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INTERVIEWS OF MODERN HEROES

Every day we see the devastating impact homelessness has on people’s lives.

Crisis mobilise a huge volunteer effort each Christmas to bring warmth, companionship and vital services to people at one of the hardest times of the year.

Meet 2 of those Modern Heroes:

 

First Name: Emma

Age: 43

Location: Cardiff

 

Why did you choose CRISIS and how was your experience?

This will be my 10th year volunteering with Crisis. My experience really talks through the length of time that I have volunteered. It’s the best thing that I do all year.

Do you have a connection with this cause in your life?

No, I have not been homeless but I don’t see myself as any different to anyone that uses our services. I have a connection with the cause because I have a connection with every person that I walk by on the streets and I feel driven to do something. The greatest (and saddest) thing that I’ve learned from my experience is that it can be incredibly bewildering for guests that people care in such large numbers to make the project possible.  Something as simple as opening a door for guests to enter the dining hall says something. It tells them that they matter.

What do you do for a living when not volunteering and how would you describe yourself ?

I returned to University to study to be a physiotherapist last year. I was a civil servant for 14 years before I left to study. The experience of volunteering and the amazing services volunteers helped me to find a new career.

What is it like to work alongside such a good cause and what kind of satisfaction do you get from it?

The shift team are my Crisis Family. As others sit down to their turkey dinners, I can’t imagine being anywhere else than with my family at Crisis. It’s given me confidence, helped me find a new career and I’ve made some great friends whilst contributing to a project that has potential to change lives.

What is the most difficult in volunteering?

The last day. The realisation that we couldn’t help everyone, that we are sending our guests back on to the streets in many cases is heart breaking.

Name a public figure you think is a role model?

Jo Cox.

If you could describe CRISIS in one word?

Family

What would you say to people to incite them to give their time or money to Crisis?

The Christmas project cannot single handed solve the problem of homelessness, but we can make guests feel like they matter by some very simple acts – providing a meal, a safe place to sleep, a smile, someone to listen, a haircut, a new pair of glasses, medical care.  This can be important in giving our guests the hope to face the New Year. Crisis provides services and support throughout the year and we signpost our guests to these and other services whilst giving them a sense of belonging and safety. You don’t need specialist skills to join us, just enthusiasm to work as a team for our guests and each other – you can make a difference.

 

 

First Name: Peter

Age: 43

Location: London

 

Why did you choose CRISIS and how was your experience?

In 2002 I was new to London and wanted something unusual to occupy my time during Christmas. I began researching where to volunteer with homeless causes and found Crisis.

Do you have a connection with this cause in your life?

My day job is working in housing, so there’s a connection. It’s alarming to me how much of the housing that is available in London and the South East is out of reach to all kinds of people on all kinds of salaries.

What do you do for a living when not volunteering and how would you describe yourself?

I run a social enterprise that houses people who do brilliant volunteering in buildings that would otherwise be empty. We’ve just celebrated supporting the equivalent of 140 years of full time volunteering and we have people volunteering for everything from large charities to small one, and of course Crisis! I’d describe myself as generally curious and wanting to change things for the better.

What is it like to work alongside such a good cause and what kind of satisfaction do you get from it?

The best thing for me about such a large project is the variety of people I meet: both guests and volunteers. When you get to hear the different stories behind someone’s homelessness that’s interesting and it’s also taught me that there is no stereotype of homelessness: it could affect anyone anytime. There’s an amazing energy that comes with a project that only lasts a week: we’re a bit like a pop-up. I’ve met a lot of amazing volunteers over the years too and it simply couldn’t happen without the thousands of volunteers who come to help Crisis over the week.

What is the most difficult in volunteering?

We’re a big project, so finding the right number of volunteers across the week and across all of our centres can sometimes be challenging. We particularly love anyone who can volunteer at nights, and towards the 28th, 29th, 30th December.

Name a public figure you think is a role model?

I always enjoy hearing Ruby Wax on mental health.

If you could describe CRISIS in one word?

Hope

What would you say to people to incite them to give their time or money to Crisis?

Whatever you can give – time to volunteer or donations to help – it will be put to great use.

 

 

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CRISIS AT CHRISTMAS

We like to do our bit for homeless charities, whether it’s donating replaced pillows and towels, or offering rooms for important causes.

Rough sleeping has more than doubled in the last six years in London and one charity particularly stands out for us: Crisis.

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. Their team help people directly out of homelessness and every year work side by side with thousands of people, to help them rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good.

Alongside the 12,000 volunteers, Crisis welcome thousands of guests into centres across Britain offering support and advice on health, housing, employment, benefits as well as food, clothing and company for the festive period. For many, the centres offers a chance to relax, regain confidence and plan for the future in a supportive environment, away from the immediate hardships of homelessness.

For the seventh year running, we’re supporting Crisis at Christmas by donating 10 suites free-of-charge to volunteers. Being centrally located, our rooms at The Chronicle, The Rosebery and Templeton Place become comfortable homes for those doing such an important job over the festive period.

