‘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
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at 20 Sep 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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at 26 Jun 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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.
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Luxury serviced apartments in London, Sloane Gardens SW1
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.
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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.
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at 12 May 2018
Amongst the growing trend of latest technologies and ideas, there is certainly one that has escaped my attention, (and possibly yours)… that of the appropriately named, ‘listicle!’ ‘What on earth’, I hear you ask, ‘is that?’ Well, for the uninitiated, and those who haven't been on the internet for some time, ‘listicles’ have recently become popular with people who enjoy reading lists instead of a good novel! A "listicle," is generally defined as a phrase for any article which is presented in the form of a list. So this month we present the top ten things to do in London as a listicle…
Let’s look at what many people would consider to be the top 10 things to do in London our wonderful capital city, also discovering a few which are free.
Unusual facts that may surprise you about the top ten things to do in London as featured in this article!
- The London Eye
- The Tower of London
- The Shard
- Buckingham Palace
- The London Dungeon
- Madam Tussauds
- Take a walk
- Science or Natural History Museums
- Explore the Parks
- Stroll the Markets
1. The London Eye
This iconic, giant Ferris wheel is a masterpiece of engineering, located along the Thames. Officially known as the Coca-Cola London Eye, it is over 200 times larger than the average cycle wheel and is Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, rising to 135 meters tall. There are 32 capsules, one for each of the London boroughs, each weighing 10 tonnes. Capsules are numbered 1 to 33, with interestingly no capsule 13, for superstitious reasons! The Eye can carry 800 passengers, (equivalent to 11 London double-decker buses), and welcomes over 3 ¾ million visitors annually.
Did you know?
It was once turned into a rotating nightclub, along with becoming a ‘pop up’ restaurant during the London Restaurant Festival! An unmissable venue!
2. The Tower of London
Despite once renowned as a place of torture and death, this 1000 year old, working monument has been a royal palace, jewel house, royal mint, fortress and armoury. Legend says that the ghost of Anne Boleyn walks the Tower accompanied by her head, placed, appropriately, under her arm. With over 2½ million visitors each year, this is an attraction not to be overlooked.
Did you know?
For 600 years it accommodated a range of wild creatures, making it the first London Zoo. Exotic animals, ranging from kangaroos to a polar bear, hunting for fish in the River Thames on a lead! All long gone now, although legend has it that if the Tower’s ravens leave, then this spells doom for Great Britain. So let’s hope they stay!
3. The Shard
This superb vantage point is twice as high as any other in the city. As Western Europe's tallest building, (309m), The Shard allows visitors to see up to 40 miles away. The impressive 95 storey
structure was designed as a vertical city, enabling people to work, relax and live. Its ‘Neo-futuristic’ design was based on the shape of a shard of glass, derived from the architect’s description during planning. Incredibly, 95% of the construction materials are recycled, and the 11,000 glass panels have a total area of 8 football pitches, around 56,000m2. It’s wiring amounts to 320km and would stretch from London to Paris, whilst the swimming pool on the 52nd floor is Europe’s highest swimming pool. An apartment in this fabulous space would set you back around £40 million, so best just to visit!
Did you know?
Near the end of construction, a fox, nicknamed Romeo, was found on the 72nd floor. Later released into the wild, it is thought it survived on food left by construction workers.
4. Buckingham Palace
This unmissable, working royal palace, gives you a glimpse into royal life. The superb state rooms boast palace treasures and masterpieces from fine artists like Rembrandt and Rubens. Originally named Buckingham House, and the Queen’s official London residence, the house comprises of 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 main suites, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms! There are also 760 windows and 1,514 doors, 350 clocks and watches, along with a post office, police station, doctor’s surgery, ATM, cinema and pool.
Did you know?
There is an exciting set of passageways running beneath the palace, connecting it to the outside world. Many royals, including HM Queen Mother and King George VI, enjoyed exploring these. On one occasion, they encountered ‘a very polite man from Newcastle,’ who was living down there.
5. The London Dungeon
This thrilling attraction transports you back to Britain’s gory past. The macabre setting lets your senses explore all the sights, smells and sounds of London’s horrifying crimes. Not for the faint hearted and with a surprise round every corner, you’ll encounter an array of frightening characters, from torturers, judges and infamous rogues and villains, played by fine actors. So stay alert for the shocks, special effects and rides and become entwined in the world of horror. Embark on this thrill-filled journey at your peril, through 1,000 years of London's dark past.
Did you know?
