We're lucky to be able to stay with family and friends during our visits to the UK, but if we had to source accommodation, one option I'd really love to try are the beautiful home and apartment rentals at One Fine Stay. Rather than the conventional stuffy hotel room, you get to really have fun 'playing local' staying in some really beautiful local homes while the residents are out of town. Many of these spaces are immaculately decorated and provide all the lovely little details of a hotel like luxurious toiletries and maid services (performed at your convenience) but with extra personalized services like local tips and recommendations for the area you're staying in. The best of both worlds with both all of the comforts and space of home and the little luxuries of a hotel. I loved this quirky modern space in Clerkenwell in Central London. Clean and uncluttered but with lots of interesting character, it would be a lovely base for a local Londoner experience.
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