Why is Bath Such a Great City for Hen Nights?

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Accommodation, Tips, Travel Tips |

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The city of Bath is small enough to walk around during the day, beautiful enough to impress at all times of the year, and a perfect location for your hen night. Transforming from charming English jewel to modern nightlife venue, it provides absolutely everything for which you could ask.

To start the day off with a touch of class and refinement, you and the girls can take in tea and cakes at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House. One of the world’s most famous cafes, it is home to the delicious Sally Lunn bun, and you’ll enjoy eating yours in one of Bath’s oldest buildings. To accompany your brioche with even more spectacular views, you could always try The Pump Room, which delivers standout views across the Roman baths.

When you’re done with your morning repast, head out to explore the city. Book-lovers can find everything they want in the Jane Austen Museum, while the more adventurous can take to the nearby countryside for a variety of outdoor activities.

As the evening rolls around, make your way to one of Bath’s wonderful nightlife venues. The Montagu Bar & Champagne Lounge, set in the historical Royal Crescent, can provide world-class wines, champagnes, and cocktails. Alternatively, try The Opium Bar for a kookier, more intimate experience. When you’d like to move things along, head to Zero-Zero, Moles, or Po Na Na to experience the more energetic side of Bath nightlife.

After you’ve finally clambered into bed, you can look forward to unwinding and recovering at one of the city’s fantastic spas. For first-class treatment, nothing comes close to the Thermae Bath Spa. With two thermal baths, steam room, pool, and even an authentic 18th century Hot Bath, plus over 40 spa treatments and packages available, this sensational spa is housed in a gorgeous Grade I listed Georgian building.

Picking a location for your hen night can be tough, but Bath can deliver just about everything you need, as well as the sumptuous accommodations of No. 15 Great Pulteney, Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel and The Queensberry Hotel.

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Take A Luxury Tour Of London

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Tips, Travel Tips |

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See The Best Of The Capital From A Chauffeur-Driven Vehicle

Visiting the capital soon? Book a luxury chauffeur-driven tour to see the highlights of London from the comfort of your own private vehicle.

The Office of National Statistics has released new figures which report that London welcomed over 31.5 million tourists to the capital last year. This represents a 20% increase in visitors over the past five years. There are so many reasons why people travel to London. Some will book a city break, whilst others come to attend a specific event such as a sports match, music concert, art exhibition or fashion show. No matter what the reason is for your trip to London, we recommend that you squeeze in a luxury tour of London during your stay.

What Is A Luxury Tour?

Luxury tours differ from traditional London packages. Rather than sitting on the top deck of a sightseeing bus or joining a walking tour in London’s unpredictable weather, why not see the best that the capital has to offer from the comfortable confines of a chauffeur-driven vehicle?

You and your party will be treated to a luxury ride around the capital which will take in your bucket-list of preferred landmarks along the way. Unlike other types of London tour, a chauffeur-driven vehicle will cater specifically for your private group without the concerns of being interrupted by other tourists. Passengers will of course be served refreshments along the way if desired.

London Landmarks

Naturally, the list of places you’d like to see on your London luxury tour route is entirely up to you. However, we are able to offer advice and suggestions if you would appreciate some guidance. You might wish to see popular favourites such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Downing Street, St James’ Palace, Buckingham Palace, MI6, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament or Nelson’s Column. Alternatively, you might have some other ideas in mind. We can be entirely flexible depending on your requirements.

Extend Your Luxury Tour

Of course, it is also possible to extend your luxury tour beyond the limousine ride. Why not decide to enjoy an Afternoon Tea at the Ritz, take in a West-End show or visit the London Eye? We can arrange all drop-offs and pick-ups for you before taking you back to one of London’s sophisticated and glamourous VIP hotels. Our concierge service is also able to book tables for you at some of the capital’s finest restaurants.

Who To Book With?

We are privileged to recommend a London chauffeur service who provide services for a number of high profile clients from both the UK and the USA. Their fleet of luxury vehicles includes Rolls Royce Phantom, Mercedes S and V class and Range Rover LWB cars. This selection of vehicles allows them to guarantee that you will experience serious comfort and extravagance as part of your luxury London tour. All of their chauffeurs are hand-picked and provide only the most discreet and confidential services for you and your party.

If you’re interested in booking a luxury tour of London, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Andrew’s Limousines. They can talk to you about your requirements and will be happy to suggest additional options if you’re in need of a little inspiration or advice. Call today for further information.

