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

If you are planning to attend this event and looking for a place to stay then checkout our chic apartments at RatedApartments.com

The Lord Mayor’s Show


Introduction

The Lord Mayor’s Show has walked through as many as 799 years of London history to arrive in the current century as probably the most impressive public pageant in the world. The show is named after the Lord Mayor of the City of London, a ceremonial region in Greater London. Also known as ‘the Square Mile’, the city is London’s major financial district.

Every year, a new Lord Mayor is appointed and a parade is made of the inauguration. This definitely reflects the prominence of this office in England. The show is centred on a street parade, offering you the customary British pageantry with various modern facets. The day after swearing in, the Lord Mayor and others participate in a march from the Guildhall, via places like St Paul’s Cathedral and Mansion House, in the city of London, to the Royal Courts of Justice, where the Lord Mayor swears adherence to the crown.

History

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Dedicated to win the support of the City in his feuds, King John in 1215 permitted the Mayor of London to become one of the first elected offices. Needless to say, the Mayor was a new power. Two months later, William Hardel who was the new Mayor of London put his signature to the Magna Carta. It was a requirement of the new Charter establishing it that the newly elected Mayor travelled to the royal enclave at Westminster to present himself at the court and take an oath of loyalty and commitment to the ruler. And it began! The event is listed in the City’s Civic Calendar as ‘The Procession to the Royal Courts of Justice and Presentation of the Lord Mayor to the Chief Justices’. All these years, Lord Mayor of London has been a highly regarded position and the Mayor’s journey a spectacle. It grew so much that by the sixteenth century, this grand spectacle was known all over as the Lord Mayor’s Show. From the plays of Shakespeare to the adventures of James Bond, the show has been featured several times. In the 20th century, the Lord Mayor’s Show became the first outside event to be live. Even to this date and time, the show pulls millions of TV audience.

Today, you can witness the City’s businesses, charities, Her Majesty’s forces and Londoners from all spheres of life come together on this day to be a part of a celebration of the City’s authority and affluence.

The 2014 Show

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The 2014 Lord Mayor’s Show is scheduled on Saturday, November 8. The day is packed with family activities, exhibitions and other special events.

River Pageant: 08:30

The traditional Lord Mayor’s journey was taken by barge on the iconic river Thames. The modern Lord Mayor celebrates that tradition by travelling in a splendid flotilla of boats and barges. The beautiful Tower Bridge opens in salute at 09.25.

Lord Mayor’s Procession: 11:00

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With over 7000 participants, 150 horses, hundreds of carts, carriages and coaches along with vintage cars, helicopters, penny farthings and fire engines, this definitely is a procession unlike any other. It sets off from Mansion House at 11am, takes a halt at the Royal Courts when the Lord Mayor gives his oath, and then returns up the Victoria Embankment at 1pm.

Guided Walks: 15:00

In between the procession and fireworks, one can find guide lecturers offering walking tours all around the streets of the City of London. These walks are easy and free.

Lord Mayor’s Fireworks: 17:15

The first day in office is completed by the new Lord Mayor with a glorious fireworks display over the River Thames. The launchpad floats in the river between Waterloo and Blackfriars. As the roads are closed, one can take a walk or enjoy the end of this magnificent show.

The City of London

The City of London is a ceremonial county within London and is based on the original Roman town of Londinium. The boundaries of the city have stayed constant since the Middle Ages. It is surrounded by Tower Hill, Liverpool Street. It is one of the two districts to hold the status of a city, the other being the City of Westminster. It houses some of London’s best attractions like Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. For a wide range of accommodation options in the City of London, check out RatedApartments.com and experience the most authentic spirit of the city.

58th London Film Festival


As the largest and grandest international showcase of cinematic art is here, get ready to be blown away by a spectacular hurricane of ingenuity and imagination. Bringing the best cinema to the United Kingdom, the London Film Festival screens as many as 300 features, shorts and documentaries from nearly 50 countries. The festival showcases the finest contemporary transnational cinema from the reputable as well as emerging film-makers. Presently in its 58th year, the festival runs under the aegis of British Film Institute and combines artistic power with red carpet glamour in a stupendous manner.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the most beautiful films you need to see at the upcoming festival running from October 8, 2014 to October 19, 2014.

The Imitation Game

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Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game opens this year’s festival. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, this challenging and influential film is a biopic of the renowned codebreaker Alan Turing. A disturbed mathematical genius, he was the man who was essential in cracking the code used by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Opens in cinemas on November 14, 2014.

