London is arguably several cities in one - and we're not just talking about the size of it. As you travel from east to west, you'll watch the architectural landscape change, mapping its history and the way the world-renowned destination has evolved over the years - something that makes it a popular filming location for movies and TV.
However, even if you prefer to live your life firmly in the present, you'll instantly be bowled over by the amount of attractions on offer in London. Many of the historical monuments and museums have become tourist staples, but even locals love the way this city is in constant flux with the seasons, seeing new exhibitions, events, restaurants and bars pop up throughout the year.
London is also an excellent gateway to exploring more of the UK, with its various airports and train stations allowing you to extend your trip beyond the capital. Whether you're heading to Cornwall in the South West or Snowdonia in Wales, our luxury holiday homes are ready to welcome you.
Samuel Johnson once said, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life" - and we couldn't agree more. The capital city is bursting with exciting activities, no matter how you like to travel.
Want to tick off the typical tourist sights? Start your morning grabbing a pastry and coffee to live like the locals do, enjoying a walk through Green Park and saying hi to the Queen as you pass Buckingham Palace. Hit up Oxford Street early for shopping without the stress, heading north to the British Museum.
It's then over to Brick Lane for lunch and a wander among the stalls, and perhaps even a trip up to the Walkie Talkie's Sky Garden (for free - just reserve in advance!). Finally, head to Chinatown or Covent Garden for a pre-theatre meal, taking in an evening West End show as you put your feet up (but not literally, please!) after a day well spent.
Other must-dos include Kew Gardens, Tower of London, the Science Museum, Columbia Road Flower Market if your trip falls over a Sunday, and a visit out to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. But as you can see, there's really no shortage of things to do when staying at one of our luxury London rentals.
If London is your entryway to the UK, you may be inclined to fill your food itinerary with the classics: fish and chips, a full roast dinner, and endless pints from the pub. However, London is home to a vibrant food scene that means you can truly eat your way around the world without living city limits.
Dishoom is a favourite among locals, serving Bombay-inspired cuisine across the capital. Honest Burgers, Pizza Pilgrims and Wahaca are all similarly mainstays that you'll stumble upon throughout your time here. And for vegetarian food that will keep even your meat-loving friends happy, head to Mildreds or Wulf and Lamb.
London also has many markets that will keep everyone in your party well fed, no matter what you're craving - Spitalfields, Seven Dials and Tooting Market to name just a few.
Want to splash out on an authentic afternoon tea? Harrods, Selfridges and The Ritz will obviously have you covered, but you can also find ample affordable options at mid-range hotels and characterful cafes.