|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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.
My family of 5 had a perfectly fine stay at this apartment. It was quite cramped for 5 bodies but the owner communicated that to me beforehand so I wasn't surprised. It was clean and had everything we needed. The owner was so nice to provide a little food that we used for breakfasts and gave us lots of good instructions about where to eat and catching the bus. Do know that this apartment is well out of the London city center but easily accessible by bus. After staying here I realize being this far out with 5 people is not very cost effective so I wouldn't do it again but not because of the apartment itself. I was a bit disappointed by the view outside the window as there was a very large building that wasn't the nicest to look at and a large tennis court where I thought the river would be. The apartment has a few hoops to jump through before you enter in but we felt very safe. Heard the neighbors baby crying a couple different nights but all in all it was a good stay. Thank you Martin for being so kind.
I spent a great deal of time researching a suitable apartment in London. My criteria was that it had to have great views ideally of the Thames, with large windows, spacious, nicely furnished, well located for transport and interesting walks; and very importantly welcoming. London Calling answered all my criteria.
Our family of three thoroughly enjoyed our 5 day stay. London Calling is a gracious apartment, fifty metres from the bus, glorious views, a pleasant walk to Battersea Park, excellent restaurants. A welcoming place to return to after a long day sight seeing.
Martin is a kind and consiterate host. He takes this seriously. His apartment is presented beautifully. Considerate provisions left. Flowers, an excellent library and a dossier on the area.
We hope to return for a further week later in the year.
Nice apartment, clean, good beds. Pictures are accurate.
Excellent communication. Welcome basket was most appreciated, as we arrived late. We had a small problem in the apartment that was resolved quickly.
FYI it's not a posh address, so don't expect that the building common areas look like the lobby of the Savoy, but it's more than good enough, excellent value for the money, and reasonably central (nearby buses will take you anywhere in central London in 15-25 minutes).
Tip: there is an excellent late night Lebanese place, Mazar, around the corner on Battersea Square.
Would stay again, and would recommend.
This was our first trip to London. We came to see our youngest son who is in the military, and to see London. I really can not add much to the other reviews. The description of the flat and location is spot on "Great". Getting around was convenient and close to the flat. The 170 bus line stops right out front of the flat and you can make your connection to anywhere. Other than a scheduling error on my part, everything was perfect . To make the story short, I put Martin in a tight spot. Martin treated us like a friend and helped us through it. When things go wrong is when you can really see a person's character, and Martin is AAA+++. I hope we can stay again.
Really enjoyable stay in this stylish apartment. A lovely welcome from Martin and a welcome pack which covered breakfast in the flat- excellent!
We stayed 5 nights in cold December weather and the flat was always warm and comfortable, lots of books and dvds to look at , if you could tear your eyes away from the fantastic views out over the river to Chelsea and beyond. The block is an interesting 1960's building, easy to access with a wheelchair, and handy for buses and local shops, including a great artisanal bakery. We found it was a great base from which to visit galleries and museums, and the Kings Road shops. Martin was a terrific host, very welcoming and helpful, we didn't want to leave, and I would definitely recommend the flat to anyone wanting a real London experience.
Richard, Roz, Charlie & Marj.
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.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
Short lets are only available when adjoining other lets.
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