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What is Mother's Day?

PostsPosted by Annie Bennett Sun, March 06, 2016 17:38:24

Mother's Day is a modern celebration honoring one's mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It is a day of the year on which mothers are particularly honoured by their children. In North America and South Africa it is the second Sunday in May; in Britain it has become another term for Mothering Sunday.

The celebration of Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a celebration of the mother church, not motherhood).[1][2][3][4] Despite this, in some countries, Mother's Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.

Public Life

Mothering Sunday is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. Public transport services run to their usual Sunday timetables. Cafes, restaurants and hotels may be fully booked a long time ahead, as many people treat their mother to a special meal on Mothering Sunday. Those wishing to eat in a restaurant on Mother's Day may need to reserve a table in advance.


Mothering Sunday was originally a time when people returned to the church, in which they were baptized or where they attended services when they were children. This meant that families were reunited as adults returned to the towns and villages where they grew up. In time, it became customary for young people who were working as servants in large houses, to be given a holiday on Mothering Sunday. They could use this day to visit their own mother and often took a gift of food or hand-me-down clothing from their employers to her. In turn, this moved towards the modern holiday, on which people still visit and take gifts to their mothers.

Traditionally, people observed a fast during Lent. Lent is the period from Ash Wednesday until Good Friday. During the Lent fast, people did not eat from sweet, rich foods or meat. However, the fast was lifted slightly on Mothering Sunday and many people prepared a Simnel cake to eat with their family on this day.

A Simnel cake is a light fruit cake covered with a layer of marzipan and with a layer of marzipan baked into the middle of the cake. Traditionally, Simnel cakes are decorated with 11 or 12 balls of marzipan, representing the 11 disciples and, sometimes, Jesus Christ. One legend says that the cake was named after Lambert Simnel who worked in the kitchens of Henry VII of England sometime around the year 1500.

See this link by The Telegraph:
Today is Mother’s Day!

Mothering Sunday is always held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually falls in the second half of March or early April.

Mothering Sunday - or Mother's Day - is a celebration of mothers and the maternal bond, and traditionally children give flowers, presents and cards to their mothers, and other maternal figures such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law.

See this link on the history of Mother's Day:

Mother's Day History
Origin of Mother's Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. But the roots of Mother's Day history can also be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US. However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old. Thanks to the hard work of the pioneering women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis that the day came into existence. Today the festival of Mothers day is celebrated across 46 countries (though on different dates) and is a hugely popular affair. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honor their mothers, thank them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support and well wisher.

The Guardian has written this post, 'Why Mother’s Day is about love, not how hot you look':

I have celebrated Mother's Day with my mother today with a bunch of multi coloured carnations and she was very happy. How did you celebrate Mother's Day? I am not being funny but my father does not seem bothered about Father's Day but my mother she always wants to be made important on that day. Is it the same with you? Maybe I am wrong and it is just different for me. The day is near end though it has not yet ended. If you are a mother or you are going to be a mother or you are thinking of your mother as she is not here, I wish you the best.

Mum's are lovely, kind and they give their life for us. It is hard to say how we feel to them sometimes, at least it is for me, but I think my mum knows how I feel about her. I reckon that's what makes her a mum, because she always knows what her children are thinking even though we do not talk about our problems. After all, she made us didn't she? I know she does not know some things that may be on our mind especially when we are adults ourselves but I believe that is because we try to block things from her on a telepathic level. I think we do this without realising it. Children block nothing as they are innocent. If you have lost your mum, reading this may be painful. I would like to say that your mother is in heaven watching over you today.

We are all very lucky if we have our mothers with us so we must celebrate this day with her, even if she is not here with you and she is abroad. Celebrate a mother's love. See these 50 Mother's Day Quotes And Sayings For Cards, Texts And Social Media:

Some of the quotes are:

1. "Mom, you have been the most influential person in my life. I appreciate all the sacrifices you made to raise me. Happy Mother's Day."

2. "Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own." -- Aristotle

3. "Thanks for everything that you have done for me, and all that you are still doing."

