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Fantastic low-cost apartment, right in centre, walk to the main tourist sites !! - Flat 7

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Free Wifi

Overview

Description

Flat 7

This apartment is right next door to another apartment which is almost identical apart from the beds offered.

FLAT 7 (above) has a king-size bed with white Rococco bedstead in bedroom 1, and a double bed in the second bedroom. It is also possible to book a folding bed (extra cost) which fits in the double bedroom and would be suitable for a child (under 12 years) only.

PLEASE NOTE: FLAT 7 IS IDEAL FOR TWO OR THREE ADULTS. IT WILL TAKE 5 GUESTS, BUT ONLY IF TWO GUESTS ARE CHILDREN UNDER 12.

FLAT 9 ( reference: 8191992) has a king size brass bed in one bedroom and two singles in the other bedroom. The two singles can be arranged as a kingsize on request. We can also provide a folding single bed suitable for a child under 12 years ( extra cost) to make three singles in the second bedroom.

PLEASE NOTE: FLAT 9 IS MORE SUITABLE THAN FLAT 7 IF THERE ARE 4 ADULTS.

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About the property

Bloomsbury Two Bed

This is a very central London apartment yet with a budget price-tag (rare!) located in a quiet 'mews' (cobbled London street) which is attractive and has a real feel of London history. This apartment is ideal for people arriving from Heathrow airport, as it is just two minutes from the nearest Tube station (honestly!) which is on the only direct Tube line from Heathrow. So it's a really easy journey to your very central London accommodation. It's also ideal for arrivals on the Eurostar train to St Pancras and also for guests arriving at Gatwick who can take the fast Thameslink train to St Pancras. From St Pancras it's just a 10 minute walk away down a straight road, or one stop on the Tube.

Our apartment is one of the very few "budget category" apartments to be right in the heart of Central London. It is round the corner from the British Museum, and is within walking distance of most of the tourist sights such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Theatreland, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and the London Eye. It's in a great area - there are plenty of cafe's and restaurants just a few minute's walk away, and a choice of three supermarkets around the corner.

We have only recently started renting it, so everything inside - the furniture, beds, furnishings, linen etc - are all fairly new. The apartment is in the "budget category" because the sitting room is small and because it is in an historic building so the bathroom and kitchen facilities are not new - but are perfectly adequate. So you don't get 'swanky' but you don't get 'costly' either!

There are two apartments on the listing. They are almost identical and are the only flats in our building - one either side of the staircase from the ground floor. The apartments are on the first floor of the building (in the UK that means up one flight of stairs). The interiors have lots of character, and have a beautiful original oak floor throughout. Our traditional sash windows (typical of London) let in loads of light and add to the character.

In each apartment there are two good-sized double bedrooms. One apartment has a king size bed plus double bed in the other bedroom. The other apartment has a king size bed plus two single beds in the other bedroom. In each flat we can also provide a folding bed suitable for a child under 12 years, which can be placed in one of the bedrooms. There is an extra cost of £20 per night for this. We have chosen lovely beds and high quality mattresses, good linens, soft Egyptian cotton towels and stylish furnishings, so you will have everything you require to get a hotel level of sleeping comfort. All bedrooms have plenty of wardrobe space, bedside tables and lamps. We also provide a soft bath robe and a choice of pillows.

In each apartment there is a main living room, containing the sitting area, kitchenette, and dining area. The sitting area may be small but it's cosy with three-seater sofa, coffee table and satellite TV. Please note, if you are a larger group and all want to watch TV together you may need to use the dining chairs as well as the sofa.

The dining table is extendable so it can be used small if there are just two or three guests, or it can be pulled out to seat up to five. There are five dining chairs.

The small kitchenette isn't new but it is very well equipped so that if you want to self-cater you can cook to your heart's content! We have provided plenty of attractive white crockery, serving dishes, nice glassware and loads of pans, cutlery and utensils. There is a microwave, kettle, cafetiere (french press), teapot, toaster, big fridge-freezer and a washing machine suitable for small loads of holiday laundry.

