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Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Garden Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)


Located on Embankment Gardens across the street from the Thames River in the heart of Old Chelsea our London pied-a-terre is a perfect destination for lovers of all the wonderful things that London has to offer. Embankment Gardens is like a small jewel tucked between the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital Garden and London’s legendary Physic Gardens. Less than a five minute walk away, the world famous Chelsea Flower Show is held each May. Across the river is Battersea Park with its array of seasonal gardens, some of the best running paths in London and home of many seasonal art fairs.

We challenge Art Lovers to visit all the nearby museums and galleries along the King’s Road including the Saatchi Gallery at the fashionable Duke of York’s outdoor mall where many of London’s finest antique fairs are held on an annual basis. Sloane Square, with its shops, bars and restaurants is an easy 10 minute walk. Stroll along the Thames to the Tate Britain and then take their ferry service across the Thames to the Tate Modern. Pimlico, where treasures from around the world can be found, is a favorite haunt of interior designers and antique lovers is on your doorstep.

Foodies will need to book well in advance at London's only Michelin three star restaurant, Gordon Ramsey on Royal Hospital Road, less than a five minute walk. Or perhaps London's finest Indian cuisine at The Painted Heron intrigues you. We love The Cheyne Walk Brasserie with its upstairs comfy lounge and delicious array of Provencal treats. Local pubs are on every corner and London's most traditional food shop, Partridge's, is ten minutes away. Perfect for a take away meal to enjoy in the privacy of our secret walled garden.

Our London flat is an art filled haven with one bedroom, a full bathroom and guest loo and a combination living room/dining room overlooking a private walled garden. Enjoy coffee in the morning or an early evening drink in the total privacy of this bit of paradise. The newly installed, fully equipped, Poggenpohl kitchen is ready for your stay at home meals which can be enjoyed either outside or inside.

We provide you with our London Tip Sheet, Personal Restaurant Favorites, Insider Details, a host of London Guide Books along with all the general knowledge you’ll need. We hope you’ll love our flat as much as we do. Enjoy London like a Londoner in Old Chelsea.



Two arm chairs

Oriental Carpet

Kilim carpet covered bench/coffee table

Queen Anne chest of drawers

Full size desk


42' LED Flat Screen TV w/ 300 Cable Channels


Artist Designed Round Glass topped Table

Four Leather Dining Chairs

African Cow Skin Rug

Contemporary Chest of Drawers

Concertina Doors fully opening to Garden


New Poggenpohl Kitchen

Full Size Refrigerator & Freezer

24 Bottle Wine Fridge

Induction Stove

Wall Mounted Oven

Wall Mounted Microwave

Dish Washer

Nespresso Coffee Maker

Drip Coffee Maker




Queen Size Bed

Two Bedside Tables with Reading Lights

Fitted Wardrobes

Access to Garden


Two Seater Sofa

Coffee Table


Antique English Furniture

Contemporary French Furniture

Original Museum Quality Photographs

Collection of Burmese & Vietnamese Lacquer Boxes

Antique Silver & Crystal Vase Collection

Keywords: Flat

More Details

Robin Arkus
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Robin Arkus

We are world travelers with homes in a number of places. London, considered to be the center of the world for finance, the arts, theatre and international cuisine, is one of our favorite cities. We visit whenever we can and are happy to share our pied a terre when we are not there.

Robin Arkus purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Robin Arkus chose Chelsea

We love London! Our children live in London! Our grandchildren live in London! Now we can entertain them in our secret garden tucked behind the Royal Chelsea Hospital Grounds, home of the world renown Chelsea Flower Show. Seasonal events attract an international array of visitors. Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, the flower show, antique fairs, museums and opera all all within an easy distance.

What makes this apartment unique

Our secret garden is perhaps one of the quietest locations one can find in the heart of bustling London. Nestled between the Royal Hospital Gardens and the River Thames, no noise at all, other than birdsong, interrupts one's thoughts. We find it a great spot to refresh ourselves between shopping, gallerying and socializing in the world's greatest city.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a quick note to tell you how much my husband and I enjoyed staying at your lovely apartment in Chelsea this past May. It was certainly everything we had hoped for and more. I also wanted to mention how helpful your tip sheets were. We took advantage of several of your suggestions and found the Airport Executive Cars and the Addison Lee Mini-cabs excellent. To have someone waiting from Airport Executive Cars waiting for us when we got off the plane from the U.S., ready to swoop us up with no further effort on our part was HEAVEN after a long night on the plane. I always wondered who those people were who had someone waiting for them with a name placard. My husband thought the Addison Lee driver who took us to King's Cross when we departed for Scotland was a bit "eager" in his driving technique but I found it rather thrilling myself!! :o) We had a lovely time and couldn't have been more pleased with our stay.