Fury

Directed by David Ayer, here’s a roaring World War II action flick. The film stars the terrific Brad Pitt as a tank commander on a deadly mission and does seem to be a hard-hitting drama. In cinemas from October 24, 2014.

Official release date is October 24, Friday.

Whiplash

Starring Miles Teller and JK Simmons, this thunderous semibiographical drama focusses on Andrew, the young drummer who is the under the guidance of Terence Fletcher. Directed by Damien Chazelle, this one is a big hit on the festival circuit. Official release date is January 16, 2015.

Foxcatcher

Directed by Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher is a psychological thriller starring Channing Tatum and Steve Carell. The film recounts the disturbing true events surrounding Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz, his brother Dave and their terrible relationship with John du Pont. Official release date is January 9, 2015.

Mr. Turner

The film, directed by Mike Leigh, tells the tale of JMW Turner, a grouchy art icon whose excellent work redefined British painting. The stormy final years of his life, as imagined by Mike, have been showcased in this film. Watch out for the breathtaking cinematography and outstanding performances. Starring Dorothy Atkinson, Timothy Spall and Paul Jesson. Official release date October 31, 2014.

Men, women and Children

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Directed by Jason Reitman, the film offers an unconventional spin on the social media age. It brilliantly digs into the lives of teenagers and their parents in a world where status updates on Facebook mean a lot and are sometimes considered more important than verbal communication. Starring AnselElgort, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner. Opens in cinemas on October 24, 2014.

Leviathan

Directed by Andrey Zvyaginstev, this powerful drama provides an insight into the Russian psyche. Set in Kola Peninsula in Russia, Leviathan discovers the conflict between the fraudulent local regimen and one man. Starring EkebaLyadova and Alexey Serabryakov, it throws light on the small-town problems together with those of the larger world.

The festival screenings are taking place at numerous venues across London such as British Film Institute, Curzon Chelsea, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vue Islington, Vue West End, Rich Mix, Empire Leicester Square, Hackney Picture house and CinéLumiére to name a few. With the immense popularity of the London Film Festival and people coming in from almost all parts of the world, accommodation can be a major problem. After all, who wouldn’t want to stay close to these venues? Ratedapartments bring to you an extensive selection of serviced apartments in Soho, Piccadilly, Covent Garden, West End and South Bank. Simply pick the place of your taste and bask in the glory of cinema.

London Fashion Week 2014


It’s raining fashion this September! The spectacular Somerset House yet again brings to you Britain’s chic and classy consumer fashion event. Set over five days (12th to 16th September), the London Fashion Week comes packed with catwalk shows, installations, presentations and insider knowledge from the best and brightest names in the fashion industry. Be it the established designers like Alexis Barrell, Lucy Choi London, Georgia Hardinge, Tamara Salman, Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood or the fresh and emerging new generation talent, the show unquestionably redefines London’s reputation as the fashion and style capital. Organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC), the show exhibits more than 170 brands and leaves you no excuse not to be a part of this fashion fiesta.

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And while you are here, don’t miss a chance to explore the best places to see and the trendiest neighbourhoods to stay, all around the fashion soaked Somerset House. We offer you a smart guide to everything that is Londonish.

Covent Garden

Busy and bustling, Covent Garden houses the trendiest restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars. Not only this, the area also has a rich historical and cultural significance. Besides Somerset House, some of the top attractions in and around Covent Garden include London Transport Museum, National Gallery, the Royal Opera House and St Martin-in-the-Fields Church.

The area has also become an apt destination for fashionistas with stores of premium brands like Burberry Brit and Rugby Ralph Lauren. One must walk around the stores and outlets in Neal’s Yard, St Martin’s Courtyard and The Opera Quarter.

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Coming to restaurants, bars and cafes, Covent Garden is indeed a foodie’s delight. From scrumptious street food to classic cocktails, you have it all here. Some of the famous names include Wahaca, Fire and Stone, L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon, Spaghetti House St Martin’s Lane, Dirty Martini, The Porterhouse and Rules.

Covent Garden is within walking distance of the iconic river Thames. It is connected to various routes through the efficient underground tube. Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road are the closest tube stations. A perfect place to base your stay if you are here for the fashion week, Covent Garden offers a wide range of serviced apartments at some amazing prices.

City Of London

Founded in AD50, the City of London includes attractions like Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Nestled in the heart of London, it is a short walk from places like West End, South Bank, Southwark and Brick Lane. The City of London houses architectural delights like Old Bailey, Barbican Estate, Lloyd’s Building and 30 St Mary Axe. Popular attractions are Tower Bridge, Clockmaker’s Museum, Guildhall Art Gallery, Mansion House, St Paul’s Cathedral, Goldsmith’s Hall and St Dunstan in the East.

