Hello all. I'm going to London late June/early July (YEA!) with my 21 year old niece and I'm planning on renting an apartment. It is a more daunting task then when I rented in Paris last summer. London is more spread out, more expensive and I'm less familiar with all the areas. So, I turn to your expertise as I know these boards are chock full of wonderful tips and traveling insight.
I have contacted Ivy Lettings and the responses have been prompt and nice, no issues. I want to know if anybody has had any experiences they can relate as far as companies that let flats and any feedback as to specific flats or neighborhoods. I want to use an agency as opposed to dealing directly with the owner as it makes me feel more comfortable, security wise. As of now, the companies I am considering are Ivy Lettings & Farnum & Christ (very nice people). London Connections has some decent listings but I'm not sure about them. Coach House Rentals website is a bit off putting for me. Not enough filters to narrow down.
Like most people, I am looking for a safe neighborhood, walking distance to shops and pubs, close to transportation, not to far from the major sights and a balcony would be a major plus. I don't want ground floor as want to be able to sleep with the window open. I am VERY nervous it will be too warm for me to sleep at night. That never used to be a problem but 2 years ago when my 53rd birthday came knocking so did an uptick in my internal body temperature. :(
I'm hoping to stay around $2500 (or less!) for 9 nights. That looks doable based on the apartments I've seen offered.
Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer.