Shopping Hot Spots near London Victoria District

If you are crazy about shopping, London is one place to fuel up your desire. The UK’s cultural capital is a place that has something for everyone. This is one reason why visitors from all over the world gather here at least once a year and turn shopaholic. This is one destination where you can find anything from antiques to foods.

Besides being second busiest hub of transport, London is also a place for quality shopping. Just head towards Elizabeth Street, opposite the Buckingham Palace Road and you will find everything according to your need including specialist shops and elegant boutiques. Many departmental stores such as the House of Fraser are also located in Victoria.

H.R. Stokes

Since the past 150 years, H.R Strokes stood test of times and has gained popularity through its unmatched quality and proficiency. Here you can also find all the necessary items and gifts ideas besides books and personal stationary. The discerning Belgravia resident find the shop as an ideal one providing invitations and letterheads. With the inclusion of latest proficiencies and patterns, the classic repertoire just got better than ever before.

Alfies Antique Market

The market is approximately twenty minutes by tube from Victoria. From collectibles, antiques, 20th century designing, rare collection and vintage clothes Alfies Antique Market has everything for everyone. With more than 600 stalls on offer, that provides shoppers everything according to their need. Furthermore, you can also find a rooftop cafe at Alfies Antique market.

Rippon Cheese Stores

A true Victorian resident has a strong bond of attraction towards Rippon Cheese. For the last 20 years, the store has provided the best cheese available elsewhere. With the royal seal of approval of Victorian residents, Rippon Cheese Stores can lay a claim that not many aren’t be able to brag about.

Borough Market

The market is 18 minutes by tube from Victoria District. With a huge range of 70 stalls and stands, Borough Market facilitates gourmet food producers all across the country. Here you will find all sorts of items including patisseries, fish, meats, ciders, vegetables, breads, cheeses, cakes, and coffees.

Victoria Place Shopping

Victoria Place Shopping Centre is ideal shoppers stop 0.15 miles away from Victoria Station. There are varieties of goods such as fashion, food accessories, electrical items, etc. Here you will also find supermarkets, shops, and restaurants.

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What’s on in London in June, 2014

Weather is heating up and so is the events calendar in London. In the month of June, the capital is buzzing with some of the most popular events. Are you ready for it? Let’s have a closer look to the five main events taking place every summer:

Motorexpo, Canary Wharf

Motorexpo evolved in 1996 as an alternate to the London Motorfair and British International Motor Show. The purpose of launching such an event in Canary Wharf was to ensure that office workers might get an opportunity to see new cars, whereas the other show comprised classic cars only. Motoexpo gave a chance to witness first-hand the latest cars without charging any fee for it. This year the tournament will begin from 9 to 15 June, 2014.

Trooping the Colour

The regiments of British and Commonwealth armies have been performing this ceremony for ages. According to the official records, this has been an on-going tradition since the 17th century although the roots go back to much earlier than that. Since 1748, ‘Trooping the Colour’ also honours the Queen on her birthday, and it is celebrated with a 41 gun salute.

The Queen inspects her troops and see her birthday parade been performed every 14 June. On 36 different occasions, the Queen has mounted wearing her regiment’s uniform. Since1987, she has preferred been transported by carriage. Approximately 1400 men and officers participate in the parade along with 400 musicians and 200 horses.

City of London Festival

This annual festival was born in 1962 mainly as a music festival, but nowadays offer events programmed across a wide range of art forms including dance, film, poetry, guided tours and lectures. Many of the activities are free with the aim being to make the arts accessible to everyone. Some of the venues are Finsbury Circus Gardens, Guildhall Yard, and Liverpool Street Station.

The festival lasts for three weeks in the months of June and July. Every year, the theme is different and features cultures from various parts of the world such as France, Japan, and Dutch. This year it will be held from 22 June to 17 July featuring the city of Seoul.

Carnival de Cuba

This is one of the largest free festivals recognising Cuban Culture in Europe. It features children’s events, live salsa bands, dance, food, and drink. The event takes place at London’s Southwark Park and over 50,000 attendees come to witness it every year.