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The History of London’s Iconic Cabs

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Travel Tips |

hey’re something that most Londoners ignore, and are just part of the everyday fabric of life for residents of the City. But for tourists and day trippers alike, London’s Hackney Cabs are as big a part of the allure of the capital as it’s architecture, and dare I say it, as iconic as St Paul’s, The Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace.

Whilst they might not have the grand appearance of the cathedral, or the Tower’s bloody history, London’s Black Cabs do actually have a pretty interesting story. As this guide from the Taxi Centre shows, it’s one that stretches a little further back than you think.

The Taxi Centre have put together a “Taxis through Time” guide, tracing the history of London and it’s taxis from the Roman era through, through the Tudor, Georgian, Victorian and War Era’s, right up to the cabs we use today.

Take a look at the guide below, and read more about the history of Taxi’s in London (and the UK) over at the Taxi Centre blog.

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Travel Guide for first time Travellers to Canary Wharf

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Travel Tips |

Area Guide – Canary Wharf

A business hub situated in Tower Hamlets in East London, Canary Wharf is one of the main financial centres in the UK. The neighbourhood showcases world class architecture and an international feel that is beyond comparison. Some of the city’s tallest buildings and most beautiful skyscrapers are located in Canary Wharf, and it is home to some of the largest banks and professional services firms of Europe.

Canary Wharf offers an excellent combination of film, music, theatre, art and fashion throughout the year. The neighbourhood beautifully defines the spirit of London.

Attractions in Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is an ideal place for a great day out with lots of unique monuments to explore. One worth mentioning is Traffic Light Tree, a structure that comprises 75 traffic lights and has been created by Pierre Vivant. The tree portrays the impatience and keenness of Canary Wharf.

Another attractive monument is Centaur at Montgomery Square. Created by Igor Mitoraj, it shows the figure of a horse with a male torso.

For a bit of exercise, go skating, running or walking amongst trees in Canada Square Park.

If you are interested in the past of Docklands and the Thames River, visit the Museum of the London Docklands, a branch of the Museum of London.

Cafes and Restaurants in Canary Wharf

Whether you want to sit back and enjoy a relaxed brunch during the weekend or treat yourself to a glass of bubbles over the sounds of jazz, Canary Wharf has gathered some of the best cuisines and places with inspiration from all over the world

If you want to break from the monotony of routine life, Le Pain Quotidien is the place to come to. People come here, get together around a table and have fun. Pret A Manger and Carluccio’s   are more options.

You can check out Tom’s Kitchen Deli for an incredible range of food on the go. Try the soups, sandwiches, cakes and salads here. You can also go to Galvin at Windows, Hakkasan, Hibiscus and L’Etalier De Joel Robuchon.

Head to Obica Mozzarella Bar that offers an assortment of mozzarella. Try these with Italian delicacies like smoked salmon, pizza and pasta.

Plateau, Poncho 8, The Pearson Room and Amerigo Vespucci are some of the popular eateries.

Happy eating.

Where to shop

Jubilee Place is a shopping centre situated on the south side of Canary Wharf. The centre offers a collection of fashion stores and cafes. You can go buy apparels and accessories from Banana Republic, homewares from The White Company and explore multiple other high street brands. You will also find a Michael Kors store.

For seafood, treat yourself with a trip to Billingsgate Market. If you are fond of accessories, hit Canada Place.

At Cabot Square you will find the shopping centre Cabot Place. Here, you can find stores like Alfred Dunhill, Pandora, River Island, Jaeger Menwear, Church’s English Shoes and Tiffany & Co.

Need we say more? Canary Wharf isn’t just a business hub – there’s plenty of shopping and dining options to treat yourself with.

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Interesting But Less Popular Places To Visit On A Trip To London

Posted by on Oct 10, 2015 in Travel Tips |

If you are planning a trip to London in the near future, if it is your first time there will be places you will want to see.  Tower Bridge, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace will probably rank highly on your list of tourist attractions you want to visit.  However, if you have been to London before or don’t like following the crowds, below you will find some great alternatives to the more obvious attractions.

Take In A Panoramic View Of (Miniature) London

A great way to start any trip to London is by taking a look at a fully panoramic bird’s eye view of the city, with a nice twist.  At New London Architecture’s offices along from Goodge Street, you will find a 1:1500 scale model of the capital.  It covers everything from the Docks, Battersea and Kings Cross over to Paddington and as well as including all the more recognisable buildings and areas, it also features some of the major transport links and buildings that are proposed for the future.

