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10 Dec 2012

A Paramount View


Paramount - Centre Point Building - Tottenham Court Road

Gazing across the breath-taking 360 degree views of London’s cityscape from the 32nd floor of the Centre Point building at the epi-centre of the city at the corner of Oxford Street, it seems only obvious why the Paramount Restaurant and Bar has become one of the most chic and stylish places in wine and dine in town.

Sleek interiors and sophisticated furnishings by internationally renowned designer Tom Dixon create a discerning atmosphere that allows you to take in and enjoy a truly exceptional dining experience. But make no mistake, the food here is equally deserving of praise with a delectable selection of modern and classic British dishes created by Head Chef Colin Layfield who presents an impressive mix of A-la-carte options like pressed foie gras, double baked roquefort soufflé, veal cutlet and lemon sole as well as some genuinely mouth-watering desserts like raspberry mascarpone crème brulée, champagne sorbet and decadent valrhona chocolate puddings. Scrumptious!

Keep Calm & Carry On


Originating from the very attitudes in which people went about their daily lives during a time of conflict and distress in Britain, the “Keep Calm & Carry On" Poster was an understatedly simple wartime propaganda, that today has transformed into a brand of its own and taken the shape of a wide range of paradoxical memorabilia and merchandise for the modern consumer. The poster was introduced by the British Government in 1939 during the Second World War in order to encourage civilians and military personnel to maintain morale and keep spirits high, but was only ever distributed in limited numbers or forgotten in storage.

Speed Across the River Thames


The Thames Speedboat Ride is a definite must-do activity for those want to experience the city from a thrilling new point of view. Unlike the conventional tourist trails and city guides, this action packed boat ride is a combination of water sports and a unique sightseeing experience that is sure to get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping as you take in the sights and whiz past some of London’s most iconic landmarks and attractions like the Palace of Westminster, London Eye, MI5, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower Bridge, O2 Arena and many more.

The journey is made at a speed of up to 35 knots in fast Rigid Inflatable Boats that are extremely robust, stable and safe and zoom across all the way from Westminster Pier to the Thames Barrier. The whole adventure can last from 50 mins up to 1 hour 30mins depending on the package and includes a knowledgeable and comedy tour guide who provides the on-board entertainment and superb commentary. 

James Bond's London

James Bond's home - London.
If you haven't already seen it, we definitely recommend the latest 007 movie Skyfall and that is not only because we were lucky enough to actually be on the set of the movie while it was being filmed back in February in Westminster near "M"s headquarters in Vauxhall. (photo below)
Topping the success of the previous 22 films from the 50-year-old celebrated James Bond franchise, Skyfall does not disappoint audiences and features plenty of drama, action and impressive special effects filmed around our capital. Even some very nerve-racking scenes on the London Underground that kept us on the edge of our seat.
But what's so amazing about the world's greatest secret agent? Well we all love him to bits because London is the home and headquarters of this suave and sophisticated international spy.

6 Dec 2012

Redefining Luxury in Mayfair

The Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living unquestionably places itself in the list of the top best serviced residences one can experience in London.

We headed over to Mayfair to check out this fantastic property and were truly impressed. Welcomed in by a charming concierge, the Check-in-London team were directed up to the main Reception floor which was breath-taking to say the least with an exceptionally stunning Atrium lounge area flooded by the sun’s brilliant rays that shone through a glass roof across a central courtyard that is also overlooked by the residences.

A Dolphin Square Lifestyle in Westminster


An address within its own right, the Dolphin Square property sits proud and prominent along the Westminster bank of the River Thames covering an impressive three and a half acres of land and collectively adding up to 13 striking red brick buildings all overlooking a haven of manicured gardens and a splendid water fountain. 

A short walk from Pimlico station (or a slightly longer walk from Victoria station), past a beautiful church and many local amenities, reaches you to the Dolphin House reception area, where we took a few moments to admire the colourful art by Emma Moir on display at the time. With many of its original hotel features incorporated into apartment style living, it is no wonder that customers are choosing to stay here and making the most of the remarkable facilities that we were taken around to see like the sophisticated bar, family friendly restaurant, larger-than-average 18mtr indoor heated swimming pool, fully equipped state-of-the-art gymnasium, studio classes, squash courts, reputed wellness clinic and flower strewn landscaped garden area that lets you escape from the relax away from the hustle and bustle of Central London.

