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The dates I had advertised for February did become booked. But there are slots still open, with special rates on offer until the end of April. The regular rate is £695/week, but for these dates I am happy to offer the special rate of £630/wk, or £135/nt for 3-night minimum length of stay or £125/nt for 4-6 nights. This is a lovely time of year to visit London - the air is fresh and crisp, the sky is blue, and the sun shines brightly. The views across the rooftops from the flat down to the Thames are spectacular!
I have just returned from the flat where I go a few times a year to be sure everything is OK. This time, I put in an entirely new heat and hot water system, which is absolutely wonderful. You will be toasty warm in the flat all winter, and the hot water will never run out - a real treat!
Live like a Londoner in a stylish and comfortable flat at the top of a Victorian mansion block in a real London neighbourhood. From every window you can see the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, Canary Wharf, and the Houses of Parliament. Run downstairs for a paper, and breakfast over The Times or Guardian as you imagine Mary Poppins sweeping past, watch Londoners rushing to work in the street below, check the skyline for weather conditions (it can rain in London on a moment's notice), lazily planning your day's excursion using the myriad of guide books and maps on hand in the flat.
And please do not neglect to think about a day-trip to Paris - the brand new St. Pancras International station, home to the longest champagne bar in Europe, is 5 short stops away from the flat. Take an early-morning train, be in Paris by mid-morning, have lunch and dinner there, and be back by nightfall. And the flat is 2 minutes from the tube when you arrive back in your neighbourhood.
The flat is like a theatre set in so many ways, and is the kind of place where you can play any dramatic role you like. A painter spent a month there recently, capturing the London skyline with her brush, a writer found his creative juices to be flowing when he put fingers to keyboard and turned out an article which has been accepted for publication. A Los Angeles film producer found it to be the perfect place in which to woo potential investors, romantics continue to love the sensuality of the flat, and families refer to it simply as 'The Mary Poppins Flat' - you will see why when you view the photos.
Guest book comments have been: 'After a week of travelling, we finally arrived here - it was such a surprise! Serene, comfortable, well appointed, and most of all, very, very thoughtfully presented & created. We loved our stay here & will remember it ....; The flat is amazing, it's very comfortable and made us feel right at home....; Everything was bright and full of light, very relaxing ....; .'
Comfortable, queen-size bedroom, top floor apartment. Ideal for a family of four, two couples, corporate travelers, visiting academics, or those working in London on a short-term basis. We can arrange to have a cab meet you at the airport for much less than a black cab will cost you. Once you arrive, you are on top of the world and can relax with a complimentary basket of nourishing snacks before setting out into one of the most exciting cities in the world!
The apartment occupies one third of the top floor of a Victorian 'mansion block' only two minutes from one of the most convenient tube lines, the Northern Line. The station is Archway in Zone Two, and is just four stops from the major hub Euston Station, and just seven stops from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus and West End theatres in the heart of London - only 12 minutes by tube. Location, location, location... featured prominently in the choice of this flat purchase.
But location was not everything. The feeling of peace and tranquility upon opening the front door is overpowering in this flat. For one thing, it is on the fifth (top) floor of an absolutely gorgeous building, and is completely quiet. Apartment has Wireless High-Speed Internet, and a wonderful sound system which works with your MP3 player, iPod, or the music on your computer.
The light wooden floors and partly open-plan style give it a London loft feel. Combine this with ultra-modern dome-shaped windows, wonderful natural light by day, beautiful lighting at night, light-coloured decor, and comfortable furniture, and you have the perfect setting for relaxation following a busy day of either work or pleasure.
The bed is American queen-size (British king-size) and oh-so-comfortable, and the sofa-bed in the living room is a generous double. There are ample closets, and a wonderful power shower, and bathtub in which to relax. Cooking in the well-equipped kitchen (including microwave) is easy, efficient, and fun.
There is a huge grocery store directly across the street, a wine store downstairs, dry cleaner across the street, and several restaurants and pubs in the area, including Dick Whittington's pub.
Legend has it that Dick Whittington, a poor country boy, came to London with his cat seeking his fortune in 1350. When he reached Highgate Hill, he lost heart and turned to go back home. Then he heard the bells of London ringing out saying 'Turn again, Dick Whittington, three times Lord Mayor of London.'
He came back to London, became a Mercer, and did indeed become London's Lord Mayor three times. Just up the street is a statue of Dick and his cat, on the grounds of the Whittington Hospital in the beautiful green space of Whittington Park.
