A COMPLETE WHITE LONDON CHRISTMAS

A COMPLETE WHITE LONDON CHRISTMAS

A COMPLETE WHITE LONDON CHRISTMAS
Full of beauty and cheer, the  Christmas Holiday’s finally here and what better place to spend it than in London  Great Britain’s marvellous capital city.

Battersea Park
  Battersea Park

There will be plenty of events to choose from this month and places to stay as well. Check out hotels and self-catering serviced apartments on various websites like www.goholidaylets.com to find accommodation that suits your taste.
From good food, to amazing art, to countless christmas family shows, to numerous places to visit, during December there is not a day that will pass by where there is nothing happening or nowhere to go.
The Santa Run will be one race you will not want to miss. About 4000 people are expected to show up, dressed like Santa to participate by either walking, jogging or running either a 5 or 10 km course to support hundreds of charities. The run will take place at the Battersea Park on the 5th of December and at Victoria park on the 7th of December

Battersea Park
   The Battersea Park fireworks over the Albert Bridge

Like Horses? The London international horse show will be held at Kensington (Olympia)  from the 15th-21st Dec. If you’re not a resident in London you can book an excellent service apartment which is  self catering accommodation.

Olympia
  Olympia

Winterville 2015 will be running until the 23rd of December in Victoria park. The entry fee is free although most activities require a paid for ticket. The event highlights in this winter themed town include the winter night garden, world renowned Moscow state circus in the Winterville circus; backyard cinemas magical forest, a series of Christmas classics and family favorites; cabaret, theatre and live music and pantomime will be shown in the Dutch spiegeltent. There will be plenty other activities catering for all ages. There will also be a Christmas market, a bizarre bazaar where you can shop for unique antique  and art works, the towns very own pub Bar Humbug Will be serving warm seasonal drinks and delicious food and there will be many snack bars sprinkled through out the park if you just want to grab a snack.

Winter Wonderland
   Winter Wonderland

Another must add to the events on your list to attend in London is Winter Wonderland as it comes to London’s Hyde Park with skating ice skating, a huge Christmas market, the observation wheel and big top shows. Running until the 3rd of January 2016 Winter wonderland is most definitely a family favorite including numerous fun activities for adults and children of all ages. Do you like the thrilling effect of rollercoaster rides that leave your hair standing? There will be plenty to choose from and there will also be fun houses, helter skelters, carousels and a magical ice kingdom with an ice forest of beautiful ice castles and frozen sculptures.

Feel free to buy jewellery, arts and crafts trinkets, decoration, charming wooden chalets e.t.c from Winter Wonderlands Christmas Market and the Angels and Yuletide market. Food and drink will be available in plenty with various restaurants, bars and food stalls available.

From the 28th of December to the 2nd of January 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall The Nutcracker on Ice will be on featuring a cast of 26 Olympic international and national level championship skaters telling the beautiful classical tale in a new way.

For accommodation around London considering the number of events you shouldn’t miss in London this season. Enjoy your festive season.

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Greek cruise

Greek cruise

Greek sophistication by Anne Mapesa

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The beautiful Mediterranean country of Greece is a great holiday destination with plenty of locations for sun bathing and exploring. The summers are warm and the winters mild. Friends who recently visited Greece for the summer recalled to me their Greek experience. Initially they were not sure how they would communicate with the Greeks speaking residents but to their surprise, most if not all of them converse in good English. While a few visitors from Europe can speak Greek, those who don’t would still fit right in.  Spending and counting money in Greece was not an issue at all for my friends since the euro is local currency and most bars, restaurants and shops accept credit card payments though they carried cash just in case.

Rhodes
Rhodes

After settling in to their beautiful self catering accommodation near the beach they walked around the bright blue watered coastline to catch a breeze and mingle with the friendly Greek culture. There is no trouble finding a market in every corner from which fresh produce and souvenirs are sold. Supplies to make your meal back at your suite with clarification on recipes from the pleasant sellers. Learn how many uses there are for olive oil which is staple, to a decent different way to cook lamb and fish, beverages you will be glad to know exist and a holiday you will always cherish.

