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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.




26 Oct 2010

Halloween Specials in London


Spooky dungeons, terriifying towers and hair-raising history, London is the perfect Halloween haunt ! From wicked witches to chilling club nights, the capital is home to Halloween events for everyone.

"Helloween" Catch a Fright at the London Dungeons as they unveil their most terrifying halloween event ever including Jack O’Lantern and the echoing ‘Sounds of Hell’.

Ride the London Eye to cast a spooky spell and or delve into a wonderful world of wizardry this Halloween from 18 October to 2 November. Don't miss the Twilight Flight, relaying spooky facts about London, with a chance to enjoy a Bloody Mary cocktail (6.30pm Oct 30; £26; bookings 0871 222 4002; over-18s).

For the traditional at heart book a Halloween Afternoon tea at SwissĂ´tel The Howard, London where there will only be treats, no tricks for Halloween and a selection of Halloween themed shortbreads and sweet pastries.

Creep through the corridors of the Hampton Court Palace on a Ghost Tour and experience the unique atmosphere of Henry VIII's State Apartments, including the infamous Haunted Gallery. Listen to scary stories and ghoulish goings-on in the chilling setting of Henry VIII's estate and find out scary truths about the Tudor king, his predecessors and ancestors, with macabre tales.

Enjoy a halloween themed twist at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium . The SEA LIFE London Aquarium is cooking up a cauldron full of aquatic-themed fun this October with a week of fishy witches' delights.
To Book London Short Breaks visit http://www.check-in-london.com/

Tel : + 44 843 289 88 20 Email : info@check-in-london.com

19 Oct 2010

World Travel Market at the ExCel


The World Travel Market Exhibition is held every year in London and is a must-visit, four day Business to Business event in the Travel Industry. The exhibition showcases a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and international travel professionals.

Housed in the Excel, which is one of the most popular Exhibition Centres in London, it brings people together from all over the world allowing them to do business and discuss the latest trends and requirements of the travel industry all under one roof. It is a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate while building the industry and synchronizing it through large scale events like these.

Almost 46,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and representatives of the international media, converge on ExCeL London each year in November to attend WTM.

World Travel Market marked its thirtieth anniversary in 2009, and is today a significant opportunity for suppliers in travel industry to negotiate business contracts. The event normally takes place in early November and is very accessible via our Canary Wharf and Docklands apartments.

If you're visiting soon and want to book a London Short Let with easy access to the World Travel Market, 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.

14 Oct 2010

Eco-friendly Apartments


With the whole world gearing up to sustain the planet and help conserve the environment, it's only necessary that Serviced Apartments jump onboard too. Yes, we all cannot live without our home comforts and we also need to be in the heart of the bustling city, so lodging out in the woods might not be the ideal solution if we want to save the world. Fortunately for us, Serviced Apartments and Hotels alike have begun to adopt CSR ( Corporate Social Responsibility ) into their business strategies and provide us with affordable and comfortable accommodation that does not cost the earth. You don't have to increase your carbon footprint every time you want to go on holiday. Greener travel shouldn't be a mystery but a means to attract new customers with the potential to grow business instead of being a hassle. You can opt for a Eco Serviced Apartment whether you are travelling on business or leisure.

Green Accommodation is great but what exactly does it mean ? Serviced Apartments can take various measures to help our environment. They can :

1. Reduce Waste
2. Use Local Suppliers
3. Source Organic Food
4. Recycle
5. Use Energy Saving Appliances i.e Bulbs
6. Donate to Charities

Going Green takes alot of commitment but with growing customer demand, it is something Serviced Apartments are taking very seriously. But its not only the Accommodation providers who can help. We too can lend a hand by changing the way we travel.

1. Supporting Independent traders and Local Shops
2. Reducing Laundry
3. Saving energy by turning off appliances that are not being used.
4. Recycling
5. Using public transport

So the next time you travel ask your London Short Term Flats how they are contributing to saving the planet. Every little helps make the world a better place to travel in.

13 Oct 2010

Serviced Apartments in Notting Hill



Notting Hill, north west of Kensington Gardens has developed a reputation for bringing in the fashionable and trendy crowds. By staying in one of our Notting Hill apartments for rent, you can live right in the bustle from the streets of Portobello Market to the Victorian Townhouses of Westbourne Grove. Posh society mixes with Urban influences and brings you an eclectic group of people oozing in sophistication and culture signifying the current times we live in.

Notting Hill sets the bar high as one of Londons's most diverse areas with its array of multicultural residents, artistic talent and award winning bars and restuarants. As one of London's favourite celebrity haunts, its not rare to spot the rich and famous mingling with the masses. The area is also home to the world famous Notting Hill Carnival. Held every August, the event brings in people from across the globe to celebrate the Caribbean festival and watch the parades while feasting on some delicious jerk chicken.




However, during the rest of the year, Portobello Road Market has to be one of the highlights of the vibrant area. Taking place every day apart from Sunday, the huge market spans from fruit and vegetables to new goods and vintage fashion but the Saturday antiques and bric-a-brac stalls are what really bring in the hoards of visitors. Head there earlier in the week to seek out some bargains in a more relaxed atmosphere or on Saturdays to soak up the noise and buzz.

If you want to be close to all of the action, Check-in-London features some of the best serviced apartments in Notting Hill:

1. 10 Pembridge Gardens Apartments

These apartments are located in a stunning Georgian townhouse with modern and stylish decor that perfectly reflects the quirky nature of the area.

2. Notting Hill Studios

Sleek, modern and open plan interiors are the order of the day at this chic Notting Hill apartment. Set just a road away from Portobello Market, you won't have to travel far for some eclectic shopping.

