Discover Unique Holiday Apartments to Book in London, England

Spot the Natural History Museum from the rooftop terrace at this South Kensington apartment
Spot the Natural History Museum from the rooftop terrace at this South Kensington apartment | Courtesy of 130 Queen’s Gate / Expedia
Photo of Nick Dauk
1 November 2021

Live like a true Londoner on your next visit to the capital of England by booking a holiday apartment. When you’re not discovering dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, shopping at Harrods or sipping coffee in Primrose Hill, you can kick back in your own private space. Need to know more? Here are our favourite holiday apartments in London – bookable with Culture Trip.

Cheval Gloucester Park, for a swanky apartment near Royal Albert Hall

A deluxe one-bedroom apartment at Cheval Gloucester Park with Central London views
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South Kensington is a cultural hotspot, and museum lovers will be grateful that these apartments are so close. The Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Serpentine Gallery and Japan House are within walking distance. If the arts aren’t enough to get you out of these luxury, high-floor apartments, perhaps the Chelsea FC match at nearby Stamford Bridge will do the trick. Be sure to stop at the tour desk in the lobby to discover other happenings around the area.

Sonder – King Street, for an apartment near Covent Garden

A large living-dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows at this Sonder apartment on King Street
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All you need to know about these Sonder suites is that each one has a kitchen. This info will come in handy the moment you set foot in the massive Covent Garden Market. You’ll want to grab some takeaway from every delicious restaurant and bring home bags full of groceries so that you can cook with the freshest ingredients in London. With a full belly and a wide grin, you’ll also be glad that every suite has either a king or queen mattress for you to get a good night’s sleep.

Neon Dream Playfull 2 Bedroom, for a homely retreat near famous London sights

The fully equipped kitchen in the Neon Dream Playfull 2 Bedroom apartment
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First-time visitors to the capital will love this two-bedroom holiday apartment’s location in the City of London. Only a short walk from the Shard, London Bridge and the Tower of London, you’ll be sightseeing faster than you can make a cup of tea. After seeing some of the most famous sights, you can immerse yourself in the creativity found at the Fashion and Textile Museum and the White Cube art gallery. Of course, simply strolling through Bermondsey Street will be eventful in itself.

The Chronicle by Supercity Aparthotels, for hotel-style amenities

A studio suite at the Chronicle by Supercity Aparthotels
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Whether you’re in London for the shopping, monument spotting or restaurant hopping, a stay at the Chronicle keeps you close to it all. These one- and two-bedroom suites are just a few blocks from New Street Square and Fleet Street. Choose between a city view or a terrace in the penthouse and executive suites, or slide in and out of a studio if you’ll spend most of your day around the city. The Strand, the Thames and the city proper are all within walking distance.

Native Hyde Park, for easy access to the Tube

An open-plan sitting area and kitchen in an apartment at Native Hyde Park
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No matter which size studio you select, you simply can’t beat having Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in your backyard. Most apartments contain laundry facilities, while all have a coffee and tea maker for your morning pick-me-up. Cafes in nearly every direction double as remote working spaces if your cosy apartment gets too quiet. With the Paddington tube station one block away, you can explore the rest of London when you’ve finished roaming the dual green spaces.

The Rosebery by Supercity Aparthotels, for a home from home in the heart of London

A living space with a sofa, tables and chairs in a suite at the Rosebery by Supercity Aparthotels
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You won’t miss the curtain call at the Royal Opera House when staying at the Rosebery – it’s a five-minute drive away. These suites feature soundproof walls, kitchens and safes to store your laptop or other valuables when leaving the flat. Fitness facilities are also available for use if you’re keen to keep your at-home routine. For more live performances, dance down to the Piano Works for a drink and a singalong.

Heart of Shoreditch Apartments, for a trendy stay in the East End

A bright bedroom at the Heart of Shoreditch Apartments
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The cool and creative will fancy these apartments in the heart of Shoreditch. These cosy flats, each with a private bathroom, one bed, one sofa bed and a small kitchen, will more than suffice for anyone planning to explore this trendy neighbourhood. There’s also a desk in each flat – a perfect creative space for the aspiring writer or artist to bleed their thoughts onto paper. You’ll certainly find inspiration at Artwords Bookshop, Banksy’s Designated Graffiti Area, or with a drink in any of the cafes or bars lining Kingsland Road.

Sanctum International Serviced Apartments – Belsize, for a retreat in the reimagined Kilburn town hall

A mezzanine apartment with sofas, a chair, a dining area and a kitchen at the Sanctum International Serviced Apartments, Belsize
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Venture beyond the city centre to northwest London, and you’ll find Kilburn sandwiched between upmarket Hampstead and Maida Vale. This former town hall and theatre has been transformed into urban-smart apartments, complete with balconies, 24-hour reception and access to an off-site gym, a sauna and an indoor heated pool. From studios to four-bedroom apartments, each unit is kitted out for guests who want to cater for themselves and styled in a calming purple and grey palette. Abbey Road, Lord’s Cricket Ground and fashionable St John’s Wood and Queen’s Park are nearby.

130 Queen’s Gate, for a luxury apartment in South Kensington

An apartment living room with lofty ceilings at 130 Queen’s Gate
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You can see the Natural History Museum from the rooftop terraces of the two penthouse suites at 130 Queen’s Gate, housed in a converted neoclassical townhouse in affluent South Kensington. Apartments range from intimate two-person studios to four-bedroom penthouses, all with Italian wood floors, floral arrangements and original architectural features such as French windows. You’ll have access to a gym and a 24-hour concierge service. The V&A, the Science Museum, Hyde Park, Chelsea and Knightsbridge are a 10-minute stroll away.

Cromwell Serviced Apartments, for a minimalist stay in South Kensington

A small but comfortable studio with pillowy bed and kitchenette at Cromwell Serviced Apartments
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Within a row of pillared-entranced townhouses between Gloucester Road and Earl’s Court, these swish apartments balance smart and stylish decor with self-catering comfort. Choose from snug studios or one-bedroom pads with separate kitchens, all minimally designed with pine-wood floors and pops of colourful artwork. Some have floor-to-ceiling French windows opening onto tiny wrought-iron balconies. A 10-minute walk takes you to Holland Park and High Street Kensington, while Hyde Park and the museums in South Kensington are also nearby.

The Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens, for elegant accommodation

Rustic-chic lounge at the Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens with large bookshelves and armchairs made of leather or velvet
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Around the corner from the shop-lined Pavilion Road in Chelsea, in one of the swankiest neighbourhoods in London, these box-fresh apartments in a six-storey Victorian townhouse offer a shade more privacy than the rooms and suites at the 11 Cadogan Gardens hotel – with all the same perks. You’re only a short walk from the King’s Road, home to local landmarks such as the Saatchi Gallery and Bluebird Cafe, and there’s no shortage of trendy bars nearby, either. Fancy a night in? There are gadget-stuffed Bosch kitchens, Noble Isle toiletries and smart bedrooms back at base. All apartments come with complimentary pastries, bread and fruit juice, and you have access to the hotel’s gym, restaurant and private garden, too.

This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Isabella Noble. Joel Rabinowitz contributed additional reporting.

These recommendations were updated on November 1, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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