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30 Dec 2013

How to Book a Serviced Apartment in London




Booking a serviced apartment in London is a very simple process and here at Check-in-London, we can guide you through each step and make the booking process even easier. As London experts, we can advise you of the ideal location for your trip whatever your reason for travel may be. We have all the insider knowledge and tips on the best areas of London and we can help you to find the perfect London serviced apartment for your stay.

23 Dec 2013

Top Tips for Visiting London on a Budget


With its abundance of Michelin-starred restaurants, world-class theatre shows and billion pound properties, it's no wonder that London has a reputation as being a little pricey. However with free museums, amazing street food and great value London holiday accommodation all on your side, there's plenty of ways to make the most of your trip to London without making your credit card cry. 

If, like many of us, your New Year's resolution is to tighten your purse strings and spend a bit less, here's just a few of the ways to save money in London:

20 Dec 2013

5 London Attractions You Didn’t Know Existed



Think of London and you’ll most likely think of attractions such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or The Houses of Parliament. However, there’s a wealth of locations that don’t get the credit they deserve. 

If you’ve never been to London before, then visiting the tourist destinations are a must. But for anyone who’s tired of the usual tourist attractions or just wants to explore more of London, check out the 5 London attractions you probably didn’t know existed, below: 

18 Dec 2013

Our Picks for New Years Eve 2013 in London



What with royal babies and this summer's heatwave, 2013 has been a jolly good year for London all round and what better way to celebrate than on the biggest night of the city's calendar. Clubs, bars, restaurants and event organisers have been busy bees gearing up for this New Year's Eve in London and it's very nearly time to sample the fruits of their labour.

Of course, if you're staying in one of our holiday apartments in London, you could just relax in the comfort of your living room and tune into BBC1 to watch the fireworks. However, if you want to see the best that London has to offer, you'll want to venture out onto the busy streets. Here's our round-up of the best New Years Eve ideas in London 2013 with a little something for clubbers, first-timers to the city and foodies alike.

13 Dec 2013

Top 20 Attractions in London


There are so many top attractions in London that sometimes people can get a little confused as to what attractions and sights they should visit on their trip. From the British Museum to Big Ben, it's important to fit as many attractions into your trip as possible so we recently created an infographic on the Top 20 Attractions in London to help you in creating your itinerary and to see what the most popular attractions are according to the 2012 statistics from Visit London. Many of the most popular attractions are free which means that a visit to London can be a lot less expensive than you might think!

Our infographic lists the attractions in order of popularity (according to visitor numbers) and we have separated the top attractions into two sections, free attractions and paid attractions. The British Museum (free - 5,575,946 visitors) and the Tower of London (paid - 2,444,296 visitors) come out on top with the Tate Modern (free - 5,316,688 visitors), St. Paul's Cathedral (paid - 1,789, 974 visitors) and the National Gallery (free - 5,163,902 visitors) not far behind.

Be sure to try and visit these attractions when you visit London next and for great offers on accommodation, take a look at our Vacation rentals in London for an enjoyable stay in the city.

Check out the full infographic here:

11 Dec 2013

Best Places to Enjoy Halal Food in London

 


If you are looking for halal restaurants in London while staying in a Holiday Apartment in London then you really have a myriad of options to choose from. An increase in the number of "Haloodies" (halal foodies) and halal food options in London is changing the capital’s restaurant landscape (as seen on BBC) and many London restaurants now offer halal options or even a strict halal menu.

Halal essentially means "lawful" or "permissible" and relates to the method of slaughtering animals for food as per the laws of the Islamic faith. London districts like Bayswater, Edgware Road and Brick Lane are very popular with people who prefer Halal food due to the growing number of great halal restaurants.

As local specialists, here we have set out the best areas to stay to avail of good halal food in London:

4 Dec 2013

Things to do in London with the Kids this Christmas

 


Whether you are visiting London with the family this Christmas or just struggling for tips on what events to brings them to during the festive season, we have set out the top London attractions for kids this Christmas. If you are staying in one of our family apartments in London, these events are an ideal way to keep the kids occupied during your stay.

Here are some of the best things to do in London with the kids this Christmas: 

27 Nov 2013

Where to Order Food Delivery in London




Nothing beats coming home to the smell of home cooking and with London's amazing food delivery services, you don't have to be the one to put in the hard work! Whilst our self-catering apartments in London come fully equipped with kitchens, there may be days when you just fancy putting your feet up and letting someone else do the cooking for you why is why many of our clients ask us for recommendations of food delivery in London.