The River Cafe in Hammersmith


If there is one thing West London has that attracts a stylish mix of delightful locals and well-known celebrities, its a fine selection of riverside dining and from our 10th floor Hammersmith office window you can just about catch a glimpse of the gourmet stretch which runs from Putney to Chiswick. 
Check-in-London's Brett, who also happens to live in the neighbourhood, decided to investigate just what all the fuss was about and headed over to one of the Thames Riveiras's most acclaimed and priciest haunts, The River Cafe.

Early to Bed and Early to Rise


"Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" was published by Benjamin Franklin who has also sometimes been mistakenly been credited for the concept of Daylight Saving Time.

Daylight Saving time was implemented in England around 1916 and was conceptualised by New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson who found the after-hours daylight extremely useful to his hobby of collecting insects. Here are some interesting clocks we came across during our apartment visits around London.


20 Nov 2012

Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Rubens Hotel

Afternoon tea is a traditional affair that many Londoners and London visitors are quite familiar with these days. Most hotel establishments around the capital offer an Afternoon Tea selection that are perfect as a treat for friends, loved ones or even a business meeting and some even jazz their menu with stylish themed cakes, gourmet bread and of course exclusive irresistible teas from around the world.
Check-in-London’s Tanielle, lover of all things traditional and tea related, recently headed over to the Rubens at the Palace Hotel in Victoria for the popular Rubens Traditional Afternoon Tea and came back very pleased with the whole experience.

Baker Street Apartments in Marylebone


When it comes to living in Central London, only a few other neighbourhoods quite compare to the hip and in-the-heart-of-London status that Marylebone has become so very desired for. And perfectly placed to soak up the fashionable Marylebone lifestyle are the new Baker Street Apartments.

The Check-in-London team headed over to the new property last week to take a closer look on what is on offer and were very impressed. Set just 5 minutes from Baker Street station and the world-renowned Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the Baker Street Apartments effectively balance everything a modern traveller could need and tick all the boxes when it comes to location.

11 Oct 2012

Seek And You Shall Find - Your Perfect Serviced Apartment

Looking for a Serviced Apartment in a city like London can be so daunting. With so many great locations, its not the easiest decision if your visiting the capital for the first time or have some specific requirements while traveling.

Friends who have stayed have clearly enjoyed the savings, not to mention the convenience of space and self catering that is ideal for families or long stays and are urging you to give it a go, assuring you of the benefits serviced apartments have over hotel rooms. So why is it taking so long to find the right apartment ?

'Serviced Apartments' can sometimes be misrepresented and maybe perceived as hotel lodging or inn-like but make no mistake these apartments offer some of the most chic and contemporary accommodation for city living today. Of course, price does play a huge part in the overall experience and if your looking for something budget don't expect 24hour reception. However if your planning to make your trip to London a memorable one, mid-range apartments offer the ideal choice for business or leisure travellers who don't want to be troubled by messy tenancy contracts and service bills of an unserviced property or the restrictions of overpriced hotel rooms. The flexibility and true cost saving advantages that serviced apartments offer are not easy to ignore and with the trend of the Home Away From Home gaining such momentum the industry is growing rapidly.

But for now, Yes the industry has got some fundamental issues that need sorting out for example, Instant Availability. The fluctuating supply of serviced apartments has left a somewhat fragmented network that is being focussed on and is in the process of being streamlined and standardized to offer better accommodation solutions to visitor and a more reliable service.

Well its only human to want to ask for help ? and guess what, help is on hand. Check-in-london Serviced Apartments brings you the selection you Want with the service you Need to find yourself the perfect apartment to suit your budget and needs whether your traveling alone, with friends or with family. Our team is based in Central London and offer you their dedicated support and assistance with their extensive experience of serviced apartment rentals and knowledge of London completely free of charge.

The big question thats on all our minds is - What will it be like ? Now, there is no way you can possibly know what the apartment will be like if your booking it from abroad. But thats not a problem as we keep things simple yet informative offering you a detailed summary of the apartments as well as pictures and videos where possible giving you a brief idea of the area, local amenities, transport links and main attractions so that you can make the all-important decision that will ensure you have an enjoyable stay in the capital. We guarantee you the best rates in London and provide clear and concise check-in and check-out procedures making it easy to book your accommodation without any hassle.


