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The hidden gems of London

Most people visiting our wonderful capital city will probably take in London’s most famous sights.  The London Eye, Buckingham Palace and The Tower of London are just 3 of the superb attractions on offer to the discerning tourist, enabling them to experience the very best of London.  People visiting London for the first time may find it difficult to stray off the beaten track and will understandably stick to all these famous haunts.

Yet aside from the glorious crown jewels within The Tower, there is a vast array of less well known, hidden gems throughout the capital that will interest you just as much.  These often beautiful places are sometimes off the main tourist paths, so you may have to discard the guide book and start exploring!  From underground tours of London’s disused tube stations, to ancient, well hidden ‘Roman’ Baths; from a labyrinth of man-made caverns at Chislehurst Caves to a former Victorian toilet, now lovingly transformed into a unique eatery. These are just a few of the places which will thrill and delight you by their quirkiness!

Below, you'll discover some of the secret corners of London, often hidden-away amongst the side streets.  They probably aren’t part of the traditional tourist agenda for the most famous London attractions, but they won’t stay relatively unknown for much longer, so visiting them now is a must, before they become too touristy!  So to discover more of the capital, why not check out these fun things to do in London, and experience a different side to the city with our guide to the secret and hidden spots in London?

West London Hidden Gems

Scale an ice cliff

The Vertical Chill ice climbing wall, WC2E 7HA will thrill both beginners and the more advanced climber. Here you can brush up on your mountaineering skills and become a master climber, all in the centre of London. There are lessons for beginners, or you can just turn up on the day and climb your personal Matterhorn. Not quite as good as Everest, but as near as.

See the last remaining ‘fart-powered’ lamp, WC2R 0EU

Hidden behind the Savoy Hotel in Carting Lane, you’ll discover the last remaining Webb Patent Sewer Gas Lamp. These lamps were, during the 19th C, widespread throughout London, and provided low-cost street lighting.  Also used as a means of clearing the noxious, unpleasant smells coming from London’s sewers, this replica takes you back to a bygone age.

Have lunch in a toilet - Attendant Fitzrovia, W1W 6DY  

This quirky coffee bar, where you can rest for coffee, breakfast or a light lunch, is (wait for it), situated in in a restored Victorian public convenience. Built in 1890, this unique space has been lovingly transformed and restored from a gent’s toilet into one of the most unexpected gems of London. With urinals (clean, obviously), providing some of the seating, this compact eatery, has everything…good food, great atmosphere and the quirkiness that only Britain can offer.  I’d go on to make a joke about the Attendant’s previous functions, but I think you may get ‘peed off’!  (Get the pun?) Whilst on the subject of toilets, why not try the London Loo Tour?  According to the website, the route ‘explores the potty politics of public loos.  From stories of intrigue to practical tips, this tour is an investment in your bladder future! Never be caught short again!’ Sounds interesting huh!

Discover Ancient 'Roman Baths' WC2 

Head off towards The Strand, and you could be taken in, as Victorian Londoners were, by the Ancient 'Roman’ Baths.  Hard to find, they’re situated halfway along Surrey St, so keep your eyes peeled for an old National Trust sign above a gated archway. This leads into Surrey Steps, from which you emerge into Strand Lane. Turn right and then look for number 5.  Interestingly, the baths are probably not Roman.  In fact they probably date back to the 16th/17th C, but the gullible Victorians believed they were much older when ‘discovered’ in the 18th C,  especially when the owner of a little-known plunge pool promoted it as being Roman in origin. Nearly everyone was duped, including respected writers, who soon claimed that it was “without doubt a veritable Roman structure”. 

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Certainly, the brickwork bears resemblance to Roman architecture, and although we’re now certain that the bath dates from the early 17th C, there was little evidence at the time to contradict the story of its ancient beginnings.  These 'Roman Baths' were used by the Victorians for their health benefits and remained operating throughout the 19th C.  This is a great piece of hidden London history, and well worth exploring.

Visit Kyoto Garden, W11 4UA 

For a lovely, tranquil setting, this 55 acre paradise boasts an array of beautiful trees, stone lanterns, winding paths, trickling waterfalls, peaceful ponds with koi carp and splendid statues.  This garden, situated within Holland Park, was a gift from Kyoto in 1991 and is hidden within busy Kensington.  So why not experience a little piece of Japan and visit one of the most beautiful places in London?  With free entry it’s a paradise at any time of year, but particularly in the Autumn, when the garden’s foliage is stunning.

