Rated Apartment wishes all our guests and friends a very Happy New Year 2017!


Wishing You All Happy New Year 2017 by RatedApartments Team

As the new year rolls in, we reflect on the year gone by and look forward to what the new year may hold in store. It’s the time of the year to extend our warmest New Year Wishes and say thank you to all our guests and friends for being an integral part of ‘Rated Family’.

Filled with so much of goodness, 2016 has been a wonderful and rewarding year for our organization and we hope that it will end on a good note. We are delighted to embark on a new journey and explore new opportunities to achieve our goals but our greatest achievement will always remain to ensure ‘happy customers’.

With 2016 coming to a close, we would like to reach out to each one of you, who have been a significant contributor to our success stories, adding more credentials to our name. Team Rated Apartments wishes all its valued guests and friends lots of happiness, and good fortune in 2017. This year also, we look forward to introduce some special offers and events to make everyone merry and promises to offer brightest and cherished travel experiences in any endeavor that we pursue.

Rated Apartments appreciate your honest feedback, and it always motivates us to try and think of ways to improve our serviced apartments further.

Happy Holidays and wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year 2017!!

Travelling to London for the first time? Here are the things to know


London is one of the most popular international destinations packed with so many good things but you do need to plan in advance to make the most of your time in this wonderful city. This huge fast paced metropolitan city can be hard for the first time visitors if they do not know where to start from. To make your planning simpler, here are few important things that you should know to relish your time in London. Here are few tips that we have put together that first time visitors must know to make their trip easy and exciting!

London Travel Tips

Look before you step – While walking on the streets of London, be mindful and watch the traffic that can be coming from the other side of the road. So to help the pedestrians, there are many signs on the pavement, at street crossings. Look for the signs and it will remind you which way to look.

Transit in London – Take bus rides or walk to see the city. You can also use the underground for quick transportation and avoid the rush travel during non-peak hours between 9:30 am and either before 4 pm or after 7 pm. This way you can also save yourself a few pounds. Grab a Tube map, showing the network of tube lines, stations as well as the layout of the city. This will help to avoid any confusion.

Get an Oyster Card – You cannot pay your tickets in cash. If you want to take a ride on the bus, you must buy a ticket or an Oyster Card. In case you are traveling a lot in the city, it is better to buy an Oyster Card that can be used to pay for all your public transport in London. The card with credit of £20 can cover a return journey from Heathrow plus travel around Central London for one or two days.

The local currency – Unlike the rest of Europe, the UK has Great British Pounds. In many shops euros are still accepted but in return as a change you’ll get the currency in pounds. In ATM also, you’ll get money in pounds. Whether you take out cash or use a credit card around, 3% will be charged by your bank. Also some credit cards have no foreign transaction fees as it depends on the cards you are using.

English are serious about breakfast – If you like simple, home style food, you will surely enjoy indulging in English food. Relishing English food can be bit heavy, particularly the breakfast. Though you’ll get to see many attractive restaurants, offering full English breakfast but you must know what you’re getting into before sitting down. There are many variations, but in general an English breakfast includes two eggs, toast, streaky bacon, baked beans with a grilled tomato. Sometimes, black and white pudding is also added to this feast. Even if a full breakfast may not appeal to all but it is an experience that you must try at least once, if you are in the city.

Learn to say it right – Learn the tricks of saying simple words rightly. In London, some common words are used differently altogether like elevator is referred as a lift, lines are called queues, the toilet as loo, chips are called fries. So know the words well!

Where to stay in London – If you are only staying in London for a short time it would be best to stay in the neighbourhoods of central London. This will save your travelling time and you can easily avoid wasting time traveling. Getting around the city via public transportation is also very easy and fast so don’t worry too much. To get the feel of a local, you can choose to stay in a homestay rather than an expensive hotel. Get a great deal in rental apartments that are fully-furnished and well-maintained. Surely you’ll find a home away from home!

Visit the Museums – During your short stay in the city, makes sure to visit the Museums. Entry to these Museums are 100% free. Must visit Museums are the British Museum and the Natural History Museum –these are also two of London’s most popular and best ones.

Go for bargain Shopping – There is nothing new when I say London is one of the world’s most expensive cities to visit but London is a paradise for shoppers’ as well. The city has lots of bargain options to checkout for high street fashion. Some of these stores include Absolute Vintage, H&M, Monki, Primark and TK Maxx. In all these stores, you can pick and shop your latest fashions essential without a designer price tag.

