London Serviced Apartments
Top Serviced Apartments in London
If you’re looking for an alternative to hotels, consider a serviced apartment in London. Featuring more space, privacy and located across the city, our London serviced apartments are as convenient as they are stylish. Staying in the UK's capital is always a unique experience, but its London serviced apartments can make all the difference. And that’s why guests choose TheSqua.re’s corporate serviced apartments in London. Each apartment offers visitors an unparalleled experience in a tastefully furnished private space complete with modern conveniences, making them a perfect alternative to hotels. The properties have also been specifically selected due to their highly desirable locations - ensuring that guests are never far from key landmarks, public transport hubs and business headquarters. It doesn’t matter if guests are here for short or long stays, a business trip or a holiday vacation, TheSqua.re’s London serviced apartments are perfect for every stay.
Some of the best serviced apartments in London include:
- Lanterns Court
- Avant Garde
- Shoreditch Square
- Lincoln Plaza
- Dance Square
- South Quay
- One Commercial Street
- Altitude Point
Offering additional amenities including full kitchen facilities, private access, flat screen TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, room cleaning and concierge where available, these fully furnished apartments offer the most comfortable and practical solution for anyone looking to stay in London for the short or long term in a studio or comfortable 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments.
From Central London accommodation to Heathrow accommodation, we have serviced apartments located near the most popular areas. For example, serviced apartments near Camden will allow you to enjoy market stalls and street food. If you are after night clubs, then staying in an apartment in Shoreditch, Islington or Hoxton will be the best fit. For luxury shopping and experience check out Knightsbridge and Mayfair areas. For high street shopping close to Oxford Street and Trafalgar square Covent Garden area is just around the corner with its boutique shops, theatres and opera. If you are after a very green area then visit or stay in an apartment located in Hamstead or Richmond areas. visit Finally, if you are after a business hub then our serviced apartments in Canary Wharf will work best, placing you in the heart of the business hub of London. Having won multiple awards throughout our history, we have gone above and beyond to ensure each apartment is deep cleaned prior to arrival.
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Benefits of Serviced Apartments
Serviced apartments are fast becoming the chosen form of accommodation for travellers and new residents in the city. And who can blame them given all the benefits serviced accommodation provides? Serviced apartments are a perfect alternative to rental accommodation in London, combining comfort and convenience with all the modern amenities to create the perfect stay.
Why are they so popular? Well, for starters, all legal and contractual aspects are completely taken care of (no deposit, agency fees, maintenance costs, and bills), and guests don’t need to worry about furnishings either – all furniture, bedding, cutlery, and accessories are already in place.
Serviced apartments are also usually near transport links like metro stations, Underground stations, bus stops, and main roads. This makes travelling to business meetings and captivating attractions so much easier. Some serviced apartments even come with gyms, swimming pools and all the other equipment needed to keep up rigorous fitness schedules and to reduce expenditures on a monthly/yearly gym membership.
Overall, guests will find that serviced apartments are the ideal choice for an extended stay in London, and can help them to enjoy a city and the local neighbourhood in the long term. Moving to London doesn’t have to be a hassle, after all.
As experts in serviced accommodation, we know that guests desire a place that they can call home; with plush and luxury interiors that ooze warmth and comfort at every time of the day. We also apply a human touch within the process so that guests know we take our service very seriously and want to make sure that every issue is taken care of swiftly.
Corporate Accommodation in London
Business travellers love London. With its business-centric culture and some of the biggest global brands on the planet taking up shop here, it’s no wonder it’s so popular. But they need somewhere to stay when a business has all been taken care of. That's where corporate accommodation comes into it; bespoke spaces designed to deliver cosy and convenient stays in the most popular destinations in the world.
Within each corporate apartment, business travellers can find the likes of a fully equipped kitchen, flat-screen TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, and so much more that can make any business trip all the more relaxing and chilled.
