Serviced Apartments In Financial District
Top Serviced Apartments in the Financial District
Whatever the reason for visiting London, serviced accommodation is one of the best ways of spending one’s nights. With an abundance of excellent locations in some of the most popular travel destinations in the world, all furnished apartments from TheSqua.re guarantee comfort and convenience for the guests that choose them. Functioning as self-contained homes away from home, the apartments boast plush interiors and all the modern amenities a visitor could require, and TheSqua.re also meticulously selects all its accommodation based on a range of criteria, so residents are sure never to be too far from local attractions or public transport hubs. A hub of global transactions and the financial centre of London, the City of London boasts plenty such apartments within its boundaries, perfect for that busy business traveller or discerning tourist.
Some of the best serviced apartments near the Financial District include:
- Fleet Street Apartments.
- 196 Bishopsgate Serviced Apartments.
- The Brick Lane Apartments.
- Quadrant Walk Apartments.
- Native St Pauls.
Offering a range of modern facilities and services, including private access, built-in kitchen units, high-speed Wi-Fi, and room cleaning and concierge where available, these luxury accommodation options are growing increasingly popular among both long term and short term guests looking for residence in and around the City of London. Whether coming or going, TheSqua.re guarantees restful and relaxing nights for all guests, with a unique human touch to keep them coming back to the Financial District time and time again.
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Corporate Accommodation in the Financial District
Located in the transactional and commercial heart of the capital, serviced apartments in the City of London and Financial District come highly sought-after by business travellers and sole traders. Commuting to the office takes just a matter of minutes on foot, and even journeys into the wider city are easy thanks to the numerous TFL services that run from stations in the area. Flexible, efficient accommodation options for those with a busy schedule, all corporate apartments from TheSqua.re are designed with their guests in mind, with their fully-equipped kitchens, flatscreen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and much, much more, so even the busiest business resident can unwind after a long day. Make the most out of that business trip and maximise profits with TheSqua.re.
Holiday Accommodation in the Financial District
The Financial District is also an excellent location for savvy travellers looking for a long-awaited leisure retreat or family holiday. Its fantastic location and number of popular local attractions means residents do not have to look far for things to see and do, and many of the great photo opportunities associated with London are eminently walkable. Holiday apartments in the Financial District are therefore perfect in this regard, and can accommodate for both quiet evenings in and nights on the town, thanks to their home-cooking and entertainment facilities. Plus, the cosy bedrooms allow guests to be well-rested for the next day, ensuring every trip is a memorable one.
Where to Stay in the Financial District
There are a number of notable neighbourhoods close to and within the Financial District that each have their own unique benefits. Wherever guests choose to stay though, they will always be within easy walking distance of a tube station of transport hub. Apartments in Castle Baynard near Blackfriars can benefit from riverside views, as well as close proximity to Shakespeare’s Globe and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Residents of Barbican likewise will enjoy easy access to the Barbican Centre, one of the largest and most popular performing arts venues in London. Though London is generally a safe capital city to visit, guests are still advised to keep an eye on their possessions, as pickpockets may operate in even the quietest areas.
Facts About the Financial District
Due to its position right in the heart of the city, the area surrounding the City of London naturally benefits from a rich and interesting history, overlapping with many of the stories about wider London. Here then are some of our favourite facts about the area to entice and excite new visitors:
- The City of London is actually the smallest city in England, with a population of 7,375 and an area of 1.12 square miles. This has led to its nickname of ‘The Square Mile’.
- Every entrance to the City is guarded by dragon statues. This could be part of the reason why William The Conqueror never actually conquered this part of London.
- Not only can companies and corporations vote in local elections, but the City also has its own representative in Parliament called the Remembrancer.
- The City of London has the oldest continued government in the UK. Even the Queen has to ask the permission of the Lord Mayor in order to visit.
- There is only one road in the City of London, Goswell Street Road. All of the rest are Lanes, Streets and Ways.
- Technically, the City of London controls all the major crossing points over the Thames along its length, including London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Southwark Bridge and the Millennium foot bridge.
Cost of Living in the Financial District
A prime location in the centre of London, property prices in and around the Financial District do tend to be quite high when compared to some of the more distant, suburban neighbourhoods. The monthly cost for a rental apartment can range from £800 to upwards of £2,500 monthly, making serviced accommodation an increasingly viable option for extended stays given the many benefits and perks that go hand-in-hand with longer tenancy periods from TheSqua.re.
