|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
2015 is going fast, so book now, as repeat customers are lining up to fill the diary -- a sure sign that we're doing something right! (Just check out our super reviews, below.)
We prefer to book full-weeks only, beginning and ending on Saturdays, and that is how the HomeAway reservation will handle your enquiries. HOWEVER, please note that we frequently make exceptions, and so PLEASE ASK if your needs don't conform to that kind of schedule, even if HomeAway won't take the booking on the automated system !!
For larger parties, this property can often be paired with our two-bedroom flat in the same building: HomeAway property 417134.
We're in London's historic Gibson Square, which is an oasis of calm just off of Islington's lively Upper Street, where you'll find literally dozens of upscale bars, restaurants and shops. Our neighbourhood is friendly, safe and immaculate, making the flat a perfect fit for a woman traveling alone, for a professional here on assignment working late hours -- for anyone, in fact, who appreciates a civilized lifestyle. We're convenient to public transport running quickly to all the sights and tourist attractions you'll want to visit in this great city. The flat is on the first floor of a Regency terraced town house (2nd floor American). Travel back in time with us -- all sides of the Square, and the park inside it, look just as they did when George III was busy losing the Colonies. This quiet, elegant, comfortable holiday rental flat features very high ceilings, cornice mouldings, and a brand new first-class renovation. The fully-equipped kitchen is a dream!
Perfect WiFi, and Sky TV including the extra cost Sports and Movies options. Sleeps just 2.
Those Wonderful Double-Decker Buses: Several key buses stop just three minutes from the house, giving convenient scenic access to all the museums, tourist sights, markets and historic neighbourhoods you'll want to see on your vacation, cheaper and often quicker than the tube. Unlike in most cities, here the bus is your friend, with its dedicated express lanes and incredibly low cost -- just £1.50 (or less) with the Oyster Card you'll get the day you arrive! Take the splendid double-decker #4 red bus to Sadlers Wells, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Fleet Street, Oxford Street shopping, Covent Garden and the West End theatres, and finally Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames to the South Bank (National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, the London Eye), Imax, Waterloo Station, and the Old Vic. (All that in barely half an hour’s ride!) Several other buses from this neighbourhood have similarly-stunning itineraries
The Tube, and the Rail System: It's just a 7-minute walk to the Angel Islington tube station (Northern Line, Zone 1) for quick connections throughout London – just 1 stop to the King's Cross / St Pancras transport hub for further tube connections, the Eurostar to Paris, and mainline trains to Scotland, the North of England, and Gatwick and Luton Airports. And yes, King's Cross does have a brick wall bearing the sign 'Platform 9 3/4'. It's a 10-minute walk to the Highbury & Islington tube station (Victoria Line) connecting to the Stansted (Airport) Express, and looping through Central London to Victoria Station with connections to all lines. Arsenal's Emirates football stadium is at Highbury, as are National Rail's overground North London and Northern City Lines. Canary Wharf, the Financial District and the 2012
Your Holiday Rental Flat in London: Contact us now to book your London vacation! We're convenient to all the tourist sights, and you can enjoy fine dining, theatres, museums and shopping, while living in a stylish, cosy, classic period flat. Enjoy your London city break out on the town, or take a night off, cook at home and hunker down for some uniquely English delights on SKY TV. Check out our great reviews, and for a map highlighting our favourite shops, restaurants, markets and scenic neighbourhood walks, just click on the link to our personal website:
Recently retired, my partner and I now live our life-long dream of having four sweet homes and living in whichever strikes our fancy at a given time. Since the stock market crash of 2008, to cover the bills, all the properties are rented on HomeAway whenever we're not in them. Managing the rentals has turned into quite a pleasant, though very time consuming, new profession for us, wherein we meet (or at least correspond with) the loveliest people from all over the planet. We've had nearly 300 guests in the past six years, and not a single bad experience. Phew! And we have great local staff for each property, so each home is always up to our own high standards for comfort, cleanliness and beauty.
Before retiring in 2005, I spent more than 30 years working on Broadway and in London's West End -- first managing, then producing, big musicals (mostly) plus handfuls of plays and concerts. I was part of the original productions of GODSPELL, DREAMGIRLS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and many dozens more, and producer of The Who's TOMMY and JEKYLL & HYDE, to name a few. Broadway concerts include Bette Midler, Michael Crawford, Frank Sinatra and even a very elderly Josephine Baker (a New Year's Eve concert, at the Palace, of course), whose chateau is just down the road from our house in France.
