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Staying in a serviced apartment is a great idea, as it gives you a great deal of freedom and flexibility, along with all the personalised service attention of a hotel when needed. If this is the best option for you, why not push the boat out and stay somewhere, which most Londoners cannot afford, in a luxurious waterside apartment with fantastic views of London's most iconic sights, over the River Thames.
Thames View Apartments offer you a home away from home in Vauxhall, which is home to many British politicians due to its proximity to the Houses of Parliament, which you can access easily from your apartment. The apartments are available up to a three bed, to suit solo and group travellers, whether you are arriving on business or leisure. The apartments are well appointed and decorated in a very chic contemporary style, with a neutral colour palette and all the comforts you will need during your stay here. State of the art, fully stocked kitchens; spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers and floor to ceiling windows are available in all units, alongside a wide range of amenities. Apartments come complete with a flat-screen TV and DVD player, stereo with an iPod dock, a free high-speed Wi-Fi connection and designer sofas and beds, so you will feel like one of the well-heeled locals. A maid service, luggage store and out of hours arrival are also offered for a surcharge.
Alongside fantastic vies, the apartments offer very convenient access to the city's best-loved sights. Vauxhall Bridge, one of the first built in London, is practically on your doorstep, which will take you straight to Pimlico, where you will find the Tate Britain, the older of the two Tate galleries, with a fantastic collection of Turner and Pre-Raphaelite paintings. You can either walk for fifteen minutes alongside the river, or catch a bus to Westminster, where you can see the Palace of Westminster, the seat of British Government since the Middle Ages and Westminster Abbey, which has been the site of coronations since the 8th century and the fairytale weddings of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and more recently the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Big Ben is also here, the beloved clock tower, which has appeared in countless films and TV shows to signify that the setting is indeed London. From Westminster you can walk down Whitehall to visit the Queen's London residence, Buckingham Palace, which can be toured for two months a year, but if you miss that you can watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony. Nearby is the much less grand, but no less important, 10 Downing Street, where the Prime Minister lives. You can't tour the heavily guarded house, but you can peek through the railings and chat to the policemen outside.
From the apartments you can also visit the well-renowned exhibition centres along the South Bank and the Tate Britain gallery, housed in a unique disused power station in Bankside. The London Eye is close by for panoramic views of London and if you're so inclined, you can take a speedboat ride down the Thames for an unusual look at the city. The hotel is very well located for transport as well, with Vauxhall's major bus station, where you can reach most parts of London, and Vauxhall tube and overground station just two minutes walk away. The tube station services the Victoria Line and you are just one stop away from Victoria, where you can catch the Gatwick Express train to the airport in about 30 minutes, so it is very convenient for international visitors.
The apartments are beautiful and offer some stunning views of Big Ben, Tower Bridge and more, which makes renting them worth the admittedly hefty price tag; however, if you are paying such a large sum, you may not want to pay extra on top and some of the added surcharges for services many serviced apartments offer inclusive in the room rate seems a bit steep. There is even a slightly snippy reminder not to approach the building concierge as the service is only available for permanent residents, so with few facilities offered, this is only recommended if you are very eager to see London lit up at night and easily explore in the day.