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29 Dec 2011

A Guide to London Postal Codes

Postcode

UK Postcodes are unique and pinpoint the exact address

When you first arrive in London, you may be overwhelmed with just how much there is to see and do and experience in this vibrant and exciting city. But once you get yourself all settled in and start to take a closer look, you can discover many interesting facts about London that are unique and truly fascinating.

Like the London Postal Codes, for instance. Postal codes or “postcodes” are the U.K.’s version of Zip codes. They are an important part when sending mail as they are amazingly unique to each address along with the respective house number. Searching for a location with a UK Postcode is a surer way to find the address as opposed to using a street name which may be found in other areas too.

London postcodes are different from the usual postcodes around the country as they specifically correspond to compass locations using the official central point of Charing Cross Station in WC1 in the heart of London.During the 19th century population boom the city of London descended into disorder and chaos within the deliveries and sorting of the mail and demanded a more efficient arrangement for the postal system. It was not until a former teacher, Sir Rowland Hill, introduced a solution to divide the capital into 10 separate postal districts based around compass points within a circle of 12 miles radius from central London and in doing so brought about an enormous improvement to the circulation of the cities post.

No two postcodes are identical making it easy to locate the general area from the digits before the space and really pinpoint the address using the digits after the space. For example, 10 - SW1 2AA points exactly to 10, Downing Street in Westminster, the nation’s most popular address and home to the prime minister.

After the successful adoption of the compass postal code system, many other UK cities gradually began to implement it too like Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester & Glasgow amongst others.

Also interestingly, while post codes offer organisational divisions for postal services, they are different from London Boroughs that form the local governing administrative bodies.

In 2011, a new postcode “E20” was assigned to cover the Olympic Village area in preparation for the London Olympics 2012.

For some Londoners, postcodes play a crucial deciding factor when renting or buying a home. Postcodes can establish the “desirability” and reputation of an area and in turn affect the value of property sometimes leading to sky high asking prices for highly sought-after postcodes.

If you are travelling to London and want to stay in one of the more popular postcodes, Check-in-London offers a great selection of Budget, Mid-Range and Luxury Serviced Apartments in many great enviable addresses like W1 – Mayfair & Marylebone, WC1 – Bloomsbury, SW1 – Belgravia, SW3 – Chelsea, SW7 – Knightsbridge & South Kensington, W11 – Notting Hill, W2 – Bayswater.


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22 Nov 2011

Serviced Apartments with Meeting Rooms

Meeting Rooms - London Serviced Apartments





The demand for meeting space in the capital is on the rise and corporate travellers, who require a venue to conduct a meeting or conference, are choosing to stay in accommodation where there is meeting space in addition to living space. Most bookers usually have to adhere to strict travel budgets and Serviced Apartments with Meeting Rooms and Conference Facilities can prove to a very convenient and cost-effective solution.

Offering the perfect alternative to a distracting hotel lobby, noisy restaurant or hectic cafe, Serviced Apartments give corporate travellers the extra space and privacy and flexibility to have an informal or impromptu meeting if required. Some Serviced Apartments also have dedicated meeting areas and rooms with audio-visual equipment, refreshments and Wi-Fi internet.

Organising a business meeting is a great way to get everyone in the company together or launch a new idea and it is always a good idea to consider the location of the meeting room, seating capacity, and equipment provided before you book a venue. Serviced Apartments offer a variety of meetings room that are available for seminars, training, promotional events, presentations, discussions and conferences and range from a capacity of 5 – 100 persons.

Check-in-London.com has a great selection of Short Stay and Long Stay Serviced Apartments that have on-site meeting rooms and/or conference facilities like the Dolphin House Apartments, Mayfair House Apartments, 130 Queens Gate Apartments

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3 Nov 2011

Biometric Technology for Border Control in the UK

Biometric Borders UK



IRIS & E-Passports

Contactless automated border controls are the future of travel and are now a growing part of a traveller’s experience. The high technology recognition software that enables a computer to identify you by scanning your face,eye or fingerprint quickens the process of manual checks (in most cases) and saves time and resources for both the passenger and the border control agency.

The use of biometrics (commonly described as technology to identify people by physiological characteristics) is expanding rapidly and receiving huge investment globally. Even though its conception and first commercial application was back in 1984, it only now reaching its full potential which is not surprising with traveller numbers and security threats increasing all the time. Airports have had to step up their processes to enable smoother operations and speedy travel times without impeding the immigration process and bio-metric passport validation and identification seems to be the way forward.

If you are a passport holder of the UK or a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, chances are you can breeze through the airport when you visit the UK and forget all about the chaotic long winded queues in the arrivals hall thanks to the latest biometric technology now available at most UK airports. There are currently two automated border systems available, the IRIS – Iris Recognition Immigration System and the E-Passport gates.

The IRIS system scans the unique iris part of each person’s eye and converts a photograph of this pattern into a digital code that is compared with records on a secure database. Enrolment is required for this procedure and only persons aged 18 years and over are able to register.

The E-Passport gates are sometimes preferred over the IRIS system as they do not require any form of enrolment however they too are only available to persons aged 18 years and over. The E-passport gates are a self-service alternative to the conventional border checks using 3M RTE8000 Full Page Scanner technology to recognize and compare a person’s face to the photograph recorded on the ‘chip’ in their passport.

If either of these systems rejects your identification, you will still need to see a border officer who will provide a manual check.


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21 Oct 2011

Coach Trips from London

Overnight Sleeper Bus





“England is a green & pleasant land” quote William Blake. From stunning coastlines to bustling city life and rural towns to historic villages and markets, the United Kingdom is a great destination for any traveller. London has been the starting point for many travellers wishing to travel and see other parts of the UK. With many international connections via its 5 airports and Eurostar Railway Station at St Pancras International, it is easy to find a route to London and then journey on to different parts of the country by coach, rail or air.

If you are restricted for time it is usually best to catch a train or plane to your destination, but if you are more adventurous then the good old coach is surely something you should give a try. Back in the day, The horse drawn stagecoach services used to be the main mode of transport for long distance travel until the arrival of the railways in 1830s and 1840s. The railways changed the way we travelled but the stagecoach and charabancs, as they were known, had always remained the people’s form of transport and continued to be used for short journeys and excursions until the 1950s. From its early origins, coach travel has come a long way and till today it is still a cheaper and more flexible mode of transport giving those who travel by it a great taste of freedom and exploration.

The recently launched budget sleeper coach by Stagecoach brings this form of travel into the 21 Century. A trial of the overnight sleeper coach service is to run between Glasgow and London and is to feature 24 bed berths, budget fares, free Wi-Fi, toilets and on-board refreshments. There are safety and security measures on board including CCTV and an emergency button to alert the driver. Every coach also meets the Transport for London’s new Low Emissions Zone (LEV) requirements making it a safe and environmentally friendly way to travel.