My partner Bill Rosenfield was for many years what Time Magazine wrote of him: 'RCA Victor's Man about Broadway'. He produced more than 60 Original Cast Recordings -- just pick one up at home if you have one -- if it's from the 1990's or early 2000's, his name is probably on it: CHICAGO, TOMMY, RAGTIME, CABARET, on and on. Billy's now retired from that and actively engaged in his one true passion: writing plays. This new career is just budding, but already showing great progress. He does most of his writing in a cute little shed at the bottom of the garden behind our London flat.
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Gary Gunas purchased this apartment in 2007
We love the Regency (late Georgian) architecture that is so prevalent in this part of town -- simple terraced houses with strict symmetry and Palladio's cube-and-a-half proportions which somehow create a great sense of calm, order and sophistication. Our house, on a perfectly-preserved square containing nothing but its original homes, features large windows and big open sky -- plus that pristine little park right across the square, with something in bloom every month of the year. And we greatly appreciate that very 'London' phenomenon, which is that all we hear is birdsong here, notwithstanding the fact that we're a 90-second walk to the very busy Upper Street, abounding with life and energy.
Immerse yourself in real life here -- our neighbourhood isn't the least bit touristy, just a breath of energized fresh air among real Londoners. Google 'Islington' and just see what comes up!
Hands-down the most tastefully decorated rental I’ve ever seen, even handsomer than the photos led me to hope. I loved waking up each morning in such a beautiful room and just wanted to move in and stay. It looks as though the owners decorated it for their own pleasure and outfitted it for their convenience rather than as a rental. Everything is pristine—scrubbed clean and impeccably maintained.
I'd never heard of Islington, but that was sort of the point. It’s an area of the city--like Chelsea, Kensington, Bloomsbury, etc—that was a pleasure to learn a bit about, and because it’s less known, it’s not at all touristy. It’s a real neighborhood where some very lucky Londoner’s live on lovely little Georgian squares. Everything you could want, including excellent pubs and restaurants, is in walking distance, and the major sights of London a tube-ride away.
The owners’ exceptionally thorough and entertaining guide to the flat and to Islington covers all you might want to know. If a question does arise, however, the owners respond in minutes.
My spouse and I were very happy we chose this charming studio flat for our 2-week stay in Islington. It's a clean, comfortable, spacious studio that we enjoyed returning to for restful nights after long days of exploring London. The wonderful bathroom, the practical and modern kitchen, the views and even the thoughtful dimmer lights made our experience feel like we made the right choice in staying there. We cannot explain enough how comfortable our stay was, especially the sound sleep we had on the bed...we wish we could bring that bed home with us! Cheers to the lovely owners for their impeccable taste and for being there if we had any questions.
We decided to book this flat again after having stayed in it once before, in the fall of 2012. It's the prefect location for our trips to London to see plays, listen to concerts, and go to galleries. It’s close to the Angel tube station and almost as close to the Highbury and Islington one, and even closer to stops for buses going to the West End, the Southbank venues, and places like the Barbican and the British Museum. It’s also close to a large Sainsbury's and even closer to a small one, and a block away from the middle of a strip of good restaurants and interesting shops on Upper Street. The apartment is on the first floor (i.e., one flight up) in a Georgian house on a lush green square surrounded by other Georgian houses—sort of like being in a Jane Austen novel, but with cars and recycling bins and people in blue jeans occasionally passing by. The square, and the house and the flat, are amazingly quiet for the heart of north London—especially after stepping off the busy bazaar of Upper Street just minutes away. The apartment itself is quite large for a studio, and decorated in a combination of Georgian references and contemporary conveniences; the main asset is the two grand arched windows that fill most of the front wall. There’s a separate and nicely equipped kitchen, including an espresso machine and another machine that miraculously both washes and dries clothes, all in one go. The bathroom is also quite large, with much of it filled with a large tub that is, admittedly, high enough off the ground to make entry and exist a bit of a challenge for those of us who are getting frailer. The apartment is clean and comfortable, and the owners, who live below, are friendly and unfailingly helpful. It’s certainly one of the best flats we’ve stayed in out of an assortment in London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Portland OR, Halifax NS, and San Francisco. I recommend it.
