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Image of Tower Bridge over the River Thames in London Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in London (Photo credit: Iakov Kalinin)

Crisp air, warm mulled cider, and gorgeous gold and rust-toned trees creating an ever-changing display — these are just a few reasons autumn is many people’s favorite season. Seasoned travelers also know it’s the perfect time to see hotspot cities like London minus the summer tourist crowds and never-ending lines. Special fall deals on airfares and accommodations mean there’s no excuse to put off that trip to London you’ve always dreamed of! In case you need more motivation, check out these spectacular fall happenings that are sure to add some autumn spice to your trip…

Image of pastel colored townhouses in the Notting Hill section of London Instagram your heart out as you stroll the colorful neighborhood of Notting Hill (Photo credit: S Pakhrin via Flickr)

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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 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 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…»

 

Image of a double decker bus on a road in front of the Palace of Westminster, London London has a lot more to it than just iconic double decker buses and Big Ben.

In a global city like London, there’s no way to see all of the sights in just one weekend, even if it is a long one. But with our guide to how to best spend your short London trip, you can catch as many of the city’s top destinations as you can! And you can do so while staying in an apartment of your choosing anywhere in the city. Whether you’re looking to see world-famous works of art, experience the refined high culture of the British capital, or simply enjoy a pint in an authentic pub, our list can help you set your itinerary for a trip to remember.

1. Get your fill of London’s many museums

Image of the great hall in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London The scale of the Victoria and Albert Museum is impressive, just like its collections.

A global hub for art, design, industry and commerce, it’s no wonder London has some of the world’s most famous museums. In fact, there are so many that you can easily spend your whole trip trying to see them all! If you’re looking for entertainment in the city on a rainy weekend or you simply want a great way to spend the afternoon indoors, there’s no better collection than that of the Victoria and Albert Museum of design and decorative arts, the world’s largest museum of its kind. Read the entire story here…»

 

Many may not know this, but London is just as romantic a city as Paris or New York. You’ve picked a picture-perfect city for your romantic night, weekend or week, but now you need to plan your itinerary. Don’t worry, we’ve come up with a list of activities to keep you entertained with your date whatever the length of your trip. Before you plan that itinerary, make sure you’ve secured the perfect vacation rental for a romantic getaway to London! Keep reading to find out our top 10 romantic activities in London!

Image of a park Take a leisurely stroll through the park with your partner and enjoy the beautiful foliage.

1. Romantic Strolls Through the Park

Picture you and your date strolling through the park, hand in hand, admiring not only the beau-tiful gardens, but also each other. For starters, head to the Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park, the Royal Borough’s largest park. This garden is the perfect place for a romantic stroll. It’s particularly beautiful during the spring and summer seasons when all of the flowers are blooming. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, sit by the waterfall, or say hello to the fish in the large koi pond. Don’t be surprised if you encounter a peacock or two during your stroll, they roam around freely! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of traditional English afternoon tea with cookies, teacup, saucer and teapot No one does afternoon tea like the British, as our tearoom list shows

A symbol of Britain across the world, tea is one of the most definitive aspects of culture and daily life in the United Kingdom. While the drink is popular in countries from Argentina to Taiwan, tea has a special meaning in Britain, where it recalls the country’s global reach as well as the comfort of home for members of the British diaspora. More than just the capital of the UK, London is a global capital for all things tea, with hundreds of tea shops worth a visit. We’ve narrowed down the list to the following selection of only the best:

1. My Tea Shop

This venue has been home to tea houses since 1930, with three successive owners leading to the current iteration, a convenient spot for breakfast or early afternoon tea located right across the Thames from the City of London. Between the modern London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral and the Shard, it’s easy to find an excuse to pop into this charming little tea shop. Their renowned full English breakfast offers something for everyone, even coffee so that the less tea-inclined can get their caffeine fix. Our tips and etiquette can make sure you do English tea the right way. This tea house is best for a morning pick-me-up, since it closes at 3:30pm. Located at 23 Duke St Hill, Southwark, London SE1 2SW. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Big Ben in the Fall London’s Big Ben, framed by fall leaves on the Thames River

Whether it’s rain or shine in London, there are lots of activities to do for visitors of all ages. You can take advantage of the warm weather at the beginning of autumn in one of London’s many parks and outdoor spaces or head to one of the city’s world-renowned museums for rotating exhibits. Special events throughout the season can help you plan your trip and make the most of your time in London!

