|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
The dates I had advertised for February did become booked. But there are slots still open, with special rates on offer until the end of April. The regular rate is £695/week, but for these dates I am happy to offer the special rate of £630/wk, or £135/nt for 3-night minimum length of stay or £125/nt for 4-6 nights. This is a lovely time of year to visit London - the air is fresh and crisp, the sky is blue, and the sun shines brightly. The views across the rooftops from the flat down to the Thames are spectacular!
I have just returned from the flat where I go a few times a year to be sure everything is OK. This time, I put in an entirely new heat and hot water system, which is absolutely wonderful. You will be toasty warm in the flat all winter, and the hot water will never run out - a real treat!
Live like a Londoner in a stylish and comfortable flat at the top of a Victorian mansion block in a real London neighbourhood. From every window you can see the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, Canary Wharf, and the Houses of Parliament. Run downstairs for a paper, and breakfast over The Times or Guardian as you imagine Mary Poppins sweeping past, watch Londoners rushing to work in the street below, check the skyline for weather conditions (it can rain in London on a moment's notice), lazily planning your day's excursion using the myriad of guide books and maps on hand in the flat.
And please do not neglect to think about a day-trip to Paris - the brand new St. Pancras International station, home to the longest champagne bar in Europe, is 5 short stops away from the flat. Take an early-morning train, be in Paris by mid-morning, have lunch and dinner there, and be back by nightfall. And the flat is 2 minutes from the tube when you arrive back in your neighbourhood.
The flat is like a theatre set in so many ways, and is the kind of place where you can play any dramatic role you like. A painter spent a month there recently, capturing the London skyline with her brush, a writer found his creative juices to be flowing when he put fingers to keyboard and turned out an article which has been accepted for publication. A Los Angeles film producer found it to be the perfect place in which to woo potential investors, romantics continue to love the sensuality of the flat, and families refer to it simply as 'The Mary Poppins Flat' - you will see why when you view the photos.
Guest book comments have been: 'After a week of travelling, we finally arrived here - it was such a surprise! Serene, comfortable, well appointed, and most of all, very, very thoughtfully presented & created. We loved our stay here & will remember it ....; The flat is amazing, it's very comfortable and made us feel right at home....; Everything was bright and full of light, very relaxing ....; .'
Comfortable, queen-size bedroom, top floor apartment. Ideal for a family of four, two couples, corporate travelers, visiting academics, or those working in London on a short-term basis. We can arrange to have a cab meet you at the airport for much less than a black cab will cost you. Once you arrive, you are on top of the world and can relax with a complimentary basket of nourishing snacks before setting out into one of the most exciting cities in the world!
The apartment occupies one third of the top floor of a Victorian 'mansion block' only two minutes from one of the most convenient tube lines, the Northern Line. The station is Archway in Zone Two, and is just four stops from the major hub Euston Station, and just seven stops from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus and West End theatres in the heart of London - only 12 minutes by tube. Location, location, location... featured prominently in the choice of this flat purchase.
But location was not everything. The feeling of peace and tranquility upon opening the front door is overpowering in this flat. For one thing, it is on the fifth (top) floor of an absolutely gorgeous building, and is completely quiet. Apartment has Wireless High-Speed Internet, and a wonderful sound system which works with your MP3 player, iPod, or the music on your computer.
The light wooden floors and partly open-plan style give it a London loft feel. Combine this with ultra-modern dome-shaped windows, wonderful natural light by day, beautiful lighting at night, light-coloured decor, and comfortable furniture, and you have the perfect setting for relaxation following a busy day of either work or pleasure.
The bed is American queen-size (British king-size) and oh-so-comfortable, and the sofa-bed in the living room is a generous double. There are ample closets, and a wonderful power shower, and bathtub in which to relax. Cooking in the well-equipped kitchen (including microwave) is easy, efficient, and fun.
There is a huge grocery store directly across the street, a wine store downstairs, dry cleaner across the street, and several restaurants and pubs in the area, including Dick Whittington's pub.
Legend has it that Dick Whittington, a poor country boy, came to London with his cat seeking his fortune in 1350. When he reached Highgate Hill, he lost heart and turned to go back home. Then he heard the bells of London ringing out saying 'Turn again, Dick Whittington, three times Lord Mayor of London.'
