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David and Julia Batchelor-Walsh

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

South Bank...the New Heart of London. Garden Apartment.

108 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Garden Apartment - 3 Bedrooms - 2 Baths - (Sleeps 2-5)

Our Southbank garden apartment, in the new heart of London, is 100 yards from The Thames behind The OXO Tower between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.

Our apartment is on the first and second floors of a small, modern block of 16 apartments. The first floor comprises of a living room and full kitchen. There are patio doors onto a beautiful, planted deck with a table and chairs for al fresco dining. There is also a double bedroom and shower room on this floor. There is also a a third bedroom with bunk beds suitable for two children or one adult.. On the second floor is an en suite master bedroom overlooking the garden deck. There is an elevator.

We are very close to the cultural heart of London including The National Theatre, Hayward Gallery, Royal Festival Hall, National Film Theatre, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre and The London Eye. There are lots of places nearby to eat and drink to cover all tastes and budgets.

Location: We are ten minutes from two tube stops (Waterloo and Blackfriars), which have 5 lines between them as well as British Rail services. For the most picturesque walk along The River, we use Embankment Station, which takes 15 to 20 minutes depending on how many photos you take!

Eating: We have plenty of places nearby to eat including two very good restaurants in The OXO Tower, which have great views. There are lots of less expensive restaurants within a short distance, many overlooking The River, and a couple of pubs on The River that serve food and drink throughout the day.It truly is the best location in London!

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
David and Julia Batchelor-Walsh (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About David and Julia Batchelor-Walsh

David and Julia have always loved the culture of London's South Bank and when the opportunity arose to purchase an apartment they couldn't believe their luck.

They have an eight years' old son, Sebastian.

Julia is a professional, classical singer having trained at The Royal College of Music. Since the birth of Sebastian she has been a full time Mum fitting in the occasional concert.

David is a full time Dad and says it's the best thing he has ever done!

David and Julia Batchelor-Walsh purchased this apartment in 2005

Why David and Julia Batchelor-Walsh chose London

The South Bank is the vibrant cultural centre of London. Our apartment is near Tate Modern, the world's most visited modern art gallery and a host of other attractions including The Globe Theatre, St Paul's Cathedral, The National Theatre, The National Film Theatre, Hayward Gallery, The Royal Festival Hall, London Eye etc etc.

We are within walking distance of theatreland and Covent Garden and there are lots and lots of places to eat and drink to suit all tastes and budgets.

Public transport is fabulous particularly the RV1 bus which stops outside our apartment block and runs, mainly along The River, from Tower Hill to Covent Garden via Waterloo. It is a very frequent service. Taxis are abundant.

What makes this apartment unique

Garden apartment in the middle of London close to many of London's major tourist and cultural attractions and a short walk from The Thames.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear David,

I would like to tell you that we 4 really enjoyed our holidays in London.

Your flat is great. Thank you for all the breakfast-things in the refrigiator.

Even the weather was fantastic !!! So we had a wonderful view from the London Eye.

If we decide to come back to London your flat will be the first choice for us!!!

Best wishes

Martina, Thomas, Radka and Ansuze

Oct 2013
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based on 108 traveler reviews

South Bank...the New Heart of London. Garden Apartment.
average rating of 4.851852 based on 110 reviews

Superbly located London apartment

  • 5 of 5

Superbly located apartment a stone's throw from the London Eye, with many of London's top attractions within walking distance. We never had to travel more than 6 tube stops to go anywhere that we wanted to go, including the O2, which we went to via a sunny boat trip on a Thames Clipper, and returned via the underground.

We were there on a sunny week, and the patio garden was greatly appreciated, as was the piano, which our 12 year old son loved.

There are lots of good local restaurants within 10 minutes, and Borough Market on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is fabulous for picnic fodder, fruit, cheese and mouthwatering cakes.

Apartment is well equipped and clean, with everything that we needed for our week's stay. Welcome groceries were much appreciated.