With so many highly regarded and Michelin-starred restaurants in London, it's only fitting that we also have tasty takeaways to match. From rounds of fresh sushi to gourmet burgers, here's our list of the best food delivery in London to get yours hands on your favourite dish direct to your door:

20 Nov 2013

Best Outdoor Ice Rinks in London




The weather has gotten significantly colder in the past while and everything is feeling and looking a lot more festive. One of the best ways to get into the festive spirit is to head to one of the numerous London outdoor ice rinks dotted around the city. Whether you are an expert skater or a stumbling amateur, it's a fun way to spend some quality time with friends and family and also a great way to keep warm with some light exercise as the weather gets colder. Located near some of our London serviced apartments, we have chosen some of our favourite outdoor ice rinks for you to ponder over and plan your next London ice skating event for over the Christmas period.

So wrap up warm and get skating at one of our best ice skating rinks in London:

13 Nov 2013

Top Day Trips from London




London certainly has a lot to offer; world-class museums, Michelin-starred restaurants, iconic buildings and an amazing range of shops and markets are just a pick of its amazing attractions. But every now and then clients staying in our London vacation rentals ask us to recommend interesting day trips from London when they fancy a little break from the city.

With the capital being such a cosmopolitan area attracting visitors from all over the world, it definitely has a different flavour from other cities near London. Therefore, venturing off on a day trip from London will give you a little taste of the other British traditions and unique towns that the UK has to offer.

Here's 5 of the best day trips out of London that we think are close by enough so that you can be back for dinner!

6 Nov 2013

A Local's Guide to Travelling on the London Underground


If you're heading to the capital to stay in a London holiday apartment, there's only one way to travel if you want to blend in with the locals: the London Underground. The tube conveniently connects you to all of central London so it's essential to get to grips with if you don't want to shell out for expensive taxis.

Spread over 9 zones and with 11 different lines, it's unsurprising that many tourists feel a little intimidated about venturing underground to catch the tube. However, as resident Londoners, we all use the underground every day and love it's convenience, value and speed.

Here's our top tips for using the London tube like a pro:


5 Nov 2013

What's New: Marconi House Apartments




Centrally located near a vibrant Covent Garden, our newest collection of London serviced apartments are the epitome of modern city living. Marconi House Apartments offer a stylish base for any trip to the city, whether business travel or leisure.

30 Oct 2013

Our New London Guide - Everything you need to know for your trip to London



 Our recently launched London Guide by our resident London experts or Check-in-London'ers offers insider tips for the best places to eat, drink and be entertained in the capital as well as offering great travel tips and information for your trip. We break down the multiple options into easily digestible sections making your job much easier as you plan your trip to London. We can also help you find a serviced apartment in London which will make a great base from which to explore all the attractions, entertainment and shopping areas that are included in the London Guide.

Here we give you a sneak peak into what's included in the London Guide:

23 Oct 2013

Halloween in London: Top 3 Scary Attractions




With a past ranging back over 2000 years and many brutal events written in its history books, it's no wonder that London is rumoured to be one of the most haunted capital cities in the world. If you're staying in one of our London holiday apartments this Halloween, who knows how many ghoulies might be hanging around close by?!

We love a good fright, and at popular scare attractions, such as The London Dungeons and The London Tombs, you can learn about London's grisly past. We also recommend trying something a little different this Halloween.

Here's our pick of the top 3 scary Halloween attractions in London.

16 Oct 2013

Where to stay for Christmas in London



It may be a little early to mention the "C" word, but when it comes to Christmas shopping, it's always best to be prepared (especially in London). If you are planning a trip to London for your Christmas shopping, then we have a list of the best shopping areas and our recommended serviced apartments in London.

1. Mayfair/West End

The heart of the West End shopping district, this area features such shopping favourites as Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regents Street and Carnaby Street. Luxury and High Street shopping blend together in this area and you can find High Street favourites such as Topshop, Primark and H & M alongside luxury department stores such as Selfridges and everything in between. Kid's favourite Hamleys is a shopping hotspot on Regent Street and it's never more popular than at Christmas. Oxford Street alone is lined with over 300 shops which makes it the first stop on any shopping trip to London. The Mayfair/West End area has everything you would need from a shopping trip to London including shops, department stores, restaurants and entertainment.

Our recommendations:


Arlington House Apartments: Located in the heart of Mayfair, these luxury apartments are fully furnished with sleek, high end fittings and feature light and airy living spaces. Featuring state of the art amenities, these holiday apartments would be a great base for any shopping trip to London.


Oxford House Apartments: The location of these apartments make it an ideal choice for anyone planning a shopping trip to London. Oxford Street apartments are newly refurbished  and have a light and airy feel with modern, sleek furnishings. Containing fully fitted kitchens and wooden floors and floor to ceiling windows, these apartments are a great base for any trip to London but are ideally located for a Christmas shopping trip. They are great value, centrally located apartments ideal for a shopping trip to the capital.

