Friday, 20 October 2017

Discovering Incredible Sicily

If you’re looking for your next holiday spot, Italy is an amazing destination that you and your travel companion should really consider. It really is an incredibly unique destination in that it has something to offer everybody at any time of year; sun, snow, sea, mountains, lakes, cities there really is something for any kind of holiday. Because of this Italy is, of course, a hugely popular holiday destination for tourists from all over the world; meaning at certain times of year you may find the more popular destinations full of tourists. 

One part of Italy that has managed to retain its incredible unspoilt nature and authentic traditional way of life in Sicily. Not only will your camera roll be full of photos by the end of your trip, you will also make some of the best memories of your life. Here are a few things to look forward to.

Beautiful Beaches

If you’re planning on visiting Sicily during the summer, you are in for a treat. Thanks to its crystal clear water Sicily boasts many of the most beautiful beaches in all of Italy and indeed Europe. Its deep blue coloured waters are so transparent you can see some of the incredible sea life below. 

The waters are great for scuba diving and water sports, though even a run of the mill snorkel will allow you to see the wondrous sea life below the waves
. The beaches are definitely one of the highlights of the Italian island not only for the water but of course for the sunshine, clean sand and beachside bars serving the fresh catches of the day. 

Amazing Accommodation

Leave the hotel behind and choose an original accommodation for your holiday. You can rent a place to stay owned by locals, which is often near the beach and will allow you plenty of room, privacy and a real home from home! 

Local companies such as WishSicily have a really impressive array of Sicily villas with pools throughout the island meaning whether you fancy somewhere next to the beach, or in a little provincial town, you can find a lovely place to stay. Freedom if you have children and don’t want to book more rooms in a hotel; freedom if you want to buy your own food and eat some of your meals at home; and even just the simple freedom of feeling at home in another country! 

Fantastic Food

Markets offering a selection of local produce, fresh fruit and vegetables and famously good Sicilian street food means you’re never going to go hungry on your trip - even if your budget is limited. If you have a villa it can be a smart move to buy local ingredients and cook at home in order to save money and cater to the kids, however eating at a restaurant at least once during your stay is an absolute must. You will find lots of delicious options on the menu. 

Sicily is known for its fish dishes, freshly caught and cooked using ingredients local ingredients to make incredibly delicious meals. You also have many pasta options depending what your taste is. If seafood isn’t your thing you needn’t worry as there are so many dishes it’s impossible not to find something you fancy. The flavours are out of this world when it comes to authentic Sicilian cuisine, and you can’t forget dessert either as many of Italy’s most famous sweets originate from Sicily. 

Happening History

Of course, Italy is known for its fascinating historical heritage, and Sicily is no different from the rest of the boot, being full of important and perhaps surprising history. Not only does it have two volcanoes (that you can hike and visit) but it also has spectacular ancient architecture. Considering the various different cultures that have inhabited the island over the course of its long history, the architecture has been shaped and evolved along with it. All over the island, you will find unique monuments of those that were there before us, and realize how much Sicily was touched by them. Take a stroll through the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, or visit the ancient Greek amphitheatre in Taormina- you will not be disappointed. 

So, if you were questioning where your next postcard should be sent from, I hope I’ve convinced you that Sicily is where your plane needs to land. Obviously, you can’t see everything in one trip, but what you do see will have you looking to come back again for more! 

guest post by Emily Jones


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Bathroom Cabinet Review With JD Williams

I've been looking for that perfect bathroom cabinet for a while.  Something that is stylish, sleek, modern and functional. Well, I think I've found it, finally! A white gloss console cabinet from JD Williams.

A couple of years ago, we took a big step, saved up our pennies and had a new bathroom fitted. Now bathrooms cost a lot of money and I became a little obsessed with finding the right accessories. We bought a metal bathroom cabinet from a well-known home store in Wales but were really disappointed in it when it became rusty in no time, the glass became scratched and the metal fixtures broke off.  We were not amused. I sound like the Queen! 

So when JD Williams the catalogue company contacted me and asked if I wanted to review for them, my first thought was to see if they had a bathroom cabinet that would fit perfectly into our bathroom. Luckily they did.

The white gloss console unit bathroom cabinet from JD Williams is part of the white gloss bathroom range, with other coordinating pieces available. 

