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26 Jul 2009

The Galapagos Giants at the London Zoo





If you are planning on coming to London soon, then the ZSL London Zoo is a great attraction to visit and very popular with visitors and Londoners alike. They have lots of the regular animal exhibits but they also have special exhibits every now and then which are well worth a visit. We have lots of accommodation options nearby such as Camden serviced apartments so check out our website for further information.

As part of the Darwin 200 celebrations, ZSL London Zoo welcomes a group of Galapagos tortoises in a new exhibit, 'Giants of the Galapagos'. The new 'Giants of the Galapagos' exhibit includes indoor and outdoor areas with fantastic viewing points and allows the chance to get a glimpse of these rare tortoises.The exhibit has tried to replicate on the tortoises' natural habitat as much as is possible and consists of watering holes and mud wallows so that they can feel more at home in the zoo environment.

'Giants of the Galapagos' is both fun and educational, giving all ages the chance to learn about the islands of the Galapagos and the various conservation projects that are taking place there. You can compare your weight to one of these gentle giants and also learn more about Charles Darwin's visit to the Galapagos Islands in 1835.

Galapagos tortoises are the largest tortoises in the world and they can live for more than 150 years which is a pretty extraordinary feat. They carry around large shells and use them as a protective shield to hide in whenever they feel threatened.

ZSL and other organisations are involved in many conservation projects in the Galapagos Islands, where they are determined to find out more about diseases and the various threats to the Galapagos flora and fauna. 

This is a fascinating exhibit and provides the public with an insight into the lives of the tortoises and the conservation projects that are ongoing on the Galapagos Islands.

Dates: 17 July 2009 to 6 September 2009
Times: 17 Jul 2009 - 06 Sep 2009 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Venue: ZSL London Zoo
Address: Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY
Website: http://www.zsl.org

For more information on the ZSL London Zoo or any other top attractions in London, please see our London Guide. For information on Hotel Apartments London please call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

Candy Cakes in Covent Garden



Mixing vibrant colours with exotic candy toppings, Candy Cakes in Covent Garden is the ultimate indulgence combining the freshest flavours with the best of cake design in the Candy Cakes muffin style. If you are looking to make your London short stay a sweet one, then this is definitely one cake shop you don't want to miss!

Candy Cakes cater for a range of tastes and some popular flavours include Spider Lovin, Strawberry Sundae, Techno Mouse, Alphabet City and the Chocolate Flyer. The flamboyant names are reflective of the fun nature of the cakes.

The Candy Cakes concept is simple: fun, playful, bright products within cafés which reflect its pop art style and sweet-shop vision. The already iconic brand sells fresh coffee, delicious cakes and cool shakes both in their boutique-retro cafés and on-line store. The eye-catching cakes and fresh coffee offer an affordable indulgence that appeals to everyone. Whether customers want to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy London streets, or grab a cake and go, Candy Cakes invites them into their kaleidoscopic world.

Address: Unit 30, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 8RA
Website: http://www.candycakes.com/

For more information about this attraction or to book a holiday apartment in London, please call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

12 Jul 2009

Futurism at the Tate Modern



Marking 100 years since the birth of this revolutionary art movement, the Tate Modern is celebrating with an exhibition on Futurism from 12 June to 20 September. Founded by the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1909 with the publication of the Futurist Manifesto, Futurism built upon the revolutionary art practices that Cubism started and commentated more on the advent of machinery, technology and speed that punctuated modern life.

This new London exhibition examines the work of Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni and Gino Severini and explores the reaction of the art world to Futurism and also the movements that followed and drew upon the techniques of the Futurist movement. Some highlights of the exhibition include Boccioni's dynamic bronze sculpture 'Unique Forms of Continuity in Space' (1913) and Picasso's 'Head of a Woman (Fernande)' (1909) as well as major works by Braque and Duchamp.

The Tate Modern is a top London attraction and can be accessed easily by the tube and from our Tower Bridge serviced apartments.

Price: £12.20
Free for Tate Members
Location:
This show is on Level 4 of Tate Modern
Getting there: For full details of access and facilities at Tate Modern, or to find out how to get here see: Tate Modern Getting Here
Opening Hours: Exhibition Hours Sunday to Thursday, 10.00–18.00. Friday and Saturday, 10.00–22.00. Last admission into exhibitions 17.15 (Friday and Saturday 21.15).