Stagecoach Group Chief Executive, Sir Brian Souter, said: “Travelling overnight is a great way to save time, and we’ve already seen growing demand for our night-time megabus.com journeys. The new sleeper services will offer extra comfort and facilities, but still at excellent value for money prices. Fares for a sleeper berth will range from £1 to £40 (all reservations are subject to a 50p booking fee)

Megabus.com is the UK’s primary budget inter-city coach service and operated its services from its main hub at Victoria Coach Station in London. Victoria is a popular address for business and leisure travellers and is also home to Buckingham Palace, the most famous royal palace in the world.

If you are travelling by coach from Victoria Coach Station and looking for accommodation nearby, why not try a self-catering serviced apartment. Check-in-London features a fantastic selection of serviced apartments in Victoria & Westminster.

Serviced apartments are perfect for short term accommodation and offer great savings, self-catering facilities and generous living spaces compared to a hotel room. Serviced apartments range from budget studios to luxury penthouses and provide a comfortable home from home for holidays, short stays, business travel and relocations.

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6 Oct 2011

The London Restaurant Festival

London Food Festival



It’s not a secret that London has been an epicentre for food lovers and gourmet enthusiasts for many years a fact owing to its dynamic and diverse foodie scene that offers a host of world-renowned chefs and spectacular menus. The London Restaurant Festival is a fortnight celebration of all food in London bringing the spotlight on its restaurants and chefs and offering a selection of appetite teasing delights and delectable events from great-value menus to gastronomic road trips and chewing debates.

If you and your taste-buds are up for something new then get in on the action and sample one of the many festival menus that have been devised to make it easier to dine out in style in some of the city’s tops ( and otherwise expensive ) eateries. With prices set between £10-30 per person, The Festival Menu is a great way to enjoy and try some of the best cuisines available in town while giving restaurants and chefs a chance to express their creativity and showcase their delicious offerings.

For the adventurous, the Gourmet Odyssey is sure to get you craving for more with a trip on the good old-fashioned London Routemaster Bus complimented by a stunning three course meal at some of the capitals most exciting restaurants along the way. A modern take on restaurant-hopping, if you like.

There are also many Side Order Events that have been devised to capture your foodie imagination with an array of enticing experiences like Safari Suppers, Chocolate Tours, Young Pub Quiz, Mayoral Pizzas, Chinese Tastings Tours and more and more.

The most extravagant and ultimate foodie experience of the whole festival is that on the London Eye, setting you back by £1000 per person with a Pop-up restaurant-in-the-sky style night that features a meal cooked by the greatest chefs in London.

With so much of great food on offer, there is really no reason why you should miss the London Food Festival. So if your visiting the capital for a bite or a binge and haven't booked your accommodation yet, why not try staying in a Serviced Apartment.

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Some travellers would choose Cleanliness over Security

Cleanliness or Security



When travelling on business or leisure to a major metropolis city like London it is not uncommon to be concerned of the overall safety and security at the accommodation you have booked for your stay. With all the recent threats to peace and order in the world, travellers should be cautious and well-informed especially if the area they are visiting is experiencing or has experienced some form of disturbances like strikes, riots, terrorist activities or natural disasters even. But is this really on the top of a bookers priority list when choosing a hotel room or serviced apartment ? Maybe not.

Strangely a recent survey conducted on behalf of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies has discovered that American Travellers (specifically) rank cleanliness (43%) over security (11%) as the most important factor when selecting a hotel. “Price and location were top factors for 23% and 19% of respondents, respectively,” the company said.

Jim Villa, a senior vice president and North American manager for Chubb’s Accident & Health business says “It seems that more people are concerned about housekeeping than security.” Perhaps the reason for this could be that the ratio of travellers (first time and frequent) who experience an unsatisfactory standard of cleanliness is much higher than those that encounter security issues during their stay. While it is always difficult to maintain hospitality and housekeeping standards across the board, at least it is reassuring to note that travellers do not feel that their personal safety is at risk.

Cleanliness and quality furnishings result in happy customers and repeat business which is what every hotel and serviced apartment wants at the end of the day. At Check-in-London we work only with professional managed properties that are maintained and operated by companies who provide a good and consistent standard of service that most travellers expect. We offer only the most reliable accommodation options in London so that you can enjoy a pleasurable experience during your stay in the Capital.

Serviced Apartments are perfect for London short stays, corporate accommodation, holiday rentals and long term lets providing a range of modern conveniences including self-catering, spacious living areas, washer dryers and daily or weekly housekeeping to ensure you always have a clean and fresh home from home environment.

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Chubb’s survey of 1,000 participants was conducted by Opinion Research Corporation, an independent public opinion and market research firm, in June 2011.

Source : http://www.chubb.com/corporate/chubb14110.html

29 Sep 2011

Lost Property in London

Lost Property in Lonodn



London is generally a very safe and tourist friendly city and while most Londoner’s operate an “Honesty is the best policy” mantra, you still need to be aware of things around you and use common sense, as would in any other big metropolis in the world.

Taking some sensible precautions is the best way to enjoy the trip and stay safe while keeping your belongings safe too. But it is always a wise idea to be prepared for any unforeseen events during your stay including the loss of something valuable. These simple tips can help you whether you are visiting London for the first time, a frequent traveller or a local resident of the capital.

Out of Sight
Keeping your valuables out of sight and close to you is usually the best way to avoid any unnecessary attention. Don’t leave your things unattended or in the care of someone you do not know. Also avoid carrying large amounts of money or very expensive possessions.

Emergency Phone Numbers
Keep a handy list of phone numbers you would need if personal items go missing like credit cards, mobile phone, passport, travellers cheques and anything else you may be travelling with. Make sure you note down the international codes as well.

Photocopies
Always keep copies of your passport and any other important documents like driver’s license, insurance to show as identification in case you should loose the originals. Scanning them online or emailing them to yourself is also a great way to keep them safe and easily accessible in an emergency situation.

Serial Numbers
Most electronic gadgets as mobile phones, laptops, and mp3 players have unique serial numbers and can help your chances of finding an item should you misplace it. For mobile phones, each one has a unique IMEI number, which can be used to track or even block it from connecting to any mobile network in the country, thus rendering it useless to any thief.

Police
If any of your property is lost or stolen anywhere in London, you should first contact the nearest local Police Station. You can get this information by dialling 192. (Insurance claims always require a police reference number)

Transport in London
TFL ( Transport for London ) operates all public transport in London including the trains, buses, DLR, river boat and tram and has a TFL Lost & Found Office which operates a really comprehensive system to help unite missing property with its owners. To enquire about or collect your lost items you will have to go to the office yourself, but allow for 2 or 3 working days after the loss. You may need to provide a detailed description and complete an online form to report your missing item.
You are also quite likely to find your missing item should you leave it behind in a Black Taxi as they are usually quite honest and hand lost items to a police station who then hand it over to the TFL Lost Property Office.

