Footy Fans and Royal Watchers Unite for London’s Fantastic Celebrations this May
For those out there who are keen royalists and football enthusiasts to boot (get the pun), you must think that all your Christmases have come at once!
The up and coming nuptials of our charming Prince Harry and his beloved ‘Suits’ actress Meghan Markle on May 19th, is reason enough to make your way to London this spring to celebrate. Added to this the FA cup final taking place on the same day, and you have a marriage made in heaven!
These must-see events will cast a frenzy of excitement over London and its suburbs during this splendid weekend, making it the place to be, ensure you book early to secure your perfectly located serviced apartment from which to enjoy the festivities.
The Royal Wedding
Certainly, everyone loves a wedding, especially a royal one, and especially one where the groom is perhaps the most popular young royal ever, with his rugged looks, roguish antics of the past and most sincere nature, like his mother, Princess Diana. It is therefore no surprise that we regard this wedding as a special event in our history. A wedding such as this, involving a senior member of the royal family, (Harry is currently 5th in line to the throne), is seen as an important occasion, and as such, will attract huge national and international attention and coverage. Although it’s likely to be on a smaller scale than the wedding of his brother Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011, which took place in the vast expanse of Westminster Abbey, (capable of holding 2,000 guests), Harry and Meghan’s venue, in St George’s Chapel, will be far a far more intimate affair, holding only 800.
Expect still to see though, a wealth of royal guests, along with A-List celebrities. Anyone who is anyone will be angling for a royal wedding invitation right now. It is rumoured that Sir Elton John, a close friend of Princess Diana, has cancelled several of his Las Vegas gigs over that weekend, so it seems likely that he’ll be there, whilst no royal wedding would be complete without the Beckham’s, who are close friends of both William and Harry. Hopefully, if Sir David does attend, he won’t make the same faux pas as he did at William and Kate’s wedding, when he overlooked correct procedure, as he inadvertently wore his OBE medal, received for his services to British football back in 2003, on the wrong lapel! He was suitably embarrassed by his rusty etiquette and righted the oversight after being discreetly alerted by another honouree, much to the relief of Posh, I’m sure!
The couple’s choice of venue, the 14th C, awe inspiring, St George’s chapel, is more personal to Harry, as this was where he was baptised when just 3 months old, and is where his beloved Great Grandmother, The Queen Mother, rests. It is also a more convenient venue for Her Majesty the Queen, as Windsor is where she resides for the much of the year. Considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England, the chapel has hosted many royal weddings in the past, including that of Edward V11th to Princess Alexandra and Prince Edward to Sophie Rhys Jones. Although Windsor Castle will obviously be closed to the public during the marriage festivities, it is one of London’s greatest tourist attractions throughout the year, attracting millions of visitors, and well worth a visit.
Excitement about royal weddings isn’t a new occurrence, and historical documents show that it’s not just the marriages of heirs to the throne that have been the focus of attention. Weddings of younger siblings, such as Prince Harry, have also been major events. So why not get yourself down to London this May and join the celebrations? Whether you do this by cheering the happy couple in the streets of Windsor, or within the historical, majestic sites of London itself, you will certainly have a stay to remember.
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The FA Cup Final
If you are out of the running for an invite to the wedding, then a great alternative, especially if you are an avid football fan, would be to get down to Wembley stadium to see a moment of English football history. This is the oldest and longest-running football competition in the world. Initially having only 15 entries from clubs, it was first held in 1871-72. Since that time, it has grown continually every year and now boasts hundreds of teams all entering the competition with hopes of getting to the elusive final. It is usually played at London's Wembley Stadium, although from 2001 to 2006, extensive renovations at Wembley meant that the final was held in Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. However, from 2007, the FA Cup returned to Wembley’s impressive, newly refurbished, stadium.
Not everyone is lucky enough, to obtain the prized cup final tickets, so to savour some of the build up to the final and experience all the excitement and frenzy associated with it, you could head off with your mates to watch the match live in one of London’s famous bars, soaking up the atmosphere as you support your favourite team.
