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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Westminster apartment description
This beautifully furnished, fully equipped apartment is perfect for one couple, two couples, or a family. It is in the heart of Little Venice, a unique 'upscale' residential neighborhood in central/west London minutes by tube from all the cultural and historical sights, entertainment, and other attractions you come to London for.
The nearest tube (Warwick Avenue station on the Bakerloo line) is only one block away and there are eight bus lines within five minutes walk. Piccadilly is 12 minutes away by tube. You can get anywhere from here!
Occupying the entire first floor (one level above the street) of a handsome 'listed' Victorian house, the apartment is modern, bright, and airy with 12 foot ceilings, a balcony, huge windows, generous closet space, and interesting artwork and craft items throughout. Two bedrooms and a new (2012) really comfortable sofa bed in the living room sleep a maximum of six with the convenience of an en suite bathroom in each bedroom and a hall powder room.
The larger bedroom has a queen size bed and a storage wall with two large closets and shelf space. There is an electric alarm clock, two reading lamps, and black out shades for the huge windows The en suite bathroom for this larger bedroom has a shower and a tub. The smaller bedroom has a desk, which some renters use as a dresser, and a storage wall with one closet and a bank of shelves for extra linens and household supplies. There's also some shelf space for renters. The wi fi connection is in this bedroom. The bedroom has a trundle bed--a hidden bed slides out and pops up to turn the sofa into a double bed. Or the pop up bed can be separated into twin beds. The en suite bathroom in this smaller bedroom has a shower but no tub.
The living room has a very comfortable sofa that seats three and opens to sleep two. The room also has two leather tub chairs and a giant floor to ceiling window. Outside the window is a balcony with flower boxes. The dining area is at one end of the living room The table seats four with a self storing leaf that opens to seat six. There's a convenient pass-through to the kitchen. Near the table is a book case with a collection of paper back novels--if you take one, please leave one. In the bookcase, too, is a good collection of guide books on London and on the British Isles. Use them, but please leave them for the next guests.
Amenities in this well equipped apartment include cable TV, stereo with CD player, wi fi computer connection, washer/dryer, dishwasher, four burner gas range and convection electric oven, microwave, family size refrigerator and separate freezer, garbage disposal (rare in London apartments), electric coffee and tea makers, toaster, hair dryer, a generous supply of dishes, kitchen utensils, and linens, elevator, secure entry, and free local phone calls. There is a secure, buzz-in entrance hall.
One of the best features of this apartment is its location in Little Venice, which the London Walks brochure describes as the prettiest and most romantic neighborhood in London. It is a quiet, tree filled neighborhood with flowers most of the year. One block from your doorstep is the lovely Regents Canal with its flower decked longboats (including an art gallery and a puppet theatre) and 19th century towpath. Walk the towpath or take a water taxi to the London Zoo or Camden Market.
Enjoy the charm and convenience of the local shops; a small supermarket, a bakery, 2 delis with great take-out food , organic food store, pharmacy, wine shop, hair dresser, and many boutiques, even a specialty shop for animal lovers. Bring your pet a toy from London.
Of course you can cook in and enjoy our modern kitchen. But if you'd rather eat out, you have many choices within a few blocks walk. Neighborhood pubs, cafes, and restaurants offer excellent Indian, French, Thai, Middle Eastern, Persian, Burmese, English, and American food. Need a break? Take a short walk to Lords Cricket Club, Regents Park with its boating lake and magnificent gardens, or Paddington Recreation Park, with a gym, 12 tennis courts, a rose garden, and two children's playgrounds.
This fully equipped and beautifully located apartment is perfect for the vacationer who wants to see and do everything London has to offer, while living in a real neighborhood like a Londoner--a very lucky Londoner because Little Venice is a highly desirable residential area. This unique apartment is not a commercial rental property. It is privately owned. We are the owners, it is our second home, and we look forward to telling you more about it.
- On floor 2
- 900 sq. ft.
