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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.