Below Ground Level

Living on the Lower Ground Floor may not be to everyone’s liking, and sometimes the thought of a basement flat could be enough to entirely put off a guest from a great property. But the reason we are talking about Lower Ground Floor Apartments today is because of their overlooked cost-effective advantages.

Most traditional properties including Georgian, Edwardian or Victorian style of residential buildings in and around the capital have a Lower Ground Floor. Historically speaking, this may have once been the quarters for servants or storage, but recent refurbishments and conversions have turned this below-street level of space into more attractive fully-contained spacious apartments.

Contrary to its damp, cold and dark reputation, Lower Ground Floor Apartments offer a bright, spacious, warm and welcoming atmohsphere and hold the keys to a great value stay in the capital.

28 Sep 2012

St Marks Apartments in Islington























Here at Check-in-London, we love visiting exciting properties in our city and last week’s soiree hosted by the fantastic team behind the Citadines Aparthotel chain gave us the perfect opportunity to experience the high standard of quality and service on offer at the St Marks Apartments.

Discreetly tucked behind some well pruned trees on City Road in Islington, the St Marks Apartments can be easily missed, but this striking property offers a range of affordably prices and superbly appointed residences that should not be overlooked by any visitor to the capital.

19 Sep 2012

Fountain House Apartments



The reason we have chosen the Fountain House Apartments as our "Somewhere Special" Serviced Apartment this week is because the lush Four Bedroom Penthouse Apartment you see spaciously unfolding in the photo above is simply one of our top "Special" properties in the capital. Now it’s no secret that park views in the heart of the city come at a significant premium, but this apartment has so much more than just stunning vistas of manicured greenery.

18 Sep 2012

Top Services for London Corporate Travellers

Serviced Apartments for Business

Last week we attended the Office 2012 Exhibition at London Olympia. The show featured some insightful presentations and talks focussing on the Business Travel market and highlighted some of the current trends affecting corporate bookers, office managers and executive assistants when buy accommodation and travel today.

Traditionally, serviced apartments were the obvious solution for long stays, corporate relocations or temporary placements and secondments, but these days their business centric facilities, cost savings and easily accessible locations make them a perfect solution for corporate short stays and business trips from one night, a few weeks or many months.

Here at Check-in-London, we are well versed with all the requirements of the modern business traveller and place many corporates in London serviced apartments and aparthotels that feature flexbile cancellation terms and a host of convenient facilities catering to the business set.

We take a close look at some of these important amenities that our corporate travellers and bookers consider when they book their stay.

Top Services for London Corporate Travellers:

1. 24 hour reception/concierge

Many serviced apartments have a 24 hour reception or concierge desk and ensure a member of staff is available round the clock to assist with anything guests may need during their stay. They also offer the choice of an Early/Late Check-in (additional charges may apply) and with business trips often scheduled around flight timings, local working hours, individual work commitments etc, flexible check-in times has become an important requirement for most business travellers.

2. Free Wi-Fi

Internet access is such an important aspect of work life and it can be so frustrating to check-in to a hotel and find out that it costs almost half the nightly room rate to use the internet for a day. Serviced apartments, on the contrary, usually offer wireless (sometimes wired) internet access FREE of charge, so guests can easily do work or connect with clients and colleagues via the internet without any hassle.

3. On-site restaurant & bar

On-site restaurants and bars usually come as standard in a hotel and are also available in some hotel-style serviced apartments. For guests who may not have the time or energy after a busy working day to come home and use their fully equipped kitchen facilities, on-site restaurants and bars offer a place to relax while being served a delicious meal or a refreshing cocktail. It also gives guests the option to entertain or have social meetings with clients or colleagues without having to leave the property.


4. Work desks

Many serviced apartments come equipped with fully functional in-residence work desks and can really help an individual be more productive during their stay by giving them the space to focus on work or prepare for meetings and presentations. Usually a work desk will come with stationery, a direct dial telephone, internet connection and power points where guests can comfortably rest or charge their laptop, phones, iPads etc.

5. Car parking

On-site secure car parking facilities are ideal for business travellers who prefer to drive or hire a car during a business trip. Guests can save money on parking costs and save time by avoiding the hassle of searching for parking spaces.


