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Short stay apartments near Harrods

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London is a great place to visit. And if you are coming to London to indulge in a shopping spree then there is no better place than Harrods of Knightsbridge! Boasting dozens of departments offering hundreds of luxury and designer lines it is a real feast for the senses.

Harrods re-opens on 15 June with social distancing measures in place.

Priding itself as being the jewel in Knightsbridge’s crown the store is famed throughout the world. It offers the most memorable of shopping experiences. Harrods is the go to destination for exclusive designer collections and unparalleled customer service. This retail flagship is the world’s most famous department store. And the Knightsbridge landmark has now been part of the nation’s fabric for over 150 years. For this reason, it is considered to be one of London’s ‘must see’ tourist attractions.

Ranging over seven floors, Harrods has some 300+ departments. On offer is the finest in food, cuisine, designer fashion, luxury gifts, accessories, homeware and technology. All goods have been carefully and skilfully created to provide a fabulous experience for the shopper. Amazingly, the store employs some 12,000+ staff!

Superbrands, the luxury womenswear department, is dedicated to high end international designer brands. Valentino, Prada and Dior are much in evidence while Salon du Parfums houses a collection of superb fragrances exclusive to Harrods.

Dining in Harrods

Shoppers can dine in one of the store’s many restaurants which include a pizzeria, steakhouse, oyster bar and Chinese restaurant. The art deco styled Harrods Tea Room is an elegant venue for a typically English afternoon tea. In-house chefs have carefully created a collection of sweet and savoury dishes which are served daily. For example, finger sandwiches, patisserie and scones are served alongside speciality teas or sparkling wine. We can vouch for the fact that afternoon tea in Harrods is a delightful treat! The Harrods Food Halls have a wide selection of tea, chocolate and fresh fruit, meat and vegetables.

The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe

Recently opened at Harrods is the Tiffany Blue Box Cafe. It is a lovely cafe where you can enjoy culinary delights served on Tiffany iconic blue china. It is a great place to have a real Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Croissants are served alongside crab muffins and smoked salmon. In the afternoon you can enjoy the Tiffany Tea. Dainty finger sandwiches, scones and pastries inspired by Tiffany & Co’s heritage. You can also have supper here with wines and cocktails. The fine dining menu here is a playful take on contemporary cuisine. Best to book in advance. This is Europe’s first Blue Box Cafe and is located in the lower ground floor.

Guest services

The store offers an impressive range of exclusive customer services. Gift Concierge, Tax Rewards, Urban Retreat spa and By Appointment Personal Shopping are all available here. Payment options include Euros, US dollars and China Union Pay cards.

Rental apartments near Harrods provide a great accommodation solution for serious shoppers. As the store doesn’t close till 9pm, many guests simply come to shop so it’s great to stay nearby.

The Capital Hotel & Apartments

For a weekend break, we recommend The Capital Hotel and Apartments. Located just a “croissant’s throw” from Harrods it is a great place for a short stay. For couples, they have studios and one bedroom apartments with simple kitchenettes where you can prepare your own meals and snacks. So you can relax in the privacy of your own apartment and put your feet up after a hard day’s shopping. For families, there is a 2 bedroom apartment and a stunning 3 bedroom penthouse apartment with terraces. Remember to book early as availability is often limited at this popular residence! Especially during the summer. The residence also contains a hotel. So apartment guests can benefit from luxury 5* guest services. There is a 24 hour reception desk, restaurant and bar. There is also a discreet entrance for apartment guests so it is not necessary to go through the main hotel when returning to your apartment. This classic residence offers very good guest services.

Beaufort House

For the longer stay, Beaufort House in nearby Beaufort Gardens is a luxury option for visitors. The apartments are set in a beautiful old property with period features. Apartments range from a small one bedroom unit to a superb four bedroom suite for the larger family which accommodates up to 8/9 people. Guest services are excellent at Beaufort House. Visitors return to this property year after year. It is set in a leafy side street just along from Harrods and is a great place for shoppers so stay. Again, please book early to avoid disappointment! It is particularly popular in the summer.

Cheval Place

In Cheval Place there is a lovely collection of contemporary styled apartments and townhouses, some of which have their own private terraces. These properties range from one thru three bedroom apartments. Available from one week upwards, these residences are perfect for vacation rentals. With every conceivable service they are an excellent choice for the discerning holidaymaker or corporate traveller wishing to be in Knightsbridge. They are situated in a road directly opposite Harrods.

In Beaufort Gardens

Also in Beaufort Gardens you might like to try the luxury Claverley Court which, again, offers a collection ranging from studios to 3 bedroom luxury apartment suites. Perfect for short stays. Excellent guest services.

