30 Jul 2013
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.
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.
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.
Need help with your booking or would rather speak directly to one of our London accommodation experts?Feel free to call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email@example.com. We'd be more than happy to help.
29 Jul 2013
Summer has reared its beautiful head this year and London is going through its hottest spell in temperature since 2006. Beach holidays are once again on the agenda, and who needs the Mediterranean, the Caribbean or the Indian Ocean when you have an array of seaside offerings within a two hour train ride of the British capital?
While you enjoy the comfort of your London holiday apartment, there is plenty of ways you can also enjoy cooling off in the city. There are a range of outdoor swimming pools (lidos) that are open throughout the summer.
Here are our favourite Lidos in London:
1. Brockwell Park Lido
This lido is known affectionately as "Brixton Beach." This Olympic-sized pool caters to serious swimmers in training right the way through to families and friends looking for a splash in the sun. It is set in beautiful Brockwell Park, a 125-metre park with views into the City of London and Canary Wharf. However, this pool is not heated, so make sure you brace yourself before taking the plunge!
Entrance fee: £3.50 adults, £1.90 children
Transport: Brixton (Victoria Line) - 15 minutes walk; Herne Hill (Overground) - 3 minutes walk
More info: http://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/Brockwell_Lido/facility/Outdoor_pool
2. London Fields Lido
A 50-metre heated open-air pool that was renovated in 2006, this lido is located in a pleasant park and is immensely popular with East London locals. It is one of the few heated lidos in London, and therefore can be recommended all year round.
Entrance fee: £4.65 adults, £2.80 children
Transport: London Fields (Overground) - 5 minutes walk; Bethnal Green (Central Line) - 25-minute walk
More info: http://www.better.org.uk/leisure/london-fields-lido
3. Parliament Hill Lido
Parliament Hill Lido is tucked away in the quiet Gospel Oak suburb of North London. It is an enormous 60 metres long and 27 metres wide and contains stainless steel lining, which gives the water a unique shimmer and retains the natural heat to warm the water.
Entrance fee: £4.30 adults, £2.70 children
Transport: Tufnell Park (Northern Line) - 8 minutes walk
More info: http://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/contacts/non-council-contacts/contact-parliament-hill-lido.en
4. Serpentine Lido
A great example of open water swimming in the heart of the capital. There is a "fenced off" area of the famous Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, which played host to the Olympic 10km Open-Water swim. Water is tested weekly to ensure quality and hygiene.
Entrance fee: £4.50 adults, £1.50 children
Transport: Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line) - 5 minutes walk
More info: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park/sport-in-hyde-park/serpentine-lido
Or, if you fancy exploring the quintessential English seaside (buckets, spades and ice creams in hand), here are some nearby traditional seaside resorts that work perfectly as a day out from the big city to cool off.
Here are our favourite Lidos near London:
Located on the south coast of England, Bournemouth is a long-standing favourite with its sandy beaches, cliffs and fun-filled pier including a theatre. Many different bars, restaurants and nightlife lie in wait for when the beachtowels are rolled away.
Getting there: Train from Waterloo Station in 1 hr 50 mins; approx £49 return; www.swtrains.co.uk
The closest of its kind to London, Brighton is an immensely popular seaside resort and cultural base on the Sussex Coast. If you don't mind the stoney beaches and large crowds, the never-ending entertainments on the seafront and the charm of "The Lanes" shopping area make for a spectacular day out.
Getting there: Trains from Victoria, London Bridge, Blackfriars or Farringdon take around 1 hour. Price from £16 return; www.thetrainline.com
(On hot days, trains to Brighton can get extremely busy - get to the platform early to get a seat.)
Whitstable is a small seaside town in Kent, famous for its oysters and upmarket seafood restaurants. There is a small castle, a charming shingle beach and a lower-key alternative to the more lively Kent coastal resorts of Margate and Ramsgate.
