There are a few weeks until the centenary of the start of the First World War. It was a brutal, bloody war that cost the lives of over 37 million people, both military and civilian, including more than 750,000 Britons.
Without question it was a catastrophe of epic proportions but we’re not going to talk about the war. There are plenty of places online where you can pore over every detail and the BBC have commissioned hundreds of hours of programming charting all aspects of the war, but what was life like in London a century ago?
Actually, it wasn’t too dissimilar to some of the stories we read about today!
The Liberal government under Prime Minister Herbert Asquith was under attack from all sides because of issues in Northern Ireland and the Suffragettes were intensifying their campaign to secure votes for women.
In March, Mary Richardson slashed the Velasquez ‘Rokeby Venus’ painting at the National Gallery and the following month, a Suffragette broke 10 panes of glass with a hatchet at the British Museum while others ran around the country setting fire to empty houses, piers, golf courses and rail stations.
Trade unions were also in the headlines in the first few months of 1914. There were widespread strikes and the year started with a lockout of London’s bricklayers. There were 4m trade union members and a triple alliance of three of the most strategically important trades of the day – miners, railway workers and port workers – were planning a general strike that would have had disastrous consequences for the upcoming war effort (although at the time, the idea that we’d be embroiled in a world war seemed a notion bizarre in the extreme).
It wasn’t all bad news though! In the world of sport, Burnley beat Liverpool 1-0 in the FA Cup Final at Crystal Palace (Wembley wasn’t used until 1923) in front of King George V, the first monarch to attend. Lancashire football was on a purple patch with Blackburn Rovers winning the First Division title, England won the rugby union Grand Slam and Jack Hobbs helped England’s cricketers to a 4-0 series whitewash in South Africa.
OK, so where rugby and cricket are concerned, 1914 was the polar opposite of 2014!
In the world of entertainment, Charlie Chaplin made his film debut in the silent comedy ‘Making a Living’; Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw opened to rave reviews and the most notable books published in 1914 were Dubliners by James Joyce and Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
As feelings escalated in Germany, it did cause some trepidation here however while there was some warning of the dangers of war (through books and plays instead of Twitter and the internet in general today), the threat wasn’t taken seriously, it seemed, by anyone.
Janet Morgan, Agatha Christie’s biographer who was due to get married at the outbreak of the war summed up the national sentiment: ‘It’s difficult to appreciate how unexpected the First World War actually was, especially to people like Agatha and her mother who did not read the lines of politician’s speeches or bother dissecting the ambitions of the Kaiser’.
The fundamental difference between then and now is that they knew who the enemy was. Today, we don’t but while we (and the rest of the world) are dealing with potential threats every day, London remains the most vibrant, cosmopolitan city in the world.
On our doorsteps we have world-class culture, entertainment, sport, restaurants, fashion and technology and the biggest businesses in the world are calling our capital home.
We have a thriving an exciting tourism industry and here at Euracom, we have some fantastic apartments to rent in London from where you can get everywhere, see everything and embrace what we think is the best city in the world!
If you are coming here and you need great accommodation in London, please don’t hesitate to call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email email@example.com
We hope you enjoyed Wimbledon, we hope you’re enjoying the World Cup (especially Germany’s demolition of Brazil!) and we especially hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!
Have a great month and we’ll see you in August!
at 9 Jul 2014
Rejoice! The summer is here and finally we can get our flip-flops out, put our coats away and buy more charcoal, burger buns and spicy mustard than we will ever need in five lifetimes!
*At the time of writing, it’s raining in London and we have just switched the heating on for a bit…
We have a comprehensive selection of rental accommodation in London so please have a look through the website and then call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 to book!
As you can imagine, the summer months are very busy so if you do want an apartment in London, contact us today because we’re filling up fast!
So, what does this month have in store for us?
Will England win The World Cup?
Unless you’ve been living on the Moon for the last few months, you’ll have been swept up in World Cup fever! The self-proclaimed ‘biggest sporting event on the planet’ starts on Thursday in Brazil.
The tournament has been plagued with infrastructure problems, political unrest and the noticeable lack of Zlatan Ibrahimovic but kicks off with Brazil v Croatia in Sao Paulo at 9pm (GMT) on ITV.
Who are the favourites? We don’t think you can look past the South Americans of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay with the world-class trio of Neymar Jr, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez (if he’s recovered from his operation).
Coupled with the fact that no nation from outside South America has ever won a World Cup there and you’ll see why we’ve limited our guesses to three!
You certainly can’t discount the usual Euro-suspects of Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands and, dare we say it, England.
