|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This bright, elegant Georgian (1760's) apartment is your perfect pied-a-terre in Central London. Situated in Handel St. a quiet, tree lined side street just off Brunswick Sq. in the heart of Bloomsbury, the flat is barely five minutes walk from Russell Square tube (Piccadilly line) or the red double decker buses on Woburn Place/Southampton Row. A pleasant ten minute walk though Russell Sq Gardens and you're at the British Museum and UCL Campus or walk North to Euston Rd for the British Library and St Pancras (Eurostar). To the South (two tube stops) or 20 minutes walk, takes you to Covent Garden, Shaftesbury Ave and the West End theatres.
The whole building was completely refurbished in 2005 and this first floor flat (US second floor) is a charming place to return to after a busy day of sight seeing or shopping. Retaining the original marble fireplace and painted wooden shutters, the high ceilings and long Georgian windows give a feeling of space and light whilst modern, quality furniture ensures your comfort. All has been recently painted in cool grey with white woodwork with deep pile fitted carpet throughout.
The queen-size bed has pocket spring mattress and the sofa bed is very comfortable. The arm chairs are of cream leather, the kitchen area is fully equipped and the pull-out dining table can seat four or more if necessary. The bathroom, newly refurbished in 2013 now has a full walk in shower with 'deluge' shower head, heated marble tiled floor, heated towel rail, toilet and basin. The separate utility/laundry room on the landing has a sink, washer and dryer, iron/board and room to store luggage.
The Brunswick Centre, Bloomsburys new High St. is moments away and affords great grocery shopping at gourmet supermarket Waitrose, two Chemists, a Starbucks, plus an interesting Farmers Market on Weds and Sats serving great street food! The arty Curzon Bloomsbury Cinema has been newly rebuilt, now having six screens and couple of bars .
Travel to the flat is excellent with Heathrow barely an hour away, straight through on the Piccadilly line. Also easy to get to Euston, Marylebone and Paddington for trains. The Eurostar train to Paris/Brussels is 10 minutes walk or one tube stop. Liverpool St.(Stanstead) or Victoria (Gatwick) are a short ride away by cab, all of which give this bijou 'home away from home' the advantage of a most central location whilst enjoying a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood setting.
A recent visitor from VA says...'we LOVED the flat. The location was superb, we fell in love with Waitrose and enjoyed walking in the gardens nearby. The light was wonderful and the history of the house fascinating, we had never seen windows with shutters like that! You had thought of everything - the advantage of you the owners living here part of the time is that it is so well equipped and comfortable. We definitely want to come again.
Judith and Ed live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Judith is a Brit who lived and worked for many years in London before meeting Ed in Rome one sunny morning in June 1994! They were married in London 1995 and she moved permanently to the USA. However...her family, children and grandchildren all live in London, with eldest daughter and family in Brussels. Having their own base in central London was something they wanted to have when Ed retired and now they are able to spend about three months every year in their own lovely little pied-a-terre on Handel St.
Judith Loft purchased this apartment in 2006
We wanted a flat that was as central as we could afford, with easy access by tube and by foot to theaters, museums and with good local shopping. We stayed at the Russell Sq Hotel for a few nights to attend a family wedding and realized the area answered all these criteria. Quite by chance we found the property in nearby Handel St. It was in the process of being refurbished and the flats just coming on the market. It didn't take long to decide that we wanted to buy. The building itself is lovely, 1760's Georgian with long windows looking out onto a quiet side street. A plus is an easy walk to the British Museum, British Library, St. Pancras and yet moments from neccesary good shopping!
The flat is amazingly convenient for all the urban delights offered by being in such a central situation. The nearby Brunswick Centre re-opened recently with it's fun shops and restaurants and The British Museum is a 10 minute stroll across Russell Sq. But the extra bonus is the Eurostar Terminal at St. Pancras. In ten minutes or so you can wheel your bag up to the check in, hop on the early morning train and 2 hours later enjoy a mid morning coffee and croissant in Paris or Brussels!
