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Living and Studying in London - A Student Guide

So you’re about to leave home and embark on the wider world as a student, with all that has to offer.  Student life can be, as many will tell you, the best days of your life.  What better way is there to live, work and play, than in London, one of the most vibrant and atmospheric capitals of the world?  In this city you have all the ingredients to make your student days ones to remember.  London is youthful and truly international and there’ll be endless fun opportunities for you to savour.  Samuel Johnson once said; “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford”.  So make sure you embrace all London has to offer and you’ll love it.  You’ll certainly miss it once you’ve graduated and who knows, you may even decide to take up permanent residence here!

Living and Studying in London - A Student Guide

The guide below, ‘living and studying in London’, gives advice and a ‘to do’ list of the important things you need to remember to make your student life easier, less expensive and smoother in every way.  So read on and discover the ‘ins and outs’ of being a student in our capital.

Living and Studying in London’- A ‘to do‘, guide for Students.

Whether you’re moving to London from either elsewhere in Britain or abroad, separation from home and family can be a daunting prospect initially, especially if you haven’t lived independently before.  However student leisure time will soon be filled with numerous things to see and do and by remembering a few important golden rules, you’ll make your stay an enjoyable one.

  1. Watch your budget!

    Relocating to the capital is undoubtedly exciting, yet can be expensive if you aren’t economical with your money!  Often students blow entire budgets all at once by trying to do every conceivable thing that the city has to offer!  So it’s important to keep track of your outgoings to avoid losing track of the amount you spend.  If your funds are limited then sticking to a budget is imperative.

    So

    1. Check your bank balance regularly to avoid overdraft expenses.
    2. Keep an eye open for 2 for 1 offers and cheaper places to eat/drink- Try ‘Happy Hours’ and eateries outside Central London or in more residential, less ‘touristy’ areas, as prices are often significantly cheaper.  Try downloading ‘Happy Appy’ for all of London’s happy hours.
    3. Check out bargain stores offering lower priced necessities and charity shops to make your money go further.  Also use money off vouchers whenever you can.  Bargains can be had in London’s historic markets, along with great, reasonably priced food.  Eg Portobello/ Borough Markets
    4. Get a British Library/Wellcome Library Reader’s Pass for access to books that you can’t access from your uni library.  This could save you pounds.
    5.  Use your student discount card.  This could save 10% at many places, including cinema entry and many shops.   This way you’ll avoid finding out just how expensive London is! Also save cash by using university cafés and bars as they’re cheaper than normal pubs.
    6. Remember there’s still lots of great things to do in London without spending big!  Check out London’s FREE museums/art galleries, for example, or experience the view from Sky Garden? 
    7. Supplement your budget by getting a part time job to finance your social life? Remember to use whatever services your university has on offer. 
    8. Try cycling to uni rather than using public transport.  You’ll not only avoid expensive gym membership, but you’ll also save on fares!  If you do travel on public transport buy an Oyster Card to save 1/3 on travel.  Combine this with the 16-25 Railcard for bigger discounts.  To save even more, try walking to the next zone before getting on the tube, as it’s cheaper.   If you’re really tight for cash, take the bus as they are ‘flat rate’.   
  2. Do your research!

    Make a list of your potential outgoings whilst studying.  Eg-rent, course fees/reading list, TV licence, food, travel, clothing, utility bills (phone, heating, water rates, internet, electricity) etc.  Better to overestimate this, allowing you to budget accordingly, rather than being faced with higher bills than you’d anticipated and struggle financially.  Also set aside a monthly amount for socialising and try to stick to this.

  3. Stay Safe!

    Students and youngsters are notorious for late nights and the city has numerous events on offer which meet this need.   Yet it’s vitally important to ensure your safety, whether it be in your accommodation or when travelling home after meeting friends.  So remember to stay ‘street wise’.

    1. Keep to well- lit main roads and avoid walking alone at night.
    2. Be aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables out of sight.
    3. Check on friends to ensure they’ve arrived home safely and make sure this is reciprocated.
    4. Never get into unlicensed taxis, always pre-book and agree rates before you get in to stay safe and avoid getting swindled.

    Remember- London is a safe city on the whole, but like anywhere, it's always worth taking sensible precautions.

  4. Get Prepared

    After you’ve secured your place at uni, start on finding affordable accommodation.  Some students stay in Halls of residence for the first year, yet many want to live more independently in subsequent years, opting for student rental.  There's little point searching for accommodation in London until about six weeks before you plan to move in and this can prove difficult if you aren’t familiar with where to search.  To make life easier, opt for a reputable company to do the legwork for you, at no extra cost.  Such companies are experts in searching for a safe, secure London apartment, close to your university, with everything that you need on hand to support you through your stay.  Whatever your budget, these specialists should be able to provide an extensive selection of student apartments to suit your requirements.   

Euracom Comment

Some sensible advice here!  As your time when studying is precious, we, at Euracom feel that the search for your London student rental should be as quick and as hassle-free as possible.  By letting our excellent staff, with fantastic resources at their disposal, find that perfect student rental apartment, you’ll save both the stress and time associated with moving and be settled into your new accommodation in next to no time.  We offer both short/long term apartment rentals, giving you flexibility to move elsewhere, should you undergo a change in circumstances or course venue.  We’ll help you to select the apartment that’s right for you, tailored specifically to your budget and needs, leaving you to focus on the important things, like studying and enjoying yourself, rather than fruitlessly looking for that elusive bed sit!   Our wide range of student apartments/studios are situated in some of Central London’s most desirable tourist areas and are close to major universities.  All fall within London's 'Zone 1' transport system and are near to its wealth of theatres, museums, restaurants and shops.  So if you’re a student seeking to save on affordable rental accommodation in London, conveniently located near to your place of study and you want a service which is second to none, then why not contact Euracom today?  You won’t be sorry!

Three of our student rental apartments are featured below.

Student accommodation London, Garrow House W10

These super stylish, spacious and modern residences are situated in a picturesque canal-side setting.  The area is bursting with unique charm, with plenty of boutique shops, vintage stores, independent theatres, art houses, museums and restaurants to choose from.  The apartments offer both large and twin studios with the choice of your own personal balcony space, fantastic views of London or canal views.  Offered as standard is a desk for studying, large flat screen TV, a modern en-suite and kitchenette and a large comfy bed.  They also feature a fantastic common room and courtyard ideal for socialising, along with a pool table and large flat screen TV, open 24 hours a day!  With Portobello Market nearby and good transport links, these student apartments are perfect for students studying abroad, looking for student accommodation in London.   Our welcoming site teams deal with any requests, providing you with any information during your stay.

Student accommodation London Garrow House W10

Features Include;

  • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
  • Bathroom
  • Concierge / security / reception/ Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Secure storage facilities
  • Desk / workspace/ TV / Freeview/ Wifi
  • Games room/ Movie lounge
  • Kitchen / kitchenette/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available

More about our Garrow House student accommodation ›

Hawley Crescent – Camden NW1

These apartments offer students stylish, modern accommodation, featuring well decorated apartments in an excellent location.   Close to the Underground and many London Universities, each studio comprises of twin beds, or single bunk beds, wardrobes, bathroom, kitchen, TV and Wifi.  Students have access to laundry facilities, a communal area with SKY TV and an attractive roof terrace with panoramic London views. The building is located within a lively area of London, filled with a host of stylish shops, Camden market, popular bars, cafes and restaurants.  An on- site security team ensures students safety and the apartments also have a maintenance/management team to ensure all guests are happy with their service.   This is certainly the place to be for any student wanting a place to study and socialise.