The factor that really adds to the excitement is that this competition is a knockout tournament, involving teams from all levels of competition, which means that you have that David and Goliath situation….a small team could surprise everyone by knocking out one of the biggest and best teams in the Premier League! This therefore makes thrilling matches where nobody can really predict the outcome. So for sports enthusiasts, lover of underdogs and football fanatics alike, this event is one that is etched on the sporting world calendar and therefore not to be missed.
With some 89,000 fans in attendance at the 2017 final, this is one of the most attended football events in the world. Last year, the 136th FA cup final was played between Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal was victorious in celebrating a 2-1 victory, making them the record holders after winning this prestigious trophy 13 times. They are now the most successful club in FA Cup history.
As with Windsor Castle, the Stadium is open for tours throughout the year, although these may not be available on some holidays and event days, so check before booking. Wembley Stadium is an amazing place to savour footballing of the past and retrace your footballing hero’s footsteps.
With the wedding taking place in Windsor and the FA Cup in Wembley, it makes perfect sense to stay within easy reach of the many tube stations that can take you to both venues. Central London itself will also be buzzing, with, no doubt, giant TV screens to keep the crowds happy, along with a host of activities thrown into the mix. So, to experience all this excitement, why not make an extended stay from your visit to London this May?
Euracom have a wide range of luxurious, serviced apartments that can make your stay in the capital a memorable one. With easily accessible transport links to both Windsor and Wembley, our apartments will provide the best of both worlds; A great setting to stay, whilst having excellent travel links nearby, making your trip to witness these spectacular events easy and trouble free.
The following serviced apartments from Euracom are just 3 examples from our amazing portfolio of London serviced apartments.
1. Short stay apartments London E1 Canary Wharf, Trinity Tower
Situated within the prominent 'Tower' building of the Lanterns Court development, Trinity Tower provides luxury facilities ideal for leisure stays in London along with corporate clients who wish to work in London. With easy access to Canary Wharf with its numerous shops, bars and restaurants, these affordable, luxury apartments are also ideally situated if you want to venture a little further afield, due to the excellent transport links. For a nightly fee from just £163p/n, the apartments boast a bright, luxurious, fully furnished, open planned living area complete with fully equipped kitchen. Each apartment has floor to ceiling windows, a spacious hallway, and a bathroom for maximum comfort and convenience.
Other features include:
- Balcony / Terrace (on request)
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- Satellite TV/ Telephone/ Radio / Alarm clock/ Air conditioning/ Safe/Wi-fi
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2. Serviced apartments to rent in Covent Garden, London WC2
A slightly cheaper option, starting at £145p/n, is our St. Martins Court serviced apartments, near Leicester Square. Set in the heart of London’s theatre district near Covent Garden, these apartments are perfect for exploring all central London’s famous attractions. With a variety of restaurants, shops and theatres nearby, these stylish, modern apartments offer excellent short-stay accommodation for those looking to stay in London. The range of beautifully appointed studios/1-bedroom apartments feature everything you’ll need for a short/ mid-term leisure break. They offer space, privacy and independence for an experience of central London living that hotels simply can’t match. Close proximity to the London Tube gives these apartments the best of both worlds- excellent transport links to the rest of London, along with a prime, central location.
Other features include:
- Dining table & chairs
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3. Corporate serviced apartment rental London Fleet Street, EC4
Located in a quiet courtyard, near to Fleet Street, these corporate apartments were once the home of the British press. They are within walking distance of many of London’s attractions, such as St Paul's Cathedral and The Globe Theatre. Reasonably priced from £133p/n, they are ideal for business stays, or short vacations. Offering easy access to many of London’s famous attractions, these comfortable apartments also offer excellent transport links to London’s suburbs and beyond- a perfect base from which to explore.
Other features include:
- Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
- Bathroom/ Hairdryer available
- Central heating
- Daily cleaning service
- Dining table & chairs
- Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Self check-in/ Welcome pack available
- DVD player/ Radio / Alarm clock/ Telephone/TV/ Wi-fi
- Fully equipped kitchen/ Dishwasher in some/ Iron / Ironing board/ Breakfast available
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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!
