Here at Check-in-London, we are getting ready for the Christmas break and we are definitely getting into the festive spirit here in the office with Christmas jumpers, mince pies and treats galore! It has been another fantastic year here at Check-in-London with many brand new apartments added to our portfolio and some brand new faces in the office as well! We would like to wish all our followers, customers, friends and colleagues a very Merry Christmas and thanks for your support in 2014. We're looking forward to another successful year in 2015!
23 Dec 2014
2 Dec 2014
We have been very busy here at Check-in-London making sure we have all of the best new apartments in London at incredible rates for your stay. Recently, we have acquired some amazing properties that are in ideal locations for corporate stays in the city. Located close by to commercial areas, these apartments can make the perfect base for a business trip or long term project in the city. They also have excellent transport links which means that if you would like to get in some sightseeing or shopping while you are here, the possibilities are endless! Check out our top new apartments for corporate stays below...
25 Nov 2014
London plays host to thousands of visitors every year and most visitors (quite rightly) flock to the most popular attractions such as the British Museum, Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. However, you need not stick rigidly to an itinerary that only includes iconic sights as there are plenty of hidden gems to discover on your trip to London that you just have to look a bit harder for. If you like to be ahead of the pack and find the more unusual places off the beaten track, then this is the list for you. Read on to find some of the best hidden gems in London!
18 Nov 2014
Let's face it, London is a great location to visit at any time of year but winter is an especially fun time to visit with festive events and fantastic attractions to visit. We get asked all the time about the weather here in London and we are always on hand to offer some sage advice for any season and especially winter. If you are visiting soon, then take a look at our top tips for visiting London in winter!
14 Nov 2014
There are an enormous amount of shows and events happening in London this Christmas so if you're thinking of taking in a show this December, it may be time to start researching what the best shows are. Luckily for you, we have scoured the city in search of the best Christmas shows in London so you don't have to spend any time scanning through long and tedious reviews Whether it's a wacky and comical show for the kids or a hip hop version of your favourite story, you can start planning your Christmas calendar with our handy list of fantastic shows below.
4 Nov 2014
28 Oct 2014
If you travel to London regularly on business and are looking for a more suitable solution for your corporate needs, that's where Check-in-London comes in. With a vast array of corporate clients and over ten years experience in the accommodation sector, we know exactly what our business customers are looking for. Whether here on a short trip or a long term project, serviced apartments offer a more effective solution for corporate stays than hotel rooms due to 3 simple factors: lower cost, more space and convenient locations.
Take a look below to read more about the benefits of serviced apartments for business travellers.
14 Oct 2014
Getting on the tube may be faster and more convenient but if you have time during your stay in London, taking one of these walks allows you to see more of the city and become more familiar with the hidden gems and local's favourites.
For anyone who would like to see the city by foot, we bring you our pick of the best walks in London.
9 Oct 2014
Tired of the same lame fancy dress parties that happen every Halloween? We have scouted out some of the more interesting events happening in London this Halloween and not all of them are designed to scare the life out of you (but some of them are!). If you are in London during this time, make sure to check out our top things to do in London this Halloween.
30 Sep 2014
It's a question we get asked a lot - why book a serviced apartment? To us, it's very simple, save money and get much more space to spread out and relax. In our latest infographic, we have set out six of the main reasons why you should book a serviced apartment for your next London stay. As London experts located in the heart of West London, we offer the best rates and have unrivalled local knowledge to boot so we know exactly what people look for in accommodation in London. The benefits of a serviced apartment over a hotel of the same standard are considerable and we have set out just a few below:
23 Sep 2014
London is a fantastic place to spend Christmas and thousands flock to city during the festive season to take in the sights and sounds of London at Christmastime. There is always so much to do in London and Christmas is no different with Yuletide markets and events popping up throughout the city. Even for hardened Londoners, it's hard not to get swept up in the spirit of things when there is so much Christmas cheer in the city! If you are thinking of taking a trip over the Christmas holidays, here are 5 reasons to spend Christmas in London.
16 Sep 2014
We have been extremely busy lately finding some more top apartments to offer on Check-in-London and we have a selection of the best new apartments in London to show you now. From a sleek and stylish building in trendy Waterloo to a historic and newly refurbished building in Shoreditch, we have the city covered with our brand new serviced apartments in a variety of neighbourhoods!