Santorini
Santorini

Greece is beautiful and picturesque; from the bright blue watered beaches, whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns to the exquisite well preserved ancient sites full of history. Athens tends to top everyone’s itinerary for the ancient sites, pyramids, storied past, delicious cuisine and active night life.. It boasts of good international hotels private self catering apartments, shopping brands and unique local products from jewellery, spices to art. The Greek Islands like Rhodes have wonderful self-catering luxury villas.
While in Greece, it is hard not to tour the eye catching and breathe taking sites. The archaeology has the Cyclades of over 2000 fascinating islands including the famous wonderful Santorini and Mykonos islands. Along the mainland’s west coast are the Ionian Islands with charming Greek villages, green landscapes and beachfronts.

Mykonos

 Mykonos

Cafes and night clubs fill the streets of the town of Thessaloniki for young and old revelers, while in Mykonos the maze of narrow streets is accentuated by luxurious villas and family friendly self catering accommodation. You will never be disappointed with a self-catering holiday on a Greek Island where you can choose a different restaurant to dine in each night.  When and where suits you.
My friends gave Greece a big score and put it on their plans same next year. Clearly the impression will last forever.

Ionian Islands
Ionian Islands

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DINING AT KRAKOW’S FINEST RESTAURANTS

DINING AT KRAKOW’S FINEST RESTAURANTS

Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland and  Central of Europe.  Dining out here is a wonderful opportunity to sample its history, culture and heritage. Thousands of visitors come here each year.  They stay in hotels and self-catering accommodation.  Krakow has great restaurants offering different mouth watering cuisines.  Poles are a people that are proud of their culinary tradition so  rest assured you will  have the best especially in these few restaurants that we have researched on  your behalf.  Your sure to have an unforgettable mouth watering experience.

edo-sushi-bar
edo-sushi-bar

KRAKOW RESTAURANT TRADITIONS:

The restaurant has a long and glorious tradition that goes way back to the extravagant feasts and decorative extravaganzas of polished gourmets. The cities legendary restaurants are well remembered too.

Trends in Krakow’s Restaurants

Currently fusion cooking seems to be all the rage among the city’s trendy chefs. Yet a creative adaptation of the old Polish cuisine is still in vogue. Also a revival of the local folk cookery goes on. On the other hand Far East foods, once exotic, appear to have become almost staples nowadays. At the same time Krakow restaurant patrons seem to be enamored with  French and Italian cuisine more than ever before.

DEL PAPA RESTAURANT:

Del Papa Krokow
Del Papa Krakow

Anybody who loves Italian cuisine will find here traditional dishes and other cuisines that are more modern like meat and fish dishes, delicious seafood.  For lovers of mussels this is the place to dine every Thursday, they are the mussels in Krakow.

EDO FUSION & EDO SUSHI BAR:

Edo Sushi Bar Krakow
 Edo Sushi Bar Krakow

This is where to find Japanese cuisine. This restaurant has won various awards for its exemplary culinary arts and numerous regular customers at their Sushi Bar which is the oldest in Krakow by the way.  You will find interesting dishes in their menu like Thai, Mexican and Mediterranean memoirs.

GULIWER RESTAURANT & CAFE:

Guliwer Cafe Krakow
     Guliwer Cafe Krakow

This is known for European Cuisines, this restaurant is a little bit cozy.  This is an idea place for those who seek a place in the heart of Krakow where one may have a tasty kind of breakfast, lunch or dinner in a casual atmosphere while sipping a glass of excellent wine, or a cup of coffee or a cup of hot chocolate.  The dishes here are served till late evenings which are made naturally without adding any artificial sweeteners. Oh! there cakes too a must taste.  There is excellent holiday rental accommodation in this area.  So an ideal place to spend some time.

PIMIENTO

Pimiento Krakow
   Pimiento Krakow

Citizens of Krakow as well as visiting visitors admire the Pimiento Restaurants for their excellently m beef imported from Argentina directly to their kitchen.  There is a wide variety of beef to choose from, and you are guaranteed an unforgettable culinary experience.

If you are not the kind of persons who like dining out, but hard not to in this beautiful city, you can check some of the simple recipes and make a dish from the comfort of your self-catering villa or self – catering apartment, still you can order enjoy your meal indoors.  So if you ever wondered why Krakow’s restaurants are filled to the brim now you know.  You can almost smell the aroma of the cuisines just from this article.  At Goholidaylets we have excellent self-catering apartments list free to day.

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Relaxing walk in a Birmingham Park

Relaxing walk in a Birmingham Park

Get some air while here.

