|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
The apartment occupies the top two floors of a Georgian townhouse in Bloomsbury, a quiet, elegant corner of central London, close to Russell Square, Kings Cross-St Pancras and Chancery Lane tube stations. You are in the centre of London, close enough to walk to most of the places you'll want to visit, short bus or tube rides to other tourist must-sees, but this is a quiet, secure part of town with little night time traffic or noise. The most common phrases in our visitor's book are 'great location' and 'we'll be back'.
Built in the 1790s, this historic building boasts all the luxuries of a modern home, including a fully-equipped kitchen (washer/drier for clothes, dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer plus lots of pots, pans and utensils for cooking), satellite TV and DVD player, free wi-fi, power shower and modern bathroom.
The spacious living room is light and airy with two large sofas plus a chair that converts into a comfortable single bed. The TV has multiple satellite channels including Sky Sports & Sky Cinema and there are speakers for your MP3 player, a dvd player and a few DVDs. Our bookshelf is stuffed with books which feature London. guidebooks for London and maps for you to take with you as you explore the city. We also have a few toys for young children and games. Two large sash windows with Georgian wooden shutters look out to the historic street below.
The adjoining kitchen is light, spacious and has a dining table and six chairs. It has everything you would expect in a modern kitchen; oven, hob, large refrigerator, separate freezer, dishwasher, washing machine (with tumble drier function), microwave oven, kettle, toaster and two coffee makers. The kitchen has plenty of crockery and cutlery, cooking utensils, baking trays, saucepans, a wok, pots, pans and everything you need to make a family supper and eat in. We also have a flask and some sandwich boxes for you to make lunch and take it out with you (ideal if you are feeding a family).
A short but steep flight of stairs leads up to two bedrooms and a bathroom. The bathroom has a bath and separate shower, with plentiful hot water. The basin has a mirror over it and the heated towel rail keeps the bathroom warm and cosy.
The large master bedroom has a king-size double bed and a single bed with large wardrobe, feature mirror and Victorian chest of drawers. It can sleep three people, but is usually used for two adults.
The second bedroom has two single beds (adult sized) with Victorian chest of drawers, hanging space for clothes and mirror. Both bedrooms have 'black-out' blinds so that you are not woken by early morning sun.
A cot and highchair are available on request. Bed linen and towels included.
A hairdryer, an iron and ironing board are provided, along with an umbrella.
A good choice of restaurants are within a 5 minute walk and there is a large Waitrose supermarket 10 minutes walk away in The Brunswick Shopping Centre. A smaller Co-Op supermarket is a convenient 3 minute walk.
This is an ideal holiday home for a family or friends looking to explore London from a central base.
John Street is a six minute walk from Russell Square tube station (subway) or Chancery Lane tube station. We are a 15 minute walk to Kings Cross-St Pancras stations (tube and Eurostar trains to France). We will send you full directions when you book. Just let us know which airport or train station you arrive at.
Getting Here - Air: It is an easy journey from London Heathrow Airport to John St, as the local tube (subway or underground) station runs directly to the airport. From there it's a 6 minute walk to the apartment. From other London airports (Gatwick, Stansted, Luton or City airports), you can take the train into the centre of London and make a short tube or taxi journey to the apartment. We will send you full directions when you book.
Getting Here - Rail: John St is a fifteen minute walk from the mainline stations, Kings Cross and St Pancras International where the Eurostar service from Paris, Lille and Brussels now departs. Euston Station is a few minutes further away. It is a short bus ride from London Bridge and Waterloo stations. Paddington is a tube ride away.
No hidden extras: Price quoted includes VAT (sales tax), bed linen, towels and cleaning. There are no hidden extras to pay to the property owner.
UPDATE: January 2016 - we have updated our wi-fi connection and we now have faster wifi (35mbps) in the living room, kitchen and also upstairs in the bedrooms.
ALLERGY SUFFERERS: we have blinds (no curtains), wooden floors in the bedrooms (the only carpet is in the hallway) and can supply feather-free bedding on request.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE COMING? - we have six sleeping places but as we only have one bathroom we do not let the apartment to six people. If you are a party of five, please state if you would prefer to have three people sharing the largest bedroom (in one double and one single bed) OR one person sleeping in the living room. We will only make up beds for the number of people you tell us are staying.
If you have any questions about the apartment, the local area or London generally, please get in touch by email or phone.
This apartment is owned by Electric Marketing, a database marketing company set up in 1991 by Melissa Mackey. Electric Marketing's offices are on the ground and first floors of the building, the apartment is on the second and third floors. You will share a front door and hallway with our office team during weekdays, but no one will visit the apartment during your stay unless you come down to the ground floor and ask us for help. This means that there is always someone on site to help you if you have any problems eg light bulb needs replacing or something is broken. Equally we are aware that most people want to be allowed to enjoy their holiday in private and we won't visit unless there is a serious issue that needs to be fixed. If you have a problem at the weekend, our contact phone numbers are in a black folder of useful information in the living room.