- 4 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Children are welcome. We have no crib or highchair, so bring your own. We do have a rubber sheet, if child needs one. There 's a wonderful park one subway stop or 10 minutes walk away--with 2 playgrounds, tennis courts, and loads of space to run and play. 15 minute walk to Regents park with playgrounds, boating, and a theatre....moreless
There are a few steps down to master bedroom. The rest of the apartment, including 2 of 3 bathrooms, are level.There's a lift (elevator) to the apartment, but there are a few steps from the street to the front door. The bathrooms are not wheel chair accessible....moreless
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
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- Coffee Maker
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- Hair Dryer
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
- Car Not Necessary
- Medical Services
- Fitness Center
- Bird Watching
- Freshwater Fishing
- Recreation Center
- Paddle Boating
- Sight Seeing
- Live Theater
- Locally, go to Regents Park for playgrounds, summer theatre, a boating lake, and wonderful gardens. Walk the canal towpath to the famous London Zoo and, just beyond it, to Camden Market, a giant upscale flea market and shopping area--funky jewelry, second hand books, antique toys, leather jackets,vintage clothes, etc--and lots of ethnic food. Teens love it. So do adults. if you don't want to walk, there's a water taxi. Near Little Venice you can visit a floating art gallery and puppet theatre. You can also feed the local ducks and swans. Also local is Paddington Recreation Park, with a gym, two playgrounds, a track, 12 tennis courts, and loads of room for children to run. We go there to play with the local dogs when we miss our own. Lord's Cricket Club is also a short walk away. We consider all of London 'our area' because public transportation is so good. London's many theatres, galleries, and museums are within easy reach. Some of our favorites are the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert (new directors--wonderful special exhibitions), the Museum of Natural History (adults as well as children) Tate Modern (go to St Paul's tube station and walk across the Millennium Bridge for great views), Tate Britain, the Jewish Museum, Somerset House, and the Theatre Museum. Don't forget the National Gallery (free) and the National Portrait Gallery, with a lot more than portraits. There's even a cartoon museum. Something for everyone. We love London theatre. The National Theatre (south Bank) is world class. The West End is like Broadway. Also try the off-West End theatres and the unique 'fringe' theatres scattered all over London. A website 'London Theatre.com' lists what's on and what's opening and closing soon, with reviews. It's good to look at that before you come to London and get tickets ahead of time for popular shows. If you are a 'senior,' ask for 'concessions' on any tickets. (Seniors are called OAP's--Old Age Pensioners!) If you are a music lover, as we are, London is full of music, in large places like Festival Hall, in modest local churches, and everything in-between. You'll find classical music, country, jazz, and a lot of African and Asian music that you won't find easily in the US. There's opera in the original language and in English and wonderful dance of all kinds at Sadler's Wells and other venues. There are lots of festivals in London, no matter what time of year--film festivals, craft festivals, ethnic festivals, and, in summer, street parties and outdoor events of all kinds. We love the food, the music, and the photo ops. Many are in neighborhood parks. Get on a bus or tube and seek them out. You'll meet nice people and see different parts of London. Websites 'Time Out.com' and 'Visit London.com' list these events. I'm not a big palace person, but the Royal Stables are fun to visit. The Tower of London is great if you are a history buff. If not, and you're rushed, it might not be worth your time. Parliament, and St Paul's are well worth your time. Take a boat down the Thames to Greenwich, with its hands- on nautical museum, the prime meridian (we're all on Greenwich time'), and street market. Don't miss the giant ferris wheel, the London Eye (try for a sunny day) on the South Bank. Like gardens? Go to Kew. Walk London! The books in our apartment have suggestions for walks in London and nearby countryside. There are organized 2 hour tours, 'London Walks,' often led by unemployed actors, organized around themes-- a Jewish East End walk, a Dickens Walk, a Shakespeare walk, a Harry Potter walk, a Churchill War Rooms walk (our favorite). Shakespeare fan or not, go to the reconstructed Globe theatre on the South Bank. Even if you don't see a play, don't miss the tour and adjacent exhibition. You can record a part in a famous play and compare your rendition of Hamlet to that of Lawrence Olivier. There's so much to do in London that if you have a week or less, stay in town. If you are here for longer, there are many day trips by train or bus. You can go to Oxford or Cambridge (more beautiful and less frenetic), York (great cathedral, Viking remains), Avebury (like Stone Henge only you can get closer), and Stratford-on-Avon. Our favorite outing is Churchill's summer home, Chartwell--great house, gardens, and historical documents. If London is part of a longer trip, (2 weeks +) go further. Take a train, then rent a car at your destination. Our favorite 3-4 day trip is south and west to Devon and Cornwall (charming inns, thatched roofs, fishing villages, wild horses, beautiful cliff walks by the sea). Or go north to the Lake District for rugged hills and challenging hiking. There are endless things to do in and around London. You probably have plans. But if you want, Bob and I will be happy to talk with you about what would be especially interesting and fun for you and your family or group. ...moreless
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Great location, However.....
