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28
Apr
London’s Top Ten Attractions
by Harley

London’s Top Ten Attractions

London with all its history and culture is waiting to be revealed, and many of the top ten attractions are FREE.

You can also save £££ by staying in a vacation rental rather than a hotel. Rather than chance an Airbnb, Coach House Rentals still has some summer availability. We’ve been looking after our guests since 2001, you’ll find us in several London guide books: Frommers, Rick Steves, National Geographic, Marco Polo, and we look after you with our full concierge service.

Here’s the list:

10. Madame Tussauds
Rub shoulders with royalty, film stars and sporting legends.

9. National Maritime Museum at Greenwich – FREE!
Explore Britain’s naval past, visit the Royal Observatory and stand astride the Prime Meridian.

8. Tower of London / Crown Jewels
Discover 1,000 years of history – gaze at the fabulous crown jewels.

7. Victoria and Albert Museum (The V&A) – FREE!
3,000 years of fashion and design.

6. Science museum – FREE!
Steam trains to Space Rockets.

5. London Eye
More visitors than the Taj Mahal or the Great Pyramids – great views up to 25 miles.

4. Tate Modern – FREE!
Contemporary art on a spectacular scale.

3. National History Museum – FREE!
Come face to face with animals from the past and present. Watch out for the dinosaurs!

2. National Gallery – FREE!
Over 2,000 of the world’s finest paintings

1. Top attraction at the number one spot is
The British Museum – FREE!
Over 2 million years of human history

And 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, great value for money and it still has some availability this summer. View the short video.

Coach House Rentals
26 April 2019
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31
Mar
How to find your London vacation apartment
by Harley

How to find your London vacation apartment

A vacation rental in London? There’s just too much choice!

The problem. Airbnb list over 50,000 London rentals, HomeAway claim over 9,000. How can you possibly filter them and choose the right one for you? Even if you do there’s the nagging doubt that you might not get what seems to be on offer.

The solution. Use a small, specialist company like Coach House Rentals. With just some 50 hand-picked central London properties, a list of satisfied guests as long as your arm (just view our testimonials) and the services of our reservation team to help you choose what’s right for you – we take the hassle and frustration out of choosing and booking.

And it doesn’t end there. We’ll arrange a car to collect you at the airport, we’ll be at your rental when you arrive to greet you, hand over the keys, explain how everything works and answer any questions. And while you’re here we provide a 24/7 help line to call if you have any problems.

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 don’t get all that with Airbnb or HomeAway!

Great value. With the current exchange rate of $/£1.30, London is excellent value compared to past years. So realise that dream – go to our web site and choose your London rental today.

Coach House Rentals
30 March 2019
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3
Mar
Ten reasons to come to London this summer, with Coach House Rentals
by Harley

 

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
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5
Feb
We will help you plan your London holiday
by Harley

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: concierge@chsrentals.com

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
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18
Jan
An Affordable Family Holiday to London
by Harley
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
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23
Nov
Christmas and New Year’s Eve in London
by Harley

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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
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25
Oct
November Happenings in London
by Harley

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.

 

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1
Aug
Some London Walks
by Harley

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.

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25
Jun
London’s Hidden Gems and $100 discount
by Harley

London’s Hidden Gems

London is not just about the major sites: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye etc. etc. there are also many hidden gems. If you experience one or two of these your visit to London will feel much more rewarding and satisfying.

Visit London has put together a very good starter list.

Stay with us and SAVE money.

For all bookings made between Monday 25 June and Monday 16 July for arrival dates before Monday 17 September, we’re offering a discount of $100 (£75). To claim your discount quote the discount code DISC100 when you make your booking.

 

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