Chauffeur News

Chelsea Flower Show

One of the most talked about events on the horticulture calendar, The Chelsea Flower show, is a stunning five day event full of wonder and stunning arrangements. Such is its popularity that tickets have to be purchased in advanced for entry (which of course, we can help you with).

Visitors to the show are limited to 157,000, the holding capacity of the grounds at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Tickets do typically sell out, so it is important to get your’s early. The first two days are reserved for members of the Royal Horticultural Society, while the other three days are open to the general public.

This year, The Chelsea Flower Show is taking place on the Tuesday the 20th to the Saturday the 24th of May.

This year is billed as the year that the younger generation takes over, with many gardens being created by newcomers who have never exhibited at the great event.

There are also many commemoration displays this year, with the Pavilion exhibit commemorating the outbreak of the First World War, and a garden created specifically for Help for Heroes by Matt Keightley.

Another big name at the garden show is Alan Titchmarsh, designing the RHS Britain in Bloom 50th anniversary garden. This garden is billed to help display and demonstrate how the volunteers of Britain in Bloom help improve the country for everyone by helping to clean up their local area and planting beautiful flower displays.

The other great event happening during the Chelsea Flower Show is an evening of light Opera. This is scheduled to start at 5:30, and includes a glass of champagne to start the toast of what is sure to be another great year and great event for the Royal Horticultural Society.

Although it is possible to get to The Chelsea Flower Show by the Circle and District lines, it is very likely that the underground to the nearest tube station, Solane Square, will be packed. For this reason, we do heavily recommend making alternative travel arrangements. If you would like help with transport, or in getting tickets to this great event, do get in touch with us; we will be happy to help.

Six Nations Rugby

Sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Six Nations is one of the premier events in the rugby calendar. As per its name, six nations compete in this prodigious tournament; France, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.

In 2015, the opening fixture will be between Wales and England on the 6th of February. England are already firm favourites to win with most bookies, having finished second in 2014′s tournament.

There are many trophies up for grabs during Six Nations. The main trophy to win, and the one which all teams have their eyes on, is the Championship Trophy. Made of sterling silver, in 2014 the Championship Trophy went to Ireland, who won against France in the final match, and then won the whole tournament based on point differences.

England, however, can take solace in being the owners of the Triple Crown, a trophy awarded to the home nation team who beats all the other teams of the home nations (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales). This made 2014 the first year where the Triple Crown was won by a team other than the winners of the championship title.

England also had Mike Brown crowned as the player of the year, securing over 34% of a public vote and narrowly beating Brian O’Driscoll of the Ireland team.

It was a big shock to many in the Irish press that O’Discoll was not named player of the year, as 2014 will also be his last Six Nations. The Irish star has decided to retire at the end of the 2014 season.

Each one of the six teams have their own stadium for matches, with England home matches, of course, taking place at Twickenham Stadium. Situated in Richmond upon Thames, the underground is sure to be busy during any match game as England fans travel to be at the heart of the excitement. For peace of mind in knowing that your travel arrangements are perfectly coordinated, we recommend using our chauffeur service. We have experience in escorting
many clients to the grounds and arranging tickets for the day. There is no better way to celebrate another potentially great year for England than by arriving in style.

Royal Ascot 2014

The Royal Ascot is a great horse racing event, attended by Royalty. Taking place six miles away from Windsor Castle, in the scenic town of Ascot, the five day event takes place during the start of summer.

A key feature of the Royal Ascot are the outfits on display. All attendees are encouraged to wear smart clothes, and those in the prominent audience areas of the Grandstand or Royal Enclosure have to adhere to a strict dress code. The fashion of the Royal Ascot is commented on across British media, making this as much as the race.

As well as the wide range of fashion on display, the royal Ascot is, of course, the horse racing itself. Winners will receive a share of considerable prize money, with a total of over 10 million being able to be won by the racers on the day.

During the day itself, another highlight is the royal procession, arriving on horse­drawn carriages to the racecourse from Windsor Castle itself. After a parade around the racecourse, members of the royal family, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, will enter the Royal Box along with other distinguished guests.

Last year, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second also became the first reigning Monarch to own a horse that won the Gold Cup (the main cup of Ladies Day). The horse, Estimate, was trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by jockey Ryan Moore.

