Short term apartment rentals London – Denmark Street, Soho

Denmark Street in Soho is the street in the capital most associated with music, namely jazz, rhythm & blues and pop. It is known as London’s Tin Pan Alley because of it’s fascinating connection with popular music, musicians and song-writing. Any short term apartment rentals London close to Charing Cross Road and it’s surroundings has London’s cultural heart right outside the door.

Guitars and Music Shops

Denmark Street contains the most music shops in London, (mostly guitars these days), but this is the place to head to for anything and everything music related. Many famous (and infamous!) musicians recorded, played or bought their instruments on Denmark Street. The wonderful display of guitars hanging in many of the shop windows is a sight worth seeing, even if you don’t plan to buy one.

It’s London’s Tin Pan Alley.

Running off Charing Cross Road, Denmark Street is one of the few streets in London with terraced facades on both sides of the road. Denmark Place is a small courtyard at the back of the street. The street supplied sheet music to the public already in Victorian Times as music publishers had moved here in order to supply the musicians working in the nearby theatres and concert halls. It was in the 1920’s that it became known as Tin Pan Alley. Low rents of the day attracted struggling artists and musicians, and soon Denmark Street became known for it’s shops, music publishers, studios and venues for musicians.

Charing Cross Road and Books.

Denmark Street is a side road to Charing Cross Road, which is just as iconic and stuffed with cultural atmosphere as Soho itself.  There are some good pubs and bars to be found in this part of central London and you are within strolling distance of the entire West End, making it the ideal location for short term apartment rentals London. Charing Cross Road’s well known connection and history with books can still be felt today. World famous Foyles Bookshop is still going strong, and there are some good second hand bookshops to browse in.

Elton John wrote a song here.

Come and hang out here and imagine the thousands of young musical hopeful’s of the past walking to Denmark Street to see who they may bump into there.  Imagine the young and beautiful Rolling Stone’s turning up, ciggies dangling jauntily from their lips, eager to record their first album. Elton John apparently wrote his much loved Your Song here.  Rock on, Denmark Street…the record labels may have changed music forever, but on this particular Soho side-street, the heart of the song-writer still beats beautifully in time.

Read our Soho area guide to find out more about the many delights of this popular part of central London and why it is so sought after. We have a great little selection of short term apartment rentals London to choose from in this conveniently central location with so much to recommend it.

 

Short term lets london – harley street, marylebone

Looking for a short term lets London close to Marylebone and Regent’s Park? The rather famous and distinguished Harley Street lies in this pleasant and popular part of London.

EXCELLENCE IN MEDICINE

Mention Harley Street and people think of excellence in medicine and doctors offices.  This world famous street in Westminster has been known since the 19th century for it’s large number of doctors specialising in various forms of medicine, especially surgery. Licensing was not that easy to come by once Harley Street became the respected medical centre of the world.  Doctors were thoroughly investigated and approved before being allowed to practice here, ensuring that professional and high standards were observed and maintained.

CONVENIENT AND CLOSE TO TRANSPORT

In 1914 there were perhaps 200 doctors located here and today there are more than 3000. Roomy and safe housing quickly developed in this area.  Also the fact that railway stations such as King’s Cross, Paddington, Euston and later Marylebone are close-by was a real attraction for professionals seeking to start a clinic. The centrally convenient location of the street was a huge benefit, of course. These days, both of these practicalities are equally convenient and appealing for anyone looking for short term lets London.

REGENT’S PARK AND LONDON ZOO

Harley Street lies north of Oxford Street and is close to Marylebone High Street ensuring that all your shopping needs are well met.  The always wonderful Regent’s Park which is home to London Zoo is close by, as are other attractions and places of interest such as The Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussaud’s. In fact, central London is easily accessible from here, making this the ideal neighbourhood to find short term lets London in. You will find everything you need in the way of cafes and restaurants too, of course.

Read our area guide for Marylebone to learn more about this particular part of London, with so much to recommend it.  Our Marylebone short term lets London enjoy all the benefits and attractions of this cultured and pleasant part of central London.

