There’s a famous London park for every mood, every occasion and every season. Summer picnics by the lake in St James Park or a brisk autumn walk through the golden leaves in Hyde Park are popular with locals and visitors.  Not to be overlooked are London’s secret, secluded gardens and green spaces. Some of these are unknown even to locals, making them even more intriguing and worth seeking out.

A CITY CONSERVATORY

Most of our apartments to rent in London’s visitors will be familiar with Kew Gardens and it’s famous conservatory.  The Barbican’s Conservatory is the second largest in London after Kew and this hidden tropical oasis in the centre of town is a delightful surprise. It is only open to visitors on Sunday’s, offers guided tours and serves afternoon tea.

QUEEN’S WOOD

Highgate in north London has real woods to explore.  Highgate Wood is the larger of the two, Queen’s Wood is more intimate and magical, with cherry trees, groves and woodland creatures.   It’s the kind of place you would expect to find a Disney princess, singing with the animals! Nearby Highgate Cemetery is absolutely worth a visit while you’re here.

PHOENIX GARDEN IN COVENT GARDEN

Some of our most popular London apartment rentals are in Covent Garden.  You will find the enchanting Phoenix Garden in this exciting and well loved central neighbourhood.  This spot is just perfect for sitting down and catching your breath in the quiet and then marvelling at the fact that you’re really sitting in London’s busy heart, close to the bustling Piazza and market.

POSTMAN’S PARK BY ST PAUL’S

Postman’s Park is a short walk from St Paul’s Cathedral and is a very special place.  Here you will find a “Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice” – 50 plaques put up to commemorate people who died trying to save others.  It is a good thing to take a little time out of a busy day in this pretty place and read some of the moving stories of these everyday heroes.

FAMOUS HOUSES & GARDENS

People staying in our apartments in London often forget that some of the capital’s fascinating house museums will have a garden to visit as well as the main indoor attraction.  Keats House in Hampstead has delightful gardens where the famous poet sometimes wrote.  The courtyard garden at the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury is a charming place to sit and have a cup of tea.

Many of our London apartment rentals are popular with families.  These warm, sunny days are perfect for finding fabulous activities and cultural delights that your children will adore. From outdoor fun to award winning theatre, here are some great ways to entertain the whole family during your London visit.

POOLS AND PONDS

This summer promises to be a good one and there’s nothing more delightful than escaping the heat and din of the big city than jumping into a  cool pool of water.  Choose between the popular swimming ponds on Hampstead Heath or the totally refurbished London Fields Lido, a heated outdoor pool with two cafes.

ANIMALS IN THE CITY

Children love to observe and learn about animals, both the friendly and fierce kind, and London offers plenty of chances to do just that.  London Zoo in Regent’s Park is a modern, innovative zoo well worth a visit even if you’ve been before; the exhibits change and evolve constantly. London Aquarium is equally fascinating and the latest addition to this watery world is a rainforest adventure.

MESSING ABOUT ON THE RIVER

The Thames attracts visitors and locals alike – some of our most popular apartments to rent in London are close to the river.  Enjoy a tranquil boat ride, take a riverside stroll on a balmy summer’s eve or perhaps you prefer Thames Rockets! This guided tour by speed boat starts off calmly enough, then changes into first gear, so be warned!  Goggles and life vests provided.

WIGWAMS IN THE PARK

Our central apartments in London will have a park close by to relax in – take a picnic lunch along and you’re all set!  The Princess Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens has a pirate ship, wigwams, sea monsters and more.  Another popular activity is pony riding in the vast expanse of spectacular Richmond Park, with it’s famous deer.

MUSIC & MAGIC IN THE WEST END

Once you’ve had enough of the outdoors, a West End show is always a treat.  Matilda The Musical, adapted from Roald Dahl’s book, is a smash hit, award winning musical guaranteed to delight. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a must see for all magic fans out there – this critically acclaimed play introduces us to Harry Potter, family man.

Anyone who has stayed in our apartments in London before will know that just moving around and sightseeing in this big old capital city can feel like a bit of a work out.  Here are some fun and free ways to get some real exercise during your stay.  Summer’s here at last, it’s the perfect time to join a yoga class in a park close to our London apartment rentals and re-energise yourself, ready for another round of museum hopping.