While children shower their mothers with gifts each year, the most thoughtful part of Mother's Day is when they write cards. In fact, Hallmark estimates that 133 million cards are exchanged every Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day!

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10 Reasons Why London Is A Great Place To Live And Work

PostsPosted by Annie Bennett Sun, March 06, 2016 15:50:31

1. Opportunities

London being a huge city and a famous hub internationally for business, finance and the creative industries, is crammed full of amazing opportunities to help you progress your career. Whether you’re currently living abroad and considering London, or whether you’re from one of the UK’s smaller cities, London will definitely have the perfect role for you.

London offers a wide range of job opportunities, whether you’re looking for your next corporate banking move or whether you’re searching for a role in a quirky tech start-up. It's a brilliant city to progress your career and progress it quickly, more so than anywhere else in the UK, so grab the bull by the horns if you've got ambition!

2. Creativity

Awash with diverse cultures, London is second to none for the creative industries, with a plethora of opportunities in singing, writing, acting, art, design and photography. You’re more likely to make a bigger impact creatively in this city than in any other city in the UK because London literally lives and breathes the stuff.

3. Easy Travel

With an integrated travel system in and around the city, there is no shortage of travel options to get to where you need to be, whether you’re travelling on the tube, bus or overground rail. London’s tube shouldn’t leave you waiting for more than 3 minutes, provided there are no issues (which of course, with everything, do occur).

If you love a European city break then London is the place for you. With a number of airports serving the city, including Heathrow – one of the busiest airports in the world – you are spoilt for choice where cheap travel is concerned. You can fly ANYWHERE from London. As well as a huge choice of airports, you have Kings Cross St Pancras which offers rail services to the likes of Paris and Belgium, as well as to the rest of the UK.

4. Beautiful History

Like many other European cities, London divulges its rich history at every street corner. With architecture still standing from the Roman, Tudor, Stuart and Victorian eras, you can’t possibly get bored sightseeing here, especially if you’re interested in your history.

5. Walk-able Distances

If you take the time to get to know London properly, you’ll realise that you don’t need to walk very far between one famous landmark to the next. It is a known fact that some tube systems actually deliver passengers to and from particular points slower than if one were to walk, so take advantage of the extra exercise and get out and about.

6. Beer

It’s no secret that the UK has a slight reputation for enjoying a drink, and London boasts over 7000 pubs to accommodate both locals and tourists alike. The working culture in London sees most commuters travelling by train, tube or bus, which means there’s literally no excuse to say no to an after work tipple so get involved.

7. A Multinational Community

Almost 40% of London’s population was born outside of the UK, whether they grew up in London as children, or whether they have relocated to live and work. You can find virtually every nationality trampling the streets of the capital, with notable communities from the Indian, Turkish, Portuguese, French and Chinese nations.

8. You Can’t Get Bored

How can you possibly get bored in a city the size of London, which virtually does not go to sleep? You can’t. Whether you’re into culture (London has 3 of the world’s top 10 museums), the pop up restaurant scene, food in general or whether you’re into a sophisticated round of afternoon tea and fancy a chance to pop a glance at our Queen, you’re going to be in good company here. A haven for the arts, London hosts an enviable number of galleries with regular exhibitions, as well as the likes of Banksy bedecking our walls and streets with poignant imagery. If you're looking for somewhere to get some inspiration, you've got it all down here. Clubs, bars, crazy golf and vintage bowling name just a tiny percentage of some of London's most popular activities. We could go on all day!

9. You’ll Learn More About Life

Going it alone in London isn’t easy, we aren’t going to sugar coat that. Any big city is going to be a shock if you’re new in it, whether you’re already from the UK or not, but if you’re looking for some personal growth and development, a move to London could be the best thing you do. Let’s face it, London isn’t cheap…there is no way to make it sound cheap either. It’s expensive! So from budgeting wisely and navigating the transport system like clockwork, to mixing with the most diverse collection of backgrounds and cultures in the UK, you’re going to enrich your life experience in some way. Even if you just do it for a year, you’ll only gain some kind of perspective. Better than losing it right?