Every day we see the devastating impact homelessness has on people’s lives. Crisis mobilise a huge volunteer effort each Christmas to bring warmth, companionship and vital services to people during one of the toughest periods of the year.

Meet the team behind Crisis at Christmas.

 

We’ve just been told by the team at Crisis that the campaign is busier than ever.

Read the portraits of 2 Modern Heroes. 

 

Support young homeless artists this winter!

We are proud to announce the launch of the Supercity Art House.

Supercity Art House is an initiative which sees the artwork of young homeless people exhibited, and available for purchase, at selected Supercity Aparthotels in support of those affected by homelessness.

 

Alexis Burton, CEO of Supercity said: “Supporting homeless communities is an integral part of our ethos at Supercity. We support Crisis at Christmas annually, offering accommodation for the volunteers, so the launch of the Supercity Art House, and partnership with Accumulate, is an exciting step in extending this support. Through the sale of the artwork exhibited, we hope to be able to help fund many more creative programmes through Accumulate, while raising wider awareness around homelessness in our communities.” 

 

Each piece of artwork displayed will be on sale from 18th November 2019 in selected Supercity Aparthotels as well as online via supercityarthouse.com.

All the money raised will be donated to Accumulate to support the charity itself as well as contributing to the welfare of the artists exhibited.

 

VISIT THE ART HOUSE

 

Halloween: Spooky London

 

Halloween gets more popular every year—in the two weeks leading up to the 31st, expect to see costumed denizens and lots of adverts for scary London attractions. Most of them are tourist traps. Instead, for a real Halloween experience, go to places rooted in history, where London’s dark past is unearthed. So, before getting ready for the next big season, try out a few of these:

 

The Ten Bells

A rather typical quaint Shoreditch pub? Guess again—this 2 century long-running bar has a tangled history with Jack the Ripper, Spitalfield’s most infamous resident. Two of the murdered women frequented the Ten Bells, and rumours of ghost sightings are frequent. If that’s not spooky enough, poltergeist activity and the possible ghost of an old landlord have been reported by staff. So if you pop in for a pint, be on the lookout.

Ghost Tours at Hampton Court:

This storied sprawling castle has seen more than its fair share of tragedy—from the execution of two of Henry VIII’s wives to even its original owner, Cardinal Wolsey. These excellent tours give a detailed look into the spirits still said to haunt the halls. Look out for Catherine Howard, sometimes seen dashing through the upper hallway, desperately trying to escape her impending execution.

The Graveyards

Cemeteries are creepy territory and London is home to plenty. Any city with London’s history is bound to have a few restless souls, and most are set to hang out around the cemeteries. The larger more well-trod grounds in Hyde Park and Highgate are beautiful and sad, but for a truly creepy experience, try the ones below.

Epping Forest

For something a little more subtle but also real, wander through Epping Forest when the sun starts going down—people have been reporting ghost sightings for centuries. That could be because it’s where Dick Turpin attacked his victims–or the countless battles held here over the years. Maybe you’ll just go for a wander in quiet woods, but this might be the closest you get to a real ghost all season.

West Norwood Cemetery Catacombs

The West Norwood Catacombs, an underground resting place for London’s Victorian dead. It might not look it, but these body pigeon holes were built out of a respect for the dead, a way of escaping the unkempt, swampy cemetaries that were overloaded with bodies from the cholera outbreak. The catacombs are rarely open to the public, save for occasional tours from the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery. Remember, it’s a resting place, not a box on the goth bucket list.

City of London Cemetery and Crematorium

Cemeteries are creepy territory and London is home to plenty. Since the mid 1970’s locals have complained about a brilliant orange light emanating from one of the tombstones in the western section of the City of London Cemetery in Wanstead. Despite repeated attempts, investigators have been unable to find any light source outside the graveyard that could account for the phenomenon. Spooky, eh?

London’s Scariest Attractions

 

Spending time with us this Halloween? We list below our picks of London’s Scariest attractions. We will not take responsibility for tears, hysteria or cardiac arrests! These attractions run all year round (except Fright Night at Thorpe Park), so don’t fret if you can’t make it for October 31st.

 

The Ten Bells

A rather typical quaint Shoreditch pub? Guess again—this 2 century long-running bar has a tangled history with Jack the Ripper, Spitalfield’s most infamous resident. Two of the murdered women frequented the Ten Bells, and rumours of ghost sightings are frequent. If that’s not spooky enough, poltergeist activity and the possible ghost of an old landlord have been reported by staff. So if you pop in for a pint, be on the lookout.

City of London Cemetery and Crematorium

Cemeteries are creepy territory and London is home to plenty. Since the mid 1970’s locals have complained about a brilliant orange light emanating from one of the tombstones in the western section of the City of London Cemetery in Wanstead. Despite repeated attempts, investigators have been unable to find any light source outside the graveyard that could account for the phenomenon. Spooky, eh?

The London Dungeon

You can’t have a scary list without The London Dungeon! Jump out of your skin at live actors, spine-tingling rides and alarmingly realistic models, which bring London’s dark past to life. Things have moved on since the last time some of us went here and it definitely doesn’t disappoint! With lots of new attractions and extension of their popular ‘Lates’ sessions for over 18’s it’s a must visit, we’ve got our tickets booked!

