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Elizabeth Montague-Black

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Cheap & Chic! Zone 1! Trendy E1! Between Tower & Brick Lane! Extras!

46 Reviews
Sleeps3
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

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1 min zone 1 tube. Large studio with many extras. Wifi, phone calls and more.

The Old German School studio is a larger than average, airy studio flat, with the feel of a much larger place due to its generous proportions and layout, on the LOWER GROUND FLOOR of a listed converted Victorian school. Although it is classed as lower-ground it is not a dark airless basement as it has large windows and natural light in all the rooms but it is lower ground so please do not book if you are not happy with this. It is also double-glazed to the front so is relatively quiet for the centre of London. It is less than two minutes walk to Aldgate East tube which is zone 1 and five minutes walk to the beginning of Brick Lane and, in the other direction, ten minutes walk to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

The building was built as a German Lutheran School in 1877 and converted ten years ago to luxury apartments in the grounds of the oldest German church in the country.

The flat comprises a hall with fitted storage cupboard, a walk-in drying and storage room perfect for suitcases, wood flooring throughout, a fully fitted attractive eat-in kitchen and a good-size studio room with fitted wardrobes, sofa and pull-down quality bed. There is also a good-sized bathroom with shower attachment above the bath and a large window (with blinds!).

There is a locked gate (with video entryphone) and the flat is down a locked staircase to a private front door so is extremely secure and very suitable for single women travellers.

Check-in time is 16.00 and check-out time is 10.00 but we offer an early arrival or late departure for 5 GBP per hour.

Our rates include absolutely everything: all taxes, utilities, high quality bed linen,fluffy towels, unlimited high-speed WIFI, free phone calls to landlines in the US, Australia, NZ and all major countries and end-of-stay cleaning. We can also arrange a trusted driver to meet you at the station or airport and deliver you in comfort and safety to the flat!

We require a 200 GBP security deposit which is refunded swiftly after the stay (unless there is a cancellation in which case the deposit is not refundable although we always do our utmost to rebook the time and refund any money we can) and a copy of the principal guest's passport as security.

Please note that HomeAway's algorithm does not distinguish whether parties require one or two beds. If you have requested a quotation via HomeAway's reservation request facility for two people the system will assume that two people means one bed. We do have a single bed available - for use on the floor in the same room - for children accompanying their parent/s and if you request a price for three then the system will know you require both beds. If you are a parent and child or two adults who wish to have separate beds we charge the laundering fee for the single bed if it is required. This is 20 GBP.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Elizabeth Montague-Black (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Reviews

5
based on 46 traveler reviews

Cheap & Chic! Zone 1! Trendy E1! Between Tower & Brick Lane! Extras!
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 46 reviews
5

Cozy and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

This well-equipped London-themed flat is cute, quiet, and comfortable. We used the car service from the airport, which eliminated some of the stress associated with getting to and into the flat. The driver was punctual and professional, and though he did not have the keys, he arranged for someone to meet us with them. The key instructions are a bit daunting, but either the cleaner or the "meet and greet" driver will be there to help. The furnishings are attractive, and the bed is comfortable. Besides the bed, there is just one comfortable seat -- a mini sofa, but there are also 2 chairs in the eat-in kitchen and another in the hall. There are 3 distinct rooms (bedroom, kitchen, and bath) plus a foyer. Though the rooms are small, you will find space out of the way to store large suitcases if you have them. The kitchen is really nicely done, practical, and stocked with staples including coffee, tea, condiments, and many cleaning supplies. In the main room is a wardrobe with a good number of hangers, and 2 dressers – one narrow, the other wide. There are many maps and guidebooks to help you plan your London visit. The bathroom has a magnifying make-up mirror; the tub/shower is nice, and there is a good hairdryer in one of the dresser drawers. There is wide shelving in the bathroom to hold as many toiletries as you could possibly have with you. The towels are large and thirsty.The location is ideal. You can easily walk to Spittafields, and to Tower Bridge, where you can buy a "roaming" boat ticket to get to other neighborhoods. You are also steps away from a Tube station. We used the Tube to get to the Buckingham Palace area and to the airport when we left. That was all easy to negotiate. Nearby restaurants we tried and liked were the historic pub Hoop and Grapes, the Turkish/Lebanese restaurant Zengi, and the new Gastropub Leman Street Tavern. Communication was excellent with Elizabeth, who provided much helpful information and answered my questions promptly and thoroughly. I had not noticed that I was supposed to leave cash in the flat for the car service. The owner kindly let me pay in American dollars.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Perfect home base for London adventures

  • 5 of 5

In a great location to access the Tube and walk to places like the Tower of London, this studio offered a great home base for our adventures. It was great to have a kitchen so we could have a bit of breakfast or dinner if we were not in the mood to eat out. The tour book library was also a great addition and gave us additional fun ideas to explore. The size is perfect for 1 or 2 folks to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Great apartment, felt like home.