In nearby Belgravia

Slightly further away in Belgravia (but still only 10 minutes walk) there is the charming Chesham Court. Set in a period building this property offers small studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments. The residence also has a recently refurbished 3 bedroom family penthouse which is very spacious for a family of 6. Or a group of friends travelling together.

Getting there

Harrods is easily accessible from all parts of London. The nearest tube is Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly line. Numerous bus routes run along the Brompton Road. And of course there’s an abundance of black cabs and Ubers in the vicinity.

Harrods of Knightsbridge, 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL

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2 bedroom family apartments in London

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2 bedroom apartments are the ideal solution for a family travelling to London together. Whether you are coming for a weekend, a week, a month or a year there are some great accommodation options for you to consider.

With your own kitchen, and your own front door, regular cleaning and complimentary WiFi you will enjoy a level of luxury and independence that hotel guests only dream of! Even on a very short stay!

The benefits of a kitchen

Generally speaking, most serviced apartments have kitchens with refrigerators and cookers. Many are even equipped with Nespresso coffee machines. So when you get up in the morning you can make your own breakfast and enjoy your own coffee in the privacy of your own “home.”  No need to exchange polite “good mornings” with strangers.  If you are travelling with young children this is brilliant . There is no need to keep your eyes on naughty kids (yours and other people’s!) – to make sure that they are behaving themselves in public. This is a really low stress option for families on the move with young children.

And don’t forget the calories! Research has shown that guests serving themselves from a hotel buffet are 10 times more likely to overdose on fatty foods – simply because it’s there! Many apartment residences offer welcome packs which include basic breakfast ingredients and we find that supermarkets are often happy to deliver groceries. As are Uber Eats and Deliveroo in most areas of the capital. Research amongst our guests has shown that the option to make their own meals is why they return time and time again to stay in an apartment while they are in London.

Stay near the museums

Many guests bring their children to London at half term when the big London museums such as the V & A, Science Museum and Natural History Museum have an amazing array of exhibitions, films and hands on displays all geared to the younger visitor during the school holidays and weekends.

Italian Gardens Hyde Park

How about close to Hyde Park?

If you have children with you who wish to let off steam then staying near Hyde Park is probably a very good option. We offer some very nice apartments opposite the Italian Gardens with public transport on your doorstep.

Put your feet up

When your children are exhausted and you feel in need of a break, you can retire to your apartment, put your feet up and relax. You can even order a takeaway. All residences have at least one TV and many have several.  With an abundance of channels, Sky, Freeview etc. there is masses for your children to watch. Just park them in front of the TV while you get out a glass of wine and put your feet up.

It’s great to know that you and your kids are all under the same roof.  How often have you checked in to a hotel only to find that your children have been allocated a room along the corridor?  Next door is bad enough!!!  For parents to enjoy a relaxing stay, they need to know that their babies and children are totally secure. That peace of mind is guaranteed when you book a serviced apartment with it’s own front door where you and your family will all be safe and sound together so you can chill!

When it’s time for them to go to bed, bedrooms are often very well equipped, especially for children.  Combinations of twin beds and cots are common so your children and babies can be comfortably accommodated in style so that both they – and YOU – get a good night’s sleep. Ready to be up and about the next day with the energy need to explore what London has to offer!

That is not to say you won’t enjoy going out for dinner. As London is one of the world’s most vibrant capitals when it comes to wining, dining and entertainment you will be spoilt for choice when you select a restaurant in London’s buzzing hub. 

Mayfair – a great place to stay

In Brick Street and Hertford Street you will find some lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom luxury apartments which are all part of the Como Metropolitan group. There is a guests’ spa as well as a lovely bar and restaurant.

Luxury apartments in the Kensington area

We recommend the Milestone. This is a sumptuous property offering oodles of luxury features.

Larger apartments for the corporate family

As London is such a major hub, many corporate executives relocate here on business. And if you are coming to London with your family there are many options for you, some of which even have shared gardens. Europa House is a good option. Residents benefit from the use of some 3 acres of private gardens.

Europa House

Amenities

Many of the residences offer extra options including airport transfers, daily breakfast service, restaurant recommendations and theatre bookings. At others there are meeting room facilities.

Cost efficiency

When you are travelling with children, serviced apartments are a cost efficient short stay option. They will probably cost you less than two equivalent hotel rooms and you will save money but not having to dine constantly in restaurants.

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Sunday morning along the Southbank

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London’s Southbank is a great place for strolling and people watching.

Breakfast

We got out of the train at Waterloo and made our way along the side of the Royal Festival Hall and settled on Le Pain Quotidien for our breakfast. Lovely aromas of croissants and coffee welcome you as you enter the cafe. We were taken downstairs to a charmingly rustic dining space set in one of the arches supporting the railway above. The French style is unmistakable as coffee is served in bowls rather than cups or mugs. The menu is extensive and we settled on ham and cheese croissants. Absolutely delicious and highly recommended.