Hawley Crescent Camden student accommodation

Features Include

  • Bathroom (En-suite in some)
  • Desk / workspace/  TV / Freeview/ Wifi
  • Kitchen / kitchenette/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available/ Welcome pack available
  • Lobby / waiting area/ Property supervisor nearby
  • Movie lounge
  • Twin or double beds in some apartments

More about our Camden student accommodation ›

Long stay student accommodation London, Chelsea SW3

This student accommodation offers twin studio student apartments for rent.  These fantastic residences are located close to a host of famous universities.  Nearby Sloane Square offers a huge selection of cafes, restaurants and shops.  With fantastic transport links and cycle hire close by, getting around in London is easy from this great residence.   Located on Kings Road, these apartments offer fresh, clean and stylish flats with communal kitchens, making them some of the most varied student accommodation in London.  Each studio includes an en-suite bathroom, TV and a modern kitchen equipped with oven, microwave, fridge-freezer and hob, whilst the twin en-suite room includes a TV, fridge-freezer and microwave.  The shared kitchens include sinks, hobs and ovens, with lockable cabinets for personal storage.  Two large common rooms are ideal for studying or socialising.  On-site coin-operated laundry facilities are also available at any time.  A dedicated, on-site Hospitality and Maintenance Team/on-site security will monitor the building to ensure safety and security.

Long stay student accommodation London, Chelsea SW3

Features Include;

  • Bathroom
  • Concierge / security / reception/ Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Secure storage facilities
  • Desk / workspace/ under floor heating/ TV / Freeview/ Wifi
  • Kitchen / kitchenette/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Movie lounge

More about our long stay student accommodation ›

Selecting London as your base during your uni years makes sense.  With world class universities, it makes an attractive and convenient place to study with so much to offer.  Here you’ll be inundated with atmosphere, images and history and because everything’s centrally located you can combine student life with being a tourist/spectator.  As a student, you’ll experience new cultures, events and people along with the amazing food/night life which only London can offer.   Studying in London is a great prospect for many, although some may find difficulty in making ends meet, even when frugal with their money.  However, basing yourself here has significant advantages especially if you want real opportunities for employment or you're applying for internships.  Affordability can be an issue, yet with sensible budgeting it can be overcome and you’ll be able to live and study in the capital like a pro!  Living in London is unlike living anywhere else, with a huge canvass to explore and uncover.  This initially nerve-wracking, possibly scary experience may take some adapting to, but once overcome, you’ll undoubtedly remember your student days in London as the best days of your life!

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By Rob at 14 Jan 2019

London - The place to be this Christmas

London - The place to be this Christmas

London is a fabulous place to visit at any time of the year, but especially at Christmas.  Certainly there are other cities to see, both in Europe and further afield, with their trendy Christmas activities and highly decorated buildings, although nothing quite beats the magic of London.   From the majestic and iconic River Thames weaving its wondrous route through the city, spectacularly lit with twinkling decorations, to the famous historical buildings along the river bank, bejewelled with festive adornments-making this the most recognisable festive city on earth.

Many people ask what makes London so special at Christmas.  Well, the answer is simple.  As well as London’s 2000 years of history to explore at this time of year, there are also a plethora of wonderful events and attractions on offer to make your Christmas time truly special.

Christmas activities and unmissable delights, unique to London, make coming here a really special experience to be cherished and remembered- London has it all.  So less of the ‘Bah Humbug’ approach to Christmas….why not ‘don’ your smartest Santa hat and prepare yourself for the some of the best, unmissable delights of the season.  You won’t regret it!

Here are just a few of the things that contribute to making London so spectacular at Christmas.  The list is by no means exhaustive, but will help to whet your appetite and put you in the festive spirit.  

London - The place to be this Christmas

Christmas Light Displays

London manages to overcome the dark and dreary winter nights in December by providing us with thousands of spectacular light displays all over the city.  Oxford Street alone, London’s fabulous shopping area, will transform the skies with over 750,000 twinkly lights.  Additionally, department stores such as Harrods and Hamleys toy store, will surpass themselves again with festive makeovers in their shop windows and sparkling light extravaganzas, providing the most truly mesmerising illuminations imaginable. Central London, never to be outdone, adds that festive touch of sophistication and (let’s be honest), bling, to the proceedings, with landmarks such as Trafalgar Square’s enormous Christmas tree resplendent in Yuletide gaiety, with its gleaming array of lights delighting your every thought.     

Everywhere you look a glorious plethora of ostentatious glitz awaits you. Examples can be found all over the city, from Carnaby Street, Kensington and Knightsbridge with their unique range of shops, to the world famous Kew Gardens, whose Christmas spectaculars provide an amazing treat for visitors. With laser displays, giant baubles and singing trees to astound you, what’s not to like? This, along with the mile long, twinkling path of over a million Christmas lights illuminating ancient trees and buildings, will leave you with a festive glow like no other, (apart from that acquired by the odd sherry or two!)

If you prefer to be guided to London’s prettiest Xmas illuminations, then why not try the unique Christmas Lights Bike Tour? On this 2 hour, unforgettable tour, you’ll be able to witness many of London’s famous landmarks and buildings, festooned with thousands of lights and decorations.   You’ll also experience a few of London’s glorious festive markets, enabling you to pick up a quirky gift or two, along with hearing a range of  hilarious tales about London’s history.  A great experience that only London can provide.

London’s Christmas markets, Fairs and Festivals

If you want to be at the centre of London’s festive events then head on down to some of the world’s best Christmas markets.  Although other countries may have the snow to create Yuletide nostalgia, London isn’t without its fair share of atmosphere!  Covent Garden is a prime example of this and is utterly irresistible at Christmas.  Its stylish stores, market buildings and cobbled square give it an air of bygone days.  Here you can savour the beauty of Christmas whilst meandering below the many elegant mistletoe chandeliers.  You could combine your gift finding experience with a quality meal within the piazza, where you can take a break from the Christmas hustle and bustle whilst listening to a range of street entertainers.  Alternatively, try sampling some of the food from many of the capital’s finest street vendors, selling every conceivable multicultural dish known to man - an experience not to be missed.  Many other such markets are dotted all over London, the Southbank Centre Wintertime Market and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland to name just two.  Selling a plethora of hand crafted offerings and foodie gifts, visiting these venues will certainly put you in the festive spirit, and you’ll also be in the midst of some superb seasonal events into the bargain.  Alternatively, if you want a venue combining 17th C London architecture with the 19C nostalgia of the Cutty Sark tea clipper whilst browsing, then the Greenwich Wintertime Festival will certainly provide an unforgettable wintertime festival experience.  Within the world heritage listed Old Royal Naval College, this very intimate festival/market will appeal to everyone.  You’ll be entertained comprehensively by theatre, street performers, live music and children’s shows, along with being able to taste some of London’s finest festive favourites.  This magical wonderland is made complete by a visit to Santa and his Greenwich launch pad, as he gets ready for his Christmas deliveries. Wander amongst the 500 Christmas trees or marvel at the incredible ice skating performed by world class skaters in this fantastic Christmas destination, unique to London.