This year could be another year in which history takes place. Royal Ascot 2014 takes place between Tuesday 17th of June and Saturday 21st June 2014. It is important to get your tickets early, and to plan your outfit to be a part of the fine tradition of Royal Ascot. Our chauffeurs and office team don’t just assist with travel, but can also help you plan your day and procure the right tickets for you and your family, allowing you to sit back and arrive in style at the most Royal event of the racing calendar.

FA Cup Final

The finals of the FA Cup are true Great British events, with many across the country gathering in their living rooms or local pub to watch the big game. Nothing, however, beats being at Wembley Stadium.

The final this year, for the 133rd season of the tournament, is taking place on the 17th of May, which is a whole week after the Premier League season concludes, meaning the FA Cup will be a stand alone event for the first time in four years.

The FA Cup had 737 entries in 2013, and started on August 17, meaning that the final will be a match that will have been 274 days in the making.

Currently, ticket prices nor sale dates have not been announced for the FA cup final, but we’re keeping an eye out in the office for them. Part of our chauffeur service to you can also be securing your tickets and planning your travel to and from Wembley Stadium in one of our stylish vehicles.

Last year, the final saw the giants Manchester City face off against the underdogs Wigan Athletic. An incredibly tense match was played for over 90 minutes without a goal and then, during stoppage time (the additional time added to an end of a match to account for breaks within the game), Ben Watson of Wigan Athletic scored a daring header goal, allowing Wigan Athletic to win the FA Cup.

Although this win was hailed as one of the greatest events in the FA Cup in recent history, it is fully possible that the next final will also contain another great event to talk about, and there is no better way to enjoy it than by taking advantage of our chauffeur services and booking a stunning car to take you to Wembley Stadium.

Fashion Week

Taking place at Somerset House, London Fashion week is one of the fashion industry’s key events in the calendar. This is an event run by the British Fashion Council, with full backing from the Mayor of London.

Running next to the London Fashion Week is also the London Fashion Weekend. This is an event which is open to the general public, and not just media or those within the fashion trade.

The London Fashion week is a bi­annual event, happening in both February and September, showcasing different season’s fashions each time.

The event for Spring and Summer Fashion is happening between Friday the 12th to Tuesday the 16th of September, 2014. Here many fashion designers will be displaying their new collections for buyers and the media.

To find out what you can expect, you can always take a look back at the Autumn and Winter show which took place between the 14th to the 18th of February 2014. Here, designers and fashion experts included Mulberry, Topshop Unique and Burberry.

It is not just the catwalks that make London Fashion week the occasion to be at. Typically there are also a range of fascinating events. Although the particulars have not yet been announced for the Summer and Spring show, the Autumn and Winter Collections show had drink receptions with top designers, films themed around top fashion, award shows hosted by big names and late night parties with the stars of the Catwalk.

Although almost all of the main events happen within Somerset House, one complication which can arise are the many satellite events that occur during the event. These events tend to be run by other private­funded groups, and take place in venues around central London. One of the easiest way to navigate these events is with a driver who understands London and the London Fashion Week schedule. Our drivers at iChauffeur will be able to recommend the best places to go depending on your particular tastes or needs.

Grand National

One of the biggest events in the race horse calendar, the Grand National is held at Liverpool in England. The beauty of this event is that it is also immensely popular with those who do not typically watch horse racing.

The atmosphere at the event is typically breathtaking, with a variety of outfits and costumes on display. Although watched in homes around the country, there is no substitute for being there. At iChauffeur, we can help you get tickets for the event, as well as chauffeur you and your guests to the racecourse from any pickup destination. We also have a base in Central Manchester for more local chauffeur journeys in and around the Manchester and Liverpool area.

We would be driving you to the Aintree Racecourse. For this event, the track becomes “The National Course”; a unique track which contains two circuits of 16 fences. The race has a distance of four miles, also making it a matter of endurance for the horses.

In 2013, the Grand National was run by Ryan Mania, riding the Irish bred Auroras Encore.

Billed as “The Ultimate Test of Horse and Rider”, the Grand National attracts competitors from across the globe. In previous years, France, the US, and Australia have all had winners at this Great British event.

2013 also saw a monumental year in the Grand National. Due to work by Aintree officials and Animal Welfare Organisations, there were no casualties in the race. Although the Grand National is a race with tradition, this shows it is also not afraid to look towards the future.

