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How to live like a Londoner

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

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

Top tips to ‘Live like a Londoner’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Studio apartment rentals London Hyde Park, Inverness Terrace Concept W2

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

Studio apartment rentals London Hyde Park, Inverness Terrace Concept W2

Features include:

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

More about our Hyde Park studio apartment rentals ›

Luxury serviced apartments London, Sloane Street SW1X

A slightly more expensive alternative, these modern, luxury serviced apartment are ideally situated within the heart of the City of London, yet in a quiet residential street. Close to superb restaurants, pubs, shops and boutiques just off fashionable Sloane Street, the 34 apartments range from £1492p/w and have a variety of alternatives, from studios to 1/ 2 bedroomed apartments.  Deluxe interiors are both modern and contemporary, with classic, simple lines and sophisticated elegance. All have air-conditioning with fully equipped kitchens and offer all the amenities traveller would expect including satellite TV and wireless broadband.  With luxurious goose down duvets, sumptuous towels and bathrobes along with toiletries, these fabulous serviced apartments offer guests an exclusive on-site fitness room. A 24-hour concierge caters for everyone’s needs, from re-stocking the fridge to booking theatre tickets.  With an on-site, Michelin Starred restaurant, what’s not to like?

Luxury serviced apartments London, Sloane Street SW1X

Features include:

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

More about our Luxury serviced apartments London, Sloane Street SW1X ›

Student accommodation London Bloomsbury WC1, Janet Poole House

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

Student accommodation London Bloomsbury  WC1, Janet Poole House

Features include;

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

More about our Student accommodation London Bloomsbury WC1, Janet Poole House ›

By Rob at 20 Sep 2018

Student life in London

As a new academic year approaches many thousands of ‘freshers’ and ‘seasoned’ students will be arriving in the capital to begin, or continue their studies at university.

For students new to London, this can be a nerve-wracking, possibly scary, yet none the less exciting experience. Student life can take a little adapting to, (for starters - Mum won’t be around to do your laundry) although once you are used to it, it will be well worth all the trouble.

We provide the knowledge & expertise you need to find the best deals on student apartments in London.

Whether you are coming to London from abroad or indeed from somewhere else in Britain, moving away from your home and loved ones may seem pretty daunting at first, especially if you haven’t lived independently before.  However your student days will fly by, with a plethora of things to see and do in your free time, and by following a few golden rules you’ll make your stay a really enjoyable one.

  1. Watch your budget!
    Whilst moving to the capital is undoubtedly exciting, it can be expensive! Often students can fall into the trap of taking in everything the city offers and blowing their budget all in one go! So try to keep track of your outgoings to avoid losing track of the amount you spend. Sticking to a budget is imperative if you have limited funds at your disposal, so remember to check your bank balance at regular intervals to avoid any problems. You can still have fun as a student by perhaps setting aside an amount for socialising!
  2. Do your research!
    Take time to make a list of your likely outgoings whilst at uni.  Possibilities include;-  rent, course fees and books, utility bills like phone, heating, water rates, internet electricity, TV licence, food travel and clothing etc. It’s far better to overestimate your spending and be pleasantly surprised rather than being faced with higher bills that you had bargained for. Once done, you can save money by searching out cheaper places to eat/drink, along with bargain shops which offer lower priced necessities.
  3. Stay Safe! 
    Students are notorious for burning the midnight oil and the city has numerous events on offer which provide them with the opportunity to meet other people who have travelled from far and wide to study in London.  This said, you need to ensure that you stay safe, whether it be in your student accommodation or when travelling home, after meeting friends. So learn to be ‘street wise’ by keeping to well- lit main roads, avoiding walking alone at night, being aware of your surroundings, keeping your property out of sight and ensuring you and your friends check up on each other to ensure they’ve arrived home safely.  London is a very safe place, especially with our excellent transport network, but like any big city, it's worth taking a few sensible precautions. Better safe than sorry!

With so many attractions and facilities at your disposal, London provides students with the perfect base for trying new hobbies and activities.  From music, comedy, theatre and fashion, to art, history and sport, London has it all.

Getting Started

After securing your place at your chosen university, the next step is to find affordable accommodation. Although in their first year, many students stay in Halls of residence within their university, many will find that in subsequent years they want to ‘spread their wings’ and live a more independent life, opting for a student rental.  However it can be difficult finding the perfect, safe London apartment for rent, close to your university/ college with everything that you need to support you through the term time, especially if you are on a tight budget.  

That’s where Euracom can help!  We have both the knowledge and expertise to help you find your perfect, yet affordable student apartment.  With over 35 years’ experience providing apartment rental services to all types of clientele, including students, we’ll make sure you get a first rate service at a most competitive rate.  We offer a range of apartments or studio flats within London, in the most convenient locations and within close proximity to your college or university.  We can find the accommodation that is right for you, tailored specifically to your budget and needs. Simple and hassle- free, enabling you to devote more time to studying, rather than fruitlessly looking for that elusive bed sit!  Euracom deals in both short/long term apartment rentals, providing you with the flexibility you need, should your circumstances or course venue change.

Our experts consider your budget & all your requirements before searching every available

apartment, close to your university or college and with all the amenities you’ll need.  We’ll uncover all the very best apartments for you, then we’ll call you to finalise the details of your stay in London.

Whether an international student looking to rent a London apartment, or a domestic student needing some advice, Euracom will always matching your personal preferences to the apartments we recommend. So when you book with Euracom we’ll endeavour to make your student days more enjoyable by ensuring you never have to worry about your accommodation.

