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Georgian Elegance in the Heart of Bloomsbury

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

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.

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Judith Loft
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2017

About Judith Loft

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

Why Judith Loft chose Camden & Covent Garden

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!

What makes this apartment unique

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!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Kings Cross in London

Property Type:
  • apartment
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) Pocket spring mattresss, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(65 traveller reviews)

Georgian Elegance in the Heart of Bloomsbury
average rating of 4.9384613 based on 65 reviews

Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Close to everything, our second stay here. Super comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dixie, delighted you came again to Handel St. and enjoyed. And thanks for being OK with the impromptu Margaritas! Best Regards, Judith
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Perfect Flat. Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We've lived in Bloomsbury for a total of several years and know the area well.

The flat is perfectly located for central London and excursions to Cambridge, the countryside and elsewhere and is an ideal jumping off point for France via Eurostar. Greys Inn Road is just through St George's garden with access to buses to St Paul's and access to the Globe across the Millennium foot bridge. A short walk in the opposite direction (west) puts you on Woburn Place with bus access to the South Bank and the National Theatre. Russell Square Tube station and the British Museum are very close. Don't use the front entrance of the British Museum which can be very crowded. Go to the Montague Place entrance just opposite Russell Square.

Judith and Ed's flat is ideally located and well set up for a short or extended stay. The kitchen is modern and convenient, the internet works well and the TV is excellent. The laundry is on the landing a short flight of stairs down and is convenient with clear instructions posted.

The very convenient access to the excellent Waitrose super market makes shopping for cook in meals a cinch. And Brunswick Square has some good restaurants. We like the Hare and Tortoise even though Judith thinks it has fallen off a bit.

This is the place for two people to stay in Bloomsbury but please try not to overlap with us.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happy holiday

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been happier. The Handel Street flat proved a great location - for exploring (on foot or by tube), for grocery shopping, for quiet nights. We were happy eating in or dining out. Saw many museums and attended concerts and restaurants. In particular we recommend a few hours at the Wellcome Institute just a short walk away on Euston Road. Superbly curated exhibitions, a permanent display and the best of bookshops.

We will be back - thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments, I am so glad you enjoyed you time in London and in our flat Handel St. Regards Judith
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Quiet, bright, very comfortable, wonderfully equipped.

  • 5 of 5

We had two plus weeks here and loved the flat. It felt like home, was so easy to be in, the bed very comfortable.

So many thoughtful touches.

Plenty of info on what to do,where to go, how to operate things in the flat.

Close to so much, especially a park and an amazing Waitrose. And lots of transport

Thank you Judith, Ed and Antonia

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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.

Beth C.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Beth for your very kind and very lengthy review! We are always delighted when guests enjoy their stay in our little sweet spot on Handel St. Hoping you can return someday in the not too distant future! Best Regards Judith
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Handel Street Had Me at "Hello"

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Anne for your very kind AND comprehensive review re. our little pied a terre in Handel St! You must come again sometime soon! Best Regards Judith
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Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
London Heathrow Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
King's Cross St. Pancras station
Nearest Point of Interest
The British Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
The British Library
Nearest Point of Interest
West End Theatre District
Car: not necessary

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Kings Cross, London

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holidays
15 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holidays
15 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Standard pricing
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £58.19
Refundable Damage Deposit £232.76

One week minimum stay for 60+ day advance booking; Otherwise five night minimum.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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