In 2014, there will be 40 horses with jockeys competing. This years favourite horse is Teaforthree, who is a part­owned horse between Mike Tindall (former England Rugby Union Captain), team­mate James Simpson­Daniel and Nicky Robinson.

Unfortunately, Auroras Encore will not be participating, having retired in January after the Skybet Chase in Doncaster.

Although tickets can be brought online from the Grand National website, they typically sell out quickly. iChauffeur can also help you with getting tickets for the day as well as making sure that everything is in order. This allows you to enjoy the day without having to worry about transport. With our range of chauffeur cars, you can be assured that you will arrive in comfort and luxury.

Wimbledon

Wimbledon is the prodigious Tennis championship, famous across the world amongst all Tennis enthusiasts.

As the only major still played on grass, many traditions are still seen on match days. Perhaps the most famous is the wearing of all white.

Five events happen during the Wimbledon period; Gentlemen’s Singles, Ladies’ Singles, Gentlemen’s Doubles, Ladies’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles. The Gentlemen’s Singles & the Ladies’ Singles are sometimes considered the main events. All players in these are playing for a chance to win a trophy, usually rewarded by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent. The gentlemen are competing for a chance to win a silver cup. The Ladies are playing for the sterling silver Venus Rosewater Dish. Runner­ups are each awarded an inscribed silver plate.

As well as these coveted trophies, players are also competing for a chance to win a share of prize money, which has increased every year, In 2013, the winner for each main Singles event won £1,600,000,.

Last year was a great year for French player Marion Bartoli, who achieved both her first win at Wimbledon and her first major Singles title; facing off against the German Sabine Katharina Lisicki, who had become the first German player to reach a Singles final since 2003.

Of course, in 2013, the Gentlemen’s winner was Andy Murray, a win celebrated all around the UK. His match against Novak Djokovic became a piece of television history. Over 17.3 Million people tuned into the match on the BBC, the biggest audience for Wimbledon since official records began. In fact, in 2013, this final was the most watched television moment.

Of course, nothing beats being at Wimbledon itself. Tickets have to be applied for by mid December, and are allocated based on a ballot. It is also possible to get tickets if you have been issued a Debenture by the All England Lawn Tennis Ground. If you are buying tickets from another source, it is very important to check that it is one of these Debenture tickets. These are the only tickets that Wimbledon allow to be transferred to third­parties, and to buy one from elsewhere runs the risk of being ejected from audience.

At iChauffeur, we will of course help you get there on time, with our drivers having knowledge of both the best routes to take through London and the time at which you will need to be there at. Also if you are delayed watching a match you will always have your chauffeurs mobile number at hand to let him know about any delays.

London’s Chinese New Year

Worlds Largest Chinese New Year Celebrations outside of Asia

Although this event falls on the 31st, the largest UK celebration of the Chinese New Year happens in London on the 2nd. Organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association, and with support from the Mayor of London and Westminster City Council, this event brings in the New Year of the Horse in great style.

London’s Chinese New Year will see performances from all over the world gather across London. If this video of last years event is anything to go by, this year’s event will be truly amazing.

What’s on at London’s Chinese New Year

Trafalgar Square is the place for the starting parade. At 10am, music, dragons and fire shows will descend on the square.

At noon, it has been confirmed that the Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance is returning. They will be starting the music, acrobatics, martial arts, and magic portion of the Chinese New Year events. Virtually all of these performances are free, meaning that you and your family and friends can have a great day out with money to spare…

…that is, unless you decide to visit the stalls. London’s Chinese New Year offers a stunning range of market stalls, serving delicacies from China as well as beautiful ornaments to buy.

It’s not just Trafalgar Square where all of the activity is happening. Shaftesbury Avenue is also hosting amazing events, from local community groups and schools. A short walk or car ride away, this is the ideal place to go to see the full range of activity that London can do.

The day is to end with a fireworks display, likely at 5.40pm. This fireworks display is sure to be breathtaking, lighting up the skies of London. If you missed the New Years London celebrations, this would be a great chance to see everything that London can do in the skies. This will be a great end to an already amazing day in London.

iChauffeur’s 2014 Range Rover

Range Rover 2014

Why Range Rover?

It’s been a long time coming but finally we are proud to unveil our new fourth-generation Range Rover onto the iChauffeur fleet. So, what kind of people drive Range Rover’s, apart from Chelsea Mummies? Queen Elizabeth, David Beckham, Daniel Craig, Kate Moss, Beyonce and Angelina Jolie to name a few.

