Wednesday
Aug202014

Afternoon Tea in London

One thing that England is renowned for is its love for and quality of the afternoon tea.  London not only offers some of the best English afternoon teas available, but it also offers a range of different and unusual ways to enjoy the traditional British treat.  Here are some of our favourites:

BB Bus Afternoon Tea

This vintage London Double Decker Bus will drive you around Central London, showing off some of the city’s best sights and landmarks whilst you indulge in a variety of finger sandwiches, high tea, cakes, and pastries.

The tour lasts approximately one hour and thirty minutes from the London Eye, and costs £45.00 Per Person.

The TL See Afternoon Tea at Swissotel The Howard

Tea, London, and Sightseeing are combined into one at The Swissotel at The Howard.  The clever pastry team have reproduced nine of London’s iconic landmarks as shortbreads and 3D chocolates to complement their traditional afternoon tea.

The afternoon tea is available daily from 13:00pm – 19:00pm and costs approximately £20.00 - £30.00 Per Person

River Thames City Cruise Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a London afternoon discovering the magic of The City from The River Thames, with sandwiches, pastries, and scones, as well as an assortment of teas and musical delights from the resident solo pianist.

The cruise departs Embankment pier at 15:30pm and returns at 16:45pm, costing from £29.50 Per Person

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea

Inspired by the famous Alice in Wonderland film and production, and offering dainty sandwiches and home baked savoury and sweet scones served on bespoke crockery, the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at Sanderson is both classic and fun for both adults and children.

Afternoon Tea is served daily, priced from £38.00 Per Person

Claridge’s Afternoon Tea

Claridges – set in the luxury location of Mayfair – have continued the nation's 150 year old culinary heritage in their classic afternoon tea, offering excellent combinations of finger sandwiches, warm scones, and sweet pastries.  The main highlight is, of course, Britain’s favourite tipple – tea, with a wide selection on offer from Regional English to herbal fusions.

Served daily from 15:00pm, The Afternoon Tea is priced from £50.00 Per Person and is the perfect way to catch up with friends or celebrate important events!

Monday
Aug182014

Silent Disco @ The View from The Shard!

Due to the last series of silent disco being a sell out success, the popular party event 1,000 feet above ground is back!

On Saturday 23rd August, Saturday 6th September, Saturday 27th September, Saturday 4th October, and Saturday 15th November the doors open again to the fantastic silent disco on level 69 of The Shard.

London’s Skyline looks most spectacular at dark, and now there is an exclusive opportunity to view from the top of Western Europe’s tallest building – The Shard.  Not only this, but you can do so with a cocktail in one hand, friends and fellow party goers around, and three stations of exciting music for you to choose from.

Silent Discos are the newest party craze, with 3 separate DJ’s set up at the top of The Shard battling it out over separate wireless channels with selections of: pop, rock, RnB, and party classics.  Each set of headphones is colour coded in line with the DJ, in colours of red, green, and yellow – so you can spot and share with fellow listeners, and make some new friends!

Opening Times

22:00pm – 02:00am

Address

Joiner Street

London

SE1 9QU

Closest Tube

London Bridge

Ticket Cost

£37.50

Important Information

  • Cash bar only
  • No cloakroom available for bags or luggage

More information and tickets

www.theviewfromtheshard.com

With accommodations throughout the City of London, we would love to help you create a perfect weekend in London in one of the various available apartments, giving you a real chance to experience London and all which it has to offer!  For more information and to make a reservation contact us now!

Friday
Aug152014

Notting Hill Carnival (Sunday 24th August – Monday 25th August)

It is the time of year again for London’s streets to come alive with the sounds and smells of one of its favourite and most popular celebrations – Notting Hill Carnival.

Since 1964 the capitals afro-Caribbean communities have celebrated their culture and traditions with a two day festival of fantastic live music ranging from Reggae to Dub and Salsa, Soca floats, steel bands, uplifting beats, jerk chicken and fried plantain food stalls, and much more!

Historically; steel bands, soca, and calypso music have been at the heart of the carnival, but in recent years these have been joined by large static sound systems playing anything from Reggae and R&B, to Funk, House, and Dub.  Live stages also feature local bands, top international artists, and sounds from around the world.  One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is the excitement surrounding the feel good music, and an array of brightly dressed and appealing dancers enjoying it on the streets of London!

Dancing is hungry work, and you should come to the carnival with a healthy appetite as the wonderful aromas of the traditional Caribbean food will entice you into enjoying: exotic patties and curries, jerk chicken, field plantain, rice, peas, and rum punch from the array of street stalls.

