An iconic city, London’s city centre is the host to a range of serviced apartments that offer privacy, space and homely comforts to ensure your stay is perfect. For short and long stays, our furnished apartments are a fantastic alternative to hotels. The city of London is the primary central business district and contains the historic centre of the popular city. Those that stay here are mainly business travellers that are looking to be near the office or leisure travellers wanting to be in the heart of it all without having to travel far. But regardless of the reasons for being here, they will all need somewhere to stay and that’s where our portfolio of serviced apartments in the City of London come into it. Each one of our serviced apartments is the perfect base to enjoy the centre of the city.
Those looking to book accommodation in the City of London should choose the following:
All of our City of London holiday apartments deliver bespoke and luxury amenities that make any short or long term stay relaxing and comfortable for all guests, like a fully equipped kitchen for home cooking in the evening, a flat-screen TV to catch up on all the latest hits, stylish furnishing to fall into after a long day and cosy bedding that will leave any guest recharged for the next day.
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A historic financial district, City of London is where the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange call home. These mighty giants of commerce and economic health are the centre points of the district while the likes of Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London highlight its long history. Meanwhile, modern corporate skyscrapers tower above the medieval alleyways below and affluent workers frequent the array of restaurants and bars dotted throughout. Modern attractions in the area like the Museum of London and the Barbican Arts Centre bring in the tourists every day.
As above, the district is not just the pulse of stocks, dividends and interest rates. It is also an area of astonishing historical landmarks and unmatched culture. Being what most would call “London” from its very foundation in Roman times, it is the main hub of where business and culture come from. Referred to often as “the City” or “the Square Mile”, it has played its role throughout London’s history and funnily enough is a separate county in itself. It is not governed by the Mayor of London and instead is governed by The Lord Mayor of the City of London within the City of London Corporation - the municipal governing body.
As a whole, it blends the best of both worlds of business and leisure as its plethora of sights and amenities are exactly what both parties are looking for; corporate headquarters, historical landmarks, top restaurants and the superior Thames views.
City of London encompasses all the most important sites that have graced the metropolis for millennia. Because of its central point in the history books, it has seen foundation by the Romans to the plight of the English Civil War, destruction in the Great Fire of London and WWII, and weathered the financial crisis of 2008 and beyond.
London’s history veins four years after Roman Emperor Claudius invaded Britain. Londinium as it was then called, was founded as a civilian town on the narrow point of the river. This ensured a strategic location for battles and easy access to trade with the rest of Europe.
With the decline of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and it’s withdrawal from Britain, the city itself followed likewise. But with the arrival of the Saxons, it rose back to its position of dominance - before being sacked by Vikings and weathering more upheavals with royal lineage and more.
When the Normans invaded Britain in 1066, they would radically change London with the additions of the Tower of London as well as the first incarnation of London Bridge. Succeeding centuries would bring the Black Death and the Peasants Revolt, War of the Roses, the Tudors, the English Civil Wars and the execution of Charles I.
Theatre and literature became part of the city’s appeal thanks to the likes of Samuel Pepys and William Shakespeare, with Charles Dickens following in their footsteps many years later by lending the city a new image that was as grotesque as it was spirited. At the height of the British Empire, this very point of London is where ¼ of the globe was ruled and was the place where many would measure the temperature of the global economy.
More recently, City of London has been shaped by WWII as well as the move from manufacturing to a service-based economy that has enabled it to thrive in finance and business transactions even more. Today, it is still recognised as one of the key centres of the global economy, alongside its American cousin the Financial District in New York.
As to be expected from the centre of business and finance, City of London has business travellers in mind. With estimates of over 1 million workers in this district alone, it is not surprising to see that business and finance are always part of the daily chatter. In fact, about ¾ of the jobs in City of London are in the financial, professional, and associated business services sectors. So, therefore it has to cater accordingly to eager corporate travellers and workers.