RUNNING IN THE CITY

London City Runners is one of the biggest running clubs in town.  Join this friendly group for a invigorating run past many of The City’s famous and glorious landmarks.  Runners of all levels are welcome, from beginners to show-offs – the aim is to enjoy yourself at your own pace. For those that have time to socialise, drinks and a chat sometimes take place after the run.

YOGA IN THE PARK

Our Parks is a popular scheme that urges you to “turn up and tone up!”  There is an impressive selection of exercise classes on offer in the great outdoors  including yoga, pilates, boot camp, tai chi and dancing.  The average class lasts an hour with various levels on offer, all of them run by qualified instructors and registered coaches.

A VERY SPECIAL LONDON WALK

The wonderful Strawberry Tours give you the option to pay a little something at the end of your walking tour, whatever you feel you want to contribute.  10% of their earnings are given to local charities.  What a great idea and what an opportunity to walk around and learn fascinating things about London from an expert guide, whilst contributing to a good cause.

MOVE LIKE A PRO

NRC (Nike Running Club) claim that “we are all meant to be runners.”  If you want to learn to run like an expert and breeze effortlessly through the streets of London, this is the one for you. Nike’s very own team of coaches are on hand offering encouragement and expertise.  Choose the distance that suits you best – anything from a short, sharp run over a bridge and back to mini marathons across town!

ON YER BIKE!

Our apartments in London tenants will have seen the red Santander bikes parked all over town.  You hop on and park at a docking station when you’re done. The first half hour is free, after that you pay £2 for 24 hrs -another great deal!  We strongly urge visitors to use these bikes for a fun, easy-going ride around one of the parks, London’s roads are busy and dangerous for cyclists, especially those from out of town.

A reminder of the wealth of cultural attractions available to our apartments to rent in London visitors is always welcome.  A rather brilliant truth about London is that you can always find new venues to explore, many of which you never knew existed!   There are some real gems out there just waiting to be discovered, old and new and some free of charge.

Westminster Abbey Museum – a brand new gallery

Wandering around the astounding Westminster Abbey is a favourite of many of our apartments in London visitors and from 11 June 2018 you will be able to visit the brand new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries. This new addition to the Abbey will be found 16 metres up in the medieval Triforium and will display the treasures and collections of this ancient and historic place to the public for the very first time.  Not to be missed will be the excellent views out over the Palace of Westminster.

The Old Operating Theatre –  surgery in the 1800’s

This fascinating Old Operating Theatre  will be of particular interest to all fans of medical dramas, medical students and future surgeons who are renting one of our apartments in London.  You will be grateful that you live in times of reliable anaesthesia once you hear the stories told in the weekly talks held here. The theatre is located in an attic in what was once an old church in St Thomas’s Hospital and it is reached via a spiral staircase.  This is the oldest surviving theatre of it’s kind to be found in Europe.

The Order of St John Museum – ancient healing Knights and a modern charity

This ancient religious order had it’s beginnings in 11th century Jerusalem, caring for ailing pilgrims in the holy land. The international first aid charity St John’s Ambulance takes it’s name from this same order, with it’s famous cross logo. The cross was found on the robes of those first healing Knights and is now recognised as a symbol of humanitarian care.  To learn more about Shakespeare’s and Dickens’s connection to this unique museum, visit this beautiful Tudor building and enjoy a stroll around the lovely Cloister gardens.

The Old Bailey – London’s historic criminal court

The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, better known as The Old Bailey, is a fascinating and historic place.  It is one of the functioning courts of London and part of The Crown Court.  Major London criminal cases are heard here and it is open to the public, with strict security measures in place at all times.  An inscription at the entrance reads: “Defend the children of the poor and punish the wrongdoer.”  The judge is addressed as My Lord or My Lady, just in case you find yourself called on to testify!

Handel & Hendrix Museum – two of London’s musical icons!

I bet that most of our London apartment rentals visitors don’t know that the much loved German composer Friedrich Handel lived the last 40 years of his life in Mayfair and that Jimi Hendrix lived next door for a while, 200 years later!   Two lovely Georgian townhouses in marvellous Mayfair were home to these musical giants who changed music forever.  Their former homes are now a gorgeous museum where live music plays an important role. Enjoy baroque concerts, rehearsals, musical talks and late night openings here in the heart of London.