11 Sep 2014
Confused about where to stay in London? Want to know what the surrounding neighbourhood is like before you decide to book a London serviced apartment? Our brand new Neighbourhood Guide can help you to decide which amazing London neighbourhood to stay in and which is the best area for your particular stay. We have compiled information about the restaurants, pubs, attractions and sights in our top neighbourhoods and we even have recommendations from Londoners themselves!
2 Sep 2014
If you are taking a short trip to London soon and you want to experience everything London has to offer in a very short period of time, take a look at our itinerary for one day in London. With many of the top sights and a few hidden gems thrown in as well, we have devised a comprehensive guide to this great city for one jam-packed day. From Tower Bridge to South Kensington and finishing up in Bishopsgate in the early hours, it's possible to cram a whole lot of sightseeing into one 24 hour period in London as the city has an amazing amount to offer. Take a look at our 24 hours in London itinerary and get planning for that next trip to London!
26 Aug 2014
London has a rich historical past which can be seen on almost every street of the city with the variety of architecture that exists in the capital. On one end of a street, you may find a slick office building while on the other end, you could find charming Georgian or Victorian facades. London boasts a huge variety of pubs and bars and many have stood for hundreds of years and witnessed many famous patrons and historic events. With the Autumn setting in extra early (it seems), where better to escape the chill than some of the best historic pubs in London! Sip a pint of ale and take in the history at some of our favourites...
19 Aug 2014
Booking accommodation for a holiday or corporate trip can be a tricky business but we have narrowed down the 'dos' and 'don'ts' of booking a serviced apartment to make the process a whole lot easier. With thousands of options across the city, we at Check-in-London know what matters to our customers and we are always on hand to answer any queries that you may have about booking a serviced apartment in London.
12 Aug 2014
There is always something happening in London and none more so than the bank holiday weekend when the city plays host to a variety of events, festivals and performances. This bank holiday weekend sees London enjoy what is left of the Summer and the sunshine with carnivals, food and beer festivals and even, free orchestral performances. We have selected some of the best events happening in London this bank holiday so make sure you plan your weekend ahead of time and enjoy everything London has to offer!
5 Aug 2014
Our customers often travel long distances from all around the globe and sometimes arrive tired and weary to their serviced apartment. Upon arrival, they, more often than not, have to go in search of a nearby supermarket or restaurant for their first London meal as many serviced apartment operators do not have a restaurant on site to allow for in-room dining. For that reason, we have decided to team up with Room Seasons, an in-room dining service, to make preparing that first meal in your apartment an easy process.
30 Jul 2014
This September, the fashion set will descend on the capital for London Fashion Week to get a sneak peak at the Spring/Summer trends for next year. One of the most important events in the fashion calendar, it's crucial to have accommodation as stylish as your Fashion Week wardrobe. London is a city that is famous for it's eclectic style and our serviced apartments reflect this notion with their unique design and modern furnishings as well as ample space and storage. Apartments for London Fashion Week are being snapped up fast so make sure to check out our pick of the most stylish apartments in the city for the event.
22 Jul 2014
With the news today that an events company has plans to provide a dining experience with a difference on a platform above Canary Wharf for 10 days in the Autumn, we have decided to compile a list of our favourite ways to see London from above. London is a sprawling city with many stunning panoramic views to be had at various locations across the capital and what better way to take in these dramatic views than from above. Forget the super popular (and therefore extremely busy) Shard and the London Eye, we have compiled a list of the more unique ways to see London from above.
17 Jul 2014
As a company that prides itself on our stress-free booking process where we take all the hassle out of your trip to London and provide you with the perfect serviced apartment to suit your needs, we like to collaborate with other companies that have the same goal in mind.
8 Jul 2014
When summer arrives, all of London seems to head outdoors to bask in the glorious sunshine and this year has been no different. Whether you are a seasoned Londoner or simply visiting for a short stay, there is no better way to catch some rays than to dine al fresco with beautiful riverside views. We have put together our top waterside restaurants in London which offer stunning vistas as well as great food!
1 Jul 2014
School's out for summer (for most people) but some choose the summer holidays to partake in a variety of Summer Schools and English language courses in London to make the most of their time off. There is no better way to learn a new language than to immerse yourself in the culture of a brand new city and historic London is certainly top of the list for those who wish to learn English.We deal with a number of clients who come to London during the summer season to allow their children to learn the English language and here are a few that our clients have attended in the past.
