Spotlight on London: capital ideas for things to do

It’s fair to say that you won’t be stuck for things to do in London – the city is simply brimming over with culture, history, heritage, fun, and fantastic activities for all.

In fact, London is home to some of the world’s finest attractions, sightseeing opportunities, and cutting edge leisure venues.

You could get lost in the incredible treasures offered by its many museums; take in the stunning architecture from an open top bus; get an incredible bird’s eye view from the London Eye; or sample every type of international cuisine, from Chinatown’s delights to the curry houses of Brick Lane – and you’d be just beginning to get to grips with what is on offer.

Everyone is familiar with the city’s most iconic spots – Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge immediately spring to mind – that’s only the tip of the iceberg, and it’s worth covering the miles to take in as much as you can.

Whatever you get up to in the capital, a welcoming Apex hotel won’t be far away. For a hassle-free stay, Apex Temple Court Hotel, Apex London Wall Hotel and Apex City of London Hotel are all tucked away in the heart of this bustling metropolis, offering ideal accommodation and a relaxing oasis away from the crowds – but still close enough to the action.

West End’s glorious theatres

So are you looking for things to do in London? Well, Apex Temple Court Hotel is conveniently located just a stone’s throw from the West End and its glorious theatres. No trip to the capital is complete without a visit to at least one of its 40 or so theatres dotted around the famous likes of Drury Lane, Shaftesbury Avenue, and The Strand, whether it be for a comedy, musical or classic production.

The well observed traditions of Theatreland continue to draw massive crowds. Indeed, attendances reached a peak in 2013 when ticket sales hit a record 14.4 million. There really is something for everyone – from the enduringly popular likes of Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre and Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, to more modern hits like The Lion King at the Lyceum or Wicked at the Apollo Victoria, not to mention occasional appearances from big Hollywood names in smaller productions. Furthermore, a major recent addition to the West End roster has been Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre, which continues to enjoy sell out audiences thanks to its beguiling extension of the hugely popular series.

Last minute bargains

Flexibility is key to the London theatre experience, with many great seats available on the same day as performances and plenty of last minute bargains to be had courtesy of independent tickets operators, many of which can be found around Leicester Square.

Classic productions as they were meant to be enjoyed

If you like an even more traditional theatre experience, then Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is an unmissable attraction in Southwark, just a 20 minute walk from Apex London Wall Hotel. An open-air recreation of the original 1599 structure, today’s Globe was founded by American actor and director Sam Wanamaker as part of a vision comprising performance and education in equal measure thanks to the exhibition centre that forms a major part of the site. If you want to get really close to the action, then the traditional standing area right in front of the stage offers a very cheap and cheerful means of seeing some classic productions as they were meant to be enjoyed.

Apex London Wall Hotel is also located close to Liverpool Street train station, as well as the Moorgate and Bank undergrounds, making it the perfect base for exploring the likes of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Square Mile, which sit just across the river from the Globe.

One of London’s finest views

St Paul’s is one of London’s best known landmarks – and from its spot on Ludgate Hill, the highest point of the City of London, it also offers one of its finest views.

Breathtaking panoramas are to be had from the top of the Golden Gallery, 111 metres above the city, after climbing the Anglican cathedral’s iconic dome. In fact, St Paul’s – designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the English Baroque style – offers five levels, including its atmospheric underground crypt. It’s an essential part of the London experience.

Even if you’re not doing business in London’s financial epicentre, the Square Mile makes for a fascinating visit. Medieval alleyways jostle side-by-side with shimmering skyscrapers, matched by cosmopolitan bars and restaurants frequented by its often well-heeled workers. It was also here that the notorious Jack The Ripper perpetrated some of his worst crimes back in the Autumn of 1888. While many of the Ripper sites have been lost down the decades, the many popular East End walks that tell the story of the man and his victims are adept at bringing those locations back to life and reimagining them for new generations.

Fortress, royal palace, and prison

Apex City of London Hotel is ideal for visiting the historic Tower of London. This fortress, royal palace and prison has had many faces throughout the centuries, and each has its own distinct tale to tell throughout your visit. But a key attraction of the tower is of course its famous crown jewels. A grand total of 23,578 gemstones reside at the tower, many of which are still used for regal occasions.

It’s not all about the royals though; the tower now embraces many events across the calendar, so it’s worth checking the website to see what’s coming up – from hands-on learning sessions for little ones to lunchtime talks for big ones, and much more besides.

When making the most of your London sightseeing, Apex Hotels are the perfect travel companion with great accommodation and friendly, welcoming staff who are happy to give you the benefit of their local knowledge, further enhancing your stay every step of the way.