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A Superb Studio with a View, Flooded with Light. Calm, Luxurious and Romantic.

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The park and Square are unchanged since 1810.


Last updated: 10/04/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

2015 is nearly sold out! All we've got left is the period 30 November to 19 December. And it's just £980 per week, a tiny fraction of the cost of an equivalent five-star hotel suite.

2016 is already selling fast -- a sure sign that we're doing something right! (Just check out our super reviews, below.)

We prefer to book full-weeks only, beginning and ending on Saturdays, and that is how the HomeAway reservation system will handle your enquiries. HOWEVER, please note that we frequently make exceptions, and so PLEASE ENQUIRE if your needs don't conform to that kind of schedule, even if HomeAway won't take the booking on the automated system !!

For larger parties, this property can often be paired with our two-bedroom flat in the same building: HomeAway property 417134.

We're in London's historic Gibson Square, which is an oasis of calm just off of Islington's lively Upper Street, where you'll find literally dozens of upscale bars, restaurants and shops. Our neighbourhood is friendly, safe and immaculate, making the flat a perfect fit for a woman traveling alone, for a professional here on assignment working late hours -- for anyone, in fact, who appreciates a civilized lifestyle. We're convenient to public transport running quickly to all the sights and tourist attractions you'll want to visit in this great city. The flat is on the first floor of a Regency terraced town house (2nd floor American). Travel back in time with us -- all sides of the Square, and the park inside it, look just as they did when George III was busy losing the Colonies. This quiet, elegant, comfortable holiday rental flat features very high ceilings, cornice mouldings, and a brand new first-class renovation. The fully-equipped kitchen is a dream!

Perfect WiFi, and Sky TV including the extra cost Sports and Movies options. Sleeps just 2.

Those Wonderful Double-Decker Buses: Several key buses stop just three minutes from the house, giving convenient scenic access to all the museums, tourist sights, markets and historic neighbourhoods you'll want to see on your vacation, cheaper and often quicker than the tube. Unlike in most cities, here the bus is your friend, with its dedicated express lanes and incredibly low cost -- just £1.50 (or less) with the Oyster Card you'll get the day you arrive! Take the splendid double-decker #4 red bus to Sadlers Wells, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Fleet Street, Oxford Street shopping, Covent Garden and the West End theatres, and finally Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames to the South Bank (National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, the London Eye), Imax, Waterloo Station, and the Old Vic. (All that in barely half an hour’s ride!) Several other buses from this neighbourhood have similarly-stunning itineraries

The Tube, and the Rail System: It's just a 7-minute walk to the Angel Islington tube station (Northern Line, Zone 1) for quick connections throughout London – just 1 stop to the King's Cross / St Pancras transport hub for further tube connections, the Eurostar to Paris, and mainline trains to Scotland, the North of England, and Gatwick and Luton Airports. And yes, King's Cross does have a brick wall bearing the sign 'Platform 9 3/4'. It's a 10-minute walk to the Highbury & Islington tube station (Victoria Line) connecting to the Stansted (Airport) Express, and looping through Central London to Victoria Station with connections to all lines. Arsenal's Emirates football stadium is at Highbury, as are National Rail's overground North London and Northern City Lines. Canary Wharf, the Financial District and the 2012

Your Holiday Rental Flat in London: Contact us now to book your London vacation! We're convenient to all the tourist sights, and you can enjoy fine dining, theatres, museums and shopping, while living in a stylish, cosy, classic period flat. Enjoy your London city break out on the town, or take a night off, cook at home and hunker down for some uniquely English delights on SKY TV. Check out our great reviews, and for a map highlighting our favourite shops, restaurants, markets and scenic neighbourhood walks, just click on the link to our personal website:


Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • The Main Room: 1 queen


  • Wake up to a bright, bright sun as it rises over your park -- or shut it out with those in-built period shutters: 10 feet tall and carved from English oak centuries ago, they swing shut at the press of a finger. The little balconies which face the park are planted with lavender, sage and surfinas -- all in a warm deep blue. There are great reading lights at each side of the bed, plus down spots in the ceiling and of course that chandelier. Most lights are on dimmers so you can set the mood as precisely as a stage designer would , and enjoy the romance of living in this warm and inviting space. Note: If you need a two-bedroom space, please see our other ad:

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • The Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Brand New...moreless

