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.
by Gill Chris
Standing at almost 310 metres, The Shard is one of the tallest buildings in Western Europe. Taking inspiration from the spires of London churches and the masts of tall ships depicted by the 18th-century Venetian painter Canaletto, Renzo Piano designed The Shard as a spire-like sculpture emerging from the River Thames.
London’s highest and best view is from the top of The Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72. At almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the capital, it offers unparalleled 360-degree views for up to 40 miles. Guests ascend to the first triple height viewing platform on Level 69 in high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts. State-of-the-art interactive touchscreen telescope enable visitors to explore the views in greater detail
On Level 72 is the open-air viewing gallery where visitors can gaze up to the very top of the building as the shards of glass that form the spire disappear into the sky. Exposed to the elements, they can take in the atmosphere and sounds of the city.
You can plan your visit and purchase tickets here.
The nearest tube station is London Bridge which can be reached easily from any of our London vacation rentals.
by Gill Chris
The Great British Beer Festival has celebrated 30 years of being Britain’s biggest and best beer festival. Also known as the Biggest Pub in the World, the festival plays host to some 900 beers, lagers, ciders and perries from the UK and around the world.
Held at London Olympia, the Festival, which is organised by CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale), features over 250 British breweries in 27 different bars where visitors can try both well-known brews and limited edition beers from some of the UK’s biggest and best real ale brewers.
There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy fantastic entertainment, great food and traditional pub games.
You can find out more about visiting the Festival, and buy your tickets here.
by Gill Chris
The London Eye, centrally located in the heart of the capital opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel and showcases breathtaking 360 degree views of the city and its famous landmarks. The slow rotation in one of the 32 glass capsules takes around half an hour and gives you an ever-changing perspective of London with breathtaking views of Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, The Gherkin and Canary Wharf to name but a few. On a clear day you can see up to a 40 kilometre panoramic view.
Free with every ticket is entry to the London Eye 4D Experience which brings London to life through unique perspectives and multi-sensory special effects, including wind, bubbles and scent.
It is a good idea to book tickets in advance – you can do this and find out more about visiting the London Eye here.
The nearest stations are Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster. Our London vacation rental property ref: THD is within a 15 minute walk.
by Gill Chris
St. Paul’s cathedral, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the masterpiece of Britain’s most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Within the awe-inspiring cathedral there is plenty to explore. Venture down to the Crypt to discover the tombs and memorials of some of the nation’s greatest heroes such as Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington. Visitors can also try out the acoustic quirks of the Whispering Gallery and continue their climb to the Golden Gallery. If you can manage to climb the 500+ steps right to the top of the dome you will be rewarded with some of the best views in London.
Tickets can be purchased here.
St. Paul’s can be easily reached by public transport from any of our London vacation rentals. The nearest tube stations are St. Pauls, Mansion House, Blackfriars and Bank.
1. Exchange rate. At US$/£1.49 the current exchange rate is the most favourable it has been for 5 years; the Pound has not been so cheap since 2010.
2. Why use Coach House Rentals? Because we’ve been looking after our guests since 2001. Operating in London, New York and Rome (same great service), we have many thousands of satisfied customers – read the testimonials with each property listing. Many have agreed to act as a reference – you just have to ask and we’ll put you in touch.
3. Excellent value for money. We haven’t increased our prices for 3 years, so our London vacation rentals are great value for money, especially for a party of 3 or more.
4. “Live like a local” in a hand-picked real home. You get much more space and freedom to do what you want than in a single cramped hotel room.
5. Flexible renting. Any day to any day with a minimum stay of 5, not 7, nights.
6. Real people to help you choose. You don’t need to rely just on a web listing. If you can’t find the answer to your question here we’ll respond to your emailed queries or you can talk to us on the phone.
7. Safe and secure booking process. When you enter your card details on our secure https payments page, the information goes directly to our in-house servers before being manually processed. There is no risk of being scammed – as does sometimes happen when using the mass market listing sites.