Mayfair House Apartments: Located in Mayfair, these apartments are within walking distance of the most popular shopping areas of London, Oxford Street, Regents Street and Bond Street. These apartments have two styles of apartments; one classically decorated and one with a modern contemporary finish. Both styles of apartment feature fully fitted kitchens with all modern conveniences and amenities.


2. Knightsbridge/Sloane Square



The prestigious Knightsbridge area is a very popular area for luxury shopping in London. The luxury department store, Harrods, is located in this area where you can find all the luxury and designer goods that you may need on your shopping trip. Here, you can also explore the gourmet food hall for some Christmas themed treats and perhaps take a well-earned break at the Champagne and Oyster Bar. Sloane Square is another good choice when it comes to luxury shopping with a myriad of designer boutiques to explore if you are not in any way budget conscious!

Our recommendations:


Claverley Court Apartments: These apartments boast an exclusive Knightsbridge address and are within minutes of the famous luxury department store, Harrods. Offering a luxurious living experience, these apartments feature high-end furnishings and designer furniture and are set within an elegant period townhouse.


Cheval Phoenix House Apartments: Located near Sloane Square, these apartments are ideally located for a luxury shopping trip to London. A Victorian conversion, they feature elegant decor and furnishings and on-site facilities including 24 hour concierge and a fitness room.



Chelsea Cloisters Apartments: Located in Chelsea, these apartments are just minutes from Sloane Square and Kings Road and luxury department store, Harrods, is just a short walk away. They feature modern furnishings and bright, airy living spaces and ideally located for any shopping trip to the capital.



3. Bayswater, Paddington & Notting Hill



This area is a very popular area of London and it would be a great base for your Christmas shopping trip. A bustling neighbourhood, this area features many shops, restaurants and pubs. The Whiteley Shopping Centre is to be found in this area and is London's very first department store. Portabello Road Market is also huge attraction in this area and attracts both tourists and Londoners, especially on weekends. If that is not enough, the more popular Oxford Street shopping district is but a short tube ride away.

Our recommendations:


Princes Square C Apartments: Located in Bayswater, these apartments are ideally located within walking distance of Whiteley's Shopping Centre. Set in a charming period property, these apartments feature open plan layouts, wooden flooring and fully fitted kitchenette with modern applicances.



Grand Plaza Apartments: Situated in the Bayswater area of London, these apartments are located in a stunning Victorian building within walking distance of the bustling West End district. Grand Plaza Apartments boast spacious living areas and sleek, modern furnishings.




Chilworth Court Apartments: Set in the Paddington area, these apartments are only minutes away from the bustling Oxford Street shopping district. Offering stylish and contemporary living spaces, they also feature a host of hotel style services such as: 24 hour reception and daily housekeeping.




For more information on this or any other Holiday Apartments in London, please call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

15 Oct 2013

What's New: 48 Bishopsgate Apartments



A buzzing area dotted with trendy bars and quirky markets, it's no wonder that our serviced apartments near Liverpool Street are hugely popular. Our newest apartments in the area are the 48 Bishopsgate Apartments which offer the distinctive interiors to match its vibrant location.


9 Oct 2013

Exhibition Centres in London



As London is a center of international trade and finance with great international links and a thriving scene of growing businesses, it's no wonder that many of those who book our London serviced apartments are business clients. In fact, many travel especially to the capital to head to one of the many trade exhibitions that are located in London.


1 Oct 2013

Award-Winning Apartments in London


Here at Check-in-London, we handpick all of our apartments to ensure that we only provide our customers with London serviced apartments of the highest quality and service. As a result, many of our apartments are award winning.


What's New: Longridge Road Apartments


Longridge Road Apartments are our newest property and the latest addition to our portfolio of Earls Court Apartments in London. We visited these apartments last week and we were very impressed with what we found....

WHAT'S SPECIAL?
Offering a collection of studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, these boutique apartments are designed with every type of traveller to London in mind. Located just five minutes walk from Earl's Court station, they are ideally placed for both business and leisure travellers as all major business and tourist areas are easily accessible from this station. All apartments are newly refurbished to a high standard and feature complimentary wireless internet. Suitably decked out with modern furnishings, colourful decor and wooden floors, these apartments have an open plan layout with spacious living areas comprising a dining table, a DVD player and a flat screen TV. The bright, contemporary kitchen space is well equipped with all modern conveniences such as an oven and hob, microwave, and a fridge freezer. Set in a charming period conversion, the large windows give these apartments a light and airy feel and the splashes of colour on the feature walls and furnishings add a feeling of modern, boutique-style elegence.


