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Beat the High Cost of London by Renting a Flat


A converted stable in Winchmere Hill, London.

Planning a trip to London this year? Think about renting an apartment for your stay. An apartment or house provides a lot more space than a hotel room. And it’s almost always a better value. There are hundreds of apartments for rent all over this sprawling city, and the further afield you look, the better the values. At HomeAway, you can find a charming one-bedroom in a stables in Winchmere Hill in North London for $638 a week or $106 per night.

Yes, it’s a 20 -25 minute train ride into Central London. But you get a converted stable block in the walled grounds of a 17Th century former farmhouse and bakehouse. The apartment has a beamed living room, a double bedroom accessed by a ladder, a small, well-equipped kitchen, and bath with shower room.


It’s been 4-star rated by Visit-England. See more pictures here and check out HomeAway for hundreds of other London flats.

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  1. John W. Condon
    April 28, 2010 at 10:16 am — Reply

    works for me. would be even better if it was taxed.

  2. April 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm — Reply

    As you say renting an apartment is one of those hidden secrets that many people miss.
    However although HomeAway are a reputable company the same can’t be said about a lot of others.
    This is why we did an article on our blog on how to find a vacation apartment in London. Here’s the link: http://3guysonalondonbus.com/2010/02/how-to-find-a-london-vacation-apartment-when-you-visit-london/

  3. May 5, 2010 at 11:01 am — Reply

    First a small correction – the location of the flat in North London is Winchmore Hill (I live down the road in Palmers Green).
    Another alternative to hotels (even cheaper, in fact it’s free) is to swap homes with a Londoner. Home Base Holidays http://www.homebase-hols.com has been operating a home exchange service in London for 25 years, also runs a service for the Guardian newspaper and so we have many up-to-date home exchange offers throughout the city. Do check them out!
    This is a great time to visit London – the pound is lower in value than for some time. There is always lots to do and see in London that costs very little or is free.
    We are starting to find interest from London members in offering their homes for swaps during the 2012 Olympics too so, if you are interested in being a part of London 2012, now is a good time to start looking for a home exchange as other types of accommodation are likely to be at a premium during this period.
    Lois, Home Base Holidays, London

  4. May 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm — Reply

    It does look really nice. I agree though the prices of hotel are through the roof when your in london. I try to stay with family in towns outside of london and then travel in.

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