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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.

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.

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.

Serviced Apartments are ideal for short stays, city breaks, business trips and holiday rentals and offer more comfortable living spaces, self-catering facilities and all the modern conveniences that you would find at home. Check-in-London provides a wide range of modern serviced apartments and self-catering flats in and around Central London from budget studios to luxury penthouses.

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.

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.

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.

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