Staying in London with Marlin Apartments

It is no secret that even though I love hotels, I also love staying in apartments. They provide a whole different experience to your trip, it’s practical and you still can save a lot. That’s why when I was invited I couldn’t pass the opportunity of staying in London with Marlin Apartments.

Modern apartments, strategic locations and great service and price, Marlin Apartments offers not only opportunities for short stays like mine, but also for long-term, which is very handy if you need to stay in town for a couple of months or even 1 year or more. At the same time they have no requirements for minimum stays, which means you can stay one night, there is concierge 24/7 and you still get someone to clean the apartment for you.

I stayed at one of their apartments near London Bridge, Empire Square, for 2 nights. It is a very modern building, and my apartment had 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, a very spacious living room connected with the kitchen, a very large balcony, and a great view to the Shard.

Marlin Apartments, Londres
View from the living room

The Location

What’s more practical than staying in London with an underground station just a few meters away from your accommodation? That was my case. The Borough station is probably less than 200m from the building, there are also pubs and restaurants just around the corner, and a supermarket steps away from the entrance – just under the building to be more precise.

From the Empire Square building you can walk to the Borough Market, London Tower, the Shard, and Tower Bridge. With the underground you have great connections to other parts of town, and there are also buses stopping close by, a great and central location in London.

Living Room

I was mesmerized when I entered the living room, wow! Even with the dull weather in London, the apartment was so bright, all because of the huge glass windows. It also had a TV, couch, small table, round table and chairs, and a door to the balcony, which was huge.

Marlin Apartments, London

Marlin Apartments, Londres

Marlin Apartments, Londres

The Kitchen

The kitchen was connected to the living room and was also very spacious. It had a fridge, dish washer, washing machine, oven and stove, sink, cupboard, space to storage food, all types of pans you might need, plates, cups and glasses, toaster, microwave and much more.

In case you are wondering, yes, we did use the kitchen. W and I love to cook together, and this time we decided to make spaghetti bolognese, his specialty and my favourite dish ever. We went down the supermarket, bought the essential ingredients and while W was cooking, I was photographing – no help from me this time. And well the food was amazing as always, and the kitchen proved to be great and met our needs.

Marlin Apartments, Londres

Marlin Apartments, Londres

Marlin Apartments, Londres

The Bedroom

The bedroom had a great size for us, with a big mirror, bedside tables, window and a very spacious closet.

Marlin Apartments, Londres

Marlin Apartments, Londres


The bathroom was separated from the bedroom, spacious, good shower, with towels and L’Occitane toiletries, which I loved.

Marlin Apartments, London

Marlin Apartments, LondonΒ Marlin Apartments, London

The Service

The attention we got at the reception was very friendly and helpful. The guy who greeted us explained everything about the apartment, like Wi-Fi, how to lock the door, how to enter the building, etc. He also gave us some London advices.

A little bit of honesty

I thought it could be very handy if in the kitchen already had the basics, like salt and sugar. However, later on they told me it is possible to ask for them at the reception desk, which is great, so you don’t have to buy a whole package of salt while staying a couple days, and leave it behind.

I suggested that they arrange a wooden spoon for the kitchen, so the pans don’t get scratched.

Marlin Apartments, Londres


  • Check-in can be made at 3pm;
  • There is free Wi-Fi;
  • Parking is possible, but paid;
  • At the Empire Square building where I stayed there was a gym and a crΓ©che, though I haven’t used them;
  • I thought that the building is very safe when it comes to the entrance, you need to use your key in a machine near the door to open it;
  • I was very happy that they also have a hair dryer, as I didn’t bring mine;
  • The apartment had an iron and a table ironing board;

Marlin Apartments, Londres

  • They have their own personalized mugs and city maps.

Marlin Apartments, Londres

Marlin Apartments, Londres

My thoughts

I was very happy with their service and apartment. It was like staying at a hotel, but at the same time having much more space, freedom, privacy and a kitchen to cook. It is certainly ideal not only for long stays in London, but also for short stays too. It’s definitely a service I would use when in town again.

Marlin Apartments, Londres

Marlin Apartments has over 700 apartments across London, the biggest owner-operator of serviced apartments in the UK. They have properties in Stratford, Limehouse, at Queen Street St. Paul’s, Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Tower Bridge.

Prices start at Β£80 per studio apartment and per night based on two people. Some apartments can have up to 8 people with different sleeping configurations. They often have special offers and great discounts, like 20% when booking in advance, check out their website for more information.


Disclosure: I was offered a one-night stay at the Empire Square building of Marlin Apartments, and paid for a second one with discount. Thank you Marlin Apartments for having us.


About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Nihar Pradhan

    Hi Allane, I was little tied up so couldn’t read all you earlier post, also had to move to a new domain (, will catch up on all your pending ones and looking forward to our exchange of thoughts from the new place.

    Have a lovely weekend.


    • Ohhh that’s amazing Nihar! Congratulations on the new place.
      I’m looking forward to checking it πŸ˜€
      I hope all is fine with you!

      • Nihar Pradhan

        Thanks so much Allane. Yes, everything is fine this side, hope all preparation for New Year is in full swing. I can see through your engagements, you have become very busy and your schedule is full.
        Wishing you a wonderful New Year and lots of peace and happiness, of course lot of joy and fun. take care!!!