WHERE IS IT?
Located just five minutes walk from Earls Court tube station, these apartments are ideally located for anyone seeking serviced apartments in the Earls Court or Kensington area. Excellent transport connections offer quick links to many parts of the city including tourist attractions, business districts, major railway stations and international airports. There are a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and boutique outlets nearby and the main shopping areas of South Kensington and High Street Kensington are within easy reach via a short tube ride.





WHAT'S IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?
The Earls Court & Olympia Exhibition Centre is but a short walk away and nearby attractions include the Royal Albert Hall and three of London's top museums; the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Other nearby attractions include the Kensington Palace and Gardens and the neighbouring areas of Knightsbridge and Chelsea are renowned for luxury and boutique shopping, with Harrods being a huge attraction for those who love to shop but also, for those who would prefer to browse! A handful of stations (Earl's Court, West Kensington and West Brompton) are within five minutes walk from the apartments providing access to every corner of the city within minutes.


Natural History Museum


WHY WE RECOMMEND IT?
Not only do these apartments boast a modern, spacious and newly refurbished interior but they are also very conveniently located for any traveller to London. Weekly housekeeping ensures that the apartments are well maintained and a secure entry system means that guests can check in and out safely and securely. Some apartments also have access to a courtyard (please enquire with our London Accommodation Specialists about this). On top of all that, these apartments offer a service called the Flying Butler Service which is an optional concierge service which can make your stay in London even more comfortable and stress-free.

For more information on this or any other Serviced Apartment in London, please call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

25 Sep 2013

London's Beer Revolution



London is in the midst of an uprising. The capital has seen a surge in craft beer interest as well as a rise in the number of breweries based right in the heart of the city. Luckily, all of this enthusiasm is spilling out into London's bars. Therefore, if you're staying in one of our serviced apartments in London, you'll need to clear a little space in the schedule for a pint or two to see what all of the excitement is about. Whether you're a fully fledged beer aficionado or need a little more help deciphering your IPAs from your porters, get involved by trying out one of our favourite bars for beer in London.


1. The Rake
14 Winchester Walk, London Bridge, SE1 9AG

A little bundle of joy hidden in the midst of the foodie mecca that is Borough market, The Rake boasts a 130-strong range of bottled beers from across the globe plus a constantly changing draught beer range. Whilst, smaller than the average person's front room, the pub is award-winning and beer connoisseurs can marvel at the signatures on the wall from big players in the brewing industry. Also, being so close to London Bridge, it's the ideal place for some adventurous post-sightseeing tipples.


2. Brewdog Shoreditch
51-55 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA


Despite its achingly cool credentials, Shoreditch isn't an area generally visited by many tourists. However, with its buzzing restaurants and trendy bars, you'd be missing a trick if you didn't make the trek to the east. Brewdog's exposed brick and bare concrete interiors perfectly reflects the rock'n'roll, shabby chic vibes of the area. The interestingly titled Dead Pony Club and Cocoa Psycho are just a couple of the brews on offer.


3. Euston Tap
190 Euston Road, Fitzrovia, NW1 2EF

Sitting just outside Kings Cross Station, Euston Tap is the ideal way to begin or end (or both!) a trip to the capital. Offering rare beers not often seen in the UK, Euston tap is a must-visit for beer enthusiasts looking to expand their beery horizons. Serving up light and floral IPAs in the summer months and warmth-inducing chocolatey stouts in the depths of winter, Euston Tap serves up great beers without the pretension that sometimes accompanies them.


4. The Lazy Fox
18 Farm Lane, Fulham, SW5 1PP


The Lazy Fox in Fulham is one beery bar where the bartenders get it easier than most. Whilst the dark wood furnishings and roaring fires might suggest a traditional pub, the unique self-serve beer wall (the first of its kind in the UK!) hosts a rotating call of the best brews hailing from our little island. Get experimenting with the beer wall or opt for a table with your very own beer tap and you won't even have to get up from your seat to get the next round in.


5. Octoberfest Pub
678-680 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 5SA

It may not be Munich but with its lederhosen-wearing staff and buzzing communal hall, Octoberfest Pub is the closest you'll get to the annual celebration outside of Germany itself. Offering up a slice of the famous Munich party all year round, the pub sources all of its food and drink from the Oktoberfest suppliers to ensure that you get the most authentic experience. At 80-strong, their range of German beers is the largest in the UK.

If you're interested in visiting more pubs in London, follow us on Pinterest and take a look at our London Pubs board.


If you are visiting soon and want to book a London serviced apartment near one of these great bars for beer lovers, speak to a customer advisor. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

24 Sep 2013

What's New: 1 Harrington Gardens




1 Harrington Gardens are our newest property and the latest addition to our portfolio of South Kensington Apartments in London. We visited this apartment recently and we were very impressed with what we found.


