July 2015 - CHS Rentals
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Month: July 2015

31
Jul
Twinings Tea Shop & Museum
by Gill Chris

There are few things more traditionally British than a cup of tea and you need look no further than Twinings’ historical shop in the heart of London to find out more about this British pastime.

The charming shop at 216 Strand is over 300 years old and famous for selling some of the best teas in the world. There is a Loose Tea Bar where you can pick up the tea, taste it and smell it and then a Sampling Counter where you can try some of your selection. Having chosen your favourites you can head to the Pick ‘n’ Mix counter to take an assortment home with you.

There is also a small museum with some fascinating tea-related artefacts.

Although small, the shop is full of rich heritage – as well as tea – and is an interesting way to spend some time for anyone interested in tea and its history.

The nearest tube station is Temple on the District and Circle lines so it is easy to reach from any of our London vacation rentals.

You can find out more here.

 

27
Jul
The Wallace Collection
by Gill Chris

Daily 10am-5pm

Located in an historic London town house in central London, the Wallace Collection is a national museum featuring 25 galleries displaying works of the highest quality from every category of art represented.

It is possibly best known for its collection of paintings by artists such as Rembrandt and Hals, and for its eighteenth century French paintings, porcelain, furniture and gold boxes. Indeed the Collection holds one of the most important displays of French furniture anywhere in the world.

There is also an impressive display of medieval and Renaissance objects, including Limoges enamels, along with a notable collection of armour and arms.

The impressive sculpture collection consists of almost 500 pieces in various materials, dating from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century.

The nearest tube stations are Bond Street (Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines) and Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central, Victoria Lines) which make it very easy to reach from any of our London vacation rentals. The area is also very well served by bus.

You can find out more here.

25
Jul
London – Private Palaces for Public Pleasure
by Harley Nott

London – Private Palaces for Public Pleasure

If you’re in London in August or September don’t miss these highlights.

Buckingham Palace, 24 July – 27 September. Annual public opening of State Rooms and Gardens at Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s official residence in London. If you are in London at this time, a chance to see these magnificent rooms and the palace gardens is not to be missed. Find out how people are welcomed to Buckingham Palace and what goes on behind-the-scenes to create the magic and magnificence of a State Visit – from the dresses designed, to the ingredients and porcelain chosen for a State Banquet. For the first time ever, visitors to the Summer Opening will enter the State Rooms through the Grand Entrance, used by those who come to the Palace at the invitation of The Queen, including Heads of State and Prime Ministers. More details.

Palace of Westminster, August/September (and on most Saturdays throughout the year). Public tours of The Houses of Parliament are available for overseas visitors, who will be able to see the historic building, including the Chambers of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. More details.

Customer Satisfaction

A recent analysis showed that 22% of our bookings are returning customers and 12% are recommended by a friend – we must be doing something right! Maybe it’s the full concierge service we offer, or the fact that before they book our guests can have a dialogue with us by email or phone to help them choose the right rental for them, giving them reassurance that they will get what they are paying for.

Scams

Fake vacation rentals are the hottest internet scam. Last week we were able to help a party of Italians who had arrived in London to find their rental accommodation, booked with a single website click, was non-existent. Forbes, the authoritative American business magazine, recently ran this article on the subject. Coach House Rentals are a well established company who have been looking after their guests since 2001. Our main base is in London but we also operate in New York and Rome. You’ll find us listed in several guide books (Rick Steves, Frommers, National Geographic, Marco Polo) and we have excellent Trip Advisor reviews.

New York

Looking to visit New York without breaking the bank? We’ve got the answer: a 4/6 person, 2 bedroom apartment across the Hudson River in New Jersey for the ridiculous price of $195/night. That’s $49 per person per night if you’re 4 and just $32.50 if you’re 6! Full details.

Spread the word

We’d like more people to know about us – Coach House Rentals. So tell a friend, or two or three. If they book let us know it was you who introduced them (claim@chsrentals.com) and we’ll send you a US$50 Amazon.com gift voucher to say thank you.

23
Jul
The Lord Mayor’s Show
by Gill Chris

Saturday, November 14th

This year sees the 800th Lord Mayor’s Show and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The day starts with a River Pageant featuring an impressive array of traditional Thames barges and small boats bringing the Mayor to the City. Tower Bridge opens in salute.

The Lord Mayor’s Procession which follows features over 7000 participants, 20 bands and 150 horses, along with hundreds of other carriages, carts, coaches and other vehicles including vintage cars, steam buses, tanks, tractors, ambulances, fire engines, unicycles, steamrollers, giant robots, helicopters, ships, penny farthings, beds and bathtubs.

Once the Lord Mayor has returned to Mansion House there is a pause in activities during which time City of London Guide Lecturers will be giving walking tours around the old streets of the City of London.

The day finishes with a wonderful fireworks display over the Thames. With the local roads closed to traffic, you will be able to wander freely around both the north and south banks of the Thames and find a good spot from which to enjoy the spectacle.

If you would like to enjoy the best possible view of the Lord Mayor’s Show whilst resting your feet, you can book grandstand seats, though these always sell out fast so you’ll need to be quick!

You can reach the show easily from any of our London vacation rentals but if you’re staying in property ref: THD you are just a short walk from the south bank from which to see the fireworks.

