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Spacious Apartment In Bloomsbury, Walking Distance To City & West End. Sleeps 5.

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

Ideal for family. Russell Square tube, bus or walk to London's best attractions

The apartment occupies the top two floors of a Georgian townhouse in Bloomsbury, a quiet, elegant corner of central London, close to Russell Square, Kings Cross-St Pancras and Chancery Lane tube stations. You are in the centre of London, close enough to walk to most of the places you'll want to visit, short bus or tube rides to other tourist must-sees, but this is a quiet, secure part of town with little night time traffic or noise. The most common phrases in our visitor's book are 'great location' and 'we'll be back'.

Built in the 1790s, this historic building boasts all the luxuries of a modern home, including a fully-equipped kitchen (washer/drier for clothes, dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer plus lots of pots, pans and utensils for cooking), satellite TV and DVD player, free wi-fi, power shower and modern bathroom.

The spacious living room is light and airy with two large sofas plus a chair that converts into a comfortable single bed. The TV has multiple satellite channels including Sky Sports & Sky Cinema and there are speakers for your MP3 player, a dvd player and a few DVDs. Our bookshelf is stuffed with books which feature London. guidebooks for London and maps for you to take with you as you explore the city. We also have a few toys for young children and games. Two large sash windows with Georgian wooden shutters look out to the historic street below.

The adjoining kitchen is light, spacious and has a dining table and six chairs. It has everything you would expect in a modern kitchen; oven, hob, large refrigerator, separate freezer, dishwasher, washing machine (with tumble drier function), microwave oven, kettle, toaster and two coffee makers. The kitchen has plenty of crockery and cutlery, cooking utensils, baking trays, saucepans, a wok, pots, pans and everything you need to make a family supper and eat in. We also have a flask and some sandwich boxes for you to make lunch and take it out with you (ideal if you are feeding a family).

A short but steep flight of stairs leads up to two bedrooms and a bathroom. The bathroom has a bath and separate shower, with plentiful hot water. The basin has a mirror over it and the heated towel rail keeps the bathroom warm and cosy.

The large master bedroom has a king-size double bed and a single bed with large wardrobe, feature mirror and Victorian chest of drawers. It can sleep three people, but is usually used for two adults.

The second bedroom has two single beds (adult sized) with Victorian chest of drawers, hanging space for clothes and mirror. Both bedrooms have 'black-out' blinds so that you are not woken by early morning sun.

A cot and highchair are available on request. Bed linen and towels included.

A hairdryer, an iron and ironing board are provided, along with an umbrella.

A good choice of restaurants are within a 5 minute walk and there is a large Waitrose supermarket 10 minutes walk away in The Brunswick Shopping Centre. A smaller Co-Op supermarket is a convenient 3 minute walk.

This is an ideal holiday home for a family or friends looking to explore London from a central base.

John Street is a six minute walk from Russell Square tube station (subway) or Chancery Lane tube station. We are a 15 minute walk to Kings Cross-St Pancras stations (tube and Eurostar trains to France). We will send you full directions when you book. Just let us know which airport or train station you arrive at.

Getting Here - Air: It is an easy journey from London Heathrow Airport to John St, as the local tube (subway or underground) station runs directly to the airport. From there it's a 6 minute walk to the apartment. From other London airports (Gatwick, Stansted, Luton or City airports), you can take the train into the centre of London and make a short tube or taxi journey to the apartment. We will send you full directions when you book.

Getting Here - Rail: John St is a fifteen minute walk from the mainline stations, Kings Cross and St Pancras International where the Eurostar service from Paris, Lille and Brussels now departs. Euston Station is a few minutes further away. It is a short bus ride from London Bridge and Waterloo stations. Paddington is a tube ride away.

No hidden extras: Price quoted includes VAT (sales tax), bed linen, towels and cleaning. There are no hidden extras to pay to the property owner.

UPDATE: January 2016 - we have updated our wi-fi connection and we now have faster wifi (35mbps) in the living room, kitchen and also upstairs in the bedrooms.

