W1 is a cracking self-store based in the Harley Street Q Park car park, which can be found just off Cavendish Square in Central London. Here is a map to the store.
We will be updating our website shortly but in the interim if you need Central London Storage please get in touch with the team on 08082529252 .
Archive 51st Birthday
Today is Vanguard’s 51st Birthday. Thank you to all our customers and teams for their support.
Here is a picture of our very first office – 211 Warwick Road on the 4th August 1964.
Archive Whitsun Bank Holiday is coming!
With the Whitsun (derived from White Sunday) Bank Holiday coming, we would like to advise our customers that on 25 May 2015 all our sites are open from 10am to 4pm.
As the first holiday of summer, it used to be a week long celebration with lovely parish ale and Kersal Moor turning into a fairground.
Look out for Morris dancers!
Archive Lowry Mill featured on Big Painting Challenge on BBC
After a quiet Christmas and New Year period in self store, January started with a bang at Manchester, with a large number of customers moving in during the first weeks of the new year. Self store is also forging new links with the team at Regus, with a view to bring more business users to the self store facility here at Manchester. Hopefully our positive start will continue through the following months.
Archive Coffee Shop now open at Lowry Mill
If you are coming to see us at Vanguard Self Storage in Swinton why not pop in to Lowry Mill to have a bite at our new coffee shop. We serve a full range of hand crafted coffees alongside a selection of pastries, sandwiches, pizzas and pastas.
Archive Fantastic Welcome
As a new starter i’d like to thank everyone at Vanguard Manchester for making me feel welcome.
Although i started before Christmas i already feel a member of a fantastic team!
Archive New Member of The Vanguard Team
Ian Graham has recently joined the Vanguard self-store team in Manchester. Self-storage is a new career path for Ian who has enjoyed a varied career which includes HM Forces, the Police and working in mental health.
Ian lives with his partner and three children in Radcliffe, his hobbies include playing in a rock band and football. Ian’s allegiances are with United.
Commenting on his new role Ian said, “I’m very pleased to be joining Vanguard Self Storage, I look forward to meeting with our regular customers and to welcoming new customers in the months ahead”.
Archive Londonist Out Loud
Last month, Mac and Will were interviewed by N Quentin Woolf from The Londonist Out Loud. Listen to the podcast here.
N Quentin Woolf is also a novelist, he has just released “the death of the poet” to critical acclaim. Read more on his blog.
Archive Vanguard Helping The Community
We were pleased to assist recently with a donation to a local community group.
Vanguard self-storage were contacted by Denise Valentine of Drugwatch Foundation. The Foundation was asking local businesses to assist them with their fund raising. We were pleased to be able to respond with a gift of soft toys which Denise was very pleased to accept. The toys will be used as raffle prizes.
Detail of the Drugwatch Foundation can be found here:
My name is Jill Boorman and work at Vanguard Self Storage London East and I am taking on the mammoth challenge of completing my first London Marathon on Sunday 24th April.
After months of training runs, I will be among the expected 38,000 nervous and excited runners congregating on Blackheath for the start of this year’s London Marathon, I personally will be extremely nervous.
I have decided to use my place to raise funds for JDRF UK (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), a charity very close to my heart as I am a Type 1 Diabetic. JDRF UK need funds to continue their potentially life changing research into Type 1 (Insulin-Dependent) Diabetes.
As a Type 1 Diabetic training for the London Marathon, the long distance runs involved have proved to be a challenge all of their own at times!
The marathon route will pass directly in front of Vanguard East London’s site at 188 Westferry Road and I will try and give it a nod as I pass by but I suspect that as this is just after the 16 mile mark of the run, I may be otherwise too pre-occupied/exhausted!
Runners must complete the full 26 miles, 385 yards before they run over the finish line at The Mall in Central London and finally lay their hands on their well deserved finisher’s medal.
The First London Marathon
The London Marathon was created after Chris Brasher, a former Olympic Champion, returned home from completing the New York Marathon. He was so moved by the sight of over one million people unified by one major challenge and this made him feel that London had to have its own marathon.
After studying other big city marathons, Chris Brasher established the London Marathon’s charity status. His dream was realised on 29th March 1981 with the first London Marathon and it proved to be an instant success.
If you feel your own legs aren't up to actually running a marathon but you'd still like to be part of the day and show your support, join the crowds to shout encouragement instead. Crowds of spectators line the whole 26.2 mile route but great viewing points can be found at Greenwich, the Isle of Dogs, The Highway, Tower Bridge, Embankment, Westminster and of course, the emotional finish of the Marathon on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
OUR WESTFERRY ROAD DEPOT WILL BE CLOSED ON MARATHON DAY.
GOOD FRIDAY 10.00AM to 4.00PM SATURDAY 09.00AM to 5.30PM EASTER SUNDAY 10.00AM to 4.00PM EASTER MONDAY 10.00AM to 4.00PM
SOME EASTER FACTS
THE NAME EASTER ORIGINATES FROM EASTRE. SHE WAS THE GREAT MOTHER GODDESS OF THE SAXON PEOPLE IN NORTHERN EUROPE.
THE EXCHANGE OF EGGS FOR EASTER DATES BACK TO A SPRINGTIME CUSTOM OLDER THAN EASTER ITSELF IN WHICH EGGS WERE GIVEN AS A SYMBOL OF REBIRTH IN MANY CULTURES.
THE UK'S FIRST EVER CHOCOLATE EGG WAS PRODUCED IN 1873 BY FRY’S OF BRISTOL. HOWEVER FORGET THE CREAMY MILK CHOCOLATE FILLED WITH SWEETS THAT WE KNOW NOW, EARLY EASTER EGGS WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE FROM A GRAINY TEXTURED BITTER DARK CHOCOLATE. THE EGGS WOULD HAVE BEEN EXTRAVAGANTLY DECORATED BY HAND WITH LARGE MARZIPAN FLOWERS AND CHOCOLATE PIPING TO CATER FOR THE VICTORIAN TASTES. THESE EGGS WOULD HAVE ONLY GIVEN BY THE RICH AS EXTRAVAGANT GIFTS.
THE TALLEST CHOCOLATE EASTER EGG EVER MADE WAS IN ITALY IN 2011. IT STOOD AT 10.39 METRES HIGH (34 FT 1.05 IN) AND WEIGHED IN AT 7,200 KG (15,873 LBS 4.48 OZ). THE EGG WAS HEAVIER THAN AN ELEPHANT AND TALLER THAN A GIRAFFE!
80 MILLION CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS ARE SOLD EACH YEAR. THIS ACCOUNTS FOR 10% OF BRITAIN’S ANNUAL SPENDING ON CHOCOLATE.
ENOUGH CADBURY'S CREME EGGS ARE MADE IN BIRMINGHAM EVERY YEAR TO MAKE A PILE TEN TIMES HIGHER THAN MOUNT EVEREST IF YOU PUT THEM ON TOP OF EACH OTHER.
IN MEDIEVAL TIMES, A FESTIVAL OF EGG THROWING WAS HELD IN CHURCHES. THE PRIEST WOULD THROW A HARDBOILED EGG TO ONE OF THE CHOIRBOYS AND IT WOULD THEN BE TOSSED FROM ONE CHOIRBOY TO ANOTHER. WHICHEVER BOY WAS HOLDING THE EGG WHEN THE CLOCK STRUCK 12 WOULD BE DEEMED THE WINNER. ...