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It’s hot, it’s sunny and you want to relax in a pub with a drink. We have the answer – try one of the many pubs with outdoor gardens or outdoor seating. Here’s some of the most popular and easy to find.
Book a stay at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair and stroll across London Bridge and down into Borough for one of the most historic inns in London. Look for a little alley off Borough High Street that leads to the busy George Inn. Walking through the alley brings you out into an amazing courtyard which was once used by coaches when changing horses. Even earlier than that, it was used by actors in Elizabethan times to hold theatre performances, as people could watch from the galleries at the front of the Inn. It was also a popular drinking place for actors from the neighbouring playhouses like the Globe and Rose. Shakespeare himself may well have come here. Nowadays, this is the only galleried inn of its kind in London.
Not far away on the banks of the River Thames is another pub with a long history. The Anchor has become a popular tourist destination offering views across the river from its beer garden and roof terrace. The modern building gives no hint of its history. There has been a pub on this spot for over 800 years, and for much of the time it has been known as The Anchor.
If you fancy entertainment while relaxing with a drink outside, the Punch & Judy in Covent Garden is worth a try. The outdoor seating area on the balcony is a fantastic way to watch the street performers in the piazza below. Alternatively, you can head over to Battersea Park for an evening’s entertainment at the Magic Garden. This pub is gaining a great reputation as the place to go for a ‘festival in a pub’. At weekends, and several weekday nights it houses live entertainment from local and international artists offering a wide range of music styles from jazz to world music. Sit back in the comfy garden chairs and enjoy the music, a few cocktails and some brilliant food. Also, there is large selection for tourists to choose from cheap to luxury self-serviced apartments London near to the place.
The Troubadour on the Old Brompton Road near Earls Court is a much smaller, intimate venue with a little garden enveloped in trellis and trees. Getting here early is a good idea if you want to enjoy the music. The cellar bar has been the venue for many well known musicians over the years including Jimi Hendrix, Elton John and Bob Dylan.
In addition, if you are hunting for somewhere stylish to eat then you must visit Kingly Court.
Giant puppets, roller disco, bands, DJ’s, Henna art and much more can be enjoyed at Smithfield’s 150 year birthday celebrations while a resident at London holiday rentals.
This giant spectacular birthday party takes place around Smithfield Market, in the City of London between 25 and 26 August. It offers a great opportunity to enjoy the party while exploring this superb historic Victorian building, along with the maze of surrounding streets and lanes.
Smithfield and its market go back much further, over 800 years. This is one of the oldest spots in London, as the legendary Bartholomew Fair was held nearby beside St Bartholomew’s Hospital. It was the site of executions and horse trading. As time went on, and the area became more built up, the decision was made to create an imposing building to contain the meat market. The result is the Smithfield Market we see today.
There are lots of guided walks that can be booked in order to discover the history and stories behind this fascinating area. City Guides have a walking tour starting at 7am which looks around Smithfield Market when the meat traders are busy about their work for this is a place that is best seen early in the morning. By lunchtime, trade has come to an end, and all is quiet.
Alternatively, if you want to focus on the history of the area, then the Museum of London tours are worth considering. These tours have to be booked in advance and highlight places like Bart’s Hospital, Golden Boy at Pye Corner and St Sepulchre-without-Newgate as well as Smithfield market. There are tales of body snatching, of executions, of Henry VIII, Hogarth and even Sherlock Holmes!
Smithfield 150 promises to be the City’s biggest birthday party with activities appealing to all ages. There will be lots of children’s activities especially on the Saturday.
Expect giant fairground rides, a lively carnival parade, brass bands, giant puppets and birthday cake! There are cooking demonstrations, pop up markets and a Bartholomew’s Carnival of Delights. Fancy your skills on roller skates? Then spend some time at the lively Roller disco.
