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23
Oct
You CAN afford a Christmas / New Year’s Eve trip to London
by Harley Nott

Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a great time to be in London, for adults and children alike. There’s so much happening: candle-lit carol services, the Christmas lights, the shows, the pantomimes, ice skating, festive meals, wonderful shop window displays, the sales, the list goes on……. You can get a flavour of it here.

With the British pound at near historic lows, NOW is the time to get the most bangs for your bucks.

Good quality London hotels are seriously expensive BUT YOU CAN MAKE MASSIVE SAVINGS by staying in a vacation rental rather than a hotel, especially for a party of more than 2, you also save £££ by not having to have every meal out. With a vacation rental you get much more space, there’s no need to dress up or “put on a face” to go out of your room and, as an added bonus, you get to experience the city like a local.

Rather than chance an Airbnb, at Coach House Rentals we’ve been looking after our guests since 2001. You’ll find us in several London guide books: Frommers, Rick Steves, National Geographic and Marco Polo.

We still have some availability over the festive period but it’s going fast. Here’s a selection of what’s still available today, but it might not be tomorrow…..

Ref: ETW: sleeps 4, 2 bed, 1 bath, £125 (US$155) / night. Great value, modern 7/8th floor flat with private balcony and view of Battersea Park.

Ref: CPM: sleeps 3, 2 bed, 1 bath, £140 / (US$175) / night. Comfortable apartment in quiet attractive private mews.

Ref: CVN: sleeps 4, 2 bed, 1 bath, £165 / (US$205) / night. Ground floor flat in grand London house, moments from Hyde Park – available from 28 Dec.

Ref: PRX: sleeps 6, 2 bed, 2 bath, £195 / (US$240) / night. Traditional style apartment in Parson’s Green – available from 28 Dec.

Ref: TKR: sleeps 4, 2 bed, 1 bath, £215 / (US$265) / night. Comfortable, modern apartment in excellent Chelsea location.

Ref: LAU: sleeps 5, 2 bed, 1 bath, £285 / (US$355) / night. Pretty mock Georgian house in the heart of Kensington.

Ref: HEM: sleeps 6, 3 bed, 2½ bath, £330 / (US$410) / night. 3 bedroom house in a quiet part of Shepherd’s Bush, a little gem.

Ref: THD: sleeps 8, 4 bed, 4 bath, £500 / (US$620) / night. Spacious modern open-plan house in picturesque old London.

These are really nice properties, not crummy hotel rooms that you’d be paying at least twice as much for! Read the reviews on each property page. What’s more, unlike Airbnb, we’ll also look after you with our full concierge service.

We only have a small number of these great London rentals, when they’re gone they’re gone, so you need to move fast if you don’t want to miss out.

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. The first batch of tickets went on sale at the end of September and quickly sold out. A second batch will be available at the end of November. Register now for updates and a reminder the day before these tickets go on sale.

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23 October 2019
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18
Sep
A Date For Your Diary
by Harley Nott

London New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2019 tickets will go on sale at 12-noon (UK time) on Friday 27 September.

If you want to come to this incredible event, put the date in your diary. Remember, you must have a ticket if you want to be there on the night.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and welcome 2020 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. Register now for updates and a reminder the day before tickets go on sale.

Somewhere to Stay

And if you’re planning on being in London over the festive period you’ll need somewhere to stay, and a vacation rental is so much nicer than a hotel. Why?

* With a vacation rental you get more space
* There’s no need to dress up or “put on a face” to go out of your room
* It’s cheaper – especially for a party of 3 or more people and for a group
* It’s more practical, preparing some of your own meals (Christmas dinner?) or getting takeaways is cheaper than always eating in restaurants. You can buy and sample the local specialities
* To summarise – you get to “live like a local”.

Book Now. Others have already started booking their London accommodation for Christmas / New Year.

Rather than chance an Airbnb, at Coach House Rentals we’ve been looking after our guests since 2001. You’ll find us in several London guide books: Frommers, Rick Steves, National Geographic, Marco Polo, and you get our full concierge service.

At the moment we still have lots of availability over the festive period, but it will start to go quickly from here on in. If you want first pick and to be sure of getting your preferred rental – start thinking about it now, and you’re bound to appreciate our concierge service.