WHAT'S SPECIAL?
These recently refurbished South Kensington apartments are suited to any type of short stay and leisure vacations in London and have all the services that you would expect from a quality London serviced apartment. Suitably decked out with modern furnishings and wooden floors, these apartments comprise a fully fitted kitchen, a combined living and dining area with a dining table, a flat screen television and free wireless internet. Each apartment feels light and airy with pastel shades and unique artwork used throughout.




WHERE IS IT?
These apartments are located in the heart of London's Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea. They are conveniently located nearby to the South Kensington tube station and their central location mean that all London attractions are easily accessible from here either by a short tube ride or on foot.


WHAT'S IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?
These apartments are on the doorstep of three of London's most popular museums; the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. South Kensington itself not only offers a wealth of cultural attractions, but it also offers a breathtaking architectural landscape and is one of the most picturesque areas of London. Other popular attractions within easy reach include Kensington Palace and Gardens, the Royal Albert Hall and the Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centre. The neighbouring areas of Knightsbridge and Chelsea are renowned for luxury and boutique shopping, with the luxury department store Harrods a nearby attraction also.

Victoria and Albert Museum



WHY WE RECOMMEND IT?
Not only do these apartments boast a stylish modern interior but they are also conveniently located for any visitor to London. The apartment building is located in one of the most desirable areas in London and is nearby to all London attractions either by a short tube ride or on foot. Daily housekeeping  and daily towel and linen change ensure the apartment is well maintained and there is an order in restaurant facility which provides a homely convenience during your stay.

For more information or to speak to one of our accommodation specialists about London serviced apartments, call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

18 Sep 2013

Best Street Food in London




London has become quite a foodie paradise in the past few years with street food markets springing up all over the city and ever increasing in popularity. From traditional British fare to trendy Asian offerings, it's a great way to explore just some of the culinary delights that London has to offer during your stay in a London serviced apartment

Here we tell you where to find the best street food in London...

Borough Market

One of London’s oldest food markets, this market has something for everyone. Located right beside London Bridge Station, it is a food lovers dream with cakes and pastries alongside traditional English pies and Indian street food. One of the highlights of the market is the scallops on the half shell topped with crispy bacon and the freshly shucked oysters from the fishmongers. You can buy your fresh produce here for dinner and then have lunch from one of the variety of food stalls while sipping a chilled glass of chardonnay.

Opening times: Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 8am-5pm.


How to get there: Get the Jubilee or Northern Line to London Bridge. The market is located right next to London Bridge Station.

Accommodation nearby: Borough Green Apartments or Borough Superior Apartments.




Street Feast

Street Feast is London’s pioneering night market with a variety of traders selling a variety of cuisines from American barbecue to South-east Asian. You will find it all here as well as numerous tasty vegan options and craft beers. The atmosphere is similar to that of a festival so get there early and beat the queues. Located in Dalston Yard during the summer months but currently holding occupancy of Hawker House, a large warehouse in East London decorated with fairy lights and with a huge meat smoker outside for those smoky St. Louis barbecue ribs.

Opening times: Fri & Sat 5pm-12am

Website: www.streetfeastlondon.com

How to get there: See the website for details.

Accommodation nearby: Park Lane City Apartments.


KERB at King’s Cross


Their motto of ‘Making Cities Taste Better’ says it all and the giant green letters spelling KERB adorning the pavement mean that this street food offering is hard to miss. Having recently lost their position at the gherkin (which is being hotly contested as we speak), this pavement sensation is bringing the international street food scene to London’s King’s Cross with everything from Italian-American Sandwiches to Asian Pork Buns to Rib Meat Rolls. The traders here vary from day to day so be sure to check who will be there on their website.

Opening times: Tues-Fri 12-2.30 pm


How to get there: Get the Northern, Victoria, Picadilly, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan or Circle line to King’s Cross St. Pancras and it’s a 10 minute walk from there


Global Food Kitchen at Camden Lock Market

Among the jewellery, bags and music stalls in Camden Lock Market sits the Global Food Kitchen which provides a huge variety of international cuisines and everything from Mac and Cheese to Ethiopian Curry to Indian street food. Reasonably priced and located in a bustling Camden Town, it is sure to get your tastebuds fired up.


How to get there: Get the Northern line to Camden Town and it’s a 5 minute walk from there.

Accommodation nearby: Camden Street or Camden Town Apartments.


For more information about the best local London street food markets or to book a Serviced Apartment in London, speak to our accommodation specialists now. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

28 Aug 2013

Top 10 Tips for Visiting London



If you're coming to London, especially if its your first time in the capital, there are some important things that you should consider before and during your trip. 

