It seems that Spring is finally creeping up on us after the eternally long winter, bringing (hopefully), warmer weather, allowing us to enjoy the wealth of seasonal activities on offer in our glorious capital.
With the forthcoming Spring Bank Holiday, (26th to 28th May) on the horizon, London venues are gearing up for the forthcoming season. Here are our top ten picks for you to get out and about. Activities cater for both young and old, ensuring something for everyone. So why not shed that winter wardrobe, don those shorts and get out and about without delay?
Aside from the usual famous attractions, like The Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, there are loads of other superb things to see and do during the extended Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
The City Visitor Trail (www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visit-the-city/walks)
This is a must for those on a sightseeing mission! The 90 minute, self-guided tour enables you to find many of London’s hidden gems, feast on its world famous attractions and experience the great culture, history and heritage of the capital’s famous Square Mile. Combine this with taking a well-deserved rest in one of the great eateries on route and you have the makings of a very memorable outing. Free City Visitor Trail maps are available from the City Information Centre, located opposite St Paul's Cathedral, or you can download the app for your mobile.
All Points Equal, Victoria Park 28th May (allpointseastfestival.com)
This is a day of free activities celebrating the 100th anniversary of votes for women. The venue, Victoria Park, is significant, as this was the end destination of Sylvia Pankhurst’s 1913/1914 processions. There are a variety of workshops on offer such as banner-making, children’s theatre and aerial circus performances. Outdoor screenings, along with a participatory performance of a Suffragette rally and live music featuring various brass bands, add to the atmosphere. A street food Market and pop-up bars will also be available.
Early Man Family Fun Day, Museum of London, 28th May (museumoflondon.org.uk)
For a range of drop-in, family-friendly activities, visit The Museum of London this Bank Holiday Monday, for a foray back into the Stone Age. Free screenings of ‘Early Man’ a recent Aardman film, will take you back to the time when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth. The caveman hero, Dug and his tribe, take on Lord Nooth, voiced by Tom Hiddleston, to save their home. Other child friendly activities include handling real prehistoric artefacts and learning the art of flint-making using soap, along with other drop in activities.
Spot Angry Birds at Madame Tussauds 7th May – July (madametussauds.co.uk)
Since first opening over 200 years ago, millions have visited this iconic establishment to see its famous wax figures, past and present. It remains just as popular today as it ever was. Much of its success is how the venue has moved with the times, and people are still just as curious as they have ever been. One of its most recent attractions features the characters Red, Chuck and Bomb, who make their debut this May, ahead of the release of the Angry Birds Movie.
Visit the Natural History Museum
This year’s summer season sees the beginning of this fine museum’s transformation into a museum fit for the future. Within the glorious Hintze Hall, a huge blue whale skeleton has now joined the plethora of other natural marvels, helping to tell the story of evolution and the part we play in our planet’s future. The 83 foot long whale skeleton forms an important part of the hundreds of new specimens across several floors, which includes ten other star specimens within the museum’s ‘wonder bays’. Further highlights include the dinosaur section, where you can meet a roaring T-Rex whilst the ground shakes beneath you on the earthquake simulator. A venue not to be missed!
Feria De Londres, South Bank 25th-27th May (feriadelondres.com)
Why not join this vibrant celebration of Spanish cuisine and culture? It’s inspired by the annual spring fairs that take place in Andalucia, Spain and takes place in Bernie Spain Gardens on the South Bank of the Thames. The festival includes interactive workshops, live Spanish music and Flamenco dancing shows, as well as a range of activities suitable for all ages, including arts and crafts, face painting and hair styling. The glorious setting of the South Bank be buzzing with a colourful display of ‘casetas’ (booths) all serving delicious Spanish delicacies, like tapas, Iberico ham, tortillas, pimientos de padron and churros, and you’ll also be able to experience many of the region’s wines and cocktails. Tio Pepe, one of Spain’s favourite fino producers, will be there, hosting a series of sherry masterclasses.