He came back to London, became a Mercer, and did indeed become London's Lord Mayor three times. Just up the street is a statue of Dick and his cat, on the grounds of the Whittington Hospital in the beautiful green space of Whittington Park.
Keywords: Apartment, Flat, Condo
I am a Canadian academic who loves London - my area is eighteenth-century British history. I bought the flat so that I could live there and research during one of my sabbaticals. It has been a little bit of heaven now and then for my family and me to be able to stay there. However, more often than not, we cannot be there, and it is a pleasure to be able to communicate with so many wonderful people to help them set up their visits, and to share my Mary Poppins flat with others.
The Owner purchased this apartment in 2004
This was the perfect flat for me - it is only 4 stops from King's Cross/British Library, is only 1 1/2 minutes from the tube station, is in a real London neighbourhood with an art college beside it, and when the real estate agent opened the door to the flat for the first time, I stared in wonder at the incredible views - never had I seen such a sight. And to this day, when I turn the key in the door and open it, I smile at the beauty of the flat and am in awe of the view. The flat has a wonderfully peaceful, serene feel, and is in an aesthetically pleasing Victorian mansion block.
I love lifting my head slightly off the pillow in the morning to check out the colour of the sky, and the glow of the sun on the rooftops or the pounding of the rain on the windows. I love dressing quickly and running downstairs to purchase a London Times at the newsstand below, I love running back upstairs to make my coffee, sipping it at the kitchen table while I watch the Londoners below moving briskly toward the tube as they head into work. I love finishing breakfast and loading the half-size, but excellent quality dishwasher. I love joining the throng of Londoners on the tube as I make my way to the theatre, museums, libraries and archives. I love the sights and sounds of the city as experienced in the flat; I love the restaurants on the same block as the flat – 2 of them (Mediterranean and Italian) brand new and always busy, and all the amenities in the neighbourhood. I also love living next door to one of the campuses of London's noted art college - Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts. They moved there only a year ago, and contribute so much to the vibrant neighbourhood. I also love the new street market just across the street on Saturdays, where food and antique vendors come from all across England. Pick up your fresh cheese, artisan breads, pastries, locally-grown vegetables, and the like. Yes, this is a great neighbourhood in which to live.
I am the property owner, and am adding this comment just to get us started. I
have rented my properties in London and Canada through vrbo for several
years, but have never had a guest book. I am beginning to think that this is
important, though, and so, with the writer's permission, am providing the first
The following comment is from a female from Los Angeles who spent four
weeks in the flat recently.
"I had a magical time in London and did not want to leave. As I told you and
Naomi, the flat was a lovely, comforting place. I had the feeling that someone
had been very happy there. I don't see how they could not have been. I am
truly so glad I was able to stay in it."
D. H., Los Angeles
My 21 year old daughter and I spent a week in this flat, and loved every minute of it. It is very cozy and perfect for two people. The views from the big picture windows in each room are lovely. The bed and living room furniture were all very comfortable, and the deep bathtub begs to be soaked in. We cooked in the kitchen several times - it has all the cookware you need. Tube and bus stops just up the street. Plenty of grocery shops and restaurants nearby. The owner Lynn was great to work with, and took the time to give us detailed tube directions to the flat and other helpful hints. We would definitely stay here again.
We were here for a week and it was amazing..the view is to die for so beautiful. The apartment was clean, good WiFi and you can take a nice relaxing bath after sightseeing in the city. The tube is just 5 minutes away and the Northern Line brings you quickly into the city. The restaurants across the street are great to eat as I've experienced. If you come to London this is the best place to stay..those stairs are a pain but when you see the view it makes up for everything. Next time I'm in London I will stay here again.
Much credit to Lynn for all her help and quickly responses and to Cathy for receiving us with much love. You are the sweetest!
We stayed in the flat for 5 nights in November 2014. Overall it was a good stay.
- Transportation is great. It's an easy walk to the Archway Underground station on the Northern Line, which connects you to the rest of London.
- The view is really cool. You can look over the rooftops all the way to the city in the distance.