A truly lovely flat in delightful location. Having stayed in Upper Street on many occasions we decided to look around for somewhere other than a hotel for our latest stay. I'm so pleased we stumbled across both this property and Gibson Square. Not only is it a tranquil little haven away from the hustle and bustle of London the flat itself was simply beautiful. Everything was very tasteful, well presented, beautifully clean and extremely well looked after. It's clear that Gary and Billy have poured a lot of love and attention into the property. The location is perfect with so many restaurants on the doorstep. In the week we stayed there we never ate further than a 5 minute radius of Upper Street and Therberton Street. Transport links are brilliant with so many buses taking you to most of the parts of London you could want for tourist stuff. Our compliments to the owners for taking such care of the property and ensuring its a treat for people to stay there. They did honestly think of everything from the tourist info, the helpful advice on how things worked and the guides to local transport and shops etc. I loved my morning routine when I would pop the 'whistling kettle' on the stove, open the shutters and wait for the day to commence. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to my friends, however, it would be nice to keep it as our personal little secret! but that wouldn't be fair on the owners. Islington is one of my favourite places and should we ever be in the fortunate position to own a property in London, Gibson Square would be top of my list.
Thank you Gary for making our first London stay such a memorable one. You were quick to respond and so helpful when we needed assistance with our administrative issues. The information you provided about the flat and the area was not only extensive, it was a fun read. We took a chance on a beautiful apartment in an area not often mentioned in guidebooks and boy did it pay off. We felt like Londoners in a very walkable neighborhood with good access to tourist sights if you’re willing to take a little time to get around by public transportation. Enjoy the journey! Food was surprisingly good and there were a number of excellent choices within walking distance, The “Pig and Butcher” and “Carlucci’s” right around the corner for example. Wonderful independently owned stores nearby. We would absolutely stay here again!
The flat is very comfortable and extremely well equipped. The bed is firm, there is a comfortable chair and a good light for reading. The kitchen and bathroom contain everything I needed and more, including a washer and drier. It is very clean and well maintained. The owners supply extensive information about the neighbourhood and getting around London; and, if they are at home, are very friendly and eager to answer questions.
I thought that I might have made a mistake staying in Islington, but I ended up being glad I did. The neighbourhood is very pleasant and there are a plethora of restaurants, cafes and bakeries nearby. At first glance, Islington seemed a little far out of the centre, but it is well served by tube and bus; and, in fact, is a walkable distance from both the west and the east ends.
It's not perfect. The bathtub is a bit high and at times you hear the upstairs neighbours walking and walking, but all in all I recommend it. As you can partially see from the picture, there are two floor to ceiling windows that look out of a green space. At night it is very quiet, so there are no sleeping problems, even for a light sleeper like me.
Ideally situated to explore London for a great city break, Islington itself is a hip, sophisticated destination on the northern edge of Central London, politically and aspirationally resembling Manhattan's upscale Upper West Side. The renowned Almeida Theatre and Kings Head Theatre Pub are just steps away, as are all the main supermarkets, plus endless boutiques and really fine food and antique shops. Stroll, bike or jog along Regents Canal. Easy transport links, fine restaurants, gay friendly. You can even walk (22 mins) to the Eurostar terminal and day trip to Paris in luxury for £59 return. Local celebrities include James McAvoy, Lily Allen, Dido and, formerly, Vladimir Lenin, Heath Ledger and Sir Walter Raleigh. Gibson Square alone boasts an Oscar-nominated film composer, a Booker Prize-winning author, a renowned stage director, a nationally known comic and a Member of Parliament. Former neighbour Tony Blair formed New Labour with Gordon Brown in one of our Upper Street restaurants
Other Activities: Theatre, theatre, theatre. (Or theater, theater, theater!) Museums, fashion, cuisine -- everything that London has to offer!
Golf: No golf here in central London, of course, but many of the nation's legendary courses are within an easy day-trip from the many train hubs easily accessible from our flat.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||£500.00|
We normally rent from Saturday-to-Saturday only, but for extended stays we offer different arrival and/or departure days, if required. We have booked many such stays, which have left the calendar with several 3- and 4-day openings. In such a case, we're happy, of course, to fill in the voids with shorter bookings, at just £140 per night!
We have a formal Booking Agreement which we will ask you to sign in order to lock in your reservation. It will be sent to you as soon as your enquiry is accepted for booking.
There are no other charges whatsoever unless you decide to rent premium Movies or Sporting Events on our Sky Satellite TV system. And, if it takes Maria longer than 2 hours to clean the place after your departure, overtime will be deducted from your deposit at the rate of £15 per hour (but please note that this has NEVER yet happened!).
Extra days, when available, are simply 1/7th of the base weekly rate.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.