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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

    More about our Serviced apartments central London, Hyde Park ›

  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

Valentine's Day in London

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.

Valentine’s Day in London

Roman Roots

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…

  1. 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……

Try…

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 LondonRomance 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.

  1. Visit the Rivoli Ballroom
    If you want glamorous surroundings to woo your beloved why not watch Shakespeare’s classic love story Romeo + Juliet?

  2. Royal Observatory-Greenwich
    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!

  3. 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.

  4. Mercato Metropolitano
    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.

  5. Visit Sarastro
    Be serenaded by opera singers in the opulent surrounds of Sarastro with its flamboyant food and quirky artwork.

  6. Take a romantic stroll

    1. Enjoy a spectacular sunset over London’s skyline from the top of Parliament Hill, on Hampstead Heath.
    2. Take a moonlit stroll along Southbank hand in hand, from London Bridge to Waterloo.
    3. Take in a London Park – Hyde Park is very beautiful at this time of year.
  7. Take tea at the Barbican
    Chill out with a romantic afternoon tea in the Barbican’s conservatory, which homes tropical plants, trees and fish.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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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.

Serviced apartments in Chelsea Cloisters, SW3

Facilities include:

  • Bathroom
  • 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

More about our serviced apartments in Chelsea Cloisters ›

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.

South bank serviced apartments London SE1, Tower Bridge

Facilities include:

  • 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

More about our South bank serviced apartments ›

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.

Studio apartment rentals London Hyde Park, Inverness Terrace W2

Facilities include:

  • Bathroom
  • 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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By Rob at 4 Feb 2019

How to live like a Londoner

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

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

Top tips to ‘Live like a Londoner’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Studio apartment rentals London Hyde Park, Inverness Terrace Concept W2

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

Studio apartment rentals London Hyde Park, Inverness Terrace Concept W2

Features include:

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

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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?

Luxury serviced apartments London, Sloane Street SW1X

Features include:

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

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Student accommodation London Bloomsbury WC1, Janet Poole House

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

Student accommodation London Bloomsbury  WC1, Janet Poole House

Features include;

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

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By Rob at 20 Sep 2018

London - The Greatest City on Earth!

London - The Greatest City on Earth!

When you embark on a holiday to our magnificent capital you’ll be taking in one of the most visited and international cities on earth.  With its 2000 years of historical influence, cultural diversity, fine food establishments and wonderful vibrant atmosphere, London has something for everyone.

Throughout the centuries London has been city of ideas.  The city’s ability to evolve and move with the times has enabled it to embrace and develop into the innovative landscape of original thinking and creativity that it is today.  This is essentially one of the many reasons why London has always been such a special place to visit, and indeed live in, and plays an enormous part in why London stands out as being one of the greatest cities in the world.

These innovators, with ‘larger than life’ imaginations, are responsible not only for a wealth of state of the art, architecturally designed buildings  such as The Shard and The Gherkin, but also independent contemporary art, (London is the performing arts capital of the world), literature, (authors like Dickens, Orwell and Oscar Wilde make London the world’s greatest literary centre), pioneering music, (London has a marvellous musical heritage – with greats like Bowie, Adele, Queen and George Michael originating here.  Added to this the spectacular amount of theatrical masterpieces on offer within London’s theatre land, and you have it all.  

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So what else attracts visitors to the best city in the world?  Aside from our world class theatre, amazing art galleries and cosmopolitan multi- cultural society, 80% of visitors say their main reason for coming to London is ‘culture and heritage’.  Incredibly, cultural tourism generates almost £3½ billion a year for London’s economy and visitor numbers continue to grow.  Yet the city still has to endeavour to maintain its position internationally, as many other destinations around the globe are promoting cultural strategies to attract the discerning traveller.

This said, London has something that many other countries don’t possess.  The pomp, circumstance and pageantry that only Britain can pull off!  Take for example the Royal Wedding in May of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, at Windsor Castle.  This iconic event attracted millions to London to celebrate the romantic coupling of an adored British Prince and his glamorous bride.  The historical significance of such venues, along with the popularity of our Royal Family, provide a significant benefit to our tourist industry and economy. It’s a known fact that 9 out of 10 trips to London incorporate visits to the city’s top 20 cultural attractions. 

So here are several more reasons why London can assuredly call itself ‘the greatest city on Earth.’ 