Royal Ascot

The history of Royal Ascot dates back to 1711 when Queen Anne saw the potential platform where horseracing was to be carried out. With a 300 year old history, Royal Ascot has everything including the finest horses and jockeys.  Royal Ascot 2014 takes place from 17 to 21 June this year.

With quality entertainment and minimal charges (mostly free), what more can you ask for. Visit London this June and have the best time of your life.

 

 

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What modern generation should know about Victoria District in London

Named after Queen Victoria and known as one of the busiest transport hubs today, the history of Victoria District is an orthodox one. Since Victorian Era, this place has had something for everyone, including Turkish baths and suicide pits. It was with the Industrial Revolution that Victorian lifestyle changed drastically.

During the Victorian period (1837-1901), the city of London was recognised as the largest, whereas New York came second. Victoria became queen ruler at the age of 16 years, at a time when the British Empire was considered as the one where the sun never sets. This was because During the Victorian period (1837-1901), the city of London was recognised as the largest, whereas New York came second.

Victoria became queen ruler at the age of 16 years, at a time when the British Empire was considered as the one where the sun never sets. This was because its expanse across the globe meant that the sun was always shining on at least one of its territories.

The population of Victoria District continued to grow by 1901 and had twice the amount of people as compared to New York. However, the condition of the citizens was not at all good by any means and the population rose drastically to 6.7 million.

Even the Queen had nine children: Beatrice, Edward, Alfred, Arthur, Leopold, Victoria, Alice, Helena, and Louise. In order to survive, the poor families used to send their children to the workhouses since the age of five. They didn’t go to school and worked during that time to earn 25 pounds annually to support their parents.

The population of Victoria District continued to grow by 1901 and had twice the amount of people as compared to New York. However, the condition of the citizens was not at all good by any means and the population rose drastically to 6.7 million.

Even the Queen had nine children: Beatrice, Edward, Alfred, Arthur, Leopold, Victoria, Alice, Helena, and Louise. In order to survive, the poor families used to send their children to the workhouses since the age of five. They did not go to school and worked during that time to earn 25 pounds annually to support their parents.

The conditions in the workhouse were not easy for children also featured highlighted in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. On the other hand, the rich had slightly better lifestyle as compared to their poor counterparts. The children from rich families were provided tutors or governesses to ensure that they would receive quality education.

By the summer of 1858 a lot of pollution, which gave rise to foul smelling and heavy air, surrounded the city. A dense yellow fog surrounded the city most of the times and domestic fireplaces were the main culprits. The thick fog forced people to wear black outfits, as any other colour would turn grey.

Due to the unavailability of a proper sewerage system, River Thames had become a dumping spot since centuries, resulting in completely drying up. In 1858, London came to a halt, as people refused to leave their homes unless the government would take action. Clean water became the most important issue as the population of the city continued to rise.

The problem was already identified during 1600, however the urge to solve it wasn’t there. By 1858 River Thames was filled with human and animal waste. The river became unhygienic and resulted in the outbreak of Cholera and various other diseases. As a result, more than 10,000 Londoners lost their lives and people began demanding for a proper solution.

Sir Joseph Bazalgette, an unlikely hero at that time, devised an efficient sewage system comprising 2100 km of pipes and tunnels, adding to his work with Albert, Embankment, Battersea, and Hammersmith Bridges. His efforts lead to betterment of the results bringing down the death rate of the city to a considerable extent.

To ensure that people drink clean water, the waste was carried away towards the sea. Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s work is still appreciated one hundred and forty years later and he is considered as hero of London history.

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Father’s Day: The Father Figure

The history of father’s day began in 1909, when Sonora Dodd thought of father’s day as a replication service to Mother’s Day. She wanted to appreciate what her father did for her since the demise of her mother Ellen. At that time, Sonora was 16 years of age and since then her father William Jackson brought her up. Despite being a veteran soldier, he preferred to give her more time until she turned 27 years old.

