Top destinations to run a marathon around the world


Are you an adventure seeker, action lover or love to travel? Your dream of running on the picturesque streets of London or Paris can come true if you get to participate in some of the biggest and popular marathons in these cities. You can combine this exciting activity with your travel plans to these famous destinations and get rewarded with some stunning sights! It would be an absolute fun to run in a new city you aren’t too familiar with and explore the places you have never been to.

Consider this list of the best marathon locations before planning your upcoming vacation

Paris, France

What better way to discover the romantic city than enjoying a run through the heart of it? In the month of April, the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris takes place in the city and the route is spectacular. The starting point of this marathon is the Arc de Triomphe, from where the runners then stride down the Champs-Elysées and run towards Place de la Concorde. On your way you can enjoy beautiful sights such as Place de la Bastille and Château de Vincennes and the views of stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral and Eiffel Tower. If you love running, visiting Paris should be in your bucket list.

Paris Marathon

Marathon Details:

  • Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris
  • Distance: 42.195KM race
  • 38,575 finishes in 2014
  • Registration: April 6, 2016
  • Date: 2017

New York, US

The largest marathon in the world, New York marathon is held annually. The race courses through all five boroughs of New York City beginning from Staten Island, in Fort Wadsworth to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. After that the run courses through Brooklyn, mostly along Fourth Avenue and Bedford Avenue. During the run, you can also get to explore the beautiful neighbourhoods like Bay Ridge, Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park and Greenpoint. Due to the high rate of participation the runners are chosen largely by a lottery system or those who can meet the time qualification standards.

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Marathon Details

  • TCS New York City Marathon
  • Date: November 6, 2016
  • Distance: 42.195 km
  • Witnessed 50,304 finishers in 2013

London, England

The first London Marathon was held in 1981 with 7,747 runners. There were around 20,000 applicants. Just like the Paris marathon, the race route passes from iconic city sights like Big Ben, the London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, runs along the River Thames and finishes at Buckingham Palace. The marathon is highly popular and overwhelming. So if you’re considering it, get yourself registered early and mark your calendar to sign up for 2017.

London Marathon

Marathon Details:

  • Virgin Money London Marathon
  • Around 40,000 people run in the London Marathon every year
  • One of the largest marathons in the world
  • Date: April 24, 2016

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Marathon is one of the most prestigious races organized in the United States. Participating in this marathon is a lifelong goal even for veteran runners. To take part in this race, you need to qualify from another marathon run from the last year. The marathon begins outside of Boston in rural Hopkinton and cross several New England towns ending on Boylston Street. The marathon locations are scenic and you’ll get to explore the parts of the city that you’d never think to venture into as a tourist.

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon Details:

  • Held on Patriots’ Day
  • 36,000 registered participants in 2014
  • 2 miles’ race
  • Date: April 18, 2016

As the best marathon season is just few weeks away, you can consider visiting any of these stunning destinations (also the world’s best marathon locations) to explore them by foot. You can get a golden opportunity to race through stunning scenery in a far-flung locale. New York, Paris, London or Boston, whichever destination you choose, make sure to book your accommodation two weeks prior to your visit to avoid last minute hassle.

A must-visit to UK this summer – for an eternal lifetime experience!


Beat the heat this summer by visiting UK that is waiting for you with a lot of excitement and experiences. Ideal for romantic getaway, child friendly activities, scrumptious food, varied summer events, rural escapes, fun spots, cultural activities and much more, this place is the heaven where one finds comfort, luxury and pacification in a fine combination.

Exciting things to enjoy in the capital this summer!

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Visiting London will certainly end your summer with good memories. Get ready to enjoy several kinds of exciting events ranging from the traditional to the eccentric. Check out few highlights below for the interesting things going to happen in the town this summer.

Sundance Film Festival at Picture House Central – June 2 – June 5

Sundance Film Festival

Back for a long weekend in June, the Sundance Film Festival features premieres of some hottest movies and documentaries from the mother festival in January. So, don’t miss it out because this year the whole festival will unspool for the very first time at the lovely Picturehouse Central cinema in the West End.

Queen’s House 400th anniversary and reopening

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If you are planning a visit to London this summer, you are definitely going to make it worthwhile. Closed for renovation last year, The Queen’s House will reopen for its 400th anniversary on July 4, 2016. You will get to witness wonderful art collection of the Royal Museums, superb interiors and classic paintings on the walls.

The 4th of July in London

4th of July in London

Let’s make your way to this remarkable event with Londoners who surely know how to throw a good Fourth of July party. Get ready to celebrate U.S. Independence Day in the capital with a bang!

Somerset House Summer Series gigs

Somerset House Summer Series gigs

Like Londoners, you are definitely going to like the Somerset House’s annual gig series. This venue is ideally renowned for its open-air festival stage right in the centre of London where artists love playing to a fascinated audience in a grand eighteenth-century courtyard by the Thames. Artists like Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith and Adele have all wooed the audiences and 2016 is also going to make it big!

This list doesn’t end here.There is a lot more to enjoy and experience..

