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Spacious Characterful Apartment, On Quiet Cobbled Mews, Very Central, free wifi

Bloomsbury, London, UK
  • Apartment1250 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 6 nights

3 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, large sitting room + kitchen, beautifully furnished

Here is the perfect budget apartment, right in the centre, yet in a quiet location, offering a high standard of comfort in an attractive interior, but for an affordable price.

* Perfect if you're flying in to Heathrow - it's on the direct Tube train line from Heathrow.

* Brilliant if you want to be right in the centre - it is within easy walking distance of London's main tourist sites

* Ideal for morning arrivals - bagdrop is from 11am

* Convenient if you want plenty of shops, grocery stores, cafes and restaurants close by - The Brunswick shopping mall is just around the corner

*Also ideal for late arrivals - after midnight is not a problem

If you are looking for an interesting place to stay in the heart of London, which has character and comfort, and which is extremely well equipped, then this is for you. It offers excellent value for money for large families and groups of friends who want to be really central.

Bloomsbury is the perfect central area from which to explore London. Please do Google it. The apartment is just around the corner from the Tube station (2 minutes away). But you can easily walk to the main tourist sights -

Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and The London Eye. The British Museum is just across our little park (3 minutes away). Our apartment is particularly close to Covent Garden (for the shops and restaurants) and to Theatreland if you fancy a London show. There are very few "budget category" apartments in this very central area.

There is fast reliable internet and of course we offer free wifi.

The area oozes with history and character. It is located in one of London's historic, cobbled 'mews' streets, where the horse-drawn carriages of the wealthy Bloomsbury intellectuals would draw up. Charles Dickens lived just around the corner.

The mews still has the original cobblestones while the properties along its length are built from the mellow London brick, characteristic of the 1800's. You can easily imagine yourself living in a wealthy neighbourhood from a Dickens novel. Not surprisingly these houses and flats are now highly desirable residences, with potted plants on the cobbles outside the doors and pretty flowering window-boxes in the summer. Our apartment is on the first floor ( one floor up from the ground floor) of one of these very attractive 200-year-old buildings. Because this is a mews, there is no through-traffic, so our apartment is relatively peaceful and quiet for a residence in the very centre of London.

The apartment is our London home, but we clear it of all our things and rent it when we don't need it.

Even though this apartment is in the "budget category" the interior has been nicely furnished. We have a beautiful original oak floor throughout, with attractive beds, high quality mattresses, and lovely furnishings and bedding. Our traditional sash windows (typical of London) let in loads of light and add to the character of the apartment. Although they are not new, there are two adequate bathrooms (with showers) and again, although it's not new, there is a functional and well equipped kitchen.

Best of all, our apartment is just two minutes away (really) from the nearest Tube station - and that's on the direct Tube line from Heathrow. So if you are arriving at Heathrow you can quickly reach your accommodation without having to change trains or heave your luggage around. A real bonus!

The apartment is also very convenient for arrivals at St Pancras train station. Our local Tube station is just one stop away from St Pancras (for the Eurostar trains to/from Europe or the Thameslink trains to/from Gatwick and Luton airports), or it's a very easy walk from St Pancras to the apartment down a straight road.

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The apartment has three full-size double bedrooms, and the beds have high-quality mattresses, comforters and linens so that you really feel you're staying in a good hotel. There is a double bed, a king-size bed (US=queen) and a super-king-size bed (US= kingsize). Alternatively we can arrange one of the bedrooms to have two single beds. If there are 7 or 8 guests we can offer one or two folding beds, each suitable for a child or very small adult (less than 10 stones / 140 pounds / 63 kilos). The folding beds can be available if there are six guests or fewer for a small extra charge - please enquire. The three bedrooms are very similar in size, space and attractiveness, so no one will feel they have 'pulled the short straw' !

The shower rooms each have a shower cubicle, sink, mirrored toiletries cupboard and WC. We provide clothes airers (to use with the washing machine) and we will give you plenty of soft egyptian cotton towels,

There is a spacious sitting room with coffee table, dining table big enough for 8, satellite TV, and superfast wifi which is free.

The kitchen is just off the sitting room, offering all you would need for self-catering.... a hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, toaster and kettle. We have provided lovely glassware and attractive white crockery.

The flat is well heated with gas central heating.