We will definitely book this again for our next trip to London.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Louise. It was a pleasure to have you and your family stay in our apartment. Best wishes David + Julia
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Excellent location, lovely flat, wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed in this lovely flat for four nights in April. The location is perfect. It's close to Blackfriars Tube Station (and of course, Blackfriars Pub!), and an easy walk to the Globe Theater (for which we had tickets for three nights - so nice not to have to rush to the last train after a show!) But it's also close to good grocery stores and restaurants, and yet it's on a relatively quiet street, very close to a park. We are two middle-aged women, and felt very safe. The flat itself is so very comfortable - two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and spread out on two levels, so my friend and I had very nice separate spaces. The living room and kitchen are not huge, but have everything you need, including a washing machine. And the best part was the outdoor space - so lovely - we sat out even though it was chilly, just because it was so peaceful and pretty with all the flowers. I can't say enough about David - such a charming gentleman! He had left us some basics in the fridge, and let us store our luggage in the flat as we were early. The flat was the family's private residence, and their son Sebastian's drawing and photos are out to see - a lovely family. I go to London on average three times a year, and have stayed in many flats. I have to say that this one is outstanding for value for the money, for the location, and for the hosts. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Kathy. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes David
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Fantastic base for family fun

  • 5 of 5

David and Julia were excellent hosts and extremely helpful to us on our first trip as a family to London. The flat itself is just as charming as it appears online. It was the perfect size for our family of three, allowing our teenage daughter to have a floor to herself! The flat's location cannot be beat. We were within walking distance to two tube stations and the regional trains. As a result, we easily were able to make several day trips: one to Stonehenge, another to Oxford. In addition, we walked with no problem to Westminster, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, and Buckingham Palace. It's an added plus to be in a residential neighborhood, which enabled us to try some local cuisine and feel a little less like a tourist. We recommend this flat without hesitation! Thank you, David and Julia!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Verna. Hope you will visit again. Best wishes David and Julia
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Exceptional Location, Setup Great for Families

  • 5 of 5

Thank you, David Walsh, for providing my family (three adults and two teens) a superb vacation property for our London experience. The location on the South Bank was close to everything we loved most: Borough Market, Westminster, Saint Paul's, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge, Tower of London. We enjoyed walking to most of these locations and took in beautiful scenery along the way. The apartment was spacious, clean, and nicely equipped. The large outdoor patio provided extra room - a real bonus. There was great WiFi strength and the washer-dryer came in handy.

I will definitely contact the Walshes - David, Julia and Sebastian - about accommodations on my next trip.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Dina. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes David, Julia and Sebastian
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London visit

  • 5 of 5

This accommodation is excellent on a number of fronts.

David was most helpful both when making all initial arrangements and then when meeting us on arrival.

The accommodation itself is well supplied and fully found, all 3 bedrooms are well fitted out and the overall presentation is first class. Two bathrooms are an added value.

Location is the most impressive feature of this accommodation.

It is literally a 'walk everywhere' location in close proximity to all things London - and Waterloo station. You are one block from the Thames and can literally walk to the river attractions and the Eye.

Parking is problematic so if you have a car - you may need to identify parking options. We did not - and you certainly don't need a car if staying here.

We spent 5 days here and enjoyed every minute. The accommodation is comfortable and the terrace lovely.

A serious recommend for a good, economical stay close to all things London. We would use this accommodation next visit to London.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review Grahame. Hope you will stay with us again soon. Best wishes David
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Fabulous property, great location, comfortable home from home.

  • 5 of 5

What a find this place is a gem, right on the river very cosy lovely terrace and everything you need. Owner lovely it is a home from home we are going back in March. I would highly recommend

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Sue. I look forward to seeing you again next March. Best wishes David
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Car: not necessary

Our Southbank garden apartment, in the new heart of London, is 100 yards from The Thames behind The OXO Tower between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.

We are very close to the cultural heart of London including The National Theatre, Hayward Gallery, Royal Festival Hall, National Film Theatre, and Tate Modern. They are all within a five to ten minutes walk along the river bank . A little further and you would reach The London Eye, The Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. If you cross Waterloo Bridge, Covent Garden is two minutes away.

Other Activities: Sight seeing and cultural activities


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London Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms have hand basins
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , shower room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , ensuite
  • There is a third bedroom which has bunk beds and is suitable for one adult or two children.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis
We have an elevator, full kitchen, garden deck/patio, TV in the lounge and bedroom. Our apartment is one minute from The River Thames and a short walk to many of London's major attractions including The National Theatre, Hayward Gallery, Royal Festival Hall, London Eye, Tate Modern, St Paul's Cathedral, The Globe etc..

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