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Image of SoHo Street with shoe-tossing SoHo, NYC is famous for its Shopping, Boutiques and Fashion

It’s that time of year again, the semi-annual event known as Fashion Week, and all its accompanying designers, models, photographers and entourages are about to take over the major style capitals of the world. Twice a year in Winter and Fall, New York, London, Milan and Paris host the fast-paced runway shows of Fashion Week and their fashion-forward events. We know how busy all of our fashion industry clients are, and that hotel rooms can be impossible to find. We’ve compiled a list of apartment suggestions in NYC, London and Paris that we think would be just your style…

New York Fashion Week (February 9 – Friday, February 17, 2017)

The streets of NYC are always an un-official runway and during fashion week the local fashionistas and the influx of fashion gurus can be found out and about in full force so keep your eyes open for some serious style inspiration.

Image of living room of NY-16635 in the Upper West Side This 4 bedroom/3 bath duplex on the Upper West Side is spacious enough for your whole entourage

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Image of graffiti street art on side of building in East London Discover East London’s vibrant street art!

When planning to visit London, visitors may find it difficult to decide what area to stay in given the wide choice of neighborhoods and little information on them. New York Habitat has prepared a wonderful guide to one of London’s most vibrant neighborhoods — East London — and some fantastic furnished apartments you can rent in this interesting part of the city.

The terms East End and East London are more or less interchangeable, though some people refer to Shoreditch/Brick Lane/Whitechapel as the East End and the area around Olympic Park as East London. Liverpool Street is a local transportation hub and great place to start exploring the area.

Image of double decker bus in the streets of London East London is full of independent boutiques, ethnic restaurants, vintage shopping and street art.

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Image of shopping street with colorful holiday lights, double decker buses and people shopping London’s streets are alive with colorful holiday lights and frenzied shoppers enjoying the sales.

The Holidays are such a festive and magical time of year, with all of the colorful decorations, nostalgic music and the scents of traditional holiday baking. It’s also a great time to travel and see cities you may have even visited before in a whole different light. Wander through markets, snack on seasonal nibbles and enjoy all those fun wintertime activities. What better time to visit a new city and immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions?

Holiday Light Illuminations

Image of shopping street with with double decker buses and angel-shaped Christmas lights Take in the holiday light displays as you check off items on your Christmas wish list.

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Image of Tower Bridge, backed by skyscrapers including the Gherkin London’s landmarks combine historic architecture and modern design.

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York gets the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building – in London, you’ll find even more landmarks, from Tower Bridge and Big Ben to the Gherkin and the Shard. Like any global city, London sets itself apart with iconic buildings that recall its history and show its innovative nature. Traveling to London, it can be tough to check off all the sights on your list. Start by renting an apartment near a London landmark and you’ll be that much closer to all the sites to be seen Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of the pool of the London Virgin Active gym club with the skyline in the background Swim with a view at this penthouse pool at the Virgin Active gym club. (Credit: Canary Riverside Health Club)

London doesn’t need famous beaches to offer lots of places to go for a dip, from pristine pools to tree-lined lakes, you won’t be far from the water this summer. If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your furnished apartment complex, then swimming for pleasure or fitness may be a part of your daily routine. You can also get passes to pools like the one pictured above, located in a private gym club on the top floor. For the rest of us, it’s a great way to escape every once in a while. There are plenty of places in London that are open to the public where you can relax or work on your technique. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of British flags and double decker buses Check out our guide to events and activities in London this summer.

London is a vibrant and culturally diverse city to enjoy in the summer. With four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, some of the world’s top museums, hundreds of festivals, and beautiful parks, there is something for everyone.

Image of people sitting on grass with fountains and statue Trafalgar Square is a favorite central hang out in London in the summer.

It isn’t easy to pinpoint the heart of London. Visitors all have differing views of where the center of London really is, though if you find yourself in Trafalgar Square you aren’t very far away. Overlooked by the National Gallery, just a short walk to the River Thames, and close to both Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, why not start your journey here. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of a Eurostar train and famous landmarks in Europe Speeding between the famous sights of Europe’s capitals, Eurostar connects London with continental cities from Paris to Avignon.

Once just an engineer’s fantasy, the Channel Tunnel that connects Britain to Continental Europe hasn’t stopped-evolving since its 1994 opening. The latest update to the service offered by Eurostar, the high-speed rail line through the tunnel, brings British travelers farther south than ever before: all the way to Provence! Cosmopolitan London has never been so close to the charms of the South of France. The original stop in Paris makes a great waypoint between the two, so you can make sure your travel time is well-spent. Plus, with our furnished rentals in London, Paris, Provence and the French Riviera, you’ll have a great place to relax after a day on the train, with more privacy and flexibility than a hotel. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of a London university campus with a green lawn Imagine yourself living in a lovely London flat near your University!

If you’re lucky enough attend a university in London and experience the art and culture of the city, you’ll need to cross one thing off your to-do list before the semester starts: housing. As a student in a city this expensive, it will be crucial to find the best discounts and free things in London—a great reason to stay in a furnished flat near your university. You’ll want somewhere you can study and do as you please or maybe even live with fellow students who share your desire to thrive in London! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of a Tower Bridge in London over the River Thames Stay near Tower Bridge and do as the Londoners do!

Few landmarks are as iconic as London’s Tower Bridge. Not to be confused with London Bridge, this monument over the River Thames is truly representative of the city itself—steeped in history, majesty, and visually unparalleled. If you’re planning a stay in London, there’s no better area than that around Tower Bridge, no matter what side of the Thames you find yourself on. Get a taste of the culture and entertainment surrounding this area and have a quintessentially London experience!

1. Things to Do Around Tower Bridge

It’s impossible to explore London without being entirely awed by Tower Bridge. Famous for its castle-like peaks and blue detailing as well as its rich, 120-year history, this bridge literally towers over the city. Today, you can actually cross the elevated walkways on the bridge to get spectacular London views through the glass floor. You can watch the sunset from the bridge and make it a romantic outing, or check out the souvenir shop for gifts. Every so often, the bridge opens to let a ship pass through, an engineering marvel that even locals stop to admire! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Big Ben and Trafalgar Square London’s Big Ben is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to great sightseeing!

Samuel Johnson, the great English writer, once claimed that to tire of London is to tire of life. One step on the city’s old cobblestone streets and his words immediately ring true. But what can be tiring is trying to choose between the many attractions and sights the city has to offer. Worry not—we’ve got you covered with this quick list of 20 things to do during your stay in London Town!

1. Stroll through St. James Park

Image of people walking towards St. James Palace in St. James Park The Park is home to many species of birds and includes a real swan lake.

London is known for its many parks, which adorn the city with greenery and nature and provide respite from the busy city life. None offers as much splendor as St. James Park, located just a short walk from Buckingham Palace (also a must-see London attraction). Peeking out from behind the trees and gardens (and even some swans) is a picturesque view of the Saint James Palace, right out of a fairytale. Read the entire story here…»