Our long/short term range of student apartments/studios, are situated in some of Central London’s most desirable locations. All our apartments are within the popular tourist areas, and are close to many major universities, including the University of London and the London School of Economics.  They all fall within London's 'Zone 1' transport system and are near to its wealth of theatres, museums, restaurants and shops.

Euracom can help you to receive the most competitive apartment rental rates within the capital, supplying an unsurpassed service. So if you are a student who is seeking to save money on affordable rental accommodation in London, conveniently located near to your place of study, then why not call us today?  You won’t be sorry!

Below are three examples of what Euracom can offer in Student serviced apartments.

  1. Euracom Study Abroad Student Apartments London, Zone 1

    Our ‘study abroad’ student apartments are all situated in popular student areas within London's 'Zone 1' transport system and are close to all the major London universities & colleges, like the university of Westminster and Kings College.  This makes them the perfect solution for cheap student accommodation.  Their close proximity to London's famous theatres, museums and shops, is an added bonus. For a weekly fee starting from £240 p/w pp, these fabulous apartments can accommodate from 3 to 8 people.  Featuring a fully equipped kitchen/bathroom, along with a living room offering TV DVD player and wi-fi these apartments aren’t to be missed.  All apartments have a property supervisor, provide linen and towels and offer laundry facilities.  We also offer a fortnightly bathroom sparkle clean in each apartment.

    More about our Study Abroad Student Apartments London, Zone 1

    Features include

    • Bathroom/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
    • Desk / workspace/Dining table & chairs/ Twin or double beds in some apartments
    • Fully equipped kitchen/ kitchenette/Washing machine/ Iron / Ironing board
    • Nearby shops
    • Property supervisor nearby
    • TV / Freeview/ Wifi/ Telephone/ DVD player
    • Utilities included

    Available for short/long term apartment rental, these apartments provide students with their own comfortable accommodation with plenty of space to study and relax.

    More about our Study Abroad Student Apartments London, Zone 1 ›

  2. Hawley Crescent Camden

    Located in Camden Town, these apartments offer students stylish accommodation, featuring well decorated modern apartments in an excellent spot, close to many Universities in London. Each studio comprises of twin or single bunk beds, wardrobes, dining space, a desk, your own bathroom, private kitchen, TV and up to 100Mbps of WIFI. Students have access to laundry facilities, a communal area with SKY TV and a lovely roof terrace that includes stunning panoramic views over London. The area is in a very lively part of London filled with shops, popular bars, cafes and restaurants.  The common room is perfect for socialising or just chilling out. All apartments have a maintenance, management and security team on-site to ensure all guests are happy with the service provided.

    London student accommodation Hawley Crescent Camden

    Features include;

    • Bathroom/ En-suite in some apartments
    • Desk / workspace
    • Grocery store onsite / nearby
    • Kitchen / kitchenette/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
    • Lobby / waiting area/ Movie lounge/ Welcome pack available
    • Nearby shops
    • Property supervisor nearby
    • TV / Freeview/ Wifi
    • Twin /double beds in some apartments

    Within easy reach of many lively bars, restaurants, clubs and bars, and with prices ranging from £225 p/w pp, Hawley Crescent Student Accommodation is the place to be for any student wanting a place to study and socialise.

    More about our London student accommodation Hawley Crescent Camden ›

  3. Student accommodation London Garrow House W10

    These flats are a super stylish, modern, spacious London student residence, in a picturesque canal-side setting.  The area has a unique charm, with plenty of boutique shops, vintage stores, independent theatres, art houses, museums and restaurants, just a stone’s throw away from the infamous Portobello Market. For a fee of £205 p/w pp, these superb London student rental apartments offer large or twin studios, with the choice of your own personal balcony space, fantastic views of London, or a canal view.  There are rooms to suit all tastes/requirements, so book early to get the first pick!  A large comfy bed, ample storage and a modern en-suite bathroom and kitchenette come as standard in each studio. There is also a desk, perfect for studying and a large flat screen TV. These student apartments also feature a fantastic common room and courtyard where you can spend time with your friends. The common room has a pool table and large flat screen TV which is open to use 24 hours a day!

    Student accommodation London Garrow House W10

    Features include;

    • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)/ Games room/ Movie lounge
    • Bathroom
    • Concierge / security / reception/ Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Secure storage facilities
    • Desk / workspace
    • Kitchen / kitchenette/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
    • TV / Freeview/ Wifi

    For a fee of £205 p/w pp, these student apartments are perfect for students studying abroad or for a short semester stay within the capital. They provide a safe, secure space in which to live, socialise and study.

    More about our Student accommodation London Garrow House W10 ›

By Rob at 25 Jul 2018

Celebrate in London this May

Footy Fans and Royal Watchers Unite for London’s Fantastic Celebrations this May

For those out there who are keen royalists and football enthusiasts to boot (get the pun), you must think that all your Christmases have come at once!

The up and coming nuptials of our charming Prince Harry and his beloved ‘Suits’ actress Meghan Markle on May 19th, is reason enough to make your way to London this spring to celebrate.  Added to this the FA cup final taking place on the same day, and you have a marriage made in heaven!

These must-see events will cast a frenzy of excitement over London and its suburbs during this splendid weekend, making it the place to be, ensure you book early to secure your perfectly located serviced apartment from which to enjoy the festivities.

The Royal Wedding

Certainly, everyone loves a wedding, especially a royal one, and especially one where the groom is perhaps the most popular young royal ever, with his rugged looks, roguish antics of the past and most sincere nature, like his mother, Princess Diana.  It is therefore no surprise that we regard this wedding as a special event in our history.  A wedding such as this, involving a senior member of the royal family, (Harry is currently 5th in line to the throne), is seen as an important occasion, and as such, will attract huge national and international attention and coverage.  Although it’s likely to be on a smaller scale than the wedding of his brother Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011, which took place in the vast expanse of Westminster Abbey, (capable of holding 2,000 guests), Harry and Meghan’s venue, in St George’s Chapel, will be far a far more intimate affair, holding only 800. 