Great location, However.....
If you are looking for convenience and accessibility then this is a great place for you! The flat is within walking distance of the underground, shops, cafe’s, restaurants and a small grocery store. If you are looking for “luxury” like the description says then this is not the place for you. Maybe as American’s we use the term differently. However, when I hear the word “luxury” I think of high end finishes and décor. The paint and décor look as though they have not been updated in quite some time (possibly years), except for the flat screen TV. The carpet is in dire need of a good cleaning and the Chinese menu covering the spare bathroom ceiling vent hardly says “luxury” to me. Also the toaster is hard wired into the bookshelf in the living room which made it difficult to use – very odd and probably dangerous - I think a better description of this flat would be “equipped” because it does have basically everything you would need for a rental unit and “convenient” it is in a very good location.
- Guest Our Gang (Pennsylvania)
- Date of stay 09/22/13
- Review Submitted 10/21/13
Recommended for: Tourists without a car.
Owner response: Dear Paula, Thank you for your letter. We are glad that you found our apartment convenient and accessible, easy walking distance to transportation, shops, and restaurants. Thanks, too, for telling prospective renters that it is equipped with "everything you would need in a rental apartment." Yes, "luxury" is a subjective word. We consider our apartment a luxury rental because it has so many "extras" that other apartments of similar cost do not have. For example, we have a powder room in addition to two ensuite full bathrooms and, in the kitchen, an electric garbage disposal (rare in London) and a large, separate freezer. We have quality furniture, including two real (not imitation) leather chairs in the living room and a sofa bed specially contructed to eliminate the usual bars and bumps. We have original art and craft items of the same quallity as in our home in the US, and our balcony window boxes have flowers all year around, pansies in winter and geraniums in summer. We don't provide the sleek, shiny fittings you would find in a luxury hotel. On the other hand we don't charge the prices you would pay there. "Decor," like "luxury," is subjective. We have stayed in rental apartments with decor I would describe as "serviceable"--indestructable furniture, cookie-cutter accessories, and dull colors to avoid showing dirt. Our apartment is not like that. It is contemporary, comfortable, and colorful, with furniture, appliances, and accessories of the quality you enjoy in your own home. We repaint and update as necessary. Recent changes have included a retiled kitchen floor, the new sofa bed described above, new window shades in the master bedroom, and, just this week, repainting of all the woodwork. You were right in pointing out that when you were here the carpet was in need of cleaning, and we apologize for that. The carpet is professionally cleaned at regular intervals, but this spring and summer we had so many renters that the scheduled cleaning didn't come soon enough. We will change the cleaning schedule so this doesn't happen again. We hope you will stay in our apartment again next time you are in London--and we promise you clean carpet! With best wishes, Maxine and Bob
Perfect flat for being out of the busyness of central London, in a peaceful neighbourhood, minutes to the Warwick tube station on the convenient Bakerloo line. Very easy to get anywhere in the greater London area quickly. Flat has all you need for a comfortable stay. Good cafes nearby.
- Guest Judi (Calgary, Canada)
- Date of stay 04/02/13
- Review Submitted 05/09/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, tourists without a car.
This was our fifth visit to London, and was by far the best place in which we have stayed. There was plenty of room for us to spread out, it was handy to the Bakerloo line, and the neighborhood had nice restaurants and shops... altogether a delightful visit. We especially appreciated the good dishwasher and the good washer/ dryer -- both luxuries we had never before experienced in London.
- Guest Joan (Florida)
- Date of stay 04/18/13
- Review Submitted 05/04/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, tourists without a car.
Week in London
Week in London
This was by far the nicest of the places we have stayed in our several trips to London. It was near a stop on the Bakerloo line, near nice shops and restaurants, and had plenty of room for us to spread out. We appreciated the good dishwasher and the good washer and dryer. The area was quiet, and it was a pleasant neighborhood in which to walk.
- Guest Joan (Florida)
- Date of stay 04/18/13
- Review Submitted 05/03/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, tourists without a car.
