If you want to experience London like a local then an apartment of your own is a great way to get a sense of life in the city. Where you decide to stay will depend on what you're looking for, as different areas all have their own character. Here are five apartments in London to give you a taste of life in the capital and the neighbourhoods you'll find there.
The Lemon Locke apartments are in Whitechapel, a great spot for exploring the galleries, bars and creative hangouts of East London all a short walk away. The City of London is nearby, too, making the apartments a good option if you're in the capital for work. Discover Tower Bridge or visit HMS Belfast before grabbing lunch at Borough Market. Nearby underground stations at Aldgate East and Aldgate open up the rest of London's fun and games.
These designer apartments also bring the city to you, with exhibitions showcasing the work of London-based artists and a weekly running club that takes in the best of the neighbourhood. You might also like the gym and regular yoga classes. Each studio and apartment has its own kitchenettes, but if you don't fancy cooking, there's an in-house bar and restaurant.
With a view of London's ever-changing skyline, including the unmistakable shape of the Gherkin from some of the apartments, Native Tower Hill is a good choice if you've got business in the City. But fill your downtime with a visit to the Tower of London then drinks at covered Old Spitalfields Market. In the evening, there is plenty of choice for eating and drinking in the immediate neighbourhood, or you could head to Shoreditch for East London's nightlife.
Native Tower Hill has a mix of studios and one-bedroom apartments, all with cooking facilities for those nights in. Talk to the team about favourite bars and restaurants within walking distance or hop on the tube at Aldgate underground station (200m away) to explore the rest of the capital.
In fashionable West London, The Dome Sloane Square is close to the King's Road and is a good choice if you're in London for a spot of fashion and retail therapy. Beyond shopping, the apartments are also a 15-minute walk from the city's most famous museums: the Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Science Museum.
The studios and apartments at The Dome Sloane Square all have a kitchen, free WiFi and Smart TVs. The apartments have separate living and sleeping areas, and there are laundry and concierge services available. You'll find good connections into the city using the underground from Sloane Square, a 10-minute walk from the apartments.
In the triangle between Hyde Park and Green Park, 44 Curzon Street By Mansley have luxury apartments in Mayfair, home of Savile Row, the Bond Street boutiques and some of London's finest restaurants. Here, you're in walking distance of London's biggest landmarks, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. You're also not far from the West End theatres and the shopping, entertainment and nightlife around Leicester Square and Covent Garden. The closest underground station to the apartments is Green Park, 300m away.
The design of the studios and apartments certainly fits the upmarket surroundings. Expect free WiFi and digital TVs, and you can also make use of their complementary smartphones during your stay. They have free calls and an uploaded neighbourhood guide and interactive map to help you find your way.
For a taste of South East London, the Staycity Aparthotels Greenwich High Road is in a lively neighbourhood full of things to see and do, south of the River Thames. As home to the Prime Meridian, Greenwich is famous worldwide, and from the apartments it's a short walk to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park. From there, take a step back into maritime history on the Cutty Sark, the last surviving British tea clipper.
The apartments have a choice of studios or apartments with separate living spaces and bedrooms, and all have kitchenettes, flatscreen TVs and free WiFi. If you're travelling with your family, the apartments offer space for up to three children. The Staycity Aparthotels Greenwich High Road is between Deptford Bridge and Greenwich on the Docklands Light Railway, for connections to the rest of London.
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