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
When you arrive in London for the first time, or even for the fiftieth time, you may wonder what to do first with your time. With so many different attractions it can be difficult to prioritise your list of places to go and sights to see, where do you start? While many activities are weather dependant there are still many places that you can go in summer or winter, wet or dry days. From the many museums and art galleries to the parks and outdoor spaces and the shopping streets and malls there really is always something for everyone in London.
Whether or not you would describe yourself as a keen shopper, everyone should pay a visit to the iconic Harrods department store in West London at some point during his or her stay. Harrods is the most famous upmarket department store in the UK, even the address sounds luxurious Continue reading
Earls Court is home to many great restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines, all of which are within easy walking distance from the Amsterdam Hotel. If you stay with us for bed and breakfast you will be able to take some time in the evenings to explore the local area and choose exactly what you want to eat, there is no pressure to fit in with hotel meal times or menu choices. However with this much freedom comes a problem, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which to try first.
We have chosen 5 of our favourite local food joints for you here, don’t take our word for it though – go and try them out for yourself and tell them they were recommended to you by the Amsterdam Hotel!
Byron Earls Court 242 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9AA
The Byron chain of burger restaurants is well worth a visit, providing good quality reasonably priced food just a short walk from our hotel this could become a firm favourite of yours. You’ll find a range of gourmet style burgers as well as the more traditional favourites and a range of drinks and side orders to compliment, plus fantastic service.
Website – www.byronhamburgers.com/locations/earls_court_road/
The district of Earls Court in West London is home to two of the largest exhibition centres in the city, Olympia and Earls Court. This means that the area is one which is regularly explored by large numbers of tourists and other visitors, bringing a whole host of trade to the area. The Amsterdam Hotel is centrally located within Earls Court and is close to both of the exhibition centres as well as other attractions, restaurants and bars which makes it an incredibly convenient place to stay if you are looking to visit the area on business or for pleasure.
While staying with us at the Amsterdam Hotel London, you will most likely want to get out and about and see what is in your local area. What better place to start than outside of the iconic Earls Court Exhibition Centre which is home of the Ideal Home show – one of the longest running annual home shows which attracts tens of thousands of visitors every April. The venue’s art deco front looks out over Warwick Road and the Exhibition Centre is also home to many live bands and events, be sure to check Continue reading
Here at the Hotel Amsterdam, we welcome a number of women guests who are travelling alone each year. We understand that sometimes this can seem like an intimidating idea, and we are pleased that so many of our female guests feel comfortable to stay with us more than once. We have put together this small guide for women travelling alone in London and would be happy to welcome any lone female visitors to our hotel as we are confident we can provide them with a safe and secure base from which they can enjoy their visit to London without having to be concerned.
1 – Book somewhere safe – Security is important, check how safe and secure the hotel is before you visit. Phone and speak to them before you book and explain that you are travelling alone, all good hotels will be able to reassure you before you visit.
2 – Make sure someone knows where you are staying – Leave contact details with your friends or family so that they know where you are going to be and can get in touch with you if they need to. Continue reading
Summer time in London can be beautiful, and if you are visiting during the summer months you need to make sure you make the most of your visit. When you stay at the Amsterdam Hotel in Earls court you will find that you are a short walk away from the Royal Parks of London – just perfect for relaxing in the summer.
Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in London, close to Buckingham Palace and containing the world famous speakers corner. Here you will find the Serpentine Lake and many places to sit and watch the world go by. Hyde Park is home to many musical and other events throughout the year and is a great place to spend some time with a picnic and your family. Open from 5am through to midnight you really could spend a whole day here.
We are one of the few hotels in our area to have an amazing garden for our guests to enjoy so if you don’t want to go far from home you are welcome to enjoy the summer sunshine from the privacy of your own back yard. With chairs available and your own personal belongings just a few steps away, here you can close your eyes and imagine that you are in your own home – in the centre of London! Continue reading
So you’ve arrived in London, and following a good night’s sleep, what might your typical day in London entail? With so much to see and do, it’s best you ease yourself into London life. Don’t aim to try and do too much, as it can be very tiring. And you won’t get it all done in a day!
The first thing is to do is get hold of a copy of a popular attractions brochure together with a London Underground map. You can find copies at Amsterdam Hotel reception and these will serve you for the duration of your stay. Unlike package holiday destinations in the sun, the cost of attractions and tours tend to be the same whether you book through an agent, book in advance yourself, or turn up on the day (don’t “turn upon the day” for extremely popular paid-for attractions – you’ll end up queuing!) Continue reading
While the staff at the Amsterdam Hotel will do all they can to ensure your stay a happy, comfortable and memorable one, like any major international city in the world, there are the minor and slightly unpleasant pitfalls that you have to look out for when you are out and about in the city that might otherwise put a dampener on your stay.
1. Being caught in rush hour on the tube (underground)
Approximately 24 million tube journeys are made in London every day. Naturally enough, these journeys peak during the morning and evening rush hours and are legendary. This means that if you are part of a small group, you will have to take great care if you want to stay together – nothing gets in the way of a Londoner wanting to return home from a hard day’s work! It also means that like any major city when you’re in a crowd, you have to watch you, your family and your possessions don’t get crushed or lost and that you don’t fall foul to pickpockets who thrive in a bustling environment. Leave a little earlier for your journey if it is likely to involve peak journey times. Continue reading
Samuel Johnson, the world-renowned English writer who made such a major mark with his contributions to English literature as poet, essayist, editor, biographer, literary critic and moralist, once said: “Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
London is a huge, bustling, international city. The economy of the London metropolitan area, which is the largest in Europe, is responsible for approximately 30 per cent of the UK’s GDP (in excess of£400billion) and is in constant competition with New York as the most important city of international finance, with over half the UK’s top and 100 of Europe’s largest companies headquartered here.
Like any of the world’s major and most important cities, there is so much to see and do, and so many people to do it with! The one thing that first-time – and sometimes repeat – visitors often find is that its sheer size and constant activity can be tiresome.
But isn’t that the case with so many major world cities? Or even smaller cities for that matter? The big difference is that London is perhaps one of, if not THE most famous city in the world. Continue reading