Picnic at Hampton Court Palace 26th May- 2ndJun (www.hrp.org.uk)
For a super family day out why how about head off to Hampton Court Palace to see a resurgence of some of Britain’s most gruesome characters being brought back to life in an open-air performance of Horrible Histories? Prepare yourselves for a unique production of Horrible Histories live on stage, where you’ll not only learn about Britain’s past but also experience some of the nasty bits too! Whilst you’re there you could also confront mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements and besiege the towers whilst exploring the Magic Garden’s secret grotto. Each area represents some of the legends and stories relating to the palaces’ fabulous history. After this innovative way of exploring the past with your family, you could then go on to discover real objects and hidden stories of Britain’s history, in and around the palace. Well worth a visit.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 22nd-26th May (www.rhs.org.uk)
This superb flower extravaganza returns again this year with even bigger, better and more thrilling floral displays. The 12,000 sq ft Great Pavilion marquee will feature the finest displays from the world’s best growers and nurseries. This year’s ‘health and wellbeing’ gardens will help to demonstrate how plants and green spaces improve lives, whilst other features include the ‘Space to Grow’ Gardens, which will provide suggestions for those with smaller, urban gardens. On Friday 25th May, the Chelsea Late Event also enables visitors to combine seeing the show with bands, wandering artists and an artisan food market.
Festival of Science (Space) -Albert Hall - 5thMay-10thJuly(www.royalalberthall.com)
Supported by the UK Space Agency, and as part of their inaugural Festival of Science, the Royal Albert Hall celebrates and explores space through a range of concerts, talks, screenings and comedy events, for space and sci-fi fans whatever their age. This unmissable intergalactic experience, spectacularly celebrates the wonder of space in the iconic setting of one of the world’s most beautiful venues. Culture at its best!
Visit London Zoo 26th May-3rd June (campaign.zsl.org/londonheroesandvillains/)
The kids will love donning their capes this bank holiday in a novel way for them to learn about the threats facing wildlife. London Zoo’s ‘Superheroes and Villains’ excellent celebration of the world’s most incredible wildlife and their amazing super powers, enables them to meet the zoo’s own ‘superheroes’, tirelessly striving to protect vulnerable animals from many of the planet’s greatest villains. You’ll encounter some of the world’s environmental super-villains and discover just what we can do to help the animals fight back. So dust off that Batman outfit and join in the fun!
If you intend to extend your visit to make the most of all these bank holiday events, we at Euracom can help you to find the perfect serviced apartment at a most economical rate. Take a look at these 3 examples of the amazing London Serviced Apartments we offer.
Luxury serviced apartments London, Great Portland Street, Marylebone W1W
Located near the tranquil Regent’s Park, yet close to the bustling West End, these luxury serviced apartments provide an excellent base for exploring London’s famous landmarks, theatres and restaurants. From just £700 for a 1 bedroom apartment sleeping 2, these fully equipped, stylish apartments offer a balcony or terrace, gym, spa, health club & private jacuzzi & sauna. They are perfect for holidaying, with easy access to all the entertainment London has to offer, including Madame Tussauds and London Zoo.
- Balcony / Terrace
- Central heating
- Concierge / security / reception/ conference / meeting room available/ Door entry phone/ Lifts
- Daily or weekly linen change/ Daily cleaning service
- DVD player/ Radio / Alarm clock/ Satellite TV/ Wi-fi
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Gym in building or nearby/ Private jacuzzi & sauna/Spa
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Luxury serviced apartments in London, Sloane Gardens SW1
These splendid Victorian, luxury short stay apartments are set within London's exclusive Sloane Square. Close to the exclusive Knightsbridge’s famous shops, they provide the perfect base within central London for a family stay. From £2184 p/w, these elegant serviced apartments are located within a mansion block dating back to the 19thC and boast Queen Anne high windows along with other grand features. They are finished to the highest standard with a unique character, making them the ideal, high-quality London accommodation. If you are seeking individual design, reflecting the very best of traditional English decoration, then these apartments are for you. Close to many local cafes and restaurants, they are also convenient for visits to many museums within the locality, such as The Natural History Museum.
