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30 Dec 2010

New Year's Eve in London


Bring in the New Year Eve in London with a bang at one of the city's biggest party nights with a host of festivities, fireworks and fun all night long. Wait until the clock strikes 12 to witness the celebrations and annual fireworks that brighten up the sky near the London Eye and along the river Thames for almost half an hour. Make sure to wrap up warm or book a London Bridge Apartment to watch safely from the window of your cosy accommodation!

For those who prefer the party scene, lap up the hedonistic atmosphere by exploring the lively nightlife in London. All of the best clubs and bars around town which will be hosting extra special parties for the occasion. Book tickets as early as you can because the night WILL be busy and prices increase the longer you leave it. 

Don't forget the celebration continues with the next day with the annual New Year's Day Parade in the morning. Get yourself to the West End to see acrobats, musicians and dancers weaving their way through London's most famous streets and starting the new year in style.


Check out the official website for the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority to find more information about attending the fireworks closer to the time.

With free travel all night on New Years Eve, public transport will be the easiest way to get around so make sure to check the Transport for London website for details about how to get to your New Years Eve party.

Happy New Year Everyone !
If you're visiting soon and want to book a London serviced apartment with easy access to the fireworks and celebration in London New Years Eve, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

23 Dec 2010

The Best Christmas Carols in London



Christmas Time, Mistletoe & Wine, Children Singing..

Christmas time is the best for its Carols and Singing. Celebrate the season with the spirit of song and dance and visit some of London's best Christmas carol concerts and performances.

Christmas carols at Trafalgar Square

For festive Christmas carols London is home to one of the most famous services in the world, taking place annually at Trafalgar Square. Visit the Square this Christmas and get in good voice for the Christmas carols London season.

Trafalgar Square will be home to a season of carol services throughout December, inviting Londoners to get into the festive spirit. A selection of choirs from across the capital are setting up in the Square and going through all the classics.


Christmas cheer
Children and adults of all ages are welcome to visit Trafalgar Square and enjoy carol services in the run up to Christmas. The free carol concerts run from Tuesday 7th December - Wednesday 22nd December 2010.

Trafalgar Square Christmas Carols


VSO Christmas Concert By Candlelight
Trafalgar Square's St Martin in the Fields is also hosting a concert in aid of development charity VSO on Thursday 2nd December 2010. The City of London Choir are joined by kora player Surahata Susso to get you in the festive spirit. All money raised will support VSO's education programmes across the world.

VSO Christmas Concert


Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree
Whilst enjoying festive carols and getting in good voice for the season, visitors to Trafalgar Square can also enjoy the sight of the annual Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, given to London each year by the people of Oslo, Norway. The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is a key feature of the London Christmas experience and all are welcome to enjoy carol singing to its impressive backdrop. The tree will be unveiled Tuesday 7th December 2010.

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

Christmas church services
Carols form a key part of annual Christmas church services in London, where Londoners can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in traditional style. Christmas Eve services usually take place at St Martins in the Field at Trafalgar Square and at Westminster Abbey.

St Martin in the Fields Christmas Carols


St Pauls Cathedral
London's most famous cathedral, St Pauls Cathedral hosts a series of special concerts during Advent

Christmas Carols at St Pauls Cathedral


Candlelight carol service
St Pauls Church in Knightsbridge is hosting a celebrity candlelight carols service on Tuesday 30th November 2010, in aid of the Changing Faces charity.

Celebrity Candlelight Carol Service


Carols at Horniman Museum
Listen to a choir singing songs from around the world plus festive Christmas carols from the English Baroque Choir singers at Horniman Museum along with refreshments and a Santa's grotto on Sunday 12th December 2010.

Horniman Museum Christmas Carol Concert


Southwark Cathedral Christmas Carols
Southwark Cathedral will be hosting a number of fantastic concerts throughout December.

Southwark Cathedral Christmas Carols


Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is holding all sorts of Christmas concerts and carol performances throughout December 2010. Special events include traditional and candlelit carols, Christmas carol singalongs, plus concerts joined by celebrities such as Katherine Jenkins.

Royal Albert Hall Christmas Festival


Carols at Canary Wharf
Hear beautiful music from the workers in Canary Wharf as the resident choirs sing traditional festive songs at the East Wintergarden. The carol service and post carolling treats such as mince pies and mulled wine takes place on Tuesday 14th December 2010.

Christmas Carols at Canary Wharf


Hampton Pool
Christmas carols, mince pies and synchronised swimming feature in the annual concert at the Hampton Pool heated lido.

20 Dec 2010

Christmas At Covent Garden



Head over to Covent Garden for an Old-School Christmas this year with a sense of nostalgia and a giant 32 foot topiary reindeer ! One of London's most popular markets, Covent Garden sets the scene this festive season with christmas decorations and exciting new installations from art and design collective United Visual Artists in the Market Building. 