Centuries of History

London can boast more than 2,000 years of history, and the London landscape bears testament to more iconic and historically important buildings and landmarks than pretty much anywhere in the world.  With Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey, to name just three of these marvels, it’s no surprise that travellers journey from across the world to experience the wonder and majesty of these venues.

Free Cultural Experiences

Though some London attractions have a reputation for being expensive, especially if you have a large family, visitors are regularly extremely surprised that many of the city’s cultural venues are actually free. Unlike the national museums in Paris, New York and Rome where tourists pay an entrance fee, London’s museums, like the Natural History, Science, Victoria and Albert, Tate Modern, National Gallery and the Imperial War Museum are all absolutely free!  We are one of the few cities in the world where you’ll be able to witness grand masterpieces and prehistoric historic exhibitions without opening your wallet!  What’s more, London’s 2012 Olympic Games saw the city’s popularity skyrocket as a result of visitors being impressed by the value for money they received in the capital.  This has been endorsed by producer and artist Will.i.am, (William Adams), who says…. “London is my favourite city on the planet — it’s the cosmopolitan and ‘melting pot’ feel of it all, the open-mindedness to difference and culture. And the whole city is a world-class museum, outdoors and indoors.” A fine endorsement!

London’s Green Spaces

Even though London is a bustling ‘working city’ which attracts large conglomerations of financial and other industries, there are over 5000 acres of amazing green spaces across eight London parks. Hyde Park, for instance, set deep in the heart of London, offers both world-class concerts and events together with plenty of quiet places to unwind and relax.  Alternatively, Richmond Park is the largest the eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London.  Here you’ll find the lovely Isabella Plantation and Pembroke Lodge, along with wonderful herds of Red and Fallow deer. All London parks are free and open daily. 

London as a whole has over 8½ million trees, 300,000 gardens and acres upon acres of green space, not only making it one of the prettiest cities in the world, but also enabling it to boast more green spaces than any other European city.  Whatever the weather or season, London is always enchantingly beautiful.

Reflection and Respect

London’s recent, and not so recent history, has given Londoners a long held reputation for perseverance, courage and grit in the face of adversity and sorrow.  Acclaimed pioneering cultural projects, attracting both intense media coverage, along with over 5 million tourists, have helped us to reflect on such historical events, whilst raising many millions for charity.  In 2014 an installation at the Tower of London of 888,246 ceramic hand-made poppies, provided the perfect setting to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.  The creative project demonstrated a poignant perspective on a world event and provided a place to reflect and respect those who fell in one of the most beautiful, historic London landmarks.  Something for which, we are justly proud.

Continuing on this theme, another sad, yet positive aspect that makes London such a fabulous place is its incredible resilience.  Although it has always been, and still remains, one of the safest destinations in the world to visit, recent tragedies such as the London Bridge Bombing at Borough Market will remain etched on our hearts forever.  However, Londoners are a particularly defiant crowd and whatever life throws at us, business will continue as normal.  A major benefit of visiting London is still the safety aspect however, as many other capital cities are far more dangerous.

British tradition, values and democracy.

Representing over 1000 years of this is our dear Queen Elizabeth.  She not only provides Britain with incredible stability and important British values, but is also a testament to our wonderful democratic nation.  The Royals, and especially Her Majesty, are undoubtedly important assets to our country and the reason why so many oversees visitors wish to come to experience these traditions for themselves. 

Retail Therapy

Our glorious capital is home to a wealth of shopping delights, whatever your budget.  For high end stores you have the wonderful Selfridges, Harrods and Fortnum and Mason, to name just a few, whilst many more fine retailers are just a stone’s throw away in the famous Oxford and Regent Streets.  Alternatively for the quirkier gift you could head off to the historic Covent Garden or one of London’s finest markets.  Here you’ll not only find some of the best retail therapy around, but also something else London is renowned for, its multi- cultural cuisine.  From the traditional English fish and chips, to pasta, curries and a wealth of other delicious delicacies from all over the world, all available at a very reasonable cost.  For something fancier, there are a multitude of fine dining establishments throughout the capital, many boasting ‘celebrity chefs’ and Michelin Stars.  All are well worth a visit, showing the capital can provide something to suit everyone’s budget.

