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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!’
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.
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.
- 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
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- 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.
- 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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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.
- 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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at 12 Apr 2019
With winter, (almost) behind us and a little more warmth in the air, there is no better time to sample the delights that our fabulous capital can offer. London’s world famous parks, for example, are awash with spring blooms galore, so if you’re visiting during March, April and May it’s an absolute must to stroll amongst all the fragrant scents that are associated with springtime in London.
One great example is Richmond Park, famous also for its free roaming deer and cute baby animals. The park is adorned with cycle paths and playgrounds so is ideal for families who want to experience the great outdoors. Within the park, the Isabella Plantation is a 40 acre Victorian woodland plantation planted in the 1830's. First opened in 1953, it’s best known for its evergreen azaleas, flowering in April/May which line the ponds and streams.
As temperatures begin to rise and the days grow longer, there’s definitely more opportunities to take advantage of the plethora of London’s outdoor activities. Other examples of the city ‘springing’ to life (forgive the pun!), include;-
London’s Gardens (Throughout the Spring)
To experience a sea of crocuses and daffodils blooming in all their glory, make a visit to Kew Gardens. If you’ve never been then now’s the time – as although Kew is beautiful at any time, in spring when many of the most beautiful blooms start making an appearance. Snowdrops, crocuses, bluebells and daffodils abound and you can also enjoy a guided tour around the gardens on the Kew Explorer land train to learn about its historic buildings and flora and fauna.
Alternatively the lovely Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, originally planted in 1908, has been transformed over the years into a tranquil ornamental garden of classical proportions. There are traditional rotational flower displays in spring/summer with vibrant colours and exotic planting adding to the atmosphere.
- St Patrick's Day Celebrations (March)
St Patrick's Day in London showcases Irish culture at its best. With food, dancing and music along with
a free festival in Trafalgar Square, Many of London’s bars also host events.
Mother's Day (March)
Why not spoil your mum and treat her to a day out in the city this year? There are plenty of great things to do, from river cruises along the Thames, a fabulous musical like The Phantom of the Opera or a sophisticated afternoon tea at the Ritz, perhaps.
Oxford/Cambridge Boat race (April)
The annual clash between Oxford and Cambridge, is a uniquely British rowing race on the River Thames. Running for over 180 years, the race amasses crowds of over 300,000. So get a prime position beside the river, bring your picnic and enjoy!
Oxford Cambridge goat race (April)
Coinciding with the above race, you could opt for something rather different… with two aptly named pygmy goats (Oxford and Cambridge) racing around a prepared track at Spitalfields City Farm. With all proceeds going to the farm, witness the goats, (rather than their counterparts in the boats) going for gold! The spectacle has bands, including ‘Goat-e-oke’, (I kid you not… get it?), along with other goat-related fun. Tickets are popular, so book early.
- Easter Celebrations (April)
Easter in London is certainly a place for children and chocolate lovers alike. This year it falls on Sunday 21st April, although the run up to this date has some exciting activities going on throughout the capital. Special Easter events for young and old, from the obligatory Easter egg hunting, Easter themed afternoon teas, to a free performance of the biblical story ‘The Passion of Jesus’ held in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday.
This play commemorates the day Jesus was crucified and the run up to it. 100+ actors and numerous animals create authentic recreation of the time. Alternatively, join a London trail on the quest for chocolate Easter Eggs. Track down Easter bunnies at the National Trust property of Morden Hall Park. This is a popular event for families, where you'll search all across the park for clues that will lead you to Bunny's secret stash of chocolate.
Alternatively head along to London Wetland Centre, an urban oasis for wildlife and people, just 10 minutes from Hammersmith. Here you can stroll among the lakes, ponds and gardens, relax and enjoy coffee at the café, whilst the children let off steam in the play areas. You can also go ‘quackers’ and challenge your family to explore the wetland areas searching for the giant yellow ducks hiding amongst the reeds, trees and their real-life cousins. Special activity cards help you to find where these cheeky ducks are hiding. You may even win a delicious prize, all whilst learning about the wildlife in the area. There are also plenty of other fun activities at the centre for the whole family to enjoy this Easter, including pond dipping, wild play and nest building, where you’ll learn how birds behave in spring, handle a real nest and build a giant bird’s nest. Or you could be an Animal Track Detective, exploring animal tracks and signs and make your own footprint necklace to take home. A must do day for those with children.