Visit Stafford Terrace - A house stuck in a time warp, W8 7BH

If you’d like to visit a house which has been frozen in a time warp, then this is it!  From the outside it looks pretty unremarkable, yet as you enter the house it’s like travelling back in time to the late Victorian period. Going into this freeze frame of Victorian middle class elegance, you’ll realise the house has been largely untouched since Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne lived there from 1875 with his family, until he died in 1910.  The entire original decoration still exists, along with many of the family’s personal possessions and furniture. Original diaries, bills and papers make up a huge archive of daily life during the period.  The house is open on various afternoons for guests to visit.

Take a trip to Venice!    W9 2PF

For a peaceful walk or boat trip, away from the hustle and bustle of the Thames, try Little Venice.  Situated where the Grand Union and Regent’s canals meet, this lovely area is where you’ll discover quirky waterside cafes, charming pubs and eateries and even puppet shows! This is London’s answer to Italy’s famous city. The area comes alive in the Summer, when people meander along the riverside to nearby Camden or Regent's Park. If you want atmosphere in a very gentle setting, then this is for you.

Where to stay in West London?

To get the most out of all the above attractions, Euracom have a range of serviced apartments within this area of London.  One example is our Luxury serviced apartments Green Park, London W1.

Luxuriously furnished and finished to a high standard, these superb serviced apartments are located near to Piccadilly.  They form part of a five-star hotel, offering all the amenities of a luxury London hotel whilst also providing all the benefits of having your own self-contained, fully equipped luxury serviced apartment. For a nightly fee of £765p/n , you’ll get an opulent marble bathroom, spacious lounge/dining area, and fully fitted kitchen.  These apartments also have access to a gym and spa and also have the option of a private garden or penthouse! They are a perfect base to explore all London’s hidden gems, as well as the more famous ones.

Features include

  • Bathroom/ central heating Concierge / security / reception/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available/ safe
  • Daily or weekly linen change/ daily cleaning service/ room service available
  • Dining table & chairs/ tea / coffee making facilities
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ breakfast available/ dishwasher in some apartments
  • Lifts / lobby / waiting area / telephone / satellite TV / Wi-fi / radio / alarm clock
  • Onsite restaurants / bars/ spa / health club in building or nearby

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North London Hidden Gems

The Parkland Walk   Finsbury Park N4 3EY

Stroll along the course of the old railway that once ran between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. If you want a decent walk, in a serene setting and the chance to experience some greenery at the very centre of London, then this local nature reserve is for you.  The walk boasts a huge variety of habitats and wildlife, with 200+ species of wild flowers.  Here you’ll see orchids alongside dandelions, hedgehogs, foxes, butterflies and a plethora of bird species, along with muntjac deer, which can occasionally be seen.

Head to Chin Chin Labs’ Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream parlour, Cambden, NW1 8AF,

This ice cream parlour is a must for connoisseurs who like something more unusual than the Mr Whippy! Here you can indulge in original ice cream mixtures, thanks to the use of liquid nitrogen!  You’ll watch the process unfold while waiting for service, savouring the mystical chemical clouds in the shop’s laboratory. Served in many different flavours, such as red velvet and water melon, Chin Chin Labs’ delicious creations are not to be missed.

Visit Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8EA

If antiques are your passion then a novel place to browse is hidden away from the bustling streets of Islington.  Camden Passage hosts regular street antiques markets, selling curios and bric a brac, along with superb antique shops where you could bag a bargain.  Unusual cafes abound, along with a range of other quaint shops.

Relax at London’s only bookshop barge, N1C 4LW

If you enjoy a relaxing read, whilst gently idling on the canal bank, then head to London’s only second-hand bookshop barge, Word on the Water.  The barge moors at several sites and has a range of excellent novels to peruse.  This welcoming venue boasts a wood-burning stove to toast those toes, live music and you may even get to cuddle the resident cat!

Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross, N1 9AP

Harry Potter fans will be overjoyed at this little gem.  Situated at Kings Cross Station, you may not think this next feature could be included as a hidden gem.  Yes, this station is a busy, bustling area, although many travellers aren’t aware of Platform 9¾. Thanks to the recently revamped railway station, it now boasts a new platform, nestled snugly between platforms 9 and 10.  It’s easy to find, as there are always queues of muggles waiting for photo opportunities. Luckily, if you want to replenish your wizard supplies and wands, then there is also a wonderful souvenir shop!