One other thing, with all this Brexit nonsense, the US$ has never been so strong against the British pound – so now is a great time to visit London.

Coach House Rentals
18 September 2019
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31
Jul
How to holiday in London and save money
by Harley Nott

How to holiday in London and save money

1. With a Pound costing just US$1.22 London has never been as cheap for overseas visitors.

Now is the time to come to get more bang for your bucks.

2. Stay in a vacation rental rather than a hotel because:

* With a vacation rental you get more space
* There’s no need to dress up or “put on a face” to go out of your room
* It’s cheaper – especially for a party of 3 or more people and for a group
* It’s more practical, preparing some of your own meals or getting take-aways is cheaper than always eating in restaurants, foodies can buy and sample the local specialities.

Rather than chance an Airbnb, at Coach House Rentals we’ve been looking after our guests since 2001. You’ll find us in several London guide books: Frommers, Rick Steves, National Geographic, Marco Polo, and you get our full concierge service.

3. Make full use of the FREE attractions.

Unlike the museums and art galleries of most capital cities, in London most are FREE! Here are the top ten:

Tate Modern
Sitting grandly on the banks of the Thames is Tate Modern, Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art. Its unique shape is due to it previously being a power station. The gallery’s restaurants offer fabulous views across the city. Some exhibitions require tickets.

British Museum
The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times, from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. Some exhibitions require tickets.

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5
Feb
We will help you plan your London holiday
by Harley Nott

We will help you plan your London holiday

Our famed Concierge Service now starts from the moment you book your rental – previously it was from when you arrived in London.

Now we’ll give you help planning and organising your London trip as well as help and support while you are here.

You will probably have a London guide book but these web pages might help in your initial planning:

What’s on in London – some 40 events spread throughout the year, most of them unique to London and available to London visitors, with links to relevant web site and details of how to book/be involved. These range from the quiescently British:  The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) to the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle a free event for all ages.

Suggested Iineraries for stays of 3, 4 5 and more days stay.

Useful London Links –  with sections on: Getting Around, London Guides, Major Attractions,  Sightseeing Tours, What’s On, Other Useful Links (currency converter, babysitting services)

151 Things to do In London, a miscellany of interesting things to do and see, with links to relevant web pages.

Our Blog – with many and varied articles such as: Interesting London Walks, London’s Top 10 tourist Attractions, London for Free, Eating out in London, Famous London Restaurants, Historic London Pubs, London Bus Routes For Sightseeing. The 180 blog posts are searchable if you are looking for something in particular.

If you need further help contact us: concierge@chsrentals.com

We can advise on:

  • Itinerary planning. Tell us what are your interests are. We’ll give you suggestions on what to do and see.
  • Itinerary advice. Are you getting the most out of your visit? Are you trying to do too much? How will what you propose work out in practice.
  • Fine Dining. Tell us what you’re interested in and we’ll recommend restaurants.
  • Sports fixtures. We’ll advise on how to get tickets.
  • Active London for runners / swimmers / skaters / walkers. What would you like to do? We’ll tell you how.
  • Music. Classical, jazz, rock etc. We know what’s on and where.
  • Services. Babysitters/childcare, limo, private guide. We can point you in the right direction.
  • London thrills. Climb the O2, go white water rafting, abseil the Orbit, go ice climbing.
  • Children. We know what they like and where it is.
  • Limited mobility. We’ll make suggestions about how to get about.
  • Other advice. Historic pubs, smart bars, clubs.

We only have a limited number of great London vacation rental properties and demand this year has been strong, when they’re gone they’re gone so you need to move fast if you don’t want to miss out.

Coach House Rentals
06 February 2019
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25
Oct
November Happenings in London
by Harley Nott

November in London sees Christmas lights beginning to twinkle, cosy scarves and jumpers re-emerging from the wardrobe and the capital’s skies lit by spectacular fireworks displays for Britain’s Bonfire Night.

