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Chelsea’s Trendy Café Culture

Travel Tips for Area: London Chelsea
Chelsea’s Trendy Café Culture

London’s most notorious stylish quarter is a vibrant hub of fervent activity, most of it centred on fashionable boutiques, trendy eateries, hip cafes and incredibly opulent art galleries. Chelsea is where the rich, famous and glamorous spend their endless care-free days and this is definitely where you should base yourself  if a taste of the Ab Fab side of London is what you desire most on your next vacation. Wander down Kings Road and Sloane Street for a spot of designer shopping, visit the Saatchi Gallery and its illustrious modern art collection and indulge all your senses at one of the many fresh produce stalls littered around Chelsea. Moreover, central attractions like The Eye and the Tower of London are but a short tube-ride away, so you’ll still be nice and close to the touristy side of the British gem. Yet of all the sites and activities in Chelsea, the most popular by far is its incredibly addictive cafe culture. Chelsea is home to London’s swankiest cafes, often visited by some of the country’s most famous celebrities and Royal family members. Want to know where to go and tub shoulders with the city’s elite? Then don some serious bling, book ...

Walk the Royal Mile in Edinburgh

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Walk the Royal Mile in Edinburgh

The Royal Mile is to Edinburgh what the Champs-Elysees is to Paris: its fervently beating heart. The mile-long stretch of road, which runs from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood, is the Old Town’s main thoroughfare and a vibrant point of reference for all visitors to the Scottish capital. Comprising Canongate and High streets, as well as Lawnmarket and Johnston Terrace, the Royal Mile is a lot more than just a congregation of kitsch souvenir stalls. The highly notable avenue is the epicentre of the annual Edinburgh Festival, home to the country’s High Court and some of the most historic buildings in town, as well as boasting some of the best pubs and cafes in the whole city. In fact, the local council has been working hard over the last few years to ensure that the Royal Mile be considered Edinburgh’s premier attraction. So book your holiday rental apartment in Edinburgh’s city centre and come discover what this seemingly unassuming street has to offer. The Royal Mile is often compared to a fish bone: there’s a main dorsal thoroughfare and dozens of smaller side lanes on each side called wynds and closes. Back in the good old days, wynds were ...

The Best Castles to Visit from Edinburgh City Centre

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The Best Castles to Visit from Edinburgh City Centre

The Scottish capital of Edinburgh has been voted the most tourist-friendly city in the UK for more than 10 years in a row.  Between the splendid setting, the historic and cultural attractions and the almost endless array of premium pubs and restaurants, this most thriving city has much to offer the discerning traveller.  Edinburgh is also home to many internationally renowned festivals, which draw the crowds in abundance all year long. Want to know what else is magical about this town? Its castles! Book your Edinburgh holiday rental and plan a castle-marathon during your visit. The city’s superlative ancient palaces will make you feel like a Queen or King...even if just for a day. Following are the best three castles in and around Edinburgh’s city centre. Edinburgh Castle: the Magnum Opus When it comes to ‘picture-perfect’ castles, there are not many which can compete with Edinburgh’s homonymous castle. Often regarded as the most iconic of all Scottish attractions, Edinburgh Castle ticks all the right boxes: it sits atop a hill overlooking a gorgeous historic city centre and has been splendidly maintained through the years. Built on a site believed to be inhabited since time immemorial, the castle was the headquarters of the Royal ...

The best cafes in Shoreditch, East London

Travel Tips for Area: Shoreditch
The best cafes in Shoreditch, East London

If you’ve been living under a rock, you may not have heard that East London, and in particular Shoreditch, enjoys one of the best coffee cultures in the whole city. And we don’t mean there’s a Starbucks every couple of blocks. While trendy cafés are springing up like wildflowers in this trendy corner of London, there are some that are considerably better than others, and some that serve up some of the finest brew in the whole country. So why not ditch the Twinings on your next London vacation, and come taste some delicious liquid black gold around? Book your holiday rental apartment in Shoreditch, and you’ll not only be in the midst of the most fashionable area in London, but you’ll also have the chance to visit some of the city’s most celebrated espresso-heavens. Following are just some of our faves! Allpress Espresso Roastery, 58 Redchurch Street We just love this place! It may be small and yes, the Sunday queues can get a tad annoying, but when you find a café offering the perfect blend of great brunch fare, sublime coffee and a buzzy atmosphere, you should expect to fight for a table on a sunny day out in Shoreditch. ...

Best Pubs in Camden, London

Travel Tips for Area: Camden
Best Pubs in Camden, London

If planning to stay in Camden on your next London break, it’s safe to say you like things a little different. Trendy, definitely; eclectic, perhaps...maybe even edgy? Great to hear! This most interesting and enticing London hood has seen quite a few facelifts over the years and seems to have settled on fashionably shabby chic. Between the markets, oddball boutiques and kick-ass live-music scene, Camden attracts crowds from every one of the city’s extremities now that its popularity is on a very steep incline. Choose Camden holiday rental apartments for your next break in London and you can experience its funky soul for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Head to the following fantastic pubs when you’re out and about and come see what the Camden fuss is all about. Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway This Camden institution boasts a bit of a split-personality syndrome: head there for a relaxing mid-afternoon pint in peace and enjoy the historic ambience (or a spot of people watching from the outdoor tables) or head here after the sun sets for live music and a rowdy, jovial crowd. Whatever mood you’re in there’s bound to be the right time to visit the Dublin Castle Pub.  The live music room ...

