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    Things to do this May

    May in London began with a bang and it continues to have plenty of entertaining activities, from concerts to shows and parades. Theatres are hosting some of the most memorable shows and performances yet. There are a few shows every avid theatre lover should make a point of seeing at least once.

    Vivaldi’s epic masterpiece Don Carlo will be showing at the Royal Opera House this May. This classic has been a favourite for many over the years and this year, the opera promises to deliver nothing less than a brilliant performance courtesy of the director’s experience in theatre, opera, and film. The opera opened at the Royal Opera House on the 4th. If you have not yet seen it, do make a point of buying yourself a ticket and taking a friend along for this amazing masterpiece before 3rd August.

    ‘Some Like It Hip Hop’ is a hot ticket this May, as the ever colourful and energetic ZooNation once again brings to dance-theatre a remarkable fusion of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ and Billy Wilder’s film ‘Some Like It Hot’. The debut showing of this remarkable tale received plenty of publicity and recognition for its creativity and bold moves. This May, the show is back with the promise of being just as entertaining. ‘Some Like It Hip Hop’ will be showing at the Peacock Theatre in Holborn until 30th June.

    ‘The Hothouse’ is another play set to thrill. It is set in the backdrop of a state-run correctional facility. The head of this facility is cruel and this goes unchecked. Find out how and what happens at Trafalgar Studios in Westminster. This play is set to thrill as well as entertain. It is already running so catch it before the 25th.

    For those who would prefer a lighter and heart warming show, the comedy ‘Relatively Speaking’ offers what has been described as many laugh-out-loud moments. When strangers meet and fall in love, only to later find out that they may be related is a storyline that often promises to amuse. Find out how this tale twists at Wyndhams Theatre on 14th May. It runs until 31st August.

    Other plays showing this month are the operatic masterpiece ‘Wozzek’ at Covent Garden, which has already opened and runs up to 25th May. If you are keen on a taking in a play outdoors, the Open Air Theatre at Regent’s Park will be opening its season with the classic, ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ on 16th May and will be running it until 15th June.

    Why not head over to Hammersmith Apollo to see popular East End comic Micky Flanagan in his hilarious new stand-up show. He is one from  to 

    So, whether you take in a show indoors or outdoors, one thing is certain- you will not lack for variety or choice. So make a date and take a friend.

    If your looking for a hotel in Chiswick, we are located near Hammersmith Apollo.  We are located close to all major transport links. Stamford Brook underground station and Ravenscourt underground station are both within a 5 minute walk.

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    London’s Markets: A Few Things You May Not Have Known

    Living in London is an experience that leaves a huge impact on all your senses. Being the capital of the UK, it is brimming with culture and delicious cuisine. The city is renowned for having some of the best restaurants worldwide. It would be interesting to know what makes the dining experience in London so exquisite.

    This may partially lie in the talent pool of chefs and cooks. It may be the unyielding expectations on food service that Londoners innately have. It may also be the competitive culinary arts market that is constantly producing new and unique flavours. The source from which the ingredients are obtained may be a reason too.

    The key to good cooking is not just the talent or the skills a chef has, but the raw ingredients used. They key to getting good raw ingredients is having a good source. London’s markets are home to several indoor, outdoor, and street markets. Each of these markets has made a name for itself for providing unique, high quality products.

    London’s markets are also varied. There are those that specialise in a single thing and those with a selection of items. There are those that sell wholesale, supplying restaurants, hospitals, schools and the likes, and there are those that sell goods on retail. There is a lot more you may or may not have known about some of London’s markets and what makes them so unique and special.

    1. London’s markets have a rich history tracing back to the middle ages.
    2. The first farmer’s market was Islington Farmer’s Market.
    3. The markets, especially the wholesale ones, were originally set up to serve the City of London, and street markets were originally set up to cater for the populace in the suburbs between the 18th and 19th Centuries.
    4. Not all markets stood where they stand today. Historically, some market locations moved from one location to another because of factors such as the building and expansion of infrastructure.
    5. London’s markets are under the control of the City of London, as well as 32 of London’s Boroughs.
    6. London’s South West is home to the largest wholesale market for vegetables, fruits, and flowers in the UK. It serves some of the best restaurants in London, supplying an amazing forty percent of all produce consumed outside homes.
    7. The Borough Market was first located on the London Bridge long before it ever fell down and it became a bit nomadic, relocating severally, before settling in its current location in 1870.
    8. In holistic terms, the Smithfield Market was originally a live cattle market, and that is real whole sale.
    9. The original location of the Spitalfields Market is still used as a market today, only that it trades in different wares that include fashion, art, and vintage goods.
    10. The Columbia Road Market was started in the 19th century, selling leftovers from the nearby Spitalfields Market. Now that is creative and profitable waste management.

