SPARKLING TWO DOUBLE-BEDROOM RIVERSIDE FLAT OVERLOOKING CHELSEA AND KENSINGTON

Martin Plimmer

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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SPARKLING TWO DOUBLE-BEDROOM RIVERSIDE FLAT OVERLOOKING CHELSEA AND KENSINGTON

Putney & Wandsworth Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Groovy 60s Battersea flat with panoramic Thames views

London Calling is a light-filled, newly-refurbished, two double-bedroom flat in Battersea village, fitted with king-sized beds with luxury mattresses, fully equipped kitchen, high pressure shower, TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, hair-dryers, etc.

Built in the 60s, its huge sliding windows look west and north past the Grade 1 listed Georgian church St Mary's and Richard Rogers' cascading modern glass apartment block Montevetro, across the river Thames to the houseboats and historic artists' residences of Chelsea's Cheyne Walk on the far bank, and beyond them the towers and domes of the Kensington museums and West End hotels.

The flat feels very much part of the urban London experience but is high enough (8th floor, elevator-serviced) to feel cosily insulated from it as well. The clean 60s design ethic of the building is echoed in the modern parquet floor, the simple domed light fittings and crisp, uncluttered décor. Cool in summer; cosy in winter.

Chelsea and Battersea Riviera: Battersea is a superb location for the London explorer, close enough for easy access to the city's tourist attractions by bus, train or river bus, and just ten minutes by foot from the restaurants, fashion emporia and cultural hotspots of Chelsea's groovy Kings' Road area, including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Terence Conran's Bluebird Restaurant, the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea Football Ground, the 606 Jazz Club and the newly acclaimed Medlar restaurant.

Battersea is a fascinating location in its own right with nightspots like the Bunga Bunga Bar, the arty Google Bar and the Quecumbar (for live Parisian-style gypsy jazz). It has a sparkling riverside walk, a fascinating old church, where William Blake was married, and the village-like, tree-filled Battersea Square, which has has British, Italian, Lebanese and Indian restaurants, bars and al fresco dining. Gordon Ramsey will add to these with his fine dining restaurant London House, due to open here in January 2014. Other good local restaurants are Gazette, Augustine Kitchen, Source and the Draft House. Some, like Banyan, offer sunset views across the Thames. The Butcher and Grill, beside Ransome's Dock, serves a fortifying Great British breakfast.

There is a Barclays Bike docking point outside the appartment, allowing instant bicycle hire to explore the Battersea and Chelsea riverside or cycle into town.

Nearby institutions include the Battersea campus of the Royal College of Art, the Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea Square and the business headquarters of architect Norman Foster and fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Victoria Beckham.

Clapham Junction, the main rail station serving southern England (good for day trips to Brighton) is a 20 minute walk, or six minutes by bus or bike.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour en famille. Cet appartment est particulièrement agréable pour séjourner et nous avons beaucoup apprecié la décoration. Le bus 170 nous a menés en trés peu de temps jusqu'à Victoria et nous avons pu visiter beaucoup de choses et revenir sans se fatiguer par le bus.

Merci à Ivy Lettings aussi bien sûr pour toute l'aide et les bons conseils apportis. Nous reviendrons et nous recommanderons a des amis.
Dec 2011
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Martin Plimmer

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I am a writer and broadcaster who now seems to spend most of his time cooking and thinking of ways to improve this little flat. My current obsession is to reclaim the third window in the main room, which I know is currently behind the kitchen cupboards. It's a small window but I feel the effort and complications will be worthwhile because it will restore the architect's original intention of allowing light into the room from three directions, giving a glimpse of the towers of London to the east and even more of a sense of height and space.

I live locally so I'm usually not far away if needed.

Martin Plimmer purchased this apartment in 2010

I had been intending to buy a converted flat in a Victorian property on a terraced Victorian street, but the more of these I saw, the less keen on the idea I became. They were often cramped and creaky and sometimes crazily divided, with the sound of neighbours coming through their flimsy partition walls. They could sometimes be cosy but they they could feel suburban. When you stay in a big city you want to feel excitement. These weren't exciting. I couldn't imagine living in them myself so I wouldn't want to offer them to guests.

As soon as I saw the clean lines and sharp design of this apartment, I felt the excitement I had been looking for. Then there was the wow factor of that view across the river to the river boats and grand old houses of Chelsea. Here was a space that seemed to be open to and give access to the city, rather than cloister itself away from it. The building is a modernist concrete structure designed by the architect Colin Lucas, who also designing the acclaimed modernist house No. 66 Frognal in Hampstead. The apartments benefit from very large windows and are oriented in such a way that no two living rooms are adjacent. In fact only one small wall in each apartment is adjacent to a neighbour. This makes them very quiet. I have kept the décor minimalist and modern, to match the 60s style.

