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Drink, drink, drink!

18th December 2014

When staying at a Supercity aparthotel, we like to let you know the best places to eat, drink and be merry. After a long day at the office – and with the festive season in full swing – there is nothing better than stopping off for a drink with a friend or colleague before retiring to your comfortable suite. For the best spots for a post-work tipple, see our recommendations below.

If you’re staying at The Rosebery, why not pop in to The Clerk and Well? With its cosy and friendly atmosphere and a wide selection of pan Asian cuisine, you can eat, drink and even challenge your companion to a game of pool!

Want something a little fancier? Look no further than the cocktail bar at The Zetter Townhouse. With an enviable cocktail list – including a Bloody Mary made with homemade tabasco and ‘The Second Husband’ that features ‘bitter almond poison’ – there’s something to please even the most obscure tastes.

For the sports lovers out there, the Sports Bar & Grill is a stone’s throw from Farringdon Station. Enjoy a hot dog from the specialist menu in a contemporary setting as well as using their online sports schedules to check when your favourite games are being shown.

If you’re staying at Templeton or Nevern Place and you’re looking for a bit of history, The Troubadour is a must. Hosting everyone from Elvis Costello and Joni Mitchell to Morcheeba and Adele; it’s a little piece of history with your pint.

And for something completely different, Evans and Peel Detective Agency is a true experience not to be missed. The less said the better, but you’re certain to find a truly unique night out…

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Supercity’s Top Packing Tips

6th November 2014

You’ve picked the destination, scoured the travel brochures and booked the tickets, but before you dig out your suitcase, read our top packing tips.

Seventy percent of luggage is black, so distinguishing your case with a bright tag can be invaluable when you’re at the carousel. However, they can easily become detached. Make sure you and your luggage end up in the same place by placing another inside your case.

If you’re unlucky enough to get an airport inspection, take away the hassle by lying pieces of cardboard between the layers when you’re packing. This means you can lift the dividers out so the contents can be examined with ease, with the added bonus of keeping your clothes flat, neat and organised.

Travelling in a couple or group? Consider splitting your belongings between the luggage; if a bag should go missing, you’ll still have all your essentials.

Think outside the box for packing ‘hacks'; a contact lens case is an excellent container for products like foundation or hair serum that you only need a little of. The complimentary shower caps in hotels make excellent shoe protectors, threading necklaces and bracelets through straws stops them tangling and an old eye drops container carries just the right amount of toothpaste for a week.

Earls Court

Supercity’s Earls Court Secrets

17th October 2014

Earls Court is one of the most popular places to visit in London, but with such a rich history, tourists and residents alike rarely know all its secrets. Here are our top four facts about the area that you may not know…!

Earls Court has been home to a huge variety of celebrities and public figures, including Howard Carter, Benjamin Britten, Alfred Hitchcock, Princess Diana, Freddy Mercury and, most recently, Gary Barlow!

In the 1960s, Earls Court Road was affectionately nicknamed ‘Kangaroo Alley’ due to the large number of Australian and Kiwi residents living in the area.

Some areas of Earls Court – including Templeton and Nevern Place – are named after Welsh villages, after a series of marriages led to a Welsh family, the Edwardes, naming the land.

The Troubadour coffee house, on Old Brompton Road, was a melting pot for the British Folk Revival of the 1950s and 60s, as well as playing host to some of the most influential names in music, including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Morrissey.

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Supercity Aparthotel’s Top Five ways to fill hungry tums at home

9th October 2014

Feeling peckish? We’ve rounded up the best ways to dine in with our online shopping picks.

If you’re nourishing yourself from within, why not try giving Abel & Cole’s boxes a go? Choose from fruit and vegetable, juicing, meat or even whole recipes and they will deliver the freshest produce straight to your door.

Want more variation? Ocado is perfect for getting everything you need in one place. Order from the comfort of your sofa, book a delivery slot and let them do the rest.

If you want home cooked food without the fuss, have a look at Gousto. Pick your meals from a mouth watering selection and they’ll deliver the ingredients. Each recipe is carefully measured so you only receive the amount you need – with clear instructions so you can’t go wrong.

Don’t feel like cooking? Get delicious food fast with Deliverance. Choose from a number of different cuisines, make it healthy or vegetarian and you can even add drinks or deserts; all cooked fresh and delivered in less than 45 minutes.

If you just can’t decide what you want then head to JustEat. Eliminating the need to rummage around for takeout menus, JustEat allows you to browse and pick from hundreds of takeaways in your local area.

The best bit is, even if you’re out, our staff will take the delivery for you!

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Supercity’s London Diary: September Picks

19th September 2014

Autumn’s almost upon us – but don’t despair! we’ve found the best activities in September to keep you entertained.

