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How to plan an around the World trip from London

So, you’re thinking about attempting to see the world by going travelling for a while? If the answer’s yes, then in order to get as much out of your trip as possible you’ll need to do your homework and plan … Continue reading

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Statues of British royalty in London

Some of the most well known statues and monuments in London commemorating the best known past members of the British Monarchy.

When visiting the capital it is almost a rite of passage to go and find some of these royal statues, although it is pretty easy to do so as there are many which can be found almost anywhere you go!

Here we have five of the best royal statues that you must see during your time in London.

Queen Victoria Memorial

When visiting London for a break, the chances are that at some point you will want to head over to Buckingham Palace, after all it is where the Queen lives! While we can’t promise that you will get to see the head of the British Monarchy, we can guarantee that you will be able to spot the breathtaking Queen Victoria Memorial.

Situated outside the Palace, the memorial is also referred to as ‘the wedding cake’ because of its tiered shape and features Queen Victoria sitting on her throne. Made from 2,300 tonnes of white marble, it stands at 25-metres high, making it impossible to miss.

Prince Albert Memorial

It seems fitting to next suggest a visit to pay homage to Queen Victoria’s beloved husband, Prince Albert, whose breathtaking memorial is situated in front of the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gardens.

It was designed by George Gilbert Scott and stands at 53-metres high, celebrating Prince Alberts interests as well as the various Victorian achievements, including engineering, manufacturing and commerce. At the base of the memorial, a frieze highlights Prince Albert’s love for the arts, which makes its location across from the Royal Albert Hall even more poignant.

King Charles I Statue

When visiting Trafalgar Square, you will be treated to a number of breathtaking monuments, including one of King Charles I riding a horse. It is the oldest statue in Trafalgar Square having been produced almost 400 years ago in 1638 by Hubert Le Sueur.

This particular statue has a very interesting history as it was actually hidden throughout the Civil War and was then re-erected on the exact spot of the original Queen Eleanor's Cross. Nowadays, it is the spot from which mileage across London is measured.

King George VI

Located on the north side of The Mall between Marlborough Road and Admiralty Arch is a memorial to King George VI. It depicts the King dressed in a naval uniform and was created by William McMillan in 1955.

The bronze statue stands upon a plinth of Portland stone and is situated on a step behind another bronze monument of Queen Elizabeth I.

King George IV

We take you back to Trafalgar Square where a very big statue of King George IV riding bareback on a horse can be found on one of the Square’s four plinths. However, the statue wasn’t actually meant to be erected in this area of London, it was supposed to go on top of an arch in front of Buckingham Palace. Following his death, however, it was placed on the plinth and while it was meant to be temporary, it has remained there since.

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Week End Break In London City

It is an ethnically different town and comprises a blend of population of Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Sikhs along with many others who speak above three hundred languages here. It is moreover seen as an educational center of … Continue reading

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Looking for a wedding venue?? Find them in London Hotels

A wedding is a crucial time and a crucial day of the couple getting in the holy sacrament of matrimony. There is a huge amount of consideration that goes into the various aspects of a wedding and the most important … Continue reading

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Watch the best movies in Netflix UK this holiday season

The top ten movies to watch this holiday season on Netflix are mentioned as follows: Nick Offermen (American Ham): This movie is features a number of humorous jokes about woodworking and the standup special by the Parks and Rec has … Continue reading

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The Apple store at Regent Street: Best place for technology lovers

Regent Steet in Mayfair, London, is among the most popular shopping streets with locals and tourists alike. It can offer you and your entire family with an enjoyable shopping experience. It is home to stores such as the UK Apple … Continue reading

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Visit London in snowy winters

There are many different places in the world that offer a lot of fun in winters and one such place is the city of London. This city becomes more lively and bustling in winters unlike other cities in the world. … Continue reading

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Avail exclusive offers at The Montcalm London Hotel

If you are planning a getaway in London, there are many things that you need to keep into consideration. First and foremost, you will have to start by outlining your travel plan. Look right for the dates of your entire … Continue reading

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National Portrait Gallery to pay homage to Audrey Hepburn

She was one of the world’s most famous actresses and humanitarians whose images can often be found printed upon various goods in many high street shops. However, in 2015 we will have the opportunity to see Audrey Hepburn in a different and unique light thanks to a new exhibition which is opening.

From July 2nd until October 18th 2015, fans of the Funny Face and Breakfast at Tiffany’s star are very much advised to pay a visit to Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon at the National Portrait Gallery. It will celebrate the Belgium-born British actress’ coveted film career, which saw her receive the Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award for her performance in the charming Roman Holiday.

As well as her iconic career, the exhibition will feature some photographs from her personal life, which include her early days as a chorus girl working in London’s West End alongside her humanitarian work that Ms Hepburn was very much celebrated for towards the end of her life.

There will be more than sixty images on show for all to see at the National Portrait Gallery, from some of the classic photographs which we are all familiar with that graced magazine covers, to film stills from the likes of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to some of the more personal and rarely seen images

Photographers exhibited will include Cecil Beaton, Norman Park, Angus McBean and Richard Avedon, with highlights including an image of Ms Hepburn in her dressing room while starring in Gigi on Broadway, as well as a variety taken by Mark Shaw during the filming of Sabrina in 1953 when he was given exclusive access to the set.

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon why not consider staying at the Montcalm London Marble Arch?

 

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Things to check before booking a hotel room

When going on a break to London, there are so many things to get excited about – from the amazing sights you will see, the wide variety of cuisines you will sample in the capital’s many restaurants as well as the memories you will make. At the end of a long day shopping and catching as many historical and cultural sites as possible, you will undoubtedly appreciate just how much a great hotel room is needed.

