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Discover Soho

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Fun loving and incredibly diverse, Soho is a fascinating place to explore. Although well known for its risqué clubs and sex shops; it is much more than this.  There are 4 star hotels near Wembley Stadium to choose from, which offers a luxury base to your trip.

Even its name is unusual. Many people believe that it originates from a former hunting cry, but no one can be certain.  It has always had a Bohemian reputation, attracting musicians, writers, actors and the film industry.  This is where the Rolling Stones played their first ever concert, and it was also home to the Sex Pistols, Marx and Mozart!

Soho is in the heart of London’s bustling, busy West End.  Bordered by Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Regent Street and Charing Cross Road, it is a lively area which can easily be explored on foot.  Stroll through the streets and enjoy the architecture, the pretty buildings and the sights and sounds of a fascinating area. Whatever time of day or night, Soho is always busy with people passing through, working or going out for the evening.

Soho is very much an area where entertainment thrives. This is the home of the Queen’s Theatre where Les Miserables  is currently showing, as well as Stomp at the Ambassador theatre.  Fancy some jazz – then visit the renowned Ronnie Scott’s club where jazz music first appeared in the UK. Over the years almost all leading jazz musicians have appeared here to delight audiences time and time again.

Then there are the countless restaurants to found everywhere in Soho and only a short stroll from Hotels in north London.  Whatever your taste, this is certainly where suitable food can be found.  Snap up inexpensive snacks at Yalla Yalla, or try Indian food at Masala Zone and Cinnamon Soho.  For something more indulgent, there are Michelin starred restaurants like the Social Eating House and Arbutus.  Increasing numbers of diners to London restaurants are asking for small sharing portions and this is possible in many Soho restaurants like Blanchette, Barrafino and Polpo. You can find anything here – from Italian delicacies to New York cocktail bars, Japanese sushi, Thai curries and much more.

If you want to shop in boutiques or independent stores, Soho has lots to offer. Carnaby Street has many wonderful fashion stores, while Berwick Street is well known for its music stores.  Don’t miss Berwick Street market as this is still home to many colourful characters.  It is a great place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables.  While if you want books, then a visit to the extremely idiosyncratic Foyles will be very memorable.  This is a store which is guaranteed to get you lost among the books, with its maze like warren of tiny rooms.

If you pick a well located hotel, like Best Western Palm Hotel London, you can position yourself in easy walking distance of everywhere you need to go.

LONDON FASHION STREETS

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Trend setting fashion and London go together. Along with Paris and Milan, London is one of the key fashion capitals of the world. This is the home of designers like Stella McCartney and Julien McDonald who have captured worldwide attention with their innovative designs.

Reflecting this status, there are a vast range of places where you can go and buy the latest trends without breaking the bank.

One of the most popular places to go is Notting Hill as this is a key fashion hotspot. Look for the vintage and retro stores which can be found throughout the area as these are where London’s fashionistas go. Typical of these is Retro Clothing on Notting Hill Gate which is renowned for clothing from the 1980’s onwards.

Portobello Market is one of the coolest places to buy clothes in London. A long established market, it stretches the entire length of the Portobello Road.  Browsing through the stalls and chatting with the friendly stall holders is a wonderful way to find high fashion and retro clothing such as sports jackets with team emblems embroidered on the back. A wide range of wonderful experiences of the Portobello Market can be earned by staying at top rated hotels in North London.

Camden is another favourite haunt of fashionistas. Renowned for its punk and goth culture, it is also home to many vintage stores and individualistic boutiques. The outdoor market is particularly popular with the fashion conscious.

Carnaby Street is one of the iconic London shopping streets. The iconic arch can be easily found just off Oxford Street. This was the birthplace of swinging London during the 1960’s, and still attracts a wide range of independent boutique owners, new designer names as well as many heritage brands.

Covent Garden is another shopping heaven where you can find the latest street style, funky shoes, hip fashion and even one-off handmade jewellery.  This former fruit and vegetable market has been totally revamped into one of the most stylish shopping areas in London. This is where you can enjoy shopping and the café scene, taking a break to watch the world go by.

Kings Road, Chelsea has long been a centre of the fashion world. A popular destination back in the 1960’s, it has retained its charm and individuality.  Check out the trendy boutiques, unique labels, designer shops. One of Europe’s largest Zara stores is located just off the Kings Road in Duke of York square.

