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Low-cost apartment, right in centre, walk to the main tourist sites, free wifi !

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 30 nights

Overview

About the property

Small Two bedroom budget apartment with kingsize in one and double bed in other

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.

Flat 7 has a kingsize bed in the main bedroom and a double bed in the other bedroom. Plus if there are 5 guests we can provide a folding bed suitable for a child at a cost of £20 per night.

If you prefer to have a kingsize bed and two single beds please see Flat 9 which is the sister flat to this flat. It's just across the landing and is exactly the same apart from having a kingsize bed and two single beds. See Flat 9, reference 8191992.

Flat 7 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 is fast reliable internet and we offer free wifi, of course!

The apartment is on the first floor of the building (in the UK that means up one flight of stairs). The interior has lots of character, and has a beautiful original oak floor throughout. Our traditional sash windows (typical of London) let in loads of light and add to the character.

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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. Both bedrooms have plenty of wardrobe space, bedside tables and lamps. We also provide a soft bath robe and a choice of pillows.

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.

Flat 7 offers excellent value for money, especially for families and is 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 and J M Barrie (Peter Pan) 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 an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 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 London

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.

Amenities

Bloomsbury Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
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 a bath robe.
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

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Low-cost apartment, right in centre, walk to the main tourist sites, free wifi !
average rating of 4.7460318 based on 63 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

Quiet but central

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment for four people-two adults and two teenage children in our case.

Located in a quiet mews with easy access to local underground station.

Shopping centre nearby with local Tesco express on the door step.

Short walk to many different types of eat houses.

Owner, Janet, met us on our arrival and gave us some useful hints and information about local area-made us feel welcome. Great few days in London.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou so much. Hope your daughter's birthday was a success and maybe see you again.
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5

good location

  • 5 of 5

the host was ready for us when we arrived. She let us in to the apartment hours earlier since our flight arrived early. Excellent location which provides easy access to rest of London via the tube which is right around the corner.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad we were able to help with your very early arrival and that you had a great stay.
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5

Perfect home base for London visit

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed 22-28 July 2017. Safe, clean and well-kept flat able to fit five, albeit tight. Kitchenette had everything needed to cook, appliances worked well and shower had plenty of hot water. Comfortable beds and plenty of storage. Great home base for London visit. Jan was helpful and accommodating. Would stay here again and recommend to friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou!
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4

Perfect Location

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed staying here. It is close to a tube station, has many restaurants just around the corner, and has a grocery store also close by to get essentials for snacking or for a quick bite. What we really appreciated was the two bedrooms with comfortable beds & clean bedding. Most of our trip has been where 2 of the 4 of us would need to sleep on a sofa sleeper. So, it was nice to have 2 bedrooms. This is not a fancy lodging, but we didn't need fancy since we are out exploring most of the day. I took one star off, because the bathroom needs a deep cleaning to get rid of some mold/mildew. But other than that, the apartment was perfectly clean. We felt safe there, and appreciated the quiet neighborhood. We hope to come back someday. Janet was very friendly.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. The bathroom did have a bit of mold on the grouting in the corner, sorry for that, but has now had a deep clean which we try to do regularly.
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5

Great value

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for 7 nights while showing my teenaged granddaughter around London. I was familiar with the area so knew it to be a fantastic location. Close to transportation, restaurants, grocery and drug stores, and within walking distance of many attractions. Located on a quiet, well lit mews, with no traffic. Very fairly priced. Well stocked. Efficiently managed. Definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's so nice of you... I'm glad you had a good stay.
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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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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80.99
Additional Guest Fee $27 per person per night
Damage Deposit $134.99

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.