Celebrating in New Year in Paris


Paris, the City of Light, offers countless options to usher in the New year. One of the most colourful and exciting places to bring in the New year, Paris is the ideal location to celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. Celebrate the New year in style, with a stay at one of thesqua.re’s luxury serviced apartments.

New Year Tradition in Paris

New Year Tradition in Paris

In Paris, as with the rest of France, the New Year also goes by the name St Sylvestre and begins on the 1st January and ends on February 1st. Consistent with tradition across the globe, French people start exchanging bises at midnight, with the theme continuing throughout January. So don’t be surprised to hear French people exchanging New Year pleasantries for the entire month of January.  

Where to visit?

The Champs Elysees Grande Parade:

The Champs Elysees Grande Parade

Known as the centre of the party, the Champs Elysees is flooded with revelers from around 21:00. From here, it is possible to get a great view of all the fireworks in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower flickering and sparkling in the lead up to the stroke of midnight. Unsurprisingly, the Champs Elysees is the busiest place in Paris on New Year’s Eve.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe new year night

This year, the head of Paris’ avenues- the Arc de Triomphe- will host a special event that starts at 11:00. Although one can expect fireworks, plans for this year’s show have been shrouded in secrecy, so head down to the Arc de Triomphe for an evening of surprises.

Sacre Coeur Festivities

Sacre Coeur Festivities

Located in Montmartre, the Sacre Coeur is a Parisian favourite during the festive period. Slightly calmer than the perpetual buzz of the Champs Elysees, the Sacre Coeur offers stunning views of the city as the sky is illuminated by the effervescent flash of fireworks. At Montmartre, there are countless bars, cabaret shows, and clubs to explore.  If you’re looking for a unconventional way to celebrate New Year’s in Paris, partying in Montmartre may be the ticket.

New Year’s Eve Shows and Cabarets

New Year's Eve Shows and Cabarets

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Moulin Rouge is a popular way of spending the evening, although very pricey. Starting at  680 Euros per person in 2017-2018, the evening includes a champagne dinner, music, dancing and caviar, with the Moulin Rouge Orchestra offers a delightful post-midnight show to cap off the evening’s events. There are less expensive packages available that offer fewer perks.

On the morning after the night before, the New Year’s Day Parade on the Champs Elysees is a shore way to remove any muggy heads from the previous evening.

Christmas in NYC


As soon as New York’s Thanksgiving celebrations come to a conclusion, preparation for Christmas begins in earnest. The City That Never Sleeps is a wondrous paradise during the Christmas season,  shedding its frequently tough exterior in place of a lights and decorations. Discover this festive wonderland during your stay with thesqua.re this Christmas.

The official start of New York’s holiday celebrations is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. This year, the parade will run on the 23rd November and will be the parade’s 90th birthday. Head out onto the streets of central New York to witness balloons, floats and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Although there are several famous tree lighting centres across New York, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting is the most famous by far. On the 29th November at 20:55 precisely, NBC’s Today hosts will light the iconic tree that sits outside the Rockefeller Centre. Adorned with over 50,000 LED lights, the event is broadcast live on television, but it is no replacement for seeing it in person.

Bryant Park Winter Village

Bryant Park Winter Village

One of the most anticipated openings of the New York calendar, Bryant Park Winter Village runs from 28th October to the 4th March, getting increasingly busier over the Christmas period. With a 17,000 square foot ice skating rink, 150 kiosks, food vendors and mulled wine distributors, Bryant Park Winter Village is located outside the Bank of America.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky’s famous Christmas ballet has become synonymous with yuletide goodwill. Artistic director George Balanchine created a New York City infused version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, which has been performed every Christmas at the Lincoln Centre since 1954. With shows running from November 28th through January 3rd, the closest subway station is the 1 train at 66th Street. There are performances most days, with two a day during most of December.

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets Chelsea

New York hosts several Christmas markets, where you can purchase handmade gifts, decorations and festive treats. A unique way of doing your Christmas shopping, the markets are incredibly popular on weekday evenings. Union Square Holiday Market, Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Artists and Fleas at Chelsea Market and Grand Central Holiday Fair in addition to the Bryant Park Winter Village are some of the most popular, but New York is a city that rewards exploration and that is the same with Festive markets.

Take a Picture with Santa

Take a Picture with Santa

What is Christmas without a picture of Santa Claus? When in New York, Santa isn’t camera shy and is more than willing to pose for pictures with children and adults. Macy’s Santaland, Winter Wonderland and Bloomingdale’s are Santa’s favourite spots, so be sure to visit him there.