Visit Santa

Whilst on the subject of the big man himself, although he is super busy at this time of year, Santa always makes a point of visiting our incredible city, turning up in the strangest London venues imaginable!  His hideaways at the London Zoo and the winter paradise of the London Wetland Centre for example, will delight young and old alike.  Santa may originate from Lapland, yet here in this wildlife wonderland you will experience exciting sleigh rides with huskies, making your Christmas complete.  Alternatively, you could opt for a winter sightseeing tour on the Thames with Santa, where adults can enjoy mulled wine and mince pies while sailing by London’s famous landmarks, whilst Santa distributes a range of goodies to the children on board.  

Only in London! - Enjoy London’s quirkier activities

Great Christmas Pudding Race

No other capital in the world can boast such bizarre, yet entertaining, fun filled Christmas days out as the 38th annual Great Christmas Pudding Race, which takes place in Covent Garden.  Imagine 150 Christmas puddings tackling a festive obstacle course, hurtling around obstacles including foam jets and flour-filled balloons, whilst negotiating and balancing Christmas puds on paper plates and you pretty much have it.  It’s all in aid of Cancer Research UK.  Teams of 6 can register to compete, or you can simply show up and support to have a fun day out. 

Doggy Style Christmas Market

London has always been a city of dog lovers- and the’Doggy Style Christmas Market’ typifies the unique Christmas activities that London has to offer.  You’d be ‘barking mad’ (get it?) to miss the opportunity to pick up a stocking-filler of luxe doggy accessories from this canine themed market, with stalls full of ‘houndy’ goodies for our four legged friends. Dare we say it?  ‘Happy howlidays.’

London Pantomime Horse Race

Alternatively, why not forget the Grand National and prepare for the horsey fun at the London Pantomime Horse Race?  Certainly one of the world’s daftest and wackiest of annual events, this ‘Race Day’ event features over 30 costumed nags, dressed in the style of iconic Film & TV characters.  Panto-Horse teams must navigate various pit-stops and unexpected obstacles during the quarter mile street race.

Take a trip to the Panto or Theatre Land

London has that special ‘wow factor’ at any time, but especially at Christmas, when it comes to its world class theatre.  Taking in one of the capital’s seasonal extravaganzas will make any visit complete.  From musicals and operas featuring famous artistes, to traditional pantos like Snow White or Aladdin in historic venues like The London Palladium or The Royal Albert Hall.  The latter is beautifully transformed into an enchanting Christmas experience of music, dance, film, comedy and much more, so why not take your visit to a new level and pay them a visit?

Ice Skating in the Capital

During the ‘Little Ice Age’ during the 17th-19th C, ice skating was common during the winter on the River Thames.  No longer unfortunately, as the river freezes over no longer, however London still boasts many glorious venues where you can skate in enchanting surroundings to your hearts content.

The famous Natural History Museum is home to one such ice rink. With the elegant backdrop of the Waterhouse building and surrounded by the magical trees laced with fairy lights, you can glide majestically around the beautifully adorned Christmas tree.  With indoor café, bar and viewing balcony overlooking the ice you can also enjoy a restful drink or a toasted marshmallow after your skate.  Another stunning setting is Somerset House, whose 18thC courtyard is the place for a winter escapade.  This 900 sq m outdoor rink is ideal for families and you can combine skating with winter dining at the famous Fortnum Lodge, which offers champagne and mulled wine.  The Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade and the ‘Skate Lates’, (a range of programmed events throughout the winter period), are also unmissable treats.

Celebrate a Traditional Christmas in London

Experience the Christmas of long ago.

London does Christmas traditions like no other city on earth.  If you want to experience a Christmas of yesteryear, then there’s nowhere better than Hampton Court Palace.  Here you can take part in a range of yuletide activities, like finding out about food and cooking in Christmases past and discover how the Tudors celebrated.  You could even join the Christmas ghost tales or create a Victorian Christmas, in a hands-on workshop.  

Go Carolling

Sometimes people are so engrossed in their preparations, that the real meaning of Christmas is often forgotten.   So why not be a part of the traditional Christmas carols and services at a range of venues throughout the Capital?  St Paul’s Cathedral holds a charming Christmas day church service, whilst the Albert Hall’s ‘Carols by Candlelight’ is a true delight.  And for a real sense of what makes London so special at Christmas, head off to Trafalgar Square.  This iconic venue has been the setting of many glorious celebrations in the past and forms the backdrop for a magnificent Christmas tree, donated by the people of Norway each year to express their gratitude for Britain’s support during WW2.  Around this tree, choirs perform atmospheric carol concerts in the run up to Christmas, which everyone can sing along to, creating a very moving, reflective and peaceful, break from the frenzy of the day.  

Conclusion

So there you have it…. Christmas in London has always been special because it has everything that you could possibly want in a city at this time.  Its fabulous culture, heritage and tradition combined with the incredible façade of modern day London, undergo a major, festive transformation, making London ablaze with colour.   Added to this all the vibrant, yuletide activities on offer, along with the wealth of superb stores and attractions available to you and you have everything in the mixing pot to make London one of the most recognisable and visited, festive cities in the world.

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London certainly has everything to make your Christmas trip truly unforgettable. From the ‘oh so silly’ Christmas pudding races, that could only happen in London, to the range of superb shows and pantos in the finest, most iconic theatres in the world.  Add to this London’s unbeatable skyline with its awe inspiring, magnificent architecture, decorated in all its festive glory and you have it all.  Combine everything together and you have a holiday made in heaven.  London is one of the most celebrated and recognisable cities on the planet!  Don’t just take our word for it!  Why not come and experience it for yourself and sample some of London’s unmissable Christmas delights? You certainly won’t regret it!

If you decide on an extended stay we suggest you opt for a serviced apartment rather than a hotel stay.  Not only will you be more comfortable in your own, luxurious surroundings which we regard as a ‘home from home’, but you’ll avoid the often expensive, yet impersonal experience of a hotel.  Euracom has a vast range of comfy apartments for short or longer stays, all at the most competitive rates.  Here are 3 of this month’s featured apartments.  Why not check out what they can offer?

Fulham Road SW6, Serviced Apartments in London

These Central London spacious, serviced apartments are in the desirable area of Putney Bridge.  Having recently undergone a full refurbishment, they have been tastefully redecorated/ modernised, whilst retaining the full character of the building without compromising on all the modern conveniences you would expect.  For just £808p/w for a studio apartment, they make the perfect spot to explore all the festive attractions that London has to offer, whilst relaxing in a ‘home from home’ environment.  Close to a range of attractions such as the River Thames and the Hammersmith Apollo.

