|Minimum Stay||1 - 2 nights|
. Great connections to central London (the subway is a 2 minute walk and takes under 20 minutes to reach downtown)
. 3 bedroom apartment (2 large bedrooms and 1 small double)
. Set up to cater for a small or large group
. An additional single bed can be arranged if you have 7 in your group
. A baby cot & highchair can be provided if you have a little one - please ask
About the apartment:
The split level apartment (walk up) is situated in a low rise building in a quiet residential street
Bedrooms - comfortable beds, built in wardrobes and shelves in each room with space to put your suitcases (so you can really feel like you've settled in), bedside tables with lighting and lovely soft linens are provided to make sure you get a good night sleep
Kitchen - fully equipped with everything you need to make dinner for your group
Balcony - off the living room, a rare opportunity to get some outside space in a very crowded city
The local area:
Immediate vicinity - a few minutes away from the apartment you'll discover take away restaurants offering many different cuisines (including the English tradition of fish & chips). Small grocery stores are plentiful and larger convenience stores are 5 minutes away
Canary Wharf - the skyscrapers of London's finance hub are visible from the front door of the apartment, and it's conveniently located minutes away. Here you'll find hundreds of bars, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, banks, post office and grocery stores.
Stratford City Shopping Centre (one of the largest shopping centres in the northern hemisphere) - offers an abundance of shops, restaurants, grocery stores, bars
Olympic Park Stratford - the apartment is well located for guests who are participating in competitions at the various sporting events held at the centre
ExCel Centre - conveniently close if you're attending (or exhibiting) at one of the many conferences, seminars or trade shows which takes place there
Public transport - Devons Road is the closest subway. The apartment is well connected by buses, and there is a hire by the hour cycle docking station at the end of the steet
When you make an enquiry through the website about your dates, I'll send you lots more information so you can get a really good feel for the apartment, and once you've booked the apartment I send full directions on how to reach it from wherever you're travelling.
I recycle wherever possible, am a keen conservationist (after all, I grew up in Australia with almost daily water restrictions) and a clean-freak! I also suffer from dust allergies, so make sure the apartment is always presented in a way I'd want it if I was staying there.
You'll also notice a distinct lack of toxic chemicals - with all the products available on the market today I don't see the need to use smelly, harmful products more than is absolutely necessary.
Rachel 2 purchased this apartment in 2002
At the time I bought the apartment, Bow (the neighbourhood in which it's located) was not well known, despite it being so well situated between the city centre and Canary Wharf (the financial heart of London). However I was sure it was just a matter of time before the rest of London realized what I already knew - what an undiscovered gem it is!
Now, more than a decade later, the face of Bow has really changed. Its popularity has risen exponentially, and the streets are now a lovely mix of old converted warehouses and factories and new luxury apartments - all of which creates a really vibrant, colourful area.
The apartment is also only a 2 minute walk to the closest subway station - a definite bonus.
The London ExCel Centre is easily accessible, making the apartment a popular choice for guests attending conferences and trade shows there.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (the Olympic Stadium where the London 2012 Olympics took place) is a few minutes away by bus or metro, and is still one of the primary sporting arenas for main sporting events held in London.
The apartment is a duplex (split level) property, and the fact that the living areas are below, and the sleeping areas above, gives everyone a bit more space to live. So the TV can be on downstairs whilst others are upstairs sleeping.
The fact that the apartment was built sometime around the 1960's means the room sizes aren't as small as they are in most new build London apartments. The added bonus of a balcony giving some outside space, albeit small, is a rare commodity in the city.
Walk just a couple of minutes away from the apartment and you'll find the canalways that connect up much of London - it's a very enjoyable day out and a great way to see a different side of London!
The flat was really nice, looked exactly like the pictures. Very well equipped and quiet (only one negative point: shower temperature complicated to adjust).
Both the tube and DLR stations were easily accessible, and most touristic places in London were only half an hour away from the flat.
Rachel was very nice and helpful.
We are really satisfied, and recommend this flat to anyone who wishes to spend a nice weekend in London!
First of all, I have to say Rachel was great to work with. We followed her advise and used Cityways with key service from LHR to the apartment which was much better than trying to figure out the tube to stop and get the key, then get back on the tube to find the apartment, all while hauling luggage along with way.
We had two families (2 couples and 2 adult children) for a total of 6 people staying in this little apartment. The apartment was just as pictured - it was clean, comfortable, and had a decent kitchen with most everything you might need. It was a very easy walk to the Devon Road tube station and a bit further out were the Bow Road and Bromley-by-Bow stations. It really was just a 15-20 minute tube ride to get into downtown London. There were a couple of small, neighborhood markets within easy walking distance. The closest tavern, the Widow's Son, was also a short stroll away and the people there were quite friendly.
The apartment is a bit outside of the touristy areas. The apartment building and the neighborhood look a little rough, but again, the apartment itself was nice enough, and everyone we met and spoke with in the neighborhood were certainly helpful and friendly.
Before we figured out the tube station, we'd stop and ask for directions to catch the tube to Bromley-by-Bow. Most people would give us a quizzical stare and then repeat "Bromley-by-Bow? Bromley-by-Bow? Really? And you're from America?" because it's not a neighborhood frequented by tourists visiting London. But with the easy tube ride, I would not hesitate to stay here again.