The cabinet came, flat packed, and was fairly straightforward to make but you do need a screwdriver, so allow 20 to 30 minutes to put it together. It's made of a melamine material with a shiny gloss finish.

There are three shelves on the cabinet and these are sectioned up, the right area is open and the left is closed with a door. 

The handle and hinges inside are made of a silver metal in a frosted finish and look decent quality. The cabinet feels quite heavy and will not move easily if you knock it.

The cabinet has a sleek contemporary look which we really like. It fits into our bathroom perfectly and is big enough for our toiletries. I would say it is big enough to store products for two adults and a child or two. It is easy to wipe clean and looks fairly straightforward to look after. The cabinet seems impervious to water due to the gloss finish, however, if you did spill anything else I would wipe it up immediately in case it damaged the gloss finish. Although I haven't shown this, inside I decided to line the shelves with a plastic material to protect the surface from spills of hair products and nail varnish remover. You can never be too safe.

The white gloss console unit bathroom cabinet is priced at £79. For the size and quality of the item, I feel this is a fair price. I am really pleased with this cabinet. and would definitely recommend it to others. It's smart, it's chic and it does what you need it to do. 

JD Williams often has offers for new customers, so it's always worth checking out their website to see if they have a discount available when you place your first order.

Tell me have you ever ordered from JD Williams? Did you know they did homewares?

Monday, 16 October 2017

Claiming Compensation On Flight Delays

Have you ever been delayed on a flight? I have. But do you know your rights when it comes to flight delays? Did you know you are entitled to some financial compensation if your delay goes over a certain time? My husband and I were delayed going to Orlando due to engine problems on the aeroplane. We managed to leave before the time period in which we could claim compensation though.

So what are your rights when it comes to flight delays? We travel quite often so have been researching to know exactly what to do in certain situations and what we are entitled to if required.

Every year, flights are overbooked, delayed, diverted or cancelled. Travellers are left frustrated and are left inconvenienced by this. The Flight Compensation Regulation (261/2004) is a piece of EU legislation that has set rules for the compensation that passengers can claim in these instances. The EU Court of Justice also strictly imposes air passenger rights so airlines must adhere to policies, accommodating passengers and providing refreshments if their flight is delayed.

If passengers are departing from or arriving at an EU airport, these regulations apply to them. Passengers from outside the EU are also included if they are arriving at an EU airport and the airline is based in an EU member state.

I bet the idea of claiming flight compensation seems quite stressful and a lot of hard work. But what if I told you there were companies out there ready to help you claim any compensation you are entitled to. If you are wanting to claim for a flight delay but think the process may be quite difficult, then perhaps consider a company like Flight Delay Claims 4 U.

Flight Delay Claims 4 U offer a no win, no fee so there really is nothing to lose. There is also no initial fee. They also offer access to specialist flight compensation solicitors - these qualified solicitors will take on your claim and use air passenger rights and case law to achieve the best result they can for you. They also have a dedicated flight delay claims team so you can track the progress of your claim as the company helps you seek compensation for your delayed flight.

If your flight has been delayed for three hours or more, you could be entitled to up to £540 compensation. The company has a 98% success rate in court which is great. They also have a live flight delay and cancellations feed where you can claim to. What should you do if your flight is delayed? You need to gather information, take photos and keep all official airline documents such as letters, tickets and vouchers.

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Whilst we haven’t yet had to claim compensation as we haven’t ever been delayed for long enough, it is always a risk when flying as much as we do and knowing our rights is key to knowing where we stand. After all, rules and regulations are there for a reason and are there to protect us.

Have you ever been delayed for a long period of time when travelling?

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Hotel Chocolat Tasting Box Competition Ends 12/11

Hotel Chocolat, the luxury chocolate company makes the perfect chocolates which make excellent gifts but did you know that they also have a tasting club? No? Well, let me tell you all about it here.

The chocolate subscription club is a service that means once a month you get a special edition box of delicious chocolates delivered to your door. What's especially cool is that you are given a chance to rate the chocolates and influence future selections through your scores as well as getting the chance to taste experimental chocolates before they hit the shelves.

So I was given a box to try. The chocolates were delicious as always. I have to admit I am a big fan of this chocolate brand so it's hard to be objective! My favourites were the raspberry pannacotta, with lush fresh raspberry flavours, and the peach and jasmine, a sweet delightful and fruity centre enrobed in white chocolate.