The London Bridge Experience

Not for the wimps out there! this is one scary experience! It will have you screaming for freedom, with lots of surprises as you explore your way through the London tombs. If you don’t cope well with confined spaced, this is not for you. If you have kids, they do a ‘guardian angels tour’ where a guide will show them through so they can experience the tombs without the horror’s chasing them.

Fright Night at Thorpe Park 

If you have more time on your hands this is well worth a visit. The theme park opens its doors after hours and visitors can experience the rides after dark, great if there is a group of you.  If you are going to the haunted mazes do not stand at the back of the line if you are easily scared! Zoe did not cope well with that experience!

The Ghost Bus Tours

A London tour with a twist…This old route master takes you on a tour of London visiting all the usual spots, such as The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. But be prepared for the gruesome tales and surprises that lie within! The ghost bus has a secret story of its own… The bus is also available for private hire and parties.

Jack The Ripper Tour

This list would not be complete without mentioning Jack the Ripper, London’s most gruesome serial killer of all time. This tour is the most up to date and you will be taken to each of the murder scenes and gather up clues and evidence from murder cases, there is also a stop off at the Ten Bells pubs, which is thought to have been visited regularly by the ripper himself. The tour is said to come alive on 31st October, so our advice will be to book for this night.

Not enough? More spooky spots HERE.

 

About us:
Since 2009, Supercity Aparthotels have led the way in providing stylish, serviced apartment hotels. Our personalised service has established a level of comfort, convenience and attention to detail that only true family-run properties can achieve.
All of our suites provide the perfect accommodation for business travellers, re-locators, families and just about anyone who likes an added element of freedom when they travel.
Whether you’d like to kick your feet up for a day or two, or stay long-term, our doors are always open!

Why Brighton is the next place to be?

Oh, the south coast…

If you love see views and seagulls, why not make your way to Brighton?

With the train station located in the heart of the city centre, you’ll be enjoying all Brighton has to offer within moments.

London, Manchester and now… Brighton!

…And the best kept secret is…

Supercity Aparthotels will be adding Brighton to their list of locations!

With 4 properties in London and 1 in Manchester, the expansion continues.

*SPOILER ALERT*

You can expect sea view, balconies and a restaurant onsite.

Stay tuned for our opening date and our special opening rate.

 

 

If you are a fan of vibrant cities, pebble seaside’s and all things trendy, this coastal location will be for you.

Get your brightest clothes, portable cameras and comfy shoes ready!

Located in the heart of Brighton on Queens Square, between the seafront and Brighton railway station, this property is in a the best spot to benefit tourists, London commuters and business travellers.

Had a twirl on Brighton’s ice-skating rink in the past? If so, this location will be super familiar to you. 4 stories high and offering 61 apartments – rumours have it that this will be opening by the end of the year.

You’ll be able to drop your bags off and start your adventures – whether this is to the office or arcades full of amusements.

Queens Square is surrounded by leading retailers, restaurants and nightlife venues.

Why Brighton?

  • Steeped in history, named the hippest city and voted the happiest place to live in the UK.
  • Work, rest and play.
  • Fish and chips!

Why Q Square Aparthotel?

Q Square is:

  •  8-minute walk away from Brighton station.
  • 10 minutes to bustling North Laine.
  • 5 minutes to seafront and 15 minutes to the pier.

Where will you be drawn into?

 

About Supercity:
Since 2009 Supercity Aparthotels have led the way in providing stylish, serviced apartment hotels. Our personalised service has established a level of comfort, convenience and attention to detail that only true family-run properties can achieve.

All of our suites provide the perfect accommodation for business travellers, re-locators, families and just about anyone who likes an added element of freedom when they travel.

Whether you’d like to kick your feet up for a day or two, or stay long-term, our doors are always open!

Doing Our Part: Sustainability and Supercity

Consider yourself environmentally friendly?

There’s been plenty of talk surrounding our planet and our environment. From going paper-less to cutting down on food wastage and substituting one set of wheels for another. Being kinder to our planet can be healthier and more cost-efficient too!

At Supercity, we’re always trying to implement ways of reducing our carbon footprint and taking necessary steps to help our planet.

How, you ask?

Our mission is to take steps towards reducing our environmental impact and we have input several new initiatives to do so:

The first is that we offer Thirsty Planet bottles of water in all our Suites. These nifty supplies guarantee donations to Pump Aid. If that didn’t already sound convincing, the packaging is 100% recyclable – from the bottle to the lid and right down to the label (impressive, right?).

We now email all invoices and send all correspondence electronically – when we do print it’s on recycled paper! We have also placed paper magazines with electronic copies too! (Hello, 21st century.)

Supporting our local economy, we’ve recently transformed our in-room menus! Vastly improved we’ve worked hard to create a healthier collection of new snacks. Whether you’re gluten free, vegan or on a diet you will find something to make you happy. In addition, we’ve added an amazing variety of British wines!

