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The Tourist’s Guide to both Comfort and Convenience of Stays in London

Destinations, Europe, Travel Tips - Ross French - October 31, 2015

London is a city that prides itself in its Queen, its people and its cultural heritage. The rich culture of this city runs back to a very long time ago and it’s the pride of that culture is what that attracts many within its bosoms. From places like Oxford Street and Hyde Park, to places like the London eye or the London bridge which is but of many popular attractions that the city has to offer. Also, speaking of commerce for the business travelers, London equally has a great history in trade and commerce as London was the first ever city to establish a company for the sole purpose of conducting commerce with a foreign nation known as the English East India Company which goes to show how far back the origin of commerce goes. Be it the contemporary opportunist or even the happy go lucky tourist, London has something to offer to all.Hotel

In the arms of Comfort

When you think of the historical heritage and grandeur that London represents, you think of comfort and well, who doesn’t want to live like that during their stay in the city? Be it for any business purpose or purely for pleasure, the Montcalm hotel Marble Arch has got you covered. Located at Park Lane, it is at close proximity to many historically relevant locations such as the Oxford and Regent Streets, Hyde Park etc. that many will enjoy. Also for the couple waiting to get married or to just throw that grand anniversary party, the Marble Arch has a Grand Ballroom that has no equal in comparison. For the businessman seeking to get work done, the Marble Arch is also home to two meeting and events rooms where private dinners and business meetings are a routine task for them and they are more than obliged to host such events if the need be. Speaking of luxury, every room is the Marble Arch has been tastefully decorated keeping luxury in mind and it is fitted with amenities such as Wi-Fi, LCD TV’s coupled with international and satellite channels, an iPad etc. to make ones stay as comfortable as can be. Finally, for the foodies, the Marble Arch has two renowned Restaurants and a Champagne bar to cater to one’s gastronomic desires.

Convenience at its finest

HotelsIf convenience may be more of your thing rather than comfort, London has got you covered there as well. The BW Plus Park Grand London Heathrow Hotel is a lovely and very reputable establishment that is also conveniently located in Heathrow in close proximity to the Airport for serving primarily those who seek a restful sleep during a long layover or for those with flights departing at odd hours. Each room in this hotel is highly spacious and the arrangement of the décor is in such a way that the guest gets the maximum amount of relaxation as we are all, too familiar with jet lag and physical strain ones goes through on International Flights. Aside from that, every room is fitted with state of the art amenities such a Wi-Fi, LCD TV’s with international Satellite Channels, iPod Docking Stations etc. Be it for the businessman or the tourist, the BW Plus Park Grand London Heathrow Hotel delivers and maintains a very high bar of convenience like no other.


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At the Heart of South Africa Lies Johannesburg

Guest Posts - Ross French - May 23, 2011

soweto District of Soweto

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At The Heart of South Africa At the heart of South Africa lies Johannesburg, an exciting and cosmopolitan city that is brimming with history and culture. So why is it only viewed as mere stop off for passengers on their lengthy journeys across the country? My advice would be to leave the terminal and go out to explore all that South Africa’s largest city has to offer.

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Johannesburg’s city skyline

If it’s an education you’re after, look no further than the Apartheid Museum in Gold Reef. With a series of twenty two exhibitions, the museum takes visitors through the complete history of the country’s dark past, from the beginning of the apartheid regime in 1948 to the release of Nelson Mandela in 1994. This is a must on any trip to the city. The nearby district of Soweto is also well worth a visit to further an understanding of the apartheid system. On 16th June 1976, Soweto was the attention of the world’s media as mass protests took place against the government’s policies. With twenty three deaths and extensive violence, this event will be forever embedded in the country’s memory. Today, Soweto is home to The National Nelson Mandela Museum. Made out of the former house of Nelson Mandela and full of his personal artefacts, it is no wonder that this is one of the most popular museums in the whole of South Africa. Residents of Soweto conduct private tours of the museum.

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District of Soweto

So Johannesburg provides tourists with a stark reminder as to the country’s dark past. But what about the present? Nowadays the city is considered as the business capital of the country; high risers dominate the skyline. Eating places in Johannesburg are also second to none. For an authentic, South African experience head to Moyo in Zoo Lake. Ostrich Bebe and fillet khuzwayo are their signature dishes. Moyo also offers fantastic live and authentic African music to accompany your meal. In Johannesburg you are likely to hear some Kwaito songs (a genre of music that derives from the city). For something a little quieter, look no further than The Grillhouse in Rosebank. With attentive service, classy décor and the best steaks around, this place is not to be missed. Or how about something exotic and colourful? Coco Bongo is the place to be. Enjoy fine wines, royal rib racks and delicious cocktails before you dance the night away to upbeat, live music.

Johannesburg is home to some of the best shops and shopping malls in the country. For upmarket clothes shops head to the Sandston shopping centre or Nelson Mandela Square. However, for a glimpse into authentic South Africa, Rosebank Flea Market is the place to be. Carvings, textiles, ceramics, hand made jewellery, spices and local food are all at your disposal. It’s perfectly acceptable to engage in a good haggle too.

With so much history and culture, it’s clear that Johannesburg is far more interesting and enticing than Johannesburg International Airport. So be adventurous and explore all that this fantastic city has to offer.

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