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Ten reasons to come to London this summer, with Coach House Rentals
by Harley Nott


Ten reasons to come to London this summer, with Coach House Rentals

1. Exchange rate. At US$/£1.30 the current exchange rate means you get lots of £££ for your dollars.

2. Why use Coach House Rentals? Because we’ve been looking after our guests since 2001. We have many thousands of satisfied customers – read the testimonials with each property listing. Many have agreed to act as a reference – you just have to ask and we’ll put you in touch.

3. Excellent value for money. We haven’t increased our prices for 3 years, so our London vacation rentals are great value for money, especially for a party of 3 or more.

4. “Live like a local” in a hand-picked real home. You get a whole apartment or house to yourself (no sharing) and much more space and freedom to do what you want than in a cramped hotel room.

5. Flexible renting. Any day to any day with a minimum stay of 5, not 7, nights.

6. Real people to help you choose. You don’t need to rely just on a web listing. If you can’t find the answer to your question on our faqs, we are here to respond to your emailed queries or you can talk to us on the phone.

7. Safe and secure booking process. When you enter your card details on our secure https payments page, the information goes directly to our in-house servers before being manually processed. There is no risk of being scammed – as does sometimes happen when using the mass market listing sites.

8. Personal Service. We can arrange a car to meet you at the airport. When you arrive at your rental all will be ready for you, we’ll be there to check you in, hand over the keys, show you how everything works and answer any questions you may have.

9. 24/7 help line in case of any further questions or problems.

10. Concierge Service. Our famed Concierge Service now starts from the moment you book your rental – previously it was from when you arrived in London. Now we’ll give you help planning and organising your London trip as well as help and support while you are here.

The spring and summer is booking up fast so book now to get the vacation rental of your choice. Join the many 1,000’s of satisfied guests we’ve looked after since 2001.

Coach House Rentals
01 March 2019
T: +44 20 8355 3192


We will help you plan your London holiday
by Harley Nott

We will help you plan your London holiday

Our famed Concierge Service now starts from the moment you book your rental – previously it was from when you arrived in London.

Now we’ll give you help planning and organising your London trip as well as help and support while you are here.

You will probably have a London guide book but these web pages might help in your initial planning:

What’s on in London – some 40 events spread throughout the year, most of them unique to London and available to London visitors, with links to relevant web site and details of how to book/be involved. These range from the quiescently British:  The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) to the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle a free event for all ages.

Suggested Iineraries for stays of 3, 4 5 and more days stay.

Useful London Links –  with sections on: Getting Around, London Guides, Major Attractions,  Sightseeing Tours, What’s On, Other Useful Links (currency converter, babysitting services)

151 Things to do In London, a miscellany of interesting things to do and see, with links to relevant web pages.

Our Blog – with many and varied articles such as: Interesting London Walks, London’s Top 10 tourist Attractions, London for Free, Eating out in London, Famous London Restaurants, Historic London Pubs, London Bus Routes For Sightseeing. The 180 blog posts are searchable if you are looking for something in particular.

If you need further help contact us:

We can advise on:

  • Itinerary planning. Tell us what are your interests are. We’ll give you suggestions on what to do and see.
  • Itinerary advice. Are you getting the most out of your visit? Are you trying to do too much? How will what you propose work out in practice.
  • Fine Dining. Tell us what you’re interested in and we’ll recommend restaurants.
  • Sports fixtures. We’ll advise on how to get tickets.
  • Active London for runners / swimmers / skaters / walkers. What would you like to do? We’ll tell you how.
  • Music. Classical, jazz, rock etc. We know what’s on and where.
  • Services. Babysitters/childcare, limo, private guide. We can point you in the right direction.
  • London thrills. Climb the O2, go white water rafting, abseil the Orbit, go ice climbing.
  • Children. We know what they like and where it is.
  • Limited mobility. We’ll make suggestions about how to get about.
  • Other advice. Historic pubs, smart bars, clubs.

