Located just south of the River Thames, Vauxhall is an ideal location for those looking to stay in the heart of the city with great connections to some of London’s most iconic landmarks. With stylish interiors, lots of space, a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable bedroom, serviced apartments are ideal for extended stays and are a perfect alternative to hotels. In the past, Vauxhall was a rather nondescript part of South London that people only recognised as a stop that was passed on the way to or on the way home from work. Nowadays it’s recognisable as a glass, high rise building jungle with some of the most modern looking apartments in the capital.
In the past, Vauxhall has been a more run-down part of London, but today it seems like each week, more and more modern housing is springing up and it’s becoming a busy, go-to place in the city in its own right.
So, what’s the attraction of Vauxhall? It has spectacular river views and is walking distance from Waterloo for starters, but it also has housing at a much more reasonable prices than its more famous neighbour. Therefore, the overall cost of living for everyone is noticeably lower.
Even without the proximity to Waterloo it has great transport connections making it a desirable place to live or stay regardless of the reason for being in London.
Some of the best properties available in and around Vauxhall are:
All of these properties are unique but do have a number of things in common. The number one being that they’ve all been selected for their home comforts such as Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs, standard in all properties from TheSqua.re. A number of them may also have further amenities such as gyms or 24 hour concierge. Speak to TheSqua.re reservations team for more details.
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Business travellers use Vauxhall as a base due to its location. There’s a modern residential feel to the place but it is in close proximity to all of the business districts in London by way of its excellent transport links.
People travelling to offices near Waterloo might even find it possible to be able to walk to work.
The apartments themselves also fit perfectly with the requirements of the modern business traveller. They offer a quiet place to work from as well as a peaceful haven from which to escape the hustle and bustle of city business life.
The mod-cons such as flat screen TVs, high speed Wi-Fi and fully equipped kitchen are an added bonus.
London has been an important business hub for hundreds of years but the numbers of people visiting the capital for business are almost insignificant when compared to the volume of people arriving on holiday.
The history and infamous landmarks and sights of London are a huge draw and Vauxhall is ideally situated as a base for days out in London.
TheSqua.re offers some of the best properties to rent in the area for any length of stay. The apartments are not only ideally located, they are modern and stylishly decorated with the added bonus of having a kitchen, with all the utilities and utensils available at home.
The bonus of this is the ability to produce a home cooked meal during the stay. A much cheaper alternative than eating out in London every day.
Most places in Vauxhall are within close proximity to the station which has both mainline and tube services running from it. This gives fantastic access to the West End, South Bank and the City.
Most areas of Vauxhall have ample pubs, restaurants and other entertainment. The shops and smaller eateries can be found in Kennington Lane but a large Sainsbury’s (ideal place to stock up for a home cooked meal) can be found on Wandsworth Road.
Vauxhall has much more to offer than a modern apartment and riverside location which is why it is increasingly the choice of young professionals working in London. That and the fact that it is so ideally placed for commuting that the time taken to get from office to home can be measured in minutes.
Here are a few other facts about Vauxhall.
The MI6 building is based here. The home of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service. Featured in a number of James Bond films.
Vauxhall is surprisingly green. Vauxhall Park is an award wining ‘green flag’ park.
The number of Portuguese bars and restaurants is due to the large Portuguese population of Vauxhall.
London has a congestion zone in which drivers have to pay to enter with their car. Vauxhall Cross is the southernmost entry point.
The Oval cricket ground is nearby. The home of Surrey cricket club and venue for England matches too.
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens were opened as a party and music venue back in 1660 (then called Spring Gardens). There were purpose created areas where couples could go to ‘be alone’.
Vauxhall has one of the most thriving gay scenes in London.
Despite the modern glass buildings springing up across the riverfront of Vauxhall at a seemingly unstoppable pace, there is still a large number of social housing and ex-authority housing which is now available to rent.
Vauxhall was originally constructed for railway workers in Victorian times, well before the high rise social housing projects of the 1960s and 70s. Therefore, there are still a number of terraced cottages and houses in the area. These can normally be found on the quieter, more village-like type streets.
