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29 Jun 2009

The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea



The Saatchi Gallery of Contemporary Art in Chelsea has some fantastic works of modern and contemporary art. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of King's Road, the classical architecture of the building starkly contrasts to the modern masterpieces that lay behind the walls. Visitors staying in a Chelsea serviced apartment are only a short walk away from the gallery, and can also enjoy the bustling Duke of York Square which is a social hub in the heart of the Royal Borough of Chelsea.

This prestigious gallery provides a platform for young and up-and-coming artists and has played host to many famous artists work over the years including (perhaps the most famous) Damien Hirst. The main aim of the gallery is to promote awareness of modern and contemporary art and because of this, the admission to the gallery is free.

Address:
Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, London, SW3 4SQ

For information on opening times, visit the website:
http://www.saatchigallery.com/

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28 Jun 2009

Shopping at Harrods


London is a shoppers paradise, and visitors who are heading to the capital for a shopping break, are most likely going to have Harrods on their list of shops to cover. While you can get a great deal by staying in a Knightsbridge serviced apartment, shopping in luxury stores like Harrods is reserved for those who like to splash the cash. Twice a year, this legendary London department store and top London attraction has massive seasonal sales, with star studded appearances and thousands of bargain hunters who flock through its doors to make their money go further and bag a designer item. The store's mantra is said to be "Omnia Omnibus Ubique" - all things for all people, everywhere.

They certainly achieve this ambition with something for everyone on the multiple floors of the store. The Harrods Food Hall is popular with all visitors to London and houses high quality produce from all over the UK. Visitors flock here to pick up a souvenir from the famous store and also, to sample some delights from the Jelly Bean counter! More upmarket counters are also available such as a Champagne and Oyster Bar.

A vast array of goods are displayed in the 25-acre store, which has grown from a humble grocery shop in 1849 to become a seven-storey extravaganza. Harrods is an essential part of the chic shopping scene and a top tourist attraction.

Address:
Harrods , 87-135 Brompton Rd SW1X 7XL
Nearest Tube Station:
Knightsbridge

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London Serpentine: Lake & Lido



If you are staying in a Bayswater serviced apartment during the Summer months and looking for a nice outdoor activity to indulge in, we definitely recommend a visit to London's Serpentine Lake. Located in the heart of Hyde Park, the Lake also provides a unique habitat for a diverse variety of species of flora and fauna.

It is a great location to bring the kids with lots of activities for the little ones to enjoy such as swings, slides, a climbing frame and a paddling pool. There is also a Lido Cafe where you can enjoy a welcome break with a stunning view of the lake. If you fancy a dip in the lake, there is an specific 30m X 100m area allocated to open water swimming which is open to the public. Peddle boats are also available for you to explore the lake itself. The Serpentine Lake is a popular attraction in London and one of the many things to do in Hyde Park.

The Serpentine Gallery is also hugely popular with visitors to London and is located just a short walk away from the Serpentine Lido.

In 2002, the Serpentine hosted the World Rowing Sprints, in which several international crews raced over 547 yards (500 m). The Serpentine Lido (Restaurant) and the Padding Pool are now open on the weekends throughout May (including May Day Bank Holiday) and seven days a week from the 1st of June to the 13th of September. Rowing boats are available for hire. Call +44 (0)20 7706 3422 for further information and bookings.

Visit the official website for more details and current activities : http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde_park/sport.cfm

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