Great apartment, great location
Great apartment, great location
My family (2 small kids, the wife) and I stayed here in August of 2012. The apartment was really nice and quiet, and the pictures do not do it justice, although they give you a good idea of what the apartment looks like. The back bedroom has huge windows that open out into the back courtyards, which made it very light and sunny (for England, anyway). The long hallway leading from the front foyer to the back bedroom (not pictured) provided extra play space for the kids, in addition to the living/dining room. The kitchen was very well-supplied and the laundry was crucial as we had packed very light. Super location - a lot of restaurants very nearby and, even better, the supermarket, organic store, and wine store were all a 1-2 block walk, which made it really easy to just make meals at home. We really liked having that as an option although the number of restaurants and pubs nearby make it so you don't have to cook for yourself. The apartment is close to a few tube stops but on the same block as a lot of bus lines which we found even more useful and convenient than the tube (but a little harder to figure out - once we did, though, it became our main mode of transport). The kids especially liked the buses. Very safe neighborhood - we felt like locals. Close to Regents Park and Abbey Road. And if you're into that kind of thing, the Lord's Cricket Ground. The cable and wi-fi were welcome additions. We ate at Red Pepper (Italian) - one of the best meals we had in London. Also close by was The Waterway (right on Regent's Canal), Ben's Thai, Raoul's, the Prince Albert, and Arbil on Edgeware. Edgeware Road is great - a lot of middle eastern restaurants. Another great Italian place was Laville Cafe, overlooking the canal. We also thought it was a good deal for the location and amenities, especially compared to how expensive hotels are in London. The owners are very friendly and gave a lot of advice about what to do in the neighborhood as well as greater London. We would totally recommend this flat to anyone wishing to stay in London.
- Guest mrogers718 (Brooklyn, New York USA)
- Date of stay 08/26/12
- Review Submitted 12/10/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, tourists without a car.
1.The location was excellent- central London,great neighborhood, a few minutes walk to busses and tubes (subways.) We found it easy to get around from there. 2. The apartment was fresh and clean. The sofa bed appeared to be brand new. There was no odor in the kitchen or elsewhere. The flowers growing on the balcony were a nice touch, as was the art work. 3 The apartment was well equipped with linens, dishes, and kitchen utensils. There was plenty of storage space, even for people who don't travel light. 4. The guestbook was neat, easy to use, and very helpful with information about the apartment and the neighborhood, and recommendations for restaurants. 5 I would not hesitate to use the place again.
- Guest Steve (Buffalo)
- Date of stay 08/07/11
- Review Submitted 01/03/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.
Great location, but
Great location, but
This apartment is indeed in a great location, Warwick Avenue Station is just a short walk away and Paddington Station within easy walking distance. There are some lovely restaurants and cafes nearby and Lords and St John's Wood all within a short walk. The owners were agreeable and this could be a lovely apartment with some care and much more attention to detail. But this is by no means a "luxury" apartment. The cupboards in the second bedroom were unable to be used because those that could be accessed were full of the owner's things (unacceptable in a rental), there is no iron or ironing board provided, which was a real handicap, and the toaster was wired into the dining room shelf which made it not only difficult to use but constituted a real fire risk. The kitchen, which would have been a better location for the toaster, had a constant unpleasant damp odour and the information folder is in desperate need of an update, preferably in a readable form. Definitely not luxury.
- Guest debflo (Sydney, Australia)
- Date of stay 05/09/11
- Review Submitted 08/07/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing.
Owner response: I am surprised at this review, as the person who sent it told us how much they enjoyed the apartment. The odor in the kitchen was the result of a leak in the apartment above us This has been repaired and the odor is now completely gone. We used to supply an iron but decided it was a fire hazard and got rid of it after someone burned a table top. The "owner's things" that take up space in the second bedroom cupboard are extra sheets, towels, blankets, toilet paper, etc for the use of our housekeeper and our renters. There is ample storage space elsewhere. The information folder is in need of updating, editing, and retyping (there are handwritten additions by renters, and occasionally by us). We are working on that now. A new, updated folder will soon be in place. This is a luxury apartment and we plan to keep it that way.
