For stays of a day, a week, a month or a year, serviced apartments (also known in the sector as Aparthotels, corporate housing or extended stay housing) offer a spacious, flexible and cost effective alternative to restrictive hotel rooms, with an average saving of 15 - 30% on an equivalent standard hotel.    more


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April 18, 2011

Watch the royal wedding from one of our Serviced apartments in London! by Esther Munoz Tong

What could be better than standing somewhere along the procession route? Lots of height! Imagine catching a glimpse of the royal procession from your own window while managing to avoid the worst of the day: pushing crowds and the transport delays are bound to prevail on the day of the Will and Kate’s wedding –not to mention that getting up well before dawn will be a prerequisite in order to get a half decent spot.


The route between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey goes by The Mall, Whitehall and south of Parliament Square. Any one of these landmarks would be a prime spot to staying.

Once the ceremony has taken place, the newlyweds will return to Buckingham Palace, leading the wedding party in a procession of five horse-drawn carriages. 


Or you can always be near located in Hyde Park or Trafalgar Square and where live broadcastings of the wedding on giant screens –and lots of party action- will be taken place dowstairs.


Click here for a map of the procession route on Google Maps

April 11, 2011

The Apartment Service at the ITM Conference 2011 by Sara Calvo

Myself and Muireann King attended a fun packed ITM Conference last week and quite literally had a ball!


The organisers hosted a black tie event on the Wednesday night so everyone got their glad rags on and drank and danced the night away.  Once we had finished a most acceptable three course meal with wine flowing, we were entertained by comedian Alun Cochrane, a band played excellent covers in the main ball room and we went a boogied the night away in the silent disco! (We just hope we were not caught on camera).


Around this fun fuelled evening we did actually have to be professional and represent The Apartment Service. We attended several seminars and met some lovely people within the industry. 


To round off a successful three days away, Muireann won the auction for two return tickets to Canada with her bid of £700 which she will use to see her brother who now lives there.



Sara Calvo

Sales Manager

The Apartment Service

April 1, 2011

Here is a bit about me by Helen Richardson

Four and a half years ago I moved up to Hull, I have been dreaming of moving back to the beautiful South ever since. I am so happy to be given this opportunity to be back in London. All I need now is for my husband to find work and join me!


I worked with both Tess Smith and Sara Calvo at UKIT Training in Tolworth. In fact my career has followed Sara’s, like Sara I also worked for Barclays Bank for many years (17) prior to working at UKIT Training. Whilst living in Hull I was in an HR role, recruiting Special Constables for Humberside Police. This new job  as a Business Development Executive for The Apartment Service appears to be far more varied and exciting.


In my spare time I enjoy travelling, socialising and keeping fit, my favourite class at the gym is Zumba. I can’t get enough of it.



Helen Richardson

Business Development Executive

The Apartment Service

T: +44(0) 208 944 3643


March 24, 2011

Relocating or visiting the UK on a regular basis? enjoy the comforts of home without the commitment by Esther Munoz Tong


When foreign nationals consider moving to London is quickly very patent why the long held reputation of “one of the most expensive cities in the world” is constantly quoted by friends and colleagues. Although no longer among the top 10 most expensive cities in the world; renting accommodation in the UK is still -and despite of the burst property bubble- one of the highest expenses in everyone’s budget, when compared to other costly cities. 


Another daunting factor for expats and people on international assignments is to decide where to settle in. A city with over 7.5 million inhabitants like London can be very intimidating when one knows very little about the diverse neighbourhoods  to choose from - the areas we would have visited as tourists  are often hardly  residential, unaffordable or simply not very convenient to commute to and from work.


And there is the additional concern that comes with having to commit to a long term rental contract (minimum one year) in a foreign country; an option that is by far the most economical but that can also be too inflexible when aspects such as short or unpredictable duration -and location- of work projects, the eventual arrival of the family, choosing a child-friendly area or the right school have to be taking into account.  The freedom to change your mind about the standard, the size, the amenities and the location of the place of residence that you initially chose is a priceless feature that only serviced apartments can offer at reasonable cost.


What is a serviced apartment?

A serviced apartment is a property which can be rented from anything from a week to a few months or even a year, on an extendable basis. You can rent any type of property from a studio to a multiple bedrooms property. When renting an apartment on a short term basis all the bills and services are included in the rent.