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Central London Hidden Gems

Churchill’s Secret Station and other Most of our Hidden London tours

If you’re uninspired by a visit to the London Eye or Buckingham Palace, there’s a new experience below the London streets that could appeal.  The London Transport Museum has devised the very popular Hidden London tours, including a ‘secret station’ used by Churchill during the war, a World War II shelter, a disused underground station at Aldwych and a tour taking you along the disused rail lines.  Tours are in great demand so often sell out quickly, but  these are a rare opportunity to take an intimate peep into London’s hidden historical past, where the warren of tunnels were often used to save the lives of many during the Blitz.

East London Hidden Gems

Chislehurst Caves, BR7 5NL

Slightly further afield, but worth the effort, are Chislehurst Caves, a maze of man-made caverns, dating from the Druids, Romans and Saxons.  They have had varied uses over the years, including serving as an air raid shelter during WW2, when people travelled daily from the bomb ravaged East End of London, to a safer place to sleep.  For a brief time, they have also been a successful music venue, hosting artists like David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix.

Encounter a Soviet tank, Old Kent Road, SE1

Bringing Russia into London, a rather novel piece of social history can be seen.  This materialised due to an argument between a prospective developer, Russel Gray, and Southwark Council.  Denied planning permission for his house, the resident waged war on the council by buying a decommissioned T34 Soviet tank for his child and plonked it on the disputed plot!  Prior to this act, this canny local had the forethought to apply for new planning permission, not for a building but for a 'tank'.  The council granted this request, mistakenly thinking that it was for a storage container of some kind.  The council’s error is to our benefit, as the tank is now a popular attraction for graffiti artists, who regularly change its facia.  Legend has it that the tank’s turret is aimed towards the council offices! So should you fancy climbing over a part of cold war history, you can make a visit to this symbol of two great struggles, the first between communism and capitalism, and another between a local man and a council planning department.

St Dunstan in the East, EC3R 5DD

An excellent picnic spot, this area boasts a church dating from 1100.  It has seen significant damage in past times, the first being inflicted during Great Fire of London in 1666, whilst more recently during the heavy bombing during the Blitz.  Some parts survived though, in particular the steeple built by Christopher Wren. This is certainly an atmospheric place to have lunch.

Wilton’s Music Hall

If culture is what you crave, then look no further! Taking a trip to the oldest surviving music hall in the world, tucked within London’s East End is an experience you won’t forget. Wilton’s Music Hall hosts a wide range of theatrical and musical events is being gradually restored from its dilapidated state, whilst retaining its classic, original features.

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Originally a traditional Victorian music hall, parts still lie crumbling, which add to its appeal.  The ‘shabby chic’ effect also contributes to its character and intimacy, enabling you to either enjoy a drink in the Mahogany Bar, or take a tour around this great historic venue.

Enjoy lunch in a power station, E1W 3SG

For something which may give you a buzz, (another pun), you may fancy lunching in the unique and eccentric setting of Wapping Hydraulic Power Station.  Situated in the old hydraulic power station and surrounded by original disused machinery, pumps and turbines, you can experience the quirkiness of this laid-back restaurant.  After lunch remember to visit the impressive art gallery.

Where to stay in East London?

After a hard day’s sightseeing, you’ll want to rest your weary heads.  We have a range of delightful serviced apartments within this area of London.  One example is our superb, beautifully furnished apartments at Bishopsgate Liverpool Street, Corporate Serviced Apartments London, EC2

These corporate serviced apartments offer both studios and 1 or 2 bedroom apartments. Starting from £138p/n, these apartments feature modern furnishings and lovely solid oak flooring. They are equipped with the latest technology, including individual internet access, ISDN and digital telephones, making your stay more ‘home from home.’  They’ll provide the perfect spot for some peace and quiet from hectic city life.

Features include

  • Baby cot / high chair (upon request)/ welcome pack available//daily cleaning service/
  • Concierge / security / reception/ air conditioning/ door entry phone/lifts/lobby/waiting area/safe
  • Fully equipped kitchen/breakfast available/laundry/dry cleaning facilities available
  • Satellite TV/ telephone/ wi-fi

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South London Hidden Gems

Fulham Palace, SW6 6EA

For a range of art, architecture and history, this beautiful palace is an unsung gem within London. With free entry, Fulham Palace has and a varied programme of events throughout the year. Paintings, archaeology and an array of artefacts trace the history of the Palace site from prehistoric times.

