|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
Albany Court is a delightful apartment situated in-between the Royal Family's residence, Buckingham Palace, and The Houses of Parliament. This is a one-bedroomed apartment with US king bed, and an additional murphy wall bed (in the living room), directly opposite St James's Park tube station!
Albany Court is on the 1st floor and has an elevator. Located on the corner of Palmer Street and Petty France (please see the street map link below), it's situated in one of London's most prestigious neighbourhoods - the regal and historical district of Saint James's Park, beside Mayfair.
Why not take a Royal stroll alongside your London home? Saint James's Park is a magnificent sweep of open lawns, trees, and gardens with a lake at its very heart!
Once you've crossed the park, you'll arrive at the Mall - a broad open avenue that runs between Trafalgar Square, London's Theatreland, and Buckingham Palace. You'll notice Trafalgar Square and Admiralty Arch on the right, with Buckingham Palace on the left. The Mall is lined with many stately buildings.
Check to see if the 'Royal Standard', the Queen's flag is flying outside Buckingham Palace - this means she's at home!
Catch the Changing of the Guards or visit the state rooms of Buckingham Palace itself or the state carriages and splendid horses at the Royal Mews.
Check the London Tourist Board's website to see what's happening (the Queen's Birthday, Lord Mayor Show, etc.). Albany Court will give you an advantage when all these events are on, as you're so close to all the action!
To the right of Albany Court are the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames and Westminster Abbey. You can literally adjust your wristwatch to Big Ben within two minutes of leaving Albany Court. At the Houses of Parliament, visit the House of Lords, House of Commons, and the 'Strangers' Galleries.'
Westminster Abbey is the ceremonial site of almost every British coronation from William the Conqueror in 1066 to Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Monarchs buried here include Henry VII, Elizabeth I, and Mary, Queen of Scots. Nearby is the Tomb to the Unknown Warrior and Poet's Corner, the resting place of Chaucer, Robert Browning, and Alfred Tennyson among others. Number Ten Downing Street, the Prime Minister's office, is also nearby.
The River Thames is besides the Houses of Parliament. At Westminster Pier, catch a boat to the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Tate Modern art gallery, Saint Paul's Cathedral, and Greenwich to visit its Maritime Museum and Observatory. Alternatively, visit the London Eye, London Aquarium, and South Bank Arts Centre just a walk over Westminster Bridge.
You will also be surrounded by London's greatest art collections: The Royal Academy (home to Constable, Gainsborough, etc.), Tate Britain (Hockney, Turner, and British art from the 1500s onwards), The National Gallery (Van Gogh, Monet, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Goya, and Rembrandt), or take a Damien Hirst-designed boat to the Tate Modern (Dali, Picasso, Mattisse, Munch, Pollock, Lichtenstin, etc.).
For some shopping therapy, visit Pall Mall, Picadilly Circus, Regent Street, Oxford Street, or New Bond Street. Foodies will love Fortnum and Mason's food hall. To stock up on general groceries go to Sainsbury's supermarket on Victoria Street just round the corner (only 100 metres away), the largest supermarket in Central London and opposite Westminster Cathedral!
Unbelievably, Saint James's Park tube station is RIGHT BESIDE Albany Court. This is extremely convenient for all, particularly those travelling to/from Heathrow Airport.
Gatwick Airport travellers just take the Gatwick Express train to/from Victoria Train Station, which is just at the end of Victoria Street and literally a five-minute taxi journey.
The kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, gas hob, electric oven and brand new Bosch washer/dryer.
The bathroom has natural light and a heated towel rail. The entire flat is bathed in sunlight as the ceilings are very high and it benefits from both south and west aspects.
There's a telephone with answering service, as well as high speed ADSL Broadband Internet Access and a brand new Philips LCD TV and Sony multi-regional DVD/CD Player, so bring your DVD collection. The TV benefits from digital freeview so expect more than the normal 5 terrestial channels, you'll have hundreds!
Rent with confidence from owners with six years' experience of accomodating VRBO-ers.
Albany Court is waiting to offer you a truly ROYAL experience!
