Welcome back if you’re planning an international relocation to the UK and wondering where to stay before you officially move into your apartment rental. In my previous two posts on the topic, I’ve been discussing how before you can actually live in London in a fixed location, you need to spend some time here while you look for said property. In Part 2 of this series, I listed off some value London hotels to consider if you only need a few days of temporary accommodation (which the London Relocation agency makes absolutely possible given their one-day guaranteed flat-finding service!)

You might, however, be considering a longer stay here before letting a long-term apartment. Your Relocation agent will help you find a flat to rent in only one day, yes, but perhaps you’re also looking and/or interviewing for jobs.  Or maybe you simply want to make a proper holiday of visiting the city in advance of your London move. In that case, here’s a few serviced apartment options that you can rent for one or more weeks:

Apartment Services (Bloomsbury) – www.apartment-services.co.uk
Grand Plaza Serviced Apartments (Notting Hill) – grand-plaza-apartments.h-rez.com
Presidential Apartments (Kensington and Marylebone) – www.presidentialapartments.co.uk
Studios 2 Let (Bayswater, Notting Hill, Bloomsbury, Euston, Kensington, Fulham, West Kensington, Pimlico, Hampstead) – www.studios2let.com

Other services for finding short-let apartments include:

The Apartment Service – www.apartmentservice.com
Book Apartments – www.bookapartmentsinlondon.co.uk
Check-in-London.com – www.check-in-london.com
Prestige Apartments – www.prestigeapartments.co.uk

And for even cheaper rates if, rather than a serviced apartment, you’re willing to rent a bedroom in a shared apartment, here are resources for searching flat shares:


The obvious perq of renting a serviced apartment versus a hotel is having a kitchen, laundry facilities, and basically all the amenities of an apartment that you’d actually live in long-term (and some are probably even better if they include housecleaning services!). If needing temporary housing for over a week, the cost might prove a better value than a hotel’s nightly rate. It’s up to you to gauge time frame and budget for your visit. These apartments and hotels are also just good to know about for when you have visitors to put up after your relocation!

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