Get into the Christmas spirit by enjoying a little festive cheer, courtesy of The Mulled Wine Hut disguised as a huge Christmas present. There’s also hot apple juice, minced pies and traditionally roasted chestnuts on offer. Save a little space though, for the seasonal delights of Covent Garden’s Real Food market which runs every Thursday and Friday from 12th November until Christmas. As well as the usual diverse collection of excellent stalls, there are gourmet Christmas treats from specialist suppliers and, joy of joys, a chocolate bar serving hot chocolate drinks and handmade sweet treats.

Meanwhile, kids will surely make a beeline for the reindeer petting enclosure, complete with helpful elves, or settle down for a session of magical candlelit storytelling from the mistresses of monologue – actors Olivia Armstrong and Chloe Davis. There are also craft workshops for the little ones, taking in everything from Christmas decoration creation to making Christmas puppets and cakes. All this is sound tracked by a selection of traditional choirs, including the City of London Choir and Putney Choral Society and the City Of London Choir who’ll be joining the dots between Christmas songs, classic ballads and more contemporary material.

Serviced Apartments provide the best accommodation for all your needs whilst shopping in London and offer you space, comfort and huge savings. Spend your money on the things you really want and come home to a relaxing home away from home where you can dine & entertain and really enjoy your stay in the capital. Serviced Apartments are located in convenient central locations all over London.

If you want more information or would like to book an apartment please contact us via email or phone and speak to one of our friendly customer service advisors on 0843 289 88 20.

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17 Dec 2010

The Ice Zone at the O2




This year the O2 is hosting an exciting Ice Zone bursting with loads of attractions including an ice rink, a funfair with dodgems and bungee trampolines and an activity zone with go-karting, golf, a circus fun house and a roller-coaster. Make the most of the Christmas cheer this year and visit the O2 for an amazing fun day out. There is also a grotto until Christmas even where kids will receive presents from Santas !

A host of attractions including an ice rink, a funfair with dodgems and bungee trampolines, and an activity zone with go-karting, golf, a circus fun house and rollercoaster. There's also a grotto until Christmas Eve with presents from Santa.

Plus the Activity Zone on The O2's Live Quarter hosts go-karting, 9-hole Q-golf, the Circus Circus fun house and Apple rollercoaster.

Don't miss out on all the fun ! Stay in a serviced apartments close to all the action and you can be sure you will have the time of your life. The apartments boast stunning interiors and modern decor with all the essential mod-cons needed for city living. Guests can enjoy superb facilities like free broadband access, large flat-screen tvs, wooden flooring, secure entry phones and balconies with panoramic views. Each apartment features a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge/freezer, hob, microwave and utensils giving you the added luxury of being able to prepare meals at home, eat-in or entertains friends and family. The apartments also offer housekeeping and maid service and provide clean towels and fresh linen. Some apartments offer free onsite car parking & leisure facilities.

If you want more information or would like to book an apartment near the O2 Arena please contact us via email or phone and speak to one of our friendly customer service advisors on 0843 289 88 20.

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15 Dec 2010

Chesham Court Apartments in Knightsbridge

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Check-in-london would like to present the new Chesham Court Apartments. Chesham Court Apartments are close to the serene landscapes of Hyde Park, fashionable boutiques, designer shops of Sloane Street & Knightsbridge and the embassies of Belgravia. Knightsbridge apartments are located in one of the most prestigious areas of London and, therefore, benefit from close proximity to some of the city's most luxurious restaurants and bars.

The apartments are set in a Mid-Victorian mansion and combine elegant living spaces with all of the modern amenities needed to make sure that your stay is a comfortable one. They also offer a secure entry system as well as CCTV.

These apartments are ideal for leisure travellers, families and couples and provide the perfect base in the heart of central London within walking distance from popular tourist attractions and hot spots like Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, Sloane Square & the London Eye.

Guests at the Chesham Court Apartments can enjoy these stylish and spacious apartments that have been recently refurbished and range from studios to three bedroom penthouses. The apartments all come with fully equipped kitchens, maid service, secure entry systems and all the modern amenities you could need for a luxurious stay. The penthouse also boasts a beautiful private terrace with peaceful, garden views.

If you're visiting soon and want to book a London serviced apartment with easy access to some family rooms in London, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

13 Dec 2010

Family Serviced Apartments in London


London is such an amazing city for a family holiday. From a fun day out in Kew Gardens, a flight on the London Eye, an encounter with the zoo animals, a river cruise along the Thames or a open bus tour of the city, there is something for all age groups to see and experience.

Serviced apartments are the ideal way for a family to stay when visiting London. With so many benefits over a hotel, family apartments in London offer that all important extra space and communal living that hotel rooms just cannot compete with. More than 30% cheaper than equivalent hotel rooms, family serviced apartments are the perfect alternative and are great value for money.


Serviced apartments can accommodate up to 10 people from comfortable one bedroom apartments to luxurious four bedroom penthouses making it easy for larger families to find accommodation.

