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Attractions & Activities for Animal-Lovers

For many visitors to London, its iconic buildings and history provide the real draw to the city. Others make the trip to experience the amazing theatres and cultural venues or for the sensationally famous shopping venues.  These reasons make absolute sense, as our great capital can provide the tourist with a plethora of world class attractions, unlike any others on the planet.

London’s  Top Attractions and Activities for Animal-Lovers

What most visitors don’t realise, however, is that hidden within London’s streets and often amongst the concrete, steel and glass buildings, lay a wealth of activities and attractions which are far less synonymous with this richly diverse capital city.  With London’s vibrancy and hustle and bustle, it’s very easy to forget about the natural world and all its four-legged, tailed, and winged inhabitants.

So this month we have decided to go ‘animal crazy’!  We’ll be recommending a range of animal-filled venues for you to visit in our comprehensive guide to London’s furry friends.  We’re certain you’ll be surprised by the amount that London has to offer for animal lovers.  And whether you prefer your creatures cute and cuddly or large and pungent, with the Easter holidays just around the corner, it makes the ideal time to visit these ‘animal gems’!  There is definitely something for everyone, young and old.  So go on- get out and try a few!

  1. London Wetland Centre    -    Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes

    Meet some wildlife superstars and experience some of nature's most exciting animals at this acclaimed centre in West London.   With hundreds of exotic swans, ducks and geese ready to greet you, along with four reservoirs, built in the Victorian era, home to colourful wading birds, bats, otters, frogs and newts, wildlife watching in the six hides has never been so much fun.  With panoramic views of the reserve from the observatory, the wetland centre has something for everyone.  Join the daily spotlight sessions to discover which bird has remained almost unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs.   A real gem, not to be missed!

  2. London Aquarium- County Hall, Riverside Building, Bridge Road

    If you’ve ever fancied entering into the world of jellyfish, or feel like diving in and meeting friendly rays, then this is the place for you.  Alternatively, watch fearsome creatures like crocodiles and piranhas behind glass.  Or brace yourself for a thrilling polar adventure, where you’ll have an interactive experience with friendly life sized seals.  So come and immerse yourselves in a wealth of creepy crawlies and other strange creatures, all a mere stones-throw from Big Ben!

  3. Richmond Park

    Covering 2500 acres, this national nature reserve is London's largest site of special scientific interest and a European special area of conservation.  It is home to a large population of over 600 red and fallow deer, easily visible throughout the year.  A top UK site for ancient trees, the park supports a range of rare species including fungi, birds, beetles, bats, grasses and wildflowers.  Explore the woodland garden at the Isabella Plantation. Whilst there why not try power kiting, horse riding or golf?  Or you could hire a bike for some off-road cycling along the Tamsin Trail. An ideal choice for families!  

  4. Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium-  Bethnal Green E2 6DG 

    Britain’s first cat café offers customers (over the age of 12) relaxation with a brew, spending time cuddling a range of furry feline rescue cats.  Based on a Tokyo model, this unconventional café is certain to be popular here too.  Booking in advance is essential, as guest numbers are kept low so as not to disturb the resident cats.  A cat lover’s paradise!

  5. Cafe & Tearoom - Hampstead Heath

    For a great alfresco spot, this is a place that’s hard to beat.  Arm yourself with a picnic for swimming, cruising or wildlife spotting.  Located 6kms from Trafalgar Square, this is one of London's most popular open spaces. With superb countryside, this magical place is rich in both wildlife and other recreational activities, such as a lido, sports track and three swimming pools.  Nearby, Golders Hill Park Zoo offers free entry and has a range of both exotic and more familiar animals. These include ring-tailed lemurs, coatis and eagle owls.

  6. Natural History Museum-  Kensington

    For a free family day out where you can experience hands-on science and dinosaurs, to blue whales and even sleepovers, there's something for everyone here, within London’s heartland.  The museum boasts a huge collection of bugs- with extraordinary butterfly specimens, spiders and other insects on display.  A host of exhibitions and attractions, such as ‘Museum Lates’ and ‘Dino Snores’ (fees for these), add unforgettable experiences to this superb attraction. 

  7. Rainforest Café (Piccadilly Circus)

    This uniquely themed restaurant is designed as a recreated Amazonian jungle. Enjoy drinks on animal bar stools in the mushroom-themed bar or dine, surrounded by fabulous rainforest animals, including orangutans, mechanical butterflies and crocs.   Typical rainforest thunder and lightning storms and waterfalls add to the atmosphere.  You’ll certainly be captivated by this Amazonian delight!

  8. Hackney City Farm- 1a Goldsmiths Row 

    This City Farm houses a range of pigs, sheep, calves, chickens, donkeys, geese and guinea pigs, to name but a few.  There are gardening courses for anyone interested in sustainability.  Offering both children and adults the opportunity to get up close to these farmyard friends, you’ll even learn new skills like planting vegetables, to live a healthier, happier life.