Unfortunately, there are few savings to be found in day to day expenses. Weekly travel passes (for Zones 1-2) can run to upwards of £35, while the cost of dining out can range from £15 for a meal for one to £55 for a three-course dinner for two. The reasonably low price of local groceries does however mean that this expenditure can be offset by stay-at-home meals, and medical costs will also be next to nothing, thanks to the UK-wide National Health Service. Money can also be saved on local entertainment, including theatres and cinemas, with inexpensive ticket prices and membership options available.
Things to Do in the Financial District
From tourist hotspots to unique cultural attractions, there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities to be found in the area around London’s Financial District. Here are some of the top activities in the area to help guests make the most out of their precious leisure time:
Q. What are the most popular things to do near the Financial District?
Here are just a few of the many opportunities for entertainment and enjoyment to act as the cherry on top of any stay:
- Dive into history with a tour of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and St Paul’s Cathedral.
- Explore some of the most iconic landmarks in the City of London from the ground, including the Monument to the Great Fire, the Bank of England and Royal Stock Exchange.
- Grab a drink at the Sky Garden for some of the most breathtaking views in the city.
- Take in a show at Shakespeare’s Globe or The Barbican Centre.
- Cross the river and take a trip up the Shard, the tallest building in London.
Q. What are some free things to do near the Financial District?
Want to save some pennies on those day-to-day activities? Here are some great ways of passing the time close to home without breaking the bank:
- Tour some of the free museums and galleries in the area, including the Museum of London, the Bank of England Museum, and the Guildhall Art Gallery.
- Visit Spitalfields or Leadenhall Markets to browse the wares of local wholesalers and retailers.
- Walk the Thames Path to Greenwich for an in-depth tour of the riverside.
- Explore the grounds of ancient churches, from Temple Church to St Dunstan in the East.
- Window shop at Broadgate Circle of the Royal Exchange.
Q. What are the most family-friendly things to do near the Financial District?
For families with children, or simply the young at heart, there are a number of fun days out we would recommend:
- Dive back into Roman times with a visit to London Mithraeum.
- Ride the underground mail train at The Postal Museum.
- Get those detective hats on with the Pudding Lane Mystery Trail themed tour.
- Scare the kids silly with a visit to The Clink or The London Bridge Experience.
Places to Visit in the Financial District
Wondering how to spend that precious day off? The City of London and surrounding area are home to a great range of enjoyable and interesting places to visit, from historic buildings to popular tourist attractions. Here are a few of our favourites:
- St Paul’s Cathedral - one of the most famous sights in London, this Grade I listed building is the official seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the London Diocese. Built on Ludgate Hill at the highest point in the City of London, its iconic roof can be seen from most places in the city.
- Monument to the Great Fire of London - the attraction from which the area derives its name, this 200-foot tall Doric column is Grade I listed and marks roughly the spot where the Great Fire of London started in Pudding Lane in 1666. A viewing platform near the top also commands stunning views of the local area.
- Museum of London - as its name suggests, the Museum of London chronicles the turbulent history of this famous city, from pre-Roman to modern times, via a series of artifacts and interactive exhibits. A great place to spend an afternoon, and admission is free.
- Leadenhall Market - one of the oldest covered markets in London, Leadenhall Market dates back to the 14th century and primarily sells fresh produce, including flowers, meats and cheeses. A great way of stepping back in time, the market is also located in the heart of the City of London, perfect for those lunchtime getaways.
- Sky Garden - close to the City of London, this skyscraper is known as the walkie-talkie due to its unique shape, and features a botanically-decorated restaurant on its top floor.
- Bank of England & The Royal Exchange - dive into London’s financial history with a visit to the Bank of England Museum, and learn all about the famous institution on which most other central banks are based. Feeling in the money? Why not follow it up with some retail therapy at The Royal Exchange?
- Tower Bridge & Tower of London - two of the most iconic attractions of London, the turreted Tower Bridge crosses the river a little way east of Monument, and was built in the late 19th century as a bascule and suspension bridge. It lies alongside the Tower of London, a historic 11th century fortress that has in the past been used as a prison, armoury and menagerie, and today is the home of the Royal Crown Jewels.
