With the long summer days, and evenings, London’s vibrant atmosphere comes alive with its famous parks packed with sun worshippers, open air events and other outdoor attractions in abundance. Take, for example, the city’s rooftop bars, offering fabulous views of London’s ‘city-scape’, allowing you to eat, drink and be merry, whilst watching the sun set with a glass in hand. So, escape the heat of the pavements and get a birds-eye view of the city. Try both the Rooftop at the Boundary in Shoreditch and Coq d’Argent which offer outdoor fine dining roof-top style.
June has a plethora of events on offer, ranging from famous royal events, like the spectacular Trooping the Colour, a military parade to celebrate Her Majesty’s official birthday. This unmissable event along the Mall oozes British pomp and pageantry, and has taken place in our capital for 200 years now.
Other royal events during June include the Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, along with the Household Division’s Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade. This unique British sunset pageant takes place every Wednesday/Thursday evening, before the Queen’s official birthday in June. You’ll witness precision drills from expert cavalrymen, accompanied by cannons, fireworks and music from the Household Divisions massed band of over 300 musicians. To top off at least one of these evenings, either the Queen herself, or one of her senior family members, will attend the ceremony to take the salute.
June is certainly the time to take in the wealth of festivals, sports activities and free entertainment on offer in the capital. With the vibrant flower displays on show, make sure you spend time savouring the beautiful parks within the city. Alternatively, on 17th/18th June, why not explore over 230 private, secret and little-known gardens, in the Open Garden Squares Weekend? For a mere £13 per adult, you’ll experience gardens ranging from the historic and traditional, to the new, more experimental ones. Gardens will include private and roofed gardens, community allotments, those belonging to historic buildings, institutions, cafés, schools and shops. One ticket gives access to numerous gardens across the weekend.
Meanwhile on 25th June how about cheering along the racers at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, at London Regatta Centre? Watch, as up to 40 different teams take to the Thames to compete to win one of four trophies. Whilst there, you can sample the Asian food delights on offer and watch the Chinese lion dancing or martial arts displays. There is also live music on offer at this great, free family day out.
Or for Father’s Day, (18th June), you could challenge Dad to a 90 minute, amazingly unforgettable expedition across the roof of the O2 Arena! For a £30 fee, he’ll be suspended 53m high and wend his way along a tensile fabric walkway, enabling him, at the summit, to savour the unsurpassed 360° view of London on the observation platform. An experience he’ll always remember!
For a famously British tradition, why not head over to SW19 from 3 -16 July to sample strawberries and cream at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, along with some of the best tennis around? This popular two week, Grand Slam event, features world renowned tennis players from all around the globe. This is the longest running tournament in the world, developing from its first competition in 1877, to the massive event that it is today, attracting up to 500,000 spectators, plus millions more viewers, who watch the televised event.
Taking place in the historical setting of Wimbledon Village, this event largely overshadows a hidden gem, the unique village itself, which offers a blend of select boutique shops, cafes and bars, set amongst handsome period buildings and open spaces like Wimbledon Common. (Remember the Wombles)? This large common includes ponds, a windmill and nature trail and is home to a variety of birds and insects.
Also worth a visit, whilst on the tennis theme is Wimbledon Tennis Museum. Open daily from 10am to 5.30pm and located within the grounds of the famous Wimbledon Tennis Club, this shows the history of the game through the ages and attracts all ages, through its interactives and touch screens, which help people to experience all the traditions, artistic flair of the players and skills needed to become one of the all- time greats in tennis. Also available are tours of the grounds, where you can gain access to a few restricted areas, normally inaccessible to the public.
When visiting this phenomenal museum, you’ll begin to understand why a ‘Wimbledon title’ is the most coveted success in tennis.
Summer is the perfect time to explore many of London's open-air events. It is now a London summer institution to see global stars performing in front of huge crowds. Hyde Park’s 2017 concert programme, for example, boasts the likes of Phil Collins, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing live. Whilst supporting acts at these one-day festivals include Blondie, Tears for Fears and Stevie Nicks amongst the line-up.
For the classical enthusiast, take to the world famous Royal Albert Hall to see the BBC Proms; an eight week, fabulous, affordable classical music experience.
As July is often the warmest month in London, take advantage of this and enjoy an open-top bus tour, or eat al-fresco at many of London’s cafes and restaurants. Take Tattershall Castle, for example, one of the Thames’ permanently moored boats, near Embankment. This has recently undergone a major refurbishment to be ready for the long summer nights.