6. Business centres and meeting rooms

A wide range of Hotel style Serviced Apartments or Apart hotels also offer Business Centres and Meeting rooms. Business centres feature services like faxing, photocopying, scanning and office suites whereas meeting rooms come with state-of-the-art equipment, audio-visual presentation technology and conference facilities that present a professional experience perfect for delegates or corporate group bookings.


30 Aug 2012

Whites Row Apartments

Whites Row Apartments


The latest property to hit the Check-in-London website is the brand spanking new Whites Row Apartments. We were lucky to get a sneak preview of the property last week and even though at the time the decorators were still adding the final touches, it was plain to see that the Whites Row Apartments had everything and more you could ever need for the perfect city living experience.

While some of us were tempted to indulge in some fashionable treasures around the corner at Spitalfields Market and some of us drooling at the thought of a a delicious curry from nearby Brick Lane, we managed to resist the temptation and quickly found ourselves at the front door of the building, past some famous street graffiti from Nathan Bowen (Like us on Facebook to see more) and a snapshot of the gleaming curved Gherkin landmark.

Everything was newly fitted and freshly scented and as we walked into the apartments we felt like we were unwrapping a new present. The cool urban surroundings seamlessly translate into the décor within the flats from the bold graphic prints, smart bright colour palette, high quality furnishings, sleek modern furniture and spaciously bright open plan living and dining spaces that are equipped with the latest high tech appliances and cozy home comforts. Outside the window you can see how London has embraced and mixed the old with the new as traditional industrial brick buildings sit alongside conceptual glass skyscrapers. You are also spoilt for choice if transport links is high on the priority list during your stay with easy connections literally only a short walk away like Aldgate station giving you access to the Metropolitan Line, Aldgate East station giving you access to District, Hammersmith & City Line, Liverpool Street station giving you access to Central, Circle, National Rail and Stansted Express and Aldgate bus station with many local bus routes.

If you choose to mingle with stylish trend setting Shoreditch folk or find time to absorb some of the rich East London multi-cultural atmosphere or even get down to serious business around the corporate hotspots around Liverpool Street, then this should be one of your top choices as it places you slap bang in the middle of it all giving you a place to relax, recharge and enjoy being in the comfort of your very own fully equipped home from home.

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

12 Aug 2012

What's New: 55 & 60 Park Lane Apartments

55 & 60 Park Lane Apartments


It has to be said that the 55 & 60 Park Lane Apartments enjoy a London address that a very few other serviced apartments in the city can boast about. Overlooking the lush green Hyde Park gardens from a prestigious neighbourhood, this new addition to the Check-in-London portfolio of Mayfair Serviced Apartments offers a discerning home for short term lets of 90 nights and over and offers a haven of luxuriousness and English charm complimented by a top class customer service team and an indulgent selection of home conveniences.

Mayfair itself is a very up scale district with exquisite restaurants, classy designer boutiques, posh nightclubs and British institutions like the Dorchester Hotel, Royal Academy of the Arts, Burlington Arcade, Savile Row and Bond Street. The West End excitement and entertainment is enviably close putting you within easy reach of the capital's top shopping, dining, theatre, night-life, arts and culture. What's more is some of the most visited attractions in the city including the famous Buckingham Palace is literally a short walk away.

The traditional décor in the apartments are elegant and understatedly British with fine mahogany furniture, ornate furnishings, hand-picked antiques, fine artworks and premium English fabrics. Every mod-con is at your disposal and fine amenities like Molton Brown toiletries, luxury anti-allergy pillows and a full Wedgewood dinner service with crystal glassware are also included.

If you are dreaming of a quintessential British home, here it is.

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

22 Jul 2012

BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

Proms at Royal Albert Hall



With around 74 concerts planned for this summer, the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington are sure to ignite your passion for music in one way or another. Celebrating over 166 years under its belt, its no wonder people from far and wide come to witness this event and give classical music a try. Tickets start from as low as £5.00 and the audience is a mix of Londoners and tourists who come for the unique experience that this music festival keeps alive with spirit of quality and classical music. There is also a term used for queuing up on the day referred to as “Promming” where one can enjoy the top most views of the hall up amongst the music floats that are beautifully illuminated during the performances.