Bonfires are lit and there are fireworks displays all over London (and the UK) to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up James I and his Parliament on 1605. The plot’s most famous conspirator, Guy Fawkes, (“The Guy”) is burned as an effigy. Although the official anniversary is on the 5th, bonfires and firework displays start up to 2 weeks before and go on for a week after the actual date. More details and history. In central London one of the biggest event is the bonfire and fireworks in Battersea Park. It’s an all ticket event – available here.

The Regent Street Motor Show. Two days earlier, on November 3, the Regent Street Motor Show returns to the capital, for the largest free motor show in the UK. Head down to Regent Street between 10.30am and 4.00pm as hundreds of vehicles, showcasing 125 years of motoring history, go on display in the famous shopping street – free of normal traffic for the day. Be wowed by a huge collection of impressive cars, motorbikes and classic automobiles dating from pre 1905 to the present day and beyond. Find out about the latest low-emission technologies, and enjoy exciting music and dance performances during the show.

The Lord Mayor’s Show. Saturday November 10. The Lord Mayor’s Show has floated, rolled, trotted, marched and occasionally fought its way through 798 years of London history, surviving the black death and the blitz to arrive in the 21st century as one of the world’s best-loved pageants. Over the centuries the Mayor’s journey became one of London’s favourite rituals. It moved from river barges to horseback and then into the magnificent State Coach, and around it grew a splendidly rowdy and joyful mediaeval festival known as the Lord Mayor’s Show.

The London Jazz Festival, November 16 – 25, is the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience. Presenting 2,500 artists across 60 venues, more than 250 shows take place in London’s best concert halls and arts centres, including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott’s and more.

London Christmas Lights, November 6 – January 6 2019. You know that Christmas really is on its way when Oxford Street is transformed by glittering lights and enchanted shoppers. This year, a competition was launched for new design ideas from designers and architects from all over the world to ensure that the 2018 display is the most spectacular to date. With 40 million visitors expected to come and see the vibrant display, we can’t wait to see how they look.

 

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5
Sep
London’s October Food and Drink Festivals
by Harley Nott

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London’s October Food and Drink Festivals

The summer holidays are over, the kids are back at school, the torrent of London tourists has diminished to a gentle flow and Londoners are preparing to enjoy the beauty of the autumn colours and festivals of food and drink.

For London aficionados, September and October is the time to visit especially if they enjoy cocktails, good food and fine wine.

What’s On?

1-7 October, London Cocktail Week. A £10 London Cocktail Week pass entitles you to £6 festival cocktails in 300 of London’s best bars, first look access to pop-ups and parties and free unlimited entry to The Cocktail Village. More details.

1-31 October, London Restaurant Festival. Now in its tenth year the London Restaurant Festival celebrates London’s extraordinarily diverse range of restaurants. The unique programme of 60 events includes Restaurant-Hopping Tours, Gourmet Odysseys, Chef-Hosted events, Eat Art and Ultimate Gastronomic Weekends. More details.

You’ll want to spend some of your time in galleries, museums and the myriad of attractions London has to offer,
here is advice on how to have the best food experience at the same time.

And if you want to experience some really famous London restaurants you can learn about them here.

Enjoy!

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1
Aug
Some London Walks
by Harley Nott

Some London Walks

Sight-seeing tour buses are a familiar feature of all large cities and are a good way to quickly view the major landmarks and get orientated. But to really explore a city you need to be on foot.

This post is about London walks, guided or self-guided.

The company offering the largest selection is London Walks. Every day they have a wide variety of morning, afternoon and evening walking tours. No booking or pre-payment is needed, you just turn up and meet the guide just outside the exit of the designated Underground Station (Tube Stop) at the time stated. It’s £10 for an adult (£8 for over 65s) and children under 15 accompanied by a parent go free. Walks last for about 2 hours.

Rather more off-the-wall is Bowl of Chalk (Cockney rhyming slang for ‘walk’) run for the last 6 years by Jonnie. Walks are on Saturdays (Central London) and Sundays (East London), they last for about 3 hours and at the end you pay whatever you feel it was worth! Jonnie’s walks have been featured in the national press and on television.

A number of general self-guided London walks can be found at the London walks list of Walk In Britain.