3. St James House Apartments

Simple and modern, these apartments are the perfect base for exploring the Notting Hill area and surrounding area of London from. Chic cafes, serene gardens and quirky boutiques are just around the corner.

If you're visiting soon and want to book a London serviced apartment with easy access to one of these great UK day trip locations, 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.

11 Oct 2010

Property Highlight: Blackfriars Apartments


The Blackfriars Apartments are just one of our range of Tower Bridge apartments. Situated in the City area of Blackfriars close to the river bank, they are within a short distance of the West End, Theatreland and popular tourist attractions such as St. Pauls Cathedral, the Tate Modern, Tower Bridge and the Museum of London.

The apartments are comprised of two and three bedroom apartments that are bright and spacious and feature fully equipped kitchens with washing machines and dishwashers, laminate flooring and weekly maid service making them a perfect choice for business and leisure travellers alike. Relax in your home away from home and make the most of your visit to London.

The Blackfriars Apartments are close to many shops, restaurants and local amenities as well as excellent transport links from St. Paul's Underground Station which connects you to all parts of the city and beyond. The apartments are based in the financial district of London so are particularly suitable for corporate relocations or temporary housing.

Only minutes away is the River Thames where you can walk along the bank or see the city lit up at night from the water as you dine in style aboard a river cruise. You can also walk across the famous Millennium Bridge over to the Tate Modern and South Bank which is always buzzing with exhibitions and events.

If you're visiting soon and want to book the Blackfriars Apartments or any other serviced apartment in the City and Tower Bridge area, 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.

Discover London's Treasure Hunts



London has so much on offer and not to mention all its hidden treasures that are just waiting to be discovered.Treasure hunts have long been around giving you the chance to really explore historic parts of the city while solving mysteries from Mayfair to Marylebone, Chelsea to Chinatown and Wapping to Westminster.


These city treasure hunts have become hugely popular and are a great way to bond with team mates and colleagues or perfect for tourists who would like to see london from a different perspective. They provide excellent entertainment and fun activities for everyone and can be booked with friends or family. The hunts keep you on your toes with challenging clues that stimulate your intellectual brain cells and are organized into structured routes and themes so that there is something for everyone. There are also great prizes to be won.

You will experience London's past, present and future through the city's most eccentric alleyways and iconic landmarks. If you are interested in a particular theme or story, you can also opt for customized hunts or target specific areas or you can plan a hunt for your next special occassion.. your hen night or birthday party perhaps ? Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the city, you can embark on a thrilling adventure uncovering the best that London has to offer.

So who is up for the challenge ?

Some of the popular treasure hunts we have noted are :

"The beauty of London Treasure Hunts is that it combines the facts and important details of a guided walk with the exploratory thrill of a treasure hunt." - London Planner Magazine



6 Oct 2010

London's Amphitheatre at The Scoop




The Scoop is situated between London Bridge and Tower Bridge on the south bank of the Thames and is an outdoor sunken amphitheatre with seating for 800. This Open-Air theatre puts on free movie shows from Wednesdays to Sundays and has previously shown movies like All-time favourite Pretty Woman and Disney's Up.


Throughout the summer months it regularly hosts a variety of free events - from free films, free music and free theatre to local community events and activities. The Scoop at More London is open to everyone.

To Book A Serviced Apartment in London visit http://www.check-in-london.com/
Tel : + 44 843 289 88 20 Email : info@check-in-london.com

5 Oct 2010

Little Venice in London


We think Little Venice is one of London's best kept secret waterways. The area is also a popular neighbourhood for London short lets and lies just north of Paddington. This picturesque pool of water where the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals meet, is also home to a number of waterside cafes, pubs and eateries. From here you can take a boat trip or follow the tow path on foot and see how the winding waterway snakes its way through the heart of the city.

You can head downstream past the charming regency streets of Madia Vale and on to Regent’s Park and Camden beyond, or follow this peaceful corridor upstream to the west and enjoy the tranquility of the waterways that feel like a million miles from the hubbub of the roads and streets nearby.


You can either walk or take a boat up the canal, with several operators offering guided boat or walking tours. Two of the better boat operators are the London Waterbus Company and Jason's Canal Trip. The walk up the entire canal is eight and a half miles, but a good appetizer is to walk the two miles from Little Venice to Camden Lock, which should take you about an hour.
Beginning at Little Venice, the canal wends its way past the striking aviary of London Zoo (designed by Lord Snowden) and the outskirts of Regent's Park, before ending in the bohemian area of Camden Lock, known for its street markets and hippy chic.

On the way, look out for Macclesfield Bridge, more commonly called "Blow up Bridge". In 1874 a barge carrying gun-powder exploded as it passed under the bridge, destroying the structure and killing three crewmen. The bridge was reconstructed, but the imposing Doric columns were put back the wrong way around. At Lisson Grove, there is an interesting mooring site for houseboats, which will give you a chance to study the traditional iron-bottomed narrow boats used for transport in the old days. Some of these have been restored and display traditional crafts and decorations.

If you have children, they may enjoy visiting the Puppet Theatre Barge at Little Venice, which stages traditional puppet shows on board a houseboat. Or if you can't get enough of the canals, visit the London Canal Museum. Here you can see inside a narrow boat cabin, learn about the history of London's canals, and find out more about the people who lived and worked on the waterways.

You can also see a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and transported up the canal. The museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in 1862 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker.

Nearest underground station: Warwick Avenue


If you're visiting soon and would like to stay nearby to Little Venice, take a look at our range of serviced apartments in the Bayswater, Paddington and Notting Hill area.


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