Short term lets London – Trafalgar Square, WESTMINSTER

Good old Trafalgar Square with it’s lions and fountains.  Solid, reliable and hectic with the bustle of tourists and visitors and the rush of buses and cabs zooming around it’s borders. Any short term lets London close to the Square really are in the heart of central London and within strolling distance of so many great museums, attractions and cultural places of interest.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FAMOUS PIGEONS?

In the recent past, tourists came as much for the pigeons as for all the culture and history! School children on their first trip to London Town always spent an hour shrieking with delight on Trafalgar Square, taking pictures of their friends with pigeons on their heads. Feeding the birds was popular since Victorian times, when you were able to buy feed from sellers on the Square itself. The mayor of London eventually banned the feeding of the birds some years ago, as they are messy and aggressive, so don’t expect to find great congregations of pigeons here now.  Luckily, there are many nicer and cleaner attractions a mere stroll away, such as The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery and St Martins in the Fields, which is the parish church of Buckingham Palace.

NELSON AND THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR

The Square was built to commemorate the famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, which took place in the waters of Cape Trafalgar in Cadiz, Southern Spain. Nelson was victorious and now stands tall on his column in case anyone should forget! This large, historic square is now a favourite spot for demonstrations, celebrations and rallies of all kinds.  The three plinths here hold statues of the great and the good, while the fourth plinth has displayed various art pieces in recent years, which has proved popular with the public. When you have had your fill of the Square, stroll pleasantly around and explore Westminster from any of our short term lets London in the immediate and surrounding areas.

FOUNTAINS, LIONS AND A FIR TREE IN DECEMBER

Such an pleasant sight and certainly one of London’s most iconic – the large fountains of Trafalgar Square in full flow and the famous and rather wonderful bronze lions at the base of Nelson’s Column, which were cast in 1867.  Norway donates a huge fir tree every December to thank the English for their help during WW II.  The tree is beautifully decorated and displayed here and it is one of the most magnificent and festive sights to be seen in the winter gloom.

Read our Westminster area guide to find out more about this popular and historic part of central London and peruse our Westminster short term lets London to find the holiday home of your choice here.

Short lets London – Portobello Road, Notting Hill

The well loved and trendy Portobello Road is one of the most popular locations for short lets London. An obvious association with Notting Hill’s most famous road is the popular street market held there every Saturday, but this lovely street has so much more to recommend it. The wide range of communities that are to be found here give the area its vibrant, energetic atmosphere, and the many pubs, bars and restaurants play a big part too.

This long, pleasant, meandering road with its mid Victorian terraced houses has its many tiny shops all bunched together, giving the road and area a unique, intimate feel. The locals campaign strongly to keep the road as it is, free from chain stores and other high street influences which would ruin the look and feel of the place. This kind of character and charm is maintained with the hard work and care from the locals and shop-keepers and it seems to be working well.

The original name for this street was Green’s Lane, but naval history intervened and robbed Mr Green of his Lane forever, whoever he was! After a hard fought battle in Panama in times gone by, the town of Puerto Bello was captured, and Green Lane W11 was changed to Portobello Road in honour of this historic event! Whatever the details, we think you will agree that the present name sounds much more glamourous and is in better keeping with the general character of the area, so hooray for that old English victory. The wonderful Electric Cinema is to be found here, which is one of London’s oldest and most charming cinemas.

The famous Portobello Road Market is held on Saturdays and draws visitors and locals in their thousands, whatever the weather.  Any of our short lets London in Notting Hill will be a pleasant stroll away from the market.  The many fruit & veg and flower stalls here also open during the week and the interesting specialist shops also open on a daily basis. The food markets were the first to open in the 18th century and the antique dealers came in the 1940’s and 50’s. The antique market is now the largest of its kind in Britain. The list of shows, songs, films, stories and poems that mention Portobello Road is a long one. It seems this charming, winding road has captured the imagination of many artists and artisans! Long may the market prosper…it’s popularity soars with each passing year.

Read our area guide for Notting Hill which informs and entertains you with the many attractions and delights of the area, including it’s close proximity to Kensington Gardens and Holland Park. Our Notting Hill short lets London selection includes some of our most attractive and popular self catering holiday homes.