Even though the day was dull and drizzly, we wandered along the Southbank past families and children and sheltered for a while under Waterloo Bridge and browsed the books for sale. A large, eclectic mix of books (old and new) and posters are on offer.

Southbank is a great place for photographers and Instagrammers to visit. There is so much to see!

Street theatre

We then headed back towards the London Eye past the Underbelly Christmas market and on to see the street entertainers and buskers along the way. Whatever the weather this part of London is popular throughout the year. Tourists and Londoners alike enjoy the friendly buzz that characterises this area of London. And there are plenty of places to enjoy a coffee or a meal. Street artists are fun to watch. They are well into the technology of the 21st century now and even take contactless payments! We watched acrobats and singers – a lively, colourful display in sharp contrast to the grey skies above.

Then back over Westminster Bridge…. Where gambling “stations” abounded that morning. Young guys offering punters the chance to try their luck on “chase the ball” under one of three cups. Money was changing hands fast. And so were the balls! These huddles add to the local colour in the area….. And on Sunday there was not a policeman in sight!

The sound of music

As we came over the bridge the sound of bagpipes filled the air. Then just round the corner past the entrance to the Houses of Parliament we were treated to the view of a bagpiper in all his glory! Dress from head to toe in traditional Scottish clothing including a kilt and a sporran.

We skirted round the side of Parliament and, by then, were ready for a cup of coffee. Fortunately we spotted a cafe sign opposite the House of Lords and enjoyed a coffee in the old Jewel Tower. A nice quiet spot for a Sunday coffee in a very ancient building.

Our wander back to the station took in the Field of Remembrance outside London’s magnificent Westminster Abbey where poppies are on display to commemorate the fallen. A sobering scene.

Then past the many fascinating statues in Parliament Square including Millicent Fawcett, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill to name but a few.

And finally back onto the underground at Westminster to the sound of the bagpiper’s serenade.

Accommodation nearby

If you want to book a short stay in this lively hub, there are a number of good apartment residences in the area.

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Magical Mystery Tour London…

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“We’re going on a magical mystery tour” declared Angela Walker, Director of Crown Lawn Apartments. How exciting! To celebrate Christmas and the end of 2019, a hectic year for all, Angela kindly invited colleagues and friends to join her for a special day out in our amazing London.

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Luxury apartments in Ashburn Gardens
Serviced apartments

We made an early start.  Well early in terms of the time of day to drink champagne! and met at her lovely Ashburn Gardens serviced apartment residence in Gloucester Road for the first glass of the day…..

After chatting with colleagues for a while we boarded a very nice coach with two guys in attendance offering – you guessed it – more champagne!  The champagne was served, of course, in crystal flutes! A most civilised way to travel around London on a chilly December morning!

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Binh, Sorin and Angela of Crown Lawn
Jazz Pizza Express

Off we headed in the coach and after a couple of turns round the block in Soho arrived at the Jazz Pizza Express in Dean Street. And for someone who’s not used to the daytime “nightlife” of London it was a bit of a surprise! Going down the stairs to the Jazz Club was like entering another world. Fabulously lit in soft shades of blue and red it had a timeless feel. It was very easy to forget that it was barely mid-day! And equally easy to forget that we are nearing the end of 2019. NB: It seems like a venue to remember for a  discreet, low-lit lunchtime date…

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Earl Okin performs at The Pizza Express Jazz Club
A good lunchtime venue

Pizzas abound – obviously – it is Pizza Express after all! But the lighting alone makes this unlike any other Pizza Express I’ve ever visited. They’re usually too well lit and often not very relaxing. Our glasses were filled for the second time and the artist, Earl Okin, appeared.  He is a very old friend of our hostess Angela – her school teacher apparently!  So he proceeded to perform an hour of jazz numbers to chill to. Singing (both in English and Portuguese), he played the guitar and tinkled on the piano. What a lovely way to spend a Friday afternoon!

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Ismail, Angela, Matthew, Alina and Sorin

The atmosphere, company, music and food created a very chilled vibe. I was lucky to sit with Stephen of Crown Lawn. I’ve spoken with him many, many times so it was good to finally meet him along with the one and only Sorin and the lovely Alina. And my colleague Nora from Citylife Apartments was a pleasure to be with.

The Royal Academy of Art
The Royal Academy of Art
The Royal Academy of Art

Suitably replete, we were dragooned back to the coach or should I call it the champagne charabanc? and headed off to Piccadilly. We parked outside the Royal Academy and headed in to the Lucien Freud exhibition.

It is a stunning exhibition of self-portraits – one can spend hours and hours browsing such intriguing artworks. With pieces from his early life, right through to old age, his advancing years and torment are plain to see in the raw expressions of his work.

