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Looking for London apartment recommendations for 5 adults

My wife and I are taking our three adult children - son, daughter and son-in-law to London and Paris this spring. Rather than get three rooms in a hotel, I'm thinking I'd rather find an apartment to rent. Any recommendations or warnings?

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Good morning Tim, We go to London every other year or so and usually do a home exchange BUT failing that we have used VRBO.com....not only for London but also Hawaii and east coast USA. They will be pricey which is why we joined homeexchange.com

Another place we have used is the Langorf Hotel in Hampstead. We have not used their flats but have stayed several times in years past using the b and b part of their property. We lived in Hampstead for several months a few years ago and find it a super location. Great bus and tube and train from the Finchley Road side of that area. I hope this helps,

All Best,

Mollie B

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643 posts

VRBO had a fraudulent listing, I won't do business with them again. Try 'In The English Manner' - we stayed in a very nice 2 bed 2 bath apartment on Queen's Gate in South Kensington. It has a couch in the living room but I don't know if it converts to a bed. Wonderful location.

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Tim,

Another apartment or home type rental is The Landmark Trust which we LOVE. Historical buildings all over England and other places that have some history to them. If you felt like ordering their handbook there is a US office and the phone number is 802 254 6868. The book is big and full of places and a fun thing to have even if you don't want to use their properties! We have stayed in 14 of them. The handbook cost $28.00 and they will take your Visa or Mastercard for payment

If you have always wanted to stay in a palace, Landmark have an apartment in Hampton Court Palace that would hold your family. It is out a ways outside London...it's near Kew Gardens.

I order a new Handbook every 5 years or so because the Landmark are always acquiring new properties!

All Best,

Mollie

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Hi, in Paris particularily, but likely also in London, try to get a two bathroom apartment. It isn't as easy, but 5 adults in one bathroom will not be easy.
Also, sofa counches are not comfy,, careful if you plan on sticking someone on them, they are fine for kids generally , but adults hate them as a rule.

I reccomend you ask adult kids to kick in a little moola and get the three hotel rooms, I think too much togetherness can create problems, or split and do an apartment in one city and hotel rooms in other.

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While I personally have not stayed here, this place has been recommended to me and has good ratings on Tripadvisor:

The Mansions

Sort of an apartment with a lot of the services of a hotel. Good location. They have two three bedroom apartments--one with 2 baths, the other with 3 baths.

Posted by
2023 posts

You also can look at the British Air website. They have apts as well as offering some hotel discounts.

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We just got back from Christmas in London. We are a family of four, and we met up with another family of four. I found two apartments, one above the other right in the near Charing Cross station for WAY less than any hotel that could accomodate us.Each apartment had one bedroom and a living room with two pullout beds and one bath. The apartments were listed on this site.
http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/?&emailrefid=621
If you want to contact me, I'll link you to the exact apartment. We had a very positive experience dealing with the owner and I have no problem recommending the place.
In any case, happy travels!