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Image of street in Oxford, England with double-decker red bus Discover all that Oxford, England has to offer

1. Oxford

If you’re a royal watcher, history buff or British music fan, then London is probably on your travel bucket list. What most tourists don’t realize is that while renting a strategically placed furnished apartment in London, you can easily take day trips to these seven exciting destinations outside of London proper.

Just one hour away from Marylebone Station is the home of one of the world’s most famous universities, Oxford. Visit for the beautiful architecture and the history (walking tours are available as well). The University of Oxford Botanic Garden has family-friendly trails and picnics are encouraged! For a taste of history visit Oxford Castle, a 1000 year old Norman medieval castle. Art lovers will enjoy the Ashmolean Museum (the world’s first university museum) which houses ancient and modern art and antiquities — and admission is free! At Carfax, the center of Oxford, you can take in the view from St Martin’s Tower — also known as Carfax Tower — the highest building in central Oxford!

Image of living room of LN-1080 in Paddington with windows overlooking the street This duplex vacation rental is great for families

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Image of a grand château by a lake in France at sunset Grand vistas await you outside of Paris

Paris is a dazzling city and top tourist destination, but many visitors don’t venture beyond it, missing out on some lesser known yet impressive spots in France. Hop on a train and you’ll be rewarded with amazing memories. These day trips are an easy and inexpensive way to see different parts of France without having to book multiple accommodations — they’re just a quick train or bus ride from your rental in Paris. So get out and explore France!

1. Château de Chantilly

Image of Château de Chantilly and grounds Horses, art and hiking await you in lovely Chantilly, France

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Image of Thames River with Big Ben and Parliament in the background London is full of fun in the summertime!

1. Beautiful Parks & Squares

Summertime is the best time to head to London’s parks and squares. Trafalgar Square is always a center point of the city action and in the summer, it’s the place to be for free open-air events. Covent Garden also attracts visitors with its shopping, dining, and theater offerings, and in the summer you get treated to an array of jugglers and musicians performing live in the Piazza. Wander around the South Bank cultural district and you’ll come across plenty of great outdoor events, music and performances. If you prefer the quiet of nature without all the commotion, London’s parks have a plethora of serene green spots to chill out and escape the city. St. James’s Park has a lovely central lake, views of Buckingham Palace, and pelican sightings! For the kids (and the Princess Diana fans), there’s Kensington Gardens in which the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is a favorite among children and the memorial fountain is a hot spot for devoted fans to swim and have fun.

2. Outdoor Cinema Screenings

Image of people sitting outside watching a large movie screen Take in an outdoor movie in a picturesque London park (Photo credit: © Luna Cinema)

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Image of people laying in the grass on the Champ-de-Mars with Eiffel Tower in background The Champ-de-Mars near the Eiffel Tower is the perfect summer picnic or sunbathing spot

Summer is here and that means everyone is making travel plans! If you’re thinking of heading to Europe this summer, you can’t skip glimmering Paris! Any time of year, Paris is an exciting destination, but in the summertime the city pulls out all the stops to help you make the most of those long summer days. Parisian gardens, a boat ride along the Seine, lunch in a quaint outdoor cafe — if it all sounds dreamy, read on for some of our favorite summer pastimes in Paris

1. Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

Image of a Bateaux Parisien boat on the Seine at sunset Cruise the Seine in style on a Bateaux Parisiens

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Image of kayaking under the Brooklyn Bridge with city skyline view Relax and enjoy summer in NYC (Photo courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse facebook page)

Everyone knows NYC is the city that never sleeps, and once you visit in the summer you’ll understand why! With all the beautiful parks, outdoor events and sidewalk eateries, it’s no wonder New Yorkers stay up long after the sun goes down! Read on and discover our favorite ways to enjoy an endless summer in NYC…

The Essentials

Image of the Brooklyn Bridge and city skyline from Brooklyn Brooklyn Bridge Park is full of summer activities and a great view too!

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Image of Eiffel Tower with sun setting behind it The Eiffel Tower is an iconic sight in Paris

The sun is shining, flowers blooming, birds chirping, and all of Paris is headed outdoors to revel in the lovely weather! Spring has sprung, and there isn’t a more perfect time to plan a trip to Paris. After all, we all love Paris in the springtime! Can’t you just picture yourself joining the local Parisians as they head outdoors to bask in spring’s warm weather? The outdoor cafes are bustling with friends meeting for a drink or the stereotypical writer, lost in thought, lingering over a cup of coffee, observing Parisian life. The jardins around Paris are in bloom and become the “it” spot for an impromptu picnic on the grass with a bottle of wine, a baguette, and some local delicacies.