  • Fluffy towels, and ample storage for all your toiletries. Just re-done, this stunning room features glossy white tile walls, state of the art fixtures and great water pressure (which can be pretty hard to find in this town). The hot water is virtually limitless. The claw-foot free standing tub features elegant chrome Euro-style fittings, but there's also an overhead rain head for a proper shower should you be so inclined. (A few older guests have commented that the height of the tub can make stepping into it a little clumsy; it's a standard 24" high -- 60 cm from the floor). The garden view from the tub is stunning, enhanced by a large mirror which reflects the big bright sky out back. (And yes, there are shower curtains and blinds, too, so your complete privacy is assured.)...moreless

Other Amenities

  • There's a washer/dryer for your laundry -- a feature lacking in many London holiday lets. It's hidden in a kitchen cabinet, next to the half-height fridge-freezer. Enjoy a flat-screen 14:9 Sony TV with SKY subscription, including the extra Movies and Sports options. WiFi broadband, of course. Lots of gourmet cookbooks here, and plenty of novels and guidebooks to read. All downlights, and the chandelier, are dimmable to create a serene, elegant setting whenever you want it. The window boxes are automatically irrigated, so no worries there! Note: There is no landline telephone in the flat, but we are happy to lend you a UK-based mobile phone should you need one. Just top it back up at the end of your stay, paying for what you've used. No charges of any kind for the WiFi, of course!...moreless


  • Books:

    Lots of novels and guides. Please use and read anything you find here, but do leave it behind, as this is our good stuff!...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    We have a first-rate docking-station / radio which will play music from your iPod or phone. ...moreless

  • Television


  • Luxury
  • Romantic


  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace:

    Decorative only, though....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Very well-equipped for dining in, service for four. Good stemware, serving pieces, all you need for entertaining. ...moreless

  • Freezer:

    Good for ice cubes and a few ice cream bars -- but that's about it!...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Very well-equipped, with espresso machine, washer/dryer, Bosch oven and cooktop....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic supplies of spices, condiments, coffee filters, paper towels....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Four great gas burners. ...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Two "Juliette" balconies with plantings, overlooking the gorgeous little park out front....moreless

Building Type

  • Building

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional

Property Descriptor

  • Terraced


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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit £500
  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included


We normally rent from Saturday-to-Saturday only, but for extended stays we offer different arrival and/or departure days, if required. We have booked many such stays, which have left the calendar with several 3- and 4-day openings. In such a case, we're happy, of course, to fill in the voids with shorter bookings, at just £140 per night!

There are no other charges whatsoever unless you decide to rent premium Movies or Sporting Events on our Sky Satellite TV system. And, if it takes Maria longer than 2 hours to clean the place after your departure, overtime will be deducted from your deposit at the rate of £15 per hour (but please note that this has NEVER yet happened!).

Extra days, when available, are simply 1/7th of the base weekly rate.

Cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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Last updated: 10/04/2015
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30 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Just around the corner.
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Kings Cross and St Pancras
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Just around the corner.

Car: Not Necessary

Ideally situated to explore London for a great city break, Islington itself is a hip, sophisticated destination on the northern edge of Central London, politically and aspirationally resembling Manhattan's upscale Upper West Side. The renowned Almeida Theatre and Kings Head Theatre Pub are just steps away, as are all the main supermarkets, plus endless boutiques and really fine food and antique shops. Stroll, bike or jog along Regents Canal. Easy transport links, fine restaurants, gay friendly. You can even walk (22 mins) to the Eurostar terminal and day trip to Paris in luxury for £59 return. Local celebrities include James McAvoy, Lily Allen, Dido and, formerly, Vladimir Lenin, Heath Ledger and Sir Walter Raleigh. Gibson Square alone boasts an Oscar-nominated film composer, a Booker Prize-winning author, a renowned stage director, a nationally known comic and a Member of Parliament. Former neighbour Tony Blair formed New Labour with Gordon Brown in one of our Upper Street restaurants

Other Activities: Theatre, theatre, theatre. (Or theater, theater, theater!) Museums, fashion, cuisine -- everything that London has to offer!