Camden Town Nightlife, London

Travel Tips for Area: Camden
Camden Town Nightlife, London

Camden is to London what the Left Bank is to Paris, or Trastevere to Rome: young, hip, alternative and infinitely interesting. Camden Town is not only the centre of Camden district, but is also very much the centre of the action. If heading to London on your next holiday, consider renting a holiday apartment in Camden Town and let its bohemian fusion cast its magic spell on you too. They say in Camden that ‘anything goes’ and indeed, no matter what you’re into, in terms of food, shopping or clubbing, this is the London corner you don’t want to miss visiting! Some people believe the only things Camden has to offer are its great Saturday morning markets…ooooh how deprived they are! While Camden Town may brim with life in daylight hours thanks to its infinitely popular markets and trendy café; it is really only after the sun sets that its quirky devilish side comes alive. Clubs, bars and restaurants pack a full house almost every night here, making Camden Town of the most enticing suburbs in London. Follow our guide to the best nightlife spots around, and take a sneak peak into Camden’s mischievous side. The Electric Ballroom- 184 Camden High Street If rock ...

A Short History of Chelsea, London

Travel Tips for Area: London Chelsea
A Short History of Chelsea, London

The exclusive central London suburb of Chelsea is home to some of the most splendid boutiques, restaurants and clubs in town. The prime address for the crème de la crème of London’s elite boasts a long and illustrious history and was home to royalty, aristocrats, England’s very first porcelain factory and quite a few famed artists. Boasting a long list of famous residents, from Vivienne Westwood to various members of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Chelsea may have had a humble beginning but its present, and indeed its future, is looking as opulent as ever. Book your holiday rental apartment in Chelsea when next visiting the English capital and you can discover all the aspects that make this, the most celebrated suburb in London. Originally a small an unassuming fishing village, Chelsea gained prominence in the 16th and 17th centuries, when high-flying Londoners moved to the area, building opulent mansions, gardens and chapels. Even King Henry VIII, famous for causing England’s split from the Catholic Church, had one of his stately homes in Chelsea. The Chelsea Manor he purchased from Lord Sandys in 1536 was the humble abode of two of his wives; and Princess Elizabeth (who became Queen Elizabeth ...

Discover London’s Weird and Wacky Side!

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Discover London’s Weird and Wacky Side!

A London vacation can be relaxing, revitalizing and enlightening, but there’s just something about a visit to the London Tower, a ride on The Eye or a river cruise down the Thames that can make a truly adventurous traveller yawn in unabated boredom. Well bore no more oh mighty intrepid one, for we have scoured London’s darkest nooks to find the most interesting, weird and outright abhorrent attractions in town. Book a holiday in London and take your senses (all 235 of them) on a vacation they’ll never forget. Hunt for your appetite at Dans le Noir? Are you bored of the same old restaurant outing and looking for a once in a lifetime titillating dining experience? Then head to Dans Le Noir Restaurant and discover just how freaky it is to dine in pitch black darkness. At Dans Le Noir? you’ll be greeted and escorted to your table by blind waiters, across a dining room draped in darkness. The waiters may be exceptionally trained at dodging the various items of furniture, but you won’t be...and that’s when the fun really begins. This "dining in darkness" concept is the ingenuous brainchild of two budding philosophers who wanted to see what would happen ...

Unleashing the Ghosts of Camden Town in London

Travel Tips for Area: Camden
Unleashing the Ghosts of Camden Town in London

Camden Town, the most fashionable part of North London, may be nowadays renowned as a trendy and eclectic gem, but this wasn’t always the case. One may find it hard to believe that behind its hippy and revitalising exterior, lies a past so shrouded in mystery and dark, torturous, legends which could leave even grown men trembling with fear. Book a Camden apartment and come discover just how many skeletons are hiding behind those ever so stylish closets. The Dark, Dark (Dark!) Camden Town Underworld The World’s End is one of the most popular pubs in Camden Town and has been running continuously for almost 300 years, bar a stint of post-fire destruction. A popular halfway house for highway men on the trail to Hampstead in the late 1600s, the pub and adjoining nightclub, the aptly named Underworld, are two of the most famous (and infamous) entertainment venues in Camden. While some believe the scariest tales come from live performances of local and international heavy metal bands (think Terror and Grave and Vile), the bar’s employees insist their establishment once served as gallows and torture chambers for unlucky sods, and that spooky ghostly screams can be heard from the dungeons below. ...

Gourmet restaurants in the City, London

Travel Tips for Area: The City
Gourmet restaurants in the City, London

[pinit]Let’s be honest, British cuisine is not exactly preceded by its reputation or, at the very least, not for vey good reasons. But hail bygone the days of boiled spuds and baked beans, for Londoners have awoken to a brand new culinary era. Indeed my gastronomic amigos, London is now not only a renowned epicurean melting pot of the highest order, but it is also home to some of the finest dining establishments in the world. Whilst French restaurants fight snails and frogs over Michelin Stars, they’re practically giving them away in London! Fine dining has taken London by storm and it is in the heart of the city where you’ll find the most prestigious gems. So choose a rental apartment in the City for your next holiday in London, and take your taste buds on the gourmand voyage of a lifetime. Le Gavroche, 43 Upper Brook Street Le Gavroche has been in operation for almost 50 years. The bébé of French Master Chefs Michel and Albert Roux, this exquisite gem swiftly raised though the ranks, and has been considered the best French restaurant in London for years. Not only does Le Gavroche boasts TWO Michelin Stars, but is also the winner ...

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