Top Five Soho Shops You Must Visit When Staying in Oxford Street

Kingly CourtSince we first opened the doors to our serviced apartments on Oxford Street, London several years ago, the stylish, fully furnished two and three bedroom suits have served as the ideal home-away-from-home for those looking to sample the more fashionable areas of the city.

This is certainly thanks in no small part to our apartments’ close proximity to Soho’s most well-known retail outlets, boutique stores, and those little hidden shopping gems offering the kind of unique items you just don’t find anywhere else.

If you’re coming to visit soon, here’s Smart City’s guide to the top five Soho shops you must visit when staying in our Oxford Street serviced apartments.

Kingly Court

Take a stroll from your Smart City Soho apartment over to Carnaby Street, and find yourself delightfully lost among Kingly Court’s three tiers of both modern and vintage shopping …Read More

Five Reasons to Explore London’s Chinatown When Staying in the Capital

Chinatown,_LondonThose of you planning a stay with us at our luxury serviced apartments in Covent Garden likely already know that you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do and places to see when you get here.

From the very best of highbrow culture at the nearby Royal Opera House or Nationally Gallery, or the vibrant, non-stop activity of Leicester Square there really is something to suit all tastes.

Yet no matter what you’re into, if there’s one attraction Smart City’s regular guests tell us you just can’t miss, it’s Chinatown London.

With your Covent Garden serviced apartment right next to Chinatown, it only takes less than a minute walk to be transported away from the hustle and bustle of modern London, into an all new culture entirely …Read More

Five Best Take Out Venues Near Oxford Street

Five GuysWe’ve all been there, haven’t we? It’s the end of a long day of business appointments or simply seeing the sights of London, we’re hungry and we’re well worn out. The last thing we fancy doing is breaking out the pots and pans and cooking up a storm.

Sure, we could get dressed up and head out to one of the many top restaurants around Central London, but we don’t really have the energy for that either. Indeed, all we really want to do is crash and relax.

Thankfully, for guests at our luxury serviced apartments on Oxford Street, help is at hand. Right around the corner, the area boasts some of the tastiest takeaway venues in London.

Feeling peckish after a long day but too tired to cook or go to a restaurant?

Here’s our pick of the five best take out venues near our Oxford Street apartments.

Five Guys – 5-6 Argyll Street

Turn off Great Marlborough Street into Argyll Street and you’ll soon find some of the most delicious burgers …Read More

How to Plan the Perfect Evening’s Entertainment When Staying in Covent Garden

Covent Garden ApartmentsOur luxury serviced apartments in Covent Garden are among the most popular accommodation we offer here at Smart City, and to us, it comes as no surprise.

Conveniently situated only a minute’s walk from the nearest tube station, the apartments make the ideal home base for those on extended business stays, whilst those joining us for a short weekend leisure break have more than enough to keep them entertained, all on their doorstep.

By day, the area is a lively, bustling place, full of vibrant markets, street entertainers and plenty to see and do. As nighttime falls, things may get a little quieter, though for us, the evening is the perfect time to really see Covent Garden at its very best.

So, whether you’re looking to relax and unwind after a long day of conducting business in the capital, or simply to top off an enjoyable day’s sightseeing, here’s Smart City’s guide to planning the perfect evening’s entertainment when staying in your Covent Garden serviced apartment …Read More

What can I expect to find in a serviced apartment block?

Serviced Apartments LondonIt’s all very well checking into a serviced apartment under the promise of a ‘home from home’ experience, but what does that actually mean in practical terms? What should you be expecting as standard for your city break, or longer term let? Will the reality be you wishing you’d bought lots of items from home, or constantly nipping out to purchase things you assumed would be included?

And then there’s the actual fixtures and fittings, and the condition of the block or building itself. Sometimes, self catering can seem like the poor relation of a hotel break and can occasionally conjure up thoughts of past-its-best furnishing in accommodation which bears visible testament to the number of people it’s had through its doors. Not so much on-trend shabby chic, more just shabby! And while you want your stay to have all your creature comforts and feel like a home rather than a sterile, soulless box, you also want to enjoy those touches of luxe living and pristine standards of upkeep and cleanliness reminiscent of a top hotel.

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10 tips for moving into a Serviced Apartment for Extended stays

Smart Locations, Smart Ideas

Serviced Apartments LondonIf you are looking for a 14 night or longer self-catering apartment stay in the heart of London, the Smart City Apartments in City Road or Abchurch Yard (off Cannon Street) are just what you are looking for.

Both properties are located in very convenient areas of London – The Abchurch Yard apartments, off Cannon Street, are within a short walk of Mansion House, the City, London Bridge and the Thames, while the City Road apartments are near toKings Cross and St. Pancras (with Eurostar) and the popularShoreditch, Islington, Angel, and Moorgate areas.

An extended visit to any city is not without the need for serious planning, so to help you out we’ve pulled together our top 10 tips for how to make your move into a Serviced Apartment as smooth as possible. …Read More