Destination guide

Learn the ropes in London

Considered a global metropolis, London is a city that barely needs an introduction. It's one of the world's most talked-about cities and dazzles visitors with a captivating blend of history, culture and contemporary allure. Spend your days shopping at high street boutiques, combing through antique markets, taking in world-renowned stage shows and more. Dreaming of a city break in the capital? Why not swap humdrum hotels for characterful London vacation rentals? Armed with your own set of keys, you'll soon feel like a Londoner.

Things to do

Big-ticket sightseeing in London

London is strewn with big-ticket attractions, and you'll need at least a few days here to tick them off. From Big Ben and Westminster Abbey to Tate Modern and the Natural History Museum, the icons just keep on coming. While it's tempting to stick to the city center, don't rule out gems like Kew Gardens. Showcasing flora since 1759, the park is a wonderland of lush palm houses, ornamental gardens and treetop canopies. Whatever your itinerary, London vacation rentals promise an on-trend base for exploring the city. From sleek modern apartments to characterful Victorian townhouses, there's something for every palate.

Activities

Neighborhood hopping in London

London is a city of neighborhoods, and finding your niche is all part of the fun. You can catch comedy shows in Soho, get lost in the Camden Town markets and museum hop in Knightsbridge. With so much to see, why not stay local with London vacation rentals in the city's top neighborhoods? Visiting on a time budget? With almost 60 stops, the "hop-on hop-off" City Sightseeing bus is a fantastic way to explore London. Of course, to get a real feel for the city you'll need to venture off the beaten track.

Weather

Snow-dusted winters in London

A true year-round destination, London lends itself to every season. Crowds soar in the summer, when London enjoys long days and warm weather. Of course, the city does harbor a reputation for rain, so don't forget to pack layers and waterproofs whenever you visit. Late spring and early fall are sweet spots, with fewer crowds and every chance of sunshine. Winters are nothing short of magical, with London treating visitors to Christmas markets, sparkling window displays, outdoor ice skating rinks and, very occasionally, a dusting of snow.

Natural features

Discover London's urban parks

Spend a few days in London and you'll quickly realize that the city is as much about leafy parks and glassy waterways as modern skyscrapers and historic buildings. The city is anchored by Hyde Park, an enormous urban oasis filled with tree-lined boulevards, grassy fields, glassy lakes and bubbling fountains. You can escape the city at sanctuaries such as Hampstead Heath, which lures daytrippers with outdoor bathing ponds and sweeping city views. Richmond Park is another local favorite, known for its grazing herds of deer.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around London

Fly into London (LCY-London City), the closest airport, located 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into London (LHR-Heathrow), which is 14.1 mi (22.7 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, London Charing Cross Station, London Waterloo Station and London Waterloo East Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around London by catching a ride on the metro at Charing Cross Underground Station, Embankment Station or Leicester Square Underground Station.

Where to stay around London?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 12,086 vacation rentals near London. From 9,586 Condos/Apartments to 2,127 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near London for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to London?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in London:

  • Central London: 6,684 vacation rentals
  • Kensington: 4,008 vacation rentals
  • Covent Garden: 932 vacation rentals
  • Notting Hill: 2,280 vacation rentals
  • Mayfair: 1,548 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to London?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in London. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • London (ZEP-Victoria Train Station): 11,912 vacation rentals
  • Hyde Park: 8,016 vacation rentals
  • London Bridge: 9,900 vacation rentals
  • London Paddington Station: 11,957 vacation rentals
  • Piccadilly Circus: 6,948 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around London listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in London?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 9,586 Condos/Apartments in London. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in London include:

  • Houses: 2,127 rentals available
  • Cottages: 46 rentals available
  • Studios: 9,688 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in London?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 116 vacation rentals with pool available in London. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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