Destination guide

Have a capital time with London vacation rentals

London may be thousands of years old, but it never lets its age stop it from keeping up with the times. Ancient landmarks happily share space with modern innovations, and much of the city boasts a hip, exciting vibe. From London vacation rentals, the city has plenty to offer any holiday-goer – expansive parks, colourful heritage sites, world-class dining, high-street shopping, vibrant nightlife, kid-friendly adventures, and so much more. And you can always go for a stroll by the River Thames, or take in panoramic views at the top of the London Eye.


London is paradise for history junkies – all you have to do is step outside and you're likely to find a building with a plaque proclaiming its status as a historic landmark. But any history tour of London starts with the Tower of London, an imposing foreboding military fort that's served as royal residence and a prison. A short Tube ride away from the Tower is the iconic Westminster Abbey, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture where British monarchs are crowned and buried. Across from the Abbey is the Palace of Westminster, the home of the UK Parliament, with its iconic Big Ben clocktower.


Activities and attractions in London

Are you searching for attractions to see in the city? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes London a fun place to get away. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • London Dungeon (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Legoland (22.5 mi / 36.2 km)
  • Coca-Cola London Eye (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Sea Life London Aquarium (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • BT Tower (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • ZSL London Zoo (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in London

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, London is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Sky Garden (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • South Park (10.1 mi / 16.3 km)
  • St. James Park (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Russell Square (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Hyde Park (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Kensington Gardens (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around London

Fly into London (LCY-London City), the closest airport, located 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into London (LHR-Heathrow), which is 14.1 mi (22.7 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, London Charing Cross Station, London Waterloo Station and London Waterloo East Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around London by catching a ride on the metro at Charing Cross Underground Station, Embankment Station or Leicester Square Underground Station.

How to get around

Tubes, buses, and beyond – getting around in London

A vast city, London boasts an expansive public transit system, so you have plenty of options for getting around from your vacation rental. The London Underground rail system – nicknamed the Tube – connects London's boroughs and suburbs, while the Docklands Light Railway serves the Docklands, Greenwich, and Lewisham areas. You can ride one of London's iconic double-decker red buses, and there are riverboats that ferry passengers down the Thames. Cycling is becoming popular in London as well, with the city opening dedicated cycling routes and providing bicycle hiring services. It's also easy to navigate London's boroughs by foot.

Food & drink 

Take bite after bite from your London vacation rental

Though British cuisine is often maligned abroad, London boasts a lively, modern, and multicultural dining scene. A true foodie destination, you can find Indian curry shops, Italian pizzerias, French bistros, and Chinese eateries all throughout the city, while a few tucked-away eateries serve fare from places like Afghanistan and Zambia. With all these options at your fingertips, you'll still want to sample classic British cuisine – try a hearty English breakfast, afternoon tea with scones or sandwiches, and plenty of fish-and-chips in between.

Essential info

What you need to know before booking London vacation rentals

London actually refers to Greater London, which is made up of the City of London and the 32 separately governed boroughs surrounding it. London sprawls across 1,572 square kilometres and has a population of around 8.8 million people. Once the capital city of a global empire, London is highly diverse and multicultural. Sixty percent of Londoners are Caucasian, with the rest boasting Asian, African, or other ancestry. English is the official language, and the currency is the pound sterling. London's famous – or infamous – for its fog and rain, so always be prepared to layer up in case of chilly evenings.

How many vacation rentals are available around London?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 12,531 house rentals around London. From 9,762 Condos/Apartments to 2,342 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around London is on HomeAway.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in London?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 9,762 Condos/Apartments in London. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in London include:

  • Houses: 2,342 lodging choices
  • Studios: 9,878 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 58 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in London?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 109 vacation homes with pool available in London.