Tennis World Tour Finals
The ATP World Tour Finals will once again take place at the O2 Arena in London between the 15th to 22nd November. Since 2009 London has hosted this end of season showdown featuring the world’s best eight qualified men singles players and doubles teams in the ATP ranking list. If you wish to see players such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in action some tickets are still available. Go to www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com.
However the British number 1 and World number 3 Andy Murray is unlikely to participate as the Davis Cup final is due to take place in Belgium five days after the ATP Finals finish. Murray is a key member of the British team and has stated that he needs to be fully rested and prepared for the Davis Cup.
Originally called the Millennium Dome, the O2 Arena was constructed on the bank of the River Thames in Greenwich, South East London to celebrate the advent of the new millennium in 2000. With a seating capacity up to 20,000 the O2 is now the world’s busiest music arena as well as hosting numerous sporting events.
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Dulwich Picture Gallery
Perhaps not as well known as some of the larger London Galleries, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, which is situated in South London, is the oldest public art gallery in England. The gallery was established as a charitable foundation by the actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Edward Alleyn in the early 17th century.
The acquisition of artworks by its founders and bequests from its many patrons has resulted in the Dulwich Picture Gallery holding one of the country’s finest collections of Old Masters, especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from Tudor times to the 19th century.
The current building was opened to the public in 1817 and was designed by the Regency architect Sir John Soane using an innovative and influential method of illumination. The Gallery currently houses a collection of over 600 works including Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and Canaletto.
Go to www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk for details of the collection, opening times and the exact location of the Gallery.
The nearest accommodation is the Coach House B&B www.coachhouse.chslondon.com
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.