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- Nearest Airport: Heathrow at 10 Miles
Year Purchased: 1994
About the owner: We are both professors, recently retired after many years at the University at Buffalo. Bob, an MD, was professor in the School of Medicine. I (Maxine) am a historian. We live in Buffalo,New York (no jokes about snow, please) But we spend at least three months each year in London, in that very pretty and convenient apartment you see on our webside. We know the apartment is comfortable and up to American standards because it's our second home. After spending two sabbaticals in London, 1988 and 1995, we fell in love with the city. We bought an apartment here because any time of year there's an endless choice of things to see and do. London is a perfect visitor's city. It's easy to get around by public transportation, and everyone (almost) speaks English. We enjoy the world class music, dance, art, museums, and theatre here. For a change of pace we explore parks, craft shows, street festivals, open air markets, and restaurants offering every kind of food you can imagine. The surrounding countryside is lovely for walking, and Oxford, Cambridge, Canterbury, and Stratford-on-Avon are easy day trips. As retirees, we have time to take advantage of being here. We enjoy hosting our friends and our family (three sons, two daughters in law, five grandchildren currently ages 3-22. Samuel Johnson once said, 'If you're tired of London, you're tired of life.' We agree.
Why the Owner Chose Westminster:
Our apartment is in a unique, upscale neighbohood in central London, a few minutes from a tube stop and many busses, but it is also in a very pretty residential area. So we have the best of both worlds--trees,flowers, local shops, and the Regents canal a few minutes walk away, and just a short tube or bus ride to all the 'downtown' city activities and attractions we enjoy so much.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Our location is unique--both urban and residential--beautiful, quiet, yet close to all the action of a great city. The apartment is unique also in being both traditional and modern. It is in a 'listed' Victorian house (Mary Poppins could be upstairs!) the outside of which can't be altered. However, an architect bought it, gutted the inside, and made it into four modern apartments. He had just started when we bought it--so we could have it just the way we wanted. Therefore, unlike many London flats, we have lots of closets, bright light, an elevator, two and a half bathrooms, a dishwasher, a big freezer, our own laundry (not shared) even a garbage disposal-- Our location is London but our comforts are U.S. This is great for us and for our renters. Another unique benefit is our location. We are in central London, so close to transportation and so close to 'downtown' that you won't waste your time on long journeys getting to the places you want to see. Unlike commercial properties, this is our second home. We are here twice a year for at lest 6 weeks. So our apartment is not decorated like a rental flat. It has leather chairs, a really comfortable new sofa bed, and art work and craft items that we picked out because we liked them. Finally, unlike many other neighborhoods in inner London, which are dreary, or noisy, or both, our neighborhood is quiet, safe, and beautiful. There are flowers most of the year. Property values are rising-- as reflected in the shops and boutiques. We have our own organic food store as well as a new Sasson hair salon. At the same time, it's a diverse, interesting neighborhood where people of all kinds seem to get along fine. That is perhaps the most valuable of the many 'unique benefits' of our property--it's a great place to live, as an owner or as a guest.
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Our apartment--the one with the balcony.
Leather chairs and flat screen tv.
The dining table seats four, with a self storing leaf that opens to seat six.
Separate frig and freezer. Double sink. Reg/convection oven, elec garbage dispo
Bedroom #1. View of trees and garden below. (Hanging clown acrobats.
Desk in bedroom #2. Large window.Bring your laptop. We have wireless connection.
Bedoom #2. Hidden bed slides slides out and pops up to make double or twin beds.
ensuite bathoom in bedroom #2
Clifton Road--Our local "high street."
Local cafes: "Cafe Rouge" (French) and "Vicky's" (sandwiches and salads.)
Our green grocer provides quality produce.
Regents Canal Houseboats. Walk towpath to London Zoo and Camden Market.
Living room. Note the 12 foot floor to ceiling window.
Dining area, passthrough to kitchen, bookshelves (novels, guidebooks cd's)
Modern kitchen with washer/dryer, microwave, dishwasher, 4 burner stove.
bedroom #1. Queen bed and storage wall of closets and shelves.
#1 en suite bathroom. Tub and shower.
Bedroom #2. "Trundle" bed that opens to double or twin. Storage/closet wall.
#2 Bedroom. Beds opened and separated into twins.
Powder room off of the entrance hall.
A local pub (one of several). Great Thai restaurant upstairs.
Well supplied local branch of Tesco supermarket. .
Regents Canal--one block away. Flowers on one of the canal boats.
Houseboats and a nineteenth century Catholic church on the Canal.
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