Not sure where to stay during your next trip to London? Here’s a list of the best vacation rental properties in central London by neighbourhood.

I’ve curated a list of the best apartments you can rent while in London, UK. Each one makes an effort to offer visitors a truly memorable home-away-from-home experience with high-stylized designed spaces in ideal locations. For shorter stays, I often will stay in a hotel, and if that’s your preference check out this curated list of the best affordable luxury boutique hotels in London

Whether you are travelling solo, as a couple, with friends, or as a family – I’ve sourced options based on the number of guests, location, and at all budgets. The price per night cost is represented by £ to use as a guide.

Have fun selecting the best vacation rental for your next trip to London!

Guide to London Neighbourhoods

London is made up of a series of interconnected, yet independent neighbourhoods. And there are a lot of them! Even returning visitors to this capital city find it confusing – so first-timers, give yourself a bit of a break. To help you navigate your way around the city, I provide an overview of London’s best-known neighborhoods and those that are lesser known by tourists. 

London’s best-known neighbourhoods

  • Closest to the city’s most popular attractions includes neighbourhoods of South Bank, London Bridge, Mayfair, Covent Garden, and Victoria
  • One of the top places for nightlife in the UK capital is Soho due to the number of restaurants, bars, shops, and theatres. Some of the best places in Soho include Carnaby Street, Frith Street, and Soho Square  
  • Known as one of the poshest areas of the city is Mayfair with its upscale shops, luxury hotels, and elegant streets. Mayfair is close to Hyde Park is offers a great number of restaurants 
  • The City of London, known simply as The City is home to the financial district – modern skyscrapers dominate the city
  • A popular hipster hang-out is London’s coolest neighbourhood of Shoreditch

Travel Planning Tip | London’s metro, or the Tube, connects the whole city easily. Just because you are staying in one neighbourhood doesn’t mean you can’t easily go somewhere totally different.

London’s best-kept secret neighbourhoods

  • One of the best all-around neighbourhoods in London is Marylebone and Fitzrovia as they have plenty of museums, pretty side streets, and are close proximity to Mayfair and Regent’s Park
  • Known for their quiet squares, literary history, and museums are the neighbourhoods of Bloomsbury and Holburn 
  • Wanting to live like a local while travelling stay in Clerkenwell known for its historic streets, fun markets, leafy squares, and pretty houses
  • Stay in the heart of the city in Belgravia home to Buckingham Palace and all its embassies and ambassadors’ residences
  • One of the most desirable places to live in London is Kensington due to its pretty mews, royal heritage and luxury boutiques 

Related Reading | Check out my ultimate guide featuring the top things to do in London and unmissable London landmarks.

Best Places to Stay in London

Now that you know that each neighbourhood has its own charm it’s time to select the best vacation rental for your stay. Have you heard of Plum Guide, the custom-curated marketplace of vacation rentals? Well, let me introduce you. Plum Guide represents the top 3% of holiday homes. Each of their properties is carefully vetted through a long list of criteria with only the best ones being selected. That means the chosen properties have the same calibre of design, ascetic, and amenities. Curious and want to know more, read my Plum Guide Review. Now, for the list. See something you like, click on the property link, add your dates and book directly. 

