The City of London is the UK's main financial and banking district.
Over the years, different definitions have been offered to define what makes up ‘Central London’, whether that is about political boundaries, population density, or the geographical centre on a map. (Usually considered to be Charing Cross.) But perhaps the best definition, and one that will be most relevant to those coming to stay in Central London serviced apartments, is to consider what comes to mind when you think about ‘London’.
The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street, Soho, The Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, The City, The Tower of London, The Shard… Of course, the list could go on, but all of these locations are central enough to be thought of as Central London and, just as important, SITU has corporate accommodation that can place you in all of these areas.
Most guests coming to our city apartments in Central London will probably arrive into the centre by train. Different stations tend to handle guests arriving from different directions, with Paddington receiving trains from the southwest of England and Wales, Marylebone from Oxfordshire and the Midlands, Euston from Hertfordshire, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, King’s Cross from the East Coast, like Leeds and Hull, Victoria from the South Coast and Surrey, then Waterloo, Liverpool Street and Charing Cross receiving from a mixture of areas close by. There is also, of course, St Pancras International, where the Eurostar comes in.
The London Underground neatly links all the stations, as well as London Heathrow International Airport. The Circle Line – yellow on a tube map – links the likes of Paddington, King’s Cross, Victoria and Liverpool Street with a whole host of important locations like South Kensington (The Natural History & Science Museums and Albert Hall), St James’s Park (close to the palace), Westminster, Cannon Street (for The City) and Tower Hill.
Shopping in Central London could mean Oxford Street, with plenty of chain stores and the odd bargain place, while Covent Garden provides something a bit different and the Knightsbridge and Chelsea areas provide upmarket boutiques and, of course, Harrods. Leicester Square has some of the fun shops, like the London Lego Store and M&M’s World. But now we’re getting into the part of London that is more about being out for the evening.
Leicester Square is famous for its cinemas and movie premieres, and there are plenty of great places to eat out there, too. Piccadilly Circus and Shaftesbury Avenue are just a few minutes’ walk from there, this is the theatre district where many of the large plays and musicals do a turn. And, just beyond that, Soho has a host of bars and clubs to keep the night going. London is, after all, a 24-hour city.
With plenty of Central London aparthotels and other accommodation options available, SITU can find you the perfect place to stay for longer.
Served by directly by seven underground lines with 13 tube stations, the City is well linked with all parts of London.
With railway stations at London Bridge, Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street and Cannon Street, getting here couldn’t be simpler. This unique level of accessibility is complemented by the Docklands Light Railway at Bank and Tower Gateway.
There are 38 high-frequency bus routes and 24 night bus routes
The City is linked by rail to all of London’s airports, while the high-speed Eurostar international rail services operate from nearby St Pancras station.