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Mercato Metropolitano and Maltby Street

Two markets off the tourist trail that tend to appeal more to locals, yet are close to the bustling Borough Market, are those of the Mercato Metropolitano and Maltby Street.  With their tantalising food selection, the Mercato Metropolitano food court specialises in dishes from Venezuela to Italian favourites.  Within the 2 courtyards there are also regular cinema screenings.  Alternatively Maltby Street lies under the railway arches in Bermondsey and is close to Tower Bridge. Here, street food is enjoyed by Londoners and visitors alike. With its ‘low-key’ atmosphere great food producers combine with craft brewers.  So pick up a beer from The Southwark Brewing Co whilst dining.  It’s a real treat.

Discover the House of Dreams, SE22 8RG

If you love discovering forgotten and previously unloved objects, then The House of Dreams is the place to go. This museum has been dedicated to those objects that would usually be thrown away. As you step over the threshold you’ll be treated to a home transformed into an extraordinary environment that is a shrine to….junk!  Each surface, wall and ceiling is covered with every object imaginable, from such things as old Christmas crackers, china, broken toys and other odds and ends.  There are intricate mosaics and life-sized sculptures of incredible characters which add to the amazing atmosphere of this wonderful place.

The King of Ladies Man, London, SW11 1HG

You’ll find this ‘speakeasy-style’ bar The King of Ladies Man, hidden at the back of a café behind a false wall in a launderette, believe it or not!  Based on a 1970s bachelor pad, it is filled with golden light, pink flamingo wallpaper, gold lamé curtains and specialises in “beer, cheese and disco drinks”.  The laundrette is a nod to the iconic 80’s advert for Levi Jeans and was transformed into a dining and drinking area.  The proprietors will even allow you to perch on the washing machines! Then on sliding back the false wall, you’ll discover the hidden bar with its cocktail shaking staff in Hawaiian shirts!

Old Operating Theatre Museum, SE1 9RY

To see how our ancestors coped with 19th C surgery, and to recognise just how lucky we are to have today’s NHS, for all its faults, the 32 steps up an ancient, spiralling staircase are the stairway to an unmissable spectacle. This museum boasts a frightening array of implements for amputating body parts, reflecting the rather ruthless way that surgery was practiced during the 19th C.  Each Saturday they even have a special demo of Victorian speed surgery at its best, a sight definitely to behold!

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Where to stay in South London?

Should you decide to visit any of these great venues in South London then Euracom have a range of very affordable serviced apartments for both long and shorter stays. 

The Luxury serviced apartments South Kensington Collingham London SW5 for example, have recently been stylishly refurbished as self-catering apartments for rent. Here there is space to relax, unwind and even entertain in luxurious accommodation. At £186p/n for a studio apartment, this Edwardian styled house will make you feel truly at home. They are perfect for families who are seeking all the comforts of home.

Features include

  • Cot / high chair (upon request)
  • Bathroom
  • Central heating/ concierge / security / reception/ lifts/ safe
  • Daily or weekly linen change/ daily cleaning service
  • Desk / workspace/ dining table & chairs
  • DVD player/ telephone/ tv / freeview/wi-fi
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ dishwasher in some/ iron / ironing board/ laundry / dry cleaning facilities available

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Summary

So there’s our pick of venues of secret London – a treasure trove of places that currently fly under the radar despite being really amazing.  So why not try a few of these hidden gems for that ultimate day out? You won’t regret it.  

For information on when & where to stay in London and which serviced apartment is right for you & your stay contact us today.

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By Rob at 16 Oct 2017

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.

Features Include:

  • 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

The top 10 things to do in London

Amongst the growing trend of latest technologies and ideas, there is certainly one that has escaped my attention, (and possibly yours)… that of the appropriately named, ‘listicle!’  ‘What on earth’, I hear you ask, ‘is that?’ Well, for the uninitiated, and those who haven't been on the internet for some time, ‘listicles’ have recently become popular with people who enjoy reading lists instead of a good novel!  A "listicle," is generally defined as a phrase for any article which is presented in the form of a list.   So this month we present the top ten things to do in London as a listicle…

Let’s look at what many people would consider to be the top 10 things to do in London our wonderful capital city, also discovering a few which are free.

Unusual facts that may surprise you about the top ten things to do in London as featured in this article!

  1. The London Eye
  2. The Tower of London
  3. The Shard
  4. Buckingham Palace
  5. The London Dungeon
  6. Madam Tussauds
  7. Take a walk
  8. Science or Natural History Museums
  9. Explore the Parks
  10. Stroll the Markets

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1. The London Eye

This iconic, giant Ferris wheel is a masterpiece of engineering, located along the Thames. Officially known as the Coca-Cola London Eye, it is over 200 times larger than the average cycle wheel and is Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, rising to 135 meters tall.  There are 32 capsules, one for each of the London boroughs, each weighing 10 tonnes. Capsules are numbered 1 to 33, with interestingly no capsule 13, for superstitious reasons!  The Eye can carry 800 passengers, (equivalent to 11 London double-decker buses), and welcomes over 3 ¾ million visitors annually.