If your visiting London to visit the Proms and need accommodation, why not book a serviced apartment. Check-in-London features a fantastic range of serviced apartments in Knightsbridge & Kensington.
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.

London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games

London Olympics 2012





London shines with pride as it plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games, sporting colourful rings, banners and buntings in every corner of the capital, and welcoming with cheery enthusiasm, the competing athletes who arrive with world record breaking aspirations and gold medal winning ambitions.

While our expectations for the Opening and Closing Ceremony may be high, London has surely gone to town in the run up to the games with Olympic festivals, exhibitions and celebrations galore, drawing in millions of visitors and generating a huge amount of interest for the Games and the home city.

The highlights around London during the Games :



The Torch Relay

Before it reaches the Stratford Olympic Park, its final destination, the Olympic torch winds its way across the country and capital, carried by 8,000 inspiring torchbearers, very nearly passing our office in Hammersmith, giving everyone the chance to share and be a part of the excitement of the Games.

(Photo : Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye)

The Richmond Park Rings
The iconic Olympic Rings have been mowed out in the grass of the beautiful Richmond Park’s open green spaces by the Royal Park’s shire horses and gives all those arriving into the home city by air a spectacular introductory welcome to the Games.

Exclusive Games Lane

The capital’s roads and traffic control has been transformed to accommodate the influx of Olympic athletes, press and participants with exclusive Games lanes. This may cause a bit of build up on the roads so check the routes and restrictions before you think of hiring a car and driving around.



Tower Vaults

The Tower of London, one of London’s iconic landmarks, adds an air of ancient charm to the Games, having safely guarded precious treasures and possessions for centuries, it will protect the Olympic Games Medals, that every athlete will be hoping to covet, until the awards ceremonies.

(Photo: LOCOG)


The Arcelor Mittal Orbit

Designed by renowned artist Anish Kapoor, this intertwined and futuristic observation tower sits 377 feet above the Olympic Park, and has been created to symbolize for years to come the lasting legacy of the London 2012 Olympics.


The Olympic Pop-Up Shop

Have your photo taken with the Olympic torch or explore over 12000 sq ft of Games merchandise and collectables, including clothing, mascot toys, jewellery, stamps, mini torches, posters, pin badges and more at the Official London Olympics Pop-up shop near the Serpentine Lake Hyde Park. Nearest station is Knightsbridge.




London 2012 Festival

Running from 21 June-9 September, the London 2012 festival is a 12 week nationwide celebration dedicated to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, forming a fitting end to the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the biggest ever cultural event in our history.

12,000 performances and events will take place around the country inspired by London 2012 from free outdoor events, riverside gigs, unique art installations, car collections, classical music shows, street parties, dance performances, multicultural exhibitions and even Shakespeare plays.

(Photo : festival.london2012.com)


Not to be missed:

The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games
From 28 July – 12 August at the Royal Opera House – Free

Tells the story of ancient and modern Olympians through artefacts, film, graphics, and audio from the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

http://www.roh.org.uk/about/the-olympic-journey


Road to 2012
Until 23 September at the National Portrait Gallery - Free

Displaying portraits of the renowned and inspiring athletes and behind-the-scenes people who make the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games possible while highlighting their stories and achievements.

http://roadto2012.npg.org.uk/

19 Jun 2012

Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Wimbledon





Every year the end of June, the leafy West London suburb of Wimbledon is highlighted by the prestigious Wimbledon Tennis Championship presenting a dramatic fortnight of tennis action where the world’s top players battle it out to claim the No.1 ranking title.

This long standing tournament has gained an immense following of over millions of fans from around the world since its first competition in 1877 and is the most anticipated sporting event of the summer attracting royal patronage, the crème de la crème of society and enthusiastic spectators who come to enjoy delicious strawberries and cream while watching the finals played on the famous Centre Court and No.1 Court.

Wimbledon 2012 promises to be a championship to remember with competitors like Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and Serena Williams all vying to take the home historic Wimbledon trophy.

Fancy a bit of history? Then head over to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum to experience a remarkable multi-dimensional tour of the traditions, triumphs, sights and sounds that have made Wimbledon the most coveted title in tennis.

The Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club will also be used for the London 2012 Olympic Games so if you are looking for accommodation during the matches, book a Serviced Apartment to really make your stay an unforgettable one.

