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27 Sep 2010

London's Finest Afternoon Tea




Afternoon Tea is a positively quintessential English tradition. Served with scones or cucumber sandwiches, it a delightful light meal and can be enjoyed in hotels, cafes or tea shops. Afternoon tea is a must-do experience for any London visitor, and our expert team here are Check-in-London are not only well versed with the best Serviced Apartments in London but they have also sampled some of the finest afternoon teas in London.

Below, we recommend some excellent venues that serve great afternoon tea in London.

1. The Ritz Hotel - St James's

The Ritz needs little introduction and 'Tea at The Ritz' is an institution in itself. Opened in 1906, the Ritz has the feel of a French country house and is furnished in the Louis XVI style throughout. The hotel is still considered to be one of the finest in the world and taking Afternoon Tea in the magnificent Palm Court is still very popular indeed.The Ritz received an Award of Excellence in The Tea Guild's Top London Afternoon Tea 2010 Awards, in recognition of their outstanding quality and consistently high standards in tea service.


2. Grosvenor House - Mayfair

Frequented by royalty, celebrities and business leaders since its opening in 1929, the historic 5-star Grosvenor House is the "Grande Dame" of Park Lane, offering a quintessentially British experience.

Champagne Afternoon TeaThe Park Room and Library at Grosvenor House is a tranquil and pleasant setting for the an award-winning Afternoon Tea. With large comfortable sofas, elegant flower displays and live piano entertainment there is an atmosphere inducive to a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon.


3. The Dorchester Hotel - Mayfair

The Dorchester has been named as London's top Afternoon Tea venue by the Tea Council of Great Britain a record three times in 2000, 2002 and again in 2007. The Dorchester is the only London hotel to achieve this distinction.Tea is served in The Promenade, a lobby on the ground floor, where potted palms and towering fountains of flowering plants surround plush couches with pillows as soft as marshmallows. Marble columns the colour of apricot parfait rise from the floor, crowned by gilded Corinthian capitals.


4. Brown's Hotel - Mayfair

Brown's Hotel has a fascinating history and has hosted many distinguished guests since it opened as London's first ever hotel in 1837. It is from here that Rudyard Kipling penned many of his novels and it is believed that The English Tea Room was the inspiration for Agatha Christie's ‘At Bertram's Hotel'. To this day this glamorous, five-star establishment welcomes guests ‘in-the-know'.

The English Tea Room serves one of the most famous afternoon teas in London and was voted The Tea Guild's ‘Top London Afternoon Tea 2009'. The sophisticated and stylish interior is a clever mix of both tradition - thanks to the original wood paneling, fire places and Jacobean detailed plaster ceiling and contemporary style, with Paul Smith lighting, fashionable fabrics and original artworks.


5. Athenaeum Hotel - Mayfair

The Athenaeum has been awarded The Tea Guild Award of Excellence 2010 by UK Tea Guild in recognition of achieving the very highest standards in the service of Afternoon Tea.

Laduree is world renowned for its tea shop in Paris and their famous macaroons and patisserie. The Athenaeum is the only hotel to work with Laduree, and are now serving the ultimate

indulgence of a Laduree Tea in the Garden Room. £42 per person. The Athenaeum also features some of London's top luxury serviced apartments.


6. The Lanesborough - Knightsbridge

The Lanesborough takes its name from a country house that once stood on the same site and captures the gracious style of an early 19th-Century residence. Situated at Hyde Park Corner on Knightsbridge, this landmark building of 1828 has been restored to its original splendour and is one of London's finest 5 star premier hotels.

Afternoon Tea is taken in the Apsleys conservatory restaurant and there is a tea sommelier service on offer to advise guests and discuss the numerous varieties on offer. The Lanesborough has been awarded The Tea Guild Award of Excellence 2010 by UK Tea Guild in recognition of achieving the very highest standards in the service of Afternoon Tea.


7. The Langham - Oxford Street

The Langham, London has been serving Afternoon Tea to the cream of London society since 1865. 2010 saw Palm Court awarded the tea equivalent of the OSCARS, the Tea Guild's ‘Top London Afternoon Tea' award.Located in the heart of West End, the five-star Langham hotel has one of London's most enviable addresses. Commanding a position at the top of Regent Street, take a break from a hard day of shopping to enjoy the tradition of afternoon tea, served in Palm Court, which is the height of elegance, reflected in the wooden floors, the lavender and sage leather chairs and fresh flowers at every turn.

If you're visiting soon and want to book a London serviced apartment with easy access to one of these great afternoon tea locations, speak to a customer advisor.