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It was once turned into a rotating nightclub, along with becoming a ‘pop up’ restaurant during the London Restaurant Festival! An unmissable venue!

2. The Tower of London

Despite once renowned as a place of torture and death, this 1000 year old, working monument has been a royal palace, jewel house, royal mint, fortress and armoury. Legend says that the ghost of Anne Boleyn walks the Tower accompanied by her head, placed, appropriately, under her arm.  With over 2½ million visitors each year, this is an attraction not to be overlooked.

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For 600 years it accommodated a range of wild creatures, making it the first London Zoo.  Exotic animals, ranging from kangaroos to a polar bear, hunting for fish in the River Thames on a lead! All long gone now, although legend has it that if the Tower’s ravens leave, then this spells doom for Great Britain.  So let’s hope they stay! 

3. The  Shard

This superb vantage point is twice as high as any other in the city.  As Western Europe's tallest building, (309m), The Shard allows visitors to see up to 40 miles away.  The impressive 95 storey

structure was designed as a vertical city, enabling people to work, relax and live.  Its ‘Neo-futuristic’ design was based on the shape of a shard of glass, derived from the architect’s description during planning. Incredibly, 95% of the construction materials are recycled, and the 11,000 glass panels have a total area of 8 football pitches, around 56,000m2. It’s wiring amounts to 320km and would stretch from London to Paris, whilst the swimming pool on the 52nd floor is Europe’s highest swimming pool. An apartment in this fabulous space would set you back around £40 million, so best just to visit!

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Near the end of construction, a fox, nicknamed Romeo, was found on the 72nd floor. Later released into the wild, it is thought it survived on food left by construction workers.

4. Buckingham Palace

This unmissable, working royal palace, gives you a glimpse into royal life.  The superb state rooms boast palace treasures and masterpieces from fine artists like Rembrandt and Rubens. Originally named Buckingham House, and the Queen’s official London residence, the house comprises of 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 main suites, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms! There are also 760 windows and 1,514 doors, 350 clocks and watches, along with a post office, police station, doctor’s surgery, ATM, cinema and pool.

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There is an exciting set of passageways running beneath the palace, connecting it to the outside world.  Many royals, including HM Queen Mother and King George VI, enjoyed exploring these.  On one occasion, they encountered ‘a very polite man from Newcastle,’ who was living down there.

5. The London Dungeon

This thrilling attraction transports you back to Britain’s gory past.  The macabre setting lets your senses explore all the sights, smells and sounds of London’s horrifying crimes.  Not for the faint hearted and with a surprise round every corner, you’ll encounter an array of frightening characters, from torturers, judges and infamous rogues and villains, played by fine actors. So stay alert for the shocks, special effects and rides and become entwined in the world of horror.  Embark on this thrill-filled journey at your peril, through 1,000 years of London's dark past.

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Figures like Sweeney Todd and his sidekick Mrs Lovett, are only fictional, as no public records exist which substantiate the existence of a barber named Todd. Yet stories of shocking criminal deeds were often embellished as they were told and were therefore asserted to be true.

6. Madam Tussauds

This fine museum, founded in 1835 by wax sculptor Anna Maria Tussaud, has been enthralling visitors for almost 200 years.  Typical figures included in today’s displays range from historical to royalty, film stars to sporting legends and famous murderers.  Originally holding around 400 exhibits, some of these were damaged irreparably during the war, although many have been remade using the original casts.  Each sculpture takes four months to produce, costing £227,000. Accuracy is paramount, so 250 precise measurements, along with 180 photographs are taken to ensure this.

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The singer Ozzy Osbourne once posed in the museum as himself and scared unsuspecting visitors. Mother Teresa decreed that her ‘work was more important than her physical being.’ She was therefore one of the only people to refuse to be sculpted.

Free Activities in the Top Ten

7. Take a walk

Head off to admire the lions in Trafalgar Square and take in the famous Nelson’s Column. Cast in bronze, the lions were designed by Edwin Landseer, who worked from real corpses and the cast of a lion statue.   After this, head inside the nearby National Portrait Gallery to view some fabulous artwork and drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt.

