Lovely Modern Flat with Terrace 150m from the Tower of London
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- Minimum stay:5 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
City of London apartment description
This is the ideal flat from which to explore London and all the major attractions, located near to four tube stations and on major bus routes including the Heritage 15 tourist route from the Tower of London to Trafalgar Square. The flat is 150 meters from the Tower of London with Tower Bridge only a little further away. There are always taxis to be found in the area, as the flat is opposite/adjacent to three hotels. River buses and cruises depart from the pier next to the Tower of London.
At the end of the street (Pepys Street) is All Hallows Church, the oldest church in the City of London dating back to the 7th Century. Many famous figures have made their mark here; it is where William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, was baptized here in 1664; John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the US was married here in 1797, and where Samuel Pepys watched the Fire of London from the church tower in 1666. Guided tours are free of charge although donations gladly accepted and run between April and October. They also offer guided walks throughout the City for a small charge. Well worth a visit and only 3 mins walk from the flat!
There are many pubs and restaurants within a few minutes walk of the flat, including American (Bodeans), French, British, Asian, and Indian. If you don't mind walking a bit further, along a route which hugs the Thames, the Narrows is in Wapping is worth a visit. There is also Brick Lane which is a street almost solely devoted to food from the Indian sub-continent and worth a visit in the evening for the smells, lights and sounds, even if you're not feeling hungry!
St Katherine's Docks is worth a visit. It is a small marina, which also contains cafes, shops and restaurants. It is on the far side of the Dock that you'll find Waitrose, the larger supermarket near to the flat, as well as a Starbucks if you want something more familiar.
If you cross over Tower Hill bridge and turn left, you will find some really nice (and a bit pricey) restaurants with lovely views back towards the flat across the river. From here you can walk West towards 'the Eyeball' the Mayoral building towards Tate Modern. You will usually find some interesting art being displayed along the South Bank of the river on this route. You can also walk to Sir Francis Drake's ship the Golden Hinde, and you can walk back over the Millennium Bridge to St Paul's Cathedral and back to the flat.
I recommend the Jack the Ripper Walking Tour of the East End which held at night and starts from the Tower Hill tube. You might want to read up some related history before you go to really get you in the mood to be spooked!
Also in proximity to the flat, you can explore St Paul's Cathedral and I recommend a trip to the top provided you don't mind a lot of steps, or alternatively why not try a visit to the crypt? You can also take a tour of the inside of Tower Bridge and see how the cantilever works and enjoy the views from the top of HMS belfast.
The Monument, which marks the side of the Great Fire of London has some nice views of the local area. I made the trek to the top when 6 months pregnant (just), though I think the views from the top of the Mint Hotel, which is adjacent to the flat, are better, and they also do fantastic cocktails and bar snacks if you're so inclined.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is definitely worth a visit, particularly if you visit in summer when you can attend one of the open air productions. For £5 you can stand or if you'd rather, there is plenty of seating. And of course a trip to the West End should be included in any stay to partake of one of the varied productions that are on all year round.
My favorite Friday or Saturday activity is to walk along the river beside from the Tower of London to London Bridge and across to Borough Market where you can buy lovely fresh produce from around the country, specialty cheese and wines, and even ostrich stakes should you fancy some.
Afterwards you can sit on the terrace with direct views of the Gherkin, or in one of the nearby parks, and enjoy your purchases.
This flat is ideal for a single, couple, or small family. There is a UK King size bed. In addition there is a sofa that converts to a small double bed. Bedding for both is of course supplied as well as towels etc.
I have a 5 night minimum policy as shorter stays are uneconomical for me. The only exception is if I happen to have a shorter space between bookings, and it that case I will consider shorter rental periods. Please check my VRBO calendar to see what the availability is as this is kept regularly updated.
- 520 sq. ft.
