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Jonathan Willis

Member since: 2008
Speaks English

A Very Central & Beautiful Home from Home

2 Reviews
People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Camden & Covent Garden - A Beautiful Home from Home

Charming and characterful apartment in the heart of London, walkable everywhere

Charming, elegant and characterful apartment (sleeps 2, or 4 using extra-comfy sofa-bed) in a secure period building right in the centre of London, only 200 yards from Oxford Street and Soho. Only 30 yards from Charlotte Street, with its plethora of brilliant and varied restaurants, bars and pubs. Fully equipped kitchen, comfortable and light lounge, tastefully furnished throughout. Access to a quiet roof terrace for sunbathing and dining.

An inspirational writers' retreat, in this apartment has been written a best-selling culinary guide (The Flavour Thesaurus, which you’ll find in the kitchen), an award-winning music score (for the hit US TV show House Of Cards, which you’ll find in the DVD/Blu-ray collection) and two acclaimed movie scripts (Let’s Be Evil and Kung Fu Princess), so it certainly seems to attract a string of talented guests, who find the space a convenient and creative oasis of calm amid the bustle of the city.

Facilities include: speedy WiFi broadband, 50' Panasonic plasma 3D HDTV, Blu-Ray/DVD player, iPod sound system, DAB radio, Bosch washer-dryer, Bosch dishwasher, cooker and microwave, large fridge-freezer, overhead shower and bath, books and films galore, children's entertainment, baby cot, high chair, etc.

With regard to your stay, we try to think of everything: Brita water filters, because London’s water is recycled and has, apparently, passed through 8 people before it reaches you (and we don’t quite know which 8 people); feather and down duvets and pillows, because they’re the softest and the nicest (yet man-made available for allergy-sufferers); feather and down mattress toppers, to make comfy beds just … even more comfy; we do not use energy-saving lightbulbs or even LED, just warm tungsten and halogen, because it’s so much warmer and more natural; there is entertainment in the form of books and DVDs/Blu-rays scattered around, that have been thought about (England/London-focussed); ornaments and pictures create an atmosphere, so all these have been considered, to help settle, amuse, enlighten and enhance your stay; no supermarket ‘basic’ or ‘essential’ items are supplied, but just what works best (like Andrex); towels are 100% cotton and plump; bedding is 100% cotton and mostly from John Lewis (you’d be stretched to find a man-made fibre in the apartment); floors are real wood or real wood laminate; there are always rugs; there is always plentiful hot water; heating is always efficient; kitchen equipment is extensive; cutlery and crockery is elegant; and there is nothing that might aesthetically offend.

Equidistant from Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus tube stations. A 5-minute taxi ride from Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras.

The property is our pied a terre and this apartment has been recently refurbished. We also own a 3-bed apartment (sleeps 6 - top rated - see listing number 485985) and another 1-bed apartment in the same building. This apartment is located on the second floor, with lift access approached by 6 steps.

STOP PRESS: Fitzrovia hailed as "The best place to live in London" by The Sunday Times, April 2016.

The apartment is a 2-minute walk to Goodge Street tube/metro/underground station and 3 minutes to both Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus stations.

However, London is best explored on foot, providing of course that you're starting from the right location, and there is no better vantage point than this apartment. Here are the walking distances to places you might like to visit during your stay (in minutes, on foot):

Oxford Street (2)

Soho (5)

Regent Street (6)

Covent Garden (8)

British Museum (9)

Harley Street (9)

National Gallery (10)

Leicester Square (10)

Bond Street (10)

Theatre District/Shaftesbury Avenue (10)

Regents Park (10)

National Portrait Gallery (10)

Trafalgar Square (13)

British Library (16)

Madame Tussauds (17)

Hyde Park (17)

Downing Street (18)

Whitehall (18)

Big Ben (21)

Buckingham Palace (22)

Westminster Abbey (22)

London Eye (23)

London Zoo (26)

St Pauls Cathedral (29)

The Royal Albert Hall (37)

Natural History Museum (41)

Tower of London (46)

There inevitably may exist accommodation that is cheaper, yet further afield, but when you add-in taxi/bus/underground charges to and fro, such alternatives can prove a false economy.