Did you know?

Although he strove for great accuracy, Landseer made a big error. In reality, lion’s backs are convex when laying down, not concave as he depicted them. Many thought they looked more like a sphinx!

8. Science or Natural History Museums

The NH museum boasts a huge collection relating to life and earth science specimens. It holds over 80 million items within five main collections, including; botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. It has excellent research facilities, specialising in identification, conservation and taxonomy.  Many specimens have significant historical value as well as scientific, like those collected by Charles Darwin.  The museum is particularly popular amongst younger children for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons.

Alternatively, the incredible Science Museum is another of the city's major tourist attractions, attracting 3 million visitors annually.  Major interactive exhibitions, such as ‘Exploring Space’, are always excitingly displayed and of great interest to young and old alike. The museum now holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including such famous items as Stephenson's Rocket and Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive)

9. Explore the Parks

Hyde Park is just one of eight Royal Parks and is well worth a visit to see such sights as the Serpentine, Speakers Corner and the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Start from Marble Arch tube and stroll around.

Did you know?

Each Christmas Day, a few mad bathers dive into the Serpentine, competing for the Peter Pan Cup.  It’s aptly named, by the Peter Pan author, JM Barrie, who donated the cup.  Worth noting though, that participation is for Serpentine Swimming Club members only, so maybe just focus on cooking the turkey!

10. Stroll the Markets

Why not feast on delicious food at the Borough Market, or watch the street performers whilst dining in Covent Garden?  These are some of the oldest and most charming London areas, with superb cheese and bread stalls, along with a memento or two to take home.

Did you know?

The name of ‘Covent Garden’ was a spelling mistake.  It was supposed to be CONVENT GARDEN, the market garden of the convent of Westminster Abbey!

So there you have it…a ‘listicle’ showing some strange facts about the top ten attractions in London.  Whilst weighing up your choices why not consider staying a while longer to tick some others off your ‘bucket listicle!’  You’ll be glad you did! 

Euracom has a range of serviced apartments to suit your every need, from budget studio flats to luxurious sprawling apartment suites.

Take, for example, the Luxury corporate serviced apartments in London E1, Bishopsgate, these stunningly spacious, recently converted, luxury serviced apartments are bright and well furnished.  Perfect for business travellers and tourists alike, they give easy access to the City and its main attractions like Covent Garden, Spitalfields Market and the Museum of London. From £1034 pw, these apartments offer a range of luxurious services & facilities that cater for everyone.  

Services & facilities include

  • Baby cot / high chair (upon request)
  • Bathroom/ toiletries provided
  • Concierge / security / reception/ door entry phone/ lifts/ telephone/TV / freeview/wi-fi
  • Daily or weekly linen change/ daily cleaning service/starter packs of groceries/ toiletries available
  • DVD player/  radio / alarm clock
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ laundry / dry cleaning facilities available/ tea / coffee making facilities
  • Gym in building or nearby

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Slightly more expensive, at £1071pw, are the short stay apartments London, Earls Court Road, SW5.  These lovely, Edwardian styled apartments, feature high imposing ceilings and comfortable, well- proportioned rooms.  Close to Kensington Palace and the Natural History Museum, the four bedroom apartments can sleep up to 8 people, making them the perfect apartments to rent for a short stay in London.

Services & facilities include

  • Baby cot / high chair (upon request)/ daily cleaning service
  • Breakfast available/ dishwasher in some apartments/ welcome pack available
  • Concierge / security / reception/ door entry phone/ Lifts
  • En-suite bathroom in some apartments
  • Desk / workspace/ dining table & chairs
  • Ensuite bathroom in some apartments
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ laundry / dry cleaning facilities available/ tea / coffee making facilities
  • Telephone/ TV / Freeview/ DVD player/Wifi

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Alternatively, you could opt for our corporate serviced apartments, Holborn Lambs Conduit Street WC1, which are set in a quiet street in the heart of London's Holborn district.  Close to Covent Garden, The British Museum and the City, these apartments make an ideal base for both holidaying and business.  Each apartment has been individually designed and furnished to a high standard, featuring Italian furniture, king-sized beds and comfortable living and dining areas.

