|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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London Calling is a light-filled, newly-refurbished, two double-bedroom flat in Battersea village, fitted with king-sized beds with luxury mattresses, fully equipped kitchen, high pressure shower, TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, hair-dryers, etc.
Built in the 60s, its huge sliding windows look west and north past the Grade 1 listed Georgian church St Mary's and Richard Rogers' cascading modern glass apartment block Montevetro, across the river Thames to the houseboats and historic artists' residences of Chelsea's Cheyne Walk on the far bank, and beyond them the towers and domes of the Kensington museums and West End hotels.
The flat feels very much part of the urban London experience but is high enough (8th floor, elevator-serviced) to feel cosily insulated from it as well. The clean 60s design ethic of the building is echoed in the modern parquet floor, the simple domed light fittings and crisp, uncluttered décor. Cool in summer; cosy in winter.
Chelsea and Battersea Riviera: Battersea is a superb location for the London explorer, close enough for easy access to the city's tourist attractions by bus, train or river bus, and just ten minutes by foot from the restaurants, fashion emporia and cultural hotspots of Chelsea's groovy Kings' Road area, including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Terence Conran's Bluebird Restaurant, the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea Football Ground, the 606 Jazz Club and the newly acclaimed Medlar restaurant.
Battersea is a fascinating location in its own right with nightspots like the Bunga Bunga Bar, the arty Google Bar and the Quecumbar (for live Parisian-style gypsy jazz). It has a sparkling riverside walk, a fascinating old church, where William Blake was married, and the village-like, tree-filled Battersea Square, which has has British, Italian, Lebanese and Indian restaurants, bars and al fresco dining. Gordon Ramsey will add to these with his fine dining restaurant London House, due to open here in January 2014. Other good local restaurants are Gazette, Augustine Kitchen, Source and the Draft House. Some, like Banyan, offer sunset views across the Thames. The Butcher and Grill, beside Ransome's Dock, serves a fortifying Great British breakfast.
There is a Barclays Bike docking point outside the appartment, allowing instant bicycle hire to explore the Battersea and Chelsea riverside or cycle into town.
Nearby institutions include the Battersea campus of the Royal College of Art, the Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea Square and the business headquarters of architect Norman Foster and fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Victoria Beckham.
Clapham Junction, the main rail station serving southern England (good for day trips to Brighton) is a 20 minute walk, or six minutes by bus or bike.
I am a writer and broadcaster who now seems to spend most of his time cooking and thinking of ways to improve this little flat. My current obsession is to reclaim the third window in the main room, which I know is currently behind the kitchen cupboards. It's a small window but I feel the effort and complications will be worthwhile because it will restore the architect's original intention of allowing light into the room from three directions, giving a glimpse of the towers of London to the east and even more of a sense of height and space.
I live locally so I'm usually not far away if needed.
Martin Plimmer purchased this apartment in 2010
I had been intending to buy a converted flat in a Victorian property on a terraced Victorian street, but the more of these I saw, the less keen on the idea I became. They were often cramped and creaky and sometimes crazily divided, with the sound of neighbours coming through their flimsy partition walls. They could sometimes be cosy but they they could feel suburban. When you stay in a big city you want to feel excitement. These weren't exciting. I couldn't imagine living in them myself so I wouldn't want to offer them to guests.
As soon as I saw the clean lines and sharp design of this apartment, I felt the excitement I had been looking for. Then there was the wow factor of that view across the river to the river boats and grand old houses of Chelsea. Here was a space that seemed to be open to and give access to the city, rather than cloister itself away from it. The building is a modernist concrete structure designed by the architect Colin Lucas, who also designing the acclaimed modernist house No. 66 Frognal in Hampstead. The apartments benefit from very large windows and are oriented in such a way that no two living rooms are adjacent. In fact only one small wall in each apartment is adjacent to a neighbour. This makes them very quiet. I have kept the décor minimalist and modern, to match the 60s style.
I love the area itself, which is intrinsically beautiful, being next to the ever-changing Thames river. This was one of the first industrialised districts in the world and is therefore rich in an eventful history of human struggle and commerce. Now that the heavy industry has gone the area has gentrified, and while it is close enough to the bustle of London to be constantly interesting, it is also a place of gentle walks to a pub or a park or a quiet coffee on the cobbles of Battersea Square.
Living here is fun. For one thing it's so easy to get into the city - you just hop on a bus. There's one every couple of minutes and they run all night. Once inside you are above all the bustle and yet you are still intimately in touch with London. You can see all the evidence of London't history laid out below: the old church where Turner Painted, next to the ancient right-of-way slipway, the Thames itself snaking from the west, bringing life to the capital, the riverbank opposite, where Henry VIII and Thomas Moore had palaces. I am fascinated by the history of London, particularly Battersea's part in it, and I keep a small library of London books, novels and films in the apartment for guests to browse.
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour en famille. Cet appartment est particulièrement agréable pour séjourner et nous avons beaucoup apprecié la décoration. Le bus 170 nous a menés en trés peu de temps jusqu'à Victoria et nous avons pu visiter beaucoup de choses et revenir sans se fatiguer par le bus.
Merci à Ivy Lettings aussi bien sûr pour toute l'aide et les bons conseils apportis. Nous reviendrons et nous recommanderons a des amis.
