Top 5 Fun Family Activities to Enjoy in London

You can have a lot of fun if you take a family vacation to London as the city presents ample opportunities for fun family activities that are suitable for families with children. Since you would like to engage in activities that offer an educational experience and still not be boring for your children, the following activities will be ideal.

Visiting Madame Tussauds Wax Museum will provide the ultimate fun both for adults and kids as you discover the incredibly lifelike wax figures of eminent people through the ages from film stars to politicians. It is constantly being updated with the latest famous people.

Staying in Paddington Court Rooms or any budget hotels London in or around central London will make it easy for you to visit the London Eye which is another fun activity and is one of the key attractions of the city. Your children will be thrilled to travel up above the city’s skyline to get a panoramic view of the surroundings.

Visiting the London Dungeon will be a lesson in history for your kids where they will learn about the bloodiest periods of British history. The displays in which many actors take part are a real interactive adventure and a great way to teach kids about the most important historical events of London.

When you stay at any of the London budget hotels in or around central London, you can easily reach the London Zoo which is the oldest scientific zoo in the world. It has over 700 species of animals and it provides a great way to learn about the natural world while having fun and enjoyment.

A boat tour of the Thames will take you and your family through the heart of the city enabling you to see some important sights along the way such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the headquarters of MI6, Tower Bridge and the Thames Barrier.

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Top 5 Favourite London Markets

London is a great place for tourists and business travellers as it has a lot of tourist attractions, shopping districts and business offices. However, the city also has some great market shopping in almost every corner. These markets offer much more than mere shopping as they are often surrounded by independent boutiques and coffee shops. The following 5 favourite London markets provide much more than retail shopping.

A favourite London market is the Portobello Road market which is one of London’s oldest markets and where you can find some excellent antique items along with the latest fashionable clothing items and the well-known Hummingbird cupcake bakery. You may even be able to spot the home of Hugh Grant in the movie Notting Hill.

The Columbia Road Flower Market, lining a narrow Hoxton Street, offers a wide variety of flowers ranging from flower box blooms to orchids and all sorts of floral fancies can be found here. The market also has pastel-coloured independent boutiques selling a variety of items ranging from handmade lamps to retro sweets.

The Sunday UpMarket on Brick Lane is another favourite London market. It is located over several floors in the east end’s Old Truman Brewery and its stalls sell a large variety of items ranging from original art to homemade cakes. It also offers international cuisines at its various eateries which occupy one whole corner of the market.

The Stables Market Camden is another important London market where the gothic stalls sell leather, studs, platforms and kilts along with up-market gift and jewellery items. The market is converted into a live music venue by night.

The Borough Market, nestled under the railway lines near London Bridge station, is the place for foodies. The local traders of fish, fruit and vegetables, stand alongside stalls selling and cooking an array of delicious international cuisine.

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Paddington Court Suites

If you are visiting London and wish to stay in luxury at an affordable cost and that too, in a strategic location in central London close to the main attractions of the city, your best bet would be to book a room at Paddington Court suites. It is one of the most popular tourist hotels in the area. It offers a great location being situated just a few minutes’ walk from the Heathrow Express terminal of Paddington Station from where you will be able to reach Heathrow Airport in just 20 minutes. You can reach any part of London easily as Lancaster Gate, Queensway and Bayswater stations are all located close by. The close proximity to tourist attractions of central London and to other places of interest enables guests at Paddington Court Suites to reach any of their desired destinations with ease and without having to waste any time, energy or money in commuting.

Paddington Court Rooms and Suites are replete with grace, comfort, style and elegance and the suites provide their own private kitchen areas. All rooms are well appointed with the best of facilities and amenities designed to provide the best value for your money. The room amenities include free broadband internet access, interactive television with satellite channels, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, heated mirrors, mood lighting, coffee/tea making facilities and complimentary mineral water.

Padding Court rooms and suites also have in-house restaurant and bar, private lounge with refreshments, 24-hour room service, concierge service, same-day laundry & dry cleaning, multilingual staff, guest comment system, selection of local & international newspapers and luggage room services.

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Meet London’s Best New Hotels

London is a tourist’s paradise with a plethora of tourist attractions, museums, art galleries, theatres, and ample opportunities for fine dining and shopping activities. It is also the hub of commercial and business activities of Europe being home to a large number of business headquarters of important international and domestic corporate organisations and banks. With so many attractions and scope for different activities, the city attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists and business travellers from across the world every year. London has over 6000 hotels of different descriptions including corporate hotels London to cater to their needs for London accommodation with many new best hotels coming up every year.

