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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

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Studio apartment rentals London Hyde Park, Inverness Terrace

Our Inverness Terrace studio apartments have recently undergone a superb refurbishment and are perfect for a short holiday in the Hyde Park area of London.  Located on a residential street and moments from Hyde Park, the area is bustling with shops, restaurants and cafes nearby.  Entertainment venues are also close-by, making these quality apartments ideal for those who enjoy the high life!  With an affordable price tag starting from £96 p/n, these great apartments are set in an historic Georgian terraced building with warm & vibrant interiors.  With a kitchen which includes a fridge, hob, oven, microwave, kettle and all necessary cooking utensils, along with high speed Wi-Fi, these short stay, budget, self-catering apartments are hard to beat.

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

Enjoy Spring and Easter in London

With spring almost here, Easter round the corner and summer not too far away, many of us will soon begin to venture out into the (hopefully) warm sunshine to explore London's great outside spaces.  The month of May brings us the prestigious annual Chelsea Flower Show, along with numerous other outdoor events, all of which start around now and herald the onset of the better weather!

From 23-27th May, the fabulous spectacle of the Chelsea Flower Show, set within the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, finds a plethora of world famous plant specialists, garden experts, designers, nurseries and florists coming together to exhibit their inspired ideas.  You'll be able to see their innovative garden designs on show, along with stunning, vivid floral and horticultural displays, which will certainly inspire you to get out and get gardening! There will be an array of splendid award- winning gardens, rare plants and unusual flowers to peruse, as you stroll through this wonderland for garden lovers. Attracting more than 150,000 visitors annually, tickets need to be booked early, in advance, and range between £35.00 to £63.00 per person. Unmissable!

Reserve your serviced apartment for Londons Chelsea Flower Show.

You could combine your trip to the Chelsea Flower Show with any of a host of other floral-themed events on in the Chelsea area during May. For example, to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show, many famous restaurants and hotels throughout the district offer special meals or afternoon teas. 

With two bank holidays in the offing, May boasts a host of further activities including a range of festivals held in some of London's fabulous parks and museums. Brockwell Park's music festival, near Brixton, (Sun 28th May) for example, combines music and food, with chefs, restaurants, bars and breweries ready to serve up their delights. Including both live acts and DJs to dance off the calories, along with traditional fun and games, this event should not be missed.

Also in May, the stunning setting of Regent's Park outdoor amphitheatre forms the backdrop for its amazing Open Air Theatre, which begins it's season on the 19th May, with 'On The Town', which is set to dazzle audiences as it's the biggest dance musical ever staged at Regent's Park.  With famous, toe tapping hit tunes and superb choreography, you can follow the frolics of three sailors on leave in New York, a truly excellent show.  Entry to this spectacular theatre venue event, under (hopefully), blue skies, starts from £18 per person.

Reserve your serviced apartment for Londons Spring Summer events now.

For culture lovers, why not become a 'Lates Lover' and join in the 'Festival of Lates Museums at Night'?

In many of London's museums and galleries this May you'll be able to experience some of the special museum events, held after dark, which explore art, history and our heritage.  This is a biennial festival, sometimes free (see individual museum websites for details), where you can see new exhibitions, talks and presentations, participate in torch lit tours and enjoy live performances in historic settings.  So, to do something different in a museum, gallery or heritage site this Spring, here are just two examples of the many superb events on offer around the London area.

  1. Museums at night - banknotes and bullion Bank of England Museum 19th May - 30th May 21:00

The staff will be revealing unseen objects from the bank's collection which visitors can handle. Explore the 'Banknote Gallery', to discover how banknotes have evolved from simple paper receipts into the sophisticated notes of today. Free admission

  1. Dickens after dark - Charles Dickens Museum 18th May 18:00 - 21:00

For just £15 this venue is well worth a visit.  The former home of the great author, Charles Dickens, is opening its doors for an evening of Dickensian revellery, enabling you to browse through the hidden, walled garden, Georgian interiors and be amazed by a variety of delights to entertain you. A candlelit bar adds to the atmosphere, with live music and a reasonably priced, delicious menu, at the Victorian watering hole, 'The Lady Ottoline' to add to your experience.

For more events like these see the website - https://museumsatnight.org.uk/events-page

For footie followers, the 27th May should be a date for the diary.  Whether you have tickets for the FA Cup Final, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on this day, or whether you wish to watch this league final in one of the many London pubs, where the atmosphere is often electric, there is a place for you to chill out and enjoy this annual event.