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For all your shopping quests, you can hit the historic Leadenhall Market or explore the Old Spitalfields Market. Head to One New Change for high street fashion!

The City of London is an amazing place to wine and dine! Some of the premium celebrity chef restaurants include Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa to name a few. For a taste of class, dine at the chic Hawksmoor GuildHall or the beautiful Coq D’Argent.

Guests can enjoy a comfortable stay in an apartment in the city of London that meets their budgets and tastes. For all your travel needs, Liverpool Street Station is the closest underground station.

Waterloo

Part of the London Borough of Lambeth, Waterloo is a district of Central London and houses an extensive range of serviced apartments. It is connected to the north bank of the River Thames by Waterloo Bridge. Culturally, Waterloo is second to none. The place brims with museums and galleries, thereby offering you a chance to revel in the historical splendor of London.

Waterloo also houses stylish brasseries, trendy gastro-pubs and chic fine dining restaurants. The best place to enjoy food in Waterloo is the Southbank. Along the banks of the Thames, there is an array of restaurants such as Las Iguanas, Pizza Express and others. You can also head to streets like Lower Marsh and The Cut for a refreshing experience.

Temple

Located in the vicinity of Temple Church, the Temple in Central London is a distinguished centre for English law. The area comprises the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple. It includes solicitors’ offices, chambers and other authorized establishments.

Temple is bordered by the famous river Thames to the South, Strand to the north, Surrey Street to the west and Carmelite Street to the east. The magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral is located in the vicinity. The much-loved Southbank area with its bunch of restaurants, markets, galleries and theatres is also nearby. With a location like this, Temple is definitely one of the most accessible areas in London and a smart choice to base your stay in London. Temple is the closest underground station which serves the circle and District Line.

London is soaking in fashion and you have got no time to ponder! Opt for an apartment of your choice from our extensive range and be a part of this fashion blowout.

The 2014 Tour of Britain


The 2014 Tour of Britain began on the 7th of September and will run all the way to the 14th of September. The Tour was scheduled to commence in Liverpool from the 7th of September, a Sunday, with the focus largely on a number of local riders such as Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins. Essentially, the Tour of Britain is a cycling race in various stages that takes place along British roads where participants race around Great Britain all in trying to complete the entire tour in the fastest time possible.

History of the race

As early as the 7th of June 1942, the first multi-stage tour of Britain was held in defiance of the National Cyclists Union’s stand on disallowing mass riding as far back as the 19th century. The riders and organizers of the first race in 1942 organized one that started from Llangollen and ended in Wolverhampton as much as they were banned after defying the cycling body.

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In turn, they created the BLRC (British League of Racing Cyclists) that wanted to create a Tour de France version for Britain apart from mass racing. In 1944, August, the first ever Britain’s multi-stage racing was carried out in Kent, known as the Southern Grand Prix won by Manchester’s Les Plume. In 1945, a bigger race was organized by the BLRC to celebrate the end of the Second World War, dubbed as the Victory Cycling Marathon. The race started from as far as Brighton all the way to Scotland’s Glasgow and carried out in five main stages. Suffice to say the first ten places were worn by Frenchmen, with Robert Batot winning the entire race.

Since the early stages of the Tour of Britain, different stage races that have been held since the big war adopted the name of the current event, such as the PruTour, Kellogg’s Tour of Britain and the Milk Race. From 2004 when the current version of the modern race started the Tour of Britain became part and parcel of the UCI Europe Tour.

Five-year hiatus

Between 1999 and 2004 the Tour Britain went into a hiatus. After returning in 2004, it gave birth to what is considered a highly modern Tour of Britain that increased to about eight stages from five by 2008. The race is a professional race for men currently attracts teams from Union Cycliste Internationale World Tour. However, the multistage race also attracts amateur and semi-professional teams.

The reigning champion of the 2013 version was Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain.

Tour of Britain 2014

The 2014 Tour of Britain scheduled from 7th of September all the way to the 14th is the eleventh edition of the historic race. Starting from Liverpool, it is expected to end in London after two stages across Wales, three stages around England’s West and two stages in England’s South-East.

The race began in Liverpool’s city centre and swept across Three Graces buildings in Liverpool with thousands of street-lined spectators witnessing the worlds most prolific and famous cyclists starting their eight stages cycling adventure of Great Britain.