Check-in-London features a great choice of short stay serviced apartments in and around the Wimbledon neighbourhood with self-catering facilities, spacious living and dining areas and weekly housekeeping providing a comfortable base within easy reach of Central London.

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

30 May 2012

The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

Queens Jubilee





It’s not every day that a royal celebrates a Diamond Jubilee, in fact she is the only British Monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee, other than Queen Victoria in 1897. So we are throwing her a party, a nationwide party, to honour Queen Elizabeth II who marks sixty years of her reign on 2nd June 2012.

With the extra Bank Holiday (5 June), Jubilee fever will reach an all time high and attract thousands of visitors to the city of London who will come to witness an outstanding programme of events taking place from Saturday 2nd June to Tuesday 5th June across the city.

Join The Queen and Katherine Jenkins on the Saturday 2nd June as they attend the first official event of the long weekend at the prestigious Investec Derby in Epsom.

Sunday 3rd of June will be main day with a Big Jubilee Lunch party which will take shape in the form of traditional street parties or picnic lunches brimming with brilliantly British union jack hues. http://www.thebiglunch.com/

Then head over to the riverside to watch as the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant unfolds as one of the year’s most exciting events with over 1000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world, carrying 20,000 people down the Thames lead by The Queen in her Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell accompanied by celebratory music. http://www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org/

On Monday 4th June don’t miss the special BBC Concert over at Buckingham Palace which will feature top music stars like Elton John, Shirley Bassey, Jessie J, JLS, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney and many more that will be give a spectacular show in honour of The Queens Jubilee.

Finally, the celebrations draw to an end with a service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday 5th June attended by the Queen and members of the royal family and 2,000 invited guests followed by a formal carriage Procession by The Queen.

There are thousands of Britannia memorabilia out there to commemorate this joyous occasion from cups to coins, scarves to scones, medals to Marmite, and posters to pillow. Here are some of the best places to look to look for quirky royal keepsakes.

Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Liberty, Heals, V&A Shop, Cath Kidston, John Lewis

London will be extremely lively and vibrant during the Jubilee Weekend but if you haven’t booked your accommodation yet why not stay in a serviced apartment and enjoy a cool and relaxing home from home apartment to enjoy the royal festivities.

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

Image by Josh Knowles

11 May 2012

Unmissable Art Exhibitions in London

Masterpieces in London





London is bursting with exhibitions of fine works of art from some of the world’s greatest artists featuring unmissable collections by Damien Hirst, Picasso, Lucian Frued, J.W. Turner & Leonardo Da Vinci.

Whether you are a fine art connoisseur or just someone inspired by sheer genius & skill, you are sure to enjoy these superb exhibits that include some of the largest and most exclusive selections of pieces ever displayed together, compiled for your viewing pleasure.

Marvel and admire their different dimensions and depths and uncover the passion behind the artists that created these exceptional masterpieces which have influenced generations of artists in the years to follow.

Our top Art Exhibitions currently on are :

1. Damien Hirst at Tate Modern until 9 September.

With over 70 iconic pieces, be amazed by this controversial artist who has become famous for his shocking and un-conventional works of art like a picked shark, diamond skull and bisected cow and calf.

2. Picasso and Modern British Art at Tate Britain until 15 July.
Explore Picasso’s ties with Britannia and take a closer look at how this Spanish artist influenced British Modern Art and British artists including the likes of Henry Moore, Francis Bacon and David Hockney.

3. Lucian Freud Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery until 27 May.
This extraordinary range of realistic portraits display more than 100 of Freud’s most notable pieces covering family, friends, acquaintances, artists, performers and even the Queen reflecting an eclectic and intriguing body of work from the 1940s till his death in July 2011.

4. Turner Inspired : In the Light of Claude at the National Gallery until 5 June.
Bold and enlightening, this noteworthy exhibition investigates the comparison between JW Turner’s works of art to that of The Old Master Claude, who was said to have had a strong influence on the artist's vision and technique of painting.

5. Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist at The Queen's Gallery until 7 October.
A dazzling portrayal of Da Vinci’s understanding of Human Anatomy in these remarkably accurate anatomical drawings from this Renaissance genius on display at the Queens Gallery in Buckingham Palace.

