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Popular amenities for London vacation rentals

Stay near London's top sights

Tower Bridge1,577 locals recommend
Big Ben1,337 locals recommend
The Shard828 locals recommend
Westfield London1,121 locals recommend
Westminster Abbey668 locals recommend
Stamford Bridge187 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in London

  • Total rentals

    102K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    1.8M reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    32K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    12K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    1K properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    41K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to London

All About London

One of the world’s most visited cities, London is a rich tapestry of history, culture, and innovation that come together seamlessly over 600 square miles on the River Thames. Even if you’ve never been to the English capital, chances are you’re familiar with its sights like Big Ben, London Bridge, and Buckingham Palace. You could spend months exploring its world-class museums, sprawling Victorian gardens, and A-list theaters and still not scratch the surface.

London’s creative drive extends beyond the exhibition halls and onto the plate. The city is an epicenter of gastronomy, boasting some of the most diverse cuisine in the world. Indian curry houses line Brick Lane, Jamaican jerk chicken shops populate New Cross, and the aroma of grilled Turkish kebabs welcomes you to Stoke Newington. In between meals, you’ll find high-fashion boutiques, niche markets, and some of the oldest bookstores in Europe. Just make sure you save time to spend a Sunday afternoon with a classic roast dinner and your beverage of choice at a corner pub — you’ll fall in love with London in an entirely different way.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in London

London’s weather is fairly mild year-round, but that does not mean it is always warm and sunny. Rain is part of the charm in the capital, so it’s smart to pack an umbrella and a trench coat. Flowering trees and blooming gardens make spring a lovely time to visit, while a visit in December promises Christmas markets and holiday magic that emanates across the city. The weather is likely to be the best in summer, while chilly winter days make for a perfect excuse to park yourself in front of the fireplace and warm your stomach with some snacks at a pub. Regardless of when you go, keep in mind that there is no off-season in London and no shortage of apartments to rent.

Top things to do in London

Shopping in Shoreditch

Every Sunday, London’s trendiest neighborhood is home to Brick Lane market. Wander past buskers playing live music and striking street art, and you’ll find stalls selling vintage clothing, antiques, and wares by local designers. Duck into basement thrift shops and past warehouse doors that house artist ateliers, and follow your nose to Upmarket, a sprawling street food hall, for a smorgasbord of international snack options.

Barbican Centre

Amble past the Southbank booksellers and turn your eye to the Brutalist beauty that is the Barbican. Part apartment block, part multidisciplinary art complex, it’s a one-stop shop for revolving contemporary art exhibitions, to take in a London Symphony Orchestra concert, see the season’s top-billed independent theatre, or watch an arthouse film. And in December it hosts one of the city’s most charming outdoor Christmas markets.

The Shard

If you’re looking for views, you won’t get better ones than from the tip top of the Shard, a 72-story skyscraper that towers above London Bridge. It houses several restaurants and bars, each one serving up delectable views over the city skyline. Whether you’re after modern British fare, craft cocktails, or afternoon tea, you’ll feel on top of the world looking out the floor-to-ceiling glass windows with the whole city sprawled beneath. Naturally, the most impressive views are to be found at sunset and into the night.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in London?

    London's weather varies greatly throughout the year. Summers are generally warm, averaging around 73°F (23°C), while winters can get chilly, with temperatures around 41°F (5°C). Expect rain sporadically throughout the year, with most rain falling in the autumn and winter months.

  • What are some of the best things to do in London?

    London has a variety of popular activities. You could ride a boat on the River Thames, explore the city's history in its many museums, browse through the bustling markets like Borough Market, or take a leisurely stroll in one of its beautiful parks like Regent's Park.

  • What is the best time of year to visit London?

    The summer months from June to August are typically the most popular time to visit London due to the pleasant weather. Notable events during this period include the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in late June and early July, and the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, held in August.

  • What are the best places to stay in London?

    There are several popular areas to stay in London. Notting Hill is well known for its vibrant atmosphere and colourful houses. Covent Garden is a favourite for its shopping and theatre scene, while Shoreditch is admired for its trendy vibe and street art.

  • What are the best places to visit in London?

    London is brimming with popular attractions. Get a panoramic view of the city from The London Eye, explore history at the Tower of London, enjoy art at the Tate Modern, or encounter marine life at the Sea Life London Aquarium.

  • What are some hiking trails in London?

    London has many scenic walking trails. The London Loop is a 240 km ring of walking paths around the city's outskirts. Hampstead Heath boasts a 12 km trail with stunning views of the London skyline, while the Thames Path offers a riverside walk that stretches for 184 miles.

  • What are some family activities to do in London?

    Families can enjoy an array of activities in London. Visit the interactive exhibits at the Science Museum, explore the natural wonders at the Natural History Museum, or have fun at the ZSL London Zoo. The city also offers beautiful parks like Hyde Park for picnics and outdoor games.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in London?

    From London, there are several impressive day trips. Windsor Castle, the Queen's residence, is just a short journey away. The historic city of Bath and the famous stone circles at Stonehenge are other popular destinations. The charming town of Oxford, known for its prestigious university, is also a frequent choice.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in London?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in London. From over 58,970 apartment rentals, over 21,650 house rentals to over 12,590 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in London?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 41,290 vacation rentals in London featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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