We only have a limited number of great London vacation rental properties and demand this year has been strong, when they’re gone they’re gone so you need to move fast if you don’t want to miss out.

Coach House Rentals
06 February 2019
T: +44 20 8355 3192


An Affordable Family Holiday to London
by Harley Nott
Our property ref. WML (see below)

An affordable family holiday to London.

Impossible? Not if you stay in one of our rentals.

Read on ……

1. At GBP/USD 1.27 London is very good value compared to Paris or the rest of Europe.

2. If you stay in a vacation rental, rather than in a hotel, it works out much cheaper especially for 3 or more people travelling together.

A vacation rental is also better because:

• preparing some of your own meals or getting take-aways is much more cost effective than always eating in restaurants,

• with a vacation rental you get more space

• there’s no need to dress up or “put on a face” to go out of your room.

And, as an added bonus, you have an authentic London experience, living in like a local.

Here are some of our best value properties.

Property THD. Spacious modern open-plan house in picturesque old London – sleeps 8 (3 doubles, 1 twin, 4 bathrooms) £385 (USD490) / night, or £48 (USD61) per person per night.

Property WML. Large family house in trendy Pimlico – sleeps 8 (2 doubles, 2 twins, 3 bathrooms) £280 (USD355) / night, that’s £35 (USD44) per person per night.

Property VAU. Modern Pimlico apartment boasting views across the London skyline, with aircon – sleeps 5 (1 double, 1 single, 1 double sofa-bed, 2 bathrooms) £225 (USD285) / night, £45 (USD57) per person per night.

Property SGW. Modern 9th floor, riverside apartment with great views, with aircon throughout – sleeps 4 (2 doubles, 2 bathrooms) £240 (USD305) / night, £60 (USD76) per person per night.

Property SGS. Spacious, bright and airy apartment in convenient Pimlico location – sleeps 5 (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single, 2 bathrooms) £210 (USD267) / night, £42 (USD53) per person per night.

Property BSH. Classic “English style” flat close to the river in Fulham – sleeps 4 (2 doubles, 1 bathroom) £135 (USD170) / night or £34 (USD43) per person per night.

Property ETW. Great value, modern 7/8th floor flat with private balcony and view of Battersea Park – sleeps 4 (2 doubles, 1 bathroom) £125 (USD159) / night, £31 (USD40) per person per night.

These are quality properties, not cramped hotel rooms that you’d be paying at least twice as much for.

What’s more, unlike Airbnb, we look after you with a full concierge service as well. We’ve been in business and looking after our London guests since 2001, read the reviews on the property pages.

And don’t forget our B&B, The Coach House, your own little cottage with your own private entrance, all to yourself (no other guests) set in a charming garden, just 20 minutes by tube (every 3 mins) from the centre of London and a delicious breakfast in “the big house” served by your hosts. Sleeps 5 (1 family room, 1 twin, 2 bathrooms + your own kitchen) £125 (USD159) /night for 2, £210 (USD267) /night for 5.

We only have a limited number of these great London rentals, when they’re gone, they’re gone so you need to move fast if you don’t want to miss out.

Coach House Rentals
17 January 2019
T: +44 20 8355 3192
The Best Bed and Breakfast in London
by Harley Nott

The Best Bed and Breakfast in London?

Are you thinking of a trip to London next year?

If you are looking for an authentic English experience, a chance to meet and get to know some locals and are happy with 3/4 star comfort check out The Coach House.

What makes this authentic English experience so special?

  1. You have your own little cottage with your own private entrance, all to yourself (no other guests) set in a charming garden.
  2. You’re served a delicious breakfast every day in “the big house” by your hosts – saving money by just needing a light snack for lunch.
  3. You have real “contact with the natives”. Your hosts, Harley and Meena while serving you breakfast, are there to chat, answer any questions about London, UK – or anything else and give you an insight into their lives. They also like to hear about you!
  4. It’s excellent value for money – for 5 people it works out at £42 / US$55 per person per night. In January and February with low-season rates it is even cheaper!