Book your London serviced apartment for the May Royal Wedding

Expect still to see though, a wealth of royal guests, along with A-List celebrities.  Anyone who is anyone will be angling for a royal wedding invitation right now.  It is rumoured that Sir Elton John, a close friend of Princess Diana, has cancelled several of his Las Vegas gigs over that weekend, so it seems likely that he’ll be there, whilst no royal wedding would be complete without the Beckham’s, who are close friends of both William and Harry.  Hopefully, if Sir David does attend, he won’t make the same faux pas as he did at William and Kate’s wedding, when he overlooked correct procedure, as he inadvertently wore his OBE medal, received for his services to British football back in 2003, on the wrong lapel!  He was suitably embarrassed by his rusty etiquette and righted the oversight after being discreetly alerted by another honouree, much to the relief of Posh, I’m sure!

The couple’s choice of venue, the 14th C, awe inspiring, St George’s chapel, is more personal to Harry, as this was where he was baptised when just 3 months old, and is where his beloved Great Grandmother, The Queen Mother, rests.  It is also a more convenient venue for Her Majesty the Queen, as Windsor is where she resides for the much of the year.  Considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England, the chapel has hosted many royal weddings in the past, including that of Edward V11th to Princess Alexandra and Prince Edward to Sophie Rhys Jones. Although Windsor Castle will obviously be closed to the public during the marriage festivities, it is one of London’s greatest tourist attractions throughout the year, attracting millions of visitors, and well worth a visit.

Excitement about royal weddings isn’t a new occurrence, and historical documents show that it’s not just the marriages of heirs to the throne that have been the focus of attention. Weddings of younger siblings, such as Prince Harry, have also been major events.  So why not get yourself down to London this May and join the celebrations? Whether you do this by cheering the happy couple in the streets of Windsor, or within the historical, majestic sites of London itself, you will certainly have a stay to remember.

If you need help finding the right serviced apartment for you, checkout our personal apartment finder service.

The FA Cup Final

If you are out of the running for an invite to the wedding, then a great alternative, especially if you are an avid football fan, would be to get down to Wembley stadium to see a moment of English football history. This is the oldest and longest-running football competition in the world.  Initially having only 15 entries from clubs, it was first held in 1871-72.  Since that time, it has grown continually every year and now boasts hundreds of teams all entering the competition with hopes of getting to the elusive final.  It is usually played at London's Wembley Stadium, although from 2001 to 2006, extensive renovations at Wembley meant that the final was held in Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.  However, from 2007, the FA Cup returned to Wembley’s impressive, newly refurbished, stadium.

Find your serviced apartment for the May FA Cup Final in London

Not everyone is lucky enough, to obtain the prized cup final tickets, so to savour some of the build up to the final and experience all the excitement and frenzy associated with it, you could head off with your mates to watch the match live in one of London’s famous bars, soaking up the atmosphere as you support your favourite team.

The factor that really adds to the excitement is that this competition is a knockout tournament, involving teams from all levels of competition, which means that you have that David and Goliath situation….a small team could surprise everyone by knocking out one of the biggest and best teams in the Premier League! This therefore makes thrilling matches where nobody can really predict the outcome.  So for sports enthusiasts, lover of underdogs and football fanatics alike, this event is one that is etched on the sporting world calendar and therefore not to be missed. 

With some 89,000 fans in attendance at the 2017 final, this is one of the most attended football events in the world.  Last year, the 136th FA cup final was played between Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal was victorious in celebrating a 2-1 victory, making them the record holders after winning this prestigious trophy 13 times.  They are now the most successful club in FA Cup history.

As with Windsor Castle, the Stadium is open for tours throughout the year, although these may not be available on some holidays and event days, so check before booking.  Wembley Stadium is an amazing place to savour footballing of the past and retrace your footballing hero’s footsteps.

With the wedding taking place in Windsor and the FA Cup in Wembley, it makes perfect sense to stay within easy reach of the many tube stations that can take you to both venues.  Central London itself will also be buzzing, with, no doubt, giant TV screens to keep the crowds happy, along with a host of activities thrown into the mix.  So, to experience all this excitement, why not make an extended stay from your visit to London this May?

Euracom have a wide range of luxurious, serviced apartments that can make your stay in the capital a memorable one.  With easily accessible transport links to both Windsor and Wembley, our apartments will provide the best of both worlds; A great setting to stay, whilst having excellent travel links nearby, making your trip to witness these spectacular events easy and trouble free.

The following serviced apartments from Euracom are just 3 examples from our amazing portfolio of London serviced apartments.

1. Short stay apartments London E1 Canary Wharf, Trinity Tower

Situated within the prominent 'Tower' building of the Lanterns Court development, Trinity Tower provides luxury facilities ideal for leisure stays in London along with corporate clients who wish to work in London. With easy access to Canary Wharf with its numerous shops, bars and restaurants, these affordable, luxury apartments are also ideally situated if you want to venture a little further afield, due to the excellent transport links. For a nightly fee from just £163p/n, the apartments boast a bright, luxurious, fully furnished, open planned living area complete with fully equipped kitchen. Each apartment has floor to ceiling windows, a spacious hallway, and a bathroom for maximum comfort and convenience.

