So, it’s that time of the year again, where we begin to turn our thoughts for the next office Christmas party. As our companies are based in Brighton, we planned to organise our Christmas Party somewhere in London. This is to break away from the rudimental coastline atmospheric environment that we have every year. But exactly where in London should we hold the Christmas Party? Looking at the Christmas Party event page online, there were many areas of London to choose from. We decided to draw lots on the potential location in London – namely, East London, City of London, North London or South East London. Within the small Human Resource unit, the majority of us lot for East London. So, East London it is! Given this is our first time organising a Christmas Party away from Brighton, we were quite overwhelmed so as to how do we start planning for it.
Emma, a colleague of mine, recommended to call up Coachhire4U to sought out for assistance in putting together the Christmas Party to be held at East London. According to her, together with her family, she has had a good experience engaging Coachhire4u coach hire service for a group family outing, a few months back. I rang up the hotline number, introduced myself and shared with the sales specialist on my requirements. We spoke for good half an hour as I had much doubt to clear.
Following from the phone call conversation, before days’ end, I received an email from Coachhire4U, providing me with the Christmas Party venue options plus the necessary coach hire arrangements to ferry a group of 50 pax over. In conversation with the organising group, we unanimously select a Christmas Party located nearing to the Isle of Dogs in East London. The party venue that we have come to select is called ‘The Space’ situated at 269 Westferry Rd, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3RS. As the Isle of Dogs is not a far from the River Thames it is an ideal location for the group, as we are naturally attuned with the sight of the ‘watercourse’. And so, we secured our booking.
Nearing the actual event date, I received a gentle reminder Coachhire4U on our upcoming bookings. I was quite impressed with Coachhire4U natural delivery of professionalism and good service quality to date. The much awaited day came and long before we know it, we onboard Coachhire4U coach hire – making our way to East London, Isle of Dogs. We had a smooth journey. At reaching at the event venue, we were astounded with the mutli-purpose arts center set in a delightful and architecurally significant 19th Century Presbyterian church.
In a joint Christmas party, we were served to Prosecco welcome drinks, a 3 course sit down dinner, after dinner coffee and mince pies and DJ entertainment. Crackers and decorations were decorated all around the venue with the classic Christmas centrepiece. As the night when along, I could see the many happy faces of my colleagues enjoying their time at the party. The night came to an end, and like always, our Coachhire4U coach hire driver was very prompt to pick us back. Ensuring that all our belts were fastened, he drove us back to Brighton. What did last Christmas Party was totally fun-filled and this was with the great help from the Coachhire4U!
It was a warm sunny day here in Barcelona, Spain on the 24th March 2016. Having been posted here in this beautiful city for more than a month, it was high time to start exploring the Europe continent. Born and breed from Australia, together with a few of my mates we were posted here in Barcelona, Spain to work on an IT project for a Spanish client. Recalling that the day after tomorrow would be a Good Friday holiday – we are in for a long stretch weekend break.
Over lunch, together with the mates, we toy with the idea of getting out of Spain to spend the weekend visiting one or two Europe city. Coincidentally, Ryanair was having a flash deal promotion. After much deliberation by the group, we decided that we spending the long break away from Spain. We decided to visit London and Dublin, spending a night in each city. As we sought out to finalise our air flight and accommodation arrangements – I took the lead to plan for the group itinerary in London while the other mate plan for Dublin.
In all, they were about five of us. Given that it will be our first time touring London, I suggested that we hire a private minibus hire to chauffeur us around for the day. This is would definitely save our time. At google search, we chance upon a coach company named Coachhire4U. Looking at the company’s customer reviews, Coachhire4U get over my initial customer buy-in. Within hours of sending my request for a quotation, I received a call from a sales lady. In sharing with her of our time constraint and the budget that we have – she helped us to put a minibus hire tour. Shared with the group mates on the proposed itinenary by Coachhire4U and hire quotation. We were all very much interested in what was presented to us.
