LONDON is a very large and cosmopolitan city made up of many small communities that have grown together. Because of this historic past, each of the neighborhoods of this great city is unique. Knightsbridge is very different when compared to Covent Garden or Kensington while Mayfair has a history and personality all its own. The beautiful thing about London is a visitor has so many fascinating options when selecting the London they want to know best. When a great city offers such diversity, it also assures so many experiences that make a London visit very exciting.
A VILLAGE IN THE HEART OF LONDON best describes the perfect blend of historical and contemporary Covent Garden with its charming cobblestone streets. Located in the very center of the city, it’s no wonder this is a very popular part of London, where most travelers want to visit. This exciting area is within walking distance to most of London’s historic sites, theaters, clubs, exhibitions, galleries, churches, and monuments.
Most West End theaters are found in this part of London. Take a walk down Shaftesbury Avenue and your eyes will dazzle at all the options. Musicals, drama, mysteries, Shakespeare. Many of our guests choose vacation rentals in Covent Garden so they can attend a production each evening and walk home after the show.
Dine at the famous Rules Restaurant, and pretend to be one of the characters in Downton Abbey. It is London’s oldest restaurant and has been serving fine meals since opening in 1798. You might also enjoy one of the international cuisine restaurants. Some say the best Indian food on the planet is in London — give it a try.
A visitor will certainly want to visit Covent Garden Square with its speciality shops, street performers, and cafes. In the center you will find Apple Market and Jubilee Market, where Monday is ANTIQUE SALES. Tourists will also enjoy nearby places such as Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Opera House, National Gallery, English National Theater, St Martins-in-the-Fields, Cecil Court, New Row, The Savoy, discount ticket shops, Ben Franklin’s House, Leicester Square, cinemas, and many other attractions.
Pictured above is the London Coliseum, home of the English National Opera, plays, and musicals. Attend a performance and feel transported back in time to the early 1900’s inside an ornate theatre resembling the interior of New York’s Carnegie Hall. A splendid evening at the opera.
Covent Garden is the place everyone enjoys for entertainment, restaurants, and clubs. A great place to visit during the day, it really comes alive after 5pm. IT IS EXCITING.
KNIGHTSBRIDGE is certainly one of London’s most prestigious neighborhoods. This fashion district with amazing luxury shopping includes several designer stores — icons like HARRODS and HARVEY NICHOLS dominate the scene. Beautiful buildings and fine architecture attract visitors who are seeking up-market experiences. Knightsbridge is a place to see and be seen, and it is exciting to window shop and watch people go by. On a Friday or Saturday evening, some of the rarest and most valuable cars in the world drive up and down Sloane Street as if they are part of an exclusive club’s parade.
Centuries ago, this area was somewhat of a no man’s land and it wasn’t until the 19th century that it began to develop into the exclusive location that we find today. One fable suggests the name came because the bridge was crossed over by knights going to London to fight the holy wars. A more dramatic fable tells of two knights that both fell to their deaths in the river while battling each other on the bridge. While visiting Hyde Park (pictured below) it is fun to imagine if the ancient bridge might still exist!
Properties in Knightsbridge are walking distance to the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National History Museum, the Albert Memorial, Royal Albert Hall, the Brompton Oratorio, and Hyde Park. When considering staying in Knightsbridge, a visitor understands that this is where all the great designers have shops along Sloane Street and down the small streets off the Cromwell Road. It is an area which exudes fine living. There are restaurants of all standards, bars and clubs which draw fashionable people.
KNIGHTSBRIDGE is on the west side of London between the Cromwell Road and Chelsea with the Piccadilly Line traversing with easy access to Heathrow Airport and to the most central areas of the city: Green Park Tube Station, Piccadilly Circus Tube Station, Leicester Square Tube Station, Covent Garden Tube Station, etc.
This means that a visitor to London can live in a high-end property in a fashionable district and be moments from some of the most desirable monuments in the city. Shop ’til you drop in the morning and spend the afternoon visiting museums and art galleries and then still have time for theater in the evening.