All made up in the UK with locally sourced, British produce!

Snack and Wine Menu

 

Did you think we were almost done?

There’s plenty more! We’ve also moved to eco-friendly washing tablets, dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid to reduce our water pollution.

Our aparthotels are becoming greener and greener. Not only are our new properties the most eco-friendly, but we’re always in search of new ways of becoming more sustainable.

We have now cut out air conditioning and replaced this with under-floor heating and a combined heat and power unit which provides both hot water and electricity.

We wanted the proof to be in the pudding, so we’re also gifting our guests to a green goody to take home after their stay. We’re supplying a free take-home tote bag so you can shop without the use of plastic bags. Think of it as a gift that keeps on giving!

Our Supercity Shoppers are for life.

Although we’ve taken these steps so far, our aims are still high.

 

Our plans for the future:

We’re taking our bathroom products to single use, plastic free!

Not only that, we’re sourcing new cleaning products, which are chemical-free and supplied in recyclable packaging.

Supercity are committed to products that only use sustainable palm oil. In fact, we’re working towards eliminating palm oil in all 3rd party products that we buy or use.

We believe that every little counts, which is why we’d love to hear if you have any recommendations! Email us at Hello@supercityuk.com

 

 

About us:
Since 2009, Supercity Aparthotels have led the way in providing stylish, serviced apartment hotels. Our personalised service has established a level of comfort, convenience and attention to detail that only true family-run properties can achieve.

All of our suites provide the perfect accommodation for business travellers, re-locators, families and just about anyone who likes an added element of freedom when they travel.

Whether you’d like to kick your feet up for a day or two, or stay long-term, our doors are always open!

British Food Fortnight – Supporting our local producers.

Not only do the crops grow fresher, more local and larger – so does the event! (What better celebrations could there be other than celebrating food?)

We’re all about supporting great causes at Supercity, which is why we’re shedding light on British Food Fortnight!

Sustainably sourced produce, organic, local and lending a helping hand with reducing Britain’s carbon footprint?

That’s right – British Food Fortnight provides the UK public with all of the above. (In fact, they have been since 2002 – now that’s impressive!)

 

What?

British Food Fortnight is the biggest national celebration of British food and 2019 marks the 18th year the event has returned to our farms and towns.

Communities and organisations are invited to celebrate the diverse and delicious food this country has to offer.

 

Who is involved?

Anyone and everyone – you can be too!

We’re doing our part to get involved this autumn. We’re revamping our menu’s and offering guests British produce only.

Community support, farming ambassadors and Michelin-star chefs will also be kicking off this period of goodness.

Not only will we be rolling up our sleeves, Masterchef winner, Jane Devonshire, Michelin-star chef, Phil Howard and the world’s finest chef, Raymond Blanc OBE will show their support this September.

 

How to get involved too:


Step right up!

By making a special effort to seek out British food, you’re one step closer. Shop local!

Sourcing your food locally not only allows you to track and find out more about your ingredients, but you’re also supporting your local economy.

This is tastier, better for the environment and better for your health.

Fact of the day: Foods that are in season contain nutrients, minerals and trace elements that our bodies need.

 

Did somebody say competition?


We’re kick-starting our very own competition in celebration of this foodie fortnight.

Host your very own #locallysourced dining experience in one of our suites during British Food Fortnight. This is from 21st September – 6th October.

Next step: Snap the night away! Take plenty of photo’s and tag us using @supercityuk.

Last but not least: Email the saucy details of your event to marketing@supercityuk.com by 18th October!

A prize?

You’ll have to wait and see… We may even extend your stay for a night!

That sure is enough to get us sprinting down to our local grocers – we hope you’ll join us on our quests too!

Explore, pick and grow your own!

#BritishFoodIsGreat

 

 

About Supercity:
Since 2009, Supercity Aparthotels have led the way in providing stylish, serviced apartment hotels. Our personalised service has established a level of comfort, convenience and attention to detail that only true family-run properties can achieve.

All of our suites provide the perfect accommodation for business travellers, re-locators, families and just about anyone who likes an added element of freedom when they travel.

Whether you’d like to kick your feet up for a day or two, or stay long-term, our doors are always open!

The London Chronicles: London Fashion Week

Lights, cameras: action!

Get your best shoes and gowns at the ready – London Fashion Week is around the corner. Can you tell we’re excited?

We’ve been on the hunt to collect all the need-to-knows there are about this renowned event.

New York, Paris and Milan may be on the list of where Fashion Week travels to, though London is the first to open their doors to the public.

Will you be attending? We sure have our eyes on the prize! (Aka, tickets!)

 

What?

London Fashion Week is a biannual event where members of the fashion industry flock to see next season’s trends. Everyone from world designers to editors, buyers and influencers show up to gaze and take note.

Until recently, it’s almost been impossible to bag yourself a ticket to one of these runway shows. This year, you’re in luck!

The British Fashion Council has announced that London will be the first to open their doors to the public this year. Although the event typically runs for 5 days, the public will have access on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of September.

 

Tickets?