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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;
- Concierge / security / reception
- Daily or weekly linen change
- Daily cleaning service
- Onsite restaurants / bars
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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.
- 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
- 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
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- 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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at 14 Mar 2017
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!
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See you in July!
at 6 Jun 2014
Perhaps we ought to get our allegiances out of the way right now so there’s no confusion. Kelly, Richard and Robert support QPR and Joe and Marc support Arsenal. The writer of this blog (who shall, for the meantime, remain anonymous), supports Spurs. London is well represented in the Euracom office and as you can imagine, with Arsenal and Spurs being the bitterest of rivals and QPR being managed by ex-Spurs gaffer ‘Arry Redknapp, there’s banter aplenty.
But, that aside for a moment, the new season has started! This year’s Barclays Premier League is shaping up to be one of the most hotly-contested seasons in a while, and we’ve only had one round of games (at the time of writing, Manchester City v Newcastle is the only game left to complete the first round of matches).
So what do we think? Actually, while we’re on the subject, what do YOU think? Who do you support? What feelings have you got about the season? Do you need to strengthen? Who would you like to see at your club? This is the age of debate! Let us know on Twitter @EuracomLondon or Facebook.
It’s been an interesting close season dominated by four big stories. The Gareth Bale saga rumbles on and on. Will he stay at Spurs or will he go? We think he’ll go on the basis that the business end of £90m is a lot of money to turn down and his stock is never likely to be as high again. What about Wayne Rooney? His 30-minute cameo in Man United’s 4-1 win at Swansea at the weekend resulted in two assists but he did cut a lonely figure. Is he committed to his team or more pertinently, is his team committed to him? I guess we’ll all find out when the transfer window slams shut on September 2nd. Our feeling is that he’ll stay at United. Moyes gave him his debut as a diamond-in-the-rough teenager and has now been reunited with a (sometimes) world-class superstar. We think that if anyone can put their arm around him and tell him he’s loved, David Moyes is that man.
Talking about superstars, what about Luis Suarez? The textbook Marmite Man. You really do either love him or hate him. He wants to play Champions League football and there’s no question he’s good enough but Liverpool don’t want to sell their prized asset. Has he gone about making his feelings clear about wanting to leave Anfield in the right way? Of course he hasn’t. Is he a liability who has missed almost 20% of games he’s been fit for through suspensions of varying lengths? Yes he is. Does he owe Liverpool another ‘full’ season to see if he can propel them into Champions League contention? We think he does.
The last story and the one that is shrouded in cloak-and-dagger secrecy is Arsene Wenger’s pathological reluctance to spend any money. They have let massive players slip through their fingers – Higuain, Suarez, Luis Gustavo – players they desperately need with the latter joining Wolfsburg in Germany because the Arsenal manager didn’t want to spend £17m on a Champions League-winning central midfield enforcer his team (and the fans) were crying out for. Also, why on earth did Ivan Gazidis (the Chief Executive at Arsenal) come out at the beginning of the window and tell the world they had £70m to spend? All that does is hike up fees for players they want. A very odd business decision and one which may well come back to haunt them. Time will only tell.
And what about the three teams who have come up – Crystal Palace, Cardiff and Hull City? It’s always tough for teams who haven’t played at this level for a while (Cardiff are playing top-flight football for the first time since 1962) and unsurprisingly we think they’ll struggle. You’ll hear commentators and pundits from now until the last ball of the season is kicked use phrases like ‘plucky’ and ‘they’ve got good team spirit’, and ‘they try to play football in the right way’ and ‘they simply can’t compete on the same financial footing as the big boys’ and while that is true, it’s a long hard season and we can’t see those squads being able to cope with such a gruelling and energy-zapping campaign.
Whoever you support and however passionately, one thing is certain. You will be entertained, you will be frustrated, you will get angry and annoyed, you will bask in the glory of victory and you will taste the bitter pill of defeat but we know what we sign up to when we start our football-supporting careers. Once you’re in, you’re in. There’s no changing allegiances and there’s no giving it up.
Like we said, talk to us on Twitter @EuracomLondon or Facebook and enjoy the season!
The Euracom Team
at 19 Aug 2013