Getting there: Trains from Victoria take around 1 hour 25 minutes; approx £25 return; www.southeasternrailway.co.uk
The town of Eastbourne is complemented with a laid-back seaside resort that is quieter than nearby Brighton. The stoney beach enjoys a spectacular backdrop of the cliffs at Beachy Head, and the 1930s bandstands on the seafront hold daily summer concerts
Getting there: Trains from Victoria take around 1 hour 30 minutes; approx £30 return; www.southernrailway.com
If you are visiting London soon and want to book London accommodation or want some advice on your nearest Lido, speak to a customer advisor now. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability.
24 Jul 2013
We hope the guide below helps with this process so you don't come here feeling like a fish out of water.
Where to live...
It all depends, of course, why you are moving. If, like many, you’re coming to the Big Smoke for work, it’s always sensible not to live too far from the place you’ll likely be commuting to and from five days of the week. London’s tube network may be able to fit on a small A5 piece of paper, but it sure does cover a lot of (under)ground. For example, crossing from the far East to the far West will take you at least ninety minutes on the tube and won’t be the most cost or time effective arrangement.
Just because an area is not on the tube map, doesn’t mean it’s not within reach of the city. In fact, popular commuter areas, especially for families, tend to lie in the West and North West of London in more surburban areas where frequent fast trains journey into central London stations like Waterloo, Paddington, Kings Cross and Victoria in under thirty minutes, and which has the M4 main road within easy reach.
But wherever you decide to root yourselves, price will more often or not be an important factor to consider.
The general rule is that the most expensive to live is in Central London (the most expensive being Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge) and as you move further out, property buy and rent prices become cheaper. Of course, there are some outer London ‘desirable’ areas that defy this rule, such as most of the South West London region in towns like Richmond and Wimbledon, but it’s a general rule of thumb to bear in mind.
It’s all very well setting your sights on the most central locations on a London map, but many suburbs out of the city are an excellent base that actually provides a more beneficial balance between hectic London life and a more peaceful rural community. Thoroughly research the neighbourhoods or districts in and around London and identify what they are good for, always bearing in mind price and travel time/cost. Our Relocation page signposts the top London areas to relocate, while our location guides are a good place to explore for yourself.
What accommodation to live in...
Most people in London choose to live in an apartment as opposed to a house, as it’s generally cheaper and gives you the option to rent or house share with others. But if this is your first relocation to London, sorting out utility bills, agency fees, moving in dates, council tax and furniture takes a lot of pre-planning and can be an overwhelming hassle, especially if you’re moving from abroad or may only be staying for a few months. This is why a lot of people now choose to stay in Serviced Apartments for their relocation to London, whether its for professionals or whole families, for the whole of their stay or just for a few months to get their feet firmly on London turf.
You may already be aware, but Serviced Apartments eliminate this hassle by including these sorts of charges, like a hotel does, as well as providing you with a spacious environment and a homely experience. Fully equipped kitchens, living and dining areas, separate bedrooms and bathrooms- all fully furnished with amenities, furnishings and facilities- are just a few typical features that you’ll find in them. Maid service and wireless internet are commonly inclusive too, and there are no hidden charges. Simply turn up and instantly feel at home. What's more, help is always close by when you choose this accommodation option.
Click here to browse our wide range of serviced apartments in London, or follow our locations pages to browse our apartments in a specific area.
Knowing the area...
Chosen an area? Sorted out accommodation? Great. Whether it’s before you arrive or as soon as you get here, make sure to spend a day or so exploring the surrounding area of your new home. This doesn’t just mean pinpointing the nearest shops, pubs and bars for your evening tipples, but also locating and registering with a local dentist and doctor/GP. Health Care in the UK is rated the best in the world under the government-funded National Health Service, so UK residents only have to pay for prescriptions, dental care, some tests and some specialist treatment. Private healthcare is also available in London, and if you’re not staying in London for long, at least find out where the nearest walk-in or emergency services are.