10. The Interesting Facts

We thought we’d finish off this short run down (it could literally take us an entire day to bang on about London!), with a few key facts:

  • 75% of fortune 500 companies have offices in London
  • It’s illegal to be drunk in a pub…so almost every person in the UK, let alone London, has broken the law
  • London is home to 6 premier league football clubs
  • Of any city its size, London boasts the most amount of green space with 40% of its total area covered by lovely parks
  • It’s illegal to die in Parliament
  • It’s also illegal for a person who knowingly has the plague to ride on a bus…
  • If you love chicken, London has 100 Nandos restaurants for you to get your Peri Peri fix
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What were the last wishes of Alexander the Great?

PostsPosted by Annie Bennett Fri, February 26, 2016 23:25:08

On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his 3 ultimate wishes:

1. The best doctors should carry his coffin;
2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery, and
3. His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see.

One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain. Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

1. I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that, in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal.
2. I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth.
3. I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty handed and we leave this world empty handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is TIME..

Have you ever wondered how you will leave this world with all your properties and money? I have often wondered about death and how people will think of me when I am gone. I have no children at the moment and I have property so if I die now, it will go to my immediate family. I manage a guesthouse in London and I often wonder about the meaning of life. Of course when you go to a new country you have never visited before, you will need somewhere to stay so I believe I am satisfying a necessary need for tourists and visitors of London. I enjoy meeting all kinds of people with their different cultures. I guess I enjoy my job.

We all have our professions or jobs. I know some of you work for food and shelter and not for pleasure but that is also a need whether it is for your family or just yourself. Having huge amounts of money and property is nothing in the big screen of things. Having exactly what you need to live is important but having too much of anything has not always been a good thing. An example of this are the rich celebrities that died early in their life due to an overdose of drugs, drink, early onset of cancer and some of them even committed suicide. We the public, thought that they had everything and yet it seems they had nothing.

Alexander the Great certainly made that clear in his last 3 wishes before he died. None of us can stop death. It will come to us. I often think about what I have given to the world. In this post I hope I have made those of you who didn't think start to think now. You may be very young or very old or just middle aged when you read this post. Whatever you are, I would hope that from now on, you make the right decisions about your life and have no regrets when it is your time to go. I am not necessarily talking about your job or your career but more about your health and your family; the one you have and the one you wish to have. Love is also important as we all want to love and be loved. It is human nature.

No one on his deathbed ever said, "I wish I had spent more time on my business". Paul E. Tsongas, New York Times, Jan 14, 1987

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11 ways to make Valentine's Day Special on a budget

PostsPosted by Annie Bennett Sat, February 13, 2016 18:40:34

See this link:'s-Day-Special-on-a-Budget

Love with diamonds and a five star meal is neither a necessity nor necessarily a meaningful expression of love for Valentine's Day. Having the means to pay for expensive gifts and experiences does not relieve the giver from expressing love personally, nor does it relieve the recipient from returning such love personally.

If you're worried that your funds can't stretch far enough to give your beloved a Valentine's Day to remember, realize that the best experience on Valentine's Day is having your partner come away from it with the absolute knowledge that they're loved, cared about, and wanted. Save your money and still have a great Valentine's Day.

1) Avoid equating love with consumption.
2) Minimize rather than do without.
3) Make your own.
4) Think of something you can do for your love.
5) Exchange cheesy but sweet gifts that remind you of one another, for whatever reason.
6) Give time.
7) Create a special evening at home together.
8) Stargaze.
9) Be spontaneous.
10) Take a walk down memory lane together.
11) Say "I love you".

How to enjoy Valentine's Day in London:

Celebrate Valentine's Day in the Capital. 9 romantic things to do. Valentine's day events. Valentine's Day parties. What Londoners really want. Where to wine and dine this February 14th. Bag the best valentines deals. 15 mush free romantic movies. Listen to the best love songs.

