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25 Dec 2009

Merry Christmas

All of us at Check-in-London wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 
Thank you for making it such a successful year for us. 
We look forward to another year of great London serviced apartments.

New Year's Fireworks at the London Eye

Pyrotechnicians Groupe, F Jack Morton will orchestrate London's official New Year firework display from The London Eye and barges in the Thames, which will be broadcast live on BBC One. BBC Radio 1 will supply the sounds for Londoners who head into town to watch the fireworks live. If you're planning to be among them, don't leave it too late or you may find yourself being turned away. It'll be a great display against a stunning backdrop and good viewing spots are limited. Don't make for the London Eye - the immediate area is cordoned off as a fall-out zone - and note that road closures in the area will start early in the evening. The prime vantage points are the Victoria Embankment, north of the Thames, and the bridges (Waterloo, Westminster and the eastern Jubilee footbridge; the Millennium Bridge has only a partial view of the Eye). Dedicated disabled viewing areas can be found on the Albert Embankment, opposite the Houses of Parliament and on the Thames Path behind St Thomas's Hospital.

There will be all-night travel on Tube, DLR, Tramlink and selected National Rail services in the Greater London area. Twenty-four-hour bus routes will run as normal, but there will be a reduction in bus services leaving central London from around 7pm to 3am on New Year's Day, because of the road closures. From 11.45pm to 4.30am travel on all journeys on Tube, DLR, tram and buses will be free, as will some National Rail services on selected routes out of London after midnight.

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15 Dec 2009

New Year's Day Parade in London

London's New Year's Day Parade crowns the capital's festive season – make sure you don't miss it!

The New Year's Day Parade in London features more than 10,000 performers representing 20 countries world-wide. Dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, musicians and performers assemble in the heart of the city for a "celebration of nations". Young people from the US, Japan and Europe come together with those from London for three hours of pomp and frivolity.

The parade starts in 12 noon and proceeds along Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus, then takes in Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and ends at Parliament Square in front of Big Ben.

More than half a million people are expected to cram into London's most famous streets to see the parade weave its way along the 2.2-mile (3.5km) route.

The theme of the 2010 New Year's Day Parade is "Let Us Entertain You". And, with more than 8,000 participants from around the world as well as 25 London boroughs represented, you won't be disappointed!

"With so many boroughs on board – and lots of overseas participants planning to make the trip – there will be no better way to start 2010," says the parade's executive director, Robert Bone.

Get your space early to see this spectacular celebration!

London's Best Christmas Celebrations

During the festive period, London sparkles with wonderful Christmas lights, decorations and Christmas trees and the best way to enjoy Christmas in the capital is to stay in a comfortable London short stay apartment.

Whether you're in town for some ice-skating or Christmas shopping, make some time to check out all the Christmas decorations in different areas of London this year. They're always a great attraction, and really add to the Christmas spirit of the city.

Christmas Lights in the West End and in The City

Christmas Lights across the West End and in the City of London are an attraction in their own right. There'll also be fantastic Christmas concerts, and a unique light show at St Paul's Cathedral, on Regent Street and at Oxford Circus.

Christmas Celebrations at Covent Garden Market

Covent Garden is concentrating on the traditional this Christmas. Visit the market during the festive season, and you'll find free musical performances from traditional choirs, reindeer-petting for kids and the scent of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts drifting through the Market Building. With a 40ft (12m) Christmas tree, a 37ft (11m) topiary reindeer, workshops for kids, and story-telling for all the family, there'll be plenty of old-fashioned nostalgia on the Piazza this Christmas. Don't miss the exciting light installation from United Visual Artists, and the chance to stock up on delicious gourmet treats at the Covent Garden Real Food Market.

Carnaby Christmas Lights

Carnaby is known for quirky Christmas decorations, and all 12 streets around this pedestranised shopping district are filled with themed and funky lights and props. There are inflatable hot pink reindeers, surrounded by brightly coloured Christmas

Westfield London's Christmas Lights

Westfield is another hotspot for Christmas lights, events and ice-rinks. Be sure to catch all the Boxing Day sales as well.

Leadenhall Market Christmas Lights

The Christmas lights switch-on in Leadenhall Market is always a sparkling affair. Beautifully restored to its original Victorian splendour, Leadenhall Market's cobbled streets, ironwork and painted ceiling have a real Dickensian feel. See the Lord Mayor of the City of London flick the switch on as mulled wine, mince pies and music add a festive flavour to your Christmas shopping.

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

Every year since 1947, Norway has given a Christmas tree to London in gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during the Second World War.

Christmas Cheer at Kew

If you're craving a bit of countryside Christmas cheer, head to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew during the festive season. The Christmas decorations, lights and Christmas tree at the Victoria Gate in Kew Gardens are quite enjoyable.