Unusual Things to Do in London


Despite being one of the biggest tourist destination on Earth, London can seem a little too familiar if you never try to expand your horizons and discover new things to do. Apart from the list of the most popular museums and galleries, there are a ton of unusual things to do in London. Here are just a few:

Clowns Gallery Museum

Clowns Gallery Museum

This unique museum is open on the first Friday of each month and allows guests to see photographs, props and costumes that were used by some of Britain’s most famous clowns. An unusual (and unofficial) rule used by clowns is that no two performers can have the same make-up. To make sure that no two clowns were wearing the same makeup, the practice of painting a unique design onto an egg was started. This led to the extensive collection of more than 200 painted egg shells which today sit in the museum. If you want to do something a little bit different, this is your answer.

God’s Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard

Not only is this bizarre and beautiful collection of salvaged neon signs absolutely refreshing, it is also the largest collection of neon signs in Europe, making it a must see.

Grant Museum of Zoology

Grant Museum of Zoology

This unusual museum is a hidden treat for anyone that enjoys finding things off the beaten track. It is the only one of its kind and has been around for more than a century. It showcases animal skeletons, taxidermy specimens and other creatures that have been preserved in fluid. Don’t miss out on the elephant skull.

So there you have it,  a short but sweet list of unusual things that anyone can, and must, do on their next trip to London.

A Guide to the Best Museums in New York


New York: an iconic city defined by its contributions to the arts and American history. Although the city doesn’t possess such an extensive history as Paris or London, New York has undoubtedly shaped world culture. Experience New York’s culture by visiting the city’s variety of museums when you stay in the Big Apple with thesqua.re.

Metropolitan Art Museum

Metropolitan Art Museum

Known simply as The Met by locals, the Metropolitan Museum is perhaps the most famous in New York City. Located on the eastern side of Central Park, the Metropolitan Art Museum collections feature Greek, African, Egyptian, Byzantine and Roman galleries in addition collections from both the modern European and American masters. Furthermore, the Metropolitan Art Museum  has a roof garden with stunning views of Central Park and the New York City skyline. Entry is free, but most visitors make a nominal donation.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Located on the west side of Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History features historical artefacts from the natural world. When you walk into the museum you are greeted by a full-size blue whale suspended in space. But the excitement doesn’t end there: the museum contains artefacts from the Galapagos, South America and countless other exotic locations. Unsurprisingly, at the weekend, the museum becomes incredibly busy. Admission is free, but visitors typically donate a small fee.

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

Known as MoMA, this architecturally daring museum- designed by Yoshio Taniguchi- features one of the most influential exhibitions of modern art in the world. Pollock, Warhol, Picasso, Matisse, Magritte, Cezanne and Van Goch are on display in the museum. In addition to the displays of modern art, MoMA features live performance art throughout the week. During 16:00-20:00 on Friday, entrance is free.

The Cloisters

The Cloisters NYC

Situated in a 1930s built cloisters overlooking the Hudson in Manhattan, The Cloisters features the Met Museum of Art’s Medieval extensive collection. Including statues, tapestries, stained glass and metalwork, The Cloisters are designed to resemble the abbeys of medieval Europe. During the summer months, take the horticultural tour of the herb gardens and sample some exquisite American cuisine at the New Leaf Restaurant. Entrance is free, but the suggested admission is $25.

Frick Collection

Frick Collection

An intimate museum containing works from the European masters, many locals consider the Frick Collection to be the best in New York City. Comparatively quiet in contrast to the larger museums in the city, the Frick Collection was the former home of notorious industrialist Henry Clay Frick. Located in the Upper East Side, many of the paintings have remained unmoved since Frick was alive.

Designers to Look out for During London Fashion Week


With London Fashion Week fast approaching, designers and curators are frantically preparing to impress the fashion world. As always, much anticipation surrounds London Fashion Week- one of the four major fashion weeks in the world along with Paris, New York and Milan.

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From the 14th September to the 19th September, creativity, innovation and unabashed audacity take centre stage: but what designers should you be paying close attention to?

Who? Amanda Wakeley

When? 14th September, 19:00.

Why? Opening London Fashion Week Fall 2017 is Amanda Wakeley OBE. Born in 1962, Wakeley is best known for her cocktail dresses, evening wear and accessories. Purveying a “clean glam” signature style, Wakeley has recently developed everyday wear, including knitwear, day dresses and tailoring

Who? Ralph & Russo

When? 15th September, 20:30.

