It’s important for anyone staying in London apartments rentals to feel connected, even if their trip is a short one.  Being able to call and text friends, family and colleagues need not cost the earth or be a major head-ache for overseas visitors booking apartments to rent with us.

LONDON CALLING

Cell phones are called mobiles in the UK. Use your own, or acquire one when you visit London – the best deal for you will depend on your call requirements, phone specifications, where you are coming from and how long you plan to stay.

PAY-AS-YOU-GO

Buying a basic mobile with a pay-as-you-go plan when you arrive is popular, contract-free and cost-effective, especially for shorter stays. There are great deals on international calls and you can top up your credit when you need to.

BUY A SIM CARD FOR YOUR PHONE

Another option is to buy just a SIM card.  In this case, the chip will fit into your own, unlocked phone and can sometimes be used again. This will allow you to call and text at local rates, with good deals on international calls. Cellular AbroadLebara

INTERNET AND TEXTING

Anyone without phone data coverage on their trip can make use of venues offering free Wifi to check their emails, etc when out and about, such as some cafes, museums and galleries.  Remember that it’s always cheaper to text than to call!

WHERE TO BUY A PHONE OR TOP UP CREDIT

You will find phone shops at the airport, in all the main railway stations and on the high street, close to our London apartment rentals.  You can also top up your credit in some newsagents (they usually have a sign in the window) and in many of the big supermarkets.

 

When you visit London from another country, there are the usual challenges to face such as cars driving on the other side of the road, warm pints of beer in pubs, foreign money to get to know, etc.  All part of the fun and charm of travel, of course.  Some practical details are important to get absolutely right, both for safety and comfort, such as having the right plug adapter.  We wouldn’t want anyone who is staying in one of our apartments in London wasting their precious holiday time fiddling with sockets and unable to use their electrical devices.

ELECTRICITY IN THE UK

In the United Kingdom the power sockets are type G, which is the three pin plug.  In apartments to rent in London you will also sometimes find that wall sockets have a switch that controls the supply of power.  So as well as plugging a device in, you need to click the switch on.

WHAT KIND OF ADAPTER IS NEEDED?

UK power sockets supply an average volt of 230v.  A converter is needed only if your device is not dual voltage ( 110-240v.) Adapters for use in the UK are readily available on the internet, at the airport or from shops.

CHARGE WHEN YOU’RE OUT

We know you all spend a lot of time out and about.  It’s worth noting that many coffee shops, pubs and department stores in London have sockets and some museums, galleries, libraries and cultural centres such as Barbican offer free space with Wifi and sockets. Some overland trains have charging points by your seat.

THE ALL IMPORTANT HAIRDRYER

All of our London Agent apartments to rent come fully equipped with a hairdryer, so that’s one less thing you have to squeeze into your suitcase and worry about when staying with us!

DON’T FORGET IT!

Adapters are easily forgotten about when not in use, sitting in the socket in the wall. Don’t forget to take yours with you when you leave your short let flat – you will need it when we welcome you back on your next visit to London.

 

2018 is shaping up to be another busy, exciting year for our tenants, old and new –  be they corporate or leisure travellers, the lone adventurer, or groups of friends or families eager to sight-see. Our impressive selection of apartments to rent in London are centrally convenient and come to you from us with our very own brand of expertise and knowledge. Here are just a handful of reasons to stay with us when you visit London and why we welcome so many tenants back every year.

LOCAL EXPERTISE

We live in London and we love this great capital city!  With more than 25 years of experience to draw on, you can rest assured that all the information about our London apartment rentals is accurate and informed, as is everything we like to share with you about London Town in general – past, present and forthcoming.   We take the tube, we visit the museums, we are in the know!

ATTRACTIVE HOLIDAY HOMES TO SUIT EVERYBODY

Explore our short let apartments in London, all of which have been carefully selected. Our holiday homes are well maintained and well cared for, they are smart and pleasing both in furnishing and decor. Whether it’s a cosy studio for two, a three bedroom/two bathroom family home with a fully equipped kitchen or a sleek, serviced one bedroom flat with work-space – we provide variety as well as aesthetic comfort.

LOCATION, LOCATION

There are many types of apartments to rent in London on our books and as luck would have it, there are many fabulous neighbourhoods to stay in, each with their own charm and character, each centrally located close to all the culture, entertainment and green open spaces that make London great. Peruse our interesting and informative Neighbourhood guides to find out all you need to know about your part of town and surroundings.

USEFUL, PRACTICAL INFO

We understand the challenges that any large capital city presents to it’s visitors. Put your minds at ease and help yourselves to all the know-how in our many practical guides in London Info. You will find help with getting around town on public transport, airport transfers to and from your short let flat, luggage storage, information about seasons and holidays, facts about London’s postcodes or a historic guide to The City! We have it covered.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

It’s important to us that you find staying with The London Agent easy and pleasant, from searching through the various types of London apartment rentals all the way through to booking, and arrival. We want to ensure that everything is as it should be when you arrive, a little tired, but happy to be here. See our comprehensive FAQ (frequently asked questions) where many of your most pressing questions are answered.

