About the property
- Apartment645 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 2 nights
Perfect for groups, couples & families, minutes from Canary Wharf & ExCel Centre
3 Bedroom Duplex Vacation Rental 2 minutes to metro in the London Docklands
Perfect for groups, couples & families, minutes from London Olympic Site, Canary Wharf & ExCel Centre (Check our FB @RachelStaysPage and Instagram @RachelStays for more! :)
. Great connections to central London (the subway is a 2 minute walk and takes under 20 minutes to reach downtown)
. 3 bedroom apartment (2 large bedrooms and 1 small double)
. Set up to cater for a small or large group
. An additional single bed can be arranged if you have 7 in your group
. A baby cot & highchair can be provided if you have a little one - please ask
About the apartment:
The split level apartment (walk up) is situated in a low rise building in a quiet residential street
Bedrooms - comfortable beds, built in wardrobes and shelves in each room with space to put your suitcases (so you can really feel like you've settled in), bedside tables with lighting and lovely soft linens are provided to make sure you get a good night sleep
Kitchen - fully equipped with a spectacular oven and everything you need to make dinner for your group
Balcony - off the living room, a rare opportunity to get some outside space in a very crowded city
The local area:
Immediate vicinity - a few minutes away from the apartment you'll discover take away restaurants offering many different cuisines (including the English tradition of fish & chips). Small grocery stores are plentiful and larger convenience stores are 5 minutes away
Canary Wharf - the skyscrapers of London's finance hub are visible from the front door of the apartment, and it's conveniently located minutes away. Here you'll find hundreds of bars, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, banks, post office and grocery stores.
Stratford City Shopping Centre (one of the largest shopping centres in the northern hemisphere) - offers an abundance of shops, restaurants, grocery stores, bars
Olympic Park Stratford - the apartment is well located for guests who are participating in competitions at the various sporting events held at the centre
ExCel Centre - conveniently close if you're attending (or exhibiting) at one of the many conferences, seminars or trade shows which takes place there
Public transport - Devons Road is the closest subway. The apartment is well connected by buses, and there is a hire by the hour cycle docking station at the end of the steet
When you make an enquiry through the website about your dates, I'll send you lots more information so you can get a really good feel for the apartment, and once you've booked the apartment I send full directions on how to reach it from wherever you're travelling.
We provide you with full directions on how to reach the apartment once you have booked.
*Upcoming events near this property are the Floating Film Festival and London on Water at St. Katherine’s Dock, the Annual festival of cycling Ride London on the 27th of July, the London Craft Beer festival at Tobacco Dock on the 3rd and 5th of August and of course all major events at the Excel London. This property is an excellent choice to be at the 1st row of the action for free!
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- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- May 16, 2018
About Rachel 2
I recycle wherever possible, am a keen conservationist (after all, I grew up in Australia with almost daily water restrictions) and a clean-freak! I also suffer from dust allergies, so make sure the apartment is always presented in a way I'd want it if I was staying there. You'll also notice a distinct lack of toxic chemicals - with all the products available on the market today I don't see the need to use smelly, harmful products more than is absolutely necessary.
Rachel 2 purchased this Apartment in 2002
Why Rachel 2 chose Bromley South
At the time I bought the apartment, Bow (the neighbourhood in which it's located) was not well known, despite it being so well situated between the city centre and Canary Wharf (the financial heart of London). However I was sure it was just a matter of time before the rest of London realized what I already knew - what an undiscovered gem it is! Now, more than a decade later, the face of Bow has really changed. Its popularity has risen exponentially, and the streets are now a lovely mix of old converted warehouses and factories and new luxury apartments - all of which creates a really vibrant, colourful area. The apartment is also only a 2 minute walk to the closest subway station - a definite bonus. The London ExCel Centre is easily accessible, making the apartment a popular choice for guests attending conferences and trade shows there. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (the Olympic Stadium where the London 2012 Olympics took place) is a few minutes away by bus or metro, and is still one of the primary sporting arenas for main sporting events held in London.
What makes this Apartment unique
The apartment is a duplex (split level) property, and the fact that the living areas are below, and the sleeping areas above, gives everyone a bit more space to live. So the TV can be on downstairs whilst others are upstairs sleeping. The fact that the apartment was built sometime around the 1960's means the room sizes aren't as small as they are in most new build London apartments. The added bonus of a balcony giving some outside space, albeit small, is a rare commodity in the city. Walk just a couple of minutes away from the apartment and you'll find the canalways that connect up much of London - it's a very enjoyable day out and a great way to see a different side of London!
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lovely place - could have done with a toaster
The flat was clean and tidy and not too far from public transport. Good local shops. The kids especially liked the tube map duvets and enjoyed working out where we had been! The cooker door was broken so we couldn't use the cooker - this wasn't a problem as we went out for meals. However, a toaster would have been useful for breakfast. (we did try the microwave but it was missing something so we just got warm bread!). The flat was open, light and spacious which was lovely, it did cause an issue once the kids had gone to bed - they have the door open to their room which meant they could hear us downstairs - a door on the living room would have been useful.