The address for the TfL Lost & Found Office is:
TfL Lost Property Office, 200 Baker Street, London NW1 5RZ
Telephone number is: 0845 330 9882 (08:30-16:00, Monday-Friday except Bank Holidays)


So the next time you visit London, make sure you keep your belongings safe and secure while you explore and enjoy this wonderful city. These days, many travellers are choosing to stay in Serviced Apartments as it gives you more privacy and flexibility than a standard hotel room in London.

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22 Sep 2011

A Golf Guide for London

Golf London





If you’re looking for a different way to relax and unwind your senses while you are in London, why not give the world-class sport of golf a try. The city’s fast pace life can often become overwhelming and a good chill out session of golf is a great way of getting some fresh air and a bit of exercise too., London is made up of acres of parks and serene landscaped areas, greater than any other city of its size in the world, so while most of the golf courses in the UK are nestled away in the countryside, it’s no wonder that London features some outstanding and beautiful golf courses.

Whether you’re a novice or professional or just looking for an entertaining family day out, golf is the perfect activity to enjoy the outdoors and get away from the stresses of everyday life. If you’re not entirely sure how to practice your putting, you can always take up some golf lessons or join a golfing school, but be sure to check the prices as training under a fully-qualified PGA golf professional can be quite expensive.

Golf can also create the perfect setting for corporate organisations to build relationships with clients, customers and colleagues with undisturbed and anxiety free surroundings that facilitate appointments, deals and opportunities while providing an excellent form of entertainment.

Some of the London golf courses include:

1. Finchley Golf Club

Located in North London and designed by James Braid, this 18-hole course is spread over 6356 yards and also features a beautiful Victoria Club House.


2. Wimbledon Park Golf Club

Apart from Tennis, Wimbledon also offers one of the oldest golf clubs in England with an 18-hole course and a clubhouse that includes meeting facilities and a strict golfing dress code.


3. Highgate Golf Club

Extremely close to central London, this 18-hole course is over 100 years old with fantastic course-views from its clubhouse.


4. Central London Golf Centre

Set in Wandsworth, this golf-centre requires no membership and is open every day of the year except Christmas day with excellent green fees on the 9-hole course.


5. Musewell Hill Golf Club

This fine parkland 18-hole golf course features natural hazards and challenging greens is located in Wood Green and was founded by James Braid in 1891.


London offers the perfect destination for golf breaks and golf holidays. If you are visiting the capital and looking for a place to stay while you tee-off, why not try a serviced apartment. Areas like Wimbledon, Richmond, Hampstead and Central London are within easy reach of the city's prime golf-courses and offer affordable and self-catering serviced apartments that are perfect for short term accommodation or corporate stays providing a great alternative to expensive hotel rooms.

Speak to a customer advisor now to enquire or book a Serviced Apartment in Central London. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

15 Sep 2011

The Gastropub Experience in London



The roots

Originating in the late 20th Century, the Gastropub is one of the biggest food revolutions in Britain. It was coined in the heart of Clerkenwell, which is still home to some of the oldest Gastropubs in the city, and is a term that has been much-debated, criticised and sometimes even hard to distinguish.

Marrying gastronomy with that of an English pub, gave rise to the phenomenon of the Gastropub. It evolved from the humble public house and was brought about to meet the needs of the modern consumer.

The Gastropub presents the best of both worlds, combining pub culture with restaurant dining. Traditional pub grub favourites are still offered side by side with more robustly flavoured and upscale versions of popular meals that include shepherd’s pie, pasties, burgers and fish and chips. Appealing to a more discerning clientele, these Gastropubs offer a high quality of food, inspired by the original tried and tested favourites of the pubs, revamped with exotic meats and impressive garnishes.

A Pub with a difference

With the increasing amount of pubs investing into food to compliment their wet-sales and jumping on the food bandwagon, some of us have been left wondering what is the difference between a Gastropub and a pub? Is it the fact that a Gastropub sets itself apart ( and indeed above ) a pub by offering a well-sourced and seasonal fresh meals in an intimately friendly environment ? or is it the elegant sophistication that comes tied with a microbrewery of lager ? Perhaps it’s a bit of both.

Stephen Bull is top chef in London who owns a gastropub and predicts that ‘The future is very bright for the gastropub – it’s the British bistro,’.. and many agree that the reason behind its remarkable success comes down to the fact that a Gastropub is typically a high-quality version of the traditional English Pub offering a more relaxed and welcoming dining experience with a relatively affordable menu that serves gourmet British style cooking alongside an extensive and usually impressive choice of ales.

The best of the rest

While there are many fine Gastropubs in and around London, one of our personal favourites are “Smiths of Smithfields” located right outside Smithfields Market in Farringdon, London’s only working meat market. Delicious food, design and atmosphere with a distinct urban Gastropub look and feel is what is on offer here.

Farringdon lies towards the east of London and offer a wide range of serviced apartments that are within walking distance from the Old Smithfields Market and many other top sights and attractions. Nearby areas like Holborn, Bloomsbury, Kings Cross and St Pauls also offer affordable and self-catering serviced apartments that are perfect for short stays, vacation breaks or corporate stays and provide a great alternative to expensive hotel rooms.

Speak to a customer advisor now to enquire or book a Short term accommodation London. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

8 Sep 2011

Driving Tips for travellers visiting the UK


If you’re planning to get in the driving seat of a car in the UK then make sure you are aware of the systems and laws in place to ensure you have a safe and sound journey on the road. First of all, you will notice that in the UK, cars drive on the a left hand side, similar to Australia, India, Japan and the US Virgin Islands.

Right hand side drive

Take it slow and don’t rush to spin around the centre of town specially if you are used to the right hand side drive, because you might not get very far. Also try renting an automatic car to help you adjust to the new settings, although these can be priced higher than stick-operated vehicles. Make sure you check that you have a valid driving licence that covers the type of vehicle that you are driving and an appropriate insurance with valid road tax. Also make sure you don’t drive while using your mobile phone as this is against the law.

The metrics

Next point to keep in mind is the metrics. Road distances are shown in miles or yards (MPH) and so are the UK Speed Limits. When filling petrol (gas) note that prices are listed in litres, and it takes about five litres to fill one British gallon so consider the distance you have to travel and whether it might just be cheaper taking another mode of transport like a coach or train.

Parking

Parking your car shouldn't be too difficult if you read the signs. Most parking lots operate on a “Pay and Display” method where you pay for the duration you need to park at a nearby parking machine and place the ticket on the dashboard clearly visible to the parking warden. Besides the obvious “No Parking” signs you should also be aware of the yellow lines painted on the street. Double yellow lines = No parking ever ; Single yellow lines = Parking generally NOT allowed except during un-restricted hours only, usually after 6pm, check the sign ; Dashed yellow lines = parking allowed, but still check the signs for any time restrictions and still may need to 'pay & display.' ; No lines at all = you can park for free.


