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Discover London in a Mini Cooper

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Cheval Gloucester Park is close to smallcarBIGCITY tours.
We, at Cheval Residences, always say: the best way to discover London is to do things like a londoner would do. And when it comes to riding a car, nothing is more english than a Mini Cooper.
So why not a London private tour in a Mini Cooper, with someone ready to tell you all about this great city that is London? Stylish right?
The Small Car Big City does exactly that. With tours from 30min to 2h, prepare to fell like a real londoner inside this iconic car. With a fleet of beautifully presented classic Mini Coopers to take you round all of the sights for the ultimate guided tour of London! The Great Escape Tour covers every sight in London - Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Pauls Cathedral and many more that you have yet to discover. You can even learn about the royal couple in London on the William and Kate Tour.  If your feeling like an adventure, get your team together, and try "The London J…

London by neighbourhood: Bars/Restaurants in Chelsea

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Cheval Knighstbridge is in the Chelsea neighbourhood, in London.
There are good bars and restaurants all over London, but sometimes we just want to walk somewhere, close by... So, if you are in Chelsea and don't want to go far for a good night out, what do you do? Have a nice time in one of this selected bars in the area:
The Collection - the modern pick (and our pick!) The Collection has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines due to its celebrity following and the fashion events it plays host to.  Everything is conceived to impress, with a raised glass catwalk entrance boasting international artworks leading to an exposed brick warehouse that was once the Katharine Hamnett Emporium, as designed by Sir Norman Foster. The restaurant at mezzanine level overlooks what's a vibrant bar. The Collection is available for private hire. 
264 Brompton Road, SW3 2AS (South Kensington St.) Monday - Sunday, from 05:00pm - 23:30pm. Reservations and info here

Anglesea Arms - the L…

London Restaurant Festival 2013

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Cheval Calico House is close to The Shard.
The London Restaurant Festival, taking place from 3 to 21 October 2013, is a celebration of London’s diverse and accomplished restaurant and food and drink scene. The city is widely regarded as one of the hottest restaurant destinations in the world at the moment, which is certainly something to celebrate.
This year, the London Restaurant Festival has teamed up with a host of stars, including Gizzi Erskine, Jonathan Ross, Jason Atherton, Angela Hartnett and Theo Randall.
Approximately 350 London restaurants will take part in the festival, where special menus will be created offering excellent value lunches and dinners, enabling Londoners to try a variety of different restaurants throughout the festival.
Another big part of the London Restaurant Festival is the events and restaurant-hopping tours, including the Tapas Tours, Cicchetti Trails and Japanese Journeys, where you can have a dish and a drink in each of six participating venues.
Some of the…

Heritage Open Days in England

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Cheval Hyde Park Gate is close to many historical sites, including the iconic Westminster Abbey.
From the 12th to the 15th September 2013, Europe will have the European Heritage Days.
But what is it? Heritage Open Days or European Heritage Days (EHD) is an annual programme that offers opportunities to visit buildings, monuments and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public. It aims to widen access and foster care for architectural and environmental heritage. These events are also known as Doors Open Days and Open Doors Days.
A little history? The event began in France in 1984, with La Journée Portes Ouvertes, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture. In 1985, in Granada, at the 2nd European Conference of Ministers responsible for Architectural Heritage, the French Minister of Culture proposed that the project be internationalised under the Council of Europe. The Netherlands held their first Open Monumentendag in 1987. Sweden and the Republic of Ireland joined in 1989, an…

Shopping in London - the streets you can't miss

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Cheval Phoenix House has a great location for a good shopping day in London
We already talked about how great all the departments stores in London are and how they are perfect for a good shopping spree (post here), but what if you don't feel like staying inside a store? 
London has great shopping streets, with stores for every taste, size and budget.
The british style is famous: woolen, tartan, tweed and cotton are greatly appreciated, not to mention prints of known brands like Laura Ashley and Liberty. Other items are the region's traditional soaps, floral perfumes, antiques and porcelain.
Oxford Street is a great starting point, with over 300 stores, the most part belonging to large international chains. Oxford Street is also home to many department stores, none of which is more famous than +Selfridges Co. There is also a wide selection of bars, restaurants and cafes.
Regent Street is the home of iconic shops, including +Liberty London and the largest toy store in the world, Haml…

Explore UK: Brighton - a British beach that is worth going all year long

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Cheval Three Quays will be ready for you summer 2014 in London
Brighton is a town on the south coast of England, just under 100 miles from London. Since the arrival of the railroad in 1841, the city attracts tourists, who go to spend the day or a season near the ocean. In recent years, have been considered one of the most beloved beach destinations in the UK, and it is not rare to see the adjectives "trendy", "cool" and "hip" to the name of the city. So if your stay in the land of the Queen you should pay a short visit to the coast!
Brighton is not your normal sand beach. It is a pebble beach! And as the weather is not always the best and you can not rely on the sun even at the height of the English summer, you need to have fun. In the case of English seaside towns, the fun usually comes in the form of a pier, where they are installed bars, restaurants, and an amusement park for children. The Brighton Pier, a beautiful structure built in the Victorian era, …

New bars and pop-ups in London - Summer 2013

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Cheval Knightsbridge is just a few minutes away from Harrods.
The cold winter makes us want cozy and familiar experiences, such as grandma cookies and that old pair of socks we own since the 80's. But the Summer is the opposite! It brings in all of us that feeling of need for new sensations and experiences. Pop-up bars are the perfect oportunity to try new drinks, new neighbourhoods and, why not say, new feelings. 

The Rum Shack at The Skylounge
If you’re looking for a rooftop bar near Tower Hill, head 12 floors up to the Skylounge at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel. With 2 rooftop terraces with the Gherkin and The Shard within touching distance, this is a great find for the summer months.
For the summer of 2013, the south roof terrace has a pop-up Rum Shack with mojitos, daiquiris and sangria available by the jug alongside wines and beer. The Rum Shack has a casual vibe with drinks, food and tables designed for sharing.
Aqua Shard
One of our favourite new London bars, you enter Aqua Shard