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    May 10, 2013

    The Best Things to Do in London

    When visiting London, you will never get bored because of the myriad of exciting things you can do. This European city has long been known for its historical attractions, natural sceneries, theatres, and also pubs and restaurants. In 2013, you’ll discover lots of new things to do, activities to try out, and extraordinary places to visit that you might not see in the guide books.

    In February 2013, Shard opened for business. Standing an incredible 310 meters from the ground, the hyper contemporary glass building allows amazing views of London never seen before. There is a viewing gallery between floors 68 and 72. Unlike other similar tall structures, visitors stand outside for a real memorable experience instead of being incarcerated at the back of thick glass. This attraction’s location is the London Bridge Station and an entry to its elevators is at the Tooley Street. It features very luxurious apartments and the new Shangri La Hotel.

    For the enthusiasts of Harry Potter, Warner Studios just opened an exhibition that is packed specifically with Harry Potter memorabilia. While here, you can walk through the real film sets of scenes from the films, such as the Great Hall. This makes a great experience while on your trip. You can reach the studios right from Watford Station, located on the periphery of London centre. Perhaps it is easier and cheaper to be part of the tour from the city centre, where you will pay the package price for a ticket to the Harry Potter sites and the return coach journey.

    London’s public transport is very affordable, especially if you obtain a weekly or daily Oyster card (previously travel card) that grants you unlimited journeys using London bus, tube, and rail network. The most exciting means of transport to use, especially if you’re young or in a group, is the Circle Line crawl on the tube trains. This is most suitable when the weather is bad and the indoors are so inviting. You can get to the Circle Line from each of the available 27 stations. The experience entails visiting all the 22 streets plus four stations.

    Conversely, in good weather like that of a summer day, visit one of the parks and relax. Make it a picnic.  At Hyde Park, you can take a boat ride on the Serpentine Lake located in the middle. Alternatively, rent a bike or jump on a horse to enjoy numerous bridle paths within Hyde Park. Otherwise, you can simply enjoy getting away from the active London streets, roller bladders, dog walkers, and kite flyers.

    Wimbledon is a fantastic place to visit too. It’s found in Zone 3 and you can easily access it through the tube. You can get to the tennis museum to check out some of the world’s most popular tennis courts. During a summer afternoon, you can visit Wimbledon Common where there is a broad variety of local shops that offer different kinds of quirky gifts in the town centre. In the evenings, go to Wimbledon Theatre and enjoy musicals and plays.

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    April 26, 2013

    April 2013 Exciting London Events

    With all the festivities and events waiting to unfold, 2013 is a great year to visit London. You can jumpstart your planned visit this April and get to enjoy the perfect blend of business and pleasure. First, you’ll want to stay in an affordable hotel that is in the vicinity of all the events and that provides world-class services. The perfect boutique hotel in London is Chiswick Rooms, which offers you 4-star services in an elegant and comfortable room. Your itinerary for April will be full before you call it a night.

    1. Virgin London Marathon
    If you are an athletics enthusiast you are just in time to witness the Virgin London Marathon, which is the world’s largest annual fund-raising event and among the top five international marathons. On Sunday, 21st April, you will get to see thousands of runners run through the streets of the capital in the spring sunshine to raise money for charity. The race will kick off at Greenwich Park and finish at The Mall.

    Look out for the big names that will be battling it out, including Uganda’s London Olympic 2012 Marathon winner Stephen Kiprotich, Kenya’s world champion and Olympic silver medallist Abel Kirui, Kenya’s Olympic bronze medallist Wilson Kipsang, and Great Britain’s Shelly Woods and David Weir.