- Elevator : 2 elevators with full disabled access
- On floor 6
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
The flat is more than suitable for children however it is up to the supervising adults to ensure that they remain safe whilst enjoying their stay. The patio has a surrounding ledge approximately 5' high but some children may be able to climb this....moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- 1 with a shower over the bath
Kitchen & Dining
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- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- We provide an ipod dock/sound system, computer printer, paper and ink, DVD's and paperback for guests use, iron and ironing board and hairdryer. The porters are on duty 7.30am-7pm except Christmas and Boxing Day. There is a gym and spa in a nearby hotel that is available (for a charge of £10) to guests staying with us. Various grocery stores are located between 5-15 mins walk away. We lived in the flat for 3 years prior to moving out to the country and it has every convenience that you could wish for - although we are constantly improving with the help of our many guests. We have had over 200 satisfied guests to date!...moreless
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A telephone is provided for guests' use. It does not have any calling restrictions however guests are expected to pay for all calls over £5. I would recommend guests use a calling card service as the charge for long distance calling can be significantly reduced in this way. All calls made in the UK are charged for....moreless
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- Wireless Internet
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
- Water View:
- Monument View:
- Car Not Necessary
- Sight Seeing
- Ice Skating
- Fitness Center
- Water Skiing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- There are many points of historic interest, including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the Roman Wall and All Saints Church. As it is located in 'The City' or financial district, the area is considered very safe, even for walking around late at night. Due to the flat's proximity to four tube stations, namely Aldgate, Bank and Tower Hill stations, as well as the DLR, you can hop on and quickly be near any major attraction in central London: Buckingham Palace, Churchill's War Rooms, Whitehall, Houses of Parliament, Kensington Palace or to the east, Canary Wharf, Brick Lane, Smithfields and Spitalfield markets. It is also about a 20 min walk to St Paul's Cathedral and I definitely recommend making the walk to the top if you're up to it, as well as to the top of The Monument, a 7 min walk away from the flat which marks the site of the Great Fire of London....moreless
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This was my first time using VRBO and I was not disappointed. The flat was lovely and in a great location. There were four of us including two teenage boys and we had plenty of room. It was nice to be in a place that was larger than a hotel room. The location could not have been better. I would definitely stay here again!
- Guest Karen (New Jersey, USA)
- Date of stay 08/15/13
- Review Submitted 09/03/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, sightseeing, people with disabilities, tourists without a car, age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Flat was all as advertised ,close to all the sights by tube,minutes from tube,walking distance to Tower of London and other ares around flat. We had a great stay.having a flat compared to a hotel was a big plus. The porters at the flat were very helpful.
- Guest Dave (Peoria il.)
- Date of stay 06/19/13
- Review Submitted 07/30/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+, romantic getaway.
Excellent apartment very close to Tower of London and river. The Tower Hill tube station provides quick access to the rest of London. Apartment was clean and the neighborhood felt safe with our 2 kids. Amanda was excellent to deal with. In fact, I forgot money in this apartment upon leaving and she notified me the next day after her cleaners found it. After which she then mailed it to my home address in Canada. You can't ask for a more honest person than that! Would definitely stay here again.
- Guest Murray (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
- Date of stay 07/05/13
- Review Submitted 07/29/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Very satisfied with this property.
Very satisfied with this property.
We spent a week in this lovely apartment and would highly recommend it for visitors to central London. The location was perfect for accessing the tube and from there you can reach any area of the city and beyond. The kitchen/living room is compact but very functional and the patio(which we used every day), provides some nice outdoor space. The neighborhood is great for walking and there are lots shops and restaurants nearby. I can't imagine why anyone would stay in a hotel when you can have the convenience and comfort of this home away from home.
- Guest Firstlake (Texas)
- Date of stay 06/12/13
- Review Submitted 07/18/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Wonderful apartment! Great location!
Wonderful apartment! Great location!
My family of four stayed in this lovely apartment for five nights. The location was extremely convenient to attractions, the ferry, and the underground!!!The apartment was exactly as pictured, comfy and inviting! . Amanda was a pleasure to work with and I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a place to stay in London!
- Guest jodyr (forest hills, ny)
- Date of stay 06/25/13
- Review Submitted 07/09/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.