While listening to Mother’s Day sermon in Church, Sonora Dodd came up with the idea of introducing Father’s Day. She believed that an appreciation day need to be assigned for honouring services rendered by fathers particularly in absence of mothers. However, the first ever Father’s Day began thousand years ago when a boy in Babylon, carved a piece of clay to give a message to his father.

How Your Fathers Can Get Appreciation of What They Have Done

No one knows how much a father loves his child, until he has been in the same position. He is in a situation where he is ready to give all his life for the support of his family specially his children. This pure and unconditional form of love is the best and can never be replaced anywhere anytime. Thus, appreciate what you have before it is too late. If you want to honour, what your father has done for you over the years, then make sure that it is something exciting.

A Visit to Prehistoric Period

Let you and your dad go back in time when the lifestyle was not a modern one. Accompany your father and see with your eyes how mummification was done in Egypt. Discover all historic events come together at one roof in the British Museum.

Victorian Era and Beyond Comics

Victorian era is something your dad or granddad may relate to. Thus, what better way to pay homage to your father than visiting with him to the British comics’ tradition stretches! The exhibition starts at 27 June, Friday from 6:30pm-8pm.

 

 

 

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Multiply your trip options with Comfort Inn Victoria

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London is one of the most popular and ideal tourist spots of the world. It has something for everyone from world class museums to stunning art galleries. Those who visit London for the very first time would come to know that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
If you are looking to visit one of London’s busiest transport hubs Victoria, then you are certainly in for a treat. Hotel Comfort Inn, an ideal stop in the midst of one of the world’s most beautiful tourist spot. It comprises of private and social housing as well as predominant comercial property along the main streets.
Located in the heart of London, Comfort Inn Victoria provides convinient options of accomodation for your ease. Come and witness the popular attractions of one of the greatest culture capitals of the world. To further ease up your trip at London, our team is always at service 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
If you are still planning to come to Victoria and witness one of the world’s greatest specticles, you can visit our hotel website and it will further pump your interest. You surely won’t want to miss this historic journey of yours. You don’t need to be financially burdned to make a choice.
So why us? Because we have some of the best services you can ask for and you don’t need to spend a lot do you? All you have to do is to get yourself registered via comfortinnvictoria.co.uk! Coming to the services we offer:
• Showcasing you the features for this very informative and interactive hotel webpage:
• London and its tourist attractions
• Rooms and details of the services provided to facilitate their visitors at large
• Car hiring
• Bus and train routes
• Discount rates and special offers
• The best dates to decide and planning your visit accordingly
• Events in London and their complete description as in where, when, date, timings and most importantly transportation particulars.
That’s not enough, we also offer free wifi to all those who book rooms with us. So sit back and enjoy unlimited and top class facilities with comfort inn victoria.

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Three Iconic London Parks to Visit This Summer

Hyde Park is considered one of Europe’s famous parks, a place to play, attend concerts and exhibitions or just relax in the presence of hundreds of beautiful flowers. Spring has eternally rest its wings in this place covering 625 acres of land.

One of the other reasons which make Hyde Park unique is the ‘Speakers Corner’ where thousands of people gather every Sunday and speak on any topic under the sun, and yes they get away with it.

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Bed of Flowers in Summer 2014 at Hyde Park London

Few of many other sites of interest in Hyde Park is the Princess Diana Memorial situated in the South of Serpentine. It is an oval stone ring fountain which opened on 6th July 2004. If you are a fan of Princess Diana this place is a ‘Must Go’ during your visit to London. If you want to grab something to eat after experiencing an exotic journey; why not try out the world’s first Hard Rock Café near Hyde Park Corner, 9. Another park which contributes to a serene London is Regents Park London. It is the most beautiful park which is constantly maintained throughout the year. Regents Park has a bed of roses and all types of flowers celebrating all seasons. The London Zoo is located within the park’s premises so you get a double treat there!