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Valentine's Day: How to spend the day, the best gifts for your partner and everything else you need to know. Not long to go until February 14th. The day when lovers exchange cards, gifts, flowers and chocolates with their special 'valentine'. Here's everything you need to know. Oysters at 25p each at Morrisons. Say it with chocolate. Make a heart shaped pizza. 10 gorgeous cocktails you make by The Telegraph. Play some slushy songs.

Over the years, February 14th became more popular and was romanticised by the likes of Chaucer and later Shakespeare. In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared the day St Valentine's Day. There is so much confusion around who St Valentine was that the Catholic Church stopped liturgical veneration of him in 1969, although his name remains on its list of officially recognised saints.

Not such a prude after all: the secrets of Henry VIII’s love life:

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71 Reasons to Visit London in 2016

PostsPosted by Annie Bennett Sun, January 03, 2016 01:43:08
Happy New Year Everybody for 2016. See this video of the London Fireworks 2016 - New Year's Eve Fireworks - BBC One:

As Big Ben strikes midnight, live celebrations from the Thames Embankment with London's spectacular New Year's Eve firework.

71 Reasons to Visit London in 2016

London is a wonderful place to visit. From historic anniversaries to inspiring art exhibitions, nail-biting sport tournaments, and top theatre shows, 2016 in London is packed full of things to do. Get your calendar out and start planning ahead. Breathtaking Free Events in London

1. Welcome 2016 with the New Year’s Day Parade 2016, a colourful parade through Central London, featuring more than 8,000 performers.
2. See London transformed by an array of light installations and 3D projections at Lumiere London,the biggest light festival ever to hit the capital.
3. Join in Chinese New Year’s celebrations in Trafalgar Square and Chinatown. Book a table in one of the best Chinese restaurants in London, and check out our Top 10 Tips For Chinese New Year to make the best of the live performances, fireworks and parades.
4. Join the party as thousands of people take part in the Pride in London festival, a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community across London.
5 Immerse yourself in a sea of colour as the streets of West London come alive for Europe’s biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival.
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6. The 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death is in 2016. The ideal time to visit theGlobe Theatre to see King John, his first history play..........

See this link for the rest of the 71 reasons by Visit London:

There are many things to see and do on your visit to London by RMG also:

Head on over to historic Greenwich for a truly unique day out in gorgeous surroundings. Here's a selection of the best events, exhibitions and attractions at the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House. All our attractions are located within easy walking distance of each other within the Greenwich World Heritage Site. There's lots of fun things to do for the kids too.

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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about King Henry VIII (Year 1491 - 1547)

PostsPosted by Annie Bennett Mon, December 14, 2015 17:55:03

See this link for expanded information on the 5 things you (probably) didn’t know about King Henry VIII (Year 1491 - 1547)):

King Henry VIII is largely remembered as a bully who executed his opponents, oversaw the destruction of religious buildings and works of art, and killed off two of his six wives. But is this image wholly accurate? Here, to mark the launch of our September issue, which includes a feature on the ups and downs of Henry VIII's explosive relationship with his chief adviser, Thomas Cromwell, historian Tracy Borman reveals 5 things you (probably) didn’t know about the former king

5 interesting facts about Henry VIII are:

1) Henry VIII was slim and athletic for most of his life.
2) Henry VIII was a tidy eater.
3) Henry was a bit of a prude.
4) Henry’s chief minister Thomas Cromwell liked to party.
5) Henry VIII sent more men and women to their deaths than any other monarch.

1) Henry VIII was slim and athletic for most of his life

At six feet two inches tall, Henry VIII stood head and shoulders above most of his court. He had an athletic physique and excelled at sports, regularly showing off his prowess in the jousting arena. Having inherited the good looks of his grandfather, Edward IV, in 1515 Henry was described as “the handsomest potentate I have ever set eyes on…” ................

