Posted on Friday the 2nd of September, 2011 by kelly

Romantic Weekends Away in England

Why wait until Valentine’s Day to head off on a romantic weekend break? We’ve put together four romantic places to stay in England so you can enjoy a long weekend with your partner and with all our cheap hotels in the UK, it won’t break the bank!

The Lake District

 

Arguably the most picturesque of England’s National Parks and the largest, this romantic setting offers idyllic views, dramatic mountain landscapes and spectacular lakes, not to mention a wide range of activities such as mountain biking, hot air ballooning, canoeing, cycling and sailing. Hundreds of people flock to The Lake District National Park all year round and with wonderful accommodation, fantastic food and the most beautiful scenery, it’s not hard to see why! For spectacular views visit the Black Combe – one of the Lake District’s most famous southerly peaks. For stunning water scenery visit the waterfalls and lakes of Grasmere, Loweswater, Coniston and of course Lake Windermere. Book cheap hotels in The Lake District.

Bath

 

This beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city provides a superb location for getting married, celebrating an anniversary, proposing or just simply enjoying a romantic break with your loved one. With stunning architecture, breath-taking scenery, excellent restaurants and luxurious accommodation, Bath is becoming one of the most favourite romantic city breaks. From international cuisine and tasty home cooked food, to fine dining and vegetarian fare, Bath offers many restaurants that provide a fantastic setting for those intimate and romantic dinners. Romantic things to do include; watching a show at the beautiful Georgian Theatre Royal, taking a boat trip on the River Avon and visiting the famous Roman Baths. Book cheap hotels in Bath.

Cornwall

 

For a weekend packed with romance, head to Cornwall. As a county, Cornwall boasts the longest stretch of coastline in the UK enjoying over 300 beaches and 700 km of magnificent coastal scenery. What could be more romantic than stumbling across a hidden cove with your loved one, and having the beach all to yourself? Watergate Bay, between Newquay and Padstow on the north coast of Cornwall, is a long private beach accessible to the public via the coastal path. Cornwall boasts two coastlines, that of the English Channel coast which is filled with tranquil coves and creeks and the Atlantic coast, famous for its surfing beaches. Book cheap hotels in Cornwall.

London

 

With the excitement of the Royal Wedding earlier this year, there has never been a better time to get romantic in the capital! From Buckingham Palace and Big Ben to the London Eye and London Zoo, there is so much to fit in that you’ll probably end up returning to explore the things you did miss! Take a romantic boat trip on The Thames or take a stroll through Hyde Park and if you want to treat your loved one why not head to one of the city’s huge department stores where you will find plenty of stunning gifts. In the evening head to one of the city’s Michelin star restaurants and grab tickets to a show! Book cheap hotels in London.

 
Posted on Thursday the 18th of August, 2011 by kelly

Discover Royal London

The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton earlier this year has certainly brought much of the world’s attention to the UK. Next year the focus will continue as the Diamond  Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth is celebrated and the London 2012 Olympic Games & Paralympic Games take place. National Tourism Agency, VisitBritain are confident that the UK is entering a period of exceptional opportunity for tourism this year, expecting 300,000 more visitors to the country.

With this is mind, we’ve decided to give you the low-down for a truly great royal day out in London. Live like a King for the day with Roomguide and book one of our luxury hotels in London near to all the best attractions!

Morning

 

Spend your morning touring Buckingham Palace, the official home of the Queen. Book a tour in advance and you can experience the State Rooms, the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery. You can also see Kate Middleton’s wedding dress and the multi-tier wedding cake which was cut on 29 April! If you time your visit well, you could also get to see the Changing of the Guard which takes place at 11.30 am every day or every other day depending on the time of year.

Or …

If it’s a beautiful sunny day and you don’t want to be inside, head to one of London’s Royal Park’s. Walking around Hyde Park you sometimes forget you’re in one of the biggest and busiest cities  in the world! There is plenty to see and do in this famous park with The Serpentine Gallery, the Diana Memorial Fountain and open-air events each summer.

