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London Travel Guide

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 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 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 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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Image of Union Jack flags strung between buildings So many unique neighborhoods make up the city of London, how many are you familiar with?

An Area Steeped in Literary History & Academic Achievement

Bloomsbury, London’s most vibrant and historic district, is situated in the southernmost part of the Borough of Camden and is recognized as the intellectual and literary capital of London. This lively and remarkable area was made most famous by a group of turn-of-the-century writers that included Virginia Woolf and Charles Darwin. The arts and education have a long history here, so it’s not surprising some of the most prestigious, oldest and most important schools and colleges in London and all of the UK are found in this neighborhood. The University of London has made Bloomsbury the base for a number of its colleges, including the famous London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. On any given day a lively rush of students and professionals keep the area buzzing.

What could be a better location to rent an apartment if you’re coming to London for academics or professional pursuits? You’ll find likeminded colleagues and intellectuals studying over a cup of tea at one of the neighborhood literary cafes or bookshops or winding down their day with a pint and some stimulating conversation in one of the local pubs.

Image of the facade of the former Hotel Russell with double decker bus in front The former Hotel Russell is still an impressive landmark of the area

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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 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…»