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Two Elegant Bedrooms on a Tranquil Georgian Garden Square in London

Bedrooms 2
Space 862 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Christmas is available now!

We're in London's historic Gibson Square, which is an oasis of calm just off of Islington's lively Upper Street, where you'll find literally dozens of upscale bars, restaurants and shops. We're convenient to the major bus and tube lines running quickly to all the sights and tourist attractions you'll want to visit in this great city. The flat is on the Ground and Lower Ground floors of a Regency terraced town house. Travel back in time with us: all sides of the Square, and the park inside it, look just as they did when George III was busy losing the Colonies. This quiet, cozy, comfortable holiday rental flat features high ceilings in the principal rooms, cornice mouldings, and the original butler-buffed wood floors. The furnishings feature elegant Georgian mahogany, polished English silver and brass, and Colefax & Fowler fabrics. The kitchen is very well-equipped for cooking the gourmet treats to be found in the abundant local markets. Children over 12 welcome. Superfast WiFi and Sky TV featuring the Premium Sports and Movies channels.

The Bus: Several key buses stop just three minutes from the house, giving convenient scenic access to all the museums, tourist sights, markets and historic neighbourhoods you'll want to see on your vacation, cheaper and often quicker than the tube. Unlike in most cities, here the bus is your friend, with its dedicated express lanes and incredibly low cost -- just £1.50 (or less) with the Oyster Card that you'll want to get the day you arrive! (OR, if your credit card is "contactless-enabled" -- as evidenced by four curved bars on the front, looking a bit like a radar signal -- then it IS your Oyster Card and you're good to roll. You get all the same benefits, like a £6.50 cap on your daily fares after which you ride free until midnight.)

Take the splendid double-decker #4 red bus to Sadlers Wells, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Fleet Street, Oxford Street shopping, Covent Garden and the West End theatres, and finally Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames to the South Bank (National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, the London Eye), Imax, Waterloo Station, and the Old Vic. (All that in barely half an hour’s ride!) Other buses from this neighborhood have similarly-stunning itineraries

The Tube and Rail System: It's just a 7-minute walk to the Angel Islington tube station (Northern Line, Zone 1) for quick connections throughout London – just 1 stop to the King's Cross / St Pancras transport hub for further tube connections, the Eurostar to Paris, and mainline trains to Scotland, the North of England, and Gatwick and Luton Airports. And yes, King's Cross does have a brick wall bearing the sign 'Platform 9 3/4".

It's a 10-minute walk to the Highbury & Islington tube station (Victoria Line) connecting to the Stansted (Airport) Express, and looping through Central London to Victoria Station with connections to all lines. Arsenal's Emirates football stadium is at Highbury, as are National Rail's overground North London and Northern City Lines. Canary Wharf, the Financial District and the 2012 Olympics heritage sites are quickly accessed from here as well.

Heathrow Airport, by the way, is best accessed by the 15-minute Heathrow Express train, which you get from Paddington Station, less than 20 minutes away by Uber or taxi.

Your Holiday Rental Flat in London: Contact us now to book your London vacation! We're convenient to all the tourist sights, and you can enjoy fine dining, theatres, museums and shopping, while living in a stylish, cozy, classic period flat. Enjoy your London city break out on the town, or take a night off at the BBQ in our pretty garden then hunker down for some uniquely English delights on Sky TV. Check out our great reviews, and for a map highlighting our favourite shops, restaurants, markets and scenic neighbourhood walks, just click on the link to our personal website. Find out why so many celebs live right here in Islington!

More Details

Gary Gunas
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Gary Gunas

Now retired, my partner and I now live our life-long dream of having four sweet homes and living in whichever strikes our fancy at a given time. Since the stock market crash of 2008, to cover the bills, all the properties are rented on HomeAway whenever we're not in them. Managing the rentals has turned into quite a pleasant, though very time consuming, new profession for us, wherein we meet (or at least correspond with) the loveliest people from all over the planet. We've had more than 600 guests in the past ten years, and not a single bad experience. Phew! And we have great local staff for each property, so each home is always up to our own high standards for comfort, cleanliness and beauty.

