Enjoying a summer ‘staycation’ in a serviced apartment

According to new research from Vouchercodes.co.uk, 83 per cent of Brits are planning to opt for a holiday at home this summer with London itself proving to be the second most popular staycation destination.

Hyde Park, London
Following the hottest April in Britain on record, the popularity of the staycation is rising, and luxury London serviced apartment specialist Cheval Residences has compiled a guide to enjoying the Great British Summer in London.Ahead of the summer 2015 staycation season, Cheval Residences is celebrating four properties entering the Top 10 on TripAdvisor in the category of Speciality Lodging. Cheval Harrington Court in South Kensington, which opened in June 2014, has now reached number six – rising 60 places in its first short year of opening. As the days lengthen and summer approaches, London comes alive with an assortment of outdoor activity and Cheval Residences has eight residences in some of London’s most desirable locations:Hyde Park, which can be seen from the top floor apartments of Cheval Thorney Court and Cheval Hyde Park Gate, becomes a vibrant hub during the summer months with visitors renting boats on the serpentine and plunging into the lido. Summer concludes each year in Hyde Park on Saturday 12 September with the esteemed BBC Proms in the Park, as the world-famous Last Night celebrations spill out from London’s Royal Albert Hall.For those looking to enjoy Wimbledon season (29 June – 12 July) without the crowds, Cheval Gloucester Park is just a short hop from The Bluebird Chelsea, where visitors can sit on the sun drenched courtyard with a Pimms in hand and support our hopefuls on the big screen. Guests of the nearby Cheval Phoenix House will be better placed to see London in bloom during the Chelsea Flower Show (19 – 23 May), another of the capital’s key summer events.Cheval Harrington Court in South Kensington, has reached number six in the Top 10 on TripAdvisor in the category of Speciality Lodging – rising 60 places in its first short year of opening.  Guests staying there can pack a rug and a picnic and enjoy a film on a giant screen in front of the Orangery at the Kensington Palace open-air cinema. Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lost Boys, Notting Hill and West Side Story are all showing this August.Alternatively, guests can spend their time indulging at Cheval Harrington Court’s brand new neighbour, specialist Choux Pastry patisserie Maître Choux – the brainchild of three-Michelin Star experienced chef Joakim Prat. Harrods’ hampers may also tempt guests of Cheval Knightsbridge throughout picnic in the park season.Across town, guests at Cheval Three Quays are just a short stroll along the river from the London Eye, where visitors can master their malts by booking a Vinopolis Whisky Tasting Experience on board. Guests will be guided through a tasting that will highlight the unique characteristics of five delicious varieties of whisky and offered a selection of savoury nibbles to complement each flavour whilst enjoying the unrivalled views of the breathtaking London skyline.For an alternative view of London, guests of Cheval Calico House are just a stone’s throw from St Paul’s Cathedral, where visitors can climb up to the Golden Galleries. For those who want to see St Paul’s from the other side, Madison’s rooftop terrace, perched on the top of One New Change, is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail in a Mediterranean style sun-trap.For more Re:locate news and features about serviced apartments, click hereFor further information about Cheval Residences, visit www.chevalresidences.com

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