- Air conditioning/ Central heating
- Balcony / Terrace
- Concierge / security / reception/ Lifts/ Room service available/ Welcome pack available
- Daily or weekly linen change/ Daily cleaning service/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
- Desk / workspace/Dining table & chairs
- Fully equipped kitchen/ Dishwasher in some/ Tea / coffee making facilities
- Telephone/TV / Freeview/ Wi-fi
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Southbank serviced apartments Waterloo, central London SE1
These spectacular, high quality Southbank serviced apartments are perfect for corporate guests and holiday makers alike. They offer views over many major attractions like Big Ben and the London Eye, which are just a stone’s throw away. They provide a superb place to relax after a hard day sightseeing, whilst being close enough to Southbank and its huge variety of restaurants, bars and attractions, giving you the best of both worlds. Ranging from £171p/n for a 1 bedroom apartment, sleeping 2, these contemporary apartments feature floor to ceiling windows, allowing spectacular panoramic views over London. Each high quality apartment offers spacious city living, with fully equipped kitchens and luxurious bathrooms. If you want to explore many of London's cultural and historic sites, then these superb apartments are ideal.
- Bathroom/ Hairdryer available
- Fully equipped kitchen/ Iron / Ironing board/Breakfast available/ Tea / coffee making facilities
- Central heating/ Concierge / security / reception/ Safe/dry cleaning facilities available/ Self check-in
- Daily cleaning service/ Laundry/ Welcome pack available
- Dining table & chairs
- Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Meet & greet arrival service
- DVD player/ Radio / Alarm clock/Telephone/TV/Freeview/Wi-fi
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at 12 May 2018
Everyone enjoys a great, refreshing vacation, where you get the chance to relax and unwind with friends and family. Allowing you to enjoy that well-earned, quality time, is certainly an important consideration when planning your holiday, as choosing the wrong accommodation can be a recipe for disaster! It can make you uncomfortable and stressed and can often ruin a trip, due to lack of space, comfort and price. So after you have selected where you want to visit, take a little time to select the accommodation that is just right for your needs and budget.
If your intended destination is a large city like London, then you may think that a hotel stay is the only option. Yet hotels are very impersonal with little or no atmosphere. Cramped rooms, especially if you have a family, can make you feel claustrophobic and stressed due to their lack of space. What’s more, hotels can also be incredibly expensive for what you get, which isn’t much! Somewhere to lay your head, yes, but little more!
As an alternative, many people are fast becoming aware of ‘serviced apartments’. These are now a very popular choice for both holidaymakers and business travellers alike. They make the ideal solution to your accommodation needs, especially if you want something far more than just a place to sleep.
So what is a serviced apartment?
They are fully furnished apartments which can be made available for both short/long-term stays. They’ll not only provide all the facilities that hotels do, but give you private, more comfortable surroundings with that ‘home from home’ feeling, which is so popular amongst travellers who intend to stay longer term. Typical apartments will include high quality soft furnishings and self-contained kitchens, along with services such as housekeeping, concierge, etc included in the rent.
If we haven’t yet whetted your appetite regarding serviced apartments as opposed to a hotel stay, then why not consider some of the other benefits listed below?
Probably the major difference between a hotel stay and that of a serviced apartment is price. Many people mistakenly believe that a serviced apartment is expensive compared to a hotel and therefore look no further, considering them to be for the elite! Yet did you know that most serviced apartments are at least 30% less expensive than an equivalent standard of hotel? You’ll get luxury accommodation at an affordable rate, so you’ll avoid that huge hotel bill. What’s more, you’ll also save because serviced apartments come equipped with fully fitted kitchens, allowing you to cut down on eating out, which can be expensive. This could make a huge difference to your holiday budget and for longer term tenants, will represent huge savings. Additionally, telephone, broadband, VAT and utility bills are often included within the cost. With all the conveniences of a hotel room yet with far less expense, renting a serviced apartment makes far more economic sense.