Speed limit

It is also advisable to always look out for speed limit signage. On motorways, the speed limit is usually 70mph, but on country roads it slows down to 40 or 50mph. And once you enter a village, the speed limit is never more than 30mph -- slower limits are posted. Watching your speed can help you avoid unnecessary tickets from Speed Cameras that are almost everywhere and take a picture or your car and plate while speeding. If you need to overtake or pass a car, keep in mind that you are only allowed to overtake on the right or the ‘fast’ lane. The "slow" lane is the outside (or in this case, the far left) lane. This is also the lane where you'll need to make your exits. Exits are very clearly marked and you'll have plenty of warning before your exit approaches.

Roundabouts

Roundabouts are another UK road phenomenon that can sometimes be tricky for foreign visitors. A roundabout is a circular junction where all drivers give way to traffic on their right. All you need to keep in mind to slow down when coming to one and 'give way' to traffic already on the roundabout and If there's a car already on the circle, they have the right of way. Generally British drivers don’t yield, they ‘Give Way’ to traffic already on the road and acknowledge the courtesy of another driver letting you pass by a wave of thanks.

Congestion Charge

And finally the Congestion Charge. This is a charge imposed by the Transport of London body on most vehicles travelling into Central London on weekdays. The daily charge is £10/day and must be paid for in advance or before midnight that day in order to avoid a penalty. With superb public transport links in and around Central London, it is wise to avoid using a car unless you really need to, and use buses and taxis or underground trains.

With these basics, you should be able to get yourself on the go in no time. There is so much to see and explore in the UK from bustling city town centres, splendid country landscapes, quaint villages and charming English towns and a good road trip around England will surely be an enjoyable and unforgettable lifetime experience.


If your travelling to London by car and need a place to stay why not book a serviced apartment. Serviced Apartments are perfect for short stays, city breaks, holiday rentals and corporate lets providing a relaxing and homely environment for all travellers. Serviced Apartments are flexible and spacious with a wide range of comforts like self-catering facilities, washer dryers, internet access and weekly housekeeping.


Speak to a customer advisor now to enquire or book a Serviced Apartment in Central London. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

5 Sep 2011

Fashion’s Night Out in London




Back for the third time, this September, Fashion’s Night Out is sure to affirm London’s new well-deserved status as Fashion Capital of the world. With over 340 stores involved, Fashion’s biggest shopping party is guaranteed to be one of the year’s most stylish evenings with a trendy frenzy of events, store openings, product launches and many in-store promotions including games, DJ performances, beauty makeovers, style advisors and gourmet treats that have been organised to take place in and around the West End and Oxford Street area.

From high street brands to high end designers, Fashion’s Night Out invites one and all to take part and celebrate fashion and style before London Fashion Week gets on its way. Of course, there is also a chance to support a good cause, as a lot of the proceeds raised at the events will be donated to The Kids Company, a charity organisation dedicated to addressing child poverty.

Bond Street will be at the very heart of it and will be closed to traffic with street entertainers, a Kids Company choir and information booths to guide you along the way and should that not be enough, there is always The Vogue Fashion's Night Out app is now available free from iTunes, providing you with the latest news, updates and discounts to be had.

We hear that there will be a black cab “Miss Dior” photo booth and fortune tellers at Mulberry. River Island is rumoured to have flash mob dancers at its oxford street store. Rupert Sanderson’s roller disco sounds absolutely fantastic and Tiffany’s Warhol-style 70s disco party promises body painting and hair styling. Topshop will be giving you a chance to have your very own “Fashion Moment” video clip and you could also win a year’s supply of shoes at Russell and Bromley. Department stores like Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and are also gearing up to pull the crowds in with glamorous guests, pop up bars, exclusive gifts, complimentary cocktails and plenty of designer appearances throughout the night.

If your visiting the capital or attending the events at Fashion's Night Out, why not stay in a serviced apartment close to where all the action is. Check-in-London offers a fashionable selection of serviced apartments in prime hotspots like Marylebone, Mayfair, Bloomsbury and Covent Garden that are affordable and convenient and ideally suited for city breaks, vacation holidays or corporate stays.

Speak to a customer advisor now to enquire or book a Accommodation for London fashion week. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

30 Aug 2011

Thames Festival at the Southbank Centre



The festival of Britain continues its 60th anniversary celebrations at the South Bank Centre with a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a British seaside holiday right here in the capital. A temporary urban beach has been set up along the Queens Walk on the banks of the River Thames which is part of the outdoor attractions taking place during the festival. The Festival of Britain has been celebrating British art and culture since 1951 and has planned a series of exciting events this year infused with a touch of British nostalgia including live performances, interactive talks, themed weekends, retro fun-fairs, intriguing landscapes and creative exhibits.

The South Bank Centre is divided into four 'lands', which take as their inspiration themes from the 1951 South Bank exhibition - People of Britain, Land of Britain, Sea and Ships, Power and Production -and feature work by artists, designers and curators including Andy Holden, Michael Marriott and Colette Bailey. Amongst the favourites are The "Appearing Rooms" fountains by Jeppe Hein's, a huge straw fox, a giant seagull and the delightfully bright and colourful artist-commissioned beach huts (seen in the above picture) lining the Thames in front of the Royal Festival Hall.

There is also a chance to listen to live music at the new band stand at the South Bank Centre Square and eat some authentic Indian street food brought to you by Dishoom Chowpatty Beach pop-up cafe within the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall Terrace.

With tonnes of sand and so many free and fun activities, this is surely a great day out for the whole family to enjoy. So Soak up the sun while you still can and don’t miss a chance to feel the sand between your toes.

The Thames Festival events run until the 4th September 2011 at the Southbank Centre in Waterloo, south of the River Thames. If you are visiting London to attend the Thames Festival and looking for a convenient and affordable accommodation solution for your stay why not book a Serviced Apartment in the area. Check-in-London offers a great range of self-catering serviced apartments in nearby areas like Westminster, Covent Garden, Mayfair, Holborn and Blackfriars that are within easy reach of the South Bank Centre and other popular sights and attractions.

Speak to a customer advisor now to enquire or book a Serviced Apartment in Central London. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

26 Aug 2011

Pearly Kings & Queens of London


Pearly Kings & Queens of London

The city of London has always been a trading centre with unique and famous markets that have laid the foundations for its commercial growth and thriving economy. Markets like Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Portabello, Borough, Billingsgate, Smithsfields all supplied a lifeline to the city by providing the basic necessities for every household. The Pearly Kings and Queens or “The Pearlies”, played an important role in daily London market life from as early as the 11th Century.

