London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. History, architecture, urban parks, royal palaces, culture and more await travelers to the City. Of course, many hotels cater to those traveling for business or pleasure. But, according to American Express in London, the average four star hotel costs hundreds of pounds per night.
Budget friendly London apartment rentals offer an alternative to the high costs of British hotels. In addition, living in a London flat allows the traveler to get a real feel for the City as a resident. London’s neighbourhoods have distinctive personalities, too: the local pub is a great place to get a quick, inexpensive meal and watch people.
In general, central London is the most expensive part of the City. Areas include Westminster, London Bridge, Victoria, and Waterloo. Upmarket and posh residences in Kensington, Mayfair, or Knightsbridge are where many of the City’s finest homes are found. (And, of course, Harrods, one of the world’s most famous department stores, is the place to buy the latest fashions or gourmet foods.)
Westminster is home to Parliament, the iconic Big Ben clock tower, and Westminster Abbey. Queen Elizabeth I was crowned and later buried there. For history buffs, a visit to her effigy is simultaneously exciting and a little spooky: the chalky white cosmetics of the day, and an apparently realistic likeness of the Queen in her later years, makes the Abbey a must-see.
Local markets are a great way to take in the City. Try Camden or Notting Hill to get a taste of local life. Or visit Covent Garden for opera and art. Seek out a weekend jewellery fair if acquiring new or antique trinkets is a favourite hobby.
Tube travel, black cabs, and double decker buses
Transportation in London is relatively cheap and makes a car hire unnecessary for most people. So it’s possible to get a great deal on a London apartment rental almost anywhere within London without a great deal of inconvenience.
Disruptions in “the tube” service are usually rare on work days. Since the Underground is undergoing renovations through 2018, enquire about travel schedules on holidays. But don’t leave London without taking a ride in a black cab or red double decker bus!
London museums and parks
Visit the museums in London if the opportunity presents. The British Museum (especially the famed ancient Egypt exhibit) or the Albert & Victoria are educational and entertaining ways to spend a morning or afternoon.
Walk, run, or skate in the City’s many parks. During warm weather, plan a Sunday picnic and enjoy the afternoon just like a Londoner. If so inclined, wear a large floral hat whilst eating from a wicker basket!
Bring your own robe and slippers
Living like a native has its charms, but travelers should note that apartment rentals aren’t the equivalent of expensive hotels. There’s no concierge or room service: you must shop and cook your food or make plans to dine out. Similarly, most apartments don’t offer a fluffy hotel robe or plush slippers. Again, the charm of an apartment stay is that visitors bring their own or shop for new stuff in London.
Save thousands of pounds by renting a London flat
Either way, renting a London flat for business or pleasure makes good bottom-line sense. The enjoyment of living like a resident and saving hundreds of pounds is perfect for holiday, conference, or simply to see the grandeur of London firsthand!