21 Sep 2010

The Best Cocktail Bars in London


Craving a perfect cocktail? London has got some of the world's best cocktail bars that will impress and delight you. Bartenders armed with secret concoctions are waiting to serve you your heart's desires.

We've rounded up some of the city's finest so that you don't miss out:

1. LAB
12 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4TQ

This small but beautifully formed Soho bar is a training ground for mixologists – the staff are graduates of the London Academy of Bartending, and both skilled and enthusiastic when it comes to demonstrating their skills.


2. Connaught Bar
16 Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL

While its sibling the Coburg Bar specialises in more traditional cocktails, the Connaught isn’t scared to take risks. Their mojito is pepped up with sparkling saké, and the mint julep arrives looking like a fruit sundae.


3. Dirty Martini
11/12 Russell Street, Covent Garden

Get here early for their 2-4-1 deals. Make sure you get the chocolate martini. Dirty Martini is Covent Garden’s premier cocktail bar & one of London’s top destinations for a stylish & sophisticated night out in the West End.


4. Fluid
Charterhouse Street, Farringdon

Sumptuous cocktails amongst contemporary Japanese culture infused with futuristic graphics and arcade games . What's not to like ?


5. Guanabara
Parker Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5PW

This Brazillian barfest offers Fabulous cocktails with exotic fruits from the Amazon for its cocktails and bargain 2-4-1 deals.


6. Beach Blanket Babylon
45 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill

Decorated in Opulence and Stunning design, BBB also boasts an extensive cocktail list and features only the choicest of brands and ingredients.


7. Sketch
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair

Chic and Artsy, a fashionable hotspot with cutting edge cuisine and intoxicating cocktails.


8. Zensai
16 Inverness Street, Camden Town

Stylish Thai bar with seriously good cocktails in the heart of an eclectic camden spirit.


9. Shoreditch House
Ebor Street, Shoreditch

Based in a former tea warehouse, this swanky members’ club offers a glamourous venue with an indulgent onsite bowling alley, a heated rooftop pool, as well as an excellent bar.


10. Anam
3 Chapel Market, Islington

Modern meets retro in this great cocktail bar oozing style and class with funky DJs.


11. Cubana
48 Lower Marsh, Waterloo

A genuine cuban bar with fresh tropical cocktails on offer including a passion fruit mojito. Great Value Great Cocktails !


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17 Sep 2010

London's Best Comedy Clubs



From West End musicals to gritty live music and lively comedy venues, London has no shortage of amazing entertainment options. If you're looking for some laughs, there's a huge range of comedy clubs in London that will tickle your funny bone.

From world-famous names performing in large venues, such as the Comedy Store London to comedy newcomers brushing up their skill in rooms over pubs, London offers the world's greatest selection of live comedy.

1. Comedy Store

Without doubt this is the daddy of all comedy clubs. Seven nights a week you can see some of the best comedy anywhere on the planet. Apart from the corking bills every Thursday to Saturday check out the brilliant Comedy Store Players (Wed and Sun), the fantastic Cutting Edge Team (Tue), while the Gong Show on the last Monday of every month is simply not to be missed.

2. Comedy Camp

This intimate straight-friendly gay club based in the heart of Soho is one of the best nights out of comedy anywhere in the capital. The audiences are always up for a great night and resident host and promoter Simon Happily only books fabulous acts.

3. Banana Cabaret

Satisfaction guaranteed every Friday and Saturday at this exciting club in a big roundhouse setting at the Bedford Arms in Balham. Promoter Dave Vickers knows the business inside out.



Downstairs at the King’s Head

Founded back in 1981, this Crouch End venue is still run with huge enthusiasm by immensely knowledgeable promoter Pete Grahame. It’s a friendly place where comedians can experiment and play around with complete freedom.

4. Jongleurs Battersea

Flagship of the Jongleurs chain and established back in 1983, it’s a place that’s synonymous with an unashamedly businesslike approach to comedy. Powerful bills, but it’s the overall package with food and post-show dancing that really counts.

5. Comedy Café

Situated in Shoreditch, this is another purpose-built club set up by a comedian. Noel Faulkner mainly keeps to the back room now, but his influence can be felt in the emphasis on inviting bills and satisfied punters.





6. Headliners

The only purpose-built club in west London (what is it that makes that side of the city such infertile ground for comedy?) with highly experienced Simon Randall, who also operates Ha Bloody Ha in nearby Ealing Studios, at the helm.


7. Hampstead Comedy Club

Comedian Ivor Dembina, who hosts this Saturday night club, advocates a no-frills approach. He hates the sound of people scoffing food during a show. He detests the idea of a disco afterwards. Instead, he invests everything in booking interesting and exciting acts.


