Exploring the Streets of London

As a major travel destination, London has its fair share of hotels. Unfortunately, many are overpriced, dull or a combination of both. To enjoy London like a Londoner, consider a vacation rental in one of these trendy neighborhoods.

Oxford Street

Boasting more than 300 high-end shops, Oxford Street is one of the busiest shopping districts in all of Europe. This active street measures approximately a mile and a half long, and intersects with Park Lane, New Bond Street and Regent Street. Oxford Street also has a highly dramatic history.

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Beginning the 12th Century and lasting through 1782, Oxford Street served as the road taken by prisoners to Newgate Prison. In modern times, it evolved into a street where British chain stores hold their celebrity launches. This includes the century-old Selfridges, the second largest department store in the United Kingdom.

In 2005, the Oxford Street Selfridges hosted a group of Elvis Presley tribute artists, who set the world record for the most Elvis impersonators in one location. The event is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Jermyn Street

Mention Jermyn Street in London, and the first words that come to mind are “gentlemen’s shirts.” Jermyn Street is to men’s shirts as Savile Row is to men’s fine suits. In fact, the shirt makers at the famous Turnbull & Asser store have produced shirts for esteemed gentlemen such as Prince Charles and George W Bush.

Jermyn Street takes its name from Henry Jermyn, who developed the neighborhood in 1667. Its residents of distinction include Sir Isaac Newton, Colonel Churchill Duke, and the Duchess of Richmond and Lennox. The street is also home to the 70-seat Jermyn Street Theater.

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While fans of custom-made clothing enjoy Jermyn Street for its shirts, steak aficionados rave about the steaks at Rowley’s Restaurant. This restaurant is famous for its grilled steak, which is with a tasty herb butter sauce and unlimited supply of chips.

Leicester Square

Leicester Square embodies the charm of all things British. It’s named after Robert Sidney, who served as the 2nd Earl of Leicester. In 1630, Sidney purchased four acres of land within the neighborhood, and  built an enormous house called Leicester House. Much to the local residents’ immense disapproval, Sidney enclosed part of the formerly public land around his ostentatious new mansion.  As usual for London, arbitration ensued, and Lord Leicester was ordered to keep part of his land available to local parishioners.

Today, a small park ornaments the center of the area. Its features  a statue of Shakespeare surrounded by dolphins, as well as statues of other historic celebrities such as Sir Isaac Newton. The most humorous statue has Charlie Chaplin gaping at Sir William Shakespeare is probably the funniest. The  Bard would probably be quite amused, but we’re not sure how he would feel about sharing the glory  with the modern screen actors, whose hand-prints appear on the mounted plaques that also ornament Leicester Square.




Piccadilly, a major road in the City of London, measures 1.25 miles. It traverses Piccadilly Circus and the southeast corner of Hyde’s Park.

The name comes from a tailor named Robert Baker. During the 17th-century, Baker owned a shop that specialized in the piccalilli, a large stiff collar known for its scalloped edges and a broad lace border. The money earned from these collars allowed him to build a large mansion.  He called it Piccadilly Hill.

The  attractions of Piccadilly include Burlington House, home to the Royal Academy of Arts, and Fortnum and Mason, the department store associated with the British Royal family. The store boasts a highly impressive food hall, whose stocks of specialty foods have been known to induce hunger pangs.

The store also has a fashionable tea shop as well as a hair salon that specializes in cutting and styling long hair.




Piccadilly Circus

There’s no circus in Piccadilly Circus. Circus is the Latin word for circle, and Piccadilly Circus is simply a circular open space.  Kitsch neon signs and flashy billboards characterize this funky neighborhood but its Tube station is its claim to fame. It starred in a 1986 video for Press TV, which featured Sir Paul McCartney catching a Tube train and chatting with fellow passengers.

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Dean Street

An intriguing history inspired tourists to visit and stay near Dean Street. In 1756 a young musician named Wolfgang  Amadeus Mozart performed a recital at 21 Dean Street. Fast forward to World War II, and the French House, also located on Dean Street, served as the headquarters for Charles de Gaulle and the French Underground Resistance movement.

Karl Marx inhabited Dean Street from 1851 to 1856. His dwellings sat above what is now the upscale restaurant called  Quo Vadis. Before he became an author, Charles Dickens was a regular on Dean Street. As an aspiring actor,  he participated in amateur productions at Fanny Kelly’s Royalty Theatre, located at 73-74 Dean Street.


London captivates her visitors with her rich and colorful history. Why not spend time vacationing within her residential areas, and get to know her better.

Post by Angella Grey, the marketing manager at The Vacation Rentals Experts – an on-line and off-line digital marketing strategy that creates marketing solutions for vacation rentals, holiday homes and brands.