Below are our top tips for visiting London:


21 Aug 2013

Notting Hill Carnival


Every August bank holiday, Notting Hill turns into a familiar collage of fluorescent colour as the largest street festival in Europe proudly roams the roads.

Yes, it’s the Notting Hill Carnival.


From 9am to 7pm on both Sunday and Monday, hundreds of revellers will unleash their wild side and take to the neighbourhood's streets, masquerading bright costumes and eye-catching floats whilst parading and performing past the hoards of onlooking crowds.

True to the carnival’s roots (its Caribbean origin dating back to the 19th century as a celebration of abolition of slavery), the rhythmic sounds of the West Indies’ Soca and African’s Calypso and steel band traditionally fill the air, while more contemporary Reggae, R&B, Funk, House beats also play through static sound systems.

But the music and aesthetic displays aren’t the only partakers in this sensory festival. Swallowing down some jerk chicken or chicken wings with a cup of rum punch is a must and all part of experiencing the exotic delights of traditional Caribbean cuisine.


When evening dawns and the processions turn in, the fun continues into a number of carnival after-parties.
‘Children’s day’ is traditionally on Sunday, while ‘Adult’s Day’ takes place on Monday. Though there’s not much difference between the two (the children parading is shorter on Sunday and the after-parties longer on Monday), it is worth bearing this in mind if you’re planning to take your family.


 
Like for most events, getting the tube to the carnival is your best bet. Take the Central line or District and Circle line to Notting Hill Gate, but be aware that this is EXIT ONLY and many nearby stations are restricted. See here for to plan your journey to and from the carnival.

Please note that Transport for London have announced the following advice:

For safety reasons, some stations may close temporarily to prevent overcrowding. It may be worthwhile waiting until the station reopens instead of going to a different station.


If you're looking to stay nearby, whether it's this weekend or anytime in the future, the Bayswater, Paddington & Nottting Hill area is the perfect central London base for short stays in London.

14 Aug 2013

London Neighbourhoods: Clerkenwell


Our 'London Neighbourhoods' blog posts are created to give you a better insight into the best London neighbourhoods to stay when booking a London serviced apartment. This week the spotlight is on hip central London neighbourhood, Clerkenwell.


Clerkenwell

Ask the average Londoner what they know about Clerkenwell and most will awkwardly pause before cleverly diverting their knowledge to one of the surrounding City of London areas. The historic neighbourhood of Clerkenwell may not be the most overt area of London to visit, inconspicuously sat above the flurry of Bloomsbury, Holborn, Farringdon and the Barbican, but nonetheless this small, self-contained neighbourhood is rife with historic, cultural and, today, fashionable merit.


Steeped in history, this Medieval town was a popular residential area in the 18th century where Oliver Cromwell called home, before being transformed into an epicentre of brewery and gin distilleries during the Industrial Revolution (the large warehouses still remain and have made significant transformations into shops, restaurants and bars). Although Clerkenwell dipped into decline during the post-war era, it is now reputed for its hip and trendy (but not pretentious) ambience, as well for being one of the best places in London for restaurants thanks to its overwhelming gastronomic reputation.


Gastropubs, historic bars and a concoction of Georgian and Victorian style boutiques and bistros riddle its cobbled streets and are housed in its aesthetic buildings, labelling it a must-see for every modern traveller. During the day educational buffs will be spoilt for choice at the Marx Memorial Library on Clerkenwell Green, while at night young twenty-somethings crowd into its Fabric and Turnmills nightclubs, two of the biggest in the city. Its annual Design Week, the country’s leading independent design festival, always attracts a diverse hoard during the third week of May.

And when you've soaked up the history and satisfied your culinary cravings enough, both Farringdon and the Barbican neighbourhoods, which are popular northern areas of the City of London, are only a fifteen minute walk away. Nearby attractions, which can all be reached either by foot or via a short tube journey, include Sadler's Wells Theatre, The Barbican Centre, Museum of London, St Paul's Cathedral, British Museum, Sir John Soane's Museum, Old Bailey Court House, and the countless attractions at West End.


We have a selection of Clerkenwell Serviced Apartments, but here's the latest apartments on the block:


Rosebery Apartments:
Rosebery Apartments are set in a beautifully restored Victorian red brick building in London’s original Little Italy, just off Farringdon Road and a five minute walk to Clerkenwell Road. With quirky, contemporary interior decor, these sleek apartments boast spacious, open plan living areas and benefit from attractive on-site facilities like a reception, gymnasium and weekly housekeeping.
View more & Book here


St Johns Street Apartments:
Set within a striking new development overlooking a landscaped courtyard, these stylish apartments are located in the heart of Clerkenwell just off the main Clerkenwell Road. Homely and comfortable residences, each has fully equipped and fully furnished rooms and benefits from free wireless internet and a balcony.