Thank you for your assistance in making our stay in London another memorable one,
May 2013
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Chelsea Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full size bathtub with wall mounted shower. Separate room with toilet and basin.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
  • King size bed, direct garden access
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • tennis
Printer/Scanner/Copier Ipod Docking Station


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average rating of 4.9565215 based on 29 reviews

Chelsea Gem

  • 5 of 5

We are experienced travelers who sincerely appreciate quality and value. The internet photos and description, although accurate, do not include the more salient virtues such as how quiet the building and neighbourhood are. Or how functional the kitchen is. Or how close and frequent the 360 bus is to access the Sloane Square Underground. What we really appreciated was the genuine hospitality extended by Robin and Peter. They were most helpful with every step of the process and we shall definitely be back. Overall, a wonderful flat in terrific location.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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City New Orleans

Lovely Flat in a Great Chelsea Location!

  • 5 of 5

You know you have had a great stay when you have spent a couple of weeks in a place and you really don't want to leave! This was our first experience renting a flat in London, and we will definitely do it again.

Firstly, Robin and Peter could not have been nicer owners; their attention to detail, local advice, hospitality and recommendations helped make our stay special. Any questions that we had either on the flat or London in general were attended quickly.

Secondly, the flat itself is remarkable. It is beautifully decorated and wonderfully equipped. You definitely feel like you are in a home, and a very nice one! The flat is on the floor down from the entrance but you would never know that you were, as the living room opens on to a conservatory and a nice little terrace, which is also shared by the bedroom. I’ve never been in a below street level flat where you can look at the trees, and watch the rain fall on your glass roof. The bedroom is very comfortable, and although there is only one bathroom, the toilet and shower/tub are in separate rooms, which allows ‘multi-tasking’ for couples. It is so quiet in the flat at night, you would never know you were in a city of 11 million people. The kitchen has all new appliances, and the artwork in the flat is uniquely beautiful. Robin and Peter’s attention to detail is remarkable. The flat had everything that we needed and more.

Thirdly, the location in Chelsea along the River Thames and close to Kings Road is delightfully convenient. We enjoyed walking along the river, and across the bridges to Battersea Park. We like to walk London, as it is such a beautiful city, and we were able to walk to Kings Road, Kensington, Westminster, Mayfair, Sloan Square, Trafalgar Square, the Theater District, etc. Some of the walks were 2 or 3 miles one way, but London is such a beautiful place to explore that we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the exercise. We often took a taxi back to the flat at night, for between $10-20 US. We did not take the Tube our entire time in London! There are some great restaurants within a 10-15 minute walk from the flat.

We highly recommend and feel like we have found a London home for future visits.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Long Beach, CA, USA

Great location

  • 4 of 5

Nicely updated flat in a great Kensington/Chelsea neighborhood next to the Thames. Easy walking access to good restaurants and pubs, as well as the Tube. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful well stocked flat

  • 5 of 5

This flat is in a great residential neighborhood. Perfect for us, as we lived in London for a year and wanted to try something new. If it's your first time here, you may want to stay a little more central.

Beautiful artwork, great kitchen, lovely living room, but very compact, as it is city living. We actually entertained friends 3 nights here. So comfortable to just sit and enjoy your guests. Great towels and amply stocked apartment. Tesco Express within a few minutes walk (open until 11 pm) and M&S a 5-7 minute walk. Saatchi Gallery, my favorite contemporary art museum, also within a 10 min walk. Plenty ofmshopping and shops to poke around in. Don't miss Partridges if you're a foodie. All in all, loved our stay. Only thing that could be improved would be to have a/c or at least a fan in the bedroom.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great, comfortable, quiet, this place is hteat

  • 5 of 5

The property is in a beautiful old neighborhood, the houses are very nice and well maintained. The owners were super-responsive to our questions. The area is terrific, great restaurants, the Thames, it's a really sweet location. I was able to get Uber cars in 3 minutes. I'm a light sleeper so I really appreciate a quiet building like this.

I would unhesitatingly stay there again

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and clean in a great part of town

  • 5 of 5

Our hosts were right on top of thiings, being very responsive with our questions and helping us get settle in. The terrace is lovely, small and no view, but so nice to be outside under the trees. The kitchen is well equipped and the whole flat is very comfortable.

They had a list of pubs, restaurants and grocery stores that were all within walking distance, and there were many gardens in the neighborhood. We took a lovely walk up the Thames that ended with the Parliament buildings, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and then another pub to cool off. And then we spent a a lot of time just exploring the neighborhood, I only wish we had more time. We never became fully acquainted with public transportation, but took cabs when we needed a short ride. We would definitely go back if we got the opportunity.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Heathrow or Gatwick
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Surprise
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Victoria Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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