I love the area itself, which is intrinsically beautiful, being next to the ever-changing Thames river. This was one of the first industrialised districts in the world and is therefore rich in an eventful history of human struggle and commerce. Now that the heavy industry has gone the area has gentrified, and while it is close enough to the bustle of London to be constantly interesting, it is also a place of gentle walks to a pub or a park or a quiet coffee on the cobbles of Battersea Square.

Living here is fun. For one thing it's so easy to get into the city - you just hop on a bus. There's one every couple of minutes and they run all night. Once inside you are above all the bustle and yet you are still intimately in touch with London. You can see all the evidence of London't history laid out below: the old church where Turner Painted, next to the ancient right-of-way slipway, the Thames itself snaking from the west, bringing life to the capital, the riverbank opposite, where Henry VIII and Thomas Moore had palaces. I am fascinated by the history of London, particularly Battersea's part in it, and I keep a small library of London books, novels and films in the apartment for guests to browse.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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4.9
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Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington
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Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington
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Putney & Wandsworth London
Honolulu, Hawaii
5

LOVELY APARTMENT IN THE PERFECT LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
London Calling is a marvelous apartment that can comfortably accommodate four people. It is well appointed; Martin has provided a complete kitchen (including a lovely and generous welcome basket for your first meal), dishwasher, washing machine, lots of clean towels, crisp bedding, firm mattresses, mirrors, and more. The location is excellent, close to convenient bus lines that will transport you into the City, or to Clapham Junction rail station if you are traveling outside of the city. A food market, restaurants and walkable streets surround the apartment building. The apartment has lots of books about London – both the standard tour guides, as well as the more interesting ones covering history, contemporary events, and photography of the area. Even the artwork on the walls is charming. Martin went out of his way to make us feel part of the City. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that we enjoyed our stay in London Calling tremendously and would re-visit in a heartbeat. Thanks, Martin!!
  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington
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Putney & Wandsworth London
Niceville, Florida
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BEST LOCATION ONE COULD FIND - LOOK NO FURTHER!

  • 5 of 5
This was the last stop on a two week trip to various locations in the UK and Ireland. While all of the locations were amazing, London Calling was simply the BEST of all and our experience couldn't have been better.

Martin was awesome to work with and provided helpful tips prior to our arrival and his directions to the flat were spot on. He met us walking away from the bus stop and made us feel at home and couldn't have been a more gracious host. Getting to and from the flat was so easy - the 170 bus route practically drops you off at the back door and the tube and Express train to LHR combo was a breeze.

His flat and the views are every bit as spectacular as the photos depict. It has all the comforts you could need and more than I expected... The only down side to our stay was I had to replace my now inadequate Keurig after trying Martin's Lavazza fantastic espresso machine ;-).

We has a great stay and I truly hope that we will be able to come back to London Calling and stay a bit longer this time.
  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington
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Putney & Wandsworth London
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NICE FLAT WITH CLOSE PROXIMITY TO EVERYTHING.

  • 5 of 5
Family of four stayed here for 3 nights in early June. Martin was a great host, provided all kinds of detail on the city, transportation, suggestions, etc. apartment was just a few blocks from a bus station that provided quick access to everything. Nice apartment with plenty of amenities. Plenty of space for two adults and our two teenage boys. We would definitely stay here again!
  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington
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Putney & Wandsworth London
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THE PERFECT PLACE TO STAY.

  • 5 of 5
We have just enjoyed our second stay at Martin’s ‘ London Calling’. The apartment is a really comfortable stylish oasis with fabulous views over the river to lovely Chelsea. Brilliant bus service on the doorstep, and a small supermarket within five minutes walk, plus a selection of good eateries just around the corner are all plus points. Martin is a very attentive and friendly host, and his selection of books about London speak volumes about his love for the city. We hope to return here again and again when a trip to this wonderful city is on the cards. Many thanks for everything Joy and Luis.
  • Submitted: May 31, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington
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Putney & Wandsworth London
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LONDON CALLING- AMAZING VIEWS OF THE CITY!

  • 5 of 5
London Calling offers breathtaking views of the River Thames unlike any other hotel or B&B in the area. The oversized windows allow fresh air to flow freely throughout the flat and offers wonderful views of the city. Martin was VERY accomodating and greeted us on time. He was very thoughtful to have left us a small welcoming kit consisting of wine, eggs, bread, butter, jams, strawberries, and milk.

