There have been over 200 positive reviews for this spacious, one bedroom, ground floor, self-contained flat in an 1860's period conversion with many original features, high ceilings and all new furniture, fixtures and fittings (2012). Accommodation for up to 4 with double bed and, in the sitting room, a double size sofa-bed, both with fitted or flat sheets and duvets with a choice of down or hollow fibre pillows. Fully equipped kitchen with fridge and freezer, washer/ dryer, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, filter coffee maker, gas hob and electric fan oven, bathroom with bath and shower and hotel-style toiletries, bathroom scales, towels and facecloths and electric extractor fan. A hairdryer (Non-UK hairdryers, particularly those from the US, tend to triop the fuses!) and multi-point plug adapters are also provided. Fully furnished with central heating, satellite HDTV and DVD player. FREE WiFi and pre-loaded Pay-as-You-Go Nokia mobile phone with UK SIM card for local UK and national calls.
This apartment is not only suitable for Business people but also Romantic people (business people or otherwise!) and is Family friendly but only those with teenagers. It is not suitable for babies or toddlers.
Check-in Welcome Pack is provided including some basic foodstuffs. BUT NO BOTTLED WATER (in the interests of the environment)!Host will modify the selection if guests have any dietary issues (Vegan, nut or grain allergic), to be taken into consideration.
The apartment houses a small collection of books, (including some in French donated by a guest!), DVD's and magazines for guests' entertainment together with guides to local attractions and some further afield, tube maps and bus routes. Your host is usually on hand to help vacation planning, advice for restaurants, excursions and travel arrangements.
13B is very close to mainline trains, tube and bus routes connecting to Central and West London. Not far away is the M40 to Oxford and the Cotswolds, M4 to Heathrow, Windsor, Bath, Bristol and the West Country and the M1 to Birmingham, the Midlands and the North (20 mins) and, of course, to the famous Kensington High Street.
Westfield Mall and Shepherds Bush Green shopping and banks are a 5 minute walk away. There is a corner convenience shop (open 0800 to 2300 7 days), laundry/dry cleaning (open on Sundays and will home deliver), celebrity hairdresser and Italian (Cibo) and Lebanese restaurant (Alounak) all of 200 yards away, both with a substantial reputation.
Holland Park holds a summer opera season and Leighton House is a few minutes walk away with Kensington Palace and Gardens and the Royal Albert Hall further down Kensington High Street. The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are just a few stops away with the Brompton Oratory and Harrods a few more in Knightsbridge.
For lovers of Royal history, Kensington Palace, the new home for Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and George and Charlotte as well as Prince Harry (sometimes to be seen shopping in Whole Foods in Kensington High Street maybe, if you are lucky, with Meghan!), Buckingham Palace and the Queen's Gallery are at the end of a short bus or tube ride from Kensington High Street (Bus no 9 or 10) and not much further on is the Royal Academy in Piccadilly, and the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square (Bus route no 9). You can even do that trip on a vintage Routemaster! Westminster with the Abbey and the Houses of Parliament are accessible by tube from Kensington High Street as is the Tower of London and other historical sites further east. There are a number of bus tours around London, which you can hop on and hop off as you wish as well as guided walks to see some historic sights and sounds by day and night, some of which start in Kensington.
Summer or winter the River Thames offers a splendid way to see the London's sights. A river boat from Westminster Pier to Greenwich, the home of the National Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark and a thriving market is one of the most popular experiences. Portobello Market, a must-see on a Saturday morning, in Notting Hill is a stiff walk or an easy bus ride from the apartment, while further afield Camden and Borough Market and Petticoat Lane are both easily accessible.
Other historical sites include Hampton Court, Syon Park and Kenwood not forgetting, for lovers of plants, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the Physic Garden in Chelsea. The Geffrye Museum is a fascinating experience for those wanting an insight into London's housing and Camden's London Jewish Museum provides a historical background to the Jewish contribution to British life with many conferences and exhibitions.
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Alternatively, just ask me!
AND never forget to buy your Oyster Card for the most inexpensive way to get around by public transport unless you want to use one of Boris's Santander bikes. There are two docking station within a five minute walk from the apartment
Elsham Road is a quiet, tree-lined street (see the photos not the Google streetview which is of the Holland Road) without free parking except at certain times during the evening, at weekends and on Public Holidays. Some short term Parking permits are able to be purchased from the R B K & C offices.
It is a perfect location for anyone attending public or private sports events, business shows, fairs and art exhibitions at Olympia (400 yards) - see the Whatson at Kensington Olympia Events Calendar web page for dates. We would offer special rates for anyone with a paid for ticket to one of their events.
Cleaning and fresh linen and towels are included in the standard price but for a stay of 2 weeks there would be an extra charge for cleaning and fresh bed linen but only if requested.