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Can You Escape (London) – 2018 What to know before you plan a trip to London

Can You Escape (London) - 2018 What to know before you plan a trip to London

2018 What to know before you plan a trip to London

 

Battling for Britain, trying to avoid pirates, deal with superheroes, Harry Potter or Sherlock Holmes; choosing an escape game in London is not easy. The sheer challenge of pitting your wits against the ever-ticking clock and trying to solve enigmatic clues is irresistible. While a resident at serviced apartments Marylebone, enjoy Escape games that are becoming one of the most popular activities for small groups. It provides a fantastic way to spend an hour with friends and experience something memorable, and different.  

There are countless escape rooms operating in London, which means you never have far to go to find a new challenge. Locations include Oxford Street, Bermondsey, London Bridge, Holloway, Angel, Pentonville, Battersea, Moorgate and the City of London itself.   

 

As to which to choose – it depends entirely on your interests. There is an escape room to suit every interest.

 

Harry Potter

Harry Potter fans are immediately drawn to the challenge of graduating from the School Witchcraft and Wizardry, proving that you really are a true witch or wizard in just one hour within the heart of the City of London. Coping with a variety of runes, potions, and spells will challenge you to the utmost.  Only the very best will succeed. Not surprisingly, it is very popular and needs to be booked well in advance.

 

Oxford Street

Perhaps you prefer to step down below busy Oxford Street and try to solve Da Vinci’s locks and decipher codes at Escape Land. Alternatively, you can try to solve mind-bending tasks in Professor Oxford’s Experiment – you may possibly escape in time!

 

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Elephant and Castle in South London

Step back in time to the dark days of World War II at Escape Plan down at the Elephant and Castle in South London.  Captured by the Nazis, you have to escape a prison camp by following a trail of clues left by the only prisoner ever to successfully escape its perimeter. Another wartime experience is offered by Mission Breakout near Trafalgar Square – not only is it located deep underground in a former tube station, but corridors are pumped with dry ice the moment you enter making it incredibly atmospheric.

 

Holloway

Holloway is well known for its prison, but inventive puzzle solvers may manage to escape the Inside Out Escape Room.  You really have to be good at codes to solve the puzzles and find the passwords to break free. Choose from Sherlock Holmes or a CSI themed room.

 

South Bermondsey

Fancy something eerie and immersive? Modern Fables in South Bermondsey may be the ideal choice.  Black and white films flicker over candlelit rooms in a darkened warehouse as you head for the Escapist bar to help out due to the owner’s disappearance.  Can you survive?

 

So, don’t lose your precious time, plan your visit to London this Christmas 2018 and stay at any of the serviced apartments in Central London and enjoy a blasting experience in the city with friends and family.

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London’s Musical heritage – Fascinating trail for visitors keen to discover the city’s musical heritage

London’s Musical heritage - Fascinating trail for visitors keen to discover the city’s musical heritage

British groups like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin have left an indelible mark on London, making it a fascinating trail for visitors keen to discover more about the city’s musical heritage.  We take a look at some of the places you can explore. Have a wonderful stay at any of the serviced apartments in Central London and pay a visit to the below given lovely places.

 

The legendary zebra crossing

Head for St John’s Wood and Abbey Road to find the legendary zebra crossing used by the Beatles for one of their most iconic pictures.  Today, countless visitors follow in their footsteps across Abbey Road. Take a tube down to Chelsea and explore the myriad shops and pubs which were an irresistible draw for pop singers, celebrities and fashionable folk in the 1960s. Over at Number 430, Sid Vicious worked as a shop assistant before joining the notorious Sex Pistols.

 

The Beatles Store in Baker Street

The Beatles Store in Baker Street is a fantastic place to buy retro merchandise, vintage memorabilia including autographs and posters.  Not far away at 94 Baker Street, you can see the blue plaque indicating that John Lennon and George Harrison lived here during their time in London.

 

Music venues in Camden Town

It is worth trying some of the music venues in Camden Town such as the Jazz Café or The Roundhouse.  These were venues used by performers like Jimmy Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and The Doors. More recently, Koko in Camden Town was the site of Madonna’s first UK performance.  Take a stroll along the banks of the canal towards Primrose Hill to find the site where the Rolling Stones were photographed for their 1967 album, Between the Buttons.

 

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Hard Rock Café Museum

Don’t miss the Hard Rock Café Museum.  This contains a fantastic collection of rock memorabilia, which will keep rock fans enthralled for hours.  Also worth visiting is the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington. This has been the setting for many rock and pop concerts, including one in which the Beatles and the Rolling Stones played on the same bill.  The Royal Albert Hall offers tours of the building focusing on its rock and pop history. These do have to be booked in advance.