Leaving London is permitted – If you are in London, extend your travel schedule for more than a week as you are allowed to leave the city without any permit. There are many great nearby cities to explore, which are just 1-2 hour journey from London. Use your extended holidays and explore the nearby location like Cambridge and Bath in an easy day trip.

Visiting London’s best coffee shops


There’s more to London’s cafes than just finest cups of Joe out there. From flatties to espresso, latte to even double-shot-macchiato and everything in between it’s no secret that London’s coffee culture has grown significantly since Flat White arrived on Berwick Street in 2005. Both locals and tourists starting flocking to their new favourite Cafe Milkbar to taste the speciality coffee and today, it still remains the favourite among all coffee lovers. Speciality-focused cafes, such as Silhouette and Lanark have been meeting the demands of good quality coffee in the town and by far best area for best coffee is in the East London.

The growth of speciality cafes has accelerated in the recent years, catering to a wider demographic. Today, the capital is brimming with high-profile cafes, with outlets on every other street in London but we have rounded up some of the best cafes and coffee shops to understand why there’s more to London’s cafes than just great brews.

Kaffeine, Fitzrovia

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Opened in 2009, Kaffeine is best known for offering A solid Square Mile espresso along with a breakfast and lunch menu. The cafe is very much popular with locals, especially amongst young office workers, who visit this place any hour of the day to enjoy lunchtime. Minimalist decor includes wooden bench-type tables either high or low. This Australian style cafe is all about excellent coffee and simple food that is creating a buzz and setting an example for all other cafes to follow.

  • Address: 66 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7QJ. 020 7580 6755

Prufrock, Leather Lane

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For coffee enthusiasts, Prufrock tops the lists of best cafes in London and this is for a good reason. Savour baked goods made in-house, including gluten-free options and nicely crafted brews in a welcoming ambiance. Menu here changes regularly based on the seasonal delights. One of the major highlights of the cafes popularity is that the coffee beans that are sourced from all over the Europe, so there is something for every coffee lover. If you’re very serious about the coffee education, this is the place to be as the cafe boast of a full training centre.

  • Address: 23-25 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7TE. 020 7242 0467

Brooklyn, Spitalfields

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Boasting a distinct aesthetics, Booklyn located in Shoreditch East London is a creation by Bryan and Reina. Slick design dominated by concrete island bar, the cafe looks absolutely stunning even with minimal decor. Taste the coffee here which is crafted with perfection and made with Caravan beans. Serving coffee since 2013, Brooklyn is one of the very best in the town and famed for their cold brew.

  • Address: 139 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ. 07525 861 964

Workshop Coffee Co., Fitzrovia

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Lovely cafe, the fourth location of Workshop Coffee is now in Fitzrovia joining popular cafes like Curators, Kaffeine and Mother’s Milk in this location. Filter coffee and espresso served here are-best in both taste and presentation! Also serving tasty brunch menus and pastries, Workshop is a gem in the heart of Fitzrovia. The cafe has an open communal sitting area that makes the atmosphere here inviting and warm but it is the coffee that takes the centre stage.

  • Address: 80A Mortimer St, London W1W 7FE

Take a break for a caffeine upgrade in the cafes that we’ve rounded up for you from around the capital. You’ll surely fall in love with these beautiful coffee shops before you even taste the coffee. Meet new people, chat to friends, relax and plan new outings over a coffee in London!

While you are in the city to explore the amazing tourist destinations that the city has to offer, make sure to book to accommodation one week prior to your visit. You can plan to stay in an attractive neighbourhood like Fitzrovia in central London. The upmarket Fitzrovia, known for its thriving community boast of several premium serviced apartments that are best suited for both leisure and corporate travellers.  These apartments are located centrally and well-connected via public transportation.

Touring London’s Favourite Hotspot Neighbourhood : Fitzrovia


Home to London’s creative industries, Fitzrovia has beautiful residential streets with an eclectic restaurant scene and is best known for its contribution to the arts – poets, designers and musicians. Located in the north of Soho and south of Euston Road, this city lies in the midst of Bloomsbury and Marylebone.