8. Personal service. We can arrange a car to meet you at the airport. When you arrive at your rental we’ll be there to check you in, hand over the keys, show you how everything works and answer any questions you may have.
9. We have a 24/7 help line in case of any further questions or problems.
10. Useful “What’s On Guide” and suggested itineraries. Details here.
So don’t delay, book today – while we still have some availability.
by Gill Chris
June 29 – July 12
The world of tennis descends upon Wimbledon in South West London for two weeks every summer for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. Wimbledon is the world’s longest running and most prestigious tennis tournament with games still played on grass and with a strict white-only dress code for players.
Since 1924 tickets have been allocated by a public ballot which is always heavily over-subscribed. But all is not lost as a number of tickets are always available each day. If you are hoping to get to see the action on Centre Court, Court No 1 or Court No 2 you should be prepared to queue overnight (and people do) but there are several thousand tickets available each day which admit you into the grounds and give you the chance to watch games from the No 2 court standing enclosure and from unreserved seating and standing on the outside courts and on the big screen at Henman Hill.
The Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon have grown since the first event in 1877, witnessed by only a few spectators, to a tournament which now attracts around 500,000 people. Along with the tennis comes two weeks of strawberries & cream; each year at Wimbledon 28,000 kg of strawberries are eaten along with 7,000 litres of cream!
The easiest way to get to Wimbledon from any of our London vacation rentals is by tube to Southfields or Wimbledon, or by train from Waterloo to Wimbledon.
You can find out more about visiting Wimbledon for the Lawn Tennis Championships here.
by Gill Chris
June 30 – July 5
2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show; the world’s largest of its kind. The magnificent setting of Hampton Court Palace is the sumptuous backdrop for this spectacular event which will be celebrating its anniversary with lots of themed events, including silver anniversary floristry, historic gardens and scarecrows celebrating the past.
Packed with ideas on how to grow your own, nurture the environment and make the most of your garden, the show combines quality, innovation and creativity, featuring spectacular show gardens and horticultural exhibitors.
The show has three themed zones designed to help visitors find their way around, with gardens and plants reflecting the themes of Grow, Feast and Inspire.
In the Grow zone, keen gardeners will be able to see award winning nurseries, get advice from the experts and get ideas for inspirational planting schemes and growing styles.
As you would expect, the Feast zone will inspire you to grow your own but you will also be able to sample a wonderful selection of fine foods and fresh produce to help you decide what to grow.
The Inspire zone will do just that, encouraging visitors to re-think their preconceptions of garden design with ideas to push boundaries and champion innovation. A stunning selection of show gardens will leave visitors brimming with enthusiasm, and a pavilion selling stylish products from artists and craftspeople may prove tempting.
You can find out more and buy tickets here.
Hampton Court Station is a 30 minute journey from London Waterloo which is easily accessible by public transport from any of our London vacation rentals, and is only a 5 minute walk from our property ref: THD
by Gill Chris
Daily 10am – 5pm
The Wallace Collection is a national museum displaying French 18th-century paintings, furniture and porcelain, including superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury. The tranquil atmosphere of the museum offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of London.
The art collection itself covers such a wide variety that visitors are sure to find something to please them. Art from Turner, Canaletto, Rubens and Van Dyck will capture the interests of fans of paintings, while the large collections of porcelain will entertain ceramics connoisseurs.
Although the art pieces are a joy to behold, the rooms themselves are a big draw to the museum – each room gives a taste of Versailles: sumptuous, decadent and occasionally over-the-top. The rich wallpapers and delicately crafted fireplaces are as interesting as the art on the walls.
The European and Oriental Armoury collection on the ground floor includes every shape of sword and every size of armour with equestrian armour displayed in the centre of the room. Spending a few minutes here will tap into the inner-knight in all of us.
Whether you have a few hours or just ten minutes to spare, a visit to The Wallace Collection is sure to delight.
Located in Hertford House, conveniently located just a few minutes walk from Oxford Street, Baker Street and Marylebone Village, The Wallace Collection can be reached easily from any of our London vacation rentals.
You can find more information here.
This article was originally published on Spotted by Locals London