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Martin Plimmer

Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington

90 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Overview

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Groovy 60s Battersea flat with panoramic Thames views

London Calling is a light-filled, newly-refurbished, two double-bedroom flat in Battersea village, fitted with king-sized beds with luxury mattresses, fully equipped kitchen, high pressure shower, TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, hair-dryers, etc.

Built in the 60s, its huge sliding windows look west and north past the Grade 1 listed Georgian church St Mary's and Richard Rogers' cascading modern glass apartment block Montevetro, across the river Thames to the houseboats and historic artists' residences of Chelsea's Cheyne Walk on the far bank, and beyond them the towers and domes of the Kensington museums and West End hotels.

The flat feels very much part of the urban London experience but is high enough (8th floor, elevator-serviced) to feel cosily insulated from it as well. The clean 60s design ethic of the building is echoed in the modern parquet floor, the simple domed light fittings and crisp, uncluttered décor. Cool in summer; cosy in winter.

Chelsea and Battersea Riviera: Battersea is a superb location for the London explorer, close enough for easy access to the city's tourist attractions by bus, train or river bus, and just ten minutes by foot from the restaurants, fashion emporia and cultural hotspots of Chelsea's groovy Kings' Road area, including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Terence Conran's Bluebird Restaurant, the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea Football Ground, the 606 Jazz Club and the newly acclaimed Medlar restaurant.

Battersea is a fascinating location in its own right with nightspots like the Bunga Bunga Bar, the arty Google Bar and the Quecumbar (for live Parisian-style gypsy jazz). It has a sparkling riverside walk, a fascinating old church, where William Blake was married, and the village-like, tree-filled Battersea Square, which has has British, Italian, Lebanese and Indian restaurants, bars and al fresco dining. Gordon Ramsey will add to these with his fine dining restaurant London House, due to open here in January 2014. Other good local restaurants are Gazette, Augustine Kitchen, Source and the Draft House. Some, like Banyan, offer sunset views across the Thames. The Butcher and Grill, beside Ransome's Dock, serves a fortifying Great British breakfast.

There is a Barclays Bike docking point outside the appartment, allowing instant bicycle hire to explore the Battersea and Chelsea riverside or cycle into town.

Nearby institutions include the Battersea campus of the Royal College of Art, the Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea Square and the business headquarters of architect Norman Foster and fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Victoria Beckham.

Clapham Junction, the main rail station serving southern England (good for day trips to Brighton) is a 20 minute walk, or six minutes by bus or bike.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Martin Plimmer (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

About Martin Plimmer

I am a writer and broadcaster who now seems to spend most of his time cooking and thinking of ways to improve this little flat. My current obsession is to reclaim the third window in the main room, which I know is currently behind the kitchen cupboards. It's a small window but I feel the effort and complications will be worthwhile because it will restore the architect's original intention of allowing light into the room from three directions, giving a glimpse of the towers of London to the east and even more of a sense of height and space.

I live locally so I'm usually not far away if needed.

Martin Plimmer purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Martin Plimmer chose England

I had been intending to buy a converted flat in a Victorian property on a terraced Victorian street, but the more of these I saw, the less keen on the idea I became. They were often cramped and creaky and sometimes crazily divided, with the sound of neighbours coming through their flimsy partition walls. They could sometimes be cosy but they they could feel suburban. When you stay in a big city you want to feel excitement. These weren't exciting. I couldn't imagine living in them myself so I wouldn't want to offer them to guests.

As soon as I saw the clean lines and sharp design of this apartment, I felt the excitement I had been looking for. Then there was the wow factor of that view across the river to the river boats and grand old houses of Chelsea. Here was a space that seemed to be open to and give access to the city, rather than cloister itself away from it. The building is a modernist concrete structure designed by the architect Colin Lucas, who also designing the acclaimed modernist house No. 66 Frognal in Hampstead. The apartments benefit from very large windows and are oriented in such a way that no two living rooms are adjacent. In fact only one small wall in each apartment is adjacent to a neighbour. This makes them very quiet. I have kept the décor minimalist and modern, to match the 60s style.