The character of the accommodation is really highlighted by the lovely old oak flooring throughout, which gives a warm homely feel.

The apartment is on the first floor. Please note, in the UK this means it is one level up from the ground floor. It has its own front door at street level, leading to stairs (about 12) up to the first floor, and then another door into the sitting room, making it very safe. The whole apartment is on the same level.

The other big difference between our apartment and many others are the personal touches we offer. We are not a rental company, just an English couple who adore London and enjoy introducing others to all it has to offer. We have lovingly furnished and decorated the apartment to this very high standard because we really want our guests to have a fantastic time - happy guests mean more to us than high profits. So unlike some apartments, you will not find cheap beds, cheap mattresses, hard pillows...or any of the other horrors you can find with the squeeze-every-penny-of-profit apartment rental companies. We pride ourselves on giving a very friendly, helpful and professional service. We want you to feel you made exactly the right choice!

Overall we are happy to offer you a super three-bedroom budget apartment in a fantastic location, at a very fair price, which is ideal for visitors to London who want to be able to walk to most of the tourist sights and activities. We hope it will give you plenty of fond memories of London to take home.

Owner

Jan

Member Since 2006
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within a few hours
Speaks:
english
Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Jan

Hello. I'm really pleased you like the look of my apartment enough to want to know about the owner. Until recently, I have had a really busy life as the MD of a research company, but now I just do occasional research projects. I have always been a bit pernickety about detail. At home I'm one of those people who arranges the glassware in neat rows, shines the cooker every time it has been used, and has to place the cushions in exactly the right place on the sofa - you know the sort! So I think I'm quite well qualified to run a rental like this. My philosophy is not to squeeze every last drop of profit out of renting my apartment, but rather to get satisfaction from seeing people arrive and like what they see, and then at the end to hear how comfortable they have been and what a great time they've had. That is so much more pleasurable than a few extra pounds in the bank. So I do hope I get the chance to meet you...

Jan purchased this Apartment in 2013

Why Jan chose Bloomsbury

When we were choosing a London base we looked at loads of properties in London before we saw this one, but the minute we stepped inside we knew this was absolutely right. It's bright and airy, really well laid out, with loads of space. Above all, it has a lovely feeling of character and cosiness.

What makes this Apartment unique

The location couldn't be better.... * it's truly right in the centre of London, near to just about everything * The Tube station is right around the corner, no more than a 2 minute walk * It's on the Piccadilly line, so you can travel in directly from Heathrow, without any changes, and be at the apartment very quickly * St Pancras train station (for trains to Europe or Gatwick airport) is just up the road, either a walk or one stop on the Tube * It's in a quiet cobbled mews with a real historic feel * There is a shopping centre round the corner, with two good supermarkets plus lots of cafe's and restaurants * London's best restaurant districts - Lambs Conduit St and Covent Garden - are really close * Theatreland is really close * It has good bedrooms of roughly equal size, so no one pulls the 'short straw'

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, 2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double
      • The bedrooms are fairly equal in size and comfort and all are furnished with high-quality bedding, new double wardrobes, and bedside tables with lamps. The Red Room has a king-size bed, the Cream Room has a double bed, and the Blue Room can either have a king-size or we can arrange it as two singles. There are also two folding beds with mattresses which can sleep an extra child/ 2 children (or very small adults under 10 stones / 140 pounds / 63 kilos). One folding bed can be put in the Blue Room and one in the Cream room. Or you can use the sitting room for the folding beds. Please note there is an extra charge if there are 7 or 8 of you which will be shown on the invoice, but this also applies if you want to use a folding bed when there are six or fewer. Please enquire. The Cream Room and the Red Room have lovely big sash windows fitted with wooden blinds as well as curtains. The Blue Room has a Velux (roof) window.

      Bathrooms

      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Plus sink with mirrored toiletries cupboard and towel rails
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Plus mirrored toiletries cupboard and towel rail
      • We also provide bathrobes.