27 Jun 2014
If you are travelling to London on business soon and you want to have all the information you will need at your fingertips, we have uncovered the 5 best apps that every business traveller should have for their trip. From iPhone to Android, these apps are suitable for multiple operating systems and free to download and are guaranteed to make your business trip to London a pleasant and productive one...
17 Jun 2014
Here at Check-in-London, we have been very busy lately scouting out the best serviced apartments London has to offer and we have some new and unique properties on offer at the moment. Our portfolio is jam-packed with stylish city apartments and it's hard to narrow it down to just a few but we have (somehow) managed to whittle it down to these four options which will each give you a unique experience in the city...
10 Jun 2014
Last week, our Check-in-London'ers had the opportunity to have a Mini Tour around London with Small Car Big City courtesy of one of our suppliers, Think Apartments. Setting off from Check-in-London HQ in West London, we were soon zipping around the city streets with our knowledgeable drivers/guides letting us in on some secrets of the city that we had not heard before...
3 Jun 2014
This Friday 6th June 2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy and there are numerous events taking place in London to celebrate the beginning of the end of World War II. There are a number of more sombre events taking place in remembrance of those who fought and lost their lives but we have chosen a few events that seek to celebrate the fight for freedom in a more light-hearted way. From a 1940s inspired Blitz Party in Waterloo Vaults to the chance to ride around Colindale in a military tank, there are plenty of options to choose from to celebrate D-Day in London and you may even learn something new!
28 May 2014
If you are in London on business or you just need a quiet place to check your e-mails away from the bustling cafe chains, we have the perfect list for you. While the majority of our London serviced apartments feature free Wi-Fi, our best places for free Wi-Fi in London are ideal for those looking for a space to work while out and about or for somewhere to hold a quick business meeting. Let's face it, there's no shortage of cafes with free Wi-Fi in London but here we give you a few options that will pique your interest and even make a great backdrop for that important business meeting...
20 May 2014
To celebrate National Vegetarian Week (19-25 May), we have put together a list of the best vegetarian restaurants in London. Whether you are a committed vegetarian or just need a break from the 'meat-sweats', these restaurants will restore your faith in the humble vegetable. Even the most committed carnivore will be swayed by some of the dishes at these popular London restaurants. Divided into north, south, east and west, there is a vegetarian restaurant in London that will cater to all tastes and budgets. Take a look at our list below and let us know your thoughts!
14 May 2014
With over 33 boroughs in Greater London, all of which have a unique character of their own, it's no wonder that visitors to the city can get a little overwhelmed when choosing a district to stay in. Unless you are familiar with the capital, the numerous options of where to stay in London can be tricky to wade through with most travel websites providing a barrage of information, often leaving you more confused than ever.
6 May 2014
Nothing says summer like a picnic in a London park and you can't beat a bit of al fresco dining with a view! Whether you are a 'grab a sandwich and go' type or the kind of person who meticulously plans a picnic menu to rival that of a feature in a lifestyle magazine, it's time to dust off that picnic basket and head to some of our favourite London parks for picnics which are within arm's reach of our London serviced apartments.
30 Apr 2014
According to the 2013 report by Concur, London is the most visited international city for business travellers ahead of Shanghai, Tokyo and even Dubai. With many global headquarters in the city, it is no wonder that business travellers flock to the city to catch a business meeting, meet new clients or attend major conferences. At Check-in-London, we help many corporate clients to find the right London accommodation for their trip and we can share our tips on how to make your next business trip a stress-free experience.
22 Apr 2014
Summer is on its way and it's time to sort out how to keep the kids entertained for the couple of months while school is out. Whether you are in London for a short stay in one of our holiday apartments London or you just want to keep the kids active (both in body and mind) during the summer, we have gathered a list of the best Summer camps for kids in London and in the surrounding areas...
15 Apr 2014
Never one to miss an occasion to celebrate, London is offering a bank holiday weekend chock-a-block with fun activities and Easter-themed events. From where to buy that obligatory chocolate egg to the best places to take your kids on an Easter adventure, we give you the rundown of Easter events in London.
1 Apr 2014
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Back in 2013, we forecasted 'The Rise of Serviced Apartments' based on the success of the industry in the US, increased consumer awareness of the sector and increased demand from business travellers. So far in 2014, we're already seeing some big changes.