        • Thank you so much Nihar. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year πŸ™‚ and congrats on the website again, it’s looking great!!

          • Nihar Pradhan

            Thanks so much Allane and looking forward to more such fascinating exchange of exciting thoughts and brilliant ideas, I always enjoyed the wonderful conversations with you..cheers to the lovely conversations 2015 and looking forward to 2016.
            Take Care!!!

          • Thank you Nihar! Same here πŸ˜€
            i wish you an amazing 2016!

  • I never knew about the Marlin apartments! I will add this to my list incase anyone wants to visit in London. They’re lovely. Great location too.

    • They are pretty cool right? I loved them and I would definitely stay with them again πŸ˜€

  • Hi Lily! Yes, it is an awesome place to stay πŸ˜€
    I’m in Egypt right now πŸ˜€
    I wish you a Happy New Year!

  • I know right? They have great rates and locations, I loved it as I’m a big fan of staying in apartments πŸ™‚
    Happy New Year πŸ™‚

  • It’s definitely a great option for London πŸ™‚
    hahaa yess, the pasta was amazing!!

  • Phoebe Thomas

    Can’t beat that location, and with all that space, kitchen, reception AND L’Occitane toiletries I don’t actually see how a hotel could be any better. I’m a huge fan of apartments.

    • I am also a fan of big apartments πŸ˜€
      And the location is definitely great πŸ˜‰

  • Me too! I love it πŸ˜€
    Thank you! Have a great week!

  • I know right? Prices are great πŸ˜€

  • Yes, the location is pretty cool!! Me too, I’m always searching for good serviced apartments, they are so practical, for families especially πŸ˜€

  • Ohh no, sorry about that πŸ™
    I hope next time you have a better experience, this once is pretty cool and I would love to stay there again next time I’m in London πŸ˜€

  • I know right? Lots of space, and this was only for me and W, I loved it πŸ˜€

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  • Awesome, I hope you will like it πŸ˜€

  • Yes you can use the gym too, I just didn’t have time for it as I had to explore London haha πŸ˜€
    I think it’s great to have a gym if you are staying longer and need to do some exercise πŸ˜‰

  • It’s great isn’t it? Of course, they have other prices, types of apartments and offers too, so it really depends on what you want πŸ˜€

  • Gin

    Apartments are always good value when staying in overpriced cities πŸ™‚

    • Exactly, I think the same thing. It is a great alternative to save some money! πŸ˜€

  • Wow, that looks like an amazing apartment!

  • Yes you are right, a kitchen is always useful. It’s great to have one, especially in expensive cities πŸ˜€

  • πŸ˜€ I liked the view too!

  • I loved the location, it is was so practical to get anywhere and there was everything near it!

  • I hope this will be a great option for you πŸ˜€
    hahaha keep trying πŸ˜€

  • I imagine that with kids must be way better staying in an apartment than a hotel, I already like it even though we don’t have kids (just the dog) πŸ˜€
    The location was amazing, easy to get anywhere.

  • The location was wonderful!! Great deal for London indeed πŸ˜€

  • I have also stayed in hotels which were more expensive and weren’t as nice πŸ˜€
    Apartments are for sure a great options for you guys.

  • hhaha yes, the kitchen is key!! I was very happy to see a hairdryer, it really felt like a hotel but much better and complete πŸ˜€

  • That’s awesome Kana, Venice Beach huh? I wish!! Glad you liked staying in a aparhotel, I guess this one fall into the category too. I love it!! πŸ˜€
    You’re welcome, thank you for linking up!

  • I hope you try it sometimes, I think you will like it πŸ˜€

  • I’m sure you like to stay in an apartment Ruth! As you I also prefer staying in the center city even if I have to pay a bit more. πŸ˜€ I hope you do try this trend sometime πŸ˜‰

  • Yes Sally, staying in apartments has lots of advantages in comparison to hotels, especially if you have kids πŸ˜€

  • Me too Lyn, I love some home cooking while traveling πŸ˜€
    I loved the L’Occitane toiletries too πŸ˜€

  • Thank you πŸ˜€

  • Great that you liked it Sara, glad I could add another resource to your list for when you go to London πŸ˜€
    I agree with you, in London you can save so much staying in an apartment, not to mention that you can have home cooking πŸ˜€

  • hahaha I see your point! Well, I love cooking anyways, so its fine for me to cook during the holidays too.. not all the time though, but sometimes when you are tired to go out and try to find a restaurant, it’s great πŸ˜€

  • Thank you dear! Yes, I had a great time in London, though I was a bit sick πŸ˜€

  • How cool that you lived in that area! I loved it, especially for being near the river πŸ˜€
    Thank you!

  • It does, doesn’t it? πŸ˜€

  • Happy to add something new to your list πŸ˜€ next time you can try them! πŸ˜€

  • hahah ohh no, sorry about that πŸ˜€
    If you don’t find another friend there, you can try this option πŸ˜€

  • hahaha πŸ˜€
    Yess, we love to cook, even when we are on holidays, so staying in an apartment is always a great choice for us πŸ˜€

  • Yess it is πŸ˜€

  • hahaha yaaaay!! Well done πŸ˜€

  • hahaha πŸ˜€

  • Probably πŸ˜€