In fact, all the chocolates were delightful and really high quality, you could tell by the taste. That's because they use best cocoa powder in the chocolates, cocoa powder from cocoa farmers they support in St Lucia.

I also like the mix of white, milk and dark chocolates in the box, a little something for everyone really. Every month, the box is unique and especially chosen by their in-house chocolatiers, and every month they create new and delectable chocolates for their customers to try.

If you sign up, your first box will be delivered to your door within 5 days and at the moment your first box is only £9.99 with a bag of free chocolate 'gemstones' too. A great deal I think you will admit.

Today on my blog I am giving you a chance to win a one-month tasting box of from Hotel Chocolat worth £22.99.  Entry is easy via the Gleam app below. While you are here don't forget to check out the other competitions I have running too. Good luck!

Win a Hotel Chocolat tasting box worth £22.99

Terms and Conditions

You must be 18 + to enter 
Open to entrants in the UK only
One entry per household 
Winner will be contacted within 7 days of the competition ending. 
If I do not hear from the winner within 28 days I reserve the right to redraw 
Please allow 28 days for delivery 
Closing date 2017-11-12 11:59:59 PM

Friday, 13 October 2017

Sprucing Up Your Home This Autumn With Apollo Blinds

In the Autumn I like to think about sprucing my home up. It's the perfect time of year, just before Christmas, and by injecting some freshness with new furnishings and fittings, your home will get a transformation in no time, ready for the busy Christmas period.

This year the cool Autumn trends in colours are inky blues, amethyst and terracotta. 

Inky blue hues, amethyst and terracotta have been trending all year. Inky blue is a versatile colour and fits well with tones of sage green and grey colourways whilst rich amethyst shades will bring warmth to a colour scheme. With both these colours, metallic and silver shades will compliment the shades perfectly, whilst crystal accessories will lighten it all up. Another trending colour is terracotta, and this is the perfect colour to create a cosy welcoming home when mixed with warm amber, citrine and tourmaline hues.

Now, something I really need for my home this Autumn is new blinds. The blinds in my office are old and beige and are totally not me. An injection of colour would be the perfect way to show my personality and bring our home bang up-to-date.  For our bedroom, I would be looking at a floral print to match a duvet cover I have and for the lounge a cream, beige and brown design to coordinate with the muted natural tones of the furnishings I have. This is where You Choose from Apollo Blinds comes in. 

You Choose is a bespoke roller and roman blinds service, from Apollo Blinds, one of the UK's largest providers of made-to-measure blinds. 

The service allows you to choose from a massive selection of over 270 materials in their soft cloth blind range. Want a roller blind in this seasons must have inky blue colour? No problem. Want a Roman blind in a leaf and flower print? Of course! What about a simple black and white stripe? Easy to do. If you want a funky print for your child's bedroom you can have that too.

You Choose also work with iconic home designer brands such as Cath Kidston, Orla Kiely and Josef Frank, so you have the designer look, with a made-to-measure service and no expensive mistakes that can happen when you make your own blinds at home. In fact, I wouldn't know where to start with making my own blinds, I've been to three sewing classes and I still can't sew! That's the genius of the You Choose blinds. You get a bespoke made-to-measure service, so blinds for any shape window, even difficult sizes, with the most amazing array and choice of fabric.   Even if you can't find the pattern you like in their range they will go out of their way to help you find that perfect design that will coordinate with everything.

The Apollo Blinds You Choose service starts from £84 and I think is a reasonable price for that luxury service. The only problem with the You Choose service is which design to pick!  

Let me know, would you use a service like this? What style of print would you have on a bespoke blind?

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

High Quality Photo Service Artsy Couture Review and Giveaway Ends November 8th

Artsy Couture is a website with simple goals - to provide the consumer with the highest quality, most innovative photo products at amazing price points.

Starting out in 2012 in a small two-car garage with just a dream, many sleepless nights and one product, the company was built and launched for the professional photography market. Based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, USA, they now operate out of two production facilities and are run by a fantastic team.

Artsy Couture has evolved over time and today is a full-service boutique photo lab that offers an array of premium products, for the professional photographer as well as the average person taking photos for a hobby. They ensure that the quality of the products are exceptional and strive to bring innovative products to their consumers on a regular basis.

I’ve been taking a look at the site recently and have really been liking what they have to offer. So much so that I have created a wishlist of the items I think I would most like in and around my home.