  • 5 of 5

Great location, very caring owner. Apartment had everything we needed and was in a very convenient location. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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5

Charming, comfy, and convenient

  • 5 of 5

This flat is located very close to two tube stations. The flat is well-supplied, very clean, and cozy, and quiet as well. The owner and manager are friendly and caring; they had all our questions and concerns taken care of very quickly. Lovely people to deal with, and a sweet place to stay. We plan to stay there again on the next visit!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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5

As nice as advertised!

  • 5 of 5

This studio was great for our London visit. Very conveniently located close to an underground stop and grocery stores in easy walking distance. It was clean with a well equipped kitchen for light meal prep. It was our first visit to London and we were pleased with the area. Close enough by tube to major attractions but not as busy, would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint, comfortable and very central!

  • 4 of 5

We recently rented this flat for three nights. It was very comfortable, and so close to everything. A five minute walk to tower bridge and from there you could buy tickets for bus tour. This was very helpful to us as we only had three days to see London!! There were cookies left for us upon our arrival which was a nice touch, along with milk for our tea in the morning. I never had any issue contacting property management and Elizabeth was very helpful!! A very clean and quaint flat which is most suitable for a couple! We would rent this property again! We also used the driver service that the property manager offers and also arranged for us. There is a cost but I must say it was well worth it. We had a diver pick us up at the train station, as well as a driver take us to the airport. This was so helpful in eliminating many head aches for us as we were not familiar with London at all!! The only issue we found is that it got very warm in the flat at night even with no heat on.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Heathrow
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
The Old Dispensary
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Woolwich Ferry
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Wanstead
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Aldgate East tube - zone 1
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
A13
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
The Old Dispensary
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Snozone, Milton Keynes
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Southend
Car: not necessary

Where do I begin?? You're in the centre of one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. The local area has changed dramatically in the past decade. Brick Lane was always a hub for 'Indian' restaurants but has been regenerated as THE destination in London for bars and shopping. We have always had wonderful markets. The newly-restored Spitalfields market is now a hub of fantastic shops and eateries with an antiques market on Thursdays. Of course there's still the historic Petticoat Lane every day except Saturday and on a Sunday morning the fantastic flower market in Columbia Road. As well as flowers there are wonderful places for brunch and gorgeous independent shops.

In the other direction we have the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the charming St Katharine Docks with its pubs and restaurants.

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Rates & Availability

City of London Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Cancellation Offer
May 26 2016 - Jun 2 2016
2 night minimum stay
$145
$879
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$174
$1,098
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $146

We ask for 50% upfront and 50% 90 days before the arrival date. If a cancellation is necessary the first payment is unrefundable.

We can book for two nights but our minimum tariff for any stay is 250 GBP. This is because the housekeeping and laundering charges are such that it is simply not worth it for the owner to rent the flat for less. We do try and include an early or late - usually 25 GBP.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

England Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 30 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The large bathroom has a bath with shower overhead, basin and loo. There is ample shelf space and storage under the basin as well as a very wide windowsill.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Studio Room - 1 double
  • There is a high-quality UK (4 ft 6 in wide) double bed in the large and light studio room. This retracts into the alcove in the daytime to give you an attractive space as a sitting room although there is sufficient room with the bed down. It's quite a large room with two big (double-glazed) windows. Because of the layout of the flat, with five separate rooms (living room, kitchen, bathroom, hall and walk-in storage room) it does not feel like a studio at all. There is plenty of room for two people to stay without feeling cramped. We can accommodate another guest on a single bed that can be installed in the studio room so, as it is the same room as the bed/living area, it is best suited for two travellers who do not wish to share a bed or for a child travelling with parents. The room is very snug with both beds in position but it may be ideal for those seeking a small pied-à-terre in zone one and who do not require a lot of space.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Television
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
PLEASE NOTE that our specialist holiday let insurance does not allow us to rent the flat to people under 25 years of age. We will require sight of the principal guest's ID and full names of everyone staying before confirming the booking. We do not allow parties and should any parties or other antisocial behaviour take place to the extent that there are complaints to the owners or the authorities then we reserve the right to terminate the reservation with immediate effect and with no refund of monies paid. We are sorry that we have to impose this new condition after many years of holiday letting but after a case of recent appalling behaviour we have to protect the house and the owners.

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