The Coach House is mentioned in several London guide books and has great Trip Advisor reviews. It already has several bookings for spring and summer 2019, there’s only one Coach House, so check availability and book now if you want to stay.

Warning. Don’t book if you are looking for 5 star hotel-style accommodation, The Coach House is not for you.

But if you’re looking for a truly English experience, a chance to meet and get to know some locals and are happy with 3/4 star comfort –The Coach House is the place to stay. View our short video.

We also manage some 45 London vacation rentals, houses and apartments for 2 to 8 people and we’re looking for more.

So if you know of someone with an under-used property in central London tell them about us. We’ll give you £500 (US$635) as a thank-you, on completion of our first let!


Christmas and New Year’s Eve in London
by Harley Nott

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Christmas and New Year’s Eve in London

Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a great time to be in London, for adults and children alike. There’s so much happening: candle-lit carol services, the Christmas lights, the shows, the pantomimes, ice skating, festive meals, wonderful shop window displays, the sales, the list goes on…….. You can get a flavour of it here.

It’s not too late to secure great accommodation, we still have a little availability but it’s going fast. Here’s a selection of what’s still available today, but it might not be tomorrow…..

Currently available over both Christmas and New Year:

Ref: ETW: sleeps 4, 2 bed, 1 bath £125 (US$160) / night. Great value, modern 7/8th floor flat with private balcony and views over Battersea Park.

Ref: LSS4: sleeps 2/3, 1 bed, 1 bath, £185 (US$235) / night. Spacious quality apartment in excellent Chelsea location.

Ref: LAU: sleeps 5, 2 bed, 1 bath, £285 (US$365) / night. Pretty mock Georgian house in the heart of Kensington.

Available up to Dec 27:

Ref: VAU: sleeps 5, 2 bed, 2 bath, £225 (US$285) / night. Modern Pimlico apartment boasting views across the London skyline.

Ref: ADM: sleeps 4, 2 bed, 2 bath, £295 (US$375) / night. Perfectly located Mayfair apartment.

Available up to Dec 29:

Ref: CPM: sleeps 3, 2 bed, 1 bath, £140 (US$180) / night. Comfortable apartment in a quiet attractive private mews.

And remember that when you book with Coach House Rentals you get our full concierge service.

Coach House Rentals
20 November 2018
T: +44 20 8355 3192

November Happenings in London
by Harley Nott

November in London sees Christmas lights beginning to twinkle, cosy scarves and jumpers re-emerging from the wardrobe and the capital’s skies lit by spectacular fireworks displays for Britain’s Bonfire Night.

Bonfires are lit and there are fireworks displays all over London (and the UK) to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up James I and his Parliament on 1605. The plot’s most famous conspirator, Guy Fawkes, (“The Guy”) is burned as an effigy. Although the official anniversary is on the 5th, bonfires and firework displays start up to 2 weeks before and go on for a week after the actual date. More details and history. In central London one of the biggest event is the bonfire and fireworks in Battersea Park. It’s an all ticket event – available here.

The Regent Street Motor Show. Two days earlier, on November 3, the Regent Street Motor Show returns to the capital, for the largest free motor show in the UK. Head down to Regent Street between 10.30am and 4.00pm as hundreds of vehicles, showcasing 125 years of motoring history, go on display in the famous shopping street – free of normal traffic for the day. Be wowed by a huge collection of impressive cars, motorbikes and classic automobiles dating from pre 1905 to the present day and beyond. Find out about the latest low-emission technologies, and enjoy exciting music and dance performances during the show.

The Lord Mayor’s Show. Saturday November 10. The Lord Mayor’s Show has floated, rolled, trotted, marched and occasionally fought its way through 798 years of London history, surviving the black death and the blitz to arrive in the 21st century as one of the world’s best-loved pageants. Over the centuries the Mayor’s journey became one of London’s favourite rituals. It moved from river barges to horseback and then into the magnificent State Coach, and around it grew a splendidly rowdy and joyful mediaeval festival known as the Lord Mayor’s Show.