Explore these London streets while staying in Best Western Palm Hotel London one of the top hotels near Wembley Stadium which is again a famous shopping spot in London, and find the latest in design, style and ideas, just as many of the stylists to the rich and famous do! People watching can be fun as you can glimpse emerging fashion trends and see which stores are proving the most popular.

Discover London at night

If you’re eyeing hotels in North London for your next London visit, consider the Best Western Palm Hotel, now awarded with its 4th star. Spacious and elegantly decorated rooms will provide a home away from home.

You’ll be glad to enjoy a hearty breakfast at hotel’s onsite restaurant, one of the finest in the area, before heading into the city on the Northern Line to shop your heart out and catch all the sights this fantastic city has to offer. And when you return in the late afternoon, you can relax in the hotel’s guest lounge with its free public WiFi.

But London is not just enjoyable by day. Many visitors want to experience its unique brand of city nightlife. And much like New York City, London never sleeps.

Start your evening in one of the countless London Pubs and enjoy traditional pub food with a beer from one of the tabs; local brews preferred, especially should you be in Camden Town, which boasts two breweries in the area, only 10 minutes on tube from Best Western Palm Hotel.

Since most pubs in London close around 11 PM, some later on the weekend, you will want to move on to a bar or club at some point. There is certainly no shortage of those in the city and you’ll be happy to hear that most are open until at least 4 AM, some as late as 7 AM or even 8.

It’s a good idea to head early to the clubs, because cover charges tend to be cheaper before 10 or 11 PM. This is no problem for the guests of Best Western Palm Hotel, which unlike some hotels in North London is extremely well located to get you to any of these venues within 20-minute tube or bus journey. One of the most famous clubs in London is the Ministry of Sound, located in South London and almost an institution these days; it is no longer simply a club but a multimedia entertainment business.

Situated between Farringdon and Barbican tube stations you will find the Fabric, another London nightclub that has repeatedly been voted to the top of the DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 Clubs in the World”.

The most popular areas to check out nightlife in London are Camden Town, Shoreditch, Soho and Clapham. The KOKO, for instance is a live-music venue in Camden Town. It is also a former theatre, which makes it a particularly interesting venue.

Not far from it in Chalk Farm is the Roundhouse, as a Grade II* listed former railway engine shed also an interesting building and now a venue for performing arts and concerts.

For those neither interested in clubs nor live-music, you will find plenty of fantastic bars around London, all easily reachable from Best Western Palm hotel, the finest of hotels in North London. Try the award-winning cocktail bar Milk & Honey in Soho, for instance. Since you are likely not a member, be sure to make a reservation to get in before 11 PM.

The CellarDoor is also much recommended as a quirky and intimate bar beneath the Aldwych. Yes, you heard that right, it is underground. Try out their delicious cocktails and enjoy some of the more unusual shows London has to offer, from magicians and burlesque to drag.

If you would like to get a glimpse of London’s nightlife history and thoroughly enjoy jazz, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club is unmissable. Operating since 1959 it features current and upcoming artists.

When it is time to get back to your hotel, you will hopefully head back to one of North London’s best hotels, the Best Western Palm Hotel. Whilst a night bus from Trafalgar Square will certainly get you back to your comfortable room awaiting with an even more comfortable bed, a licensed minicab is the recommended means of transport. Many venues will have them stationed outside the front door and they will get you back to your hotel safely and in no time at all.

Experience the NFL 2015 choosing one of the best hotels near Wembley

Now that the last game of this year’s season of the NFL International Series at Wembley concluded only a few days ago, it’s time to look ahead at next year’s games, which have just been announced by the NFL.

Whilst Cricket, Rugby and Association Football have a long-standing tradition in the UK and, of course, in London, the NFL is becoming increasingly popular and enthusiasts don’t seem to mind that there is not a single UK team actually playing in the league. All that matters is the experience of this sport on a grand scale: live at Wembley Stadium.

Surely you enjoyed the 2014 season and cannot wait for next year. Perhaps you already stayed this year at the Best Western Palm Hotel, one of the best hotels near Wembley Stadium, when you saw one of the three games that took place at this magnificent stadium. By now you then know how comfy the beds and guest lounge are, how trendy the 24*7 bar and amazing the food at the restaurant is, how convenient the WiFi and hotel’s parking and how luxurious the walk-in showers and fitness centre feel.

