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Random Acts of Kindness

Friday 17th February 2017 marks ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’ and we’ll be showing the love to all of our guests at The Rosebery and Templeton Place!

With kindness in mind, we’ve put our heads together and come up with some easy ways that you can be kind today…

  1. Hold the door open for someone
  2. Give money / food to a homeless person
  3. Pay some genuine compliments
  4. Express gratitude
  5. Stop complaining for a week (or at least for the 17th if you just can’t handle it)
  6. Help out a colleague
  7. LAUGH, it really is the best medicine!
  8. Drive with consideration
  9. Be kind to yourself
  10. Praise someone at work for a job well done
  11. Lend a hand to an elderly person
  12. Give out FREE hugs
  13. Volunteer for a charity
  14. Use less energy
  15. Help someone in need
  16. Send a love letter
  17. Give your other half a massage
  18. Be compassionate
  19. Bring in some treats to work
  20. Do the shopping for someone housebound
  21. Teach children kindness
  22. Pay for someone’s coffee
  23. Say thank you A LOT
  24. Clean up someone else’s mess
  25. Make someone a lovely cup of tea
  26. Offer your seat on the tube
  27. Let someone in front of you in a queue
  28. Be patient
  29. Buy a loved one some flowers
  30. SMILE, it’s so infectious!

 

Did someone make your day by treating you with kindness? Or did you follow one of our tips with success? Tweet us @SupercitySC – we will be giving out treats to our kindest followers all day Friday.

A Day in Chelsea

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea… Home to Templeton Place, Nevern Place, and many other wonderful attractions! We have come up with a list of the best things to see in the Royal Borough. If you’re staying with us at Templeton Place, use this as your guide to the local attractions.

Shopping!

With Sloane Square, Harrods and High Street Kensington, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping. If you don’t fancy the crowds on Oxford Street, try these three spots instead with a great range of high street shops as well as designer boutiques, there is something for every budget!

Museums!

The Natural History and Science museums are within close distance to Templeton Place, a great day out if you have kids. Or if you’re into something without kids, 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, take advantage of their playground, complete with extensive climbing equipment and a zip wire.

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.

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. 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. The Electric Cinema is also worth a visit for an alternative viewing experience.

Ask our friendly team for more local (or not so local) hot spots!

Easter in London

As always, London has a host of events at Easter time and we have chosen our top picks for you. If you’re staying with us, all of the events listed below are within easy reach of our Aparthotels, by tube, bus or on foot and our friendly team may also have a few of their own ideas up their sleeve, just ask at Reception!

The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square is a FREE live performance of the biblical story, acted out by more than 100 performers in stunning costumes. This event is extremely popular and attracts visitors of all faiths. There are 2 showings on Good Friday, 14th April at 12:00 and 15:15. The event is projected onto 2 large screens, for everyone in the square to enjoy. A couple of members from the Supercity team went last year and it comes highly recommended! The National Gallery is also on Trafalgar Square with their own exhibition, so pop along there before or after the show

Jurassic Kingdom in Osterley Park is open daily during the Easter holidays. This is a great day out for the family and is easily accessible by tube. Life-size dinosaurs roar and settle in around the park, prepare to be amazed!

The Tall Ships Regatta in Greenwich and Woolwich offer a spectacular show as the ships cruise along the River Thames for the four days over Easter before they set sail for their trip to Canada. You can also climb aboard a ship and watch the fireworks display. The Parade of Sail starts at 17:00 on Easter Sunday, 16th April from Deptford Creek.

Easter Chocolate Workshop special event for the Easter break at My Chocolate. Book your slot to avoid disappointment! After a quick chocolate talk, make your own Easter eggs with a variety of techniques. The workshop slots are at 11:00 and 15:00 each day.

Breakfast in London

Sunday mornings are the best in London, especially with countless options for a fantastic breakfast! We’ve selected our favourite hot spots to try whilst staying with us in London

The Riding House Cafe  on Great Titchfield Street offers a great Sunday brunch from 12:00-16:00 including everything you could ever want, from smoothies to kedgeree!

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Gail’s Bakery on Exmouth Market (a short stroll from The Rosebery) is great for a takeaway option, if you fancy having a nice continental in your suite! Alternatively, you can eat there if you decide, no reservations required. As it’s hot cross bun season, Gail’s do the BEST, so make sure you grab one when you’re there!

Muriel’s Kitchen  in South Kensington is a pleasant 20 min walk from Templeton Place and it’s definitely worth it! Sunday breakfast is served until 15:00 here, why not visit the museums while you’re there and burn off the yummy breakfast you ate!

Duck and Waffle Is a special one! London’s highest restaurant and open 24/7. You’ll have to book in advance though as this place is very popular for its amazing views across London. The menu is delicious and it’s definitely an experience worth having!

The Good Life Eatery is a MUST if you’re into your super healthy food! They are all about encouraging a healthier lifestyle and their food is a real reflection on this. Breakfast is served all day on Sunday.

The Breakfast Club  You can’t consider a breakfast and not think about The Breakfast Club, with locations scattered around London, it’s accessible to all. The Classics are served all day but some of the other offerings finish at 12, so check the menu first.

Our team are real foodies, so ask at reception for some other great recommendations when staying with us!

Supercity Aparthotels add Brighton property to aparthotel portfolio

In a move to grow their business into prime UK markets, serviced apartment specialists, Supercity Aparthotels have purchased a 26,372 sq. ft city centre site in Brighton, adding to their current portfolio of three London aparthotels.

The location, which was the former site of Brighton’s ice-skating rink will boast 59 apartments and a restaurant, across 4 storeys.

Located in the heart of Brighton on Queen Square, between the seafront and Brighton railway station, the property is in a prime position to benefit from tourists, London commuters and business travellers alike.

‘We’re excited to open our first development outside of London and it was only right that it be in a UK city that is not only a leading cultural centre, but also recognised as one of the UK’s most diverse and liveable cities.

‘With major occupiers from the finance and media industries having sizable presence, it has long been recognised that Brighton’s cosmopolitan corporate arena is growing rapidly, yet currently only 6 serviced apartments are available in close proximity. Supercity Aparthotels aim to fill the growing demand for serviced apartments in the area with our brand new development, which is set to open in 2018.’ Alexis Burton, Managing Director, Supercity Aparthotels

The new aparthotel will house stylish and sophisticated apartments, a gym, full service restaurant, car and bicycle parking facilities, complimentary wifi, housekeeping service and a friendly and dedicated team providing a tailored service as standard.

Surrounded by leading retailers, restaurants and nightlife venues and in easy walking distance of the seafront and pier, railway station and historic The Lanes, as well as its proximity to London, Brighton was a natural choice for the future of Supercity Aparthotels and further supports their ambitious plans to grow their presence in leading cities.

For further information please contact hello@supercityuk.com

No January Blues Around Here!

Fear not, we’ve come up with 10 tips to keep you from falling into the ‘January blues.’ If you’re already there, you need to read on…

Tip one: The quickest way to lifting your mood is laughter. Make sure you take some time out of your day to laugh a little, not only does it make you feel better, you look better too! You might also make someone else’s day in the process, wins either way

Tip two: Book yourself a little break. There is nothing better than having a holiday to look forward to; it doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t need to be far… Why not Church Street, our newest aparthotel in Manchester?

Tip three: Turn your resolutions into goals, we all know that most resolutions fizzle out within the first quarter! By setting yourself goals, it’s somehow harder forget without feeling really bad about not achieving your goals. At the same time, don’t set yourself unrealistic goals otherwise you will be put off even trying! A good tip is to set a couple of things you would like to achieve each quarter, this makes it more manageable.

Tip four: Eat well and we don’t mean diet. We all know how many January diets fade after the first few weeks, try and incorporate some healthier snacks to your daily routine, such as more fruit, veg. By starting small you won’t overwhelm yourself and will have a better chance of keeping it up long term.

Tip five: Exercise. We know you don’t want to do it (neither do we) but it’s really good for you! Run / walk part of your commute, dust your bicycle off, join the yoga class in your lunch break- there are so many ways to get a little exercise each day. The trick is to not push yourself too hard to begin with and make it fun!

Tip six: Be more social. Say yes to the after work drinks, or the long overdue catch up. Try not to make excuses; saying no and staying in is likely to make you worse. You may also find yourself ticking off Tip one.

Tip seven: Listen to your favourite music. This one will never let you down, however try and stick to the more uplifting tracks for this purpose!

Tip eight: Get as much daylight as possible, lack of daylight is partly why some people suffer ‘winter blues’. Try and spend some time outside during the day.

Tip nine: Help others. Volunteer for a charity, help someone across the street, offer your seat on the train. There are some many little ways in which we can help others, and by doing this we help ourselves too; the feeling of making someone else’s day is just magical.

Tip ten: Remember that January is only one month out of twelve! January blues are a real thing but there are many more months to come, so let’s start the year on a positive note and set the tone for the year to come!

Our Guide to the Sales

If you’re thinking of heading to this year’s Boxing Day sales, make sure you take a look at our tips below to ensure your shopping trip is a success! You’ll thank us later…

Tip one: Have a Plan.

What destination are you heading to? Indoor shopping centres, such as Westfield, Brent Cross, Bluewater and Lakeside enable you to bring your car and keep warm! If you’re looking for luxury items, you might want to head to Bond Street or the Kings Road boutiques.

Tip two: Make a List.

Write down what you are looking for and where you’re likely to find these items, so you don’t get caught up in the excitement and forget what you went for! This will also stop you buying things that you don’t need and ending up with unwanted purchases that you have no intention of returning.

Tip three: Dress for the Occasion.

By this we don’t mean a night out! make sure you are dressed comfortably, if you are going to be trying on clothes, wear something that’s easy to take off and put back on. Try not to wear too many layers, as not only will you be hot going in and out of shops, but you will also need to take all these layers off when trying things on and no-one has time for that!

Tip four: Shop alone.

If you really must, bring a friend. Shopping alone will save time, as you can go into the places only you want to go. This also means you don’t have to feel bad about holding anyone else up. If you can’t shop alone, a friend can have its benefits; one can hold the place in line whilst the other continues looking for more deals. A friend can also talk you out of that spontaneous purchase that you actually will never use.

Tip five: Pack a Snack.

And some water… All this shopping is thirsty work and will definitely work up an appetite! There will be no time for pit-stops and anyway, the restaurants and eateries will be just as busy and you could be waiting a long time for a table or service. Maybe save this part until the end of the day and reflect on your purchases over a tasty treat!

Tip six: Cover all Bases.

Department stores are good, as everything is covered under one roof, so you might actually not need to go anywhere else! It also means less time in the cold, so no frozen fingers and toes. If you are heading to Oxford Street, you might want to try the individual stores too, as they might have stock that you couldn’t find in the department stores. Again, make sure you have your list handy so you don’t get side-tracked.

Tip seven: Start Early.

Be ready for when the doors open; this is when you find the best deals as the most popular items and sizes always go first. If you’re going for designer stores, you need to get there before they open as there are often long queues, some from the night before and you wont want to miss out on the deal of the century!

Tip eight: Stay Home.

If you don’t fancy heading out to the sales, you can always shop online from the comfort of your home, or suite! Online sales usually start at 12:01 so it’s worth staying up to grab the best deals online. Start adding items you want to your wish list (if you haven’t done so already) and hopefully if they go down in the sale they will be easier to shop. You’ll probably spend less this way as you can see your basket adding up.

If all the above fails and you come back empty handed, your wallet with thank you for it later! If on the other hand you over spend or end up with items you just don’t love, you can always return them and get your money back.

Things to do in London this August

If you’re staying with us this month, make sure you take a look at our Top 5 London events over the Summer.

The BFG Dream Jar Trail 

London’s Streets are filled with giant dream jars to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday, The BFG movie release and to raise money for Save the Children. Great for kids (big and small), follow the map and see how many dream jars you can find!

Buckingham Palace Tour

Take a sneak peek into the life of the Queen with a visit to Buckingham Palace! This year’s special exhibition celebrates the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Tours operating until 2nd October, book early as it’s very popular. Whilst you’re there, try and catch the Changing of the Guard from 11:30.

Film4 Summer Screen 

Film4 at the legendary Somerset House is back again with some great films old and new. Screening daily between 4th – 17th August. DJ’s perform before the films start at  9pm daily. If you love films, you’ve probably already booked your ticket!

BBC Proms 

The world’s greatest classical music festival not to be missed! With different performances and venues across London, including the iconic Royal Albert Hall. You’ll be sure to find something for all tastes this summer.

London Wonderground

Running until 25th September, expect to find lots of wacky activities and shows, along with food and drink stalls and pop ups. Suitable for the family, with entertainment and shows Located at The Southbank Centre, this event is not for the faint-hearted!

London’s Top 5 Rooftop Bars…

… A must visit for great views and great drinks. Go whilst we have some (ahem) Summer left!