Afternoon 

Indulge in some well-earned lunch at The Orangery located within Kensington Palace. This stunning 18th Century building is the perfect setting for a feast fit enough for a Queen! The food on offer ranges from delicious homemade lunches to traditional afternoon tea and cakes. Next we recommend that you spend your afternoon in one of two places; Kensington Palace or The Tower of London. Kensington Palace gives visitors the chance to nose around the bedroom of which Queen  Victoria spent the last night of her youth, on 20th June 1837, she was told that her uncle had died in the night and that she was now Queen Victoria. Other highlights include The King’s Gallery and the Sunken Garden. If you would rather visit the Tower of London, you have access some of the most remarkable stories from across the centuries. The Tower not only allows visitors to discover the gruesome events that once took place but also the wonder of the Crown Jewels, the King’s medieval bedchamber and the White Tower built by William the Conqueror.

Of course if you weren’t amongst the flocks of people in London on April 29th this year then why not wander through the city following the route that William and Kate took after they had married – after all it was a unique moment in history! Westminster Abbey tours are another way in which you can relive the Royal Wedding venue and are regularly held throughout the year.

Plan your royal stay today and book a cheap hotel in London with Roomguide!

 
Posted on Monday the 15th of August, 2011 by kelly

Cheap Hotels in London and Theatre Breaks

A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without going to see one of the west-end’s best loved musicals! At Roomguide we have over 900 hotels in London to guarantee your theatre break is one to remember From the classic story of Billy Elliot to the fairy tale of Shrek, there really is something for all ages and tastes and one that will guarantee a whole lot of laughs, tears and applause.

Out of the long list of amazing shows and musicals, we’ve managed to narrow it down to our top 5 favourites for 2011:

1. The Lion King

The Lyceum Theatre, Wellington Street, London.

The Lion King is one of the most popular theatre shows in London exciting both adults and children alike. With stunning scenery, extravagant costumes and the all-time favourite Disney story, there’s no wonder why this musical has been a favourite with critics too. The adaptation of Simba’s epic journey from wide-eyed cub to King of the Pride lands transports audiences to a world that explodes with amazing effects, captivating colours and enchanting music. If you’re going to see one show this year – see this one!

2. The Wizard of Oz

London Palladium, Argyll Street, London.

Follow the yellow brick road into The London Palladium and relive the magical adventure of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto. Developed from the ever-popular 1939 MGM screenplay, The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic and Oscar-winning movie, combining the memorable songs of ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘We’re Off to See the Wizard’. This new production, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright has a great cast including Danielle Hope, the winner of the BBC hit talent show ‘Over the Rainbow’ starring as Dorothy alongside Michael Crawford as The Wizard, together with Edward Baker-Duly (Tin Man), David Ganly (Lion), Paul Keating (Scarecrow), Emily Tierney (Glinda) and Hannah Waddingham (as The Wicked Witch of the West).

3. Mamma Mia!

Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London.

Thrilling audiences for over 11 years, Mamma Mia tells the irresistible tale of love, laughter and friendship. Catherine Johnson’s funny tale unfolds on a Greek island on the evening of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting story making it a hit with both the young and old!

4. Billy Elliot

Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London.

Based on the smash hit film, Billy Elliot the Musical is a fantastic adaptation of an inspirational story of one boy’s dream to realise his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England against the background of the historic 1984 miners’ strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance in secret to avoid disapproval of his struggling family. With a musical score by Sir Elton John and the same award-winning creative team that were behind the film, Billy Elliot the Musical pays real honour to what is now a classic British movie and makes a perfect viewing for the entire family.

5. Thriller Live

Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.

Celebrating the wonderful career of the world’s greatest entertainer, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Thriller Live is an all singing, all dancing tribute. With original choreography from MTV award winning choreographer, LaVelle Smith Jnr. and brilliant vocal performances, Jackson’s distinctive sounds and sensational videos are brought to life on stage. Winning new fans and old alike, this performance is a must see for all music lovers!