Figures like Sweeney Todd and his sidekick Mrs Lovett, are only fictional, as no public records exist which substantiate the existence of a barber named Todd. Yet stories of shocking criminal deeds were often embellished as they were told and were therefore asserted to be true.
6. Madam Tussauds
This fine museum, founded in 1835 by wax sculptor Anna Maria Tussaud, has been enthralling visitors for almost 200 years. Typical figures included in today’s displays range from historical to royalty, film stars to sporting legends and famous murderers. Originally holding around 400 exhibits, some of these were damaged irreparably during the war, although many have been remade using the original casts. Each sculpture takes four months to produce, costing £227,000. Accuracy is paramount, so 250 precise measurements, along with 180 photographs are taken to ensure this.
Did you know?
The singer Ozzy Osbourne once posed in the museum as himself and scared unsuspecting visitors. Mother Teresa decreed that her ‘work was more important than her physical being.’ She was therefore one of the only people to refuse to be sculpted.
Free Activities in the Top Ten
7. Take a walk
Head off to admire the lions in Trafalgar Square and take in the famous Nelson’s Column. Cast in bronze, the lions were designed by Edwin Landseer, who worked from real corpses and the cast of a lion statue. After this, head inside the nearby National Portrait Gallery to view some fabulous artwork and drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt.
Did you know?
Although he strove for great accuracy, Landseer made a big error. In reality, lion’s backs are convex when laying down, not concave as he depicted them. Many thought they looked more like a sphinx!
8. Science or Natural History Museums
The NH museum boasts a huge collection relating to life and earth science specimens. It holds over 80 million items within five main collections, including; botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. It has excellent research facilities, specialising in identification, conservation and taxonomy. Many specimens have significant historical value as well as scientific, like those collected by Charles Darwin. The museum is particularly popular amongst younger children for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons.
Alternatively, the incredible Science Museum is another of the city's major tourist attractions, attracting 3 million visitors annually. Major interactive exhibitions, such as ‘Exploring Space’, are always excitingly displayed and of great interest to young and old alike. The museum now holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including such famous items as Stephenson's Rocket and Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive)
9. Explore the Parks
Hyde Park is just one of eight Royal Parks and is well worth a visit to see such sights as the Serpentine, Speakers Corner and the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Start from Marble Arch tube and stroll around.
Did you know?
Each Christmas Day, a few mad bathers dive into the Serpentine, competing for the Peter Pan Cup. It’s aptly named, by the Peter Pan author, JM Barrie, who donated the cup. Worth noting though, that participation is for Serpentine Swimming Club members only, so maybe just focus on cooking the turkey!
10. Stroll the Markets
Why not feast on delicious food at the Borough Market, or watch the street performers whilst dining in Covent Garden? These are some of the oldest and most charming London areas, with superb cheese and bread stalls, along with a memento or two to take home.
Did you know?
The name of ‘Covent Garden’ was a spelling mistake. It was supposed to be CONVENT GARDEN, the market garden of the convent of Westminster Abbey!
So there you have it…a ‘listicle’ showing some strange facts about the top ten attractions in London. Whilst weighing up your choices why not consider staying a while longer to tick some others off your ‘bucket listicle!’ You’ll be glad you did!
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Take, for example, the Luxury corporate serviced apartments in London E1, Bishopsgate, these stunningly spacious, recently converted, luxury serviced apartments are bright and well furnished. Perfect for business travellers and tourists alike, they give easy access to the City and its main attractions like Covent Garden, Spitalfields Market and the Museum of London. From £1034 pw, these apartments offer a range of luxurious services & facilities that cater for everyone.
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Slightly more expensive, at £1071pw, are the short stay apartments London, Earls Court Road, SW5. These lovely, Edwardian styled apartments, feature high imposing ceilings and comfortable, well- proportioned rooms. Close to Kensington Palace and the Natural History Museum, the four bedroom apartments can sleep up to 8 people, making them the perfect apartments to rent for a short stay in London.
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Alternatively, you could opt for our corporate serviced apartments, Holborn Lambs Conduit Street WC1, which are set in a quiet street in the heart of London's Holborn district. Close to Covent Garden, The British Museum and the City, these apartments make an ideal base for both holidaying and business. Each apartment has been individually designed and furnished to a high standard, featuring Italian furniture, king-sized beds and comfortable living and dining areas.
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at 4 Aug 2017
In any 2,000 year-old city, there will always be stories of ghosts, spirits, gruesome murders and a whole host of spooky gongs-on that would give the writers of Scooby-Doo ammunition for years. London is no different. If you’re not wearing socks, go and put a pair on because we’re about to scare them right off. Enter here if you dare….
