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27 Feb 2013

Dining at The Ritz Restaurant



With an immaculate prestigious standing and an endless array of accolades and awards, the legendary Ritz Hotel in London, which opened its doors back over a century ago, still continues to dazzle and delight with its extravagant interiors, elegant surroundings and its distinguished hospitality. It has always attracted the who's who of the world with a guest list that has previously included the likes of Charlie Chaplin to Churchill as well as countless royals, rich and famous and high society individuals..

The Ritz is a London landmark in its own right with its famous Piccadilly Arcade that is described as “the shortest Rue de Rivoli in the world and a prime central location surrounded by the top hotels and apartments in Mayfair. The afternoon tea served here in the impressive Palm Court is world renowned and the exquisite Ritz Restaurant which embodies every discerning luxurious detail of the Louis XVI era, from its rococo décor to its frescoed ceilings, is truly spectacular granting it its full accreditation as one of the most beautifully lavish dining rooms in Europe.

You may wonder if The Ritz, emphasized by all its lavish settings, may be slightly intimidating or pretentious, but that is far from the truth as Brett, who recently celebrated his birthday at The Ritz, will tell you.

“I had the pleasure of having dinner with my beautiful girlfriend at The Ritz on my 28th birthday. The usual birthday blues that kick in when you realise you are getting older quickly disappeared the minute we stepped into the beautiful building. I was warmly greeted Happy Birthday before we were seated in the grand dining room. A glass of bubbly followed promptly giving us the perfect opportunity to enjoy the splendour of the décor and discreetly scan the room for anyone famous.

The starters were both delicious. I chose something I have never had before, Artichoke Soup. It was refreshing and flavourful. The main course arrived with perfect timing for another drink and some intimate conversation. The lamb was faultless and melted in my mouth (it is cooked rare, so advise the waiter if you’d like it any other way). Indulgent desserts appeared soon after including a very classy soufflé and crème fraîche. The marvellous evening we were having was then topped off by a special personal visit from the chef who brought over a selection of more lush sweet creations and a Happy Birthday cake.

Overall, we felt truly elated by the whole experience and it is plain to see why why The Ritz is one of the top establishments in London with its impeccably high standard of service right from the smiling waiters to the spotless presentation of food.

So if you are looking for a truly unique and memorable dining experience in the capital with your other half, close friends, work colleagues or your family I would highly recommend a visit to The Ritz.”

24 Feb 2013

London's Fashion Capital




London Fashion Week kicked off this week and as one of the top fashion capitals of the world, London’s terrific shopping, exceptional creative talent, prestigious fashion institutions, hip neighbourhoods and trend setting locals have been a main source of inspiration and design for millions across the globe. Culturally diverse it may be, but every corner of London has a distinctive character, so whether you are visiting for a few days or a few years, you are sure to find a trendy part of town that suits your style.

Here at Check-in-London, our team are always out about town checking out the latest hip zones to see and be seen in. Based on some of the feedback we have received from our customers and colleagues we have selected the top 5 fashionable neighbourhoods that you can all home in London.


Our Top 5 Fashionable Neighbourhoods of London:


Mayfair

This prestigious district is on the top of the list for fashionable haunts and homes for its bang central location in the capital’s prime West End area and the fact that it is surrounded by the flagship shops and the terrific world class department stores of Oxford Street and Regent Street. Its high-priced real estate, flashy residents, swanky restaurants and exclusive member clubs sit alongside established fashion institutions like Savile Row's fine bespoke tailoring, Bond Street's high-end designer boutiques and the iconic Burlington Arcade, which was the world's first luxury shopping arcade.

Looking for accommodation in Mayfair? Click here for the best selection of Mayfair apartments London.


Knightsbridge

Coming closely behind Mayfair in the list is Knightsbridge, home to the infamous Harrods - an international Mecca of fashion and lifestyle, glamorous city folk, luxurious residences and classy architecture. The atmosphere is sophisticated tainted with a touch of glitz and there are plenty of ways to splash your cash here from the grand designer stores of Sloane Street to posh Michelin-starred restaurants and unbelievably fast sports cars.

Looking for accommodation in Knightsbridge? Click here for the best selection of Knightsbridge Apartments.


Chelsea

Just south of Knightsbridge is Chelsea, owing its style credentials to the popular King's Road that shot to fame in the swinging sixties with celebrity fans such as The Beatles. Today it is still at the very heart of this fashionable neighbourhood and is frequented by many style seekers, well-groomed locals and exploring tourists who come to enjoy its fine selection of boutiques, designer merchandise, art galleries, gourmet produce, cafe culture and posh nightclubs.

Looking for accommodation in Chelsea? Click here for the best selection of Chelsea Apartments.


Notting Hill

Having set the scene for many films, this trendy part of town has recently evolved into one of London's hippest neighbourhoods with its eclectic and vibrant Portobello Road Market and its charming colourful townhouses. The residents are well travelled and affluent, the boutiques are a mix of high-end designer, vintage and street style and the restaurants range from fine dining to budget bites. The local cinemas, The Coronet and The Electric, are a bit quirky and old-fashioned, but its the charming cobbled roads, traditional architecture, picturesque garden squares and quaint atmosphere that makes this a desirably cool address.

