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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

2 Jan 2011

London Accommodation with Free Wifi




We all use the internet in our daily lives in some way or the other, whether to shop online, read news, do research, be creative and do business. We are in someway all connected by the internet and can almost certainly not function without it, especially when traveling. One of the top requests from clients when booking accommodation in London is free wireless internet.

Serviced Apartments are making it more easy to access the internet from the comfort of your very own home away from home and some even offer free wi-fi broadband. As opposed to expensive hotel internet usage rates, serviced apartments give you the comfort of using the internet like you would in your own home without the exorbitant bills.

The internet can be such a useful tool when you are on holiday or traveling on work. You can look up local attractions, travel maps, popular shopping areas and even book tickets to watch a musical. Don't get left behind, read up on the daily news and gossip and enjoy watching live programs and videos without any hassle of having to find a crowded internet cafe or wi-fi hotspot. You can also chat to your loved ones on messenger or voip ( voice over internet protocol ) like skype and googletalk making it so easy to keep in touch with friends and family without the worry of expensive phone bills at the end of your stay

Check-in-London brings you fantastic short stay London apartments with free internet access that are sure to make your stay more enjoyable and convenient.

Contact us to book London apartment with Wifi and speak to one of our friendly customer service advisors on +44 843 289 88 20 or info@check-in-london.com

Business Travel Tips for London


Business travellers make up a major portion of London's visitors and as each year passes by more and more professionals visit or relocate to the city for work or new career opportunities. London is a major global financial hub with many headquarters and businesses based here and hence the demand for business accommodation never seizes.

But travelling on business can often be a difficult and lonely experience specially when you are away from home for long periods of time and you miss your home comforts, home cooked food and your daily routine. We share some London business travel tips on how to make your visit to the capital more productive and relaxing.

What to consider for a Business stay in London?

1. Stay in a Serviced Apartment

Staying in a serviced apartment can be just the solution for you. Business Serviced Apartments in London make it easier for professionals to adjust to new surroundings than impersonal restrictive hotel rooms.

You immediately feel at home in a comfortable, spacious apartment where you can relax and unwind after a stressful days work and prepare meals in the comfort of your very own residence. Serviced apartments offer professionals everything they need combining hotel luxuries with the benefits of an apartments and making them the perfect accommodation choice for any business traveller.

Why live out of a briefcase, when you can enjoy your very own home away from home? Serviced Apartments offer that all important self-catering which gives you the freedom to eat-in and prepare food at your convenience so you can organize your meals the way you like. Maid Service makes it easy to put your feet up in a clean apartment with fresh linen and towels on a daily or weekly basis.


2. Find time to relax or exercise

Some apartments also feature leisure facilities like a gym, swimming pool and sauna making it easy to take time out for yourself whether your interested in fitness or you just want to sit by the poolside and read a book.

3. Wi-Fi is important

Most apartments offer internet access allowing you to just surf the web or prepare for an important business meeting while sprawling on your comfy couch.

4. Stay in a convenient location

Choose a location close to your main office or place of work, as peak hours in London can be very busy and tiring especially when commuting long journeys. Serviced apartments boast excellent central London locations and can be found in the main financial districts of the city such as Liverpool Street & Canary Wharf making it easy to commute to work and saving you time and money.


If you want more advice on business travel tips in London or to book an apartment please contact us via email or phone and speak to one of our friendly customer service advisors on 0843 289 88 20 or email : info@check-in-london.com