ALLERGY SUFFERERS: we have blinds (no curtains), wooden floors in the bedrooms (the only carpet is in the hallway) and can supply feather-free bedding on request.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE COMING? - we have six sleeping places but as we only have one bathroom we do not let the apartment to six people. If you are a party of five, please state if you would prefer to have three people sharing the largest bedroom (in one double and one single bed) OR one person sleeping in the living room. We will only make up beds for the number of people you tell us are staying.

If you have any questions about the apartment, the local area or London generally, please get in touch by email or phone.

More Details

Melissa Mackey
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Melissa Mackey

This apartment is owned by Electric Marketing, a database marketing company set up in 1991 by Melissa Mackey. Electric Marketing's offices are on the ground and first floors of the building, the apartment is on the second and third floors. You will share a front door and hallway with our office team during weekdays, but no one will visit the apartment during your stay unless you come down to the ground floor and ask us for help. This means that there is always someone on site to help you if you have any problems eg light bulb needs replacing or something is broken. Equally we are aware that most people want to be allowed to enjoy their holiday in private and we won't visit unless there is a serious issue that needs to be fixed. If you have a problem at the weekend, our contact phone numbers are in a black folder of useful information in the living room.

Melissa Mackey purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Melissa Mackey chose Holborn and Covent Garden

There is no doubt that John Street in Bloomsbury is a smart part of town, close to Grays Inn and full of barristers' chambers and legal firms. As well as the lawyers, our near neighbours are the Charles Dickens Museum, noted actors and artists as well as the ITV news studios on Grays Inn Road.

John Street and adjoining Doughty Street are steeped in history as these houses have stood for 250 years.

It is a safe and secure part of London, walking distance to the West End and to the City of London, close to shops and restaurants and yet quiet at night so that you can sleep easily.

If you are coming to London for reasons other than pleasure, John Street is walking distance from Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College Hospital, British Library, London School of Economics and University College London.

What makes this apartment unique

You are in the centre of London, close enough to walk to most of the places you'll want to visit, short bus or tube rides to other tourist must-sees, but this is a quiet, secure part of town with little night time traffic or noise. The most common phrases in our visitor's book are 'great location' and 'we'll be back'.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our first trip to the UK. We had a great time. The flat was beautiful. Great location!”
Nov 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Holborn and Covent Garden in London Borough of Camden

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Modern bathroom with bath, shower in separate glass enclosure, toilet and hand basin. Under-floor heating and heated towel rail to keep you warm and cosy.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Baby Cot (Crib) available
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Large main bedroom with king size double bed, single bed (3 feet wide), bedside tables with reading lamps, Victorian chest of drawers, wardrobe, standalone mirror and hairdryer. Two windows with view to tree-lined Georgian street below. Second bedroom with two single beds (3½ feet wide), bedside lamps, mirror and Victorian chest of drawers. Speakers for use with mp3 players. View over London rooftops towards the West End and Telecom Tower.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
This apartment is on the second and third floor of a 200-year old house. If you have difficulty with stairs, it really isn't suitable as there are two flights to the entrance and a further flight to the bedrooms. Please try not to bring a car, the parking in London is awful. Public transport is excellent with underground (tube) stations Russell Square and Chancery Lane both 7 mins walk away. Buses are 3 mins walk away and of course, famous London black taxicabs are always available. You can walk to Covent Garden, St Pauls and many of the major sites, shops and entertainment in the West End. There is no outside space with this property, but for children, at the end of the street there is Coram's Fields, a delightful park with swings, slides, sand pit, farm animals and astroturf football pitches. For adults, Russell Square is a pleasant green space with a café, fountains and wildlife to provide a respite from life in Europe's largest city.


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Spacious Apartment In Bloomsbury, Walking Distance To City & West End. Sleeps 5.
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Bloomsbury apartment

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent 6 days at this apartment and found it excellent. It was great having a kitchen given prices in London and the supermarket is quite close. The beds were really confortable and it was a quiet retreat at the end of the day. We had our 3 children with us and found the apartment much roomier than I expected. The owners were helpful and let us stay until 2.00pm on the day we were leaving. Just be warned that there quite a lot of steps!