Serviced apartments for families also give you the option to eat-in and cook at home with fully equipped kitchens, dishwashers, microwaves, hobs, ovens, fridges and freezers making it so easy to plan meals and save money. You can grab a bite just before you head out or a quick snack before bed.

With the flexibility to stay for one day or many months, serviced apartments are a more economical choice of accommodation and give you the freedom and privacy of your very own home in the heart of the city.


Serviced apartments are located all over Central London and are within easy reach of public transport links making it easy for you to travel around and see the city without having to use expensive taxis. London is buzzing with action packed events, shows and attractions, so there is always something to do and someplace new to see.

Some serviced apartments even offer you five star hotel facilities like a gym, swimming pool, room service and a concierge which can make your stay even more enjoyable.

We would recommend booking early, as much family accommodation in London gets booked up in advance, especially in the peak season.

Our top family-friendly apartments in London are :

If you're visiting soon and want to book a London serviced apartment with easy access to some family rooms in London, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us atinfo@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

12 Dec 2010

Christmas at Westfield




Westfield
is definitely the ultimate shopping destination in London this Christmas offering a mix of of designer and high street labels all under one stunning roof. The lights are on, the choir is out and the Christmas cheer is all around, with over 265 shops, flagship stores, cutting edge fashion boutiques and fine dining restaurants, this shopping haven has everything you need and more to make your Christmas an unforgettable one.

And that's not all, this Christmas, Westfield brings you their very own Spectacular new Skating Rink and the fabulous 3D Santas Grotto. Jam-packed with adventure and fabulous 3D moments – this is one Christmas show you do not want to miss this year. Stuck for presents ? Westfield's got that covered too with their very own Christmas Wishes gift finder, sure to inspire you and help you find the best Christmas presents for your loved ones.

Westfield is located in Shepherd's Bush, West London and is near desirable London addresses like Notting Hill, Holland Park, Kensington & Chelsea. If you are visiting London and would like to stay close to the Westfield Shopping Centre, then we have just the solution for you. With over 10000 serviced apartments in Central London, Check-in-London features comfortable and spacious accommodation in and around the Westfield Shopping area from chic studios to luxurious penthouses that are fully equipped with all the essential modern amenities and home comforts you could need for city living.

Stay in a serviced apartment and you can enjoy all the benefits of a hotel, from the comfort of your very own private residence in the heart of the capital with self-catering facilities and daily or weekly housekeeping. Relax and unwind in a spacious and calm atmosphere after the hustle and bustle of a busy day around town and make the most of your time by staying close to all the attractions, sights and shops that this city has to offer.

Check-in-London brings you some of London's best serviced apartments, carefully selected for you with something to suit everyone and every budget. If you want more information or would like to book a Christmas Apartments in London please contact us via email or phone and speak to one of our friendly customer service advisors on 0843 289 88 20.

8 Dec 2010

Christmas Markets in London



Tis the Season to be Jolly , and nothing makes us more jolly than Christmas stalls brimming with delicious treats and handmade delights. Experience the joy of the festive season and indulge in some lovely food and drink and look out for special gifts for friends and family that are sure to win hearts and make everyone merry.

Our favourite London Christmas Markets are :

1. Christmas Market at Winter Wonderland

New for 2010 is the Angel’s Christmas Market right at the Hyde Park entrance toWinter Wonderland. With over 100 stalls featuring the best arts & crafts from around the world as well as gourmet gifts, find that unique Christmas gift in a refreshing alternative to the high street.

Until 4 Jan 2011


2. The Super Christmas Market at Somerset House

The ever popular Super Christmas Market is back! Bag yourself original gifts from ‘All Lovely Stüff’ and ‘Shop Eastern Bloc’ as well as bargain stocking fillers at 'The Poundshop', plus free festive games and prizes from London’s most inventive independent designers.

Fri 10 Dec, 18.00-21.00
Sat 11 & Sun 12 Dec, 11.00-19.00


3. Columbia Road Christmas Shopping Evenings

This charming neighbourhood of cobbled streets and independent businesses offers a more agreeable alternative to the West End crowds, and in the run-up to Christmas the shops will be opening late on Wednesday evenings (they usually only open on Sundays alongside the flower market). Originally created as a Victorian shopping arcade some 150 years ago, this East End enclave of traders offers vintage fashions, quirky artworks, quality homewares and irresistible deli goods.

Until Wed Dec 22


4. The Dock Christmas Market at Ladbroke Grove

Designer Tom Dixon hosts this seasonal market selling design, food and wine, as well as Christmas trees and floral decorations. On Thursday evening (6-8pm) there's music from the Bonfire Band and mulled wine and roasted chestnuts in the outdoor living room.

Dec 16-19

5. Cologne Christmas Market on the South Bank

Already mentioned by us previously, this German-style Christmas market along Queen's Walk (from the Southbank Centre to the London Eye) is decorated wooden chalets selling a wide range of hand-crafted gifts and German delicacies such as Glühwein (mulled wine) and bratwursts .

