Where to Stay in London for a Month | 7 Great Spots

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    London is a city packed with excitement, attractions and exciting things to do, but if you are staying for a whole month, you may want to find a quiet corner, or a more authentic area, away from its bustling, touristy heart.

    In this guide, we’ll explore the best 7 areas to stay for a longer trip.

    It might be a business visit, a medical trip or a holiday to visit family – we’ve got all bases covered and hopefully will streamline the process for you, so that you can make the most from your visit to one of the world’s truly great cities.

    We’ve looked at areas that are both within striking distance of some of the most popular tourist sites and the rest of central London, but that also provide that element of escape, too.

    1. Regent’s Park – Best Area to Stay in London

    Suitable for: Business trips, hospital visits, transport links, attractions

    vicinity around Regent's Park

    Regent’s Park is an incredibly well-situated location, just outside the heart of central London. The Royal Park is one of the city’s great green lungs, positioned just north of Marylebone and Soho, and south of the bustling Camden.

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    Easy Access to the Heart of London

    Regent’s Park is our top pick for London temporary accommodation for many reasons. It has fantastic transport links to many key London areas, as well as being only 10 minutes away from some of London’s most famous attractions. It’s also close to several trendy dining and drinking areas, including Soho, too.

    Situated within walking distance of some of the best shopping areas in the city, including both Oxford Street and the world-famous Harrods, Regent’s Park is the ideal base from which to explore the rest of the city for longer stays.

    Ideal for Longer Business Trips

    A Regent’s Park base provides easy access to some of the main financial and business hubs in the city, including the City of London and the large tech campus around Kings Cross, making it ideal for those longer business trips to the city. 

    A Wonderful Spot for Rest and Recuperation

    Meanwhile, the area is also close to a number of major hospitals, including Wellington Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital and a number of large private clinics around Marylebone.

    Despite its relatively central situation, the area retains a feeling of peace and tranquility, with the 410-acre park providing a great escape from the city’s busy streets.As you can see, it’s the perfect place to rent a flat in London for a month, with excellent short term accommodation options, including these luxury apartments by Sanctum.

    2. Maida Vale

    Suitable for: Medical visits, leisure trips

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    Maida Vale is situated just north of Paddington Station, in North West London. It’s a slightly quieter area than some of the others we’ve explored so far, however it remains close to some of the capital’s main attractions.

    Steeped in Musical History

    It takes around 20 minutes to get from Maida Vale to the very heart of central London, by tube, with the area housing a wide array of dining and entertainment options. This part of London is famed for its music heritage – including the Abbey Road Music Studio, where the Beatles recorded many of their top tracks in the 1960s.

    A Great Spot for True Respite from the City Centre

    It takes a little longer to get to the city’s main business districts from Maida Vale, but it remains a good place to stay if you’d like to truly escape the hustle and bustle of central London.

    You’re also in close proximity to iconic areas like Notting Hill and Hyde Park, whilst the city’s best shopping districts (around Oxford Street and Harrods) are also only a short tube ride away.

    Major Hospitals Situated Nearby

    It’s a good place to stay for a medical trip too, with Wellington Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital both nearby. There are plenty of fantastic short term apartment options in this area of London, including Sanctum’s luxury serviced apartments.

    3. Shoreditch

    Good for: Business, drinking & dining, nightlife, hospital trips

    vicinity around Shoreditch

    Shoreditch is a very popular area situated in the east of London, just outside the centre, with many attributes that make it the perfect place to rent a flat in London for a month.

    Great Transport Links and Entertainment Options

    Despite being an incredibly popular tourist area, it also lends itself to the longer trip due to its fantastic transport links and entertainment fare. It’s one of the trendiest areas in the city, teeming with creativity, cultural diversity and fantastic places to eat and drink.

    Its close proximity to the financial heart of London makes it perfect for business trips, with a 10-minute tube ride taking you from the local Old Street Station direct to The City.

    Well-Situated for Hospital Trips

    The Royal London Hospital is also close to the area, making it a useful place to stay for a medical trip, whether that be for yourself or a loved one.

    When searching for short-term lets in London for 1 month, there are plenty of options in Shoreditch, including both hotels and apartments.

    4. Bermondsey

    Good for: Business trips, entertainment, drinking and dining, transport links

    Bermondsey is situated on the south side of the River Thames, to the east of the London Bridge Station and The Shard.