Reserve your London serviced apartment for the FA Cup Final now.

To allow you to make the most of your visit to London this May, why not combine several of these events and take the opportunity to have a short, or longer break in the capital?

Euracom have a range of affordable apartments in some of the most convenient locations for all the above events, giving you a home from home experience.

Take for example the 'Chelsea Cloisters', a three - star residence, set in the heart of fashionable Chelsea, which offers studios, 1 and 2 bed apartments with en-suites and fully fitted kitchens. With comfortable dining areas and living rooms, these apartments are close to a variety of attractions, including Buckingham Palace, Natural History/Science Museums and Olympia.  With nightly rates from only £75 or weekly from £525 these apartments offer you a range of amenities, including;

  • Bathroom
  • Concierge / security / reception
  • Daily or weekly linen change
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Lifts
  • Onsite restaurants / bars
  • Safe
  • Telephone/TV/WiFi

More about our Chelsea Cloisters serviced apartments ›

Or why not try our Regents Park - Melia Serviced Apartments in Central London, NW1

For just £555 per week, you could rent an apartment on a par with a 4 - star London hotel.  In fact, these superb serviced apartments are situated within a wing of an existing 4-star hotel, so there are no additional utility charges!   Choices vary from an affordable, simple, 1 person studio flat, to a larger one bedroom apartment with separate lounge/sleeping space which could sleep four people.  Close to Regent's Park and within a short distance to the underground, these apartments have all the additional benefits of the attached hotel, such as restaurants, room service, gym and spa.

Features include;

  • Concierge / security / reception
  • Conference / meeting room available
  • Daily or weekly linen change Daily cleaning service
  • DVD player / Wifi/ Telephone
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Gym/Spa
  • Onsite restaurants / bars
  • Toiletries provided and Welcome pack available

Perfect for those on a budget, and allowing you to make the very most of the superb location, these would be an excellent choice for those visitors who don't wish to venture far, as there are many attractions within walking distance.

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For a prime location, you could try our 5 excellent apartments in Baker Street which have good connections to Wembley and North London. There are a variety of restaurants and bars within the area and are located close to excellent attractions like Madame Tussauds and the London Planetarium.  Featuring a choice of a studio, three 2 bedroom apartments and one 3 bedroom apartment, for a weekly rate from £210 pp pw, features offer;

  • Bathroom and Fully equipped kitchen
  • Dining table & chairs
  • Door entry phone/ Meet & greet arrival service
  • DVD player/ TV / Freeview /Telephone/Wifi
  • Grocery store onsite / nearby shops
  • Utilities included

These apartments make an excellent base to explore local London attractions and further afield, due to the excellent transport links nearby.

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By Rob at 14 Mar 2017

2015 – A Throwback to Times Past!

Happy New Year! We hope the holidays were full of friends, family, food and gifts and you’re back to work or university raring to go! We are!

While this blog post is a nice throwback to years past, it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge and condone the horrific, inexcusable yet wholly unnecessary executions of the defenceless writers, journalists and cartoonists at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last week. Here at Euracom, we cater for lots of French students and executives and our thoughts are with their friends, families and colleagues.

We digress. As we’ve alluded to, 2015 is a year absolutely jam-packed full of historical anniversaries so we thought we’d ease you into the year with a short(ish) but fun and memory-provoking trip down memory lane! Some will make you smile, some will make you sad and some may drive you into a seething cacophony of boiling rage…

January

The King, Elvis Presley would have been 80 this year. Winston Churchill died 50 years ago and 70 years ago in 1945, Auschwitz was liberated by the allied forces.

February

It’s been 25 years since Nelson Mandela walked free from Robben Island after 27 years, Bob Marley would have been 70 and 40 years ago, Margaret Thatcher was elected Tory leader.

March

Guitar demi-god Eric Clapton turns 70, Mikael Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviets 30 years ago and it’s been 50 years since US troops first landed in Vietnam.

April

Winston Churchill resigned 60 years ago due to his failing health, the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp took place 70 years ago and Saigon fell 40 years ago.

May

The Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U19-type submarine called SM U-20 100 years ago this month, it’s the 70th anniversary of VE Day in Europe and 35 years ago, Joy Division singer Ian Curtis died.