Take a look at our cheap hotels in London and book your theatre break today!

 
Posted on Wednesday the 10th of August, 2011 by kelly

London 2012 – Guarantee your stay! 

London is just recovering from the excitement of the Royal Wedding earlier this year but what’s next for the vibrant capital? London 2012 of course! If you are one of the lucky ones who grabbed yourself a set of tickets for London 2012, have you thought about where you will stay? There may still be 352 days left but hotels in London are going to get booked up quickly! In the summer of 2012, from 25th July to 12th August,hundreds of thousands of people will come to London and for the 2012 Games whether they are ticket holders or are simply looking to soak up the atmosphere. Now is the time to think about where you want to stay so when the time comes you don’t have to worry about where you’ll rest your head! We have over 900 hotels in London on Roomguide and if we can help you find a cheap hotel to make your Olympic experience even better, we’ll be more than happy to help!

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So don’t leave it too late, whether you are going to see the diving, football, hockey or boxing be sure to book a hotel in London sooner rather than later!

 
Posted on Tuesday the 11th of January, 2011 by Suzie

Why you should choose central London Hotels:
Staying in a fabulous location in London is a priority for the many visitors to this great city. For those who are interested going to the theatre during their stay, a West End Location is a must. London’s West End is packed with world famous theatres and award winning shows so it’s a real convenience to enjoy the simplicity of walking from one of the many great London hotels to the theatre or restaurant during your stay. The trouble is that to those unsure of the lie of the land, London can be an intimidating place to navigate. Teeming streets and warren-like inns and courts make this a fascinating but sometimes confusing city to get around. If you are accustomed to less ancient places it can be a real eye opener as you begin to unravel the twisted streets and alleys to enjoy a wander from shop to café; the city draws you in and it’s very easy to lose bearings simply staring upwards at the great buildings and their architecture.

Getting to know where the best London Hotels are:
Some areas in central London are reserved for business and so typically high quality London hotels are not necessarily a feature; but this does not mean there are none and if you are visiting on business then it stands to reason you may need to stay in or very close to the business districts which include Canary Wharf and also the Square Mile. Whether you are visiting the city on business or pleasure you may be curious about one of the most fascinating areas of the West End and in this case you should indulge in a walk down The Strand towards Fleet Street. This stroll encompasses one of the oldest and most historically interesting areas in the city and getting to know this area will stand you in good stead of understanding where some of the most beautiful and famous London hotels are situated. Start at Charing Cross station and walk down the Strand where you will pass the famous Coutts Bank on your left, a little further on is the Vaudeville Theatre famous during the last century for its comedy revues and which is still a popular venue for modern day shows. Almost opposite the Vaudeville is the entrance to Somerset House which houses many interesting attractions year-round. The Savoy Hotel and theatre are a little way along the street; the hotel is famous for its fine dining and the theatre for its connections with the d’Oyly Carte theatre company.

If you have time then exploring some of the streets which lead off the Strand and into Covent Garden is a wonderful way to discover some of the quirks of this area as there are some fabulous shops and cafes to be found in the most unlikely spots. Any London hotels fortunate enough to call this area home are in the best position to offer visitors a real experience, during the day this area is teeming with journalists from nearby Fleet Street and with actors and dancers taking a break between matinee and evening performances; evening sees a rush of pleasure seekers on their way to theatre, restaurant and bar and the streets here never seem to sleep.

London Hotels and Shopping:
It stands to reason that a visitor to London will be interested in the shops on offer here. London is after all one of the worlds great fashion capitals and in central London it’s relatively simple to explore the options. Staying in one of the many London hotels near Oxford Street puts you in a great place to begin and offers some of the country’s most famous high street stores; if you love unusual knick-knacks and quirky souvenirs then Covent Garden market cannot be ignored. Once a fruit and vegetable market it underwent a serious transformation during the 1960s and is now well known for jewellery, accessories and fashionable household décor. Central London offers a melting pot of culture and has a vibrant energy which can’t be compared to any other city.