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Lovely Modern Flat with Terrace 150m from the Tower of London

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 520 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

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 near to several 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.

More Details

Owner
Amanda Jepson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 9, 2017

About Amanda Jepson

My husband works in and near the City of London and I am a kiwi 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 (for infants) we have this in the flat so you don't need to lug it with you, and of course we can provide advice on child friendly places although most places are now geared up for children around Tower Hill and the main tourist attractions.

Amanda Jepson purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Amanda Jepson chose England

The flat is a short walk to some amazing tourist attractions such as the Tower of London, St Pauls Cathedral, the Tate Gallery, to name just a few. Just a short walk over Tower Bridge (after taking the tour inside the bridge) takes you to some very nice restaurants and the South Bank of the Thames. From here you can walk to the Tate and along the Thames to Borough Market and the Cutty Sark ship. There are plenty of supermarkets within walking distance and Borough and Leadenhall markets for more specialist options - The Cheese Shop in Leadenhall market is run by a lady named Sue who knows all there is to know about speciality cheeses! We both really enjoy visiting the theatre and it is realatively easy to get a taxi, bus or tube back from the theatre district to the flat, and plenty of places near the theatres for a pre theatre meal. And if you are feeling more adventurous, there is the East End of London and Brick Lane to explore for curry houses and lots of bars, so it really is a great location for everyone.

What makes this apartment unique

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.

Amenities

London Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 6
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 520 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 with a shower over the bath
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size bed (1) - The flat has an English King size bed which is 5'6' wide, Baby Cribs (1) A portable baby's cot is available in the flat for little ones. There is a double sofa which converts to a double bed easily, and a single put-up bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
We provide an ipod dock/sound system, 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). 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 420 satisfied guests to date!

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5

Wonderful experience in a great location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have been to London many times over the past 37+ years. This is definitely one of the nicest flats we have stayed in.

It has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Bed is excellent. Cooking facilities and tools are all there. Grocery stores nearby.

You are within a block of the Tower of London and a major tube location, making getting around very easy. We also took advantage of taxis and found MyTaxi to be a good app.

On weekends, the Financial District where this flat is located shuts down, so it's very quiet. That was a good thing to us.

Next time we are back in London, we will definitely try and stay in this flat.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location !

  • 3 of 5

This flat is in a great location, so close to the underground it makes getting around very easy, additionally there is plenty to do and see right in the neighborhood. It is helpful that are lots of books about London in the flat and the internet works well. The bed is a European king and quite comfortable. Amanda and her husband are very nice folks and really seem to care that you have a nice timè, that being said, it would be nice if they spent some time freshening the patio and removing the weeds, and updating/organizatig the information in their notebook.It was unusually hot whIle we were in London so a more substantial fan would have been nice.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so lucky to have such fabulous if unprecented weather in london - it was the hottest june on record since the 1990's. We do provide a top of the range dyson fan however the weather in london sadly does not justify having air conditioning and we do make that clear on the listing details. Sorry to hear you were so hot. We have cleaered the patio as the hot weather gave vigour to the weed growth and I am sorry not to have done so bedore your arrival. The nice weather and back to back bookings were against me! We are pleased you had a great trip-can you come back next june and bring the lovely waether with you again please!
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5

Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Everything about the property is really great. Great location, secure building , close to the tube, plenty of pubs and restaurants near-by, fully furnished kitchen, washer/dryer unit, comfortable and quiet.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Nice flat in perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

This flat met all of our needs perfectly. It is in a very safe neighborhood, is reasonably large with a well-stocked kitchen, and is a 2 minute walk to the tube which provides access to everything London has to offer.

Amanda provided everything we needed and has been responsive to all of our inquiries. Just a lovely hostess. Our only "negative," if it can even be called this, is that the flat was a little warm. But we can't really complain much since we had the great luck of being in London during spectacular weather - sunny and warm - and the portable fan in the flat did cool things down so that we slept comfortably.

Would highly recommend this flat!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great location!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is in a great spot. Super convenient to rail and tube. Near big hotels and restaurants. The bed was fantastic. We could have used a few more towels, but over all it was a super spot.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in London

  • 5 of 5

You won't find a better location in London. Very close to the tube, great restaurants and The Tower of London. It's very well appointed and located in a very safe neighborhood. We will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Map

Nearest Ferry
0.3 Miles
2 mins walk away to Tower Hill ferry
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
2 mins walk away to Tower Hill tube station
Nearest Point of Interest
Tower of London
Nearest Point of Interest
Borough Market
Nearest Point of Interest
The Monument
Nearest Point of Interest
The Royal Exchange
Nearest Point of Interest
St Paul's Cathedral
Nearest Point of Interest
Millenium Bridge
Nearest Point of Interest
Tate Modern
Nearest Point of Interest
Captain Kidd Pub
Nearest Point of Interest
The Narrows
Nearest Point of Interest
The Prospect of Whitby
Car: not necessary

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.

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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

paypal fee $50

Upon confirming you would like to stay in our flat and your agreement to pay the rental figure quoted, I will send you our terms and conditions for your reference. Once you receive these terms and agree with them, please let me know how you will be sending payment so that I can look out for it. I will keep your booking pending for a reasonable period of time until payment is received. I will not accept another booking without notifying you that I have not received payment and I have another interested party and thereafter giving you an opportunity to make payment.

Low season rates excludes the Christmas and New Year period.

We do not charge a damage waiver as in all the years of renting our flat out, we have had minimal damage occur and it is more hassle taking a waiver and then refunding it. We operate an honesty system and expect that our guests will treat the apartment as they would their own home.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.