Best Areas to Stay in for First Time Visitors to London
London's terrific mix of history, cultural events, business hubs, famous attractions, shopping and foodie hotspots make it a super place to visit with loved ones or colleagues. If it is your first time to the capital you almost certainly will be looking for inspiration in terms of where's the best places to stay in London. Whether you are coming for a short stay, a holiday or a business trip, we think a quality serviced apartments can add so much more value and comfort to your stay than any other type of accommodation available. Hotels can be pricey or compact, private rentals are sometimes unreliable and rarely have any professional services, however a fully furnished London serviced apartment is the best of both and we can help you find the best match for your needs.
Our central London specialists live locally and are very familiar with all the Types of Serviced Apartments in London so they can guide you if you have a budget or any special requirements. We have discounted rates for most of the properties featured on our site so don't hesitate to contact us for the best deals and availability.
If you are visiting for the first time, the best time to visit London is in the Summer months as the days are longer, it is usually warm and sunny and there's plenty of major events around. However London is equally entertaining the rest of the year and features fantastic free things to see and do for all age groups. Whether you are into arts, sports, music, history, food, architecture, fashion, theatre, London will not disappoint. It is also a great starting point to travel on to other destinations around the UK like Wales or Scotland.
Visiting London for the first time for a holiday
1. Stay near the sights
If you are keen on exploring London's rich history and seeing its famous landmarks then staying in areas like Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Kensington, Westminster or St. Paul's Cathedral is a good idea as you could walk to most attractions from here and still enjoy easy links to the rest of London.
2. Stay near the best shopping
London is known for its world class shopping districts so pick an area like Oxford Street (Europe's busiest shopping street) Knightsbridge (with luxury stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols), Camden (alternative and eclectic markets) or Shepherds Bush (home to the mega Westfield Mall).
3. Stay near the parks
London's parks are some of the best in the world with breathtaking gardens and a superb array of amenities and leisure activities including boating, swimming, horse riding, playgrounds, zoos, theatres, cycling and more. Stay near Hyde Park, Regent Park, Green Park or St. James' Park in central London or Richmond Park in west London.
Visiting London for the first time for work
1. Stay near your office or main business location
It is always advisable to stay close to the address at which your office is based or main purpose of work is located. This would mean less travelling times and costs in terms of transport. Many of our clients choose an apartment close to their head office, meeting venue, exhibition centre or training buiilding.
2. Stay central and commute
If you stay in the central areas like The West End, Victoria, Kensington, Bayswater, Marylebone, Clerkenwell or Bloomsbury you can commute to anywhere with little hassle as transport links are extremely good from here. You also have the benefit of being close to sights, culture, history and entertainment of the city to explore when you are not working or if the family is travelling with you.
3. Stay in the business districts
Major London business districts lie around The City, London Bridge, Liverpool Street, Westminster, Canary Wharf and Clerkenwell. If you stay in one of these neighbourhoods you will have easy access to the main business hubs, flexible meeting room space and other business services.