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Lovely apartment, quiet, very central, walk to the main tourist sites, free wifi

Bedrooms 2
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

Cosy, two bedroom apartment with kingsize in one and double bed in other

A really central London apartment, yet at a very low price, in a quiet 'mews' (pretty cobbled street) which has a real feel of London history.

* Perfect if you're flying in to Heathrow - it's on the direct Tube train line from Heathrow.

* Brilliant if you want to be right in the centre - it is within easy walking distance of London's tourist sites

* Ideal for morning arrivals - bagdrop is from 11am

* Also ideal for late arrivals - after midnight is not a problem

* Convenient if you want plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants close by - The Brunswick shopping mall is just around the corner

* Also very easy for arrivals on the Eurostar train to St Pancras and for guests arriving at Gatwick or Luton who can take the fast Thameslink train to St Pancras. From St Pancras it's just an 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.

There is very reliable and fast internet and of course we offer free wifi !

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 (under 130lbs) 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!

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.


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.

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!

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Bloomsbury Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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


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Lovely apartment, quiet, very central, walk to the main tourist sites, free wifi
average rating of 4.7352943 based on 68 reviews

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: July 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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Santa Ana, CA

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

The flat is perfectly located, with Russell Square tube station a short walk around the block. On the Picadilly line, it was an easy ride from Heathrow to the station, and walk to the flat.

Janet was there to greet us and fill us in on the workings of the flat. We stayed 10 days so the washer/dryer was a huge boon! The beds were very comfortable, the kitchen and bath perfectly functional, and we could not imagine a more perfect HQ for our trip to England.

I would strongly recommend this flat: location, amenities, and cost (for January, at any rate!) was just right for our needs.

Now I just have to figure out how to visit again!

Much appreciate the graciousness with which all my interactions with Janet were conducted. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Lake, MN, USA - suburb of Minneapolis, MN

Good location and the ultimate convenience to what was needed-tube, grocery, movie, pub

  • 4 of 5

The Mews location was blissful. Quiet, quaint, you are part of a local neighborhood. The local pub was just right for a couple drop-by's; the Movie theatre around the corner was excellent; shopping at a very good Waitrose grocery where the service was fantastic; several London (and global) 'franchise' restaurants provided coffee, pastry, a dinner - again, with total convenience. You experience the Russell Square neighborhood like a local. The flat was as described and provided our family with the 2 bedrooms at a good value which was our goal. The courtyard behind added to the quaint and quiet, The shower was a bit smaller than we would have liked but adequate. All amenities were a-plenty from dishes to cookware to toaster to supplies. We ate at the flat several mornings and a few evenings quite comfortably. The guest instruction book was complete and full of info to make getting settled easy. Access in and out of the flat was a breeze. Loved the flexibility and no up-charge for special arrival departure times. There is a washer and we did do laundry. Had some difficulty figuring this out and drying our clothes was a bit of an issue. I figure some of this was user - error. All in all - enjoy this property which comfortably suited our 3 adults.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this great review. Very kind. I will try to make the washing machine instructions even clearer.
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Great location, as advertised

  • 5 of 5

We stayed there for a week visiting our daughter who was studying abroad from the US at the university of central London. Great location, easy to get to from heathrow. Within 2 miles of all the top attractions. The apartment was cleaned and as described. Check in and check out was very simple. I did google earth before I left so I would have my bearings once I left Russell square tube station. Would definitely recommend it.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad it worked well for you. Thankyou for this great review.
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Location, location, location

  • 4 of 5

A great, centrally located, affordable apartment in the heart of London. It is well maintained, clean and has everything you need for a pleasant stay. Many London sites are within walking distance and the tube is a stone's throw away, and Jan is very helpful and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York

No Complaints!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment met my two most important criteria, great location (two blocks from the Piccadilly line which took us everywhere we wanted to be), and a very quiet, comfortable night's sleep. (I also love having a bathtub, but I can't fault the flat for that as the shower was very good).

We walked to the British Museum, Charles Dickens House etc. and found a pub with delicious food, the Lamb, a few blocks away. Janet made the key box instructions very clear so that we could get into the apartment as soon as we arrived by Chunnel and we were happy that there was just one short flight of stairs. Everything inside was well-maintained and we especially appreciated the two plug converters! We would certainly stay in this apartment again!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

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 Bloomsbury

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. The buildings on this little street 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.


Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
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
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).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $139.98
cleaning $83.99

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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