His style evolved from quite simple line black and white line drawings to complex, works featuring layers of bold paint colour and using heavy texture for dimension and depth.

The Academy has many other sculptures, paintings and installations on display to the public – it is a great place to wander, observe and study the art. It is also an excellent venue for “people watching”…..

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Inside The Royal Academy of Art

We were supplied with headsets which gave us the low down on each painting – highly recommended and very informative!  Time constraints prevented us spending more than 45 minutes there but I will be back. I loved it.

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Architecture in The Royal Academy – where old meets new
Fortnum & Masons

We didn’t waste any time in walking to the next venue – just along the road to Fortnum & Masons in Piccadilly. No tour of London is complete without a visit to this temple of culinary treats. As you can imagine, on a late Friday afternoon it was buzzing full of Christmas shoppers in a frenzied state of “retail euphoria”…..

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Honey for sale in Fortnum & Mason

Tasting was offered – including biscuits with sparkling strawberry jam. An amazing array of bottles, tins and jars of splendid food was on display. For examples honeys, jams, biscuits, chocolates to name but a few. It is one of London’s most beautiful stores and a perfect place to buy gifts.

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Fortnum and Mason at Christmas
The Burlington Arcade

So then the next stop on our whistle stop tour was the Burlington Arcade….. Just across the road and guarded by the unique Beadles in their uniforms and top hats.  The Arcade is a very fine example of Regency architecture in the heart of London. We meandered through the beautifully lit passageway viewing luxury after luxury in the charmingly decorated boutique shop windows. It is a pleasure at any time of the year but at Christmas it is particularly special.

Sparkles and spangles reflecting excited anticipation of Christmas ahead. The shop windows in the Arcade display exemplar after exemplar of the finest craftsmanship offered in London. For instance, handmade leather shoes and gloves are for sale in quaint little shops. Beautiful gold and silver jewellery abounds. Stylish clothing is tantalisingly draped on timeless mannequins. The Arcade boasts many small independent boutiques. Having opened in 1819 it is an enduring testament to London style.

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Stephen, Angela and Sarah
The Milestone Hotel

Then we were back on the bus to our next destination. Again, duly served with more champagne en route! Enjoying the marvellous London Christmas lights we wended our way back to the superb Milestone Hotel for a very special afternoon tea. Beautifully illuminated and adorned with Christmas decorations, at the entrance we were greeted by a doorman in a top hat – in true British style. So the Milestone is a traditional English country house in the centre of London offering 5* luxury in every sense you can imagine. It is simply timeless elegance.

Afternoon tea at The Milestone Hotel

We were ushered to their Windsor Suite – a beautiful, wood panelled room where tea where we were served what must be one of the best afternoon teas available in London! With beautiful napkins, silver cutlery and bone china we were treated to a feast. Charming waiters attended to our every need.

Sarah beside Christmas tree
Sarah by the tree…..
Afternoon tea

Glasses of champagne abounded – yet again – and tea was served. Tea consisted of the most delicious sandwiches you could imagine and the most beautiful display of intricately prepared cakes. The ambience was enhanced by the sounds of Christmas music playing joyfully in the background.

Afternoon tea at The Milestone
Afternoon tea at The Milestone

In the Milestone Hotel, guest services are what it’s all about. It is comfortable and luxurious and has won many awards over the years. With such exquisite accommodation and superior service, this unique establishment is also a great place to stay. You can even bring your dog and they will take it for a walk! They have a sumptuously furnished library for guests and a couple of very nice bars.

The Milestone Hotel
Library at The Milestone Hotel

Exquisitely furnished in classic English style this luxury hotel is a fabulously discreet retreat for the rich and famous. It is a wonderful place to spend a quiet afternoon. Or you can sit in the library and enjoy tea with your friends. It is well situated for  strolling around London’s Hyde Park from it’s Kensington location.

Back into the coach “you’re not going home yet” said Angela and off we headed again – to see the Christmas lights.

Knightsbridge Oratory
Brompton Oratory
The Brompton Oratory
En route we popped in to the Brompton Oratory in Knightsbridge. This is the most atmospheric of venues, particularly around Christmas time being tranquil and gloomy in the darkness of the evening. And illuminated by the few candles flickering gently in the dim light, peace reigned throughout our brief stay.
The Christmas Lights
We concluded our trip with a lovely ride along Regent Street and Oxford Street to see the fabulous Christmas lights. And the lights in Regent Street are particularly superb this year – dazzling and beautiful. Those in London’s Haymarket are also stunning.

So it was a lovely way to round off the great day we had – thank you so much Angela – we had a blast!

