Category Archives: London

Five things you didn’t know about West London

London WestOn the surface, West London is hardly known for its subtlety. With the style and glamour of Chelsea, the fashionable Kensington and even the enormous Earls Court Exhibition Centre near to the Hotel Amsterdam, we’re practically surrounded by the big, the bold, and yes, the beautiful.

Yet that’s not to say the area doesn’t hold a few secrets close to its heart, and there’s a few things the locals -for good reason- like to keep to themselves.

Over the years that we’ve been running our hotel, Chelsea, Earls Court and West London as a whole have gradually begun to reveal those secrets to us. In turn, let us reveal them to you with five things you Continue reading

Shopping in West London: The top stores you must pay a visit to

Shopping in West LondonWhether they’re here for business or pleasure, if there’s one place most guests insist on visiting when they stay at the Amsterdam Hotel, nearby Kensington -with its high profile department stores and luxury boutiques- is it.

Not that we’re surprised. Whilst the area boasts such renowned facilities and attractions as the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington Palace and even a Harry Potter themed tour, it’s the hotel’s close proximity to Harrods and other big name brands that often holds the biggest appeal.

Whether shopping is the whole purpose of your visit, or whether you’re simply looking to pick up a few goodies before you leave, here’s our guide to the top stores Continue reading

Best places to go for a night out in Earls’ Court

TroubadourAs a hotel close to Kensington, Chelsea and other leading London locations, The Amsterdam is well placed for those guests looking to sample the very best of West London nightlife.

Not that you have to go too far beyond the front door to enjoy a great night out.

From the bars surrounding the Earls Court Exhibition Centre that serve as the ideal venue for a post-event wind-down after that big concert or conference, to the handful of premier nightspots all lining the route to The Amsterdam, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to having a tipple or two at the end of the day.

Still, we’re not the kind of folks happy to just send you out for an evening and leave Continue reading

Where to stay and eat if you are in London for the 2015 Toy Fair

Toy Fair 2015The 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

Top January 2015 concerts in London

Gigs in LondonLondon 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

The best time to visit London this winter

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

January-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

What’s the weather like in London in January? How to beat the winter blues this New Year

London in JanuaryIf 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

London in Winter, what to pack for your visit at the Hotel Amsterdam

winterNo 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

Take a trip to London and enjoy Winter Festival at the Southbank

View of London from South BankThe 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

Where to take your children to enjoy Christmas in the capital

Christmas LightsChristmas 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