Being able to lay down every night in a comfortable, freshly changed bed is the perfect way to refresh and it is always that little bit better when you know that you don’t have to change the sheets yourself the next morning. And let’s not get started on having a mini bar as well as tea and coffee to hand in your room….

Here we have some tips on things to check before booking a hotel room in London to make your trip all the more luxurious and fun.

What is the location?

When looking for a hotel room to stay in during your trip, the location is one of the most important things to look at. After all, on a city break to London you don’t really want to be miles out of the city centre and having to squeeze on to trains with commuters making their daily journey.

If you have planned an itinerary for your trip which includes a mix of shopping on Oxford Street, a walk along the Thames and the Houses of Parliament as well as a visit to see The Queen at Buckingham Palace (disclaimer: we can’t guarantee you will actually see the Monarch herself), then staying in the Marble Arch area is absolutely perfect.

Not only are you literally minutes away from Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall as well as the many museums of South Kensington are merely a leisurely walk away. If the weather calls for it, a 40 minute stroll will find you at the Thames and we strongly advise considering walking as you will get to see so many wonderful parts of London that you may miss should you travel underground or by bus.

Dates

If you are heading to London to experience a concert or theatre production at one of the city’s many venues, or perhaps an exhibition at a world class gallery, then it is really important to check that the dates match with the hotel you wish to stay in.

Should you decide that you would like to stay in a particular area or at a specific hotel yet the suite or room you wished for is unavailable at a set time, why not see if the event you are attending has other dates in which you can purchase tickets for. This way you can have the luxurious stay that you wished for and experience the event also.

Food

When booking a hotel, make sure that you are well aware about the food services on offer. From room service, to bars and restaurants, it is important to know what to expect, especially as after a tiring day taking in the wonderful sights of the capital, chance are that you will want to come back to a hot, delicious meal. Or, should you go out for a few evening drinks, a midnight snack may be on the agenda.

One particularly-British experience is Afternoon Tea, and if you happen to stay at the Montcalm London Marble Arch, it is highly recommended that you reserve a spot for yourself and whoever you are visiting with. From a beautiful tiered cake stand filled with finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, along with loose teas, it is an absolute must when staying in London.

Check-in and check-out

Before booking your hotel, make sure that you know what time check-in and check-out is. It is important to be aware of this as if you are planning on booking specific events or tours on your arrival or departure date, you will need to bear this in mind.

Added extras

Depending on the type of break you are after, a hotel with a spa can be very rewarding – after all, who doesn’t want to have a calming swim followed by a luxurious facial when given the option? If you are partaking in a fitness regime, then a hotel with a gym is a must also and make sure that the establishment can cater to all of these needs before booking.

For a hotel which matches all of these requirements, head to the Montcalm London Marble Arch.

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Start the New Year in London

New Years Eve is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year when everyone gets together with their loved ones to countdown to midnight while fireworks fill the night sky.

While most people will have their plans already sorted for December 31st, it seems that New Years Day can often be forgotten about. Perhaps it is because many will be spending most of the morning in bed trying to fight off the tiredness from staying up to the early hours with a few glasses of champagne.

But January 1st marks the start of the new year and what better way is there to start 2015 than with a day spent in London taking in the sights and experiencing what makes our capital one of the greatest cities in the world.

New Year’s Day Parade

Make sure to head towards Piccadilly at midday for the 29th annual London’s New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP). The parade follows a route through to Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street, where it finishes at 15.30GMT.

Even if you don’t want to follow the parade for the full three and a half hours, it is well worth catching some of it as the parade itself has become one of the city’s best loved traditions. Around 10,000 performers from all over the world gather to fill the streets with cheerleading, dancing and music.

Visit a gallery or museum

Believe it or not, most of the art galleries and museums in the capital are open on New Year’s Day and it can be one of the best days to visit them, especially if most people are spending the day relaxing after the night before.

From the National Portrait Gallery, to the Royal Academy of Arts and Tate Britain, spending a day looking through some of the most famous galleries in the world can be the perfect way to start the year.

When it comes to museums, the Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum and the Natural History Museum are just some of those that are open.

To make your New Year's trip to London even better, make sure to stay at one of the Montcalm Luxury Hotels.

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The Railway Children will be arriving in London this month

The Railway Children is one of the greatest stories to have stood the test of time, having been serialised by E Nesbit in The London Magazine in 1905, before being published as a children’s book the following year in 1906.

It tells the story of three children named Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis who move to a house close to a railway station in Yorkshire with their mother after their father is falsely accused of being a spy. Here, they befriend a railway porter and embark on a wonderful journey filled with adventure and discovery.

The stage production of The Railway Children was originally staged by the York Theatre Royal alongside the city’s National Railway Museum in 2008, and it enjoyed immense success during a two year run in the city.

From December 16th, the Olivier Award winning production, which is directed by Damian Cruden, will be arriving into London’s Kings Cross Station to a purpose built theatre to bring the timeless story back to life.

The 1,000-seat venue in one of the world’s most famous stations, will include railway tracks and platforms that have been built especially around a 60 tonne vintage locomotive for this particular production. In fact, it is the same train that was used when the production enjoyed a run in Toronto, Canada and was designed by William Adams, being constructed between 1892-1893.

The Railway Children will see Downton Abbey star Jeremy Swift take on the role of Mr Perks, while Caroline Harker will be reprising her role as the mother. The children will be played by Louise Calf, Jack Hardwick and Serena Manteghi.

Making this production even more special is the fact that £1 from each ticket purchased goes towards supporting the Railway Children Charity which aims to help homeless children throughout the world.

The Railway Children is now booking up until March 1st, with the preview arriving on December 16th.

To make your stay in London even better, why not try one of the Montcalm Luxury Hotels?

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