Holiday Accommodation in London
Not everybody visits London on business. Most head to the city for leisure to take in the sights, the food, the crowds, and the hidden secrets. With the likes of Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, and all the galleries and museums, there is much that leisure travellers love about the city. But then, of course, comes the most important aspect of any stay: where to stay? Fortunately, London has many apartments suitable for leisure travellers in the city, complete with all the usual homely features that TheSqua.re puts in each apartment.
Plus, the apartments can be found in all the popular parts of London, from the likes of Hoxton to Shoreditch, Canary Wharf, Kensington and Fitzrovia. Whether guests want to stay near the big attractions or some of the best restaurants in the city, our portfolio can meet all expectations.
Where to Stay in London
Greater London comprises some 32 boroughs, each of which offers a different experience of the city and its surrounding areas. Generally, the inner London boroughs are considered the city proper, as the outer districts include other towns that are distinctly separate from London’s urban area. For most tourists, The West End, which encompasses Covent Garden, Soho, Leicester Square, Oxford Street, and Mayfair is likely to be the most desirable area, as this is where many of the city’s top theatres, art galleries, restaurants, and nightspots are to be found. However, this central location inevitably makes it one of the more costly areas to stay in.
Similarly, the Square Mile, or the City of London, is the Captial’s Central Business District and home to Canary Wharf. This is where the financial institutions and offices of global organisations are to be found. Naturally, this makes it the primary destination for those visiting London for business, which in turn puts it at the higher end of the cost scale.
As a capital city, the centre of London is comparatively safe and whilst tourists are advised to be on the lookout for pickpockets, there is relatively little risk of a serious incident occurring. As such, there are several alternatives to the prime tourist areas for those looking to reduce costs. Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, for example, are within walking distance of the West End, but generally less expensive. Outside of the centre, Bexley, to the east and Richmond to the south-west, are affluent, safe areas that offer excellent public transport connections to the city. Richmond in particular, is popular with tourists, as it is close to both Kew Gardens and Hampton Court.
Facts About London
For centuries, London was the centre of the English speaking world and to some extent, that legacy endures today. Over the years, huge amounts have been invested in London’s cultural attractions and landmarks, so that today many of them, including Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, are recognised all over the world. A city of almost 10 million inhabitants and comprising 32 boroughs over 600sq miles, England’s capital is a diverse melting pot of cultures and one of the most visited cities on earth.
- London is the largest capital city in Europe
- Over 8.9 million people live in the city - with over 300 languages spoken
- England’s capital welcomes some 21 million tourists every year
- London has over 170 museums
- The Tate Modern is London’s most popular art gallery, with some 5.86 million visitors annually
However, aside from being one of the world’s top city destinations for tourists, The City of London is also one of the world’s most influential business and financial hubs, as well as a leading innovator for fintech. As such, London is a hugely important centre of international trade. With a GDP of £503 billion, London is Europe's largest city based economy. It has also been revealed recently that London tech hubs receive more venture capital investment than anywhere else in Europe.
To deal with its high volume of visitors, London is served by several international airports. The inner city has Heathrow (LHR) - Europe’s busiest airport, as well as City Airport (LCY). Slightly further afield, but still within an hour’s commute, are Luton, Stansted (STN), Southend (SEN) and, of course, Gatwick (LGW).
Cost of Living in London
Being one of the most popular cities in the world, long term guests can expect the cost of living in London to be fairly high. With travel costing a bundle on a weekly basis (45+ for a zone 1-2 weekly pass) and food costing more than in any part of the UK, travellers will have to be careful with how they spend their cash.
And then there’s the rent. While London rents can be anywhere from £700-£3,500 per month, serviced accommodation can be cheaper than the London rental market due to the perks associated with long term stays. Another reason for London’s many travellers to choose TheSqua.re extensive portfolio.
But not everything costs the world. For instance, the NHS is free, so huge healthcare costs can be avoided. And, while there are luxury places to eat, there are of course cheaper options available for those that want to save and still indulge in tasty treats. Plus, entertainment options like the theatre and cinema can be cheap in their own ways thanks to membership cards and cheap ticket purchases.