The city district is named after the Fitzroy Tavern on Charlotte Street where a group of writers used to gather. It was earlier called by different streets’ name such as Tottenham Court Road, Fitzroy Square, etc., but then in 1930s, Poetry London’s founder and editor M. J. Tambimuttu used the name to describe a crawl of pubs from Soho to Charlotte Street.

One can find stucco townhouses and mansions blocks, as well as modern residential developments across Fitzrovia. A trendy, glamorous and swanky neighbourhood that has a bohemian history behind it, one can easily call it a proper city district with a dense mix of residential, business, retail, education, healthcare, and more recently, art galleries.

Things to Do

Fitzrovia has become quite popular with the advertising, media and television agencies and is known for several media units. It’s popularity with such agencies has given rise to a fashionable, stylish bar and restaurant culture. The area holds a lot of prominence for its restaurants.

Charlotte Street and Sanderson Hotels are those establishments that have been developed into hotspots and they have become so popular for the wealthy and famous that many actors, actresses and sports stars can be spotted easily here. Some of the known faces that lived here are Pink Floyd, George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Wolf.

While you are in Fitzrovia, you can go eating and drinking in Charlotte Street all the time in the finely selected restaurants that will serve you delicious food. If you are of one pf those who likes to do shopping, you can head to Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street. With your whole day busy, you’ll get tired a bit, so for relaxation you can take a walk near Regents Park that offers a vast expanse of open space.

Attractions

A beautiful peaceful little quarter situated in the middle of the busiest streets of London i.e., Soho, Marylebone and Oxford Circus, Fitzrovia has several religious buildings, prestigious boutique art galleries and museums. Here is our list of sight-seeing in the district:

Key Gardens

The Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Gardens are almost 250-years-old, but for a modern outdoor adventurer there is so much to explore. You can find exotic flowers and wild meadows here. Apart from that you can take the Tree Top Walkway, if you want to get a bird’s eye view of some of the park’s centuries-old trees. Also, stroll down to the Chinese Pagoda, built in1762.

Grant Museum of Zoology

Grant Museum of Zoology

One of the best known attraction of Fitzrovia is this museum or art gallery we should say. Run by University College London, it was founded in the year1828 as a showcase of the wonders of the natural world. It houses as many as 68,000 specimens, you can see some extinct animals too.

All Souls Church Langham Place

All Souls Church Langham Place

It was the creation of Prince Regent’s favourite designer, John Nash in the year 1824 and was the ultimate plan for the formation of Regent Street. It is located along the BBC’s Broadcasting House. For those having a great faith in Christianity, can take the church’s popular course ‘Christianity Explored’.

Places to Eat

Fitzrovia is a hub of popular restaurants and there is an abundance of fantastic places to eat, which serves the delicious food. You can go to the below mention eating joints to satiate your hunger:

Ceviche Soho

Ceviche Soho

For the love of Peruvian food, you can go and visit this beautifully lit Soho that is famous for ceviche. But wait, it’s not just ceviche but you can also find the tasty grilled meat and skewers. Also, you’d love to try Pisco, the South American brandy. It’s the best drink you can have.

Salt Yard — If you want to taste Italian and Spanish flavours, get into Salt Yard. It’s a tapas bar and its menu is divided into vegetable, meat and fish dishes. They are famous for putting emphasis to each and every dish and specifically the quality of the ingredients.

Dabbous

Dabbous London Restaurants

This restaurant is one of the best and the most talked-about one in Fitzrovia and the menu has adventurous dishes like beef tartare with cigar oil, whiskey and rye, salad of fennel lemon balm and pickled rose petal, etc., and are beautifully presented at reasonable prices.

Places to Shop

This place is known only for its best shopping centres and the fine-dining options. If you’re a shopping freak, you’ll love this place totally. Hope into any of these shopping centres for choosing the stylish and fashionable:

Heal’s

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Known for its beautiful attractive modern decorations and hyper-modern kitchenware, Heal’s as established in the year and is one of the oldest shopping centres in town. You can find some of the best designs of home furnishings and can design your own home.

Fever London — Find some of the best vintage stylish and funky dresses that was earlier open for wholesale but now open for public. A great feature of this place is that you can see the artisans at work.

Lush

Lush London

Fitzrovia has the flagship store of Lush – the biggest and the most extravagant in the world. Here you can shop for your skin care, hair care, massage products, etc. The moment you’ll enter, you wouldn’t want to leave this place.