A Londoner born and raised in South London who moved to Central London in 1991 and knows it like the back of her hand. Professional landlady.
Anita purchased this apartment in 2005
I used to go up to Central London as a child to feed the ducks at St James's Park and loved the area from knee-high. This apartment is so centrally located to all the touristy sites and is prestigious with top security yet quiet.
Imagine beating the queues by going to Westminster Abbey within 5 minutes' stroll from your Central London apartment, then returning home to relaunch, then walking in another direction to find yourself in front of Buckingham Palace within another 5 minutes - this will be your life at this apartment.
My daughter, friend and I visited Albany Court for a "bucket list" holiday. Our accommodation was the perfect fit for us. After a long day of site seeing, we were so happy to come home to comfy beds and a kitchen where we could prepare tea with our scones. Wow and what a location!!!!!! Who can say they live a few minutes from BP or Westminster Abbey with a tube 15 steps away? Our trip was so fantastic....we are still talking about all of the London sites and parks that we could walk to in minutes from our wonderful flat. Anita is awesome and so very kind and helpful. WE love the Brits!!! We love the UK and all its pomp and traditions. Church service on our final morning at Westminster Abbey....what a way to end a beautiful, memorable holiday. Thank you Anita for sharing your flat where we ate, slept, relaxed and then found time to fall in love with your beautiful country and wonderful people. We hope to come again to spend time with our friends and neighbors across the ocean.
I had an enjoyable stay in this great flat. Although a one bedroom, it was very spacious and comfortable, and well maintained. The Building is quiet and clean, and has a (small) lift.
The King Size bed was comfy and there is plenty of closet space (unlike previous flats in which I've stayed). There is an 'off the wall' bed in the living room also. It's a corner unit, so lots of light, and a nice cross breeze as well with windows in each room. The kitchen has everything you'll need including glassware, flatware, pots and pans, electric tea kettle, etc.
The bathroom is large, and has plenty of hot water and amazing water pressure.
The building is adjacent to the St. James's Park Underground. It was very convenient for the journey from Heathrow. Victoria Street is close by, so many buses available if you prefer not to use the Underground. Victoria Station is one tube stop away, a few minutes by bus, or a short walk.
There are several pubs within a 2-3 minute walk, and a pub directly across the road as well as a Starbucks. And, loads of nice restaurants nearby, and shops to pick up freshly made sandwiches, coffee, and other prepared snacks.
Directly below the building there is a nice convenience store for newspapers, snacks, beverages (even wine and beer) and other incidentals including post cards. There is a post office close by where you can purchase stamps and mail post cards.
The flat is located within walking distance to many of the popular London attractions including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Westminster Cathedral, Big Ben, London Eye, Cabinet War Rooms, Parliament and St. James's Park where you can feed the ducks.
The owner is very nice and such a pleasure deal with. I highly recommend this flat for a London stay -- and will certainly stay here again.
Spent at week in London last May but forgot to review the flat. Excellent location, minutes from Buckingham Palace and St. James' Park, tube station below the flat so very convenient to all of London and to Heathrow. Comments:
1. securing the rental was very easy and straightforward. Ana very easy to work with and responsive. Getting the keys beforehand was convenient, but mailing them back once we got home was expensive. Still, worked out well. One reviewer described the apt block as "industrial", which is a fair assessment; not alot of charm, but again the location made it all well worth it. The flat is no frills, but we spent almost all of our waking hours exploring London. Neighborhood seemed safe; their is a small food store below the flat, and a Starbuck's across the street.
2. Photos were accurate.
3. Property clean and no worries, everything worked well. Wifi was sometimes iffy, but most of the time worked well.
4. Again, Ana was very helpful and responsive. We didn't encounter any problems while there so had no need to call her.
5. Yes, would definitely recommend the apartment. I can't imagine a more ideal location to have as my "headquarters" for exploring London by foot or tube.