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OUR RENTAL GUEST COMMENTS:

We had a great time at Lancaster Court from the moment David greeted us. We have stayed in London a number of times in the past, but always at soulless, cramped and usually noisy hotels. Lancaster Court is opposite in every respect. Very pleasant, well fitted out apartment, spacious, secure and quiet, yet in the heart of everything. It’s hard to believe its so close to Oxford Street. The surrounding streets have much to offer, with good restaurants, cafes, pubs, and supermarkets. We would love to return one day, and will definitely recommend it to our friends. Henry and Dianne Walker.

I write to say how much we enjoyed our stay at your lovely apartment. We visit London regularly and stay in apartments, if we are staying for more than two nights. Lancaster Court is the nicest apartment we have stayed in. Many places feel very sterile, but your apartment is so homely with such thoughtful, quirky decor, bright colours, good quality fixtures and fittings, with all rooms being bright light and airy. We were very touched to see fresh flowers in the flat and also to be given milk, kitchen roll and useful basics, like tea and coffee, in the kitchen. The personal touches make a real difference. Needless to say the location is fantastic. Mark, who met us was really friendly and helpful, as you have been, and the flat was exactly like the pictures. Judy Heron

We have had a brilliant stay. Over the years we've stayed at many apartments throughout Europe and USA and your apartment is certainly one of the very best. Everything is as described and we found it to be very comfortable and extremely well equipped. We would love to stay here again on our next visit to London and will certainly recommend to our friends. Nick Holmes

The flat was a hidden jem, in the heart of London city. It was completely affordable too, especially considering its location and the amenities that were provided. The flat itself was lovely - beautiful rooms and a brilliant kitchen that's well equipped for home cooking. The neighbours were lovely too. David, Jonathan's brother was helpful and showed us everything the flat had to offer and gave us the keys. Jonathan has been a pleasure to deal with, and I will be recommending this apartment to everyone I know who is looking to stay in London. Nelson B

We had an amazing time and the flat was beautiful. Newton Velji

We had a brilliant time in London and loved Lancaster Court. After long days of being a tourist it was great to have such a cosy, well-equipped place to return to. The area was fantastic - lots of bars and restaurants right on the doorstep and very convenient. All the fittings were good quality - lovely comfortable bed and sofa. It was good to have a couple of supermarkets close by, too. We have stayed in lots of self-catering places and this is one of the good ones. Anne Boyd

Mary and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your wonderful apartment in Fitzrovia - it had everything we had wanted and more: a wonderful position, great facilities and we loved having an early evening drink on the roof top deck. Wendy Handley

We absolutely enjoyed our stay. The apartment was comfortable, attractive and convenient for us. We especially appreciated all the little touches, such as the fresh flowers, books, CDs, DVDs etc, which made us feel very much at home. We had plenty of towels, linen and the kitchen stocked everything we needed and more! Many thanks for your contribution to our London holiday. I certainly will recommend your apartment to friends coming across from Australia. Michelle Wareham, Oz

We had a wonderful time at the apartment and think it is perfectly situated and has everything one would need. David and Suzanne Simmonds

I wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience we had at your apartment. It was clean, cozy and very thoughtful in its decor. We appreciate how professional you are and had a lovely stay in London. I will definitely love to return. Thank you so much. Milinda Zumpano, Spike TV

We really did have a lovely time at your place. The apartment was well equipped, spacious and charming. I especially enjoyed the small details in decoration: the posters, little waving Queen and Titanic memorabilia etc. The location is really handy. Your housekeeper was very nice and efficient. We will definitely return and I am also going to recommend you to my friends when they need a good quality place for reasonable price. Susanna Yla-Pynnonen

The apartment was great, thanks for everything. I have sent a link to a bunch of people, we loved the place and the location. We will definitely rent from you next time we're in London, thanks SO much. Ben Rayl

Just wanted to say we had a fabulous time in London and the apartment was immaculate and in an ideal location. I've never stayed anywhere as well kitted out, so congratulations; you have thought of everything. If we decide to return to London in the future, we will definitely be in touch. Lisa O’Neill

