  Its original design was supposed to have been a triumphal arch and grand gateway to an expanded Buckingham Palace, celebrating the British victories in the Napoleonic Wars, yet the arch we see today is nothing like as ornate or grand as the one that designer John Nash originally intended.  When first commissioned by George IV, Nash was due to have incorporated many imposing sculptures, such as a large equestrian statue of the king sitting above the arch, along with other, more ornate friezes of battle scenes and symbolic panels.  Having produced these, unfortunately after the king’s death, Nash was sacked for overspending in favour of another architect, Edward Blore, whose brief was to complete the works in a more economic fashion!   

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However, what to do with all this jumbled collection of sculptures that were on his hands?

Nash, understandably, would no longer cooperate on the project, so Blore decided to complete the Arch without most of the intended sculptures. The arch we therefore see today has only four symbolic panels with minimal decoration. The ends are blank except for three laurel wreaths.

Marble Arch was finally completed in 1833, minus the central gates, which were added just before Queen Victoria was crowned in 1837. Yet there was one fatal mistake still visible today.  The symbolic panels were supposed to represent a "military side", which celebrated victory at the Battle of Waterloo and a “naval side” which commemorated Lord Nelson’s achievements. However, the military side is topped with the portrait of Nelson and the naval side with one of Wellington. What a ‘mistaka to maka!’

Fortunately the other sculptures still survive and were eventually used within Buckingham Palace Courtyard and in the new National Gallery. And what happened to the equestrian statue?  It now sits on a plinth in Trafalgar Square!

After all this effort to construct, Marble Arch was eventually deemed unsatisfactory in its original location and moved, stone by stone, to where it currently stands at Cumberland Gate.  Its new site would, it was thought, form a grand entrance to Hyde Park in time for the Great Exhibition of 1851.  Indeed, this was the case for 50 years, however with progress came additional, widened roads, and in 1908 and 1960 respectively, new road schemes managed to completely separate the Arch from Hyde Park, leaving it in an isolated position…..all the best laid plans!

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If you decide to visit this exceptional area of London, you won’t be sorry. Near to Marble Arch, Hyde Park is a wonderful place to relax at all times of the year, whilst for retail therapy why not head off to Oxford Street? There are also a wide range of cafes, bars and restaurants within the neighbourhood, along with other major attractions and theatre land just a short underground trip away.

If you need somewhere to rest your weary head after a hard day sightseeing, why not try Euracom’s George Street, central London apartments? Centred at the heart of London’s West End, this modern, 4 storey town house features several self – catering apartments

These delightful serviced apartments in the heart of London's West End are housed in a four storey town house, designed in a modern style. From five one-bedroom apartments to a double studio apartment, ranging from a reasonable £650 p/w, these offer guests the ideal London retreat.

Features include:

  • Fully equipped kitchen/ kitchenette with dishwasher in some apartments
  • Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available/ Utilities included
  • Close to amenities
  • Door entry phone/Property supervisor nearby
  • Radio / Alarm clock/Telephone/TV / Freeview/ Wi-Fi

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Trafalgar Square

Another unmissable, yet historic area of London is that of Trafalgar Square, a must stop for any visitor to London. This public square, completed in 1844, is regarded to be at London’s centre and was built around the area once known as Charing Cross. However, the district has been well renowned since the 13th century. It once housed the King's Mews, although when these were relocated to Buckingham Palace by George IV, its redevelopment took place, resulting in the splendid square that we have today. The name ‘Trafalgar’ celebrates Britain’s naval victory in the war against Napoleon.

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At the centre of the square sits the 52m high Nelson’s column, surrounded by four statuesque lions sitting on plinths, each weighing seven tons.  Originally called The Monument to Lord Nelson, the column is built of Devon granite and commemorates Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar.  Interestingly, when being refurbished in 2006, it measured over 4 metres less than people had first thought!  On a more sinister note, in 1940 the Nazis developed secret plans to move Nelson's Column to Berlin when Britain lost the Second World War!  Thankfully, this didn’t happen!

Fountains and sculptures have adorned the square, throughout the years, whilst since 1947, a Christmas tree, donated by Norway,  is erected in gratitude for Britain's support during World War II. The square is also the centre of New Year's Eve celebrations. For years the square was renowned for its pigeon population and a popular pastime in Victorian times was to feed them. Pigeon feed sellers became famous for trading at inflated prices, whilst the pigeon population also inflated to around 35,000 and was deemed to be a health hazard. In recent years, feeding the pigeons has been banned and birds of prey have been introduced to discourage them.

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Nearby are the National Gallery, featuring masterpieces from the past, along with Her Majesty’s Theatre, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

This area of London is a tourist’s dream!  If you require a central location to enable you to experience all the famous landmarks and soak up the history of our great capital then look no further than Euracom’s Central London serviced apartments in Trafalgar Square WC2.