Short stay apartments London E1 Canary Wharf, Trinity Tower

Other features include:

  • Balcony / Terrace (on request)
  • Bathroom/ Toiletries provided
  • Dining table & chairs/Central heating
  • Concierge / security / reception/ door entry phone/ Lifts/ Meet & greet arrival service/ Safe
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Dishwasher in some/ Iron / Ironing board/ Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer available/ DVD player
  • Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Satellite TV/ Telephone/ Radio / Alarm clock/ Air conditioning/ Safe/Wi-fi

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2. Serviced apartments to rent in Covent Garden, London WC2

A slightly cheaper option, starting at £145p/n, is our St. Martins Court serviced apartments, near Leicester Square.  Set in the heart of London’s theatre district near Covent Garden, these apartments are perfect for exploring all central London’s famous attractions. With a variety of restaurants, shops and theatres nearby, these stylish, modern apartments offer excellent short-stay accommodation for those looking to stay in London.  The range of beautifully appointed studios/1-bedroom apartments feature everything you’ll need for a short/ mid-term leisure break.  They offer space, privacy and independence for an experience of central London living that hotels simply can’t match.  Close proximity to the London Tube gives these apartments the best of both worlds- excellent transport links to the rest of London, along with a prime, central location.

Covent Garden St Martins, London corporate serviced apartments WC2

Other features include:

  • Bathroom
  • Dining table & chairs
  • Door entry phone/ Self check-in
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Dishwasher in some
  • Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Radio / Alarm clock/ Telephone/ TV / Freeview/ DVD player/ Wi-Fi

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3. Corporate serviced apartment rental London Fleet Street, EC4

Located in a quiet courtyard, near to Fleet Street, these corporate apartments were once the home of the British press. They are within walking distance of many of London’s attractions, such as St Paul's Cathedral and The Globe Theatre.  Reasonably priced from £133p/n, they are ideal for business stays, or short vacations.  Offering easy access to many of London’s famous attractions, these comfortable apartments also offer excellent transport links to London’s suburbs and beyond- a perfect base from which to explore.  

Corporate serviced apartment rental London Fleet Street, EC4

Other features include:

  • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
  • Bathroom/ Hairdryer available
  • Central heating
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Dining table & chairs
  • Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Self check-in/ Welcome pack available
  • DVD player/ Radio / Alarm clock/ Telephone/TV/ Wi-fi
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Dishwasher in some/ Iron / Ironing board/ Breakfast available

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By Rob at 1 Mar 2018

The benefits of Serviced Apartments Vs Hotels

Everyone enjoys a great, refreshing vacation, where you get the chance to relax and unwind with friends and family. Allowing you to enjoy that well-earned, quality time, is certainly an important consideration when planning your holiday, as choosing the wrong accommodation can be a recipe for disaster!  It can make you uncomfortable and stressed and can often ruin a trip, due to lack of space, comfort and price.  So after you have selected where you want to visit, take a little time to select the accommodation that is just right for your needs and budget.  The benefits of Serviced Apartments Vs Hotels

If your intended destination is a large city like London, then you may think that a hotel stay is the only option. Yet hotels are very impersonal with little or no atmosphere. Cramped rooms, especially if you have a family, can make you feel claustrophobic and stressed due to their lack of space.  What’s more, hotels can also be incredibly expensive for what you get, which isn’t much!  Somewhere to lay your head, yes, but little more!

As an alternative, many people are fast becoming aware of ‘serviced apartments’. These are now a very popular choice for both holidaymakers and business travellers alike.  They make the ideal solution to your accommodation needs, especially if you want something far more than just a place to sleep.

So what is a serviced apartment?

They are fully furnished apartments which can be made available for both short/long-term stays.  They’ll not only provide all the facilities that hotels do, but give you private, more comfortable surroundings with that ‘home from home’ feeling, which is so popular amongst travellers who intend to stay longer term. Typical apartments will include high quality soft furnishings and self-contained kitchens, along with services such as housekeeping, concierge, etc included in the rent.

If we haven’t yet whetted your appetite regarding serviced apartments as opposed to a hotel stay, then why not consider some of the other benefits listed below?

1. Price

Probably the major difference between a hotel stay and that of a serviced apartment is price. Many people mistakenly believe that a serviced apartment is expensive compared to a hotel and therefore look no further, considering them to be for the elite!  Yet did you know that most serviced apartments are at least 30% less expensive than an equivalent standard of hotel?  You’ll get luxury accommodation at an affordable rate, so you’ll avoid that huge hotel bill.  What’s more, you’ll also save because serviced apartments come equipped with fully fitted kitchens, allowing you to cut down on eating out, which can be expensive.  This could make a huge difference to your holiday budget and for longer term tenants, will represent huge savings. Additionally, telephone, broadband, VAT and utility bills are often included within the cost. With all the conveniences of a hotel room yet with far less expense, renting a serviced apartment makes far more economic sense.

2. More Space

A typical city hotel room can often be particularly cramped, hardly ideal if you are holidaying with children who need space to play.  Serviced apartments, on the other hand, are considerably larger, (bedrooms often being over 1/3rd bigger than a standard hotel room), with a spacious living area to rest, recuperate and unwind in your own comfortable, secure private surroundings, making them the ideal solution if you are travelling with others.  They also include a kitchen, living room, along with the bedroom area, which can be part of a studio space or in a 1/2 bedroom apartment.  So to avoid that ‘shoe box’ of a hotel room, where you can’t move without falling over somebody, opt for the roomier alternative of a serviced apartment.

3. All the comforts of home

Another important reason why people opt for a serviced apartment over a hotel stay is that they get that ‘home from home’ feeling.  We all know there’s nothing like the comfort of your own home, although a stay in a luxurious serviced apartment comes very close!  Instead of being greeted on your arrival with a cold, impersonal hotel room, with a serviced apartment you’ll be able to relax in a warm, inviting atmosphere, with all the comforts of home.  Comfortable, luxurious furniture enables you to fully relax and unwind after a hard day sightseeing, whereas having all the facilities on hand in one stylish space, like a fully fitted kitchen, chic bathroom and high tech entertainment systems, means that your stay will be superb, instead of just the mediocre experience you’ll receive at a hotel.  Added to this better security and far more privacy, and you have a win-win situation!