The cost of living in Vauxhall when compared to other parts of London can best be described as right in the middle. Nearby places like Kennington and Stockwell are slightly cheaper places to live overall, but Vauxhall is certainly a lot cheaper than somewhere like Westminster.
Any length of stay in Vauxhall comes with the bonus of being in a place that is centrally located in one of the most exciting cities in the world.
Everywhere in London is seemingly worth a visit, but here are a few tips for making the most out of a stay in Vauxhall.
Get an Oyster Card. This is the cheapest and easiest way to travel and Vauxhall is packed with public transport options.
Don’t hire a car. Some parts of Vauxhall may seem to have a more town or even village feel, but they are still very much next to Central London. The congestion charge can make driving very complicated and very expensive.
There’s plenty to see on foot. The modern part of London meets the grittier part of South London in Vauxhall. It’s worth exploring to get to know the real London and its people.
Visit one of Vauxhall’s historic pubs. There’s quite a few. Some have been homogenised into generic gastropubs, others are a little bit more traditional.
Being so central, Vauxhall is ideally placed for people to be able to enjoy the capital’s endless attractions. It is also situated in a good position for people to be able to head out of London to the South and see what the more suburban and rural parts of England have to offer.
Q. What are the most popular landmarks in Vauxhall?
Vauxhall is a mixture of old and new London but still maintains some popular landmarks which define it as a destination in itself.
Q. What are some free things to do in Vauxhall?
London is expensive, there’s no getting away from that. However, there are cheaper things to do, even some freebies. Here are some that are in and around the Vauxhall area:
Q. Are there many excursions to be had from Vauxhall?
Aside from Clapham, it’s difficult to find a better connected part of South London than Vauxhall. South London connections into the city are notoriously inadequate in many areas, but Vauxhall is certainly not one of them. Therefore, the list of London excursions available to people staying in the Vauxhall area is endless.
London Victoria station is two stops away on a tube line, London Bridge and the City is also easily accessible. Waterloo is walkable and Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations are a single tube ride away.
Finding something to do with Vauxhall as a base will not be a problem!
Q. What are the most family friendly things to do in Vauxhall?
The Vauxhall City Farm is a definite favourite for families. It’s one of the oldest city farms in London and is a little bit of the country in a metropolitan area. Big Ben’s chimes can be heard whilst admiring an alpaca! The animals are cute but the emphasis is most definitely education.
Vauxhall and Kennington Parks are also nice open spaces for children to run around in, also ideal picnic spots in fairer weather. Older children who are fans of James Bond would most definitely appreciate a picture outside of his office.
As expected from such a well placed location, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to places to visit in and around Vauxhall. Some of London’s most iconic attractions are just a stone’s throw away. These include world famous landmarks, museums and some of London’s most popular attractions. As well as a few more quirky things that are typically Vauxhall.
As one would expect, with such an eclectic mix of people, there’s also a pretty vast range of choices when it comes to eating out in Vauxhall. There’s less of the fine dining that might be found in a more central location, but there’s still plenty of top-notch grub on offer that will fill guests to the brim. Here are some of the most popular eateries in Vauxhall:
London is a shopping paradise and has some world famous retail destinations which can be found in all corners of the city. There are plenty of shops in and around Vauxhall, including artisan shops such as Greensmiths Market which brings a fantastic whole food concept to the area. However, the major shopping destinations are a short trip away.
As previously mentioned, outside of Clapham, Vauxhall is the best connected part of South London.
The mainline station is 5 minutes from London Waterloo, 10 miles from Wimbledon, 50 minutes to Windsor and 15 minutes from Richmond. Hampton Court Palace and Twickenham Stadium are also directly connected.
Vauxhall station is also on the Victoria Line of the London tube network. Victoria station is 4 minutes away and from there it’s walking distance to places such as Buckingham Palace and Westminster Cathedral.
Oxford Circus is 8 minutes away and Kings Cross St Pancras and access to the north of England is just a 13 minute journey.
Like the rest of London, Vauxhall is in the south east of England which is relatively mild all year round. Some winter’s days get very cold, especially in February and some summer’s days are very hot. But these extremes are few and far between.
England is a particularly wet country all over, which gives it its fabulous greenery, so waterproofs and umbrellas are always recommended.