You can find out more and book grandstand tickets here.

20
Jul
Bond Street
by Gill Chris

Set in the heart of Mayfair, Bond Street is renowned for its abundance of high end, elegant stores selling designer fashion, luxury goods, fine jewellery, art and antiques. Described as having the highest density of haute couture stores anywhere in the world, the area attracts the rich, the famous and the simply curious.

Past residents of the street have included Admiral Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton as well as a number of distinguished authors and poets. Sotheby’s auction house has been at nos. 34-35 since 1917 and the ancient Egyptian sculpture over its entrance is believed to date from around 1600BC.

The area is home to some of the world’s most prestigious retailers and offers an unrivalled mix of history, traditional elegance and modern luxury.

Easily reached from any of our London vacation rentals, the nearest tube stations are Green Park on the Piccadilly, Victoria & Jubilee lines and Bond Street on the Jubilee and Central lines.

You can find out more here.

16
Jul
Up at The O2
by Gill Chris

The O2 is a large entertainment venue with top name acts frequently performing in the indoor arena, and offering a music club, cinema, exhibition space, bars and restaurants. But for those with a head for heights, it also offers an opportunity to see London from a different perspective with a climb over its iconic roof!

Kitted out with a climb suit, boots and harness you will be rewarded with views of landmarks up to 15 miles away on a clear day. Or why not do the climb at sunset to see London against the background of an auburn sky; or at twilight and see the bright, city lights sparkling in the night sky.

Up at The O2 is 52m at its highest point and really does offer a unique way of seeing London.

The nearest station is North Greenwich on the Jubilee line which makes it easily accessible from any of our London vacation rentals. You can also reach the O2 by bus or by river on one of the Thames Clippers from the London Eye.

You can find out more and book your tickets here.

13
Jul
Windsor Castle
by Gill Chris

Windsor Castle, home to over 900 years of Royal history, is a great day out for visitors to London.

The State Apartments contain some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection and many of the pieces are still in the same historic settings for which they were first commissioned by the monarchs who have lived at Windsor.

One of the highlights of a visit to Windsor is Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House – the most beautiful and most famous dolls’ house in the world which includes a fully stocked wine cellar and a garden created by Gertrude Jekyll , along with running hot and cold water and working lifts!

Between August 1st and September 30th visitors can enjoy a guided tour to the top of Windsor’s world-famous Round Tower, and get a fascinating insight into the Castle as a working royal residence with a tour of the Great Kitchen.

Trains from Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside take just under an hour. Waterloo can be easily reached by tube or bus from any of our London vacation rentals.

You can find out more and purchase tickets here.

9
Jul
Goldsmiths’ Fair
by Gill Chris

September 22nd – October 4th

Goldsmiths’ Fair is a celebration of the best of British designer jewellery and silver; a treasure trove of inspirational and innovative design and craftsmanship.

The Fair takes place over two weeks at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London where you can browse the latest collections from some of the most exciting, modern day jewellery designers in Britain. Visitors will have the opportunity of buying directly from the creator or commissioning a one-off piece. Alongside the established exhibitors, each year ten emerging designers are given the opportunity to display their new collections, giving buyers the chance to discover up-and-coming new talent.

Goldsmiths’ Hall is often used as a film location, even posing as Buckingham Palace on occasions. Its latest productions have included Downton Abbey, Sherlock Holmes, and American sitcom The Royals.

The Fair is a few minutes’ walk from St. Paul’s tube station (Central line) and within ten minutes’ walk of several other stops: Bank, Mansion House, Cannon Street, Blackfriars and Barbican, making it easily accessible from any of our London vacation rentals.

You can find out more about the Fair and purchase tickets here.

6
Jul
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
by Gill Chris

Although Wimbledon is already well underway this year, you can still enjoy a visit to the All England Lawn Tennis Club later in the year by way of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

Visitors can experience the history and traditions of Wimbledon fortnight, get up close to the trophies and see how tennis fashion has evolved since the Victorian period. There is also the opportunity to join a behind-the-scenes tour of the grounds and have access to Centre Court, Henman Hill and the Players’ Entrance as well as see the facilities enjoyed by the press, broadcasters and, of course, the world’s best tennis players.

The award winning tour is the ideal way to see this world-famous site.

The museum can be reached by public transport from any of our London vacation rentals via the District line or by train from Waterloo.  Guests at our property ref: RDG are within a half hour walk from the Museum.

You can find out more and book your tickets here.

2
Jul
The Square Mile
by Gill Chris

The Square Mile, aka the City of London, is the heart of trade and business in Europe. The area abounds with bars and restaurants designed to impress for the business people who like to let their hair down after work. However there is also plenty to do for visitors to London.

Located on London Wall in the City, the Museum of London documents the history of London from prehistoric times to the present day and tells the story of the City and its people. A series of exhibitions give visitors a taste of the real London.

The Monument to the Great Fire of London, or simply The Monument as it is more commonly known, was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the City. The Monument provides visitors with an opportunity to look across London in all directions from a height of about 160 feet, being the level of the public gallery.

You can find out more about the Museum of London here and about The Monument here.

The Square Mile is easily reached by public transport from any of our London vacation rentals.

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