Free outdoor events (April)
Experience London’s many free outdoor events this spring, including the London Marathon, where you can enjoy all the festivities and cheer on all the participants as they pass many of London’s famous landmarks. The festival of Vaisakhi, a Sikh cultural celebration, is also a real treat with performances, arts events and family activities on offer. Another great free event takes place on the Queen’s actual birthday, (21 April). There will be various gun salutes taking place in Hyde Park and the Tower of London. to mark this event.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May)
If you want to see innovative show gardens and stunning floral displays then this show is for you. Book early though as tickets sell out fast.
London Wine Week (May)
Back for its third year, with pop-up bars, alfresco parties and special tasting sessions London Wine Week is not to be missed. Celebrating the capital’s wine scene across 100 venues across the city, there are self-guided wine tours, masterclasses, supper clubs and tasting sessions.
Open air Activities
Watch plays ‘al fresco style’ in some of London's largest open-air theatres' such as Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.
Why not experience culture after dark by taking part in ‘London Lates’? A series of late openings by many London museums and galleries, featuring talks, performances, workshops and films.
FA Cup finals (May)
Watch the men's FA Cup final. If you aren’t lucky enough to have scooped a ticket for the venue then join the footie fans in pubs and bars throughout the capital and mingle with others to watch the game.
Witness the State Opening of Parliament (May)
For the royalists amongst you, why not go along to see the Queen travel in her processional carriage along the streets in Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament this month?
If you are interested in visiting any of the above attractions this springtime, or indeed any of London's iconic or historical sites and have an interest in photography or just want to see some great pictures, check out Emily Ford's blog Photographing London: Iconic Locations and Hidden Gems
Whether you’re interested in the latest in theatre and art exhibitions, the finest restaurants or experiencing the great outdoors, there is always a great variety of things to do in London during the spring. If you wish to make your visit into a longer stay, to experience more of what London can offer, then Euracom can help! We are experts in finding you the best serviced apartments, all centrally located, at very affordable prices. So forget that impersonal hotel and try something with that ‘home from home’ feeling. You won’t regret it!
Our featured apartments for this month…
Studio apartment rentals London Hyde Park, Inverness Terrace
These newly refurbished, modern studio apartments are perfect for short stay holiday rentals in the Hyde Park area of London. Within a residential street and moments from Hyde Park these apartments are set in a historic Georgian terraced building and offer close proximity to bustling shopping centres (Whiteley’s), restaurants and cafes. Each apartment is designed and decorated with warm & vibrant interiors offering an inviting space for guests. With a fully equipped kitchen, ideal for self-catering, these apartments offer compact living at an affordable price. With nightly rates starting from £96, they are certainly not to be missed!
- Central heating/ TV / Freeview/ TV / Freeview/ Wifi
- Door entry phone/ Room service available
- Fully equipped kitchen/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
More about our Studio apartment rentals in Hyde Park W2 ›
Corporate serviced apartment rentals London, Stratford
These fabulous serviced apartments provide easy access into Central London and Canary Wharf. With the O2 Westfield shopping centre and the Excel exhibition centres only minutes away and excellent transport links, this splendid development consists of 111 apartments. Designed by architects to meet the increasing demand for top-quality, long-stay accommodation in London without the city price tag, these high-spec, serviced apartments provide space and comfort to suit every guest's needs. With premium quality fittings, superb soft furnishings throughout and equipped with the most up-to-date technology including broadband, wide-screen televisions and stunning kitchens and bathrooms, these apartments are a snip, starting from £93 per night.
- Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
- Bathroom/ Toiletries provided
- Concierge / security / reception/ Lifts/Lobby / waiting area
- Desk / workspace/ Dining table & chairs
- DVD player/ TV / Freeview/ Wifi
- Kitchen/ Tea / coffee making facilities/ Welcome pack available/Iron / Ironing board
- Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available/ Weekly cleaning service
More about our Corporate serviced apartment rentals Stratford E15 ›
Short stay apartments London, Earls Court Road
These beautiful, individually designed Edwardian styled serviced apartments are presented in a comfortably furnished setting with high ceilings & well-proportioned rooms. Close to the Earls Court Exhibition centre and the well renowned shopping areas of Knightsbridge, Kensington & Chelsea, the apartments range in size from studios to spacious four bedroom apartments, that can sleep eight. Only minutes from Earls Court Exhibition Centre and the famous Albert Hall, Natural History Museum and Kensington Palace, this accommodation is not to be missed, especially for the reasonable prices, which start from £153pn.