The flat is well heated with a very efficient gas central heating system. In summer it has the advantage of windows on either side, which provide a good flow of air. We also provide room fans.

We provide free wifi and the broadband signal is strong, reliable and super fast.

Either of the flats offer excellent value for money, especially for families and they are particularly attractive for two friends who need separate rooms but can't afford the high prices of a more roomy or more classy apartment.

Our location, on an historic London 'mews' street, has loads of history and character. Because this is a narrow cobblestoned street it has no through traffic, so it's astonishingly quiet for a place to stay which is right in the centre.

Bloomsbury is famous for its garden squares and mews, making it one of the most expensive residential areas in the centre of London. It was just the same centuries ago, when the wealthy intellectuals chose Bloomsbury as THE place to live. Charles Dickens lived just around the corner from the apartment, while Virginia Woolf, Charles Darwin, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Lytton Strachey, and John Maynard Keynes lived in some of the squares nearby. Even Gandhi chose Bloomsbury for his home during his time in London. This is a place that is steeped in history, and you will see many blue plates on the sides of houses as you walk around the streets, telling you who lived there.

The mews still has the original cobblestones while the properties along its length are built from the mellow London brick, characteristic of the 1800's. The residents tend to have huge urns of flowers and window boxes to decorate their homes.

Bloomsbury is also the perfect central area from which to explore London. Please do Google it. You can easily walk to so many tourist sights, and because the Tube station is so close it's really convenient. Our apartment is particularly close to Covent Garden (for the shops and restaurants) and to Theatre land if you fancy a London show. The British Museum is just a short walk. Nowhere is far away, so even if you take a taxi back it will be a short journey and therefore it will not be expensive.

The other big difference between our apartments and many others are the personal touches we offer. We are not a rental company, just an English couple who adore London and enjoy introducing others to all it has to offer. We have carefully furnished and decorated the apartment to this high standard because we really want our guests to have a fantastic time - happy guests mean more to us than high profits. So unlike some apartments, you will not find cheap beds, cheap mattresses, hard pillows...or any of the other horrors you can find with the squeeze-every-penny-of-profit apartment rental companies. We pride ourselves on giving a very friendly, helpful and professional service. We want you to feel you made exactly the right choice!

More Details

Owner
Janet
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About Janet

Hello, I'm Janet and I've had a busy life as a journalist and running my own small company. But I'm now taking a bit more time for myself, so running this apartment gives me something to do without taking up all my time. Even so, I've always been a perfectionist - I like everything to work like clockwork, so I think my basic personality and skills are just right for offering this sort of service.

Janet purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Janet chose Camden & Covent Garden

I love mews streets and I love history. If I go abroad and need to find somewhere to stay I would much rather choose a place with some historical interest, some sense of character, than choose a bland hotel. These apartments are definitely not bland!

What makes this apartment unique

The street is quiet yet it's right in the centre so that you can walk to see the sights. That's pretty rare in Central London Also we only charge a modest price because the interior of each flat is not brand new and the living area is fairly tight for space. So it's a good compromise if you really want to be central but can't afford the high prices of other 'swanky' apartments.

Available Rentals

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Notes

We provide a personal service - happy to help with queries before and during your trip.
We meet you when you arrive - check in (or bag drop) is from 11.15am. Earlier check-in may be possible at no extra charge, subject to previous guests' departure time
Very late arrivals can be met at a small extra charge - please enquire


Amenities

Bloomsbury Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is not new and so isn't super-modern or swanky! But it does have everything you need, it all works well, and is perfectly adequate.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Kingsize bed is 5 foot with quality mattress and comforter
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Can also put the folding bed in here for a child
  • Both bedrooms are fairly equal, though one has a slightly larger bed. They are both well equipped with wardrobes, bedside tables with drawers, lamps, and there are blinds at the windows as well as curtains. We provide bath robes.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(57 traveler reviews)

Flat 7
average rating of 4.736842 based on 57 reviews
5

Lovely flat- Great location!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in London and the location of this flat was key for us! We arrived via St Pancras station and found it was an easy walk to the flat with suitcases and children in tow. We found the Russell tube station also easy for our needs to travel throughout the city. The 2 bedroom flat worked perfectly for our family of 4 (2-adults; 2-children (11 & 14)). We found the property to be very clean and it had everything we needed for our comfort. The Waitrose grocery and the pub at the end of the mews were tops on our list of this neighborhood.