Services & facilities include;

  • Baby cot / high chair (upon request)/ daily cleaning service/ welcome pack available
  • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
  • Central heating/concierge / security / reception/ door entry phone/ lifts/ safe
  • Dining table & chairs/ fully equipped kitchen/ dishwasher in some apartments
  • DVD player/ hairdryer available
  • Grocery store onsite / nearby
  • Kitchen / kitchenette/ iron / ironing board/ laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Radio / Alarm clock/satellite TV/ telephone/TV / Freeview/ Wi-fi

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Why foodies should visit London this summer

In the not too distant past, on visiting London, you’d have been faced with some rather strange and uninteresting options for local cuisine.  Once, common traditional delicacies, sold throughout the London streets, included jellied eels, a particularly gelatinous meal, along with pie and mash, (also originally made using London’s abundance of eels). Over time, eel pies were thankfully replaced with those made from minced meat or mutton, as meat became cheaper and the eel population declined! To accompany these treats, another London favourite, usually served as a side dish, were cockles winkles and whelks, or a portion of cod and chips, served in newspaper!

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Thankfully, with the huge influx of multicultural influences within the capital, ‘British’ cuisine has developed out of all recognition during the last few years, through the welcome introduction of ….flavour!!  From a simple ‘meat and two veg’ society during the 60’s and 70’s, Britain is now addicted to the spicy, more interesting foods of today’s London eateries and food outlets. This long awaited, dramatic turning point in British eating habits, along with our love affair with the ‘new era’ of experimental British cuisine’, has resulted in many fabulously exciting restaurants and special cafés surfacing throughout the capital.  London is now on the ‘foody radar’ and is becoming one of the most popular cities in the world now for its inventive array of superb dishes, often inspired by overseas cooking. 

Celebrity Chef Restaurants

There are a plethora of excellent celebrity restaurants dotted around the city.  The Ivy, for example, situated in Covent Garden, is a long-standing ‘celebrity haunt’ within art- deco surroundings, which excels in providing modern British food, and Ivy classics along with other contemporary dishes, suited to any palette.

Covent Garden is also renowned for other well- known celebrity chef haunts, such as Jamie's Italian.  This restaurant is perfect for al fresco dining, whilst you soak up the atmosphere of this famous ancient, London market.  It features fantastic, rustic dishes inspired by the traditional food of Italy, incorporating flavour and flair with a great cocktail or two!

Or why not head to celebrity chef Angela Hartnett's Cafe Murano, a spin -off of her restaurant in Mayfair, where you’ll experience her take on cooking, using big, bold flavours.  Delicious classics such as braised lamb shoulder with Tuscan beans and celery will take you beyond heaven, whilst the jewel in their crown is the veal tartare, a melt in the mouth delicacy.

More Modest Options

For a menu dedicated to the bounty of the sea, try J Sheekey, which serves fabulous oysters and shellfish along with old-fashioned snacks like herring roe on toast. Alternatively, try their more upmarket dishes, like Dover sole or lobster thermidor.  The comforting fish pie is outstanding, whilst the shrimp and scallop burger takes the taste buds to a whole new level.

Or for an even more affordable dining experience, why not seek out ‘Battersea Pie’ in Covent Garden Market, which has the aim of making proper British food and sharing it with as many people as possible?  Here you’ll get a truly authentic and delicious British dining experience, enabling you to sample a wide range of succulent pies, with of course, the inevitable mash!

Whilst exploring the eateries of Covent Garden, to make your stay even more relaxing, why not stay at one of Euracom’s serviced apartments within the area, such as…

Covent Garden - St Martins

These apartments are close to the wide variety of shops, markets and restaurants and are perfectly located between Covent Garden and Leicester Square. Each impeccable apartment offers designer furnishings and modern appliances such as digital LCD TV, DVD player, internet access and fully equipped kitchen. The penthouse apartment boasts a fabulous kitchen and a huge private balcony, plus much more!

Other features of these apartments include:

  • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)/Central heating/ Daily cleaning service
  • Desk / workspace/ Dining table & chairs
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Dishwasher in some apartments/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Meet & greet arrival service
  • DVD player/ Hairdryer available/ Iron / Ironing board
  • Radio / Alarm clock/ TV / Freeview

So why not combine a ‘celebrity chef dinner’ or night on the town, with a luxurious stay in these fabulous apartments?

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Try the Unusual!

Moving closer towards Regents Park, a few of the more unusually named restaurants include ‘The Potato Project’, the baked potato company.  The owners are passionate about giving you a quality fresh menu in atmospheric and homely surroundings and providing an exciting experience for everyone. Their menu shows that the humble potato can be more than just something you have with beans or cheese! Typical twists on the classic jacket include, a smoked ham hock, pesto mayo, sun-dried tomato & melted mozzarella filling.  (Makes you wonder whether you can get a potato that’s big enough to accommodate this lot!)