The expanded version of the 5 interesting facts are on the link above and it really is interesting to read so click it now. History of London. Henry VIII's Reign (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. He tortured many people at the London Dungeon which is situated underneath the Tower of London. I have seen the London Dungeon and it is scarey. They say the ghosts of the tortured souls are haunting the dungeon. No security staff stay there at night time because of this. Visit London.

Book a room for yourself, your friends or family to stay at my guesthouse and see the London Dungeon, Tower of London, Mdm Tussauds, London Wheel and many other sights.

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Customers simply pay the once off price for the London Pass of their choice (there are 4 durations to choose from) and then can enter as many of the tourist attractions included on the pass that they wish to, without paying.

Some of the most popular attractions which can be visited free with the London Pass are the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, London Zoo – to name but a few.

The London Pass is an ideal addition to a family holiday, romantic weekend or group trip - in fact, anyone who is travelling to London can enjoy and benefit from the pass. Customer survey results show that over 95% of London Pass users are more than satisfied and would recommend the pass to others. Normal entry fees to these sights are £15 to £25 per person. Click here to buy the: London Pass

London has many amazing sights to see including the New Years Eve Fireworks Ceremony coming up in 2 weeks time. I will not miss that especially the countdown to Year 2016. I am making my New Years Resolution on New Years Eve and the first one for me is to lose weight and get fit and healthy.

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Do you prefer to stay in a guesthouse or bed and breakfast?

PostsPosted by Annie Bennett Wed, December 02, 2015 00:59:45

I have always preferred to stay in a bed and breakfast when I went on holiday whether it was the Isle of Wight or Dubai. It is nicer to stay at a hotel but then this depends on the price. Certain destinations abroad like Egypt, Dubai, India have hotels that cost the same or cheaper than a guesthouse in London. Of course there are hotels that are not affordable but I did stay in a 5 * hotel in Sharm El Shaikh and Cairo and both were very low rates. This is about 10 years ago. London guesthouses and bed and breakfasts vary greatly in room rates. At Rose Guesthouse where I work in London, we do not offer breakfast though from time to time we have provided breakfast. Presently we upgraded the rooms and provide a self catering facility which is the normal electric kettle for tea, toaster, microwave, small fridge/freezer. The microwave we added for the comfort of the guests and at their request. With a guesthouse, a lot of customers would like to have a kitchen facility or at least a room with some catering facility.

Families that have children love to have the catering facility in preference to the bed and breakfast because firstly this keeps the rates low plus it allows families with babies or small children to be able to cater for them using the microwave, kettle and toaster to make milk hot and their breakfast when they decide to get up. Children get up either too early or too late so having a bed and breakfast may not be useful. Children of different ages sitting and eating in a dining room can also be a nightmare especially if you have a small baby who keeps crying and disturbing all the other guests trying to eat their breakfast peacefully.

It all really depends on what a person requires when they go on holiday. Couples may prefer a bed and breakfast but then they can always visit the local low budget restaurants in town that provide a lovely breakfast; bacon, eggs, sausages, beans, garlic mushrooms, toast, tea or coffee for less than £5 each. They get to see the sights of the area at the same time. I would on the one hand love to have breakfast in the bed and breakfast (b and b) I am staying at but then if they do not provide it, the local cafe would be fine as it gets me out of the place and ready for my tourist visit to London. I would not want to spend too much time at the place I stay at but would prefer to spend as much time as possible visiting the sights of London which is what I probably came to see in the first place.

There are other more important things I need when staying somewhere which would be a nice hot shower every day and a nice clean room with a very cosy bed to sleep in and I would need silence at night time as a busy place with noise all night would be terrible. I know some places are like that so I would want to be sure of a nice restful sleep at night time.

It is a simple question, “Do you prefer to stay in a guesthouse or bed and breakfast?” but one that each person that visits a destination needs to ask themselves. Of course if you leave it too late beggars can not be choosers so you get what is available and that may end up being an expensive hotel if you have not booked in advance for a b and b or guesthouse. Cheaper places need to be booked in advance especially for special holidays like New Years Day, children;’s holidays, and the summer period is the busiest time of the year when all the tourists hit London.

