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Spectacular Events in London this January

If you are on a budget, and let’s face it many of have to cut back a little at the start of the year, after all the expense of buying Christmas gifts etc, then London in January is one of the best months to make a visit to our wonderful capital.  Not only will you find a multitude of items to buy during the January sales, where you can pick up vastly reduced bargains, but you’ll also be able shop in relative comfort, without the hustle and bustle of last minute Christmas shoppers jostling for any space available.  London's top shopping destinations such as Harrods and Selfridges are still resplendent in all their glory, albeit a little quieter after the Christmas rush.  So why not enjoy that long awaited stroll through London’s streets and see if you if you can bag yourself a real gem of a bargain?

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Now is certainly the time to make the most of London’s quieter areas.  Many of the city’s attractions are much easier to gain entry to, and are less busy during January and February, so why not take the time work off that Christmas bulge, get out and about and indulge in a meander around our capital city’s lovely museums.  You won’t break the bank at many of these spectacular venues, as many of them have free entry, but you’ll also avoid the usual long queues that you’ll get at other times of the year! A win-win situation!

London’s Museums
Take the Natural History museum, The Science Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museums, all based in South Kensington, as prime examples.  These superb, ‘hands on’ attractions are fantastic for a day out with the children.  They boast a plethora of activities and wonderful displays, although at many times during the year are so popular that that queuing is inevitable.  Yet, if you want to see more without feeling squashed like a sardine, then January is the time to go.

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January in the Parks
January can be cold in London, so ensure you wrap up warm when you are out and about.  Strolling in London’s parks and gardens during the winter brings its own beauty, especially if you combine this with taking refuge in one of London’s very attractive pubs for a hot toddy!  Alternatively, London has many heated roof top terraces to enjoy, where you can indulge in a hot chocolate whilst taking in a panoramic view of the city.

Go Skating!
There is still time to take in one of London’s temporary ice rinks, as many are still open until the end of January.  Canary Wharf’s ice rink is actually open until February, so there is no excuse about losing those extra Christmas pounds!

Lumiere London
For a lovely free festival, which takes place between 18 and 21 January, try ‘Lumiere’ London.  It’s the UK's biggest light festival, and returns for the third successive year, with more than 40 spectacular installations dotted around the city.  International and local artists are invited to create works that light buildings and public spaces, transforming the city’s skyline and changing the way we think and feel about public spaces. During the festival, large areas of the West End, including Oxford Street and Piccadilly are pedestrianised. The festival has attracted more than 1,000,000 visitors to the city in the past, and this year’s extravaganza is likely to be just as successful.

Visit Harry Potter
If you want a day filled with spectacular effects and wizardry, then how about exploring the Harry Potter film studios which have been transformed for winter at Hogwarts in the Snow? Running until 28th January, the magical makeover shows how film-makers create fire, ice and snow that never melts, as you embark on a journey through Hogwarts in the Snow.   You’ll witness some of the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for the festive season.  The Great Hall will be transformed, decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball.  Every detail of the Great Hall will be covered in dripping icicles and sparkling snow and the Gryffindor common room will be adorned in all its seasonal splendour.  There will be snow-covered Christmas trees, an orchestra of magical instruments. Many of which are painted by the Prop-Making department to match the silver of the Yule Ball.

Catch a last-minute panto
There isn’t much time left so make haste! A few pantos run until the end of January, although to avoid disappointment you will have to book fast!   Christmas in London isn’t complete without a traditional panto, and what better place than the West End’s legendary London Palladium to get you into the panto vibe?  Don’t miss out on the adventures of Dick Whittington, who is aided and abetted by The Spirit of the Bells, as they combat the dastardly Queen Rat. Amazing sets and costumes really come to life and make this well worth a visit.

Set sail for the London Boat Show
From 10th -14th January the new ‘re-defined and re-imagined’, 5 day London Boat Show celebrates everything you can do on the water. This year’s world-famous show is set to be better than ever.  You can spend time with some sailing legends, climb aboard classic boats, modern yachts and pick up the latest marine technology.  Bringing inspiration and exclusive deals, the London Boat Show 2018 will be packed with retailers and showcases vessels of all shapes and sizes.  Not to be missed!

