|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Albany Court is a delightful apartment situated in-between the Royal Family's residence, Buckingham Palace, and The Houses of Parliament. This is a one-bedroomed apartment with US king bed, and an additional murphy wall bed (in the living room), directly opposite St James's Park tube station!
Albany Court is on the 1st floor and has an elevator. Located on the corner of Palmer Street and Petty France (please see the street map link below), it's situated in one of London's most prestigious neighbourhoods - the regal and historical district of Saint James's Park, beside Mayfair.
Why not take a Royal stroll alongside your London home? Saint James's Park is a magnificent sweep of open lawns, trees, and gardens with a lake at its very heart!
Once you've crossed the park, you'll arrive at the Mall - a broad open avenue that runs between Trafalgar Square, London's Theatreland, and Buckingham Palace. You'll notice Trafalgar Square and Admiralty Arch on the right, with Buckingham Palace on the left. The Mall is lined with many stately buildings.
Check to see if the 'Royal Standard', the Queen's flag is flying outside Buckingham Palace - this means she's at home!
Catch the Changing of the Guards or visit the state rooms of Buckingham Palace itself or the state carriages and splendid horses at the Royal Mews.
Check the London Tourist Board's website to see what's happening (the Queen's Birthday, Lord Mayor Show, etc.). Albany Court will give you an advantage when all these events are on, as you're so close to all the action!
To the right of Albany Court are the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames and Westminster Abbey. You can literally adjust your wristwatch to Big Ben within two minutes of leaving Albany Court. At the Houses of Parliament, visit the House of Lords, House of Commons, and the 'Strangers' Galleries.'
Westminster Abbey is the ceremonial site of almost every British coronation from William the Conqueror in 1066 to Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Monarchs buried here include Henry VII, Elizabeth I, and Mary, Queen of Scots. Nearby is the Tomb to the Unknown Warrior and Poet's Corner, the resting place of Chaucer, Robert Browning, and Alfred Tennyson among others. Number Ten Downing Street, the Prime Minister's office, is also nearby.
The River Thames is besides the Houses of Parliament. At Westminster Pier, catch a boat to the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Tate Modern art gallery, Saint Paul's Cathedral, and Greenwich to visit its Maritime Museum and Observatory. Alternatively, visit the London Eye, London Aquarium, and South Bank Arts Centre just a walk over Westminster Bridge.
You will also be surrounded by London's greatest art collections: The Royal Academy (home to Constable, Gainsborough, etc.), Tate Britain (Hockney, Turner, and British art from the 1500s onwards), The National Gallery (Van Gogh, Monet, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Goya, and Rembrandt), or take a Damien Hirst-designed boat to the Tate Modern (Dali, Picasso, Mattisse, Munch, Pollock, Lichtenstin, etc.).
For some shopping therapy, visit Pall Mall, Picadilly Circus, Regent Street, Oxford Street, or New Bond Street. Foodies will love Fortnum and Mason's food hall. To stock up on general groceries go to Sainsbury's supermarket on Victoria Street just round the corner (only 100 metres away), the largest supermarket in Central London and opposite Westminster Cathedral!
Unbelievably, Saint James's Park tube station is RIGHT BESIDE Albany Court. This is extremely convenient for all, particularly those travelling to/from Heathrow Airport.
Gatwick Airport travellers just take the Gatwick Express train to/from Victoria Train Station, which is just at the end of Victoria Street and literally a five-minute taxi journey.
The kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, gas hob, electric oven and brand new Bosch washer/dryer.
The bathroom has natural light and a heated towel rail. The entire flat is bathed in sunlight as the ceilings are very high and it benefits from both south and west aspects.
There's a telephone with answering service, as well as high speed ADSL Broadband Internet Access and a brand new Philips LCD TV and Sony multi-regional DVD/CD Player, so bring your DVD collection. The TV benefits from digital freeview so expect more than the normal 5 terrestial channels, you'll have hundreds!
Rent with confidence from owners with six years' experience of accomodating VRBO-ers.
Albany Court is waiting to offer you a truly ROYAL experience!
A Londoner born and raised in South London who moved to Central London in 1991 and knows it like the back of her hand. Professional landlady.
Anita purchased this apartment in 2005
I used to go up to Central London as a child to feed the ducks at St James's Park and loved the area from knee-high. This apartment is so centrally located to all the touristy sites and is prestigious with top security yet quiet.
Imagine beating the queues by going to Westminster Abbey within 5 minutes' stroll from your Central London apartment, then returning home to relaunch, then walking in another direction to find yourself in front of Buckingham Palace within another 5 minutes - this will be your life at this apartment.
We chose this apartment for the location and it turned out to be excellent. The flat was comfortable and clean with lots of light. It is located in a quiet area of town, as it is surrounded mostly by office buildings. We felt safe, could it be because the New Scotland Yard was a block away? We always used the stairs but there is a small lift. The flat is on the second floor (or as they say, 1st floor), over a convenience store and across from a pub. It is one minute walk from the St. James Tube Station, by a Starbucks, and a block from the Post Office. Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Parliament were five minutes walk one way, with Buckingham Palace ten minutes the other, so the location was splendid. The kitchen was well equipped for small meals. The washer/dryer was convenient though slow. The locked entrance to Albany Court as well as the door to our flat felt safe. We will stay here again if we get the chance.