Two organisations focus on walks and gardens/parks. City Garden Walks offer weekly walks such as Gardens of The Inns of Court – a walk through London’s historic legal quarter, exploring the glorious gardens and distinguished buildings, and The City’s Secret Gardens – historic gardens and churchyards nestled amongst old and new City buildings – horticulture and history combined. London Parks and Gardens Trust have a dozen or so self-guided walks with free down-loadable audio or pdf guides.

The Regent’s Canal is a key part of England’s canal network, linking the Grand Union Canal with the Thames. Running from Paddington to Limehouse, it’s some 9 miles long and, as the name suggests, dates from the early 19th century. The first section, from Paddington to Camden, opened 200 years ago, the rest of it opening in 1820.

For a short 2 mile walk along the canal the Little Venice to Camden stretch is ideal.

For a longer, weekend, walk try the 6 miles Regent’s Canal towpath from Camden to Limehouse.

And for a real workout walk or run the entire length of the canal.

After your exertions you might enjoy some quiet time in a hidden gem tucked away beside the Thames. The Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in London and houses around 5,000 different medicinal, herbal, edible and useful plants. It’s well worth a visit.

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25
Jun
London’s Hidden Gems and $100 discount
by Harley Nott

London’s Hidden Gems

London is not just about the major sites: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye etc. etc. there are also many hidden gems. If you experience one or two of these your visit to London will feel much more rewarding and satisfying.

Visit London has put together a very good starter list.

Stay with us and SAVE money.

For all bookings made between Monday 25 June and Monday 16 July for arrival dates before Monday 17 September, we’re offering a discount of $100 (£75). To claim your discount quote the discount code DISC100 when you make your booking.

 

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18
May
Royal Wedding Special
by Harley Nott

Royal Wedding Special

The wedding of Prince Harry (very British) and Miss Meghan Markle (very American) will create yet another strong bond between our two great countries. Many visitors to London – especially from the States – will want to experience things and places with a royal connection.

Visit London – the Official Visitor Guide has put together some useful ideas.

Top royal London attractions
Sample the lives of the kings and queens of England with a visit to these top royal London attractions.

Where the royals shop: Royal Warrant holders in London
Get a taste of royal London by shopping at the same places as the Queen, with these London Royal Warrant holders. Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition for those who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s London
Explore London like Meghan and Harry with a pick of London spots connected to the royal couple.

More royal London
More royal things to do and see.

Stay in London, save money AND be treated like royalty!

At the Coach House, our London B&B, we still have some availability in June and August, and, if you’re interested, we’ll tell you about our experience at a Buckingham Palace garden party and our several encounters with the royals.

Alternatively stay in one of our vacation rentals, much nicer than a hotel and fully supported by our friendly concierge service.

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18
Apr
London’s Top Ten Attractions
by Harley Nott

London’s Top Ten Attractions

London with all its history and culture is waiting to be revealed, and many of the top ten attractions are FREE.

You can also save £££ by staying in a vacation rental rather than a hotel. Rather than chance an Airbnb, Coach House Rentals still has some summer availability. We’ve been looking after our guests since 2001, you’ll find us in several London guide books: Frommers, Rick Steves, National Geographic, Marco Polo, and we look after you with our full concierge service.

Here’s the list:

10. Madame Tussauds
Rub shoulders with royalty, film stars and sporting legends.

9. National Maritime Museum at Greenwich
Explore Britain’s naval past, visit the Royal Observatory and stand astride the Prime Meridian.

8. Tower of London / Crown Jewels
Discover 1,000 years of history – gaze at the fabulous crown jewels.

7.Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
3,000 years of fashion and design.

6. Science museum
Steam trains to Space Rockets.

5. London Eye
More visitors than the Taj Mahal or the Great Pyramids – great views up to 25 miles.

4. Tate Modern
Contemporary art on a spectacular scale.

3. National History Museum
Come face to face with animals from the past and present. Watch out for the dinosaurs!

2. National Gallery
Over 2,000 of the world’s finest paintings

1. Top attraction at the number one spot is
The British Museum
Over 2 million years of human history

And if you’re looking for a truly English experience, a chance to meet and get to know some locals and are happy with 3/4 star comfort –The Coach House is the place to stay. It’s pretty booked up in July but still has some availability in June and August. View the short video.

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