I love the area itself, which is intrinsically beautiful, being next to the ever-changing Thames river. This was one of the first industrialised districts in the world and is therefore rich in an eventful history of human struggle and commerce. Now that the heavy industry has gone the area has gentrified, and while it is close enough to the bustle of London to be constantly interesting, it is also a place of gentle walks to a pub or a park or a quiet coffee on the cobbles of Battersea Square.

What makes this apartment unique

Living here is fun. For one thing it's so easy to get into the city - you just hop on a bus. There's one every couple of minutes and they run all night. Once inside you are above all the bustle and yet you are still intimately in touch with London. You can see all the evidence of London't history laid out below: the old church where Turner Painted, next to the ancient right-of-way slipway, the Thames itself snaking from the west, bringing life to the capital, the riverbank opposite, where Henry VIII and Thomas Moore had palaces. I am fascinated by the history of London, particularly Battersea's part in it, and I keep a small library of London books, novels and films in the apartment for guests to browse.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nous avons passé un excellent séjour en famille. Cet appartment est particulièrement agréable pour séjourner et nous avons beaucoup apprecié la décoration. Le bus 170 nous a menés en trés peu de temps jusqu'à Victoria et nous avons pu visiter beaucoup de choses et revenir sans se fatiguer par le bus.

Merci à Ivy Lettings aussi bien sûr pour toute l'aide et les bons conseils apportis. Nous reviendrons et nous recommanderons a des amis.
Dec 2011
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Reviews

4.9
based on 90 traveler reviews

Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington
average rating of 4.888889 based on 91 reviews
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Wonderful retro 2 bedroom apartment overlooking the River Thames

  • 4 of 5

Firstly a big thank you to Martin whose hospitality is beyond words. From meeting us at the apartment to helping carry luggage, parking the car and the lovely little touches left at the apartment for our stay. The apartment itself has a lovely light , fresh, welcoming retro feel with panoramic views of the River Thames, Chelsea and Kensington areas of London. With all the utilities and equipment you need this apartment makes it a home from home stay. Close by café's, baker's, restaurants all in walking distance if you want to stay close to the apartment. If you want to travel a distance into London use Uber taxi's (download the app) we did and it worked out cheaper than public transport for our party of 4. Great apartment, great location and a wonderful owner. We will not hesitate to stay again when next in London and highly recommend this property for either a long or short break. Thank you for your hospitality Martin. Kindest regards Andrew, Sam, Paul and Cesca.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent location and friendly, helpful host.

  • 5 of 5

The flat was so close to transport and shops and it had a gorgeous view, especially at night, of the Thames. The beds were comfortable and the amenities were good too. The shower is a bit temperamental and can go from blazing hot to freezing cold in a second but otherwise, we had absolutely no complaints. Martin was very helpful and responsive. A pleasure to deal with. Rating is 4.5 stars, rounded up.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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A GEM

  • 5 of 5

We were two retired couples from Canada finishing a long - 14 Day - bus tour of the UK - Britain. Wales, Ireland Scotland and back to England. It was truly a blessing to walk into ' London Calling '. We were met by Martin, as he had kindly allowed us to arrive early - and so he was completing last minute touches. A charming man who showed us around the flat and ensured we were comfortable with everything and leaving us with some helpful directions on bus line routes, stops and local attractions.

The welcome basket with bread, eggs coffee and that necessity - a relaxing bottle of wine was much appreciated to start our first adventure in a rental rather than a sterile hotel room. Over the 3 days that we stayed - it was so comfortable that it was sometimes hard to get motivated and get moving to see the sites of London. The bus stop was just outside and it was an easy trip to Victoria Station and the tube to all the destinations in London.

Would highly recommend this property as it is outfitted with comfortable beds, bathroom kitchen and sitting area. Expansive windows let in a breeze and give a great view of the Thames. It is conveniently located in Battersea - easy access to bus lines, walks along the Thames, grocery stores, cafes, bakeries and pubs all within 10 minutes walk.

A very relaxing and enjoyable stay - GOOD JOB Martin.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic flat for 1st time in London

  • 5 of 5

The flat is exactly as advertised as well as ease of access to transportation from LHR or other points in London. There's little I can add to what others have already said.

