London’s Secret Spaces – Five Hidden Places You Must Track Down on Your Next Visit

st-dunstan-in-the-east-church-gardenJust when you thought you’d seen everything there is to see on your visit to our Central London serviced apartments, the city reveals yet more of its hitherto well-hidden secrets.

From exclusive, hard-to-find contemporary art galleries, to beautiful open spaces serving as a spot of serenity in an otherwise bustling capital city, here’s Smart City Apartments guide to the five hidden places in London you must track down on your next visit.

St Dunstan in the East Church Garden

St Dunstan’s Hill, London, EC3R 5DD

A haven of tranquility hidden away just over five minutes’ walk from our luxury serviced apartments in Cannon Street, St Dunstan’s garden is well worth a visit for the architecture and flora alone.

Resplendent in an otherworldly gothic style, the gardens of this former church offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of busy, modern London, making it the ideal place to escape …Read More

Disney Blockbuster Frozen Comes to London O2 Arena – Witness the Magic with Luxury Accommodation in Canary Wharf

disney-blockbuster-frozenSomething magical is happening in London this December, and at Smart City Apartments, we’re now offering you the chance to witness it all up close and personal with special limited-time offers on our luxury accommodation in Canary Wharf.

Frozen at the 02 Arena

From Wednesday, December 21st to Friday, December 30th, Disney On Ice brings the Oscar winning story of Frozen to the 02 Arena, less than 20 minutes across the River Thames from our Canary Wharf serviced apartments.

A runaway success when it first hit cinema screens in 2013, the blockbuster animated adventure went on to become as famous for its record-breaking soundtrack (we know some people who still aren’t tired of Let it Go yet!) as it did for the antics of Olaf the Snowman (Josh Gad), Elsa the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel) and Princess Anna (Kristen Bell).

Now, the characters we’ve all come to know and love from the hit Disney musical are getting ready to hit the ice in what is set to serve as the perfect family show this Christmas time. …Read More

Why A London Bridge Serviced Apartment is Ideal for New Year’s Eve Celebrations in London

nye-london-bridgeNew Year’s Eve is always a magical time in London. It’s a time when friends, family, and loved ones come together to see out the year that was, and welcome in a whole new one in true grand style. Yet here at Smart City’s London Bridge serviced apartments, we believe we’re looking forward to December 31st more than most this year. Why? Read on to find out…

Earlier this month, we told you about many of the exciting events taking place in London as we bid farewell to 2016 and herald the arrival of a prosperous 2017. From the huge Mayor of London fireworks display setting the skies over the iconic River Thames ablaze with colour, to the thousands of revellers who will be descending upon the streets of London for the capital’s annual New Year’s Day Parade, there’s no shortage of unique ways to celebrate New Year in London.

Nor is there a shortage of options when it comes to choosing the perfect luxury accommodation to really make your visit to the city truly special. Though many of our weekend apartments in Central London locations like London Bridge, Covent Garden, Soho, and Spitalfields are fast becoming fully booked, we do still have some availability for December …Read More

Top 5 New Travel Apps to Make the Most of Your Weekend Break in London

top-5-new-travel-appsRegular visitors to our Central London serviced apartments may already be familiar with a number of leading apps designed to help you make the most of your time in the capital. From booking a table at a top restaurant to navigating the often confusing world of the Underground network, as the saying goes, there’s an app for that.

Yet whilst you’ve been busy launching that trusty London tube map on your Iphone, or securing your seat at an exclusive eatery using a service like TopTable, app makers have continued to up their game, releasing a plethora of ingenious ideas to help both tourists and business travellers alike make the most of their time in the city.

Below, Smart City Apartments pick out just give of the best new travel apps released for iPhone, Android, and Windows smartphones, all available to download in time for your next weekend break at our Central London serviced apartments.

Cities Talking

Regular London visitors are likely already familiar with the numerous walking tours taking place throughout the city. We’ve even covered several of them in the past here on the Smart City Apartments blog. …Read More

Five Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Your London Sightseeing Pass

london-passRegular guests at our luxury self-catering apartments in Covent Garden, Soho, and other prime city centre locations may already be well familiar with the London Sightseeing Pass; a low cost way to visit over 60 of the capital’s most iconic attractions and landmarks.

You may already know that you can use the London Pass to gain free entry to places like Windsor Castle, London Zoo, and Monument, and to jump the queue at The British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern. However, did you know that you can also use it to save money on travel, cinema, shopping, and more?

Whether you’re in the early stages of planning your next London sightseeing vacation and researching your London , or you’ve already ordered your pass ready for when you arrive at our Central London serviced apartments in the next few weeks, here’s five things you didn’t know you could do with the London Sightseeing Pass.

