Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, London short-lets offerings are nebulous. Split into various boroughs, London consists of 33 local authority districts including the City of London, the smallest central part of London which is mostly a business and tourist area. More conveniently, London’s transportation industry has split the city into various fare zones (1 – 6). To remain truly central, it is ideal to stay within zones 1 and 2, to be closer to both tourist attractions and London’s business hubs. In this guide, we break down the most convenient short-stay locations for travellers in London.
- Kensington and Chelsea
Famed for its luxurious residential and retail options, the Kensington/Chelsea area is a convenient location for restaurants, shopping, sightseeing and vibrant nightlife options. Many of city’s renowned 5-star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants are located here, making it ideal for romantic getaways. See London properties for a list of properties throughout the area. Many historic and listed buildings are located here, as are major museums and galleries like the Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery and more.
- The City
As both the oldest part of London and its business hub, The City area has a blend of new and old architectural styles and sights. London short lets in this area are ideal for business travellers looking to walk straight from their apartment to an appointment – and it’s is well connected via rail stations like Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street and Cannon Street. For lovers of modern architecture, many of London’s high-rise buildings are located within or around the City limits. On the down-side, the area becomes quiet on the weekend, but that may provide a more peaceful night’s sleep.
- West End
The West End tends to describe the areas of Soho, Covent Garden, Leicester Square and the shopping areas of Oxford Street/Regent Street. As a major hub of theatres, music venues, bars and restaurants, nightlife here is second to none, making it ideal for those trying to catch an award-winning show. Although this also tends to be one of the busiest areas for tourists, the close proximity of shops, restaurants, bars and venues means that you’re fine getting around by foot. Short term lets are also perfect for those visiting for educational, embassy or government business, as many such institutions are located around Piccadilly. What’s more, Soho and Chinatown offer something different just a stone’s throw away.
- Shoreditch / East End
Last but not least, Shoreditch and its surrounding neighbourhoods of Hoxton, Hackney and Bethnal Green are firm hipster territories, meaning that you’ll find plentiful en vogue restaurants, bars and boutiques. Essentially the small business and tech start-up centre of London, Shoreditch attracts many of the world’s brightest entrepreneurs. Although there is plenty to do in the area (such as the world-renowned Whitechapel Gallery), transport will be required to get to London’s major tourist attractions. With the Tower of London within reasonable reach, some of the more affordable short lets in London are found here.