View more & Book here



Gardner Court Apartments:
These bright, open apartments are an attractive and inviting accommodation of choice in the heart of the Clerkenwell area, situated within a modern glass high-rise building. As well as offering comfortable living, inclusive facilities and services such as 24 hour concierge, free wireless internet and Hi-fi entertainment systems enhance its desirability.


View more & Book here



Horseshoe Court Apartments:
Located in a quiet road just off Farringdon Road and set within a striking new development overlooking a landscaped courtyard, these modern serviced apartments are neutrally decorated and feature high standard furnishings and desirable on-site, inclusive services such as 24 hour concierge. Some apartments also benefit from having a balcony!
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13 Aug 2013

London's Top Football Stadiums


Attending a football match during your stay in London is a fantastic experience - it puts you in touch with local life and allows you to experience some of the finest sporting action on the planet. Many visitors to London enjoy a trip to one of the famous stadiums throughout the capital to take in a match or take a tour of one of its magnificent arenas.


Why not enhance your London short stay with some edge-of-the-seat football action? Alongside Wembley Stadium, there are a further 6 football grounds that play host to world class sporting drama in the English Premier League:

7 Aug 2013

5 London Facts You Didn't Know




It may be your first visit or your second home, but when it comes to London there's always something new and interesting you can learn or discover about the city. And as local specialists, we not only comb the city for the best serviced apartments in London, but we also like to make sure we brush up on our London knowledge when we can. Our Anniina went on a walking tour of London and below are some of the amazing, quirky facts that she discovered about the city.
FACT 1:
Buckingham Palace

In fact, it was Tory politician John Sheffield, who became Duke of Buckingham in 1703, who built and named it Buckingham House for himself as a grand London home. It was associated with royalty in 1761 when George III bought Buckingham House for his wife, Queen Charlotte. It became known as the Queen's House and was transformed into a palace in the 1820s for George IV, but was not an official residence of the monarchy until 1837, when Queen Victoria moved in.


FACT 2: Green Park Flowers

This park, formerly referred to as Upper St James, was named Green Park in 1746 for simply just being green and largely bare of trees and flowers. Rumour has it that King Charles II used to go there to pick flowers and give them to pretty women strolling through. When his wife found out, she ordered every single flower in the park to be pulled out and no more planted. Green Park remains flowerless to this day.


FACT 3: Trafalgar Square Lions

Edward Henry Landseer, the sculptor of this popular London monument at the foot of Nelson’s Column, had never actually seen a lion at the time of its sculpting and so relied on his pet dog as a model to mould the statue. Upon looking closely the sphinx-like statue, you can see it partially resembles a canine with its hind legs and tongue sticking out. Though many queried Landseer’s novice ability as he was only known for his painting, he was appointed to sculpt the statue in 1958 and it was finally unveiled in 1967.

FACT 4: The Lords & Common's Bridges

The wrought-iron Westminster Bridge we see today, which was the replacement structure to the first erected one hundred years prior, was painted green to match the leather benches in the House of Commons. Similarly, Lambeth Bridge, the next bridge up river, is painted red to match the leather benches in the House of Lord's. The Palace of Westminster, where Parliament is housed, lies in between the two. In parliament, the rift between the governing party and opposition is also apparent by them being seated exactly two sword lengths and one foot away from eachother.


FACT 5: Queen's access at Temple Bar

Not many people are aware of this, but The City of London, also known as 'the Square Mile' is not actually part of England, but is a privately-owned corporation that is not under the power of either Government or the Queen. Therefore, when the Queen wishes to enter the City, she is met by the Lord Mayor at Temple Bar (the symbolic, and only surviving, gateway into the City of London, which dates back to 1350 and rumoured to have been designed by Christopher Wren) where she has to officially request permission from him to enter this private state. This ceremonial and respectful act is marked with a bow before the Mayor leads the Queen into the City. Likewise the Lord Mayor has to seek permission from the Queen to enter Greater London.

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6 Aug 2013

What's New: Oxford House Apartments



Oxford House Apartments are our newest property and the latest addition to our portfolio of Marylebone Apartments in London. We visited this property last week and were impressed with what we found...

WHAT’S SPECIAL?
These Two Bedroom Apartments are distinctively designed with every kind of traveller in mind, from a couple on a weekend break (min two nights stay) to a family staying for several weeks. Suitably decked out with modern furnishings and wooden floors, these roomy apartments comprise a large fully fitted kitchen, separate bedrooms, and a combined living and dining area with a dining table, a flat screen TV, DVD player and free wireless internet. Its large floor-to-ceiling windows not only give the apartment a light and airy feel but also make full use of the terrific location’s city views. But the Two Bedroom Penthouse Apartment goes a step further by featuring a wrap-around terrace - perfect for evening drinks - that offers clear (nearly panoramic) views over the city and where you can spot many of London’s famous landmarks from. Added touches also help give the apartment a cosy ambiance - if the chocolate on the pillow doesn’t make you smile, the origami towel swan certainly will!