Or, thanks to Boris Johnson’s Bikes, scattered around the capital, you can hop on a cycle and see the city from a different perspective. Many of London’s Royal Parks have cycle routes to make your ride even more enjoyable.
If picnics and Pimm’s are more to your liking, you could head to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in their huge outdoor auditorium. Shows take place throughout the summer months, whatever the weather.
Alternatively, for art lovers, the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, takes place across Royal Greenwich, Docklands and Tower Hamlets. This annual festival presents street theatre, circus, music, dance acts and performing art events, with a range of international artists taking part.
For something a little different on those long summer nights, you’ll find the Rooftop Film Club has several venues where you can enjoy a film, snuggled in a comfy chair, complete with a blanket, for those chillier evenings.
Or you could don your swimwear and sample the Hot Tub Cinema. Book your own tub, or share with others, and indulge in the luxury of drinking, film-going and bathing, all at the same time! This even comes complete with your own waiter! What more could you ask for?
One last idea for a sensational summer activity, which is always a popular pastime at this time of year, is to mess about on the water! There are a range of rowing boats or pedalos to hire in such venues as, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and Battersea Park. So get out into the sultry, summer air and sample the London delights on offer this season.
If you’re visiting from a distance, or if you just fancy spending time exploring London, Euracom have the perfect serviced apartments available to rent for the duration of your stay.
Take, for example, the lovely, 4 star, corporate serviced apartments, at Westminster Dolphin House.
Options include studios, 1-3 bedroom & executive apartments, conveniently situated within central London. Close to the iconic river Thames, in attractive Pimlico, Westminster, the apartments are located within 3 ½ acres of landscaped gardens available to all residents, allowing you to unwind with a drink after a hard day watching the tennis at Wimbledon. Ideal for longer stays in the capital, this accommodation has good amenities to enhance your stay, including complimentary use of Dolphin fitness clubs swimming pool, sauna, steam room & gym, and is close to the underground. From just £149 p/n, each apartment is equipped with;
- Bathroom (En-suite in some apartments) Toiletries provided
- Laundry / dry cleaning facilities/ tea / coffee making facilities
- Fully equipped kitchen/ (Dishwasher in some)/breakfast available/ room service available
- Concierge / security / reception
- Daily or weekly linen change/ Daily cleaning service
- Desk / workspace/Dining table & chairs
- Grocery store onsite / nearby/ on-site restaurants / bars/shops
- Lifts/ Lobby / waiting area
- Private jacuzzi & sauna/ Spa / health club in building or nearby
- Telephone/TV / Freeview/ Wifi
Giving you the modern comforts of home, along with a convenient location to all the major sights, these superb apartments aren’t to be missed.
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Similarly, located near Hyde Park, the Bayswater Grand Plaza serviced apartments make the perfect choice for those visiting London for stays of 2 nights to several months. A very modern space which provides that ‘home from home’ feeling, these apartments are close to the Kensington museums. Within the superb setting of a listed Victorian building and situated on a quiet side street, the Grand Plaza combines the serenity of the apartments with the vibrant West End which is close by. Good links from Paddington station to Heathrow, make these a useful base from which to fly. For a weekly rate of £735 p/w, there are a range of services & facilities, which include;
- Breakfast available
- Concierge / security / reception/ lifts/ lobby / waiting area
- Dining table & chairs/DVD player/ Safe
- Fully equipped kitchen/ Washing machine
- Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
- TV / Freeview/ wifi
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For a slightly cheaper alternative, the recently refurbished apartments in Bloomsbury are perfect for those on a lower budget. Close to The British Museum, Oxford Street and other attractions, these apartments are ideal for exploring central London. For a weekly rate from £702 p/w, the apartments are simply furnished and offer a small kitchenette/ bathroom. Studios sleep two, whilst the larger 1/2 bed apartments have a larger kitchen/ bathroom and a sofa bed in the lounge.
Other services include;
- Baby cot / high chair (on request)/ Twin (or double beds in some apartments)
- Concierge / security / reception/safe/ wheelchair accessible
- Daily or weekly linen change
- Kitchen / kitchenette/ laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
- Lifts/lobby / waiting area
- Nearby shops/near city centre
- Telephone/TV / Freeview/ Wifi
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at 8 May 2017
We say the same thing every year around this time – summer time in London is as good, if not better, than anywhere else the world! It’s a time when the city bursts at the seams with activity and it comes alive with people and languages and food and culture from all over the globe. Here’s our guide to what’s happening in London this summer…
OK, so it’s no secret that London (and indeed the rest of our little island) isn’t blessed with perfect or even predictable weather. It’s not like going to Australia or Los Angeles where, barring a disaster, you’re pretty much guaranteed sun. Here? Not so much.
