Destination guide

London buzzes day and night

At once swish and gritty, old and new, London is a searing mass of contradictions. They all add up to create a metropolis that moves and breathes like a living thing, pulsing from Shoreditch's hipster haunts all the way to Kensington's boutiques. Landmarks? How about Big Ben, the London Eye, The Shard. Cultural attractions? The British Museum, the V&A, the Natural History Museum – some of the best in the world. Then comes a culinary scene so varied, taste buds won't know what hit them – a morning shakshuka in Dalston's Turkish kitchens followed by an evening of Indian paneer in King's Cross, anyone? London holiday rentals await.

Things to do

London is museum central

If your idea of a great city break is encountering 2,000-year-old Greek marbles and seeing sand-dried mummies and the Rosetta Stone all before brunch, then London holiday rentals are probably going to be right up your street. The British Museum should be top of the bill. It's laden with treasures – priceless, the lot – from right across the globe. Roman busts? Check. Etruscan tomb fragments? You bet. Mughal paintings? Of course. Elsewhere in the big city, you can see some of the most famous paintings in the world at the Tate Modern, bask in high fashion at the V&A or excite the kids at the Science Museum.

Activities

The patchwork of London

London's probably best seen as a patchwork of different neighbourhoods. Wander from west to east and you'll encounter a whole host of mini cities-within-a-city. Take Stoke Newington, a happening hub where traditional English pubs mingle with boho art galleries. Take Kensington, the haunt of the rich and famous, where wine bars meet high-end stores and boutiques for leisurely shopping. Take Soho and its wild nightlife, or the West End, where grand theatres sparkle along the streets. And then there's the Southbank and its skateparks, and Brick Lane's vintage emporiums.

Weather

London's always a corker

There's really never a bad time to hit London town, as it always bustles with life and energy. Summer, between June and August, brings some of the best weather of the whole UK to the metropolis, opening up the likes of Hyde Park to picnickers and London Fields to BBQ parties. The autumn can be a pound-saving season, running from September to October. Winter has festive markets on the South Bank and wonderlands in the parks – come before Christmas to make the most of them. Spring – in April and May – is perfect for visiting outdoor attractions like Kew Gardens.

Natural features

London and the snaking Thames

If there's one geographical feature that really defines London, it's the long and winding River Thames. That great waterway divides the metropolis in half, linking it to royal towns in the Home Counties and to the coast to the east. Along its length you can seek out London holiday rentals close to urban parks that offer a taste of the English outdoors. There's Hyde Park, with its monuments and lakes. There's the grassy fields of Hampstead Heath, enjoying views of London's skyscrapers. Further afield are Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, like the Surrey Hills and the Chilterns, great for an escape from city life.

How to get there

Transport options to and around London

Fly into London (LCY-London City), the closest airport, located 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into London (LHR-Heathrow), which is 14.1 mi (22.7 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, London Charing Cross Station, London Waterloo Station and London Waterloo East Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around London by catching a ride on the metro at Charing Cross Underground Station, Embankment Station or Leicester Square Underground Station.

Where to stay around London?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 11,894 holiday lettings near London. From 9,513 Flats to 2,045 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near London is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to London?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in London:

  • Central London: 6,724 holiday homes
  • London City Centre: 5,861 holiday homes
  • Harrow: 9,625 holiday homes
  • Cassiobury: 17 holiday homes
  • Pantiles: 804 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to London?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in London. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Hyde Park: 8,104 holiday lettings
  • London (ZEP-Victoria Train Station): 11,883 holiday lettings
  • Excel Exhibition Centre: 11,722 holiday lettings
  • Clapham Common: 3,565 holiday lettings
  • London Bridge: 9,960 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around London listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in London?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 9,513 Flats in London. Our other popular types of London holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 2,045 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 45 self catering accommodations
  • Studios: 9,594 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in London?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 107 holiday homes with pool available in London. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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