From the beginning of the rental process to the end the owner was on top of everything. Any questions I had were always quickly answered via email in a very short period of time! Thank you Jan for a wonderful experience and we would absolutely recommend renting this flat!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are very kind ! I'm delighted the flat met your needs so well and you had such a good stay in London. Many thanks.
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5

Great Find!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was very close to the tube, clean with a number of restaurants and shopping within blocks. The bedrooms are a very good size and the front room is a bit small but perfect for our group.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Comfortable apartment, good location.

  • 4 of 5

The apartment worked out great, very good location for underground access and within walking distance for us to British Museum and even to Westminster. We got Oyster cards ahead online so no waiting in line at Heathrow. Used Holbern stop to find a restaurant if we wanted to eat around the apartment.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa Canada, Antwerp Belgium
5

Great central location close to popular sites

  • 5 of 5

This may seem a little pricey but you can't beat the location. Very central and close to the Russell Square Tube Station, grocery stores, restaurants and cafés and quiet at night. Jan met us when we arrived, showed us where everything was and we had no problems from there. Would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the trouble to write this review. By the way, it really isn't pricey when compared with other properties in Bloomsbury - it's about half the price! But of course you can find cheaper apartments if you go out to the fringes of London, but bear in mind you'll then spend money on the transport in and out of the centre.
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Montclair, NJ
5

What a wonderful flat and great way to enjoy London!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good about this flat and Jan, the landlady! It is located just a block from the Russell Square tube stop and across the street is a great shopping center with a large grocery store, several nice restaurants and a book store. Within easy walking distance are great pubs and other restaurants! The flat itself is small, particularly the living space, but very well equipped. The kitchen, albeit small, has everything you could possibly need, even if (unlike us) you plan to do a fair amount of eating-in. The washer/dryer combo comes in handy if you like to "pack light." There's a full sized fridge and a freezer for those of us who want our pre-dinner cocktail with ice! Both bedrooms are nicely furnished -- comfortable beds and nice finishings and the bathroom, again small, worked out well for the three of us. Note there is only a shower which was fine with us.

Jan was extremely helpful to us, even if the agency did make a hash of our reservations (double booking for our final night). She went out of her way to resolve the situation and even took our luggage out to the hotel where we ended up staying our final night, near Heathrow.

It's not elegant but if you are looking for a functional flat near transportation, you really couldn't do better!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's so kind of you! I'm really glad everything turned out well in the end, and of course I was happy to help.
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5

Russell Square Flat

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was excellent. The flat was great. 2 bedrooms, wifi and a washer dryer who could ask for more. The flat is located right on the Russell Square tube and centrally located to many sites in London. Jan, the owner, attended to every detail prior to and during our stay. My family and I would rent this flat again without reservation.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for these kind words. Yes it is really close to the Tube station, just two minutes round the corner, and I know that makes a big difference when you're returning from a busy day with aching feet!
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Heathrow
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
'Friend at Hand' wonderful traditional pub
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
St Pancras
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Euston Road
Nearest Restaurant
40 Metres
Carluccios
Car: not necessary

The apartment is in Bloomsbury, a lovely residential part of central London. famous for its inspiring Georgian buildings, often arranged in large squares around beautiful public gardens. It's a well-to-do but lively area with great restaurants and cafe's and a distinct 'buzz'. The British Museum is in the heart of Bloomsbury, as well as Dicken's home in Doughty Street. Covent Garden is the neighbouring area and very close. But Bloomsbury is also the perfect location if you plan to visit Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly, Leicester Square and Oxford street - they are all in walking distance or if you're not a good walker then they are only one or two stops on the Tube (metro).

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