Visit the London Short Film Festival
From the 12th-21st January why not celebrate the best in UK short film-making talent?  The LSFF is an annual event which for several weeks in January, takes over London's best independent cinemas and venues to showcase some great short films. Combine this with a mix of live music and parties and you have a marriage made in heaven!

The London Art Fair
Continuing the culture theme, from the 17th-21st January why not browse or buy, some of London’s contemporary British art?  Over the last 30 years, the London Art Fair has given us expert insight into the changing market. The fair invites collectors and visitors to discover works by a range of renowned and up and coming artists.

Burns Night
On the 25th January London gets an excuse to celebrate Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns. Annual Burns night festivities take place throughout the capital, with Scottish foods including haggis and tatties, a wee dram or two of whisky and everyone’s favourite, the bagpipes! From ceilidhs to a fully- fledged Burns Night meal, there's something which will appeal to everyone.

Celebrate Chinese New Year
Chinatown in London comes alive during the city’s huge Chinese New Year celebrations, which occur each year in either January or February. This year is the year of the Dog, and the event takes place on 18th February.  Expect dragons and floats full of exotic colour and noise, along with streets awash with Chinese lanterns, music and dancing, marking the start of the Chinese New Year.

So there you have it- a feast of low cost, often free activities that won’t break the bank during the month when most of us tighten our belts.  Visiting London during the winter makes perfect sense, not only to avoid the crowds but also on the accommodation front too!  At this time of the year accommodation can be far cheaper than in peak season, which adds to the attraction of a winter break.

If you intend to make an extended stay in the capital, then Euracom’s range of affordable serviced apartments could be what you are looking for.  Why pay the huge expense of an impersonal hotel when you can have ‘home from home’ comfort in one of our sumptuous apartments?
Take, for example….Kensington Queens Gate serviced apartments, London SW7

Set within a beautiful Victorian building, these luxurious serviced apartments feature contemporary design elements and 4-star service within a spacious setting. With sleek wooden floors and fully equipped kitchenettes, these apartments retain many of the classic features you’d expect in such historical surroundings, yet are finished to a high standard with modern amenities.  Ideal for both business travellers and tourists alike, who are looking for a quality apartment to rent within central London, these apartments start from a very reasonable £185p/n.  Close to a wealth of museums, exhibition halls, theatres and London's West End, these apartments make the ideal base as everything is so close to hand. They have great transport access throughout London and there are a wealth of fantastic local attractions nearby, such as the V and A Museum, the National History Museum & the Royal Albert Hall. For ample space, great comfort and fantastic flexibility, these apartments make a good alternative to hotels, saving on average 25% compared to a similar standard hotel.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning/ Concierge / security / reception/ Conference room available/ Lifts/Lobby / waiting area
  • Bathroom/ En-suite bathroom in some apartments/ Toiletries provided
  • Complimentary grocery shopping service/ Grocery store nearby/ Onsite restaurants / bars
  • Daily or weekly linen change/ Daily cleaning service
  • Dining table & chairs/ Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Dishwasher in some apartments/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available/
  • Gym in building or nearby 
  • Satellite TV/ Freeview/  Wifi
  • Spa / health club in building or nearby

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Or, for a slightly less expensive option why not try…Flats to rent in central London, Spitalfields E1

For a nightly fee of £155p/n, these corporate serviced apartments are located in London’s Spitalfields, Bishopsgate, on the edge of London's famous Square Mile. This lively area is famous for its independent shops, boutiques, restaurants and trendy bars as well it’s most stylish markets. These serviced apartments offer flats to rent, comprising of modern and spacious 1 or 2 bedroomed accommodation that has been finished to a very high standard.  They are the perfect flats to rent when working or sightseeing in London.  Each offers floor to ceiling windows, contemporary furnishings and a fully equipped kitchen.  Some feature an en-suite shower room as well a stylish main bathroom. They offer the guest exceptional value for money. With close transport links throughout the capital, these apartments provide a convenient base to London’s shopping areas and cultural sites like St Pauls Cathedral.

