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Update to our Luggage Policy

We sincerely apologise to our guests for any inconvenience but due to security reasons and advice from the Security of London we are now no longer able to look after luggage and bags after the guest has checked-out. 

 

If you would like to store your luggage before check-in we can now only do so from 10:30am on the check-in date and it will be taken to your room (Mon-Fri). Guest check-in will still be from 14:30pm. Unfortunately during the weekend this option will not be available - we cannot look after luggage before check-in, or check-out on the weekend. 

 

If you need luggage storage then we recommend Left Luggage at Liverpool Street Station. They provide storage at all the major airports and stations. Advance booking and on-the-day drop-off options available. 

 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our guests.

 

If you need any more information please contact us.

Londinium

We talk a lot about how old and great the city of London is here on our website, and we owe it all to the mighty Romans of around AD 50 who founded the settlement and named it Londinium all those years ago. Even going back thousands of years it had a major port and served as a dominant commercial centre in Roman Britain.

 

2,000 years on, to celebrate this rich history, London is inviting people to travel back in time with them to Roman London and experience Londinium - a season of events and activities focusing on Roman heritage including, but not limited to; gladiator games, 3D animated projections, talks by leading historians, outdoor films and archaeological tours in historic London sites. Events have already been taking place through summer but the excitement is not over yet - events will continue on throughout October. Many events are free and great for families or those on a budget. In fact, one particular guided walking event starts at the Tower Hill underground station - right around the corner from our apartments! Explore what life was like for a Roman soldier patrolling the defenses for just £8.00 - but be quick, tickets are selling fast!

One particular featured event is called Trauma running until the 29th of October at London's Roman Amphitheatre, Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12 noon - 4pm. Get up close and personal to a Roman skull and potential gladiator discovered during excavations in the Walbrook Stream. The exhibition looks at gladiators in more detail and delves into what life may have been like for those in the Amphitheatre. This is a free event curated by the Museum of London.

 

Perhaps you're looking for something a little more tongue-in-cheek. Bullsh!tium Londinium is a one of a kind interactive comedy experience by The City of London Corporation. A walking tour full of untruths and wit. This event is free but advanced booking is required and runs from the 30th September to 1st October - 12pm and 4pm, the tour lasts 75 minutes and is step free. Time Out has voted this tour three times as one of the top 101 things to do in London – so it’s definitely a popular choice!

 

There is certainly something for everyone this month and throughout October in Londinium and plenty to learn (perhaps not including the aforementioned event however!). We hope you manage to partake in some of these events and enjoy the exhibitions, and remember - if you need high quality yet affordable accommodation, book with us now. Our luxury serviced apartments won’t let you down and you can experience London with the comfort of a home away from home.

 

Find out more about the events at Londinium here.

The Totally Thames Festival in London

London is a superb place to be in September. Summer may be soon disappearing, but the opportunities in this great city are not going anywhere!

The annual celebration of the River Thames is back this year spanning from 1st September through until the 30th. Ideal for people of all ages, this festival is a month-long spree of community events, exhibitions, boat trips, singing and musical performances and much more. So far we have already seen the Working River Heritage Exhibition - London's boatyard history uncovered (every day throughout September), the Totally Thames Blast - a super speedy Thames Rocket where you can learn about the great river (returning every Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the Midnight Apothecary (also returning every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this month) where visitors can enjoy a quirky cocktail night with tickets at just £5.00.

With something for everyone this incredible celebration will give Londoners and tourists alike a great opportunity to experience the iconic river. Totally Thames originally launched in 2014 to replace and expand upon the successful shorter Thames Festival which ran from 1997-2013. The festival now plays an important role on encouraging people to learn and explore more of the Thames, including it's history, the responsibility and how to care for the future of the river, as well as supporting emerging local talent.