Fulham Road SW6, Serviced Apartments in London

Features include:

  • Bathroom
  • Door entry phone / Lifts / Wheelchair accessible
  • DVD player / Radio / Alarm clock / Telephone / TV / Freeview / Wifi
  • Bathroom (Ensuite in some)
  • Kitchen (Dishwasher in some) Iron / Ironing board
  • Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available      

More about our Fulham Road Serviced Apartments ›

Luxury corporate serviced apartments Curzon Street W1

Within the heart of prestigious Mayfair, these superb serviced apartments have been designed to provide every comfort and the utmost privacy.  Self-catering with fully fitted luxury kitchens, spacious reception rooms & dining rooms, these well-appointed, luxurious apartments are perfect for those looking to entertain. Ranging from £1316 p/w you can choose from studios or one/two bed apartments.  With almost every facility & convenience you could want available to you, such as marble en-suite bathrooms and well-designed bedrooms/lounges equipped with superb quality English made furniture, they provide the perfect base from which to explore all of London’s festive landmarks. If you are looking for a luxury short stay apartment to rent in central London, these are the apartments for you. Within walking distance of the underground and close to the stylish Mayfair shops and Hamleys toy shop which are so spectacular at this time of year, the apartments are only a short distance to famous 'London Palladium' which is quite simply the most famous variety theatre in the world.

Luxury corporate serviced apartments Curzon  Street W1

Features include:

  • Cot / high chair/ Sofa bed (upon request)
  • Bathroom
  • Concierge / security / reception/ Safe
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Dining table & chairs
  • DVD player / Radio / Alarm clock / Telephone / TV / Freeview / Wi-fi
  • Kitchen (Dishwasher in some) / Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer available / Iron / Ironing board / Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Twin or double beds in some apartments

More about our luxury corporate serviced apartments Curzon Street ›

Aldgate Commercial Road serviced apartments London E1

Ideally suited for corporate/ business visitors, or leisure travellers wishing to stay in the heart of the City’s sensational tourist attractions, these self- catering serviced apartments have been tastefully furnished in a contemporary style.  With a carefully coordinated colour scheme and personal touches giving them that ‘home from home’ feeling, they provide the perfect short stay apartment in London.  With nightly rates starting from only £140, the spacious living quarters are all fitted to a very high standard, featuring a comfortable lounge, fully equipped kitchen & modern bathroom.  Many apartments have balconies giving scenic views of London’s striking Christmas skyline.   The apartments are located close to the famous Tower of London and well placed to explore some of the Christmas festivities in the renowned Borough and Spitalfields markets. There are a variety of trendy bars, restaurants and shops within walking distance of the apartments.

Aldgate Commercial Road serviced apartments London E1

Features include:

  • Baby cot / high chair/ Balcony / Terrace/ Sofa bed (upon request)
  • Bathroom / Toiletries provided
  • Concierge / security / reception / Lifts / Lobby / waiting area
  • Daily or weekly linen change
  • Dining table & chairs
  • DVD player / Satellite TV / TV / Freeview / Wi-fi
  • Kitchen (Dishwasher in some) / Iron / Ironing board / Tea / coffee making facilities

More about our Aldgate Commercial Road serviced apartments ›

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By Rob at 17 Dec 2018

Brexit - What will happen?

Brexit-What will happen?

Whatever your opinion on Brexit, whether you’re a staunch Brexiteer or a determined Remainer, there is one thing that is absolutely certain- there has rarely been a time in Britain’s long past that has so divided the British public.  So whether you voted ‘for’ or ‘against’ Brexit during the referendum you’ll obviously be asking the question on everyone’s lips…How will Brexit affect me? 

It’s a confusing time for both politics, individuals and businesses and certainly at this point in time, despite the Governments best efforts to broker a deal with Europe how it will all turn out currently looks rather uncertain.  

Questions people are asking

Brexit-What will happen?

Travel

From the time it was decided to leave the EU, the main question that many travellers have been asking has been;    ‘What will be the impact on those travelling to and from Europe?  

There have been numerous opinions from all the so called ‘experts’, yet no one knows for sure, as yet, what will happen once Brexit has taken place.  It’s bound to take some time before the dust settles, however in the short term it’s unlikely that much will change for business travellers moving between Europe and the UK, although there could inevitably be additional bureaucracy if a deal with the EU isn’t forthcoming.  Longer term, it’s likely that visas will be required for UK business travellers when visiting Europe, although this factor will undoubtedly be discussed during our withdrawal negotiations.

With regard to health insurance cards issued by the EU- these remain valid and passengers' rights will still apply.   However when we finally leave the EU, those countries remaining will negotiate any future deals.

If a deal is struck, travellers to and from the UK will only need their passports to travel, so travel for meetings, conferences and other business purposes should not be affected.

Travel Costs

Since the UK decided to exit the EU, a significant impact has been the drop in the value of the pound against the US dollar, resulting in the cost of travel and hotel rates possibly becoming more expensive.  This factor alone might dissuade international visitors to the UK initially but there is also another factor to consider in that  even if a deal is struck with the EU, despite visas not being required by European visitors, they will still need to travel on a passport,  making it more difficult for them to come to the UK on holiday.  At present all that’s required for EU citizens to visit other countries in the Union is a national ID card. Because of this passport ownership in countries with ID cards is far lower than in the UK.  This could have a an impact on Britain’s inbound tourist industry, as many people won’t bother going through all the expense of obtaining a passport just to come here, especially when they have 29 other countries they can visit at a lesser expense.  Furthermore, air travel in particular could be hit, as aviation fuel and airlines often deal in the US dollar, so fares will probably rise as a consequence.

This said though, Britain will still be a magnet to travellers, due to the wealth of fantastic tourist destinations around the UK and despite there being some potential setbacks in getting here, people will still want to visit. Tourism may take a little time to recover, but the current weak pound will help, as visitors will get much more for their money as their exchange rates will be better.

Business

The question raised by many UK companies, is inevitably;

‘How will Brexit affect businesses within the UK?

Currently, any UK business exporting to Europe will benefit from the weaker pound, meaning both services and goods will be less expensive.  However the weaker pound will have a few negative repercussions, and could cause losses for some industries.   Yet the pound has bounced back steadily over the past year, and if the present rate of recovery continues it will almost certainly recover to its former value.  However, because of the current uncertainty as to what will happen when we leave the EU next year, UK companies are understandably concerned about their future.  Certainly Brexit does represent somewhat of a challenge to UK industries.  Larger businesses and global companies will probably be less affected and should be able to absorb losses, if any, taking less of a hit than smaller enterprises.   Alternatively, smaller concerns may be more exposed and vulnerable.  Depending on the deal we get Brexit could cause them a few problems, although overall it’s unlikely that there will be a really noticeable effect on businesses.  In fact, depending on the outcome of our negotiations with Brussels, leaving the EU could be really beneficial to our trade and industry and be very much to our advantage.  The bottom line is that it will take a very hard Brexit to damage business too badly.

The work force for manual industries like construction have, for many years been supplemented by overseas labourers from Europe and indeed, further afield.  This foreign workforce has given these businesses the opportunity to flourish, as foreign labour is often cheaper than British.  When we leave the EU, there could be some repercussions in this sector due to new border restrictions laws which will undoubtedly be implemented.  This may mean that ‘manual sector businesses’ will pay more for their labour, resulting in a knock on effect to the consumer.  However it could ultimately open up more opportunities and be beneficial to British workers seeking such jobs. 