So if you are planning a short or a long visit to London, make sure to stay at a convenient and hassle free location offering easy access to all these places. Rather than looking out for hotels, book a serviced apartment in london and its neighbourhoods like Camden, Greenwich, Borough and Piccadilly. Unlike hotels, the serviced apartments are budget friendly and provide you a lot of flexibility and privacy with comfort and luxury.

Easter in United Kingdom


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Introduction

Easter is a festival which gives the UK two bank holidays, thereby making it a Bank Holiday weekend (April 3, 2015 to April 6, 2015).

Whether you plan to party all weekend or celebrate Easter by stuffing your mouth with chocolates, it’s time to get on with planning. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate this springtime holiday. Go cracking!

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Easter Services

Attend an Easter service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church or Westminster Alley for orchestral music and live choral. At Trafalgar Square, you can learn about the story of Easter. Here, a live and full-size re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus is carried out by a cast of 100. Get there early and find a nice spot.

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Easter Dining

Easter isn’t just about chocolate eggs and hot buns!

Dig into a traditional roast dinner through the lush green Lee Valley Regional Park during a Sunday lunch cruise. You can relax and enjoy a three-course lunch on board as you cross the park’s beautiful fields and woodlands.

You may even be able to spot the resident wildlife here, if you are lucky.

There are plenty of other options too. You can also enjoy a three course meal with a glass ofchampagne at Babylon at the Roof Gardens or enjoy an eight-plate Indian feast at Cinnamon Soho. For those who love nature, hit La Pont de la Tour to enjoy beautiful riverside views overall delightful meal for £25.

Sit back and enjoy a nice conversation over tea at The Sanderson or at The Landmark London Hotel.

Enjoy the air

On the first bank holiday of spring, there probably isn’t a better way to enjoy than by exploring the outdoors of London. Walk through daffodils in the parks of London to soak in the spring. Shades of yellows and greens will mesmerise your senses.RELEASEDÑMCCM Jerry McLain, CNRNW PAO LCPO, credit as a U.S. Navy Photo by Maebel Tinoko

Easter Egg Hunts

Embark on one of London’s Easter egg hunts this weekend for a fun-filled experience. Join the hunt through the Kensington Palace and explore the courtiers. Keep an eye out for eggs amongst the stalls of Jubilee Market in Covent Garden or go on an egg exploration at Gabriel’s Wharf.

Those who are fond of sweets must definitely not miss the cocoa-based stuff at London chocolate shops.

image easterChocolate Tasting on the London Eye

This Easter, take your love for chocolates to newer heights. Spoil yourself with a Hotel Chocolat Chocolate Tasting Experience at the London Eye with an expert who takes you through the tasting adventures. The wide range of truffles and chocolates will amaze you!

The Lock Tavern Festival

Undoubtedly the most ideal way to spend your Easter weekend is to hit the nightspots in Camden. As the Lock Tavern hosts four days and nights of fun with DJs and live music along with street food, you can have a great time.

Go ahead! Take your pick from the bucketload of eggcellent events for a very happy Easter.

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The Legendary Head of the River Race


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One of London’s longest-running sporting traditions, Head of the River Race is a processional rowing race held every year on the River Thames in London. The race takes place on the 4.25 mile (6.8 km) Championship Course from Mortlake south bank of the River Thames to Putney in South-West London. 400 crews from all across the globe take to the waters of Thames to participate in the historic event. The eventwas considered as a way for crews to perform long rows during winter.

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It is generally held on the third or fourth Saturday of March every year depending on the tides.

A little bit of history

The Head of the River Race was founded by the Cambridge and Tideway oarsman Steve Fairbairn. The idea was to give crews something to aspire for at the end of the winter training phase.
The race was first held in 1926 with 21 crews participating. There was no race in the year 1937 as there wasn’t a suitable tide on a Saturday and none took place from 1940-45 inclusive. The event restarted in 1946. Since then, it has taken place on an annual basis. The event had started for Tideway crews and grew steadily to attract crews from far and beyond. All these years, crews have come from places like Australia, Ireland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and the USA.
It takes approximately two hours for the race from the time that the first crew starts to the last crew finishing. The record time now is 16 minutes 37 seconds set in 1987 by the Great Britain national crew.
Only the winning crew receives Fairbairn medals. Category winners now get medals of a different design.
The race was viewed as a competitive and social occasion and obviously maintains the same status even today.

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Activities

The event in today’s time witnesses hundreds of boats, each one operated by eight men, row over the championship course. The tradition is that the previous year’s winner starts first followed at 10-second break by other crews. The new entries start in alphabetical order. For Londoners and visitors coming in from all parts of the world, the event is an excellent way to celebrate the beginning of spring. The joyfulness along the beautiful river Thames is simply incomparable. Packed with viewers for the race, the joyfulness along the beautiful river Thames is simply incomparable. One can see the crews off from Chiswick Bridge, watch them from Barnes Bridge when they get together and speed up, and then see the crews come close from the lively Hammersmith Bridge.

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Tip: For a better view, arrive early and grab an ideal spot!