Having originated in the 18th Century from the “Costemongers’ or street vendors, these traders used to sell fruit, veg and a variety of wares from their barrows to the poor and faced a gruelling fight for survival in the marketplace usually harassed by authorities. Business was never easy, so in an effort to stand out from the other market traders, the costermongers wore a distinctive style of attire that involved decorating their trousers, seams and waistcoats with rows of pearl buttons that, at the time, arrived by cargo from Japan (so it is believed). It was these “flashie” costumes along with their cheeky banter and infectious flamboyance that won them custom. As the city grew, costermongers began to choose leaders of the pack or “Coster Kings & Queens” who were elected to stand up for their rights and safeguard their territory. This new class of royalty were highly regarded for their strength and endurance and continued their legacy by passing on their inherit titles to their children.

However The “Pearly Suit” of the Costermongers really underwent a complete transformation when it was discovered by Henry Croft, a road sweeper and rat-catcher in the 1880s, who was inspired by the crowd pulling power of the accessory clad outfits and used this inspiration to create a costume completely adorned in pearls to raise money to help the poor and underprivileged. It was an instant success and combined the goodwill gesture of helping others with the pearly spirit and hearty entertainment.

The Pearlies went on to raise funds for many more institutions and honourable causes and are today fondly admired for being one of London’s long standing traditions, having contributed significantly to society, tourism, heritage and fashion. Pearly Kings and Queens are often seen fundraising around Covent Garden Market in Central London. Covent Garden Market is in the heart of the city moments away from top attractions like Trafalgar Square, London Eye and The National Gallery.

Check-in-London features a wide range of serviced apartments in and around the Oxford Street area that are within walking distance from Covent Garden Market. Nearby areas like Holborn, Bloomsbury, Mayfair and Marylebone offer affordable and self-catering serviced apartments that are perfect for short stays, vacation breaks or corporate stays and provide a great alternative to expensive hotel rooms.


Speak to a customer advisor now to enquire or book a Serviced Apartment in Central London. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

17 Aug 2011

Visiting the Old Bailey Criminal Court

Old Bailey London



If the processes of law and justice take your fancy or you are just curious about the subject of criminal intent then head down to the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court in High Holborn for a chance to witness one of the 1500 serious cases being tried every year from the restricted access of the public viewing galleries.

The Old Bailey is one of the most famous criminal courts in the world and has been London’s principal criminal court for centuries. Located between Holborn Circus and St Paul's Cathedral, the Old Bailey is named on the road on which it stands which follows the line of the City's fortified wall (bailey). In medieval times, the site where the Old Bailey stands today was home to the Newgate Goal Stood, and until 1868 hangings took place in public outside Newgate itself. The original Old Bailey was built in 1539 and before being destroyed by the Great Fire was designed as an Italianate Brick Building with a open-air courtroom to minimize the spread of gaol fever which took the lives of many prisoners, judges and even the Lord Mayor at the time.

The Old Bailey we see today was designed by Edward Mountford and was opened in 1907 by King Edward VII. Inspired by St Pauls Cathedral nearby, the inside features magnificent marbled halls and a muraled dome above the court resides the statue of Lady Justice holding a sword in her right hand and weighing scales in her left.

The Old Bailey is steeped in history and has dealt with some of the most severe and high profile cases in the history of London. The oldest courtrooms of the Old Bailey are number one, two and three, and it is in within these walls that many famous people have stood trial including the likes of Oscar Wilde, The Krays and the Yorkshire Ripper.

While it is not publically a tourist attraction, the Old Bailey provides an intriguing insight into the past and present workings of the London courts and has also made an appearance in popular literature, television and film making it a very notable point of interest in the city’s heritage. In Charles Dicken's Tale of Two Cities, the Old Bailey is the courthouse named in the book where Charles Darnay is put on trial for treason.

Opening times are Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm and 2pm to 5pm. No reservations are held and visitors must be over the age of 14 years old.

The Old Bailey Central Criminal Court is situated near St Pauls Cathedral in the heart of "The City" of London. Often referred to as 'Square Mile', this area is the main financial and commercial district of London and has a history that dates back to the middle ages when it was first established as a prime trading port. A popular demand for convenient and cost-effective accommodation from business and corporate clients who work in this area has lead to the increased availability of Serviced Apartments and Short Stay Apartments.

Check-in-London offers a fantastic range of modern self-catering serviced apartments in St Pauls, Blackfriars, Farringdon and Holborn that are ideal for short term accommodation or corporate housing and within easy reach of the Old Bailey Court House as well as many other top sights and attractions around London.


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12 Aug 2011

Argentine Tango in London

Alfresco Tango

Alfresco Tango - Regents Park - 14 August 2011


Be seduced by the dramatic moves of the Argentine Tango amidst the serene landscapes and gorgeous surroundings of Regents Park. With its African-argentine roots, the Tango dance is said to have spread across the world around the 1920s during the Golden Age of Argentina becoming a fundamental expression of Argentine culture and national pride. Today, it is loved for its passion, beauty and drama and enjoyed by both dancers and spectators alike.

This summer, Dance Alfresco is brining you a series of outdoor dance events that are taking place over the weekends covering a wide range of styles like the Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Line Dancing and the Argentine Tango. Hosted by the Argentine Tango consultants for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing Kele Baker and Ralf Schiller, these classes are sure to inspire and excite you and get your confidence soaring on the dance floor. So put on your (leather soled) dancing shoes and show us your moves and don’t forget its all for a good cause. Tickets cost £10.00 and all proceeds are donated to The Royal Parks Foundation for tree planting in Regent's Park. Each session starts at 1pm with a beginner’s trial followed by a general dance between 2-6pm.

The events will take place at The Broadwalk, Avenue Gardens, Outer Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 with the nearest tube being Regent’s Park. Click Here for more information.

Regents Park and neighboring primrose hill covers around 410 acres of stunning green landscape including a beautiful rose garden with over 30,000 roses of 400 varieties. Located towards the north of London, this royal park is the largest outdoor sports area in Central London enjoying a wide range of facilities and amenities including gardens, a lake with a heronry, waterfowl and a boating area, sports pitches, and children's playgrounds. The northern side of the park is the home of London Zoo and the headquarters of the Zoological Society of London.

Check-in-London offers a great selection of self-catering serviced apartments around Regents Park. Nearby areas like Camden, Hampstead, Kings Cross and Maida Vale are easily accessible and only a short distance from Regents Park and other top sights and attractions around London.

Speak to a customer advisor now to enquire or book a Serviced Apartment in Central London. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

8 Aug 2011

London Street Photography at Museum of London

London Street Photography
London Street Photography – Museum of London – Until 4th September

London Street Photogrpahy is one of the major exhibitions going on at the Museum of London showcasing an exceptional collection of photographs of everyday life on London’s streets dating back to 1860. Capturing a diverse and vibrant city, these street photographs exemplify London’s character through its ever-changing street-culture. This collection of local historical photographs reflect momentary inspirations and chance encounters amidst the bustling city streets caught on camera by the likes of Valentine Blanchard, John Thomson, Henry Grant and Roger Mayne.