Relocating often comes with not only the troubles of not knowing the area, but also of not knowing anyone. Joining a gym or becoming a regular at your local pub may be two ways of easily getting to know people. There are plenty of communities, clubs and social events all over London to meet people, whatever your hobbies or interests. Just to name a few, there are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of sport, film, book and religious social organisations around the city, and more information on these can be easily found online or at local community centres.
If there’s one thing you’ll be doing in London, it’s travelling. London is a big city and, whether you like it or not, is not somewhere you can simply walk from A to B all of the time. Thankfully, public transport is plentiful and there are tubes, trains, trams, buses and bike hire at your service.
We recommend that you:
1. Study the TFL website inside out for everything you need to know about travelling to, from and within London, and download some of their apps (if you can) in case you ever get stuck on the go.
2. Get an Oyster card online or from any station kiosk and save money on ever journey.
3. Don’t drive unless you are living well away from the busy London streets as you’ll be hit with bad traffic, congestion charges and hefty parking costs.
4. Walk the streets of London and it always seems like everyone has somewhere to be. Rushing around is a characteristic of London life, and if you dawdle or stand on the left hand side of a tube station elevator you’re likely to be tutted at – you have been warned.
You've arrived in London, the world is your oyster. Moving to London is exciting, so make the most of it by keeping up to date with what’s going on; there’s only so much time the generic London attractions can fill. Pick up the Time Out Magazine every Tuesday and sign up to a few London blogs to pick up tips, guides and ideas on what to do. Ours will be able to help you out.
23 Jul 2013
Camden, which lies in North London above Regents Park, is a bustling tourist hotspot thanks to its world renowned markets’ eclectic vibe, alternative fashion and global street food. Our wide range of apartments in Camden provide guests with plenty to explore in its immediate surroundings, as well as being only a few minutes tube ride into the more central districts. What’s more, the apartments typically defy the higher priced properties that are a common feature of central London.
We recently visited the area to check out a handful of our apartments there, all of which are just a short walk to Camden Tube Station and are ideally suited for large families or groups. The apartments below are characteristic of the properties in this area, and are all available to book instantly on our website.
There are studio to five bedroom apartments available in this area, and each has its own style. Aside from combined living and dining room areas; fully equipped kitchens; separate bedrooms; and bathrooms, the apartments feature modern furnishings with functional, practical amenities, as well as homely comforts. The kitchens are fully stocked with cutlery, ovens and fridges, and a coffee machine; all living rooms have flat screen TVs with DVD players; and most bathrooms have bathtubs. Air conditioning and secure parking are available in some apartments, and some are split-level apartments with internal stairs.
Perfect for both extended and short stays in London, whether it’s for business or leisure, these cost-effective accommodation options are great value for money, offering its guests spacious living areas with fully equipped kitchens, complimentary wireless internet, dishwashers, washer dryers, Freeview TV and DVD players. All utility bills (electricity, heating, water) are included and housekeeping, towel and linen change is weekly. Extra sofa beds are available at a small additional cost, increasing the number of guests that can be accommodated, and thus making them very flexible apartments for groups.
For more about the surrounding North London area, click here.
WHERE ARE THEY?
Camden, of course! But not only are the markets a focal point of this popular neighbourhood. Camden houses a number of popular pubs and clubs (namely Barfly and The Worlds End) and Londoners regularly stop by here for live music in its number of trendy music venues. Nearby attractions include London Zoo, Regents Park, Madame Tussauds, Lords Cricket ground, and the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Primrose Hill is a ten minute walk away, where you can get stunning views over central London, and is where many celebrities have chosen- and still choose- to reside. Central London can be reached within minutes on the northern line from Camden Tube Station, which is within a five to fifteen minute walk from all of our Camden Apartments.
If you think a Serviced Apartment in Camden would suit your stay, click here to view, check availability and book the apartments in this area for your trip to London.
Need help with your booking or would rather speak directly to one of our London accommodation experts? Feel free to call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email email@example.com. We'd be more than happy to help.