Canvas Wrap

With a solid wood base and the tightest cleanest corners you’ll ever see on a canvas, these canvas wraps look amazing and I would love one in my home - it would be a hard decision to pick which photo to put on it though! Do I choose a family picture, perhaps a picture of my son, or do I choose one of the many scenes from our travels? The choice is very tough!

These wraps come with a thick black backing that comes standard with hanging hardware and wall bumpers meaning it is ready to hang. The product also has a UV-free protective coating which means it can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

Custom USB Drive

As a blogger and freelancer, USB and hard drives are a staple part of my equipment. What better way to set my USB drive apart from the rest than with a custom USB drive? You can choose between 8GB or 16GB and you can choose from wood or standard (durable plastic). They are around the size of a standard business card and will make a real talking point - you could use your photographic images or perhaps even your logo on it!

Professional Photo Prints

We all love a good photo print, don’t we? It is easy to see why professional photographers value Artsy Couture so much. Using only the highest quality Kodak Endura professional papers (with the choice of Lustre - a satin-like sheen with a modestly textured surface - or Metallic - a high-gloss paper with distinctive pearlescent finish), the papers are meant to be enjoyed for a lifetime.

What I love best is that there are so many ways you can customise your prints - from choosing one of the aforementioned paper types to perhaps even adding a linen texture to your prints which gives them a deep linen quality finish and a fine art feel.

There’s even a variety of mounting choices - you can choose from 100% eco-friendly bamboo to styrene and more. You could even purchase a custom presentation box to store your prints in.

These would be great not only for a professional photographer for your clients but also for someone just like me - a mother, a blogger, and someone who loves travelling. I am always taking photos so it would be nice to have some hard copies of my memories to look through.

Custom Photo Albums

These photo albums are absolutely incredible - with genuine Italian leather album covers and embossing available in black, silver or gold, these albums really do scream luxury. Buyers can choose between two premium paper types - deep matte photo paper (a 100% non-reflective paper with an elegant and smooth finish) or lustre photo paper (showcases the colours and contrasts that a glossy print would have but without a reflective glare). 
This would be perfect for storing all my memories from the travels I have gone on with my husband - although I would probably be tempted to buy one for each trip we went on!

With the choice of two different paper types, two different sizes, six different covers and four different page counts, you can really create a unique product personal to you. It is little wonder photographers are using Artsy Couture when they are producing premium good quality unique products such as this.

The Artsy Couture website certainly has a lot to offer consumers.  - whilst their original goal was to provide photographers with high-quality innovative photo products at affordable price points, they’ve definitely achieved that and more - and I can see people such as myself and my friends beginning to use them regularly for all our photo product needs. I can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2018!

Today on my blog I am giving my readers a chance to win an Artsy Couture canvas wrap of up to $150 in value. All you have to do is enter the competition below. The competition is open to those from the UK and USA who are 18 or older. 

While you are here don't forget to check out the other competitions I have running too. Good luck!

Win an Artsy Couture Canvas Wrap up to $150

Terms and conditions

You must be 18 + to enter 
Open to entrants in the UK and USA only
One entry per household 
The winner will be contacted within 7 days of the competition ending.
If I do not hear from the winner within 28 days I reserve the right to redraw
Please allow 6 weeks for delivery 
Closing date 2017-11-08 11:59:59 PM

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Plaza Premium Lounge Terminal 2 Heathrow Airport Review

Recently on a trip to Iceland, I had the opportunity to review the Plaza Premium Lounge at Terminal 2 Heathrow.

I am a big fan of executive lounges having tried the Virgin lounge at Heathrow, the No 1 lounge at Gatwick and Heathrow and the Executive Lounge at Cardiff airport.

The Plaza Premium lounge at Heathrow terminal 2 is situated after departure.

On arrival, we checked in at the reception desk, who welcomed us and advised us of the Wi-Fi password.  The Zen-inspired lounge has mood lighting, lots of space and is decorated in muted tones of creams, browns and beige. One of the first things I noticed was that the music playing was relaxing adding to the overall ambience of the lounge.

There are a few of different areas to sit, most with comfy chairs and sofas and a high table area with power points.
There is a bar area where you can order your drinks. Wine and lager are included in the price, as well as soft drinks, tea and coffee and some spirits. Tea and coffee are available from a machine and cans of drink are in a nearby fridge. You do have to pay for certain premium spirits. There was a selection of snacks on the bar which was a nice touch including nuts, olives and tortilla chips.