If you’re ready to window shop and drool over this seasons must-haves, standard tickets are priced at £135.

Want to treat yourselves and go all out? Tickets for front row seats (the best of the best) will set you back £245.

Not only do you get access to viewing this low-key event, but included in this price is also a seat to listen in on industry-led panel discussions (how exciting does this sound!).

You’re also able to access the DiscoveryLAB! (Can we get an “oooh”?) The DiscoveryLAB is where all things experimental take place – where fashion meets art and music.

The VIP treatment continues! You’ll also be granted a sneak peak at a brand-new designer exhibition and receive complimentary drinks and lunch from the VIP Café.

No matter which ticket you decide to go for, all visitors will be gifted to reusable tote bags! If you decide to go for the Front Row tickets, these will filled with fashion and beauty treats too. (We wonder what these goodies could be!)

 

Where?

London Fashion Week will be kicking off at The Store X, 180 The Strand. If you’re travelling by train, the closest station is Temple.

Alternatively, if you’re staying with Supercity, The Strand is only a 10-minute walk away from The Chronicle, and 20 minutes from The Rosebery!

 

 

About Supercity:
Since 2009 Supercity Aparthotels have led the way in providing stylish, serviced apartment hotels. Our personalised service has established a level of comfort, convenience and attention to detail that only true family-run properties can achieve.
All of our suites provide the perfect accommodation for business travellers, re-locators, families and just about anyone who likes an added element of freedom when they travel.
Whether you’d like to kick your feet up for a day or two, or stay long-term, our doors are always open!

Luxury suites with bespoke artwork by a local artist – Elizabeth Harper

We’re always striving to create the perfect home away from home for our guests. Whether this is by adding personal touches or hand-selecting all of the artwork in our suites.

You won’t find a Supercity suite that isn’t crawling with playful pieces of locally created art.

We’re here to shed light on just how special the work is and who’s behind these masterpieces.

If you’ve paid us a visit recently and stayed in The Chronicle or The Rosebery, you’d have spotted a few series of eye-catchy work.

Behind these paintings is Elizabeth Harper.

 

Background:

Elizabeth Harper studied for an MA in Ancient Drama at Nottingham University after completing a BA in Classical Civilisation.

Whilst at university, Harper was working within theatre, producing and designing shows.

After leaving education, Harper started to miss studying the arts and dedicated time to saving up to return. She spent her weekdays painting and weekends working in a pub to go on to train as a theatre designer.

Currently, Harper is balancing creating Fine Art, making theatre and spending plenty of time volunteering. (Talk about staying on her toes!)

Harper volunteers alongside Extinction Rebellion as an environmental activist. Her main focus is the wellbeing of other volunteers during and after actions.

 

Greatest Influences:

While growing up, a lot of Elizabeth Harper’s inspiration and influence was taken from renaissance artwork.

Harper’s compositions were also created with influence deriving from the classical art world.

 

Processes:

Composition is key!

Harper begins her projects by breaking down compositions, section by section.

Once this is done, the artwork is rearranged and filled in with a unique painting style. This style is normally tailored depending on the brief or what feels natural. The purpose is to create a complementary aesthetic.

 

Working with Supercity:

We wanted to know more about what it was like to work alongside Supercity and Harper filled us in!

While creating artwork for The Chronicle and The Rosebery, Harper worked very closely to one of our company directors:

“As a creative mind, and responsible for the interior design of the hotels, this was a true collaboration.”

The aim of the artwork was to be “Sophisticated and playful.”

We think exactly that – but more importantly, we’d love to know what our guests think too!

Want to know more?

We’ll be rolling out more information about Elizabeth Harper’s artwork in The Chronicle and The Rosebery shortly. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, we’re always eager to hear what our guests are enjoying. Whether this is the views around town, in our suites or how good a night’s sleep you get!

Notting Hill Carnival – Our Necessary Guide

With only a short countdown till Europe’s biggest street party, we’ve put together all the information you need to know ahead of Notting Hill Carnival’s arrival!

What:

 

Started in 1966 as a way to promote Caribbean identity in the wake of post-war immigration, Notting Hill Carnival quickly ballooned into the country’s biggest festival.

Decked out in vibrant costumes, it’s a massive romp of sounds and styles, with dance parties that’ll include reggae, calypso, rumba, soca, dub, salsa, as well as house music.

Now in its 53rd year, it brings a whopping two million people to deck Notting Hill out in colour, music and revelry. That’s both the UK’s biggest festival and the second largest street party after Rio’s.

When:

 

The August bank holiday weekend of the 24th-26th, though most events happen on the Sunday and Monday.

Sunday: considered the “family day,”, this (slightly) less busy day has more child-friendly activities and shows. That said, it’s still a wild one!

Monday: the full extravaganza. There’s going to be over 50 bands and 38 massive sound systems, plus way more people.

On both days the parade starts at 10:30 AM, judging finishes at 6:30 PM, and the music cuts out at 7 PM.

Why Go:

It might be loud, it might be crowded, it might fly in the face of that typical London pragmatism, but there’s simply no better way to see the city’s vibrant multiculturalism in action than Notting Hill Carnival.