      Location Type

        • Downtown

          Theme

            • Budget
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Luxury
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions

              Meals

                • Guests provide their own meals

                  General

                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Gas central heating throughout. Very efficient!
                    • Internet
                      Wifi with superfast broadband is free
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      We know how important it is to have high-quality linens to make you feel comfortable when away from home.
                    • Living Room
                      Separate sitting room which seats six comfortably
                    • Parking
                      Please discuss. This is sometimes available.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Egyptian cotton towels - thick and soft.
                    • Washing Machine
                      There is a brand new washing machine with super-fast spin. We provide clothes airing racks for hanging damp clothes to dry
                    • Free Wifi

                      Kitchen

                        • Coffee Maker
                          We provide a cafetiere (french press). There is no electric coffee maker which is not a very common item in the UK any more.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Attractive crockery, cutlery and glassware. Also plenty of pots, pans, oven dishes for cooking and serving etc. All you could reasonably need for cooking meals in the flat.
                        • Kitchen
                          with electric hob, oven, extractor, kettle, toaster, double sink, fridge-freezer, microwave and washing machine for laundry. We also provide clothes airing racks.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Electric oven.
                        • Pantry Items
                          We provide all the staple items you might need, such as sugar, salt, herbs, spices, flour, tea, coffee, etc so you don't spend a fortune when you arrive!
                        • Refrigerator
                          Large high-standing fridge and freezer
                        • Stove
                          Electric hob with four pan positions
                        • Toaster

                          Dining

                            • Dining
                              There is a pull-out dining table which can seat 8 if necessary.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people

                              Entertainment

                                • Books
                                  Plenty of guidebooks on London (though some are a few years old) and a few novels.
                                • DVD Player
                                  with a few dvd's
                                • Music Library
                                  We are not too sure what HomeAway intends here, but there is a radio with lots of music channels, as well as the BBC current affairs programmes
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                • Video Library
                                  No "videos" but we provide a few dvd's so you can watch a film if you wish. (HomeAway don't provide a section for "dvd's"

                                  Outside

                                    • Bicycles
                                      London has a public bike rental scheme which is open to visitors and you can pick up a hired bike very close to the flat.

                                      Suitability

                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                          Attractions

                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • pond
                                            • restaurants
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • paddle boating
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • Babysitter
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 11:00 AM

                                                          Check-out: 10:30 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          76 Reviews

                                                          Wonderful4.9/5

                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          A Perfect Flat for Families

                                                          Barbara S.Tucson, AZ USA

                                                          This Bloomsbury flat is absolutely wonderful. My husband and I stayed for a week along with our son, daughter in law and their two children ages 7 and 4. In addition to being spacious and comfortable, the flat is a stone’s throw from the tube. One can reach all of London easily.

                                                          The neighborhood itself is very interesting with a great literary history. A good size supermarket is around the corner and the area abounds with restaurants .

                                                          The owner, Jan, is a delight. Very often, it is the little things that count...wooden hangers, bath soap and bath gel, kitchen soap, laundry soap, plenty of bath towels, drying racks that are easy to operate...I could go on and on.

                                                          The flat is blissfully quiet at night . The beds are very comfortable. All in all, the flat is a haven after a day of braving the hustle and bustle of London.

                                                          Thank you Jan. We had a memorable stay.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          What a brilliant review! Thankyou so much.

                                                          Good location, basic but clean flat with everything you could need

                                                          Jody A.UK

                                                          Great for what we wanted. Location good and secure, lots of places to eat nearby. Flat comfortable and clean and communication with Jan very good.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you so much!

                                                          Everything we hoped for, and more!

                                                          Catherine F.

                                                          Jan's lovely flat was everything we were looking for and everything that was promised. Fabulous location; very quiet (by London standards!); very clean and comfortable; lots of room and sunlight; very well and completely kitted-out with all (and more than) we needed; everything in the flat functions really well. Jan was wonderful and easy to work with, and very communicative, responsive and helpful before, during and after our stay. We would absolutely stay here again, without question! A brilliant find in such a fab part of our favourite city. Thank you so much, Jan, from Cathie, Art, and Kate. Hope to see you again sometime soon!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Oh wow! What a fantastic review! Thankyou SO much.

                                                          Fabulous Space, Unbeatable Location!

                                                          Rebecca A.

                                                          We were a three-generation family of six, and this flat was perfect for all of us (loved the two bathrooms!). It was much larger than we had expected (given some of the rooms we have stayed in when in London), and the location is fantastic - walking distance to so many things, yet quiet on the mews itself. Jan was so helpful and accommodating: we really appreciated her flexibility! Everything we needed was in or near the apartment - we particularly loved the coffee from the breakfast place on the corner :). We can't say enough good things about our stay - some of us had been to London several times & stayed in a variety of locations, but this was top. Highly, highly recommended!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Oh wow! What a review! Thankyou so much. I am so happy that you had such a good stay and everything suited you so well.