The Great British Pub

Were you aware that you’re apparently never more than 7 metres from a pub in London?  This fact isn’t one that I’ve tested, although it’s a fact that there are well over 7,000 pubs to choose from in the capital.  From themed bars to roof top terraces offering anything from craft beers to exotic cocktails, a visit to London isn’t complete without a great British pint!  As an alternative to a traditional pub, you could sample the delights of ‘Attendant’, a quirky Victorian toilet which was given a makeover in 2013 and is now perfect for a daytime drink!  No one but the British could think up something so novel and extreme, making it another reason why London is so uniquely great.

A Great Multi- Cultural Society

Another thing that makesLondon so special, and indeed puts the ‘Great’ into Great Britain, is that it’s one of the most multicultural cities/countries in the world.  Our capital is now home to over 270 nationalities and 300 languages.  For many hundreds of years London has researched, studied and collected items from all over the world, making these and the research about them available to everyone. Our great museum displays perfectly express how London has always retained a healthy openness to every society’s ideas, doctrines and discoveries.  Similarly, the UK has also welcomed many different cultures and peoples of the world into our cities, making them truly multicultural.  Visitors to London will evidence this in many ways, from the comprehensive, worldwide cuisine which is available, to the vibrant communities like China Town within the heart of the capital, making London such a great place to be.  In visiting London, whatever your nationality, every tourist will find something familiar, as well as be able to explore the whole world in just one city.  Of course there are other global cities, although it’s only in London that you’ll experience and meet people from all over the globe and with them enjoy their theatre, food and music and witness the incredible range of wonderful things that they’ve produced.

Walking City

A trip to London is actually a walkers paradise, even though for those less energetic there is an excellent public transport network including the famous London bus and underground system. On foot though, you’ll be able to experience all the vibrancy, nostalgia and heritage that London can offer.  There’s certainly nothing better than a stroll along the River Thames, which has been meandering through the city since Roman times.  Its historic significance won’t be lost on you, and can be enhanced by taking a river boat along this iconic, ancient waterway, to find out more about London’s glorious past.

So why visit London?

Let’s face it tourists don’t generally visit for the weather! However what does attract them is our glorious culture.  All the above things and more should tempt you to pay this special, deeply cosmopolitan capital city a visit.  From free national museums, historic royal residences and vibrant markets, to the abundance of green spaces across the city, here you’ll be able to enjoy the fantastic range of cultural activities on offer and tailor your visit to your own personal inspiration and connection, desires and interests. You’ll be able to appreciate the ancient alongside the modern and witness London as the world’s number one city for its enormous variety of authentic historical sites and museums- far more than our rivals, as well as its culture and leisure activities and indeed its numerous hidden gems.

You certainly won’t cover all London has to offer in one hit, although once you’ve been hooked on your first visit by our capital’s cultural icons, which are a major part of London’s appeal, and discovered about the past and its legacy,  you’ll definitely have a thirst for more and will want to return. 

When you do, you can further explore why London’s art fairs, world famous carnivals like Notting Hill, Frieze London and Frieze Masters have attracted so much attention and attendance over the years.  The influence of heritage and culture on how ‘attractive’ a city is certainly a key feature which accentuates why people regard London as a city of eclecticism and international appeal.  From the old masters and antiquities to modern design and the art of today, there is always a plethora of new and exciting things to see and do in the city, and more importantly something for every pocket, which encourages visitors to revisit again and again.  Return visitors to London are willing to go further to experience unique and unusual new attractions.  London can offer these in abundance.  Take, for example, the city’s range of ‘Late’ events, occurring many of London’s museums and galleries.  Here you can immerse yourself in a shared, one-off, cultural experience with a difference.   

So why not visit London for the best experience in the world?  With 40 million visits to cultural institutions, 14.6 million theatre attendances, 4 world heritage sites, 857 art galleries and 349 live music venues last year alone, it’s definitely THE PLACE TO BE! 16.8 million overseas visitors, nearly 60% of which have made repeat visits, can’t be wrong!  So go on….give London a try!  

If you intend to extend your stay in London to take in more of our beautiful capital, then Euracom can offer amazing deals on serviced apartments.  Not only do these compare more than favourably with a similar standard hotel stay, they also offer more luxury and security to make your stay more enjoyable.  Here are just three examples of the many we offer.

Corporate serviced apartments South Kensington High Street W8

These serviced apartments offer luxury in the heart of London. Located off Kensington High Street and with easy access to the Science/Natural History Museums and Olympia, these apartments provide the perfect base for both holidaying families and business travellers alike.