Nearby activities - all of London is nearby. Trafalgar Square, Picadilly, museums, Buckingham Palace, St. James' Park all within short or relatively short (and entertaining) walks, or even shorter tube hops. The British Museum could be a vacation destination in of itself. Must see a play at the Queen's Theater, must go to Harrod's, must go to the original Hard Rock Cafe, must take in a local pub (or two or three). Make sure and take one of the open air bus tours early during your stay, which will orient you to the main attractions. Buy Rick Steeve's book and start exploring. Have fun!
We were very pleased with the location of this flat. Looked a bit "industrial" from the outside, but it was quite comfortable and spacious inside. It is close to St. James tube station and Buckingham palace and a short walk to Westminster cathedral, the War Museum and the Tate. There is a well-stocked grocery store (Waitrose) not far on Victoria, a Starbucks just across the street and a small store downstairs. Nocturnal street noise level and light were bothersome in the bedroom. Didn't hear much from the other flats. Darker curtains and double pane windows in the bedroom would help. There are actually two windows in the bedroom, but they are both single pane and about 20 cm apart, so they act like a drum or reverberation chamber. Rather than diminishing the noise they actually enhance it.
There was a scheduled heating refurbishment going on, but Anita provided two electric heaters that worked quite well to heat the flat, except for the bathroom. Everything worked well, but there was black mold or grime on the bathroom window and shade. Otherwise, the flat was neat and clean. The elevator didn't work for a day or two. The Murphy bed was more comfortable than the bedroom king, but that is a personal preference as I'm not a big fan of memory foam.
Having to mail back the key is a bit of an imposition. The apartment we rented through VRBO in Paris was very different. The owner met us and explained everything including recommendations for meals, food stores, metro stations, etc. Plus, we just left the keys in the apartment on departure. Anita promptly responded to my e-mails, but it would be nice to put a face with a name.
We would stay here again, as it was an excellent value given the location and the price of hotel rooms in the area.
We chose this apartment for the location, which could not be better. We read all the reviews and we're happy to say that we agree with all of the positive comments. The flat is bright and comfortable and clean. We always took the stairs, although there is a small lift for when you have luggage. Second floor (or as they say, 1st floor), over a convenience store, across from the cute pub. Next to the St. James Tube Station, by a Starbucks, a block from the Post Office. An easy walk of a couple of blocks to Buckingham Palace, the Mall, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, St. James Park, the London Eye, theatres in Victoria, and best of all, six or seven of the cutest Pubs within a four block area! We also walked to the theatre near Charing Cross/Trafalgar Square, and walked back in the evening. One of the big surprises about the flat was the wonderful shower with plenty of water pressure and hot water. We didn't use the kitchen much, other than morning tea, coffee, scones, etc., but it was well equipped had we chosen to cook. The Murphy Bed was comfy as was the king bed in the bedroom. We had plenty of street noise, but it didn't bother us. We were too tired each night to care, and left the windows wide open all night. The Pub and the store below closed by 11 PM. Lots of closet space everywhere in the flat. The owner, Anita, was ready to help out, but we didn't need to call her, as all was well in the flat. The entrance to Albany Court, as well as the door to our flat were reassuringly secure. We always felt totally safe. We will stay here again if we get the chance.
Fantastic location! Right around the corner from Buckingham Palace and westminster abbey. We stayed at this fantastic flat for a month and it was great! So convenient to the tube and your access to the rest of London and the UK. Very quiet area at night while lively during the day. The flat is just as described, Anita is the best in renting this flat to us. She was quick to respond to any enquiries that we had, was available should a problem arise, and made refunds prompt and on time. We definitely will rent this flat again should we visit London again. Thanks Anita for helping us celebrate our retirement and 40th anniversary.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Apr 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||£100|
We do welcome stays of less than five nights if the dates coincide with gaps in our calendar. Any day can be a changeover day. Discounts are given for stays of two weeks or more. Paypal payments require an additional payment of 4% of the amount paid. Easter is charged at the same rate as the festive season.
Guests pay 30% of the rental amount to reserve the apartment with the remaining rental and exit clean fee required two months prior to arrival. The damage deposit is required a month before arrival. On receipt of these payments, the keys are posted to the guest.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.