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James and Charlene

Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

West End Studio London Covent Garden from £95.00 per night

57 Reviews
Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Soho Studio Rental Photos and Description

Studio, Double bed ,bathroom, sleeps 2-3

A charming, spacious studio flat in a beautiful Victorian mansion block in the heart of London's West End.

Our flat is literally within walking distance of so many attractions.Our guests will find restaurants ,shopping,cafes, theatres,galleries...and of course books all within a few minutes walk.

This is the perfect location for those wishing to be right in the Heart of London, wishing to explore the entire West End.Its location is excellent for transport allowing direct links to other London landmarks.The flat is in a higly convient location for those coming via Eurostar, Heathrow,Gatwick or nearby Train Stations.

...fully equipped with all mod cons to allow our guests the choice to stay in and watch a film and prepare your own meals or to just relax and read a book.

The flat is very cozy and warm in the winter months and cool during the summer. There is double glazing.

The sleeping arrangement is a Large Double Size bed(sleeps 2) and a comfortable high quality aero-bed..which is very comfortable!The air bed is suitable for an adult. We provide plenty of linens and towels.

The Flat: The flat is situated on the fourth floor of a period 1890's Victorian mansion block. The building is very secure allowing our guests an excellent location in the centre of London.

Our spacious studio flat has everything one should need to make their stay comfortable. The bed is a large double(sleeps 2)and a very comfortable air bed for those travelling with a child or suitable for another adult.

The kitchen is fully equipped from a coffee maker(French Press) to that ever necessary corkscrew! A full set of dinner plates,pot and pans are provided to make dining in a pleasure not a chore. However, with so many good affordable cafes and restaurants on the doorstep many of our guests choose to eat out.A microwave is also provided.

There is a washing machine/dryer.We also provide a steam iron and board.

The flat has lovely high ceilings giving a feeling of space.

It has excellent heating for those cold winter months and is cool during the summer.

There is a built in wardrobe and plenty of space to put suitcases out of sight.

There is a very fast Wi Fi connection for those wishing to keep up to date with their emails .A wide choice of TV channels are available.

A full length mirror/hairdryer is provided for those preparing for an evening out.

The Area: I work at the start of Charing Cross Road(other end) so I know this street very well.Our guests will have so many choices as to where to eat ,where to shop and what to see. The choice really is amazing! The flat is is a five minute walk into Covent Garden so perfect for those attending the numerous shows on offer in London.The original half price ticket booth which offers last minute daily deal on West End Shows is a 5 minute walk away. The best deals go on sale at 11am. The same is true for most opera and ballet productions. If you pop into either Box Office at the English National Opera or the Royal Opera House, they often have returned tickets avail for a better price.This is not always the case for very popular productions though.It's worth a trying.

I really can't say anything bad about this area as I know it so well.

There will probably be no need to take taxis as one can walk to most places from here!

Top Tips: During your stay...take a trip to the top floor of Centre Point...next door to Shaldon Mansions.Order a glass of wine and enjoy one of the best views over Central London.

A visit to the Pollocks Toy Museum in nearby Fitzrovia will be sure to delight all ages and the chance to pick up a trinket for those back home.

The nearby London Transport Museum in Covent Garden is a great day out

A visit to nearby Cecil Court PLEASE...I love this street.It's a perfect example of a Victorian shopping alley...just lovely to look at.The other Victorian covered arcade is the more upmarket Burlington Arcade...also worth a visit after seeing an exhibition at the RA.

We also provide a card allowing free entry into the Royal Academy for up to four people.

Our fave restaurants in the area are hands down...J Skeekey just off of St Martins Lane...and YMing in Soho!!! The area is seeing alot of development with new shops and restaurants opening what seems on a weekly basis. The area behind Shaldon Mansions used to be an old government building which has been replaced by an ultra modern development with shops and restaurants. The new branch of Jamie Oliver Union Jacks restaurant is a worth a visit. You'll also find a steak place,weekend British Food Market,Byron Hamburgers,Zilli etc.There are plans for more independent places to open up as well.The development is free of traffic so that's quite nice. There's a sweet little cafe that is open very late...I found this out when checking in a guest after midnight! They serve excellent food,coffee and fresh juices.The name is Apricot...and the decore does seem somewhat orange in shade,but it's a great place with really good snacks! Fancy dining where Oscar Wilde did...then may I suggest luch or dinner at Kettners. The cocktails are divine. The French House is nearby Soho was a second home to many artists and writers. You can sit where Francis Bacon did. The place is packed during the evenings,so it's always best to go at 3pmish.On nearby Greek St one will find the most delightful French Pattisserie ,Maison Bertaux.The cute liitle tables outside make the perfect place to have coffee or a pot of tea. The choice of freshly baked delights(made on the premises)is sweet heaven!

The flat will suit those wishing to visit for London on a short break or even one month.Please ask about our rates for longer stays.