Our flight from Barcelona will take us to London-Luton airport – somewhere 45min away from Central London. The much-awaited day came; we boarded our plane and landed at London-Luton airport at 8:15 AM. Our flight was held back by close to half an hour due to a technical fault in Barcelona. Nonetheless, we were very pleased when we received a text from Coachhire4U indicating that they were aware of our flight delay and that they will be waiting for us at London-Luton airport arrival point. Clearing the immigration checkpoint we made our way to the arrival point of London-Luton airport.
Clad in Coachhire4U t-shirt, the driver waved at us, as we approached his minibus hire. Helping us with our backpacks, he gets us settled in the minibus hire. And so, our tour begins! In total we have about 5 pit stops to make – the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Borough Market. Coachhire4U driver was very accommodating in acceding to our request for our meals and snack break. After the whole day of experiencing London, its time to head back and rest for our next trip to Dublin. The Coachhire4U driver drops us to our AirBnB accommodations, which were a few minutes away from London-Luton Airport. Although our time in London was short, it was really well spent and this was all thanks to the Coachhire4u team. The fact that there were able to accede to our last minute arrangements proves the company great reliability and service. Coachhire4U, a company you can trust.
My First Overseas Trip to the UK – Student Exchange Programme
6,800 miles away from my home in Singapore, 14 hours by plane, I was off for my maiden trip to London, United Kingdom (UK). I was ecstatic to be given the opportunity do a semester of my postgraduate course abroad under the Singapore Management University (SMU) student exchange programme.
Together with several of my peers, we will be attached to King’s College London for a period of four months. To prepare myself for the trip, I did some research on what to expect in the UK – for example, the country’s climate, culture, system and much more. And also the key itinerary that is going to take place on our arrival to the UK from London Heathrow Airport (West of London) thereon. On board, the Singapore Airlines flight, our group landed the London Heathrow Airport (West of London) close to 7:00AM in the morning.
To our astonishment, London Heathrow Airport (West of London) was buzzing with life in such an early morning and on a weekday too. We grabed a quick breakfast while waiting for our coach which had been hired to pick our group up at the arrival zone of the London Heathrow Airport (West of London). At 8:00AM sharp a friendly coach driver from Coachhire4U greeted us. He prefered to be called by the name of Marvin; he had been driving coaches with Coachhire4U for more than three years. Making sure that we were all strapped into our safety belts, he then whisked us to our first destination – King’s College London.
During our coach hire journey, Marvin was kind enough to share with us a little bit history and he was very funny. He also shared with us several of the popular destinations in London visited by Coachhire4U tourist passengers. Some of the top tourist attraction in the City of London includes the Big Ben, London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, plus the amazing West End of London and much more. Marvin shared with us that should we ever need private minibus hire, we could always ring up Coachhire4u and for coach hire or minibus hire. We approached the West End of London which Marvin advised was a major shopping are and we saw Marble Arch, Piccadilly on our approach to the Strand it was amazing to see these famous landmarks in the West End of London and Marvin told us about sights in the City of London.
Throughout the coach journey to King’s College London, I was amazed at the beautiful sights of London. Our coach driver, Marvin made a drive through the Westminister Bridge to show us the iconic Big Ben and London Eye from afar. Like any excited tourist would be, we whipped out our mobile phone to take several snapshots of the iconic monuments. The King’s College of London that we were heading to was situated in Central London – this making it easier for us to explore London during our spare time. On arrival to our destination, we welcome by the University Ambassador to facilitate us with registration and arrival briefing. At days’ end, we were back onboard to Marvins coach, this time round, for him to ferry us to our student’s accommodation. As it what nearing dinnertime, Marvin made a short stop to an eatery place for us to get our dinner. Settling into our accommodation place, our first day of the London UK experience has been memorable from landing at London Heathrow Airport to reaching a much needed first sleep. Aside from the University ambassadors and the member of university staff, our experience on board Coachhire4u’s coach with Marvin was a memorable event highlight. He went out of his way to provide us with a great first experience of London and the UK. We will definitely be ringing up Coachhire4u for our private hire to tour London very soon!
If you’re considering a long-distance bus journey, here are the top 10 coach travel tips!