Birmingham is an amazing city, especially if you have planned a trip with your kids, since there are amazing parks to visit and choose from. Let’s breakdown some of the beautiful parks you can visit after a morning in the comfort of your  self catering apartment or serviced apartment.

CANON HILL PARK

Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park

In Canon Hill Park you will find 5 tennis courts, a bowling green and a mini-golf course all located in the central area. You will also find a children min fun fair that operates during the weekends, there are boats that operate in the lakes during summer. You can also take a walk in the park good way to keep fit.  Cannon Park is not far outside city centre and very near some of our self-catering serviced apartments.

KINGS HEATH PARK

Kings Heath Park
    Kings Heath Park

This is the first urban park in Birmingham to achieve a Green Flag status which covers a wide range of acres. The area situated around the main house and conservatory features high quality seasonal bedding schemes, shrubs and a renovated pool area.

EASTSIDE CITY PARK

Eastside City Park is Birmingham’s first new City Centre park in over 100 years. This park is the largest single piece in Birmingham City Centre; you can also take a walk to this park.  Ideal for a relaxing time while on a short stay.

THE LICKEY HILL COUNTRY PARK

Lickey Hill Country Park
Lickey Hill Country Park

The Lickey Hill Country Park is one of the oldest parks managed by Birmingham. Here you will find Beacon Hill which is the most famous view at the Lickey Hills Country Park, the hills rises above sea level giving extensive views of the surrounding countryside.

HANDSWORTH PARK

Handsworth Park
Handsworth Park

 

Handsworth Park occupies a large acre of land in the centre of Handsworth and is a welcome oasis for the many people who visit the area. This park has been the heart of the community for a couple of years, and following its revival it continues to be popular for families, dog walkers and school going children.

There are other activities to enjoys in the Birmingham other than the parks, from art and culture, sightseeing, museum and gallery, visiting historic churches or nature reserves without breaking a bank and melting the plastic.

Birmingham is an amazing city, especially if you have planned a trip the family, you can chose to visit a number of wonderful parks.  Let’s breakdown some of the beautiful parks you can visit after a morning in the comfort of your serviced apartment or self-catering apartment.

 

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GRAND CENTRAL BIRMINGHAM

GRAND CENTRAL BIRMINGHAM

FROM SHOPPING AND EATING UNDER A GLASS ROOF TO REMINISCING ABOUT IT IN YOUR OWN SERVICED APARTMENT

Grand Central Rail Station
Grand Central Rail Station

Birmingham has become one of the most visited cities and is England’s second largest with dynamic diversity and culture. These aspects have propelled the city into an international destination for events, festivals, high quality shopping, award winning restaurants and an active night life. A short stay holiday break here can never be dull. From the comfort of your own serviced apartment get a combination of art, comedy festivals, orchestra, and self prepared cuisine from your kitchenette and read literature from your living room away from home.

While in Birmingham, the new Grand Central station is hard to miss, its an upgrade of the old New Street station it opened its doors in September 2015 after a costly superb refurbishment estimated to be over £100 million . Along with the original Birmingham New Street station, the new mall has an amazing glass atrium roof as a centerpiece that covers a combination of over 60 high quality fashion brand stores, cafes, restaurants and department stores. This has made Birmingham an investment hotspot with its world class status. Being one of the most spectacular places in the city of a thousand trades, Grand Central opens as early as 6.30am and closes at 11pm with most restaurants open until closing time. With 24 hour parking that is charged hourly and close to 500 parking spaces with great security, shopping and having fun at the station is relaxing and convenient.

Grand Central
John Lewis Anchor tenant in Grand Central Birmingham

With facilities like ATM machines, toilets and assistance desks, there would be no occasion for panic. Take a walk around the fashion stores with big entities like John Lewis, Carluccio’s, Nando’s, Tortillas, Square pie, yakinori and many others then take as many photos  and use their free wifi to upload and share your moments.  While you dine beneath the majestic glass canopy explore and enjoy the array of international restaurants infused with authentic tastes of Birmingham, colleague took a trip down here and told me about how close his self catering suite was to the grand central and how easy it was to access the services and supplies to entertain his guests.  Staycity has excellent serviced apartment in the area.  Other serviced apartment companies are  Comfortzone Apartments and City-Nites.

Sea Life Birmingham
    Sea Life Birmingham

I wouldn’t worry about a thing while in Birmingham with the good English charm, spectacular self catering suites and the array of activities and places to visit. A family trip would be worth it.