The exhibition displays an organic timeline of 150 years of how London and its inhabitants have developed and progressed over the years through these, sometimes humorous and symbolic occasions as seen in the days gone by. From the nostalgic sepia memories to digital visions of the city and its residents today that have been so gracefully portrayed in these thoughtful photographs.

The Museum of London is open daily and free to visit. It is located near St Pauls and Barbican and can be easily accessed by underground or bus services. Nearby accommodation includes a wide range of affordable and comfortable serviced apartments. Check-in-London brings you a great selection of Serviced Apartments close to the Museum of London in areas like Farringdon, St Pauls, Blackfriars and Bloomsbury. Serviced Apartments offer so much more independence and flexibility with the benefits of spacious and relaxing living areas, self-catering facilities, convenient locations and hotel-style services.

Speak to a customer advisor now to enquire or book a Serviced Apartment near the Museum of London. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

Image by John Galt, circa 1900 © John Galt/Museum of London John Galt was a missionary whose powerful photos captured life in the East End of London at the turn of the 20th Century.

3 Aug 2011

M&Ms World comes to Leicester Square

M&Ms London

M&Ms World comes to London - Leicester Square

This Summer, London welcomed to Leicester Square, the first ever M&Ms store in Europe. The chocolate mega store is set to become one of the capital's “tastiest attractions” according to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, selling everything to do with the M&M confectionary and merchandise from clothing, toys, kitchenware, bedding, jewellery and of course all sizes and flavours of M&M chocolates.

Spread over four levels and covering an area of 35,000 sqft in the heart of the capital’s central district, the store is designed to mesmerise and draw you in with attractive rainbow coloured installations and interactive visual displays including a London double-decker bus, giant union jack M&Ms and even an M&M Chandelier.

What can appear to be a cross between London’s Hamleys toy store and a candy shop, is not entirely targeted at chocoholics and sweet fanatics but is also a celebration of the M&M brand coming to London, offering a fun and exciting experience for the whole family with a walk-through history timeline of the famous chocs.

A special feature that is not to be missed is the giant “Wall of Chocolate” where customers will be able to create their own custom blended M&M selection from an assortment of 22 colours and flavours while being entertained by the brand's lovable mascots, Red & Yellow.

Leicester Square is one of the main tourist hot-spots in central London and is usually the main backdrop for movie premiers and celebrity red carpet moments making it a very popular and crowded location. It is only walking distance from Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Soho and Charing Cross.Accommodation in the Leicester Square area can be expensive and the choice is usually limited to international hotel chains which is why more and more visitors are preferring to stay in Serviced Apartments that are a short distance away but offer greater value for money with the same freedom and flexibility to explore the city.

Check-in-London offers a fantastic range of serviced apartments in Mayfair, Marylebone, Bloomsbury & Covent Garden that are within easy reach of Leicester Square and many more of the city’s main sights and attractions.

Speak to a customer advisor now to enquire or book a Serviced Apartment near Leicester Square. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

1 Aug 2011

Notting Hill Carnival Festival 2011

Notting Hill Carnival 2011

Notting Hill Carnival - 28 - 29 August 2011


The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest multi-cultural festival of its kind in Europe, setting the streets of Notting Hill in West London alight with an unmissable parade of outstanding costumes, party smashing music and delicious Caribbean food.

Over 1 Million visitors from all over the world come to enjoy this spectacular two day event, organised over the august bank holiday by the West Indian community of the Notting Hill area with a fantastic variety of shows including live masquerade bands, steel pan symphony orchestras, calypso music, blaring DJ sound systems, street food, dance performances and much more.

Celebrating ethnic diversity and cultural richness with a world-class act of events, this unique and vibrant festival originated in Trinidad back in 1833. Today the spirit of arts, colour, music and cuisine lives on and is enjoyed by people from different races, ages and backgrounds during this highly-anticipated weekend of festivities.
Visit the Notting Hill Carnival over the August Bank Holiday Weekend on 28 -29 August 2011 for an unforgettable and truly cultural experience. If you would like to book a serviced apartment for your stay consider nearby areas like Notting Hill, Bayswater, High Street Kensington, Holland Park and Paddington.

Speak to a customer advisor now. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.
 

28 Jul 2011

Check-in for your Flight at Paddington Station

Paddington Check-in Kiosks for Heathrow Express


Checking-in at the airport is so yesterday!

The concept of making the idea of “catching a flight” a more streamlined and indeed effortless procedure does considerably add value to the overall customer travel experience. The latest to emerge is “offsite Check-in services” allowing travellers to check-in before they reach the airport like at a railway station or hotel. Already successful in countries like USA, Hong Kong and Switzerland, this style of checking-in pre-airport arrival is catching on and has even reached London.

Paddington is the first UK railway station to offer an “off-site check-in service” between Heathrow Airport and Central London via the Heathrow Express Train. The self service check-in kiosks and flight information screens allow you check-in for your flight and print your ticket before boarding the train. The facilities that have been designed to make travelling by air more appealing by giving customers the option to choose their seat and avoid the long queues for checking–in at the airport. Boasting a journey time of under 20 minutes one way, it is most certainly the quickest way to get to Heathrow Airport from Central London especially during peak hours. Presently the following airlines operate Check-in services at Paddington Station, but more will be available very soon.

Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Czech Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, Kenya Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, United Airlines

Some of our customers, who have stayed in one of our many central London serviced apartments and short stay rentals, often use the airport check-in facilities at Paddington and have really enjoyed the benefits of having that little extra time to make the most of the city. The advantage of a central London Airport check-in kiosk is also particularly useful to corporate travellers who enjoy a quick and easy route to the airport after a business trip.

Central London areas like the Bayswater, Mayfair, Marylebone, Bloomsbury and Notting Hill have fantastic serviced apartments and are within easy reach of Paddington Station.

If you’re visiting London and need accommodation, why not book a Short term rent London for your stay. Speak to a customer advisor now. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

24 Jul 2011

A Tribute to the Royal Wedding Dress

Kate Middleton - Royal Wedding Dress





Buckingham Palace Summer Exhibition 23 July - 3 October 2011

The excitement for one of this decade’s most significant events continues with the opening of this year’s Summer Exhibition at Buckingham Palace on 23rd July 2011. An estimated record breaking attendance of up to 650,000 people expected to visit Queen Elizabeth’s official London residence and get up close with the dress that transformed Kate Middleton into the Duchess of Cambridge when she wed Prince William on 29 April 2011 in Westminster Abbey.

Intricately crafted by Alexander Mcqueen’s Sarah Burton, this famous dress will be presented on a raised stage in the ornate palace ballroom where crowds will flock to catch a glimpse of the stunning ivory ensemble along with its matching handcrafted bridal shoes), the diamond acorn earrings gifted to her by her parents, the Cartier Halo tiara she wore that was loaned by the Queen, and a silk flower replica of her bridal bouquet are all showcased for close viewing.