As well as a general growth in the number and popularity of London serviced apartments as the city's demand catches up with the rest of the world, providers have been responding to the needs of their guests by becoming more flexible and looking carefully at how they intend to grow within the industry.
26 Mar 2014
Ever wondered what life was like in London 100 years ago? London has experienced a huge amount of change in the past century and we have captured just some of those changes in our new infographic - Life in London - Then & Now: 100 Years of Change.
19 Mar 2014
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This year, London was crowned the most popular destination for tourists in the world. With so many people coming in and out of the city every year, it's no wonder that London is home to five separate airports.
With so many to choose from, our clients are often asking us which airport they should travel to and how to get from there to their London accommodation. Therefore, we've put together a helpful guide to the city's airports. From London airport codes to location and transport, here's our guide to airports in London:
12 Mar 2014
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Here at Check-in-London, we love a bit of the weird and wonderful and when we need our dose of unusual things to do in London, there's only one place that we look for inspiration: The Lost Londoner. Uncovering the city's quirkier restaurants, bars and attractions and writing about it as she goes along, Kate from The Lost Londoner is one of our favourite bloggers.
5 Mar 2014
If you are thinking of coming to London and you want to enjoy some quintessentially British things to do on your trip then we have the perfect list for you. From getting a family snapshot outside Buckingham Palace to indulging in a fish and chip supper, London has lots of instantly recognisable, iconic and very 'British' attractions and activities to enjoy while you are here.
25 Feb 2014
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Anomalous London is one such website, exploring London's quirkier side through its unique restaurants, bars and attractions. The website is celebrating it's first birthday this Saturday so we caught up with the founder of Anomalous London to hear more about the website and their personal tips to getting the most out of London!
19 Feb 2014
London's theatre is world-renowned and the city has been the birthplace of many of the most popular theatre productions across the globe. Therefore, no visit to London is complete without a trip to one of the famous theatres in the most famous theatre district: the West End.
Many of the guests who stay in our London accommodation make their visit to to see a West End production one of the highlights of their trip. We decided to create a little guide to making the most of the area with the best restaurants, shows and accommodation.
12 Feb 2014
Travelling to London from international destinations can sometimes be a long, arduous process when it comes to the paperwork involved in visa applications. Here at Check-in-London, we like to help our customers as much as possible in this process by not only providing high quality London serviced apartments but also keeping them informed of any changes to Visa applications for travelling to the UK. Wherever you are travelling from it is important to be fully informed of the visa requirements before your journey.
Here we have outlined the newest changes brought in recently regarding UK Visas and travelling to the UK.
29 Jan 2014
London is known for being a bustling and energetic city which is why we love it but we also understand that sometimes you need time to unwind and relax before heading off on your next London adventure! If you are staying in one of our apartments in London or you are a Londoner in need of some rejuvenation, here we detail 8 ways to relax in this great city of ours.
22 Jan 2014
Geographically vast and containing an eventful history spanning back thousands of years, you might struggle with figuring out just where to start exploring during your visit to London. If you're staying in one of our London serviced apartments, we're always happy to offer our tips and suggestions, however, there's also a wealth of informative London tours and friendly tour guides ready take you by the hand and give you an introduction to the sights and sounds of the city.
From relaxing bus tours to Harry Potter walks, here's our favourite tours of London to help you explore the city in unique and interesting ways:
16 Jan 2014
Here at Check-in-London, we do much more than just offer London serviced apartments. We are also a team of Londoners with our ears to the ground when it comes to everything that is going on in London, and that's why we stand out from the crowd. Customers really benefit from our local connections and insider knowledge and the high volume of repeat business we receive speaks for itself.
But how do we do it? How do we stay on top of fast-paced city like London? And how do we know so much about the accommodation we recommend to our clients?
Here I give you a little insight into what a typical day working in the marketing team at Check-in-London is like:
8 Jan 2014
Londoners may have a reputation for being a little aloof but we're a sentimental lot really and if you're heading over for a romantic weekend getaway, you won't be disappointed. From star-gazing to the best restaurant views in the city right down to the best London apartments for Valentines Day to stay in, we take a look at some of London's most romantic activities for loved-up couples. Whether it's Valentines Day or not, make your day a special one with our list of the top romantic places in London: