Top Five Restaurants in Canary Wharf for Business Lunches

Cafe BreraFrom a quick catch up with colleagues to prepare for that all-important meeting to lavish banquets to impress those VIP clients, guests at our luxury corporate apartments in Canary Wharf are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing the perfect place to hold a business lunch.

If you’re coming to stay with us on your next business trip and can’t decide where to do lunch, here’s our guide to just five of the very best Canary Wharf restaurants, all offering mouthwatering mid-day menus.

Cafe Brera

Cabot Place, E14 4QT

Better suited for grabbing a quick snack or light bite than for holding a lengthy meeting, Brera makes a great spot for relaxed, informal get-togethers or a quick catch-up with colleagues before that big presentation.

Bringing a touch of timeless Milano style to the heart of Canary Wharf, this is also the only place you need to visit to sample some wonderful Italian coffee in warm, intimate surroundings. …Read More

The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide to Using London’s Public Transport

London’s Public TransportLeave the car at home, and forget all about marching on foot through the busy London streets en route to famous attractions and tourist spots; the only way to really make the most of your visit to London is to use the capital’s world renowned public transport system.

With just about every part of the city and it’s the surrounding areas connected by a series of tube stations, trains, busses and even river boats, you’re never too far away from all the very best that Central London has to offer. This is especially true when you take your next city break with Smart City Apartments, where you’ll find each of our luxury holiday accommodation suites based no more than a few minutes’ walk from your nearest London Underground station.

Yet as easy as it can be to explore the capital using public transport, we understand that it can be a little confusing to those visiting for the first time. To help you get around on your next stay at our Central London serviced apartments, we’ve put together this ultimate visitor’s guide to using the city’s public transport network. …Read More

Top Five London Markets Near Our Spitalfields Serviced Apartments

Old Spitalfields MarketThere are all sorts of reasons why many Smart City’ guests choose to stay at our Spitalfields serviced apartments on their London city break.

For some, it’s our close proximity to top tourist attractions. For others, it’s for the opportunity to sample London’s leading restaurants and entertainment venues in the Square Mile. For others still, it’s to sample some fine art, culture, and music at the nearby Barbican Centre.

Yet let’s face it, no matter what the reason for booking a London break in Spitalfields, no visit is quite complete without a visit to the area’s famous markets.

Planning to check out the sights and delights of a one-of-a-kind market shopping trip the next time you come to stay with us? Here’s Smart City’s guide to the top five markets based near our serviced apartments on Widegate Street.

Old Spitalfields Market,

109 Commercial St, E1 6BG

Let’s start with the main attraction of any shopping trip to Spitalfields.

Situated just a four minute walk from our luxury London apartments, Old Spitalfields Market boasts an ever-changing array of unique goods, fresh food, and handmade gifts, with something different to offer on each day of the week …Read More

Five Must-See Theatre Shows in Covent Garden This August

Romeo-And-JulietOne of the most vibrant and beautiful parts of the capital, Covent Garden has long been a popular destination for London theatre breaks. No wonder, with so many top productions running in theatres just a few minutes walk from our Covent Garden holiday apartments, there’s really no better place in London for seeing the biggest stars and most captivating shows.

If you’re visiting us this August, here’s our guide to the five must-see theatre shows you absolutely must see before you leave.

Romeo and Juliet

Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH (Runs until August 16th)

For fans of the classics, booking a London city break this August will be your last chance to see Shakespeare’s most famous tale at the Garrick Theatre, a five minute walk from our Covent Garden weekend apartments.

Adapted for the stage by acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh, Romeo and Juliet features Lily James and Game of Thrones star Richard Madden as the tragic lovers, with legendary stage performer Sir Derek Jacobi earning rave reviews …Read More

Top Five Can’t Miss Summer Events in London

Southbank Festival of LoveOne of the many wonderful things about Central London, is that, no matter what time of year you visit, there’s never any shortage of things to do and places to see.

That being said, it’s when the summer months roll around that the Capital really comes alive with a packed programme, full of unmissable events and world renowned attractions.

With just a few short weeks to go before the long, hot days of August fade away for another year, here’s our guide to the top five events you absolutely can’t afford to miss when you visit Smart City’s Central London serviced apartments this summer.