Golf: No golf here in central London, of course, but many of the nation's legendary courses are within an easy day-trip from the many train hubs easily accessible from our flat.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: Recently retired, my partner and I now live our life-long dream of having four sweet homes and living in whichever strikes our fancy at a given time. Since the stock market crash of 2008, to cover the bills, all the properties are rented on HomeAway whenever we're not in them. Managing the rentals has turned into quite a pleasant, though very time consuming, new profession for us, wherein we meet (or at least correspond with) the loveliest people from all over the planet. We've had nearly 300 guests in the past six years, and not a single bad experience. Phew! And we have great local staff for each property, so each home is always up to our own high standards for comfort, cleanliness and beauty. Before retiring in 2005, I spent more than 30 years working on Broadway and in London's West End -- first managing, then producing, big musicals (mostly) plus handfuls of plays and concerts. I was part of the original productions of GODSPELL, DREAMGIRLS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and many dozens more, and producer of The Who's TOMMY and JEKYLL & HYDE, to name a few. Broadway concerts include Bette Midler, Michael Crawford, Frank Sinatra and even a very elderly Josephine Baker (a New Year's Eve concert, at the Palace, of course), whose chateau is just down the road from our house in France. My partner Bill Rosenfield was for many years what Time Magazine wrote of him: 'RCA Victor's Man about Broadway'. He produced more than 60 Original Cast Recordings -- just pick one up at home if you have one -- if it's from the 1990's or early 2000's, his name is probably on it: CHICAGO, TOMMY, RAGTIME, CABARET, on and on. Billy's now retired from that and actively engaged in his one true passion: writing plays. This new career is just budding, but already showing great progress. He does most of his writing in a cute little shed at the bottom of the garden behind our London flat. See all our homes at

Why the Owner Chose Islington:
We love the Regency (late Georgian) architecture that is so prevalent in this part of town -- simple terraced houses with strict symmetry and Palladio's cube-and-a-half proportions which somehow create a great sense of calm, order and sophistication. Our house, on a perfectly-preserved square containing nothing but its original homes, features large windows and big open sky -- plus that pristine little park right across the square, with something in bloom every month of the year. And we greatly appreciate that very 'London' phenomenon, which is that all we hear is birdsong here, notwithstanding the fact that we're a 90-second walk to the very busy Upper Street, abounding with life and energy.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Immerse yourself in real life here -- our neighbourhood isn't the least bit touristy, just a breath of energized fresh air among real Londoners. Google 'Islington' and just see what comes up!

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Speaks: english, french



  • The park and Square are unchanged since 1810.

    The park and Square are unchanged since 1810.

  • Period details, lovingly restored.

    Period details, lovingly restored.

  • The one large room easily handles a king bed.

    The one large room easily handles a king bed.

  • The wide Georgian side table is also your desk.

    The wide Georgian side table is also your desk.

  • The kitchen has every amenity, mostly hidden.

    The kitchen has every amenity, mostly hidden.

  • Garden view from the bath is SO beautiful!

    Garden view from the bath is SO beautiful!

  • Fittings as only England can provide!

    Fittings as only England can provide!

  • Spacious bathroom, White Company bathrobes provided.

    Spacious bathroom, White Company bathrobes provided.

  • Even your stairwell is pretty -- up just 1 flight.

    Even your stairwell is pretty -- up just 1 flight.

  • A top London address, yours for the asking.

    A top London address, yours for the asking.

  • Your home from home in Gibson Square.

    Your home from home in Gibson Square.

  • Celebrity chef Ottolenghi is 2 minutes away.

    Celebrity chef Ottolenghi is 2 minutes away.

  • A simple breakfast can be extraordinary here!

    A simple breakfast can be extraordinary here!

  • Val St. Lambert crystal on the mantlepiece.

    Val St. Lambert crystal on the mantlepiece.

  • Regency plasterwork and gilded wood.

    Regency plasterwork and gilded wood.

  • Super-comfy lounging chair, wide-screen Sky TV.

    Super-comfy lounging chair, wide-screen Sky TV.

  • Espresso, of course.  Top-of-line appliances.

    Espresso, of course. Top-of-line appliances.

  • The showers are both Euro and overhead.

    The showers are both Euro and overhead.

  • Privacy assured: blinds AND curtains!

    Privacy assured: blinds AND curtains!

  • Rose garden as seen from your 'Juliette' balconies

    Rose garden as seen from your 'Juliette' balconies

  • The entry hall from the street.  Framed London map

    The entry hall from the street. Framed London map

  • Remove the cars and it's 1810.

    Remove the cars and it's 1810.

  • Home.


  • World-class theatre, again 2 minutes away.

    World-class theatre, again 2 minutes away.

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