If you are visiting London to attend one of these amazing art exhibitions, why not stay in a Serviced Apartment close by. Check-in-London features a superb range of Serviced Apartments in and around London's top art galleries and museums that are ideal for short stays or long lets and come fully equipped with all the modern conveniences and essential amenities. Central London locations like Oxford Street, Mayfair, Bayswater, Kensington, Knightsbridge & Victoria are perfect for business or leisure and also have easy access to all the art and culture hotspots of the Capital.

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

4 May 2012

Chelsea's Desirable Apartments

Sloane Square Apartments





Tinted with an air of sophistication, this desirable and posh London neighbourhood is one of the Capital’s most desirable and exclusive places to live. Characterised by elegant period properties, world famous shopping, charming boutiques, chic coffee bars and a vibrant arts and culture scene, this attractive area is ideal for professionals, families and holiday makers and offers a convenient base to work, explore and enjoy the city.

The exciting West End district is just moment’s away and world class shopping, dining and entertainment is right around the corner on the Duke of York Square, Kings Road, Sloane Street & Knightsbridge. Famous department stores like Harrods and Harvey Nichols are within walking distance and the nearby Saatchi Art Gallery exhibits some fantastic art collections.

From luxurious hotel style residences to great value city pads, there is a superb choice of accommodation available in and around the Sloane Square location. These peaceful and relaxing apartments are fully furnished with a range of facilities and amenities and provide the perfect home away from home for any guest with full kitchens, washer dryers, dishwashers and weekly or daily housekeeping.

Some of the popular serviced apartments in the area are :

Chelsea Cloisters
STUDIO | 1BED | 2BED - 24 Hour Reception, Lifts, Full Kitchen
A basic style of furnishing with hotel style facilities

Claverley Court Apartments
STUDIO | 1BED | 2BED - 24 Hour Reception, Daily Maid Service, Free Internet
Newly Opened with luxurious interiors and high quality amenities

Chesham Court Apartments
STUDIO | 1BED | 3BED - Reception, Full Kitchen, Free Internet
Exceptional value for a superb location.

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

7 Mar 2012

Currency Exchange in London

Currency Exchange





The UK pound sterling is the fourth most traded currency in the foreign exchange market and is a generally stable and high-value currency. Exchanging foreign currency for British pounds is extremely easy in and around the city of London. There are numerous Bureaux de change in airports, banks, post offices, street kiosks and travel agencies where you can exchange money. But it is always wise to shop around for the best deal, as exchange rates and commission charges may vary from place to place.

Some of the best rates are available in Banks like HSBC, Natwest, Barclays and Llyods TSB, Travel Agencies like Thomas Cook and sometimes Post Offices. Banks, building societies and post offices are open Monday to Friday between 9-5 and some are also open Saturday mornings. Travel agents are often open on Saturday afternoons, and some may open Sundays.

Before you travel, consider bringing your money in several ways - cash, credit/debit cards and traveller’s cheques which can be replaced if stolen. While there are no restrictions on the amount of money you can bring in or take out from the UK, make sure you are aware of the rules in your own country.

ATM cards are a cheap and convenient way of obtaining British pounds and they accept most international cards with the Visa, MasterCard or Maestro symbols. Using an ATM card means you never have to carry around large amounts of cash but keep in mind that there may be a limit on the amount you can withdraw each day. Some ATMs (or cash points as they are called in the UK ) may charge your card for withdrawals especially if you have a non-UK account.

Credit/Debit cards like VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted in shops around the UK and are easy way to pay for things as they operate on a good exchange rate and a fee of roughly 1.5%. Check with your bank for rates and charges and try to notify them of your trip before you travel. American Express and Diners Club are less commonly accepted and sometimes carry additional surcharges.

If you are exchanging Traveller’s cheques, make sure you buy them in UK pounds sterling as there are additional fees to exchange traveller cheques in other currencies. Thomas Cook travel agencies charge no fees for cashing UK pounds sterling traveller’s cheques issued by another one of their own branches anywhere in the world.

Currency that is not very stable or common in the UK (like South America, Russia etc) is less likely to be accepted or exchanged so consider bringing US Dollars or Euros instead of your own currency.