Nightly fees start from just £229p/n, making these spacious, well-proportioned apartments exceptional value. With fully equipped kitchens and a private courtyard garden, the apartments are available with 1-4 bedrooms.

Corporate serviced  apartments South Kensington High Street W8

Features include:

  • Bathroom
  • Concierge / security / reception/ Lifts/Telephone/TV / Freeview/ Wi-fi
  • Daily or weekly linen change/Daily cleaning service
  • Desk / workspace/ Dining table & chairs
  • Kitchen / kitchenette/Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • If you are looking for looking for a spacious central London apartment, close to some of London’s finest stores, galleries and museums then these are for you.

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Central London serviced apartments St. Pauls Queen Street, London EC4

Our St Pauls Queen St serviced apartments are ideal for both business trips and sightseeing trips to London. Situated in London’s financial district, they’re within walking distance of the iconic St Paul's Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. With prices starting from £145p/n, these newly refurbished, stylish flats are set in a beautifully designed building, finished to a high specification.  Premium quality fittings and soft furnishings come as standard, whilst each apartment is equipped with broadband, wide-screen TV and a luxurious kitchen and bathroom.

Central London  serviced apartments St. Pauls Queen Street, London EC4

Features include:

  • Air conditioning/ Concierge / security / reception/ Lifts/ Lobby / waiting area/ Wheelchair accessible
  • Bathroom/ Hairdryer available/ Toiletries provided
  • Daily or weekly linen change/ Daily cleaning service
  • Dining table & chairs/ Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
  • DVD player/ Satellite TV/ Freeview/ Wifi
  • Kitchen / Iron / Ironing board/ Laundry / dry cleaning available/ Tea / coffee making facilities

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Corporate serviced apartment rentals London, Stratford E15

These spectacular serviced apartments in Stratford provide easy access to Central London and Canary Wharf. With the O2 arena, the Olympic Park and Excel nearby, this accommodation offers exceptional value from only £93p/n.  This splendid development consists of 111 apartments, providing top quality accommodation at an affordable price.  The apartments give space and comfort and offer premium quality fittings, soft furnishings and high-spec kitchens and bathrooms throughout. Equipped with modern technology including broadband, wide-screen TV and DVD, the apartments provide a comfortable environment in which to enjoy your stay.

Corporate serviced apartment rentals London,  Stratford E15

Features include:

  • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)/ Welcome pack available
  •  Bathroom/ Toiletries provided
  •  Concierge / security / reception/ Lifts/ Lobby / waiting area/ Wheelchair accessible
  •  Desk / workspace/ Dining table & chairs/ Baby cot / high chair (upon request)
  •  DVD player/ TV / Freeview/ Wifi
  •  Fully equipped kitchen/ Iron / Ironing board/ Tea / coffee making facilities
  •  Daily cleaning service/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available

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By Rob at 26 Jun 2018

Top 10 things to do in London this Bank Holiday

It seems that Spring is finally creeping up on us after the eternally long winter, bringing (hopefully), warmer weather, allowing us to enjoy the wealth of seasonal activities on offer in our glorious capital.

With the forthcoming Spring Bank Holiday, (26th to 28th May) on the horizon, London venues are gearing up for the forthcoming season.  Here are our top ten picks for you to get out and about.  Activities cater for both young and old, ensuring something for everyone. So why not shed that winter wardrobe, don those shorts and get out and about without delay?

Aside from the usual famous attractions, like The Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, there are loads of other superb things to see and do during the extended Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

  1. The City Visitor Trail (www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visit-the-city/walks)

    This is a must for those on a sightseeing mission!  The 90 minute, self-guided tour enables you to find many of London’s hidden gems, feast on its world famous attractions and experience the great culture, history and heritage of the capital’s famous Square Mile.  Combine this with taking a well-deserved rest in one of the great eateries on route and you have the makings of a very memorable outing.  Free City Visitor Trail maps are available from the City Information Centre, located opposite St Paul's Cathedral, or you can download the app for your mobile.

  1. All Points Equal, Victoria Park 28th May (allpointseastfestival.com)

    This is a day of free activities celebrating the 100th anniversary of votes for women. The venue, Victoria Park, is significant, as this was the end destination of Sylvia Pankhurst’s 1913/1914 processions. There are a variety of workshops on offer such as banner-making, children’s theatre and aerial circus performances.  Outdoor screenings, along with a participatory performance of a Suffragette rally and live music featuring various brass bands, add to the atmosphere.  A street food Market and pop-up bars will also be available.

