September 2016 - CHS Rentals

Month: September 2016

Sea Life London Aquarium
by Cedric

The Sea Life London Aquarium can be found on the south bank of the River Thames near the London Eye. It is the largest aquarium in London and is located on the ground floor of County Hall, which was the former administrative centre for London. It first opened in March 1997 and now hosts about one million visitors each year.

The visit starts by walking over a glass window with incredible views into a magnificent Pacific display. This is a massive tank two stories high where some of the most majestic creatures in the ocean are swimming just inches beneath one’s feet.

There are many smaller tanks as one walks around but the aquarium is divided into the following major displays:-
Atlantic Depths showing the mysterious depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Cold and deep, it is full of creatures such as a sparkling silver shoal of sand eels and the common octopus.
Ray Lagoon which is rippling with these graceful creatures. Through the window below the water surface it is possible to see the mouth and gills on the underside of their bodies as they pass by.
The Dive Discovery where hundreds of gorgeous tropical fish are flitting around the replica bones of a great grey whale.
Rockpool illustrating the fascinating world of micro-habitats and the incredible creatures that thrive in them such as starfish, sea anemones and crabs.
Pacific Wreck where spectacular sharks cruise serenely past and weave around Easter Island Heads.
Seadragon Kingdom where seahorses grip at seagrass with their curly tails and suck up tiny shrimp with their straw-like snouts while brightly coloured seadragons bob slowly past the window.
Thames Walk where one can learn about the iconic river and what is being done to keep it clean and also about the surprising animals that live in it.

There are animal feeds taking place throughout the day in different areas of the attraction so visitors can see for themselves just how sharp a Piranhas teeth are, what a Seahorse eats and how many fish it takes to satisfy a hungry Gentoo Penguin.

Conservation is also an important aspect of the Aquarium with projects covering ray breeding, coral propagation and shark & marine conservation. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about the threats facing marine life.

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The Lord Mayor’s Show
by Cedric

This year the Lord Mayor’s show will take place on Saturday 12th November. 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. This is followed by the Lord Mayor’s Procession through the streets of the City featuring thousands of participants, many bands and 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. The day will end with a firework display over the River Thames

For those unfamiliar with London, a distinction must be made between the Mayor of London and the Lord Mayor.

The City is London’s historic core. Today it is the main financial district of London where the headquarters of numerous banks, insurance companies and the Stock Exchange are located. It is often referred to as the square mile.

The original walled city was constructed by the Romans, By medieval times the number of gates leading in and out of the City had increased to a total of seven. The gates, although now long gone, are remembered by the areas or roads being named where the gates had stood – Ludgate, Newgate, Aldersgate, Cripplegate, Moorgate, Bishopsgate and Aldgate. It was also in medieval times that London started to expand beyond the walls of the original city.

During medieval times the governance of London was administered by a Court of Aldermen and one of their number was chosen to be Lord Mayor. This practice has continued for some 800 years into modern times. However Lord Mayors now only hold office for one year and they perform many ceremonial duties during their term of office.

In contrast the Mayor of London is a political appointment and is based on elections every 4 years. The post role can only be held for 2 terms by any one individual. The Mayor manages the running of Greater London with an area of some 600 square miles and a population of some eight and a half million citizens. London’s Mayor has a huge budget. The role includes the management within London of the police, the fire service, transport plus the stimulation of business development in the capital. The next mayoral elections are scheduled for May 2016 but needless to say no special pageants take place with the election of a new mayor.

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London Bus Routes For Sightseeing
by Cedric

Whilst it is possible to use special sightseeing hop-on/hop-off open top buses operated by private companies to explore the major tourist attractions in London, the tickets are quite expensive although one has the benefit of a tour guide pointing out the places of interest. However, many people do not realise that they can use regular London buses to see and to visit all London attractions. Such journeys are free even with multiply use for those visitors who have travel cards or oyster cards.

The London public transport system comprises over 700 bus routes and many pass some of the iconic sights of London. The following are a couple of examples. The Number 73 Bus as a part of its journey passes Buckingham Palace Gardens, the Wellington Arch, Hyde Park, Marble Arch and travels along the entire length of Oxford Street. The Number 11 Bus passes through the City of London (the financial centre of the capital), St Pauls Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

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Famous London Pubs – The Barrowboy & Banker
by Cedric

Located at 6-8 Borough High Street close to London Bridge and adjacent to the famous Borough Market, the pub’s odd name The Barrowboy & Banker represents two separate parts of its history. The ‘barrowboy’ part refers to the barrow boys or costermongers who used to ply their trade at the nearby market, carting their produce in barrows. The ‘banker’ part refers to the origins of the Grade II-listed building, which was a bank. Following the merger of the National Provincial Bank and the Westminster Bank, the building claims to have been the first ever branch of the new National Westminster Bank – now known just as the NatWest. The branch opened in 1970.

You can still see many of the original features of the 19th century building such as the large windows and double height ceiling. Beneath the bar is a labyrinth of the original bank vaults, which are now used to store and condition all the beer but they are not open to the public.

The pub belongs to Fuller’s, the last remaining traditional family brewery in London. The cask ales are brewed just 8.8 miles away at Fuller’s in Chiswick The pub is known as an Ale & Pie House, one of several similarly styled pubs owned by Fuller’s. As the name suggests, it are famous for selling fantastic homemade pies and perfectly conditioned award-winning ales.

Over many years Fuller’s believe that their team of chefs have perfected the British tradition of pie making. All the food is freshly prepared and cooked in the kitchen using the finest quality ingredients, locally sourced where possible.

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London New Year’s Eve Firework Display
by Harley Nott

London New Year’s Eve Firework Display

You need to act NOW if you want tickets to the famous London New Year’s Eve firework display.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and welcome 2017 with a bang at London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks. This spectacular event takes place on the River Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Get ready for one of the most spectacular celebrations of its kind in the world. Set against the capital’s unique skyline, if you are in London over New Year’s it really is something not to miss.

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Attention all Foodies and Football Fans
by Harley Nott

Attention all Foodies and Football Fans.

Two good reasons to visit London in October.


The London Restaurant Festival runs from October 1-31.

This month-long festival is a city-wide homage to great food in London, and the perfect excuse to try out some of the capital’s world-class restaurants. Enjoy great value special menus, amazing one-off chef-led events and a special series of gastronomic activities including restaurant tours and wine tasting. More information and sign up for special menus and events here.


For American Football fans with an itch to try something different, the NFL returns to London in October 2016 with three International Series Games.

The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Indianapolis Colts on October 2 at iconic Wembley Stadium – the home of English football (soccer), followed by a clash between the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams on October 23 in the first NFL International Series match at Twickenham Stadium – the home of British rugby football. The Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals round-off the series in style on October 30 in the second match at Wembley.

The three game series is heralded on Sat Oct 1 with a spectacular fan-zone in London’s famous Regent’s Street. This was last year’s festival.

Looking further ahead, November 5 is a date to note ……

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