Best 1-Bedroom Vacation Rental in London

Kensington & South Kensington Area
  1. White Doves – has a gorgeous all-white interior design with peaceful views of Inverness Terrace, just steps from Hyde Park in the Bayswater neighbourhood  ££
  2. Coffee Divine – is a stylish apartment with the most amazing views of Grosvenor Gardens in the Victoria neighbourhood  ££
  3. Flower Show – is an elegant apartment located in a classic grand Victorian townhouse in the Chelsea neighbourhood  £££
  4. Rose Pink – this feminine, pretty apartment in the Chelsea neighbourhood is heavenly. Can’t you just picture yourself starting your day at that lovely window nook?  £££
  5. Get into the Grove – is a uber-stylish apartment that’s magazine-worthy and sits in the famous Notting Hill neighbourhood  ££££
The West End Area
  1. A Literary Abode – is perfect for book lovers as this once used to be the apartment of Charles Dickens in the Fitzrovia neighbourhood  ££
  2. Soho Social – is a modern apartment right in the heart of the entertainment neighbourhood of Soho  ££ 
  3. The Ercolani – is a light, bright apartment in Covent Garden that’s filled with mid-century furniture designed by British-Italian designer Ercol Ercolani  £££
  4. Strand Rescue – offers a relaxing comfortable space in the heart of the Covent Garden neighbourhood  £££
  5. Paper & Ink – is in the posh neighbourhood of Mayfair and every ounce of this apartment has the look and feel of a luxury apartment  £££
  6. On the Town – is a minimalist Scandi-designed apartment in the heart of the West End neighbourhood near Leicester Square  £££
  7. Follow the Dusk – is a gorgeous architecturally designed spaced with impressive mid-century furnishings located in the Marylebone neighbourhood  ££££
  8. A Pendant in Time – is a chic open-concept apartment with a ton of natural light right in the heart of Covent Garden  ££££
The Clerkenwell Area
  1. Rosebery Gemstone – may be tiny in size, but big in appeal features a gorgeous modern bathroom, and a tiny terrace overlooking the charming streets in the  Clerkenwell neighbourhood  £ 
  2. Leather Jacket – is located in a former 1860s warehouse in the heart of the Clerkenwell neighbourhood and features amazing city views of The Shard and St. Paul’s Cathedral  £ 
  3. Bloom – is perfect for those seeking a quiet area of London located in Bloomsbury part of the Holborn neighbourhood  ££
  4. The Georgian – is oozing with charm with a right about of modern and antique furnishings. This apartment has gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows that open up into Juliet balconies overlooking the streets in the Clerkenwell neighbourhood  £££
The Shoreditch Area
  1. Warehouse Project – is a boutique apartment with a mix of modern vintage located in a former historic warehouse in the Shoreditch neighbourhood  ££
  2. Urban Simplicity – is as cool as the Shoreditch neighbourhood with its mid-century furniture and large outdoor space  ££
  3. Shoreditch Stripes – is a studio apartment in a converted warehouse in the trendy Shoreditch neighbourhood offering cafés and restaurants at your doorstep ££

Best 2-Bedroom Vacation Rental in London

Kensington & South Kensington Area
  1. A Full Moon – a contemporary apartment in the Holland Park area of Kensington close to Notting Hill  ££
  2. Earl Grey with Lemon – is a beautiful elegant home in the area of Earl’s Court close to the Natural History Museum  £££
  3. Sugar Kane – a contemporary comfortable apartment with soaring ceilings located in the South Kensington neighbourhood  £££
  4. Central Style – is an eclectic modern rustic townhome with an amazing outdoor space in the Chelsea neighbourhood  £££
  5. Renoir’s Secret – this elegant apartment in Chelsea looks and feels like a luxury hotel with its plush furnishings and pretty chandeliers  £££ 
  6. Camarillo – this traditional apartment is mere steps from Hyde Park and offers a little garden for the slightly lowered ground bedrooms  £££
The West End Area
  1. Fancy in Fitzrovia – is located in a red brick Victorian building in the heart of the Fitzrovia neighbourhood. This contemporary space offers a cute terrace from the bedroom  ££
  2. Drury Lane Garden – a newly refreshed apartment in Convent Garden uses a former sunroom as extra living space  £££
  3. Bloomsbury Set – is a large apartment with double ensuites housed in a Victorian red brick building in Covent Garden  £££
  4. Magdalena Grand – is a beautiful old building with its original features of high ceilings, tall windows, and a marble fireplace that lies close to the Charing Cross station  ££££
  5. Lucky One – is a bright apartment in the heart of Covent Garden featuring good-sized rooms with tall windows flooding the space with natural light  £££££
  6. Central Walkabout – is an ever-so-chic apartment steps from Leicester Square with its monochrome colour scheme and clean lines  £££££
  7. Nightcall – this modern Soho apartment both in design and style features a cute terrace with seating to enjoy a drink  £££££
  8. Stand Up Tall – this penthouse in Fitzrovia features tall vaulted ceilings with exposed beams and a large terrace  £££££
  9. Three Windows – clean, simple lines in this stunning modern apartment close to the famous Oxford Street in Fitzrovia  £££££
  10. Newman’s Penthouse – the standout feature of this comfortable penthouse is the large rooftop terrace and garden with amazing city views in the Fitzrovia neighbourhood  £££££
The Clerkenwell Area
  1. Concrete Jungle – in the heart of the Clerkenwell neighbourhood, is this good-looking Scandi duplex with a tiny terrace ££
  2. The Easton Diamond – this apartment is perfect for entertaining two couples with a large outdoor dining space and double ensuites in the heart of the Clerkenwell neighbourhood  ££££
  3. Britton Street III – this apartment in Farringdon feels more like a modern art gallery with its impressive high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and its designer furniture pieces  ££££
  4. Lambs Conduit Street – this warm, comfortable 2-floor apartment offers a quiet refuge in the Holborn neighbourhood  £££££
  5. Hail to the King – is a stylish comfortable apartment tucked away from the busy streets in the Holborn neighbourhood  £££££
The Shoreditch Area
  1. Modern Charm – is a brand new modern apartment with a balcony located near the Tube Station in Shoreditch ££££
  2. Tiger Queen – once a former warehouse, this converted apartment offers a sunny terrace in the heart of London’s trendiest neighbourhood in Shoreditch  ££££
  3. Shoreditch Treehouse – is a uniquely designed boho-styled apartment perfect for those who want to hang out in the cool Shoreditch neighbourhood  £££££