4. Family Friendly

If you intend to have a family holiday when visiting our glorious capital, then a serviced apartment will take much of the stress and hassle out of your stay.  With ample space available, you’ll avoid that ‘cooped up’ feeling of hotel accommodation, allowing the kids to have their own space to chill out.  As well as the entertainment systems mentioned earlier, you can also have the peace of mind that your children will be totally secure in your own self-contained space.

5. Central Locations

Many of London’s hotels are centrally located, although at a hefty price!  Some of the cheaper hotel options, however, will result in you having to travel further to London’s central attractions.  Yet obtaining affordable accommodation, close to the centre, can add great enjoyment to your London experience. Having all of the city’s most iconic landmarks on your doorstep, not only reduces travel expenses, but enables you to be in the hub of all the vibrancy of central London.  Euracom’s well renowned serviced apartments are based in all of London’s true hotspots, giving you the flexibility to do whatever you desire.  From shopping in the very best boutiques, to visiting museums and famous buildings, all our centrally located serviced apartments are very affordably priced- much less expensive than any central London hotel! 

6. Excellent Services

Hotels will provide a daily cleaning service and ensure your beds are made/towels are changed, although that’s about it!  Yet in a serviced apartment you’ll not only be able to stay in comfort and luxury whilst away from home, but you’ll also receive the added benefits of great housekeeping/concierge services. Cleaning, along with a daily linen and towel service is standard with serviced apartments, so you’ll want for nothing.

7. A Personalised Stay

Serviced apartments provide a stay that is tailored specifically to you.  Whatever your needs a customised service makes your stay a truly memorable one.  Such personalised service cannot be achieved in a hotel stay, unless you pay top dollar! From providing starter packs of groceries on your arrival to stocking some of your favourite snacks in the kitchen, serviced apartments are often accommodating to such requests.

8. Suitable for Business or Pleasure

Serviced apartments provide both convenience and practicality to travellers, whether you are a family who want that ultimate holiday, to business and corporate jetsetters who want an alternative to a lonely hotel room, which is cold and impersonal.  Whilst hotels will simply provide the basics for business travellers, the amenities of a serviced apartment mean that all your needs are covered to enable you to do your work in comfort, with the facility to make conference calls and meetings online. What’s more, if your business means a longer stay, then the serviced apartment option can give you the option to stay for longer periods at a far better rate than a hotel stay.

Summary

So a serviced apartment is definitely an excellent choice for every discerning traveller… no wonder so many people, from families to corporates, are turning from hotel stays to these much more affordable options.  Interest in these cost effective alternatives is therefore soaring for both short and certainly longer stays, albeit at the expense of the bog standard hotel! The benefits mentioned above are certainly worth bearing in mind, so why not give these Euracom serviced apartments detailed below a try in favour of a hotel?  You won’t be sorry!    

Luxury corporate serviced apartments London Bloomsbury Tavistock Place, WC1

These luxury five-star serviced apartments provide great accommodation in London, for both leisure & business travellers looking to rent for a longer stay.  They provide the perfect central location to enjoy London’s many attractions and are only a stones-throw away from the City of London for our corporate clients.  Situated in a beautiful Georgian building and furnished to an exceptionally high standard, with designer furniture, all apartments include, wi-fi access, DVD/ CD player and Freeview TV.  Some feature a balcony or terrace area, whilst many have fully equipped kitchens & en-suite bathrooms.  If you’re looking for luxury accommodation in London for a long-term stay, then these serviced apartments are for you.

Luxury corporate serviced apartments London Bloomsbury Tavistock Place, WC1

Features include;

  • Baby cot / high chair (on request)
  • Balcony / Terrace (upon request)
  • Bathroom (En-suite bathroom in some)/ Toiletries provided
  • Daily or weekly linen change /Daily cleaning service
  • Dining table & chairs/ Central heating/ Welcome pack available
  • Fully equipped kitchen(Dishwasher in some)/ Iron / Ironing board/ Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Meet & greet arrival service/ Safe/ Self check-in
  • DVD player /Radio / Alarm clock/ TV / Freeview /Wifi

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Luxury serviced apartments London Buckingham Gate, SW1

These luxury serviced apartments are just minutes from many of London’s finest landmarks, including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.  If you’re seeking a fully equipped, luxury serviced apartment near Buckingham Palace, then these are the apartments for you.  Costing from £4914 p/w, each beautiful apartment overlooks a magnificent central tree lined courtyard.  With luxurious decoration and furnished to an impeccable standard, these serviced apartments range in size from deluxe junior suites sleeping 2, to lavish superior 3 bedroom suites sleeping 6.  These apartments also boast a fully equipped gym and a wonderful in house restaurant. They are close to a vast array of cafes, shops, restaurants and a wonderful roof garden.

Luxury serviced  apartments London Buckingham Gate, SW1

Features include;

  • Central heating/ Secure storage facilities/ Welcome pack available
  • Breakfast available/ Onsite restaurants / bars/ Room service available
  • Concierge / security / reception/ Conference room available/ Lifts/ Lobby / waiting area
  • Daily /weekly linen change/ Daily cleaning service/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Desk / workspace/ Dining table & chairs
  • Kitchen( Dishwasher in some)/ Tea / coffee making facilities/ grocery starter packs available
  • En-suite bathroom in some apartments/ Toiletries provided
  • DVD player/ Satellite TV/ Telephone/ Wi-fi
  • Spa / health club in building or nearby

If you are looking for luxury apartment rental in London, look no further, call us today to rent one of these luxury apartments.