June

200 years ago, The Duke of Wellington’s Seventh Coalition defeated Napoleon’s armies at the Battle of Waterloo. 600 years before that, King John signed the Magna Carta, a series of written promises between the king and his subjects the he, the king, would govern England and deal with its people according to the customs of feudal law.

July

Harry Potter’s mum, JK Rowling, turns 50; it’s the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces and it’s been 15 years since the Air France Concorde flight 4590 crashed minutes after take-off from Charles De Gaulle airport into a hotel in the small town of Gonesse, prompting the demise of supersonic flight.

August

Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army invaded Kuwait 25 years ago, claiming they had both reneged on promises to waive the debt Iraq had run up fighting Iran and stolen oil and drove the price down by over-supply. In reality, Hussein wanted oil and access to the Persian Gulf and did everything he could to fulfil his objective.  It’s been 75 years since the Americans dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki and the King of Bonds, Sean Connery, the most Scottish man in the universe turns 85.

September

In one of the most high-profile crimes of the 20th century, Patty Hearst, granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst was arrested 40 years ago as part of an armed robbery of a bank in California after being kidnapped and brainwashed by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Coronation Street has been on our screens for 60 years and 45 years ago in 1970, four planes bound for New York were hijacked by the Python-esque sounding Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in what became known as the Dawson’s Field hijackings, so named for the airstrip in Jordan where two of the planes landed.

October

It’s been 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt, a major British victory for Henry V against a numerically superior French army in the Hundred Years’ War; it’s been 50 years since the Telecom Tower, one of London’s most iconic buildings opened and it’s been 85 years since the R101 airship crashed.

November

Thatcher walked out of number 10 for the last time 25 years ago and five years before that was the historic Reagan-Gorbachev meeting, known as the Geneva Summit.

December

25 years ago, English and French engineers met and shook hands under the Channel, the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra would have been 100 and 2015 years ago, Jesus was born!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look back through the ages and don’t forget, Euracom has a great selection of apartments in London from where you can see 2,000 years of history right on our doorstep!

By Rob at 12 Jan 2015

The Best Accommodation in London Just Got Better!

Welcome to March! At last, the weather seems to be turning if not warmer, then certainly a bit sunnier, and with the sun comes thoughts of spring and summer in London.

Here at Euracom, we offer some of the best accommodation in London and we think it’s time to make the offer EVEN BETTER!

From April 15th through to July 15th, we are offering a VERY special deal on our Assam Place accommodation in Aldgate East, London E1 –

We are discounting our per night rate to just £45.00 and our weekly rate to a recession-busting £315 with a minimum stay of seven nights!

The offer is available to students, individuals and groups, tourists and corporate guests.

Book NOW because we know that this offer will disappear FAST! 

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For more images and information about our accommodation In Aldgate East, click herebut the headline facts are these –

  • Modern and stylish classic studio apartments with larger than average rooms (17m²)
  • Double beds for single or double occupancy
  • The fastest broadband in London
  • Outstanding communal areas including Sky Sports and FREE access to the gym
  • Whitechapel and Aldgate East tube stations are just minutes away
  • The West End and City of London are very close by and easily accessible
  • Amenities include CCTV, fitted kitchen, courtyard, phone, lifts and laundry facilities

THIS REALLY IS A GREAT OFFER AND IT WON’T BE AROUND FOR LONG SO DON’T FORGET TO CALL US ON 020 8420 7666 OR EMAIL info@euracom.co.ukNOW!

About Aldgate
The areas around Aldgate including Brick Lane, Whitechapel and Old Street are some of the most colourful, cosmopolitan and vibrant areas of London. People of all colours and nationalities flock to the area renowned for its bars, restaurants and art scene and thousands of tourists, business travellers, students and young professionals are drawn to the area because it offers all the benefits of central London living without the price tag!

You’re in central London’s business hub in 10 minutes with all its amazing amenities, restaurants, theatres and bars and if you venture north, you will find quiet London suburbia with parks, high streets and boutique shops.

Don’t forget we also have a comprehensive range of outstanding student accommodation in London, short-stay and holiday/vacation rentals in London andcorporate apartments for long or short-stay business lets in London.

As always, the team are available to answer any questions you have or if you need any further information about any of the accommodation options on our website, call us on 020 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk and we’ll be happy to talk you though anything you want to know.

In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine and we’ll see you again in April!

By Rob at 6 Mar 2014

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