The organisers and the exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut, seen above adjusting the dress, are hoping to give all the visitors a true taste and experience of the royal wedding and have even included the Wedding cake behind a glass cabinet in the state dining room displaying where the royal newlyweds placed the knife on their wedding day. The exhibition will continue though till 3rd October 2011.

Click here for tickets to the exhibition and more visitor information.

If you’re visiting London to visit the Summer Exhibition at Buckingham Palace and need accommodation, why not book a serviced apartment for your stay. Check-in-London features a fantastic range of serviced apartments in Victoria & Westminster.

Speak to a customer advisor now. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

19 Jul 2011

Olympics 2012 - Open Weekend 2011

Open Weekend London Olypmic 2012

"One year to go" London Olympics - Open Weekend 22 - 24 July 2011

If you are one of the 1.9 million people who applied in the first and second round sales for the London 2012 Olympic tickets and did not get one, just like us, worry not ! We are not letting it dampen our spirits specially with the exciting “One year to go” celebration right around the corner. This weekend 22-24 July, London is celebrating, supported by BP, the Olypmpic 2012 Open Weekend with alot in store to get us in the mood and all cheery about the big event next year. The whole celebration is organised to show off the best art, dance, film, culture and sport UK has to offer, with over 1,000 events taking place all day long so don't miss your chance to get involved.

Back for the fourth time, this year’s Open Weekend will surely be an action packed day of fun and entertainment for the whole family. There are plenty of free activities to choose from such as the aquathlons, spring board diving, music festivals, forest fairs, pirate encounters, aquascooters, vibrant band performances and many art workshops and city walks that are open to everyone and all ages. Test your endurance with some sporting challenges or see if you can even learn some bollywood dancing!

Don’t miss out. Click below for all upcoming events and timings.

http://www.london2012.com/open-weekend

If your interested in booking a Serviced Apartment in London during the Olympics 2012 contact us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability or click here view all our London Serviced Apartments.

26 May 2011

A Taste of Spain at Regent Street


Join the Spanish fiesta in London's Regent Street at A Taste of Spain 2011 and Enjoy a taste of Spain in London's West End.

Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Spain, as Regent Street closes to traffic between 12 noon and 7pm for a celebration of all things Spanish.
A Taste of Spain Highlights

At Taste of Spain you'll find giant paellas, passionate flamenco dancing, an interactive sports zone and lots of traditional Spanish food.

And it's a great day for shopping too – stores throughout Regent Street are going all out to tempt shoppers with special promotions and competitions.
Spanish Regions Come to Regent Street

Many Spanish regions are bringing their own brand of entertainment to Regent Street for A Taste of Spain. Among the highlights are:
  • Brass band Charanga Chicuelina from Valencia 
  • DJs from Ibiza 
  • Street performances from Mallorca 
  • An equestrian show from Menorca 
  • Contemporary music and dance from the Basque Country 

Image Credits: bigdance2012

Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea


Come and experience the greatest flower show in the world at London's Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Every year the grounds of the Royal Hospital are transformed into show gardens, inspirational small gardens and vibrant horticultural displays that make up the world's most famous flower show.

Visiting London's Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show is attended by 157,000 visitors each year. The number is limited by the capacity of the 11-acre ground. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The show has become an important venue for watching emerging gardening trends.

New plants are launched at the show and the popularity of older varieties revived before the eyes of the horticultural world. It's the garden design equivalent of Paris Fashion Week.

Dates: 24 May 2011 to 28 May 2011

Venue: Royal Hospital Chelsea

11 May 2011

Spirit of Summer Fair at Olympia


Celebrate Summer with this stylish summer fair hosted in Kensington's Olympia between 11 - 14 May 2011. Browse through inspiring and unique lifestyle products that are ideal for your home and garden from beautiful decor, creative accessories, fashionable beachwear and special gifts as well as food, drink and fun times. Learn from the professionals including William Yeoward, Joa Studholme, International Colour Consultant to Farrow & Ball and garden designers including Richard Miers and Marcus Barnett.

Pick up tips on how to invigorate your home for the new season with stylish interior decorating ideas, and learn how to make your garden look glamorous for the perfect garden party. Rejuvenate your summer and holiday wardrobe with unique fashion accessories and find out what colours and shapes suit you perfectly.

Discover what trends are influencing summer 2011 in the Summer Lifestyle Workshop, Michelin-starred chefs including John Campbell will provide inspiration for light and easy alfresco dishes, learn how to make beautiful ‘nosegay’ posies with Simon Lycett, and advice on what to wear and how to wear it with Red Leopard and much more.

8 May 2011

The Horse Guards at St. James



Across from St James Park sits the Horse Guards, home to the Household Cavalry and London District Army commands, it was originally the formal entrance to St James Palace and only a monarch is allowed to drive through its central archway.

For those of you who celebrated the royal wedding, this was the narrow archway under which passed Prince William, his future bride and the Queen before and after the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey.


Horse Guards is normally guarded by troopers of the Household Cavalry, both mounted and on foot; visiting the horses is popular with tourists. Two mounted cavalry troopers are posted outside daily from 10 am to 4 pm, and are relieved every hour. Also two Troopers are posted from 10 am till 8 pm and are relieved every 2 hours. There is the changing of the guard at 11am everyday but on Sundays is brought forward to 10am.

Monarch House Apartments in Kensington


Monarch House Apartments in Kensington are located just off Kensington High Street, a popular shopping destination in London and just moments from Kensington gardens, The Royal Albert Hall and some of London's famous Museums. Many local amenities are on hand with Central London within easy reach and excellent public transport. This high quality development of large one, two and three bedroom apartments is situated just behind Kensington High Street and not far from an excellent choice of restaurants and shops.

Guests at Monarch House Apartments, Kensington can enjoy an informal and comfortable approach to living with a range of bright and spacious apartments to choose from in an excellent location benefiting from London's exclusive residential areas. Office facilities for faxing, photocopy and printing are available from the reception office.




6 Apr 2011

Easter in London

Let this Easter be one to remember. Get in on the action with lots happening around the capital this Easter Bank Holiday from Egg Hunts and Egg Trails to Chocolate festivals, duckings and much more.

21 Mar 2011

The Olympic Countdown at Trafalgar Square


The sun is out and anyone in London right now will tell you that Spring is in the Air ! .. Also the countdown to the Olympics have started and if you are ever doubtful how long is left to go then do not worry pop down to Trafalgar Square for a glimpse of the massive 2012 Olympic watch counting down the seconds, minutes, hours and days till the event , sponsored by OMEGA the official timekeepers of the games.



We also noticed this oversized Ship in a Bottle and were wondering what it was all about. Here are some pictures as it is quite impressive. The installation sits on one of the large podiums to the left of the National Gallery and is called 'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' by Yinka Shonibare, celebrating the British Empire and all its glorious victories. Weighing in at 4 tons and over 3 metres high, the bottle represents multiculturalism and ethnic wealth brought to British shores over the years.