1. Spend an afternoon in Kensington Park at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.

Located in Kensington Park, one of central London’s largest green spaces, this playground is a great stop on an afternoon walk or as a destination of its own. There’s a large ship, a tree house complex and a teepee camp to play on, one of many great free options for exploring the city. It’s no wonder that this is the most popular park in London! For parents, there’s a convenient café and changing stations, making it easy to relax while the kids are having fun. Nearby the playground in the northwest corner of the park, you can also check out the round pond and gardens in the back of Kensington Palace. Admission to the royal residence is free for children under 13 and £16-£17 for adults. For other green spaces in London, check out our Top 10 list! Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of Tower Bridge The sun sets behind Tower Bridge

Sunsets are as unique as snowflakes – you’ll never watch the same one twice. A vibrant sunset between the towers of New York City or a soft sunset over the banks of Paris is are all well and good, but nothing beats the restrained glory of a red London sunset. Fortunately, London also has some of the best places in the European Union from which to see the sunset. From the towering Shard to the Victorian glamour of Primrose Hill, you simply can’t beat these top 5 spots to watch the sunset in London.

1. Primrose Hill at Regent’s Park

Picture of Primrose Hill The sunset from Primrose Hill is a riot of color. Photo: Matt Brock.

There’s a reason this area is home to some of the most exclusive and expensive residences in London. From the top of Primrose Hill you can see all of central London splayed at your feet. With the sky above you and the city below, it’s no wonder that those who visit feel as if they’ve reached the top of Mount Olympus. Turn northward for an unrivalled view of Belsize Park and Hampstead, or explore the seven English Heritage blue plaques in the park itself commemorating famous residents. Or go for a stroll around the lovely Victorian neighborhood and pick out your future furnished rental apartment. Read the entire story here…»

 

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” This quote, by the illustrious 18th century writer Samuel Johnson, may seem like a hyperbole. But to the more than eight million people who call it home (not to mention the millions who make it their vacation destination each year), London is a life force – spanning thousands of years of culture, history, and architecture. Whether you’ve paid a visit to the city known as the Smoke many times or are eyeing your inaugural trip, here is our list of the Top 10 Must-See Sites in London: classic, modern, multicultural, and everything in between.

1. London Eye

Image of the London Eye The London Eye provides spectacular views of the city

Open to the public since March 2000, the London Eye – also known as the Millennium Wheel — is the UK’s most-frequented paid attraction. And it’s no wonder: with 360 degree views from each of the 32 capsules, the Eye provides what many consider to be the best panorama of London. Unlike most Ferris wheel structures, all of the glass pods are attached to the metal frame; in other words, you won’t feel the swinging sensation associated with most observation wheels. Additionally, each rotation lasts about 30 minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time to take in (and photograph) the scenery, which stretches up to 40 kilometers away.

The Eye is a hugely popular attraction, especially for tourists, so be prepared for a long queue. Each cabin (which can fit roughly two dozen people) has air conditioning, heating, and bench seating. Although the Eye maintains its slow pace for passengers boarding and disembarking, it will stop for elderly or disabled guests. General tickets are £20.95 for adults, £15 for children 4 to 15 years of age, and £17.50 for seniors (discounts are available if you book your tickets online) as of July 2014. We recommend you spend a little extra and spring for the day and night experience, which allows you to view the heart of the city in the midday and nighttime hours. The Eye is open from 10am to roughly 8:30pm year round (extended summer hours apply), with closings for Christmas Day and a week in January. Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, the attraction is accessible via bus, boat or Tube. Take the Bakerloo, Jubilee or Northern trains to the Waterloo Underground station for a short walk to the wheel. Interested in seeing the views from the London Eye before you go? Take a look at the London Eye! Read the entire story here…»