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10 Jul 2009

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens



In July of this year, Kensington Gardens is hosting a new interpretation of the classic J.M. Barrie story of Peter Pan in the new state-of-the-art theatre pavilion specially commissioned for this event. Kensington Gardens and Peter Pan have a special connection as J.M. Barrie lived nearby to the gardens and a statue commemorating the story was commissioned by Sir George Frampton and erected in 1912. The aptly named Neverland Pavilion is a commemorative project which marks 100 years of the story of Peter Pan. The gardens are located in central London and nearby to lots of top attractions and to our Knightsbridge serviced apartments.

This production of Peter Pan promises to be an exciting experience and a unique opportunity to see the story come to life in the place that inspired the author, J.M. Barrie. You can also take a Royal Parks Peter Pan tour around Kensington Gardens where you can learn all about the story of J.M. Barrie and Neverland, culminating in watching the show.

Address: Neverland Pavilion,West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Times: Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Tue, Thur, Sat mats 2.30pm, Sun 3pm

Price: £22.50-£47.50, under-16s 25 per cent discount (except Sat perfs)

For more information on this and more top attractions in London, see our London Guide and for information on serviced apartments, please call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

8 Jul 2009

Jeff Koons at the Serpentine



The controversial American artist Jeff Koons brings his new exhibition to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens from July until September of this year. This will be his first ever major exhibition in a public gallery space on these shores and it is greatly anticipated by both art lovers and visitors to the city. Jeff Koons is known for his boundary-pushing examination of consumerism and his transformation of banal every-day objects into art objects. This current London exhibition of paintings and sculptures at the Serpentine is known as the 'Popeye Series', and focuses on a range of objects and imagery that incorporate both art historical and pop culture references.

Jeff Koons is a controversial American artist that came to prominence in the 1970s with his inflatable art objects which were focussed on subverting the notion of the art object in the gallery and playing with ideas of commercialism in the art world.

The Serpentine Gallery is located in the stunning Kensington Gardens and is surrounded by beautiful scenery and public parks. The gallery is easily accessible from our Bayswater serviced apartments and is nearby to such top London attractions as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and the Natural History Museum.

Address: Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Times: 10am-6pm daily, July to September 13.

For more information on more top attractions and museums, see our London Guide, please call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

Hamlet at the West End




Jude Law stars in the Shakespearean classic Hamlet in Wyndham's Theatre in the West End this upcoming May in one of his most anticipated roles to date. For anyone who does not know the story, it follows a grief-stricken Prince Hamlet who is determine to avenge his father’s apparent murder, with devastating and far-reaching consequences for his family and his kingdom.

Wyndham's Theatre in the iconic West End became a Grade II listed building in 1960 and is one of the most iconic theatres in the West End Theatre District. It has played host to many famous West End shows such as The King's Speech, the History Boys and many other Shakespearean productions such as As You Like it and Much Ado About Nothing. Based in the famous West End, it is very centrally located and for more information on apartments in this area, check out our West End & Oxford Street serviced apartments.

Michael Grandage directs Jude Law as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s iconic revenge tragedy.
29 MAY - 22 AUGUST 2009 WYNDHAM'S THEATRE , Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DA

Performance Times:
Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday, Saturday 2.30pm
Sunday 3.00pm
Please note: matinees commence on 6 June 09
Evening performance is at 7pm on 3 June 09 - no day seats available on this day.
There will be a Monday performance on 1 June 09 at 7.30pm

For more information on Entertainment in London, check out our London Guide or to book an apartment please call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

City of London Festival




Founded in 1962, The City of London Festival takes place from June to August every summer and attracts thousands of visitors with special events in the beautiful surroundings of London's historic buildings. Visitors to central London will have a wealth of opportunities to take in various performances and an ideal base for the occasion would be our London Bridge serviced Apartments.

Highlights of the event include orchestral evenings by the London Symphony Orchestra  in St. Paul's Cathedral and Jazz performances in the Guildhall Yard. Contemporary dance performances take place in some of London's most iconic buildings and are some of the highlights of the festival each year.