Future events to look forward to include Plastic Swan - a solo dance installation by Sam Quy, who has danced professionally from the age of 11. This performance highlights the importance of cleaning up  plastic waste and the dangers that plastic has on our society, nature and the entire world. This is a free performance taking place tomorrow, September the 5th, at the Crossrail Place Roof Garden. Tomorrow will also feature the world's first cycling theatre company - The HandleBards. This all-female group will perform a Shakespeare piece with plenty of energy and laughter. Wednesday mornings this month will be dedicated to the younger visitors with Toddler Time, where guests can bring their little ones to enjoy stories, songs and playtime under the hull of Cutty Sark. Tickets are £5.00 and the content changes each week, so you can return and experience something new. Also to look for is Liquid History, which merges carnivals, physical theatre and opera all in one for a new production about London, bringing the river to life on Sunday 17th and Saturday 23rd September.

We have just mentioned a few of the amazing events taking place this month but if you would like more information you can visit the Totally Thames website here. Don't forget, if you need the perfect accommodation for visiting London, book with us and rest assured you'll be comfortable with our apartments in a great location.

Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower

With all the news surrounding Big Ben at the moment, we thought we’d write a little blog about the history of the Great Bell and Elizabeth Tower, one of London’s most iconic structures and only a twenty minute tube ride from our apartments.

 

 

The Gothic Revival Tower celebrated its 150th anniversary on the 31st May 2009. When the Tower was completed in 1859 it was claimed to be “prince of timekeepers: the biggest, most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world”. Many people know the structure at the north end of the Palace of Westminster as Big Ben, but the tower itself is officially called the Elizabeth Tower. Big Ben is the commonly known nickname of the Great Bell, the largest bell in the tower. The original bell to be used in the Tower was a 16 ton hour bell. Unfortunately it cracked beyond repair during testing and a replacement was made. Just a few months of use, however, and this too ending up cracking under the hammer.  Big Ben was out of service for the next few years until a lighter hammer was used with the bell given an eighth of a turn so the hammer would hit an undamaged section and a piece of metal was cut out of the soundbow. It is because of this that we had the distinctive sound we have heard for the last century.

 

The tower is a huge cultural symbol of London and the whole of the UK. As we’ve mentioned in one of our previous blogs, London is regularly used in film and media and these often showcase the city’s most iconic landmarks to indicate the location - a red double-decker bus and Big Ben in the background will easily make it recognizable to the viewer that they’re in London. In fact, it has been stated as the most iconic film location in the capital. Though the tower is not open to the public, many tourists and citizens visit London to see this magnificent tower. A survey out of 2,000 people came to the conclusion that the tower was the most popular landmark in the entire United Kingdom.

 

 

From this day however, the iconic “bongs” will be stopped for the next few years for renovations. Problems had been found which need to be rectified immediately to ensure this famous clock continues to be a functional cultural symbol for many years to come. For those wondering about New Year’s Eve or Remembrance Sunday, specialist clock mechanics will guarantee we will hear the celebrated chimes on those significant national events. The renovation project is also taking substantial care to ensure they conserve the important elements of the Tower as much as possible to reflect the original design.

 

 

We’re looking forward for the completed renovations and hope you are too. If you’re visiting London and looking for affordable and convenient accommodation – you should book with us now. Our serviced apartments are the perfect starting point for you to explore all that this wonderful capital has to offer, and at a great price too! 

 

Travelling in the City of London

London is a busy and exciting city with thousands of visitors, commuters and residents travelling around the capital every day both for business and pleasure. To cope with this high amount of traffic London has an extensive transport network including the iconic red double decker bus, the classic black cabs, trains, airports, the Docklands Light Railway, and the underground (which alone sees over an astonishing one billion passenger journeys each year!). It is this transport network that serves as the central hub for the whole of the United Kingdom.

 

We know it's extremely important for our guests to have convenient and easy access to public transport when they visit London with us. Our prime location in Zone 1 makes us easily accessible in the centre of the city. We are just a few minutes away from the Tower Hill underground station and Aldgate East. You can reach all parts of London and the West End via Tower Hill, though some destinations will require changing trains. The route 15 bus is a cheap and quick way to travel through the city and will give our guests the chance to catch a few sightseeing opportunities on the way to us at Tower Hill. We are also conveniently close by to Fenchurch Street Station and a ten-minute walk to London Liverpool Street Station. If you would prefer to take a more scenic route, you could opt for the River Bus, which departs from the nearby Tower Pier. Nobody wants the stress of arriving on holiday and facing the dreaded journey to your accommodation, which is why we're very proud of our location as we believe it removes the stress of travelling and guests can arrive to a smooth and easy check-in, ready to enjoy the rest of their holiday (or business trip!).

