- For a more extensive list of good value accommodation in Kensington and Chelsea, and the whole of London, visit London Budget – a guide to help make your trip to London affordable!
Here’s a listing of short-term, serviced apartments that are available in Kensington and Chelsea.
Price Range Key
(correct as of 2013)
We’ve listed a variety of different accommodation types here, for a variety of different budgets. We’ve also provided a key to help you:
£ = up to £50 per person per night
££ = up to £100 pppn
£££ = up to £150 pppn
££££ = up to £200 pppn
£££££ = over £250 pppn
31 Rosary Gardens, SW7 4NH
Underground: South Kensington
Price Range: ££-£££
Good value serviced apartments in Kensington, which range in size for 1 to 4 people. Discounts available for weekly stays.
Citadines Aparthotel South Kensington
35A Gloucester Road, SW7 4PL
Underground: Gloucester Road
Price Range: £££
Located in the quieter, upper section of Gloucester Road – and therefore within easy walking distance of Kensington High Street and Kensington Gardens – these apartments are suitable for either 2 or 4 people.
Fraser Place Queens Gate
39B Queens Gate Gardens, SW7 5RR
Underground: Gloucester Road or South Kensington
Price Range: ££
With standard or executive (i.e. slightly larger) studio apartments for two people, or one-bedroom apartments that can sleep four, this smart apartments are good value and very well located for the amenities and sights of South Kensington.
Price Range: £££-£££££
Offer a wide range of luxury serviced apartments in Kensington and Chelsea, and throughout central London. Some apartments can be rented by the night, others have a minimum stay of one week, one month or more.
Price Range: £-££££
Refresh Accommodation offers a wide range of serviced accommodation, covering most tastes and budgets, whether you are looking for short stay lets or long stay rentals at either the cheap or luxury end.
Think Earls Court
181-183 Warwick Road, W14 8PU
Underground: Earls Court
Price Range: ££
On the western edge of Kensington, this modern block (built only in the last few years) features apartments larger than some serviced apartment properties. Apartments for two or four people available; there’s also complimentary wi-fi throughout the building.
Tips on renting a short-term apartment or room
Some of you, especially those travelling from the US, may be familiar with renting apartments for a few days/weeks via Craigslist. Although there is a Craigslist London, the site isn’t all that popular or well-used in the capital. Instead, you can take a look at a website called Gumtree, a classified ads website in the UK. They have a holiday rentals section (as well as house swap listings, plus houses and flats to rent long-term, and a house-share section too.)
Unfortunately, it can sometimes be a little tricky trying to find suitable accommodation via the site, and scams aren’t all that uncommon. If anyone asks you to transfer money for a deposit on a flat (or even the full amount!) via Western Union, this is almost a sure-fire sign that the apartment you’re trying to rent is a scam – DON’T DO IT! Likewise, if a property looks too good to be true (very luxury, great location, really low price), it probably is.
Of course, that’s not to say that you can’t find somewhere to stay via Gumtree. Try and see if you can see the flat first (when you arrive) before agreeing to stay there. Or, if you have a friend in London, ask them to view the flat. Here’s a very good article from the New York Times from January 2011 that doles out some useful advice – Burned! A London Vacation Rental Scam.