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Top Five Ways to Enjoy a Quiet, Relaxing New Year’s Eve in Central London

new-years-eveOver the next couple of days, guests will begin arriving at our Central London serviced apartments ready to join the huge crowds at the annual London New Year’s Eve Fireworks event.

For those guests, the occasion serves as a unique opportunity to start 2017 quite literally with a bang, but what if you’re the type who much prefers a more subtle way to celebrate the New Year? Does the big New Year’s fireworks event mean you’ll be forced to deal with swarming crowds and loud noises even if that’s the last thing you’d rather do on December 31st?

Not at all.

The good news, is that there are plenty of ways you can enjoy a quiet, relaxing New Year’s Eve when you stay at our Central London serviced apartments this December. If you can’t think of any yourself, here’s a few of our suggestions.

Dinner at a Top London Restaurant

Whilst some London restaurants are promising a vibrant, party atmosphere on December 31st, that’s exactly the sort of thing you’re hoping to avoid here.

Luckily, a number of fine restaurants close to our luxury apartments in Oxford Street, and other central locations are planning a much more refined and sophisticated affair for New Year’s Eve. …Read More



Top Tips for Planning a Corporate Christmas Party in London this December

corporate-christmas-partyBy the time you sit down to read this, Christmas will be officially less than three weeks away, which means if you haven’t yet planned your corporate party yet, time is seriously running out.

Not that anybody could blame you for not quite getting round to organising your business’s big end-of-year bash. Having talked to a number of guests at our corporate stay apartments in Canary Wharf over the last few weeks, we understand just what a hectic time of year this can be for you and your top executives.

With contracts to finalise, projects to wrap up, and a string of industry events to attend, the supposedly simple task of putting together an event has somehow fallen by wayside.

The good news, is that it’s actually not too late to plan with the perfect Christmas party.

Struggling to get something together at the last minute? Smart City spoke to our Canary Wharf serviced apartment guests and asked what they were doing to get their seasonal celebration sorted before December 25th. …Read More



London’s Famous Winter Ice Rinks Return: Our Pick of the Best Places to Skate Near our London Bridge Luxury Apartments

winter-ice-rinksSince we first opened them several years ago, Smart City’s serviced apartments in London Bridge have gone on to become our most popular location for festive winter breaks in London.

Thanks to their close proximity to world renowned tourist attractions, top restaurants, and to the truly unique seasonal shopping experience provided by the nearby winter markets, these luxury apartments offer our guests just about everything they could need to celebrate Christmas in the capital.

In fact, there’s only one thing missing to really make a winter break in London Bridge complete, and that’s a spot of ice skating.

After all, London is as famous for its winter ice rinks at this time of year as it is for its abundance of historical landmarks and attractions throughout the rest of the calendar. Naturally then, we couldn’t let our guests come by this winter without experiencing the delights of gliding across the ice, surrounded by beautiful scenery, with the smell of hot, delicious food and drink wafting from the nearby pop-up cafes, and the occasional inspiring chorus ringing out from a traditional brass band. …Read More



Top Five Places to Enjoy the Perfect Christmas Lunch in Central London

mabels-londonFrom traditional classics to contemporary cuisine, the restaurants surrounding our Central London serviced apartments always come into their own during the Christmas period. This year is certainly no exception, with a number of top restaurants offering unique festive lunch menus throughout December, and on Christmas Day itself.

If you’re planning to celebrate early as part of your Christmas break in the capital, or if you’re staying with Smart City Apartments on December 25th and are looking to dine out, here’s our guide to the top places to enjoy the perfect Christmas lunch, all within a short distance of our Central London accommodation.

Mabel’s

29-30 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7J

Guests staying with us at our Oxford Street serviced apartments this December are spoiled for choice when it comes to Christmas cuisine.

From traditional festive fayre to dishes that offer something decidedly different, there’s a whole host of restaurants in the surrounding areas that all offer Christmas lunches worth writing home about. …Read More



Everything You Need to Know About Staying at Our Canary Wharf Serviced Apartments for the New Star Wars: Identities Show at London’s 02 Arena

new-star-wars-identitiesGuests staying with us at our Canary Wharf serviced apartments near the 02 Arena shouldn’t be too surprised to see storm troopers, lightsabers, and plenty of Londoners attempting to ‘Use the Force’ over the next couple of months.

Why? Because the world famous arena is currently playing host to a brand new interactive exhibition celebrating all things Star Wars.

Launching this past November, and running right through until late 2017, Star Wars: Identities offers visitors a unique insight into the characters, personalities, and histories of well-known characters like Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia.

For those of you planning to explore this one-of-a-kind exhibition the next time you stay at Smart City Apartments, we’ve put together the following comprehensive guide, containing everything you could ever need to know about staying at our Canary Wharf serviced apartments for the Star Wars: Identities Exhibition at the 02 Arena. …Read More



What You Need to Know About the London Underground Pre-Christmas Tube Strike

london-underground-pre-christmas-tube-strikeDecember, it’s a time when many guests at our Central London serviced apartments join us to indulge in a spot of luxury Christmas shopping, to take in a West End show, or simply to soak up the unique, festive atmosphere that permeates the capital at this time of year.

Yet if you’re planning to do all that over the coming week, there’s something important that you need to be aware of:

Transport for London are planning a pre-Christmas tube strike which could impact your stay with us.

Below, Smart City Apartments outline all the details of the early-December strike, how it might affect your time at our Central London serviced apartments, and what alternatives are available.

When is the Strike Taking Place?

In late November, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union announced that tube drivers will stage a 24-hour walkout from 9.30pm on Tuesday, December 6th, to 9.29pm on Wednesday, December 7th, 2017. …Read More



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