So do you fancy coming to visit London? Crown Lawn offer short stay studios, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in South Kensington, Belgravia and The City. Please call Janette on 0208 421 5411 to discuss your requirements.

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Chinese New Year 2020

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In Chinese astrology, each year is represented by an animal. And this year, 2020, is the Year of the Rat who occupies the first position in the zodiac. And you will be pleased to know it is predicted to be a lucky year!

The rat was also celebrated in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008.

The Rat is traditionally a representation of diligence, kindness and generosity.

In 2020 the Lunar New Year falls on 25 January. The main festivities in London will be happening on 26 January. Celebrations will be taking place in Chinatown and the West End. You can come into town and enjoy a colourful parade, street food stalls, fun activities at three stages and special performances in Trafalgar Square.

Enjoy the lively, fun events on offer. Watch dragon and lion dances as London is transformed.

If you’d rather avoid driving into town at this busy time, take the train and book accommodation in London’s Chinatown. But don’t delay. Book soon!

Get in the mood by wearing red….

Red is the key colour of Chinese New Year. You can accessorize with a red scarf, jumper or shoes and this will, apparently, bring good luck for the coming year. If you’re taking your children to the event, you can encourage them bring rat decorations or paint their faces with rat motifs.

And at home…..

To bring luck to your year, Chinese tradition dictates that you should buy something red for yourself or your house. Visit London’s Chinatown and do some authentic Chinese shopping. Suitable decorations for celebrating the New Year include paper-cut window grilles, lanterns and rat toys.

Chinatown

Chinatown is one of the most charming parts of the West End. With its four ornate oriental archways  it is like stepping into another world….. It has been London’s focus for Chinese residents since the 1950’s when a number of Chinese restaurants opened in the area. It has since become one of the capital’s major attractions. Enjoy shopping at some 70+ authentic Chinese supermarkets, gift shops and street stalls.

It is located in the City of Westminster and borders Soho to the north and west and London’s Theatreland to the south and east. Well known streets in the area include Gerrard Street, Wardour Street, Rupert Street and Rupert Court, part of Shaftesbury Avenue and Lisle Street, Macclesfield Street and Newport Place, Newport Court and Little Newport Street.

Local architecture

Chinatown has buildings and streets decorated with Chinese symbols such as dragons, stone lions, lanterns and contemporary sculptures. Look out for the distinctive street signs, which are written in English and Chinese. The ornamentation in this area offers excellent photo opportunities and gives an insight into Chinese culture and religion. This is particularly the case during seasonal celebrations.

It is an area that is easy to access by public transport. And it is easy to get around as it covers a small area, much of which is now pedestrianised.

The Chinese New Year

This year, Chinese New Year falls on 25 January, with the main festivities taking place on 26 January. Enjoy spectacular parades with floats and lion dancers and live performances in Trafalgar Square. There is entertainment across the West End and around Chinatown, as well as many pop-up food and craft stalls. You will see red lanterns on display throughout.

The main event celebrated in London is the Chinese Near Year. London’s celebrations are some of the biggest outside Asia.

Restaurants

London’s Chinatown is full of good value restaurants offering delicious fare for hungry visitors to London.

As well as restaurants serving authentic Chinese cuisine you will find other oriental establishments offering Vietnamese, Malaysian, Korean and Japanese fare.

Some of the most notable restaurants in Chinatown are: Baoizi Inn (rustic street food), Four Seasons (famous for roast duck), Olle (Korean barbecue), Golden Dragon (dim sum), Leong’s Legend (Taiwanese), Bubblewrap Waffle (waffles with toppings), Plum Valley (contemporary Cantonese), Rasa Sayang (Malaysia and Singapore), Shu Xiangge (hotpots), Imperial China (Chinese), Ichibuns (Japanese and American).

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Chinatown is one of the most instagrammable parts of London and offers many opportunities for photographers to click away…..

Shopping

Excellent supermarkets include New Loon Moon and See Woo where you can shop for exotic ingredients, fruits, vegetables and spices.

Nearest underground stations

The closest underground stations to London’s Chinatown are Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. Tottenham Court Road is also fairly nearby.

Are you coming by bus?

The following buses stop nearby 14, 24, 27, 29, 134, 168, C2.

Accommodation in the area

Would you like to stay in the neighbourhood?  There are some very convenient short stay apartments and hotels nearby for you to choose from.

 

 

 

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Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park

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London’s annual Winter Wonderland spectacular opened this year in November. Back for the 13th time, this Christmas feast offers something for thrill seekers of all ages!

Fun abounds in this oasis in London’s Hyde Park.

Thrilling fairground rides, dozens of winter stalls and a whole host of entertainment make Winter Wonderland the go to destination in London. And it is an absolute treat for families with children. It is open from 10am to 10pm every day except Christmas Day.

This year…..