Best 3+ Bedroom Vacation Rental in London

Kensington & South Kensington Area
  1. Chelsea Dagger – this is an elegant 4 bed, 4 bath home located in a posh area of Chelsea  £££££+++
  2. The Artist’s Secret – this spacious, luxurious 5 bed, 5 bath home is located at an exclusive address near Kensington Gardens £££££+++++
The West End Area
  1. City of Colour – this stylish 3 bed, 2 bath apartment sits on the lively Charing Cross Road near Leicester Square  £££££
  2. Montagues & Capulets – is an elegant 3 bed, 2 bath apartment with a lovely terrace in the Marylebone neighbourhood  £££££+
  3. The Stage Door – is a spacious 3 bed, 2 bath apartment in the Holborn neighbourhood  £££££+
  4. Pebble Pad – is a modern Scandi style 3 bed, 2 bath with views of London’s rooftops  £££££+
  5. Glitter of Light – is a chic 3 bed, 3 bath apartment that sits in the ideal location close to the Thames River and a short walk to Covent Garden, Soho and St. Paul’s Cathedral  £££££+++
  6. The Liberty Sky – is a modern 3 bed, 3 bath apartment in Fitzrovia’s neighbourhood with some of the best restaurants, shops, and galleries at your doorstep  £££££+++
  7. Smooth Operator – is a gorgeous comfortable contemporary 3 bed, 3 bath apartment exclusively located steps from Marylebone High Street and Regent’s Park £££££+++  
The Clerkenwell Area
  1. Author’s Note – is a comfy 3 bed, 4 bath apartment tucked away on a quiet street in the middle of Holborn and Clerkenwell neighbourhoods  £££
  2. Great Percy Street III – is a stunning 3 bed, 3 bath apartment with classic mid-century modern furnishings located in the Clerkenwell neighbourhood  £££££
  3. The Adaptable House – is a unique, quirky 4 bed, 2 bath house that’s part of the Open House London event featuring its adaptable living, multi-purpose spaces  £££££+++ 

As a holidaymaker…

As you can see London has some incredible vacation rental properties for your next trip. Each one offers great style in great locations. I always love to stay in an apartment rental over a hotel. There’s just something about coming back after a long day of site seeing in the busy city and relaxing in your very own space that feels like a home is all the more comfortable. And, that is an experience that’s worth paying a little extra for. 

Hopefully, you’ve found your next holiday rental in London with this curated list.

 

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