Jazz, world music, walks, talks, exhibitions, street-theatre and dance are all presented in some of London's most iconic locations: St Paul's Cathedral steps, Guildhall Yard, Tower Bridge, Finsbury Circus Gardens, the Monument and Liverpool Street station.

The City of London Festival brings the City to life.

STEPS OF ST PAUL'S - Bonachela Dance Company - Thursday 09 July
A bold new dance adaptation for the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral commissioned by the City of London Festival, The Land of Yes and the Land of No explores the signs, warnings and messages that are a staple of daily city living.
Choreography by Rafael Bonachela with music by Ezio Bosso.

Time: 13:15 , Steps of St Paul's

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Banksy at Covent Garden



Covent Garden is one of London's cultural hot-spots and top attractions with street performers, open markets, theatre and opera. It is a unique location and tops many a wish list of top places to visit in London. This summer Covent Garden hosts an exhibition of work from the last decade by infamous graffiti artist and social commentator, Banksy. Our Covent Garden serviced apartments are within easy reach of this exhibition along with many other Covent Garden attractions.

The show will include several of his famous ‘architectural’ pieces and a wealth of his signature characters and images and as ever, promises to push the boundaries of modern and contemporary art practices. This exhibition, along with all of Banksy's exhibitions tend to ask questions of the modern art world and the relevance of the gallery space in contemporary exhibitions.

Admission to the exhibition is free, the Banksy catalogue will be available to purchase.

Address:

The Flower Cellars
4 – 6 Russell Street
WC2E 7BN

Wednesday 15th – Saturday 25th July
10.00am – 8.00pm

Please note the exhibition will not be open on Sunday 19th July.

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A Royal Tour of Buckingham Palace




Every year Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the world. This Summer, the special exhibitions taking place will attract thousands of visitors to come and have a royal experience at the palace. Serving as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837, Buckingham Palace today serves as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Our Westminster serviced apartments are within easy reach of the palace and an ideal base for any visit to London.

The palace itself has 775 rooms including State Rooms, bedrooms for royals, guests and staff, offices and a massive 78 bathrooms! The State Rooms form the heart of the working palace and are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection - paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Canaletto; sculpture by Canova; exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain; and some of the finest English and French furniture.

As part of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms, an exhibition of dresses, jewels, photographs, and gifts presented to Her Majesty by the people of the Commonwealth will be shown at Buckingham Palace.

Exhibition begins from 26 July - 30 September 2009. 09:45 - 18:00 (last admission 15:45)

Ticket Sales and Information Office, The Official Residences of The Queen, London SW1A 1AA

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The British Museum in London



The British Museum is one of the top London attractions and features thousands of exhibits from around the world and from many different periods and cultures. Recently it turned the spotlight on India hosting a number of events and activities related to the India Landscape and Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur exhibitions held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Located in a stunning classical building, the architecture itself is enough of a reason to visit this museum as the interior courtyard is a sight to behold (see above). The museum regularly features exclusive visiting exhibitions but even its permanent collections are equally impressive and widely appreciated. If you are staying in a Bloomsbury serviced apartment or in the West End area, be sure to make a trip to the British Museum.

Admission:
Free

Address:
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Nearest tube stations:
Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square

For more information about this attraction or to book a holiday apartment in London, please call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

7 Jul 2009

The Hampton Court Palace Flower Shows



The Hampton Court Palace Gardens are famous for its highly visited annual flower shows and stunning horticultural designs. Many tourists and industry experts visit London during the show and choose to stay in Kingston serviced apartments or Kew serviced apartments, both locations being ideal bases for anyone attending the show. The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show usually takes place in July of each year and attracts thousands of visitors.

The 'Family' flower shows are a perfect day out trip where visitors can enjoy around 50 or more inspiring display gardens including the tranquil water gardens (a unique category of this show), and the innovative conceptual gardens showcasing the next big names in garden design.

From contemporary to traditional, there are plenty of design ideas to suit any garden lover but these shows are not limited to just those who like gardening with plenty of events and attractions for every visitor to London. Hampton Court Palace itself has a range of attractions that will keep you entertained including: Henry VIII's Great Hall, the world famous maze, Tudor kitchens and live Tudor cookery.

Address:
Hampton Court Palace, London KT8 9 AU.
Nearest train station:
Hampton Court & Kingston stations

For more information on this or any other holiday apartment in London, please call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.