Words like luxury shopping, fine dining, high end, exceptional architecture, beautiful automobiles, style, fashion, elegance define this amazing part of London where many visitors choose to stay.
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The city’s finest residential architecture will be found as you wander through the streets of this aristocratic area. For those who love fine automobiles, MAYFAIR is Paradise. Great art galleries and auction houses attract some of the finest collectors from all over the world. Some of the most famous hotels in the world are located in this district like CLARIDGES, THE CONNAUGHT, THE HILTON where fabulous evening dining is moments from your flat. Oxford Street is filled with shoppers who are looking for bargains while the area around Maddox Street provides perfect window shopping.
If you like history, wander through Mayfair and read the BLUE PLAQUES on these beautiful properties which will identify the famous people of England’s grand and glorious history who lived in this area. You will visit the residences of authors, artists, politicians, historians, dethroned monarchs, actors, military heroes, aristocrats, and scientists who once called Mayfair home. Walk down Bruton Street that was bombed during the war and see the plaque honoring the site where the Queen was born and a marvelous antique shop. A walk down the Mall with Green Park on one side and St. James’s Park on the other, passing by the memorial to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and her beloved King George VI is an evening not to be missed.
Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard, the Queen’s Gallery, and the Royal Mews filled with regal carriages are located a short distance through Green Park. Apsley House and the Hard Rock Cafe are on Piccadilly close to Fortnum and Mason, the Royal Academy of Arts, and three wonderful Victorian shopping arcades. Often Sotheby’s or Christie’s will have an exhibition or an auction which are fascinating to attend. Enjoy the great exhibitions at the Royal Academy or at Philip Mould Gallery on Piccadilly. Berkeley Square is beautiful with car dealerships Rolls Royce and Bentley exhibiting their finest automobiles.
The bus and the Tube and the black cabs make transportation to all parts of London very convenient from Mayfair. Within walking distance to many London sites, this beautiful area has a more residential feel. It is quiet at night!
Mayfair and St. James’s together are without a doubt the ceremonial, aristocratic, residential districts of London. Click here to see the properties available through London Connection: Mayfair Vacation Rentals
If you care to stroll through beauty and history and experience London as Londoners do, Kensington is the neighborhood for you. Start the day with a morning run (or walk) through serene Kensington Gardens past the Peter Pan statue and the Albert Memorial. Don’t miss the Italian Gardens as you have your reverie with nature.
Back to civilization to enjoy breakfast at a fabulous pastry shop or in your vacation rental, and then spend an afternoon visiting Kensington Palace, where Queen Victoria spent her childhood and many of the Royal Family still reside. Visit three outstanding museums (the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum) before enjoying an evening concert in Royal Albert Hall.
The following day is all about shopping along the famous Kensington High Street. These high end shops attract very different clients than do the shops in crowded areas of London. Take a bike ride through Hyde Park, past Serpentine Gallery and by nearby Royal College of Music and London Oratory.
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In the grand, elegant buildings of Kensington are found night clubs, antique shops, cafes, specialty shops, museums, fine art for the enjoyment of both visitors and residents. PERFECT. IT IS ALL TO BE FOUND HERE IN SOUTH KENSINGTON.
If this is your first time to visit London, it might seem overwhelming to decide which neighborhood you will enjoy. We wrote a blog article with you in mind Take A Quiz: Find The Best Area to Stay in London Based on Your Interests. Whichever neighborhood you choose, you will LOVE TO VISIT THEM ALL.
By reserving your London Connection vacation apartment, you will ensure you are living in one of the best areas to stay in London while you are there. To help you navigate all there is to see in London, check out the Family Friendly Itinerary. This has been a useful resource for many first-time and experienced London travelers. With the advanced public transportation it is so easy to hop on the tube and be in another LONDON spot in just minutes. The charm of London awaits your presence. What’s stopping you?