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GET THE BEST OUT OF BIRMINGHAM THIS SEASON

GET THE BEST OUT OF BIRMINGHAM THIS SEASON

ITS FINALLY HERE!!!!!! Yes! The time of the year that almost everybody awaits. Want to experience what Birmingham has to offer you this season? You can start by securing your accommodation at a self-catering- rental or maybe a serviced-apartment because there is a lot this glorious city has to offer this time of year that you really do not want to miss out on.

Birmingham Library
                                                                            Birmingham Library

Apart from Santa, various artists and bands will be coming to town.

World reknowned rock band, Nickleback, has been touring the world in  support of their new album No fixed address and guess what!!! They will be having a concert at the Venting arena in  Birmingham on the 21st of November 2015.

Singer/Songwriter Paul Weller will be having a 10 date arena tour in the winter and will be heading to the Barclay Card Arena on the 27th of November.   One of our serviced apartments accommodations providers  City-Nites  is located meters  from the Barclaycard-Arena  ideal location for your short stay

The awaited Birmingham International Tattoo, where world class performers join local performers to create a three hour spectacle with over 1000 performers this is the biggest indoor international tatoo in Britain. You really do not want to miss this. It will be held from the 28th to 29th of November at the Barclay Card Arena.

Barclaycard Arean
                                                              Barclaycard Arena

The BBC awards this year will be hosted in Birmingham at the Genting arena on Thursday the 10th of December. This years awards will feature performances from Ellie Goulding, Hozier, Jess Glynne, Little Mix, Mumford and Sons, OMI and One direction. Tickets can be purchased from BBC.co.uk/musicawards.

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas market and craft market set to start on the 12th of November  is on going and will be running till the 22nd of December. Said to be the largest Christmas market in Britain with over 180 stalls you will definitely experience different aspects of culture from amazing food to beautiful works of art, its an amazing opportunity to shop for gifts and souvenirs. With people coming from all over the UK and Europe for the exhibition you can be sure not to be disappointing

Birmingham at Christmas time
                                                                               Birmingham at Christmas time

Cinderella, the first ever production of its kind, the worlds biggest pantomime with a cast of over 100 including stars Bradley Walsh, Paul O’Grady and Dick and Dom. This one is definitely one not to miss featuring that largest panto stage ever and a 50 ft high castle, if you have kids, the kids will definitely love it. Its going to be a brilliant family show at the Barclaycard-Arena.

Dont forget www.goholidaylets.com are provide you with excellent serviced-apartment-accommodation ideally located to attend any of these events.

London Eye of Attraction on a Short Stay Holiday

London Eye of Attraction on a Short Stay Holiday

This blog is accredited to Anne Mapesa.

London without doubt is a wonderfully city.  Possibly because the attractions are all so familiar mainly due to watching the BBC coverage of various events.  Some of this coverage is beamed around the world  drawing international audiences.  Therefore when you arrive here on a short stay holiday and have chosen quality centrally located self-catering accommodation it feels like home.

Here we have listed a few London attractions worth a visit.

London Eye

London Eye a view from the Sky
London Eye a view from the Sky

This magnanimous multi award winning Ferris wheel opened in 2000 and gained accolades from all over the world. It is located on the south side of the Thames river in London with the uniqueness of only being supported on one of its sides. Most people call it their most exciting 30 minute experience. At 443 ft tall and 394 ft wide, it is described as the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel and the fourth largest in the world.  Seeing as it is the tallest Ferris wheel in London, it has become the most paid for tourist attraction and even receives more visitors annually than the Taj Mahal. It has 32 capsules that can carry up to 800 people at a time and you get to enjoy the ride at a leisurely 26 cm per second.
The ride gets very exciting some people keep count of how many times they have taken the ride and strive to beat other people’s records. Some celebrities like the model Kate Moss and actor Jessica Alba have taken the ride over 25 times. It is very easy to get to the London eye because it is close to the major tube stations in London. You can walk from Westminster, Embarkment, Waterloo and Charing Cross stations as you enjoy the sites on the streets, the cafes and bistros and antique shops.
The London Eye has provided memorable events for its visitors. Many have been proposed to while on the ride, serenaded, gotten married, gone to concerts and received special dinners from celebrity chefs all at a price. For the spectacular view and thrill, the London Eye is a spot not to miss while on self-catering holiday.
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Place official residence of the Queen
Buckingham Place official residence of the Queen