Be one of the first to see Fatboy Slim’s roof raising musical on the life of Filipina First Lady Imela Marcos in ‘Here Lies Love’ at the National Theatre from 30th September. Bring your dancing shoes and expect to be jumping up out of your seat.

Celebrate twenty years of democracy in South Africa with song and dance with ‘Mark Smith and Ladysmith Black Mambazo’ at Sadler’s Wells Theatre showing now until Saturday.

Missed London Fashion Week? Don’t worry; you can see the beautiful sculptures from one of fashions great names, Nicole Fahri, at Bowman Sculpture exhibiting now until 3rd October.

If it’s back to school blues you’re trying to cure, enjoy a quirky and charming puppet show, ‘The Secret Life of Suitcases’ at the Unicorn Theatre, showing now until 12th October.

See the story of 15th century China in a breathtaking series of objects at The British Museum’s stunning new exhibition ‘Ming: 50 years that changed China’, open now until 4th January.

 

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Top UK design event comes to Earls Court

8th August 2014

100% Design is the UK’s leading contemporary design event and this year it’s celebrating its 20th anniversary with a stand-out exhibition at the Earls Court Centre. This is a must-see for interior enthusiasts, especially those staying at nearby Templeton Place or Nevern Place.

With hundreds of product launches from both established and up-and-coming designers, the exhibition offers a fantastic opportunity to admire some of the world’s newest and most innovative designs. There are also workshops held by experts and in-depth seminars for those who really want to get under the skin of interior design.

Aimed at industry insiders, students and trade representatives, the exhibition runs from the 17th to the 20th September. It is also open to the general public on Saturday 20th September.

To buy your ticket (priced at £15), or find out more, visit: http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/

 

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London’s hottest new restaurants

28th July 2014

Whether entertaining clients, wooing a loved one, or having a reunion with friends, London has a vast range of restaurants to suit all occasions and budgets. Here are some of our favourite new openings, all just a hop, skip and jump away from Supercity Aparthotels.

Foxlow is the little brother to famed steakhouse chain Hawksmoor, serving a broader range of equally delicious dishes. Just ten minutes walk from The Rosebery, the beautiful interior and bar make for a relaxing lunch or dinner, perfect for those clients with hearty appetites.

Also close to The Rosebery, Bonnie Gull is a new seafood restaurant, set in vibrant Exmouth Market. The daily menu is dedicated to fresh fish, bringing a taste of the seaside to the heart of London.

Kitchen W8 is a Michelin starred restaurant, just a stone’s throw from both Templeton Place and Nevern Place. With quality Anglo-European food, exceptional service and a grown-up, relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect restaurant if you’re looking to impress.

Looking for something less expensive, but equally reliable? Try Whits, a low-key family restaurant not far from Templeton Place, or Nevern Place. Popular with locals, it’s a great choice for a more relaxed evening.

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Supercity Aparthotels’ top five recommendations this August

18th July 2014

With Summer in full swing, we’ve pulled together our favourite events for the upcoming month.

If you’re looking for a break from the usual tourist attractions, the Alternative London Tour offers an intimate view into East London – its culture and creativity. Starting and ending near the famous vintage market Spitalfields, just a stone’s throw away from The Rosebery.

Following a tour of the East End, head West to experience a colourful celebration of the diverse local culture at the Notting Hill Carnival. This annual event runs across the 24th and 25th August, promising great food and music, along with its famous parade. It’s also just 20 minutes away from Templeton Place and Nevern Place.

For something more relaxing, Somerset House is once again hosting its Film4 Summer Screening Series. Perfect for long summer evenings, eat alfresco in Somerset House’s famous courtyard and pick your favourite film. What’s more, it’s just 15 minutes from The Rosebery.

London is miles from the beach, so Camden’s Roundhouse has created its own. The Camden Beach returns this summer, with 900 square metres of sand. Not only does the beach come complete with deck chairs, beach huts and an ice-cream van, there are also pop-up restaurants and a beach bar to complete the holiday atmosphere. Perfect for a hot day in the city.

The Southbank is not only a great destination to walk and people watch, it also hosts regular exhibitions and festivals. This August, the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love is well worth a visit, looking in depth at love, romance and relationships with performances, poetry readings, talks and debates.

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The Hottest Exhibitions in London this Summer

Tuesday 8th July 2014

The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern and The Serpentine – just a handful of art galleries London is famous for.

Along with impressive permanent displays, each has temporary exhibitions that attract visitors from around the world. Below are five of our favourites, which should give you some inspiration when you feel like being cultural in the Capital this summer:

1.       The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (The Barbican, now until 25 August 2014)

The first major exhibition dedicated to Jean Paul Gaultier, featuring more than 140 cutting-edge designs that have shaped fashion over the past 35 years.

