Staycations are all the rage this year. But as we come to the end of the summer, the window for a last-minute getaway is closing. If you're looking for a break but don't fancy leaving this side of the M25, how about visiting a location closer to home? How about a London staycation?
That's right; pack up the bags, hop in the, erm, Uber, and spend a couple of days in the capital like you're a tourist. But where should you go? Well, worry not, our staycation-seeking friends. We've put together a list of the best neighbourhoods to enjoy a staycation in London.
Which one will you choose?
Living in Knightsbridge might prove tricky. It's one of London's most expensive neighbourhoods and costs around £3,500 per month to rent a home. Living a life of luxury for a few days is much more affordable, however.
So enjoy a staycation in Knightsbridge and shop at high-end department stores like Harrods and Harvey Nichols before taking a scenic stroll in Hyde Park. Boating on the Serpentine? We think that sounds like something someone would do on their holiday.
Get hip, get funky and head for a staycation in East London's Shoreditch. The E1 postcode has been somewhat commercialised over the years, but that shouldn't put you off. It's a tourist hotspot these days, which makes Shoreditch ideal for a late summer staycay.
Admire amazing street art, visit Brick lane and sample the culinary delights on offer and sip back on a socially distanced bevvy at one of the many popular bars. Shoreditch is the type of place where you can go to a shuffle club or visit a cereal cafe, and no one will bat an eyelid.
Central London neighbourhoods like Knightsbridge and Shoreditch might be the obvious choice for a staycay in the capital. But if you're after something more left-field, try South East London's Dulwich and embrace the tranquillity on offer.
Dulwich Village has garnered quite the reputation and is known as a place of affluence (as well as the former home of Tome Cruise) . Dulwich Woods and Dulwich Park offer vast swathes of open space, both rugged and pristine, while Lordship Lane in East Dulwich is bustling with cafes, bars and restaurants.
Over in North West London, you will find Hampstead, one of the capital's most sought-after neighbourhoods. The NW3 postcode feels like it has been plucked out of a rural village and carefully placed right in the heart of London.
Just 2.5 miles from Baker Street, Hampstead is a world away from the hustle and bustle. Head to the Heath and wander 790 acres of woodlands and meadows. Then, walk around Hampstead High Street and admire cobblestone lanes, boutique shops and gastropubs.
We've all seen the movie that put Notting Hill on the map, but now it's time to head to the W11 postcode and soak up its surroundings. From the pastel-coloured houses to the laid-back bars and cafes, everything in Notting Hill is so very quaint.
Visit Portobello Market, one the UK's most famous antique markets, and find a gem or two. And catch a flick at the Electric Cinema in a Grade II listed building before going to the Museum of Brands to discover how companies coerce us into buying so much stuff.
A staycation in W1's Marylebone means that you're literally within a stone's throw away from everything London has to offer. Shop at the boutiques on Marylebone High Street and enjoy village vibes. Or head into the action on Oxford Street and enjoy some retail therapy at Selfridges.
Walk to the West End and catch a show before experiencing a life of luxury in Mayfair and the shops of Bond Street. Round your staycay off with a visit to Hyde Park and partake in some horse riding action or wander an eco-friendly haven at the LookOut.
A summer staycation in Richmond is like visiting the countryside, thanks to Richmond Park and its vast open spaces. The park is 2,500 acres and is filled with lush greens, rolling hills, pretty lakes and roaming deer, which are the main attraction.
When you've finished with the park, admire Richmond's River Thames location and head to the high street for a spot of retail therapy. Department stores and boutique shops line the high street, which is also a great place to grab a bite from one of the many restaurants and pubs. The Tap Tavern is a local favourite.
Culture vultures looking for a staycation should head to Kensington, another prime London hotspot. You're spoilt for choice when it comes to museums, with the Victoria & Albert, Science Museum and Natural History Museum all nearby.
Dine at one of the many restaurants in South Kensington, where you can tuck into grub from all over the world. Then finish your staycay with a visit to Kensington High Street with its boutiques and chain favourites.
We're all going on a summer staycay
Who says you need to leave London to go on holiday? Certainly not us, and there's a reason why the capital is one of the world's most popular tourist hotspots. Being a Londoner means you probably take all this fantastic city has for granted. So the current circumstances provide a great opportunity to discover the Big Smoke like it's your first time here. Make 2020 the year of the London staycation.