 

Swinging Sixties Bus

You can even take a tour on the Swinging Sixties Bus around the most famous sixties pop related locations in SW London.  It makes for a really memorable experience as you ride in a classic 1960’s London Transport Routemaster bus. A drifting scent of patchouli oil permeates the bus, as the guides tell tales of the activities of the Beatles and other groups at the various locations you pass.  The tour includes Eel Pie Island, Twickenham Studios, Chiswick House and several pubs, which were famed for their popularity with groups like Led Zepplin, the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Marmalade, the Kinks, and Pink Floyd. Richmond Bridge has bittersweet memories for Beatles fans since it was here that the group had their last official photographs taken before the breakup.  

 


Make your tour to London memorable while a resident at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair as you will get all the luxury you wish and interestingly the serviced apartments are located at the heart of the city.

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Paddington Bear: Fun Facts about Paddington Bear you must know

Paddington Bear: Fun Facts about Paddington Bear you must know

For many children, Paddington Station is the most famous in London – for this is where the iconic, well-loved, very polite Paddington Bear first appeared.  Dressed in his characteristic duffle coat and hat, Paddington has the best of intentions but always seems to get into trouble.  The classic tales about this irresistible bear have spread his fame worldwide, as have the recent films Paddington 1 and Paddington 2. You can enjoy visiting all the below-mentioned places while staying at any of the serviced apartments at Marylebone in London.

Not surprisingly, countless children and adults visiting London want to follow in his footsteps. So where to start?

The answer is only a short walk away from the hotel here in Marylebone.  Head for the busy platforms and Victorian architecture of Paddington Railway Station.  It was just below this massive vaulted ceiling that Paddington first arrived from Darkest Peru.  Head over to Platform One to find the wonderful Paddington Bear statue just under the clock, close to where the Brown family first met him and made him part of their family.

Close by is the Paddington Bear Shop, the only shop in the world dedicated to Paddington Bear.  It is packed with stuffed toys, books, mugs and countless other items including marmalade, making it the perfect place to find that ideal gift.

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Step outside and walk to Sheldon Square, close to Paddington Basin on the London canal network. When local people were asked to nominate a subject for a statue here, Paddington was the overwhelming choice. As a result, a lovely statue was created showing author Michael Bond with his well-loved Paddington Bear.

While staying at any of the serviced apartments at Covent Garden, you can take time to stroll along the quiet waterways of Little Venice where Michael Bond and Paddington spent a lot of their time.  There are lots of cafes and pubs here, making it an ideal spot to relax.

The towpath may be familiar to anyone who has watched the Paddington 2 film.  Paddington is shown speeding along the towpath on the back of a friendly dog after the break-in at Mr. Gruber’s antique shop.

When you are ready to move on, a short boat ride will bring you to Primrose Hill where Chalcot Crescent took on the role of Windsor Gardens in the movies.  The pretty pastel coloured houses were used as the Brown’s home and many of the scenes such as the Brown family car being given a push start were filmed here.  

Head down to Oxford Street to the Selfridges Department store.  It was here, on Christmas Eve 1956, that Michael Brown (then working for the BBC as a cameraman) was hunting for a Christmas present for his wife. He found a little bear dressed in a duffle coat and took him home.  It was this bear, which provided the inspiration for one of the most famous, well-loved bears in the world.

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Inspiring buildings that are among London’s best-kept secrets | Things to do in London

Inspiring buildings that are among London’s best-kept secrets | Things to do in London

Looking for something slightly different to explore in London?  How about a Hindu temple, a shimmering Arab Hall, a Huguenot house or the eclectic personal museum of the architect who designed the Bank of England? Take a chance to visit all the inspiring buildings that are among London’s best-kept secrets while a resident at any of the serviced apartments in London.

Neasden Temple

Neasden Temple

Tucked away amid the long streets of housing in Neasden, north London is a building that would not be out of place in a much hotter Indian climate. Popularly known as the “Neasden Temple’, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a massive Hindu Temple – the first such temple anywhere in Europe.  Built strictly according to ancient Vedic texts, it contains no structural steel at all; leaving visitors amazed at the sheer size and number of pinnacles and domes, each surmounted by a flag. It’s intensely colourful with masses of intricate marble and wood carvings. Visitors are welcome to explore the building and its “understanding Hinduism’ exhibition, and depending on timing you may even experience a traditional Hindu prayer ceremony.