    2. Queen’s Birthday Gun Salutes
    For you with a flair for the dramatic, here comes the fun part. There will be the Queen’s Birthday Gun Salutes held in several parks in London on Monday 22nd April. Her Majesty’s actual birthday is a private celebration on 21st April, but the gun salutes will mark the public celebration in central London.
    Should you be close to Hyde Park at midday, you’ll witness a 41 gun salute by the King’s Troupe Royal Horse Artillery. This is the one time you get to see horses at a legally full gallop in Hyde Park. It is quite a spectacular show, full of ceremony and pomp. The horses gallop while towing a ton and a half of cannon.
    In case you will be near the Tower of London at 1pm, you can watch a 62 gun salute. It will be a 21 gun salute at Windsor Great Park. The Queen’s official birthday is in June, and the celebrations are marked by trooping the colour.

    3. The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night
    If you are of a literary lover or simply want your feet to cool while enjoying theatrical productions of Shakespeare’s works, you have already struck the jackpot. The all-male Shakespeare company Propeller will be airing both ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ between 23rd and 27th April at the Rose Theatre. The Taming of the Shrew is one of the most popular comedies by Shakespeare, albeit being controversial because of its derogatory representation of women.

    Twelfth Night is another comedy you can be sure to enjoy as Propeller has infused the production with music from all ages, modern and classic film, and animation, making it a very engaging way of presenting Shakespeare. They aim at creating appeal to a wider audience.

    4. World Photography Awards Exhibition
    There is still room for one more exciting event before the month ends. From 26th April to 12th May, the Somerset House will be hosting the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. Take an afternoon off from your business commitments and go see the very best of the world’s contemporary professional and amateur photography. There will be displays of fine art, photo-journalism and commercial photography. The exhibition couldn’t have come at a better time as the World Photo London festival will also be on.

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    April 22, 2013

    Brits 2013 at London’s 02 arena

    London is a bit chilly today.  It is only 3 Celsius or 37 Fahrenheit and it is very cloudy.  This such a shame as the last few days and especially last weekend it felt like Spring was in the air. Well not to worry, the good news is that March will be hear soon which means Spring will be here very soon. I already have bulbs popping up in the garden so it can’t be that far away.

    Here at Chiswick Rooms we are looking forward to the annual Brit Awards which is taking place tonight at London’s 02 arena.  James Corden is hosting the show again and we just can’t wait.  We are hoping that Olly Murs takes the Britsh Male Solo Artist, Rita Ora takes the Breakthrough award, Paloma Faith or Emeli Sande who is performing.  We are backing One Direction for the Best Group and Rianna for the best international female artist. We can’t decide on the best international group but I personally fancy The Killers taking it.

    As we have been thinking about the Brits all day we started to think about previous shows and what hit the head lines over the years. I remember in 1992 when KLF announced they were leaving the music business, this was a shock but made great TV.  Then a few years later the late Michael Jackson’s performance was interrupted by Javis Cocker with his bum-waggling.  Jacko carried on as a true pro.  I’ll never forget when Robbie Williams challenged Liam Gallagher to a fight when accepting the best single in 2000. It was a bit of a cop out as Liam wasn’t actually at the awards, but it was all good fun anyway.  Another favourite memory from the Brits is when Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood presented the show in 1989 I think.  It was just awful, lots of missed cues, no chemistry and just terrible. It was real car crash TV. Lets hope tonights show goes well.

    Those performing tonight include One Direction, Robbie Williams, Emeli Sande, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake.  If you are lucky enough to have tickets for tonight’s show you will surely be in for a treat.  Enjoy!  I wish I was going.  Instead I will be tucked up warm watching it on the TV in my onesie! shhh don’t tell anyone.





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    February 20, 2013

    London Boutique Hotel Chiswick Rooms

    Many people are having to cut back on travel expenses these days. The economy is still slow and budget savvy travelers don’t want to spend their money on overpriced hotels with a lot of unnecessary features that they will not even use. If you’re planning a a visit to London for business or pleasure and are looking for a nice hotel, you should consider staying with us here at Chiswick Rooms. We are a green boutique London hotel for those looking for comfort and quality in an economy package.

    What is a Boutique Hotel?

    A boutique hotel is an individual hotel that is generally not chain-affiliated.  They are intimate and stylish in design and provide impeccable amenities.  They are also known as design hotels and began appearing in the 1980s in North America.  Some boutique hotels are themed and attempt to be unique by having different themed rooms or choosing an overall distinct theme for the whole hotel.