The W London located at Leicester Square is a 10 storey building with 192 guestrooms and windows from the floor to the room’s ceiling making it one of London’s best new hotels. Another new London Accommodation is the Corinthia Hotel which boasts of a traditionally British style of rooms and furniture while looking modern.

London’s best new hotels that opened between 2011 and 2013 are impressive as they have been designed by star architect David Chipperfield, Kit Kemp, Tara Bernerd, Anouska Hempel and David Collins. One of these best new hotels is the Ampersand Hotel with each of its 110 rooms featuring one of five central Victorian themes: botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy. Another new London accommodation is Belgraves in London’s ritzy Belgravia neighbourhood near Sloane Square. Its specialities are a combination of new leather, a spacious fitness center and a retro restaurant serving upgraded burgers, shrimp cocktails and pumpkin pie.

The other new best hotels in London include the Bulgari Hotel, Café Royal, Dorset Square Hotel and La Suite West. The Park Plaza Westminster is a new Corporate hotel London.

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London Theatre Guide: 2014 Top New Productions

Besides being one of the most important tourist destinations and business hub of the world, London is also an important centre of arts and culture being home to a large number of theatres, art galleries and museums. People from all over the world come to the city and stay at the various London accommodations for sightseeing or business activities but they also have an added attraction of being able to see the new theatrical and musical productions. There are many top new productions that have been lined up for 2014 out of which a few are being enumerated below.

Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ will be performed at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios. The play is full of meaty, dynamic and eminently flawed characters. It strikes the right balance between dramatic flair and personal stories.

‘The Only One is Downton’ will be performed at Trafalgar Studios and it will be a pleasure to watch the lovely lad live at the venue. ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ is a stage adaptation of the classic comedy TV series. The production promises to be full of spectacular performances, cross-dressing aplenty, raucous laughter, and a memorable scene with a bath and a toy duck.
‘The Full Monty’ is a stage adaptation of the film by the same name which has an important place in the list of absolute film classics. The world is waiting to see the scene of Shefiield steelworkers stripping off actually happen in the flesh.

‘The Woman in Black’ is another top production that will give the sado-masochistic experience of paying for the privilege of sleepless nights.

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Enjoy Easter at the Shaftesbury Hotels

To enjoy the Easter season by availing of a series of privileges in a luxury hotel in London, there is no better way than to choose any of the various exciting Easter London holiday packages at one of the Shaftesbury Group hotels, especially the Marble Arch by Montcalm London. The hotel is now providing a plethora of London hotel special offers for you to choose the one that will give you an unforgettable experience of being able to stay in a luxury hotel, enjoy Easter and all of these at an affordable cost.

The Easter London hotel package of Shaftesbury hotels includes luxury accommodation at any room of your choice along with complimentary traditional English breakfast for two at the hotel’s restaurant. You can also enjoy a special 3 course menu at lunch or dinner along with gifts for you and for every other member of your family during check-in. A complimentary fruit bowl and a bottle of mineral water will be delivered to your room on arrival. You will get complimentary access to the marvellous Club Lounge of the property and free access to the on-site gymnasium, the pool and Jacuzzi.

During the Easter season, the Shaftesbury Group, particularly the Marble Arch by Montcalm London is also offering three spa packages for the benefit of ladies that include a combo pack of Lime and Ginger salt glow and Elemis Facial, Samsara and Ytsara treatment and Manicure and Pedicure package.

The hotel is also providing attractive food offers and many other packages for food lovers. The Shaftesbury Hotel greets its guests with warm traditional hospitality and delights them with its excellent service.

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Concierge Tips: How to Get the Most Out of Your Hotel

The role of Concierge in a hotel is to make your stay convenient and worry-free so that you can relax, have fun and let the Concierge do all the leg-work. In order to get the best out of these services, you should be clear in your mind regarding your itinerary, the things that you plan to do, the places you wish to visit, the type of transportation you would need, the entertainment that you wish to have etc.