Leighton House

Leighton House

Heading down to Holland Park, another very different type of building awaits. Although impressive on the outside, it is nothing to what can be found inside.  Leighton House is decorated using an incredibly opulent Eastern style including an Arab Hall complete with absolutely stunning blue and white mosaics with a great golden dome. This was the home of Lord Leighton, a Victorian artist who turned it into a private palace of art.  Even Queen Victoria was entertained here. Many of Leighton’s own drawings and paintings can be seen adorning the walls of this amazing house, along with numerous special exhibitions.

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Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum

Walking through Lincoln’s Inn Fields it is easy to be distracted by the sight of lawyers in their gowns and the pretty gardens in the center of the square, but making a stop at Sir John Soane's museum is definitely worthwhile.  This was the home of the innovative architect who designed the Bank of England. His home became almost a laboratory where he experimented with ideas. It is a maze of rooms, and following a floor plan is not easy. Half the fun of visiting this fascinating place is simply meandering and seeing what appears next.  Every room is full of all kinds of memorabilia, items collected by Sir John Soane's over the course of his long life from Gothic fragments to classical statues, paintings, and masks. You can choose to stay any of the serviced apartments at Covent Garden as you can expect to find the unusual – a statue of Apollo is lit up in gold from the stained glass dome above it, a Roman styled crypt contains a massive Egyptian sarcophagus, while mirrors make rooms seem larger than they are in reality.

Dennis Severs House

Dennis Severs House

A short trip on the underground brings you to Dennis Severs House in the East End.  You do need to book to visit, but it is well worth it. Dennis Severs took this old house back to the times of the Spitalfields weavers who once lived here during the eighteenth century. Stairs creak, a canary chirps, lights flicker as you follow in the footsteps of the Huguenot weavers through several generations, from their arrival to prosperity and finally the demise of the silk weaving industry.

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Halloween Events in London

Halloween Events in London

Halloween in London can be a very spooky affair. It is not a time for anyone who is fainthearted or hates being scared. Visitors traveling to London often seek serviced apartments Central London as it is the most popular attraction among travelers.  For those who want to explore the spooky, weirder side of London life, the options are too numerous to list here!

There are plenty of Halloween parties that can be enjoyed such as the Sky High Screams fancy dress event at the Sky Garden in Aldgate or the Danse Macabre at the Clapham Grand (no outfit – no entry!) or Skream’s seven-hour stint in Shoreditch to mark the night of the undead. Then there is the Mexican Day of the Dead at Fire Vauxhall. This is set to be one of the most stunning of the Halloween parties available. Arrive early and see a ritualistic ‘burning’ outside, take part in a boat party before experiencing the sheer colour and drama of the Aztec style dungeon, a shamanistic altar and attempt to find the secret room.

But what if you do not want to party your way through Halloween? Try some of the spooky activities and tours that are being planned. During this time of the season, many visitors are expected to visit London with many booking rooms at serviced apartments at Covent Garden and other parts of the city.

Take a trip to Barts Pathology Museum and discover everything you wanted to know about bodily decay, cannibalistic rituals and smell the chemicals used to train ‘cadaver dogs’. If you time it right, you may even be able to dig through edible soil and use archeological techniques to excavate edible body part. Booking is recommended as these events get filled up very quickly!

London’s Ragged School has a scary ghost hunt available. This eerie building is believed to be one of the most haunted in London and has certainly resulted in visitors running for the exit out of sheer terror. Haunted Happenings are running not just a tour here, but a full night experience during which anything can happen.

While in the East End, try a Jack the Ripper walking tour and find out about this horrific series of murders that took place in the gloomy, foggy streets of Victorian London. It can be extremely atmospheric on one of these tours as the group leaders take you through the backstreets and alleyways that hide the locations of Jack the Ripper’s murders.

The dramatic black Ghost Bus has special tours available this Halloween.  The dim interior lights create a spooky atmosphere even before you set off around the streets of London, hearing the tales of murder, ghosts, witches and the undead. Watch your fellow travelers carefully for not all are quite what they seem!

Also worth considering is London’s Month of the Dead activities enabling you to stroll through forgotten burial grounds, take part in a private viewing of the Museum of London’s massive bone archive. There are torchlit cemetery walks, subterranean crypts, and charnel houses and you can even discuss death over tea and cakes at the Death café.

If you’re staying at the Presidential Marylebone Mayfair then you are in luck, as it is centrally located which would give an easy access to all the places of interest.

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