    Chiswick Rooms is a modern hotel with all of the high-tech resources which are perfect for contemporary travelers. Each of our rooms has a high definition television, iPod deck, VoIP phones for free local calls and comfortable beds.  We only use anti-allergy pillows and duvets and each bathroom has a high pressure massage showerhead and high-powered hairdryer.

    As well as being a boutique hotel we are also classed as a green hotel.  We only use energy saving LED lighting, we have a ‘Light Off’ policy which automatically turns off lights when the room is left unoccupied. Our toilers have sensor lights which means they save electricity when they are not in use. We use emails to reduce the waste of paper. We also encourage guests to reuse the bath linen for the next day to save energy and consumption.

    Our rooms are cleaned daily to a very high standard.  You have three options when it comes to your room. If you are traveling alone, then a single room is perfect for you. For up to two travelers there are economy sized double rooms and twin rooms with one or two mattress options. You can keep your food in the mini fridge and there is a desk available if you have work you need to take care of.

    Business travellers will be able to use their laptops and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi connection available in each room.

    All of our employees here at Chiswick Rooms are 100% devoted to providing you with a pleasant stay in London. They will help you with any questions you might have about the city and its attractions. When it comes to outstanding service we provide everything you would hope for from a four-star hotel.

    Many people don’t realize that it’s possible to stay in a comfortable and classy boutique London hotel without spending a ridiculous amount of money.  Here at Chiswick Rooms you can have a nice, comfortable stay and enjoy everything the city has to offer. You simply will not find a better boutique London hotel for your money.

    Contact us today and book your stay.

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    January 30, 2013

    London Theatre Guide for Feb 2013

    February is a great time to get out and about and visit the West End.  All year round you can see musicals in the West End, but with the cold and dark nights in February, a visit to a London theatre is a great evening out. Below are just a few plays you can watch.

    For a full calendar of shows visit

    The Phantom of the Opera
    Her Majesty’s Theatre – SW1Y 4QL
    Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is now in its 26th record-breaking year.  This multi-award winning musical continues to captivate audiences even after more than 10,000 performances.

    Trafalgar Studio One  – SW1A 2DY
    Award winning actor James McAvoy stars in Shakespeare’s darkest tale Macbeth running from 9 February until 27 April 201.  Macbeth is the first production in the reconfigured auditorium of Trafalgar Studios.

    Ballet Revolucion
    Peacock Theatre -WC2A 2HT
    A mixture of ballet, contemporary dance and hip hop creates this adrenaline charged dance sensation from a company of amazingly talented dancers and live musicians.

    Quartermaine’s Terms
    Wyndham’s Theatre – WC2H 0DA
    Rowan Atkinson plays St. John Quartermaine who is a hopeless English Language teacher in an English Language school for foreigners. Set in the 1960s this fab British drama sees Quartermaine’s position in the school threatened by a new school Principal and tells moving accounts of several years in the lives of seven teachers.

    Jersey Boys
    Prince Edward Theatre – W1D 4HS
    The smash hit musical Jersey Boys is a rags-to-riches tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as they work their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom.  Featuring music hits ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,’ ‘Oh, What a Night’ and many more.

    Billy Elliot The Musical
    Victoria Palace Theatre – SW1E 5EA
    The story of a motherless boy whose father wants him to take up boxing but this is of no interest to him. Instead, the boy discovers a love for ballet and becomes very good.

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    Hotels near Chiswick

    Looking for a hotel near Chiswick?  Chiswick Rooms is a high quality 4* boutique hotel with a range of luxury in-room amenities including Individually controlled air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flat screen HD TVs, EU power sockets, I-Pod.  We are located on the border of Chiswick and Hammersmith. The closest tube station is Stamford Brook station (District Line) which is gives guests an easy route to Westfield Shopping Centre, Earls Court, Ealing, and the rest of central London.


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    Chiswick is a peaceful part of London which is carefully maintained and relatively safe. The Thames is just a 10 minute walk from the hotel for those wanting to walk the streets. There are plenty of bars, pubs and clubs and all sorts of restaurants in Chiswick high street.

    The most exclusive part of Chiswick is the discreetly wealthy Bedford Park which is situated north.  To the south is Dukes Meadows which is a waterside park with golf course and other sporting facilities. Grove Park Farm House also provides for sport as well as artists’ studios and a popular farmers’ market.