The future

A crystal ball would certainly come in handy at this point and the ability to see into the future would undoubtedly be an advantage, where the pros and cons of Brexit are concerned!  What we can be sure of is

that whatever the outcome, good or bad, Britain will do its utmost to get the deal that best encompasses everyone’s interests.  Brexit may not please everyone, and the final outcome remains to be seen, but the democratic decision to leave the EU has to be honoured and implemented.  

What we all need to remember is that leaving the EU is very complicated and something that has never been attempted before, so we are breaking into ‘virgin territory’ so to speak, with regard to what will happen.  We’re entering an era of great economic and political adjustment, the likes of which many have never seen before and we therefore need to make the most of this change.  It may take a few years for us to leave the EU entirely, and nobody knows for sure, (not even the experts) how everyone will be affected.   Brexit has a minefield of factors to consider, from the new border and immigration restrictions, to how international trade will be affected, so buckle up, get ready and embrace everything that Brexit throws at us!

Euracom Comment

In these uncertain ‘post referendum’ times for Britain, when Brexit negotiations lurch from one stumbling block to another, one thing is certain-the British people always rise to whatever challenge they are faced with.  So whatever the outcome, we will get on with it and make the best of things. 

What’s more, we here at Euracom will do our utmost to provide the outstanding service that we have always been renowned for.   Our overseas customers, corporate clients, students and other travellers have said that Euracom provides incredible accommodation at the most affordable prices within the capital.

In the wake of Brexit, you can rest assured that nothing at Euracom will change.  You’ll still be able to stay in quality accommodation, far less expensive than the equivalent quality hotel.  You’ll still get the same level of safety and security features which are so important to our visitors, and you’ll also receive the welcome and home comforts that people have come to expect from Euracom.  So even though there is change on the horizon, these factors alone should encourage you to visit the glorious city of London.  Whether you are a seasoned tourist, corporate traveller on business or a student looking to relocate to London, there is something for everyone at Euracom.  So why not give us a call today?  Or check out our 3 featured serviced apartments below, aimed at students. You won’t regret it!       

1. Long stay student apartments London, Aldgate East E1

These long stay student apartments are situated in the highly fashionable area of Shoreditch. Modern, stylish and affordable, they offer some of the highest standards of student accommodation within London.  A perfect choice for students studying in London, being close to some of London’s top universities and near to trendy bars, the area boasts great transport links, allowing you to get around cheaply and easily.  All apartments offer magnificent views of London’s skyline.  For a weekly rate from £470 p/w, the Studio Vista student apartments offer unique accommodation, with high quality furniture and fittings for independent living. If you’re looking for a slice of luxury in central London on a budget, then these apartments are for you!

Long stay student apartments London, Aldgate East E1

Features include;

  • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
  • Bathroom
  • Concierge / security / reception/ Lifts
  • Desk / workspace/ Movie lounge/ Wifi
  • Gym / Spa in building or nearby
  • Kitchen / Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available

More about our long stay student apartment rentals ›

2. Student accommodation in London, Kings Cross N1

These newly refurbished apartments offer the perfect London student accommodation, being situated in central London, close to London universities and only a short distance from a range of shopping, eating and cultural treats. Only minutes away from London’s famous underground, making travelling easy, these fantastic, fully furnished twin studio apartments, sleep two and are equipped with everything the discerning student needs for studying and socialising. With 24/7 security, laundry/housekeeping services, excellent amenities like gym, study areas, friendly staff and stunning common spaces, a major advantage of these apartments is that the weekly rate starting from £460 includes all bills. Could there be a better student residence in London?

Student accommodation in London, Kings Cross N1

Features include;

  • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
  • Bathroom/ en-suite in some
  • Concierge / security / lifts/ reception/ property supervisor/safe/secure storage facilities
  • Desk / workspace/ TV / Freeview/ Wi-fi
  • Games room/ gym in building or nearby/ Movie lounge
  • Kitchen / kitchenette/ laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Utilities included

More about our student accommodation Kings Cross apartment rentals ›

3. Long stay student accommodation London, Chelsea SW3

These fantastic student apartments in Kings Road are close to a wide range of universities, including Imperial College and Westminster University.  Within easy reach of a selection of cafes, restaurants and shops and with excellent transport links, our student apartments are in one of the most iconic parts of London.  The apartments offer fresh, clean and stylish twin share flats, single studios and communal kitchens, making them some of the most varied student accommodation in London.  Each comes with its own en-suite bathroom, TV and a modern kitchen equipped with oven, microwave, fridge-freezer and hob. The large, shared kitchen facilities have plenty of sinks, hobs and ovens and you’ll also have your own lockable cabinet for storage.   Two common rooms are available for socialising/studying and an on-site, coin-operated laundry is also available. The apartments have a dedicated on-site Hospitality/Maintenance Team and when they aren’t on site, we have on-site security monitoring the building, ensuring your safety and security. For a weekly rate starting from £235pp/pw, these desirable apartments are perfect for students studying in London. 

Long stay student accommodation London, Chelsea SW3

Features include;

  • Bathroom
  • Concierge / security / reception/ door entry phone/ secure storage facilities/ lifts
  • Desk / workspace/ underfloor heating
  • Kitchen / kitchenette/ laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Movie lounge/ TV / Freeview/ Wi-fi

More about our long stay student apartment rentals in Chelsea ›

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By Rob at 26 Nov 2018

Checkout our new look website

We, at Euracom, are committed to doing our utmost to provide our prospective customers with everything they need to make informed choices about their forthcoming stay in London.  With this in mind, we have recently updated our website, which although already very accessible, is now far more ‘user friendly’ and easier to navigate.

This month we’ll take a tour around the new-look website design, identify where everything is located and show you how easy it is to book your perfect serviced apartment, in a location that’s best suited to your needs.   

See a visual guide of our improvements › (Opens in new tab)

  1. Home Page

    On entering our attractive, newly designed website https://www.euracom.co.uk/serviced-apartments-london/

    you’ll reach the ‘home screen’.  Here you can make your initial search into what we have to offer.  By entering some simple information into each of the sub headings (listed below) you’ll be able to make a good start to finding the perfect apartment within the city.  From your desired location within London to the apartment type and number of bedrooms available, you’ll get an idea of just what is available in that particular area.  If what you find doesn’t suit you, you can then easily modify your search to another area perhaps, or opt for a larger or smaller apartment.

  2. Apartment location

    Click here to find the range of locations on offer in the capital. Simply click on the area you desire. 

  3. Apartment type

    Click here to decide how many bedrooms you’ll need.

  4. Check in date

    Fill in the intended dates of your stay.

  5. Search now

    Simply click this button to see what apartments are available with respect to the information you have entered. 

  6. ‘Enquire now’ and ‘Find out more’ buttons.

    The above section is a very valuable first step in your search.  After entering your requests you’ll be able to consider the apartments matching your search.  From here you can select any of these options, clicking on either ‘Find out More’, which will provide you with more details about the apartment in question, or ‘Enquire Now’, where you’ll be asked to fill in additional details like the number of adults and children in your party.       

    Scrolling further down the Home Page you’ll also see some of our currently featured apartments, along with a location map which pinpoints the whereabouts of all of our apartments. Just a simple click of the mouse over each ‘location balloon’ and you’ll get a ‘pop up’ screen which details a specific serviced apartment in that area. To obtain more details from the ‘pop up’, simply click on the name of the apartment in question.  It’s that simple!