Queen size Beds (1) Extremely comfortable, American-designed and built bed with best-quality mattress. The British bed size for this bed is king., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Comfortable bed (Not the kind with a bar in your back!), and 2 single duvets for those who do not really want to sleep with brother/sister/friend - you can wrap yourself in it and feel you are sleeping by yourself. This is the European way!...moreless
Secured Wireless Broadband High-Speed Internet Connection, Wireless Sound System for MP3 Player, IPod or to listen to music on your Computer - please bring your own laptop and MP3 Player/IPod, Fireplace (non-working), Modern Flat Screen TV, Iron, Ironing Board, Hairdryer, Washer/Dryer, Dishwasher...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
We now have Cable/Satellite on the TV, which is a total upgrade from the 5 channels we have had in the past. Now you can watch your favourite sports, fabulous British comedies, drama of all sorts, reality TV, and the best of news channels....moreless
You can see for miles across the London sky, including the Dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, Canary Wharf, and the BT Tower, for starters. ...moreless
The English dry their clothes in the 'airing cupboard' or on the 'drying rack'. This is because English combination washer/dryers do not work well, often taking 4 hours to complete a cycle. Therefore, we prefer the airing cupboard....moreless
Lovely, original fireplace, but unable to have fires in building. Beautiful ambiance, though....moreless
Parking Off Street:
There are a number of free parking spaces on the side streets near the flat....moreless
You are welcome to use this phone, and local calls are free. Calls to the US and Canada are only 2 pence per minute, and I am happy to pay for these....moreless
I purchased a brand new washer, an excellent German make, in January 2009. It is such a joy!...moreless
The internet is the fastest available in London, which means it is fast....moreless
Lovely Bosch dishwasher, ideal for the flat....moreless
I want my guests to know I have purchased a brand new fridge, an excellent quality German make. I did this in July 2009....moreless
There is a Cleaning Fee of an extra £85, and a refundable security deposit of£125.
We accept PayPal which includes Visa, or you can do a wire transfer. Many banks now offer international online transfers - very convenient. Special rates for return visitors, and for stays longer than 2 weeks. Check-in 3pm, check-out 10am.
The cost is £695 GBP per week, and £135GBP for each night over 7 and under 14.
If it is fewer than 7 nights you would like to have, it is 150 GBP per night for 4-6 nights, and 165 GBP per night for 3 nights.
January to April rates are £650/wk, £150/nt for 3-night minimum length of stay, £140/nt for 4-6 nights
1/4 of rent + £125 security deposit due when booking, remainder 3 wks before visit
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Professional theatre in the West End cannot be surpassed, the Opera at Covent Garden is fantastic, and Premier League professional Football (American and Canadian soccer) games are held throughout London on a regular basis. All this is so easy to access from the flat.
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: I am a Canadian academic who loves London - my area is eighteenth-century British history. I bought the flat so that I could live there and research during one of my sabbaticals. It has been a little bit of heaven now and then for my family and me to be able to stay there. However, more often than not, we cannot be there, and it is a pleasure to be able to communicate with so many wonderful people to help them set up their visits, and to share my Mary Poppins flat with others.
Why the Owner Chose Other London Properties: This was the perfect flat for me - it is only 4 stops from King's Cross/British Library, is only 1 1/2 minutes from the tube station, is in a real London neighbourhood with an art college beside it, and when the real estate agent opened the door to the flat for the first time, I stared in wonder at the incredible views - never had I seen such a sight. And to this day, when I turn the key in the door and open it, I smile at the beauty of the flat and am in awe of the view. The flat has a wonderfully peaceful, serene feel, and is in an aesthetically pleasing Victorian mansion block.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment: I love lifting my head slightly off the pillow in the morning to check out the colour of the sky, and the glow of the sun on the rooftops or the pounding of the rain on the windows. I love dressing quickly and running downstairs to purchase a London Times at the newsstand below, I love running back upstairs to make my coffee, sipping it at the kitchen table while I watch the Londoners below moving briskly toward the tube as they head into work. I love finishing breakfast and loading the half-size, but excellent quality dishwasher. I love joining the throng of Londoners on the tube as I make my way to the theatre, museums, libraries and archives. I love the sights and sounds of the city as experienced in the flat; I love the restaurants on the same block as the flat – 2 of them (Mediterranean and Italian) brand new and always busy, and all the amenities in the neighbourhood. I also love living next door to one of the campuses of London's noted art college - Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts. They moved there only a year ago, and contribute so much to the vibrant neighbourhood. I also love the new street market just across the street on Saturdays, where food and antique vendors come from all across England. Pick up your fresh cheese, artisan breads, pastries, locally-grown vegetables, and the like. Yes, this is a great neighbourhood in which to live.