  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2008
  • Date of Stay: October 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, comfortable and great location

  • 5 of 5

My family of five stayed here for a week during December. Melissa was delightful and a very helpful host. The apartment was quiet, clean, warm and spacious and a short walk to Russell Square station. We loved our stay at Bloomsbury, for our young family, it felt very homely and Melissa was extremely accommodating with arrival and departure times. The kitchen/laundry facilities were greatly appreciated - we ate out some nights but when required I was able to cook a family meal with all the utensils and facilities in the kitchen. The beds were super comfortable and linen provided was lovely, clean and warm.

Bloomsbury is a fantastic London base, which we all enjoyed very much. It really made our London stay super easy and memorable. We will definitely look up Bloomsbury again on our next family visit to London.

Just a little word of warning, there are a number of stairs which could be difficult for those with mobility issues. However we didn't have an issue with the children (and or us).

We wouldn't hesitate in recommending Bloomsbury to any family - it is a really spacious, comfortable and well located apartment.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Place was great

  • 5 of 5

Kitchen has everything you would need. Apartment was clean, spacious and in a central location. Melissa was terrific to work with. We would love to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well located and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

A great base from which to get around London. Melissa was very helpful with both the booking and tips getting around.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Roomy flat in Bloomsbury

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five enjoyed a very good stay at this Bloomsbury flat. Close to the British Museum, the Russell Square tube station, a large Sainsburys, and bus lines to both the City and S Kensington, this clean flat offered a comfy bed for each of my kids, high ceilings, and good value.

We had an issue with a small appliance which the management resolved within twenty-four hours.


  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Seemless Process

  • 5 of 5

Loved how big the apartment was, plenty of room for us to dine/relax together and then retire to private spaces at night. Location is good and an easy walk to 2 tube stations and within walking distance of many attractions. The overall booking/checkin/checkout process was smooth with no problems. The kitchen is well stocked for cooking and having a washer is a plus! Beds/pillows were comfortable. The apartment is on the top floor, so there are a number of stairs which would be a problem for those with limited mobility. We did buy a portable fan (which we left behind) to circulate the air as a few nights got warm, but overall we were very pleased and would stay here again if we were to return.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
The Duke, Roger St - 'quirky little gastropub'
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
St Pancras International (Eurostar) & Kings Cross
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Lady Ottoline Pub & Dining Rooms, Northington St
Car: not necessary

John St is in the historic area of Bloomsbury in Central London. You're in the heart of London but away from the crowds. Nearest tube stations are Russell Square (6 min walk) and Chancery Lane (7 mins), but you'll often find it as quick to walk to many of the main attractions. The British Museum is a 10 min walk and Charles Dickens' House (he wrote Oliver Twist here), is 1 minute away. London's West End with its fabulous shopping (Oxford St, Regent St, Carnaby St), theatres, art galleries and landmarks (Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben) is close by. Covent Garden (street theatre, opera house and shopping piazza) is an easy walk (25 mins). Heading East, you can stroll around the City of London, Europe's financial centre with its famous buildings (St Paul's Cathedral, the Gherkin, medieval Tower of London, Tower Bridge). John St is close to Great Ormond Street Hospital, National Neurological & Neurosurgery Hospital, University College London, Kings College, London School of Economics, the British Library & Law Courts.

Other Activities: sight-seeing, shopping, theatre, world class museums, art galleries, tourist attractions, historic places of interest, kids play park Coram's Fields


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

If you stay for two weeks or more, the price includes a weekly cleaner and a change of bed and bath linen.
You can check-in at 2pm on the first day of your stay. If you plan to arrive earlier, please let us know and if we can have the apartment ready earlier for you then we will. Check-out time is 10am on the final day of your stay. Please let us know before you arrive, if you wish to leave later.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.