17 Jul 2013
Here’s our Top 5 favourite London Parks and Gardens:
1. Hyde Park
Hyde Park, one of London’s largest at 1.5 miles long and covering 350 acres, is one of the Royal Parks and home to an array of memorials and recreational facilities. The famous Speakers’ Corner lies on the north-east side of the park and is dedicated to where people are fully allowed to embrace freedom of speech by publically imparting (lawful) speeches and debate. The Serpentine Boating Lake is a popular spot for hiring boats out onto the lake, and the Serpentine Lido is open for public swimming during the Summer, as well as having Britain’s oldest swimming club. The Diana Memorial Fountain is also worth a visit whilst you’re in the park. The larger areas of flat ground means that Hyde Park is a popular site for sports, whilst its vast area and central London location has made it a top outdoor venue for hosting annual events, gigs, festivals and concerts.
BEST FOR: Recreational activities and long walks
WHERE IT IS: Hyde Park sits to the right of Kensington and above Knightsbridge. Nearest tubes are Knightsbridge, Hyde Park Corner, Queensway, Marble Arch and Lancaster Gate, depending on which side of the park you wish to enter or exit.
FUN FACT: Overlooking Hyde Park is the exclusive Number One Hyde Park apartment, the most expensive apartments in London and in the world at over £135 million.
2. Regents Park
BEST FOR: Visiting London Zoo or taking part in a sporting activity
WHERE IT IS: Its vast parkland is located in North London, to the left of Camden and above the West End. Baker Street, Euston and Regents Park tube stations are all within a couple of minutes walk from the park.
FUN FACT: The Open Air Theatre was one of only two theatres that remained open throughout the World War II.
3. Kensington Gardens
BEST FOR: Picnics among luscious scenery and swan-gazing
WHERE IT IS: Kensington Gardens adjoin Hyde Park on the left hand side and can be accessed easily from High Street Kensington tube. Check-in-London also feature some exceptional Kensington apartments near this park if you are looking for a short term London accommodation.
FUN FACT: If you’re wondering why it sits next to Hyde Park, it’s because it used to be Hyde Park. It was in 1728 that Queen Caroline, wife of George II, moulded the gardens to the structure that exists today.
4. Kew Gardens
250 years of garden history lies within its gates, and guests will not only lap up the sun (assuming it’s actually out) but also the landscapes, greenhouses, treetop sights, and woodland and rainforest experiences. This may be the only park on this list that has an entrance fee, but it’s also the only one that offers such a vast and impressive collection of plants from all over the world. As well as housing the famous royal Kew Palace, further attractions include Temperate House, the oldest surviving glasshouse in the world, and the Prince Charles Conservatory, which features global plants from ten different climatic zones. The Orangery serves up a proper British cooked meal, while smaller cafes dotted around provide smaller bites and refreshments.
BEST FOR: Exploring new, colourful sights and smells
WHERE IT IS: Again, another first - Kew Gardens is not in central London but located in south-West London in Kew, only a thirty minute tube ride from central London. From Kew Gardens tube station, the garden’s entrance is just a two minute walk.
FUN FACT: Kew Gardens houses the Coconut Palm, the tree that ‘grants all wishes’, which is planted in Hawaii whenever a child is born.
5. Kyoto Gardens
A park within a park! This small, quaint and beautiful traditional Japanese Garden is located within the 55 acres of Holland Park and was donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991. This pastoral hidden gem is certainly something to be admired, and creates the utmost tranquil setting for relaxing in and admiring its beautiful features. A focal cascading waterfall, ornate pond with koi carp, a stone washbasin and a display of Japanese plants, shrubs and rocks are just some of the wonders of this surreal little haven which guarantees a moments escapism. And people aren't the only visitors partial to these sights - Peacocks too roam these gardens!
BEST FOR: Unwinding and enjoying the peace with a good book
WHERE IT IS: Kyoto Gardens sit between High Street Kensington and Holland Park tube stations in the centre of Holland Park.
