Whether you're planning a family celebration or a girl's weekend away in London it can be hard to find accommodation where you can all stay together. You could book multiple hotel rooms but you may end up on different floors and not spend as much time together as you had hoped. I asked HouseTrip
, Europe's largest website offering holiday apartments, to recommend London properties on their books that could cater for large groups and they had plenty of suggestions across all areas of London.
These properties have lots of bedrooms and lots of social space for being with your friends too. Staying at any of these would be a much more relaxed option than a hotel with no set times for meals and the freedom to feel at home. It can also work out to be better value to stay together and share the costs. (All prices correct in 2012.)
If you are planning a special night out, you may like to consider hiring a Barman to come to the property and make you cocktails while you get ready, and mobile beauty therapists can visit and make you feel truly special. Once you are ready to go out for the night, who not book a stylish car to whisk you away for your big night. And of course to bring you back again.
I've actually been to this Hampstead property and can confirm it felt like a really stylish home in a lovely quiet neighbourhood. Friends stayed here and I visited and had a good look around. The property is spread over three floors and has four bedrooms and the master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi. Another bedroom has a shower/steam room and there's a separate bathroom too. There's a large living room on the first floor with a sofa bed and a single fold-out bed, then the ground floor has the kitchen and dining area plus another lounge area.
- Sleeps: Up to 10 guests.
- Price from: £605 per night.
Another Hampstead area property, this one may look like the set for a fashion magazine shoot but instead you can stay here and make it yours. There are two bedrooms and one has an en-suite bathroom. There is a separate bathroom too. It's all really modern and, of course, includes wifi and cable TV. This apartment is not far from the one above so if you need accommodation for more than 10 people this would make an excellent additional choice.
- Sleeps: Up to 6 guests.
- Price from: £212 per night.
This large mews house has three double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, plus a single bed and two double futons in the two living rooms. Yes, that's a lot of accommodation for a mews house! The exposed brickwork and large windows hint at its former industrial life yet now there's even a garden and terrace for Sunday morning relaxing. The perfect location for exploring trendy Hoxton and Shoreditch, browsing at Spitalfields Market
and Brick Lane Market
, and hanging out with good friends.
- Sleeps: Up to 8 guests.
- Price from: £532 per night.
In a quiet west London road, this house is spread over three floors, and even has a private garden, accessed via French doors from the kitchen. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The open plan living/dining area has wooden flooring and original fireplaces, and the dining table can seat 10 people.
- Sleeps: Up to 8 guests.
- Price from: £484 per night.
This west London apartment is great for families. It's spread over three floors in the upper half of an elegant townhouse close to Portobello Road Market
. There are two double bedrooms and a single bedroom, plus additional futons so this is great for large groups but do be aware there are a lot of stairs. The flat is wonderfully light as it's on a south-facing corner and is an ideal spot for celeb-spotting - David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, lives just three streets away.
- Sleeps: Up to 10 guests.
- Price from: £376 per night.
This Victorian house in Telegraph Hill is great for a family get-together as it has six bedrooms, two bathrooms and a downstairs WC, plus a sofa-bed for any extra guests. There's a large balcony, patio and garden with a trampoline. It's a quiet, residential area but still has great transport links.
- Sleeps: Up to 11 guests.
- Price from: £235 per night.
This five bedroom mews house is in a great location, near Islington's Upper Street which is popular for shopping, and has great bars and restaurants. It's a family home with a ground floor open-plan kitchen, dining room and sitting room with glass sliding doors leading out onto the garden. There are three bathrooms and another sitting room on the first floor with a big collection of books for relaxing.
- Sleeps: Up to 9 guests.
- Price from: £410 per night.
For indulgent luxury, this gorgeous Victorian townhouse on Tooting Common is incredibly large and extremely elegant. As if the interior design wasn't special enough - it has been featured in many magazines - the house is also overlooking the Common with an outdoor patio. There are seven bedrooms and the master suite includes a 20 foot bathroom and walk in shower area, plus separate dressing room. You can even invite more friends for dinner as there's room to seat 16 in the dining area.
- Sleeps: Up to 13 guests.
- Price from: £1,444 per night.