I rented this flat for my first trip to London because the reviews were all positive. My 8 day stay proved that all the reviews were true! It was so convenient and comfortable in every way. When I go to London again I will stay there. Thank you so much to the owner!
- Guest Susan W.
- Date of stay 04/20/13
- Review Submitted 05/08/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Nice Fully-Equipped London Flat
Nice Fully-Equipped London Flat
My partner and I stayed for 4 nights and we loved the apartment. A Swiss couple and their 1-year old daughter joined us and we all we comfortable in the apartment. It’s in a great location with rapid access to the Tower tube station and those double-decker red buses. The bed is very comfortable and the apartment is quiet at night. The view from the living room/dining room of Foster’s Gherkin building is stunning. This is a nice, fully-equipped London flat with responsive correspondence with the owner.
- Guest Eric A (San Francisco)
- Date of stay 10/24/12
- Review Submitted 03/28/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, age 55+, romantic getaway.
This was our second stay. Love the flat, as it is convenient to grocery stores and pubs and restaurants. A two minute walk to the tube. Clean and comfortable..everything we needed for a relaxing stay after busy days of shopping and sightseeing. Amanda is just an email away and extremely helpful. Pepy's is our "go to" choice when visiting London. Thumbs up!!
- Guest Wendy G. (North Rustico, Prince Edward Island, Canada)
- Date of stay 12/05/12
- Review Submitted 03/19/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, age 55+.
Perfect London Location
Perfect London Location
First let me say Amanda was wonderful to work with. Our original flight was scheduled for Oct 30 - also the day Hurricane Sandy was expected to disrupt Toronto air traffic. We moved our flight up to Oct 28 to avoid any weather issues and while booking a hotel for the extra 2 days I shot Amanda an email and she was able to accommodate us for those extra days! Huge savings! The apartment was wonderful, the location amazing and the pull out sleeper was comfortable (my sister had the bedroom - we were supposed to switch 1/2 way through the trip but never did because the pull out was comfortable!). I would highly recommend this apartment and will definitely book it again next time in London. It was a perfect place from which to explore the city especially on foot and the tube and/or city buses were 2 min away. We used the kitchen daily which kept our food costs down but never did use the laundry - kept buying new clothes as one should when one is in London!!!
- Guest Jina (Fenwick, Ontario, Canada)
- Date of stay 10/29/12
- Review Submitted 03/11/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
New Years in London
New Years in London
The flat was absolutely everything we could have asked for. It is perfectly located to explore all of of London and surrounding areas. It is well maintained, quiet, clean and well appointed! Everything you need to feel right at home. It was a pleasure to deal with the owners. Highly recommended.
- Guest Tom and Wendy (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
- Date of stay 12/29/12
- Review Submitted 01/12/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, sightseeing, people with disabilities, tourists without a car, age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
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Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: My husband works in and near the City of London and I am a lawyer based in Chancery Lane so the flat is ideally located for for us to use when the flat is not rented out and when family commitments permit! We have 3 small children which also keep us busy. As we have small children, if you need a travel cot we can provide these so you don't need to lug them with you, and of course advice on child friendly places!
Why the Owner Chose City of London:
The flat is a short walk to some very good tourist attractions such as the Tate Modern and St Pauls Cathedral, and a short walk over Tower Bridge takes you to some very nice restaurants. There is also plenty of supermarkets within walking distance and Borough and Leadenhall markets for more specialist options. We can definitely recommend The Cheese Shop in Leadenhall market if you like your speciality cheeses! We both really like the theatre and it is realatively easy to get a taxi, bus or tube back from the theatre district to the flat.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Unusually for London the flat has a large patio as well as a separate Juliet balcony and it has a peep of the Thames River from the balcony. You could not really be closer to major transport links but it has the advantage of being quiet at the weekends and evenings when the commuters go home. It is a very safe neighbourhood - one in which I have never felt threatened when coming home late from work or the theatre by myself.
Pepys St flat
Our fully stocked kitchen with everthing you need for your stay
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