Until 22nd Decemeber

6 Dec 2010

Neighbourhood Spotlight on South Kensington


South Kensington is truly one of the most desirable areas of London. Home to some of London's most famous museums and art galleries, royal parks & music halls, South Kensington is an important cultural hotspot. Neighbouring equally luxury addresses, South Kensington shares borders with exclusive Knightsbridge, where you can find prestigious department stores like Harrods, trendy High Street Kensington with fashionable boutiques & the chic and sophisticated residences of Chelsea. If you're hoping to spend a luxurious visit in London, accommodation in South Kensington is way to go.

Be sure to visit the Museums, as they are a treasure trove of knowledge and historic facts that are bound to amaze and inspire you and best of all, they are free ! There is something for everyone from art and design at the Victoria & Albert Museum, natural wonders at The Natural History Museum & the marvels of science at the Science Museum.


You can also take a stroll in one of London's Royal Parks, Kensington Gardens which has gorgeous green landscapes, as well as a pond surrounded by water fowl. Make sure you visit Kensington Palace, where both Queen Victoria and Diana, Princess of Wales lived. Explore the State Apartments, see Queen Victoria's bedroom, look around temporary exhibitions and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the Orangery.

South Kensington is also famous for the Royal Albert Hall which plays host to The BBC Proms concerts each year. As well as classical concerts, you can see rock and pop gigs, ballet, opera and even tennis here.
Just want to go shopping? The luxurious department stores and designer brands of Knightsbridge are sure you get your heart racing and longing for the finer things in life. However, if you're not looking to splash the cash, you can always hit the shops on High Street Kensington and check our international retail chains and fabulous stores from Topshop to Zara, Habitat, Jigsaw, H&M, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel and many more.

So if you think you absolutely must stay in the area, we can offer you some of the best serviced apartments in South Kensington. From stylish studios to palatial penthouses, Check-in-London has something to suit your needs and budget in the South Kensington Area.

Click here to see all our apartments in South Kensington >>

If you're visiting soon and want to book a Short let apartments London, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

Earls Court Apartments



Check in London's 'Apartment of the Month' is the Earls Court Apartments which have a minimum stay of 1 night and are priced from £94.74 per night including VAT.

The Earls Court Apartments make the ideal choice for accommodation in London. Situated right in the heart of the exclusive Kensington area of London, the Apartments are housed in an impressive new development within walking distance from Earls Court and Olympia Station.

The Apartments are well connected to all parts of the city and offer direct connections via the Piccadilly Line and District Line as well as local bus services and are easily accessible to mainline train stations and international airports like Heathrow & Gatwick.

With Earls Court Exhibition Centre and Olympia Exhibition Centre right around the corner, Kensington and Earls Court apartments are the perfect base for travellers or exhibitors visiting fairs or events at these exhibition halls. The apartments are also within easy reach of London's famous attractions, galleries, theaters and landmarks and are only a 20 minute walk from Westfield shopping centre, Europe's largest mall.

Guests at the Earls Court Apartments can enjoy these bright and stylish apartments that offer spacious residences in the heart of the city with contemporary interiors, a range of modern conveniences and home comforts, air conditioning and free WiFi. Perfect for Business or Leisure stays, these apartments offer a comfortable retreat and a welcoming atmosphere in London.

If you're visiting soon and want to book a London serviced apartment, such as Holiday lettings London, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

3 Dec 2010

London's amazing Ice Rinks


Winter not only signals the arrival of mulled wine and snowmen into the capital. It's also when the London ice skating scene explodes and dozens of ice skating rinks are hastily constructed around the city. Therefore, if you're staying in one of our apartments in London for Christmas, make sure you keep warm with a spin on one of London's amazing ice rinks.

Whether you fancy skating in front of a historical backdrop at the Tower of London, taking to the ice in the middle of the Canary Wharf business district or some post-skate shopping at Westfield, you'll find it in London this festive season. So, get your ice skates on this winter at London's coolest ice rinks:

  • Canary Wharf Ice Rink
Bringing a little festive sparkle to one of London's major business districts, the Canary Wharf is open from mid-October to mid-February for visitors and City workers ready to let off some steam after work. Located in Canada Square Park, you can skate with the district's skyscrapers surrounding you before relaxing in the Rinkside Bar for festive music and refreshments.

  • Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
One of the most beautiful settings for outdoor ice skating in London, the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink sits just in front of the palace where Henry VIII once lived. Open from late November to early January, visit this ice rink for an unforgettable experience skating under the stars before warming up with winter drinks and snacks.

  • Somerset House Ice Rink
One of the most popular London ice rinks ever year, the Somerset House Ice Rink brings in visitors with its beautiful setting combined and late-night sessions from mid-November to early January. As dark closes in, the torch-lit skating is accompanied by DJ sessions making it on of the coolest ice skating rink in London to take a spin this winter.


  • Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park's Christmas extravaganza, Winter Wonderland, hosts a glittering ice rink every winter from late November to early January. Illuminated by thousands of lights and set around a Victorian bandstand, a skate around this rink is sure to get even the biggest of Grinches into the festive mood. After you can enjoy the fun rides and traditional German market stalls around the rest of the event.

  • Westfield London Ice Rink
Skate in style at Westfield London's ice rink that normally opens from late November to early January. The huge rink is housed under a stunning glass roof and is illuminated with hundreds of festive Christmas lights making it the best place to head for some post-shopping fun.

  • Tower of London Ice Rink
One of the more extraordinary ice rinks in London this winter, the Tower of London ice rink is set within the moat of the tower and within the famous fortress battlements. Enjoy one of London's most renowned attractions in a completely different way by heading there between mid-November and early January for some festive skating illuminated by twinkling lights.

  • Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Striking architecture and sparkling lights make this famous London attraction a beautiful setting for some winter ice skating. From late October to early January, you can whizz around the rink before relaxing in their popular café bar or heading inside to take a glimpse of the dinosaurs.

  • London Eye Ice Rink
Skate in the shadow of one of London's most iconic attractions at the London Eye Ice rink. As well as enjoying the beautiful rink, you can look out over stunning views of London before refueling at the wealth of amazing restaurants and bars in the area. Check it out from late November to early January.


If you're visiting soon and want to book a Short let flats London with easy access to the ice skating rinks in London, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

1 Dec 2010

West London Serviced Apartments



Check-in London brings you brand new Serviced Apartments in West London. From Uxbridge to West Drayton, Richmond to Brentford, our west London properties are stylish and contemporary and offer excellent value for money ranging from studios to three bedrooms that are ideal for leisure or business.

The apartments boast stunning interiors and modern décor with all the essential mod-cons needed for city living. Guests can enjoy superb facilities like free broadband access, large flat-screen TVs, wooden flooring, secure entry phones and balconies with panoramic views.

Each apartment features a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge/freezer, hob, microwave and utensils giving you the added luxury of being able to prepare meals at home, eat-in or entertains friends and family. The apartments also offer housekeeping and maid service once a week and provide clean towels and fresh linen. Some apartments offer free onsite car parking & leisure facilities.

If you're visiting soon and want to book a serviced apartment in West London, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

30 Nov 2010

Extended Stays in London


We feature many apartments on Check-in-London that are extended stay hotel apartments. Although similar to normal serviced apartments, extended stay apartments operate more like hotels with both apartments and rooms which offer guests many more facilities and services. With over 30% savings, self catering facilities and much more living space than the average hotel room, this accommodation is perfect for families, couples and groups of friends looking to make the most of their stay in London.

Extended stay serviced apartments are usually connected to the main hotel building or located a short walk away offering guests all the facilities and services provided by the hotel with the luxury of added space, privacy and comfort. They are ideal for short stays as well as long stays and can be booked from one day to many months. The apartments are located in key central locations all around the city and suit leisure as well as business travellers.

Guests can enjoy the best of both worlds with a range of facilities and benefits, such as :

  • 24hr Reception & Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Gym, Spa and Swimming Pools
  • Restaurant & Bar
  • Meeting & Conference Rooms


Extended stay hotel apartments offer a relaxing retreat with fully equipped kitchens, spacious living areas, comfortable bedrooms and pristine bathrooms complete with all the modern home comforts and state of the art technology. If you want your very own private residence in the heart of the city, then make sure to book an extended stay hotel apartment in London today.

Our Recommended Extended Stay Hotel Apartments are:
  1. Leonard Hotel Apartments - Marble Arch 
  2. Dolphin House Apartments - Westminster 
  3. Town Hall Apartments - Shoreditch 
  4. The Athenaeum Apartments - Mayfair 

If you're visiting soon and want to book a Short term accommodation London where you can sit back and enjoy a London food delivery service, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

25 Nov 2010

Christmas Shopping on Oxford Street in London






You are most definitely going to want to check out what's on offer in the West End. From Oxford Street's mega department stores to Regent's Streets flagships stores, Carnaby Street's quirky labels to Bond Streets desirable designer boutiques, you will not be able resist the temptation to treat yourself or your loved ones this Christmas. The Street Lights and Decorations are sure to get you in the festive mood and the upcoming 'VIP Shop West End' Day to take place on the 27th of November is definitely the ultimate shopping bonanza ! Imagine traffic-free roads with over 600 world class shops to choose from as well as Early-bird offers & promotions

Be sure to stay near all the action so you don't miss out and grab yourself the very best deals out there. Serviced Apartments provide the best accommodation for all your needs whilst shopping in London and offer you space, comfort and huge savings. Spend your money on the things you really want and come home to a relaxing home away from home where you can dine & entertain and really enjoy your stay in the capital. Serviced Apartments are located in convenient central locations all over London. Check-in-London features many apartments close to Oxford Street & Regent Street in areas like Mayfair, Marylebone, Victoria, Bayswater & Paddington & Bloomsbury. Staying close to all the sights and attractions saves you time and money and gives you easy access to explore the city and make the most of your time here in London.

