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Windsor Castle – A short trip outside London

Windsor Castle - A short trip outside London

Looking for a short trip outside London? Then why not follow in H.M the Queen’s footsteps and head for Windsor.  This is where the Queen often goes at weekends when she is in London.  Windsor is less than an hour away by train or coach. It is a fantastic place to visit as it offers something for all the family.  Young or old, there is plenty to do. This summer make sure to book your stay at any of the serviced apartments London in Covent Garden and get exclusive offers and deals.

Take a leisurely boat trip on the river and see the town from a very different angle.  There are some superb opportunities to photograph Windsor Castle from the riverside, and the scenery is lovely.  The busy town of Windsor has lots of alleyways and lovely shops to explore.

Dominating the town is the vast expanse of Windsor Castle – the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.  The Round Tower houses the royal apartments, and every day in the nearby square, visitors can enjoy the lively Changing of the Guard.  The sound of music, fifes, and drums heralds their appearance through the main gateway, before the ritual of officially changing the guard on all the various entry points is undertaken.  

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Explore the State Apartments with their opulent furnishings and paintings. Take a look inside the Chapel which contains banners representing all the Knights of the Garter, membership of which is one of the highest accolades the Queen can bestow. The elaborate tracery on the ceilings and walls dates back hundreds of years. Among those buried here is one of the most notorious kings of England – Henry VIII whose habit of disposing of wives made him legendary.  

Stroll amid the gardens, and into the Great Park which stretches for miles around Windsor, creating a very relaxing vista. The nearby Virginia Water has been the site of countless films including Harry Potter!  
For children, Windsor has another very special attraction – Legoland!  Few can resist its charms. Discover the myriad buildings, the water fountains, the drench towers and play fireman at the Fire Academy.  Pretend you are a castaway in Castaway camp or see Star Wars Miniland Model Displays. Try a pirate gold wash, or watch Lego movies in the 4D Movie Theatre.  And of course, find solutions to untold mysteries in the Discovery Zone. Then there are the rides to enjoy, such as an Atlantis Submarine Voyage, Dragon’s Apprentice, a desert chase, Laser Raiders, Knights quest, and Fairy tale brook. This is a destination guaranteed to please and keep kids active and busy for hours with a stay at any of the serviced apartments in London.

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Notting Hill Carnival – London geared up for fun

notting hill carnival Between 24th and 27th August, there is just one place to be in London – and that is Notting Hill which is just a short car ride from beautiful Presidential Marylebone Mayfair.  This is Carnival time and the streets of Notting Hill (and the surrounding area) truly come alive with the sound of music.
  1. It’s the perfect place to party and dance the whole day through.  There is a pop-up party around the countless sound systems to be found in all the side streets throughout Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, and Westbourne Park.  Anyone can join in.  Just stroll around until you find the music that appeals to you from soca and reggae to calypso and house music. It is also a great way to find out what types of music are likely to be growing in popularity.  This is where new sounds, new ideas and new types of music often start their life.  Feel like dressing up? Check out carnival outfits, costumes, and fancy dress, preferably the more sequins, glitter and feathers that can be included the more likely you are to look like one of the performers.   Expect colour, vibrancy, spectacle and never-ending, throbbing music!
  2. Enjoy carnival parades that are the most spectacular to be found outside South America.  Set up in the 1960’s as an off shoot of the famous Trinidad carnival; the Notting Hill Carnival has grown to be the biggest street party in Europe involving around 50,000 performers!  Costumes are vivid, colourful, exuberant and spectacular.
  3. It is extremely popular attracting over one million people every year.  Long waits at underground stations are normal – they are often closed temporarily in order to reduce congestion.  Consider too the sheer amount of food that is eaten such as 16,000 coconuts, 10,000 litres of Jamaican stout, and a ton of rice and peas. Street vendors do a massive trade selling all kinds of food especially Caribean specialities such as jerk chicken.
  4. This is a Carnival that appeals to everyone.  Reports are that Prince Charles is a big fan of the Notting Hill Carnival.  Thousands of people descend on the area each day of the carnival from all over London, together with countless tourists staying in affordable Aparthotels London, to enjoy the fun.
  5. Carnival is not just two days – for the really keen, the parties start on Friday 26 and continue right through the weekend with innumerable after parties too, often starring big names in the garage, hip hop and reggae music scene.
 So, If you are in London this August with your family, book a stay in Holiday Apartments London near to the event to save on time.

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Cultural experiences with a difference on offer in London

From dreaming under a shining moon to artificial intelligence and a study of eighteenth-century noise – London’s summertime exhibitions offer an amazing selection of unusual cultural opportunities. Head over to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington to see the moon, just as the astronaut’s viewed it during the historic Apollo missions. Softly glowing, this massive globe hangs just out of reach.  In the background are reports from NASA as the first astronauts step onto the moon’s surface. Multiple art forms combine in an amazing interactive experiential theatre production.  You can even take a look at the dark side of the moon that you can never see from earth staying at our aparthotels in London.  

If Artificial Intelligence arouses your curiosity, then head for the Barbican Centre in the City of London.  Comic books and figurines come alive as you enter the exhibition, before discovering robots writing magazine articles and computers creating artworks such as a pool of swirling projections where you can interact by touching various Chinese characters.

For those preferring more conventional masterpieces, try the superb Van Gogh exhibition at Tate Britain or take a look at the stunning drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.  While sculpture enthusiasts will be fascinated by the stunning glass sculptures reflecting on nature by Dale Chihuly, which positively explode out of the foliage within Kew Gardens.