We sat down and made ourselves comfortable before going to the main serving area for food. We had just missed breakfast at 11.15am so the lunch options were out instead.

The food area had a selection of cold and hot dishes including some vegetarian options such as vegetable frittata, chick pea tagine, potato wedges and Cajun veg

There was a decent salad selection, with cheeses and meat including salami and ham.

A tempting bread selection with butter and Flora was also available.

We decided to try the hot options and were pleasantly surprised. The chicken tikka masala was full of flavour with a touch of spice, whilst the rice was light and fluffy and not stodgy. The chicken stew was also a tasty dish, and in combination with the peas, cauliflower and sweetcorn available as a side dish it made a great nutritionally balanced meal. 

If you have a sweet tooth or only wanted a snack, double chocolate muffins were available as well as croissants. My son headed straight for these and demolished a load in no time! If you wanted something healthier fruit salad was available as well as apples.

Wellness options are available in a seperate area, at a cost and these include manicures from £35 and a selection of different massages from £15. 

What did I think of the lounge? The Plaza Premium lounge at Heathrow is the perfect place to get away from the crowds. It's definitely a 'grown-up' lounge, and has a classy feel to it, with mood lighting and chilled out music playing. Children are welcome but there is no children's play area or other facilities for them.  The food options were decent and you could have a full meal if you wanted it, thus saving you money elsewhere. Alcohol, as well as hot and cold drinks, are included. There would be no problem having a few drinks before your flight, but I would think getting drunk would be frowned upon.

Ports to charge your laptop were available as well as a selection of reading materials including newspapers and magazines and Wi-Fi was free. Staff were pleasant enough. Would we pay again to use the Plaza Premium Lounge? Whilst prices are not cheap at £35 for two hours, if you could afford it then it is definitely a great way to start a special holiday. 

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Tell me what do you think of the lounge? Do you use airport lounges when you go on holiday?


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Jewellery Box Review And Giveaway with Songmics UK

A good jewellery box is hard to find, so I was interested when Songmics UK contacted me with the offer to review one of their jewellery boxes on my blog.

Songmics UK was established 5 years ago and in that time they have become a top 50 seller on Amazon UK. They excel in providing well-priced storage solutions for your home, from cosmetic cases to shoe racks, as well as a wide range of jewellery boxes. 

With a high feedback rating, they look like a company to trust, so I was pleased to review a black jewellery box from their range on my blog.

What I first noticed when I unboxed the product was that it was a good size, and perfect to handle all my jewellery. The black jewellery box also looked chic and very stylish, in a black leatherette material, with metal fastenings and handles. It was also lockable and came with a small metal key to secure all your jewellery away safely.

When I opened the jewellery box, it was like an Alladin's cave, with lots of nooks and crannies to hold everything. At first, I thought there wasn't a necklace section, but the necklace section is cleverly hidden in side compartments. These sections pull out and allow you to store chains, pendants and necklaces neatly with a popper fastening. 

There are three pull-out drawers with an area for watches as well as compartments to hold other jewellery.  What I noticed was that the material was similar to velvet and it was very soft, so would be good to protect your jewellery.

Another section that is useful is a little compartment on the top, perfect for storing bracelets, bangles or earrings.

This jewellery box by Songmics, whilst not covered in leather, is still a smart addition to your bedroom and is exceptionally useful to store and protect all your jewellery.  Priced at £35.99,  I think is an outright bargain for the size and quality of the product and would make a great Christmas or birthday gift for jewellery lovers everywhere. 

Today on my blog I am giving you the chance to win this jewellery box by Songmics UK. All you have to do is enter below. Don't forget to also pop over to Songmics UK on their Facebook page to find out more about them.

Good luck!

Win a jewellery box with Songmics UK

Terms and conditions 
You must be 18 + to enter 
Open to entrants in the UK only
One entry per household 
The winner will be contacted within 7 days of the competition ending.
If I do not hear from the winner within 28 days I reserve the right to redraw
Please allow 28 days for delivery 
Closing date 2017-10-29 11:59:59 PM

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Incredible Christmas Party Locations In London

Christmas will be here before long, and before you know it the Christmas party season will be in full flow. Christmas parties can be so much fun, but not so much if you are charged with organising it. Finding that perfect Christmas party location especially in a city like London can be hard work too, as there is so much choice. So here are some of my recommendations for an incredible Christmas party location in London.