First off, it’s important to note that at Euracom, we keep an open mind on most things. We live in an inclusive and pluralist society where within reason, people can do and say what they like however where ghosts, ghouls and spirits are concerned it must be noted that there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to prove their existence. The evidence is almost entirely anecdotal so when we talk about London’s most haunted places, we cast no aspersions as to whether there is truth behind the story, we just think they are cracking tales!
So where are London’s most haunted places?
50 Berkeley Square in Mayfair has long been honoured with the title of London’s most haunted house. In 1913, Charles Harper wrote a book uninventively titled ‘Haunted Houses’ and he said ‘The haunted house in Berkeley Square was long, one of those things that no country cousin come up from the provinces to London on sightseeing bent, ever willingly missed.’
50 Berkeley Square
Sadly, original stories get bastardised, twisted and sensationalised but this particular one started with the tenancy of a Mr Myers, a jilted bridegroom, in the 1860s. He moved into a small room at the top of the house and became a recluse. He emerged from his room in the night hours to wander through the rooms and it is said that his ghost haunts the house.
Another tale is that of a man who moved in with his teenage daughters. The fiancé of the elder daughter, a Captain Kentfield, visited his betrothed and when the maid was preparing the room, a series of blood-curdling screams were heard. She was found contorted on the floor muttering ‘don’t let it touch me’. She died the next day.
Unconcerned by the fate of the maid, the Captain decided to spend the night in the room. Thirty minutes after retiring for the night, similar screams were heard, followed by a gunshot. He was found dead on the floor, his face contorted in unimaginable terror.
Just by the way, you can use this list and do your own research to do a tour of your own or you can join a, ahem, ‘frightfully’ good organised tour from London Ghost Walksand Ghost Bus Tours!
Here’s a list of some of London’s most haunted places…
Where: The Queen’s House, Romney Road, Greenwich, London SW10
What: Two ghostly figures were seen ascending the stairs in a photograph taken by a Canadian couple in 1966. The couple confirmed the staircase was empty and despite close scrutiny by photographic experts, no explanation was forthcoming as to the two figures in the picture, other than that they must have been there when the pic was taken…
Scare Factor: 6/10
Where: Sutton House, 2 – 4 Homerton High Street, London E9
What: Dogs can be heard wailing in the middle of the night and when dogs are brought to the house hey often stop rigid at the foot of the painted staircase, their hackles raised, apparently transfixed by something they can see on the stairs but which remains invisible to humans…
Scare Factor: 7/10
Where: The Grenadier Pub, Wilton Row, London SW1
What: A soldier was caught cheating at cards and was punished with such severity by his comrades that he died. A solemn, silent spectre has been seen moving slowly across the low-ceilinged rooms, as well as objects moving or disappearing and an icy chill that lasts for days…
Scare Factor: 7/10
Where: The Viaduct Tavern, Newgate Street, London EC1
What: The City’s last gin palace was undergoing renovations in the 1990s and as workmen took up the floorboards, one felt a tap on his shoulder. His mate was on the other side of the room and minutes later it happened again. As he was about to return to his chores, both men watched as the heavy carpet, that lay rolled up by the window, was lifted into the air and dropped heavily onto the floor…
Scare Factor: 8/10
Where: The Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London EC4
What: In 1811, a bank employee was found guilty of forgery and hanged. The news was kept from his devoted sister who turned up enquiring on her brother’s whereabouts. A clerk blurted out the grim news by mistake. It freaked her out. Dressed in a long black veil, she became known as the ‘Bank Nun’ and turned up every day asking for her brother. She was treated with respect but in time, she was offered a sum of money to stay away. She did in life, but in death, a different story. Every so often, a weary woman dressed like a nun approaches bankers on their way home on Threadneedle Street and with sad eyes, politely asks ‘have you seen my brother…’
Scare Factor: 8/10
Where: St. Botolph’s Church, Bishopsgate, London EC3
What: In 1982, photographer Chris Brackley was inside St. Boltoph’s with his wife and he took a picture of the altar. When it was developed, he noticed a shrouded figure standing in the top right corner on the balcony. The image was scrutinised by experts who determined there was no double exposure and his kit was fully functional. The only possible explanation was that there was actually someone up there. Some years later, Chris was contacted by a builder who was doing some restoration work and inadvertently disturbed a pile of coffins. One opened to reveal a well-preserved body of a woman who face bears an uncanny resemblance to the ghostly figure in the picture taken years before…
Scare Factor: 9/10
Sleep well tonight…
at 29 Apr 2016