    Proximity to London’s Financial Hubs

    Its central location makes it a great option for a longer business trip – with both the City of London and Canary Wharf only 10 minutes away by tube. There are also a number of major newspaper offices and other media companies based closeby to The Shard, too.

    Varied Dining and Drinking Options

    With a great variety of places to eat and drink, including the famous Bermondsey Beer Mile – a mile long stretch full of some of the best craft beer breweries in the UK, Bermondsey makes for a top location to use as a base for longer stays.

    Riverside Strolls

    Southwark Park and a riverside promenade alongside The Thames also provide an escape from the busy streets of the city, which is something of a rarity in the heart of central London. The area is well-connected by tube and train and there’s a plentiful supply of accommodation options.

    5. Hackney Wick

    Good for: Sports events, business trips, leisure trips

    vicinity around Hackney Wick

    Hackney Wick, in East London, has become one of the coolest areas of the capital in recent years. This ‘hipster hangout’ is full of old warehouses which have been converted into breweries, exhibition spaces, restaurants and live music venues. If you’re looking for a place with a real heart, then this is the spot.

    Well-Situated for Sports Events, Concerts and Exhibitions

    Despite being a little further out from the city centre, compared to some of the other areas we’ve mentioned, it has a laid-back, peaceful vibe and is a great spot to escape the busy central streets. It’s within 5 minutes walking distance to the Olympic Park, which is popular with runners and cyclists, and there are many trade exhibitions and sports events held in the area.

    Good Access to London’s Business Districts

    It’s also only a 20 minute tube ride to Canary Wharf, so is a useful place to stay if you’re on business in the east of the city. There are a number of canals in the area, which offer another peaceful element, with people often seen kayaking and paddleboarding along the waterways in the warmer months.

    There are plenty of accommodation options in the area for short term lets of one or two months, making this another ideal spot to base yourself in London.

    6. South Hampstead

    Ideal for: Medical trips, family visits, conferences

    vicinity around South Hampstead

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    South Hampstead is located in northwest London, just a little further out from the city centre than Maida Vale. It offers a restful escape from the city centre’s busy streets.

    It’s close to popular areas, including Camden, which has many excellent drink and dining options, as well as a wide range of live music venues.

    Well-Located for Hospital Stays/Visits

    It’s also only a short tube or taxi ride away from St John’s Hospital and Wellington Hospital, so it’s a decent place to stay if visiting London on a medical trip.

    Sprawling Green Spaces Nearby

    The area has two impressive green spaces nearby, including the 790-acre Hampstead Heath and Regent’s Park, and it takes only 30 minutes to reach the City of London.South Hampstead has many luxury accommodation options, ideal for month long stays, just like these serviced apartments.

    7. Greenwich

    Perfect for: Business trips, leisure trips, conferences

    vicinity around Greenwich

    Greenwich is a charming riverside area, just south of the Thames, in the east of the city. It’s famed for its maritime history and has a number of beautiful waterside walkways, a large park and beautiful historic architecture.

    An Oasis of Calm in the Chaos of the City

    The area has a village-style feel to it, despite still being part of London, and it’s only a 15-minute journey on the Docklands Light Railway to the major Canary Wharf business district.

    Close Proximity to the O2 Arena

    The O2 Arena is situated in the area, which hosts many big music events, exhibitions and conferences throughout the year, making Greenwich a great spot to base yourself if you have workplace commitments there.

    Appropriate for People Spending Time in the East and South of London

    This isn’t the best option if you have work in west London, but it’s perfect if you’ll be spending time in the east and south of the city.

    This popular area has no shortage of comfortable accommodation options for month-long stays, so you won’t be stuck finding somewhere nice to stay.

    Final Thoughts

    There you have it – our top 7 areas for a month-long stay in London. We’ve picked out locations across the city, all of which offer something slightly different and have their own unique characteristics and atmosphere.

    From trendy cultural spots and well-connected business areas, to calmer locations and areas with beautiful green spaces abound.

    We’ve ensured that all the areas we’ve mentioned have good transport links and can reach central London within a maximum of 25 minutes, but also offer a good level of retreat from some of the more chaotic parts of the capital.

    And whilst there’s too much to see and do in London to be able to see it all in a month, we hope that our guide has left you well-equipped to really make the most of your month-long stay in one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities.If your trip is shorter than a month, then why not check out our article on the best places to stay in London for a week?