Speedy’s Cafe, Camden

The name perhaps won’t mean anything immediately, until you figure out that Speedy’s Cafe is the same cafe that has been used as a location on BBC’s modern take on Sherlock Holmes starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.  To their credit, the owners haven’t turned it into a tourist trap, though you can buy a t-shirt and mug if you fancy it.  However, as well as being a famous location in a drama series, it does serve a terrific full English breakfast; so if you do decide to visit,do so on an empty stomach.

Forget Kew Gardens, Visit The Barbican

Kew Gardens is obviously a very popular place for lovers of all things floral.  However, there is no need to go all the way out there when you can take a wander and a gander through tropical gardens at a more central location.  The Barbican is a residential estate that was built in the 60’s and is home to the biggest conference centre in Europe, a labyrinthine, a museum and a school.  That is not all the Barbican has to offer though, because right slap bang in the middle is a conservatory that is the second biggest in the capital.  There you can see a plethora of exotic fish, birds and tropical plants.

The Skateboard Graveyard, Hungerford Bridge

Have you ever wondered where skateboards go when they die?  The answer to that query can be found at Hungerford Bridge, at the southern pier.  From 2009, the bridge has been used as a final resting place for cherished boards that have seen their best days.

Drink At The BFI’s Hidden Bar

If you are a lover of film and theatre, then the BFI is and should be high on your list of places to visit anyway.  However, there is an extra special reason for going if you like to uncover secrets.  When you are in the Benugo Bar, take a close look at the bookshelf and you may be able to find the secret door that leads through to a hidden bar.  The Drawing Room is a quaint little place that serves canapés and cocktails to those who venture through the secret doorway.

While we would never want to discourage you from visiting the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square or any of the other countless, famous sites the city has to offer; the above shows just what else there is if you dig a little deeper.  We hope if you taking a trip, with Guideline Coaches for instance, that you enjoy London.

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5 Awesome Ideas To Make Your Romantic London Trip Extra Special

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Travel Tips |

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Whether you are UK residents or not, every couple wants to visit London at some point in their lives. When organised efficiently, a trip to the capital can be a truly magical time for lovers.

London is perfect for a weekend treat, and equal ideal for getting down on one knee to pop the question. With these tips, you’ll be sure to enjoy a trip that surpasses even your wildest expectations.

Hit The West End

The quality of entertainment in London is as high as any other city in the world. For loving couples, catching the latest stage show is the perfect way to embrace the culture. It’s a guaranteed way to enjoy your visit, and the memories will last a lifetime.

You may want to book early to ensure you get the best seats. Besides, booking online might allow you to secure a discounted price too. What more incentive could you need?

Tour By Rickshaw

London’s underground network is one of the best in the world and is perfect for transporting you from one side of the city to the other. For romantic couples, the option to visit London in rickshaws is the perfect way to tour the central areas in a quirky and romantic fashion.

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It’s less stressful than navigating the crowded underground. Meanwhile, it gives you a chance to appreciate sights you may have otherwise missed out on. Perfect.

Watch The Waterloo Sunset

When you think of London, natural beauty isn’t the first thought that springs to mind. Watching the Waterloo sunset is a magical experience that every couple should look to experience during their stay.

Some couples may also like to get a better view of the Westminster area by taking a ride on the London Eye. It’s a truly spectacular view from the top and is a fantastic way to increase the feelings of love.

Visit Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park is a truly wonderful location at any time of year. During the festive period, though, it’s transformed into the magical Winter Wonderland. It’s the perfect venue for all types of visitors but is particularly appealing for romancing couples.

Photos taken at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London, in 2011.

Photos taken at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London, in 2011.

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You can pay to ice skate or visit the Magical Ice Kingdom. Alternatively, you can look around the various Christmas stalls free of charge. After visiting Winter Wonderland, you could also walk around the lake to enhance the romantic feelings.

Book A Luxury Hotel

London is an amazing city and offers dozens of great attractions for loving couples. As brilliant as those features are, no romantic getaway is complete without the right hotel room. If nothing else, a good night’s sleep will leave you energised for the following day.

There are a number of world-class hotels dotted across London, but you don’t have to break the bank entirely to enjoy a quality stay. If you can find spa features too, then that will always be a huge bonus.

Follow the above tips, and your romantic trip to the capital should be the best one ever.

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