West End, London, UK

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West End, London, UK

West End vacation rentals

Go West End, young man

Grab your raincoat, credit card, and opera glasses _ you're going to the West End! A bustling hub in central London, this historic district is known for its fashionable shopping, restaurants, and top-notch theaters, as well as a heaping helping of galleries and museums. You'll find plenty of local color tucked away in neighborhoods like Soho and Chinatown, and the area's streets and squares host regular events all year round. A West End vacation rental will put public plazas like Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park Corner, and Marble Arch within easy reach.

Shop til you drop in the West End

When you're in the West End, shopping is the first order of business. Whether it's the funky boutiques and record stores in Covent Garden or the haute couture of Regent Street, you're sure to find whatever's on your list _ as well as plenty that isn't. After you've dropped off the day's loot at your West End vacation rental, the night is yours _ you'll have your pick of live performances in Theatreland, an entertainment district home to more than 3 dozen historic venues. Or you can enjoy a meal in one of the countless world-class West End eateries.

West End is the best end

While visitors flock to the shops at Piccadilly Circus, a trip to the West End would be incomplete without a visit to the Royal Academy of Arts, a historic art institution that holds regular exhibitions throughout the year, and you can see works by both old masters and contemporary artists. And you don't have to be a super-sleuth to find your way to 221b Baker Street _ the flat served as the fictional home office of Sherlock Holmes from 1881 until 1904, and now it houses a museum dedicated to the literary detective's world.

A foggy day (or 2) in London Town

Coming as a surprise to precisely no one, London's famous for overcast skies and drizzly, gloomy days throughout the year. The city's temperate oceanic climate means summers are warm, while winters are cool but rarely cold _ highs stick to the low 70s from June to August, and hold fast in the upper 40s in December, January, and February. Mild year-round temperatures and plenty of cold-weather activities mean West End vacation rentals tend to cost about the same from one season to the next _ but you may want to bring an umbrella regardless of when you visit.