Buckingham Palace in Westminster London is where the monarch of the United Kingdom resides and performs her royal duties. With all its lavishness, state and royalty occasions are held here often making it a symbol of British celebration and pride. It was designed by William Winde and built in the 17th century by the then Duke of Buckingham. It had several owners over a period of time but eventually King George the 3rd purchased it for his Queen Charlotte. The royal couple had 15 children and all except one came to be born here. In subsequent years it was remodeled, enlarged and made the official royal palace.  Queen Victoria was the first monarch to reside in the palace in 1837 and it was not easy at first with problems such as ventilation, stuffiness, poor maintenance and general organization. Prince Albert decided to fix all that and by 1840 things had gotten better. The now elegant Palace measures 108 meters by 120 meters, is 24 meters (79 ft) high and contains over 77,000 m2 of floor space.  The Ballroom is the largest room at Buckingham Palace. It was added by Queen Victoria and is used for state banquets and other ceremonies. It is said that the palace contains 19 state rooms, 52 principal bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms and a swimming pool.
A visit to the Buckingham Palace will give you a thrilling view of The Queen’s Gallery, built on the site of the former chapel; it is open continually and displays a changing selection of items from the Royal Collection. A large number of garden parties and banquets are held in the summer, which is the perfect time to visit.

 

Trafalgar Square

Christmas scene at Trafalgar Square
Christmas scene at Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square came up in the early 1800s as an open square for cultural celebrations, commercial events, rallies, demonstrations, filming and photographic shoots. It hosts magnificent statues and fountains such as the Nelson’s column in honor of Admiral Nelson for his victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. The five meter granite statue stands on a four panel bronze platform made from old guns; the four lions on it symbolize protection of Nelson’s column.
Another great feature in the square is the fountain with mermaids and dolphin figures. Visiting this site brings out a sense of bravery, courage and love of country.
There are four plinths in the square and on three of them stand statues of General Sir Charles James Napier Major General Sir Henry Havelock on the southeast plinth and King George IV on the northeast plinth. These national heroes bring together people from all walks of life to visit a place that honors the good works of others. A tour to the square counts as time well spent to gain knowledge about past struggles that made the royal family as great as it is.
The fourth plinth, in the northwest of the square, was empty for many years. It is now programmed by a Commissioning Group Panel of specialist advisors appointed to guide and monitor the commissions for the plinth. The content presents world-class contemporary artworks in the public realm.
To get these places one can use the trains from all major cities, buses, take a walk on the streets of London or even cycle if you are up for more adventure.
Houses of Parliament

House of Commons
House of Commons

They are also known as Westminster Palace and are located on the banks of the Thames built between 1840 and 1870. The premises holds the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It was originally built in the 11th century though reconstructed in the 18th century after a fire. It then was destroyed during world war 2 and built again in 1950. It is a world heritage site. The building has four floors: the ground floor has offices, meeting rooms and river front houses. The first floor on the other hand has chambers for the two houses and libraries for research while the second and third floors hold committee rooms. The fourth floor is private for the speaker and the Lord Chancellor.
There is a large clock tower famously referred to as Big Ben on the north side of the palace. It is the second largest four faced chiming clock in the world and has become so famous that it appears in movies. As of this years it is 156 years old and always reliable. It has a large bell that can be heard from further away distance and is quite a site to see while in London.

These are but a few of London’s world famous attractions.  From time to time we will list a few more and give you directions to our nearest quality self-catering apartments.  We have serviced apartments and private owned short stay.  All conveniently located to London Attractions.  Enjoy your stay!!!  Enjoy our London Collection.!!!!

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On A Short Stay Visit To Amsterdam And Its Attractions

On A Short Stay Visit To Amsterdam And Its Attractions

Amsterdam is a unique city. Despite the obvious presence of thousands of visitors, its life remained real. To observe it is enough to stroll along the canal streets or to sit for a while in one of Amsterdam many cafes. Nevertheless, there are places in the city you should not miss during your visit. Here is our list of the best of the best.