 

A Brief London Guide No.2

Our London guide Something Old, Something New was all about celebrating the fascinating contradictions and opposites in our favourite capital city. Visit London with us and you will see how this town is defined by the ancient and modern, the shiny and time-worn, the charmingly old school and the daringly new. Here in Part 2 of this London guide we hope you will be inspired, once again, by the call of the past and the lure of the present on the streets of London.

A REBUILT CATHEDRAL AND A SKYSCRAPER IN THE CITY

St Paul’s Cathedral has survived many a disaster and has quite a history. This beautiful, breathtaking Anglican Church sits at the highest point in the City and has been wowing locals and visitors for hundreds of years.  The first ever church on this site was built around 600 AD and was dedicated to St Paul.  The magnificent, working cathedral we see and visit today was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and rebuilt after the Great Fire destroyed most of London in 1666.

The Gherkin is modern architecture in the City of London at it’s most stunning and impressive.  It stands tall not far from the ancient City walls.  30 St Mary Axe is an iconic, commercial skyscraper, completed in 2004.  It is located inside The Square Mile, which is the very heart of London with it’s own laws and police force. The old and the new live and breathe and go about their business here more for than anywhere else in town.  Read all about The City and it’s fascinating history in our special London guide dedicated to this city within a city.

UNDERGROUND/OVERGROUND

Not many people realise just how old London Underground is. It was the world’s first underground train system and the very first trains started running in 1863.  The first Central Line train to run had Mark Twain as a passenger! Baker Street is one of the oldest and nicest tube stations and Oxford Circus is the busiest station, by far. During the Blitz of WW2 when London saw heavy bombing, people would shelter from the air raids in the tube stations.

The famous red double decker bus is one of London’s most recognised icons, even though many of the newer buses are not red or double decker. Recently, the most beloved bus of all was revamped and reintroduced, by public demand and it’s name is The Routemaster. These buses had conductors and were open at the back, as do some of the shiny new, eco-friendly versions.  Enjoy the views from the top deck, and take care when getting on and off, watching out for cyclists.

TRADITIONAL PUB OR NEW GIN BAR?

The Pub – a public house licensed to sell alcohol.  These are the modern equivalents of the taverns and inns of old and they play an important part in English culture. The pub is an important focal point in the community, and this is where people go to relax and socialise, sometimes playing darts or enjoying a pub quiz.  Popping into your local or a favourite pub for a quick drink or a good meal with friends is still a very popular London pass time.
The Spaniard’s Inn in Hampstead is one of the oldest pubs in London and it is mentioned in the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. It is said that John Keats wrote his famous poem Ode to a Nightingale here, close to the famous Heath.

London’s love affair with gin goes way back and continues to flourish.  In the bad old days of the 1700’s, gin was cheaper than bread and it was the ruin of the working classes who spent most of their time in the sordid gin palaces all over old London. Fabulous and decidedly un-sordid modern gin bars are all the rage now, attracting those looking for that perfect G&T and it’s many variations.
The Gin Bar in Holborn Dining Room has a beautiful copper topped bar and they have London’s largest selection of gin.  Pick from over 400 gins and dozens of tonics and enjoy a good selection of fine wine, beers and other spirits on offer.

A CHIPPIE OR FANCY FISH RESTAURANT?

The Chippie is your local fish & chip shop and happily, this well loved traditional place to pop in for some take away dinner is alive and well. It was Spanish Jews settling in London in the 17th Century that first introduced fish fried this way and the first shops that sold fish and fried chipped potatoes together, opened in London in around 1860. The old custom of wrapping the food in old newspaper doesn’t really happen much anymore, more’s the pity!
Visit The Golden Hind if you are in Marylebone, voted one of the best chippies in town.  They have been serving excellent fish ‘n chips in this pleasant part of central London for more than 100 years here. Mushy peas are optional!

If something elegant and more refined is required in the way of dining, then London will certainly not let you down. Take your pick from some of the best restaurants in the world here, whether it be modern British or international.  Fancy a fancy fish supper? Then try The Angler Restaurant in The South Place Hotel, close to Liverpool Street Station. This Michelin starred restaurant is one of the best places to eat seafood anywhere in London. Often described as “a jewel box in the sky”, because of it’s wonderful views out over the City, this lovely spot will treat you to some excellent food in beautiful surroundings. They also boast a roof terrace.

ROYAL ALBERT HALL OR A MUSICAL CHAPEL

Sitting magnificently right by Kensington Gardens, the beautiful building that is The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871 as a memorial to her late husband, Prince Albert. It is one of London’s most treasured concert halls and it attracts thousands of visitors each year, both young and old. This where the famous “Proms” classical music festival is held, and the Hall plays host to many pop and rock concerts throughout the year. The Albert Hall manages to be old, solid and dependable whilst keeping up with the very latest trends and fashions within London’s always happening live music scene.

If you prefer something a little more intimate, London has some of the best small live music venues anywhere in the world. Whether it is a pub, a club or a building that was once something else, there are quite a few unique and interesting music venues to choose from when you visit London. Union Chapel is a modern, live music club housed in an old church. This grade II listed building in Islington has been used as a musical venue for some years now.  It’s gothic interior and excellent acoustics make it a firm favourite amongst live music fans. It is a working church and apparently the organ here is something very special.