- Concierge / security / reception/ Welcome pack available
- Daily cleaning service
- Desk / workspace/Dining table & chairs
- Door entry phone/ Lifts
- DVD player/ Telephone/TV / Freeview/Wifi
- Bathroom En suite in some
- Kitchen/ Dishwasher in some/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available/ Tea / coffee making facilities
More about our Short stay apartments Earls Court Road ›
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at 13 Mar 2019
Discover love in London this Valentines Day with a short stay in a serviced apartment, the perfect base from which to explore London.
With Christmas and New Year celebrations long gone, there seems no better way to brighten up those long dark winter nights and grey, overcast February days than spending it with your loved one.
The day that many couples crave for is looming ever closer- Valentine’s Day! February 14th (just in case those unromantic ones amongst you have forgotten!) is the time when sweethearts traditionally wine and dine in romantic settings, exchange gifts of flowers, chocolates and the like. Some couples may be looking to celebrate this ancient tradition less classically, or in more unusual ways, so this month we’ll be taking a look at just what’s out there for Valentine’s Day along with discovering a little more about its roots and origins.
So, who is this mysterious saint and where did these Valentine Day traditions start? Well, although somewhat obscure and exaggerated by legend, it would seem the most likely story behind Valentine’s Day originates in a risqué Roman festival named Lupercalia. This wildly popular, annual pagan fertility celebration took place on February 15th and involved young, naked men running around gently spanking nubile ladies with an aim to boosting their fertility! This ritual was later absorbed into Christian tradition, eventually morphing into St Valentine. Yet some scholars believe that St. Valentine was a wayward priest who was apprehended and put to death by Emperor Claudius II after defying him by secretly performing illegal marriage ceremonies. Claudius had apparently decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families so he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine deemed the decree an injustice, defying Claudius by continuing to marry young lovers in secret. For his misdemeanour, Valentine was executed on February 14, henceforth to be known universally by lovers and sweethearts as St Valentine’s Day.
Whichever version you believe, I’m sure the truth is hidden there somewhere!
Over many centuries Valentine’s Day has evolved, and by the Victorian era exchanging hand-made gifts and cards was commonplace in England. Today it has developed into a huge commercial success, where at least a quarter of the annual total of greeting cards, are sent as Valentine cards. In fact over 150,000,000 Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is now synonymous with romance, flowers and candlelight and is loved so much that we dedicate a whole day to celebrating it. Whether you want to celebrate in the classic, traditional way or do something more outlandish, there is certainly something for everyone in our great capital city.
Here are a few suggestions…
- Visit London’s Romantic Restaurants
Whether you’re seeking the perfect place for a first date or a table for a special Valentine's Day dinner, you can’t go wrong in London. There are cuisines to suit all tastes and budgets. Here are just a few……
a) The Hutong Shard where you’ll enjoy stunning views of the city, along with their signature dumplings, perfect for sharing, and their own specialty roasted Peking duck. Complete your evening with cocktails in the high ceilinged atrium bar above London's twinkling lights.
b) Galvin at Windows fuses 1930s decor with modern French cuisine. A Michelin-starred restaurant with views to match from the 28th floor, this is the perfect place to woo your loved one.
c) OXO Tower Restaurant. - On the eighth floor of this unmistakable Tower you’ll discover alluring views of The City and beyond, plus a menu of modern British classics and an intimate atmosphere, it's the ideal romantic Valentine's restaurant.
d) Bateaux London – Romance on the Thames. Some say the Seine is the place for lovers! Not so, as Bateaux London can do romance which is second to none. Go down on one knee whilst passing London’s iconic landmarks on this superb dinner cruise along the Thames. With floor-to-ceiling windows, dinner, cooked on board and live entertainment, it will certainly be a night to remember.
Visit the Rivoli Ballroom
If you want glamorous surroundings to woo your beloved why not watch Shakespeare’s classic love story Romeo + Juliet?
If you want to get starry-eyed, then an evening at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich is for you. The night includes a planetarium show about the romantic sights the night sky has to offer, a chance to do some stargazing through the 18-tonne Victorian telescope and a glass of bubbly whilst standing on the historic Greenwich Meridian. An unforgettable evening sure to impress!
Check out the Jazz Cafe
Here you can serenade your date with Nina Simone's greatest hits. This year The Black Voices Quintet will perform the best and most powerful numbers from the repertoire of one of the 20th C greatest artists, Nina Simone.