Attractions this year include a huge open air ice rink (the biggest in the UK!), two circuses, an observation wheel and the Magical Ice Kingdom. Whilst for the adults there are themed bars serving German beers and lagers in steins. Delicious street food is plentiful so you will not go hungry! Riding the 70m observation wheel will take you high up over the treetops and afford you spectacular views of the London skyline.

The nightly illuminations are absolutely dazzling.

Adults will enjoy the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club. And for those keen to learn there are ice sculpting workshops where you can perfect your artistic skills. For beer lovers the German-style Bavarian village offers a great atmosphere where you can down steins of beer to the sounds of live music. If you find that too hot to handle then you might enjoy the Ice Bar. Sounds chilly for the winter months – even the glasses you drink from are made of ice!

Street food at the Park is great. Tasty snacks include, for instance, hot dogs, smoked salmon (smoked on the spot!), hot chestnuts, churros, pasta, corn and the list goes on…..

Entry into Winterland is free of charge. You can enjoy brightly illuminated fairground rides, and child-friendly Santa Land with its own Santa’s grotto. As well as some 150 Christmas market stalls offering a huge variety of gift items, produce and Christmas fare. The sounds of Christmas can be heard throughout the site as you stroll around with both piped and live music playing continuously. You can warm up with a glass of mulled wine. And snack on a delicious hog roast or hot dog. Whilst the children feast on doughnuts and hot chocolate.

Paddington™ on Ice

This year’s spectacular features cutting edge choreography, stunning costumes and toe tapping music for all ages! This fabulous ice show has already enjoyed enormous success in Germany. Now, to the great delight of fans, the show can be seen for the first time here in the UK. Join Paddington™ as he travels by ship from the jungles of Peru to our very own London. The performance features award-winning international figure skaters, vibrant costumes and lively music. Sure to delight the whole family. We recommend advance booking.

Magical Ice Kingdom

New attractions this year include the Magical Ice Kingdom’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol. This is a walk-through attraction that lasts approximately 30 minutes. This fabulous snow experience has been cleverley sculpted from over 500 tonnes of ice and snow. But remember to wrap up warm – it’s very cold!

Mr. Men & Little Miss – The Show

Specially for the little ones, this 45 minute show is fabulous! Join your favourite Mr. Men and Little Miss characters as they leap off the page into Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Puppetry and music bring Happyland to life in a burst of colour.

Ice Skating

The ice rink is stunning – built around the charming old Victorian grandstand. You will not need to bring your own skates as skate hire is included in the ticket price. The rink glistens under the 100,000 lights illuminating skaters from above.

The atmosphere

The ambiance at Wonderland is fabulous and guaranteed to get you in the mood for the Christmas season! This is a fun winter festival for all ages. Being adorned with so many thousands of lights, the Wonderland at night is a beautiful sight. Festive sounds permeate the Park and visitors leave the area having overdosed on Christmas spirit!

Winter Wonderland recommend advance booking for shows etc. to save queueing on the day.

How to get there

Very conveniently located in Central London with lots of access options by underground and by bus. The nearest tube stations are Marble Arch, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Victoria and Knightsbridge. We recommend you use the other stations as Hyde Park Corner is busy – particularly at weekends.

There is car parking nearby. But please note there is not much availability and it is expensive so travel by public transport is highly recommended.

And if it’s been raining, don’t forget the wellies!

Diary note: Winter Wonderland is on until 5 January 2020.

In conclusion, Winter Wonderland is a great place to visit!

Accommodation nearby

If you wish to stay in the vicinity, you  might like to rent a short stay apartment for the weekend for your weary revellers.

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A London apartment – the corporate solution

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Corporate apartments in the City of London are the ideal accommodation solution.

You may be coming to London on business – even for just a week – and you need somewhere to stay. We recommend an apartment for your visit. More spacious than hotel rooms, serviced apartments offer a home from home in the middle of the City. It is your own private space where you can simply relax and unwind.

Our apartments offer comforts and conveniences for corporate travellers. Financial savings are ideal for relocation, long term assignments and project work. Short stay and long term serviced flats provide increased flexibility, space, independence and privacy over traditional hotel accommodation.

Amenities

Our corporate serviced apartments meet the needs of the discerning executive in individual and private surroundings. Furthermore, you can use the apartment as an office and for meetings. You can use a larger apartment for entertaining. You will be able to prepare meals and dine in your flat because they all have kitchens.

Our London corporate apartments are fully furnished and offer WiFi, TV’s and regular maid service and weekly linen change.  Also, extra security and concierge reception services are offered at many of our short stay apartments.

We cater for relocating corporate executives, interim housing for business travellers and long term assigned projects.  Our range suits all budgets so we are confident we have something for you.