Radio Rooftop Bar

In our opinion, the swankiest of the lot! Be prepared to pay £14 for a cocktail and if you want to make a table reservation they charge £70 minimum spend per person for 2 hours. Although prices are high, the views and atmosphere are worth it. With DJ’s on rotation, this venue has a lively atmosphere and it a big player on the London scene. You can find Radio Rooftop Bar in Strand within the Melia hotel.

Dinerama

Technically not a bar, or a rooftop but it ‘s earned a place on our list because A. There are plenty of terrace areas and B. There is so much choice at this venue. With 15 different food stands and 10 bars to choose from ranging from craft beers to, cocktails, to lobster, to tacos you will not be disappointed! The atmosphere here is very relaxed, feel free to wander in if you’re ever in the Shoreditch area.

Sushisamba Bar

Located on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower, opposite Liverpool Street Station, Sushisamba boasts the highest outdoor dining terrace in Europe. On sunny days be prepared for the crowds, and the camera happy fighting for the perfect picture spot, but don’t let that deter you from the experience and the great menu.

Madison Rooftop Terrace

This is a great all year round-er! Located in St Paul’s with a Mediterranean feel during the summer you would forget you were in London until you see the beauty of St Paul’s Cathedral in the near background. During the colder months, which is, let’s face it is 10 out of 12, Madison is equipped with heaters, umbrellas and evening lighting so you can enjoy the views all year round.

Frank’s Cafe

If you ever find yourself south of the river, make sure you check out Peckham’s cult pop up Franks Cafe, which opens each Summer on top of Peckham’s multi-storey carpark.  Be prepared for long bar queues and a one in one out policy if you arrive after 7pm on a hot sunny day! With an Italian infused bar menu expect Aperol Spritz and bruschetta as the main choices. This venue closes late September.

Welcome to Autumn

Got the summer blues? Fear not, we at Supercity have listed some of our favourite things about Autumn. Hopefully by the end of this post you will be welcoming the new season with open arms.

Joanna, our Sales and Revenue Manager has just renewed her Kew Gardens membership and loves how the leaves change colour this time of the year. With lots to see all year round, these Royal gardens are worth a visit.

Fashion

Zoe, PA to our MD and Roxanne, our Accounts Manager both agree that Autumn is their favourite season for the fashion. You also know what you’re getting weather wise, unlike our dodgy summers! But what Zoe really loves the most is sitting in a cosy bar with a nice drink while the evening chill sets in outside.

Weather

Fred, our General and Operations Manager enjoys the rustic feel of Autumn. He also loves the changes in the leaves and environment before the (too cold) Winter sets in.

Joe, our Accounts Assistant says in Autumn he can finally get on the Central line without being crushed in the immense heat! Joe has actually be coming to work in summer shorts and flip flops just for the tube journey and then changing at work… He is looking forward to leaving the extra baggage!

Camelia, our Head Housekeeper says nothing beats staying in the warmth of her home relaxing with a nice drink at this time of year… cosy socks and blankets at the ready!

Ryan, our Finance Director’s favourite thing about Autumn is the conkers, but not when they fall on his head! Playing the old conker games with his kids is the highlight of the season.

We now leave you with a final thought of cosy blankets, pumpkin creations, Bonfire night and toasted marshmallows…

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!

London Cocktails

To celebrate National Fruit Cocktail Day, we’ve come up with our top picks for cocktails in London! If you like your fruit with alcohol,  served over ice read on…

Dirty Martini  With a new total of 7 venues across London; all perfectly located in business hubs, it’s a great spot for after work drinks and with a happy hour until 10pm Monday – Thursday what’s not to love? The cocktails list is extensive, but our favourites are the passion fruit and chocolate martinis!

Sky Garden  If you want a cocktail with a view, check the Sky Pod Bar, again all of the cocktails are nice, and actually reasonably priced for this type of venue. However, seeing as we have to pick we would go for the berry mojito; a great twist to the classic! The Sky Pod opens at 7am for breakfast, so if you don’t fancy a drink have breakfast with a view instead!

La Bodega Negra Is an amazing Mexican restaurant, but the cocktails here are excellent! So if you fancy a bit of food with your drink; this is a must do… Our advice would be to pick the flavoured margaritas, which come in spiced pear, blackcurrant & orange or stone fruit.

Mr Fogg’s Tavern Has some great sharing punches available for 1, 2 or 4 people. Punch of the Bison is our favourite containing lots of vodka, orange juice, fresh lemon juice earl grey tea and honeydew melon syrup. Mr Fogg’s is a completely different concept to most London bars / pubs and is definitely worth a visit!

Aqua Spirit Is a roof terrace bar just off Regent Street, the views aren’t as good as some of London’s other terrace bars, but their cocktails are great! Their Aperol Spritz is one of the nicest we have come across and mixed with the sun (if we ever get some) it’s an excellent combination!

We really could go on, with so many to choose from! If you’d like any more recommendations, please ask a member of our team, we have an extensive list of places to go for a nice cocktail in this great city…

Our Head of Sales, Clair takes over social media for the week!

Our super organised Head of Sales, Clair is taking over our social channels this week! Expect behind the scenes meetings and more – with Clair who knows what will unfold during the week…

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Determined……Driven…..Caring

How long have you worked at Supercity Aparthotels?

Since April 2017

What’s your favourite colour?

Coral

What’s your favourite dish?

Thai

Do you have any hidden talents?

Negotiation skills  – specialising in clientele of primary school age 6 and above! J

What are you currently working on?

Recruitment of new Reservation / Sales team

What would your dream holiday look like?

Thailand – Split between the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and pure relaxing bliss of the surrounding beach islands! Adults only!

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels?

The team… the people…the Supercity family!

 

Like what Clair says? You’ll love her posts, follow us to see what she gets up to in a week:

Facebook @SupercityAparthotels

Twitter @SupercitySC

Instagram @supercityuk

Interview with Yuma Hashemi of The Drunken Butler

We caught up with Yuma Hashemi, Head chef and proud owner of The Drunken Butler restaurant to get the low down on his latest venture, opening next door to The Rosebery very soon…

What can we expect from The Drunken Butler?

French cuisine with Persian influences, which is part of my heritage and it’s the food I grew up with. To start with we’ll be open for dinner, and also in the mornings for speciality coffee and Sicilian pastries, baked here in our kitchen.

Describe your typical day…

Everything is new, I’m learning something different every day… Right now, it’s not about cooking; I’m doing everything from overseeing the building works and ensuring we don’t make any mistakes, as well as trying to keep our neighbours happy! I’m also in a lot of meetings with suppliers, and building our social media, the brand and telling everyone who will listen about The Drunken Butler.

Where did the name come from?

It comes from a story I was told in Surrey. I was in a National Trust house which was owned by a woman called Mrs Greville – it was a kind of party house and she would host many dinner parties. She had a lot of staff and in particular, a butler called Mr Bacon. He used to finish the bottles of alcohol that were being served and eat the food, getting tipsy along the way. One night he drank a little too much and Mrs Greville sent her butler a note which said ‘you are too drunk, you should leave the room’. He looked at it, folded it back up and gave it to the guest of honour, Austen Chamberlain. Mr Chamberlain was very offended and when Mrs Greville found out about the mix-up, she explained the situation and he replied that he’d never been told off by a drunken butler. I thought this was such a funny story and it has always stuck with me, so I decided to name my restaurant after The Drunken Butler!

What has been your most memorable moment?

When I was a child, I always asked myself what was happening behind the swing doors at restaurants and to this day, that’s still my fondest memory. It’s where it all started. Being in the kitchen where the magic happens is so exciting!

What type of food will you be serving up?

Sharing plates, with dishes such as smoked oyster and kimchi, and fermented burnt leeks with foie gras. Diners can also request set tasting menus or trust the chef entirely to create something special. All dishes will be seasonal and there will be lots of fermenting too.

What’s your favourite dish from the menu?

A dish called coucou sabzi, which is a recipe from my grandma and is kind of like a Persian omelette served with pickles. It doesn’t sound very interesting, but it tastes wonderful.

Why did you choose to open a restaurant in Clerkenwell?

I’m a big fan of east and west London and I think Clerkenwell has a vibe from both sides which I like very much. It’s also where I found the space; when I saw this building I loved the red and white brickwork outside and the large window, where you can see right into the restaurant. As soon as I saw the place, I imagined everything that I could do with it.

What was behind the design concept for the restaurant?

It’s my personal taste, which I hope everyone will like… I’ve tried to use as many British products as possible. I’m having an open kitchen by the large window and a communal table, which is a very important part of the concept. There’s also more table seating for smaller parties and a bar. The decor will be white, bare plaster and wood with the large marble table in the middle.

How long did it take you from the initial idea to finish?

Well I haven’t finished yet, but the first time I visited the space was by coincidence in May 2017. We got the ball rolling in July and I’m planning to open next month, so it’s all been pretty quick!

Finally, when are you expecting to open the doors to The Drunken Butler?

Early November; I don’t have an exact date yet, so stay tuned!

We can’t wait for the new opening in November and we’re very excited to be sharing a space with such a great concept. You can find out more info at The Drunken Butler.

You can also find The Drunken Butler on social:

Instagram: @thedrunikenbutler

Facebook: @thedrunkenbutler

Twitter: @SYumaHashemi

6 Things you didn’t know about Templeton Place…

There are some things we thought we’d share with you about our lovely Templeton Place; good to know if you’re staying with us! For more interesting facts or places of interest nearby, please speak to one of our friendly team at reception!

  1. Templeton Place first opened its doors in Spring 2009.
  2. Templeton Place has our longest serving Supercity staff member, Nick who has been with us since the day it opened.
  3. The site was originally a multi-storey car park.
  4. Kensington High Street, The National History, V&A and Science museums are all a short walk away.
  5. There are over 20 restaurants within a five minute walk.
  6. Templeton Place has a book swap area for guests on the 3rd floor.

To book a room at Templeton Place, click here.

Fireworks displays to visit this weekend…

Now that the Halloween scare is over, we’re excited for Fireworks night! We’re sharing our top 5 spots for this weekend if you’re staying with us in London.

Ravenscourt Park

This is one of the well-known events in West London, with funfair rides and the usual food stalls it’s a great night out and the displays are always brilliant! A kids display starts at 7:15pm and the adults display from 8:00pm. Doors open at 6pm. Book your tickets here or £8 entry at the gate, under 5’s go free. If you’re staying with us at Templeton Place, Hammersmith is the closest underground station and the park is just a 10 minute walk.

Ealing Cricket Club

Another great display in West London! This starts with a laser show and funfair for children (and the adults). They also host a BBQ and mulled wine treats, this one is a good’un! The gates open at 6 and the fireworks start at 7:45pm. Tickets are £8 and available at the gates only, under 5’s go free. This is also within easy reach of Templeton Place, the nearest underground station is Ealing Broadway and it’s around a 10 minute walk from the station.

Alexandra Palace

Set to be the best in London with not one, but two events on one night! This is being held on Friday and Saturday night, so it’s perfect for an after work get together if you’re in town on the Friday. They’ve also go the German beer festival on, so why not make a full night of it and attend both! Friday night fireworks start at 9:00pm, the bonfire gets lit at 7:00pm. Saturday night starts at 8:00pm, with the bonfire being lit at 6:00pm. Book your tickets here, this is not to be missed!

Blackheath Fireworks

This is one of the very few London displays which is still free to attend. With a funfair from midday, food and drink from 5:00pm this event attracts 100,000 visitors each year and is a great all-day event for the family! Fireworks kick off at 8:00pm. Make sure you also check out the village streets, as the festivity continues throughout Blackheath on the night. The nearest station for this event is Blackheath around 5 minutes’ walk and Maze Hill around a 10 minute walk. More info can be found here.

Victoria Park

We’ve picked another free fireworks display in London for you! Victoria Park in Hackney is another decent spot, with a sci-fi theme this year. Refreshment stands open from 5:30pm and the display starts at 7:00pm. The closest station for the event is Mile end or Bethnal Green, which are both around 15 minutes’ walk to the park. More info can be found here.

And if you’re having a display at home… Please see some guidelines below for safety on the night:

  1. Please keep pets away from fireworks displays, they are very loud and will cause unnecessary discomfort and frighten them.
  2. Keep children safe, as much as we all enjoy some fireworks, please ensure children are kept at a safe distance from harm and don’t let them use any fireworks themselves.
  3. Please don’t give sparklers to any child under 5 years old and ensure that all children are supervised when using them, as they can get up to 5 times hotter than cooking oil!
  4. Only one person should be in charge of letting fireworks off. Too many people around can cause accidents and congestion.
  5. Please buy from a reputable seller, this will ensure that any fireworks are of the legal standard and they can offer advice on which types are best for your intended use.