Or, a mere stones- throw away, near Shoreditch, is the The Ginger Pig Café, which is an unpretentious, reasonably priced eatery. The Ginger Pig Cafe is a rustic, yet cosy place, within Hoxton Market.  Apart from the typical breakfast and brunch dishes, there are delectable burgers and rib eye steaks on the brunch menu.  A warning though, these sizable dishes aren’t for the fainthearted!

A trip to the Archipelago Restaurant (W1), will send you on a sensory dining journey amidst palm trees, Buddhas and giant peacock feathers!  A globally inspired cuisine awaits and will ensure that your senses are awakened through fragrant and indulgently tantalising dishes. If you want to sample crocodile, wildebeest and kangaroo, then this restaurant is for you, whilst if you prefer classics like chicken and fish, then these are also firmly on the menu. If you want to part of ‘London’s culinary portal to world cuisine’ then this restaurant will give you a night to remember!

The Alchemist (EC3) This experimental cocktail lounge and eatery in the heart of London is well worth a visit.  Here, mixologists ‘create every cocktail with an obsessive eye for detail, presented in vessels orchestrated to add a devilish dash of theatre.’  Also specialising in a range of menus, which, according to customers ‘cross between genres’, inevitably making this an extremely interesting, entertaining evening!  They serve huge main courses, along with ‘naughty nibbles’ to accompany a drink. The rather oddly adorned walls and weird and wonderful artworks, provide an additional talking point! do.

Whilst sampling some of London’s best West End eateries, why not also sample Euracom’s amazingly spacious, yet affordable serviced apartments at the following location?

Weymouth Street London, W1

This property, set in the heart of London's West End, is a short walk from London’s major amenities and attractions.  It features a range of one bedroom apartments accommodating up to 3 people, along with a studio which can accommodate 2. For a weekly rate of only £650 p/w, the building is in a prime position for all central restaurants, bars and pubs, and has good accessibility to the underground.  

Other features include…

  • Desk / workspace
  • Dining table & chairs

Fully equipped kitchen/Dishwasher in some apartments / Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available

  • Door entry phone/ Property supervisor nearby
  • Telephone/ TV / Freeview/ Wifi
  • Twin or double beds in some apartments

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Go East!

Venturing ever more eastwards towards East London, the ‘Cereal-Killer Café is a must! 

Situated in Brick Lane, at the heart of the East End, this colourful, nostalgic eatery boasts more than 120 cereals, plus a selection of milk and toppings. Ranging from the bog standard cereal (it is anything but!), to ‘CEREAL MILK ICE CREAM’, which is an excellent way to cool down during our long, (hopefully), hot summer, this café provides excellent value for money, even catering for the little rascals in our life, by offering such delicacies as ‘Disney princess cereals’ or ‘Frankenberry’, for the boys! For a breakfast with a difference, this is a must!

Alternatively, the Frog Restaurant (E1), run by chef of the year (2014), Adam Handling, is worth a visit if you want beautifully presented food sourced with the finest ingredients.  Adam’s love of all things Asian has inspired him to create dishes prepared with a number of different techniques and styles, thus delivering a real depth of flavour to his recipes.  Dishes to delight your taste buds include crab doughnuts, which will both surprise and wow you!  Adam’s ingenious cooking and flavour combinations, demonstrates just how far British cooking has come along since those heady days of the jellied eel!

If you are intending to make your visit to London’s eateries an extended one, then Euracom’s serviced apartments listed below will make an ideal base.

Aldgate Commercial Road serviced apartments London E1

Ideally suited for travellers wishing to stay in the very heart of London's City centre to access the major tourist attractions, these contemporary styled, self-catering apartments have been tastefully furnished those personal touches giving them a ‘home from home’ feeling.  From a nightly fee of £129p/n, these spacious living quarters are fitted to a very high standard, featuring a comfortable lounge, fully equipped kitchen & modern bathroom. Furthermore, many of the apartments have balconies, giving scenic views of London’s striking skyline.  There are excellent transport links and the apartments are close to many of the trendy, quirky bars and restaurants mentioned above.

Other features include:

  • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
  • Bathroom / En-suite bathroom in some apartments/
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Dishwasher in some apartments/ Iron / Ironing board
  • DVD player / Satellite TV/ Freeview/ Wifi
  • Concierge / security / reception/ Lifts / Lobby / waiting area
  • Daily or weekly linen change
  • Dining table & chairs / Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Sofa bed (upon request)

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By Rob at 11 Jul 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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