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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……


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.

Euracom Comment

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

More about our South bank serviced apartments ›

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

Living and Studying in London - A Student Guide

So you’re about to leave home and embark on the wider world as a student, with all that has to offer.  Student life can be, as many will tell you, the best days of your life.  What better way is there to live, work and play, than in London, one of the most vibrant and atmospheric capitals of the world?  In this city you have all the ingredients to make your student days ones to remember.  London is youthful and truly international and there’ll be endless fun opportunities for you to savour.  Samuel Johnson once said; “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford”.  So make sure you embrace all London has to offer and you’ll love it.  You’ll certainly miss it once you’ve graduated and who knows, you may even decide to take up permanent residence here!

Living and Studying in London - A Student Guide

The guide below, ‘living and studying in London’, gives advice and a ‘to do’ list of the important things you need to remember to make your student life easier, less expensive and smoother in every way.  So read on and discover the ‘ins and outs’ of being a student in our capital.

Living and Studying in London’- A ‘to do‘, guide for Students.

Whether you’re moving to London from either elsewhere in Britain or abroad, separation from home and family can be a daunting prospect initially, especially if you haven’t lived independently before.  However student leisure time will soon be filled with numerous things to see and do and by remembering a few important golden rules, you’ll make your stay an enjoyable one.

  1. Watch your budget!

    Relocating to the capital is undoubtedly exciting, yet can be expensive if you aren’t economical with your money!  Often students blow entire budgets all at once by trying to do every conceivable thing that the city has to offer!  So it’s important to keep track of your outgoings to avoid losing track of the amount you spend.  If your funds are limited then sticking to a budget is imperative.


    1. Check your bank balance regularly to avoid overdraft expenses.
    2. Keep an eye open for 2 for 1 offers and cheaper places to eat/drink- Try ‘Happy Hours’ and eateries outside Central London or in more residential, less ‘touristy’ areas, as prices are often significantly cheaper.  Try downloading ‘Happy Appy’ for all of London’s happy hours.
    3. Check out bargain stores offering lower priced necessities and charity shops to make your money go further.  Also use money off vouchers whenever you can.  Bargains can be had in London’s historic markets, along with great, reasonably priced food.  Eg Portobello/ Borough Markets
    4. Get a British Library/Wellcome Library Reader’s Pass for access to books that you can’t access from your uni library.  This could save you pounds.
    5.  Use your student discount card.  This could save 10% at many places, including cinema entry and many shops.   This way you’ll avoid finding out just how expensive London is! Also save cash by using university cafés and bars as they’re cheaper than normal pubs.
    6. Remember there’s still lots of great things to do in London without spending big!  Check out London’s FREE museums/art galleries, for example, or experience the view from Sky Garden? 
    7. Supplement your budget by getting a part time job to finance your social life? Remember to use whatever services your university has on offer. 
    8. Try cycling to uni rather than using public transport.  You’ll not only avoid expensive gym membership, but you’ll also save on fares!  If you do travel on public transport buy an Oyster Card to save 1/3 on travel.  Combine this with the 16-25 Railcard for bigger discounts.  To save even more, try walking to the next zone before getting on the tube, as it’s cheaper.   If you’re really tight for cash, take the bus as they are ‘flat rate’.   
  2. Do your research!

    Make a list of your potential outgoings whilst studying.  Eg-rent, course fees/reading list, TV licence, food, travel, clothing, utility bills (phone, heating, water rates, internet, electricity) etc.  Better to overestimate this, allowing you to budget accordingly, rather than being faced with higher bills than you’d anticipated and struggle financially.  Also set aside a monthly amount for socialising and try to stick to this.

  3. Stay Safe!

    Students and youngsters are notorious for late nights and the city has numerous events on offer which meet this need.   Yet it’s vitally important to ensure your safety, whether it be in your accommodation or when travelling home after meeting friends.  So remember to stay ‘street wise’.

    1. Keep to well- lit main roads and avoid walking alone at night.
    2. Be aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables out of sight.
    3. Check on friends to ensure they’ve arrived home safely and make sure this is reciprocated.
    4. Never get into unlicensed taxis, always pre-book and agree rates before you get in to stay safe and avoid getting swindled.

    Remember- London is a safe city on the whole, but like anywhere, it's always worth taking sensible precautions.

  4. Get Prepared

    After you’ve secured your place at uni, start on finding affordable accommodation.  Some students stay in Halls of residence for the first year, yet many want to live more independently in subsequent years, opting for student rental.  There's little point searching for accommodation in London until about six weeks before you plan to move in and this can prove difficult if you aren’t familiar with where to search.  To make life easier, opt for a reputable company to do the legwork for you, at no extra cost.  Such companies are experts in searching for a safe, secure London apartment, close to your university, with everything that you need on hand to support you through your stay.  Whatever your budget, these specialists should be able to provide an extensive selection of student apartments to suit your requirements.   