PLEASE NOTE-WE DO OUR BEST TO KEEP OUR CALENDAR UP TO DATE.WE ALSO HAVE OTHER FLATS THAT COULD BE AVAILABLE.PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
James and Charlene (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About James and Charlene

I was born in Canada but have spend the last 20 (plus!) years living in London.I work part time in an Arts Library and co own one of London's independent record shops.I've owned the shop for 16 years.I live in Covent Garden and love the West End!

James and Charlene purchased this studio in 2004

Why James and Charlene chose Westminster & West End

I bought this property as I've always wanted one on Charing Cross Road.

What makes this studio unique

The location is wonderful and our guests enjoy the period charm of the building.It's always nice to take the cute little lift to the fourth floor. The outlook from the flat over the rooftops of the West End is divine. The location is amazing. You really are in the center of it all.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear James and Charlene-Thank you-had a lovely stay and all was very comfortable.
Dec 2015
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West End Studio London Covent Garden from £95.00 per night
average rating of 4.017544 based on 65 reviews
4

Great location at a great price...

  • 4 of 5

This is an amazing location. Close to Leicester Square, Soho, Parlaiment and all the major attractions. It is small yet very functional. The lift is quite claustrophobic but that may just be me. I would definitely stay here again. The owners are extremely friendly, helpful and flexible. A joy to do business with.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I'm s pleased you enjoyed your time in London and found the flat to be good value. I hope you come back and stay there again on your next visit to London Best Wishes Charlene and James
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It's an experience!

  • 3 of 5

I'll start with the positives. The flat was spotlessly clean. The kitchen was tiny, but it does have stovetop, microwave, refrigerator and washer/dryer combo. The location is extremely convenient, with the tube station literally less than a minute's walk away, an easy walk to the British Museum, National Gallery, and you are in the middle of the theatre district. (Check out what's playing and get tickets ahead of time!) Bus stops are right on the curb out front. So many restaurants nearby - I recommend Lemoncello Ristorante for Italian. The Ape and Bird was pricey, but the food was delicious, and we really enjoyed Salsa! for food with a South American/Mexican flare. And, also, it looked like Salsa! had a great dance floor and salsa lessons, which would be fun. James was very nice and had lots of suggestions about things to do.

Now, there are a few drawbacks. This is on the six floor (American) and there are 80-some steps. The lift never gave us any trouble, but it is tiny. There is no air conditioning in the flat, and not much air movement. It was around 90 degrees F while we were there. The flat faces west, and the sun shining in during the afternoon hours turned it into an oven, even with the with heavy curtains drawn. Not much air movement made for a stuffy, hot room. The noise level was really disturbing. The only time it quieted down was between about 2:00 am and 4:00 am. It might be quieter during the winter with the windows closed, but with the heat that wasn't an option. The water pressure is not very vigorous. For young people who want to be in the middle of the action, during the cooler months when you can keep the windows closed, this might be a great location. Bring ear plugs or your white noise machine. It's not fancy, but it is convenient, clean and safe.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great Location. Great Value.

  • 4 of 5

This studio is in an ideal location; easy to walk to everything in London's West End. The apartment is well furnished and everything works. For the price you pay, it's a very good value.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay and found the flat to be good value. Best Wishes Charlene
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Great neighborhood

  • 3 of 5

My husband, son and I enjoyed the location that Shaldon Mansions offered. However, once it was time to sleep that was another story. Yes, it's loud (even being on the sixth floor) and although the windows are double-glazed they offered little in terms of noise insulation. We could have overlooked that if it were possible to get a decent night's sleep in that bed.

The bed is quite small for two adults but worse than that it is incredibly uncomfortable. A memory foam mattress topper (or any fluffy mattress topper) would help solve this problem but we were so uncomfortable we quickly booked a hotel for the last night, in the hopes to get SOME decent sleep before a long flight home.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. I'm pleased to hear you thought the location of the flat was very good. I noticed that after you left the double glazing frames weren't 100 percent shut so this could have accounted for more noise than usual.The mattress is very new and purchased from John Lewis. I tend to choose a medium firm one as this is what I have at home.I personally find memory form toppers to be far too soft but I understand some people may prefer to have one. It's a good UK size but I do appreciate that the bed sizes are more generous in North America.I do hope you enjoyed London and wish you well for future travels. Best Wishes Charlene
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Very well situated and nice flat

  • 4 of 5

My mom stayed in the flat for 5 nights.

Although she was worried about noise, she told me that traffic is not a problem and that she slept well without any earplugs.

She didn't use the kitchen, but it is complete and compact, with oven, washer, etc....

Good for one person, would work for two as well.