For science buffs

For an amazing experience consider hiring the National History Museum. In the Earth Galleries, there is an intimate dining space for smaller groups. Your guests will travel through the Earth sculpture to galleries such as Volcanoes and Earthquakes and Earth's Treasury. Perfect for those that work in a science or educational background, the National History Museum is certainly a memorable place to have your Christmas party and one your party guests will never forget.

For stylish party goers

For a chic party consider a trip on the Symphony Bateaux. This cruise on the River Thames is on a Parisian boat that is all glass, lending itself to amazing views both day and night. For an evening cruise, consider the four course A La Carte meal with a live band or for a fabulous alternative, the Sunday lunch jazz cruise is really something special. Having your meal, watching the iconic buildings drift past makes for an incredible Christmas party.

For horror fiends

For an alternative Christmas party why not consider a party in the London Dungeons. Your guests are greeted by a combination of fun and frightening characters, the venue is amazingly atmospheric and prepare for some surprises during the night. Perfect for those young at heart and those that work in creative industries. Book a package that includes the rides and attractions too for a Christmas party with attitude. 

For football fanatics

If you and your colleagues are fans of Chelsea FC, have a Christmas party in Chelsea Football Club. The club has a choice of bars and function suites and their own music venue Under The Bridge. You have everything you need for your perfect Christmas party all in one place and what better place than Stamford Bridge for Chelsea fans everywhere.

For celebrity spotters

For a fun venue for all the family consider having your Christmas party at Madame Tussauds. Included in the package are all your food and a free bar until midnight. You even get to ride on the 'Spirit Of London' ride, taking you through the history of London from Tudor England to the swinging sixties and onto the 80's, as well as your chance to 'celebrity spot' from all the famous people there. With a disco with DJ and you can book either a shared venue or a VIP room for that exclusive touch. 

For more ideas for venues for Christmas parties in London check out Melon Events. Melon Events can help you organise that perfect Christmas party and before you know it your boss will be giving you an extra Christmas bonus for a job well done! 

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

London's Most Favoured Hotels For Business

If you travel to London regularly or are looking to come to the city for a stay, you're sure to be wondering what the top-rated hotels are for business people and professionals. Considerations that top your list of importance no doubt include location, customer service, luxury facilities such as world-class restaurants, spas and fitness centres, plus what business services they offer.

As a private chauffeur company which brings clients to London's most luxurious hotels, we have heard great stories about the best luxury services and what is recommended to busy executives to stay. Due to their very tight schedules and busy lifestyles, our clients have very high expectations in what will accommodate them. Not only facilities, locations and food, but all other services to make their work easier need to be top notch. The following hotels have been highly rated by our busy clients.

Hilton London Bankside

Situated just three minutes from the Tate Modern, London Bridge and Borough Market, Hilton London Bankside is a hugely convenient central London location. It is also just 12 minutes walk from St Paul's and the City via the Millenium Bridge.

Rated highly on Trip Advisor, the hotel has meeting rooms and photocopying services, video conferencing and video phones available, secretarial services and office rental. It also offers audio/visual equipment rental, fax machines and complimentary printing services. There is also a gym, pool and spa for when you want to relax.

Hyatt Regency

Ideal for both business and leisure travellers, the 440 room Hyatt Regency in London, known as 'The Churchill', is located in the West End. The stylish hotel is based on the life and loves of Winston Churchill, making it a very classic and traditional 'British' stay. Their farm-to-table restaurant, The Montagu, is very popular, as is their award-winning bar and terrace.

You can use their wifi for no cost, work out in their 24-hour fitness centre, and enjoy some downtime with a massage in your own room. There's also a 627 square metre meeting space if you want to bring your work colleagues together near Portman Square.


There are two London InterContinental hotels - one is near the O2 arena and is a stylish riverside hotel with a rooftop bar. There's also a 5-star location on Park Lane, which is an upscale destination with restaurants and a spa. Both are rated highly by our clients, offering great access around London. Their Park Lane hotel is situated between Green Park and Hyde Park, just five minutes walk away from both, and a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace.

JW Marriott

An esteemed hotel brand globally, their 5-star Mayfair location on Park Lane is much loved for its style, opulence and luxury. Overlooking Hyde Park, Grosvenor House is a high-quality hotel with an indulgent restaurant. Ideal for business meetings and social occasions, their guest suites have been recently renovated to a high specification.