Melissa Mackey purchased this apartment in 2006
There is no doubt that John Street in Bloomsbury is a smart part of town, close to Grays Inn and full of barristers' chambers and legal firms. As well as the lawyers, our near neighbours are the Charles Dickens Museum, noted actors and artists as well as the ITV news studios on Grays Inn Road.
John Street and adjoining Doughty Street are steeped in history as these houses have stood for 250 years.
It is a safe and secure part of London, walking distance to the West End and to the City of London, close to shops and restaurants and yet quiet at night so that you can sleep easily.
If you are coming to London for reasons other than pleasure, John Street is walking distance from Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College Hospital, British Library, London School of Economics and University College London.
You are in the centre of London, close enough to walk to most of the places you'll want to visit, short bus or tube rides to other tourist must-sees, but this is a quiet, secure part of town with little night time traffic or noise. The most common phrases in our visitor's book are 'great location' and 'we'll be back'.
Our first trip to the UK. We had a great time. The flat was beautiful. Great location!”
We recently spent 6 days at this apartment and found it excellent. It was great having a kitchen given prices in London and the supermarket is quite close. The beds were really confortable and it was a quiet retreat at the end of the day. We had our 3 children with us and found the apartment much roomier than I expected. The owners were helpful and let us stay until 2.00pm on the day we were leaving. Just be warned that there quite a lot of steps!
Would love to stay again. Only problem was that the wifi appeared to block remote connections to my office network
Very spacious apartment in great location. We all loved it. I highly recommend. There are great pubs and restaurants nearby and you can walk to most central places in minutes. We only caught public transport once and we went to the City, Borough, Covent Garden, Seven Dials, Oxford Street/Regent St etc
Our host was very responsive, and the flat is lovely. Very clean and spacious. The location was perfect for our needs. It was great to be near 2 tube lines. Only negatives-WiFi could have been better, as we found it only worked well in the kitchen, but not a big issue. Also, we learned to space out our showers so as not to run out of hot water. Overall a great stay and I would recommend. Thanks for your hospitality
The apartment was absolutely fantastic and very centrally located. It was quite easy to find and the apartment was nice and clean. We stayed a week and found that the location was perfect for the many things we wanted to see. We are a family of five with three children aged 7, 12 and 15. Nice places for take away too. We had African, Indian, Chinese, British (fish and Chips) and American (papa Johns pizza).
The only thing was really poor wifi. On the top floor we didn't get any connection at all. Downstairs the wifi only worked in the kitchen and very poorly. So if you need Internet connection this apartment is not recommended at all.
We spent more than a week at the flat, and it was the perfect place for us and our 3 kids to start the day and to come back to after exploring the city. It has pretty much everything you need to feel at home—full kitchen, wifi, washing machine, a cell phone to borrow. It's spacious, secure, and well maintained. Melissa is very helpful and quick to respond to any questions. The location is convenient and close to a couple of Tube stops as well as several bus routes. It's also within walking distance to many locations and destinations. The immediate neighborhood is quiet but includes a bunch of good places to eat and shop, as well as Coram's Fields, a kids-only park. Highly recommended if you're looking for something more private than an AirBNB and more homey than a hotel.
John St is in the historic area of Bloomsbury in Central London. You're in the heart of London but away from the crowds. Nearest tube stations are Russell Square (6 min walk) and Chancery Lane (7 mins), but you'll often find it as quick to walk to many of the main attractions. The British Museum is a 10 min walk and Charles Dickens' House (he wrote Oliver Twist here), is 1 minute away. London's West End with its fabulous shopping (Oxford St, Regent St, Carnaby St), theatres, art galleries and landmarks (Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben) is close by. Covent Garden (street theatre, opera house and shopping piazza) is an easy walk (25 mins). Heading East, you can stroll around the City of London, Europe's financial centre with its famous buildings (St Paul's Cathedral, the Gherkin, medieval Tower of London, Tower Bridge). John St is close to Great Ormond Street Hospital, National Neurological & Neurosurgery Hospital, University College London, Kings College, London School of Economics, the British Library & Law Courts.
Other Activities: sight-seeing, shopping, theatre, world class museums, art galleries, tourist attractions, historic places of interest, kids play park Coram's Fields
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
If you stay for two weeks or more, the price includes a weekly cleaner and a change of bed and bath linen.
You can check-in at 2pm on the first day of your stay. If you plan to arrive earlier, please let us know and if we can have the apartment ready earlier for you then we will. Check-out time is 10am on the final day of your stay. Please let us know before you arrive, if you wish to leave later.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.