If you're looking to explore the city while you are here and plan to frequently use public transport, then we suggest a purchase of a Visitor Oyster card. Buy this card before you leave home and have it delivered to your home address. This "smart card" is a quick and simple way to pay for journeys on the underground, overground, buses, trams, the Docklands Light Railway, TfL Rail, the River Bus and most of the National Rail services in London. This can save you valuable time and prevent you standing in queues in the stations. The Visitor Oyster Card offers daily capping - meaning you can travel as much as you wish in a single day and only pay a certain amount (currently no more than £6.60 per day). Having this smart card can also reward you with special offers and discounts at shops, restaurants and more. Visit the Transport for London website for more information.  

 

If you need more information on how to get to us please visit our locations page for more information. Remember, if you want a stress free holiday to London book with us now and receive a free bottle of wine when booking directly using the code WINE. Our fantastic location and superb value for money makes us a great choice.

 

  

Sporting London

Here at Marlyn Lodge we are very proud to be located in the centre of London, one of the most amazing capital cities in the world. This bustling city has already seen 31 major events this year including, but certainly not limited to, Chinese New Year Celebrations, London Technology Week, Virgin Money London Marathon, Pride in London and the World Para-Athletics Championships.

Uniting people through sport and friendly competition, London is the first city to host both the IAAF World Championships and 2017 World Para-Athletics Championships. The capital has reserved high-profile sporting events all the way through to 2020 so you can watch the world's best athletes compete in your favourite sporting events. If you're interested in athletics then you are probably well aware of the IAAF World Championships taking place right now in London up until the 13th of August.

News so far include US sprinter Tori Bowie, last year's Olympic silver medalist, take gold in the Women's 100m final, beating Marie-Josée Ta Lou by just 0.01 of a second. Ruswahl Samaai, who endured a long struggle growing up in the Western Cape of South Africa, proudly took home the bronze medal for the Long Jump. For the first time in history the Shot Put competition had seven of the men hurl the implement beyond 21 metres.  And, the fastest man in the world Usian Bolt sadly came bronze in the 100m final due to an unfortunate slow start. Winners and "losers" alike, all of the competitors are an inspiration to everyone and make up some of the greatest athletes across the globe.

Whether you're in London for the sport or not, it's important to stay healthy and sleep well. That's why we make sure our apartments are comfortable and stress-free for our guests. Fitness fanatics, or those who just want to burn off last night's takeaway, can take advantage of the gym conveniently located in our building for just £5 per day pass. All of our apartments feature fully equipped kitchens which are perfect for preparing and cooking your own meals, and with a convenience shop just around the corner from our building, you won't be far away if you need to top up. Every weekday we'll do the washing up, make your bed and also change your towels and toiletries. This allows you to relax and spend more time doing the things you want to do in London. Our great location in Zone 1 is within minutes from Aldgate East and Tower Hill underground station and is within walking distance of many iconic sights such as the Tower of London.

So if you are traveling to London and want the comforts of a luxury serviced apartment in a prime area, rather than a small expensive hotel room, book with us and rest well.

Stay at Marlyn Lodge this upcoming London Fashion Week

London is one of the leading cities in the fashion industry. The turn of the 20th century lead to a wide variety of styles that are still incorporated in the fashion world today. The iconic swinging sixties introduced androgynous looks with the British cultural icon Twiggy, her long eyelashes and short hair soon lead to her becoming a very prominent figure in London sixties fashion.  In the seventies we saw women take more workplace oriented fashion choices and the bo-ho chic came into play with brands like Biba. By the eighties we had global brands, celebrity designers and the best-dressed Princess Diana who influenced a generation of women. By 1984 the London Fashion Week was born.