Watch archive film on the centenary of women’s suffrage in the Kino Van, a travelling cinema on wheels. Or relax with a more tongue in cheek version of history with Horrible Histories. Try out some Henna art in the Henna House which offers a wide range of designs including intricate florals and bold tribal art.
There is also lots of music on offer. Bands of all kinds from across London will be playing sets. Try some Electropop, cowbells and funky brass. Watch Stealing Sheep’s percussion procession, enjoy a sing-a-long or dance on the main stage.
So book any of the short stay apartments London and head for Smithfield this August Bank Holiday and enjoy the party!
Kensington Palace, Greenwich Park, Kew Gardens, Somerset House are just a few of the amazing locations in which you can relax and watch a film this summer. There are a host of locations across London offering evening films, outdoors so that you can enjoy the summer weather as well as a film. If you choose carefully, you may not even have to pay anything for the privilege!
Not too far from Presidential Marylebone serviced apartments London, you can spend an evening at London Bridge City Scoop auditorium and watch films like The Greatest Showman and Guardian of the Galaxy free of charge. The setting is definitely spectacular as you are beside the River Thames, and surrounded by Tower Bridge and the Tower of London! The Summer by the River programme also gives access to food and drink while you enjoy a film.
Luna Cinema offers other opportunities to enjoy stunning historic surroundings during an evening film. With venues that include Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace, it makes a very atmospheric way to watch films like Dunkirk, Shaun of the Dead and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Another popular outdoor cinema is The Nomad which turns up at a whole host of locations including St Paul’s Cathedral, Allianz Stadium and Paddington Street Gardens. Also popping up in parks like Corams Fields near Holborn, and Greenwich are giant inflatable Pop UP Screens showing Logan, Baby Driver, Dirty Dancing, Get Out and Cool Runnings.
By far one of the most sought after outdoor cinemas is Film 4 Summer Screenings in the massive courtyard of Somerset House. It is extremely accessible, as it is located just off the Strand near Trafalgar Square. There is an ever changing range of films on offer, including some red carpet premieres. Among the screenings this year are Inception, labyrinth and Blue Velvet. You can really have a full evening’s enjoyment here as music inspired by the film being shown is played beforehand for a couple of hours. You can bring a picnic, or buy food and drink from the various food vendors scattered around. Bring a cushion – the cobbles can be uncomfortable!
For something a little different, it is worth considering a film based river cruise. City Cruises are running various Movies on the River cruises from Tower Pier. Spaces are limited, so booking is essential. The film schedule includes Casablanca, Jaws and Top gun. It is a great way to enjoy a film, while cruising down the River Thames. Just try not to be diverted from the screen, by the twilight scenes along the river bank!
Alternatively, book a stay at any of the serviced apartments Covent Garden and head over to one of the many special rooftop cinema venues where you can admire London from on high, while watching a film. Good options include Lost Format Cinema in Croydon complete with DJ, bars and street food; and the Rooftop Cinema Club found in Peckham, Tobacco Dock, Stratford and Shoreditch. Booking is essential and you are guaranteed comfy chairs and blankets!
Hunting for somewhere to eat has become even easier when you are in the vicinity of Oxford Circus and Regent Street. Just book a stay at any of the affordable self-catering apartment London and head into Kingly Court for a massive collection of fantastic places to eat and drink.
Kingly Court is a small street tucked between Carnaby Street and Regent Street. The small size belies the sheer choice that can be found here. There are over 20 restaurants, cafes, bars, and food operators catering for every food taste, from seafood to curries, Asian style to burgers and everything in between! You can dine alfresco or under cover.
It is a perfect place to relax, experiment and try new flavours. How about Peruvian food? Entering Senor Ceviche is like entering urban Lima, and you can choose from a menu that includes Chiffa Chicharrones, Pachamanca Ribs, Super Pollo and Ceviche. Over at Jinjuu Soho, you can try the latest Korean street food like bimimbap and wagyu mini burgers, or you can opt for a Jerusalem style brunch at The Good Egg.
