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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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! View more & Book here
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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:
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
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
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
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
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.
How many facts did you already know? If you have any more fun facts about London, we'd love to hear them via our Twitter or Facebook page!
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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 email@example.com for rates and availability.