These modern, newly refurbished serviced apartments are within a minutes’ walk of all the areas mentioned above. Ranging from £987 p/w, they make the perfect spot for exploring our capital city.  Sleeping from 2 to 6 persons, all apartments and studios are well furnished and air conditioned. If café culture is your desire, you’ll find plenty of coffee shops, pubs & restaurants at nearby Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning/central heating
  • Bathroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Breakfast available/ dishwasher in some apartments
  • Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available/ daily or weekly linen change/daily cleaning service
  • Concierge / security / reception/ Lifts/ Safe
  • Desk / workspace/dining table & chairs
  • Radio / alarm clock/ satellite TV/ tea / coffee making facilities/ telephone/Wi - Fi

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The Barbican:

A rather more modern attraction than those previously covered is The Barbican.  Opened on the 3 March 1982, to a very excited public, this performing arts centre in the City of London is the largest of its kind in Europe. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the centre gives theatre goers, a range of contemporary and classical music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. Declared by the Queen as a ‘modern wonder of the world’, this was the first arts centre ever to provide music, theatre, visual arts, film with a tropical conservatory all within one venue.

Once a World War 2 bomb crater, the Barbican rose out of the rubble to become a world-class multi-arts centre.

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From the opening ceremony, this iconic theatre has shown innovation, vision and ambition to push boundaries in in the art world, welcoming the finest artists in the world to come and perform.  From new interpretations of Shakespeare, from distinguished directors like Thomas Ostermeier, to celebrations of Nordic and Japanese culture, the centre encourages people to create innovative work that takes risks. This centre has really raised the game in theatre, and for this reason it attracts the best international artists around, along with home grown talent.

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The Barbican’s initial conception came as part of London’s post war vision to rebuild an area of London which was devastated by bombing during the Second World War.  Its name comes from a street situated in the area of Cripplegate, which was, during the 19th century, home to a wide variety of tradesmen including furriers and glovers, and was the centre of the rag trade with fabric and leather merchants in abundance.

Yet during the 1940’s the area, and indeed the whole of London, succumbed to a prolonged aerial attack by German bombers, leaving in its wake a flattened, devastated landscape of bomb craters and fire damaged warehouses. By 1945, very few buildings within the area remained standing, leaving Londoners keen to rebuild.  Careful plans were instigated throughout the capital, resulting in the London we have today. 

The Barbican itself took over a decade to complete and is today seen as a famous London landmark due to its scale and ambitious design.  It has become internationally recognised as one of the most significant architectural achievements of the 20th century. It also demonstrates that good can rise from adversity, showing us what is great about London and its people, which are both innovative and outward looking. It has certainly played its part in making London the great diverse, cultural city it has become, encouraging a sense of community and unity, by making us see the world from different angles.

Not only is the Barbican a centre for outstanding arts but over the years it has become a valuable local resource, bringing communities together. This has contributed considerably to East London’s vibrant and thriving cultural life.  If you’d like to experience this sensational part of London, then why not extend your stay in the capital by trying Euracom’s Central London serviced apartments, Barbican EC1

For a weekly rental cost starting from £875 p/w, this collection of modern serviced apartments range from newly refurbished studio apartments to deluxe 1-bedroom apartments.  They are located within easy reach of the Barbican Centre and St Paul’s Cathedral, making them the perfect retreat within central London. With clever designs to maximise space, all apartments are equipped with a fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and bathroom with shower.

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  • Bathroom
  • Central heating/radio/alarm clock/telephone/TV/Freeview/Wi-Fi
  • Concierge / security / reception/ lifts/lobby / waiting area
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ dishwasher in some apartments/daily cleaning service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Onsite restaurants / bars

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By Rob at 19 Sep 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

Enjoy Spring and Easter in London

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!

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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.

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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.

  1. 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

  1. 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.

Reserve your London serviced apartment for the FA Cup Final now.

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;

  • Bathroom
  • Concierge / security / reception
  • Daily or weekly linen change
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Lifts
  • Onsite restaurants / bars
  • Safe
  • Telephone/TV/WiFi

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.

Features include;

  • 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
  • Gym/Spa
  • 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.

More about our Regents Park - Melia serviced apartments ›

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.

More about our Baker Street London serviced apartments ›

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By Rob at 14 Mar 2017

The London Classic Car Show 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.

Reserve your serviced apartment for The London Classic Car Show now ›

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.

Stay in London for The London Classic Car Show 2017

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.

http://www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk/

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
  • Laundry
  • 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

Canary Wharf Boardwalk luxury serviced apartments London

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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By Rob at 8 Feb 2017

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