Southbank Festival of Love

Daily throughout August

A short tube stop from our luxury serviced apartments in Covent Garden and Soho, London’s famous Southbank Centre play host to the Festival of Love, a summer-themed season of shows, exhibitions and activities. …Read More

Where to Watch the Summer Olympics in Central London

2016-Summer-Olympics-roi-brazilIt seems like just days ago that the team here at Smart City finished celebrating the best in top flight football at Euro 2016, but already we’re gearing up for another wave of sporting fever that’s soon set to hit Central London.

Launching with all the usual fanfare on Friday, August 5th, the 2016 Summer Olympics emanate from Rio de Janeiro throughout the month, with every race, match, and competition being broadcast live here in the capital.

Sure, every one of our Central London serviced apartments comes with its own LCD TV where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy all the action from the comfort of your own luxury holiday accommodation. Yet for most people, there’s really no better way to experience the games than being out in the open with fellow sports fans.

That’s why we’ve put together this complete guide to the top places in Central London where you can watch the 2016 Summer Olympics this August.

London Bridge Summer Festival

London Bridge, SE1 2DB

Just a couple of minutes away from our serviced holiday apartments near London Bridge Station, this enormous free festival boasts its own Official Team Great Britain Fan Zone. …Read More

Why an Oxford Street Weekend Apartment Makes the Ideal Base for Your Trip to the Summer Sales in London

Summer SalesAs regular readers of the Smart City blog will know, shopping season is well and truly en vogue here in Central London right now. Just recently, many of the capital’s biggest fashion outlets, department stores, and unique boutique stores cut their usual prices by as much as 70%.

So, if you’ve been thinking of taking that luxury London shopping trip this year, there’s never been a better time to do it than right now at the height of the summer sales.

This of course, will mean booking somewhere to stay. Somewhere you can enjoy a peaceful nights sleep before hitting the sales. Somewhere you can truly relax and unwind as you go through your haul at the end of the day. Somewhere, for example, like our Oxford Street weekend apartments in soho.

Still looking for quality accommodation for your shopping trip? Here’s just a few reasons why our Oxford Street apartments make the ideal base for your visit to the summer sales in London …Read More

Three Reasons Why You Need to Visit London This July

Buckingham PalaceIt’s all happening in London this July. From bagging a bargain in the summer sales to catching all the action of world class tennis at Wimbledon, we’ll be looking in-depth at many of the major events taking place around the capital this month here on the Smart City blog.

Yet with so much going on, it’s been impossible to cover everything. At least, it has been until now.

If you haven’t been convinced to make a visit to London by the top flight sport, the luxury shopping, or by the host of internationally acclaimed artists performing at the city’s numerous summer music festivals, we’ve rounded up some of the month’s other big highlights, all making for three very compelling reasons why you should visit London this July.

Buckingham Palace Opens to the Public

For the first time in 2016, the iconic Buckingham Palace invites members of the public to step inside its hallowed grounds for a rare insight into one of the famous buildings anywhere in the world. …Read More

How to Shop like the Royal Family – Places to Visit in and Around Central London

Partridges Of Sloane SquareDid you know that you don’t have to be a king or queen to shop like Britain’s Royal Family? Right across Central London, a number of prestigious stores close to our luxury serviced apartments are holders of Royal Warrants, meaning they supply everything from food and drink to household goods to Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales.

Whether you’re staying with Smart City Apartments as part of a luxury shopping trip or a once-in-a-lifetime royal sightseeing tour of the capital, here’s our guide to just some of the places in and around Central London where you can pick up the exact same goods, gifts, and gourmet treats as the Royal Family.

Partridges Of Sloane Square

2-5 Duke Of York Square, Chelsea, SW3 4LY

Planning on using the fully fitted kitchen in your Central London holiday apartment to cook up a feast fit for a king? Partridges of Sloane Square is the place to go. …Read More

Things Every Harry Potter Fan Must Check out on a Magical Weekend in London

Harry-Potter-and-the-Cursed-ChildSomething magical is happening right on our doorstep, and for Harry Potter fans planning the ultimate weekend break in London, that something is perhaps the most important event to hit the capital in several years.

What is it? Why, only the first official sequel to J.K Rowling’s smash hit series since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Written by Rowling herself, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a brand new, two-part theatre production hosted by the Palace Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, a stone’s throw from our luxury London weekend apartments in Oxford Street, Soho.

The play sees Jamie Parker in the lead role as the world’s most famous wizard -now an adult with a wife, three-kids, and demanding job- and has already been earning rave reviews since its opening night this past June. …Read More