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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



London by Night: 5 Attractions Best Experienced After Dark

natural-history-museumNo matter what the time of day, the City of London serves up a never-ending feast of must-see attractions, from ancient historical monuments to the very latest in science and technology.

Yet with the days getting ever shorter and the nights drawing in ever more rapidly, those visiting Smart City’s Central London serviced apartments over the next few months will be seeing all that the city in much darker surroundings than those stopping by in the summer.

Not that this is a bad thing. As we’ll explain below, London really comes into its own at night, transforming from a bustling, vibrant city into an area where every building and every street seems to radiate with a certain sense of magic and intrigue.

Coming to visit us in the winter months? Here’s our pick of five incredible attractions which take on a whole new life come nightfall.

Natural History Museum

A 20 minute tube ride from our luxury serviced apartments in Covent Garden, the Natural History Museum is always a fascinating place to visit, packed as it is with award-winning, interactive exhibitions, captivating talks and tours, and unique events. …Read More



Southbank Centre Winter Festival Returns Next Month – Plan Your Visit With Smart City Apartments

southbank-centre-winter-festivalSituated less than ten minutes away from our luxury weekend apartments at London Bridge and Covent Garden, the prestigious Southbank Centre is once again set to host its annual Winter Festival from this November.

Below, our team share the festival highlights they’re most looking forward to this year, and explain why the annual event is one you absolutely can’t afford to miss if you’re visiting our Central London accommodation.

Southbank Winter Festival Starts November 2016

A staple of London’s yuletide events calendar dating back several years, Southbank Winter Festival returns to the riverside from Friday 11th November, running almost every day* up until mid-January.

The festival runs daily from 10am til 11am each morning, closing at 10pm Sunday to Thursday, and at 11pm Fridays and Saturdays. …Read More



Why London Bridge Makes the Perfect Spot for an Autumn Weekend Break

london-bridge-apartmentsPerfectly situated in Weston Street by the bank of the River Thames, our serviced apartments in London Bridge serve as a popular choice for weekend breaks in London right the year round. Yet it’s when the leaves turn golden and the air turns crisp that the area truly comes into its own.

Indeed, whilst Covent Garden may serve as ideal for summer breaks, and whilst Oxford Street is always a hit for those looking to bag a bargain in the winter sales, it’s London Bridge which really represents the capital at its autumnal best.

If you’re planning a weekend city break over the next few months, here’s why London Bridge weekend apartments make the perfect place to stay.

Breathtaking Views

Even compared to the blooming flowers of spring and the bright, blue skies of summer, few seasons transform the landscape quite as beautifully as autumn. It’s a time for deep, rich reds, magnificent golden hues and a magnificent array of yellows, browns, and oranges not seen for the rest of the year. …Read More



Top Five Family-Friendly Halloween Events in London

halloween-2016Thinking of visiting our Central London serviced apartments with the young ones this October? Then we’ve got some good news: There’s a whole host of family-friendly Halloween events going on right across the capital.

From hands-on activities to keep your little horrors happy to some monstrously marvelous theatre, here’s our pick of London’s best Halloween activities, each one serving up plenty of frightful fun for kids and big kids alike.

Halloween Discovery Day

Royal Parks Foundation Education Centre, Hyde Park (Wednesday, October 26th, 11AM – 3pm)

Hyde Park Education Centre’s open days always make an ideal day out for young families, yet the venue have really outdone themselves with this fun-filled day of Halloween activities. …Read More