If you are travelling to London and want to stay close to a Bureaux de Change why not try staying in a serviced apartment in Central 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 Feb 2012

Valentine's Day in London

Valentines Day London





London is one of the most romantic cities in the world, so why not impress your beau with a truly special and unforgettable experience this Valentine’s Day. Whether you are up for something a little more adventurous than a meal for two or if you just in the mood for a little down time together, London offers a great variety of exciting and loving ways to share the day with your significant other half.

Here are some great ideas if you are looking for some inspiration :

1. Couple’s Massage
Indulge in some much needed pampering sessions in one of the capital's many spas and wellness centres. Try out an exotic body wrap for two, a Moroccan Mud Rasul or a sensuous Couple’s Massage.

2. Dinner Cruise
A dinner cruise on the Thames is sure to melt any heart with picture perfect views of the city at night time accompanied by fine food, drink and slow dancing.

3. Stroll in a Royal Park
Walk hand in hand with your honey as you stroll down the riverside or in one of London’s stunning royal parks and fall in love all over again.

4. Romantic Dinner with a view
Wine and dine your sweetheart as you toast your togetherness over a gourmet dining experience at one of London’s top restaurants with spectacular views like Altitude 360, Glavin at Windows, Min Jiang, Rhodes Twenty Four, Oxo Tower Restaurant or Paramount.

5. Thrilling West End show
Sweep them off their feet with a thrilling romantic west end musical like Phantom of the Opera, Dirty Dancing, Mama Mia or Ghost. Book Theatre Tickets at Discounted Rates - Click Here

6. Exclusive London Eye flight
Or pull out all the stops and spoil your loved one on a London Eye Flight for two to show them how much you really care with breathtaking views of the city, champagne, chocolates dipped strawberries and canapés.

And if you have still not booked your London accommodation, why not stay in a Luxury Serviced Apartment where you can even prepare a loving meal in your own kitchen. Check-in-London features a great selection of Luxury Serviced Apartments around the capital from cozy studios to exceptional penthouses that are a great alternative to a hotel. Some apartment buildings offer fantastic facilities for couples like swimming pool and steam rooms, wellness spas and fine dining restaurants.

Our top romantic luxury serviced apartments are :
  1. Town Hall Apartments
  2. Metropolitan Apartments
  3. 130 Queensgate Apartments
Speak to a customer advisor now to enquire or book a Luxury Serviced Apartment in London. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

3 Feb 2012

Serviced Apartments with Gyms

Serviced Apartments with Gym



After the festive season, the New Year starts to make us feel obliged to eat more healthily and do more exercise giving us a reason to turn over a new leaf with new ambitions, new commitments and new ways to improve our life.

However by now, most of us are beginning to feel the strain of sticking to our New Year fitness resolutions. On top of that, the cold and sometimes rainy weather can be an obstacle to even the most determined individual. But for some, going to the gym is a key part of an everyday routine.

Like Hotels, Serviced apartments are realizing the importance of being able to provide well-equipped fitness and leisure facilities for their guests. Gyms and fitness centres are a great place to refresh and rejuvenate your body after a busy day and can be a great benefit to those travelling on holiday, for work or even relocating.

Staying in a Serviced Apartment with an on-site gym or leisure centre gives you more flexibility with your schedule and can be a real stress buster providing the perfect setting for relaxation and well-being.

Most modern serviced apartment developments in the Capital feature a gym or a swimming pool and steam room that are included in the price. However the facilities and equipment in each Serviced Apartment gym/leisure centre can vary and while some are open for 24 Hours, others may be only accessible during certain hours.
Check-in-London offers a range of Budget, Mid-Range & Luxury serviced apartments that provide gymnasiums or leisure facilities for their guests.

Our Top London Apartments with Gyms
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.

2 Jan 2012

Bring It On 2012!

New Year Fireworks London





London's Firework Display on New Years Day

We have had a fantastic year here at Check-in-London and as always would like to sincerely thank all our colleagues, customers and partners who have supported and helped us to grow from strength to strength.

As Mayor Johnson impressed us all with a spectacular show of dazzling new years day fireworks we take a deep breath and prepare ourselves for the upcoming events in 2012 that are set to shake things up in the City of London including the Queens Diamond Jubilee (June 2-5) which will see excitement and celebration on par with last year’s royal wedding and the much-anticipated London Olympics (June 27- August 12).

Wishing you all the very best for the year to come.