Notting Hill Carnival is a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present together with bringing a spirit of diversity to London not to be missed!

Carnival Festivities

23rd of August, 19:00 – 20:30 National Panorama competition at Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, Bosworth Road.  A free open air celebration of Caribbean rhythms and steel bands.

24th of August, 06:00 – 20:30 J’ouvert Family Day Parade, starting at 10:00am.  Children’s day on Sunday is recommended for families as the smaller crowds and kid friendly floats create a fun vibe.

25th of August, 10:00 – 20:30 Main day: colourful floats, stages, sound systems, street food, and pop up bars.

Underground Travel

Ladbroke Grove Underground will be closed throughout the festival.

The following stations will be open in the surrounding area: Notting Hill Gate, Royal Oak, Westbourne Park, Bayswater, Queensway, Paddington.  Some restrictions may apply.

Useful Tips

  • Leave your car at home and make your way to the carnival on public transport
  • The earlier you arrive, the less crowded it will be
  • Bring comfy shoes and give flip flops and open toe footwear a miss
  • Plan your toilet stops to avoid queues, and bring your own loo roll and hand sanitiser

With accommodations throughout the City of London, we would love to help you perfect your summer bank holiday weekend in one of the various available apartments, giving you a real chance to experience London and all which it has to offer!  For more information and to make a reservation contact us now!

Wednesday
Aug132014

Foodies Festival!

Returning to Battersea Park on the weekend of Friday 15th – Sunday 17th August is Foodies Festival – The UK’s largest celebration of food and drink!

The evergrowing festival sees tens of thousands of food lovers each year enjoying demonstrations, tastings and master classes with well known chefs, as well as restaurant tents, and a speciality producers markets.

Brand new to this year's events is a chocolate, cake, bake, and preserves theatre, and an exciting vintage tea tent that will hold daily tea dances and a vintage kitchen market.  Other new additions for 2014 include a real ale and cider farm, a chilli food market, and a feasting tent which is set to become the social hub of the festival.  And if any of the new people you meet with are brave enough you may want to challenge them to a chilli eating challenge which takes place at 5pm daily!

The festival is also a great day out for foodie families – with a BBQ arena, live music stage, and a children’s cookery theatre – giving children the chance to learn to cook – all taking place throughout the weekend.

Address

Battersea Park

British Genius Site

Chelsea Gate

London

SW11 4NJ

Opening Times

Friday 15th August:  11:00am – 21:00pm

Saturday 16th August: 11:00am – 21:00pm

Sunday 17th August: 11:00am – 20:00pm

Ticket Prices

From £12.00 Per Person, available to purchase at www.foodies.seetickets.com

Children under 12 accompanied by an adult go free!

With an Everyman Summer Pop Up Cinema running simultaneously with the event, it is the perfect opportunity to make the most of your visit to Battersea.  RefreshAccommodation.com provides a range of serviced apartments in Battersea and South West London with easy access to all of the Battersea events routes. Contact us via our website, or call 08456 800 080 for more information.

Tuesday
Aug122014

London Craft Beer Festival – A celebration of Great Beer, Passionate Brewers, and a True Beer City!

From the 14th – 17th of August at Oval Space; Bethnal Green, a festival celebrating 24 different breweries from around London, The UK, Europe, and The USA commences – offering food, beer, and some great bands and DJ’s to all attendees.

Purchasing a ticket to the most exciting beer festival in London grants you: entry, a festival tasting glass, a festival programme to give you the back story to each brewer, and the opportunity to try every beer on offer.  Purchase yours here http://tickets.ovalspace.co.uk/events/for £35.00.

Besides the unlimited beer, local artisanal producers will be offering quality and hearty food to compliment the beer – or soak it up!  And completing the festival is exciting music from artists including: Gentleman’s Dub Club, Man Like Me, and Jett.

Address

29-32 The Oval

London

E29DT

Closest London Underground Station

Bethnal Green

Session timings for tickets

Thursday 14th 18:00pm – 23:00pm Launch Night

Friday 15th 12:00pm – 17:00pm Friends and Press

Friday 15th 19:00pm – 00:00am End of the week

Saturday 16th 12:oopm – 17:00pm Saturday Social

Saturday 16th 19:00pm – 00:00am Big Night Out

Sunday 17th 13:00pm – 20:00pm Sunday Funday

With accommodations throughout the City of London, we would love to help you perfect a Beer Festival weekend in one of the various available apartments, giving you a real chance to experience Britain’s love for Beer.  For more information and to make a reservation contact us now!