Located on the edge of the Square Mile in a neighbourhood that balances historical pedigree with convenient access to London’s bustling financial district, the Apex City of London appeals to both business and leisure guests. Tourists will love the close proximity to Tower Bridge and the river Thames, while the financial institutions of the City are a short walk away. A slick, contemporary base, with a hip bar and restaurant, the Apex has plenty to like.
Light, airy rooms are all of a reasonable size and come with the benefit of cable television with Sky Sports. Decorated in neutral colors, the interiors are kept simple yet stylish with loud fabrics and moody black and white photographs of London added for a little flair.
YOU SHOULD KNOW A handful of rooms at the hotel have balconies with great views of the nearby Tower bridge.
Tiled bathrooms are decked out in neutral, sandy tones and come with bathtubs and walk-in showers depending on the room. Sleek and spotless, the soothing smooth lines and muted colors of the bathroom are exactly what you want after a long day exploring/at the office.
Nowhere does the hotel’s slick design stand out more than on entering the hotel—sure, the open plan lobby might be all business but the views into the hip restaurant and bar areas give guests a glimpse at what awaits.
Given the hotel’s popularity with business guests, the spa should be well-visited by those after a full-body massage to smooth out the knots of a long day in the City. Five rooms offer a range of treatments from manicures to massage.
The gym is well-equipped with a range of cardiovascular machines (each with flat screen TV to keep you company) and is open to guests 24-hours.
Want a workout that allows you to escape the relatively restrictive gym? The hotel provides running maps of the local area for those who want to pound the pavement.
“Good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody” says the Lampery’s slogan, a Samuel Pepys quote, aptly co-opted by the restaurant since the 17th century diarist once worked around the corner in his job with the Royal Navy. Decorated in trendy blues, greys, greens and teals, the super stylish space makes it well worth eating in-house for a night or two of your visit. Oh, and the cuisine is all about solid British flavors served with some elegant presentation.
Although the area is constantly heaving with traffic, the neighbourhood still feels very walkable, with Tower Bridge and the Thames tow path both worth exploring on foot. In the opposite direction, the City is a short walk, where in amongst the skyscrapers you’ll stumble on the incongruous sights of plenty of old churches like St Botolphs-without-Bishopsgate. Conveniently located for public transport, the hotel is close to Tower Hill and Aldgate East for Tube connections into the West End.
Not a city known for its BBQ, London can offer Bodean’s (3-minute walk) as one of its best purveyors of pulled pork and burnt ends. We recommend you visit on an empty stomach and make the most of time spent there. Alternatively, push the boat out and take advantage of the hotel’s location close to the City with a trip to Sushi Samba (12-minute walk). Located at the top of Heron Tower, you can eat sushi and drink creative cocktails at sky high altitude.
In an area like Tower Hill, it seems only right to pick drinking establishments based on their historic charm. That means a trip to Leadenhall Market and drinks at the Lamb Tavern (6-minute walk) and then an evening at the ancient Wilton’s Music Hall in its beautiful Mahogany Bar 14-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Despite the pleasingly sleek property and its stylish restaurant and well-priced rooms, location is arguably the Apex City of London’s greatest appeal. And while it may be located way down river from the West End, it benefits from having both the City and some of London’s great historic sites right on the doorstep.