It’s a celebration of everything that makes London unique. It’s the most fun you’ll have at a free event all year.

Bring a hat, lots of water, but leave your inhibitions at the door.

How to Get There:

Though it’s in Notting Hill, don’t try to get there using any of the neighbourhood’s stops – the Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park stations will be closed, and Notting Hill Gate will be a nightmare by the late morning.

Instead, plan ahead or take the long way there: Queensway, Royal Oak, or Holland Park and Kensal Rise, or consider Knightsbridge for a more relaxed way through Hyde Park.

The Parade Map:

Some Final Tips:

What to Bring: colourful clothing, comfy shoes, water, sunscreen, tissue or sanitiser for the loos, and ear plugs if you have sensitive ears.

What not to Bring: no glass bottles – for safety reasons.

With over 300 food stalls providing the best in Caribbean cuisine – from curried goat, plantain and, of course, jerk chicken – there’s no fear of going hungry.

Want to continue the dancing? After the parade there’s going to be a wealth of after parties.

If that caught your attention (and we’re sure it did) be sure to pay Heaven a visit to attend The Hot Carnival Party to make the carnival last all night! Or, if you want something a little more upbeat, Ministry of Sound are also hosting an after party.

No drink speaks to a Caribbean Festival like good rum, so check out our guide to London’s best rum joints for inspiration (one’s even in Notting Hill!)

A Day in Chelsea – What To Do

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea… Home to Templeton Place, Nevern Place, and many other wonderful attractions!

At Supercity, we’ve come up with a list of the best things to see in the Royal Borough.

If you’re staying with us at Templeton Place or Nevern Place, use this as your guide to the local attractions.

Shopping:

Harrods

Balenciaga, Chanel, Cartier, Dior and Gucci…

Now that we’ve caught your attention with these designer brands, we’re happy to let you know that they’re all a short stroll away from each other.

With Sloane Square, Harrods and High Street Kensington, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping.

Don’t fancy the crowds on Oxford Street? Try these three spots instead.

Trust us! There’s everything from designer boutiques to high street shops.

If that doesn’t sound like enough to tempt you, this is also home to the UK’s largest Zara! (Get your Instagram snaps and wallets ready for this beauty.)

There really is something for everyone and every budget.

Museums:

Shopping isn’t your cup of tea? Don’t sweat it. We’ve got you covered too -the Natural History and Science museums are within close distance of Templeton Place and Nevern Place! (Exciting, aye?)

If you have kids, this really would be a great day out for all.

Or, if you’re into something a little more refined and local, try the V&A or the Saatchi Gallery.

Gardens:

When you fancy some outdoor fun, take a trip to Kensington Gardens (which leads on to Hyde Park) and the Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park. Here you will find a lovely waterfall with Koi Carp fish.

For those with families, you can take advantage of their playground! This is complete with extensive climbing equipment and a zip wire.

The green scenery is fun for all ages, especially this summer.

Kensington Palace:

To follow on from the gardens, Kensington Palace attracts visitors from all over the world.

With exhibitions all year round, there will always be something to attend if the Palace is not enough!

For fans of the late Princess Diana, take a walk to the Diana Memorial Playground and see her fountain. In the centre of the playground stands a huge wooden pirate ship, inspired by the tales of Peter Pan.

The free playground has been designed to enable all children to play together and explore their imaginations. There’s a sensory trail, sculptures and loads of seating for parents to unwind too.

Portobello Road:

The famous Portobello Road with its pastel coloured houses, and market stalls selling all kinds from antiques to street food is not to be missed.

Portobello Road is actually the World’s largest antiques market!

Be ready to spend a whole day here with the market running 2 miles and lots of tempting treats you won’t be going anywhere in a hurry!

The road is also dotted with bars and cafes, so if you fancy a pit-stop you will be spoilt for choice.

If you happen to stumble across any tiny book stores, be sure to keep your eyes peeled! You may just bump into a famous actor/actress and meet the match of your dreams. (If Hugh Grant was lucky enough to, why can’t we find a #HollywoodRomance in London?)

That’s not all – when you’re ready to kick your feet up, The Electric Cinema is also worth a visit for an alternative viewing experience.

If you’re dying to find out more local hot spots, be sure to ask our friendly team for more recommendations.

We’re sure they’ll be keen to share their favourite places!

 

 

 

About Supercity:
Since 2009 Supercity Aparthotels have led the way in providing stylish, serviced apartment hotels. Our personalised service has established a level of comfort, convenience and attention to detail that only true family-run properties can achieve.

All of our suites provide the perfect accommodation for business travellers, relocators, families and just about anyone who likes an added element of freedom when they travel.

Whether you’d like to kick your feet up for a day or two, or stay long-term, our doors are always open!

Brighton Pride 2019 – Tickets, routes and special guests!

#PRIDE has come back around and will be kicking off in Brighton this weekend. Will you be there celebrating?

With special guests, colourful performances, glitters and plenty of non-stop entertainment, we’re here to give you the low down and lend a helping hand.