Our ‘newbie’ Sales & Reservations Agent, Teodora takes over social this week!

Ahead of our super cool Teodora’s social takeover, we caught up with her for a round of quick questions… Keep reading to find out her hidden talents and favourite dish!

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Foodie, ambitious and open minded.

How long have you worked at Supercity Aparthotels?

Just over 5 weeks, I’m a newbie!

What’s your favourite colour?

Navy.

What’s your favourite dish?

Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake).

Do you have any hidden talents?

Yes, baking!

What are you currently working on?

I am working on organising the open day for our new apartments at Nevern Place! Very exciting…

What would your dream holiday look like?

Exploring the country side of China, the culture, the traditions and of course the food.

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels?

The people, the apartments and the office that is close to Leather Lane Market!

If you like what Teodora has to say, you’ll love her posts on our social channels this week, don’t miss it!

Our PPM & Maintenance extrodinaire, Sefu takes over social!

Our brilliant Sefu takes over social this week… We really had to pin him down to answer these questions!

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Positive, Reliable, Sociable.

How long have you worked at Supercity Aparthotels?

4 Years.

What’s your favourite colour?

 Black.

What’s your favourite dish?

 Curry goat rice and peas.

 Do you have any hidden talents?

 I’m a great footballer!

 What are you currently working on?

 I am currently working on recruiting for The Chronicle, opening early next year!

 What would your dream holiday look like?

It would have to be somewhere with a nice beach, great weather and some really cool cocktails. Hmmmm Jamaica springs to mind!

 What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels?

 The best thing for me is all the great people I work with and the opportunities to grow within the company.

 Do you like what Sefu has to say? If so, then you’ll enjoy his social posts for the rest of the week, keep checking in to see what he gets up to!

 

Our Accounts super hero, Sandra takes over social this week!

It’s our Sandra’s turn to take over social this week, so we’ve given you a quick insight to what makes her tick… Read on for some fun facts!

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Get the job done!” (Which is actually 4).

How long have you worked at Supercity Aparthotels? 

Uuurrm… eeerrrm… looong! Very. (She means 5 1/2 years).

What’s your favourite colour?

Red.

What’s your favourite dish?

Prawn Tom Yum by far! Add sticky rice on a side. Ah, this question made my mouth water, have to have it for lunch today! Hah! 

Do you have any hidden talents?

Oh loads!! I can do everything! If I can’t, I will learn and make sure I’m good at it!

What are you currently working on?

So many things, sometimes it’s even hard to prioritise them. But hey, as long as the job gets done on time, it’s all good!

What would your dream holiday look like?

Bora Bora. Google it! Heaven!  ???

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels?

The people! We work hard and play even harder!

If you like what Sandra has to say, then you’ll enjoy seeing her posts this week! Stay tuned this week for more about what goes on in our accounts dept.

Our amazing Revenue Manager Lewkora takes over social this week!

As the amazing Lewkora takes over social this week, we caught up with her for a quick question time session! We particularly loved her answer to the last question, such a lovely thing to hear…

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Feisty, Genuine, Unruffled.

How long have you worked at Supercity Aparthotels?

10 months.

What’s your favourite colour?

Hues of blue that represent the Caribbean Sea!

What’s your favourite dish?

I don’t have a particular favourite dish. I love food with big flavours (it has to taste deliciously amazing), and I love seafood.

Do you have any hidden talents?

None that I know of… (We think she gives the best life advice).

What are you currently working on?

Working towards an amazing 2018 and beyond, whilst completing a great 2017!

What would your dream holiday look like?

A 3-month long trip country hopping in some great sunny weather soaking in culture, eating great food, making new friends, learning a new language or two, and loads of spa and beach visits ! (Caribbean, South America, Australia Gold Coast).

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels?

You can be yourself. There is no sacrifice of individuality to conform to a predisposed norm. You get to bring your best you into work every day.

If you like what Lewkora has to say, you’ll enjoy her take over. Stay tuned for the week ahead!

Our Aparthotel Manager, Melisa takes over social media for the week!

Our wonderful Aparthotel Manager Melisa takes over social this week, expect lots of fun and pics of our team, she loves a good team get together! We managed to catch up with her to answer our delightful questions…

Describe yourself in 3 words:

 Positive, friendly & helpful

How long have you worked at Supercity Aparthotels? 

 Almost six years! 

What’s your favourite colour? 

 Red

What’s your favourite dish?

  At the moment veggie tagine

Do you have any hidden talents? 

 I can draw 😉 I was going to be a graphic designer

What are you currently working on?

SOP’S! I’m currently updating all of our standard operating procedures ready for our new openings, it’s a huge task! Lol

What would your dream holiday look like? 

 Rio de Janeiro

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels? 

 The People! 😉

Like what Melisa says? You’ll love her posts, follow us to see what she gets up to in a week:

Facebook @SupercityAparthotels

Twitter @SupercitySC

Instagram @supercityuk

Our PA Zoe takes over social media for the week!

Our PA Zoe takes over social this week, expect lots of behind the scenes action, we’re moving offices this week, so she’s got a small challenge on her hands! We caught up with her for some answers to our need-to-know questions.

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Small, helpful, chatty

How long have you worked at Supercity Aparthotels? 

 Nearly seven years, where has the time gone?!

What’s your favourite colour? 

 Pink, it makes me happy 

What’s your favourite dish?

Pasta with prawns, any way

Do you have any hidden talents? 

Of course I do, but it’s a secret…

What are you currently working on?

Anything and everything… but moving offices smoothly is my focus at the moment

What would your dream holiday look like? 

 There’s so many! Right now, I’m fixated on Positano, I want to go next summer the view and Italian food are everything

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels? 

 The team – you’ll hear this a lot!

Like what Zoe says? You’ll love her posts, follow us to see what she gets up to in a week:

Facebook @SupercityAparthotels

Twitter @SupercitySC

Instagram @supercityuk

Our General and Operations Manager, Fred takes over social media for the week!

Our GM, Fred will be taking over our social channels this week, so we thought we’d better give you a quick introduction… We managed to get Fred to sit down for a few minutes to answer our burning questions!

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Passionate, determined, conscientious

How long have you worked at Supercity Aparthotels?

One and a half years

What’s your favourite colour?

Blue – It’s very calming and cool I think!

What’s your favourite dish?

An authentic lamb biryani – aromatic, colourful and full of spice

Do you have any hidden talents?

A creative cook at home and for special occasions

What are you currently working on?

Enhancing the Supercity brand and standards, and working on opening projects for our new opening 

What would your dream holiday look like?

My dream is to travel around the world and experience the marvels of the world and different cultures

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels?

Supercity is a fun, vibrant and dynamic company to work for and the team work closely as one big extended family!

Like what Fred says? You’ll love his posts, follow us to see what he gets up to in a week:

Facebook @SupercityAparthotels

Twitter @SupercitySC

Instagram @supercityuk

London Wine Week

As London Wine Week kicked off this week, we thought it would be a good idea to come up with some great London wine bars, so if you’re staying with us, why not check them out? Whether that be all, or some, is entirely up to you…

M Wine Store  is the place to go if you fancy a bottle (or two) to take home. Located in the Zig Zag building in Victoria, they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets and with an in-house sommelier, you can be sure to get some great advice!  You can also shop online if you don’t fancy leaving the comfort of your suite or home.

Wine Rooms  In Kensington is a great place to visit if you’re staying with us at Templeton Place. With over 40 wines to sample by the glass and over 150 bottles, there will be something for everyone. Even if you don’t know much about your wines, this is would be a great place to start, as you get get your wine in 25ml, 125ml and 175ml. They also have an ‘oyster’ type pre-payment card where your wine is served by an automatic dispenser.

28°-50°  in Clerkenwell is a wine workshop and kitchen. Located between Barbican and Farringdon, it’s within easy walking distance from The Rosebery. This is the choice if you don’t like too much fuss with your wine, they have a simple selection of 15 red and 15 white available by the glass, carafe or bottle. Their list changes regularly, so you can try something new each time you visit! A special feature to this place is that they have a unique collectors list from private collectors which enables them to sell unusual mature wines, which are rarely found in restaurants.

Gordon’s Wine Bar is the oldest wine bar in London, opened in 1890. There’s not much to say about this place that hasn’t been said already, just make sure you go if you’re in London and a lover of wine… The decor alone is worth seeing, as they have maintained the original since the 1800’s. Also one of the reasons why we love it, is that they are a family run business and many of the staff have been there for years which is something that really resonates with us!

The Cork & Bottle   is not anything special decor -wise, but that may right up your street if you’re all about no-frills! They always have wine tasting and dinner events too, so if you fancy something different, they always have a good turn out. Cork & Bottle also have an online wine shop for all budgets and has a fool proof description and what to pair with.

You’ve heard about our favourite rum bars, and the best ways to make your own cocktails at home -got other requests for our London gurus to take on? Just message us in the comments and we’ll take you up on it!

10 Amazing things to do this summer in London

We all just love the British summer, however short it may be! So, for anyone visiting for the first time, or, if you just fancy trying something new, take a peek below at our 10 picks for things to do in London this summer…

  1. Have a BBQ in the park! Please note that not all London parks allow the public to bring their own BBQ. Some of the parks that do allow BBQ’s are: London Fields in Hackney, Burgess Park in Southwark, Waterlow Park in Highgate. Click here for a full list. Great for a family day out or even a get together with a group of friends!
  2. Go to a London festival... British Summer = festival season, with many great festivals for all musical tastes! Take a look at these: Lovebox (14th – 15th July), BBC Proms (14th July – 9th September), British Summer Time (30th June – 9th July), South West Four (26th – 27th August). If any of these events are sold out, try looking on Stubhub – an authorised re-seller of sold out concert tickets.
  3. A Thames River cruise is perfect on a nice sunny day and the best way to view London’s riverside landmarks, such as the OXO Tower, Tower Bridge, The London Eye. There are many different types to choose from, from high-speed to fine dining, click here and here to see all the great options available!
  4. Try a rooftop bar. With plenty of rooftop bars and each offering a different view, you are spoilt for choice. Try these for the best experiences: Madison Roof Top Bar, St Paul’s, Radio Bar in Strand, Aqua Neuva, Oxford Circus, Sky Lounge in Tower Bridge and Bokan Roof Terrace in Canary Wharf.
  5. Check out the musical entertainment in Covent Garden Square.
  6.  Take a guided walk around London. With so many options available, check out London Walks for the best guided tours around! From ghost tours, to pub walks, there is something for all.
  7. See an outdoor movie. Outdoor screenings pop up all over London in the summertime, click here for the top picks…
  8. Try a rooftop yoga class! Looking for a morning stretch with a difference? Check out these amazing rooftop yoga classes for the summer season: Sunrise Yoga & Breakfast, Fat Buddha Yoga have some great venues with a view!
  9.  Visit Kew Gardens, such a beautiful botanical place; it’s a must-see for anyone visiting London! Over the summer they have a host of events, click here to find out more!
  10. Take a stroll around London’s many markets; from Borough Market for the foodies, to Columbia Road’s flower market, there really is so much to see… for a list of London’s markets, click here. 

We hope we’ve given you some inspiration to step outside this summer and see what our great city has to offer! Remember, feel free to ask a member of our team for their top picks of things to do in the high temperatures, they may have something even better up their sleeves!

Best ways to spend a wet weather day in London

We all know that summer here in the UK wouldn’t be summer without the obligatory downpours! Here are our best picks for things to do when the wet weather strikes, because let’s be honest, it’s a given!

Barbican Conservatory

The second biggest conservatory in London is not known by many, but this hidden gem is home to over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees, as well as a great selection of exotic fish. If you’re staying with us at The Rosebery, this is a great thing to do, close by.  Open on Sundays and Bank Holidays only…

Electric Cinema

Get all cosy in one of London’s oldest cinemas in the heart of Notting Hill, on Portobello Road. Perfect for watching a film with a loved one, as the front row is lined with velvet double beds! Get the VIP treatment, with waiters delivering cocktails to your seat.

Sea Life London Aquarium

A great day out for the family. See a whole host of creatures from the sea and British waters!

Afternoon Tea at Sketch

One of our top picks for an afternoon Tea in London… Sketch’s afternoon tea room has the dreamiest pink decor and the sandwiches are amazing and refillable!

Le Pain Quotidien

Our PA’s favourite place to chill out… it’s not the most obvious choice of place, but once you’re in there, you’re never hurried out and you can literally spend hours chatting away over a nice lunch and some drinks. Customers often bring their laptops and work from there for the day!

Leadenhall Market

An amazing indoor market from the Victorian 1800’s. With pubs (including the historic lamb pub), cafes and restaurants under its roof, it’s a great place to explore when it’s wet outside. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you may recognise this market as Diagon Alley in the Philosopher’s Stone! At lunch time on week days it gets very busy with city workers, so if you don’t fancy a crowd, avoid these times.