If you have drawn up your plans for your stay in London, it will be easy for you to get the best out of the Concierge services of your hotel, whether it is a corporate hotel in London or a budget hotel London. When you arrive at the hotel, you can inform the Concierge desk regarding your requirements regarding the arrangements that you would like them to make for you such as the tours that you would like to take; the type of transportation that you would like to have along with the detailed times and periods when you would like to have them; the bookings that you would like them to make, whether airline bookings, theatre bookings or restaurant bookings; bookings for chef services and spa services; and bookings for any other type of activity. You can also let the Concierge know about any special occasion you may be celebrating or a business meeting or conference that you wish to organise and the type of help you would need.

You should, however, delineate exactly the day and time when you need each element of what you need so that there is no ambiguity. Moreover, you should remind them the previous night regarding all the services that you would need the next day. You should not hesitate to ask lots of questions so that you are better informed regarding the area and hotel where you are staying.

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Attractions and Places to Visit in Kensington London

Kensington London is a posh, sophisticated and affluent area located in the west and central part of London. It is famous for being home to some of the most affluent residents of the city and it boasts of having a large variety of London accommodations including many budget hotels London and also luxury 5 star hotels. There are many attractions and places to visit in Kensington London.

The main road of the area is the Kensington High Street which is famous for its large number of a variety of shops, which is what attracts many visitors and residents of the city to this area. Visitors can admire the Queen’s Tower which is the tallest building in the area. It is a free standing structure having ten bells inside. The National History Museum has just about anything natural as an exhibit, from the tiniest creatures to the largest beasts including an amazing dinosaur which is one of the exhibits.

A must-see attraction is Kensington Palace which was once the residence of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana. It is home to the Kensington Gardens and the Queen Anne Orangery. Visitors can take a tour of the palace and they can see the amazing staircase that belonged to one of the Kings. There is also a bedroom that belonged to Queen Mary and it shows her infamous bed. It also has a museum inside which is home to five collections and shows. It is most famous for its dinosaur exhibit, featuring many dinosaur collections and skeletal remains. There are over 70 collection pieces for visitors to explore.

The Leighton House Museum is another important place to visit as it reflects the architecture of the 19th century.

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2014 London Events – March

London is a throbbing and dynamic city that is full of all types of events throughout the year. You can never be bored in the city as you will always find something or the other to see or to do, be it film releases, restaurant openings, new theatrical productions, art exhibitions or even sports events. The line up of events grows as the winter fades and spring sets in and beginning March, the list of events starts growing. 2014 London events in March promise to be interesting, exhilarating and amazing. Some of the upcoming events are being enumerated below.

The British Museum’s first collection on Vikings in more than 30 years opens this March, entitled Vikings: life and Legend. The show is on from Thu Mar 6 – Sun Jun 22. After a smashing performance in Greenwich for six nights in 2013, Beyonce is back at O2 Peninsula Square from Feb 28 to Mar 6. A film based on the story of Noah’s Ark and starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson will be released in cinemas nationwide during March. William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain is a new collection that explores the life and works of William Kent which will be released at the V&A Cromwell this spring.

The other 2014 London Events in March include Travelling to the Wonderland: Xu Bing Installation at the V&A, The Alternative London Tour, Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology, Made in London: Jewellery Now, Extremes, Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object, Gingerline: the Hideout, Collider, Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story, Silent Disco at the View from the Shard and many other events.

By staying at any of the London accommodations whether it is budget hotels in London or Paddington Court rooms, you can enjoy these events very conveniently.

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10 Must-See Things inside Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Monarch of England, is top of the list of the must-see places in London of any visitor who comes to the city. No visit can be complete without a visit to this iconic Royal residence where the Queen and family are staying today. Although the building was built in 1761, it was only in 1826 that George IV got the architect John Nash to remodel it into a Palace.

If you take a tour of the Palace, there are a lot of things that will catch your attention such as the lavishly furnished 19 State rooms that are used regularly by the Queen and other members of the Royal family. The furniture is known as the Royal collection and is a must-see item when you visit the palace. The other items that you must see are the famous art paintings that are the works of some of the greatest painters including Rembrandt and Rubens.

The doors of the Palace are open to the public during 31st July – 7th October each year when you can visit and see its marvels. The Queen’s personal diamond collection is another must-see item. You should also see the unique and enchanting garden around the Palace which has a diverse range of plants and flowers. A visit to the Buckingham Palace cannot be complete without watching the Changing of the Guard that takes place at about 11:30 am.

Buckingham Palace is a visual spectacle with its greatest attribute being its monumental scale making it one of the most photographed buildings in the world. There are many national treasures inside the Palace including painting s, furniture and gifts offered by visiting heads of state.

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