For an unusual Valentine’s activity (11th February) head down to this vibrant space and treat your loved ones with an amazing homemade chocolate gift for St. Valentine's day. There are chocolate making classes where you can make mini chocolate truffles and filled chocolates.
Be serenaded by opera singers in the opulent surrounds of Sarastro with its flamboyant food and quirky artwork.
Take a romantic stroll
- Enjoy a spectacular sunset over London’s skyline from the top of Parliament Hill, on Hampstead Heath.
- Take a moonlit stroll along Southbank hand in hand, from London Bridge to Waterloo.
- Take in a London Park – Hyde Park is very beautiful at this time of year.
Take tea at the Barbican
Chill out with a romantic afternoon tea in the Barbican’s conservatory, which homes tropical plants, trees and fish.
Go to bed at the Electric Cinema
Watch a movie from the comfort of a front row red velvet double bed at the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill.
Check out Belowzero Ice Bar
If your partner is chilly- Cosy up to them at Belowzero Ice Bar, where the walls, bar and tables are made of ice.
There is certainly a vast range of things to do with your one and only in our lovely city. If you choose to extend your Valentine visit to London to take advantage of the wealth of romantic activities on offer, then Euracom can help. We have a plethora of serviced apartments within the capital to suit every budget. Our three featured properties this month are…
Serviced apartments in Chelsea Cloisters, SW3
Located in one of London’s most fashionable areas, these apartments are within a three star property and vary in size, from studio apartments to 1/2 bedroom apartments all available. Each apartment has en-suite facilities, a fully fitted kitchen & come furnished. Reasonably priced from only £98pn for a 1 bedroom studio, they are perfect for corporate business travellers or for short stays. Their central location offers easy access to the West End, London’s main entertainment centre.
- Concierge / security / reception/ Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Safe
- Daily or weekly linen change/Daily cleaning service/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
- TV / Freeview/ Telephone/ Wifi
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South bank serviced apartments London SE1, Tower Bridge
These wonderful apartments are situated on London's South Bank, with easy access to the many of London's iconic landmarks & attractions. For a nightly fee from only £117p/n they make an ideal base for short stay holiday. The apartments are based around the original Sarsons brewery and are complemented by a stylish new development that includes a gym and onsite café pleasantly located in the atrium area, - a great place to have breakfast. With separate living and sleeping areas and a fully fitted kitchen and complimentary Wi-Fi, there is plenty of room to entertain guests. With scenic walking routes around London’s South bank, these apartments are close to many bars, restaurants and cafes, along with other amenities like Borough Market.
- Central heating
- Concierge / security / reception/ Lifts
- Dining table & chairs
- Fully equipped kitchen/ dishwasher in some/ Iron / Ironing board
- Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
- TV / Freeview/ Wifi
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Studio apartment rentals London Hyde Park, Inverness Terrace
Our Inverness Terrace studio apartments have recently undergone a superb refurbishment and are perfect for a short holiday in the Hyde Park area of London. Located on a residential street and moments from Hyde Park, the area is bustling with shops, restaurants and cafes nearby. Entertainment venues are also close-by, making these quality apartments ideal for those who enjoy the high life! With an affordable price tag starting from £96 p/n, these great apartments are set in an historic Georgian terraced building with warm & vibrant interiors. With a kitchen which includes a fridge, hob, oven, microwave, kettle and all necessary cooking utensils, along with high speed Wi-Fi, these short stay, budget, self-catering apartments are hard to beat.
- Central heating
- Door entry phone
- Fully equipped kitchen/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
- Room service available
- TV / Freeview/Wifi
More about our Studio apartment rentals London Hyde Park ›
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at 4 Feb 2019
‘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’
- Use Public Transport
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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%.
These are booked through a minicab office or by phone and are usually cheaper. Tipping is appreciated but not compulsory.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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?
- 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!
- "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.”
- "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?"
- "Geezer" A very suave or dapper man and is widely used within London. Eg -“He’s a lovely geezer.”
- "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."
- "Doddle" An easy task is known as a "doddle." Eg- "This is going to be a doddle."
- "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.
- "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.”
- "Miffed" - Rather annoyed. It comes from the German word "muffen," meaning "to sulk." Eg- "I’m rather miffed about that."
- "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!”
- 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.”
- "Round" – means to take a turn in buying a drink for your friends in the pub. Eg- "Whose round is it now? Yours?”
- "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.