Features include:

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  • Daily cleaning service/Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
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  • Ensuite bathroom in some apartments/ Hairdryer available
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Our final featured apartments this month; the Corporate serviced apartment rentals London, Stratford E15 provide exceptional value at only £93 p/n.  With easy access to Central London, Canary Wharf, The O2, other exhibition venues and Westfield shopping centre, these apartments were designed by a top architect to meet the increasing demand for top-quality long-stay accommodation in London without the City price tag.  This development consists of 111 high-specification apartments, providing space and comfort to suit every guest's needs.  Each apartment offers premium quality fittings and soft furnishings throughout and is equipped with the most up-to-date technology including broadband, wide-screen televisions and high-specification kitchens and bathrooms.

Services include:

  • Bathroom/ Toiletries provided
  • Concierge / security / reception/Lifts/ Lobby / waiting area/ Wheelchair accessible
  • Daily cleaning service/ Anti- allergy bedding
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  • Grocery store onsite / nearby/ Welcome pack available

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By Rob at 8 Jan 2018

London’s Museums – The Best in the World

People from all over the world come to London for a million different reasons.

Some come to study, some come to work, some come to visit friends and relatives and some come simply to see what this most cosmopolitan of cities has to offer.

Just before we forget:

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We digress.

We have a world-class selection of restaurants, theatres, cultural events, markets, open spaces, architecture and attractions but the jewel in London’s crown has to be our collection of museums.

The British Museum
Founded in 1753 by physician, naturalist and collector Sir Hans Sloane who bequeathed his collection of 71,000 objects to King George II, the British Museum was established by an Act of Parliament.

It was the first national public museum in the world and as it does today, it granted free admission to all ‘students and curious persons’. Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to almost six million a year today.


The major exhibitions you can see today include:

Ancient Lives, New Discoveries – a collection of eight mummies from Egypt and Sudan, each with their own unique story (£, until 30 Nov 2014)

The Other Side of the Medal – How Germany saw the First World War – this collection of German medals made by artists between 1914 and 1919 was designed to influence popular opinion against Germany’s enemies (FREE until 23 Nov 2014)

Exhibitions coming up include:

Ming: 50 Years that changed China – Builders of the Forbidden City and rulers of the global superpower from 1400 – 1450, the Ming dynasty created some of the most beautiful works in the history of art – porcelain, jewellery, gold, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles – and many have never been seen outside of China before (£, 18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015)

Germany: Memories of a Nation – this exhibition is a 600-year history in objects in the context of the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. The show will use objects to investigate the complexities of addressing a German history which is full of both triumphs and tragedies (£, 16 October 2014 – 25 January 2015)

For all the information you need about the British Museum including opening hours, getting there and floor plans, please click here.

The Natural History Museum
Located in South Kensington in one of London’s most beautiful buildings, the National History Museum is a world-renowned museum and science research centre attracting over five million visitors every year.

The museum hosts 70 million natural history specimens and six million rare books and manuscripts and the scientists collaborate internationally on research, collections and information resources.


Entry is free but there is a charge for some of the temporary exhibitions, including:

Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story – Experience the dramatic story of ancient Britain, its changing landscapes and the people who lived here. This major exhibition showcases more than 200 specimens, objects and life-size models (£, until 28 September 2014)

Neanderthal Survival – Neanderthals were exceptionally successful as a human species, surviving more than 250,000 years of extreme climates in Ice Age Europe. Archaeologist Beccy Scott explains what the traces they left behind tell us about their behaviour and how they managed to survive for so long (18 September 2014, 14.30 – 15.00)

There is also a huge amount of things to do for kids. For more information, click here.

For all the information you need about the Natural History Museum including opening hours, getting there and what you can see, please click here.

The Science Museum
Across the road from the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, the Science Museum was opened in 1857 ostensibly as a store of industrial and decorative arts and it has been added to over the years, including a Special Loan Collection of Scientific Instruments in 1876, and in 1883 a science library was established along with the addition of the contents of the Patent Office Museum.

Science Museum

Exhibitions at the Science Museum:

Fly Zone Studio – Make believe you’re an astronaut with the help of green-screen technology

Mysteries of the Unseen World – Explore a world invisible to the naked eye in IMAX style (£)

3D: Printing the Future – Discover how innovators use 3D printers to turn computer data into physical objects that could change your life.