Why?  In 2014, Ralph & Russo became the first British brand to be selected by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture for Paris Fashion Week in over 100 years. Since then, much excitement has surrounded the house, with Chambre Syndicale’s former president stating: “We expect savoir faire, which is being lost, and Ralph & Russo have it”.

Who? Molly Goddard

When? 16th September, 12:00.

Why? This up and coming British designer has earned plaudits for her work over the past several years. The 2016 winner of the British Emerging Talent Award, Goddard is set to become a more recognised name across the fashion world thanks to her capsule footwear collection with Topshop and upcoming Topshop showspace.

Who? Emporio Armani

When? 17th September, 19:00

Why? Established in 1975, Emporio Armani is one of the most lauded houses in the world. Although the Armani house is currently offering much more than just sartorial elegance, the brand is built off the success of their fashion lines. Offering a wide range of clothes and accessories, Armani is perhaps the most widely recognisable name at this year’s London Fashion Week.

Who? Pringle of Scotland

When? 18th September, 12:00

Why? With over a 200 year history, Pringle of Scotland is one of the oldest fashion houses in the world. However, the house has always possessed a thoroughly modern, pioneering outlook. Renowned for its cashmere products, Pringle has shaped the fashion industry throughout history and continues to do so to this day.

Who? Tommy Hilfiger

When? 19th September, 19:00

Why? One of the most respected designers in the world, Tommy Hilfiger has transformed into a cultural icon. Celebrating the essence of classic American style, Tommy Hilfiger, founded in 1985, delivers premium style, quality and value to customers. Closing this fall’s fashion week, Tommy Hilfiger’s collection is not to be missed.

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.

Comparing the places of New York – Tourists vs. Locals, who prefers what


New York, one of the major cosmopolitan cities in the world, attracts 50 million foreign and American tourists every year. The city is best known for its lush green parks, skyscrapers, art museums and historical sites. During your visit to the city, you will never have enough time to see them all. New York tourist attractions are endless including Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park and Metropolitan Museum of Art, to name a few. These are the tourist attractions that both locals and tourists adore equally. Plan to visit the city any time of the year and you will be floored with endless choice of things to see and do here.

New York

There are many programs followed in the city to attract tourists and help them to live like a local but in case of New York, it has been found that tourists still prefer to live like tourists. It has been quite predictable in New York that tourists love to stay near major attraction in the city whereas locals avoid areas around such attractions. Midtown and Lower Manhattan are the major destinations or neighborhoods where tourists prefer to stay.

Over the years, tourism industry of New York has increased. It has been found that the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center and Battery Park were some of the most visited attractions by tourists in the recent years. All these attractions are also frequented by locals but the number of locals are just a fraction of total visitors in the city. Take for example -The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which witnessed around 6.3 million tourists last year in 2015. According to the data around 26 percent of the visitors were locals and residents while the rest belonged to the tri-state area and other American and international visitors. City parks in New York were amongst the most visited attractions by locals as these areas serves as the chief public transportation crossroads like Madison Square Park and Union Square Park in Manhattan.

Rockefeller Center New York

If we talk about restaurants, most restaurants and eating joints that are popular amongst locals are well-known New York City restaurants chains that are located in the area around midtown Manhattan. Most destinations that are on high rankings represent New Yorkers’ commuting destinations and lunch hotspots. Although New York City residents visit the major tour. But there are many similar restaurants and tourist attractions that are visited by both tourists and locals. Locals who are employed in Midtown find it difficult to avoid the Times Square zone and Central Park for their morning walks and jogs. Both locals and tourists cannot afford to miss the chance of trying a delicious burger or milk shake at the Shake Shack located in Madison Square Park.

Here is the list

Attractions and eating joints that are frequented by both tourists and locals equally are:

  • Central Park
  • Times Square
  • Bryant Park
  • Urban Space Vanderbilt
  • Shake Shack

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Attractions mostly visited by tourists

  • Rockefeller Centre
  • National September 11 Memorial & Museum
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Battery Park
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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Places Visited by NYC Locals

  • Manhattan Bridge
  • Prospect Park
  • Columbus Circle
  • Union Square Park
  • Madison Square Park

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Numerous tourists prefer to stay in crowded city centers while seasoned travelers avoid the rush and prefer to choose the destination away from the touristy grid. Tourist attractions that have title for a particular reason, are amongst the top drivers why people travel and want to know more about a particular place.