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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Our 2nd visit to this flat and we enjoyed it even more than the first visit. Great views of London very comfortable beds, everything you will need. Bus stops to Central London handy (170 to Victoria) Plenty of local restaurants including a Gordon Ramsey 200 metres away. Martin will look after you from booking to departure. Do it now! John & Anne Rees Auckland New Zealand.
Our family of four had a fantastic stay in Martin's beautiful flat. It's so nicely appointed and well laid out, and the amenities are very thoughtfully considered. We loved the vast array of London books & guidebooks, our boys were thrilled with the dvds on hand, and the food and wine provided by Martin at the start of our stay was just so thoughtful, and so appreciated! The flat was sparklingly clean, the beds very comfortable, the artwork and decor very cool and fun, and the views simply spectacular. Martin himself is very responsive and detail-oriented in his communications. The information book he provides about the flat itself and the attractions & restaurants in the area is immensely helpful & thorough.
We all agree that this was one of our all-time favorite family trips, and the accommodations had a lot to do with our happiness in general. We did a ton of sightseeing with our young boys, and knowing that we had such a lovely flat to come home to was a great comfort after busy busy days in the city. Thank you, Martin, for an excellent stay!
Jennifer, Erik, Alex & Luke
Four adults shared this apartment over a long weekend while on our way through London to Paris. It was a great apartment and exceeded our needs and expectations. The view across the Thames alone is worth the price of the apartment. The apartment is very comfortable. Great furnishings and great bedding. It was very easy to walk down the street and catch the bus into the main tourist areas. The Co-op grocery store is also at the end of the street and an easy walk. Martin was very helpful in securing our reservation and meeting us at the apartment. We appreciated the little extras Martin provided upon our arrival - a baguette, a bottle of wine and some eggs and jam for breakfast. If we are in London again we would definitely book this apartment once again.
London Calling is a brilliant apartment...we absolutely loved it and will stay here again when we are next in London. The pictures and description are very accurate. The flat is compact but plenty of room for our family of five, and all furniture, fittings and linen of very high quality. Kitchen is very well equipped and everything immaculately clean. Martin went out of his way to welcome us even though we were delayed several hours, had communication troubles, and he had to come out in the cold very late on good Friday, he did so with a smile and warm welcome. The delightful breakfast supplies he left for us were so appreciated, plus lovely flowers, but best of all he bought the new Paddington DVD for the children to watch, so very thoughtful. The location is brilliant...great view, coop down the road has everything you need, super bus service, and lovely river walk, everything you could hope for. Can't imagine you could find anywhere better to satay in London!! Thanks Martin.
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!
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.
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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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest|
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100.00|
|Notes||Short lets are only available when adjoining other lets.|
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