The Spanish aren’t the Spain of the 2010 World Cup or even the 2012 Euros but they remain strong. The French have the third best player in the world in Franck Ribery but again at the time of writing, he’s suffering from a back injury and may not be fit. The Dutch flatter to deceive at most tournaments while the Italians, notoriously slow-starters, always seem to get stronger the longer they’re playing.
Can England win it? Who knows? Roy has blended youth with experience and he will give the likes of Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling game time but do we have what it takes to go all the way? We’re not sure. What we do know is that it will be a fantastic spectacle of football and we’re looking forward to it!
Who do you think will do well? What do you think of Roy’s squad? Is it too experimental? Does he have the right blend of youth and experience? Is he looking to the future? Let us know!
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: June 12 2014 – July 13 2014
Will Andy Murray win Wimbledon…again?
We waited 77 years so we can’t be greedy but he most definitely can win it again! Again the usual suspects will be there or thereabouts but Federer’s not getting any younger, Nadal’s recent injury record isn’t great and ‘our Andy’ already beat Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final so why not?
While tennis has been dominated by the Big Four for years, there is some real talent in the form of David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Thomas Berdych and Milos Raonic who will all be looking to usurp the domination.
Who’s going to win Wimbledon? Let us know what you think!
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis Club: June 23 2014 – July 6 2014
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life
The Race for Life is a series of over 300 5k and 10k women-only fundraising events taking place all around the country to raise money for research to help beat all 200 types of cancer.
Run, jog, walk or even dance round the course but however you do it, raise loads of money so we can find a cure for cancer. For the more adventurous, there’s the Pretty Muddy event, a 5k muddy obstacle course and in Cancer Research UKs own words ‘Cancer plays dirty and so can we!’
Click here to find out about the Race for Life, where your nearest events are and how you can raise money.
Our very own Kelly Brogan is doing the Race for Life on Sunday June 15th and all of us at Euracom wish her the very best of luck. Team Kelly is in full effect!
If you’re doing it this year, let us know how you get on and how much money you raised!
Don’t forget Father’s Day…!
It’s on Sunday 15th June and it was essentially ‘invented’ in the States in 1910 at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington. It’s credited to Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of an American Civil War veteran.
After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909 she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honouring them (she and her five brothers and sisters were brought up by their father) and the third Sunday in June was chosen!
You can read more about the history of Father’s Day here but wherever you are in the world, don’t forget to honour your dad this Father’s Day!
This has been a bit of a long one but there’s so much to pack in this month, we think it’s worth it!
Remember, if you are coming to the city, check out our apartments in London and then call us for the very best deals!
See you in July!
at 6 Jun 2014
A report by Philip Pank last week in The Times suggests that London has cemented its place as one of the most visited cities in the world and here at Euracom, we might be biased but we already knew that!
Nearly 33 million people came to Britain in 2013 (over half – 16.8m – to London) and he suggests that the tourist spike is less due to economic recovery than our favourite topic of conversation, the weather! The sun shone bright in 2013 after the 2012 Diamond Jubilee washout.
Visitors are spending an average of £85 a day in the capital (Americans top the list spending an average £105 per day) and the nationalities with the biggest number of visitors were, perhaps unsurprisingly French, German and American.
With so many people coming to London (and, according to VisitBritain Chairman Christopher Rodrigues, inbound tourism will rise by over 6% a year over the next ten years), coupled with a finite number of hotel rooms, where is everyone going to stay?
Luckily at Euracom, we have the answer! We have a fantastic selection of holiday and vacation apartments in London. You can view them here and we have availability all over London in June, July, August and September!
Depending on where in London you want to stay, some of our apartments and residences have special offers so when you speak to our Customer Service team, don’t forget to ask about the different types of offers available and they’ll talk you through everything you want to know.
What are you waiting for? The summer is almost here and you should be too! Call 020 8420 7666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org NOW!
at 12 May 2014
It’s that time of year again! The summer term is winding down and students around the world are planning a summer full of backpacking/volunteering/working/sleeping/ *
*delete as appropriate.
For international students coming to the UK, another set of priorities manifests itself. Packing, organising visas and entry requirements, enrolling, organising bank accounts, finding the best late-night fast-food joints and of course finding somewhere to live.
With around 425,000 international students enrolling onto Higher Education courses in the UK this year (in addition to 2m British students), finding suitable student accommodation in London (and the other major university towns in the UK) is becoming increasingly difficult.
Luckily, here at Euracom, we have a fantastic selection of student apartments in London for students on degree courses, short-term study abroad programmes and students on work placements.
We have been providing student accommodation in London for over 25 years and our service is efficient, easy and responsive. Arranging your student accommodation through Euracom means that you can get back to the important things, like looking for the best pubs and clubs in the city!