2.       Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (Tate Modern, now until 7 September 2014)

An exhibition showcasing the largest collection of the iconic French artist’s cut-out work, created between 1936 and 1954.

3.       Making Colour (The National Gallery, now until 7 September 2014)

Exploring the history of colour in art, this exhibition takes visitors on a journey back in time, exploring the wide range of materials that have been used to create colour in all types of art.

4.       Pangaea (Saatchi Gallery, now until 2November 2014)

Taking its title from the prehistoric landmass that conjoined Africa and Latin America, this major exhibition reunites two former sister continents by bringing together the work of 16 of their emerging artists.

5.       Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation (Tate Britain, now until August 10 2014)

This exhibition explores the impact of art historian, public servant and broadcaster Kenneth Clark, who is widely viewed as one of the most influential figures in 20th Century British art.

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Introducing Melisa, Hotel Manager at Templeton Place

30th May 2014

Looking after Templeton Place, Melisa ensures the property is running smoothly and our guests are well looked after. Melisa has been with the team for two and a half years; here she tells us what it’s like working at Supercity Aparthotels – we’re delighted she loves it as much as we love her!

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels?

Becoming a family member to our long term guests

What does a typical day involve? 

Greeting guests, check ins and outs and payments. No two days are ever the same though!

What have been the highlights from working at Supercity Aparthotels?

A new experience in the hotel industry

How would you describe Templeton Place in five words? 

A home away from home

What was your first ever job? 

Receptionist in a hostel in Portal Del Sur, Argentina

If you were allowed one dream perk for your job, what would it be? 

To open a coffee shop that serves free coffee at Templeton Place

If you could ask a celebrity to join the Supercity Aparthotels team, who would it be and why?

Keith Lemon. Why? Because he’d make me laugh all the time and there’d be no time for stress!

If you weren’t working at Supercity Aparthotels, what would you be doing? 

Definitely still working in the hotel industry

What animal best reflects your personality and why? 

The crab. It’s my astrological sign and reflects my personality – family oriented, moody, devoted, romantic, fighter and able to get things done on my own

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Introducing Hannah, Hotel Manager at The Rosebery

23rd May 2014

For those of you lucky enough to have stayed at The Rosebery, you’re sure to recognise Hannah, the smiley Hotel Manager behind the desk in our Clerkenwell property. Part of the family for a year and a half, here Hannah tells us about life working at Supercity Aparthotels…

What’s the best thing about working at Supercity Aparthotels?

There are a lot of things I love about working at Supercity, but the people we work with and our guests are definitely top of the list!

What does a typical day involve?

No day is typical at The Rosebery, however I tend to start by preparing for arrivals and departures, checking my emails and answering any urgent queries. I then brief the housekeeping team and run with it…

What have been the highlights from working at Supercity Aparthotels?

The biggest highlight has to be the success of The Rosebery – and all the rewards that have come with it

How would you describe The Rosebery in five words?

Warm, comfortable, modern, clean, convenient

What was your first ever job?

My first job was waitressing in a restaurant when I was 15

If you were allowed one dream perk for your job, what would it be?

To travel to other aparthotels around the world

If you could ask a celebrity to join the Supercity Aparthotels team, who would it be and why?

Adele, she’s hilarious

If you weren’t working at Supercity Aparthotels, what would you be doing? 

Selling shoes, I do love shoes!

What animal best reflects your personality and why?

I have been told I’m like a springbok as I tend to dance around a lot

Design Week

Clerkenwell Design Week – celebrating creativity and design

11th April 2014

Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. So it’s no wonder this design hub is celebrated each year with Clerkenwell Design Week.

From 22nd to 24th May, Clerkenwell will showcase leading UK and international design brands and companies with a series of events, pop-up exhibitions and special installations.

Set in the heart of Clerkenwell, The Rosebery is perfectly situated to offer rooms for those visiting the festival. With over 50,000 people registering for last year’s event, be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!

To find out more about Clerkenwell Design Week, visit http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/

 

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The .IT Wine Bar & Café

3rd April 2014

Unlike most aparthotels, we’re lucky enough to share our building with a trendy Italian wine bar.

.IT Wine Bar & Cafe serves gorgeous Italian wines, accompanied by delicious plates of food from its traditional delicatessen. Not just a tipple and a bite to eat, it also showcases pieces from Italian designers – a great opportunity to pick-up something truly unique for back home.

We hope to see you in there and, if you’re asking, ours is a glass of Chianti!

For more information, visit http://www.puntoit.co.uk/index.php/winebar/

Templeton Place

Live like a local in Earl’s Court

27th March 2014

Both Templeton Place and Nevern Place are based in the beautiful and tranquil area of Earl’s Court. The area is characterised by its Georgian homes, as well as the Art Deco exhibition centre. Here are some of our local hotspots:
Grab your caffeine fix at Fernandez & Wells, the perfect pit-stop if you’re planning to visit the museums on Exhibition Road.

