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18 Aug 2009

BBC Proms in Kensington




Summer is one of the best times of the year to visit London and one of the key highlights of the season is the BBC Proms music festival. Each year the BBC's classical music festival takes over London's Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall, as well as other venues in Kensington. For those staying in the Kensington area or in a Kensington serviced apartment, the events taking place are only a short walk away. From talks, films, family events and much more – there's lots to entertain you over eight weeks between July and September.

A hundred concerts are taking place as part of this festival. There are 76 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, 19 at nearby Cadogan Hall and five Proms in the Park across the UK. There's a day devoted to Indian music, a free Family Prom, a Multiple Pianos day, late-night concerts, matinée concerts, family events, films, talks, the Proms Literary Festival, a whole weekend of back-to-back concerts at Cadogan Hall on the August bank holiday... so whether you're into Bach or Bollywood, arias or ukuleles, there'll be a concert for you this year!

Proms in the Park is an outdoor musical spectacular which takes place all across the UK (Belfast, Glasgow, Caerphilly and London). Book early to be a part of this celebration of classical music.

You can book by phone, online or in person at the Royal Albert Hall (note that you can select your own seat if booking online).

Contact: 0845 401 5040
Website: www.bbc.co.uk/proms
Location: Royal Albert Hall, Door 12
Time: 9am-9pm daily

For more information on things to do in London, see our London Guide or to book a Serviced 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.

11 Aug 2009

The London Transport Museum




Half the world's population now lives in an urban environment, a reality explored in the excellent, if hard-to-navigate, newly reopened London Transport Museum's first display; audiovisual recordings of public transport in London and five other cities - Tokyo, Shanghai, Delhi, Paris and New York. Among the vehicles on display is the first underground electric train. It had no windows because there was nothing to see underground. The trouble was that no one could tell which stop they were at, a glitch resolved by employing an athletic announcer who ran to each carriage at every station, shouting out the stops. The London Transport Museum is located in Covent Garden and is one of London's top attractions and within easy reach of our Covent Garden serviced apartments.

Dating from 1890, this is one of several museum exhibits you can view at the London Transport Museum. The design gallery is a tribute to Frank Pick, the man responsible for rolling out the London Underground brand and giving each line its own character. Pick's work included ensuring the emblematic bar and circle logo became an intrinsic part of London's visual identity, to the extent it now signifies 'tube station' without the need for words.

For children, there's an under-5s play area decorated with Steven Appleby illustrations and the chance to sit in the driver's cab of a red bus and guide a Northern Line simulator through tunnels and up to platforms, which is fun for adults too.

Location: Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB
Nearest station: Covent Garden or Leicester Square.
Times: 10am-6pm Mon-Thur, Sat, Sun; 11am-6pm Fri (last adm 5.15)
Prices: £10, £8 seniors, £6 students, under-16s free

If you would like more information on the London Underground, please see our blogpost on Travelling on the London Underground.

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

10 Aug 2009

Sea Life: London's Aquarium




Every year many visit London for long and short family holidays and choose to stay in comfortable and spacious London serviced apartments where there is plenty of space for the kids. As a city, London has a lot to offer family groups with lots of things to do and one very popular attraction is the London Aquarium. 

The SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life and the jewel in the crown of the 28 SEA LIFE attractions in the UK and Europe. Situated in the heart of London, the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor.

The experience starts in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the journey, a stunning glass tunnel walkway offers guests an unforgettable experience by strolling underneath a tropical ocean. There is plenty of interaction along the way, from feeding the rays and watching diving displays to touch pools and discovery zones. Other stars of the show include green turtles, seahorses, octopus, zebra sharks and the ever popular clown fish. The true highlight however, commences as guests complete their journey in the deeper darker zone of the Pacific Ocean - take a walk on the wild side and watch 6 species of shark swim beneath your feet from a floating glass platform.

Opening times: 
SEA LIFE London Aquarium is open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day).
Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm with last entry at 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 7pm with last entry at 6pm
Timings are subject to change. Please check upon your arrival.
Location: SEA LIFE London Aquarium, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7PB

For more information on this or other top attractions in London, check out our London Guide or to book a Serviced 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.