11 Mar 2011

St Patrick's Day Parade at Traflagar Square



Celebrated by all Irish and Irish at heart, this event is set to be one of London's liveliest festivals. The parade, featuring a colourful array of floats, marching bands and groups representing the Irish Counties, will proceed through central London from Green Park to Trafalgar Square starting at 12 noon.


Trafalgar Square will host the festival programme of live Irish music and dance on the main performance stage, showcasing the best of Irish music and dance from traditional to contemporary. This fantastic, free family day out is a great way to experience all things Irish from food and dance to crafts, culture, music and much more.

Sunday 13 March Trafalgar Square


10 Mar 2011

Citadines Prestige Apartments in Holborn



Citadines Prestige Holborn Covent Garden has just completed its multi-million pound refurbishment and have surely blown us away with they sleek and stylish 192 studios and one bedroom designed by Shoreditch-based architects BuckleGrayYeoman.

With a fantastic location, only moments from the Holborn tube station, these apartments deliver the ultimate state of the art city living experience with attractions like Covent Garden, the British Museum and Oxford Street only a short walk away. The apartments feature a 24-hour reception, relaxation area, user-friendly business zone, 5 meeting rooms and car parking and are within easy reach of the city's main commercial districts making them ideal for business and leisure alike.




25 Jan 2011

Borough Market at London Bridge


Borough Market is one of those true London gems that are absolutely not worth a miss and one we always recommend to clients that we place in London serviced apartments. Stemming from the south end of London Bridge, the market sits tucked away beneath the rumbling of the passing overground trains from London Bridge station. As one of London's oldest markets dating back to Roman times, its not surprising to see why it is so popular with tourists and locals alike. Fresh produce like fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries are sold by the dozen by market veteran stall holders who have been trading here for generations.

18 Jan 2011

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace


The Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace has always been one of the top things to see when you visit the Capital. As you crowd around the Palace gates and wait patiently for what was is actually Guard Mounting, but is put on display in true British Pomp & Ceremony for our viewing pleasure.

Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard. The Guard that looks after Buckingham Palace is called The Queen's Guard and is divided into two Detachments: the Buckingham Palace Detachment (responsible for guarding Buckingham Palace), and the St. James's Palace Detachment, (responsible for guarding St. James's Palace).

13 Jan 2011

Serviced Apartments with Parking



For most visitors, London's many forms of public transport make it very convenient to travel around the city and visit places, however if you prefer to drive, then its a good idea to consider finding a parking spot first.

There are many ways to park a car in London. You can often find parking on the side of the road in allocated parking bays with parking meters or in public car parks that are generally marked by signposts with a white 'P' on a blue background often found near railway stations and public spaces. There are also private car parks such as the NCP or Union Car Park that offer multi-story car parks, however these can be fairly expensive.

11 Jan 2011

Reflecting Kensington by Anish Kapoor



If your in London and strolling through the picturesque landscapes of Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park, then you are in for a real treat.

Amongst the serene waters of the Serpentine and the glorious sculptures of the Italian Gardens and the blissful swan filled round pound, world-renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor displays some of his finest pieces of all times, out in the open for your viewing pleasure. Kapoor's series of imposing stainless-steel mirrored sculptures are gathered together for the first time in London, reflecting the luscious surrounds of the Royal Park.

10 Jan 2011

Royal Wedding Celebrations in London



We are absolutely delighted to hear about the Royal Wedding and cannot wait for the big day that Prince William and Catherine Middleton tie the knot at Westminster Abbey in London. The couple chose this remarkable venue because of its staggering beauty, its 1,000 years of royal history and its relative intimacy despite its size. The high profile event is set to draw in many admirers from foreign and home shores alike and is predicted to be watched by over 1 billion people.

As Londoners and fans of the Royal family, we are keenly looking forward to the celebrations. We are also going to try our best to catch a glimpse of the famous Royal couple on their big day. The day will officially be a holiday in the United Kingdom and will follow on from the Easter Bank holiday. A rise in prices for accommodation so if you are considering visiting London during this special event, be sure to book in advance.

Best locations to see the the Royal Wedding in London:

1. Victoria
Catherine Middleton will most likely consider the neighbourhood of Victoria because of its convenient location and closeness to Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace and will surely want to stay close by in a luxury hotel the night before her big day. The security will be increased to ensure the safety and privacy of her and her family in and around the Victoria neighbourhood. If you are visiting London, you may want to consider staying in an apartment in London Victoria to be close to all the excitement.


2. Westminster
Home to the beautiful Westminster Abbey, where the couple have chosen to have their ceremony, this will be a main focus point throughout the celebrations and will be a good place to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom. You can also book a short let apartment in Westminster to be within walking distance of the Royal Wedding celebrations.


3. Buckingham Palace and The Mall

The bride and groom will head to Buckingham Palace after they tie the knot, so you can expect to see the streets around Buckingham Palace and the Mall crowded as ever with well wishers. If you stay long enough you can even spot the couple on the balcony.


If you want more information or would like to book accommodation for the Royal Wedding celebrations in London please contact us on +44 843 289 88 20 or email info@check-in-london.com.

7 Jan 2011

What to see at the London International Boat Show


The annual London International Boat Show is one big boating extravaganza with an exhibition of boats, live water sports, accessories and loads of marine attractions. It's a big event in the London calender and attracts hundreds of visitors to the massive ExCeL Exhibition Centre in East London.

Whether you're a sailor or landlubber, there's something for everyone at the show. As London accommodation specialists, we always see a rise in demand for serviced apartments in the Canary Wharf and Docklands area during the show and help accommodate many of its exhibitors and visitors.

What to see at the London International Boat Show?
  1. You can explore hundreds of boats, from vast, extravagant yachts to mini dinghies, from modern, state-of-the-art boats to classics at The London Boat Show. Visitors can climb aboard and experience the boats up close, whilst experts are on hand to talk through the latest models.
  2. Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show's attractions include a water sports area, working and narrow boats and a section where you can find celebrity interviews and educational shows. And making the most of its dockside location, there's always the chance to try out boats on the river.
  3. There's a variety of on-water activities available in the indoor pool so get ready to make a splash. Kids will be keen to get their hands on some of the deck games designed for younger hands - they can even try a scuba dive experience. Both interesting and educational, this is the place for little sailors to learn the ropes, especially as children under 15 get in for free.
  4. Watersports Action Pool for canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and more
     
  5. The Classic Boat display of traditional skills and marine artistry
  6. Talks and workshops on everything boat-related at The Knowledge Box

If you are visiting the London International Boat Show and would like to book accommodation nearby please contact us via email or phone and speak to one of our friendly customer service advisors on +44 843 289 88 20 or email: info@check-in-london.com