  9. Spitalfields City Farm(Spitalfields)

    Run by volunteers and under a mile from the financial district, this 1.3 acre farm is home to a variety of pigs, ducks, geese, donkeys, rabbits, goats, sheep, chickens, ponies and even ferrets! There are also a variety of lush, green areas to while away an hour or two.

  10. Battersea Park Children's Zoo

    For hours of fun with the children and for a smaller, but cheaper alternative to London Zoo, there's a world of enjoyment at this zoo.   From spying on meerkats in a secret lookout to feeding the farm animals, there’s a wealth of things to do.  With a superb adventure playground featuring a real tractor/fire engine along with a host of animals to see including monkeys, snakes, donkeys, lemurs, parrots, emus, chipmunks, and wallabies, it's a great family day out. The zoo partners with global conservation projects, so funds contribute directly to breeding programmes for endangered species.

  11. London Zoo (Regent’s Park)

    Possibly the most famous zoo in the world!  Opened in 1828, it’s been part of the London scene for nearly 200 years. With over 750 animal species to take in and 19,000 individual animals, the newly opened ‘Tiger Territory’, housing 2 critically-endangered Sumatran tigers, allows you to see for yourself the amazing work that goes on here. There’s also a variety of unique events to make your visit even more memorable. These include a ‘bedbugs sleepover’ or ‘being a zookeeper’ for the day.

Conclusion:

So there you have it… a comprehensive, yet not exhaustive list of London attractions with our furry friends in mind.  Animal lovers will certainly be in their element.  So get out there and explore London’s ‘wild side!’

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Some ‘Purrfect’ venues here! If you want to make your stay an extended one to perhaps combine a few of these amazing experiences, then let Euracom find the ideal serviced apartment for you.

Here are our 3 featured apartments for this month.

  1. Commercial Road serviced apartments London E1

    These self-catering serviced apartments are ideally suited for both business visitors and leisure travellers alike. Tastefully furnished in a contemporary style, with personal touches giving them a homely feel, these certainly deliver the perfect short stay apartments in London.  In a great location close to the Tower of London and famous markets, these spacious serviced apartments are fitted to a very high standard, featuring a comfortable lounge, fully equipped kitchen & modern bathroom.  With balconies providing scenic views of London’s skyline, they are well placed for all the tourist attractions, bars and restaurants.

    Aldgate Commercial Road serviced apartments London E1

    Features include:

    • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
    • Bathroom (en-suite in some)/ Toiletries provided
    • Concierge / Security / Reception/ Lifts/Lobby / waiting area
    • Dining table & chairs
    • DVD player / Satellite TV/ TV / Freeview/Wifi
    • Kitchen / Iron / Ironing board / Tea / coffee making facilities / Dishwasher in some

    More about our Aldgate Commercial Road serviced apartments London E1 ›

  2. Serviced apartments central London, Hyde Park

    These beautifully restored central London apartments are within a listed building dating back to 1840.  Located in the affluent Lancaster Gate area adjacent to Kensington Gardens, these serviced apartments provide the ultimate city living experience for holiday makers & business travellers alike. There’s a range of accommodation options, from studios to 2 bedroom apartments, each characterised by a different theme, bringing together grand Victorian architecture with contemporary design, comfort and technology.  They are close to a wealth of clothes and food shops and the famous ‘Winter Wonderland’, whilst Edgware Road has a multitude of middle-eastern cafes and restaurants nearby.

    Serviced apartments central London, Hyde Park - Sussex Gardens W2

    Features include:

    • Bathroom
    • Concierge / security / reception/ Lifts
    • Dining table & chairs
    • DVD player/ Radio / Alarm clock
    • Fully equipped kitchen (dishwasher in some)/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
    • Telephone/ TV / Freeview/ Wifi

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  3. Serviced apartments London, Canary Wharf

    This superb set of stylish apartments, some with waterfront views are ideally located in the fashionable Canary Wharf area.  Each apartment has a contemporary look and feel and has an abundance of great restaurants, cafes, bars & shops close by.  Perfect for a short term holiday rental to explore London iconic shows and events, they are equally suited for a business trip, with close proximity to London’s business centres. With its own private balcony and wooden floors throughout, the apartments are well planned with fully equipped integrated kitchens with modern conveniences.  With easy access to London’s centre, these apartments make the ideal base for the whole family.  Available for both short/long term rentals, they offer ample space, luxurious comfort and fantastic flexibility with a more homely feel than standard hotel rooms. Some apartments overlook the picturesque Marina, whilst an on-site gym in the building is available at no extra cost.