Accommodation nearby

There is an extensive range of serviced apartments located in areas close to the iconic river Thames in London. Thoroughly designed and well planned, the apartments offer guests a memorable experience. You can check our website ratedapartments.com for more information.

Saint Patrick’s Day


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Celebrated annually on and around March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day is the death date of the well recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. It was in the early seventeenth century that the day was made an official Christian feast day. The day is observed by the Anglican Communion, the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church.

Saint Patrick’s Day celebrates the culture and heritage of the Irish in general. From public parades and ceilithe to film festival, food festival and comic events, the day brings masses together in a festive spirit. Attracting as many as 100,000 people to the city, Saint Patrick’s Day is indeed a big affair in London.

 

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About Saint Patrick

A lot of what is known about St Patrick comes from the Declaration which he himself wrote. Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish invaders. Saint Patrick, taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland spent six years working as a shepherd. It is believed that it was during this time that he “found God”. After fleeing from there to his home, Patrick became a priest.

He is believed to have returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. As per the Declaration, he spent several years evangelizing and converted many. All these centuries, he became Ireland’s leading saint.

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St Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

Marches representing 32 Irish counties make their way through London for the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Taking place on March 15, 2015 (the Sunday closest to March 17), the procession starts from Green Park which is close to Hyde Park corner via Trafalgar Square to end at Whitehall. This 1.5 mile passes some of London’s iconic landmarks such as Piccadilly Circus and The Ritz.

In Trafalgar Square, there’s an Irish food market, a film festival, children’s theatre and a lot more along with Irish music and dance. From 12 noon to 6 in the evening, this is a great chance to experience the profound and rich Irish culture.

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Traditions and Celebrations

On this day, it is expected to wear shamrocks and green clothes. St Patrick is believed to have used the Shamrock which is a three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.

Parties take place in numerous London pubs and bars. The green décor will surely catch your attention. Traditional Irish drinks and special menu are served everywhere. As this is a religious holiday as well, various Irish attend mass where the day is meant for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.

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BUSINESS TRAVEL SHOW 2015 – A REVIEW


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The Business Travel Show in London is Europe’s largest with over 250 exhibitors and 6,500+ industry professionals attending the event. This year, BTS took place in Kensington Olympia and apart from the chocolate overload that everyone experienced, the event gave valuable insights to our industry, current news and trends and the future of business travel.

When we entered the venue, we were instantly surprised by how big and buzzing it was. Agents and suppliers within our industry, airline and train companies as well as hotel providers filled up the entire ground floor. Some stands really stood out with chocolate fountains, cocktail bars and interactive marketing activities and some exhibitors took it to another level with matching outfits and balloons.

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The upstairs technology exhibitors provided insights to latest technologies and features within the travel industry. We had great discussions about everything from apps and website development to increasing user experience and gaining trust from customers via technology. One exhibitor even had a magician that gave us a good laugh!
We got some great ideas to stuff we can implement in the future to make browsing our website even more fun and engaging and we predict positive technology changes.

The future in business travel is already here and we saw ourselves engaging in conversations that never even crossed our minds before – the fact that ecommerce softwares can manage expenses online, use intelligent technology to customise products and offers especially to you and automise even the most challenging tasks is a super exciting development. It truly demonstrates how this industry is expanding and getting bigger than ever.

Although many airlines and hotel providers exhibited, we were really impressed by the amount of serviced apartments companies that were present as well. Customers and providers are increasingly starting to recognise serviced apartments as an option rather than hotels and we are proud to see how the market is ever-expanding.

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Attending the Business Travel Show is a fun and educational experience as well as being super exhausting because you’re on your feet all day, meet so many new people and get countless of new impressions and ideas. It’s the good kind of fatigue where you know you’ve gained a lot of knowledge when you hit your bed at the end of the day. Although we did enjoy the chocolates and prosecco, we would still enjoy this event just as much without it.

We look forward to seeing you all again at BTS 2016!

Unleash the explorer in you @ The Adventure Travel Show


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Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

 

Currently in its 19th year, the Adventure Travel Show is the UK’s only such event that focuses on exploring the world off the beaten track. The event offers you the chance to get face-to-face with some of the professional adventure travel organizations. You can be a part of as many as 100 motivational talks full of unique, fascinating and valuable information. The famous English adventurer and writer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is one of the speakers at the event.

The travel show also introduces you to the unseen and unheard travel gems of the world, leaving you enthralled and enchanted.

For those with a keen interest in photography, the event is an opportunity to learn and enhance skills. You can learn the tricks of travel photography from some of the renowned personalities and take your creativity to the new level. With lectures and open group discussion taking place simultaneously, you can get a broad understanding of the ways of travel photography. Seminar experts include Paul Harris, Keith Wilson and Angela Nicholson. In the similar fashion, there are writing seminars offering potential writers a chance to be acquainted with the thoughts and ideas of editors and leading experts. 

That’s not all! You can actually make your adventure dream a reality with the Adventure Planning Seminar hosted by the famous tour planners.

Need we say more? Come over at the Olympia Conference Centre for an experience of extraordinary discoveries on 17th and 18th January 2015.

Opening Times:

Sat: 9am-6pm
Sun: 9.30am-5pm

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