2. More Space
A typical city hotel room can often be particularly cramped, hardly ideal if you are holidaying with children who need space to play. Serviced apartments, on the other hand, are considerably larger, (bedrooms often being over 1/3rd bigger than a standard hotel room), with a spacious living area to rest, recuperate and unwind in your own comfortable, secure private surroundings, making them the ideal solution if you are travelling with others. They also include a kitchen, living room, along with the bedroom area, which can be part of a studio space or in a 1/2 bedroom apartment. So to avoid that ‘shoe box’ of a hotel room, where you can’t move without falling over somebody, opt for the roomier alternative of a serviced apartment.
3. All the comforts of home
Another important reason why people opt for a serviced apartment over a hotel stay is that they get that ‘home from home’ feeling. We all know there’s nothing like the comfort of your own home, although a stay in a luxurious serviced apartment comes very close! Instead of being greeted on your arrival with a cold, impersonal hotel room, with a serviced apartment you’ll be able to relax in a warm, inviting atmosphere, with all the comforts of home. Comfortable, luxurious furniture enables you to fully relax and unwind after a hard day sightseeing, whereas having all the facilities on hand in one stylish space, like a fully fitted kitchen, chic bathroom and high tech entertainment systems, means that your stay will be superb, instead of just the mediocre experience you’ll receive at a hotel. Added to this better security and far more privacy, and you have a win-win situation!
4. Family Friendly
If you intend to have a family holiday when visiting our glorious capital, then a serviced apartment will take much of the stress and hassle out of your stay. With ample space available, you’ll avoid that ‘cooped up’ feeling of hotel accommodation, allowing the kids to have their own space to chill out. As well as the entertainment systems mentioned earlier, you can also have the peace of mind that your children will be totally secure in your own self-contained space.
5. Central Locations
Many of London’s hotels are centrally located, although at a hefty price! Some of the cheaper hotel options, however, will result in you having to travel further to London’s central attractions. Yet obtaining affordable accommodation, close to the centre, can add great enjoyment to your London experience. Having all of the city’s most iconic landmarks on your doorstep, not only reduces travel expenses, but enables you to be in the hub of all the vibrancy of central London. Euracom’s well renowned serviced apartments are based in all of London’s true hotspots, giving you the flexibility to do whatever you desire. From shopping in the very best boutiques, to visiting museums and famous buildings, all our centrally located serviced apartments are very affordably priced- much less expensive than any central London hotel!
6. Excellent Services
Hotels will provide a daily cleaning service and ensure your beds are made/towels are changed, although that’s about it! Yet in a serviced apartment you’ll not only be able to stay in comfort and luxury whilst away from home, but you’ll also receive the added benefits of great housekeeping/concierge services. Cleaning, along with a daily linen and towel service is standard with serviced apartments, so you’ll want for nothing.
7. A Personalised Stay
Serviced apartments provide a stay that is tailored specifically to you. Whatever your needs a customised service makes your stay a truly memorable one. Such personalised service cannot be achieved in a hotel stay, unless you pay top dollar! From providing starter packs of groceries on your arrival to stocking some of your favourite snacks in the kitchen, serviced apartments are often accommodating to such requests.
8. Suitable for Business or Pleasure
Serviced apartments provide both convenience and practicality to travellers, whether you are a family who want that ultimate holiday, to business and corporate jetsetters who want an alternative to a lonely hotel room, which is cold and impersonal. Whilst hotels will simply provide the basics for business travellers, the amenities of a serviced apartment mean that all your needs are covered to enable you to do your work in comfort, with the facility to make conference calls and meetings online. What’s more, if your business means a longer stay, then the serviced apartment option can give you the option to stay for longer periods at a far better rate than a hotel stay.
So a serviced apartment is definitely an excellent choice for every discerning traveller… no wonder so many people, from families to corporates, are turning from hotel stays to these much more affordable options. Interest in these cost effective alternatives is therefore soaring for both short and certainly longer stays, albeit at the expense of the bog standard hotel! The benefits mentioned above are certainly worth bearing in mind, so why not give these Euracom serviced apartments detailed below a try in favour of a hotel? You won’t be sorry!