    Serviced apartments London, Canary Wharf E14

    Features include:

    • Breakfast available/ Onsite restaurants / bars
    • Concierge / security / reception / Door entry phone / Lifts
    • Daily cleaning service / Daily or weekly linen change
    • Desk / workspace/ Dining table & chairs
    • Fully equipped kitchen / (Dishwasher in some) / Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
    • Gym in building
    • Telephone / TV / Freeview / Wifi / DVD player / Radio / Alarm clock
    • Welcome pack available / Toiletries provided / Tea / coffee making facilities

    More about our Serviced apartments London, Canary Wharf E14 ›

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By Rob at 12 Apr 2019

Enjoy Spring and Easter in London

With spring almost here, Easter round the corner and summer not too far away, many of us will soon begin to venture out into the (hopefully) warm sunshine to explore London's great outside spaces.  The month of May brings us the prestigious annual Chelsea Flower Show, along with numerous other outdoor events, all of which start around now and herald the onset of the better weather!

From 23-27th May, the fabulous spectacle of the Chelsea Flower Show, set within the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, finds a plethora of world famous plant specialists, garden experts, designers, nurseries and florists coming together to exhibit their inspired ideas.  You'll be able to see their innovative garden designs on show, along with stunning, vivid floral and horticultural displays, which will certainly inspire you to get out and get gardening! There will be an array of splendid award- winning gardens, rare plants and unusual flowers to peruse, as you stroll through this wonderland for garden lovers. Attracting more than 150,000 visitors annually, tickets need to be booked early, in advance, and range between £35.00 to £63.00 per person. Unmissable!

Reserve your serviced apartment for Londons Chelsea Flower Show.

You could combine your trip to the Chelsea Flower Show with any of a host of other floral-themed events on in the Chelsea area during May. For example, to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show, many famous restaurants and hotels throughout the district offer special meals or afternoon teas. 

With two bank holidays in the offing, May boasts a host of further activities including a range of festivals held in some of London's fabulous parks and museums. Brockwell Park's music festival, near Brixton, (Sun 28th May) for example, combines music and food, with chefs, restaurants, bars and breweries ready to serve up their delights. Including both live acts and DJs to dance off the calories, along with traditional fun and games, this event should not be missed.

Also in May, the stunning setting of Regent's Park outdoor amphitheatre forms the backdrop for its amazing Open Air Theatre, which begins it's season on the 19th May, with 'On The Town', which is set to dazzle audiences as it's the biggest dance musical ever staged at Regent's Park.  With famous, toe tapping hit tunes and superb choreography, you can follow the frolics of three sailors on leave in New York, a truly excellent show.  Entry to this spectacular theatre venue event, under (hopefully), blue skies, starts from £18 per person.

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For culture lovers, why not become a 'Lates Lover' and join in the 'Festival of Lates Museums at Night'?

In many of London's museums and galleries this May you'll be able to experience some of the special museum events, held after dark, which explore art, history and our heritage.  This is a biennial festival, sometimes free (see individual museum websites for details), where you can see new exhibitions, talks and presentations, participate in torch lit tours and enjoy live performances in historic settings.  So, to do something different in a museum, gallery or heritage site this Spring, here are just two examples of the many superb events on offer around the London area.

  1. Museums at night - banknotes and bullion Bank of England Museum 19th May - 30th May 21:00

The staff will be revealing unseen objects from the bank's collection which visitors can handle. Explore the 'Banknote Gallery', to discover how banknotes have evolved from simple paper receipts into the sophisticated notes of today. Free admission

  1. Dickens after dark - Charles Dickens Museum 18th May 18:00 - 21:00

For just £15 this venue is well worth a visit.  The former home of the great author, Charles Dickens, is opening its doors for an evening of Dickensian revellery, enabling you to browse through the hidden, walled garden, Georgian interiors and be amazed by a variety of delights to entertain you. A candlelit bar adds to the atmosphere, with live music and a reasonably priced, delicious menu, at the Victorian watering hole, 'The Lady Ottoline' to add to your experience.

For more events like these see the website - https://museumsatnight.org.uk/events-page

For footie followers, the 27th May should be a date for the diary.  Whether you have tickets for the FA Cup Final, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on this day, or whether you wish to watch this league final in one of the many London pubs, where the atmosphere is often electric, there is a place for you to chill out and enjoy this annual event.

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To allow you to make the most of your visit to London this May, why not combine several of these events and take the opportunity to have a short, or longer break in the capital?

Euracom have a range of affordable apartments in some of the most convenient locations for all the above events, giving you a home from home experience.