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Devotees of Manga style art can head for the Japan House in Kensington to see the art of Urasawa Naoki, an acclaimed manga artist.  On display until the end of July are over 400 original artworks and storyboards. For an even more in-depth look at Manga styles, the British Museum is hosting a major exhibition until the end of August containing the largest ever display of Manga outside Japan.
Stop off at the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, near the British Museum for a fascinating audio experience bringing eighteenth-century London to life.  Hogarth was famed for his paintings, which acted as a social commentary on life in the eighteenth century.  Using his masterpiece, The March of the Guards to Finchley, this exhibition focuses on his innovative use of overt sound as a way of communicating a story.  Accompanying the exhibition is a specially commissioned immersive soundscape containing the natural and man-made sounds of London from the street cries of traders to soldiers, musicians and the ever-present clop of horses and carts. Staying at our serviced apartments in Central London would be the perfect decision if you are planning for a visit to the awesome museums in London.

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Enjoy a drink at iconic Dickensian London pubs

Enjoy a drink at iconic Dickensian London pubs

Think of an author associated with London and Charles Dickens immediately comes to mind. Oliver Twist, Bleak House, Barnaby Rudge, A Tale of Two Cities – the list of titles with London links goes on and on.  His works are known and studied worldwide. So why not visit a few of the pubs that he knew so well during your stay in London? He spent many hours in pubs chatting, drinking and eating as well as referring to them in his books.  Strolling through the streets of London it is still possible to explore some of those pubs today. With that planning for a stay at any of the serviced apartments in London would be a great idea.

After exploring the shops and theatres around Covent Garden, head for the Lamb & Flag.   This is one of the oldest pubs in London. Located just across the road from an office used by Charles Dickens, the Lamb & Flag was one of his regular haunts.  Mind your head when entering this pub, as the ceiling is quite low. A great place to stop for a drink as it is very atmospheric. In the winter, there is even a roaring fire to keep you warm.  

Head up the Strand towards the City of London to find Ye Old Cheshire Cheese, another pub that he visited frequently.  This is a pub with lots of small rooms, bars and dining areas, which can get very busy, especially at lunchtime and after work.  Be prepared to queue at the bar for drinks. Ye Old Cheshire Cheese does make you feel as though you have stepped back in time, as it is quite dark inside and everywhere you look there is dark wood paneling ensuring it has changed little since Dickens knew it.

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A short walk away in Farringdon is The One Tun.  Nowadays, this is a very comfortable place to visit – but in Dickens day, it was very different.  The area was known as a haunt of criminals. The One Tun is believed to have provided the inspiration for The Three Cripples Pub featured in Oliver Twist, where Fagin and Bill Sykes used to meet.
Enjoy the scenery as you stroll across London Bridge, before walking down Borough High Street.  Only a few minutes further down the street, there is a dark archway leading to The George public house. It was well known to Charles Dickens and is mentioned in his book, Little Dorrit.  Tip Dorrit, one of the key characters in the book, comes to The George to write a letter. This is an old coaching inn and is well known for its beer as well as the spectacular wooden galleries that surround the courtyard.  In the summer, these galleries can be a very pleasant place to relax with a drink. No matter what the time of year, The George makes a fantastic place to enjoy a drink and a good meal. So, without wasting time, make sure to book a stay at any of the aparthotels in London for a comfortable stay for a non-hectic visit to the Dickensian Pubs.

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Enjoy a Father’s Day to remember in London

Father's Day in London

Why not plan a really special Father’s Day while staying in Presidential Marylebone Mayfair London?  Whatever your Dad’s interests, you are guaranteed to find something to please him. From sports to beer, adventures to theatre, London has something to offer.

Going behind the scenes at one of London’s famous football clubs offers fascinating sporty insights.  Worth considering are the Arsenal Museum and Stadium Tours, Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur.  Wembley is definitely one of the best to visit – who can resist going onto the famous turf and seeing the FA Cup?  

It is not just football that offers a great range of tours.  Rugby fans will love the World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium tour, while cricketers will delight in a trip to Lords and the Marylebone Cricket Club museum.  Anyone for tennis? Wimbledon Lawn Tennis museum has the answer.

For something more active, you could challenge him to climb into the roof of the 02 Arena, zoom down the longest tunnel slide in the world with The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit or try the adrenaline fueled zip wire experience past London landmarks the Zip Now London.  Equally exhilarating are the high speed jet boat rides along the Thames – you could take a James Bond style trip with the classic 007 music reverberating in your ears.

A gentler family day out can be experienced at places like HMS Belfast, the London Transport Museum or the Postal Museum with its incredible underground railway. Book a stay at any of the centrally located serviced apartments London, take a trip down the river to Greenwich and have some fun stepping across time, or watching the Time Ball fall?  Admire the beauties of the Painted Hall and discover Greenwich’s maritime history before having a run around in Greenwich Park.

If you prefer street food eats, summer cocktails and a festival atmosphere, then you must visit the world's greatest restaurant festival, Taste of London  in Regent's Park happening in mid of June.

Beer and Gin drinkers will enjoy a trip behind the scenes at a brewery or distillery.  There is a very wide range from which to choose in London, and these tours are very popular. Possible options include the Old Truman Brewery, Camden Town Brewery and Fullers Griffin Brewery tours, Sipsmith Distillery, the East London Liquor Company and the Gin Institute.  The Beefeater Distillery is one of the oldest gin distilleries in London, as it traces its origins back to 1829. Not only can you find out how your chosen tipple is made, but you can enjoy a tutored tasting session as well! It makes a great way to spend an afternoon.




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