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

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

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, the perfect way to spend a winter weekend in London

Hyde Park Winter WonderlandDuring the months of November and December, Hyde Park in Central London receives a winter wonderland makeover, transforming it from a large open green space to one of the biggest and best Christmas extravaganzas in the world. While Winter Wonderland itself is free to browse, many of the biggest and best attractions inside do have a cost attached to them.

Once you are inside the wonderland you will be able to spend many hours without getting bored. Children will enjoy the opportunity to visit Father Christmas in Santa land and to be able to tour his workshop, meet his elves and take a ride on the Santa express. Within Santa land you will find plenty of children’s games and rides as well as somewhere to eat and of course the big man himself!

Outside of Santa land there is the arctic circle to explore which contains events for both children and adults alike. Everyone will enjoy the magical ice kingdom at the centre of the arctic circle, which is a fairytale walk through a world made of real ice and snow. This is the largest snow and ice kingdom of its kind in the UK and will appeal to both young and old visitors. Make sure you …Read More