8. Bearcat Club

Out in suburban Twickenham and one of London’s oldest clubs. All the big acts have played here. Well worth a Saturday night visit, but not on a day when the England rugby team have a game.


9. Chuckle Club

In the course of 24 years Eugene Cheese’s club has found itself in many different venues. Now it seems to have found a permanent home in the Tutu's bar in King's College. A mix of top-ranking and newer comics, and a big emphasis on fun. There are few more enjoyable places to have a great night out than here. These guys really know how to put a bill together.


10. Up The Creek

This legendary club in Greenwich has been around for donkey’s years and still holds its own. It’s well-known for its lively slightly bear pit-like atmosphere where only the strongest comics survive. However, on a Sunday night there’s a much more chilled feel to the ‘Sunday Special Club’ which make it the perfect place to end the weekend.


11. Soho Theatre

Over the last few years the Soho Theatre has become one of the places in London to see comics break out of their normal club sets to perform more substantial solo shows. There is always a good mix of the best in homegrown and international talent on display.


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8 Sep 2010

The Mayor's Thames Festival





Join in the fun at the Mayor's Thames Festival, a spectacular weekend celebrating London and its river, with free entertainment including live music, dancing and much more.
About The Mayor's Thames Festival in London

The Mayor's Thames Festival takes place annually in central London, on the south bank of the Thames between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge.





First launched in 1997, The Mayor's Thames Festival has become London's biggest and best free outdoor arts festival, with a huge range of events on offer.


Last year's event attracted around half a million people to central London!
Highlights of The Mayor's Thames Festival in London

The Mayor's Thames Festival sees London's riverside transformed with market stalls, street entertainers, interactive activities and more, making it a great day out for the whole family!

Highlights of the Mayor's Thames Festival usually include river races, stunning illuminations, art installations, street theatre, circus acts and choral performances.

The Night Carnival has become a grand finale to the Mayor's Thames Festival, as a colourful parade of costumed performers and musicians take over London.

Thousands of people join in the procession as the lanterns, costumes and floats make their way over Victoria Embankment and Blackfriars Bridge.

What can I expect with Serviced Apartments

 


Serviced Apartments can be a new concept to some people but this type of accommodation has been around for sometime and has become quite a popular choice for travellers visiting large metropolitan cities and smaller towns as well. Previously the only accommodation option you had was a Hotel..or a Bed and Breakfast. Today we also have Serviced Apartments.

Ideal for short stays (anything less than 6 months) or even longer lets (6 months to 1 year or more), these apartments have become a force to be reckoned with providing discerning travellers with spacious living areas, comfortable furnishings, self-catering facilities as well as housekeeping and maid service, health clubs and onsite security. With the benefits of a hotel and the features of an apartment you are likely to feel right at home and enjoy your stay so much more.

Serviced apartments make it easier for larger groups and families travelling together with one bedroom to four bedroom apartments on offer in some of London's central locations.

With a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenettes, these apartments save you so much money and give you the freedom to store food, cook and entertain guests when your away from home.

It is so important to be relaxed and comfortable when your on holiday or on a business trip and if your staying in a serviced apartment you will have all your modcons and home comforts such as a TV, internet access, microwaves, fridge and laundry facilities at your service.

Flexible, Spacious and Better Value for Money - That's what you can expect from Servcied Apartments.

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1 Sep 2010

Inverness Terrace Studios in Bayswater


Set in the bustling area of Bayswater, the Inverness Terrace Studios are surrounded by fashionable shops, convenient supermarkets, worldwide cuisines and traditional pubs. The apartments are just a short stroll from Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park meaning that they're ideal for those who like the vibrancy of the city but need some green, open spaces to relax in at the end of the day.

You won't need to travel far to reach some of London's top tourist destination either. Being located in the Bayswater area, the apartments are within easy reach of the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace

Shopaholics will enjoy proximity to world renowned shopping areas, such as Oxford Circus, Portobello Market and Westfield Shopping Centre whilst theatre fanatics can be close to the city's best West End shows.


If you are looking for a serviced apartment in Bayswater, the Inverness Terrace Studios would be a great value and comfortable option.

Featuring wireless internet, Freeview channels, comfy furnishings and fully equipped kitchens, you can retain all of the comforts of home with the added benefit of hotel-style facilities, such as housekeeping, security and maintenance service.

With its convenient location, this Bayswater apartment is ideal for business professionals or leisure travellers looking for a base from which to explore the city. Their clean and simple Double Studio Apartments give you the independence and peace of mind to enjoy your stay to its fullest!


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