London short term lets range from budget studio flats, perfect for people moving house, to spacious townhouses for families and large groups looking for a home away from home. This type of accommodation varies in price depending on the area and facilities included but as a rule properties are more expensive in central locations such as Covent Garden and affluent areas like South Kensington. HomeAway has a wide selection of short term lets in London, available to rent for long weekends and three month extended visits.
SHORT TERM RENTALS FOR FAMILIES
Many families who are in the process of moving house in London choose to rent short term apartments or townhouses, over hotels, in order to retain a degree of normality and routine as parents can select a location that’s easy for both work and school. These properties also have the advantage of cooking and laundry facilities and many are pet friendly with private gardens. Cottage rentals between one and three months can also work out cheaper per night when compared to serviced apartments and hotels, so families on holiday in London can also benefit from this option.
SHORT TERM RENTALS ON A BUDGET
London, like most capital cities, has a reputation for being expensive when it comes to accommodation. However, if you’re flexible on the location and time of year you can find great deals on short stay studios, apartments and houses. If you’re planning a holiday, avoid popular dates such as Easter weekend, Christmas, New Years Eve and Valentine’s Day, when rates are more expensive. The nightly rate can often work out cheaper if you rent a property for three months or longer.
Students who are looking for budget accommodation for three months or more should look for accommodation outside of zone one in popular, and more affordable, student areas such as Shepherds Bush and Kennington. Expensive areas tend to be those close to the main universities so look for short lets with good transport links. Opting for a furnished short stay apartment, with laundry and cooking facilities, is a practical transition before moving into permanent accommodation and also gives you the privacy to entertain guests.
LUXURY SHORT TERM RENTALS
When it comes to luxury self catering accommodation, London has it covered. Whether you’re looking for the perfect penthouse to relax in during a two week work trip or want to treat your partner to coveted features such as a private roof terrace with hot tub, there’s no shortage of glamorous modern apartments and historic Georgian homes to choose from. Popular luxury accommodation can be found in the wealthy neighbourhoods of Chelsea, Notting Hill and Marylebone as well as in modern blocks in Canary Wharf and the Southbank that offer spectacular views of the London skyline. Holiday villas are perfect for entertaining in, with many featuring separate dining areas, private gardens, swimming pools and even tennis courts. With properties that sleep up to 16 people, extended families and large groups can enjoy staying in the same property for special occasions such as birthdays and wedding anniversaries.
SHORT TERM RENTALS FOR BUSINESS
If you’re looking for a base in London during a work trip for one week or more, a short term one bedroom apartment, penthouse or studio flat can be a convenient, and sometimes cheaper option compared to serviced apartments and hotels. HomeAway has a variety of short term lets with internet access and parking in main business districts like The City, Canary Wharf, Westminster, Islington, Lambeth and Southwark and with both budget and luxury options available there is plenty to choose from.
ALTERNATIVE SHORT TERM RENTALS IN LONDON
London has a wealth of short term rental options, from historic hotels like The Savoy to backpacker hostels for those on the move. There are also a number of guest houses and bed and breakfasts which can be a pleasant, affordable option for one or two nights. Another budget option is short term room lets, where students and young professionals can rent a spare room in someone’s flat or house.