August 2015 - CHS Rentals

Month: August 2015

London’s Chinatown
by Gill Chris

London’s vibrant Chinese quarter can be found a short walk north of Leicester Square in London’s West End.

This bustling Chinese community has been here since the 1950s and is home to numerous Chinese restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets and souvenir shops amongst others. Here you will find goods and flavours not normally found outside the Far East;  authentic eastern food and ingredients alongside traditional Chinese medicine and reflexology.

With almost eighty restaurants offering everything from sushi to Szechuan, satay to stir-fry you will be spoilt for choice for somewhere to rest your feet and refuel.

Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus are the nearest tube stations so it is easily reached from any of our London vacation rentals.

You can find out more here.

Little Angel Theatre
by Gill Chris

Tucked away in a back street in Islington, The Little Angel Theatre is London’s only permanent puppet theatre.

The 100-seat theatre stages diverse productions throughout the year, aimed at family audiences. Some of these are produced by Little Angel Theatre but they also welcome puppetry companies from around the world to perform on their stage.

Running from September 12th to October 28th is a production of “The Journey Home”, based on the book by Frann Preston-Gannon.  Roald Dahl’s “The Giraffe, The Pelly & Me” runs from November 21st to January 31st.

Uniquely, the theatre shares its space with the workshop in which the puppets are created so is also able to offer puppeteering workshops and activities for both children and adults.

You can find out more about the theatre and book tickets here.

You can reach the theatre from any of our London vacation rentals; the nearest tube stations are Angel (Northern Line) and Highbury and Islington (Victoria Line).
Green’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
by Gill Chris

Green’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar with its gentleman’s club ambience, dark wood panelling and leather banquettes, is considered by many to be a Great British institution. Located in the heart of St. James’ it offers diners the opportunity to choose from its seasonal menu, including a range of Great British classics, an extensive selection of fresh fish and its signature oyster platter, in a setting that manages to be both luxurious and welcoming.

Owner Simon Parker Bowls opened the restaurant in 1992 after spotting a need for old-fashioned, comfort food in the area and the restaurant has been welcoming guests ever since. Although fish and crustacea are the stars of the menu, you will find some meat dishes and something to cater for vegetarians.

The nearest tube stations are Green Park and Piccadilly Circus so the restaurant can be reached by tube from any of our London vacation rentals.

You can find out more and book a table here.

Carnaby Street
by Gill Chris

The streets that make up the Carnaby Street area are known for unique boutiques and international flagship brands making it one of London’s most popular and distinctive shopping destinations.

You will find great shopping here alongside a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and bars offering cuisines from around the world. Kingly Court is a three storey shopping, food and dining destination located around a central courtyard which is open during the warmer weather and covered in winter. The area often hosts shopping events, live music gigs and one-off pop up shops.

During the 1960s, Carnaby Street was popular with followers of both the Mod and hippie styles. Bands such as The Who and the Rolling Stones frequented the area making it one of the coolest spots of the time.

Located just a five minute walk from Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus tube stations, Carnaby Street can be easily reached from any of our London vacation rentals.

You can find out more here.

Madame Tussauds
by Gill Chris

Following on from our previous post, why not combine your visit to The Sherlock Holmes Museum with a visit to Madame Tussauds, just a short walk away.

The attraction has 14 interactive areas combining glitz, glamour and history with more than 300 stunning wax figures. With zones including Party, Bollywood, Films, Sport, Royals, Music and Star Wars, visitors will come across the likes of Kate Winslet, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Beckham, One Direction and Her Majesty the Queen, along with favourite heroes and villains from Star Wars in the new immersive experience featuring scenes from some of the most iconic moments from the Star Wars universe.

There are also interactive areas which allow visitors the chance to umpire an Andy Murray tennis match or take a penalty alongside David Beckham.

The nearest tube station is Baker Street making it very easy to reach from any of our London vacation rentals.

Booking your tickets in advance is strongly recommended – you can do this and find out more here.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum
by Gill Chris

According to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 221b Baker Street was home to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson from 1881 to 1904.

The house is now a privately run museum dedicated to the famous fictional detective, giving visitors the chance to step back in time; the study, which overlooks Baker Street, is faithfully maintained as it was in Victorian times.  Visitors are likely to be greeted by a gentleman wearing a bowler hat and whiskers; this is ‘Doctor Watson’. The Museum displays murder weapons, Victoriana and waxworks depicting scenes from the stories.

At the end of your visit to this Grade II listed building you will be able to pick up some souvenirs to take away with you.

The museum is open every day except Christmas Day. You can find out more here.

The nearest tube station is Baker Street which makes it very easy to reach from any of our London vacation rentals.

Harvey Nichols
by Gill Chris

Established in the 1880s Harvey Nichols is one of London’s top department stores.

There are a total of eight floors of fashion, beauty and home collections, with the fifth floor dedicated to food with the Foodmarket, Wine Shop and Restaurants. The Foodmarket is the place to feed your gastronomic curiosity with ingredients that dare to be different, alongside store cupboard essentials and seasonal treats.

The nearest tube station is Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly line. The store is less than a mile’s walk for guests staying in our London vacation rental properties: CDPMPW and EBY.

You can find out more here.



Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour
by Gill Chris

The Warner Bros Studio Tour gives visitors the opportunity to experience first hand the magic behind the Harry Potter films.

The tour allows access to original sets, costumes, props, animatronic creatures and awe-inspiring special effects. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets about the making of the Harry Potter films – the most successful film series of all time.

During the tour you will be able to step inside the Great Hall, explore Dumbledore’s office, set foot in Diagon Alley and rediscover other memorable sets from the films, including Hagrid’s hut and Professor Umbridge’s office at the Ministry of Magic.  There are plenty of interactive activities too, including the chance to ‘fly’ a broomstick and sip a cup of Butterbeer!

Special features run during the year. You can find out more about these and the tour in general, as well as purchase tickets here.

Based 20 miles north-west of London, trains from London Euston take around 20 minutes to Watford Junction from where you can use the shuttle bus service to the Studio. Alternatively there is a coach service which operates a return service from central London, further details here.

If you are planning a stay in any of our London vacation rentals the Studio Tour makes a great day out for all the family.


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