- Barbican Conservatory - a hidden tropical oasis, this glass-roofed sanctuary is the second-biggest Conservatory in London, and features tropical plants, trees, fish and birds.
- Shakespeare’s Globe - this reconstruction of Shakespeare’s famous Elizabethan-era playhouse is again located on the south bank of the Thames. Built based on approximate estimations of the original, the theatre opened its doors in 1997 with a performance of Henry V, and has a capacity of 1,400.
- Tate Modern - a gallery located on the south bank, the Tate Modern is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world, with collections ranging from 1900 to the present day. The museum regularly pulls in millions of visitors every year, and admission is free.
Places to Eat in the Financial District
Whenever quiet nights in of home cooking seem like more of a hassle, residents of the Financial District can easily get out and explore the many fine bars and restaurants in the local area. From familiar chains to artisan eateries, there is a huge host of catering options available to suit all tastes, and with so much choice available, it can sometimes be hard to narrow a selection down.
Here are a few of the top places to eat near the Financial District:
- The Mercer.
- Fora Restaurant.
- La Dame de Pic London.
- City Càphê.
- Blacklock City
- The Drift.
Street Food in the Financial District
Street food is also an option in the nearby area for those travellers who are always on-the-go, though many of them will require visitors to venture out of the City of London itself. Brick Lane and Boxpark Shoreditch are the most popular local takeaway street food options, but more adventurous residents can also take in some of the other regular pop-up markets around Central London, such as Maltby Street Market, Model Market, Street Food Union, The Street Pig, Vauxhall Street Food Garden, and the Southbank Centre Food Market. A great dining experience no matter the season.
Shopping in the Financial District
As busy as some of its nearby counterparts, such as Covent Garden and Oxford Street, the City of London and Financial District is still less well known as a shopping destination in Central London. There are still however a host of high street chain stores and independent boutiques in which visitors can find all the food, fashion and technology they require.
Some of the best places to shop near the Financial District include:
- One New Change - a shopping centre featuring an eclectic mix of high-end and high street fashion, gifts and restaurants, all within a glass-walled complex.
- Broadgate Circle - a lively hub of shopping and dining, featuring many high street chains and independent names, located between Liverpool Street Station and Finsbury Avenue Square.
- The Royal Exchange - a shopping complex in the heart of the City of London offering a fantastic collection of boutique shopping and dining within one of the city’s most iconic and historic buildings.
- Liverpool Street Station - the interior of this bustling train station contains a huge array of familiar fashion and food outlets, restaurants and cafes, perfect for picking up the essentials during the commute home.
Transportation in the Financial District
With 11 Underground lines covering 270 stations, London’s public Tube network is thorough and all-encompassing, meaning that visitors will never be too far away from the comforts of their serviced apartment. Travellers staying in the Financial District will be able to traverse the many boroughs of the capital with ease, and several major overground terminals, such as Liverpool Street Station, King’s Cross and Waterloo, open up further options for national and international travel. Tube stations in the area include Bank (Central Line, Northern Line, Waterloo & City Line), Monument (District, Circle), Moorgate (Northern, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City) and Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, National Rail). Though the cost of fares is quite low, they can still mount up; fortunately, Day Travelcards can be bought (accepted through Zones 1-5) for £18.10, guaranteeing savings on every commute.
London is of course famous for its iconic black taxis and red buses, and these can both be a great way of sightseeing during travel. Buses in particular are exceptionally useful: they can be boarded with a simple tap of a Contactless Payment Card, Travelcard or Oyster (£1.50 for a single fare, £4.50 for a day of bus-only travel), and run over 700 routes, including 52 night services. Black cabs are also useful for the local knowledge of most of the drivers, however fares can be rather more expensive than buses, so we recommend using them sparingly.
Weather in the Financial District
Due to a generally temperate climate throughout much of the UK, the weather in London can be quite unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from below freezing during winter, to dry and balmy heights of thirty and above in the summer. Wet weather gear is however essential packing for any time of year, as downpours can still be just a cloud away. We would recommend visiting in September, as this month offers warm days and comfortable cool evenings, enabling travellers to maximise their time outside and make the most out of their stay.