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.