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The Darwin Center at the Natural History Museum

Explore the Natural History Museum's brand new Darwin Centre, packed full of specimens, interactive activities and scientific debate.

The Natural History Museum's New Darwin Centre

This September, London's renowned Natural History Museum completes its new state-of-the-art facility, the Darwin Centre.
The first phase, containing 22 million zoological specimens stored in alcohol, opened in 2002.
Now you can also venture into the final piece of the project – a 65-metre-long (213 ft), 8-storey cocoon-shaped structure, which houses 17 million insect and 3 million plant specimens.

Inside the Natural History Museum's New Centre

The new Darwin Centre is a research and collections facility for scientists and visitors alike.
Highlights for visitors include:
  • An interactive tour of the cocoon to see the museum's collections and the projects of world-class researchers working at the centre
  • The Attenborough Studio: where you can discover more about the natural world and current scientific issues through multimedia, talks, and face-to-face encounters with scientists
  • Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity: dedicated to the study of the UK's natural world and a haven for wildlife groups, societies and researchers

Darwin Centre's Amazing Architecture

The new Darwin Centre cost £78 million and took 280 people 25 months to build.
As well as its impressive atrium, the new facility's architectural highlight is the giant cocoon building, set inside an even bigger glass box.
Designed by C F Møller Architects of Denmark, the cocoon is said to be the largest sprayed concrete curved structure in Europe.

8 Dec 2009

Christmas Afternoon Tea in London

What better way to relax after a hard day's Christmas shopping than with delicious cakes, sandwiches and tea.Over the festive season, London hotels and restaurants offer an impressive range of indulgent Christmas afternoon teas.These afternoon teas are popular, so book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Throughout December, The English Tea Room at Brown's Hotel serves its award-winning afternoon tea with a festive twist, accompanied by the resident pianist playing well-known Christmas carols. The festive tea includes Yule logs, mince pies, turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce, scones and Christmas cake, plus a choice of 17 different teas. From £37 per person
The Ritz

Christmas afternoon tea at The Ritz is served in the spectacular Palm Court on selected dates over Christmas. The seasonal tea includes a glass of champagne, mince pies and Christmas cake along with the Ritz's traditional choice of tea, sandwiches, scones and pastries. £50 per person

Claridge's festive afternoon tea includes sandwiches, apple and raisin scones, French pastries and Christmas pastries, served with tea or coffee and a glass of champagne. Southend Boys Choir provides a musical accompaniment at weekends, singing popular Christmas carols. Available 21 November to 3 January. £45 per person / £50 at weekends

Served on fine bone china designed by Zandra Rhodes, The Mandeville's Christmas afternoon tea includes organic turkey and cranberry sandwiches, clementine and walnut tarts, mince pies, Christmas cake, stollen, Christmas cookies and a selection of teas. For a special festive treat, you can add a glass of egg nog or mulled wine. From £22.50 per person
The Dorchester

The Dorchester's renowned afternoon tea in The Promenade is enhanced over Christmas with festive pastries, mince pies and a glass of champagne. At weekends, you can enjoy Christmas carols sung by a children's choir or duo. Available 21 November to 4 January. £45 per person / £55 at weekends

Chocolate Festival at the Southbank Center

The Chocolate Festival is a unique event which gives visitors a special opportunity to enjoy a wide range of chocolate related products - as well as fine truffles, bars and bonbons, you will be able to buy savory food with chocolate, chocolate cakes, pancakes, ice cream, milkshakes and more.

At the event you will be able to join great activities such as demonstrations, chocolate art, book signings and more.

Set in the world-renowned Southbank Centre, the festival is a great day out for chocolate lovers of all ages. Outdoor festival featuring chocolatiers and chocolate companies. Expect dozens of stalls selling chocolate- related products including cakes, chocolate-infused savoury treats and kits to make your own chocolate, as well as workshops and demonstrations.

6 Dec 2009

Christmas at the O2 London

Come along and enjoy a winter fairytale at The O2 with free entry into Santa's grotto, fairground rides for all the family, a German market - ideal for buying your christmas presents and yummy festive food, including mulled wine and bratwurst. There's something for everyone this Christmas at The O2!

Christmas comes but once a year and when it comes to The 02 it brings good cheer, a 30 metre high swing ride, traditional pfannkuchen, German beers and a white knuckle zone of thrill rides including a Reindeer Rollercoaster. This transformation will spread inside and outside The O2 across a 10,000 square metre area offering the public sheltered areas to enjoy the attraction whatever the weather. The Christmas Fair offers visitors a free Santa Claus from noon daily and customers can purchase passes to enjoy unlimited access to the rides for one low cost of £17.50 for children and £20.00 for adults. The variety of exciting fun fair rides will suit both adults and children, turning the worlds most popular entertainment venue into London's newest theme park.