The London Jazz Festival, November 16 – 25, is the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience. Presenting 2,500 artists across 60 venues, more than 250 shows take place in London’s best concert halls and arts centres, including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott’s and more.

London Christmas Lights, November 6 – January 6 2019. You know that Christmas really is on its way when Oxford Street is transformed by glittering lights and enchanted shoppers. This year, a competition was launched for new design ideas from designers and architects from all over the world to ensure that the 2018 display is the most spectacular to date. With 40 million visitors expected to come and see the vibrant display, we can’t wait to see how they look.


Coach House Rentals
T: +44 20 8355 3192
London’s October Food and Drink Festivals
by Harley Nott

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London’s October Food and Drink Festivals

The summer holidays are over, the kids are back at school, the torrent of London tourists has diminished to a gentle flow and Londoners are preparing to enjoy the beauty of the autumn colours and festivals of food and drink.

For London aficionados, September and October is the time to visit especially if they enjoy cocktails, good food and fine wine.

What’s On?

1-7 October, London Cocktail Week. A £10 London Cocktail Week pass entitles you to £6 festival cocktails in 300 of London’s best bars, first look access to pop-ups and parties and free unlimited entry to The Cocktail Village. More details.

1-31 October, London Restaurant Festival. Now in its tenth year the London Restaurant Festival celebrates London’s extraordinarily diverse range of restaurants. The unique programme of 60 events includes Restaurant-Hopping Tours, Gourmet Odysseys, Chef-Hosted events, Eat Art and Ultimate Gastronomic Weekends. More details.

You’ll want to spend some of your time in galleries, museums and the myriad of attractions London has to offer,
here is advice on how to have the best food experience at the same time.

And if you want to experience some really famous London restaurants you can learn about them here.


Coach House Rentals
T: +44 20 8355 3192

Some London Walks
by Harley Nott

Some London Walks

Sight-seeing tour buses are a familiar feature of all large cities and are a good way to quickly view the major landmarks and get orientated. But to really explore a city you need to be on foot.

This post is about London walks, guided or self-guided.

The company offering the largest selection is London Walks. Every day they have a wide variety of morning, afternoon and evening walking tours. No booking or pre-payment is needed, you just turn up and meet the guide just outside the exit of the designated Underground Station (Tube Stop) at the time stated. It’s £10 for an adult (£8 for over 65s) and children under 15 accompanied by a parent go free. Walks last for about 2 hours.

Rather more off-the-wall is Bowl of Chalk (Cockney rhyming slang for ‘walk’) run for the last 6 years by Jonnie. Walks are on Saturdays (Central London) and Sundays (East London), they last for about 3 hours and at the end you pay whatever you feel it was worth! Jonnie’s walks have been featured in the national press and on television.

A number of general self-guided London walks can be found at the London walks list of Walk In Britain.

Two organisations focus on walks and gardens/parks. City Garden Walks offer weekly walks such as Gardens of The Inns of Court – a walk through London’s historic legal quarter, exploring the glorious gardens and distinguished buildings, and The City’s Secret Gardens – historic gardens and churchyards nestled amongst old and new City buildings – horticulture and history combined. London Parks and Gardens Trust have a dozen or so self-guided walks with free down-loadable audio or pdf guides.

The Regent’s Canal is a key part of England’s canal network, linking the Grand Union Canal with the Thames. Running from Paddington to Limehouse, it’s some 9 miles long and, as the name suggests, dates from the early 19th century. The first section, from Paddington to Camden, opened 200 years ago, the rest of it opening in 1820.

For a short 2 mile walk along the canal the Little Venice to Camden stretch is ideal.

For a longer, weekend, walk try the 6 miles Regent’s Canal towpath from Camden to Limehouse.

And for a real workout walk or run the entire length of the canal.

After your exertions you might enjoy some quiet time in a hidden gem tucked away beside the Thames. The Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in London and houses around 5,000 different medicinal, herbal, edible and useful plants. It’s well worth a visit.

Coach House Rentals
T: +44 20 8355 3192


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