Away from the crushing crowds, but close enough to the action
We feel very fortunate to have found this wonderful flat in North London, a true sanctuary away from the endless crowds, noise and assaults to the nerves of the city center. Decompressing with a cup of tea while taking in the wide open pano view of the City helped me recharge my senses. Quietly watching the sunset over London and then the lights come up was magical.
We also loved the village feeling of the flat's location. Only a few minutes walk to a Tesco supermarket, several pubs, cafes, bakeries and even a Starbuck's. Reflecting London's diversity you had a choice of not only fish and chips, but also, Thai, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Russian and more.
The neighborhood is upscale and beautiful with its historical homes, I felt completely safe and at ease walking at night or going for an early morning run to London's lungs, "Hampstead Heath" a fantasic forest/park just up the hill or downhill towards the expansive views of Primrose Hill and onward through the splendid Regents Park with its outstanding English gardens, roses, waterfowl areas, boating, etc. Close access to this natural beauty was essential to my sanity in order to recover from the unrelenting crowds of the city center.
The flat is very spacious, equipped with everything we needed, except a washer...you'll have to hand wash or visit the launderette a few minutes around the corner. The furnishings are average, but comfortable and all clean. The wi fi was inconsistent, but mostly good. I didn't mind the climb to the 4th floor each day and the bonus is absolutely no noise from your neighbors. The deep soaking bathtub was a lovely treat.
The flat is easily served by several bus lines with stops closer than that of the Underground. After we got our bearings, we much preferred taking the double-decker buses for an added economical sight seeing tours to our destinations. The flat is served by the Chalk Farm tube station, a 10 minute gentle uphill walk to the flat, but if you're jet lagged and dragging your suitcases, opt to get off at the next station, Belsize, to be able to drag your belongings down the hill to the flat instead.
You can walk to the famous Camden Markets, which my teen just loved for its cheaper priced clothes, souvenirs, flea market type of products. Also plenty of cheap eats and great people watching, but the tourists greatly outnumber the mohawked punkers.
This flat is an outstanding value and cost less than most hotel rooms in this expensive city. Very pleased.
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