There are other cheaper options like hostels but they are usually for the younger generation who enjoy being dumped with a load of strangers from all over the world so they can make some friends while visiting London. it does not suit all young people however and it is a type of person that suits a hostel or lack of money also probably as they really are very cheap starting at £10 per night. Guesthouses and bed and breakfasts start at £40 per night upwards depending on the size of the room and whether it is ensuite or not.

Hostels consist of bunk beds crammed in rooms of 10 or 20 people who don’t know each other. I would hate that though when I was in my teens I would not have minded it so much except I would be worried my things might get stolen while I am asleep. If you sleep soundly even your mobile phone and passport can be stolen from under your pillow. I would be hugging onto these items probably if I stayed at a hostel. Some hostels are mixed and I would not like to share with the opposite sex. If I am visiting with my partner I would prefer a private double room. On the other hand many hostels keep dormitories separate for men and women so if I went with a group of friends that were mixed we would not be together for the holiday except when we would meet up to go out to visit London. It is a matter of choice.

If I could afford it I would rather stay at a hotel but this all depends on my needs or requirements. Some hotels are not that good as they are so busy at night time. They can be noisy with new incoming visitors coming at midnight or thereafter. There can be guests in neighbouring rooms who want to stay awake all night partying in the room or just talking all night. I would hate that and would demand a refund if that happened to me as my sleep is very important. Whether I stay at a hotel, b and b or guesthouse I need to sleep and I believe most guests would agree. There is nothing like having had a bad night not sleeping and then having to get up to a schedule of visiting London but I could not get up till late and the whole schedule got messed up because I did not get my 8 hours minimum sleep and I ended up missing seeing some important sights. With the time beign short if I have only a few days to visit London that could mean I would not get another chance to see those sights.

The bathroom should always be clean. That is another thing I feel. You would be amazed at some places where the bathroom is a mess even in hotels. Coming back to whether I would want a b and b or guesthouse I like to be able to bring food home and put it in the fridge including milk which goes bad so quickly ifleft out especially in the summertime. I cannot live without my daily cups of tea or coffee either morning or evening. I guess I want the same comfort as I would normally have in my own home. After all visiting another country should be like a visit from home to home and that is another reason why I like to stay in a guesthouse or b and b rather than a hotel. It allows me to get the feel of the country and the way the local people live. Guesthouses have the nostalgia of the local way of life. Hotels are the same everywhere but to stay in a guesthouse is like staying in someone’s home where they have allowed you to rent a room in their house.

Many guesthouses have a reception which is open daytime only and closed at night time because it is a large house being used as a guesthouse therefore 24hrs security like a hotel is not required. There is however a telephone number where staff can be contacted in emergency as some staff are living in the guesthouse. It may be locked at night time too for security reasons but that would suit me as I do not intend to come back after midnight especially there are no trains running after midnight in London. I know there are night buses but they take ages unlike the London Underground System which is very fast.

Going to a club I would probably stay out till it closes which is 4am and the trains start at 530am and night buses run all night. Rose guesthouse doors are locked from 1am to 5am but can be left open if the guests ask for this to be done on certain nights. New Years Eve the guesthouse doors are left open all night as guests are visiting to see the New Years fireworks and celebrations at London Embankment and will surely return any time during the night. Trains are running all night of New Years Day.

Rose Guesthouse has a shoes off policy inside the guesthouse and we provide guesthouse slippers to all our guests unless they prefer to bring their own. We like to promote a hygienic environment.

I would prefer to book an ensuite room too if I can afford it but I do not mind sharing a bathroom if it is a lot cheaper and shared by 5 other guests or less. I and my family could manage for the few days we would probably be staying at a guesthouse whether it be in London or abroad.

I conclude and so have many of our guests agreed that staying at a guesthouse is better. It allowed the flexibility to get up and make your own breakfast when you are ready and not have to get up for the strict time when breakfast is served in the tea room. If I can save some money by getting a room without breakfast I would prefer that too. Each customer has their own preferences and must decide what it is more important to them.