Luxury corporate serviced apartments London Bloomsbury Tavistock Place, WC1
These luxury five-star serviced apartments provide great accommodation in London, for both leisure & business travellers looking to rent for a longer stay. They provide the perfect central location to enjoy London’s many attractions and are only a stones-throw away from the City of London for our corporate clients. Situated in a beautiful Georgian building and furnished to an exceptionally high standard, with designer furniture, all apartments include, wi-fi access, DVD/ CD player and Freeview TV. Some feature a balcony or terrace area, whilst many have fully equipped kitchens & en-suite bathrooms. If you’re looking for luxury accommodation in London for a long-term stay, then these serviced apartments are for you.
- Baby cot / high chair (on request)
- Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
- Bathroom (En-suite bathroom in some)/ Toiletries provided
- Daily or weekly linen change /Daily cleaning service
- Dining table & chairs/ Central heating/ Welcome pack available
- Fully equipped kitchen(Dishwasher in some)/ Iron / Ironing board/ Tea / coffee making facilities
- Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Meet & greet arrival service/ Safe/ Self check-in
- DVD player /Radio / Alarm clock/ TV / Freeview /Wifi
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Luxury serviced apartments London Buckingham Gate, SW1
These luxury serviced apartments are just minutes from many of London’s finest landmarks, including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. If you’re seeking a fully equipped, luxury serviced apartment near Buckingham Palace, then these are the apartments for you. Costing from £4914 p/w, each beautiful apartment overlooks a magnificent central tree lined courtyard. With luxurious decoration and furnished to an impeccable standard, these serviced apartments range in size from deluxe junior suites sleeping 2, to lavish superior 3 bedroom suites sleeping 6. These apartments also boast a fully equipped gym and a wonderful in house restaurant. They are close to a vast array of cafes, shops, restaurants and a wonderful roof garden.
- Central heating/ Secure storage facilities/ Welcome pack available
- Breakfast available/ Onsite restaurants / bars/ Room service available
- Concierge / security / reception/ Conference room available/ Lifts/ Lobby / waiting area
- Daily /weekly linen change/ Daily cleaning service/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
- Desk / workspace/ Dining table & chairs
- Kitchen( Dishwasher in some)/ Tea / coffee making facilities/ grocery starter packs available
- En-suite bathroom in some apartments/ Toiletries provided
- DVD player/ Satellite TV/ Telephone/ Wi-fi
- Spa / health club in building or nearby
If you are looking for luxury apartment rental in London, look no further, call us today to rent one of these luxury apartments.
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Corporate serviced apartments London Camden Road N7
For those on a tighter budget, (prices start from only £728p/w), these newly refurbished corporate serviced apartments are for you. Only one stop from Kings Cross, you’ll have easy access to all of London, great for the business traveller. Situated close to Camden Town, with its eclectic bohemian character and vibrant night life, these apartments are perfectly located, offering something for everyone. They are the ideal serviced apartments for those wanting to live/work in London on a reasonable budget. The Studio apartments provide accommodation for up to 2 people and have been built with pioneering modular technology, making them really energy efficient. There is a private garden for the resident’s use, along with fully equipped kitchens and newly fitted bathrooms. These would be ideal for those living/ working in London, or for those seeking a temporary stay.
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Daily cleaning service/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
- Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Self check-in
- DVD player/ Telephone/ TV / Freeview/ Wifi
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at 9 Feb 2018
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.
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!
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!
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.
- 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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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.
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.
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.
- Air conditioning/central heating
- 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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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.
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.
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.
- 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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at 19 Sep 2017
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!
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.
- 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.
- 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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at 1 Jun 2017
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;
- 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;
- 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
Bayswater Grand Plaza serviced apartments ›
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
Bloomsbury serviced apartments ›
at 8 May 2017