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Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington

Martin Plimmer

Member since: 2011
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Speaks English, French
People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Martin Plimmer

Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2015
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Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Putney & Wandsworth - London Calling

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
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Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2015

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 Putney & Wandsworth

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 49 holidaymaker reviews

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Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington
average rating of 4.897959 based on 50 reviews
Santiago
5

Best place in London with stunning view

  • 5 of 5

This was an excellent apartment in London! Even better that how it is seen in the pictures. Very well situated in Battersea, close to the river, where we went jogging every morning. And it has a stunning view! There are various buses that can connect you to everywhere in London, and is just minutes walking from cozy's cafes, restaurants and shops, in the neighborhood and in Chelsea. Every thing was perfectly clean, with fully equipped kitchen. You can find at the apartment very good books, novels and films about London. Martin was so kind to gave us a great welcome with wine, fruit and other things. We were four (couple with 2 daughters of 18 and 25) and was perfect. We will love to go back. Thanks for such a great place!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

What a treat to spend 2 weeks in this beautiful appartment! We can not say enough good things about it. The beds are incredibly comfortable; the view from the living room window across the Thames is spectacular; the hosts are gracious and welcoming. After a sleepless night aboard a plane, it was wonderful to be met by the owners, who had thoughfully brought us some essential food items; so that we did not have to venture out that day. The apartment is well equipped; and buses, grocery stores and restaurants are nearby. Although I am somewhat familiar with London, this area was new to me. What a find! - a lovely residential area away from the noise and bustle but close enough for convenience. This trip was with my sister; and I can't wait to go back with my husband. Many thanks to Martin and Katrine.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

un lugar perfecto para alojarse

  • 5 of 5

apartamento muy bien situado. A 20 minutos andando de picadilly circus. Hay muchos autobuses que te llevan a todas partes y pasan cada 5 minutos. Incluso hay dos nocturnos para los que les guste la noche londinense. Hay un par de muy buenos restaurantes a dos pasos del apartamento, supermercado, farmacia...etc. El apartamento es tal como aparece en las fotos. Muy confortable y decorado con muy buen gusto. Camas muy cómodas. Martin nos recibió y nos dio explicaciones de todo. Hay un manual sobre la mesa con explicaciones de uso de todo, mapas etc...Nos dejó preparado el desayuno, pan, leche, mermelada, mantequilla, fruta y una botella de vino blanco muy buena. La próxima vez que vuelva a londres sin duda espero que esté disponible. Una cosa, ojo con los autobuses. No se puede pagar dentro. Hay que sacar una tarjeta Oyster y recagarla. Gracias Martin por todo.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

A home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Stunning views, comfortable beds, spotless clean, perfect location and close to public transportation into central London. I've lost track of how many times I've stayed in Martin's flat. The flat is a perfect fully equipped with everything you need for a perfect stay. Martin, the owner is kind and attentive. The flat is also equipped with high speed wifi which is a plus if you'd like to watch movies in your ipad/laptop.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Fantastic property and a great location

  • 5 of 5

A really great property in great location. The views from the apartment were amazing too. Martin was really helpful and welcoming, he gave us lots of good advice. We could not have asked for better.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Schöne Wohnung mit toller Aussicht und guter Lage

  • 5 of 5

Die Wohnung befindet sich in sehr guter Lage gegenüber von Chelsea. Sie war sehr sauber und hervorragend eingerichtet. Der Vermieter war sehr zuvorkommend und hat uns zur Begrüßung Wein, etwas Obst und Zutaten für das Frühstück bereitgestellt. Die Bushaltestelle ist in wenigen Minuten zu Fuß zu erreichen. In wenigen Minuten zu Fuß kann das Fahrzeug ohne Parkgebühren mehrere Tage geparkt werden. Die Wohnung ist für 4 Personen bestens zu empfehlen und der ideale Ausgangsort London zu besichtigen.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

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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Prices & Availability

From £140 Nightly

Prices for this holiday apartment in Putney & Wandsworth, London

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Winter/Spring
5 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2015
2 night minimum stay
£280
for 2 nights
From
£140
£900
£3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£330
for 2 nights
From
£165
£1,000
£3,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Notes Short lets are only available when adjoining other lets.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Putney & Wandsworth in London

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 8
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 636 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Lift
  • 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
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Large stand-up shower in bath with good pressure.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • 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 - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • 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 theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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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