For all the information you need about exhibitions, visiting and tickets, please clickhere.

London’s museums aren’t limited to these three! Here’s a list of museums in London for your entertainment pleasure!

Don’t forget that when you come to London, you’ll need somewhere to stay and here atEuracom, we have a comprehensive selection of apartments in London for tourists, students and corporate visitors.

Call us today on 020 8420 7666 or email for the best accommodation in London!

By Rob at 17 Sep 2014

March in London

No, it’s not an instruction. The Poll Tax guys aren’t about to reclaim the streets and nor are we about to see hoards of the middle classes saunter around in annoyance at the rising cost of smoked salmon.

Rather, the month of March is upon us, the buds of spring are starting to shoot and London is awash with fresh optimism as we put the rainy, dreary, cold winter behind us!

Valentine’s Day is on Friday so by the time you read this, you should have booked the restaurant, ordered the flowers, written something appropriately romantic in the card and, perhaps for some of you, bought the ring…! If you’re coming to London from further afield, you still have time to book a short-stay apartment in London so call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email

I know we keep saying it, but we think London really is the very best city in the world. There’s so much to do so get your diary and start planning where you’re going to go and what you’re going to do when you’re here!

Music in London

Indie-inspired contemporary hip-hop ‘bright young things’ Rizzle Kicks are playingHammersmith Apollo, as is ex-Westlife star Shane Filan, The Stranglers, Mike & The Mechanics and Status Quo with Tinie Tempah playing the O2.

For the more cultured among you, the London Handel Festival returns for its 26th year and the English Touring Opera are bringing Mozart’s The Magic Flute to the Hackney Empire. You will also be ecstatic to know that The X Factor Live Tour featuring all your favourite, instantly-forgotten Cowell-cash-cows is at Wembley Arena!

Sport in London

March is a great month for live sport in London with the highlight being the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley. Manchester City comfortably beat West Ham 9-0 on aggregate in the first semi-final and Sunderland narrowly saw off Manchester United in one of the worst penalty shoot-outs in living memory. We can only see a City win but in one-off games, who knows?

England face Denmark, also at Wembley, in our penultimate World Cup warm-up match; England’s rugby union stars play Wales at Twickenham in our second and last Six Nations home game and on the 29th, the Energizer Night Run takes place. There’s a 5k or 10k illuminated run followed by a massive party at Battersea Park!

Museums in London

The Natural History Museum are putting up a tropical butterfly house on the front lawn where visitors can take on butterfly challenges, games and activities as well as strolling around surrounded by thousands of free-flying butterflies!

At Tate Britain, there’s a photography exhibition called Ruin Lust which explores our endless fascination with images of ruined buildings and at the British Museum, they have the first major Vikings exhibition there for over 30 years.

Festivals and Shows in London

Some are wacky, some are serious and some capture the zeitgeist perfectly but as with all events in London, there is literally something for everyone! For the fashion-aware, the Vogue Festival returns for its third year at the Southbank Festival with workshops, performances and of course makeovers from fashion’s biggest names.

If you were proposed to on Valentine’s Day, then grab your future husband and head down to Brides The Show at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park. It’s interactive, there’s loads to do and he’ll love it. Probably. Perfectly timed by luck or judgement, you can go from the bridal show to the Cruise Show at Olympia and book a honeymoon! Honestly, he’ll have a fab day…!

There’s the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival at the BFI Southbank; join 100,000 revellers in Trafalgar Square for the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade; the Ideal Home Show at Earl’s Court and Britain’s current Queen of Funny, Miranda Hart is playing five live shows at the O2 Arena.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre celebrates ‘the formidable power of women to make change happen’ and as any man can attest to, they really do have formidable power!

Lastly, is any trip to London complete without stopping off at The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race? No, we don’t think so either! There’s fancy dress, running with frying pans and batter, wandering clowns and string bands…what’s not to love?!

Whatever you’re into, you can find it in London that’s for sure! This is only a snippet of what you can find to do in London in March but whatever you do you’ll need a base that’s central and economical so have a look at our apartments in London and call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email

Have a great month and we’ll see you again in March.

By Rob at 10 Feb 2014

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