- Baby cot / high chair (upon request)
- Central heating
- Door entry phone
- Fully equipped kitchen /Laundry / dry cleaning facilities
- TV / Freeview Wifi
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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?
- Air conditioning
- Baby cot / high chair (upon request)
- 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.
- Concierge / security / reception Desk /Lifts
- Kitchen / kitchenette
- Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
- Movie lounge
- TV / Freeview Wifi
More about our Student accommodation London Bloomsbury WC1, Janet Poole House ›
at 20 Sep 2018
We often hear our customers saying, ‘London is the place to be!’ Well it certainly is, although how often do you hear people speak about the accommodation they have been staying at during their trip to our glorious capital? Often, you’ll find people saying, ’Where we stayed was okay but very expensive for what we got.’ Or maybe something along these lines, ‘Mmm, yes well, the place wasn’t large enough to swing a cat round and it was way out of the centre of the city.’
We, here at Euracom, have done our very best to ensure that none of these adverse comments apply to us. We can proudly say, from the positive feedback that we have received over the years, from a substantial number of clients, that Euracom provides just what the customer needs, great service, great apartments in prime locations with great, competitive prices.
We love hearing such positive feedback- it means an awful lot to us and it’s what makes our job worthwhile. For we know that although we can extol the virtues of all our apartments, saying how economical and fabulous they are and then tell you how great our service is, there is no better testimonial to our efforts than when you take the trouble to send us your incredible comments, recommending that Euracom is only place to go for an affordable, yet comfortable stay.
Here are just a few of the comments which have delighted us, coming from all over the world.
‘Thank you Euracom, we have had a wonderful stay in your apartment. It is very convenient, clean, near to lots of great sites and very comfortable. Thank you for your service. We visited the London Eye and plenty of other places and had a very nice journey in London. We will warmly recommend you to our friends and family‘
Doron Stein, Israel
‘From the outset, thank you for making our London visit a pleasurable experience! What we liked about dealing with Euracom is there was no pressure whatsoever and Robert was very patient with us - that helped build trust. We inspected the apartment prior to confirming the same - again, no pressure whatsoever. The process of booking the apartment was simple, transparent and quick. Our request for credit card payment was accommodated, which made it very easy. Wendy at Endsleigh Court was very helpful and showed us two apartment options. When we arrived at the apartment, everything was in order! The apartment was beyond our expectation, very clean, airy, lots of light and ventilation. Overall, it was a fantastic experience dealing with Robert as well as the team at Endsleigh Court. Special shout out for Wendy and the front desk team at Endsleigh Court who were very helpful and friendly. We would definitely recommend both Euracom and Endsleigh Court to friends and family and look forward to our future stays there.‘
Vaishali Jaising, India
‘The booking process through Euracom was easy and our e-mail enquiries were always answered quickly with helpful, clear answers. The apartment itself was comfortable and suitable for our needs in a great location. I would recommend Euracom to my friends and family.‘
Michael and Juliana Whiteman, Australia
‘I would absolutely recommend working with Euracom. The staff always quickly answered our demands, we really appreciated their help on many occasions and we cannot wait to book with them again!‘
Shlomo Hauser, Israel
‘Dear Euracom A Home in London - I have used Euracom for over 9 years now and I can say without a doubt it has been amazing on all of my holiday trips. I usually stay at Hampden house, which you refer to as budget, but I call it luxury for the simple fact it’s clean, it’s spacious and the location is great. The speed that you respond to enquiries, complaints or requests is amazing, you are so professional in everything you do. From bookings to check in‘s, to staying in, to the departure, everything is faultless. The staff are always so lovely, polite and kind. You always make us feel like royalty. I have stayed in many other apartments in London over the years, however none of them compare to the service that you provide us with. Last month, I had to stay in Bloomsbury because Hampden House was not available, they made sure I got the best services and the flat was spotless. I have recommended Euracom to loads of friends and family and they always call back to say thank you! I also wanted to use this as a great opportunity to say a big thank you to Kelly, who is always finding a way to accommodate me and my budget, Robert, Joe and Tania for all their continued help. You have given my family a home in London.‘
‘It’s been a pleasure dealing with Euracom. Response time is very good. Your prices are reasonable for your locations. I will definitely recommend you to my family and friends.‘
Enitan Solarin, Nigeria
‘We would like to thank all of you at Euracom for a first -class service and hopefully we will meet up again in the not too distant future‘.