If you’re staying at The Rosebery or Templeton Place, speak to one of our team for some local recommendations if you don’t fancy venturing out too far…

P.s. Don’t forget your brolly! 

London’s best parks

London’s parks come alive in the summertime, from sunbathers to group games, everyone is out enjoying the sun… Here’s our selection of London’s best parks, you might want to try and visit them all. (Don’t forget your SPF)!

Hyde Park

London’s most famous Royal park, with millions of visitors each year; home to the Serpentine, Speaker’s Corner and the late Diana, Princess of Wales memorial fountain. There are a number of activities to do here, such as horse riding, a tennis and sports centre and boating in the Serpentine. Why not hire a Santander bike and cycle your way through? There’s plenty of pit-stops when you need a break!

Trent Park

Located in Cockfosters, on the outskirts of North London. This park is actually bigger than Hyde Park at 413 acres! If you like golf, you may have heard of Trent Park’s golf course, voted the #1 golf course in London! And it’s worth a visit. Go Ape tree top adventure park is also located here; a great activity for kids and adults!

Green Park

Is the smallest of London’s Royal parks, located next to Buckingham Palace. Take a nice stroll after visiting the Queen! Our tip is to pop into Marks and Spencer in Green Park station, get some nibbles and a nice drink and take it across the road to the park. This has served us well as an after work get together!

Regent’s Park

Home to ZSL London Zoo, central London’s largest outdoor sports centre and The Open Air Theatre. With this list, you’ll find plenty do here! Keep an eye out for London Zoo nights, where they host adults only after hour’s drinks, food and entertainment over the summer weeks.

Hampstead Heath

As one of the highest points in London, you’ll get one great view of the city! Don’t miss the internationally famous open-air swimming ponds, London’s only open-air swimming destination open to the public all year round…

These are our best parks; there are many other parks and lovely little green areas around London that are all worth seeing if it’s nice and sunny! There are plenty of small green areas close to Templeton Place and The Rosebery, please ask reception for their recommendations.

10 Best views in London

As the title suggests, were bringing you our top 10 of the best views London has to offer… Whether you’re here on a holiday or just a Londoner looking for some inspiration, even if you have a tight budget, you’ve come to the right place!

The Shard: Undoubtedly the highest viewpoint in London. If you’re feeling flush, there’s a good selection of bars and restaurants so you can enjoy a meal or a drink with a view!

Primrose Hill: If you go to the summit, Primrose Hill offers some wonderful views across London for Free! Separated from Regent’s Park by Prince Albert Road. A lovely day out when it’s sunny.

The London Eye: The world’s largest observation wheel, on the bank of the River Thames launched in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium! The views are great from here and they also do private pod events, great for a get-together or a special occasion.

Up at the O2: You can climb to the top of the O2; on a clear day you can see landmarks up to 15 miles away! They also do a twilight climb, if you want to impress someone with amazing views of the twinkling stars and London city!

Emirates Airline: This is a cheap and cheerful ride across the river Thames with great views of its own. See local attractions, such as Canary Wharf, Cutty Sark, Thames Barrier and Greenwich Peninsular to name a few! Worth a ride if you’re on a budget, or just fancy seeing something different.

St Paul’s Cathedral: A must-see London attraction in its own right, but ensure you take a trip to the top of the dome for some great views of the city too.

Duck & Waffle / Sushi Samba: Both located in the Heron Tower; Duck & Waffle is the city’s highest 24/7 restaurant, one floor above Sushi Samba. Sushi Samba is a vibrant place to eat and drink with a great outdoor terrace. The food is amazing in both venues, definitely worth a visit!

Big Ben: This one is for the Londoners… Did you know that you can actually go to the top if Big Ben? You need to be a UK resident, but you get to climb to the top for free! You will need to contact your MP for more info on this, but it’s a great view, from such a historical and iconic London site.

Greenwich Park: The Royal Observatory can be visited for a fee, but the park is free to explore! If you go to the highest point of the park you’ll see great views of East London and on a sunny day you can also see the Thames, this is a great day out for families.

Tower Bridge: There are amazing river views from Tower Bridge, especially on a sunny day. You can also purchase tickets to go into one of its towers for a small fee, why not make a day of it and take a trip to The Tower of London, which is a short stroll away.

We really could go on, as there are many more amazing viewpoints in London. As always, you can ask a member of our team for their recommendations, they might just have something up their sleeve!

London to Brighton… A day trip!

The London to Brighton Day Trip is probably the most obvious choice when looking for a day out to the sea side, but there’s a reason for that! In just a 2 hour drive or a 1h, 34min train journey, you can go from city to coast in the time it takes you to decide what to have for breakfast (maybe not that literally)! Below we share all the info that we think is worth knowing about this glorious day trip…

Getting there

The fastest route from central London is by train. In just under 1 hour from London Victoria, you can be in Brighton town in no time! The national express coach from Victoria is also a great cheaper option with tickets from just £5 and an overall journey of just 1h, 34min it’s a no-brainer!

What to do and see

You just can’t go to Brighton without visiting Riddle & Finns champagne and oyster bar. As the name suggests, they serve up world-class oysters, seafood and an extensive list f champagnes, the hard part is getting yourself out of there to enjoy the rest of the town…

Visit the Royal Pavilion, an exotic palace in Brighton’s centre, with a great history and beautiful Indian design. The Pavilion is an instantly recognisable gem and not to be missed with lots to do inside such as servant stories and amazing gardens to wonder around…

If you fancy travelling a little bit further, Hove (Brighton’s neighbour) is also another great town to see, in just a 10 min drive, 5 min train journey or a nice 30 min stroll in the summer sun, you will reach this lovely little town full of cafes, shops and funky bars and restaurants.

Finally… Most of us go to Brighton for one thing and that’s to the pier and it never disappoints, no matter how many times you go there. You can’t go wrong with some fresh and chips while looking out to sea, followed by a stick of rock or a nice warm fresh doughnut and a play in the arcade!

If you’re exploring around Brighton town, look out for our upcoming aparthotel on Queen Square! Formerly the Ice Rink, it’s now being converted into a Supercity Aparthotel, opening in summer 2018, we can’t wait to see you down there!

 

Photo cred @ela.bar (Instagram)

 

London to Cambridge… A day trip!

We’ve all heard of the University City of Cambridge, and if you’re on a trip in London for some time, we highly suggest taking a day trip to Cambridge… If we’re really honest, it’s best visited in the warmer months so you can take advantage of the river and outdoor bars alongside. If you get the fast train from King’s Cross, you can get to Cambridge in as little as 46mins! Perfect if you’re staying with us at The Rosebery.

Getting there

As mentioned above, you can get there in as little as 46 minutes on the train from King’s Cross! If you fancy a drive, it’ll take you just under 2 hours, and if you travel via coach (the cheapest option from £12 return) the fastest option is a 2 hour trip. You can hop on the coach at the following locations: London Victoria, London Embankment, London Mile End and London Stratford. Please check thoroughly for the departure times and places.

 What to do and see

Cambridge University, of course, did you know that it was founded in 1209? Cambridge is steeped in history as the second oldest university in the English-speaking world AND the world’s third oldest surviving university! The university is open to visitors, please check this guide for more information.

See the city on a bicycle; Cambridge has many cycle paths, making it very easy to get around on 2 wheels and many people do! Take one of the brilliant bicycle tours to explore further afield and get off the beaten track.

If you like afternoon tea, you must check out Harriet’s Cafe Tearooms. Located on a cobbled street it’s quintessentially British, without the stuffiness of the higher end establishments. The sandwiches and scones are excellent and the service is great too! On some afternoons there is a live pianist, which provides a lovely atmosphere.

Punting on the River Cam is the main attraction and the best tour is provided by Scudamore’s who have been proving the punting service along the river since the early 20th century! With many options from ‘Bat safari’ to punt hire, there’s an option for all. Open all year round from 9:00am to dusk (dusk will be a lot earlier in the winter months so please check before booking). This is a perfect activity for a nice summer’s day or even a special occasion.

King’s College Chapel is high on the visitor’s list. Another historical attraction in Cambridge, it is thought to be one of the finest examples of late perpendicular Gothic English architecture. Built in successions between 1446 and 1536 it is still used today and is home to the King’s College Choir.

If you have a little extra time, visit Grantchester which is a popular retreat from the busier town of Cambridge, at just 2.5 miles along the river. Walking tours are held from Cambridge to Grantchester along the banks of the river, which is great for those who like some outdoor adventure.

Hopefully, we have given you enough of an excuse to visit this great city, with easy access from Central London there is no reason why this trip should be missed! Again, the activities listed above are our suggestions and there is plenty more to do in Cambridge if you have other sights you would like to see there. Check back in next week to see what Oxford has to offer!

Photo cred: Instagram @cambridgeuniversity

London to Oxford… A day trip!

Today we bring you a day trip to Oxford, another great City to visit from London in just shy of an hour! Known for the famous Oxford University, and a host of other great things that you may not have known about…

Getting there

From London Paddington, you can get the train to Oxford in just 58 mins, which is less that some in-London commutes to work! Trains also leave from London Marylebone with the fastest reaching there in just over an hour. There are  If you fancy a drive out of the City, it’ll take you an hour and 40 min, which is not that bad, you may get there even quicker on the weekend. National Express coach also gets you there in the same time, so if you don’t fancy the drive, take the coach from London Victoria!

What to do and see

Bicester Village Designer Outlet is top of our list, there are many day trips from London to Bicester Shopping village and you can get there in 45 mins by train. Although not quite Oxford City, this is definitely worth a visit for some discount designer shopping. Keep your eyes peeled on our offers as we may or may not be teaming up with Bicester Village in the near future…

Oxford City centre is best explored on foot, there are many guided walks, around Oxford if you can’t be bothered to find your own way around, although we do suggest trying to explore without help as that’s half of the excitement! Be sure to visit Christ Church College, its chapel is Oxford’s cathedral. We highly suggest a winter visit here, as they open to the public for evening song and in the winter air, the experience is magical! Also take a trip to Britain’s oldest Botanic Garden, a great respite from the bustling centre with guided tour and family trails it’s a great place for all to see. Take a look at their site for current activities and information.

We also recommend exploring the University sites and museum, it’s really interesting to see all the historical and famous graduates and the ancient architecture.

Once you’re done exploring and you’re tired and hungry, eat at the Malmaison hotel in their converted prison! They have a great menu with lots to choose from, from breakfast to dinner, you can stop off at any point of the day and not be disappointed with their offerings.

If you want to go a little further afield, take a trip to the amazing World Heritage site Blenheim Palace which is 10 miles from the City centre. The outdoor park and gardens are huge and there’s so much beauty to explore inside, a brilliant day out!

If you need any more inspiration, drop us a line on office@supercityuk.com we have plenty more suggestions that may be of interest.

Photo cred: Instagram @christchurchoxford

 

 

London to Paris… A day trip!

We’re lucky to have a great City in such close proximity. If you’re travelling from further afield, a trip to Paris from London or vice versa is always a good idea! We’ll give you our picks below… Now go and book yourself a ticket before you change your mind!

Getting there

The easiest and most popular way is via Eurostar from London St Pancras International- perfect if you’re staying with us as The Rosebery or Templeton Place, with trains direct to King’s Cross St Pancras from both locations! From here you can be in Paris in just over 2 hours. Flying will take just over an hour and with flights departing from many London airports. If you really want to you can also drive via Eurotunnel to Calais and then drive on down to Paris for a further 3 hours but with such good deals available to fly it’s probably not worth it.

What to do and see

Apart from the main attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triomphe, Nortre Dame, Le Louvre there are so many great things to do and see. We recommend seeing the Eiffel Tower in at night as it sparkles every hour on the hour for 5 mins.

If you like to shop, Champs – Elysees which is Paris’s version of London’s Oxford Street has everything you need from designer boutiques to high street. Try and take a ride in the large Ferris wheel at the very end of the road, it offers some great views.

There are many great restaurants; Bistrotters comes highly recommended by one of our team, they only use seasonal produce, so the menu changes quite frequently. Another recommendation is Le relais de l’entrecote there’s only one thing on the menu; steak and chips with a walnut salad. That’s it. The steak is amazing and it comes smothered in their ‘secret green sauce’! You can’t book here, just turn up on the door.

If you fancy a bougie night out, we recommend Matingnon. You can go straight to the club or have a lively dinner, it’s not cheap, but it’s what you’d expect in its location.

Our team have many more Parisian recommendations, as we’ve all be there at least once! Just ask at reception for some tips and other sites they recommend seeing.

Party, party, party!

We rounded off another fantastic year at Supercity with our annual Christmas party! The Santa hats were on, the tables were adorned with sparkles and tasty treats and the drinks flowed as we danced all night (okay, until 10pm!) to the sounds of the wonderful John Adams – and the occasional cheesy Christmas tune!

