Destination guide

Explore London from holiday homes to rent

As England's capital city, London thrives as a global hub for business, culture, the arts and history. Each neighbourhood is teeming with unique shops, swanky bars and cosy cafes, and a thriving multicultural restaurant scene easily dispels any rumours about British cuisine. You'll find loads to discover in this bustling city, and the hardest choice will be narrowing down location possibilities for London vacation rentals. With world-class museums, iconic concert halls and hectares upon hectares of green parks to explore, you'll be hard-pressed to ever tire of this bustling, buzzing city.

Things to do

Attractions near London holiday rentals

London is a feast for all senses – and all ages, too. After taking in the sights from the top of the London Eye, visit the penguins and their mates at the neighbouring SeaLife Aquarium, or head to Regent's Park and tour the London Zoo. For the culture vultures in your crew, it'll seem impossible to narrow down your museum picks. Consider which London vacation rentals are closest to each, and choose from among the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the VIctoria & Albert, the National Portrait Gallery – and over 200 other options!

Activities

What to do near London holiday homes

London's sprawling layout can make it confusing for visitors, so consider a cruise down the Thames or a ride on a famous double-decker bus for a hop-on, hop-off tour of the city's top sites. Between the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Big Ben's chimes and the shopping on Regent Street, you'll have the lay of the land in no time. London is also known for its vast array of in-demand cultural attractions, from concerts at the Royal Albert Hall to shows on the West End, so consider booking tickets before your trip.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in London holiday homes

London is known for its grey and rainy weather, but with a bit of planning, you might just get to experience British weather at its best. You should most definitely pack an umbrella, wellies and a raincoat no matter when you visit, but you're more likely to find long, sunny days waiting for you from early summer through early autumn. Understandably, June through September is also peak season, when crowds are thicker and prices are higher. Autumn and winter are wet and chilly, with shorter, darker days, but you're also more likely to find London vacation rentals going for lower prices.

Natural highlights

Wide open spaces aren't just a myth in London Town

With the River Thames winding through the heart of London, you'll find everything from waterfront markets to expansive green spaces scattered throughout the city. Stroll with the locals and their pups in Hyde, Holland and Regent's parks, or head south of the river to visit Battersea Park, Kew Gardens and catch a glimpse the famous deer that roam through Richmond Park. If the weather is truly cooperating and a day by the sea is in the cards, hop on the train and find yourself on the pebbled shores of Brighton and the English Channel in just over an hour.

How to get there

Transport options to and around London

Fly into London (LCY-London City), the closest airport, located 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from the city centre. 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 travelling 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.

Family friendly

Family fun near London holiday homes

Kids will love the array of activities and attractions in London. Holiday rentals can be found near places like St James’s Park, a green space with a lake that hosts daily pelican feedings, and Madame Tussauds London, a museum with life-size wax replicas of famous celebrities and icons. Older kids will also like the London Dungeon, a high-tech haunted house with themed fairground rides and macabre stories of London’s history.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday rentals in London

London has stunning attractions that are perfect for a couple’s retreat. Holiday homes are available near places like Hyde Park, a huge green space with boating and swimming in the lake and the Diana Memorial Fountain, and St Paul’s Cathedral, an iconic cathedral with churchyards and gardens. You’ll also like the Palace of Westminster, a neo-Gothic masterpiece and the seat of the UK government.

Where to stay near London?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 11,553 holiday rentals near London. From 9,045 Condos/Apartments to 2,143 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near London is on HomeAway.

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

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in London:

  • Central London: 6,474 holiday homes
  • Covent Garden: 863 holiday homes
  • Kensington: 3,848 holiday homes
  • Notting Hill: 2,179 holiday homes
  • London City Centre: 6,567 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to London?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in London. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Russell Square: 11,549 holiday rentals
  • London Paddington Station: 11,634 holiday rentals
  • Clapham Common: 3,349 holiday rentals
  • Highbury Fields: 11,594 holiday rentals
  • St Katherine's Dock: 11,549 holiday 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 holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in London?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 9,045 Condos/Apartments in London. Our other popular types of London holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 2,143 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 57 holiday houses
  • Studios: 9,140 holiday houses

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in London?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 108 holiday homes with pool available in London. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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