We have a dedicated section of our website devoted to student accommodation in London here where you can read all about who we are, what we do and examples of our selection of student apartments and study abroad apartments in –
Baker Street NW1
Aldgate East E1 ***Special Offer prices are available until 13 July 2014***
George Street W1
Camden Town NW1
Please visit the website for a more comprehensive selection of accommodation in London and keep checking back because we are adding more apartments all the time, including residences for academic year bookings of 36, 43 and 51 weeks, dependent on your preference and how long you’ll be with us.
All our student apartments in London are in Zones 1 & 2 and each one is very well equipped to an international standard and range from traditional apartments sleeping 6-8, residence halls for all those wanting a more ‘international environment’, rooms for two students as well as traditional studio apartments.
We also have availability in our apartments throughout London for July and August so you’ll have plenty of time to get acclimatised and to discover what living in London is all about!
Also on the website we have given you a whole host of useful information about living in London, including advice and support, money and safety, useful contacts, a great entertainment guide and information about how to get around the city.
Don’t forget, we also have a great choice of serviced vacation apartments all over London but you need to be quick, places are filling up very quickly. They are all in the beating heart of the city, close to everything you’ll ever need for a great trip to London this summer!
All you need to do is call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email email@example.com and we’ll talk you through everything you need to know about student accommodation in London.
Have a great month and we’ll see you in June.
at 7 May 2014
Welcome to London Benvenuti a Londra Bienvenue à Londres Bienvenido a LondresWilkommen in London Witamy w Londynie Velkommen til London Croeso I LlundainVälkommen till London Bem-vindo para Londres Vitajte v Londỳne Merħba lill LondonLondini in Hospitum Fáilte roimh Londain Velkomin til London Üdvözöljük a LondonTervetuloa Lontoo Dobrodošli u London Benvingut a Londres London OngietorriLondon xoş Gəlmisiniz Mirëpritur të London Welkom by London
Baruchim Habayim Llondon 歡迎來到倫敦 ロンドンへようこそ
However you say it, we want to welcome you to London, the greatest city in the world!
Here at Euracom, we have some fantastic vacation apartments for rent all over London – from the creative, cosmopolitan hotbeds of Aldgate and Barbican in east London to über-fashionable Kensington to the west of the city.
We have apartments available to suit all budgets across this wonderful city in the summer and if you book an apartment in London through Euracom for July and/or August, you don’t pay a booking fee!
While we usually market our vacation apartments in London to our overseas visitors, there’s an increasing trend for UK residents to remain here for their summer holidays and instead of saying ‘no, we’re not going away this year’, people are having ‘staycations’ and the facts (gleaned from a recent survey by hotel chain Travelodge) speak for themselves –
- Almost 66% of families are planning a summer ‘staycation’
- London, the Lake District and Edinburgh top the destination list, usurping Cornwall
- 42% will staycation for one week, 15% for two and 33% will have up to three short breaks
- UK resident tourist day-visit expenditure was up 17% to £57bn in 2012 while UK resident expenditure on visits abroad fell by 14% to £31.7bn (Office of National Statistics)
The evidence is there for all to see. More and more people are choosing to take vacations – staycations – in the UK rather than go abroad for their summer holidays.
Why? There are two fundamental reasons. The first is obvious – we are coming out of a severe financial crisis and there is simply less disposable income available than there previously has been. Second (and we might be a little biased here), London is an incredibly rich and diverse city with so much to do for people of all ages and interests.
Think about this question – as a UK resident (from London or elsewhere), when was the last time you did anything ‘touristy’? When was the last time you saw The Monument, Tower Bridge, Nelson’s Column or took a trip down the Thames? Most people will say ‘as a kid’.
London’s world-class museums, theatres, galleries, shopping and sports facilities are the envy of the world, as is the sheer diversity of our restaurants, cafés and bars.
That notwithstanding, we are blessed with 1,000 years of history, from the 11th century Tower of London, the Roman walls around the City, Temple Church, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace all the way up to the city’s newest attractions – the London Eye, the Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge (not forgetting M&Ms World in Leicester Square!)
One of the key stats that came out of the ONS report was that the accommodation sector experienced a 16% rise in output between 2008 – 2009 (the point in time when the recession hit as hard as it was going to), from £8bn to £9bn, further fuelling the opinion that the phenomenon of the ‘staycation’ is the holiday of choice for UK residents.
We have a great selection of cost-effective vacation apartments in London for you to choose from so please call us on 020 8420 7666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll talk you through everything you need to know.
In the meantime, have a good April and we’ll see you again in May!
at 7 Apr 2014