Joint us on twitter, follow our Linkedin company page to learn more and get great tips on market strategy and solutions for your holiday properties.

10 Amazing Places for a Girls Getaway

Girls Getaway

Is it a group of old girl friends that want to reconnect? Is it a trip for somebody’s birthday? Perhaps a big 40th or 50th celebration? A bachelorette party? Is it a group of new girl friends seeking to bond and get to know one another better?

Maybe a group of moms that are in desperate need of having some peace and pampering? All of these occasions might call for different types of women only trips to various types of destinations.

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Here are 10 destinations that are all time favorite for girls around the world:

  1. Pamplona, Spain

You may be familiar with the legendary running of the bulls, but you likely know little about the city that serves as its scenic stage.

Pamplona, Spain, the capital city of Basque Country, is a destination very worth your knowing, particularly if you’re a foodie, because Basque Country is really a gastronomic paradise.

Basque culture stands out as singular in Europe-the locals speak their very own language, there is a strong feeling of Basque pride, and Basque women have enjoyed equality since the feudal era.

2. Oaxaca, Mexico

Going to the city of Oaxaca provides a fascinating look at Mexican colonial architecture: Its baroque-style Santo Domingo temple is among the most beautiful in all of Mexico, with a domed ceiling and an intricate gold altar.

The weather is sunny and dry all year-round, which makes it a wonderful place for you and the gals to get together for strolls down the cobblestone streets, gaze up at colorful colonial buildings, stop in at museums and, obviously, eat your hearts out (literally).

3. Tuscany, Italy

The fervor of Italy and the Italians is most alive in its cuisine, and nowhere is that passion more evident than in Tuscany, a region of central Italy where women devote hours (even days) in developing the intense flavors that go into recipes passed down for generations.

Pasta, pizza, thick breads, bruschettas, and truffle oil all hail from Tuscany. You can study the centuries-old culinary secrets of this region in its kitchens-or just sample them while dining with your best friends each night.

4. Bangkok

Bangkok is two parts sophisticated metropolis and one part traditional-culture hub. It is a dynamic environment where (nearly) anything goes. The city center of modern Bangkok is choked with high-rise steel-and-glass offices, massive shopping complexes, and gridlocked traffic of cars and tuk-tuks.

5. Bali, Indonesia

Gorgeous beaches, surfing, and a tropical landscape of jungle-cloaked volcanoes and rice terraces reserve Bali a unique place in the hearts of international jet-setters. However, this island province, located in Southeast Asia of Indonesian archipelago, is also an idyllic spa haven if you are looking for help dropping that heavy baggage all of us carry in our lives.
6. Carlsbad, Czech Republic

If you have got general pains and aches, like most of us, or if you are struggling with a specific ailment like arthritis, the spas here can be just the ticket. Or perhaps you are just looking for relaxation and discovering a new country.

You and your girlfriends would love coming to Carlsbad, a quaint and quiet spa town where one can take a bath fit for a queen.

7.  New Zealand
In case your idea of the perfect girlfriends getaway combines a classic road trip with good old-fashioned exercise, stunning scenery, and a spa, you cannot beat what this two-island nation offers. The Kiwis (aka New Zealanders) have devised a mind-boggling number of adventurous ways to explore their two islands and all sorts of mountains, fjords, and rivers.

8. Costa Rica

Close your eyes and think about immersing your body in rain-water fed natural hot springs, with views of waterfalls, lush tropical plants, and, during the night, gushing red-orange lava. Costa Rica, located between Nicaragua and Panama, is renowned for both its friendliness and eco-friendliness.

9.  Thailand

The Southeast Asian country has no choice but to soothe, with a Buddhist culture setting the tone for mindful living; a fragrant, light cuisine which goes easy on your body; massage and yoga integrated into the lifestyle; and silky beaches and friendly people.

Girlfriends love the calm, warm seawater, inexpensive massages at the water’s edge, soft breezes, fresh fruit and fish, and the friendly Thai people.

10. Ireland

Ireland’s emerald landscapes are dotted with countless castles; some are medieval ruins, others are palace hotels. Especially if you have got Irish roots, staying in a castle is a great way to start exploring your heritage.

But for women from all backgrounds, Ireland is an escape to a different era, to a land of myths and a pastoral existence.
Have an amazing time… we know you will! Remember, above all that having a good time will truly mostly depend on who will be accompanying you on your girls getaway trip.

Relax, have some fun, and you will be building memories to serve you for a life time!. So get planning and enjoy your girls getaway trip! Cheers!

Post by Angella Grey, the marketing manager at The Vacation Rentals Experts – an online and offline digital marketing strategy that creates marketing solutions for vacation rentals, holiday homes and brands.

Joint us on twitter, follow our LinkedIn company page to learn more and get great tips on market strategy and solutions for your holiday properties.

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