Becareful what you ask for in a Coffee Shop
Be-careful what you ask for in a Coffee Shop

AMSTERDAM CANAL RING

The city old center is formed from canal rings, which give you the feeling of space, freedom and peace. Walk through these canal streets or better – take a trip with a boat by boarding one of the tourist cruises or by renting the boat yourself.
RIJKS MUSEUM

The Rijks museum is the largest and the most attractive museum in the Netherlands, with more than one million visitors each year. These marvelous paintings reflect history and character of the Dutch. Unique sculptures and various antiquities as traditional furniture, Delftware, silver, ship models and doll houses complete the show.
HET SCHEEPVAART MUSEUM – THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

After its renovation The Maritime Museum is a captivating place to visit, especially with children. With a sail ship at its quay, packed with modern multimedia attractions exhibit and rich collection of fine paintings, old maps and remarkable ship models, this colourful and enjoyable museum will help you understand the history of the Netherlands – a small nation which was centuries ago one of the world’s greatest sea powers.

A quiet stroll by the canal
A quiet stroll by the canal

VAN GOGH MUSEUM

This modern museum houses some 200 paintings and 550 sketches showing Van Gogh in all his moods. This biggest in the world collection, combined with hundreds of letters by Van Gogh, and selected works by his friends and contemporaries, form the core of the museum’s collection.
OUDE KERK

This huge old protestant church with little houses clinging to its sides remains a calm heaven at the heart of the feverish Red Light District. Its buildings, especially the Gothic-renaissance style octagonal bell tower, were used by sailors to get their behavior. For some adults, an evening walk in the nightlife area around the church might be interesting.

amsterdam-airport-airlines
AMSTERDAM BROWN CAFE

After a busy day of walking enjoy a simple meal or just a coffee or beer in one of many Amsterdam old cafes called brown. At first it will seem too much from the past and too crowded, but the atmosphere is unique, people are famously friendly, Amsterdam accommodation is family friendly prices low. Relax and watch most of people around will be locals. Feel like one of them, the real Amsterdammers.

When you decide to go there feel free to ring us on 00441213149153 our Customer Care Team are available to advise on self-catering accommodation, both short stay and holiday stay.
We call it our Amsterdam collection, the self-catering Amsterdam apartments are really superb if its the museums or canal walks we can locate you nearby. Book early for the Madonna Concert in December 2015.

Afternoon Tea London Style

Afternoon Tea London Style

 

The concept of Afternoon tea is traditionally a light meal of cake and cucumber sandwiches typically eaten between 4 pm and 6 pm. It originated among the wealthy classes in England in the 1840s.

World famous landmark

World famous landmark

Some very hotels in London like The RITZ made the tradition very popular. By the end of the nineteenth century, afternoon tea developed to its current form and was observed by both the upper and middle classes.

When you are out and about with your friends or family of on a short stay or self-catering holiday in London, and feel like having a cup of afternoon tea to catch up or just relax, here are some of the places you can sip tea with comfort.

The historic Brown’s Hotel, is the place where Queen Victoria used to take her tea, so curiosity took us in there to feel the ambience, the menu consist of sandwiches, including smoked chicken with a spoonful of guacamole, they are light but satisfying.. Scones might be the only glaring omission, but you won’t miss them too much with healthier treats such as flourless – but flavorful – dark chocolate and zesty yoghurt-topped orange cakes. The meal pairs nicely with the silver needle white tea, a delicate infusion of cucumber, melon and other fruit flavours.

TEANAMU CHAYA TEAHOUSE

It is apparent that tea, and the meticulous ritual around creating the perfect brew. With not less than 18 teas to chose from it’s hard to know where to start, but the black lychee variety proved a delightful and tasty choice.
The self-boiling kettle on each table is essential when you consider the tiny size of the traditional tea pots and drinking cups, but the Chinese culture is based around having just enough to drink in the present moment and nothing extra

THE RITZ

Afternoon tea in The Ritz has been served here since they opened and its part of their heritage one of the reasons why it remains so popular today. Served with care in the hotel’s flamboyant Palm Court, the tea includes the requisite finger sandwiches with smoked salmon, roast ham, alongside fresh raisin and apple scones and cakes on a tiered cake stand. You need to book in advance to secure a sitting spot since the place is usually packed to capacity.

Afternoon Tea in The Ritz
Afternoon Tea in The Ritz

GENTEEL OF CRUISES

If you are the kind of person who likes having a traditional tea with sightseeing, you should embark on this most genteel of cruises. It is a river boat, fitted with open windows; the cruise usually sails five afternoons a week and takes passengers on a merry outing from Tower Bridge as far as Westminster, doing a sweeping turn outside the House of Commons before heading back. The cruise is guided and there is a large, open-air deck up top, with plenty of space to stretch your legs, feel the wind in your hair and take photos. This is one exciting place you surely would love to enjoy your afternoon tea.