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Corporate serviced apartments London Camden Road N7

For those on a tighter budget, (prices start from only £728p/w), these newly refurbished corporate serviced apartments are for you.  Only one stop from Kings Cross, you’ll have easy access to all of London, great for the business traveller.  Situated close to Camden Town, with its eclectic bohemian character and vibrant night life, these apartments are perfectly located, offering something for everyone.  They are the ideal serviced apartments for those wanting to live/work in London on a reasonable budget.  The Studio apartments provide accommodation for up to 2 people and have been built with pioneering modular technology, making them really energy efficient.  There is a private garden for the resident’s use, along with fully equipped kitchens and newly fitted bathrooms. These would be ideal for those living/ working in London, or for those seeking a temporary stay.

Corporate serviced  apartments London Camden Road N7

Features include;

  • Bathroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Daily cleaning service/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Self check-in
  • DVD player/ Telephone/ TV / Freeview/ Wifi

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By Rob at 9 Feb 2018

Christmas & New Year Celebrations in London

Christmas and New Year Celebrations in London

London is an idyllic place to visit at all times of year, but especially during the run up to the festive season.  At Christmas time things are truly special, with a plethora of wonderful events on offer. There are attractions galore, from great Christmas pudding races and festive markets, ice skating at some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, magnificent light displays to a range of shows and pantos, (oh no there isn’t!) All of which should combine to put you in the festive mood. So none of your ‘Bah Humbugging’…get your skates on, wrap up warm and brave the chilly London outdoors to saviour some of these unmissable delights.

Rent a luxury serviced apartment in London to enjoy Christmas in the capital

This month we’ll give you a sample of a few, of what we consider to be, the best festive activities within our glorious capital.  This is by no means exhaustive, but should help to whet your appetite and hopefully set you up for a fantastic Yuletide.

Christmas Light Displays

Christmas is a time when London overcomes those dark, dismal winter nights and gives its streets and department stores a festive makeover with the twinkle of millions of Christmas lights all over the city.  You know Christmas is almost upon us when London’s greatest shopping area, Oxford Street, transforms itself with sparkly, glowing lights (750,000 lights this year alone) and 1778 decorations!

If you want to combine your ‘light seeing experience’,(get it?) with a market or two, along with a glass of mulled wine into the bargain, then there are a host of other areas to explore with more superb light displays.

The Carnaby Street Christmas Lights for instance, are an ostentatious example of Christmas glitz. This famous street often offers visitors a Christmas 20% discount in many of its unique shops. Or head off to Christmas at Kew Gardens, where you’ll be able to follow a mile long, twinkling path of over 1,000000 sparkling Christmas bulbs, lighting up ancient trees and buildings throughout these spectacular gardens. You’ll also experience giant baubles, a flickering Fire Garden, a kaleidoscopic laser display in the glorious palm house and even experience the trees singing! What more could you ask for? Oh yes! Your Christmas visit won’t be complete without meeting Santa and his elves at the North Pole village, whilst to warm yourself up after this fantastic experience, you could partake in a glass of hot chocolate or mulled wine or toast your toes and some marshmallows by the fire.  For those more energetic at heart, you could take the Christmas Lights Bike Tour, which will guide you to some of the best locations to see London’s prettiest Xmas illuminations.  On this 2 hour tour you’ll see some of London’s most iconic buildings lit up with thousands of lights and decorations, flickering unforgettably along your route.  You’ll discover quieter streets that you’ve never encountered before, along with London’s glorious array of wonderful festive markets and some of the most mesmerising illuminations imaginable, such as the famous Hamleys toy store, whose gleaming array of lights will delight your every thought.  During your journey, you’ll also hear hilarious tales of London’s history.  Definitely a unique Christmas experience!

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Christmas markets and fairs in London

If you’re on the lookout for Christmas gift inspiration, then London’s Christmas markets and fairs are the place to be.  Here you’ll not only discover a wealth of hand crafted offerings and foodie gifts, but will also be in the midst of a plethora of festive events into the bargain.  What’s more, whilst shopping ‘til you drop, you’ll be able to sample many of the capital’s street vendors, selling every conceivable type of fast food known to man, along with Christmas beverages.  Why not try, for example, Covent Garden at Christmas?  This London area is truly irresistible at this time of year, with its cobbled piazza, stylish stores and market buildings giving it an air of sheer nostalgia.  With over 40 mistletoe chandeliers hanging elegantly above you, you can find that perfect  gift, whilst savouring the beauty of Christmas.  Combine this with a sumptuous meal in one of Covent Garden’s restaurants, whilst watching a street entertainer and you’ll be able to de-stress after all the hustle and bustle of buying that last minute piece of tinsel! 

Great Christmas Pudding Race

If you’re in Covent Garden on the 2nd Dec, try not to miss 150 Christmas puddings tackle a festive obstacle course, in aid of Cancer Research UK.  Last year raising over £26,000 for this worthy cause, 2017’s outing will be the 37th in its history.  Teams don fancy dress and hurtle around obstacles including foam jets and flour-filled balloons, whilst trying to negotiate and balance Christmas puds on paper plates!  You can register teams of 6 and compete, or simply support and have a fun day out.  There’ll be entertainment and celebrity guest appearances throughout the day.

Southbank Centre Wintertime Market

If you’re looking for that special something, this market features over 50 wooden chalets brim full with festive food and drink and unique presents.  Set alongside the Thames, street food is plentiful, with irresistible smells ranging from Asian cuisine to hot dogs and other traditional fayre.  A glorious way to enter into that Christmas spirit, whilst savouring London’s wintertime sights and sounds is to try out the Bar under the Bridge, where you can indulge in your favourite tipple.