Spring continues to blossom at St. James’s Park, walking distance from the Victoria tube/rail/bus stations. Also visit Buckingham Palace, located opposite to the park. St. James’s Park is one of London’s 8 Royal Parks and is a real treat to the eyes and soul.

 

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A Special Sunday

Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. By visiting history we get to know that Mother’s Day first beganin the early 20th century in Unites States. Since then motherhood is being officially honoured annually.

They say a man’s first love is his mother. 30th March 2014 is the perfect excuse to pamper her. She definitely deserves the best, so have you planned something unique for her yet? Well here are few quick suggestions if you’re planning to mark the day in London.

If she loves shopping, Oxford Street, Regent Street and Victoria Place Shopping Centre are the best spots to visit. If she’s into arts Pimlico Picture Gallery and Turkmen Gallery have got plenty of things to please her. And if she agrees with Marilyn Monroe, ‘…Diamond is a girl’s best friend’, Victoria Area has an answer to that as Gold Centre, and Goldsmiths are just a stone throwaway from the Victoria Station.

Ever consider a cruise ride on River Thames? Or enjoying a bubbling campaign on the London Eye? If not here’s your chance. London Eye is celebrating Mother’s Day this year. Tell her ‘She is Special’.

Feel free to dedicate this blog to all the Mothers through various social media platforms. Or simply share a note to your mum in the comment box below. Here’s to every single Mother out there, we appreciate, respect and admire you all.

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Love is in the Air…

14th February is just around the corner and one can definitely sense the invigorating effect in the air. Some might not agree with the concept and some may be preparing to surprise their Valentine with little hearts in their eyes.

London is a popular spot for such occasions since it has all the ingredients to offer in order to make that one special day standout in the mass of memories. If you’re thinking to spend the day in the capital there is a huge selection of Valentine’s Day events and offers to look into. You’ll be spoilt with choice in terms of accommodation as budget hotels in Central London are offering reasonable prices with a five star service to mark the day. Valentines celebrations will be a special affair with complimentary wine and chocolates so you may cherish a quiet moment in a tranquil and cosy atmosphere. Enjoy a delectable complimentary breakfast the following morning to embrace another romantic day in the land of love.

For those who want to give their love life a kick, dance to the beat and party the night away in Piccadilly Circus and Victoria clubs. And if you prefer to be amused slightly in a composed setting, London museums are offering late night entertainment for couples and families rejoicing the day.

If you’re staying in hotels near Victoria, spend Valentine’s evening watching an idealistic show in theaters near Victoria Station. Take a romantic walk back to your hotel room under the moonlight in the crispy London weather.

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Eat Well when You Stay at the Best Hotels in London

Eat Well when You Stay at the Best Hotels in London

Eat Well when You Stay at the Best Hotels in LondonAccording to Visit Britain, the United Kingdom tourist industry is expected to hit revenues of over $127 billion in 2013. That number, equaling 9% of Britain’s total GDP, will support an estimated three million jobs this year. London, the most popular destination in the United Kingdom, draws in millions of tourists looking for a mixture of excitement, education, and history.

When friends return from a visit to Italy or France, they often rave about the food — but British food has long had a bad reputation for being bland, strange, or simply unappetizing. Having said that, London Town is home to some of the best traditional British foods in the country. Whether you’re ordering room service at the best hotels in London or you’re heading to the city’s renowned restaurants, here are five British foods you simply must try.

  1. Fish and Chips

    According to About.com, the first mention of fish and chips was in a recipe from 1854. Traditional fish and chips uses cod and a light, crispy batter to bring pleasures of both texture and flavor to the taste buds. While over 61% of fish and chips in the country is made of cod, other great varieties include brill and haddock. Whatever version you choose, make sure you put malt vinegar on your chips (french fries) and indulge in a dark beer to elevate the meal.

  2. Yorkshire Pudding

    Yorkshire pudding is, arguably, the quintessential English dish, served in the kitchens of London’s best hotels and throughout its many restaurants. Yorkshire pudding, as Project Britain writes, is made from flour, eggs, milk, and the drippings of the roast beef that generally accompanies the pudding. This is a savory pudding meant for Sunday dinners.