Tips for Visiting London
For the uninitiated, London can be a daunting place. Its size dwarfs many cities on the planet and the crowds can be so big that it can often be overwhelming. To make all travellers feel at ease, here are a few tips for visiting London:
- Use an Oyster or Contactless card for getting around on the Underground.
- Be aware that a pint of beer can cost substantially more than anywhere else in the UK - quite often double the cost.
- It’s impossible to avoid crowds.
- The Victoria, Central, Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines operate for 24hrs on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Most of the museums are free to enter, but it is sensible to donate.
- Bubble tea queues are exceptionally long.
- Get lost in the crowds - it can be quite enjoyable.
- Listen to the buskers in the London Underground stations - They lay some great tunes.
- Avoid using the Northern Line where possible, it is the worst line on the Underground.
- Walk where possible.
Things to Do in London
London is a modern, thriving city that offers just about every pastime and activity imaginable. Whilst people visit England’s capital for a myriad of different reasons, most will likely be looking for a way to enjoy their leisure time.
- What are the most popular things to do in London?
London is famous for its iconic landmarks. From the Houses of Parliament, to Westminster Abbey, from London Bridge to Tower Bridge, London has a unique history juxtaposed with modernity.
- What are some free things to do in London?
One of the great things about London is that many of its major museums are completely free to enter. Whilst some special exhibits may charge an entry fee, entry to the main galleries costs nothing unless visitors decide to make a donation at their discretion. Alternatively, London’s stunning open spaces and urban parks are also free to enter and have a great atmosphere during the summer months.
- Does London have many romantic attractions?
London offers some wonderful places to enjoy a romantic afternoon or evening out. Popular romantic itineraries include dining out at one of the many fine-dining restaurants in the city - many of which offer spectacular views - taking a scenic cruise on the Thames, or enjoying a night out at one of the West End’s historic theatres.
- What are the most family-friendly things to do in London?
Many of London’s most famous landmarks are fantastic learning opportunities for young children, offering interactive exhibits and activities intended for youngsters. There are also plenty of entertainment and leisure complexes in the city, offering everything from the latest movies to ten pin bowling and laser tag.
- What are the more unusual things to do in London?
England’s capital is known for its quirkiness, with plenty of unusual things to do. This means that those seeking more alternative activities will not be found wanting. Amongst other things, London offers axe throwing, indoor skydiving, craft ale tasting, and ghost tours. The more adventurous can even go kayaking on the Thames and silent discos are the perfect late-night attractions activity with a difference.
Places to Visit in London
London is a huge city with a history that can be traced back thousands of years. As such it features an abundance of historical sites and iconic landmarks that form a regular part of the tourist circuit. Whilst it is unlikely that anyone will be able to cover everything in a single visit, below are a few top sights that every trip to London should include:
- The Tate Modern - London’s most visited attraction housing some of the world’s finest modern artworks.
- The British Museum - Famous for its incredible collection of ancient artefacts - including the notorious Rosetta Stone.
- Westminster and the Houses of Parliament - the seat of the UK government and one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Home to the infamous Big Ben.
- Covent Garden - the heart of London’s theatre and entertainment area, with a host of bars and eateries.
- The Tower of London - The iconic palace-fortress is one of London’s most recognisable landmarks and houses numerous historical exhibits within its walls.
- The London Eye - a 135-metre observation wheel that offers spectacular views of the Thames and London cityscape.
- Buckingham Palace- the London residence of Queen Elizabeth and a stunning example of 18th-century architecture.
- Leicester Square - Famous for its movie premiers, Leicester Square is one of London’s most iconic locations and a popular place for tourists.
- Kew Gardens - the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew showcase stunning flora from around the world in a sprawling 326-acre landscape.
Places to Eat in London
London is also famous for its incredible range of restaurants and eateries - boasting some sixty-nine Michelin-starred establishments. Some of the top restaurants in London, such as Bibendum in Chelsea, Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner in Knightsbridge, or The Connaught in Mayfair, offer some of the finest dining available anywhere in the world. However, these establishments are usually in high demand so it is advisable to book well ahead of any planned visit.
