Once, Victorian gentlemen elegantly stepped from the door of Duke Street 2 - London the scene for their languid stroll. Then, perhaps after handing a lady into her carriage with irreproachable gallantry, they’d finally bend their steps back homewards to reach for the decanter of port. Inside, this home is all about tradition. Soft carpets, silk curtains and stylish antiques combine for that plush period finish, while lamp-lit artworks are glowingly sophisticated. And, being right in the heart of London, there’s no need for the horse and carriage should you be bidden to dine elsewhere.
An Englishman abroad
Your host spends most of his time working abroad, predominately in Hong Kong or Paris. Duke Street 2 serves as the perfect crash pad when he and his partner are in town, perfectly located and exquisitely styled.
Gliding up in the lift, this elegant home seems to bow upon your arrival. Soft carpets flow directly into the genteel sitting room, walled with artwork, period furniture and fetching lamps, while vases and ornaments rest on mantlepiece and varnished table tops. Fix that whisky and soda before languishing upon the plush sofa, which can double as a bed. Supper can be readied in the well-appointed kitchen, brightly tiled and modern with a coolly chequered floor.
When the day draws late, the stately bedroom is just waiting to be called into service. Twin wardrobes, a handsome chest of drawers and curtains of the softest red will ensure you’ll pass the most sophisticated slumber. The bathroom is cool in monochrome, and stocked with the fluffiest of white towels.
Playing the flâneur
Yes, a short stroll is really all that separates you from London’s finest landmarks, shops and parks. The Queen lives just up the road, and on sunny days you’ve the choice of St James’s or Green Park in which to spread that blanket. Let the bright lights draw you to Piccadilly Circus and the West End, while Victoria and Belgravia are studded with fine restaurants and boutiques. The tube can whisk you to Oxford Circus in a tiny two minutes.
A welcome back will be provided on arrival and an iphone will be available for you during the duration of your stay.
This home is a great central retreat for a cultural duo, though not suitable for guests under sixteen years old.
Your hosts' cleaner will come every Wednesday at midday for two hours to do general cleaning and tidying....moreless
1. If you book more than 7 days before your stay starts, you can cancel within 24 hours of making it, and we will refund 100% of any charge
2. If you cancel at least 2 weeks before you are due to arrive, we charge you 50% of the stay cost
3. Once you’re within two weeks of the start of your stay, we can’t refund your booking
Please note that all prices on this site are indicative and guests should contact one fine stay directly to get up-to-date rates and availability.
Our normal check-in time is 16:00 with check-out being any time before 11:00.
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The Unique Benefits at this Apartment: Booking a stay is as easy as booking a hotel room, with online payment and confirmation. You get the same attention to detail and personal service too.
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