The advantages

Flexibility - you have the option to extend your tenancy on a weekly or monthly basis

Home comforts - the privacy of your own front door, plenty of space and a relaxing environment where you can come and go as you please

Serviced apartments are furnished to a high standard with appliances and household items that include towels, linen, crockery, electrical and kitchen appliances

Cleaning and maintenance services

Just bring your luggage


About The Apartment Service


Our expertise

With over thirty years of experience providing short term corporate and leisure accommodation The Apartment Service understands the pressures of staff and families moving abroad with differing requirements, often at short notice. We understand the many constraints that come with a busy lifestyle and our aim is to help you settle into your new life overseas as quickly and effortlessly as possible. The Apartment Service can do all the hard work for you, your time and energy can be spent on more important things.

Our main objective is to find an option tailored to your requirements, dates and budget. We love to share our knowledge on a wide range of local matters, allowing for an stress-free transition to your new life whether you are planning a short- or long-term move to the UK or to almost any other country in the world with a portfolio of thousands of properties worldwide, we are able to find a solution for both individuals and corporate group requirements alike.


Corporate services

A large number of corporate firms make use of our bespoke accommodation solution as an efficient and economical alternative to hotels. We provide a fully tailored service designed to meet the individual needs of every company and employee.


We also offer a centralised expenses service that allows your accounts department to receive all the accommodation requirements costs in one invoice helping your firm to establish staff expenses in clear and efficient financial terms.


The Apartment Service

We are the largest European provider of serviced apartments with an ever-expanding network of properties worldwide, offering spacious, flexible and cost effective solutions, up to 30% more economical than an equivalent standard hotel. Our expertise can play a key role developing the serviced accommodation requirements of your business.


Contact The Apartment Service


T: +44 (0) 020 8944 3612

F: +44 (0) 0208944 6744


March 18, 2011

Now with Serviced Apartments in Cambridge by Esther Munoz Tong

Introducing our new Serviced Apartments selection in Cambridge


Manor House  

Manor House is a brand new development of six apartments in a pretty, quiet Victorian terrace to... More


Garden Court

Garden Court is a modern and stylish development that is just 10 minutes walk to the historic city centre and... More

Market Rise
The Market Rise apartments are located in a modern building near to the...

Meadowcroft Apartments
The striking modern exterior of Meadowcroft Apartments contrasts excitingly with its leafy...

The Hamiltons  
A selection of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments including two stunning Penthouse apartments offering unrivalled views of the...

How to contact the our Reservations Team
Tel: +44(0)208 944 1444

March 15, 2011

The Apartment Service and More Corporate Sales Development by Admin

I am Stephanie Selima; I have four years experience in the fields of marketing and sales in the Cosmetics and Fashion industries.  I have received a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Sales Management from INSEEC Business School in France.



I have been in the UK for nearly a year and worked as a Commercial Assistant and Business Development Manager at LVMH Fragrances and Cosmetics.



I’ve chosen to work at The Apartment Service as it offers a challenging environment, a prospect for promotion and a rewarding working experience.  I wish to capitalize on my abilities and to learn new skills. I am very happy to join a company with a clear and pertinent strategy for growth and a strong desire for success. I am really looking forward to being a part of this success.



Finally, as far as my hobbies are concerned, I love travelling, socialising, going out with friends, ballet, culture (love to learn about countries’ history) cinema, music, riding horses, French cuisine (love cooking for friends) and so much more!



Stephanie Selima is our New Corporate Development Consultant

To contact the Sales Development Team
Tel: +44(0)208 944 3612

March 8, 2011

Memories of 1981 by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service was founded in 1981, in a time when people were dressing in an individual fashion with wild hair dos and many colours, tattoos were all rage and British group Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Festival with “Make Your Mind Up”.

But what else happened in 1981 and who are the contemporaries of The Apartment Service? An illustrious bunch and a few names which, like The Apartment Service, have become synonymous with the products they represent. You can´t imagine life without them anymore:

There is Bloomberg, the media company founded by Michael Bloomberg, which provides up to the minute business and financial news.

From the world of sports there is JD Sports, a featured shop in many a high street across the UK for all your sport equipment and attire.

Merely a pipedream in 1981, but nowadays no office can function without them. Computer accessories, such as mice, web cams, USB sticks etc. Yes, also Logitech is turning 30 this year.

