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Anita

Advertiser since: 2003
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Speaks: english, polish
Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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BUCKINGHAM PALACE APARTMENT

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

Westminster Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

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!

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Anita (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2003
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, polish

About Anita

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

Why Anita chose Westminster

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Travel with confidence
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.8
based on 53 traveler reviews

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Buckingham Palace Apartment
average rating of 4.8490567 based on 53 reviews
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Buckingham Palace Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p47902vb
-+44 (0) 2075 886050 (England, United Kingdom)
Westminster Westminster & West End
Augusta, Georgia
5

"Our Buckingham Home in the heart of Westminster"

"Our Buckingham Home in the heart of Westminster"
  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
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Buckingham Palace Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p47902vb
-+44 (0) 2075 886050 (England, United Kingdom)
Westminster Westminster & West End
USA
5

The Perfect "Home Away From Home"!

The Perfect "Home Away From Home"!
  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Buckingham Palace Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p47902vb
-+44 (0) 2075 886050 (England, United Kingdom)
Westminster Westminster & West End
San Antonio, Texas, USA
4

Perfect location

  • 4 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
business
Buckingham Palace Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p47902vb
-+44 (0) 2075 886050 (England, United Kingdom)
Westminster Westminster & West End
The Woodlands, TX
4

Comfortable and Convenient

  • 4 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Thank you for appreciating the apartment's location. It was a pleasure to be able to give you a home whilst you were in London.

I just wanted to address a few of your points, so that you know they have been attended to:

The mattress is a 30cm deep memory foam one, and there is a spring mattress stored underneath it, it would have been easy to have swapped them over for you if we had known beforehand of your preference. We do mention the memory foam mattress on our VRBO page.

Our previous guests appreciate being posted a set of keys to their home, so that they can just let themselves into the apartment rather than wait to be let in upon their arrival. This also helps when there are travel delays - which are quite common on long haul flights, especially at Heathrow airport. We do mention in our first initial reply that we prefer the keys to be posted to us but you do have a spare set in the apartment and the post office is just under a minute's walk (on Caxton Street opposite Scotland Yard).

The temporary radiators have four wheels on them so could be moved into the bathroom plus there is another smaller heater, so I do wish you had asked whilst you were at the apartment. The black marks on the window in the bathroom have been dealt with, thanks for pointing them out.

Secondary glazing is regarded as much more effective than double-glazing, the bigger the gap in-between both glazes, the better, the sound insulation. We've rented this apartment out on VRBO for just over a decade and everyone's slept soundly so far, so it's most probably due to a lack of closing both windows properly.

I would really love to meet all the guests! You kindly gave me the VRBO number of your Parisian rental. It does charge three times our rate per week. That would be like comparing us to a Ritz suite.

If we charged three times our current amount to match that of the Parisian rental, then I would be able to leave my job and concentrate on the vrbo flat rentals, resulting in meeting all the guests. That would make me happy, as I spend too long sitting at a desk than I like. There's nothing more fun than meeting people from all over the world, like yourself. We've kept our prices pretty much the same since we started, as people prefer value for money which I'm glad you mention this apartment is, and that's why you would like to return.

When you do return I'd love to meet you for a coffee. I'm based by St Paul's Cathedral, a famous tourist landmark.
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Buckingham Palace Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p47902vb
-+44 (0) 2075 886050 (England, United Kingdom)
Westminster Westminster & West End
Eagle River, Wisconsin
5

No surprises; exactly as advertised!

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
business
Buckingham Palace Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p47902vb
-+44 (0) 2075 886050 (England, United Kingdom)
Westminster Westminster & West End
Astoria, Oregon
5

Close to everything

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing

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Car: not necessary

duck and squirrel feeding at St James's Park!

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Rates & Availability

From £174 Per night

Westminster Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas, New Year
Dec 24 2014 - Jan 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,270
 
 
Summer
Apr 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
5 night minimum stay
£188
£1,170
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£174
£1,070
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee £120
Refundable damage deposit £100
Notes 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.
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Amenities

Westminster Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • shower head over bath, natural light.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1), Murphy Beds (1) Single
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sailing
Notes:
Superking (6 ft) bed with bespoke solid oak base and extra deep memory foam mattress, Murphy (wall) single bed, leather sofa, Fully equipped Kitchen, brand new Bosch Washer/Dryer, Oak flooring throughout, Hairdryer & iron supplied, Telephone and ADSL/Broadband High Speed Internet connected at the property

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