WHERE IS IT?

Sitting just 400m away from Goodge Street station, these apartments are located in the heart of the West End in Marylebone, a five minute walk from the east end Oxford Street and a similar distance to the acres of parkland at Regents Park. Outside of the apartment on the vibrant Tottenham Street is several local amenities and a convenience store, not to mention the spectacle of the BT Tower towering above.


WHAT’S IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?

Marylebone itself not only offers world-class shopping on both Oxford Street, Carnaby Street and the accompanying Regents Street, Bond Street and Baker Street, but is also dotted with an abundance of designer boutiques and homeware stores, artisan cafés, restaurants, and bars on Marylebone High Street. An affluent area, and generally the busiest in London, the West End district has something for everyone. Nearby attractions include the many West End theatres and cinemas, Selfridges, Madame Tussauds, Sherlock Holmes Museum and Regents Park. Mayfair is within walking distance, and other popular neighbourhoods such as Westminster, Knightsbridge and Chelsea can be reached via a short tube ride. A handful of tube stations are within a five minute walk of the apartments, providing access to every corner of the city within minutes.


WHY WE RECOMMEND IT?

Not only do these apartments sit in a convenient location for any traveller to the capital, the apartments provide spacious living throughout (not a common asset for property in this area) in quiet surroundings away from the hustle and bustle down below. Weekly maid service and towel change ensure the apartment is well maintained and, what’s more, the secure entry system into the building offers guests the flexibility to check in and out safely and securely whenever they please (before/after the specified check out/check in times).


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 Jul 2013

What's New: The Apartments By The Sloane Club




If you're coming to the capital and looking for a unique trip of a lifetime, your best bet is to stay in unique luxury accommodation. And if you're looking to stay in unique luxury accommodation, you can't go wrong with The Apartments by the Sloane Club, our brand new serviced apartments in Knightsbridge could well provide just that.

WHAT’S SPECIAL?

From its plush, elegant and rich classically-designed interiors right down to its luxury L’Occitane de Provence toiletries, these apartments are impressive at even the highest of standards. Among the finest luxury apartments in London and perfect for both long and short stays in London, each apartment is individually and uniquely designed with a variety of colour schemes, and all feature designer kitchens, air conditioning, wireless internet, top of the range interactive SMART TV technology, and king size beds. Some apartments also offer scenic garden views or a small private courtyard, and the Large Two Bedroom Apartment has a dining table centrepiece.


WHERE IS IT?
This late 18th century Victorian development is located in the heart of Knightsbridge on Lower Sloane Street, the road that links the neighbourhood to Chelsea, and are only a ten minute walk from Sloane Square and Knightsbridge tube stations. The apartments boast a great central location and are often used by guests attending affairs such as the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club Championships, Royal Ascot or the Chelsea Flower Show.


WHAT’S IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?


Everything London has to offer is either on your doorstep or can be simply found within a short tube ride. Knightsbridge, one of the city’s prime locations, is engulfed by some of the world’s best designer and boutique shopping, not to mention that its focal point is the most famous department store in the world, Harrods. Harvey Nichols is another principal store of the area, and Prada and Gucci are among the other household names. Fine dining options are plentiful, including the multi award-winning Michelin-star restaurant, Marcus Wareing at The Berekely, and worldclass bars and celeb hangouts are a defining feature of Knightsbridge and its neighbour Chelsea. Chelseais a ten minute walk away and popular historical and cultural attractions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace and the splendid gardens of Hyde Park are too within easy reach.


WHY WE RECOMMEND IT?

Not only do these apartments boast fabulous brand new interiors and arguably one of London’s most desirable addresses, but they also offer a wide range of hotel-like services, such as daily housekeeping, extravagant Champagne Breakfasts, in-apartment dining, special occasion hampers, and grocery shopping services to make your stay more comfortable, practical and luxurious. Secure car parking, which is a rarity in this neighbourhood, is available and the 24 hour concierge is available to book any travel or provide any information you need during your stay. What’s more, extra guests can be accommodated through the provision of an extra foldaway bed (at a small additional charge and subject to availability) in the larger apartments.


WHAT NEXT?
If you're as impressed with The Apartments by The Sloane Club as we are, click here to check availability and book these apartments for your trip to London. We also have a number of other apartments in the Knightsbridge area, so click here to view them.

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