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5* Executive Apartment in Kensington, London with free WiFi. Sleeps 2 or 4

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

One bedroom, self contained luxury apartment perfect for couples.

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.

For further information about London, you could do worse than sign up for Laura Porter's Newsletter. There are Official London Tourist websites as well as a different one for the City of London, both of which have newsletters to which you can subscribe.

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Martin Everard
Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 August, 2018

About Martin Everard

Born in Singpore and evacuated just before the capituation to the Japanese ni 1942, I returned to Malaya after the war before three years latr returning to the UK for some education. I joined the BBC from school and now, after many years in the media, I am retired and have lived in Kensington since 1976, now with a partner for the last 24 years. I look after and manage three apartments which are private homes. I am a retired television broadcast executive, with a CV that includes being a BBC television newsreader, a British America's Cup sailor, an owner of a television channel and a volunteer reader helper with Beanstalk. I also created and run an online virtual botanical art gallery for my mother, Barbara Everard. You can find details of all the above on the web.

For my own R and R holidays, I like to cruise, preferably on smaller ships such as those with Windstar (Wind Surf, Star Pride) and Oceania (Insignia, Nautica). So far, I have traveled from Singapore to Phuket, several times in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean; South America and Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands and through the Panama Canal to Nicaragua and French Polynesia; South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique followed last year on my first river cruise on the Rhone with Scenic. But, if I were to choose my favourite place to holiday, it would be on the Cote d'Azur near Cannes. The delights of places like Biot, Mougins, LaNapoule etc never fail to disperse my stresses!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you Martin, you helped make my first trip to London truly amazing! The apartment was spotless and exactly as described. It was the little things that blew us away - Martin met with us at the apartment to hand over keys and give us a brief run down on things, the fridge already contained milk and there was tea, coffee, fresh bread and condiments...after such a long flight it was just what we needed - a cup of tea and a sandwich before unpacking and getting ready for bed. Martin's knowledge of the local buses and underground saved us time and ultimately, money. This apartment was fabulously located close to everything - bus, train, Waitrose, cafes and a giant Westfield. A combined washing machine/dryer meant we left London with clean clothes too! We'll be back – thanks again Martin. Lee, Derek, Anais and Oscar Perth - Western Australia

As reviewed on
Dec 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Kensington in London

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 12
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis


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(12 traveller reviews)

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5* Executive Apartment in Kensington, London with free WiFi. Sleeps 2 or 4
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Beautiful spacious apartment in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable and felt luxurious due to Martin’s perfect hosting and his welcome pack of food stuffs to start with (milk, bread, etc). Extremely comfortable bed and breakfast by the bay window overlooking the lovely garden was a delight every morning.

Excellent washing machine.

5 minutes walk to Shepherd’s Bush underground station and nearby Westfield mega shopping centre.

Definitely recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, What a lovely review! So pleased you enjoyed your stay here. Many thanks indeed. Martin
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

Executive Apartment in Kensington

  • 5 of 5

Our experience at this flat was great. Martin, the property manager, was excellent. He responds to emails/communications promptly and was there to greet us and provide instructions upon our arrival. Martin is also quite knowledgeable and has loads of information about London to share. The flat is very convenient to bus and tube lines. There are a couple of nice restaurants nearby (I highly recommend Cibo and Alanouk)

and within a couple of minutes walk. This arrangement was much preferred over a hotel as the flat provides plenty of living space for a visit/extended stay. The bed and pillows were comfy enough, and the kitchen contained everything we needed for our stay. Martin even made sure the fridge was stocked with a few items to get us started. The unit has a washer/dryer; although we didn't use it while we were there, it was reassuring to know it was available. Overall, we were quite pleased with this unit and its location. There were only a couple of drawbacks: The bedroom backs up to a very busy street. Bring your earplugs if you're a light sleeper. Also, I would recommend that the owners invest in cleaning the sofas or invest in sofa covers for the living room seating. There is no air conditioning in the unit (very common for London) but it was quite hot when we visited. There was a small fan in the bedroom, but I recommend purchasing another larger fan for the unit for use during those hot summer days. As I said before, though, overall we were very pleased with the flat and our wonderful host, Martin.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay in Well Appointed Flat

  • 5 of 5

The Elsham Flat is in a quiet, pretty neighborhood within easy walking distance to two tube stops; Shepard's Bush and Olympia, plus overground routes as well. It is large and clean. The kitchen is well appointed with all the necessary appliances to make your meals easy to make. The bed and pillows are comfortable and there is plenty of closet space. Our host was welcoming and gave us a thorough tour of the flat. He is also available whenever you have a question. There are restaurants nearby, but we opted to eat closer to where we were touring. We look forward to our next stay!

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Many thanks for your review. Hope to see you again soon. Martin
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Comfortable elegance in a charming neighborhood!

  • 5 of 5

Martin made our stay in his fashionable apt. location easy and accommodating from arrrival to departure...and leaving this delightful place was the hardest part of our vacation!! The location was perfect for us, close to Notting Hill and the Portabella market, as well as lovely cafe`s and little shops.

This spacious and delightfully appointed apt was so luxurious to retreat to after a busy day of hectic London sights and crowds. The kitchen was roomy and stocked with every necessity I could have some! The pantry had treats, the fridge even had some basics and beyond. We thoroughly enjoyed such a welcoming environment, snd Martin was even generous with his time, advising us on directions, a car service to the airport on our final day, and tips for finding out of the way treasures on our daily excursions.

I only wish that our trip to Lomdon had been longer, so we could enjoy this pied a terre a bit longer -- it was THAT Delightful!!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, great flat, great host!!

  • 5 of 5

We came to London for the first time, not knowing locations or what we really wanted to do. I booked this flat off of the reviews and they were not wrong. The neighborhood is quiet, note the bedroom backs to a busier street but it's not bad. It's right around the corner from the Sheppards Bush tube station as well as returaunts, shopping, and a park. We walked to Kensington gardens and palace and had a lovely day. London is a walking city so bring good shoes.

Martin is an excellent host, he spent 20 minutes going over things with us and was a life saver when I left my work phone in the bedroom. He arranged for a courier to bring it to me at the airport. He went above and beyond and I highly appreciate it.

Excellent, excellent, excellent is all I can say.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to be able to welcome you and Mark for your 'halfway' meeting point. I daren't think of the consequences of leaving the phone behind so dependent are we on them these days! Hope you each got home safely and here's to the next time. Martin
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Mar del Plata, Argentina

Feels like home away from home

  • 5 of 5

El departamento es muy acogedor, muy bien ubicado y totalmente equipado. Martin es el mejor anfitrión!!! ALTAMENTE RECOMENDABLE.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
London Heathrow
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Crown and Sceptre
Nearest Train
150 Metres
Kensington Olympia
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Car: not necessary

The apartment is a short walk to Shepherds Bush (Central Line) underground station, closer to Kensington Olympia (District Line) underground station and London Overground and 5 minutes walk to various bus routes, all making the centre of London, ie the West End less than 30 minutes away. Holland Park, Kensington Gardens and Palace are about 15 minutes away as is Notting Hill Gate for Portobello Road market.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £175

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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