This beautifully furnished, fully equipped apartment is perfect for one couple, two couples or a family. It's in the heart of Little Venice, a unique 'upscale' residential neighborhood in central London minutes by tube or bus from all the cultural and historical sights, entertainment, and other attractions you came to London for. The nearest tube (Warwick Avenue station) is only one block away and there are 8 bus lines within a five minute walk.
Occupying the entire first floor (one level above the street) of a handsome 'listed' Victorian house, the apartment is modern, bright, and airy with a balcony, huge windows, generous closet space and interesting artwork and craft items throughout. Two bedrooms and a sofa bed in the living room sleep a maximum of 6 with the convenience of 2 en suite bathrooms and a hall powder room. There is a modern, fully equipped kitchen with washer/dryer, separate freezer and refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, stove and convextion oven
Amenities include cable TV, stereo with CD player and tape deck, washer/dryer, dishwasher, gas range and electric oven, microwave, full size refrigerator with large separate freezer, garbage disposal (unusual in London apartments), electric coffee and tea makers, toaster, hair dryer, a generous supply of dishes, kitchen utensils, and linens, elevator, secure entry, and unlimited free local phone calls. and internet access.
One of the best features of this apartment is its location in Little Venice, which the London Walks brochure calls the prettiest and most romantic neighborhood in London. One block from your doorstep is the lovely Regents Canal with its flower decked longboats (including an art gallery and a puppet theatre) and 19th century tow path.
Enjoy the convenience and charm of the local shops--a small supermarket, baker, deli, organic food store, wine shop, pharmacy, florist, hair dresser, and many boutiques, including a specialty shop for pet lovers. Pick up a special gift for your dog or cat!
Neighborhood pubs, cafes, and restaurants offer excellent Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Middle Eastern, English, and American food. Walk to Lords Cricket Club, to Regents Park with its boating lake and gardens, and to Paddington Recreation Park with a gym, 12 tennis courts, and 2 playgrounds. This lovely, beautifully located apartment is not a commercial rental property. We are the owners, it's our second home, and we look forward to telling you more about it.
I am a retired professor of History and Education frorm the University at Buffalo. My husband Bob, an MD, is also a retired UB professor. I grew up in North Carolina, we met at school in Philadelphia (Bryn Mawr for me, Penn Med for him) and have been living in Buffalo since 1974 (no jokes about snow, please!) We have three children and five grandchildren. We also have a friendly cat and a very lively golden doodle. The children and grandchildren visit us in London. The animals don't, and we miss them when we are here.
I'm an avid reader both e-books and real books, especially historical novels. You'll find some in the apartment. Bob and I both love theatre, classical music, jazz, and modern art. We spent a sabbatical in London in 1988. There was so much to see and do and people were so nice that we came back for a second sabbatical in 1995 and have been coming back twice a year ever since.
I fell in love with the 'Little Venice' area on our first sabbatical. Purely by accident we rented an apartment about fifteen minutes away. I like to walk. and on one my walks, again by accident, I came across 'Little Venice.' After that, I often walked down to the canal, admiring the white Victorian houses, lovely flowers and small shops. When we decided to buy in London we looked in many neighborhoods, but we kept coming back to Little Venice. Finally we found this apartment. It 's in a Victorian 'listed' house, so the outside can't be changed. However, an architect had just bought it, 'gutted' the inside, and divided it into four modern apartments. The combination of traditional outside and modern inside was perfect. But it was the l2 foot ceilings and huge windows in every room that sold me. Unlike some London apartments that are gloomy, this one is so bright and airy that I feel happy the minute I open the door. It's been a perfect second home for Bob and me. We love having friends and family visit. We do rent, but we bought it for our own use and we always have a good time here.
This apartment has a unique location. It's in a very pretty quiet residential neighborhood, At the same time it's in central London, one block from public transportation, and just minutes away from all the great city life that attracted us to London in the first place. The apartment has a history--it was bombed during the Battle for Britain in World War II, which left the front window a little off center. As a historian, I like that--it's distinctive--reminds me of Winston Churchill and the Battle for Britain.