                                                          Location, Location, and a PUB

                                                          Nicholas C C.Ellicott City, Maryland, USA

                                                          This was a great rental. The location was excellent. Close to a tube line and restaurants and grocery store. The pub is just down the Colonnade.

                                                          Enough room for a big family.

                                                          More than I expected!

                                                          GregRichland, Washington

                                                          This rental was a great find for our stay in London. There were 4 of us and I might not have found this apartment if I had not expanded my search to include three-bedroom rentals. We had plenty of room, a it was a great price, and the location couldn't be better. We stayed for 6 nights. We were a 4 minute walk from the tube station. We were on a quiet Alley but yet easily connected with most anything we wanted to see, either by public transportation or merely walking. The British museum is a 5 minute walk away. There are wonderful restaurants and some shopping close by. What was great about this location is the large grocery store within a 5 minute walk. We did not have to buy things and take transportation to get back home wrestling grocery bags. The apartment is fully equipped and has a hair dryer, iron, washer and drying racks (which worked amazingly well), etc.

                                                          Jan is a great owner and met us on our arrival. She checked in during our stay and made herself available by phone and email. We had all that we needed. My wife and I had been to London 2 years ago and stayed in an historic Hotel. We paid as much or more per night for a hotel room with bed and bath than we did for this three-bedroom apartment.

                                                          Please understand that this is a "budget apartment". Do not expect something on the luxury level but it is certainly adequate, puts you in a great location, gives you an opportunity to prepare your own meals if you desire, and lets you leave with some money in your pocket. We give this our recommendation.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Ohhh thankyou! What a good review! You have put into words the essence of this apartment. When I read what you said I felt so grateful that you had completely understood what is offered. Yes it's in the budget category so don't go hoping for a five star hotel...but it is comfortable, it is adequate, it is inexpensive and, most importantly, it is right in the middle of things. Thanks so much.

                                                          Location

                                                          Bloomsbury, London, UK

                                                          Our apartment is perfectly located in Bloomsbury, right in the very heart of the centre of London, so most of the sights can be reached on foot. The British Museum is just up the road, and all around you have interesting shops, cafes and restaurants ideal for a tourist visit. This area is London at its best, with beautiful Georgian houses often arranged around a central square of garden. Some of these gardens are exquisitely planted with flower borders, trees and lawns...and best of all they are open and free to visitors. Bloomsbury is right next to Covent Garden, Theatreland and the shopping district around Oxford Street. Hence some of the capitals most exclusive boutique hotels are to be found here. Here are some of the places you might want to visit, with the time it will take you to walk to them...(we have walked most of these ourselves to check they are accurate) Of course, you could also take a Tube or a taxi, but by giving you the walking times you can see we are genuinely right in the middle of London.... Nearest Tube station - 2 mins walk University of London - 3 mins walk Coram's Fields (great children's playground) - 3 mins walk Dickens Museum - 3 mins walk British Museum - 8 mins walk Covent Garden - 10 mins walk Theatreland - 10-15 mins walk Oxford Street (shopping) - 10 mins walk St Pancras International - 12 mins walk Soho - 14 mins walk Leicester Square - 14 mins walk Piccadilly - 15 mins walk Trafalgar Square - 15 mins walk Chinatown - 15 mins walk Mayfair - 15 mins walk Cabinet Rooms (Winston Churchill) - 20 mins walk Buckingham Palace - 22 mins walk Big Ben - 23 mins walk Houses of Parliament - 24 mins walk Westminster Abbey - 25 mins walk St Paul's Cathedral - 28 mins walk London Eye - 30 mins walk

                                                          Rates & Availability

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Cleaning Fee
                                                          $125
                                                          Additional Guest Fee
                                                          $27

                                                          We provide a personal service - happy to help with queries before and during your trip. We meet you when you arrive - check in (or bag drop) is from 11.15am. Earlier check-in may be possible at no extra charge, subject to previous guests' departure time Very late arrivals can be met at a small extra charge - please enquire

                                                          $440avg/night
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