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Image of a group of tourists looking at Tower Bridge Don’t miss the beautiful aspects of London that isn’t too well known!

London’s international allure reaches far beyond the handful of landmarks you see on postcards – ask anyone who has lived there for a while, or any traveler who didn’t think one visit did London justice (or two visits, or four). Buckingham Palace is fancy, Westminster Abbey magnificent, and Big Ben’s dial has really long hands, but those who’ve developed a true affection for the world’s first global city tend to take their visiting friends to other attractions. We Anglophiles of New York Habitat hereby present seven of our personal favorites among London’s less established sites.

1- Redefine high tea in a double-Decker: the Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Image of the interior of a red London bus converted into a small restaurant Tour London while enjoying afternoon tea

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Image of buildings near Columbia University with flowers in the foreground Spring is graduation season at NYC’s colleges and universities!

Springtime in New York City is a time of renewal, of springing forth from the stagnation of the cold winter months to the rebirth of gardens and parks, warm weather and outdoor activities. New Yorkers love getting out and about, whether it’s a stroll through Central Park, taking in an outdoor concert, browsing the offerings at a street fair, or dining al fresco with friends. And the month of May adds graduation festivities to the mix! New York City’s prestigious colleges and universities span all five boroughs, from technical schools and those specialized in specific trades to Ivy League universities, those known for their sports teams and everything in between. It’s here you’ll find FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), Cooper Union, NYU, Fordham University in Manhattan and the Bronx, St. John’s University in Queens, Brooklyn Law School and the College of Staten Island. As you can imagine, graduation time is a busy time in NYC! If you are a friend or family of a graduate you’re probably planning your trip to NYC for graduation ceremonies but also want to make the most of your time here and fit in some sight seeing while you’re in town. New York Habitat’s agents can help you find a furnished rental apartment that is the perfect combination of proximity to a NYC college or university and convenience to some of the best spring activities and attractions to take in while you’re in town!

Furnished Apartments are a Great Family Option

Image of NY-17172 on the Upper West Side with Central Park views from the living room Rent this apartment with Central Park views in spring

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Image of London skyline with Big Ben, the London Eye and River Thames Don’t miss London’s sights and sounds in springtime

Springtime in London

As the weather warms from the chill of winter months, London awakens from its slumber with flowers blooming in the local squares, temperatures rising to that perfect balance of warm yet breezy and everyone heads outdoors to enjoy all that this stunning city has to offer — without all the summer crowds. It’s precisely why we think spring is the perfect time of year to visit London! We’ve got apartments near breathtaking gardens and apartments with breathtaking gardens. Because everyone marches to their own drum and has their own reason for visiting London, from the royal watcher to the English history buff, the fashionista to the British music fan, so shouldn’t where you stay be just as personalized? With options ranging from basic for those on a budget, to luxurious bucket list favorites for a special occasion, and everything in between, find the apartment that fits you perfectly!

Experience London Like the Locals

If you really want to get to know a place, position yourself among the locals, not in a pseudo-London created just for tourists. Sure, we all want to see all the iconic London sights, but who says you need to stay in a sterile feeling hotel surrounded by shops and restaurants marked up double price just for tourists? Instead, why not rent a one-of-a-kind apartment all your friends will be jealous of, wake up to your own schedule not housekeeping’s, socialize with the locals, and shop and dine where the insiders do. Tourists’ traps are rarely worth it, and the locals always know all the best spots!

Image of bedroom of LN-1725 in Primrose Hill with French doors opening to a terrace Rent an apartment with a terrace and really enjoy the spring weather in London

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view of the Financial District, with Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground Lower Manhattan's rapidly changing skyline reflects New York's dynamism

New Yorkers range from cosmopolitan style connoisseurs to the kind of irresistible eccentrics you can’t really find in any other city. This incredible diversity is evident among the hosts we work with — and the apartments they list with us. Are you curious about some of our favorites? Or could you use some apartment hunting inspiration for your next trip? Check out our selection of 7 apartments that encapsulate the vibrancy of New York City, and see which one best suits your personality!

Find Refuge in the Theater District

image of lounge area and spiral staircase in NY-16334, with a round mirror in the background Convenience meets style in this serene duplex overlooking Hell's Kitchen

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