  1. Early Man Family Fun Day, Museum of London, 28th May (museumoflondon.org.uk)

    For a range of drop-in, family-friendly activities, visit The Museum of London this Bank Holiday Monday, for a foray back into the Stone Age.  Free screenings of ‘Early Man’ a recent Aardman film, will take you back to the time when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth.  The caveman hero, Dug and his tribe, take on Lord Nooth, voiced by Tom Hiddleston, to save their home.  Other child friendly activities include handling real prehistoric artefacts and learning the art of flint-making using soap, along with other drop in activities.

  1. Spot Angry Birds at Madame Tussauds  7th May – July (madametussauds.co.uk)

    Since first opening over 200 years ago, millions have visited this iconic establishment to see its famous wax figures, past and present.  It remains just as popular today as it ever was.  Much of its success is how the venue has moved with the times, and people are still just as curious as they have ever been.  One of its most recent attractions features the characters Red, Chuck and Bomb, who make their debut this May, ahead of the release of the Angry Birds Movie.  

  1. Visit the Natural History Museum

    This year’s summer season sees the beginning of this fine museum’s transformation into a museum fit for the future. Within the glorious Hintze Hall, a huge blue whale skeleton has now joined the plethora of other natural marvels, helping to tell the story of evolution and the part we play in our planet’s future.  The 83 foot long whale skeleton forms an important part of the hundreds of new specimens across several floors, which includes ten other star specimens within the museum’s ‘wonder bays’.  Further highlights include the dinosaur section, where you can meet a roaring T-Rex whilst the ground shakes beneath you on the earthquake simulator.  A venue not to be missed!

  1. Feria De Londres, South Bank 25th-27th  May (feriadelondres.com)

    Why not join this vibrant celebration of Spanish cuisine and culture?  It’s inspired by the annual spring fairs that take place in Andalucia, Spain and takes place in Bernie Spain Gardens on the South Bank of the Thames.  The festival includes interactive workshops, live Spanish music and Flamenco dancing shows, as well as a range of activities suitable for all ages, including arts and crafts, face painting and hair styling.  The glorious setting of the South Bank be buzzing with a colourful display of ‘casetas’ (booths) all serving delicious Spanish delicacies, like tapas, Iberico ham, tortillas, pimientos de padron and churros, and you’ll also be able to experience many of the region’s wines and cocktails. Tio Pepe, one of Spain’s favourite fino producers, will be there, hosting a series of sherry masterclasses.

  1. Picnic at Hampton Court Palace 26th May- 2ndJun (www.hrp.org.uk)

    For a super family day out why how about head off to Hampton Court Palace to see a resurgence of some of Britain’s most gruesome characters being brought back to life in an open-air performance of Horrible Histories?  Prepare yourselves for a unique production of Horrible Histories live on stage, where you’ll not only learn about Britain’s past but also experience some of the nasty bits too!  Whilst you’re there you could also confront mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements and besiege the towers whilst exploring the Magic Garden’s secret grotto.  Each area represents some of the legends and stories relating to the palaces’ fabulous history.  After this innovative way of exploring the past with your family, you could then go on to discover real objects and hidden stories of Britain’s history, in and around the palace. Well worth a visit.

  1. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 22nd-26th May (www.rhs.org.uk)

    This superb flower extravaganza returns again this year with even bigger, better and more thrilling floral displays. The 12,000 sq ft Great Pavilion marquee will feature the finest displays from the world’s best growers and nurseries. This year’s ‘health and wellbeing’ gardens will help to demonstrate how plants and green spaces improve lives, whilst other features include the ‘Space to Grow’ Gardens, which will provide suggestions for those with smaller, urban gardens.  On Friday 25th May, the Chelsea Late Event also enables visitors to combine seeing the show with bands, wandering artists and an artisan food market.

  1. Festival of Science (Space) -Albert Hall - 5thMay-10thJuly(www.royalalberthall.com)

    Supported by the UK Space Agency, and as part of their inaugural Festival of Science, the Royal Albert Hall celebrates and explores space through a range of concerts, talks, screenings and comedy events, for space and sci-fi fans whatever their age.  This unmissable intergalactic experience, spectacularly celebrates the wonder of space in the iconic setting of one of the world’s most beautiful venues. Culture at its best!  