Before retiring in 2005, I spent more than 30 years working on Broadway and in London's West End -- first managing, then producing, big musicals (mostly) plus dozens of plays and concerts. I was part of the original productions of GODSPELL, DREAMGIRLS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and many dozens more, and producer of the Broadway musicals The Who's TOMMY and JEKYLL & HYDE, to name a few. Broadway concerts I managed include Bette Midler, Michael Crawford, Frank Sinatra and even a very elderly Josephine Baker (a New Year's Eve concert, at the Palace, of course), whose chateau is just down the road from our house in France.

My partner Bill Rosenfield was for many years what Time Magazine wrote of him: "RCA Victor's Man About Broadway". He produced more than 65 Original Cast Recordings -- just pick one up at home if you have one -- if it's from the 1990's or 2000's, his name is probably on it: CHICAGO, TOMMY, RAGTIME, CABARET, and on and on. Billy's now retired from that and actively engaged in his one true passion: writing plays. This new career is just budding, but already showing great progress. Until recently, he did most of his writing in a cute little shed at the bottom of the garden behind this flat. But now he has an office across town and the shed is all yours!

Gary Gunas purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Gary Gunas chose Islington

We love the Regency (late Georgian, pre-Victorian) architecture that is so prevalent in this part of town -- simple terraced houses with strict symmetry and Palladio's cube-and-a-half proportions which somehow create a great sense of calm, order and sophistication. Our house, on a perfectly-preserved square containing nothing but its original (c 1810) homes, features large windows and big open sky -- plus that pristine little park right across the square, with something in bloom every month of the year. And we greatly appreciate that very 'London' phenomenon, which is that all we hear is birdsong here in the Square, notwithstanding the fact that we're just a 90-second walk to the very busy Upper Street, which abounds with the kind of life and energy that only a world capital can offer.

What makes this apartment unique

Immerse yourself in real life here -- our neighbourhood isn't the least bit touristy, just a breath of energized fresh air among real Londoners. Google 'Islington' and just see what good stuff comes up!

This flat is our primary home, but we travel some 8 to 12 weeks per year now, so it's always got an opening for you. Sometimes we even coordinate our travel to suit our guests' timeframes. Thanks to a large walk-in "vault" under the sidewalk out front, we can remove every bit of our personal stuff in two hours, leaving all the cupboards, closets and bureaus dead empty for your own stuff. We rent HomeAway homes ourselves, and just hate it when the owners' clothes and desk clutter is lying around. NOT so in our flat, we assure you!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Islington in St. Mary's

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 862 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Italian marble counter, fluffy towels, ample storage behind the mirrors, and -- the secret to a happy marriage -- two sinks. There's no tub, but there's a proper tiled shower with a fixed head and excellent water pressure (which can be pretty hard to find in this town). There's a full laundry room behind the bathroom, with an American-style separate drier, and so -- unlike many London flats -- this one won't have you draping damp clothes all over the house all week! How sophisticated is that?!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Super Comfort, Fine Linens
    Guest Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Super Comfort, Fine Linens
  • Both bedrooms are compact, quiet and private. The stylish Master Bedroom (8' x 13.5') faces east so it's very sunny in the morning. (It has a blackout shade for jet-laggers.) Two large closets with over 10' of hanging rods and 5 feet of shelving, plus a 4-drawer chest of drawers. Two large under-bed drawers, too. Lovely designer fabrics, cozy classic English ambiance. The charming Guest Bedroom (8.5' x 12') has several running feet of deep open bookshelves rather than a bureau. Its closet is in the hall just outside the room, with 5' of rod. Both sophisticated bedrooms feature period oil paintings, antiques, luxury wool carpet, designer fabrics, dimmable lighting and fine linens. Tranquil, elegant nights guaranteed! NOTE: The Victoria Line tube runs deep below Gibson Square. Some days you can hear its low rumble way down below in the bedrock. We find it to be a charming 'white noise', and think you will too. The trains shut down overnight, of course.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 4 garden chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • roller blading
  • tennis
Featuring a sophisticated Denon stereo/home cinema audio system, a flat-screen 14:9 Hi-Def LG TV, a CD/DVD player and an iPod port ready to go. Lots of good movies and TV-show boxed sets, plus Sky+ (TIVO-style) satellite recordable TV with the extra Movies and Sports options. The computer provided is a Dell PC, with a Brother Printer-Scanner-Copier-FAX. WiFi broadband. American voltage converter and plug adapters. It's all hidden in a cupboard by the fireplace. Lots of gourmet cookbooks here, and plenty of novels and guidebooks to read. All downlights, and the sconces and the chandelier, are dimmable to create a calm, elegant setting when you want it. The garden and window boxes are all automatically irrigated, and there's a gas BBQ on the cool Yorkstone terrace outside the kitchen. DISCLAIMERS: As with all houses of this type and period, the rooms aren't huge. Also, a slightly pinched internal staircase makes the house unsuitable for anyone who's seriously troubled by stairs.