    As well as this, our new look home page gives you ‘Help & advice finding your London apartment’

The three sub headings to look for are;

  1. Your personal apartment finder

    Our ‘personal apartment finder service’ has been developed to make your experience of finding and renting a London apartment as easy as possible.  By simply clicking on the blue ‘get your personal apartment finder now’ button, you’ll be able to enter your specific requirements.  Then, one of our ‘personal apartment finders’ (one of our experts), will match your requirements with your perfect London apartment and call you back to finalise the details of your stay.

  2. International resident help and support

    Clicking on this button will enable our international visitors to find out how we can help you to find your perfect apartment.  From foreign students and tourists to overseas companies looking to relocate, we recognise the difficulties you may face finding the perfect apartment from overseas, without the right knowledge and expertise on the ground in London.  That’s why our experts are once again there to help.

  3. Budget short term apartment rental

    Finding a London apartment if you are on a budget can be hard to find.  Not so at Euracom, for our specialists can help you to find, clean, affordable apartment rentals at the very best prices. Put your faith in our ‘personal apartment finder’ who’ll find an apartment to match your requirements, location and budget, without hassle.  

Home Page ’extras’

  1. Monthly Highlights

    As well providing all the above information, you’ll also be able to take a look at monthly highlights such as advice to students, families and corporates regarding the benefits of serviced apartment rental. 

  2. Euracom’s London Blog

    This often entertaining feature covers a wide range of topics related to London.  From advice on the best entertainment within the city; its ‘hidden gems’; to pointers on staying in London when on business. 

Other features to explore

Now we’ll take a closer look at some other features in the header at the top of the page.

  1. ‘Select Language’ button

    A very important feature of our new-look website, and especially useful to our overseas clients, is the ‘select language’ button.  With options ranging from Hebrew to Chinese (and everything in between), international visitors will certainly find this an excellent addition, enabling them to access the website far more easily, in their own language.

  2. ‘Locations’ tab– This will take you directly to the myriad of locations of our serviced apartments within London. (See Home Page section- location balloons).  Scroll down this section to find our A to Z of apartments available in many of London’s prime locations.

    Below are just 3 examples of our most popular properties.

    Cheap Apartments for Rent, London Bloomsbury WC1

    Situated in the centre of London's university district, these apartments are perfectly located for a central London stay on a budget. Close to many London attractions, they are also ideal for cheap holiday apartments from which to explore London. Ranging from £702 p/w for a studio sleeping 3, these simply furnished apartments have their own small kitchenette and bathroom. They are available for either cheap short/long term apartment rental at fantastic weekly rates. These make the perfect option for staying in London in a self-catering budget apartment.

    Cheap apartments for rent, London Bloomsbury, WC1

    Facilities include;

    • Concierge / Security / Reception / Lifts/ Lobby / Waiting area / Safe
    • Daily or weekly linen change
    • Kitchen / kitchenette/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
    • Smoking apartments available
    • TV / Freeview / Telephone / Wi-fi

    More about our apartments for rent, London Bloomsbury, WC1 ›

    Serviced apartments central London, Bayswater Grand Plaza, W2

    These newly refurbished apartments are the perfect venue for either a holiday or business trip to the city. Located within a beautiful listed Victorian building, off a quiet side street, the apartments have excellent transport links to the city centre. For stays of two nights or several months, these modern apartments combine private space with hotel convenience, providing that ‘home from home’ feel.  Ideally placed for exploring Hyde Park, Kensington Palace & and the entertainment venues of Notting Hill, for a fee starting from £106p/n  you can have hotel-style services and facilities in the space and comfort of your own apartment.

    Serviced apartments central London, Bayswater Grand Plaza, W2

    Facilities include;

    • Bathroom
    • Concierge / Security / Reception/ Lifts/Lobby / Waiting area/ Safe
    • Dining table & chairs
    • DVD player
    • Kitchen/ Laundry / Dry cleaning facilities available/ Breakfast available/ Washing machine
    • Non-smoking apartments
    • Radio / Alarm clock/ TV / Freeview/Wi-fi

    More about our Serviced apartments central London, Bayswater Grand Plaza, W2 ›

    Cheap studio apartments in London for rent Weymouth Street W1

    Just 20 minutes from the city centre, these cheap studio apartments are situated in the heart of London’s West End.  Close to Regents Park and Oxford Street, these self-catering serviced apartments are surrounded by local shops, restaurants, bars and pubs and are close to the London Underground for easy access to the city’s famous sights.  There is a choice of both one-bedroom apartments, accommodating up to 3 people, or studio flats accommodating 2.  With every modern convenience including wireless broadband, these apartments range from £650p/w for a studio sleeping 2.

    Cheap studio apartments in London for rent Weymouth Street W1

    Facilities include;

    • Close to underground
    • Desk / workspace/ Dining table & chairs
    • Door entry phone / Property supervisor nearby
    • Fully equipped kitchen / Dishwasher in some
    • Grocery store onsite / nearby
    • Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
    • Non-smoking apartments
    • Telephone / TV / Freeview / Wi-fi

    More about our studio apartments in London Weymouth Street W1 ›

  3. ‘Looking for’ tab

    Click on this button and you’ll get a drop down menu navigating you to the comprehensive range of apartments that we offer.  From ‘Apartments for Working in London’ to ‘Luxury Apartments in London’, Euracom has it all.  Simply click on your desired apartment category and a selection of our superb serviced apartments will appear, showing clearly what you will get for your money, enabling you to select the perfect apartment that suits both your needs and budget restrictions.

  4. ‘Make a reservation’ tab

    In this area you’ll be able to make your apartment reservation.  You’ll need to complete the reservation details form, providing information like, for example, where you’d like your apartment to be situated,  the apartment type, along with the number of people that need to be accommodated and any special requirements you may have.   We’ll also require your arrival/departure date, to allow us to check availability.  The form will also ask for your contact and payment details, so ensure you fill them in carefully.  The minimum period of stay is two nights, although some apartments require longer periods of minimum stay, so consider this when booking.

    After receiving your reservation request, we’ll find the apartment meeting your specific requirements and contact you to discuss this.  Once your booking form is received, our staff will carefully check everything that has been agreed, along with any other correspondence.  We’ll send you an invoice clearly stating the amount you’ll need to pay, along with our bank details.  Once paid, you’ll receive a new invoice showing your payment as received and applied, along with a voucher which you’ll need to print off, (unless it’s one of Euracom’s own properties), which needs to be presented on arrival.

    We’ll also send you, via e mail, relevant information, including check in/check out times, map, nearest underground stations, details of the surrounding areas including grocery stores etc.  For an additional cost we can even arrange airport collection.  Our devoted team of experienced staff will ensure that you receive the very best service, at rates better than the equivalent accommodation within a hotel. 

  5. ‘Why Euracom?’ tab

    Click this button and you’ll be able to check out the testimonials and reviews.  If you’re in any doubt, then take a look at some testimonials from many of our satisfied customers.  They will vouch for the excellent service that we provide, from the safe booking procedures to the great locations and sumptuous apartments that we offer.  Recommendations such as these speak for themselves and prove that our customer’s needs are paramount.  Our personal apartment finders will go that extra mile to match your requirements, making your experience of finding and renting a London apartment as easy as possible, no matter what your budget or wherever in the capital you want to stay.  Euracom will cater for your every whim, ensuring a truly great stay in one of the most glorious cities in the world.