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Which is more profitable; renting rooms in a house or renting self contained flats?

PostsPosted by Annie Bennett Wed, December 02, 2015 00:50:01

With the economy of this country in jeopardy with the loss of critical NHS staff , lower number of police officers and high numbers of unemployed people claiming benefits in the UK, the government is correct in encouraging home owners to rent rooms in their homes.

This not only boosts the economy in the long run but allows the home owners who are struggling to pay their mortgages a chance to maintain their repayments. There are also those whose homes are about to be repossessed and this allows these home owners a chance to keep the mortgage payments going and keep their homes. Note that by becoming homeless these same home owners become a burden to society living off the taxes of the working population and a strain to the local borough councils to give them suitable housing.

The government is correct to try to find ways to boost the economy without increasing our taxes or cutting off some of our vital services like the NHS staff as well as the present situation where the government is forcing doctors to work more than the existing 72 hours which I personally think is too much. Most of the general population does not work more than 35 hours and I think it is unacceptable to force our capable doctors to become incapable by making them work long unsuitable hours not allowing them the rest they surely need like the rest of us. This is however a subject for another occasion.

Have a look at this link: I will summarise what is on the link but for those of you who are considering a way to increase their monthly income do click the link for a more in depth summarisation.

See this link which states that UK homeowners are permitted to share their homes with up to 2 lodgers and they will not need planning permission to do this:

As a rule, home owners are permitted to have 2 lodgers provided they are sharing the bathroom and kitchen. Once you have 3 lodgers it will then be considered a HMO- House in Multiple Occupation and requires planning permission. There is a rule that there should be no lock on the lodgers door and that the owner can enter the room from time to time. It has also been mentioned that provided both parties have the keys and the landlord is still permitted to enter the room, this is acceptable. Lodgers get a licence to rent a room in a house in the same way as guests staying at a guesthouse.

Another rule that constitutes the room being for a lodger or guest is that it is cleaned daily, towels and sheets are given, breakfast and perhaps the evening meal also is provided. Landlords living in the same house can give 28 days or less notice to a lodger to leave because it encroaches on the landlord's life if the lodger and the landlords family do not get on for some reason. The law is very much on the side of the home owner in this case and it is much easier to get a lodger out than a tenant.

Tenants in a self contained flat or room in a house can have ASTA - Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement. There is a 6 month clause in a tenancy agreement where the tenant must have stayed in the flat for 6 months before they can be given notice to leave by the landlord. The owner cannot enter the flat at any time without giving 24 hours notice to enter with adequate reason to enter. The tenant must also give permission for this entry. The tenant is normally given one years tenancy agreement in a self contained flat or room in a house.

It can be very difficult to get a tenant out as you need to given Section 21 two months notice to leave form and then if they do not leave apply to the court to evict them and this procedure normally takes 2 more months. It costs approximately £100 to apply to the court to evict the tenant if you pay online and the cost is slightly higher if you do this by post. The tenant will be expected to attend the court on the hearing date to state their case if they have not left already. The judge will decide to allow them to stay longer but the tenant cannot stay indefinitely and the judge may not allow any extra time if the reasons for extension of stay are unacceptable.

The tenant will be required to leave after a short time if the judge considers the eviction legal and acceptable. If the tenant still does not leave by this time, the landlord will have to apply for the court bailiffs to have the tenant evicted. This costs another £100 and a date and time of eviction will be given. Normally the tenants leave by that date but be careful as court bailiffs are not reliable and sometimes do not turn up per their own appointment. It is best to contact them by phone, email or post to ensure they will be turning up to the appt. Errors can of course occur at the court administraton section.

As you can see tenants are good rental income but they can take longer to evict. It is best to keep good relations with the tenants and try to get them to leave amicably. You will save yourself a lot of heartache if you do this. It can be hard when they are a nuisance and spoiling your flat or house that you have rented to them but in the longer run it may save you money which is the aim of renting in the first place. Tenants tend to damage properties in revenge when they are being evicted though all tenants are not bad.