Robust London Underground connections via Bank, Liverpool Street and Aldgate ensure speedy commutes and ease of access to corporate hangouts in the Sky Garden, The Gherkin and others. Most business workers can be seen heading to and fro readily throughout the day as they head to meetings or to report back to their headquarters on business developments abroad. At the end of the day, they can all be seen drinking at the local pubs and bars, talking about their big deals or just talking about the big game last night.
As a financial hub, it has major global companies based here that have set up headquarters. These include Aviva, BT Group, Lloyds Banking Group, Old Mutual, Prudential, Schroders, Standard Chartered, and Unilever.
Then there are our corporate apartments that add their own bit to the business life. Each one is furnished with all the amenities that the modern business traveller needs to relax and even work remotely from their spacious serviced apartment if needs be.
The busy streets of the area may not look like the ideal place to stay, but trust us they are. With apartments in some unique buildings that have spectacular views, enjoying this area is easy with such great views and amenities to wake up to every day. But that’s not all guests have to look forward to.
Business travellers, for example, can stay near the Bank of England or the London Stock Exchange, while leisure travellers stay can near St Paul’s Cathedral - giving ample convenience for every type of traveller. Close to attractions, down busy streets or tucked away from the noise, there are plenty of places to book that will leave any corporate trip or exciting adventure fulfilled.
All that travellers have to do to enjoy any short or long stay in the City of London is to stay in TheSqua.re’s serviced apartments.
The City of London is the top area for business travellers, and as such, the top facts are all business-related. Given that this is the home of the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange, this is hardly surprising.
Below are 10 facts that guests should know before they arrive:
When guests have settled into their serviced apartment, they can then think about what to do next. The City of London might look more business-oriented than other parts of the city, but there are more attractions here than what most would think possible. The Q&A below can point new travellers in the right direction:
Q.1 What are the most popular things to do in the City of London?
Some of the most popular things to do in the City of London are:
Q.2 What is the best way to spend a day in the City of London?
Here’s how you should spend a day in the City of London:
With the City of London being an essential neighbourhood of business, there are naturally going to be the likes of the Bank of England and The Gherkin. However, guests can also find cultural attractions here as well that can help them to pass the time and really understand the diverse and essential character of London.
Here are a few:
There are many restaurants to eat in here. With business leaders and top players settling deals over dinner every day, there is naturally going to be a diverse and varied selection that are highly-priced but also fair (depending on the needs of the restaurant). The below can help guests out if they are a little confused about where to go for a bite.
Q.1 What are the best restaurants in the City of London?
The 10 best restaurants in the City of London are:
Q.2 What is the City of London’s cheaper dining options?
Those looking for cheaper places to eat in the City of London should go to:
A business centre it may be but there are still places to shop in the area. From independent boutique stores to a few scattered shopping centres, there’s something for everyone here. Some of the shopping highlights include:
Getting around London is easy. With the likes of the London Underground, London Overground, DLR and TfL Rail services, exploring the city and its surrounding couldn’t be more convenient.
With the City of London, there are substantial connections that will get travellers all across the city, with some stations having access to multiple lines and networks, like:
Travelling around London though isn’t free. An oyster card is the best bet; all visitors need to do is touch in and out at the start and end of their journey. But to get the most out of London, it’s best to at least get a Zone 1-2 card even though the City of London is in Zone 1:
Plus, with TheSqua.re’s The city of London serviced apartments, guests are assured and delivered a central location that gives them easy access to the London Underground.
The weather in the area is much like the rest of London, which is also like the rest of the UK; in short, it can be difficult to predict. London is known for its cold winters (where temperatures fall below freezing), but also for its hot summers where temperatures can reach average highs of 24 degrees (or 35 degrees, like in 2020). But it’s fair to say that British summers are notoriously unpredictable, so wet-weather clothing is essential at any time of the year. The month of September is often a good time to visit as well, as the temperature is usually still warm, whilst being a little cooler than August in the evenings, making for a more comfortable stay.
So, overall, whether a guest is in the City of London for business or leisure, the weather will hold many surprises for them.
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