    If you are looking for bit of history of the area you should consider visiting Chiswick House in Burlington Lane.  Chiswick House was designed by Lord Burlington and completed in 1729 and is a great example of 18th century British architecture.   It is now a Grade 1 listed building and one of the best examples of Neo-Palladian architecture in London.  The beautiful Palladian mansion exhibits fine paintings and furniture and has large grounds including a large lake.

    If you want more information about Chiswick and London in general, our staff at the hotel will be more than happy to help.  You will not be disappointed with Chiswick Rooms if you are looking for hotels in Chiswick.  We look forward to welcoming you in 2013.

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    January 8, 2013

    See London as a Local

    If you have never visited London, make 2013 the year you finally do! The England’s city sings out its own praises of attractions to keep visitors coming back for more. From a spin on the London Eye to a tour of the Tower of London, this city has amazing features that leave many of its visitors surprised. In addition to the big hitters, there exists another side of London city that many visitors usually miss out completely: the London which locals love.

    Shopping and markets
    There are many wonderful shopping centers within the England capital that will make your shopping experience even better. For instance, you can visit the Shepherd’s Bush and shop at the Westfiled shopping center, a mighty shopping center that many tourists as well as Londoners usually flock in to do their shopping. This wets London giant shopping point is popularly known as the usual home for the high street suspects.

    For the fashion lovers, vintage clothes are usually found at the Brick Lane which offers most unique fashion in London city. There exist other small stores dotted within the city as well as a Sunday market where you can get one-off clothes with bags. Another east End favorite is the Broadway Market located in Hackney which has stalls that offer gists as well as delicious street meals.

    In addition, there is an England city’s most multi-cultural food market which is in Brixton. This market usually opens from Monday to Saturday and offers everything from Jamaican bullah cakes to the pig’s trotters.

    Going out
    If you like going out with your buddies to have several bottles of ales, Edgy East London will be your perfect choice; it has remained to be the hippiest nightlife in the England’s capital. Hoxton as well as Horeditch top the list of the most buzzing parts of the city with a diverse mix of clubs, bars, as well as pubs which make perfect points for the weekends.
    You can as well go to the surrounding areas of Hackney as well as Dalston to enjoy your tiem in the coolest underground bars and clubs. Through the word of mouth reputation, Dalston has become the most preferred place to be on Saturday nights; as a result of this, many high class clubs such as the Passing Clouds and Dalston Superstore have emerged and became the essence of the fashionable city.

    The river
    One of the best rivers in England that fascinates its capital is the Thames Path National Trial which is about 184 miles from its source to the Thames Flood Barrier. The Southbank area is the busiest stretch of this river and is among the best points to view the city well. Besides, other top sights of this river are the Tate Modern as well as the Houses of Parliament. Few miles to the west of the river, there is another side that makes this river even better; a rural setting, boat clubs as well as inviting pubs form the best place to escape the city.

    Perfect for a Sunday stroll
    With a village-like charm, the leafy Richmond which is located to the southwest of London city has an idyllic place on the river. It features a vast green space with cosy pubs as well as very pleasant architecture. This place attracts many visitors and Londoners who are searching for a nice place to escape the city. Another similar place is the Highgate located in the north London; it has very descent pubs and cafes which are ideal for Sunday lunch.

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    Christmas In London 2012

    London puts out all the stops when it comes to celebrating Christmas. It’s a grand affair and well worth a visit. There is plenty to do and see for all the family, it’s just a matter of choosing what to do and when.

    If you want to stay in an affordable boutique London hotel Chiswick Rooms we would love to welcome you. Our 4 star hotel is perfect for those wanting a comfortable stylish room with all mod cons in a prime location.

    Below is a map put together by with the location of Chiswick Rooms and locations of attractions in the area.

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    Chiswick Rooms is a great boutique hotel near Heathrow airport and also in close proximity to Hammersmith Apollo. This Christmas sees Gary Barlow playing to a sold out crowd on the 27th December, Dappy is playing on the 20th. Other shows include Micheal McIntyre’s Christmas show, Bill Bailey, and my favorite Brain Cox.

    Whatever your heading into London to do or see Chiswick rooms welcomes you and hopes you have a great Christmas and New Year.

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    December 10, 2012

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