Known to Londoners as the hippest place in London, while you’re travelling to Fitzrovia, you have plethora of option to explore; it’s one place where the British elegance meets bohemian flair. For staying near Fitzrovia, you can check out the luxurious, ultra-modern and spacious serviced apartments by Ratedapartments.com to get a good and comfortable stay.

Popular places to eat and drink around Canary Wharf


Whether you want to relax and enjoy a quick bite to eat, a drink after work or a leisurely brunch at the weekend, you can experience the soul of Mexico in the heart of the city if you are at Canary Wharf- one of the London’s coolest neighbourhoods. The area is filled with the very best in food and drinks available around the world. With more than 300 shops, restaurants, coffee shops to fine dining-explore an extensive range of options for dining out and some of the best cocktails in town. Canary Wharf is always buzzing with new places to try and there’s something for all tastes!

Here are the few suggestions:

Tom’s Kitchen

Tom’s Kitchen

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The restaurant serves British favourites using the very best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Tom’s Kitchen opens seven days a week, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner and during weekends the restaurant serves its famed brunch. Busy food lovers can opt for take away option during the day.

Opening Hours

  • Monday –Friday 7.30am-11pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10am-11pm

Sticks’n’sushi

Sticks’n’sushi

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You can indulge in some high quality and fresh combination of traditional sushi and yakitori sticks from the grill at Sticks’n’sushi restaurant. For those who are not fish lover, can try from a selection of delicious chicken, lamb, beef and vegetable skewers. All these items are grilled fresh to order. There is also a section for vegetarian dishes, salads and variety of other delicacies.

Opening Hours

  • Monday – Saturday 11.30am-11pm
  • Sunday-11.30am-10pm

Ibérica La Terraza

Ibérica La Terraza

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London’s authentic Spanish restaurant, Ibérica La Terraza is nestled in a leafy corner of Cabot Square just few walks away from Canary Wharf tube station. The restaurant opens from brunch through to the evening serving a selection of tapas. You can also try a range of cocktails and al fresco dining here. Visit this terrace restaurant to enjoy truly Spanish experience which is reflected in its contemporary design, lighting and ambience.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 11am-11pm
  • Sunday 11am-6pm

All Bar One

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A stylish city bar serving beer, wine, cocktails and sharing plates in a relaxed and cool ambience. The bar specialises in serving simple yet delicious food at affordable price and can serve you variety of wine for any occasion. All Bar One can be a good choice to spend some quality time over a drink right after work.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday –Wednesday 8am-11pm
  • Thursday-Saturday 8am-12 midnight
  • Sunday-10 am to 10.30pm

Obicà Mozzarella Bar

Obicà Mozzarella Bar

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Home of outstanding authentic Italian regional cuisine in Canary Wharf, Obicà specialises in offering freshest buffalo mozzarella from Campania and other Italian delicacies that’s true to its roots. The Bar is buzzing spot for after work lunch and drinks. Every evening drink is served with little bites of salumi and mozzarella. You can pick from classic, smoked or creamy stracciatella enjoy your meals and drink in a relaxing ambiance.

Opening Hours

  • Monday-Friday- 9.30am-10pm
  • Saturday12noon-8pm
  • Sunday- Closed

During your visit to London, make sure to explore Canary Wharf. You can get many good accommodation options in this neighbourhood for your short city in the city. Search for a comfortable Canary Wharf serviced apartment if you want to live like a local away from the touristy grid. Apart from being fully furnished, these apartments have separate kitchen, dining and lounge area.  Staying in a rented apartment will help you to get comfortable and familiar with the new city.

London’s hidden yet splendid waterways you never knew were there


The most popular River in London Thames has posed patiently for many centuries fascinating tourists and locals alike but you have to dig little deeper to know the unknown, unseen and hidden waterways of the city. These rivers flow silently above ground, in plain sight but are usually unnoticed outside their neighbourhoods. These waterways or rivers have played a crucial role in London’s rural past, some of which includes the Crane, the Darent, the Mutton Brook, the Pool River.

London Hidden Waterways

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Spending time by the water’s edge which is an excellent breathing space makes the moments of peace feel so special. The forgotten stories of these rivers and the fascinating history of these waterways will definitely be magical. Lost rivers are everywhere, even in the places Londoners think they know very closely and that makes them far from being gone.