FUN FACT: The garden was designed for the Japan Festival in 1991 to commemorate the centenary of Japanese Society in Britain.
If you are visiting London soon and want to book accommodation near one of these top gardens and parks, speak to a customer advisor now. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability.
10 Jul 2013
9 Jul 2013
One of our prime Paddington serviced apartments, Fountain House Hyde Park, has recently undergone a refurbishment of its Four Bedroom Penthouse Suite. The dated neutral creams and browns have been replaced with a more modern, bright and colourful makeover and the furnishings have too been updated to more practical and comfortable pieces. We particularly are impressed with the living room's (above) feature chandelier, the chic design of the additional seating, and the contemporary drapes. The living room now also has a premium audio-visual system with a Flatscreen TV and a wide selection of satellite channels alongside its free wireless internet, all of which make it ideally suited for family or group stays and vacations in London.
Oh, and also... a bit about the area:
With Hyde Park just a stone throw away (the penthouse itself overlooks the breathtaking Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens as well as the London skyline), guests are only moments from both the vibrant scenes of the West End and Oxford Street area and the more tranquil greenery of the surrounding acres of parkland. Boasting a desirable central London location, top attractions such as Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall and Portobello Market are just around the corner, and other popular areas of London such as Westminster and Chelsea can be reached via a short tube ride. Lancaster Gate tube station is a couple of steps from the apartment building, operating the Central line to Liverpool St and the city. Fancy a day out of London during your visit? Paddington station, which is just a seven minute walk from the apartment, serves numerous national rail services to greater London and nearby towns and cities.
Take a look!
Here's a sneak peak into more of the renovated apartment:
4 Jul 2013
London is home to some of the most remarkable towering buildings and skyscrapers in the world, and you only have to plant yourself anywhere in the central area and look up to appreciate their prominent and striking presence. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of London’s rooftops aren’t simply empty spaces, but have been used to house some of the capital’s most exclusive and breathtaking bars and restaurants. They may hopelessly cling onto the optimism of British weather’s good fortune, but if you’re coming to London in the summertime and have caught the sun out with this hat on, our favourite London alfresco bars are definite hotspots, and a better place than any to get that perfect holiday snap:
1. Radio Bar
337 The Strand, West End
2. Queen of Hoxton
1 Curtain Road, Shoreditch
3. Vista at The Trafalgar
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, West End
4. Aqua Spirit
240 Regents Street, West End
Part of the Aqua Restaurant Group company, the Aqua Spirit bar lies in the same vicinity as their Japanese cuisine, Aqua Kyoto, on the fifth floor of the old Dickins and Jones department store on Regent Street. The interior bar that first greets you as you is impressive enough, decked out with rich Japanese textures and an uber-chic and stark candlelit design. But there’s another reason why Aqua Spirit has won a Bar of the Year award; its outside terrace, which also has a bar where two of its cocktail makers whip up the dazzling concoctions on the diverse menu, offer spectacular views over the bustling West End streets of shoppers below. If you’re visiting the capital for a vacation in London, you may be one of those shoppers yourself! So when your feet are aching and simply cannot carry any more bags, pop up and try the Aqua Kyoto cocktail - It won’t be like anything you’ve had before.
2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch
Another Shoreditch sensation (you have to go there now!) awaits you at this LA/Meditarranean style terrace. It certainly makes you feel like you’re on holiday, and its modern decking, canopy, wooden decor, focal fireplace and quiet surroundings (music is always at a minimum) creates the perfect chill out zone on a warm Summer’s evening. It’s not huge but the area is more organised than most with proper laid out tables for drinking and dining. Again, the drinks (and food) are a bit pricey, especially for an eastern London location, but being that side of the river gives not only stunning views over the Thames but also out to the Barbican and canary Wharf. Heard of rooftop jumping? The rooftop bar at Shoreditch House is across the road.
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 email@example.com for rates and availability.