The apartment is not huge, but two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms provide enough privacy to make it very liveable for one or two couples or a family. The high ceilings and big windows give a great sense of light and space. As the first owners of the modernized apartment, we could decorate and equip it to suit our American tastes. We didn't decorate it to be a rental flat. We decorated it for ourselves with hand picked art work and craft items. We put in the conveniences we like at home, for example, big closets, a third bathroom, a garbage disposal in the kitchen, all rare in a London apartment.
Finally. this apartment gives you access to two great areas--You can spend as much time as you want in downtown London with its exciting entertainment and famous sights. You can also spend time in residential London, with lovely tree lined streets, window box gardens, local shops and restaurants, village atmosphere, and friendly neighbors. There's so much to enjoy--and our unique apartment gives you unequalled access to all of it.
In our immediate neighborhood , within a five minute walk, are many lovely shops, restaurants, (Thai, Japanese, Chinese, French, Indian, and English) an all purpose grocery store, 2 delis, 2 pubs, a pharmacy, 2 hairdressers, a wine shop--- everything you might need. It's a leafy neighborhood with gardens in bloom almost all year. There are several local parks. You can easily walk to Regents Park, where there's a boating lake, playground, outdoor theatre (late spring and summer ) and wonderful gardens. One block from our apartment is the Regents Canal with water taxis, houseboats, and a towpath to walk. You can walk the towpath to the London Zoo and to Camden Market, a huge, upscale flea market with everything from jewelry to used books to leather coats, antique toys, etc. We bought a Victorian brass coal bucket there which we use as a magazine rack in the apartment. London is a wonderful city to visit--there's so much going on. And our neighborhood is a very special part of London. Staying in our apartment you will feel like a Londoner, not just a tourist.
Once you hop on a bus or tube, a short ride takes you to the exciting world of downtown London--with world class theaters, museums, concerts, art galleries, shops, and every kind of restaurant you can think of. We love the National Gallery (free!), the British Museum, Sommerset House, and the Tate Modern art museum. There's always something good on at least one if not all of the three theaters that make up the National Theatre on the South Bank. We also love the little theaters, 'fringe theatre' all over London. We are classical music fans. London has five symphony orchestras--all of the wonderful--and all kinds of music from jazz to hip hop in clubs and other venues all over the city. Sadler Wells has amazing modern dance, and if your tastes are more classical, there's amazing ballet and opera (including English versions, if you aren't a purist.)
We don't think the changing of the guard is worth the time, but we love the royal stables with fancy carriages, the London Eye (giant ferris wheel), and the boat rides that provide wonderful views of Parliament and Big Ben. Even if you aren't a Shakespeare fan, the Globe Theatre on the river is a winner. In the attached exhibition center, you can compare your rendition of Hamlet with that of Laurence Olivier!
London is the perfect city for walkers. Walk along the Thames. Walk along the canals. Walk through the beautiful parks (formerly the king's hunting grounds) and gardens. Pick almost any neighborhood--or get on a tube and go to the edge of town to see medieval churches and ancient forests. Don't forget to check websites like 'See London.com' and 'Time Out London.com' for all kinds of special events, including local festivals and street fairs. If you have time, a train or bus ride (1-2 hours) will take you out of town to Oxford, Cambridge (which we like better), Canterbury (my pick) and other wonderful places. The problem is that there's so much to do in London that it's hard to find a day to out of town.
Samuel Johnson said 'If you're tired of London, you're tired of life. ' We alway find new and memorable things to do, and so will you. Our apartment a perfect base for doing whatever you choose to do--and for relaxing, too.
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|Discounts: 14 nights or more: $300 Nightly|
|Half of rental at time of reservation, the other half plus security deposit one month before arrival.|
|Housekeeper cleans before you come, after you leave, and weekly while you are there. This is included. You can speak with her directly to purchase additional services.|
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