Situated in the heart of London, Farringdon serviced apartments are the ideal place to stay in London if you are looking for short or long term accommodation. An excellent alternative to hotels, serviced apartments offer ample space, a fully equipped kitchen, stylish interiors and comfortable living space. Farringdon is located in one of the most prominent parts of London but that doesn’t give the full picture as to just how central and well located it actually is. It is partly located within the City of London and working within walking distance of an apartment becomes a real possibility.
It can be found in between the St Paul’s area of London and the Barbican. The best way to get around is by foot, as with anywhere in London as there’s always something to miss. But there are excellent transport links by rail, tube and bus on offer too.
The informal area of Farringdon can’t be quantified. Colloquially people generally refer to the area around Farringdon Station as ‘Farringdon’, but this is further north than the official place.
Farringdon is a busy weekday spot. It’s the home of plenty of offices and therefore plenty of commuters head here from Monday to Friday. As expected these are also well catered for in terms of entertainment with bars and restaurants aplenty. However, at the weekends this part of the city becomes a quiet and tranquil place.
The best way to experience it is by staying in serviced apartments in Farringdon such as those offered by TheSqua.re. Here are some examples:
These properties offer comforts that can only usually be found at home, coupled with luxuries that one would expect from a hotel. Wi-Fi is standard and included in the price, as is air conditioning and a flat screen TV. Other amenities may also be available. These include things such as gym access, a reception desk or a concierge.
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In terms of corporate accommodation there aren’t many better locations than Farringdon, especially for people who are looking to work in the City of London. It is literally a walk away. In fact, Farringdon is also home to many companies and offices itself.
For people that aren’t working in the City of London area, it is still ideally located thanks to the transport links available. The station at Farringdon gives numerous options, but the majority of London’s tube lines are within walking distance too.
There is another advantage for corporate travellers staying in Farringdon for the longer term. At the weekends it turns into a ghost town! All the hullabaloo of the working week has disappeared along with the people and sitting back and relaxing in the apartment, or finding a green space to stretch one’s legs in relative privacy is a valid option.
At first glance, Farringdon might not seem like the right option for people travelling to London on holiday, due to the fact that it is a very corporate area. However, there are lots of reasons why it is actually a fantastic option.
It’s well connected for a start. Staying in such close proximity to Central London means that all of the major sights are minutes rather than hours away.
Serviced apartments in Farringdon offer a great starting point for a day’s sightseeing. Not only is it well placed as a base from which all of London’s most obvious attractions can be easily ticked off. It also has a rich history itself, with plenty to see and do in the immediate vicinity.
Farringdon itself is not a huge place though it might surprise many in that it is in fact split into two areas. These two areas are difficult to see in modern times as they are split by the London Wall which was built in London times.
These areas are denoted by the names Farringdon Within and Farringdon Without. They do refer to the part of Farringdon within the London Wall and the part of Farringdon outside it. But these wards weren’t designated until 1394. A long time after the Romans left Britain.
After a boundary change in 2003, Farringdon Within isn’t actually entirely within the boundaries of the wall either!
Farringdon is an old part of London, as can be seen from the Roman Wall that runs through it, effectively splitting it into the two wards that exist today. As such it has a decent history, and many interesting things to learn about it. Here are some to consider:
There is a big discrepancy between buying a property and renting one in the area. People looking to purchase can expect prices that are around 33% higher than anywhere else in London.
However, people looking to rent can expect monthly charges that are around 25% cheaper, when compared to the same areas.
A serviced apartment Farringdon is still a very attractive choice for people staying in the medium or long term considering the hassle and cost that a short term contract for a traditional rental property could entail.
With a combined population of 1,375 at the last consensus, the amount of people who call Farringdon a home is pretty small and the price of the property is definitely a factor.
As a location in Central London the overall cost of living has to be considered expensive, but the central location itself also has to be thought about. There’s a possibility of having no transport costs which can be significant in London.
Farringdon is full of furniture shops so decorating for people who have purchased property is not a problem. These furniture shops are seriously high end outlets but this probably doesn’t matter for anyone who can afford property in the area.
Bargains are possible in Farringdon when it comes to general shopping, but these have to be carefully sought out.
The accommodation is generally of a high standard. Modern apartments alongside trendy converted loft spaces are the preference of the young professionals here.
Farringdon offers a central location, close to the central business district but with the rest of the capital easily accessible.
It’s quiet on weekends, which can either be a good or a bad thing depending on who’s visiting, but a good time is certainly never far away. Here are a few tips as to how to make the most of a visit to Farringdon:
Owing to its central location, it’s safe to say that wherever people want to be in London they can get there pretty easily from Farringdon.
Q. What are the most popular landmarks in Farringdon?
Although there’s plenty see all around London, sometimes it’s nice to stay close to home.
Q. What are some free things to do in Farringdon?
London may be expensive but it’s also not too difficult to find something a little cheaper, or even free to do. The things listed above can all be free unless things are purchased. Hatton Garden is a good example where browsing can be free, but the alternative can be incredibly expensive. Other free things to check out include:
Q. Are there many excursions to be had from Farringdon?
Due to its location the list is pretty endless. If there’s something going on in London an excursion can be taken to it. There are plenty of tube stations within walking distance providing a huge number of lines with a huge number of options. The railway station provides a route outside of London for other excursions and bus routes fill in everything in between.
Q. What are the most family-friendly things to do in Farringdon?
At first glance, Farringdon is not a place for families. It’s very corporate and filled with young professionals scurrying about to, from or for work. This is, however, a misconception. There’s plenty of options for families around the area, most of which are just a stone’s throw away.
These are all family friendly places providing fascinating entertainment for kids and adults alike, as well as seasonal offerings at different times of the year. The ice skating at Somerset House in winter is a good example of this.
The location of Farringdon gives visitors plenty of options when it comes to going out in the daytime or evenings. Here’s a few places to try.
Catering for the workers of the City, Farringdon has quite a large and varied selection of eateries. From top of the range fine dining to take clients along to or just somewhere to grab a wrap at lunchtime, there’s something to suit all tastes. Here’s a selection:
London is a mecca for shopping fans and Farringdon gives access to all of these riches. However, there are a few shopping options a little closer to Farringdon itself. Here are a few options of smaller boutiques and specialist shops in the area.
There’s plenty, in short. Connections on the doorstep or at least within a short walk, here are some examples. Underground Stations in the area that will get travellers around the city include:
Mainline Stations that will be close by and take travellers further away from London to nearby destinations include:
There are numerous bus routes running through the area too.
The same as most of south east England except that it’s a couple of degrees warmer all year round, as London generally is. This is great in the winter but can be a little uncomfortable in the summer
London weather is unpredictable at best. A bright, warm day full of sunshine can turn into a rainstorm within minutes and vice versa.
The basic rule is thicker clothes for winter and thinner for summer but always bring plenty of layers, waterproofs, walking boots and an umbrella.