The best place to begin my comments is with Anita. She was very responsive during the booking process, met us at the apartment with the keys, showed us how to work all of the appliances and went out of her way to ensure our stay was great. I've booked several vacation properties over the years. Anita was the best property owner by a landslide.
Now the property itself.....was terrific. I'm not sure how you find a quiet street with only a 7 minute walk to Buckingham Palace and Big Ben in central London, but if that's what you're looking for, this is the flat. It had the room my wife and I needed, and all the amenities required to make our 9 day stay great. We walked everywhere from this apartment, and with lots of restaurants and shopping nearby, we were never too far from what we needed, or wanted to do. Oh, and the bed was fantastic!
The marriage of a great property owner with a great property is hard to find. If that's what you're looking for, book this place.
Location is ideal – adjacent to one of the entrances of the St. James’s Park Underground – and a stone’s throw from St. James’s Park and Buckingham Palace. It was spotless, and so bright and cheery, couldn’t have suited me better, and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there.
The bedroom is a good size, with a very comfortable king sized bed, and plenty of closet space. There is a multi-regional DVD player, and a nice TV with a wide assortment of channels.
The bathroom is large, with lots of light, and plenty of hot water and great water pressure. The kitchen was well appointed with newer appliances, and well stocked with cookware, glassware, cutlery and dishes.
There are loads of guide books, and maps, and there are even umbrellas available.
The neighborhood is very quiet at night, feels very safe, especially for a female traveling alone, and there’s a wonderful convenience store located directly below, with anything one could possibly need, including milk, soft drinks and alcohol, snacks, food items, and toiletries. They even sell postcards, souvenirs, and postage stamps! (although, there is a post office around the corner).
Across the road you'll find a nice pub, and several other pubs, sandwich shops, cafes, and nice restaurants all within very short walking distance, and a Jamie Oliver restaurant on the high street.
Within a short walking distance are numerous tourist sites including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye – just to name a few. And, you couldn’t ask for better public transportation. Great shopping on the high street with department stores, clothing shops, and a well known chocolate shop.
The owner was very accommodating and showed such kindness. I look forward to staying in this perfect flat again during my next visit to London, and highly recommend it.
My daughter, friend and I visited Albany Court for a "bucket list" holiday. Our accommodation was the perfect fit for us. After a long day of site seeing, we were so happy to come home to comfy beds and a kitchen where we could prepare tea with our scones. Wow and what a location!!!!!! Who can say they live a few minutes from BP or Westminster Abbey with a tube 15 steps away? Our trip was so fantastic....we are still talking about all of the London sites and parks that we could walk to in minutes from our wonderful flat. Anita is awesome and so very kind and helpful. WE love the Brits!!! We love the UK and all its pomp and traditions. Church service on our final morning at Westminster Abbey....what a way to end a beautiful, memorable holiday. Thank you Anita for sharing your flat where we ate, slept, relaxed and then found time to fall in love with your beautiful country and wonderful people. We hope to come again to spend time with our friends and neighbors across the ocean.
I had an enjoyable stay in this great flat. Although a one bedroom, it was very spacious and comfortable, and well maintained. The Building is quiet and clean, and has a (small) lift.
The King Size bed was comfy and there is plenty of closet space (unlike previous flats in which I've stayed). There is an 'off the wall' bed in the living room also. It's a corner unit, so lots of light, and a nice cross breeze as well with windows in each room. The kitchen has everything you'll need including glassware, flatware, pots and pans, electric tea kettle, etc.
The bathroom is large, and has plenty of hot water and amazing water pressure.
The building is adjacent to the St. James's Park Underground. It was very convenient for the journey from Heathrow. Victoria Street is close by, so many buses available if you prefer not to use the Underground. Victoria Station is one tube stop away, a few minutes by bus, or a short walk.
There are several pubs within a 2-3 minute walk, and a pub directly across the road as well as a Starbucks. And, loads of nice restaurants nearby, and shops to pick up freshly made sandwiches, coffee, and other prepared snacks.
Directly below the building there is a nice convenience store for newspapers, snacks, beverages (even wine and beer) and other incidentals including post cards. There is a post office close by where you can purchase stamps and mail post cards.
The flat is located within walking distance to many of the popular London attractions including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Westminster Cathedral, Big Ben, London Eye, Cabinet War Rooms, Parliament and St. James's Park where you can feed the ducks.
The owner is very nice and such a pleasure deal with. I highly recommend this flat for a London stay -- and will certainly stay here again.
duck and squirrel feeding at St James's Park!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$125|
We do welcome stays of less than five nights if the dates coincide with gaps in our calendar. Any day can be a changeover day. Discounts are given for stays of two weeks or more. Paypal payments require an additional payment of 4% of the amount paid. Easter is charged at the same rate as the festive season.
Guests pay 30% of the rental amount to reserve the apartment with the remaining rental and exit clean fee required two months prior to arrival. The damage deposit is required a month before arrival. On receipt of these payments, the keys are posted to the guest.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.