Every summer I try to travel to a different part of the globe to broaden my horizons and to learn about new cultures and people. This year I went to London for the fifth time; I rarely visit the same place twice, but one of the main reasons why I return to London is because of the access to the locals and charming communities that my booking service offers me.
The service that I am referring to is called LondonEscape. Unlike other booking agencies, LondonEscape has a cache of apartment rentals opposed to hotel stays. This really works for me because when I visit a city I like to dwell in areas that are historic, residential or right in the middle of all of the action. Most hotels are limited to where they can offer its services as a result of zoning laws. However, LondonEscape has a network of apartments that are spread throughout the city and that are in very trendy and energetic communities.
Another reason why I like LondonEscape is because staying at one of its apartments gives me access to many amenities that are not offered at hotels, such as a kitchen. When I visit a city, I like to shop at the local markets and cook a variety of local foods, opposed to going to a restaurant that overcharges me for one meal that may not taste good. In addition, having the option to cook my own food frees up spending money for taxis, shopping and for attending events. Another advantage of staying at an apartment compared to a hotel is having a lot more space opposed to being regulated to a small hotel room. Every LondonEscape apartment that I have stayed in was luxurious, comfortable, clean and very private.
As of date, I have stayed in five LondonEscape apartments, and even though I do not have a favorite location because they were all so great, the one universal attribute, that I enjoyed the most, was being in the midst of the locals. I have met many lifelong friends that I would have never met if I stayed in a hotel, and I had great experiences that I will cherish for a lifetime. Some of the communities that I stayed in were in Kensington, Chelsea, London Bridge, SOHO and Notting Hill Gate. To all travelers who revel in the experience of being in a safe, hospitable and exciting environment, I would definitely recommend contacting LondonEscape for your next London vacation.