  6. ‘Help’ tab

    Some people may prefer to talk to someone regarding their booking requirements, and if so, the quickest way of course to get answers to your questions, is to call us or arrange for a call-back at a time that suits you. Please be as specific as possible when detailing your needs and we’ll compile a list of apartments that meet your personal requirements.    Call us now: +44(0)20 8420 7666 

    However, if you’d rather contact us via e-mail, simply provide us with a few details. We’ll then get back to you as soon as we can.

    In both instances, please include:

    1. Your Name
    2. Your Company Name (if applicable)
    3. Your e-mail address/phone number
    4. Further details
  7. ‘Contact us’ tab

    This area contains our contact details/office address. Any questions you may have are important to us, so feel free to get in touch.  One of our experienced staff will do whatever they can to help answer your query, however small.  We’ll help you to book the apartment of your dreams.  So why wait?

By Rob at 24 Oct 2018

How to live like a Londoner

‘When in Rome…’ is a classic phrase used widely to refer to the importance of adapting yourself to do what’s  customary/ typical in a particular place or setting and behave like the locals of that area would.  An example of using this saying could be…. “Are you certain we should be eating this rice with our hands?” Answer: “Well why not? Everyone here is eating it that way, so “When in Rome- do as the Romans do!”

As any discerning traveller will tell you, the best way to really blend in and get to know the place that you’re visiting is to get in and mingle with the locals.  So, although we aren’t in Rome at present, as London is definitely the place to be, this month we’ll be looking at a few tips to help you to ‘Live like a Londoner’, enabling you to adjust yourself to a few of London’s customs, eccentricities and habits, some most certainly quirkier than others!

Top tips to ‘Live like a Londoner’

  1. Use Public Transport
    1. The Tube……The underground is a safe, cheap, easily navigated way of travelling everywhere around London. It’s great when trying to get around quickly and efficiently. However, a word of warning, avoid rush hour and always stand on the right on the escalators to avoid the wrath of daily commuters!
    2. London Buses…. Alternatively you could opt for the famous London bus, (unmissable as they’re bright red!)   A more leisurely experience, allowing you to take in London’s superb city sights whilst travelling from A to B.
  2. Invest in an Oyster Card, or go Contactless
    Whilst in London, you’ll probably rely heavily on public transport when travelling, as taxis are expensive.  You can buy daily travel cards and one-way tickets, although it’s easier and cheaper to use a pay as you go Oyster Card, which you can top up as required.  They’re available in advance online, from the station or newsagents.  Alternatively use the ‘contactless’ facility on your credit/debit card.   Note- You can’t pay your London bus fare with cash.
  3. Hail a Taxi!
    If you are part of a large party, a cab may work out cheaper, however the meter tots up quickly, so beware!  As regards tipping, expectations vary depending on the kind of taxi you use.
    1. Black cabs
      These are hailed easily but are expensive, although they have a highly knowledgeable driver. Usually payment is in cash with a tip of 10%.
    2. Minicabs
      These are booked through a minicab office or by phone and are usually cheaper. Tipping is appreciated but not compulsory.
    3. Uber cars.  
      Booked via an app, these cabs are fast and cheap. Your fare is conveniently automatically deducted from your credit card. If you choose to give cash tips they’ll be appreciated, yet aren’t expected.
  4. Dress the part
    When it comes to dress code, almost anything goes.  The weather, it has to be said is often ‘changeable’ to put it politely, so often dominates our wardrobe.  It’s therefore sensible to play safe and opt for that layered look when sightseeing, with shout walking shoes/boots and a raincoat, unless it’s high summer.  Locals dress fairly casually, even office workers, except for those who work in London’s business districts like The City and Canary Wharf, where suits usually prevail.  It’s sensible to have a few smarter alternatives too, as higher end hotels like The Savoy, have strict dress guidelines; ie a no-sportswear policy.  Generally though, casual tops/jeans are the norm, even in many of our famous theatres, although getting dressed up is, of course great on these occasions.  If you don’t wish to stand out as being ‘touristy’, avoid wearing the ‘kiss me quick’ hats, and the ‘I love London’ tee-shirts within the capital!  Concerning bags- ensure yours is secure enough to carry your valuables.  Make it small enough to carry any essentials, but leave your valuables like passports, spare credit/debit cards and ID cards in your hotel safe.
  5. Shop the Markets
    Many residents head off to the London markets to shop for local produce or for a relaxing coffee/ reasonably priced lunch.  Firm favourites for Londoners include Colombia Road Flower Market, Portobello Road and Brick Lane Markets, and Greenwich, yet these are also frequented by visitors, who enjoy bagging a bargain or two. Visiting these bustling places gives tourists and Londoners alike, an insight into the real London, away from more famous, expensive attractions.  So go on, immerse yourself in the excellent street food and other fine crafts and trinkets that you’ll find at these amazing places.
  6. Visit the Pub
    While visiting London make a point of having a pint, in one of the city’s fabulous pubs! There is a plethora of bars popular with residents, serving anything from craft beers to cocktails.  Remember to take advantage of ‘Happy Hours’ where drinks are often reduced in price, as London is an expensive place to have a night out!  Nightclubs are common throughout the city, although are always very crowded with tourists, so often avoided by residents. So to get a true picture of real London, try opting one evening for a local pub, where you might get a reasonably priced meal too.  Why not try these as a start?   The Victorian Bath House; Call Me Mr Lucky; Mayor of Scaredy-Cat Town and Cahoots.  Mostly unknown to those other than locals, these are the ideal venues if you want to experience London like Londoners do.
  7. Check out less ‘touristy’ eateries
    Try ditching the typical ‘restaurant chains’ that we’re all guilty of frequenting, and embark on something more exciting whilst in the capital?  Londoners certainly sample the range of delicious meals at numerous food stalls and local restaurants within their area.  London’s quieter streets often boast the best eating experiences and are better value for money too, so go on a food hunt to see what’s available!  Its multi-cultural influence has made London one of the best places to eat in the world, with dishes originating from every corner of the globe, so there’s something to suit everyone’s taste and budget.  So shop around, you won’t regret it! For instance, why not try the Welsh Rarebit, sourdough, poached egg and onion jam at ‘Caravan’ in Exmouth Market? Alternatively, try ‘The Modern Pantry’, near St Paul’s, where you’ll enjoy slow-roast tomatoes, plantain fritters and grilled chorizo.
  8. Take a stroll
    Londoners love to get out into this surprisingly green city.  In fact, did you realise almost half of the city consists of green space?  There are, for example, 8 stunning Royal Parks making a delightful backdrop to the hustle and bustle of the busy streets and thoroughfares. During the summer these are populated with Londoners and visitors alike; sunbathing, playing games and having picnics, whilst in winter the parks are no less spectacular.  A crisp walk, wrapped up snuggly in scarves and hats, surrounded by natural beauty, lovely lakes and exquisite architecture, certainly becomes one of the highlights of visiting our capital in winter.  Top that with a hot chocolate in one of the heated lidos and you have a marriage made in heaven!
  9. Try Pedal Power
    Aside from walking, London’s famous sites can be seen in greater detail by hiring a bike.  Perfect for sightseeing and working off excess calories, consumed during your stay, these can be hired cheaply and make an inexpensive way of touring the capital.  Many residents happily avoid the daily traffic jams (and congestion charge associated with car travel in the city centre), by biking to work.  So why not give it a go?
  10. Learn the Lingo
    Finally, Londoners are a funny lot…..friendly, but funny!  Not least with their strange sayings, so you’ll certainly hear a range of them on the streets.  Learn a few and you’ll definitely be a hit with the locals. In fact you may even become one!   So loosen up those vocal chords and give them a try! 
    1. "Faff" means to waste time doing very little, coming from the 17thC word "faffle," meaning to flap about in the wind. Eg “We were just faffing around on the beach.”
    2. "Fag" is a cigarette.  "Fag ends" are also the last bits near the end of a reel of fabric, making up the worst bits, so in the past "fags" were the cheapest cigarettes. Now though, this slang word has spread to mean all cigarettes.  Eg- "Can I have a fag please?"
    3. "Geezer" A very suave or dapper man and is widely used within London. Eg -“He’s a lovely geezer.”
    4. "Cream crackered" is rhyming slang for "knackered," or exhausted.  During the 19th/20th C, ‘knackers’ were people who killed worn-out horses for hide and meat.  So, those who were ‘ready for the knacker's yard,’ were tired beyond any relief. Eg- I'm really cream- crackered."
    5. "Doddle" An easy task is known as a "doddle."   Eg- "This is going to be a doddle."
    6. "Gobsmacked"   means bewildered, shocked or astounded.  "Gob" is another word for mouth, so being gobsmacked means you're shocked and cover your mouth in disbelief.
    7. "Gutted"   Contrary to being disembowelled like a fish, anyone who is gutted is very upset. Eg- "I am really gutted I didn’t get the job.”
    8. "Miffed" - Rather annoyed. It comes from the German word "muffen," meaning "to sulk."  Eg- "I’m rather miffed about that."
    9. "Spend a penny" A polite yet novel way of saying you are going to the toilet. In Victorian times, to use public toilets, women had to pay a penny for the privilege. Eg-“Hang on, I need to spend a penny!”
    10. Pop your clogs"   Means to die!  In the past workers wore clogs to protect their feet. When they "cocked" or “popped” their clogs, their feet pointed upwards as they lay down dead.  Eg-“Poor old bloke has popped his clogs.”
    11. "Round" – means to take a turn in buying a drink for your friends in the pub.  Eg- "Whose round is it now? Yours?”
    12. "Zonked"   Exhausted; tired.  Eg- "I want dinner but I’m really zonked."

