It’s the largest city in the UK and the capital city for good reason. London is bright, loud and colourful – and a staycation here can be exactly what you want it to be. Foodies will love the range of bars, Michelin starred restaurants, cafes, pubs and pop-up stalls serving a wide range of food and drink. Music lovers are sure to find a venue that ticks all of their boxes – be it large stadiums, quiet jazz bars or up and coming establishments. And those in search of a traditional tourist trip will be spoilt for choice when it comes to London’s many attractions. Think the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and, of course, London’s iconic Big Ben.
That’s not all as this city is famous for though. With a history that dates back to Roman times, there’s plenty of stories to bring alive too. Some of the most popular areas include the City Of London, South Bank, Hyde Park, Covent Garden, Soho, and Clapham. And close by, you’ve got lots of countryside and quaint towns and villages – each with their own unique charm.
Whether visiting with friends, family, children or alone, London welcome’s everyone – even the four-legged kind. So now that you’re been tempted by everything London has to offer, it’s time to search for your dream property. And what a selection we have…
POPULAR LONDON HOTELS
Put on your PJs and join our royal friends for a stay to remember. Punk meets the queen in the graffiti art on the bedroom walls, and a historic royal figure waits for you to pay a visit to their throne in the bathroom.
Enjoying a central location in the heart of London, right next to Finsbury Square Garden and a short walk from Liverpool Street, Montcalm Royal London is one of our most popular hotels in the City.
In the heart of London’s fashionable Marylebone, this deluxe hotel has a stunning glass-roofed 8-story atrium with towering palm trees, an award-winning restaurant, luxurious bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool.
Best areas for a staycation in London
Whether you want to be in the heart of the action or are looking for a bolthole in a quieter part of town, these are the best places and staycation ideas in London.
Best for? Picture-perfect moments
Even if you’ve never been to Notting Hill before, you’ll probably recognise it as it’s been featured in a number of films, including Notting Hill starring Julia Roberts. Plus, as soon as you arrive, you’ll understand why. Here, the streets are lined with colourful houses, lively markets, gorgeous parks and lots of fantastic cocktail bars.
Best for? A great social scene
An affluent residential suburb, Clapham is a great base for your London staycation. Here, you’ll find the famous High Street and Clapham Common – a huge park – as well as weekly food markets. The social scene is always thriving with pubs and terraces packed in the day and a raucous nightlife after dark. Whatever time though, there’s a welcoming and laid-back vibe.
Best for? Music lovers
Camden is famous for a few things – its market, fashion culture, and musical hotspots. Popular with tourists and teenagers, this town comes alive at night with all manner of venues hosting a range of singers and bands. Punk, jazz, old-school and acoustic – for a proper night out, London style, a trip to Camden must be on your list. It’s also ideally located to other London attractions like Regent’s Park.
Best for? Family-friendly trips
Start your morning with a trip to a local cafe or bakery and indulge in the finest goods. Wander along the roads and stop to take in the street performances. Pop into the shops and treat yourself to something new before heading to a boutique hotel for afternoon tea. And, in the evening, head to one of the theatres for a show that everyone will love. You see, Covent Garden always has something going on and it’s a treat for all ages.
Isle of Dogs
Best for? A little bit of luxury
The Isle of Dogs is a small island in London that’s surrounded by water on three sides and closely linked to Canary Wharf. Here, you’ll find some of the city’s best properties, incredible entertainment venues and great transport links into the rest of the city. In a recent list in the Sunday Times, it was even voted as the most desirable place to live in London.
Best bars and restaurants in London
From cocktails with friends and romantic dinners, to family-friendly meals and budget eats, these are some of our favourite places to go for food and drink in the capital.
Where? Notting Hill
This place serves up a delicious selection of French-American dishes like fried chicken, cheeseburgers, and shaved rib beef sandwiches. What’s more, you can wash it down with milkshakes, cocktails, beer and wine. The atmosphere is great too and if you close your eyes you could be in the next American movie.
If you’re looking for a little slice of the Mediterranean on English soil, Megan’s won’t disappoint. In fact, there’s even a real Olive Tree inside! On the menu is a great selection of plates from the world’s sunniest destinations, and they’re open from brunch to late night dinner and drinks too.
B&B claims to have London’s best burgers – which is a pretty bold shout. But as soon as you walk in, you’ll find it hard to disagree. Drawing inspiration from all over the globe, the burgers here are juicy, meaty and saturated in flavour. There’s also a wide variety of sides to tempt you even more.
Where? Covent Garden
An explosion of colour, culture and flavour, Wahaca is a mexican restaurant in Covent Garden with a menu of small plates and larger dishes. Gluten-free, vegan and kids are also catered for, meaning no-one has to miss out. Oh, and the cocktail menu is definitely worth looking at…
Where? Isle of Dogs
Sitting on the riverside, Kinkao is a Thai restaurant housed in an uber modern space. The menu is bold, the decor is bright and the service is out of this world. Every chef is native to Thailand so you can trust that what you’re getting is exactly how it should be made. They also do delivery if you can’t pull yourself away from your holiday home.
Must-see places in London
London is jam-packed with things to do and see, and knowing where to start can be hard. So, we’ve pulled together our favourite attractions for all ages.
Portobello Road Market
Where? Notting Hill
What better way to spend a few hours than by wandering along London’s beautiful roads and indulging in a little retail therapy? Selling vintage goods, culinary delights and plenty of souvenirs, there’s a reason that people have been visiting Portobello Market for so many years.
Sight-seeing in London doesn’t have to be about traipsing around some of the biggest attractions. You see, there’s a lot to be said from going to the city’s best bars, restaurants and cultural venues. One of these is Clapham Picturehouse which shows a mixture of films – from those newcomers to Hollywood classics.
From Camden Lock, you can take the boat to Little Venice – a district in West London that’s home to gorgeous waterways and canals. Once here, hop off board and wander around the beautiful streets. Stop for lunch, enjoy a walk along the water or take part in one of the family-friendly activities.
London Transport Museum
Where? Covent Garden
Okay, so learning might not be at the top of your list but, trust us, this a great way to spend a few hours – especially if the British weather isn’t on your side. Inside, you’ll find vintage trams, buses and trains and you’ll get to learn about how the London transport system works and was made. Failing that, there’s an on-site cafe!
Mudchute Park and Farm
Where? Isle of Dogs
Yep, that’s right. This is a park and farm that’s home to sheep, llamas, pigs and cows – with the backdrop of Canary Wharf. It’s set in 32 acres of greenland and makes for a great day out for all ages. There’s even a children’s nursery if adults want to go and enjoy some alone time.