We captured the night’s festivities on disposable cameras and loved the anticipation of waiting for them to be developed! Take a peek below to see what we got up to…

 

 

Live like a local in Clerkenwell

The Rosebery is located in the heart of buzzing Clerkenwell, which boasts a huge variety of restaurants, shops, bars and pubs. We thought we’d share our favourites so you know where to go when staying in our luxury suites.
Grab a freshly roasted coffee at Workshop Coffee, the perfect place to unwind with a good book

Kick-start the day with brunch at The Modern Pantry; we recommend the oozing poached eggs with pan-fried haloumi, spinach and slow-roast vine-ripened tomatoes, what could be better?!

After a pub lunch? Look no further than the original gastropub Eagle – it’s hard to refuse their slow-cooked pork belly with a butterbean stew

For a London momento, head to Bagman & Robin in bustling Exmouth Market, offering uniquely designed handbags and belts

Finish off the day at the Cocktail Lounge in Zetter Townhouse; an eccentric bar with a cocktail menu to match its wild and wonderful décor

If you know of any more secret gems, we’d love to hear them!

Live like a local in Earl’s Court

Both Templeton Place and Nevern Place are based in the beautiful and tranquil area of Earl’s Court. The area is characterised by its Georgian homes, as well as the Art Deco exhibition centre. Here are some of our local hotspots:
Grab your caffeine fix at Fernandez & Wells, the perfect pit-stop if you’re planning to visit the museums on Exhibition Road.

If you’re looking to try a local ale, The Scarsdale Tavern offers a great selection. The pub looks stunning from outside and when you step inside, you won’t be disappointed!

For some retail therapy, it’s impossible to ignore Harrods, the world’s most famous department store.

Hungry for a bite to eat? Local Japanese restaurant Kappa is a must for all sushi fans.

For an after-dinner tipple, we love Evans & Peel, a dark and sultry bar that serves modern twist on classic cocktails.

This is just a starter for ten; we’d love to hear your own hotspots!

The .IT Wine Bar & Café

Unlike most aparthotels, we’re lucky enough to share our building with a trendy Italian wine bar.

.IT Wine Bar & Cafe serves gorgeous Italian wines, accompanied by delicious plates of food from its traditional delicatessen. Not just a tipple and a bite to eat, it also showcases pieces from Italian designers – a great opportunity to pick-up something truly unique for back home.

We hope to see you in there and, if you’re asking, ours is a glass of Chianti!

For more information, visit http://www.puntoit.co.uk/index.php/winebar/

Clerkenwell Design Week – celebrating creativity and design

Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. So it’s no wonder this design hub is celebrated each year with Clerkenwell Design Week.

From 22nd to 24th May, Clerkenwell will showcase leading UK and international design brands and companies with a series of events, pop-up exhibitions and special installations.

Set in the heart of Clerkenwell, The Rosebery is perfectly situated to offer rooms for those visiting the festival. With over 50,000 people registering for last year’s event, be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!

To find out more about Clerkenwell Design Week, visit http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/

 

Introducing Melisa, Hotel Manager at The Rosebery

Looking after The Rosebery, Melisa ensures the property is running smoothly and our guests are well looked after. Melisa has been with the team for five years; here she tells us what it’s like working at Supercity Aparthotels – we’re delighted she loves it as much as we love her!

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels?

Becoming a family member to our long term guests

What does a typical day involve? 

Greeting guests, check ins and outs and payments. No two days are ever the same though!

What have been the highlights from working at Supercity Aparthotels?

A new experience in the hotel industry

How would you describe Templeton Place in five words? 

A home away from home

What was your first ever job? 

Receptionist in a hostel in Portal Del Sur, Argentina

If you were allowed one dream perk for your job, what would it be? 

To be able to volunteer for a different charity once a week

If you could ask a celebrity to join the Supercity Aparthotels team, who would it be and why?

Keith Lemon. Why? Because he’d make me laugh all the time and there’d be no time for stress!

If you weren’t working at Supercity Aparthotels, what would you be doing? 

Definitely still working in the hotel industry

What animal best reflects your personality and why? 

The crab. It’s my astrological sign and reflects my personality – family oriented, moody, devoted, romantic, fighter and able to get things done on my own

The Hottest Exhibitions in London this Summer

The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern and The Serpentine – just a handful of art galleries London is famous for.

Along with impressive permanent displays, each has temporary exhibitions that attract visitors from around the world. Below are five of our favourites, which should give you some inspiration when you feel like being cultural in the Capital this summer:

1.       The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (The Barbican, now until 25 August 2014)

The first major exhibition dedicated to Jean Paul Gaultier, featuring more than 140 cutting-edge designs that have shaped fashion over the past 35 years.

2.       Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (Tate Modern, now until 7 September 2014)

An exhibition showcasing the largest collection of the iconic French artist’s cut-out work, created between 1936 and 1954.

3.       Making Colour (The National Gallery, now until 7 September 2014)

Exploring the history of colour in art, this exhibition takes visitors on a journey back in time, exploring the wide range of materials that have been used to create colour in all types of art.

4.       Pangaea (Saatchi Gallery, now until 2November 2014)

Taking its title from the prehistoric landmass that conjoined Africa and Latin America, this major exhibition reunites two former sister continents by bringing together the work of 16 of their emerging artists.

5.       Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation (Tate Britain, now until August 10 2014)

This exhibition explores the impact of art historian, public servant and broadcaster Kenneth Clark, who is widely viewed as one of the most influential figures in 20th Century British art.

Supercity Aparthotels’ top five recommendations this August

With Summer in full swing, we’ve pulled together our favourite events for the upcoming month.

If you’re looking for a break from the usual tourist attractions, the Alternative London Tour offers an intimate view into East London – its culture and creativity. Starting and ending near the famous vintage market Spitalfields, just a stone’s throw away from The Rosebery.

Following a tour of the East End, head West to experience a colourful celebration of the diverse local culture at the Notting Hill Carnival. This annual event runs across the 24th and 25th August, promising great food and music, along with its famous parade. It’s also just 20 minutes away from Templeton Place and Nevern Place.

For something more relaxing, Somerset House is once again hosting its Film4 Summer Screening Series. Perfect for long summer evenings, eat alfresco in Somerset House’s famous courtyard and pick your favourite film. What’s more, it’s just 15 minutes from The Rosebery.

London is miles from the beach, so Camden’s Roundhouse has created its own. The Camden Beach returns this summer, with 900 square metres of sand. Not only does the beach come complete with deck chairs, beach huts and an ice-cream van, there are also pop-up restaurants and a beach bar to complete the holiday atmosphere. Perfect for a hot day in the city.

The Southbank is not only a great destination to walk and people watch, it also hosts regular exhibitions and festivals. This August, the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love is well worth a visit, looking in depth at love, romance and relationships with performances, poetry readings, talks and debates.

London’s hottest new restaurants

Whether entertaining clients, wooing a loved one, or having a reunion with friends, London has a vast range of restaurants to suit all occasions and budgets. Here are some of our favourite new openings, all just a hop, skip and jump away from Supercity Aparthotels.

Foxlow is the little brother to famed steakhouse chain Hawksmoor, serving a broader range of equally delicious dishes. Just ten minutes walk from The Rosebery, the beautiful interior and bar make for a relaxing lunch or dinner, perfect for those clients with hearty appetites.

Also close to The Rosebery, Bonnie Gull is a new seafood restaurant, set in vibrant Exmouth Market. The daily menu is dedicated to fresh fish, bringing a taste of the seaside to the heart of London.

Kitchen W8 is a Michelin starred restaurant, just a stone’s throw from both Templeton Place and Nevern Place. With quality Anglo-European food, exceptional service and a grown-up, relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect restaurant if you’re looking to impress.

Looking for something less expensive, but equally reliable? Try Whits, a low-key family restaurant not far from Templeton Place, or Nevern Place. Popular with locals, it’s a great choice for a more relaxed evening.

Top UK design event comes to Earls Court

100% Design is the UK’s leading contemporary design event and this year it’s celebrating its 20th anniversary with a stand-out exhibition at the Earls Court Centre. This is a must-see for interior enthusiasts, especially those staying at nearby Templeton Place or Nevern Place.

With hundreds of product launches from both established and up-and-coming designers, the exhibition offers a fantastic opportunity to admire some of the world’s newest and most innovative designs. There are also workshops held by experts and in-depth seminars for those who really want to get under the skin of interior design.

Aimed at industry insiders, students and trade representatives, the exhibition runs from the 17th to the 20th September. It is also open to the general public on Saturday 20th September.

To buy your ticket (priced at £15), or find out more, visit: http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/

 

New artwork dazzles at The Rosebery

We have a broad range of eclectic artwork in all our aparthotels. This week, we’d like to share details of two new pieces, which we’re featuring in the reception of The Rosebery.

Firstly, Korean artist Mari Kim’s Marie Antoinette is a vibrant addition. A playful piece with a lenticular effect; as you walk past, Marie Antoinette’s modern cupcakes transform into baguettes. The bright colours are in line with the modern design of our aparthotels and Marie’s dazzling eyes are a great welcome for guests staying at The Rosebery. The second piece is a thought-provoking wall installation by Sumedh Rajendran called More Dead than Alive. We’d love to hear what you think!

Supercity Aparthotels supports Crisis at Christmas

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

One charity that particularly stands out for us is Crisis, so last month, for the second year running, we supported Crisis at Christmas by donating 10 rooms free-of-charge to volunteers. Being centrally located, our rooms at The Rosebery and Templeton Place became comfortable homes for those doing such an important job over the festive period.

We’ve just been told that the campaign was busier than ever, with centres open for nine days and an impressive 10,000 people volunteering, helping more than 4,000 people. A fantastic effort; we certainly hope to be involved again this year!

Hot off the press…

We are really proud of some press reviews we’ve had in the last few months and wanted to share…

http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/supercity-rosebery-aparthotel-now-open
http://www.hoteldesigns.net/industrynews/news_12165.html
http://www.kiphakes.com/2013/08/chilling-out-at-the-rosebery-supercity-aparthotel.html
http://www.lussorian.com/luxury/comments/supercity-aparthotels-the-rosebery-reviewed/2013-09-11/
http://thelondonsinner.com/supercity-aparthotel-rosebery-avenue-ec1/

Reviews like these make it all worthwhile!

Olympics, Olympics, Olympics

News Flash! The Olympics are coming to London and where better to stay than in our Aparthotels.

Although the majority of the Games are taking place in the much-hyped Olympic Village, we’ve got a lot going on right here in West London. Within walking distance of Templeton Place you’ve got the volleyball at Earls Court Exhibition Centre and the triathlon in Hyde Park, as well as large screens showing the Opening & Closing ceremonies. Just a short tube ride and you could be watching the tennis at Wimbledon, the archery at Lord’s or the gymnastics at Wembley.

So if you’re looking for some sporting action this summer but have nowhere to rest your head why not give us a call…?

Blog, blog, blog…

So, in our infinite wisdom we have decided to start a blog to support our brand spanking new, shiny website.  You’re going to be hearing from all kinds of characters about all kinds of things!
If you’re reading this then you’ve already found our new website (designed by our great friends at Unreal) which we’re really proud of.  If you’d like to tell us what you think, about this or anything else Supercity related, you can always check out our Facebook page and drop us a line… we promise to be very receptive.

As you may be able to tell we’re a bit new to this social media stuff, but we’re going to give it our best shot…!

Flame, flame, flame…

The Olympic flame passed within a third of a mile of us today; paraded through the leafy streets of Kensington and Chelsea, it rested briefly on the steps of the open air theatre in Holland Park, less than 5 minutes walk from Templeton and Nevern Place.

Unfortunately, we forgot that this was happening until just now, and have missed the whole thing – typical! We’ll have to satisfy ourselves with watching it on the news this evening. It’s not often that major cultural and sporting events happen on the streets of the city where we live, but in true Brit style, all of us here at Supercity missed the whole thing!

Supercity’s London Diary: September Picks

Autumn’s almost upon us – but don’t despair! we’ve found the best activities in September to keep you entertained.

Be one of the first to see Fatboy Slim’s roof raising musical on the life of Filipina First Lady Imela Marcos in ‘Here Lies Love’ at the National Theatre from 30th September. Bring your dancing shoes and expect to be jumping up out of your seat.

Celebrate twenty years of democracy in South Africa with song and dance with ‘Mark Smith and Ladysmith Black Mambazo’ at Sadler’s Wells Theatre showing now until Saturday.

Missed London Fashion Week? Don’t worry; you can see the beautiful sculptures from one of fashions great names, Nicole Fahri, at Bowman Sculpture exhibiting now until 3rd October.