However, there’s more to eating out than fine dining and visitors will find that there are also plenty of fun and quirky restaurants in London. Archipelago in Fitzrovia, for example, features a host of exotic dishes including snake meat and barbequed insects. For something a little less adventurous, there’s Bob Bob Ricard in Soho, which features Art Deco interior tables that come equipped with a ‘champagne button. Many of the more unusual places to eat in London are also family-friendly, such as the Rainforest Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue, or the Bertie and Boo children’s cafe in Battersea.
Despite its reputation as an expensive city, there are also plenty of cheap places to eat in London. Those visiting on a budget can head to no-frills open kitchens, such as the famous Roti King, or Bun House or Del 74. There are also plenty of fantastic cafes that offer snacks and sandwiches at affordable prices, including Café Sou and Brasserie Zedel - in Piccadilly and Bank respectively.
Street Food in London
Of course, London isn’t all quirky restaurants and fine dining. There are numerous places throughout the city where high-quality street food can be enjoyed. Some of the most popular street food venues that offer a variety of different cuisines include Street Food Union in Soho, Vauxhall Street Food Garden, Pepe Italian Street Food, Model Market and Indi-Go - Indian Street Food in Spitalfields. Boxpark in Shoreditch and Croydon offers a wide variety of street food. Further to these, the Southbank has a surprisingly high concentration of street food vendors, with popular favourites being Beboz Italian Street Food, The Street Pig BBQ and the Southbank Centre Food Market.
Shopping in London
England’s capital is also one of the top shopping destinations in the world, with Oxford Street being the most famous London shopping street - known the world over for its huge array of flagship fashion stores, global brands and cutting edge technology retailers. Bond Street has an abundance of high-end brands, whilst Carnaby Street is famous for its independent boutiques and quirky fashions. Alternatively, Camden Market has long been associated with subculture fashions and offers a great day out as well as a unique shopping opportunity.
Aside from these diverse regions and shopping streets, London also benefits from several large malls and shopping centres, including:
- Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush (The capital’s largest shopping centre)
- Victoria Place Shopping Centre
- Burlington Arcade in Piccadilly
- Cardinal Place, Westminster
- Hay’s Galleria
Transportation in London
London benefits from an excellent public transport network, comprising the Underground, buses, trams and overground rail services. Between them, these services cover the entire urban area and present a variety of options for getting around the city. What’s more, the major overground terminals, such as Victoria, Waterloo, Kings Cross, and Blackfriars, offer train connections across the rest of the UK.
The Tube is the most convenient and cost-effective way to navigate the central areas. London Underground prices vary depending on the time and distance of travel, however, a day Travelcard for zones 1 - 5 will cover the entire network and currently costs around £25. The London Underground’s 270 stations can be found in each of these zones and are connected via 11 different lines. Key tube stations include:
- Oxford Circus
- London Bridge
- Canary Wharf
- Bank & Monument
Finally, London is, of course, famous for its red buses and there are almost 700 routes in operation across the city - including 52 that run throughout the night. These are often the preferred mode of transport for anyone needing to reach the city suburbs.
Weather in London
London weather - as with the rest of the UK - can be somewhat difficult to predict. The city can have cold winters, with the temperature dropping below freezing in the coldest months. However, by contrast, London weather in July is usually warm and dry, with temperatures reaching average highs of 24 degrees. Whilst August can be a little hotter, typically the city doesn’t experience temperatures high enough to make it uncomfortable. British summers are notoriously unpredictable, however, so wet-weather clothing is essential packing at any time of year. The month of September is often a good time to visit, as the temperature is usually still warm, whilst being a little cooler than August in the evenings, making for a more comfortable stay.
COVID-19 in London
For the most part, over the past year London has been under various COVID-19 restrictions, including lockdowns and mandatory mask wearing.
Since June, London has been mostly open as normal. Mask wearing and hand sanitization is recommended in most settings.