Apex Hotels is delighted to announce an opening date for their third London property, Apex Temple Court. On 1 April 2012, this landmark building will open its doors as a 184 bedroom contemporary four-star hotel complete with restaurant, bar and gym.
Bookings are now open for the hotel with lead in rates starting from just £129 per room per night. Apex Temple Court is situated just off Fleet Street in the conservation area of the Inner Temple, arguably one of the most attractive and historic areas in the City of London. It also enjoys a strong sense of tranquility that is rare for a city centre hotel.
Apex Hotels are converting the property, by investing in excess of £60m. The finished property, the eighth Apex hotel (they have four properties in Edinburgh and one in Dundee alongside the London hotels) will offer a fusion of contemporary design and innovative technology with luxurious guest rooms and public areas and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
The building was bought from an ancient law society, the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, which has a long history stretching back to the middle of the 12th century, during the reign of Henry II, when the Military Order of the Knights Templar built Temple Church by the Thames. Two centuries later in 1312, lawyers came to occupy the Temple site where the medieval Inns of Court offered accommodation to practitioners of the law and their students, and facilities for education and dining.
After a period of slow decline in the 18th century, the following 100 years saw a restoration of the Temple’s fortunes, with buildings constructed or restored. Much of this work was destroyed during World War II when the Hall, Temple, Temple Church and many sets of chambers were devastated. Rebuilding was completed min 1959. Today, the Temple is a flourishing and active Inn of Court which also provides a unique venue for production houses filming period dramas including The Da Vinci Code, Wolfman, Oliver Twist, the Lost Prince and more recently, Silk and Pirates of the Caribbean 4.
Apex Temple Court is easy reach of London’s most popular attractions. A walk westwards from the hotel takes you to Covent Garden, famous for its shops, street performers, bars, restaurants, theatres and the Royal Opera House and just ten minutes walk away is The Strand and the heart of London’s theatre land. Other popular attractions nearby include St. Paul’s Cathedral, Somerset House, National Theatre, Tate Modern and boat trips down the Thames to Greenwich.