Mike Ryan, Argentina
‘Thanks for the great service again, Euracom. My queries were promptly answered and the staff at the apartment were also very co-operative and helpful. I will certainly get in touch with you next time I‘m travelling to London‘.
Farzana Ali, India
‘I have found booking through Euracom an easy experience. The apartments have always been clean and comfortable with everything needed, and the staff at Euracom and at Endsleigh Court have always been friendly and helpful and the rates are very reasonable.‘
Robert Brian Bunton, Australia
‘ Great accommodation, prime location, excellent service and helpful staff. Rented a 3- bedroom apartment and it felt like home within first night! Top service, with hotel-like amenities but within the comfort of a cosy home.‘
Samar Mokbel, Lebanon
‘We have stayed in your Bloomsbury apartments more than once... It is one of our favourite places in London for many reasons: it is somewhere between a hotel and an apartment, with some of the advantages of each. It is very well located, clean and the staff are very friendly. The price is very fair and all in all it is always a very positive experience coming back. We have recommended Euracom to others and will continue to do so.‘
Ahuva Passow-Whitman, Israel
‘ Our stay in London was most enjoyable... From our initial enquiry, Euracom were very helpful with our apartment selection and booking. The reception staff were also very accommodating and welcoming. The apartment itself was clean and comfortable, perfect for our needs and plenty of room for our family of four. The location was ideal being within walking distance of public transport, parks, restaurants and shops. We will certainly contact Euracom again for future bookings.‘
Neil Bennie, Australia
‘Well, what can we say? With such fabulous reviews why go anywhere else? The evidence speaks for itself! For a service second to none, with spacious apartments, conveniently situated near to Central London, there is no better place than Euracom to book your next holiday or business trip. We’ll guarantee you the trip of a lifetime, without breaking the bank! (Although we don’t recommend you swinging any cats around to test the size of our apartments, they will speak for themselves!)‘
Our 3 featured properties this month have had particularly good reviews from our customers. Why not check them out?
Cheap apartments for rent, London Bloomsbury, WC1
These recently refurbished apartments are perfectly located for a central London stay on a budget. Close to The British Museum, Shaftesbury Theatre, Oxford Street and numerous other London attractions, they make the perfect cheap holiday apartments from which to explore London. With weekly rates starting from £702 p/w for a studio apartment sleeping 3, each studio apartment is simply furnished and has its own small kitchenette and bathroom. Available for either cheap, short term apartment rental or long term apartment rental at fantastic weekly rates. The British Museum
- Lobby / waiting area/concierge / security / reception/lift/ safe
- Kitchen / kitchenette/ Daily or weekly linen change/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
- Parking (chargeable)/ Wheelchair accessible
- Smoking apartments available
- Telephone/ TV / Freeview/ Wi-fi
- Twin or double beds in some apartments
More about our Cheap apartments for rent, London Bloomsbury, WC1 ›
Cheap studio apartments in London - Weymouth Street W1
These cheap studio apartments are situated in the heart of London’s West End, just 20-minutes from London’s city centre, and close to Regents Park, the bustling Oxford Street, London Zoo and Madame Tussauds. With excellent transport links and near to Euston Station, they are surrounded by local shops, restaurants, bars and pubs. These serviced apartments offer a selection of one-bedroom apartments which can accommodate up to 3 people, or studio flats, accommodating 2, with prices starting from £650p/w. All apartments offer every modern convenience, including wireless broadband internet.
- Dining table & chairs/ desk / workspace
- Fully equipped kitchen / dishwasher in some/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
- Door entry phone/ Property supervisor nearby
- Grocery store onsite / nearby
- Non- smoking apartments
- Telephone/ TV / Freeview/ Wi-fi
- Twin or double beds in some apartments
More about our Cheap studio apartments in London - Weymouth Street W1 ›
247 Baker Street student accommodation London, NW1
This lower ground floor studio apartment is in a private block opposite Regent’s Park and within walking distance of many restaurants, bars and bistros as well as a host of local attractions, such as Madame Tussauds. Starting from £420 p/w for a double studio sleeping 2, making it the perfect, low cost accommodation. An ideal apartment for exploring London.
- Central heating / Utilities included / Non- smoking apartments
- Dining table & chairs / Desk / workspace
- Telephone / TV / Freeview / DVD player / Wifi
- Kitchen / Dishwasher in some / Washing machine/Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
- Meet & greet arrival service / Property supervisor nearby/ Door entry phone
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at 31 Aug 2018