Since 1970, when the first generation Range Rover Classic was introduced, it has been recognised by most people as the ultimate in it’s class, within the SUV market. During 2012/13, Jaguar Land Rover reported revenues of $23.8 billion, up 17% year on year, and with the new Range Rover you can see exactly why, as they have got it spot on with this model. It was developed from the ground up and has still managed to keep the innovative spirit and iconic design of the original model. Our customers are going to love this!

Range Rover 2014

Specifications

The 2014 Range Rover is the world’s first SUV with an all-aluminum unibody structure and is the most spacious Range Rover ever produced. It is now much lighter, 700lbs to be precise, and now has Air suspension with Adaptive Dynamics2 damping. One of the many enhancements is the all-terrain performance with fully automatic Land Rover Terrain Response® 2 system2. And what does that mean? It mean’s that the Range Rover glides and handles beautifully, as we discovered floating around in Richmond park, the reduction in body lean when cornering is quite something.

The new 340hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6 replaces the 5.0-liter V8 with much better fuel efficiency and has an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Intelligent Stop/Start system also helps reduce fuel effeciency in certain driving situations. It also has an emergency braking system which is designed to detect traffic ahead and apply braking if needed. For you scuba divers out there the Range Rover offers a maximum water wading depth of 35.4-inches, a 7.8-inch increase over the previous model. The other thing we noticed is how quiet the vehicle is. The aluminum body structure and acoustic lamination of the windshield and side door glass, and new-isolated engine mounts all help reduce noise.

Range Rover interior

Legroom for the Chauffeuring Sector

I am so pleased that the rear legroom in the new Range Rover has been extended to nearly 40-inches, which is a 4.7-inch increase over the previous model, much needed for the chauffeur industry. The Range Rover is a vehicle for those who like to be driven. That should make it as popular with Chinese and Middle Eastern clients as it will be with the Hollywood glitterati.

The British Meridian™ sound system is so much better than the previous model. It offers sweet high-end surround-sound audio. The sumptuous interior is spacious and uses the finest leathers and veneers and the full-size panoramic roof lights up the whole interior space. In cream leather it looks so inviting. So, personally would I prefer to be chauffeured around in a £100,000 Mercedes S-500 or a £100,000 Range Rover? It’s a no-brainer for me, but the industry wants what it wants.

Range Rover Black

2013, a Rolls-Royce of a year

A Grand Year

Phew. We can’t believe it but all good things have to end at some point. 2012 was a spectacular year for iChauffeur and of course Great Britain. A Royal Diamond Jubilee and a truly spellbinding and historic sporting event focused the world’s attention on our Capital city. Engraving the year and the town firmly into the collective consciousness. Surely 2012 will be on our mind’s greatest hits collection. And of course any reminiscing of Twenty Twelve would not be complete with at least a mention of a certain Mr Bradley Wiggins and his grand victories on the continent and on the streets of London. 2012, a grand year to tell the grand children about.

A Great Year

Twenty Twelve marked the 7th year for iChauffeur and our best one to date. No, we probably will not cause any stirrings on the financial markets. Our continuing growth is more organic than that. We like to measure our success using a different metric from most businesses. The quality of our customers is what drives us. It is what helps us attract the best chauffeurs in the business. Last year we were fortunate enough to attract some great new clients, some truly outstanding chauffeurs and also some wonderful new people for our office team. This might not be the success that turns our accountant on but nevertheless our turn over and profit are both climbing nicely, thank you. It is the people we have accrued and retained, both clientele and chauffeurs that make us truly thankful and grateful for 2012.

Ten years of Excellence

Ten years ago, a new era began for one Great British motor car manufacturer. A decade that in many ways could be described as their finest. What makes this chapter even more extraordinary is that the manufacturer is Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Rolls-Royce is known all over the world for excellence. Over a century of mastery has meant that for many of us the phrase ‘Rolls-Royce’ could be used as an adjective for anything of the finest quality.

A decade ago one fortunate customer took delivery of the very first re-imagined Rolls-Royce Phantom cars to be crafted at the companies state of the art manufacturing plant in Goodwood. Then, 400 employees helped produce one car per day. Ten years on, and with the help of an additional 1000 employees they make 20 cars daily. Henry Ford would not have lost any sleep over these figures. He would have sure have appreciated the quality and craftsmanship though.