The flat was spaciously sized and the beds were comfortable. It was clean and well taken care of. I loved the Battersea area as well because it was located close enough to all of the tourist attractions, but far enough away to still enjoy the quietness and richness of the neighborhood.

I will definitely be staying at London Calling the next time that I arrive in London.
  • Submitted: May 23, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington
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Putney & Wandsworth London
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A PERFECT LONDON HOME AWAY FROM HOME!

  • 5 of 5
Our family of five arrived late after harrowing travel experiences and were greeted by the owner with welcome food and drink. The flat was perfect for our week-long stay in London--well situated with wonderful river views, convenient to shops and neighborhood restaurants, with excellent bus service on the doorstep. It was clean and well-equipped, the beds were very comfortable, and the bathroom shower more than met our expectations. Even more than the property itself, was the helpfulness and kindness of the owner--he was attentive and flexible and gave us lots of good information about his home town. We will recommend this flat to anyone visiting London, for any length of time. We hope to return!
  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Heathrow
Nearest Ferry
78 Miles
Dover
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Clapham Junction
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
M4
Nearest Beach
51 Miles
Brighton
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Barrio
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Gordon Ramsay's London House, Battersea Square
Car: not necessary

Battersea is a waterside gem 5 minutes over the Thames from Chelsea; 10 from King's Road's trendy restaurants and cinemas.

London Zone 2 convenience - Victoria and Kensington are a 14 minute bus ride away, Clapham Junction, offering rail access to south and west England, just around the corner.

Remember the chimneys on the flying pig Pink Floyd cover? - that's Battersea Power Station. Next to it is Battersea Park, the birthplace of modern football, one of London's biggest parks, complete with zoo.

Urban but villagey Battersea Square is a leafy hang-out for coffee-lovers, with a Brazilian bar, Lebanese restaurant, Italian deli/restaurant and modern Indian eatery, as well as London House, gobby TV chef Gordon Ramsay's latest restaurant.

Good eating and drinking: Gordon Ramsay's London House for fine dining; the Butcher and Grill for hearty Great British breakfasts; Brady's for traditional fish and chips; Gazette for a reliable French brasserie experience, whether it's just a coffee and madeleine you want or full-on chateaubriand; for Ritzy cakes and other chocolatey seductions, Eric Lanlard's Cake Boy boutique; for modern pub food in a traditional British pub, the Prince Albert; for smart food and cocktails by the dockside, Source; for sunsets across the water and Bollywood glitz, Banyan on the Thames; for Argentinian steaks and chummichurri sauce, the Bariloche; for an astonishingly large choice of craft beers (which can be sampled in small glasses), the Draft House; for steak nights and beer, the Woodman; for former Mon Plaisir chef Franck Raymond's dishes of the Evian region of France, Augustine Kitchen; for live gypsy jazz most nights of the week, the Hot Club de Battersea at the Quecumbar; for cod Italian food and decor, the company of the late night fashion crowd and the occasional partying royal prince, the Bunga Bunga bar; for free expression, the Doodle Bar, where you can pose with students from the nearby Royal College of Art students (and draw on the walls if you feel like it - it's encouraged). These are just some of the local restaurants; walk five minutes across the bridge and the rest of London begins, starting with the mile long fashion and food parade that is the Chelsea King's Road.

Architecture: new boys Norman Foster and Richard Rogers big it up right here on the Thames Path by lovely old St Mary's Church.

Barclays cycle hire is on the doorstep. Instant bicycles for curious travellers.

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Putney & Wandsworth Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
May 7 2014 - Sep 30 2014
2 night minimum stay
£175
£1,100
£4,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn/Winter
Oct 1 2014 - Dec 7 2014
2 night minimum stay
£140
£900
£3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 8 2014 - Jan 4 2015
2 night minimum stay
£175
£1,100
£4,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter/Spring
Jan 5 2015 - Mar 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
£140
£900
£3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£165
£1,000
£3,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit 100
Notes Short lets are only available when adjoining other lets.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Putney & Wandsworth Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 8
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 636 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Historic
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Elevator
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Large stand-up shower in bath with good pressure.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • The two bedrooms, one red and one teal, are almost identical and have views west over St Mary's church and the upstream course of the Thames to Wandsworth Bridge. They are both equipped radio/alarms, hair-dryers and have built-in wardrobes with hanging space. The curtains in each are a 50s style and cover the entire end wall. For parties of five I can supply an inflatable single bed to go in one of the bedrooms. I can supply a baby cot, mattress and basic bedding if needed.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player ...
Outside:
  • Binoculars
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • live theater
  • library
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • paddle boating
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • tennis
Notes:
The kitchen table folds out to a rectangle that seats six. The kitchen is equipped with a 15-bar Lavazza espresso machine.
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