Another world famous landmark
Another world famous landmark

At www.goholidaylets.com we have some excellent self-catering accommodation for London where locations for Afternoon Tea can be accessed with ease. Flights for London can be got from all over Europe with Easyjet,Ryanair and British Airways transporting large numbers each day. So if your on a short Stay or self-catering London has it all. Enjoy your tea.

 

BIRMINGHAM EVENTS GIVES YOU A REASON TO STAY LONGER

BIRMINGHAM EVENTS GIVES YOU A REASON TO STAY  LONGER

If you are planning to or already have planned to visit Birmingham in the coming months, here are some of the events you can add to your bucket list in case you haven’t figured out exactly what to do during your short stay here.

Birmingham City Nite
Birmingham City Nites

MOSELEY FOLK FESTIVAL:

The Moseley Folk Festival returns to Moseley each year.
During the festival visit The Moseley Village’s finest pubs where you’ll find live sessions, dancing and an array of talented musicians.

Bass 15

The Bass 15 band features a program of 10 iconic events throughout the month of October, with major performances in Birmingham and key venues outside the city. Programmed by Punch, Bass 15 will bring unforgettable music experiences featuring specially commissioned new work.

Barclaycard Arena
Barclaycard Arena

ONE DIRECTION TOUR:

Everyone (majority) loves the One Direction boys, this will one event you wouldn’t want to miss.

Following on already announced dates in Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa, One Direction will return to the UK & Ireland this autumn – giving fans the chance to see the band perform live songs from their brand new album ‘FOUR’. This is for the first time alongside all their much-loved hits.

The boys’ will play three nights at the Barclaycard Arena:
• Saturday 10th October – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
• Sunday 11th October – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

At Goholidaylets we have the ideal location for your Gig accommodation City Nites serviced apartments one of our property partners is located just across the road from the Barclaycard Arena.

City Nites Serviced Apartments
City Nites Serviced Apartments

Birmingham Independent Food Fair

The Birmingham International Food Fair is back, with organizers adding an extra day to take the festival across the weekend of 12-13 September 2015.

The event is dedicated to showcasing Birmingham’s independent food and drink sector, which has seen the addition of many new restaurants and bars in recent months.

More space, more food and more entertainment, as well as growing into a two-day event, the fair will expand across into Eastside Park, with more outdoor stalls and a communal dining area planned to create a street party atmosphere.

The Great British Food Festival

The event returns to Ragley Hall 7 Gardens on Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September. This year the festival is going to be even bigger and better featuring new additions such as adult cookery classes and hunter guided walks. The recipe for the weekend includes over 80 top local producers, a large serving of hot food, real ale and wine bars, add a dash of craft and gift stalls, lots of activities for children, top Chef demonstrations there will be live music and mix together to make a lovely foodie family day out.

Biddle & Webb’s wine & spirits sale is on Saturday 12 September from 10am. Lots to be sold range from single bottles to full cases. Wines and spirits of all ages, regions and prices to be sold. Biddle & Webb have a dedicated wine & spirits team who are on hand to give you any help and advice needed.

 

Interior of LG Arena. Big enough to drive a bus.
Interior of LG Arena. Big enough to drive a bus.

LG ARENA BIRMINGHAM 4 – 8 DEC

Shop from over 350 fashion and beauty shops, watch non-stop runway shows, fashion experts, inside trend reports and receive exclusive style advice. Treat yourself at one of the many bars and cafes and enjoy a luxury beauty treatment in the Pamper Lounge.

For something a little bit special, why not head to the Boutique area of the show for that one off piece you won’t find on the high street. Shop from a selection of carefully selected lifestyle and unique British brands.

Birmingham is a very accessible city with road and rails links to all parts of mainland UK. Birmingham International Airport handles flights daily from all around the globe. Accommodation is also readily available from 5 star hotels to hostels.  Our preference nowadays is City Centre self catering serviced apartments where all the family can enjoy a pleasant stay in this vibrant modern British West Midlands city.

Hope this will calendar visit will give you at least an insight of you will do during your trip among other things that you plan to do.