Whether you’re a local in Brighton or visiting for pride, you’ll be sure to have the brightest, boldest weekend ever!

Want to know where to get tickets, the route and other juicy details about this event? Well, keep reading and we’ll fill you in!

What?

A parade will be marching and cat walking down the streets of Brighton. Not only will there be rainbows left, right and centre but there will be plenty of love and support flooding the streets of Brighton.

Why?

The parade takes place annually to showcase the progress of how far the UK has come in supporting equality. Pride brings people together to celebrate the diversity in the LGBTQ+ community.

Each year the celebration gets bigger, bolder and more colourful! We’re not sure about you, but racing to get going and join in with (Drag) Race’s taking place!

When?

This weekend! The dates the Pride parade falls on are Saturday the 3rd of August and Sunday the 4th August, 2019.

Where?

Ready. Set. Sashay away!

No need to get your route planners and maps out, we’ve got your back. Feel free to use this as your personal guide.

The Pride Community Parade will be beginning at 11am at Hove Lawns. The march will carry on along Kings Road on the seafront and will then turn left on West Street.

You thought it ended there? Definitely not! The parade continues up Queens Road, to North Road and then joins the old route. Up next is Gloucester Place, London Road and then a grand finale in Preston Park.

This will be where you want to be! Live music and performances will be continuing throughout the evening!

Who?

Get your tickets ready!

You’ll have to make your way to the parade to find out. We don’t want to give too much away but a little birdy told us that Kylie Minogue will be headlining Pride in the Park. Joining her will be Clean Bandit and Fleur East too!

 

All are welcome to join in on the support and wear your colours proudly. There’ll be non-stop entertainment all day and don’t think that when the parade ends, so does the partying.

No matter where you end up on Pride, you’ll be surrounded with endless amounts of support, entertainment and ultimately, love.

Now, in words of RuPaul: “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”

The top festivals in London and where to get tickets!

Summer is on and so is the festival season!

Get your calendars out and check which dates are free because there are loads of festivals you can still get tickets for.

Whether you’re into rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, techno or reggae, there’s something for everyone this summer.

We’re here to make sure you’re set you up for all the best raves, stages and line up’s around London this festival season!

 

51st State:

Starting summer off with a bang is 51st State.

No need to get your tents out for this one, but definitely grab your dancing shoes as this festival runs all-day and will be including a hush-hush surprise guest!

Who else will be there? The line-up includes Soul Clap, Kerri Chandler, Louie Vega and a Ministry of Sound after-party.

When? This will all be kicking off on August 3rd 2019.

Where? A short train journey away to Cockfosters, Trent Park, EN4 0PS.

If this sounds like your kind of sesh, get your tickets now!

 

South West Four:

If the sound of London’s biggest bass line-up is tickling your ears, South West Four is for you!

When? This will be taking place on Augusts bank holiday weekend (24-25th) in

Where? South West Four will be kicking off in Clapham Common.

Every year the festivals get bigger, brighter and louder – South West Four will be featuring over 100 artists across 10 stages.

Did we hear you ask for more juicy details? Artists include Martin Garrix, Craig David, Ms Dynamite, Chase & Status, Shy FX and not forgetting Basement Jaxx. Did we also mention Idris Elba will be guest starring too?

Want tickets?

 

Southport Weekender:

Acclaimed as the world’s friendliest party, Southport Weekender is back after celebrating over 30 years of music genres like house, soul, garage, disco and R&B.

This festival will bring thousands of people together to enjoy pioneering DJs, live music and the next generation of artists.

The line-up is made up of Naughty by Nature, Shalamar, Ten City, David Morales, Kenny Dope and many more!

Where? Music fans from all over the UK and world will be attending in Crystal Palace, will you?

When? Southport Weekender takes place on the 31st of August.

And yes, tickets are still available!

 

If you’re going to one festival or all the ones under the sun, you’ll have an experience of a lifetime.

We’re always eager to hear what colourful experiences people have had. Whether you’re glamping (camping, VIP-style) or getting messy with your wellies on – let us know where you’ve had the best boogie!

Our Go-To Guide to Finding Manchester’s Best Bars

 

We think it’s fair to say that everyone enjoys a good ol’ tipple now and again.

Luckily for those who do, there’s plenty of grand hot-spots surrounding our Church Street Aparthotel!

And, without further ado, here’s nine of the best bars we scouted in Manchester.

Drumroll please…

 

Behind Closed Doors

Sit back and kick your feet up while you let your mind do the wondering.

As you can imagine from the name, this cosy cocktail bar is hidden away and totally lives up to it’s name.

This gem is based in a lil’ basement on Oldham Street and makes the perfect stop-off for those who want to have a night that’s as fun as it looks in the photos the following morning. If Old Street doesn’t sound familiar to you, it’s only a 2 minute walk away from our Aparthotel!

As soon as you step inside, you’re greeted with private little booths. These are kitted out with unique, vintage telephones which are fully functional and can be used to call the bar and pop through an order for another round. Talk about ordering in style!

Check out their hush-hush website here!

 

Cottonopolis

Next is: Cottonopolis.