I spent a very happy two weeks in this cozy, comfortable and charming flat. Lovely decor, beautiful windows, spacious and full of light. It was very difficult to leave in the morning...and it was delightful to return "home" at night. The flat is very close to two places where I spent a lot of time...the British Museum and the British Library. Bonus: the close proximity to Saint Pancras Station meant a day trip to Paris was effortless! Handel Street is a great location from which to explore the many joys of London...including my personal favourites: enjoying the theatre and strolling across Waterloo Bridge!
It was so easy to find the necessities of life (croissants, baguettes, Brie and wine) at Waitrose. I enjoyed preparing a leisurely breakfast (or an evening snack) in the well-equipped kitchen because it meant I was actually living in London...a giant step up from being a mere tourist. Staying in this lovely flat is so much quieter, healthier and more comfortable than staying in a hotel.
Judith had prepared a book full of very useful and clearly explained information. It was particularly helpful to be able to do laundry...which left more suitcase room for purchases. So I did my best for the UK economy.
A heartfelt "Thank you!" to Judith and Antonia for being so pleasant, helpful and welcoming. I truly hope that I will be able to return to my favourite city (London, of course!)...and 6 Handel Street (the perfect "home away from home") again next year.
Hoped to find Bloomsbury haven for reunion with college roommate. Handel Street apartment proved a winner. Street has no through traffic — remarkably quiet for London. Area is real neighborhood with park and small shopping mall around central courtyard. As women we felt safe walking home late at night from nearby tube station.
Apartment is both comfortable and well-maintained. Kitchen outfitted with high-end appliances. WiFi worked well. Large windows flood light into kitchen and living room; dandy shutters keep it private at night.
Everything you need to know about apartment and neighborhood are in apartment's handy manual. We appreciated referral to Trusted Driver John ("TD John," we call him.) TD John is the man for early morning airport runs when carting too much home (that would be me).
Rental process was smooth; we thank both Judith and Antonia.
I'd suggest three people as max fit. That's American sizing, probably not a fair measure considering London's standard doll-sized hotel rooms.
We stayed here for three weeks and it was perfect for our holiday. It was comfortable, clean, quiet and well equiped. A Waitrose supermarket is close by as is a tube station. Restaurants are within easy walking distance (Ciao Bella was a particular favourite). For rainy days the British Museum is 5 minutes away with frequent free tours.
The booking process was easy and communication was clear and prompt. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to our friends.
Great location for this flat. Next door to a nice shopping center. Only a 5 minute walk to Russell Square Tube and 10 mins to Kings Cross station.
Flat has a nice kitchen, updated bathroom, and ample size living room. Bedroom is quiet and bed is comfy.
Laundry facility was very convenient and easy to use.
The flat was clean and well maintained.
Great customer service from Judith and Antonia.
Would recommend to others.
Nice flat in Bloomsbury - near British Museum. Very comfortable and clean. Wifi reception excellent. Light filled and very quiet, close to shopping mall. Public transport close - everything you need for a good visit to London.
My wife and I just returned form our third stay at Handel Street. We have only positive things to say. As this is the owners' residence part of the year, it has everything you would need and the quality of the furnishings is high. The flat is sunny, clean, up-to-date, and comfortable. The street and neighborhood are quiet and pleasurable. The Waitrose supermarket is only a block away, and the efficient kitchen is great for preparing your own meals. The location is perfect for getting anywhere by foot, bus, or Underground. The owners are great to work with.
A small quiet street yet moments from excellent grocery shopping, selection of good restaurants serving international foods, delightful parks and very good local and international transport connections.
Only four tube stops to Piccadilly, barely twenty minutes walk to Convent Garden, Soho, theaters and under ten to British Museum, British Library, or St Pancras Intl. for Eurostar to Paris or Brussels.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£242|
One week minimum stay for 60+ day advance booking; Otherwise five night minimum.