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Two Elegant Bedrooms on a Tranquil Georgian Garden Square in London
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Welcoming home that was convenient to everything.

  • 5 of 5

Islington is a new area of London for us. We were accompanied by another couple our age who had never visited there. We were able to walk and use the Tube at Angel as well as cabs and Uber. We explored Regent Canal and at least five area restaurants recommended by the owners. We also made many excursions into Central London and took two longer trips to Stonehenge, Bath, Canterbury, Leeds Castle and Dover. We relaxed in the lovely garden out back when we needed to recharge.

The home has convenient laundry facilities and a well equipped kitchen. It also has wifi and computer access and many other amenities. We were so busy we never turned the TV on once, but there are two of them! The owners left detailed instructions that helped us a great deal. Whenever we had a question we just emailed and the answer came right away, a really pleasant experience for all of us.

Sleeping accommodations were great and quiet. There is plenty of closet space for clothing and more than adequate linens.

Many thanks for a unique living experience. So much nicer than hotel rooms.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely appartment at perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the lovely appartment and garden, in a tranquil street but with the foodies-heaven of Islington's Upperstreet just around the corner and only a short walk to the underground - we know where we will stay our next time in London!

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sydney, NSW, Australia

My London Home

  • 5 of 5

I returned to my London home, as I like to call it, for the second time and sincerely hope that it won't be the last.

Certainly a stay in Gary & Bill's apartment is not only about the stylish and comfortable setting.

It is a lot more than that. The prompt responses, the real care and understanding of my needs are greatly appreciated.

Admittedly I have not had many other stays in privately owned properties in London but now I prefer it to staying in a fancy hotel, especially for 2 weeks or longer.

I could not recommend this beautiful apartment any more but I am a bit 'selfish' and and would always like the opportunity to return.


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  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Reno, Nevada

Beautiful flat, extraordinary neighborhood, accommodating owner

  • 5 of 5

Flat is beautifully decorated, outfitted, and location is all we could ask for in London. We were surrounded with more outstanding restaurants than we could possibly visit over three weeks. And transportation is readily available for nearly all spots we wanted visit. This flat is outfitted with luxury amenities only available in an owner's primary residence. My wife and I could not have been more satisfied in our home, if just for a three week moment, in London.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Butte, Montana

Awesome Flat!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had one week at the Gibson Square and we loved the garden. The accommodations were perfect for the four of us. It was situated in a great spot easy access to the tube and many, many great restaurants around the area. But we were both impressed by the attention Gary gave us answering emails and always being available to help us have a smooth holiday. If ever in London again, this is our place.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coarsegold, California