My family of Myself, my wife and two adult children stayed here for a week and had a fanastic time. We had great communication with Rachel prior to our trip. We decided to take Rachels advise and use the Cityways car service from Gatwick Airport. Cost of the trip was 85£ for three of us, the driver met us at the airport, had the apartment key and after a long flight it was nice not to have complications getting "home". The apartment was perfectly clean and ready for us. There was coffee, tea, condiments and even milk in the fridge. The Bromley-by-Bow subway is about 5 min away and took us everywhere we wanted to go in London, the Devon station, even closer, took us on the DLR to points south of the Thames. We purchased the Oyster card for Zones 1 & 2 and only had to "top up" once for a trip outside of those zones(about 5£ each). There are several large convenience stores nearby, but we used the one right at the Bromley Station the most. Try the Galvanizer Pub, friendly people, great Fish & Chips and trivia nights on Thursdays.
Sehr schoene Wohnung ueber zwei Etagen, Bad und WC neu in zwei Räumen. Drei Sclafzimmer im Obergeschoss, große Schränke für eine ganze Großfamilie. Im Wohnzimmer Flachbildfernseher. Am Wohnzimmer kleiner Balkon. Große Küche. Alles sehr sauber, sehr gut ausgestattet mit Handtüchern, Bettwäsche. Bitte nicht vom Aussenerscheinungsbild des Gebäudes und dem Abholort irritieren lassen. Liegt in Zone zwei der Untergrundbahn, man kommt schnell ueberall hin (DLR +Tube) mit Tageskarte für 8,70£. Gute Adresse für ihren London-Trip. Ideal fuer bis zu sechs Personen.
We found the apartment to be clean, well furnished. The pictures accurately represent the interior of the apartment. Note that it is on the upper level of the building, and there are 2 flights of stairs to climb. The neighborhood is ethnically diverse and seems somewhat rough. But merchants and neighbors were friendly and helpful. We did not find a variety of restaurants in the immediate area. Nearby grocery stores are limited to small convenience stores. A larger food store is a 15-20 minute walk. Huge food stores and a shopping mall are a 30 minute walk, or a short train ride in Stratford.
Transportation via trains is also relatively accessible with a light rail station about a 7-minute walk from the apartment and the underground station about 15 minutes away, walking. It would be helpful for foreign visitors to get detailed guidance in purchasing Oyster Cards, and using the rail service. Once we found the train stations, learned how to use Oyster Cards, and became acclimated to the system we were able to reach all parts of London.
The manner in which you get the key for the apartment is quite awkward. Rachel suggests arranging for transportation to the apartment from Heathrow via a mini-taxi. She suggests that the taxi take you to a taxi-company office where you get the apartment key. Then you can take a taxi on to the apartment. We followed her suggestion, but the total cost was over £100. There should be a more convenient way of getting the key. We returned to Heathrow on the tube at the end of our stay, leaving the key at the apartment. This took about the same length of time, at considerably less cost.
The matter of the key was also an inconvenience for us; we were only able to get 1 key for the apartment. Our family of 4 adults did not often do things together, usually traveling throughout the city in pairs. We had to carefully coordinate our plans so that no one was locked out of the apartment. The apartment building also has an electronically locked entrance, leaving one not only locked out of the apartment, but also locked out of the building. Rachel said that she is working on getting a second key and fob, but for us this was quite a handicap. This was our 4th visit to London, having stayed previously in Richmond, Kew, and Plumstead. Each visit has been unique. There is no reason not to stay at Rachel's, other than the matter of the key. However, London is a big city and with VRBO there are so many other options.
There were six of us staying just under a week, parents in law, two little ones and my husband and myself. The apartment was perfectly set up to accommodate all of us and the children had their own beds. Close to transport and there were supermarkets conveniently near. We had been to London years ago and although didn't know the area prior to arriving, knew Canary Wharf which is close, and were glad we chose somewhere not touristy so we could see a different side of the city.
Immaculate and well stocked with everything we needed, and a great price in a sometimes expensive city. Would stay in this apartment again.
This is historical London at its best! The East End is alive with hundreds of churches, synagogues, old ruins, converted factories, remnants of London during the blitz and also has the best of new London - modern developments, award winning architecture, buildings of all shapes and sizes, not to mention the London ExCel Centre and also the Olympic Park, both of which are very accessible to the apartment. Also the waterways (canals and locks) are a few minutes walk from the apartment, and provides a fascinating different view of London.
These waterways provide a hidden 'highway' of connections all across London and it's definitely a recommendation to explore them if you have time.
Canary Wharf (the financial heart of London) is minutes away and has hundreds of restaurants, bars and shops to keep everyone happy!
And if that's not enough shopping and restaurants for you, Stratford Shopping Centre, one of the largest shopping centres in the northern hemisphere, is also very close by.
This is a part of London most visitors don't get to see but for me it's the true city.
The apartment is also very accessible to the London ExCel Centre if you're attending one of the many conferences, seminars or trade shows there.
Likewise the Olympic Village (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park) is easily accessible from the apartment if you are taking part in one of the numerous sporting events, or are going along as a spectator.