Here are the secret Rivers in London you probably didn’t know:

Beverley Brook

Beverley Brook

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Located south-west London, Beverley Brook joins the River Thames near Putney Bridge. In the 20th century for many years it was fed by poorly treated sewage from a sewerage works in Green Lane. Since 1998, with the beginning of improved treatment methods the presence of wildlife species in the river has gradually increased.

Bow Backs River

Bow Backs River

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The Bow Backs River feed into the River Lee Navigation and the Thames in East London. It is a complex of interconnected waterways between Bow and Stratford. Before the 2012 Olympics, the river was neglected part of the city. After careful restoration, the place is now a new destination for nature lovers, walkers and boaters.

Dollis Brook

Dollis Brook

A tributary of the River Brent, Dollis Brook flows eastwards through Totteridge Fields, and then to King George V Playing Fields. The name Dollis is deprived from English word ‘dole’, which means shares of land in the common field.  The Brook is extremely shallow but is a heaven for wildlife like water fowl, owls, fish and a variety of aquatic plants.

Hogsmill River

Hogsmill River

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A chalk spring in Ewell in Surrey, Hogsmill River is one of the tributaries of the River Thames. This 7 miles long river flows in a northerly direction through much low-lying land. Earlier between 1754 to 1875, the Hogsmill was occupied by a Gunpowder Mill Complex and presently, small part of this significant aspect of the Hogsmill’s history has been still preserved. You can embark on a journey and easily trace the river by on foot or by cycle.

River Brent

River Brent

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One of the London’s longest River, River Brent starts at the junction of Dollis Brook and joins the Thames at Brentford. The word Brent in English means “sacred waters”. The River is over 16 miles long and divides Willesden and Wembley districts. River Brent is popular with locals and nature lovers for its beautiful location.

If you are planning an upcoming vacation in the popular city London, do not miss to explore these hidden gems in the heart of the city that made the city and its cultural heritage through the ages. The city’s unique vibe and character can also be determined through these Rivers and waterways, which are wonderfully novel way to delve into a compelling, unknown part of the city.

During you visit to this city, to get the feel of local and lead the life of a Londoner, you can opt to stay in a serviced apartment in popular neighbourhoods like Shoreditch, Hackney, Greenwich, Islington and more.

A weekend gateway outside London


In your tour to the brimming city London, if you are done with exploring the popular attractions and nearby places that are in your travel itinerary then its time to move out of the city and experience something new.  While your short stay in London, you can also explore the nearby attraction outside the city which are just few hours drive.

If you’re feeling the need to escape London for a day, you have plenty of options to explore and travelling outside London is very easy as well. Plan for a great day out outside London, all of which are within a hour or two from the city if you travel by train.  The easiest way to get around the UK from London is travelling by train. Avail Bitrail London Plus pass, which provides access to popular cities in southern England including Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton. These passes are cheaper as well than buying separate tickets for each journey.

Here is a list of places that you can explore while you are in London.

Bexhill-On-Sea: See the seaside if weather permits. If it’s a bit damp, Bexhill Museum and De La Warr Pavilion offers excellent indoor activities and enjoy food at Bistro45 and enjoy the impressive view of the channel.

  • How to get there: Take Southeastern train from London Bridge
  • Estimate time to reach: 30 minutes

Bexhill-On-Sea

St Albans: Wonder through the stunning ruins of Sopwell Nunnery and explore the beautiful St Albans traditional street market.

  • How to get there: Board Southeastern train from St Pancras
  • Estimate time to reach: 20 minutes

St Albans

Windsor: Explore Windsor Castle, which is distinguished for its association with the English and later British royal family and for its amazing architecture. If it’s a sunny day, make sure to spend some quality time at the Savill Garden.

  • How to get there: First Great Western train from Paddington
  • Estimate time to reach: 30 minutes, from £8 return.

Windsor Castle

Hever Castle: Located near Edenbridge, this castle was built in 13th century.  Here, learn about Hever Castle, which was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and home to Anne of Cleves.

  • How to get there: South West train from Waterloo
  • Estimate time to reach: 40 minutes

Hever Castle

To get detailed information about travelling in London and suggestions for the quickest route to reach your destination, use Transport for London’s journey planner.