If all you’re after is 30°C (or 85°F if you’re of a certain age), we suggest Googling ‘holidays to Portugal’ but if you want some world-famous events and a city teeming with excitement and happiness, make sure you contact us now to book your London apartment.
The real kick-off to summer in London is Wimbledon. It runs from June 27 – July 10 andtickets for the world-famous Grand Slam event sell out quickly but you’ll always find some on the ticket exchange websites like StubHub or Seatwave. If you do get hold of a ticket, it’s an amazing experience and you may even get to see one of the top stars.
Wimbledon © Pete Edgeler
Who’s going to win though? Are Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams going to hold onto their crowns or maybe, just maybe can our Andy do it again? Whatever happens, you’re assured of an incredible day out and don’t forget the most British of British things to do – have strawberries and cream!
Talking of Britishness, the Chelsea Flower Show is a highlight of our summer cultural calendar. Between the 24th and 28th May, the Royal Horticultural Society hold a world-class array of stunning flowers and plants, innovative, eccentric garden designs from around the world.
Chelsea Flower Show © Herry Lawford
There’s also a host of special events such as twilight jazz concerts, a celebration of HM The Queen’s 90th birthday, interactive exhibits and one of the most talk-about exhibits of recent years – the poppies from the Tower on London. Tickets are available here.
Since we’re on a roll, we may as well cap the British thing off with possibly one of the most uniquely British things there is – Trooping of the Colour. If you didn’t already know, HM The Queen has two birthdays – the day she was actually born (21st April) and her State birthday in June.
Trooping the Colour © Jon’s Pics
To celebrate, more than 1,400 officers and men alongside almost 400 musicians from the massed bands of the Household Division take to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall in a magnificent display of pageantry, troop movements timed to absolute perfection and the bands play as one. It really is a sight to see and you can apply for tickets here.
As well as the tennis, the flowers and the soliders, London is jam-packed with things to do. Stay outdoors at any one of dozens of rooftop bars, hundreds and hundreds of beer gardens and amazing green spaces all over the city for picnics, kite flying, boating, throwing a Frisbee or kicking a ball around!
Places like the South Bank, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus teem with awesome street performers and there are loads and loads of open-air gigs, drive-in cinemas, performances, art exhibitions and one-day music festivals to choose from.
What about the traditional tourist sights? Well the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and London Zoo aren’t going anywhere, nor are the amazingly eclectic choice of restaurants, cafés and bars.
For more information on what to do in London this summer, have a look at Time Out for their list of great events in London this summer as well as lastminute.com’s 50 Brilliant Things To Do In London In Summer and Visit London’s events calendar.
You’re only problem will be deciding what to do first! Either way, whatever you decide to do, make sure you base your stay at a fantastic Euracom apartment. Call us now for some great deals on London vacation apartments.
at 1 Apr 2016
The summer of 2015 will surely go down as a sporting classic. We’ve followed the incredible fortunes of England’s women at the World Cup in Canada, we’ve seen the inaugural European Games in Baku and we’ve winced at the abject failure of England’s U21 squad in the Czech Republic, but what have you been watching this summer? Here’s a little reminder….
The story of the summer (so far) has to be the England women’s jaw-droppingly brilliant World Cup campaign. Lucy Bronze, Toni Duggan, Laura Bassett and the rest of the girls did the whole nation proud and have ignited a passion for the women’s game in this country that we last saw when Gazza cried at the 1990 World Cup. After 2-1 victories over Norway and Canada in the knock-out stages, a cruel injury-time own goal in the semi-final against favourites Japan denied our girls a first World Cup final appearance. We hope the momentum carries on and we see more exposure of women’s football. Think men’s football but without the diving, moaning, ridiculous salaries and mountain-sized egos!
The less said about the England U21 European Championships campaign the better but sticking with football, the transfer ‘silly season’ is upon us. Who’s coming? Who’s going? Who’s being touted around as the next Ronaldo, Messi or Bobby Zamora for megabucks? All will be revealed on the first day of the season!
Wimbledon fortnight always throws up some surprises, not least Rafa Nadal getting hammered by the awesomely dreadlocked Dustin Brown! Will our Andy do it again or will we see a new name on the famous trophy?
‘Just out of short trousers’ Jordan Spieth is the new kid on the golf block. The 21 year-old from Texas has already walked away with the US Masters and the US Open pocketing a cool $3.6m! Will he complete the Grand Slam by winning the Open and the US PGA? It now looks like Rory have given Spieth a free run at the Claret Jug after busting his ankle ligaments playing football with his friends. Will he make it…?
