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Charming Apartment minutes walk from St Paul's Cathedral!

Bedrooms 2
Space 452 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

1.5 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleep 2 - 5 persons. 2 double beds and 1 single bed.

Nicely designed third floor apartment with high ceilings, located in a beautiful former 1800's Bank Building from the Victorian era, overlooking a park and the historical Smithfield Market. The apartment has a bright living room with lots of light, a kitchen area, a double bedroom and a bathroom with shower.


The location also has the fantastic fine dining and cafe culture of Smithfield and Clerkenwell on its doorstep with traditional pubs, Michelin-starred restaurants, many cafes and great options for family or late night dining. It is a perfect location for enjoying London, with all the famous landmarks very nearby. Museum of London and the original Roman city walls are 4 minutes walk away, St. Pauls Cathedral just 600 meters. A short walk further brings you across the Millennium footbridge over the Thames to the Tate Modern Museum and attractions near London Bridge and Tower Bridge.

For transport, it is 3 minute walk to both Barbican (180 m) and Farringdon Underground Stations (3 min), very close to St Paul's station and has direct links to Luton, Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports.

Culture and Attractions: You will enjoy the many cultural attractions nearby, including Barbican Center for Theatre, Art and Dance - Europe's largest multi-arts venue and home to the London Symphony Orchestra is a 3 minute walk (300 meters); British Museum, Portrait Gallery, and many other venues within minutes. The location is ideal for quick access to the trendy Hoxton and Shoreditch areas [we live there - great area on weekends - ask us for the best new spots to go out]

Note: The lift (elevator) is working again.

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Farringdon Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 452 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Intercom System
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    Lounge - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming


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Charming Apartment minutes walk from St Paul's Cathedral!
average rating of 4.510638 based on 47 reviews

Central, bustling city location - fun and energetic

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. Apartment was in a bustling neighborhood right next to Smithfield’s meat market - yes there was a lot of action at night (I noticed on my first night with my jet lagged state. But second night with ear plugs and the double pane windows I slept just fine.). Apartment met our needs as a safe retreat and we usually had breakfast there. Everything went smoothly, getting into the place & finding it was easy. Fun pubs and restaurants right downstairs. Beds were fine. Nice bathroom and shower was awesome. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kara thanks for your note, indeed there are a ton of fun places to walk to both daytime and for the evening. We have updated our instructions for the windows; when closed far better for a restful nice :-) Hope you can visit again soon !
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Very nice apartment but there's one thing you need to know.

  • 3 of 5

This apartment was everything the owner said it was. Clean, comfortable, nicely decorated, nice bathroom and kitchen area. Close enough to most of the attractions of London that we usually walked. Owner was helpful with directions and instructions. Lots of cafes, pubs, and the tube station close by. What you probably should know though is that during weekdays workers begin making noise in the street below your window at 4 am; and on weekends the music and partying in the two pubs below your apartment goes on until 2 am.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta Canada

Great apartment

  • 4 of 5

I would recommend this apartment. In a great location close to the tube and close to St Paul's Cathedral. Also close to several really good restaurants. The beds were comfortable and clean. Any problems with the flat and Mok and Rolf are quick to solve them.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Janet, thanks for feedback, glad you enjoyed the area. More and more will be happening around here; hope you can come again soon. Best wishes //r
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Great apartment but noisy location

  • 3 of 5

The apartment is great. Met Mok the night we arrived and he was helpful and attentive. The apartment is a 5 minute walk from St. Paul's Cathedral and near a number of coffee shops, pubs, and restaurants. The challenge is that it is also right across the street from Smithfield Market which is active until the wee wee hours of the morning. And when I say active, I mean noisy...earplugs a must.

The communication with Rolf and Mom was excellent and they left a great set of instructions for accessing the apartment, etc. The 3 stars is only due to the noise Sunday - Thursday from Smithfield Market (It is closed Friday and Saturday)...the flat itself is a 5.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you liked the flat and location ! Indeed the market is busy and fun to see a few days each week; we were just in the process of getting a new window fitted for the summertime airconditioning, hence the extra sound on the market days. With that new glass in place it will be great. Hope to host you again sometime ! Rolf
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Convenient Location, Great Value!

  • 5 of 5

This flat is centrally located in London and is within walking distance of many of the major tourist attractions throughout London (we walked a loop from the flat to Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Globe Theatre and back to the flat over a day quite enjoyably).

In addition, the flat is very conveniently located close to 3 London Underground Stations (St. Pauls - 7 minutes, Farringdon - 5 minutes, Barbican - 3 minutes). I recommend during the week to use Barbican, it seemed to us a little less congested versus the others.

There are numerous restaurants, pubs and a grocery store all within less than a 5 minute walk as well. I would caution that since this area is predominantly commercial, I noticed many of the restaurants cater to a business crowd so quite a few of them were closed (or closed early) on Saturday & Sunday.

You are immediately across the street from Smithfield Market which is a massive, wholesale butcher market (which you can visit - go before 8 AM, it's really interesting). As a result, trucks are constantly loading/unloading from about 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM on the street below, but the windows are pretty well insulated and the noise isn't too bad.

Our group consisted of 2 adults and 3 teenage children, and the flat layout was perfect for our family.

Communication with the owner was exceptionally thorough, the explanation of the facilities, transportation, etc. was one of the most thorough I've ever received from a VRBO owner!

I would definitely recommend this flat for a family or small group of adults. With a lift in the apartment, it would also be very suitable for older guests as well.

In talking with other tourists I met on our travels, I concluded that this area is probably one of the most convenient in London for tourists. Not touristy, but very convenient to all of those attractions. You see a bit more of "real" London this way.

I would not hesitate to rent this flat again!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and perfect flat.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. The flat was perfect for a small family of 4. The pictures of the flat accurately represent the property.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, dutch, swedish
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Rolf

Originally from Boston, I've lived in many cities in Europe and am now in London for more than a decade. I travel non-stop and really understand what travel for work, pleasure, or romance is about.

Rolf purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Rolf chose Farringdon

Superb location ! and very traditional.


Car: not necessary

Excellent family and Michelin-starred restaurants, very old pubs, cafe's, late-night dining plus a perfect starting place to see London. Very easy access to transport with direct train to several airports, three underground stations within minutes, walking to major sights.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & linen $34.99

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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