With the new matches announced for the 2015 series, it’s time to book your room for next year. Here are the dates you need to keep in mind before booking. Check which team you most want to see and get your tickets sorted as soon as possible.

Week 4 – New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins – Sunday, October 4

Week 7 – Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, October 25

Week 8 – Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday, November 1

The Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Jets will play for the very first time in the UK, so whichever game you choose, you’ll see one team play that you have never seen before. It promises to be an exciting season, especially since the Dolphins and Jets, long-time rivals, are playing the first ever division game on UK soil.

On the other hand, of course, you may just book yourself into one of the best hotels near Wembley Stadium for an entire week and catch two games. The Best Western Palm Hotel London will gladly host you and your fellow NFL fans and friends for this once-in-a-lifetime chance at seeing two games almost back to back.

There’s plenty to do in London during the week as well and you will get to see a side of it that it only shows during the NFL International Series.

Best ways to reach Wembley Stadium from Best Western Palm Hotel:

Bus service 113 to Finchley Road, and then take an Underground tube (Metropolitan line) to Wembley Park (takes 15 minutes in total).

Bus service 260 or 460 to Willesden Green, and then take an Underground tube (Jubilee line) to Wembley Park (takes only 20 minutes in total).

Stay at the finest of BEST WESTERN hotels in London for an exciting winter

Kick off the Christmas season by visiting the Southbank Centre Winter Festival running from 5th November through to 11th January 2015. Enjoy the Christmas Market and get lost in the Christmas Tree Maze whilst listening to the festive singing in the area or watching some of the Christmas shows.

Grab a bite to eat nearby at the Real Food Market, which runs through to the 22nd March 2015. Sample international dishes among the 40 food and drink producers, who also offer local brews and craft beers, ales and seasonal produce directly to the public. Should you choose the Palm Hotel, amongst the most admired Best Western hotels in London, you can be assured of excellent public transport connections, which will take you straight into Central London by bus or the tube in no time.

Why not take the family to Disney on Ice which Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at the O2 Arena on Christmas Eve as well as on Sunday, January 4 2015? Here 60 beloved Disney characters from 18 unforgettable stories, including the Lion King, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, come to life with a stunning skating production filled with magic Disney moments and backed by classic Disney film music – a treat especially for your children.

And if you’re keen to go ice-skating yourself afterwards, do try one or more of the numerous ice-rinks around London.

Another great outing is definitely the New Year’s Day Parade. Spend the first day of the year watching over 10,000 performers assemble in the heart of the city for a colourful celebration.

London will be positively buzzing in January, once the holidays are over. Check out the London Boat Show at ExCeL running from 9th January 2015 to 18 January 2015, an action-packed day showcasing more than 500 exhibitors and best in watersports equipment and boating. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned boater or if you are a first-timer. There’s something here for everyone.

For those more culturally interested, visit the London Short Film Festival also running between the 9th and 18th January. Film fans will get to see some of the best cutting-edge UK independent filmmakers’ productions. Make sure to stay for a wide range of talks and discussion to learn more about the film industry and the making of movies. After a good entertainment and interesting learning, you can always grab dinner at the onsite family restaurant at the Palm Hotel, one of the luxurious yet affordable Best Western hotels in London.

Then, of course, there is the London Art Fair 2015, 21st to 25th January 2015, taking place at the Business Design Centre. Covering roughly the last hundred years of art-making, you will find everything from photography to sculpture, and from paintings to ceramics.

If you are a fan of Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns, you will want to celebrate his birthday on the 25th January and check out some of the fantastic events around Burns night in London.

Everyone staying in one of the hotels in North London towards the end of winter, will get to experience how truly multi-cultural this magnificent city is. The largest outside of Asia, London’s Chinese New Year 2015 culminates in a lively parade and a main stage at Trafalgar Square on the 22nd February. London’s Chinatown will be the place to be and from Palm Hotel, one of the most accessibly located Best Western hotels in London, you will have an easy walk to Golders Green tube station and only a 20-minute ride to Leicester Square.

Just before London welcomes spring, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated around 17th March. Enjoy the parade and the free festival at Trafalgar Square on the 15th March and be sure to have one or more traditional Irish drinks at one of the many pubs and bars around London. Don’t forget to wear something green or suffer the consequences.