  3. Lemon Cardamom Syllabub

    One of the many dishes that came from the British Empire’s 350 year presence in India, Lemon Cardamom Syllabub is little more than a clotted cream that’s been flavored with lemon, cardamom, sugar, and brandy. With a flavor combining the punch of citrus and brandy, this is a local favorite, and no doubt will become one of yours as well.

  4. Onion Bahji

    Touted by Serious Eats as one of the best foods for absorbing excess beer and curing hangovers, onion bahji is a dish of fried, spiced onions. Like the syllabub, onion bahji is an Anglo-Indian dish, combining pakora with onion rings for an amazing Asian-English amalgam.

  5. Jellied Eels

    If you were to ask the staff at your hotel accommodations what the strangest British food is, chances are pretty good that they would mention jellied eels. As the name implies, these eels are jellied, making for a strange textural experience. According to Eat Your World, jellied eels hold their origins in 18th century England. Boiling eels from the River Thames and allowing them to cool causes the eels to secrete a gelatin, transforming them into one of England’s most traditional, if often feared, dishes.

If you’re unsure where to try these quintessential examples of British food, ask your hotel staff. The best hotels will be able to direct you to the city’s best providers of each dish. Many of the Big Smoke’s best hotels will even offer these dishes from their room service menus. Just remember to keep an open mind!

 

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Enjoy the Top Three Christmas Events in London on Your European Holiday

Go On Holiday

Go On HolidayLondon, the ninth largest city in the world, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Indeed, according to Visit Britain, 31.1 million international visitors came to the city on the River Thames in 2012, generating £18.6 billion for local hotels and attractions. With a city as beautiful and historically important as London Town, it’s no surprise that the city has found such popularity as a tourist attraction in the 20th and 21st centuries.

What many people who are unfamiliar with the city don’t know, however, is just how magical the area becomes when the Christmas spirit begins to flow from shop to shop, between families and friends, filling the air with a sort of whimsy and tangible energy that is rarely found elsewhere. Subsequently, winter is one of the best times to take a European vacation to the heart of the United Kingdom, and the symbolic first city of the European Union. Whether you stay in premier hotel accommodations or you stay in the best hotels on a budget, London truly comes alive when it is preparing for Saint Nick to arrive.

Enjoy Your European Holiday Like a Local!

As LondonTown.com writes, to celebrate your European holiday like a local means visiting your favorite pub, watching the horse races, and shopping at the city’s wide variety of seasonal markets. For many, however, it means taking a chilly dip in the Serpentine lake. Every Christmas day since 1864, Londoners have gathered for a “polar bear” dip in the Serpentine, followed shortly there after, we’re sure, with a visit to their local pub for a warming ale.

Belgravia Christmas Sunday

Every Christmas season is marked by Belgravia Christmas Sunday. Seemingly by the spirit of Christmas itself, some of London’s most regal streets are transformed from their everyday splendor into that of Christmastime celebrations. Pimlico Road, Motcomb Street, and others get a holiday makeover as seasonal markets open, carolers and brass players bring their music to the streets, and Santa himself, along with his trusty reindeer, comes to meet the season.

Frolic and Play in a Winter Wonderland

Many locals will say that no European holiday in London is complete without a trip to Winter Wonderland, a Hyde Park attraction that sees the area turned into a holiday delight unlike any other. Whether for ice skating, shopping at the Angels and Yuletide Markets, or warming the heart, soul, and stomach at the Famous Bavarian Village, Winter Wonderland is a holiday staple for locals and tourists on their European holidays. As an added bonus, admission is free!

Coming to London for a European holiday would be senseless unless you’re willing to do it like a local. Whether it’s a near-bare dip in the Serpentine, a stroll and shopping through the ever elegant Belgravia Christmas Sunday, or walking through a Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London is truly at its best when it’s celebrating the city’s collective Christmas cheer.

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