  1. Visit London Zoo 26th May-3rd June (campaign.zsl.org/londonheroesandvillains/)

    The kids will love donning their capes this bank holiday in a novel way for them to learn about the threats facing wildlife.  London Zoo’s ‘Superheroes and Villains’ excellent celebration of the world’s most incredible wildlife and their amazing super powers, enables them to meet the zoo’s own ‘superheroes’, tirelessly striving to protect vulnerable animals from many of the planet’s greatest villains. You’ll encounter some of the world’s environmental super-villains and discover just what we can do to help the animals fight back.  So dust off that Batman outfit and join in the fun!

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If you intend to extend your visit to make the most of all these bank holiday events, we at Euracom can help you to find the perfect serviced apartment at a most economical rate.  Take a look at these 3 examples of the amazing London Serviced Apartments we offer.   

Luxury serviced apartments London, Great Portland Street, Marylebone W1W

Luxury serviced apartments London, Great Portland Street, Marylebone W1W

Located near the tranquil Regent’s Park, yet close to the bustling West End, these luxury serviced apartments provide an excellent base for exploring London’s famous landmarks, theatres and restaurants.  From just £700 for a 1 bedroom apartment sleeping 2, these fully equipped, stylish apartments offer a balcony or terrace, gym, spa, health club & private jacuzzi & sauna.  They are perfect for holidaying, with easy access to all the entertainment London has to offer, including Madame Tussauds and London Zoo.

Features include;

  • Balcony / Terrace
  • Central heating
  • Concierge / security / reception/ conference / meeting room available/ Door entry phone/ Lifts
  • Daily or weekly linen change/ Daily cleaning service
  • DVD player/ Radio / Alarm clock/ Satellite TV/ Wi-fi
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Gym in building or nearby/ Private jacuzzi & sauna/Spa

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Luxury serviced apartments in London, Sloane Gardens SW1

Corporate serviced apartments London, Creechurch  EC3

These splendid Victorian, luxury short stay apartments are set within London's exclusive Sloane Square. Close to the exclusive Knightsbridge’s famous shops, they provide the perfect base within central London for a family stay.  From £2184 p/w, these elegant serviced apartments are located within a mansion block dating back to the 19thC and boast Queen Anne high windows along with other grand features. They are finished to the highest standard with a unique character, making them the ideal, high-quality London accommodation. If you are seeking individual design, reflecting the very best of traditional English decoration, then these apartments are for you.  Close to many local cafes and restaurants, they are also convenient for visits to many museums within the locality, such as The Natural History Museum.  

Features include;

  • Air conditioning/ Central heating
  • Balcony / Terrace
  • Bathroom
  • Concierge / security / reception/ Lifts/ Room service available/ Welcome pack available
  • Daily or weekly linen change/ Daily cleaning service/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Desk / workspace/Dining table & chairs
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Dishwasher in some/ Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Telephone/TV / Freeview/ Wi-fi

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Southbank serviced apartments Waterloo, central London SE1

Southbank serviced apartments Waterloo, central London SE1

These spectacular, high quality Southbank serviced apartments are perfect for corporate guests and holiday makers alike.  They offer views over many major attractions like Big Ben and the London Eye, which are just a stone’s throw away. They provide a superb place to relax after a hard day sightseeing, whilst being close enough to Southbank and its huge variety of restaurants, bars and attractions, giving you the best of both worlds. Ranging from £171p/n for a 1 bedroom apartment, sleeping 2, these contemporary apartments feature floor to ceiling windows, allowing spectacular panoramic views over London. Each high quality apartment offers spacious city living, with fully equipped kitchens and luxurious bathrooms. If you want to explore many of London's cultural and historic sites, then these superb apartments are ideal.

  • Bathroom/ Hairdryer available
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Iron / Ironing board/Breakfast available/ Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Central heating/ Concierge / security / reception/ Safe/dry cleaning facilities available/ Self check-in
  • Daily cleaning service/ Laundry/ Welcome pack available
  • Dining table & chairs
  • Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Meet & greet arrival service
  • DVD player/ Radio / Alarm clock/Telephone/TV/Freeview/Wi-fi

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By Rob at 12 May 2018

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