Greenwich Wintertime Festival

Located near the famous 19thC Cutty Sark, this venue combines our 17th C architectural legacy with an unforgettable wintertime festival experience.  Situated in the stunning grounds of the world heritage listed Old Royal Naval College, this inviting, yet intimate market/festival still delivers a great experience which will appeal to everyone. You’ll taste London’s finest festive food/drink and be entertained by theatre, street performers, children shows and live music.  You can find that last minute gift at the Winter Market and for the tots why not make their visit more magical by visiting Santa and his Greenwich launch pad, as he gets ready for his Christmas journey? With a mixture of contemporary and traditional activities, amidst over 500 Christmas trees, this festival is becoming a unique and distinctive Christmas destination. So try boogieing at the silent disco, or marvelling at the amazing ice skating performance from world class skaters, for this venue seems to have it all!

Ice Skating in the Capital

During the ‘Little Ice Age’ during the 17th C to the early19th C, it was common during some winters to ice skate on the River Thames.  Alas, the river freezes over no longer, however London still boasts several venues where those energetic enough, can ice skate in enchanting surroundings to their hearts content.

Take, for example, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink.  This famous museum is home to one such ice rink. With the elegant Waterhouse building as a backdrop you can skate, surrounded by the magical trees laced with fairy lights, weaving like Bambi or a real professional around the majestically adorned Christmas tree. There’s an indoor café, bar and viewing balcony overlooking the ice to enjoy all the falls and scrapes that will inevitably happen, whilst enjoying a restful drink or a toasted marshmallow!

Another grand setting for an ice rink is Somerset House, whose stunning 18thC courtyard is the setting for winter fun.  This 900 sq m outdoor rink is the perfect venue for a real escapade.  Ideal for families, you can combine your skating with winter dining at the renowned Fortnum Lodge, which offers champagne and mulled wine, or watch from the Skate Lounge.  There is the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade to peruse whilst new this year, are the ‘Skate Lates’, a range of programmed events throughout the winter period.

Enjoy Christmas in London, rent a serviced apartment in the city.

Christmas Day

If you want something different this Christmas Day, you could celebrate like never before on a spectacular panoramic tour of London.  You’ll experience all the amazing city landmarks including Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament during your festive tour and learn about London’s fascinating history whilst you soak up the festive atmosphere

Take in a panto or show

No Christmas visit to London would be complete without taking in one of the seasonal extravaganzas within the capital. Take the Magic Circle Christmas Show, for example, where you’ll experience The Magic Circle in all its glory. Featuring superb magic tricks, entry also gives access to The Magic Circle museum.  Or go and see Peter Pan - Wembley Arena, to follow Peter Pan’s adventures in this interpretation of J.M. Barrie’s classic. Martin Kemp is the baddy Captain Hook and Matt Knight plays Peter Pan. This dazzling panto features a full size galleon along with a 7m long crocodile! Meanwhile Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure at the 02.  You’ll enter magical world of many famous, yet timeless Disney characters like Simba from ‘The Lion King’, Elsa from ‘Frozen’ and Peter Pan.  Toe tapping music abounds in this mesmerising ice-skating spectacular. Or head off to follow Dick Whittington’s adventures at the London Palladium. For ballet lovers, why not take in and be thoroughly enchanted by a lovely presentation of The Nutcracker (Royal Opera House).

Pay a visit to Santa

The magic of Christmas isn’t complete until you and your little terrors have visited Santa in one of his many gift-filled grottos around the capital.  We know he’s ultra-busy at this time, yet Santa always makes time to visit some iconic places within the capital to hear if you’ve been naughty or nice! His grotto at London Zoo for example or his hideaway at the WWT London Wetland Centre, are 2 examples of where you can meet the big man himself.  You could even set sail for a sightseeing tour on the Thames with Santa, when he’ll dish out all kinds of goodies to children on board.  Adults can enjoy mulled wine and mince pies as you glide by many of London’s famous landmarks. Or head to Santa's Grotto at WWT London Wetland Centre to go on an exciting sleigh ride with huskies.  In the forest you may find a hidden cabin in this winter paradise and if so you’ve discovered Father Christmas’ grotto!

Sing Christmas Carols

Often many people are so wrapped up in their Christmas preparations, they forget the true meaning of Christmas. So why not take part of traditional Christmas carols at the historic St Paul’s Cathedral, where there is also a Christmas day church service?  Or join in at the Albert Hall with their Carols by Candlelight?  There are many other such services throughout the capital, including the carols sung around Trafalgar Square’s enormous Christmas tree, where you’ll hear choirs performing carol concerts in the run up to the special day.  Whichever iconic venue you choose, you’ll be sure to soak up the atmosphere and be able to reflect on what Christmas is really about.

Experience the Christmas of long ago.

If you want to experience a Christmas of yesteryear, then there’s nowhere better than an Elizabethan Christmas complete with live dance at Hampton Court Palace. Here they have a series of yuletide activities, ranging from an Elizabethan Christmas to singing carols in the courtyards. As well as a magnificent ice rink, the BBC Good Food’s Festive Feast will get the taste buds going with more than 50 food stalls within these historic courtyards.  On specified dates, there will also be a themed ‘Elizabethan Christmas’, with Tudor-style courtyard entertainment along with live period music/ dance, epitomising what the Christmas of 1592 was like.  Alternatively, try Christmas at Kensington Palace where you’ll experience what Christmas would have been like during Victorian times.  There’ll be a host of 19thC activities to experience along with the 8m tall Victorian styled Christmas tree where there will be occasional workshops enabling you to make decorations to take home.