Living the London Dream

  • 5 of 5

From the minute I walked into Gibson Square, I was enchanted. I love beautiful surroundings, and Gary's house was an immediate feast for the eyes: gorgeous and immaculate. Exquisite woodwork and rich colour on the walls, the old plank wood floors gleam, and everywhere you turn there's something to delight the eye. I wandered around admiring everything until exhaustion overtook me, and then sat down on a beautiful armchair that turned out to be so cosy I took a long nap in it one day after a long outing. I'd been traveling for several weeks by the time I arrived, and was thrilled to do the laundry - using a real tumble dryer! Gary's precise directions gave me clean and sweet smelling clothes again, in just a couple of hours while I drank my morning coffee. If you know England, you know how rare that is! Wonderful shower - I luxuriated every day. Can't testify to the television and electronics - I never turned them on! There are marvellous books to read, and If I could have lit the whole place by candlelight, I would have left the electric off, as well. But the lighting is so subtle and artistic, with dimmers on everything and thoughtful spotlights everywhere: the Georgian gentlemen in their frames on the walls, the gleam of silver trays, the sunlight through the leaves in the beautiful garden - it was almost the same thing. The beds were exquisitely comfortable, and the square is so quiet - especially being so close to Upper St. in Islington. Gary provides all the information you need on everything in the home and in the area. Go to Ottolenghi's for dinner and takeout - amazing food, and a great way to meet people at the long communal table. If you're a vegetarian like me, indulge at The Gate - lovely food and atmosphere. Take Gary's advice and use the buses - especially from the stop at St Mary's Church, just a short stroll away. I took buses everywhere - great way to learn neighbourhoods. In Islington, great Vietnamese and Thai food abound, as well as every kind of omnivore's delight. Take in a performance at the King's Head Theatre Pub - what a hoot! I wandered home at nearly 2 am and felt absolutely safe. After a long day out exploring, Gibson Square was always bliss to come home to. I had friends come to stay for a night, and the marvellous Maria was a godsend in getting us sorted for parking (which I hadn't even thought about). t absolutely loved it, and miss it, still. It was an incomparable experience, and I'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Kings Cross / St. Pancras (Eurostar)
Car: not necessary

Ideally situated to explore London for a great city break, Islington itself is a hip, sophisticated destination on the northern edge of Central London, politically and aspirationally resembling Manhattan's upscale Upper West Side. The renowned Almeida Theatre and Kings Head Theatre Pub are just steps away, as are all the main supermarkets, plus endless boutiques and really fine food and antique shops. Stroll or jog along Regents Canal. Easy transport links, fine restaurants, gay friendly. You can even walk to the Eurostar terminal and day trip to Paris in luxury for £59 return !!

Local celebrities include James McAvoy, Lily Allen, Dido and, formerly, Vladimir Lenin, Heath Ledger and Sir Walter Raleigh. Gibson Square alone boasts an Oscar-nominated film composer, a Booker Prize-winning author, a renowned stage director, a nationally known comic and a Member of Parliament. Former neighbour Tony Blair formed New Labour with Gordon Brown in one of the Upper Street restaurants

Other Activities: Theater, theater, theater (or theatre, theatre, theatre!). Antiques, casinos, flea markets, designer clothes, you name it. HEY, it's London !!!

Golf: No golf here in central London, of course, but many of the nation's legendary courses are within an easy day-trip from the many train hubs easily accessible from our flat.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

We have a formal Booking Agreement which you will find attached to your Invoice. Please do read it carefully, as it lays out many items of interest to you. When you click "Accept" and make your first payment, we will both be committed to the agreement described therein.

Please note that the flat is not suitable for pre-teens. Also, the entire building and front steps are absolutely no smoking. And much as we love a great dog, we just can't accept pets here.

There are no other charges whatsoever unless you decide to run up a large phone bill, or rent premium Movies or Sporting Events on our Sky Satellite TV system. If it takes Maria longer than 3 hours to clean the place after your departure, overtime will be deducted from your deposit at the rate of £15 per hour (but please note that this has NEVER yet happened!)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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