The inspirational capital hosts London Fashion Week twice a year. It's part of the Big Four fashion weeks alongside Paris, Milan and New York. The trade show  features catwalks and exhibitions from some of the most renown top designers and fashion houses in the world. The 5-day event allows designers to advertise their collections to buyers and journalists while boosting the city's role as a fashion hub. London Fashion Week alone is estimated to make over £250 million each season thus enforcing the idea that the fashion industry plays a vital role in UK's economy. With the rising popularity of the trade show, five years ago they introduced London Fashion Week Men's which held its fifth anniversary last June.

To some city goers it may seem unrealistic as a few of the more extreme designs look almost unwearable but it's the effect that these items will have on the future market which is important to everyday people and how these pieces will be interpreted by other designers. High street fashion is heavily influenced by what is shown at London Fashion Week, though you may not always see the connection at first. 

London Fashion Week may seem elusive to the average fashion-enthusiast, and you may struggle to get a ticket if you're not a designer, journalist, blogger or a buyer, but it is certainly possible. You need to be invited by a designer's press team or apply for a ticket personally by visiting the website. It may be tough to get a ticket as it is a trade event, but it's certainly not impossible! If those options don't work then all is not lost yet. Last September in New York fashion house Givenchy gave over 800 free tickets to the public to watch it's 2016 spring/summer show. If you can't get a hold of a ticket and go in person, in 2010 London became the first of the Big 4 to offer designers a chance to broadcast live shows on the internet, so you can check their website and watch there. If you're interested in getting a ticket, keep up to date with the London Fashion Week website and look out for any free opportunities. Alternatively, you can buy tickets for the London Fashion Week Festival instead ranging from £20.00, where you can shop over 150 brands and have event access with the cheaper pass. If you have more to splash out you can get the more expensive ticket with event access, shop 150+ brands, trend and designer catwalk shows, limited edition tote bag and industry insider talks all from £60.00 upwards.  Luxury tickets are also available from £145.00 upwards.

If you're interested in fashion, plan to indulge in London's finest and need a place to stay - why not book one of our stylish serviced apartments? Our prime location has great access to public transport and our value for money means you have more to spend elsewhere. Book with us now and secure your place for London Fashion Week.

London Fashion Week September 2017
15th - 19th September 2017

London Fashion Week Festival September 2017
21st - 24th September 2017

London's Charming Churches

The whole of England is lucky enough to be home to many beautiful churches featuring astonishing architecture and history. For example you may be familiar with the almighty Canterbury Cathedral or St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich with its intricate interior. But it's arguable that the city of London holds some of the most recognisable churches and cathedrals of all in England, and some of these places of worship are over hundreds of years old.

 

Back over 400 years ago before the Great Fire of London, there used to be roughly 100 churches in an area of just one square mile in London. Unfortunately over 80 of these churches were destroyed by the fire, and St. Paul’s Cathedral was one of them. Fortunately however, 51 churches were rebuilt, including St Paul’s, which was completed for a second time in 1675 and still stands as a staple of London's heritage today. It is a working church with daily services and no charge to worshippers. If you're a tourist looking to experience the awe-inspiring cathedral, you can expect to pay up to £18 for an adult entry. It is also a great place to see London's iconic skyline and unrivalled views. Visitors can also see an exhibition on the Cathedral before-and-after the Great Fire, and learn of the challenges faced with its design. A half-hour stroll from our apartments will take you to the beautiful sight, or you can take a short walk to Aldgate station and take a tube ride to St. Paul's station.

Another worldly recognisable church would be the neo-Byzantine Westminster Cathedral with its beautiful and intricate mosaics, (some of the interior mosaics are still being completed to this day!). Located in the heart of London, it could be viewed as one of the busiest churches in the city. Visits to this sacred place are free but donations are welcome. It also features a Tower Viewing Gallery, which visitors can pay a small fee to go up the bell tower and absorb some amazing views of the city, with no time limit you can linger as long as you need. A twenty minute tube ride from Tower Hill tube station, just a five minute walk from Marlyn Lodge, to Victoria Station will take you just a few minutes away from this place of worship.