If it’s back to school blues you’re trying to cure, enjoy a quirky and charming puppet show, ‘The Secret Life of Suitcases’ at the Unicorn Theatre, showing now until 12th October.

See the story of 15th century China in a breathtaking series of objects at The British Museum’s stunning new exhibition ‘Ming: 50 years that changed China’, open now until 4th January.

 

Supercity Aparthotel’s Top Five ways to fill hungry tums at home

Feeling peckish? We’ve rounded up the best ways to dine in with our online shopping picks.

If you’re nourishing yourself from within, why not try giving Abel & Cole’s boxes a go? Choose from fruit and vegetable, juicing, meat or even whole recipes and they will deliver the freshest produce straight to your door.

Want more variation? Ocado is perfect for getting everything you need in one place. Order from the comfort of your sofa, book a delivery slot and let them do the rest.

If you want home cooked food without the fuss, have a look at Gousto. Pick your meals from a mouth watering selection and they’ll deliver the ingredients. Each recipe is carefully measured so you only receive the amount you need – with clear instructions so you can’t go wrong.

Don’t feel like cooking? Get delicious food fast with Deliverance. Choose from a number of different cuisines, make it healthy or vegetarian and you can even add drinks or deserts; all cooked fresh and delivered in less than 45 minutes.

If you just can’t decide what you want then head to JustEat. Eliminating the need to rummage around for takeout menus, JustEat allows you to browse and pick from hundreds of takeaways in your local area.

The best bit is, even if you’re out, our staff will take the delivery for you!

Apps, apps, apps!

From boarding cards on mobile phones to online check-ins, technology has revolutionised the way we travel. Every day new apps are created that aid a multitude of travel issues from packing to translation, so we’ve rounded up the freshest and most indispensable ones that will make your next trip a breeze.

Before you embark on your next adventure, the Trip Advisor app gives you access to thousands of independent reviews on bars, restaurants, accommodation activities and more so you can be certain to find the cream of the crop in your chosen destination.

Booked your flights, hotels and activities and struggling to keep track? Forward your email confirmations to the TripCase app and take away the need for countless pieces of paper and travel documents. Your entire itinerary will be condensed into one easy-to-use app which also provides real-time information such as arrivals, gate numbers and weather.

Make sure you never forget your toothbrush again with PackPoint, an adaptable app which allows you to customise packing lists according to your destination, activities and the weather. Answer a few short questions and, whilst – sadly – it won’t do the packing for you, it will make sure you have all the gadgets, toiletries and suitable clothing you need.

For those of you who can’t bear to be separated from Twitter, or who want to Instagram on-the-go, make sure you’ve downloaded Wi-Fi Finder. Press ‘scan’ to find all places to get internet access and get back online in a flash.

Gone are the days of bulky dictionaries; Google Translate functions as a traditional word-by-word translation tool for over ninety languages, but it can also automatically translate websites, handwriting, voice recordings or even text in a photograph.

Of course, you can go phone-free and enjoy the sunsets, Pina Coladas and sandy beaches the ‘old fashioned’ way!

One walk, Five Guaranteed Places of Interest: Templeton Place

Leave Templeton Place, head to Earls Court Road and turn north until you hit Kensington High Street. Take a right and stroll along this great shopping street until you reach Kensington Palace via the park on your left. There you can explore the State Apartments, visit the stunning ‘Fashion Rules’ Exhibition and wander through the decadent gardens of one of the country’s most beautiful Royal residences.

When you’re finished, a short walk east through the park will lead you to the Albert Memorial, London’s most ornate monument, unveiled in 1872 in honour of Queen Victoria’s beloved husband, Prince Albert.

Just north-east of the Albert Memorial is the Serpentine Gallery, a contemporary art gallery with a seasonal pavilion, redesigned each year by one of the world’s top architects. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery just across the water also hosts the perfect place for a spot of lunch in its onsite restaurant, The Magazine. Designed by award winning architect, Zaha Hadid – and with a surprising yet mouth-watering menu – this is anything but your regular museum fare.

If you’re visiting at the weekend, walk off your lunch with a trip to the world famous Portobello Road Market. Exit the park at the Queensway underground station and head left along Bayswater Road. Turn right onto Pembridge Road, just passed Notting Hill Gate station and then left onto Portobello Road.

When you’ve finished browsing the eclectic shops and stalls, take any left hand street and then go left again onto Ladbroke Grove. Turn right once you come to Holland Park Avenue and then left onto Holland Walk. Walk through Holland Park and round off your day with a trip to Opera Holland Park. Each summer, half a dozen operas are staged in this beautiful open air theatre; the ideal way to spend a balmy evening.

After all that walking, you’ll be grateful for your relaxed and serene suite at Templeton Place…

Introducing Camelia, Housekeeping Manager

At Supercity Aparthotels, it’s Camelia who keeps all our Housekeeping services running smoothly. Quiet and capable, herself and her Housekeeping team have the highest of standards and do a fantastic job of keeping everything sparkling clean. We spoke to her to find out a little bit more…

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels?

The best thing about working at Supercity is the variety of people I get to meet and work with; it’s a great experience and I learn something new every day.

What does a typical day involve?

My day starts with getting my team ready, organising the rooms and public areas that need cleaning then setting up my schedule (checking the rooms, common parts, special requests from guests, etc.). Later in the day, I deal with orders, staff issues, rotas, holidays and so on.

What have been the highlights from working at Supercity?

I think the highlights are when we all get together, share work adventures and catch up.

How would you describe The Rosebery in five words?

Friendly. Stylish. Comfortable. Spotless. Unique.

What was your first ever job?

When I was twelve, I worked a whole summer as a babysitter to buy a telescope!

If you were allowed one dream perk for your job, what would it be?

My dream perk would be to take all my holiday at once!

If you could ask one celebrity to join the Supercity Aparthotels team, who would it be and why?

Ed Sheeran, so he could serenade me when I’m checking the rooms…

If you weren’t working at Supercity, what would you be doing?

I’d probably be a Zoo Keeper, I love animals!!

What animal best reflects your personality and why?

I think it would be the Chameleon: they remind me of my name, they’re brightly coloured – and I usually dress in bright colours – but they still blend into the environment like myself by not speaking much!

 

August, August, August!

Can’t believe it’s August already? Neither can we! Before we pack away the shorts, parasols and Pina Coladas, it’s time to take one last big bite out of summer. Check out our selection below of the best London happenings in August. Now where was that picnic basket…?

If you’ve been entranced by the gorgeous photos of young Prince George and Princess Charlotte, you can get your royal fix by visiting the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening (until 27th September). Go behind the scenes in the ultimate royal residence and for the first time you’ll be able to stride through the Grand Entrance, usually reserved for Prime Ministers and Heads of State. After you, m’Lord!

Looking for something with a bit more of an adrenaline kick? If you missed the Soapbox Race which was hosted this year at London’s own Alexandra Palace, fear not! The Red Bull Air Race World Championships (15th & 16th August) returns to Ascot to take the same high-octane Red Bull energy to the skies! They do say Red Bull gives you wings…

All music aficionados should head to Clapham to start the bank holiday weekend in style at South West Four (29th & 30th August). Showcasing more artists than ever before, including Faithless and Scrillex, SW4 gives you the festival experience without ever leaving Zone 2.

The piece de resistance of the August bank holiday is, of course, Notting Hill Carnival (30th & 31st August). The annual feel good festival engulfs West London, spreading West Indian food, music and dancing in a two day extravaganza that will get even the most conservative spectator on their feet and shaking their hips.

Beauty, Beauty, Beauty!

There’s truly nothing better, for mind and body alike, than a little TLC. Whether it’s a speedy manicure to get you looking boardroom ready or a luxurious massage after a hard days sightseeing (!), we’ve rounded up our favourite beauty salons for a spot of pampering whilst you’re staying at The Rosebery.

Haven’t visited Exmouth Market yet? Make that your top priority. A haven for creative types, the street is chock full of quirky, independent bars, restaurants and boutiques. It’s also home to EXM Hair and Beauty, an equally unique salon offering a huge range of treatments at incredibly reasonable prices considering its central London location.

If it’s luxury you’re craving, look no further than No. 74, a sumptuous salon that’s a treat to visit for its décor as much as its services. The salon also serves as the residence of CrozNest, a creative collective of artists working in the fashion industry and there’s even the opportunity to book an appointment with the eponymous Jason Crozier himself.

Leather Lane prides itself as being one of the best food markets in London due to a vast array of innovative food stalls that line the street. But since it’s a trim rather than a taco you’re looking for, take a detour down Hatton Wall and pop into The Lion and Fox. A cool interior and even cooler staff means you’re bound to come out with a cut and colour worthy of exhibiting in the art gallery next door.

Time pressed guests will love The Rosebery Rooms, located just a minute’s walk from the aparthotel at the end of Rosebery Avenue. Don’t let the entrance fool you; descending below street level you instantly enter a haven from the hustle and bustle of central London above.

Of course, you can always indulge without ever leaving your suite with our fantastic range of massages, offered in conjunction with Urban Massage

Olympia, Olympia, Olympia!

Kensington Olympia is London’s premier exhibition and conference space, hosting a huge variety of trade and public shows. Opened in December 1886 as the National Agricultural Hall, over its 126 year history it has undergone many architectural changes as well as playing host to some seminal events such as the first Ideal Homes Show in 1908. With last year’s closure of Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington Olympia’s schedule has expanded to include many annual events Londoners and tourists’ alike look forward to each year. Here is our pick for the best this year…

Getting hitched? Put down that dog-eared magazine, step away from Pinterest and head to The National Wedding Show (25th – 27th September), the self-proclaimed ultimate ‘Little Black Book’ of the best wedding suppliers around. Whether it’s The Dress, cakes, venues, canapés or those little finishing touches that will make your big day one of a kind, this show will be the ultimate source of inspiration.

If you’re vegetarian, vegan or just looking for more fun ways to get your ‘five-a-day’, VegFest (10th – 11th October) could be the answer to your dietary dreams. The event promotes all aspects of vegan living, with more than 200 stalls showcasing the best food, home, lifestyle and beauty products as well as a vegan body building competition, cookery demonstrations, and celebrity appearances.

We’ll race you for a ticket to our next top pick: The Chocolate Show London (16th – 18th October)! Suppliers, artisans, chefs and cocoa-connoisseurs from around the world gather together to celebrate all things chocolate– there’s even full outfits made out of the sweet stuff! Get your taste buds ready and arrive with an empty stomach…

For a more refined affair, head to the annual Winter Olympia Arts and Antiques Fayre (2nd – 8th November). An extensive collection of furniture, glass, ceramics, art, jewellery and more, each item is vetted by an independent team so you can be guaranteed an authentic purchase.

 As much as we hate to say it, heading into autumn means one thing – whisper it – that Christmas will soon be around the corner. We say it every year, but why not get prepared early with a visit to The Spirit of Christmas Fayre (2nd – 8th November)? Browse hundreds of stalls with a curated selection of gift ideas from independent designers and make a day of it with a visit to Mosimann’s winter restaurant or the Louis Roederers Champagne bars.

Printworks Kitchen: New late openings!

Our café at The Rosebery, Printworks Kitchen, has been the perfect go-to for speedy breakfasts and delicious lunches for nine months now – and what a nine months it has been! With a constantly changing menu full of fresh salads, succulent sandwiches and indulgent cakes and bakes, it’s truly worthy of the much used moniker, ‘nutritious and delicious’. This autumn, Printworks Kitchen is extending its opening hours to 8pm, Wednesday to Friday, forging its way to become the perfect spot for a post-work (and pre-party?) tipple and bite to eat.

Their brand new Evening Menu focuses on food that can be shared and savoured and is the ideal pairing to a drink and a chat with friends or colleagues. Their bar snacks satisfy that all too familiar lust for nibbles; from the chic and simple ‘Bread & Oil’ to their ‘Homemade Curry Popcorn’, these are far from your average bowl of peanuts and packet of crisps.

If it’s something more substantial you’re looking for, the piece de resistance of their nocturnal offerings comes in the form of their Sharing Platters; you can travel round the culinary world with generous servings of the best of Italian, Persian and Mexican cuisine. Crisp homemade tortilla chips are the perfect host for guacamole, salsa and sour cream in the Mexican platter or, if Italian is more your thing, creamy homemade pesto is perfect drizzled on top of crunchy bruschetta. The fresh yoghurt sabzi, smoky aubergine dip and juicy lamb skewers of the Persian platter offer a variety of zingy flavours but if you’re hankering for something more traditional, you can’t go wrong with a decadent chunk of cheese and pickle on a hunk of fresh bread from the eponymous ‘Cheese and Bread’ platter.

Wash these treats down with the new bar menu, a carefully edited range of wines and beers featuring award winning English wines and gluten-free beers. Looking for something more glamourous? The cocktail menu caters for traditional tastes – a beautiful G&T is no problem here – as well as seasonal Bellini’s and the drink of 2015, Aperol Spitz. See you at the bar!