Take for example the 'Chelsea Cloisters', a three - star residence, set in the heart of fashionable Chelsea, which offers studios, 1 and 2 bed apartments with en-suites and fully fitted kitchens. With comfortable dining areas and living rooms, these apartments are close to a variety of attractions, including Buckingham Palace, Natural History/Science Museums and Olympia.  With nightly rates from only £75 or weekly from £525 these apartments offer you a range of amenities, including;

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

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Or why not try our Regents Park - Melia Serviced Apartments in Central London, NW1

For just £555 per week, you could rent an apartment on a par with a 4 - star London hotel.  In fact, these superb serviced apartments are situated within a wing of an existing 4-star hotel, so there are no additional utility charges!   Choices vary from an affordable, simple, 1 person studio flat, to a larger one bedroom apartment with separate lounge/sleeping space which could sleep four people.  Close to Regent's Park and within a short distance to the underground, these apartments have all the additional benefits of the attached hotel, such as restaurants, room service, gym and spa.

Features include;

  • Concierge / security / reception
  • Conference / meeting room available
  • Daily or weekly linen change Daily cleaning service
  • DVD player / Wifi/ Telephone
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Gym/Spa
  • Onsite restaurants / bars
  • Toiletries provided and Welcome pack available

Perfect for those on a budget, and allowing you to make the very most of the superb location, these would be an excellent choice for those visitors who don't wish to venture far, as there are many attractions within walking distance.

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For a prime location, you could try our 5 excellent apartments in Baker Street which have good connections to Wembley and North London. There are a variety of restaurants and bars within the area and are located close to excellent attractions like Madame Tussauds and the London Planetarium.  Featuring a choice of a studio, three 2 bedroom apartments and one 3 bedroom apartment, for a weekly rate from £210 pp pw, features offer;

  • Bathroom and Fully equipped kitchen
  • Dining table & chairs
  • Door entry phone/ Meet & greet arrival service
  • DVD player/ TV / Freeview /Telephone/Wifi
  • Grocery store onsite / nearby shops
  • Utilities included

These apartments make an excellent base to explore local London attractions and further afield, due to the excellent transport links nearby.

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By Rob at 14 Mar 2017

Easter in London – What’s Happening?

It’s the first bank holiday of the year! At the time of writing the weather seems to be showing the first shoots of warming up, the nights are a little longer and if you’re in London, there’s a basket-load of things to do, all you have to do is choose one!*

*It’s not as easy as it looks…

Being Easter, the focus is, as it should be, on chocolate eggs, more specifically finding them! There are loads of Easter Egg Hunts all over London and some of the best ones are organised by the National Trust. 

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Easter Eggs © RichardBH

Before we forget, it’s a four-day weekend and most of London’s attractions are open but if you’re going out and about on Easter Sunday, it’s worth checking first, both with the attraction and with your preferred mode of transport because the tubes and buses can often run reduced services.

Here’s a selection of Easter events in London – please note that some are over Easter and some start over the next few weeks but it’s a great list and we promise you won’t be stuck for things to do!

Land of the Lions at London Zoo – From 25th March
It’s the zoo’s newest permanent exhibit where you can get up close and personal with a pride of endangered Asiatic lions just a few metres away and the Lion Temple has been ‘refurbished’ to look like the lions’ home in the wilds of Gujarat in India.

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Lion, Colchester Zoo © Martin Pettitt

Willy Wonka Comes To Life – 25th March – 9 April
The clever chaps at the Coca-Cola London Eye have created The Views of Pure Imagination where families can take to the skies in an interactive experience full of story-telling and craft workshops. Look out for lollipop trees and a purple and gold world which is truly scrumdiddlyumptious!

Everybody Loves Lego! 2nd April – 10th April
The Bricks in the Sky exhibition is at the ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park in Stratford.You’ll see the Eiffel Tower, the BT Tower and the Empire State Building; professional Lego artists will be building London’s skyline and of course there’s tons of Lego for everyone to play with!

Butterflies, Butterflies Everywhere! 24th March – 11th September
There’s a fantastic interactive butterfly exhibition at the Natural History Museum – now in its 8th year – where some of the world’s most beautiful flying creatures fly free right in front of your very eyes and kids can see the full lifecycle of butterflies, from a tiny caterpillar into a beautifully colourful butterfly coming out of its chrysalis.

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Butterfly © Jdmour

Shhhhh, It’s A Secret! 26th March – 10th April
If you like secrets, you’ll find plenty at the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace, once the home of King Henry VIII. There are mythical beasts and fire-breathing dragons in this wonderfully imaginative and interactive play garden in the King’s former tiltyard where real-life knights used to joust more than 500 years ago!

Whatever you’re up to, have a fantastic time, stay safe and don’t forget, if you’re coming to the city and you’re looking for a fantastic apartment in London that’s a stone’s throw from the action, Euracom is the place to come!

By Rob at 23 Mar 2016

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