1. Wear comfortable shoes
Wear comfortable footwear that can be removed or slackened off if required. Remember to keep moving from time to time by pointing and flexing your toes, and circling your feet and ankles.
2. Wear loose-fitting clothing
Dress for comfort so you can relax as you travel, and dress in layers. Layering your clothing means you can dress/undress to make yourself more comfortable in the temperature of the coach.
3. Take a travel pillow
It’s easy to nod off with the motion of the coach as you travel along, so to enhance your relaxation, why not purchase a travel pillow and make your snoozing more comfortable.
4. Carry wet wipes
Wet wipes are great for freshening up as you travel and take up very little space in your luggage.
5. Stretch your legs
If you are travelling on Silver Service, make use of the rear lounge. It’s a great place to stretch out, read a book or magazine and chat to your fellow passengers or just have a snooze or listen to your music. At comfort stops, even if you dont need to use the facilities, step off the coach for a few minutes and stretch your legs.
6. Carry some change
Some service stations may make a small charge for using the toilets, so keep some change to hand. At some service areas, you’ll be required to pay and take a ticket to use the toilets and these tickets can then be used against payment for items bought from the service area shop.
7. Choose your reading material
It’s always interesting to read a book with tales of the area that you’ll be visiting.
8. Listen to music
If you’re travelling on Silver Service you’ll have complimentary headphones provided for your own personal use. On all coaches, of course, you can take your own, personal music player to enjoy your favourite tracks through headphones/earphones as you travel along.
9. Learn a language
Why not learn a language while you travel? There are lots of languages CDs with books to accompany you to learn the lingo while you travel and practice it when you get to your destination!
10. Keep a diary
With so much to see and do, why not record your experiences in a holiday journal. Not only will it help you identify places in your photos, it will also jog your memory when you return home.
Ultimately the most important things to keep with you are your sense of adventure, travellers’ patience, and a sense of humour – you’ll get there in the end!
Organised a school trip to Alton Towers to enhance your pupil’s zest and enthusiasm for practical learning. Choose from a wide selection of activities for your pupils to partake in when you plan to book a school trip to the Alton Towers. The ticket admissions to the Alton Towers Resort are based on a 3-tiered pricing structure such as Peak, Off Peak and Super Peak. The pricing is structured in this way to highlight the peak and non-peak period visiting hours. The popular activities that the pupils can partake in, such as a visit to the Theme Park, Extraordinary Golf, Waterpark, Tree Top Quest and many more. The activities highlights are as follows:
Test your golfing skills with Alton’s two 9-hole courses with outrageous obstacles themed surrounding them.
Get ready for a blast of water – up and down – to twist and turn you around the whole Waterpark at breathtaking speed. The amazing Master Blaster Water Coaster will have you screaming for fun! Visitors must be at least 1.1m to enjoy this ride.
Tree Top Quest
The enchanted Tree Top Quest has two challenging and fantastic high rope courses set within the enchanted village. For younger children and those who may want to stay closer to the ground, low rope courses are available too.
In addition to this, a school trip to the Alton Towers Resort may provide pupils with the opportunity to enjoy a number of engaging educational activities including talks and demonstrations.
A new ‘School Meal’ vouchers were recently introduced to cater for the pupil’s meal during their visit to the Alton Towers. The voucher is available at just £5.40 (per voucher). The pupils can choose to have a meal deal at any of the Burger Kitchen restaurants across the Theme Park or at Fried Chicken Company in X Sector. Organiser can pre-book the pupil’s packed lunches to have it ready for collection on the day of the school trip from Corner Coffee. To book your meal vouchers please call 0871 282 5194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
Engage Coachhire4U to help you organise your school trip to the Alton Towers. All of our coaches operate with a modern fleet, fully fitted with the latest safety devices (e.g. ABD and Seat Belts as recommended by the Local Education Authorities and Government). In addition, all of the coaches come with special Vertical Stability Technology that works in conjunction with the ABS.
To make a booking to visit the Alton Towers for your school, simply visit us at www.coachhire4u.com or call us at 0800 211 8644 or 01582 206 207!
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