We’re pretty excited these days about the launch of our newest urban portfolio; a collection of some of the finest luxury vacation rentals in London. These properties are spread throughout some of London’s most desirable neighborhoods, from Mayfair to Belgravia, and each is walkable to at least one major attraction. Though each home offers its own unique experience, they all carry the amenities and the charm to satisfy even the most hard-to-impress guests, and each offers the chance to explore a different pocket of town. These are not all our London rentals, but these are the five we’re feeling most right now.
Jubilee Residence, Mayfair
Close to: Oxford Street
While the building that houses Jubilee Residence may be more than 200 years old, this stylish apartment is anything but outdated. Georgian-era details such as high ceilings and a stone fireplace have been preserved, but the home, with floral touches throughout, is totally up to speed to host those with high expectations. An elevator takes you from floor to floor, each of which is heated and air-conditioned. And the home is equipped with Wifi, several TVs, and a sound system.
One of our favorite things about Jubilee Residence is its prime London location within the prestigious Mayfair neighborhood. Just how high is its status? Mayfair is the most expensive property square on the London Monopoly board! We also love the fact that Jubilee is just a 10-minute walk from all the shopping you could wish for along Oxford Street and a short drive from Westminster Abbey. You can even take a day trip to the London Warner Brothers Studio, where you can take a day tour that uncovers some of the magical details behind how the Harry Potter films were made.
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Goodge Street, Fitzrovia
Close to: The British Museum
If you’re looking for a central location from which you can easily access many of the city’s top landmarks and museums, London’s Fitzrovia neighborhood is ideal. From 18th-century apartments to contemporary art galleries and old-school English pubs, cozy bistros and cafes to brand new luxury condos, this part of town is known for its contributions to the arts. This gem, named after the street it resides on, sleeps four in two spacious bedrooms and provides as much privacy as you could ask for while being in the center of it all.
The home’s kitchen is fully equipped for those that like to skip a meal out in favor of cooking for themselves. The living room leads to an open-air terrace—the perfect place to start your morning with a cup of tea while planning the day’s activities. Wherever you plan to go that day—the British Museum is just five-minutes walk away, while the theaters of the West End, Trafalgar Square, and Covent Garden are all close by—you can stroll the streets like a local or ride in style with a private chauffeur service provided by Luxury Retreats!
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Chepstow Manor, Notting Hill
Close to: Kensington Gardens
From Chepstow Manor, you’re well-placed to explore the gorgeous architecture and excellent shopping found in Notting Hill and Kensington. Go admire the freakishly accurate wax figures at the original Madame Tussauds, just a nine-minute drive from the Manor. Or head a few streets over to explore Kensington Gardens, where you’ll find the Princess Diana Memorial, and Kensington Palace, the London home of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
London’s weather can be the best and the worst—sometimes all in the span of a few hours. It’s like Chepstow Manor was built specifically to take advantage of London’s erratic conditions. For those beautiful, sunny summer afternoons, head out to the garden with swimming pool to cool off. When it (inevitably) cools down or starts raining, you can head inside and cuddle around one of the villa’s two fireplaces: one in the cozy family lounge off the kitchen with a comfy L-shaped couch, the other surrounded by a soft white couch and gorgeous antique chairs. The formal dining area can seat six and the home can be pre-stocked with the finest local and import wines upon request. Dial up the sound system to a low hum and cue up your favorite dinnertime playlist for a top-notch ambiance.
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The Pearl of Belgravia, Belgravia
Close to: Buckingham Palace
The affluent Belgravia district of West London is known as one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the world. If you’re lucky enough to snag a vacation rental in the area, you can’t do much better than The Pearl, a contemporary home sitting between Eaton Square and Chester Square. The recent remodeling only adds to the elegant appearance of this jewel. Bedroom portraits pay homage to the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, while each and every one of the home’s light fixtures will force you to pause and admire it. From watching TV while taking a bath (seriously!) to stargazing on the home’s private terrace with loveseats, the comforts of this upper echelon English villa give it some serious appeal.
Buckingham Palace is just a short walk away, so you can catch the Changing of the Guard at the Palace every morning, before stopping for a coffee and watching the world go by. As an added perk, guests of The Pearl of Belgravia have access to the exclusive Belgrave Square Park, a communal garden not open to the public.
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The Cambridge Classic, Pimlico
Close to: Westminster Abbey
Every morning at the Classic should start with a hot drink from the kitchen’s espresso machine. This would be best sipped on the private alfresco dining balcony with a view of the Cambridge St/Hugh St intersection, just a few steps from Eccleston Square Park. In case you need a fun local fact to dish out over breakfast, we’ve got one for you:
Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes (one of horse racing’s Triple Crown races) was named for Olde Ben Pimlico’s Tavern, a historic pub that was just a stone’s throw away from your pied-a-terre. To dip your toes into the history of London, head to nearby Westminster Abbey where luminaries including Chaucer, Charles Dickens, and Tennyson are buried. Don’t forget to swing by Big Ben on your way back!
History aside, the space is a refreshingly modern twist on English traditional. Its fully-equipped kitchen and open concept living area integrate seamlessly, and both are flooded with natural light through tall windows. Meanwhile, the home is decked in chic black and white—from the furniture to the bedding to the curtains.
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