Watch the Latest Blockbuster Movies for Free

You may know that you can use your London Pass to pose with Hollywood A-Listers in wax work form at the famous Madame Tussauds, but did you know you can see them up on the big screen …Read More

Canary Wharf, Covent Garden or Cannon Street? Which of Our Central London Serviced Apartments Are Best Suited for Your Stay?

serviced-apartmentYou may have discovered Smart City Apartments after a friend recommended us, after reading our glowing reviews on TripAdvisor, or simply by pure chance. However you got here, you’ve already decided that our Central London serviced apartments are perfect for your next stay in the capital, offering as they do the ideal combination of timeless style, modern amenities, and exceptional prices.

What you may not have decided yet, is just which of our seven prime locations to book at. Do you go for our luxurious executive apartments in Canary Wharf, our top quality self-catering accommodation in Covent Garden, or one of our elite one and two bedroom suites in easily accessible areas such as Cannon Street, City Road, or Spitalfields.

To decide, you could go through our website and read up on the benefits of each individual location, or you could call 020 7952 6088 and discuss your visit with a member of our team, who will be happy to recommend the ideal Central London location to suit your itinerary.

Alternatively, to make things even easier for you, you could simply read the following brief guide, where we offer our suggestions on which of our Central London serviced apartments are best suited for your next stay. …Read More

Start Planning Your New Year’s Celebrations Now with Smart City’s Luxury Holiday Apartments in Central London

new-years-eve-fireworksNow that Bonfire Night is over and done with, we’re officially less than 60 days away from the end of 2016. So, if you’re in the midst of planning your big New Year’s Eve celebrations, there’s no better time than right now to secure your luxury holiday apartment in Central London, ready for the biggest party of the year.

Based in no less than seven prime locations across the capital, a stay at Smart CIty Apartments means you’re never far away from some of the city’s most hotly anticipated end-of-year events.

Perhaps more importantly, it means no long, expensive Uber rides back home after the last tune fades out, the dancefloor clears, and all you really want is to collapse into a comfortable bed, hoping to stave off that inevitable morning-after-the-night-before feeling.

Serviced Apartments in London Bridge and Covent Garden for the Official London New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Speaking of hotly anticipated events, they don’t come much bigger, brighter, and bolder than the Mayor of London’s official New Year’s Eve fireworks display, where the skies over the iconic River Thames come alive in a dazzling display …Read More

Your Guide to the Top Festive Fairs in London this November / December

christmas-in-leicester-square-guideThe winter months are with us again, and here at Smart City’s Central London serviced apartments, we’re looking forward to welcoming guests for a whole season of yuletide fun.

From top entertainment, traditional Christmas markets, and family-friendly attractions, London’s numerous festive fairs really do offer something for everyone, whether it’s the chance to bag a unique gift as part of a London Christmas shopping trip, or simply taking the kids along to meet Father Christmas.

Below, the Smart City Apartments team offer up our pick of the capital’s top festive fairs taking place this November and December, all within reach from our luxury serviced apartments in London Bridge, Covent Garden, and other prime, city-centre locations.

Christmas in Leicester Square guide

Leicester Square, Central London (Friday, November 11th 2016 to Sunday, January 8th 2017)

New for 2016, London’s latest Christmas extravaganza is less than ten minutes’ walk from our Covent Garden serviced apartments, and easily reached via any of our other locations by catching the tube to either Leicester Square …Read More

What You Need to Know About Remembrance Sunday in London

remembrance-sunday-in-londonEach year, people throughout London and the UK pay tribute the men and women who served in the two world wars and later conflicts as part of Remembrance Sunday events.

With the day less than a week away, the team here at Smart City’s serviced apartments in Central London have compiled the following guide for our guests on where, when, and why, to honour Remembrance Sunday here in Britain’s capital.

What is Remembrance Sunday?

Commemorated each year on the Sunday closest to November 11th, Remembrance Sunday is a day held to remember those who lost their lives in both World Wars, as well as those who have died whilst serving in conflicts across the globe ever since.

Numerous events take place on the day, and in the days leading up to the event, the majority of which are within walking distance of our Central London serviced apartments.

Why November 11th?

Better known as Armistice Day, November 11th marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, when allied troops signed the armistice with Germany to bring fighting to an end. …Read More

Why Canary Wharf Executive Apartments Are the Perfect Place to Work, Rest, and Play

canary-wharf-apartmentsSince we first opened them earlier this year, our Canary Wharf executive apartments have proven to be a big hit with our corporate guests thanks to their ideal location in the heart of London’s thriving commercial and financial district.

Situated in Lanterns Court, mere minutes from major venues such as One Canada Square, One Churchill Place (home to the global headquarters of Barclays), and a slew of others, our accommodation in Canary Wharf is a short walk away from Westferry Docklands Light Railway Station, meaning you’re always well connected, no matter whereabouts in the capital your business travels take you.

Staying in Lanterns Court also means having top hot-desking locations, business facilities, and free WiFi spots on your doorstep, perfect for getting those mission-critical tasks completed whilst on the go.

Whilst this is undoubtedly good news for those business travellers who need to get a lot done in a short space of time on their visit to London, those of you planning a long-term stay in our Canary Wharf executive apartments need a little more than just quick and convenient access to your work. …Read More