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.


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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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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Rugby World Cup has a arrived for a Short Stay Again

Rugby World Cup has a arrived for a Short Stay Again

The IRB Rugby World Cup has arrived on our door step once again. This time 2015 England play host to this famous competition.The first Rugby World Cup was held in 1987, hosted by Australia and New Zealand . Since the first tournament, six others have been held at four-year intervals. The most recent tournament was held in New Zealand in 2011, and was won by the New Zealand All Blacks. Twenty teams for various rugby playing countries will take part.

Most you will recognize as the obvious ones: All Black, France, host nation England and Ireland. But other team not just making up the numbers will also take part. Such teams as Fiji, Samoa, The US Eagles will all certainly be giving of their best. You will also have rugby developing countries such as Japan, Uruguay, Romania, Canada.
The competition is centred on 4 Pools with 5 teams in each pool.

Pool A: Australia, England, Wales, Fiji, Uruguay.
Pool B: South Africa, Samoa, Japan, Scotland, USA.
Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Georgia, Nambia.
Pool D: France, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Romania

Twickenham  the home of English Rugby
Twickenham the home of English Rugby

At this stage most of the teams will have had a number of challenge matches . These events give the onerous opportunity to the coaching team to choose their final travelling party. These matches also bring injuries problems. Ireland lost the presence of flanker Tommy O Donnell. He dislocated his hip in a World Cup warm up against Wales.

The Munster player, was taken off on a stretcher in the 75th minute of Ireland’s 35-21 win in Cardiff. He was hoping to play in his first World Cup. A double injury crisis occurred to Wales in their Warm up round against England. Leigh Halfpenny, the full-back and points-kicker ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. Not only but Rhys Webb sustained ankle ligament ­damage, and also an injury to his knee.

But it is all part and parcel of the tournament preparation, and risks have to be taken.

The fact that it is being held in London and other parts of the UK will add to the occasion both for players and supporters.


From our point of view at www.goholidaylets.com we have been busy renting our short stay self catering accommodation London and our excellent self-catering Birmingham.    The excellent transport links be it air, sea, road or rail mean all those involved in this great occasion can arrive with complications.

The venues are well chosen :

Twickenham, London. The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.  Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.  Sandy Park,  Exeter.  Manchester City Stadium, Manchester.   Kingsholm, Gloucester.   Villa Park Birmingham.   Stadiummk, Milton Keynes.   Leicester City Stadium, Leicester.   St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne.   Wembley Stadium, London.  Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton.

IRB websites will completed travel guidelines for each venue.

Accommodation  spoiled for chose.”

All the venue locations provide excellent accommodation providers.  From highly rated hotels to excellent B&B type accommodation.  Our preference of course is the self-catering route where you can based the whole family or a group of friends in the one service apartments development.  Apart from www.goholidaylets.com they are a multitude of informative websites to meet every need.

May the best team win as long as it is Ireland.