Whether you are on a business trip, moving or relocating there are great advantages to taking an apartment.  Also, you can book for the duration you require; a few nights or a few months. Corporate apartments in the City of London are very competitively priced.

You have plenty of options with Go City Apartments. We offer locations across the capital both in heart of the City and quiet residential areas.

For families

If you need an open green space for children to play, then Europa House in Little Venice may be for you. With over 3 acres of private gardens it is a lovely family residence.

Europa House

Extras

Many of the residences offer extra services including airport transfers, daily breakfast service, restaurant recommendations and theatre bookings. At others there are meeting room facilities.

Our clients

We work with a wide range of companies from Fortune 500 and FTSE250 corporations as well as SME’s across a wide range of industries. We offer solutions to our clients both in the UK and globally. Our clients come to us for our expertise, experience and in-depth knowledge of the apartment industry.  We guarantee consistency and high standards  in modern contemporary city apartments.  We help businesses find the most cost-effectve accommodation solutions for their directors and employees.

London is one of the busiest hubs around the globe.  If you are visiting for business, attending a conference or working on a short term placement, it is important to be able to settle in a homely environment.

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Stratford’s sporting venues

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Stratford’s sporting venues offer a huge range of options for both spectators and participants alike.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Whether you’re into sports, arts, culture, fresh air, adventure playrounds, shopping or just relaxing with a coffee, the Park has something for you. A lovely venue to bring children – iconic parklands to wander through, playgrounds for them to run around and let off steam. Charming waterways with relaxing boat tours and swan pedalos and magical lighting illuminating the water at dusk. The Park is adorned with and array of inspirational world-class artworks. Interestingly, the park is known as Europe’s biggest outdoor classroom! With plenty of serviced accommodation in the area, this is a great family location for days out and weekends away.

The Copper Box Arena

The “box that rocks” offers gym, sports hall, exercise classes and badminton courts. The Copper Box is also an international netball venue. The arena has up to 2700m2 of divisible, flexible space that can be hired for sporting events. It is particularly suitable for badminton, basketball, handball/futbal, volleyball and netball. The Copper Box is now home to the London Lions basketball team.

The London Stadium

A magnificent arena – the only venue in the UK able to host both world class football matches and international athletics events and competitions. Forthcoming events include Premier League 2018/19 football matches featuring West Ham United. The Stadium was the first venue in Europe to host Major League Baseball, when the New York Yankees played the Boston Reds Sox in June 2019.

The Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre

State of the art facilities at this contemporary complex include tennis on both indoor and outdoor courts.  Extensive adult tennis programme and disability tennis available at The Centre. The Centre works closely with England Hockey, local clubs, schools and community organisations to run a range of hockey programmes. This is the ideal venue for groups and clubs who enjoy hockey on the two Union Jack fringed pitches.

London Aquatics Centre

Enjoy a swim in the pools of champions, the most technologically advanced swimming facility in the world – the home of the 2012 London Legacy. There are three pools to choose from and the Centre offers a range of swimming and diving opportunities for adults and children alike. Lane swimming, family swimming, lessons, women-only and disability swimming are accommodated. Popular state-of-the-art gym on-site.

Lee Valley VeloPark

Thrills for the cyclist whether you’re into track cycling, road racing, BMX or mountain biking.  Superb venue. You can cycle the track in the velodrome, race on the road circuit, tackle mountain bike trails and jump and bump on the berms of the BMX track. This is a venue that offers something for the whole family.

The Arcelormittal Orbit

Come and ride the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide and enjoy superb views of London from the UK’s tallest sculpture – a landmark to remember! This magnificent red tower of twisted metal  is an iconic symbol of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London 2012 Games. Whizz down this giant slide at speeds of about 15mph in a 40 second descent. But if speed is not your thing then take the lift (and your camera) to the viewing platforms. Enjoy the sweeping panorama of London with views extending as far as Wembley Stadium, St Paul’s Cathedral and Canary Wharf! The ArcelorMittal Orbit is bookable for receptions, dinners and corporate events, not to mention weddings!

The Olympic Park 5K and 10K

On 21 March 2020, you will have the chance to take part in one of these races. You can either take the 5k or the 10k race. En route you will see the notable landmarks around the London 2012 Olympic Park. Set against an amazing back drop this even is suitable for runners of all levels. Enjoy snaking round the park and get a unique finisher’s medal! Registration essential >

Accommodation nearby

There are some excellent 2 bedroom short stay apartments – ideal for families – in this area.

London

Mayfair’s Garden Squares

Berkeley Square Sculpture

Mayfair’s Garden Squares offer a lovely retreat from the hustle, bustle and traffic of the Mayfair area.