So Christmas is coming and everyone is getting ready to hit the shops.. Whether your looking to be well organized and buy everyone amazing Christmas gifts or you intend on making the most of the Boxing Day Sales before the unpopular 2.5% VAT rise, there is no doubt, London is the best place to shop this Christmas.



For the perfect home from home during the Christmas Holidays, book a stylish Christmas Apartment in London.

24 Nov 2010

Check-in-London joins the HBAA

Check-in-London joins the The Hotel Booking Agents Association

The HBAA is a trade association consisting of approximately 80 booking agents and 280 venues, hotel chains and apartment providers driving the force of professionalism for the sector in the UK and Internationally.

Celebrating its second decade, the HBAA is recognised as the pre-eminent association playing a key role as a contributor to governmental policy and is a partner to Visit Britain.

All agents and venues sign up to the HBAA code of conduct. Developed and agreed by both sides of the industry, the code of conduct assures best practice between agents, hotels and venues - assuring the corporate client receives a professional service.

We are proud to be members of the HBAA and look forward to contributing to the growth of the industry.

To view more information please visit http://www.hbaa.org.uk/

21 Nov 2010

Apartment Living on the River Thames


Winding its way through peaceful countryside landscape to the city's urban settings, the River Thames perfectly reflects the diversity of the capital and its neighborhoods. The Thames branches out into many more waterways and canals and has been one of the most significant and fascinating waterways with its historic, social and environmental importance. Offering the peacefulness of the water and beautiful views over major London attractions, London serviced apartments near the River Thames are highly sought after.

Facts

Beginning as a trickle in a Gloucestershire meadow, the River Thames flows for more than 217km (135 miles) though the Cotswolds, Oxford, Henley and Windsor before it reaches London. It is the longest river in England and with a distance of 296km ( 184 miles ) from its source, The Thames Path makes the longest riverside walk in Europe.

Home to over 119 species of fish and important wildlife habitats, the Thames River boasts many areas of outstanding natural beauty and is the only river in Europe to have a national trail follows its entire length.

Attractions

Whether you would prefer a scenic river cruise with the family, a day out fishing with the lads or a visit to some of England’s historical landmarks, you'll find everything you need on the banks of the River Thames. From world heritage sites to the latest unmissable attractions, the Thames has it all with sights like the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Kew Gardens and the Maritime Museum sitting along the river banks.

Cruises

Dine in style by hopping on board a dinner cruise where you can enjoy stunning views as you feast. Set to a backdrop of the capital’s most iconic landmarks, you'll experience an entertaining journey from Westminster Pier to the Thames Barrier and back with live entertainment on board guaranteed to have you dancing the night away.


Culture

Delve into the spirit of London with an array of international events at one of London’s main riverside cultural areas: the South Bank. The vibrant area is home to the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall and Tate Modern meaning that there is always eclectic film festivals, world-class theatre, classical concerts, jazz and cutting-edge music to enjoy.

So make your visit to London an unforgettable one by booking one of our fantastic London riverside Serviced Apartments and stay in your very own private residence overlooking the River Thames with panoramic views of the city of London.


Here's a few of our favourite London apartments by the river:

  1. Plaza on the River Apartments
  2. Westminster Bridge Apartments
  3. Dolphin House Apartments
  4. Seacon Tower Apartments

If you're visiting soon and want to book a London Vacation Rentals on the River Thames, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.




16 Nov 2010

Cologne Christmas Market at The London Eye


Get into the festive spirit at the Cologne Christmas market in true German-style lined along Queen's Walk on the Southbank and decorated with wooden chalets selling hand-crafted Christmas gifts and treats, mulled wine and of course German bratwursts.

Be sure to find unusual Christmas presents such as amber & silver jewellery, hand crafted toys, fragile glass ornaments for your Christmas tree, hand tatted laces, tin toys, candles in all shapes and sizes, hand-made ceramics or creative metal design.

The carousel in the centre of the Christmas Market offers younger visitors an enjoyable attraction especially for them. Parents can relax with a glass of “Glühwein” (German Mulled Wine) while listening to traditional Christmas music and watching their little ones enjoying a ride on the merry-go-round.Tucked away amongst the chalets, find Santa’s Secret Village. Meet Santa Claus and enjoy enchanting 30 minute children’s shows with a framed photograph to take away.

The Christmas Market will take place from the 19th November 2010 until the 23rd December 2010.

Make your visit to a Christmas market more special by choosing a homely Christmas Serviced Apartment in London


Dior Illustrated at Somerset House



Dior Illustrated : René Gruau and the Line of Beauty at the Somerset House.

Come and celebrate the work of llustrator René Gruau who created iconic fashion imagery for Dior in the 1940s and 50s.

The exhibition focuses on his work for Dior, with more than 40 original illustrations for Christian Dior Parfums on show, including:

Vintage perfume bottles, Sketches, Magazines and Poster adverts.

As well as beautiful illustrations, prepare to gush over John Galliano's selection of Dior haute couture dresses, including a special dress designed by Galliano in honour of Gruau.

Gruau worked for some of the most famous couture houses and style magazines of the period but is best known for his collaboration with Christian Dior, for whom he created the marketing images for Dior's first perfume, Miss Dior, in 1947. The exhibition includes some of his illustrations for Dior parfums, alongside the original bottles. Gruau's fashion illustration remains influential today and there's the opportunity to see some of his sketches, alongside some of the haute couture dresses that inspired them, providing a glamorous snapshot of the era.

The exhibition runs until 9 January. Tickets cost £6, with concessions at £5.

8 Nov 2010

London’s Euro-Vision


The advantages of making London your base just keeps getting better and with the arrival of new rail links to Europe, it sure makes this city the ideal place for mixing business with pleasure. As an international hub, London offers you excellent connections to all parts of Europe and the World.

London is expanding its network of European rail services as Deutsche Bahn confirms its plans to run services to the UK which will rival Eurostar, the only operator currently running trains through the channel tunnel. The German state-owned enterprise aims to run services three times a day between London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt by the end of 2013. With only 50 % of the channel tunnel’s capacity in use at the moment, rival operators are keen to seize the opportunity to offer customers from the UK and European continent a genuine alternative to air travel.

In addition to this, Eurostar has also expressed its ambitions to invest £700 Million in new fleet and overhauling existing carriers offering wi-fi onboard as well as interactive entertainment. Eurostar CEO Nicholas Petrovil says the new trains will offer the “ Best level of style and comfort in Europe” .

From romantic getaways in Paris to family outings at Disneyland or business brunches in Brussels, you can definitely make the most of all the connections London has to offer whether you are in town for a short holiday or you are relocating for work.

To make your stay even more memorable, why not try staying in a Serviced Apartment, your very own home away from home. Comfortable and cost-effective, serviced apartments are really living up to their reputation offering spacious accommodation in the city at affordable rates. With the convenience of self catering and the luxury of maid service, serviced apartments can really make your stay in London an enjoyable and relaxing experience giving you the freedom to explore the make the most of your visit to the capital.

Serviced apartments gives you the space you need after a busy day out about town and come in all sizes from studios to four bedroom penthouses. There is something for everyone, no matter what your budget is or how many nights you want to stay for. Unlike hotels, serviced apartments give you the privacy you want with the flexibility you need while you are travelling. All Check-in-london.com serviced apartments are run by professional companies who offer high standards of service and great city living accommodation.

So the next time you visit London, book a London Hotel Apartments with Check-in-London.com

3 Nov 2010

A Bird's Eye View of London



London is a beautiful city but as you head upwards, the historic buildings, picturesque landscape and famous attractions really do begin to take your breath away.

It's amazing to think just how big the city is and it's almost impossible to cover all ground, especially if you're in town for a short while. However, for those looking to make the most of their London adventure, a birds eye view of the city is a must-see.

Staring from the roof of the Cathedral or even a hilltop somewhere green and leafy you can catch stunning views across the City that are sure to make your trip a memorable one. Alternatively, you could always get your London views the lazy way by staying in one of the stunning London apartments with a view!

Here are some of our highly recommended spots :


  • The London Eye 
This popular attraction definitely offers you some of the best views in London from the comfort of your very own glass pod! Sitting on the banks of the River Thames, the London Eye showcases London in all its glory and is absolutely magical around sunset with a view span of up to 40km.

  • St. Paul's Cathedral 
Another popular tourist attraction and one of London's most significant landmarks, the cathedral also offers stunning views across the capital from its Golden Gallery and is surely worth the 530 steps you need to climb to reach the top.

  • Primrose Hill 
On A budget? Don't worry this one is completely free and is surely one of the best views of London as it is on top of the hill nearly 63 metres or 206 feet above sea level and is home to some of the city's rich and famous! Look closely and you might even spot a celebrity.

  • Tower Bridge 
The Tower Bridge Exhibition Tour overlooks the River Thames and some of London's famous landmarks like the Gherkin, St Pauls Cathedral and the London Eye. Explore the wonders of the Victorian Engine Rooms and ride the virtual bridge lift.
  • The OXO Tower 
Sip on a cocktail while taking in breathtaking views of London and the River Thames at the OXO tower. As one of the best restaurants with views in London, you can dine in style and enjoy an entertaining evening with the city all around you.

  • The Monument 
Trek up 311 steps to witness 360-degree views of London at its best from this tall stone Roman column in the heart of the City of London that was built in the 1670s to commemorate the Great Fire of London, which destroyed much of the city.


To enjoy more stunning, alfresco views over London, check out our list of the top rooftop bars in London!