Thank James for being quick in his replies and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We're pleased your mother enjoyed her stay in the West End and the flat. We hope to welcome her back on her next visit to see you. Best Wishes James and Charlene
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A convenient location, but not for the faint of heart

  • 3 of 5

Firstly, let me say that James and Charleen are great hosts. They were easy to communicate with and responded promptly when I had an issue opening the windows during an unusually warm spell in London. I will say, however, that the room's actual appearance is misrepresented based on the photos posted on VRBO. While it was certainly functional, it was not kept up as one would expect based on the posted photos. Also, be aware that the flat is on the (British) 5th floor (US 6th floor) and a resident mentioned to me that I was "lucky that the elevator is working, because it has been out of order for about three weeks." While the flat is well located to various tube lines, it is next to a major construction project and located in a very "boisterous" neighborhood, so be aware that partying, broken bottles, etc. will add to your stay until the wee hours of the morning. During an early morning outing I was hassled by homeless and drunk people on the street. It's a functional place to stay for party/nightlife people.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed yourself despite some issues with the area and flat. The flat is located right in the centre of London and with all major cities one is bound to find some form of noise and at times anti-social behaviour.I do understand that the buzz of being so central may not suit everybody but it's always fantastic to be able to walk to Covent Garden in 3 minutes or Soho in one! I would be far more concerned about safety issues and this is a very safe area compared to other parts of London.The photos represent the actual layout of the flat although I agree that a lick of paint here and there wouldn't go a miss.I've owned the flat for 12 years and the lift has only broken down 4 times and the usual time it takes to get fixed is 24 hours.I was calling up about it on a daily basis (as it was out of order for 10 days not three weeks)I'm so pleased this didn't happen during your stay. I would always inform guests if there are any issues at all that may impact on their visit.James and myself really try very hard to ensure we offer a clean and great value flat in central London. Best Wishes Charlene and James
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Car: not necessary

Located on Charing Cross Road, next to both Soho and Covent Garden. The nearest underground station is Tottenham Court Road, a 2 minute walk away.

Our spacious, bright ,south facing studio is walking distance to the many tourist attractions of Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, theatres, Covent Garden, the National Portrait Gallery, Chinatown, shopping on Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street.

The flat is opposite Foyles Books ,which is a must visit. You'll still find numerous bookshops on Charing Cross Road.84 CHX still exists/no longer a bookshop though

A vast choice of restaurants are in this area and Charing Cross Road has numerous coffee shops...The British Museum is a 5 minute walk and a further 10 minutes will get you into the heart of Bloomsbury or Fitzrovia.

For music lovers London's 'Tin Pan Alley' is on the next street. Denmark St is a treasure trove for those wishing to buy anything from a guitar pick to a violin

This is one of the best locations to stay in Central London.

WALK TO:

Covent Garden & Leicester Sq: 5 min

Oxford street: 4 min

Russel Sq & British Museum: 5-10 min

Trafalgar Square: 5 min

Buckingham Palace: 20 min

Soho: 3 min

TUBE STATIONS:

Leicester Square (4 min) - Piccadilly Line - Blue , Northern Line - Black

BUS ROUTES:

Route 14: Charring Cross, Trafalgar sq, Piccadilly, Green Park station Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, Harrod's, Fulham

Route 19 : Angel, Piccadilly, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, Chelsea

Route 38 : Angel, Holborn, Piccadilly, Buckingham, Victoria Station

Picnic in a London Park....Our flat is within walking distance from some lovely public parks and gardens. The best one being St James which is about a 10 minute walk away from the flat. However, there are numerous Garden Squares in Bloomsbury that are lovely to relax in on a Summer or Spring day. There's a great hidden garden oasis just behind Shaldon Mansions. St Giles public garden is beautiful all year round and very quiet.This is a lovely place to relax in.

The nearby shopping on Oxford St and Charing Cross Road will be a real treat for people who love to shop until they drop. From high end shops to the two very large budget Primarks,one will find something to take back home with them. After a morning strolling aroud the West End a special treat of a full English Afternnoon Tea will sure to become a special memory of your time in London. Yes, it can be somewhat expensive but it should be something that should be tried if you have the time and budget. The Ritz is by far the best in London.The Savoy, The Dorchester,Browns, and Clariddge's are all expensive but worth it.The National Portrait Gallery,The Wallace Collection and the Langham are more affordable and equally as good. Fortnum and Mason on nearby Picacadilly is also worth it. Their food hall is amazing/and even if you don't have time for the full Afternoon Tea you could buy some tea to take back with you. The tin cans ar simply stunning in design.A great gift for those back home.You will find that a few of the hotels near the British Museum also offer Afternoon Tea/but the ones listed above are far better.One exception is Bea's of Bloomsbury which is well worth a visit.

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Rates & Availability

Soho Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Christamas
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$156
$1,040
 
 
Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$156
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$123
From
$123
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$845
$3,431
 

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Cleaning fee $52

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Amenities

Soho Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 4
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Floorboards
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • good water pressure/constant hot water/sash full length window/good natural light,sink,heated towel rail
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , One large double bed and a full height airbed.
  • double bed/duvet/four pillows/all very good quality
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • ice skating
Notes:
All inclusive price. There are no additional charges. WI FI and the cleaning fee is included.

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