Grosvenor Square

Developed by Sir Richard Grosvenor in 1720, Grosvenor Square has been one of London’s most attractive public spaces, the second largest square in London. It boasts six acres of pristine lawns surrounded by neo-Georgian houses and embassies. Having housed the US Embassy since 1938, the square reveals it’s longstanding connection with the United Nations. It has a central statue to Franklin D Roosevelt and a 9/11 memorial garden. Former US President John Adams lived at No. 9, and it was the site of General Eisenhower’s headquarters during the Second World War. A charming place for a lunchtime stroll. Grosvenor House Suites offer discreet 5* serviced accommodation very close by. Mayfair, London W1K 2HP.

Mount Street Gardens

The beautiful Mount Street Gardens are a haven for birds such as robins and tits who inhabit the gardens’ plane trees, dawn redwood trees and Canary Island date palms. Nestled behind red-brick mansion blocks and the neo-Gothic Church of the Immaculate Conception, these gardens are a peaceful urban sanctuary. A focus for nature conservation in Central London, the gardens offer many benches for visitors to spend some quiet time. As well as other sculptures, the gardens feature a bronze drinking fountain in the shape of a rearing horse, designed by Sir Ernest George and Harold Peto. Mount Street Gardens, Mount St, Mayfair, London W1K 2TH

Brown Hart Gardens

Just off Duke Street, Brown Hart Gardens is one of the city’s best kept secrets: an elevated paved terrace space that, at street level, you might never know existed. In a fascinating location on the roof of the old Duke Street electricity substation, built in the early 1900’s,  today the garden provides residents, shoppers and local office workers with a sunny, lofty space to escape the hustle and bustle of nearby Oxford Street, and visitors can enjoy a coffee at it’s own café – The Garden Café. Brown Hart Gardens, Duke Street, London W1.

Berkeley Square

You will be lucky to hear a nightingale sing in Berkeley Square these days – this is not a tranquil haven – but nevertheless offers a charming retreat from the buzz of the city under an amazing canopy of 220 year old plane trees, with mottled trunks and giant foliage. Originating from the 1700’s some Georgian houses still remain and – beware – some of the houses are said to be haunted!  Previous occupants include two British prime ministers, namely Winston Churchill and George Canning. Berkeley Square, London W1.

 

Grosvenor Square

A lovely large square – the centrepiece of the Mayfair property empire of the Duke of Westminster.

Accommodation in the area…..

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London

Changing the Guard

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On a crisp autumn morning, strolling along to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is a great way to enjoy the sunshine. You can leave the underground at Embankment and skirt round the south side of Trafalgar Square. And if you’re lucky Nelson’s Column will be in sharp relief against a deep blue sky!. On the day I ventured there, the Extinction Rebellion campaigners were camped in force in the streets, parks and Trafalgar Square. I weaved my way round their tents to avoid tripping over and came face to face with a large octopus full of protesting humans.

Into The Mall…..

Just wander through Admiralty Arch and you will see The Mall open up right in front of your with Buckingham Palace at the far end. Security is very much in evidence when the Changing of the Guard is imminent. You will see, and be reassured by the fact, that policemen and women abound. Many are on horseback, most are on foot and a smaller number are pedalling on pushbikes! As you walk along the Mall the trees are starting to turn to their beautiful autumn colours. And the sun shines brightly through the foliage in St James’s Park. It is a beautiful stroll. In the far distance, the >>> statue shines brilliantly with Buckingham Palace in the background.

Where to stand

I was puzzling about where to stand and decided to just go with the flow. I reckoned that with such a forest of selfie-sticks in view it was not going to be easy to see the proceedings. So I wandered along, winding round the barriers and crossings and made my way to the Buckingham Palace fence. Just half an hour before it was due to start the crowd was already 3/4 people deep.  Not only were there hordes of people, there was a forest of selfie sticks being held aloft so I decided that wasn’t a good idea. I made my way over to the +++ and wandered round the statue. I took some nice pictures down the Mall and some of Buckingham Palace and waited. The regiment then came along the south side of the mall and my patience was duly rewarded.

The Pageantry

Because most of the viewers were opposite the front of the palace it was possible to take some nice shots of the band marching along. British pageantry is at its best at the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. It happens every day of the week but it’s still a thrill. On a lovely sunny day the brass instruments reflected the late summer sun.  As traffic is stopped in the area for the changing of the guard, the music echoes out through the forecourt and surrounding area.

After the pageantry

The crowd dispersed once it was over and many of the viewers made their way through St James’s Park.  I was lucky to see one of the famous pelicans, as well as a host of other waterfowl. The __ lake is a joy at this time of the year and the autumn flowers are still beautiful. You can enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat at the various kiosks and ___ cafe dotted around St James’s Park. It’s a lovely way to spend a morning in London.

We have some lovely short stay family apartments close to Buckingham Palace…..

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