One walk, five guaranteed places of interest: The Rosebery

Exit left as you leave the lobby of The Rosebery – perhaps picking up a coffee to-go from Printworks Kitchen on the way –and walk until you reach Laystall Street. Take a left and when you hit Clerkenwell Road, take another slight left. As you head down the street, reflect for a moment on Clerkenwell’s past incarnation as the Little Italy of London in the 1800s. Marvel at the decadent exterior of St Peter’s Italian Roman Catholic Church, modelled on the church at the Basilica of San Crisogono in Rome and pick up traditional Italian fare at Terroni’s of Clerkenwell which has been trading in the same spot since 1878.

Cross the road opposite the church and you’ll be at our first point of interest: Hatton Garden. Though it is more recently known for the infamous robbery in April this year, Hatton Garden is the centre of the UKs diamond trade and has been Londoners destination for fine jewellery since the 1870s. If you aren’t in the market for bling, you can stroll along the street watching excited couples window shop for engagement rings and take in sights such as the former parish and chapel school, Wren House, and plaques commemorating the cinema pioneer, Robert Paul and Sir Hiram Maxim, inventor of the machine gun.

When you get to the end of Hatton Garden, take a left onto Holborn Circus. A ten minute walk and you can’t miss our next site: St Paul’s Cathedral. The highest building in London until 1962, the cathedral is much more than just an icon in the city’s skyline but a working place of worship, hosting many seminal events from Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral to the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

Leave St Pauls via the church yard and head south to Blackfriars Bridge. Cross the bridge and walk down onto the Thames Path. Heading west, you’ll encounter a number of sights including the OXO Tower, British Film Institute and the London Eye. The Southbank Centre is the ideal place to stop for a bite to eat as it houses a number of big name chain restaurants from Wahacca to La Pain Quotidien.

After you pass the London eye, cross Westminister Bridge and take in a magnificent view of our next top site: Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Take a few minutes to wander around the imposing seat of Britain’s political powers. Whilst here, you can also marvel at Westminster Abbey, site of at least sixteen royal weddings.

Round off your day heading north on Whitehall until you reach the Strand. This famous London Street was the hub of Victoria nightlife and remains the best place in the city for an evening at the theatre. If you’re seeing a show, grab an early bite to eat at one of the special menus in nearby Covent Garden. Whether you choose a quick post show nightcap afterwards or simply want to get back to the comfort of your suite, The Rosebery is just a ten minute taxi ride away!

 

Christmas Shopping, Shopping, Shopping!

Planning a Christmas shopping trip to London? Book a suite in one of our luxurious aparthotels and then check out the guide below for the best areas to pick up all your gifts this…

Oxford Street/Regent Street/Bond Street/Carnaby Street
If you go to just one place for your Christmas shopping, make it Oxford Street. It can be busy, particularly at this time of year, but the key is to get your timing right. Go very early in the morning, late in the evening or pedestrianised shopping days to shop in relative tranquillity.
Oxford Street houses the very best of the UK high street, from Marks & Spencer to Topshop. It’s also the location of one of the country’s best department stores, Selfridges; its rich history was the subject of recent ITV drama Mr Selfridge. Two other destination stores are Liberty and Fenwick, which can be found on the nearby Great Marlborough Street and Bond Street respectively.
For quirkier presents, take a wander through Carnaby Street. Still as hip as in its heyday in the sixties, the small streets plays host to some of the trendiest fashion and lifestyle brands, from Monki to Cheap Monday. Luxury gifts from premium brands can be found taking a trip down Bond Street, and Regent Street has some of the coolest name in fashion, including &Other Stories and Anthropologie, and is the site of the world’s most famous toy shop, Hamleys.
Time from The Rosebery: 15 minutes by tube, 30 minutes walk, 25 minutes by bus
Time from Templeton & Nevern Place: 20 minutes by tube, 50 minutes by bus
Best for: Being a one stop shop: you can find everything here for even the pickiest of recipients. You can make a whole day out of your shopping experience surrounded by beautiful historical architecture.

Covent Garden
Looking for something a little more specialised? Covent Garden is full of beautiful boutiques housing brands such as Original Penguin, The Cambridge Satchel Company and 7 for all Mankind. For tech-heads, the gargantuan Apple store is a must visit, whilst fitness fans will love the Reebok FitHub and Lululemon.
Quintessentially British brands also take a front seat in this area: from Hope and Greenwood’s old school sweet treats to North East outerwear behemoth, Barbour and fashionable men’s outfitters Paul Smith and Nigel Cabourn.
It’s also a great spot for buying gifts from luxury beauty big-hitters – Chanel, Dior, Bobbi Brown and Burberry all have stand-alone stores here – as well as other niche and heritage beauty brands such as Kiehls, Penhaligons, Aesop, Jo Malone and L’Occitane.
Time from The Rosebery: 15 minutes by tube, 20 minutes walk, 25 minutes by bus
Time from Templeton & Nevern Place: 20 minutes by tube, 55 minutes by bus
Best for: The atmosphere – between the street performers, the abundant decorations and people piling out of pubs with hot mulled cider, it’s a truly ‘Christmassy’ experience.

Knightsbridge/Kings Road
For a high-end shopping experience head to Sloane Street. This famous Street is the ultimate destination for designer fashion; home to world-famous brands such as Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada. Even if your purse wont stretch this far, the windows of these exclusive boutiques are works of art over the festive season.
Whatever your budget, Harrods is a must visit at this time of year. One again, strategic timing is necessary to prevent this one-of-a-kind retail experience becoming an exercise in patience and tenacity! Visit early and you will be rewarded with seeing London’s most beautiful Christmas department as well the opportunity to purchase branded Harrods gifts that are certain to please any Anglophile, without having to battle the crowds.
Whilst in this area, a visit to The Kings Road is essential for beautiful, specialised gifts; visit Rococo for chocolates, Limelight for movie posters and French Sole for classic ballet pumps, then pop in to VV Rouleaux for all the trimmings to make your Christmas wrapping Pinterest-worthy. For vintage and antique lovers, Portobello Road market and the surrounding shops are perfect for finding that one-of-a-kind gift.
When you’ve shopped-til-you-drop, this area of London is the place to see and be seen: Sloane Rangers in Knightsbridge, pop stars on Kensington High Street or a range of actors, politicians and models in Notting Hill and is the perfect chic setting for lunch or afternoon tea.
Time from The Rosebery: 30 minutes by tube, 40 minutes by bus
Time from Templeton & Nevern Place: 30 minute walk, 15 minutes by tube, 30 minutes walk
Best for: People watching, café culture and the array of luxurious gifts.

Of course, if you still come up empty handed, there’s no better gift than the gift of travel – why not treat a loved one to a weekend stay at one of our aparthotels?

Christmas in London!

In spite of the grey weather and dark nights, London truly comes alive at Christmas. There are hundreds of different events to choose from; from markets and pop ups to one off theatre shows and themed dining. The options are endless – and since we know you’ve got Christmas cake to bake and stockings to hang – we’ve selected a few of our favourites that will fill you with Christmas spirit and get that gift list ticked off!

If you’ve had enough of the crowds at Oxford Street, London is rich in alternative shopping events. Crafty Fox is back this year with their annual Christmas markets in a number of hip locations, including the Bussey Building in Peckham and The Dogstar in Brixton. Browse over fifty unique sellers, carefully curated by the likes of Sarah McCoy of Oh Comely Magazine and Sarah Ross, Buyer at Southbank Centre Shops. Why not also try one of the city’s many museum shops for an original gift? The Victoria & Albert Museum for fashion lovers, the Design Museum for homewares and gadgets or the Natural History, British and Science Museums for interesting gifts for children?

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a mulled wine and a hearty bellow of ‘It’s behind you’! The newly refurbished Wilton’s Music Hall is the perfect place to see the obligatory Christmas pantomime; making a most elegant affair of a usually low brow night out due to its stunning Victorian interior.  You can catch Dick Whittington there from 1st to 31st December.

If you’re looking for a quirky alternative to a Christmas Fair, try ‘Winterville’ at Victoria Park, the classier older sister of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. All the usual attractions are there, including an ice rink, fairground and food and drink stalls with the addition of a cinema and circus tent, all with their own kooky twist.

For a little festive feasting, Chelsea Physic Garden nails the cultural zeitgeist for all things ‘scandi’ by hosting ‘Skandilicious’, a pop up Swedish dining experience. For £45 you can enjoy traditional ‘Glogg’ and an all-you-can-eat Christmas smorgasbord. Of course, gastronomic delights can also be found closer to home in our very own Printworks Kitchen. We’ve already caught a glimpse of their gingerbread gateaux but are also excited for their top-secret Christmas sandwich!

Looking for something a little different? The Geffrye Museum is fascinating at all times of the year, showcasing English domestic interiors throughout the ages, but is a particular hit at Christmas as a selection of the rooms are dressed in historic festive finery befitting the time.

Mince pies already catching up with you? Combine a little light exercise and take in best of the cities Christmas lights and sights with a two-wheeled tour from The London Bicycle Tour Company.

Blogs, blogs, blogs!

If you’re planning your next trip to London, step away from the hefty travel guides and head online. The blogosphere is full of some of the best and most up-and-coming collections of news and reviews in your destination. Check out our pick of the best London travel blogs and start planning an envy-inducing trip.

Melting Butter describes itself as a ‘trusted advisor for well travelled, aesthetically inclined urbanites’ which hand picks fellow bloggers and those in the know to write reviews of their favourite spots in the Big Smoke. Separated into arts and culture, food and drink, nightlife and shops, you can navigate easily through a wealth of reviews on old favourites and brand new openings.

TravelTec are a Dutch design company who specialise in beautiful travel products, but the real gem on their website is their associated blog. A collection of so called ‘Smart Lists’ for all major cosmopolitan cities, including London, feature a selection of reviews on restaurants and hotels, pinpointed on a helpful map for at-a-glance trip planning.

The Travelling Light is a travel blog written by Katie McNoulty, a freelance marketer who has spent the last four years living in different cities around the world, including two in London. Her reviews, though not abundant, have a reassuring intimacy which comes from her in depth, first-hand knowledge and beautiful, Instagram-worthy photography.

The New Potato founders have created an area guide featuring the very best places to eat in London. What makes them different? They’re all personally recommended by the big name chefs, actors and taste makers that are interviewed on their website.

Introducing Sefu, PPM & Maintenance Coordinator

For all maintenance needs at Supercity Aparthotels, Sefu is on hand to coordinate the maintenance team in collaboration with the General and Operations Manager. Calm and collected, he deals with all issues seamlessly and is a friendly face around the Aparthotel. We asked him a few questions to find out a little more about his time at Supercity.

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels?
Working with great staff!

What does a typical day involve?
Scheduling the maintenance team, hotel safety checks, proactive and reactive maintenance issues including painting, tiling and fire and water checks.

What have been the highlights from working at Supercity?
It has to be the work events that all the staff have attended!

How would you describe The Rosebery in five words?
Unique. Value. Warming. Welcoming. Organised.

What was your first ever job?
I was a glass collector in a night club.

If you were allowed one dream perk for your job, what would it be?
A Supercity Smart Car with Supercity logos all over it – I think that would be quite cool!

If you could ask a celebrity to join the Supercity Aparthotel’s team, who would it be and why?
Idris Elba because I like a lot of his films, we grew up around the same area and he can be my stunt double as well…!

If you weren’t working at Supercity, what would you be doing?
I’d be a carpenter or working whilst travelling the world.

What animal best reflects your personality and why?
A lion because they understand the value of team work but when it is time for them to do things on their own, they are more than capable…

Supercity’s Earls Court Secrets

Earls Court is one of the most popular places to visit in London, but with such a rich history, tourists and residents alike rarely know all its secrets. Here are our top four facts about the area that you may not know…!

Earls Court has been home to a huge variety of celebrities and public figures, including Howard Carter, Benjamin Britten, Alfred Hitchcock, Princess Diana, Freddy Mercury and, most recently, Gary Barlow!

In the 1960s, Earls Court Road was affectionately nicknamed ‘Kangaroo Alley’ due to the large number of Australian and Kiwi residents living in the area.

Some areas of Earls Court – including Templeton and Nevern Place – are named after Welsh villages, after a series of marriages led to a Welsh family, the Edwardes, naming the land.

The Troubadour coffee house, on Old Brompton Road, was a melting pot for the British Folk Revival of the 1950s and 60s, as well as playing host to some of the most influential names in music, including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Morrissey.

Supercity’s Top Packing Tips

You’ve picked the destination, scoured the travel brochures and booked the tickets, but before you dig out your suitcase, read our top packing tips.