Shangri-La Hotel

Another 5-star luxury hotel, the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard in London has breathtaking views across the city and River Thames. Despite being at the centre of all the action, it is a tranquil and peaceful space. Situated close to Borough Market, there are plenty of delicious eateries both nearby and within that, you can enjoy. It is just a 15-minute river taxi ride away from Canary Wharf. There's even an infinity pool on level 52 and a stylish cocktail bar for after your dip.

Mr Ong (a client from Malaysia) has a regular stay at Shangri-La Hotel every time he travels to London. He revealed: “the breakfast was fantastic! I really enjoyed having my favourite coffee after the meal while enjoying the breath-taking view of the river Thames”

The Ritz London

One of the finest hotels in the world, The Ritz has a reputation that exceeds itself. When you enter this hotel, you are entering a world of luxury, style and indulgence. Their dining is of Michelin-star levels, while their opulent banqueting rooms are the perfect place for entertaining and impressing clients.

Most chauffeur companies can help to book a room at these hotels along with their travelling service. Please note, some hotels do not allow chauffeur cars to park near the front door. So if you arrange a private drive with chauffeur, it’s important to set the exact pickup time. If you have a different experience of staying at these hotels, we would love to hear.

About Author: Thu Ha Larkin is a fashion & travel blogger who writes for different blogs and websites. She is now working at London Chauffeur as a Digital Marketing Specialist. She spends most of her weekends to visit different places around the world and the UK to enrich her life and travel experience.

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Monday, 2 October 2017

The Art Of Making A Luxury Watch

In today’s society, there has been a decrease in the general appreciation for a good, high quality watch. For some, this is a tragic by-product of the mobile phone era. Now that just about everyone is carrying some kind of electronic device with them at all times that displays the time, a whole generation has grown up who have never needed a watch.

On the other hand, this has created a more focused marketplace. The luxury watch market is now catering mostly to aficionados and celebrities, and some would argue that it is all the better for doing so.

However, don’t let that fool you; there are luxury watches available at a range of price points now that manufacturing technology has advanced and previously complex processes have been simplified.

Making a luxury watch at any level requires care and attention as well as respect for the craft itself. Mechanical watches have been objects of wonder ever since their inception. The history of human timekeeping is a truly fascinating one and the makers of the finest watches today are acutely aware of this history.


Most people are familiar with the traditional image of a watchmaker, sat at their workbench with the components of the watch neatly laid out. The watchmaker takes a pair of tweezers and peers through a magnifying glass and begins the delicate assembly. Putting a watch together in this way requires a high degree of precision; the actual making of a luxury watch takes this to a new level.

Watchmakers work with levels of precision that are verging on the microscopic. We now have machines that can perform incredibly precise manufacturing and assembly tasks, but truly luxury watches are still finished and assembled by hand. This is mostly limited to a few Swiss and German brands but is an excellent demonstration of the level of care that goes into luxury watches.


The very best watches will need servicing, on average, every 5 to 7 years. Parts will wear out and require cleaning and oiling to ensure that they perform properly. The infrastructure of a watch is an intricate mechanical system and even slight deviations caused by minute damage or wear can throw the entire system out of sync.


Good quality components take up space within the watch and are sturdy and weighty pieces. The best quality watches tend to be somewhat on the heavier side, but this is worth it for the added resilience.

Weight is therefore usually a good indicator of quality, however, some lines, most notably Swiss watches, have found ways of striking a balance between the need for weighty components and looking stylish.

The Sweep

The sweep refers to the motion of the second hand as it rotates, you might have heard that the best luxury watches don’t make the typical tick-tock sound that we usually associate with mechanical watches. This is not entirely true, although it is an accurate reflection of experience. If you take a high-end luxury watch and hold it up to your ear, you might be able to hear a very faint noise.

Because a luxury watch will use the highest quality internal components, they make the motion of the second hand so smooth that it appears to glide continuously. In fact, the tick-tock is still happening, but at a rate as high as nine times per second instead of one. In fact, one of the most common tell-tale signs of a fake watch is an audible ticking mechanism.


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Luxury watches are not just beautiful fashion accessories that elegantly complete any look, they are also marvellous examples of precision engineering. The care and attention that goes into their production only add to the luxury appeal of them.

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