I will say we've used vrbo for many years and places and I can easily say that Martin was the most gracious, organized and helpful owner we've encountered. His graciousness made our first trip to the UK so easy. If you're thinking about a trip to the UK and are nervous about vrbo, don't be. Stay at Martin's and you'll be happy you did.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Apartment & Great Location

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is in a fantastic location, clean, modern and spacious.

The owner was very helpful and left us a great welcome hamper.

Would definitely recommend to anyone :-)

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nice stay

  • 5 of 5

Place was very nice and spacious with a great view. Directions to the place were complete and straightforward. Very nice touch to have fresh flowers, eggs, bread, coffee and milk and wine for our stay. Easy bus ride to attractions.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Heathrow
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Barrio
Nearest Ferry
78 Miles
Dover
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Clapham Junction
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
M4
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Gordon Ramsay's London House, Battersea Square
Nearest Beach
51 Miles
Brighton
Car: not necessary

Battersea is a waterside gem 5 minutes over the Thames from Chelsea; 10 from King's Road's trendy restaurants and cinemas.

London Zone 2 convenience - Victoria and Kensington are a 14 minute bus ride away, Clapham Junction, offering rail access to south and west England, just around the corner.

Remember the chimneys on the flying pig Pink Floyd cover? - that's Battersea Power Station. Next to it is Battersea Park, the birthplace of modern football, one of London's biggest parks, complete with zoo.

Urban but villagey Battersea Square is a leafy hang-out for coffee-lovers, with a Brazilian bar, Lebanese restaurant, Italian deli/restaurant and modern Indian eatery, as well as London House, gobby TV chef Gordon Ramsay's latest restaurant.

Good eating and drinking: Gordon Ramsay's London House for fine dining; the Butcher and Grill for hearty Great British breakfasts; Brady's for traditional fish and chips; Gazette for a reliable French brasserie experience, whether it's just a coffee and madeleine you want or full-on chateaubriand; for Ritzy cakes and other chocolatey seductions, Eric Lanlard's Cake Boy boutique; for modern pub food in a traditional British pub, the Prince Albert; for smart food and cocktails by the dockside, Source; for sunsets across the water and Bollywood glitz, Banyan on the Thames; for Argentinian steaks and chummichurri sauce, the Bariloche; for an astonishingly large choice of craft beers (which can be sampled in small glasses), the Draft House; for steak nights and beer, the Woodman; for former Mon Plaisir chef Franck Raymond's dishes of the Evian region of France, Augustine Kitchen; for live gypsy jazz most nights of the week, the Hot Club de Battersea at the Quecumbar; for cod Italian food and decor, the company of the late night fashion crowd and the occasional partying royal prince, the Bunga Bunga bar; for free expression, the Doodle Bar, where you can pose with students from the nearby Royal College of Art students (and draw on the walls if you feel like it - it's encouraged). These are just some of the local restaurants; walk five minutes across the bridge and the rest of London begins, starting with the mile long fashion and food parade that is the Chelsea King's Road.

Architecture: new boys Norman Foster and Richard Rogers big it up right here on the Thames Path by lovely old St Mary's Church.

Barclays cycle hire is on the doorstep. Instant bicycles for curious travellers.

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Rates & Availability

Putney & Wandsworth Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
May 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
1 night minimum stay
$263
$1,641
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$236
$1,510
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $131

Short lets are only available when adjoining other lets.

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Amenities

England Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 8
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 636 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Large stand-up shower in bath with good pressure.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • The two bedrooms, one red and one teal, are almost identical and have views west over St Mary's church and the upstream course of the Thames to Wandsworth Bridge. They are both equipped radio/alarms, hair-dryers and have built-in wardrobes with hanging space. The curtains in each are a 50s style and cover the entire end wall. For parties of five I can supply an inflatable single bed to go in one of the bedrooms. I can supply a baby cot, mattress and basic bedding if needed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Binoculars
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • tennis
Notes:
The kitchen table folds out to a rectangle that seats six. The kitchen is equipped with a 15-bar Lavazza espresso machine.

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