 

St. Paul's may seem old with a history dating back 700 years but The Church of St. Bride's easily doubles that - stepping in those doors will take you into 2,000 years of history. It's history hasn't always been an easy one however - the Great Fire also left St. Bride's in ruins and it took 9 years for the church to rise from the ashes, sharing the same architect as St. Paul’s Cathedral - Christopher Wren. 300 years later and the church would fall victim to flames once again during World War 2, where incendiary bombs reduced the holy place to a roofless shell. 17 years later and rebuilding was complete, though not before an archaeologist made a remarkable discovery amid the skeletal ruins. Visitors to St. Bride's are welcome any time the church is open and are encouraged to discover its history and secrets. Tours are held on Tuesday afternoons and cost £6.00 per person. St. Bride's church is also just a half hour walk from our apartments, or a twenty-minute tube ride from Tower Hill to Blackfriars Station.

 

London is also home to the Holy Trinity Church, Southwark Cathedral, St. George's Cathedral and many, many more. For a full list of churches and cathedrals in the area you can visit this website. If you are a tourist, we ask that if you do visit these sacred places of worship that you treat them with respect, as most of them are still working churches.

 

If you're planning a stay in the City and need somewhere to stay, we have great value for money apartments in a convenient location so you can visit London in style. Click here and book now. 

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Delving deeper into the HMS Belfast

We've been sure to mention in our previous blogs how London is home to a vast array of history, reaching far back to the ancient Roman times, and we think it's one of the things that makes London so attractive and unique. Thus we've decided to delve deeper into one particularly interesting bit of history. A 20-minute scenic walk from our apartments and you'll stumble upon a 613ft-retired warship.

 

Commissioned into the Royal Navy in August 1939 the light cruiser HMS Belfast served an active role in the Second World War. Unfortunately two months into her service she suffered a devastating blow to the hull with interior damage so serious she spent three years in repairs. When she returned to the home fleet in 1942 the ship was rapidly called back into action. In the Royal Navy the HMS Belfast was the largest and most powerful of it's type and was equipped with advanced radar systems. This allowed the ship to play a vital role throughout the war.

 

The HMS Belfast was also involved in the Korean War during 1950 to 1952 providing support for the American and South Korean troops. She was retired from her service in 1963 after spending the last of her years performing peace-keeping duties. Just a few years after her retirement, a trust was formed to preserve the warship, and on the 21st October 1971 the Imperial War Museum opened the ship to the public in London.

This powerful ship still "stands" today permanently moored on the Thames for the people to experience and explore. Visitors can tour all 9 of the decks and learn what daily life was like for the crew on board. This floating museum is open every day between 10:00 - 18:00 (10:00 - 17:00 after 31st October). You can book your tickets online on the Imperial War Museum website, £14.50 for an adult and £7.25 for a child (5-15), with family tickets and group deals available. Or, if you're a savvy saver and have already purchased yourself The London Pass, you'll get free admission - resulting in a great saving on the adult price! This pass will also allow the holder to get 10% off the HMS Belfast gift shop. If you prefer to be spontaneous however you can also buy tickets from the admissions desk on the day.

 

Due to it's nature, the HMS Belfast is not fully accessible via wheelchair but modifications have been made to some areas of the ship to make them accessible for wheelchair users and even offer wheelchairs to loan if you need. We suggest you check their website before you go as they post any updates regarding lift accessibility.

 

We hope we've inspired you to take a trip down to the magnificent cruiser and experience the history and life below deck for yourself. As the last remaining of it's kind, it would be an absolute shame for you to miss the HMS Belfast while you're in London.

 

If you haven't booked your stay yet, book with us and enjoy the comfort of knowing you have a great value serviced apartment in a prime location. 

 

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Now featuring online manuals for our guests...

Here at Marlyn Lodge we are happy to announce that we have uploaded the manuals related to any appliances in our apartments on our website, for guests to have easy access should they require it!

 

All manuals are provided in the apartments, but you can find online copies here

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The Curzon Aldgate Cinema – a stylish and modern cinema near us...

Are you a big fan of film? Or perhaps you just like the cinema experience rather than the film itself? Well whatever your fancy, be sure to check out the nearby Curzon Aldgate cinema, an ambience-filled cinema designed with modern moviegoers in mind. The ground level cinema has a large café-cum-bar for delicious snacks, hot drinks and even a cocktail menu. Out of four screens, three of them have their own bars, so feel free to indulge! Relax with reclining seats, a cocktail in hand and a Hollywood blockbuster on screen.