Euracom Comment

Some sensible advice here!  As your time when studying is precious, we, at Euracom feel that the search for your London student rental should be as quick and as hassle-free as possible.  By letting our excellent staff, with fantastic resources at their disposal, find that perfect student rental apartment, you’ll save both the stress and time associated with moving and be settled into your new accommodation in next to no time.  We offer both short/long term apartment rentals, giving you flexibility to move elsewhere, should you undergo a change in circumstances or course venue.  We’ll help you to select the apartment that’s right for you, tailored specifically to your budget and needs, leaving you to focus on the important things, like studying and enjoying yourself, rather than fruitlessly looking for that elusive bed sit!   Our wide range of student apartments/studios are situated in some of Central London’s most desirable tourist areas and are close to major universities.  All fall within London's 'Zone 1' transport system and are near to its wealth of theatres, museums, restaurants and shops.  So if you’re a student seeking to save on affordable rental accommodation in London, conveniently located near to your place of study and you want a service which is second to none, then why not contact Euracom today?  You won’t be sorry!

Three of our student rental apartments are featured below.

Student accommodation London, Garrow House W10

These super stylish, spacious and modern residences are situated in a picturesque canal-side setting.  The area is bursting with unique charm, with plenty of boutique shops, vintage stores, independent theatres, art houses, museums and restaurants to choose from.  The apartments offer both large and twin studios with the choice of your own personal balcony space, fantastic views of London or canal views.  Offered as standard is a desk for studying, large flat screen TV, a modern en-suite and kitchenette and a large comfy bed.  They also feature a fantastic common room and courtyard ideal for socialising, along with a pool table and large flat screen TV, open 24 hours a day!  With Portobello Market nearby and good transport links, these student apartments are perfect for students studying abroad, looking for student accommodation in London.   Our welcoming site teams deal with any requests, providing you with any information during your stay.

Student accommodation London Garrow House W10

Features Include;

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

More about our Garrow House student accommodation ›

Hawley Crescent – Camden NW1

These apartments offer students stylish, modern accommodation, featuring well decorated apartments in an excellent location.   Close to the Underground and many London Universities, each studio comprises of twin beds, or single bunk beds, wardrobes, bathroom, kitchen, TV and Wifi.  Students have access to laundry facilities, a communal area with SKY TV and an attractive roof terrace with panoramic London views. The building is located within a lively area of London, filled with a host of stylish shops, Camden market, popular bars, cafes and restaurants.  An on- site security team ensures students safety and the apartments also have a maintenance/management team to ensure all guests are happy with their service.   This is certainly the place to be for any student wanting a place to study and socialise.

Hawley Crescent Camden student accommodation

Features Include

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

More about our Camden student accommodation ›

Long stay student accommodation London, Chelsea SW3

This student accommodation offers twin studio student apartments for rent.  These fantastic residences are located close to a host of famous universities.  Nearby Sloane Square offers a huge selection of cafes, restaurants and shops.  With fantastic transport links and cycle hire close by, getting around in London is easy from this great residence.   Located on Kings Road, these apartments offer fresh, clean and stylish flats with communal kitchens, making them some of the most varied student accommodation in London.  Each studio includes an en-suite bathroom, TV and a modern kitchen equipped with oven, microwave, fridge-freezer and hob, whilst the twin en-suite room includes a TV, fridge-freezer and microwave.  The shared kitchens include sinks, hobs and ovens, with lockable cabinets for personal storage.  Two large common rooms are ideal for studying or socialising.  On-site coin-operated laundry facilities are also available at any time.  A dedicated, on-site Hospitality and Maintenance Team/on-site security will monitor the building to ensure safety and security.

Long stay student accommodation London, Chelsea SW3

Features Include;

  • Bathroom
  • Concierge / security / reception/ Door entry phone/ Lifts/ Secure storage facilities
  • Desk / workspace/ under floor heating/ TV / Freeview/ Wifi
  • Kitchen / kitchenette/ Laundry / dry cleaning facilities available
  • Movie lounge

More about our long stay student accommodation ›

Selecting London as your base during your uni years makes sense.  With world class universities, it makes an attractive and convenient place to study with so much to offer.  Here you’ll be inundated with atmosphere, images and history and because everything’s centrally located you can combine student life with being a tourist/spectator.  As a student, you’ll experience new cultures, events and people along with the amazing food/night life which only London can offer.   Studying in London is a great prospect for many, although some may find difficulty in making ends meet, even when frugal with their money.  However, basing yourself here has significant advantages especially if you want real opportunities for employment or you're applying for internships.  Affordability can be an issue, yet with sensible budgeting it can be overcome and you’ll be able to live and study in the capital like a pro!  Living in London is unlike living anywhere else, with a huge canvass to explore and uncover.  This initially nerve-wracking, possibly scary experience may take some adapting to, but once overcome, you’ll undoubtedly remember your student days in London as the best days of your life!

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By Rob at 14 Jan 2019

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