New Year Celebrations

After all the excesses of Christmas time, why not see the old year out by celebrating with family and friends at some of the wonderful New Year festivities on offer within the capital?  Choices are endless, with fireworks, parties, dinner cruises and clubbing to name a few!  Whatever your plans though, be sure to book in advance as it’s unlikely you can just turn up on the night!

Central London’s Firework Display

This event has become a dazzling spectacle of world class proportions over recent years.   A ticketed event, this pyrotechnic display will dazzle and delight, although if you aren’t lucky enough to get a ticket, you can always see the spectacle on TV whilst enjoying a pint or two!  There is a wealth of other activities also on offer to see out the old year.  A dinner cruise aboard a vessel on the Thames is one such choice, as you’ll still enjoy the fireworks whilst enjoying a lovely meal in the warmth of the cabin.  Champagne/live music are available on some of these cruises, allowing you to dance the night away.  You could opt for an exhilarating speedboat ride, a traditional boat trip or welcome the New Year whilst overlooking London’s skyline on the London Eye. Or perhaps watch The Shard light up the sky with a special New Year's Eve light show.

For those who enjoy more cultural experiences, try being transported to 19th C Vienna to enjoy New Year's Eve’s music/dancing in ‘The Magic of Vienna concert’ (Barbican). Experience memorable music by Strauss, whose waltzes and polkas provided the entertainment to the Viennese of yesteryear.

Alternatively, join the Southbank Centre's Vintage New Year's Eve Party, which offers a quirky, yet stylish way to see in the New Year.   With 5 pop-up ‘vintage’ nightclubs, the music ranges from the ‘20s to the ‘90s, incorporating swing, rock’n'roll, disco, soul and cabaret. There is walkabout entertainment, good dining options and a private river terrace to watch the London fireworks.

If you want something more modern then the Ministry of Sound Electric (Brixton) could be for you. This flagship all-night club attracts many followers of the global dance and house music brand.

New Year’s Day

So the New Year beckons, although January 1st is often overlooked by those with hangovers and those who didn’t get to bed until 5am!  However, there are numerous things to do for those who can manage it.

New Year’s Day annual Parade

This spectacular parade, mixes entertainment and traditional pomp with dancers, marching bands, historical vehicles and more, all descending upon central London to enthral the crowd. This colourful celebration starts at Green Park Tube station at 12pm, finishing at Parliament Square at 3.30pm. Over 10,000 performers will feature, with colourful floats representing countries from around the world, whilst over 500,000 spectators will witness the glorious spectacle, with music and confetti wafting through the London streets.

New Year Sales

If you still have money to spend you could hit the sales in some of London’s top shopping hotspots and pick up bargains in the January sales.

Time for a stroll?

Why not walk off the excess pounds you’ve gained over Christmas with an amble around London’s beautiful parks?   Beautiful any time of year, but on a crisp January day they can be even more stunning!

So get planning your wintery stay in London so that you don’t miss a thing.  If you decide to extend your visit to our fabulous capital then Euracom can help! We provide a range of reasonably priced serviced apartments within London, making your stay in the capital a memorable one.

Why not try our Short stay studio apartments London, Bayswater Kensington Gardens W2?

These short stay apartments are situated in Bayswater, near to Hyde Park & Whiteley’s shopping centre. With the West End’s many shops, restaurants and theatres nearby, they’re an ideal base for exploring our lovely capital. Apartments range from £140p/n and each is decorated to a high standard, complete with air con, LCD TVs and fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms. They are also close to some of London’s beautiful parks, such as Hyde Park and its Winter Wonderland.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom
  • Concierge / security / reception Daily cleaning service/ Lifts Nearby/ Secure storage facilities
  • DVD player/ Telephone TV / Freeview Wifi
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Iron / Ironing board/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available Bayswater        

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Alternatively, the Short stay apartments London, Earls Court Road, SW5 provide an excellent base and are close to Sloane Square and Harrods. These Edwardian styled serviced apartments are beautifully furnished boasting traditional, high ceilings & sizable rooms, ranging in size from studios, (£153p/n) to apartments which sleep 8 people.  Their proximity to popular destinations like Knightsbridge, Kensington & Chelsea make them ideal for a spot of Christmas shopping. The famous Royal Albert Hall and Natural History Museum are nearby sights and landmarks worth visiting.

Features include:

  • Baby cot / high chair (upon request)
  • Breakfast available/ Concierge / security / reception/ Daily cleaning service Desk
  • Workspace Dining table & chairs
  • Fully equipped kitchen/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available/Dishwasher in some apartments/ Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Welcome pack available
  • DVD player/ Telephone TV / Freeview/ Wi-fi
  • En-suite Bathroom in some apartments

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For an even more spectacular, luxurious stay, with everything you could possibly need in the way of 5 star living, the Luxury serviced apartments Green Park, London W1 Mayfair, are for you.

Located off Piccadilly, these apartments are part of a 5 star hotel, so offer the same amenities you’d expect from a luxury London hotel, with all the added benefits of being self-contained, fully equipped luxury serviced apartments. More expensive than the last examples, (prices start from £765p/n for a 1 bed apartment) yet you get what you pay for, as these luxurious apartments are finished to the highest possible standard, featuring marble bathrooms, spacious lounge, dining area and fully fitted kitchen along with a gym, spa, room/ concierge service.  You even have the option of a private garden or penthouse! With Oxford Street and all London’s shops and festive lights nearby, this apartment could be a real ‘dream come true’ of a holiday.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast available/ Room service/ Radio / Business centre available/ Onsite restaurants / bars /

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