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

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

The REAL Rules of the London Underground

London’s underground system can be a real eye-opener for an out-of-towner –station names which give no clue as to their actual location, a map that is not geographically correct, and the universal irateness of the other passengers. Then there’s the code of conduct that seemingly operates among its regular users –and woe betide any one from the sticks not adhering to it!

However, if you REALLY want to endear yourself to your fellow Tube traveller, why not follow our top six rules?

  1. Loiter on the left of the escalators – it gives the people behind you chance to catch their breath while running for the train.
  2. Eat a pungent burger or pastie in the most crowded carriage – all those doing the 5:2 fasting diet will really appreciate remembering what food smells like.
  3. If you have a toddler, let them walk in their cute snails’-pace way down all station steps during rush hour –it will give commuters a lovely ‘awww’ moment to start …Read More