With a name inspired by Manchester’s history as an industrial powerhouse, this stunning Asian-inspired bar and restaurant takes pride in offering scrumptious servings of food.

We’d definitely recommend trying the Gyoza’s or the Wagyu Beef Crumpets!

Not only do they exceed all expectations with food, but they also keep the mouth-watering cocktails coming. All this is while the best DJ’s in Manchester perform the perfect playlist to top your evening.

This spot is a must try for anyone looking for a unique night out in Manchester.

Cottonopolis is based just behind Piccadilly and is just a 4 minute walk from your suite. This bar and restaurant is hard to miss, in a stunning Grade II listed building.

 

Arcane

The third hot-spot to make our list is another Grade II listed building – Arcane.

Everyone prepare your Instagram snapshots as this cocktail bar is beautifully restored and brings focus to the original brickwork and revived 19th century Victorian fittings.

Ready yourselves as Arcane offers a classic feel, mixed with soft modern touches.

Located on South King Street, Arcane is a 10 minute stroll away from our Aparthotel.

 

Dusk Til Pawn

Taking a wander around? Keep your eyes peeled!

If you don’t pay close attention you’ll mistake this sweet spot for an undercover pawn shop.

If you’re in the local area, Dusk Til Pawn is just a short 5 minute walk away from your suite.

Once you take a step inside, you’ll be greeted to a secret bar where one of the best nights out in Manchester will be on offer.

Sit tight and sip on a deliciously punny ‘Pawnstar’ Martini, or try one of their more experimental mixes. You will not be short for choice here.

This place is one for those who want a serene night out, but don’t think that this place is anything short of a great time!

 

The Washhouse

Not one, but two hidden gems!

This bar is stashed away behind a false door in a laundromat and will be sure to spin you right round, baby, right round…

Don’t let the exterior fool you – The Washhouse is super exclusive and only 3 minutes away by foot.

You’ll need to book in ahead, but good things come to those who wait, right?

A little tip from us – if you’re asked what you’re there for, tell them you’re there to ‘wash some dirty clothes’.

They put a lot of effort in with the smaller touches, so we won’t ruin them for you. You’ll have to check this one out for yourselves!

Trust us though, do the dirty work and this place will have you feeling sparkly clean.

 

The Briton’s Protection

On the classic side – this pub has possibly the largest selection of whiskey you’ll ever see in Manchester! (If you don’t take our word for it, we’d recommend checking out their in-house collection of 200+ distilled whiskeys.)

15 minutes by foot, this traditional pub is perfect for those who like their seats comfy, rooms glowing, and their drinks reasonably-priced.

The Briton’s Protection is another Grade II listed building (talk about historic, aye?) which is sure to tickle your fancy – especially if you’re after a more authentic experience in Manchester.

This is a regular haunt for musicians from both The Halle, BBC Philharmonic orchestras and regular theatre goers. If that doesn’t explain the bustling crowds, we’re not quite sure what will!

 

Bring & Mix

The name says it all – bring your own booze and the friendly bar staff will work their magic and shake (not stirred – although, this can be arranged) up something that’ll be sure to awaken your senses.

This definitely is a cheeky spot for all to try out! Mixologists will craft bespoke cocktails out of whatever you bring – the possibilities are endless! You pick the poison.

Bookings are required, but their table service means that there is no queuing for drinks at all. You’re free to sit back, relax and enjoy the night.

To get your booking in, click here!

 

 

The Pen & Pencil

We’re not done just yet!

Get your note books ready: The Pen & Pencil makes it onto our list.

This hot-spot is sat on the corner of Hilton and Tariff Street and is just 6 minutes away from Church Street.

This bar and eatery takes inspiration from the infamous mid-20th Century bars on East 45th Street in New York. These bars were frequented by newspaper journalists and ad men – you could call them the original ‘Mad Men’.

If you’re after living like the big dogs, this place is a great all-rounder! Looking for Lunch, Brunch? Dinner, Drinks? They’ve got you sorted.

You can’t go wrong with The Pen & Pencil.

Take note, be it 12pm on a Sunday or 12am on a Saturday, this spot will always welcome you with open arms.

 

Science & Industry

Last and most definitely not least, this place truly is the mad scientist of cocktail bars.

Science & Industry is the closest bar of the lot, and is only a 2 minute walk away – you could practically crawl from the bar to your comfy bed.

With an in-house ‘drinks laboratory’ which crafts ways to drink and dine so revolutionary, they’d make even Einstein scratch his head.

Not only do you get to have a hands-on experience creating your own kooky cocktails, this bar will offer you some of the most unique drinks around.

 

This is by no means the full list (though, we’re not too sure we could handle much more) but it does just go to show the variety and vibrancy that keeps people coming back to Manchester.

The Northern Quarter is the real hub that this slice of nightlife is based around and is within walking distance of our Church Street Aparthotel.

If you’re interested in checking out the hottest restaurants too, check out our previous blog post!

 

 

When you come to visit, fill us in with the spot’s you’ve found. We’re sure there’s a few more hiding!

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