Looking for accommodation in Notting Hill? Click here for the best selection of Notting Hill Apartments.


Shoreditch (Liverpool Street)

This is where London's fashionable East End reputation stems from. It lies just north of the commercial centres of Liverpool Street and sits alongside the popular curry houses and Asian culture of Brick Lane. The area has seen a huge influx of artists, designers and creative talent who have made this neighbourhood home and been drawn in by its increasing number of converted warehouses, art galleries, vintage boutiques, upcoming labels, chilled out bars, exclusive clubs, trendy restaurants and music venues. Markets like Spitalfields, Columbia Road and Brick Lane also offer a huge source of inspiration and plenty of entertainment for locals and visitors. Street art and street style is literally everywhere and one-of-a-kind finds here may just be spotted on the tomorrow's international runways. From fabric to furniture, flowers to food, you will be spoilt for choice when you live in hot digs of Shoreditch.

Looking for accommodation near Liverpool Street? Click here for the best selection of Liverpool Street Apartments.

11 Feb 2013

Chinese New Year in London


Despite the rain, there was no shortage of spectators at the Chinese New Year celebrations which took place yesterday on the streets in and around central London’s busy Chinatown. The atmosphere was lively and colourful as thousands turned up to bring in the Year of the Snake and watch the vibrant parade which featured performances from renowned singers, dancers and musicians.

Unlike the 1st of January, The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, starts on the first day of the lunar month and continues for fifteen days which is when the moon is the brightest. It is celebrated in many countries across the globe by local Chinese communities and is one of the oldest and most significant festivals of the Chinese population.It is considered to be a major holiday in China, a time when Chinese families get together for customary traditions, parties and present giving and a time for superstitions and the large traditional annual dinner.

5 Feb 2013

A City of Love

Valentines Day London

The city of London can be the most romantic place on earth with over a million things to do and tons of special experiences to share with your loved one on Valentines Day and every other day of the year too.

But before you start planning exactly how you will try and spoil your other half or be spoilt yourself, make it the most memorable Valentines Day (like ever) and book a special place to stay for the night where you and your dearly beloved can rest your heads after all the celebrations come to an end.

If you are considering something private and relaxing, you may like the idea of a discreet luxury townhouse like The Athenaeum Apartments or perhaps something with a wow-factor like The Grosvenor House Apartments on Park Lane. Or maybe you are thinking more on the lines of the charming Cheval Phoenix House Apartments in Knightsbridge.

But there is no need to splash out on expensive accommodation if you are planning to go all out with everything else, because we do have some fantastic Special Offers running throughout February for these quality London serviced apartments.

OK, your stay all booked? Now it's on to the main event (no pressure). For those who are visiting the city for the first time or feel overwhelmed by the thought of Valentines Day itself, here are a few ideas from our team that are sure to melt any one's heart and win you major brownie points.



Proclaim your love with a personalised laser light message 100 feet above London at the Kensington Roof Gardens on High Street Kensington and spend the evening enjoying delicious food, drink and dancing.
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Treat your valentine to a 50s inspired chocolate making workshop for couples by Green & Blacks while sipping some bubbly and feeding each other chocolate dipped strawberries.

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Let London's famous sights pass you by as you wine and dine your loved one on a special Valentines Dinner Cruise on the Thames along with champagne, a three-course meal and slow dancing.
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To book an apartment for Valentine's Day in London get in touch with us at info@check-in-london.com or call us on +44 843 289 8820 and we'd be delighted to suggest some suitable options.

4 Feb 2013

Ashburn Apartments


The minute we arrived at The Ashburn Apartments we knew that this would become a very sought-after choice for short stays in the Kensington neighbourhood.

WHAT'S SPECIAL?
Admire the period fascade before you step inside one of these newly refurbished and stylishly appointed air-conditioned residences. You've got the privacy and space to really relax and every mod-con and appliance you could ever need, not to mention hotel style daily maid service and a friendly reception where you can pick up information on all the latest going-ons in London.

WHERE IS IT?
Off Cromwell Road. Facing Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum. Just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road station. 10 minutes walk from Earls Court station.

The Monument


Last week may have not been the best time to climb the 311 steps of Christopher Wren’s freestanding stone column but in spite of it being freezing cold and snowy, The Monument did not disappoint. In the midst of the busy City of London’s commercial trade, hectic city workers and flashy bars, sits this prominent yet tucked away structure.

Of course, if you were to compare the panoramas of The Monument to the views from one of the glass pods spinning around the London eye or even the spectacular vistas from sky-scrapping viewing platforms of the Shard, then you may find it slightly modest. But as a Londoner keen to experience and enjoy everything our capital has to boast about, I feel a trip up this intriguing pillar is worth it.