As one of Europe's most popular destinations, London attracts visitors with an eye for superb food, centuries of history, and fascinating culture. No matter what's on your agenda, you'll find booking a London apartment in one of this cosmopolitan city's hottest neighborhoods will help you feel just like a local.
London has a temperate oceanic climate, which means you'll find mild weather in just about every season. It's known as a rainy city, but London receives plenty of sunshine, especially if you visit in July. You'll enjoy highs in the mid-70s during the summer and lows in the upper 30s during the winter. Just be sure to pack layers of clothing, since the weather can change quickly in any season.
Like any large city, London traffic frequently gets snarled. Combine that with challenging parking situations, and driving through the city is less than fun. Fortunately, you can easily get around London using the city's extensive transit system. Many London apartments are conveniently located in walkable neighborhoods, and you can explore further with a quick Tube or bus ride for transportation.
If you're planning your first trip to London, be sure to check some perennial favorites off the list. Spin by Buckingham Palace to witness the changing of the guard in the evenings, or tour the palace on select days. If you're a history buff, spend a few hours at the Tower of London, which has been both a palace and a prison during its lengthy history. See London from the top with a ride on the London Eye, one of the biggest Ferris wheels in the world. You'll also want to sign up for a tour of Big Ben or spot the famous bell's clock from Westminster Bridge. Get a breath of fresh air in one of London's most beloved parks, such as Hyde Park or Green Park. Grab some shopping bags and peruse the vintage items in Camden Market or go high-end at Harrod's.
London's one-time reputation for bland cuisine is a thing of the past. When you visit today, you'll have so many delectable options that you might not know where to start. Take your afternoon tea at a classic spot such as Claridge's in the heart of tony Mayfair, or go avant-garde with a contemporary tea at the Ampersand Hotel in upscale Kensington. Either way, you can indulge in a tower of savory sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and jam, and sweet treats to top it all off. Hungry for more? Sample London's signature fish and chips, served on the go with a splash of malt vinegar or at the table with some mushy peas and homemade tartar sauce. For some of the city's best fish and chips, head to Oliver's, located near London's funky Camden Town. London is also known for its vast selection of Indian cuisine, and you'll find some of the tastiest examples on the city's east side along Brick Lane. If you're looking for something a little more upscale, however, book a table at Dishoom. The vintage decor will convince you that you've stepped back in time, and the perfectly cooked lamb and rich curries will completely win you over.
Whether you're traveling for the culture, the food, or the gardens, you'll find plenty to love in London. Stay in your choice of London apartment rentals, and embrace this dynamic and diverse city.