Two great classics
Threadneedles and Andaz Liverpool Street are two emblematic addresses in the City. Whilst Threadneedles makes an impression with its immense stained-glass domed lobby dating back to 1856 and its subdued, refined atmosphere, the Andaz seduces guests with its bold design and upscale facilities (four bars, four restaurants, a health club and a fitness centre). From £170.
Located 500m from Saint Paul’s, the Marlin Apartments Queen Street are decorated in a sober, contemporary style and equipped with top-of-the-range fittings: flat-screen TVs, DVD players, washing machines, separate working and living spaces. The price is quite reasonable for this level of quality (from £135) and room service is also on offer. Another option is the 196 Bishopsgate apartments (from £110), which are equally well-equipped and conveniently placed.
More classic and cosy, the Market View apartments (from £180) are a five-minute walk from the Barbican. As well as a calm and comfortable environment, the building also offers a handy car park. Lastly, the King’s Wardrobe Apartments have earned widespread praise for their modern, comprehensive range of fittings, central location and pleasant décor.
The City is slowly but surely undergoing a transformation. Its streets no longer deserted outside of office hours, abandoned by traders in the evenings and at the weekend, and the area is reinventing itself as a nightlife hotspot. Many of the hotels in the area have become hip hangouts, with the best DJs fighting for the decks on rooftop bars. One of these is the South Place hotel, a temple of futurist luxury with rooms designed by Terence Conran (from £150).
The Apex hotels are handsome examples of ultra-modern, designer establishments, where meticulous attention is lavished on every aspect down to the smallest detail. Choose between the Apex City of London, the Apex London Hall and the Apex London Court, all three of which have delighted style-conscious travellers. From £150.
DoubleTree by Hilton Tower Bridge is also a sure bet, with its roof-top bar, comfortable rooms (the beds are unanimously applauded) and elegant lobby with a glass and steel ceiling. From £120.