Book a stay at beautiful Presidential Marylebone Mayfair and visit Stax Diner. The place majors on burgers, but don’t expect to eat a simple burger here. This is where you can find Caramel Blue Cheese burgers, Buttermilk chicken burgers and Halal Gourmet versions.
Prefer something more traditional? Then Shampers wine bar and restaurant is for you. This restaurant offers traditional British food served a la carte or as finger food. Anyone loving seafood will find plenty on offer at Wright Brothers for this is their speciality. The minimal décor style with stripped floors and bare bulbs, allows diners to focus purely on the food. Choose from crab starters, raw oysters, crab in a bisque sauce, langustines, tempura monk fish, or skate wing served with a spicy chilli jam.
Greek meze, grilled octopus and moussaka made in a traditional clay pot can be enjoyed at Life Goddess. Alternatively try the Oka Restaurant with its Mongolian Lamb or Le Bab’s middle eastern style cuisine involving shawarma, pigs head, lamb adana and cauliflower pastilla cooked over charcoal and wood. The ever popular Pizza is not ignored in Kingly Court, just take a look at the menu in Pizza Pilgrims.
For those wanting just a snack, then Crumbs & Doilies Bakery & Cake Shop may have the answer. Every cake is unique, baked fresh to order and hand decorated. Mouth watering flavours include Raspberry Ripple, cookies and cream, rainbow and peanut butter.
At Cahoots Cocktail bar you can step back in time and return to the 1940’s. Try rationed snacks and bespoke cocktails, which include a Vera Lynn cocktail served in a Vera Lynn Toby jug. Quite apart from the unusual food, what makes this bar really stand out is the amazing décor and atmosphere. The staff speak cockney slang, and the bar itself is decked out like a 1940’s underground station!
Ever wondered what’s behind those white walls of Buckingham Palace? Now is your chance to find out. Over the summer you can stay at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair and book for guided tours of the State Rooms used by the Queen for investitures, banquets and other ceremonial and official occasions. If interested – you need to book quickly, as only a limited number of spaces are available.
Buckingham Palace has been the official home of the UK monarchy for over 100 years. It was acquired by George IV and the interior style of the State Rooms still reflect his taste, and that of his designer John Nash. Expect dramatic, brilliant colours especially whites, reds, golds and greens plus a tremendous amount of art works on every wall.
It is a massive building containing over 700 rooms including offices and staff accommodation. The tours focus on the 19 State Rooms that are used by the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family when hosting state banquets, meetings, investitures or other ceremonial occasions. These rooms include the Grand Staircase, the Ballroom, White Drawing Room and the Throne Room. Many of these rooms are instantly recognizable as backdrops to official photographs such as at Royal Weddings or Christenings. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed in the Throne Room immediately after their wedding.
Art lovers will be fascinated by the paintings and sculpture on display. The Royal Collection is one of the pre-eminent art collections in the world, and contains numerous masterpieces by artists like Degas, Rubens, Rembrandt, Canaletto and Van Dyck. It has a fantastic collection of antiques, Faberge and sculptures. Look closely at the tables laid out as if for a State Banquet and you will see priceless examples of silverware and porcelain ready for use.
Take time too to explore the pretty gardens that adjoin the building. These form a wonderful green oasis, one of the hidden gardens of London complete with lake, lawns and trees.
After your visit to the Palace, it is also worth considering dropping into the adjacent Picture Gallery to see more examples of art from the Royal Collection as well as the Royal Mews. Within the Royal Mews are a collection of historic carriages which are still used today on ceremonial occasions. A landau from the Royal Mews carried Prince Harry and Meghan Markle around Windsor after their wedding. Carriages from the Mews are used by the Royal Family at Ascot, and for spectacular events like the State Opening of Parliament. One of the highlights of the collection is the gilded Glass carriage which was used by the Queen on her way to and from the Coronation in 1953.
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