If you're visiting soon and want to book a London Holiday Lettings close to the best views in London, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

1 Nov 2010

Lord Mayor's Show in London


Having marched through the streets every year for over 800 years, The Lord Mayor's Show is a long running London tradition where the new Lord Mayor of the City of London is dramatically welcomed into office.

Commencing at 11am, the three mile long Lord Mayor's Parade 2010 travels from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice. On reaching their destination, the new Lord Mayor takes an oath of allegiance to the Sovereign before the Lord Chief Justice and the judges of the Queen's Bench Division set off one the return leg of their journey from Victoria Embankment to Mansion House.

At five o'clock, the day reaches it climax with a grand fireworks display from a barge moored in the river Thames between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges.

The parade features over 6000 people including 2000 servicemen and women, 220 vehicles, 71 floats, 13 marching bands, 21 carriages including the glorious State Coach and of course the giant figures of the City's guardians, Gog and Magog.

The State Coach and other officials pause at St Pauls for the Lord Mayor to receive a blessing, then while they take the oath of loyalty at the Royal Courts, the whole procession reforms near Victoria Embankment ready for the return journey to Mansion House, where the newly sworn-in Lord Mayor will be greeted by the City Aldermen and Livery Company Masters.


The Lord Mayor's Show is on 13th November 2010 and will start at 11am.

If you're visiting soon and want to book a Short Term Flats London close by to the Lord Mayor's Show 2010, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.



VAT Savings with Serviced Apartments


With the flexibility to stay for one night or many months, serviced apartments offer guests exceptional value with the convenience and privacy they want when living in the city. Serviced apartments give you the option of saving even more money as some are VAT EXEMPT. With others, the rate you pay per night falls significantly if you stay for over 28 nights. This is because during the first 28 days, VAT is charged at the standard rate on all charges, after that it is charged at the standard rate on 20% of the rental cost (Extras are always charged at the standard rate). This means great London accommodation savings for you and you get to enjoy your holiday in the comfort of your own stylish city apartment.

VAT Rises

The UK Chancellor George Osborne's 2.5% VAT rise from 17.5% to 20% promises a better economic balance for Britain's books, but consumers, both local and international are just not convinced it will do any good. Some believe it might drive foreign investors away, and that won’t certainly help the economy while others believe it was inevitable in one way or another.

Even though the vat increase is likely to adversely affect the UK tourism industry as a whole, the countdown to the Olympics has seen no sign of slowing tourist numbers anywhere on the horizon. London has always been one of the main holiday destinations in the world and no VAT increase is going to deter tourists in any way.

We anticipate travellers visiting the UK, will not greatly feel the pinch as there are a number of ways to BEAT the VAT rise. Free tourists attractions can provide great value days out and venues like the National Gallery and British Museum will definitely see an increase in overseas visitors as well as British Tourists once the rate rise does come into effect. There are also a lot of free events going on, bustling street markets, open air performances, breathtaking green spaces, and cheap eats around town that are sure to suit all ages and budgets.

Serviced Apartments Savings

But how can you save when it comes to accommodation? Since the event of the economic downturn, hotel apartments London have been gaining popularity over Hotel rooms as they offer more spacious living areas, cost-effective self catering facilities with the luxuries of a hotel. Corporate companies have been forced to take on this concept as their travel budgets have been slashed but leisure travellers and those looking for relocation options have long been using serviced apartments as their holiday home away from home.


Serviced apartments are ideal for long stays, short stays and holiday breaks offering accommodation for up to 8 people in studios, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. All the apartments are fully furnished with contemporary furnishings and feature self catering facilities giving you the option to eat-in if you like. They are also fitted with modern amenities and home comforts like broadband and entertainment systems and offer daily or weekly maid service to ensure your apartment is a clean and comfortable living space to relax in. 

So the next time you visit, try a London Serviced Apartments for great savings on London accommodation!

If you're visiting soon and want to book a London serviced apartment where you benefit from VAT savings, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

27 Oct 2010

Property Highlight: Town Hall Apartments


The Town Hall Apartments are hot of the Travel press. Creating a stir in London's vibrant East End area of Bethnal Green, these apartments are dressed to impress and housed within a gorgeous 1930s Edwardian council building that has been restored to boast its finest glory. The building itself is remarkable with baroque architecture marble staircases and beautifully modelled art-deco interiors. 


The Building has been transformed from an obsolete film set to a luxurious retreat by Loh Lik Peng, a the young hotelier responsible for the legendary revamps of Singapore's Hotel 1929 and the New Majestic.


The 98 hotel rooms and apartments are furnished with bespoke vintage furniture and designer kitchens and lavish bathrooms that are stocked with L'Occitane products. The Town Hall Apartments is home to the renowned fine dining restaurant, Viajante, as well as a gorgeous cocktail bar serving up Lemongrass martinis and offer recreational facilities such as a gymnasium overlooking a full-length swimming pool.


Enjoy the luxuries of a hotel with the comforts and conveniences of a chic designer apartment and make the most of your visit to London.