So here are a few ‘do’s and don’ts - if you want to live like a Londoner!

Do carry an umbrella, as it does rain a lot in London.

Don’t tip barmen/women, although you can tip in restaurants, if a service-charge hasn’t already been added.

Do use a knife and fork in restaurants, and remember your pleases and thankyous!

Don’t talk about Brexit. It’s a touchy subject with Brits at the moment!

Do take advantage of London’s fabulous museums. They're free, and you’ll see many residents there too!

Don’t worry which comes first- the cream before the jam or the jam before the cream!  Your afternoon scone and tea will taste delicious however you do it! Just eat and enjoy!

So immerse yourself fully in this city of hidden gems and customs.  Although you may not live here permanently, you can still appreciate London like the locals do, even if you are only visiting for a short break.  Make the most of your stay and try to live like residents do!

Remember though, to get a ‘round’ in, don’t get ‘miffed’ in the rush hour, or get ‘cream crackered’ when sightseeing.  Most importantly of all…..try not to ‘pop those clogs!’

Now you have some top tips to help you live like a Londoner during your stay, let’s get your accommodation sorted!   Euracom offer you the chance to spend your vacation in some of the most spectacular serviced apartments available within the capital, all at affordable prices.

There’s an apartment for every budget, from sumptuous suites in fashionable areas like Kensington and Chelsea, to more economical studio apartments, ideal for those who need to watch the pennies.  Why not take a look below at our 3 featured properties this month?  For others please visit: https://www.euracom.co.uk/serviced-apartments-london/.

Studio apartment rentals London Hyde Park, Inverness Terrace Concept W2

These are perfectly situated for a short stay near Hyde Park. Located minutes from bustling shops, restaurants and cafes, the apartments offer compact studios at affordable prices, great if holidaying.  Ranging from £476p/w, the apartments are within an historic Georgian terraced building, decorated with vibrant interiors and offer a cost effective way to see London on a budget.  Each studio has a kitchen, high speed broadband and is cleaned/serviced weekly. 

Studio apartment rentals London Hyde Park, Inverness Terrace Concept W2

Features include:

  • Baby cot / high chair (upon request)
  • Bathroom
  • Central heating
  • Door entry phone
  • Fully equipped kitchen /Laundry / dry cleaning facilities
  • TV / Freeview Wifi

More about our Hyde Park studio apartment rentals ›

Luxury serviced apartments London, Sloane Street SW1X

A slightly more expensive alternative, these modern, luxury serviced apartment are ideally situated within the heart of the City of London, yet in a quiet residential street. Close to superb restaurants, pubs, shops and boutiques just off fashionable Sloane Street, the 34 apartments range from £1492p/w and have a variety of alternatives, from studios to 1/ 2 bedroomed apartments.  Deluxe interiors are both modern and contemporary, with classic, simple lines and sophisticated elegance. All have air-conditioning with fully equipped kitchens and offer all the amenities traveller would expect including satellite TV and wireless broadband.  With luxurious goose down duvets, sumptuous towels and bathrobes along with toiletries, these fabulous serviced apartments offer guests an exclusive on-site fitness room. A 24-hour concierge caters for everyone’s needs, from re-stocking the fridge to booking theatre tickets.  With an on-site, Michelin Starred restaurant, what’s not to like?

Luxury serviced apartments London, Sloane Street SW1X

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Baby cot / high chair (upon request)
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast available
  • Central heating
  • Concierge / security / reception
  • Daily or weekly linen change/ Daily cleaning service
  • Dining table & chairs Dishwasher (in some)
  •  DVD player/ Radio / Alarm clock/ Safe/ Satellite TV/ Telephone/Wi-fi
  •  Fully equipped kitchen
  • Gym in building/ Spa
  • Kitchen / Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available /Starter grocery pack/toiletries
  • Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Utilities included

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Student accommodation London Bloomsbury WC1, Janet Poole House

Described as the most prestigious site in London, these student apartments are centrally located and therefore make ideal student accommodation.  Near many universities, these long stay student apartments have great transport links.  Ranging from £260p/w pp, the apartments offer a range of room types to meet everyone’s needs.  Completed to a high standard, and boasting a newly refurbished cinema room, there is also a courtyard for BBQs and on-site maintenance, support and security.

Student accommodation London Bloomsbury  WC1, Janet Poole House

Features include;

  • Concierge / security / reception Desk /Lifts
  • Workspace
  • Kitchen / kitchenette
  • Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Movie lounge
  • TV / Freeview Wifi

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By Rob at 20 Sep 2018

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