See this link which states that since 25/3/15 UK homeowners are now free to share their homes for up to 90 days (3 months) without a council permit. UK Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said that he updated the outdated rules for the digital age of the 21st century previously faced with nothing but bureaucracy and red tape:

Rooms that are tenanted are difficult to maintain but there is more control when it is just one room in a house than a self contained flat or house where when the tenants stop paying the rent it affects the mortgage repayments and a chance that the owner could lose his (or her) property. Rooms are tedious to rent rather than the whole house but the knack is to get good tenants. Well, you know that is the luck of the draw. You must ensure that you do the usual checks before the tenant moves in; Work acceptance letter, 3 mths payslips, 3 mths bank statements, previous landlords reference, passport, photo driving licence, tenancy application form asking for tenants work details, next of kin details, National Insurance No and nowadays the government requires that by law we must ensure that the tenants have leave of stay in the UK so we need that page in the passport also or a home office letter to prove this. There is a fine of £3000 if a landlord takes in people who do not have leave of stay to live in the UK. See this link from The Daily Mail regarding this:

If you keep the rooms you rent to a high standard you can get more rent and good tenants that want to stay. Ensuring that you have set the rota for cleaning in the house will allow the house to remain argument free and if tenants do not stick to the rota the tenants can always contact you and then you can try to resolve the situation. If not, notice to quit can be a large deterrent to someone who is lazy to clean. There will always be someone who does not want to pull his weight in the house but this can cause a lot of rift in the property. After all, no-one wants to live in a dirty household.

The more rooms you rent in the house the more profit you get. You need to balance the profit with loss when renting rooms or flats or houses. The trouble you get trying to evict a family in a flat or house can cause you to lose a lot of money in loss of rent, court costs, bailiff costs and then eventually maintenance costs as half the tenants that are evicted trash the flat before they leave. This can amount to thousands of pounds before your property is ready to rent to new tenants.

You are losing rent while the building works are being done to make the property ready. With rooms the most a tenant or tenants can do is trash the room. They will not trash the house they are sharing as the other tenants will not allow that and I doubt that tenant or tenants will have the guts to do that to the other tenants living in the same property. The balance still shifts to renting rooms than renting a whole property out. There can be peace of mind in renting out the whole property which is why a lot of people do it that way. Provided they keep visiting the property from time to time and maintaining it accordingly you may be lucky but once a tenant stops paying rent that is when the problems start. Whether they lose their job or lose their benefits, you get nothing. Usually it is where the letting agents or landlord is lazy to visit regularly that tenants will damage the property as no-one is keeping an eye on them. Remember no-one cares the same for a property unless they paid for it. The pain is always felt by the purchaser more than the letting agent who just gets his 15% letting fees. That is no where the mortgage repayments.

I conclude that renting rooms in a house is better than renting out self contained flats for the sake of less stress in general. You need to make your own decision regarding this. Remember that once a tenant moves into your flat or house you lose control of that property. It no longer seems to be yours. The courts support tenants more than landlords. This is how the law is at the moment as they consider the tenant poor and the landlord rich. I think that the courts should think the opposite as I have seen the results of tenants not paying their rent, damaging property, going to court and the landlord being dumped with all the costs and arrears and cost to repair the property.

It can be a very difficult time for the owner. Squatters can also be a problem as you need to get a court warrant to get them out and you have to pay to go to court to do this. Never keep your property empty if you can help it. Sleep there if you can or get a friend or relative or stay there while it is empty. It will cost a lot more to take squatters to court and 2 months before you get your property back.

I bid you adieu now. Good luck in letting out rooms, flats or houses. Whatever you decide to do, ensure you go to check your properties regularly that they are not being trashed or treated badly. Maintenance of gutters, roofs, boilers are some of the most important parts of running a property. I am always interested in what you think so please do write your comments here.

Annie Bennett - Customer Services Manager
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