 

Movies currently showing include the action-packed, fast-paced Baby Driver (15), the tense fear-inducing It Comes At Night (15) and a superhero favourite; Spider-Man: Homecoming (12A), also available in 3D! Future films include The Beguiled and War For The Planet Of The Apes (3D).

If you’re a frequent visitor, why not invest in one of their membership passes with various rewards for its members. Complete membership gives free entry to all films and events for yourself and a guest, with a further 15% discount on food & drink!

 

Tickets off peak (all day Monday – Thursday, Friday until 5pm) are £10.50 for adults and £6.50 for children. Peak (Friday from 5pm, all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays) tickets are £15.00 for adults and £8.00 for children. Visit their website for all prices and more information.

 

Curzon Aldgate is located on Goodman’s Fields, 2 Canter Way, London E1 8PS and our guests will be pleased to know it is less than a 10-minute walk away from our apartments. Yet another great location near us! 

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We look at a few of the many marvellous things to do near us...

Here at Marlyn Lodge we take pride in the fact that we offer our guests the chance to explore the City of London right from their doorstep. We have a near unbeatable location in Zone 1 and we want to share just a few great things to do near us.

 

Whitechapel Gallery is a public gallery just a 10-minute walk from our apartments. The gallery has featured world-renowned artists such as Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Paul Noble. It's charming galleries; exhibitions; collection displays and more are open all year round, Tuesday to Sunday. Most events have free entry, so this is a great choice for those working to stick to a budget. Currently showing the thought-provoking exhibition named "A Handful of Dust" which runs through until the 3rd September 2017 and features work from over 30 artists unearthing a visual journey through the imagery of dust - from wartime devastation and natural disasters to domestic dirt and forensics. Other events include performances with video and live music as part of Art Night 2017, bringing together a group of leading experimental musicians, and Emanuel Almborg's "Learning Matter" - a commission exploring the role technology plays in our everyday lives. If you're looking for somewhere to eat and drink while you're there, the gallery features "The Whitechapel Refectory" - a cafe during the day, and a wine bar at night. The daytime menu includes sumptuous salads, sandwiches, hot dishes and cakes. This is a great location to soak up some artisan culture and enjoy an elegant lunch.

Just down the road from Marlyn Lodge, a few minutes walk will take you to the stylish wine bar; Jamies Minories. This is a fabulous choice for a casual lunch or an evening with friends. It has a relaxed bar with a comfortable restaurant area. Jamies features an extensive range of wine hand-selected from producers all around the world to suit you whatever your palate. Their food menu features gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and also vegan options, so if you have any diet restrictions, you'll be happy to know you have some delicious options here. If you prefer somewhere less-niche, then perhaps you would appreciate The Mahogany Bar, just 10 minutes away from our apartments, a historic Georgian building originally serving as an alehouse. It's spent the last half of the 20th century derelict, but The Wilton's Music Hall Trust reopened it in 2009, and final repairs were completed in September 2015. The bar has a range of carefully selected beers, wines and spirits, and serves food Tuesday to Saturday. On July 17th they're holding Monday Night Music with Daj Dook for a modern-jazz experience.

 

Of course, there's no way we can talk about our great local destinations and go without mentioning the Tower of London. A 7-minute walk from our apartments and you won't be disappointed with this iconic and historical landmark. The castle is located on the north bank of the River Thames and has been standing for over a thousand years. It is now one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions! Tickets currently stand at £21.50 for adults and £9.70 for children - buying your tickets online is the cheapest and the most convenient way to visit the infamous prison and palace. Guests can have their breath taken away by the famous Crown Jewels, or help their heroic guards defend the castle in a costumed, live re-enactment, open daily until the 20th October. The Tower of London is a perfect place to indulge in some authentic London history at an affordable price.

 

If you want more inspiration then be sure to check out our Facebook page for other great things to do and see near us. Book your stay with us at Marlyn Lodge now to secure a fantastic and convenient stay in the city. 

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