Here is the perfect budget apartment, right in the centre, yet in a quiet location, offering a high standard of comfort in an attractive interior, but for an affordable price.
* Perfect if you're flying in to Heathrow - it's on the direct Tube train line from Heathrow.
* Brilliant if you want to be right in the centre - it is within easy walking distance of London's main tourist sites
* Ideal for morning arrivals - bagdrop is from 11am
* Convenient if you want plenty of shops, grocery stores, cafes and restaurants close by - The Brunswick shopping mall is just around the corner
*Also ideal for late arrivals - after midnight is not a problem
If you are looking for an interesting place to stay in the heart of London, which has character and comfort, and which is extremely well equipped, then this is for you. It offers excellent value for money for large families and groups of friends who want to be really central.
Bloomsbury is the perfect central area from which to explore London. Please do Google it. The apartment is just around the corner from the Tube station (2 minutes away). But you can easily walk to the main tourist sights -
Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and The London Eye. The British Museum is just across our little park (3 minutes away). Our apartment is particularly close to Covent Garden (for the shops and restaurants) and to Theatreland if you fancy a London show. There are very few "budget category" apartments in this very central area.
There is fast reliable internet and of course we offer free wifi.
The area oozes with history and character. It is located in one of London's historic, cobbled 'mews' streets, where the horse-drawn carriages of the wealthy Bloomsbury intellectuals would draw up. Charles Dickens lived just around the corner.
The mews still has the original cobblestones while the properties along its length are built from the mellow London brick, characteristic of the 1800's. You can easily imagine yourself living in a wealthy neighbourhood from a Dickens novel. Not surprisingly these houses and flats are now highly desirable residences, with potted plants on the cobbles outside the doors and pretty flowering window-boxes in the summer. Our apartment is on the first floor ( one floor up from the ground floor) of one of these very attractive 200-year-old buildings. Because this is a mews, there is no through-traffic, so our apartment is relatively peaceful and quiet for a residence in the very centre of London.
The apartment is our London home, but we clear it of all our things and rent it when we don't need it.
Even though this apartment is in the "budget category" the interior has been nicely furnished. We have a beautiful original oak floor throughout, with attractive beds, high quality mattresses, and lovely furnishings and bedding. Our traditional sash windows (typical of London) let in loads of light and add to the character of the apartment. Although they are not new, there are two adequate bathrooms (with showers) and again, although it's not new, there is a functional and well equipped kitchen.
Best of all, our apartment is just two minutes away (really) from the nearest Tube station - and that's on the direct Tube line from Heathrow. So if you are arriving at Heathrow you can quickly reach your accommodation without having to change trains or heave your luggage around. A real bonus!
The apartment is also very convenient for arrivals at St Pancras train station. Our local Tube station is just one stop away from St Pancras (for the Eurostar trains to/from Europe or the Thameslink trains to/from Gatwick and Luton airports), or it's a very easy walk from St Pancras to the apartment down a straight road.
The apartment has three full-size double bedrooms, and the beds have high-quality mattresses, comforters and linens so that you really feel you're staying in a good hotel. There is a double bed, a king-size bed (US=queen) and a super-king-size bed (US= kingsize). Alternatively we can arrange one of the bedrooms to have two single beds. If there are 7 or 8 guests we can offer one or two folding beds, each suitable for a child or very small adult (less than 10 stones / 140 pounds / 63 kilos). The folding beds can be available if there are six guests or fewer for a small extra charge - please enquire. The three bedrooms are very similar in size, space and attractiveness, so no one will feel they have 'pulled the short straw' !
The shower rooms each have a shower cubicle, sink, mirrored toiletries cupboard and WC. We provide clothes airers (to use with the washing machine) and we will give you plenty of soft egyptian cotton towels,
There is a spacious sitting room with coffee table, dining table big enough for 8, satellite TV, and superfast wifi which is free.
The kitchen is just off the sitting room, offering all you would need for self-catering.... a hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, toaster and kettle. We have provided lovely glassware and attractive white crockery.
The flat is well heated with gas central heating.
The character of the accommodation is really highlighted by the lovely old oak flooring throughout, which gives a warm homely feel.
The apartment is on the first floor. Please note, in the UK this means it is one level up from the ground floor. It has its own front door at street level, leading to stairs (about 12) up to the first floor, and then another door into the sitting room, making it very safe. The whole apartment is on the same level.
The other big difference between our apartment and many others are the personal touches we offer. We are not a rental company, just an English couple who adore London and enjoy introducing others to all it has to offer. We have lovingly furnished and decorated the apartment to this very high standard because we really want our guests to have a fantastic time - happy guests mean more to us than high profits. So unlike some apartments, you will not find cheap beds, cheap mattresses, hard pillows...or any of the other horrors you can find with the squeeze-every-penny-of-profit apartment rental companies. We pride ourselves on giving a very friendly, helpful and professional service. We want you to feel you made exactly the right choice!
Overall we are happy to offer you a super three-bedroom budget apartment in a fantastic location, at a very fair price, which is ideal for visitors to London who want to be able to walk to most of the tourist sights and activities. We hope it will give you plenty of fond memories of London to take home.