The 2015 Toy Fair takes place at Olympia from 20th to 22nd January 2015. Now that Christmas is over, if you are visiting or exhibiting at the fair your mind will no doubt be turning to arrangements for the show. Open from 9am to 6pm on all three days of the show, this is the biggest trade toy fair in the UK and one that attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year.
With thousands of the latest and the greatest toys being shown by almost 300 exhibitors, this is the fair to attend if you are involved in the toy industry. Olympia is one of London’s biggest conference and exhibition centres, being located in West London just a stones through from Earls Court exhibition centre.
As you would imagine, as home to 2 of the biggest exhibition centres in the city, this area of West London is well equipped for corporate visitors as well as those people who are visiting the shows as a guest. With many hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from Continue reading
London has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment, whether you are interested in food and drink, musical shows, cinema, museums, concerts, shopping or sightseeing – there is something for everyone in the capital city. One of the best kept secrets in London is that it is home to many concert venues from the very large to the small and cosy, London is a brilliant city for music.
The Jazz café in Camden is one of London’s best small venues for live performances. They have a number of different concerts booked in for January featuring artists from all over the globe. It is well worth a visit as the café is famous for having discovered many of the biggest names in jazz and soul before they became famous. The best seats in the house are to be found in the restaurant, which has a set price menu, al starters are £5.95 and all main courses are £16.50. This makes a very affordable evening out, in one of the best small and personal venues in London.
The O2 arena in Greenwich was originally the Millenium dome and is now the home to most of the big concerts that take place in London. January sees a rescheduled concert from Continue reading
Winter in London is simply beautiful. Once the Christmas lights are taken down and the streets return to the busy hustle and bustle of normal life, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Capital City might not have much to offer until the summer months – but you’d be wrong.
At the Hotel Amsterdam, we think that January and February are 2 of the the best months to visit London, and here’s why:
- The sales
The January sales in London are epic, if you love shopping and love bargains then this is the best time to visit the city. Most of the big stores on Oxford and Regent Street will have huge January sales with prices slashed to a fraction of what they were before Christmas. The sales will be very busy, especially during the first few days, but there are bargains to be had for a good few weeks after Christmas. As well as the big department stores, a lot of the smaller shops will have sales on – you can pick up some beautiful gifts at very reasonable prices. Continue reading
If you are travelling to London this winter you will need to be prepared for our ever changing weather, one day it can feel like autumn with warm temperatures and a cool breeze and the next day you will look out of your window at a world covered in ice. London is well known for being incredibly changeable when it comes to weather, it can be very hard to plan your journey without having to bring lots of different choices of clothes with you.
When you look at the average weather for January in London (available from the met office official website) you will see how changeable this month really can be.
January has an average of :
- 11 days of rain, this is about 1/3 of the month. Although the rainfall is not that much in terms of amount of rain this is a pretty significant amount of days that you’ll need an umbrella and waterproof coat for.
- 6 days of frosty weather. These are the days when surfaces will be slippery and you will probably want to start your day later when the crowds Continue reading
No matter where you are visiting, and at what time of year, knowing what to pack for your holiday to a new city can be a nightmare. Unless you are visiting a tropical paradise of the Caribean (lucky you!) there will always be questions about what kind of weather to expect and what you should bring with you.
At the Hotel Amsterdam London, we want all of our guests to have an amazing experience when they stay with us and visit our beautiful city. We’ve put together a guide for you of some things to think about when deciding what to pack and a list of suggested items to bring with you if you are visiting us this winter :
As you are probably expecting, the weather in London is changeable all year around! One thing that is guaranteed though is that it is likely to be cold and rainy in the winter. Don’t travel without the following :
1 - a small umbrella that can fit easily into your pocket or handbag
2 - a warm coat if you are planning on being outside much. Have a think about how you plan to spend your time in London, will you be travelling by taxi or tube? If you are going Continue reading
The Southbank is one of the most lively and entertaining areas of London all year round, with its street performers, proximity to the London Aquarium, London eye and Houses of Parliament. Whatever the time of year, this is a great place to take a walk and spend some time just enjoying the atmosphere and soaking up all of the culture and entertainment that London has to offer.
The Winter Festival with Natwest is on until 11th January and has transformed the Southbank into an amazing wintery experience. The Christmas market is full of stalls selling gorgeous handmade crafts, food, Christmas presents and other goodies. There are bars and cafes for you to sit and take the weight off your feet while you decide which part of the festival to eplore next.
An innovative Christmas Tree Maze is nestled alongside the market, spend some time and work your way through 300 Christmas trees which form a magical sparkling maze. If you get to the centre you will meet a special visitor, how exciting for children and adults alike. Can you imagine 300 Christmas trees Continue reading
Christmas in London is a magical time, especially if you are visiting the capital with small children. To see their faces light up at the Christmas lights and decorations is to really remember what it is like to be young and carefree. If you are planning a family trip to the city this winter we’ve picked some of the best attractions that will light up the faces of your children (as well as you and the rest of your family!).
The Christmas lights on Regent and Oxford Street draw many crowds each year. Lighting up the streets this colourful display of Christmas cheer is a great way to start your magical journey through the streets of London. If you start your walk from Tottenham Court road and walk along Oxford Street you will be able to enjoy both the lights and the shop window displays. Turning onto Regent Street heading towars Picadilly will take you past Hamleys, the most famous toy shop Continue reading
1 – We are consistently ranked in the top 25% of all hotels in London, according to customer reviews on TripAdvisor. (we are really proud of this fact, but that still counts as the first thing!)
2 – We are conveniently located close to Earls Court tube, down a lovely side street where you can enjoy the peace and quiet at the same time as being close to Central London.
3 – There are hundreds of places to eat within a short walk of the hotel, the biggest problem you will have is choosing where to go! The local area covers cuisine from English to Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Indian and pretty much everything in between
4 - Many of our guests are repeat visitors, this is because they have a such a great stay with us they choose to come back time and time again. (again, this makes us Continue reading
The Hotel Amsterdam in London is one of the most popular hotels in Earls Court. We are ranked in the top 25% of all hotels in London and we have a significant percentage of repeat business; many of our customers come back to stay with us time and time again. If you’re curious as to why that might be then check out our list of 5 great reasons that our customers come back for repeat visits at the Hotel Amsterdam London.
1 – Our location – Our hotel is perfectly located for visitors to London, we are easy to get to from the Heathrow express train and Central London is just a few minutes away by train, taxi or bus. Having said this, we are far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre that your stay will be reasonably quiet. We are based on a side street not far from Earls Court, in one of the most peaceful streets in the area.
2 – Our prices – We are very reasonably priced for the quality of hotel in this area. Many of our competitors who offer similar prices will have poor quality hotels. Our guests are constantly surprised Continue reading
If you are visiting London this winter why not check out some of the seasonal activities that the city has to offer. As well as the traditional sights to see, London is famous for putting on some of the best winter activities at pop up locations around the city. Here are a few of our favourite places to go this winter :
Somerset House Ice rink
Traditionally known as London’s most beautiful outdoor ice rink, the skating at Somerset House is not to be missed. With a range of classes available for beginners and club classic nights for those who want to party on ice, there is something for everyone at Somerset House.
Official Website – www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink
Hyde Park WinterWonderland
This event runs from 22nd November through to 4th January and is an amazing sight to see. Although the WinterWonderland itself is free to visit, most of the attractions there need to be paid for but it is still a great place to walk around and soak up the atmosphere. Here you will find a wintery themed circus, ice skating rinks, fairground rides, an ice bar and many places to shop.
Official Website – www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com