We stayed at London Calling recently for a week, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. WOW! We were sad to leave - - I still dream about the view and leisurely breakfasts and evenings looking out at the Thames! The property was meticulous and beautifully decorated, in a cool 1960's mod building. Martin was the consummate host and assisted at all stages before, during, and at the end of our stay. The apartment is very clean and quiet, and in a great non-touristy area of London. That said, we could hop on buses to get to all of the sites readily (more fun than the Tube in the long run), and to train stations for trips further afield. We were a family of four, two adults and two young children, and the two bedroom set-up worked very well -- I will say its a bit cosy with four for a week (might be more so with 4 adults), but very do-able. The kitchen is fully set-up for all of your needs, and Martin's "starter" package of bread, jam, milk, tarts, wine was wonderful after a long transatlantic flight. The beds are very comfortable (perhaps closer to a US queen as opposed to King) and the linens were wonderful. There is plenty of room for storage and Martin has thought about every detail. We did laundry while we were there (necessary with young kids), and were able to dry our clothes quickly and readily using the clothes horse (note, there is no clothes dryer). Don't hesitate to book this spot -- I would go back in a second! I give it my highest recommendation.
We were family of 4 adults that stayed at London Calling for weekend. First of all Martin was a great in every aspect of being host,very prompt response in communication, very helpful with info about area, not mentioning that due to our silliness he waited for us 2 hours at the flat to greet us the fist day,he still was very cheery and polite, helped us with luggages,gave info about apartment and area! One of us left necklace in the flat without realising, we thought we lost it, until I noticed message from Martin asking the address to post it to!Flat itself was very bright with beautiful views over the river and city. Whole place clean and tidy with all the esssencial household equipment, even basic food provided!
Beds were very comfy,fresh linen etc! Location of the place also very good, public transport 2 min walk as well as road parking place! We liked the place very much and definitely would recommend it 100%!!! What stood out for us was Martins kindness and willingness to help with whatever was needed! To all going there enjoy your stay :) I'm sure you will!
As others have commented, we loved the special attention Martin gave us when we stayed in his beautiful condo. The condo was clean and comfy, with plenty of books to give us sightseeing suggestions. We walked to "town" easily, but public transportation was right out the front door. Enough space for two couples. The river view kept us entertained. Hope to return and stay again in this lovely place.
This cosy, calm, light and nicely furnished flat provides an excellent base to explore London. Martin and Catherine gave us a warm welcome. Communication in advance and during our stay went very swiftly. Busstop and Santander bike docking station right in front of the door. Because the flat originates from the sixties it is charming but also a bit less spacious then we had expected. Note to light sleepers: the bedroom curtains are fairly sheer.
This was our third stay in this lovely apartment. The apartment is spotlessly clean inside and very well equipped, as well as having comfortable beds and a wonderful view over the Thames. The owners are very helpful, and sorted out a small problem with the heating as soon as we reported it. The welcome pack we received on arrival was much appreciated! There is a convenient bus stop at the end of the road making it easy to travel around, and there are pleasant local restaurants within walking distance. We are happy to recommend this property and hope to return ourselves.
We spent a week in London and had a great time. London Calling really is a perfect location for visiting London and the flat has all you need to enjoy your stay, ranging from an extensive range of guide books to socket adapters and board games. Upon arrival Martin greeted us and went over some details about the flat and gave some tips about the area, nearby shops and buses etc. The flat is very clean, offers a great view over the Thames and has close bus connections to all parts of the city. Battersea Church Road is about a 10/15 minute walk away from the Kings Road and there are shops and plenty of good places to eat in close proximity. Next time we’re planning to visit London this will be our first choice for a place to stay.
Battersea is a waterside gem 5 minutes over the Thames from Chelsea; 10 from King's Road's trendy restaurants and cinemas.
London Zone 2 convenience - Victoria and Kensington are a 14 minute bus ride away, Clapham Junction, offering rail access to south and west England, just around the corner.
Remember the chimneys on the flying pig Pink Floyd cover? - that's Battersea Power Station. Next to it is Battersea Park, the birthplace of modern football, one of London's biggest parks, complete with zoo.
Urban but villagey Battersea Square is a leafy hang-out for coffee-lovers, with a Brazilian bar, Lebanese restaurant, Italian deli/restaurant and modern Indian eatery, as well as London House, gobby TV chef Gordon Ramsay's latest restaurant.
Good eating and drinking: Gordon Ramsay's London House for fine dining; the Butcher and Grill for hearty Great British breakfasts; Brady's for traditional fish and chips; Gazette for a reliable French brasserie experience, whether it's just a coffee and madeleine you want or full-on chateaubriand; for Ritzy cakes and other chocolatey seductions, Eric Lanlard's Cake Boy boutique; for modern pub food in a traditional British pub, the Prince Albert; for smart food and cocktails by the dockside, Source; for sunsets across the water and Bollywood glitz, Banyan on the Thames; for Argentinian steaks and chummichurri sauce, the Bariloche; for an astonishingly large choice of craft beers (which can be sampled in small glasses), the Draft House; for steak nights and beer, the Woodman; for former Mon Plaisir chef Franck Raymond's dishes of the Evian region of France, Augustine Kitchen; for live gypsy jazz most nights of the week, the Hot Club de Battersea at the Quecumbar; for cod Italian food and decor, the company of the late night fashion crowd and the occasional partying royal prince, the Bunga Bunga bar; for free expression, the Doodle Bar, where you can pose with students from the nearby Royal College of Art students (and draw on the walls if you feel like it - it's encouraged). These are just some of the local restaurants; walk five minutes across the bridge and the rest of London begins, starting with the mile long fashion and food parade that is the Chelsea King's Road.
Architecture: new boys Norman Foster and Richard Rogers big it up right here on the Thames Path by lovely old St Mary's Church.
Barclays cycle hire is on the doorstep. Instant bicycles for curious travellers.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest|
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
Short lets are only available when adjoining other lets.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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