- Groceries are nearby. The Sainsbury across the street is open late and has everything you need.
- The hot water is basically unlimited since it uses an on-demand heater.
- The living room is comfortably furnished and relaxing.
- The bed is comfortable.
- The wifi internet is fast (10 mbs down, 1 mbs up) and reliable.
- The starter selection of food was a very nice touch.
- Those stairs! There are about 92 of them from the street. I definitely felt it the last few flights, and I'm in pretty good shape. If you have trouble climbing stairs, think about it. Also, the stairway has a strong smell of mildew, but fortunately that doesn't extend into the flat.
- The neighborhood is very working class, I'd say on the dodgy side. It doesn't feel dangerous exactly, but it isn't charming or anything. There are a couple of betting shops, if that tells you anything.
- The flat is quite noisy from the traffic below, even with all windows closed. Holloway seems to be a favorite street for emergency vehicles and sirens at all hours, and there's a lot usual car and truck engine noise. If that will bother you, bring earplugs.
- The windows don't have coverings - they aren't needed for privacy since you're above the nearby buildings. However, if you're sensitive to light, bring a good sleep mask.
- Some of the layout of the flat is awkward. The ceilings angle inward, so you need to bend over to go around the bed. We actually moved the bed to make it easier, but it was still a challenge to circumnavigate it. Also, the kitchen is fully equipped but quite tiny - only one person can work in there.
- If you have an extra person or couple staying on the foldout sofa-bed in the living room, be aware that they need to walk right past the open bedroom area to get to the bathroom - there's no privacy.
My wife and I discussed it, and we decided that although we might stay here again when returning to London, we would also look at other options to see what else was available for a similar cost. If you think the view is worth those stairs, and the other cons are okay, then you might really like this flat.
We had a wonderful week in London made all the better by having this clean, beautiful, and well maintained flat to come back to each night. Being only a brief walk from the nearest tube stop was very helpful. We thought it was a nice touch that there were shelves of travel books covering tourist sites and activities. (I found I didn't even need the ones I brought with me.) The wireless network in the flat was a real plus making it easy to keep in touch with others.
Before we arrived, Lynn was very professional and helpful by answering all our questions rather quickly. It was a pleasant experience every step of the way and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a place to call home during your visit to London.
We stayed one week in August in this apartment and we loved it :-).
The Apartment is very beautiful and
in a view steps is a tube station from which you can experience London.
And also nice is the contact with Lynn who was always friendly and helpful :-).
As well as the nice reception at the apartment of the cute couples.
It was a wonderful time in London and we loved it !
My daughter stayed in this flat for a week in May. She came down from Scotland on the train - her arrival time was not clear but Cathy and Lynn were helpful and patient about that and easy to stay in touch with via cellphone and email. The tube is close and getting anywhere in London is easy. It is close enough to the center that a taxi from King's Cross was not even expensive.
My daughter loved, loved, loved this flat! She loved the brightness and being able to look out of the big windows all around. The area is totally safe - Highgate Cemetery is walking distance from the flat and had been on her list of "must see's" for a long time.
She was happy to be able to eat "in" most of the time as that saved her time and money! We would 100% recommend this flat to anyone and would go back ourselves in a heartbeat!
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Jan 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£125|
There is a Cleaning Fee of an extra £85, and a refundable security deposit of£125.
We accept PayPal which includes Visa, or you can do a wire transfer. Many banks now offer international online transfers - very convenient. Special rates for return visitors, and for stays longer than 2 weeks. Check-in 3pm, check-out 10am.
The cost is £695 GBP per week, and £135GBP for each night over 7 and under 14.
If it is fewer than 7 nights you would like to have, it is 150 GBP per night for 4-6 nights, and 165 GBP per night for 3 nights.
January to April rates are £650/wk, £150/nt for 3-night minimum length of stay, £140/nt for 4-6 nights
1/4 of rent + £125 security deposit due when booking, remainder 3 wks before visit
Please Note: The owner of this property accepts payment in the original currency specified (GBP), before use of conversion tool. The conversion tool is provided for your convenience only. The owner may accept other currencies if specifically agreed in advance.