And then there are high street favourites such as Jack Wolfskin, Tie Rack and for lovers of film United International Pictures.

1981 was the year that Nintendo became huge and Hard Rock and Heavy Metal ruled the airwaves on the music front.

Movie of the year, according to the Oscar Nominations was “Chariots of Fire” with Nicholas Farrell and Nigel Havers. The film is telling the true story about track athletes from different cultures competing in the 1924 Olympics.

Ronald Reagan, himself a former film actor, became President of the United States and Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch bought the Times and the Sunday Times.

MTV, the music station was first launched in the USA and the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe was caught.

1981 saw the first London Marathon being held with just over 6,500 runners. This year, in its anniversary year, around 40,000 people will run the race. It is one of the top 5 marathons in the world and the largest yearly single fund raising event worldwide.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married and housewives and teenage girls favourites Wham! belted out their first song, “Young Guns  Go For It”.

1981 has also produced a number of 30 year olds which have made their marks in various fields, be it musically or on the sport front.

Anna Kournikova, the Russian tennis player with the model looks, who has become more famous off than on the courts.

That old Disney Kids star Britney Spears, who has also had more than her fair share of headlines.

And staying on the tennis front, Wimbledon´s favourite (incidentally also home to The Apartment Service), Roger Federer, who has won the All England Lawn Tennis Championships six times until now and still going strong.

Since music is playing a big part in our 30th Anniversary Celebrations for The Apartment Service we can´t but finish off with some of those timeless favourites of which many have fond memories for a wide variety of reasons:

What about “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes, “Tide is High”, by this epitome of Eighties fashion and music, Blondie and a personal favourite “The Winner Takes It All” by the Swedish Maestros ABBA.

On the “smooch” front there was “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie and “Lady” from Kenny Rogers.

And not to forget The Police, fronted by Sting with “De do do do, de da da da”, a title maybe more suited for the Sixties!

Of course we can go on, but we won´t. Fact is that 1981 has produced some great things, companies and people still going strong today and The Apartment Service is proud to be part of this heritage.

What are your memories of 1981? Where were you at the time? Share it with us and contribute to the legacy of a great vintage!


March 4, 2011

Our New Agent Business Development Executive by Esther Munoz Tong

Hello All,


My name is Oyinda Kasumu. I am the latest Business Development Executive to join the sales team here at The Apartment Service. My role will involve generating new business relationships with Hotel Booking Agents, Letting Agents, Relocation Agents and Travel Management Companies.


I come from a background of Field Marketing and Client Services Management and I always tried to seek avenues in which I can help to grow business opportunities.


Out of work my passions are cooking; African and West Indian dishes are my speciality. I enjoy street dancing and am a keen follower of fashion. 


Oyinda Kasumu

Business Development Executive

The Apartment Service

T: 0208 944 3628



February 28, 2011

Open Day - Princes House (Brighton) 16th March 2011 by Bard Vos

Please join us in our Brighton Apartments

Princes House, 169 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EA

Morning Coffee and Pastries from 10.30am to 12.00m


Buffet Lunch from Noon to 3.00pm

These apartments are in a Grade One Art Deco listed building which has been sympathetically restored. Facilities include dishwasher, washing machine, video entry phone, Maple wood floors, CCTV surveillance. Parking is available in the nearby NCP car. London is accessible by train in just under an hour. 

Brighton cosmopolitan, compact, energetic, unique, fun, lively, historic, young, exotic and free-spirited, it's a city like no other. 

Please RSVP by email to Muireann King at to confirm your appointment and time.  

The Apartment Service, 5-6 Francis Grove, London, SW19 4DT
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8944 1444   Fax: +44 (0) 20 8944 6744





February 24, 2011

Freedom Services Apartments Lisbon by Esther Munoz Tong

Freedom Serviced Apartments have just joint The Apartment Service. Adding three new locations in Lisbon; Cais do Sodré, Bairro Alto and Marquês de Pombal. Perfect for a medium to long term stay and offering all the amenities and comforts of home with the additional benefits of a city centre location and daily maid service.

All accommodations include a daily maid service, linen and bath and the Internet without additional charge to users.

Freedom Services Apartments Lisbon is perfect for a medium to long term stay and offers all the amenities and comforts of home with the additional benefits of a city centre location.

For further information contact our Reservations Team
T: +44 (0) 20 8944 3631

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