In Formula 1, the battle between Lewis and Nico rumbles on. Not exactly best friends, the Mercedes teammates have been hitting 1-2s for the team all season but who will come out on top? A victory for Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix extended his lead at the top of the championship but there’s a long way to go.
Don’t forget the Tour de France, the Ashes, Glorious Goodwood and of course the Archery World Championships from Copenhagen!
Just a word of advice – in between watching all this sport on TV, take a trip outside, it really is quite lovely out there!
at 8 Jul 2015
Rejoice! The summer is here and finally we can get our flip-flops out, put our coats away and buy more charcoal, burger buns and spicy mustard than we will ever need in five lifetimes!
*At the time of writing, it’s raining in London and we have just switched the heating on for a bit…
We have a comprehensive selection of rental accommodation in London so please have a look through the website and then call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 to book!
As you can imagine, the summer months are very busy so if you do want an apartment in London, contact us today because we’re filling up fast!
So, what does this month have in store for us?
Will England win The World Cup?
Unless you’ve been living on the Moon for the last few months, you’ll have been swept up in World Cup fever! The self-proclaimed ‘biggest sporting event on the planet’ starts on Thursday in Brazil.
The tournament has been plagued with infrastructure problems, political unrest and the noticeable lack of Zlatan Ibrahimovic but kicks off with Brazil v Croatia in Sao Paulo at 9pm (GMT) on ITV.
Who are the favourites? We don’t think you can look past the South Americans of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay with the world-class trio of Neymar Jr, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez (if he’s recovered from his operation).
Coupled with the fact that no nation from outside South America has ever won a World Cup there and you’ll see why we’ve limited our guesses to three!
You certainly can’t discount the usual Euro-suspects of Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands and, dare we say it, England.
The Spanish aren’t the Spain of the 2010 World Cup or even the 2012 Euros but they remain strong. The French have the third best player in the world in Franck Ribery but again at the time of writing, he’s suffering from a back injury and may not be fit. The Dutch flatter to deceive at most tournaments while the Italians, notoriously slow-starters, always seem to get stronger the longer they’re playing.
Can England win it? Who knows? Roy has blended youth with experience and he will give the likes of Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling game time but do we have what it takes to go all the way? We’re not sure. What we do know is that it will be a fantastic spectacle of football and we’re looking forward to it!
Who do you think will do well? What do you think of Roy’s squad? Is it too experimental? Does he have the right blend of youth and experience? Is he looking to the future? Let us know!
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: June 12 2014 – July 13 2014
Will Andy Murray win Wimbledon…again?
We waited 77 years so we can’t be greedy but he most definitely can win it again! Again the usual suspects will be there or thereabouts but Federer’s not getting any younger, Nadal’s recent injury record isn’t great and ‘our Andy’ already beat Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final so why not?
While tennis has been dominated by the Big Four for years, there is some real talent in the form of David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Thomas Berdych and Milos Raonic who will all be looking to usurp the domination.
Who’s going to win Wimbledon? Let us know what you think!
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis Club: June 23 2014 – July 6 2014
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life
The Race for Life is a series of over 300 5k and 10k women-only fundraising events taking place all around the country to raise money for research to help beat all 200 types of cancer.
Run, jog, walk or even dance round the course but however you do it, raise loads of money so we can find a cure for cancer. For the more adventurous, there’s the Pretty Muddy event, a 5k muddy obstacle course and in Cancer Research UKs own words ‘Cancer plays dirty and so can we!’
Click here to find out about the Race for Life, where your nearest events are and how you can raise money.
Our very own Kelly Brogan is doing the Race for Life on Sunday June 15th and all of us at Euracom wish her the very best of luck. Team Kelly is in full effect!
If you’re doing it this year, let us know how you get on and how much money you raised!
Don’t forget Father’s Day…!
It’s on Sunday 15th June and it was essentially ‘invented’ in the States in 1910 at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington. It’s credited to Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of an American Civil War veteran.
After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909 she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honouring them (she and her five brothers and sisters were brought up by their father) and the third Sunday in June was chosen!
You can read more about the history of Father’s Day here but wherever you are in the world, don’t forget to honour your dad this Father’s Day!
This has been a bit of a long one but there’s so much to pack in this month, we think it’s worth it!
Remember, if you are coming to the city, check out our apartments in London and then call us for the very best deals!
See you in July!
at 6 Jun 2014