We had a lovely stay at Lancaster Court. It was fabulous to be so close to everything in London. Rebecca Richardson

Thanks again for a wonderful stay, the apartment and location was just perfect! The decor was beautiful Very cool! Elaine Laing

We had a fantastic stay at Lancaster Court. The location is ideal for accessing all manner of London entertainment/restaurants/museums and was so easy to get back to late at night after theatre etc. Brilliantly equipped, much more than we needed. Sheena Cornish

We loved this apartment! The location is excellent, from sightseeing to restaurants and grocery shopping for breakfasts and late-night snacks at 'home.' Jenny Seegrove

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jonathan Willis (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks English

About Jonathan Willis

The owner is a British and Hollywood film producer (www.imdb.me/jw). The property has been the home of many celebrities, including actor Sir David Jason OBE and BBC TV presenter Kirsty Wark. Best-selling books and award-winning film scores have been scribed in this very apartment.

Jonathan Willis purchased this apartment in 1999

Why Jonathan Willis chose Camden & Covent Garden

The apartment is located in the heart of 'Fitzrovia' (a neighbourhood celebrated for its excellent restaurants), which lies between Marylebone to the West and Bloomsbury to the East. This historically bohemian area was once home to such writers as Virginia Woolfe, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas and Arthur Rimbaud, and is more latterly known as a media and advertising hub. A 200-yard walk to the South will take you over Oxford Street into Soho and Mayfair. To explore London on foot, you could not be better situated. Here, the whole of the city is on your doorstep.

What makes this apartment unique

There is a lovely roof terrace with Heal's outdoor furniture, table, chairs, benches and a sun shade. It's a superb environment in which to relax, unwind, read, sunbathe or to use as a place to allow the children to play. Very few other residents in the block ever use the space.

Our intention is to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible; and memorable, too. There are cheaper apartments around, but none where you will feel more at home, surrounded by top-quality furnishings, every appliance and a thousand personal touches. This is 5-star self-catering accommodation.

Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews

A Very Central & Beautiful Home from Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
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Fantastic London flat, immaculate and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful London flat. Very clean, very comfortable, and great location. We will definitely stay here again. I would love to visit this owners other properties. Simply a fantastic experience in every way. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this apartment. The beautiful furniture and immaculate decor made this the perfect setting for our stay in London. The location was excellent too, being close to Oxford Street for all of our retail therapy needs, and near to Goodge Street for the delicious cafes and restaurants.

When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed. The apartment was well-presented and extremely clean. When we were shown around, clear instructions were given about how to make the most of the facilities. We really appreciated the thoughtful touches: the milk in the fridge, the lovely flowers, the great collection of DVDs and pocket guide to London.

The kitchen was fully-kitted-out and had a great coffee machine. The sumptuous lounge was really relaxing due to the comfortable sofa and quality television.The bedroom was elegant and perfect for a good night's sleep.

We had such an amazing time at the apartment, that it was hard to leave. We can't wait for our next stay!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
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Location

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Heathrow
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Charlotte Street, Goodge Street, Newman Street
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Dover
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Outside London
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Euston, King Cross/St Pancras
Nearest Motorway
3 Metres
Outside
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Charlotte Street, Goodge Street, Soho
Nearest Ski
1000 Miles
The Alps
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Brighton
Car: not necessary

All of London sights and attractions are on your doorstep, and walkable. You could not be more conveniently central.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Fitzrovia , Westminster and West End

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
All Seasons 2016
1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
£360
for 2 nights
From
£180
£1,260
£5,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£360
for 2 nights
From
£180
£1,260
£5,000
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Terms:

Only 33% deposit required.
Balance 8 weeks prior.
100% cancellation refund, subject to being able to re-book the same period.
Payment by Bank Transfer, Paypal or Cash.
Meet & Greet Fee £15 (key hand-over, orientation).
Cleaning/Laundry/Linen/Towels £35 per booking (or per week).
£100 security deposit, returned within 14 days.
Utilities (electric/gas/water/trash) charged at cost.

33% deposit. Balance due 8 weeks prior.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Camden & Covent Garden in London

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 510 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Lift ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Good-sized bath with overhead shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis

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