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How to Enjoy Luxury for Less in London

Visitors and tourists can enjoy a London holiday in the heart of London, within range of shopping and services as well as a variety of attractions.

Finding London Hotels and Apartments for Less

When booking hotels or apartments, three-star or four-star locations may offer similar amenities at less cost than five-star bookings. Many companies offer booking guides with descriptions and rates, and it may be possible to find accommodation that meets needs and offers comparable luxury at more affordable rates.

For instance, Number Two Hyde Park Square offers standard and superior apartments, as well as rooftop designer one-bedroom apartments, available from MS Tours and Travel. These apartments include storage and closet space, locking safe-boxes, well-equipped kitchenettes, en-suite bathrooms with showers, comfortable dining and sitting areas with television and study desks. As well, implements such as pots and pans, toaster, and kettle help provide a home-away-from-home feeling.

Some of its apartments include separate bedrooms and such extras as washer-dryers, although dry cleaning and a 24-hour coin laundry is also available. The building has security-controlled access, with 24-hour reception services, and wireless internet service available in the lobby. Week-day housekeeping services, a well-informed concierge service, and a multilingual staff help make the stay enjoyable.

The building looks out onto a picturesque square in “Connaught Village, a self-contained and traditional London neighborhood with a variety of services. Cafes, restaurants, and interesting shops lie within easy walking distance. Grocery stores are nearby, and after-hours, convenience stores like Crispins offer fresh and frozen produce as well as snacks, newspapers, and other useful items.

For dining out, a variety of restaurants serve ethnic foods and other cuisine. For example, Stuzzico at 24 Kendal Street offers Mediterranean and Italian dishes for evening meals, as well as daytime sandwiches, snacks, and unusual taste treats such as sweet potato soup. Restaurant guides like offer reviews and information about this and other restaurants to try in London.

Oxford Street Shopping and Attractions Near Affordable Apartments

Number Two Hyde Park Square is just off London’s Oxford Street, where shops won an award as the best shopping destination in the 2007 Visit London awards, according to “London Shopping in the West End.” Oxford Street is a mile and a half of shops, offering everything from large department stores like Selfridges to smaller specialty and souvenir shops.

Visitors will find access points for several buses within easy walking distance, as well as a station of the London Underground subway or rapid transit system, and departure points for several Central London sightseeing tours.