If you’re looking to try a local ale, The Scarsdale Tavern offers a great selection. The pub looks stunning from outside and when you step inside, you won’t be disappointed!

For some retail therapy, it’s impossible to ignore Harrods, the world’s most famous department store.

Hungry for a bite to eat? Local Japanese restaurant Kappa is a must for all sushi fans.

For an after-dinner tipple, we love Evans & Peel, a dark and sultry bar that serves modern twist on classic cocktails.

This is just a starter for ten; we’d love to hear your own hotspots!

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Live like a local in Clerkenwell

20th March 2014

The Rosebery is located in the heart of buzzing Clerkenwell, which boasts a huge variety of restaurants, shops, bars and pubs. We thought we’d share our favourites so you know where to go when staying in our luxury suites.
Grab a freshly roasted coffee at Workshop Coffee, the perfect place to unwind with a good book

Kick-start the day with brunch at The Modern Pantry; we recommend the oozing poached eggs with pan-fried haloumi, spinach and slow-roast vine-ripened tomatoes, what could be better?!

After a pub lunch? Look no further than the original gastropub Eagle – it’s hard to refuse their slow-cooked pork belly with a butterbean stew

For a London momento, head to Bagman & Robin in bustling Exmouth Market, offering uniquely designed handbags and belts

Finish off the day at the Cocktail Lounge in Zetter Townhouse; an eccentric bar with a cocktail menu to match its wild and wonderful décor

If you know of any more secret gems, we’d love to hear them!

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New artwork dazzles at The Rosebery

5th March 2014

We have a broad range of eclectic artwork in all our aparthotels. This week, we’d like to share details of two new pieces, which we’re featuring in the reception of The Rosebery.

Firstly, Korean artist Mari Kim’s Marie Antoinette is a vibrant addition. A playful piece with a lenticular effect; as you walk past, Marie Antoinette’s modern cupcakes transform into baguettes. The bright colours are in line with the modern design of our aparthotels and Marie’s dazzling eyes are a great welcome for guests staying at The Rosebery. The second piece is a thought-provoking wall installation by Sumedh Rajendran called More Dead than Alive. We’d love to hear what you think!

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Supercity Aparthotels supports Crisis at Christmas

19th February 2014

We like to do our bit for charities, whether it’s donating replaced pillows and towels, or offering rooms for important causes.

One charity that particularly stands out for us is Crisis, so last month, for the second year running, we supported Crisis at Christmas by donating 10 rooms free-of-charge to volunteers. Being centrally located, our rooms at The Rosebery and Templeton Place became comfortable homes for those doing such an important job over the festive period.

We’ve just been told that the campaign was busier than ever, with centres open for nine days and an impressive 10,000 people volunteering, helping more than 4,000 people. A fantastic effort; we certainly hope to be involved again this year!

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Olympic Flame

Flame, flame, flame……

26th July 2012

The Olympic flame passed within a third of a mile of us today; paraded through the leafy streets of Kensington and Chelsea, it rested briefly on the steps of the open air theatre in Holland Park, less than 5 minutes walk from Templeton and Nevern Place.

Unfortunately, we forgot that this was happening until just now, and have missed the whole thing – typical! We’ll have to satisfy ourselves with watching it on the news this evening. It’s not often that major cultural and sporting events happen on the streets of the city where we live, but in true Brit style, all of us here at Supercity missed the whole thing!

Blog, blog, blog……

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…..so, in our infinite wisdom we have decided to start a blog to support our brand spanking new, shiny website.  You’re going to be hearing from all kinds of characters about all kinds of things!
If you’re reading this then you’ve already found our new website (designed by our great friends at Unreal) which we’re really proud of.  If you’d like to tell us what you think, about this or anything else Supercity related, you can always check out our Facebook page and drop us a line….we promise to be very receptive.
As you may be able to tell we’re a bit new to this social media stuff, but we’re going to give it our best shot….!

Olympics, Olympics, Olympics……

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…..News Flash! The Olympics are coming to London and where better to stay than in our Aparthotels.

Although the majority of the Games are taking place in the much-hyped Olympic Village, we’ve got a lot going on right here in West London. Within walking distance of Templeton Place you’ve got the volleyball at Earls Court Exhibition Centre and the triathlon in Hyde Park, as well as large screens showing the Opening & Closing ceremonies. Just a short tube ride and you could be watching the tennis at Wimbledon, the archery at Lord’s or the gymnastics at Wembley.

So if you’re looking for some sporting action this summer but have nowhere to rest your head why not give us a call…?