“Why don’t you stay with me? Cos you’re all I need?”

Sam Smith had the right idea. Whether you fancy a mini-break with a loved one, a holiday with friends, or simply crave some alone time, Stay London might be your perfect option. You will enjoy all the amenities of a five-star hotel with the comfort and convenience of an Airbnb – or indeed a residence.

Stay supplies luxury serviced apartments on Camden Lock. Now, when we say luxury we mean luxury: the apartments are more than double the size of a typical hotel room, starting from 592sqft, and each apartment has at least one private balcony. There’s a fully equipped kitchen should you wish to get your cook on. All apartments are designed by the head of architecture and design of the popular co-working space LABS, Yaara Gooner.

Sip a morning coffee – obviously there’s a coffee machine – while watching Camden drift along the riverbank beneath you. Scandinavian-style interiors – think washed colours; top-quality furnishings; numerous accessories – add to the sense of refined relaxation. These apartments are beautiful places to while away an afternoon.

Such are the comforts available, you might be reluctant to venture outside. But you really should: because Stay isn’t in the heart of Camden Town but its very aortic valve. (Albeit high above the valve, with magnificent views overlooking the rest of the body aka London. Here endeth the metaphor.)

Camden Market is practically on your doorstep. Hawley Wharf – Camden’s buzzing new restaurant and shopping complex – is quite literally on your doorstep. Ditto more pubs than you could possibly sample over the course of a long weekend. (Challenge accepted?) By the second day, I confess to idly searching local prices on Rightmove (expensive – Stay is better value). You really couldn’t ask for a better base to explore one of the great areas of London.

Can’t take the time off? No matter: Stay residents enjoy access to LABS Hawley Lock. Other benefits include a welcome grocery pack, pre-loaded Oyster cards or UBER credit, gym and fitness suite access and more.

Herein lies the great appeal of Stay. You don’t feel like a guest but a resident – yet you have all of a guest’s benefits should you require. There’s a concierge, a ​​weekly cleaner and 24-hour reception but your space and time is entirely yours.

There are 169 apartments with one, two and three-bedroom options. (Did we mention they all come with a balcony?)

The three-bedroom options are genuinely massive, spread over two floors – and two balconies – with a living area that feels positively cavernous. Why not recruit some pals and have yourself a time of it? 

Stays (at Stay) can be booked for any length of time from a week to more than a year. Investigate your options at Stay London