Seventy percent of luggage is black, so distinguishing your case with a bright tag can be invaluable when you’re at the carousel. However, they can easily become detached. Make sure you and your luggage end up in the same place by placing another inside your case.

If you’re unlucky enough to get an airport inspection, take away the hassle by lying pieces of cardboard between the layers when you’re packing. This means you can lift the dividers out so the contents can be examined with ease, with the added bonus of keeping your clothes flat, neat and organised.

Travelling in a couple or group? Consider splitting your belongings between the luggage; if a bag should go missing, you’ll still have all your essentials.

Think outside the box for packing ‘hacks’; a contact lens case is an excellent container for products like foundation or hair serum that you only need a little of. The complimentary shower caps in hotels make excellent shoe protectors, threading necklaces and bracelets through straws stops them tangling and an old eye drops container carries just the right amount of toothpaste for a week.

Drink, drink, drink!

When staying at a Supercity aparthotel, we like to let you know the best places to eat, drink and be merry. After a long day at the office – and with the festive season in full swing – there is nothing better than stopping off for a drink with a friend or colleague before retiring to your comfortable suite. For the best spots for a post-work tipple, see our recommendations below.

If you’re staying at The Rosebery, why not pop in to The Clerk and Well? With its cosy and friendly atmosphere and a wide selection of pan Asian cuisine, you can eat, drink and even challenge your companion to a game of pool!

Want something a little fancier? Look no further than the cocktail bar at The Zetter Townhouse. With an enviable cocktail list – including a Bloody Mary made with homemade tabasco and ‘The Second Husband’ that features ‘bitter almond poison’ – there’s something to please even the most obscure tastes.

For the sports lovers out there, the Sports Bar & Grill is a stone’s throw from Farringdon Station. Enjoy a hot dog from the specialist menu in a contemporary setting as well as using their online sports schedules to check when your favourite games are being shown.

If you’re staying at Templeton or Nevern Place and you’re looking for a bit of history, The Troubadour is a must. Hosting everyone from Elvis Costello and Joni Mitchell to Morcheeba and Adele; it’s a little piece of history with your pint.

And for something completely different, Evans and Peel Detective Agency is a true experience not to be missed. The less said the better, but you’re certain to find a truly unique night out…

Introducing Aroa, Receptionist at The Rosebery

If you’ve stayed at The Rosebery recently, you may have already met the latest addition to our fabulous Front of House Team: Aroa! Polite and efficient, she is a pleasure to deal with, so we thought we’d ask a few questions to find out a little more about her…

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels? I really enjoy working at Supercity because I get to meet a lot of different people from different countries.

What does a typical day involve? Meeting and greeting the guests and making sure everything exceeds their expectations. Also dealing with agents and direct bookings to maximise revenue.

What have been the highlights from working at Supercity Aparthotels? The biggest highlight is the people I meet here; guests and colleagues alike.

How would you describe The Rosebery in five words? Different, homely, clean, stylish and modern.

What was your first ever job? I worked in my hometown in Spain in Dorothy Perkins as a Shop Assistant. I met people from lots of different countries because almost all the customers weren’t Spanish!

If you were allowed one dream perk for your job, what would it be? Everything is perfect…but a siesta might be nice!

If you could ask a celebrity to join the Supercity Aparthotels team, who would it be and why? Jennifer Lopez because she can speak more than one language and travels a lot, so she is familiar with different cultures and we have guests from all around the world! Plus I feel she is, like the Aparthotels, very stylish.

If you weren’t working at Supercity Aparthotels, what would you be doing? I would be working somewhere where I could meet lots of different people.

Which animal best reflects your personality and why? A dolphin, because they are social, easy going most of the time and look like they enjoy their life – they don’t get stressed easily!

Radios, Radios, Radios

If you’ve stayed at Templeton Place recently, you may have noticed the stylish radios in your suite, the new Ruark R1. We spoke to Richard McKinney at Ruark Radios for a brief insight into this multi award winning British brand.

A family owned British company, Ruark have been making world-class loudspeakers for over thirty years. However, since 2006 they have designed and created a new generation of perfectly formed music systems. The original R1, which started the story, was described by Tatler magazine as ‘the most beautiful radio in the world’. It was also awarded the title ‘Aston Martin of radios’ in a Sunday Telegraph review. Moreover, with the third generation R1, these statements apply as much today, if not more so.

Elegant and beautifully simple, with class leading sound, the R1 is truly amazing. The ‘Rotodial’ control is wonderfully intuitive and this, combined with the latest technology OLED display is a winning combination, providing a control interface which is crystal clear whilst allowing viewing at any angle. The award winning sound is there via DAB, FM and DAB+, but this little beauty has the addition of built-in Bluetooth so you can stream to your heart’s content from any Bluetooth enabled device whilst also showing Track and Artist data. The addition of a USB charge port which will charge most smartphones, together with the luxury of a comprehensive dual alarm makes your wake up call, during your stay at Templeton Place, completely hassle free. With its wonderfully tactile cabinet, handcrafted from wood materials, which are known to give the best sound quality, the R1 not only looks fantastic but feels warm and natural to the touch. On the rear panel you’ll find a headphone output and switchable auxiliary input allowing for other audio devices to be connected and enjoyed.

So please feel free to use the R1 in all its Bluetooth streaming, stunning sound, multi award winning glory. We know you’re going to love it!

Website, website, website!

This week sees the launch of our brand new website. A labour of love for the past few months, we have tinkered, tweaked and edited to make it more informative, visual and accessible, so you can find all the info you need in record time. So what’s new?

Each of our aparthotel pages included an overview, so you can find everything you need to know about the facilities and surrounding area, and a beautiful scrolling picture gallery.

Click through to the individual room pages and you can now see exactly what your suite includes, as well as detailed floor plans and photographs. You can also find out the difference between each of the suite types, so you can determine the one best suited to your needs.

Visit the ‘About Us’ page and you can discover everything you need to know about the Supercity ‘Family’ and catch a glimpse of those working front of house and behind the scenes; many of whom you will meet during your stay!

We’ve also introduced an ‘Offers’ page, so if you’re looking for a great deal – whether it’s a last minute weekend away, or planning your escape to the city – bookmark this page.

When you’ve decided that a stay at Supercity Aparthotels is the one for you, you can now book easily through the ‘Book Now’ form accessible from every page.

See for yourself at www.supercityuk.com or click the Supercity Aparthotels logo at the top of this page.

Printworks, Printworks, Printworks!

If you’ve stayed at The Rosebery recently, you may have noticed our brand new eatery, Printworks Kitchen. We interviewed managers Catherine Rose and Danielle Brown to find out more…

We’re very excited to see the opening of Printworks Kitchen! Can you tell us a little more about it and what makes it special?
We both come from different cooking backgrounds and have different passions, but the thing we both think is most important is that the food we provide is fresh, seasonal, beautiful and as natural as possible. There aren’t many places that offer this in Clerkenwell, so we wanted to bring fresh food and drink of a high quality to the area.

What about you? Can you tell us a little bit about the face of Printworks Kitchen?
You’ll have to come in and meet us to find out. We’re terribly mysterious!

What does a typical day involve? We imagine there is a lot of vegetable peeling and herb chopping?
Because everything is made fresh every day, there is a lot of vegetable peeling and herb chopping; not forgetting salad tossing, bagel spreading, coffee grinding and muffin making.

How would you describe Printworks Kitchen in five words?
Fresh, delicious, beautiful, relaxed with an ever-changing-menu (that can be five right?)

We’re sure it’s hard to narrow it down, but what is your favourite dish that you’ve served at Printworks so far?
The butternut squash and coconut soup is incredible but as the menu changes with the seasons, this could change…!

What is the best thing about managing Printworks Kitchen?
We get to do what we love every single day – working with each other.

If you weren’t working here, what would you be doing?
…trying to define the limits of time and space?

Give us a sneak peek: what can we expect in the coming months?
We can’t wait to do a Chicory, Orange and Almond salad and soon we hope to be able to offer Pimms or a Printworks cocktail to welcome in summer.

Gym, Gym, Gym!

If you’re staying at The Rosebery and would like to keep up, restart, or make entirely new fitness goals; book a session with our resident Personal Trainer, James Kahan of Beyond Fitness. We asked him to sit still for five minutes to ask him some questions and find out more…

Okay, let’s get started with an easy one… what’s the best thing about working with Supercity Aparthotels? We know it’s difficult but try and narrow it down…
That’s a no brainer. It’s got to be the people. They’re a genuinely lovely bunch! You’d think I would say that, given that I work with them but that’s the honest truth.

What does a typical day involve? Is there as much lycra as we imagine?
People usually want to train early or late, so I tend to start at The Rosebery at 7am and finish at 8pm. Hold your sympathy! I have a big gap in the middle of the day where I work out, mooch around the local markets and work on my podcast.

Lycra is soooo 90s. Organic merino wool is where it’s at now, get with the programme, Darling…

Each Supercity employee get a free personal training session with you each week, but if you could only train one, who would it be and why?
You’re all a pleasure to work with but it would have to be Financial Director Ryan as I don’t get to see him enough because he’s so busy/elusive.

We hear you have a side project, could you fill us in?
I run a podcast called Kill The Guru. I interview some of the top experts in the health and fitness world and take an irreverent look at some of the wackier fads and gurus in the industry.

You can check it out here and here.

Oh. So you wouldn’t approve of our exclusively chocolate diet in the office then?
You’re just saying that to wind me up. Plus I know for a fact you eat croissants as well.

Moving on… What’s your pet peeve in the gym? Having to spend every day explaining what a burpee or mountain climber is?
I’m more than happy to explain exercises and demonstrate technique! No my pet peeve has to be people who leave dumbbells lying around or spend ages hogging one piece of kit!

If you’d like to book a session with James, please contact a member of staff at The Rosebery.

Outside, outside, outside

With the arrival of sunny London days, we’re all desperate to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather. When you’re tired of sunbathing and bored with the pub, check out our picks for the best outdoor activities in the upcoming months.

Take a wander around Chelsea Physic Garden and visit the brand new World Woodland Garden, featuring trees and plants from North America to East Asia. From 1st April onwards.

On the first bank holiday in May, head to the Canal Way Cavalcade that has taken place in Little Venice every year since 1981. Enjoy a variety of food and drink stalls and family friendly entertainment with the backdrop of hundreds of bright and beautiful narrow boats. From 2nd to 4th May.

Looking for something more cultural? Grab a blanket and Pimms and check out the Open Air Theatre at Regents Park. Offering a wide variety of shows from J M Barrie’s Peter Pan to Chekov’s The Seagull, there’s something for everyone to enjoy under the stars. From 15th May.

If the British weather lives up to its reputation and takes a turn for the worst, a quick reschedule will be in order; so grab a taste of the outdoors, indoors. The ‘Public London: 10 years of transforming spaces’ at New London Architecture shows how the capital’s streets, squares, green spaces, rivers and parks have changed in the last decade. From 23rd April – 8th July.

Shopping, shopping, shopping!

Clerkenwell has great accommodation (of course), delicious restaurants and fantastic bars but did you know there are some excellent places for shopping around The Rosebery? We’ve narrowed down our favourites for when we need a spot of retail therapy…

If you’re looking for gifts, check out ‘In with the Old’ on Exmouth Market where you can buy quirky stationery, books, jewellery and miscellanea that you’ll not find anywhere else. If you’d rather ‘say it with flowers’, ‘Wildabout’ on Clerkenwell Road has a huge selection of creative bouquets that are sure to please even the most discerning recipient.

You don’t have to go far to find culinary treats too; The Rosebery’s very own ‘Printworks Kitchen’ sells a variety of snacks, treats and drinks which you can enjoy in the beautiful café surroundings or your own suite. If you fancy a tipple, check out ‘Borough Wines’ in Exmouth Market which stocks a carefully curated selection of international beers, wines and spirits.

Need new threads? Womenswear designer Antoni and Alison’s flagship store is just opposite the Aparthotel. You can browse the racks of unique designs as well as enjoying a cup of tea and cake in their quirky café. For menswear aficionados, ‘The Content Store’ in Exmouth Market stocks everything from high street favourites such as Adidas and Converse to niche brands such as Our Legacy to Sandqvist.

For a more budget option, dodge the food stalls on Leather Lane and head to Kate Kanzier. Having been featured in prestigious publications such as Vogue, Londoners flock from all parts of the city to buy their practical work flats, disco-ready heels and wide selection of handbags.

London Wine Week

As London Wine Week kicked off this week, we thought it would be a good idea to come up with some great London wine bars, so if you’re staying with us, why not check them out? Whether that be all, or some, is entirely up to you…

Wine Store is the place to go if you fancy a bottle (or two) to take home. Located in the Zig Zag building in Victoria, they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets and with an in-house sommelier, you can be sure to get some great advice! You can also shop online if you don’t fancy leaving the comfort of your suite or home.

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