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Some people love them and others maybe not so much.  Whatever your view, our urban red fox is as much part of London life as the pigeons on Trafalgar Square and the mice in the underground stations.  Oh sorry, had you not noticed the mice yet?

Urban foxes started to move into London after WWII and we currently we have about 10.000.00. Contrary to urban myths, the urban fox does not habitually kill cats and steal babies from their cradles.  In reality they are shy and timid creatures preferring to keep their distance from us humans.  They do, however, love our green spaces created by suburban gardens and public parks.  They do also raid our bins and bin bags, but not as much as you may expect as birds, rodents, worms and insects are their preferred choice of food.

If you are fortunate you may spot one in the garden of your short let London home – enjoying a peaceful snooze in the sun or larking about with siblings.  If not, get your cuteness fix at fox-fortnight where there are plenty of posts to show you what you are missing. For more information and to offer your support visit The Fox Project.

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The green glories of summer in the big city may be coming to an end, but fear not.  Enjoying some of London’s outstanding indoor delights that will be found close to your short let London home is perfect this time of year, as the weather turns cooler. Here is just a handful of reasons why we can never get enough of the capital’s great museums and galleries and how they can still surprise and delight us, no matter how many times we have been before.

World famous Art & Culture – all completely free of charge

Many visitors who are staying in one of our short let London homes forget that some of the most famous and popular museums and galleries that they plan to visit, such as The National Gallery, The Natural History Museum and The British Museum, have no entrance fee.  London can be an expensive place, so it’s rather delightful to have such wonders and glories of art and culture laid out before you, without charge.  See The London’s Agent’s guide to London’s free attractions for more details.

Museums at Night

Museums at Night takes place twice a year in London and the October slot is coming up. Who can pass up the chance to view a favourite museum or gallery in a new and exciting way.  These nighttime workshops and guided tours give you the chance to view the treasures on show in a very different light – adding a spooky angle where possible, of course.  Prepare to be amazed and informed as usual, but this time it’s after dark. Any of our Kensington short let London homes have The Natural History, The Science and the Victoria & Albert Museums close by.

A museum or gallery for everyone

London boasts over 180 museums and 3 of the top ten museums of the world are to be found in the capital.  There are over 800 art galleries to explore, too. Favourites and popular choices such as the National Portrait Gallery or Tate Modern are well loved, both for their permanent collections and their special exhibitions. Investigate some of the smaller, more obscure collections on offer in London – from the quirky to the downright bizarre, such as The Museum of Brands and Packaging in Notting Hill.

The British Museum Underground Station

Never heard of this tube stop? That’s because it doesn’t exist anymore. The British Museum is the most visited museum in London, perhaps the world! It once had it’s very own underground station to accommodate the sheer number of visitors that flock to view it’s 8 million objects all year round, as they still do. Holborn Underground finally took over as one of the tube stops close to this great institution and the museum’s own station was demolished.  Each of our short let London homes has it’s own area and transport guide.

House Museums of London: How the famous lived and worked

Many famous and renowned Englishmen and foreigners who made London their home have had their houses turned into museums.  These homes are charming in their detail and are a fascinating blend of the domestic and the industrious. Learn things about such intellectual and artistic greats such as Keats, Freud and the fictional Sherlock Holmes that you never knew before, as you wander round their private homes. See The London Agent’s Guide to some of these house museums to find out which one is close to your short let London holiday let.