Thank you for reviewing the apartment. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the apartment lived up to you expectations! Having very high standards ensures that the apartment is kept spotlessly clean . We are now in the process of replacing the oven with a brand new one, and have also replaced the toaster that was unfortunately broken by a guest just prior to your arrival. As we often have back to back bookings it’s not always possible to know in advance what items require attention but we do try and attend to things as soon as we are able to. But we know there’s nothing like a scrummy piece of toast to keep our guests’ energy levels up through all that sightseeing! We certainly appreciate the feedback from our guests as it helps us improve in giving an even better service :)
PERFECT TRIP IN LONDON
The flat was really nice, looked exactly like the pictures. Very well equipped and quiet (only one negative point: shower temperature complicated to adjust).
Both the tube and DLR stations were easily accessible, and most touristic places in London were only half an hour away from the flat.
Rachel was very nice and helpful.
We are really satisfied, and recommend this flat to anyone who wishes to spend a nice weekend in London!
Nice little apartment a little off the beaten path
First of all, I have to say Rachel was great to work with. We followed her advise and used Cityways with key service from LHR to the apartment which was much better than trying to figure out the tube to stop and get the key, then get back on the tube to find the apartment, all while hauling luggage along with way.
We had two families (2 couples and 2 adult children) for a total of 6 people staying in this little apartment. The apartment was just as pictured - it was clean, comfortable, and had a decent kitchen with most everything you might need. It was a very easy walk to the Devon Road tube station and a bit further out were the Bow Road and Bromley-by-Bow stations. It really was just a 15-20 minute tube ride to get into downtown London. There were a couple of small, neighborhood markets within easy walking distance. The closest tavern, the Widow's Son, was also a short stroll away and the people there were quite friendly.
The apartment is a bit outside of the touristy areas. The apartment building and the neighborhood look a little rough, but again, the apartment itself was nice enough, and everyone we met and spoke with in the neighborhood were certainly helpful and friendly.
Before we figured out the tube station, we'd stop and ask for directions to catch the tube to Bromley-by-Bow. Most people would give us a quizzical stare and then repeat "Bromley-by-Bow? Bromley-by-Bow? Really? And you're from America?" because it's not a neighborhood frequented by tourists visiting London. But with the easy tube ride, I would not hesitate to stay here again.
Well first of all, I have to say thank you for the review and I'm glad I was great to work with!
Using the car service we've been working with for the past few years definitely has its benefits - for one it's cheaper than taking a taxi off the rank! The apartment is indeed located in a residential area between the two main financial hubs of London - the City and Canary Wharf. (It is also easy to access the ExCel Exhibition Centre from here, which is where most of the large conferences and events are held in London) This means getting downtown is extremely quick as you've mentioned. Many tourists think they should stay in the centre of town without taking into consideration most of London's attractions are spread out - so it doesn't matter where you stay, you have to travel to see everything. The fact that the closest tube station is a two minute walk from my apartment makes travel around the city very easy. All in all, staying outside the main central area means slightly more space for slightly less cost - which for most guests is a win!
Mark & Sue from Canada
My family of Myself, my wife and two adult children stayed here for a week and had a fanastic time. We had great communication with Rachel prior to our trip. We decided to take Rachels advise and use the Cityways car service from Gatwick Airport. Cost of the trip was 85£ for three of us, the driver met us at the airport, had the apartment key and after a long flight it was nice not to have complications getting "home". The apartment was perfectly clean and ready for us. There was coffee, tea, condiments and even milk in the fridge. The Bromley-by-Bow subway is about 5 min away and took us everywhere we wanted to go in London, the Devon station, even closer, took us on the DLR to points south of the Thames. We purchased the Oyster card for Zones 1 & 2 and only had to "top up" once for a trip outside of those zones(about 5£ each). There are several large convenience stores nearby, but we used the one right at the Bromley Station the most. Try the Galvanizer Pub, friendly people, great Fish & Chips and trivia nights on Thursdays.
Super London-trip in perfektem "HAUS IM HAUS"
Sehr schoene Wohnung ueber zwei Etagen, Bad und WC neu in zwei Räumen. Drei Sclafzimmer im Obergeschoss, große Schränke für eine ganze Großfamilie. Im Wohnzimmer Flachbildfernseher. Am Wohnzimmer kleiner Balkon. Große Küche. Alles sehr sauber, sehr gut ausgestattet mit Handtüchern, Bettwäsche. Bitte nicht vom Aussenerscheinungsbild des Gebäudes und dem Abholort irritieren lassen. Liegt in Zone zwei der Untergrundbahn, man kommt schnell ueberall hin (DLR +Tube) mit Tageskarte für 8,70£. Gute Adresse für ihren London-Trip. Ideal fuer bis zu sechs Personen.
We found the apartment to be clean, well furnished. The pictures accurately represent the interior of the apartment. Note that it is on the upper level of the building, and there are 2 flights of stairs to climb. The neighborhood is ethnically diverse and seems somewhat rough. But merchants and neighbors were friendly and helpful. We did not find a variety of restaurants in the immediate area. Nearby grocery stores are limited to small convenience stores. A larger food store is a 15-20 minute walk. Huge food stores and a shopping mall are a 30 minute walk, or a short train ride in Stratford.
Transportation via trains is also relatively accessible with a light rail station about a 7-minute walk from the apartment and the underground station about 15 minutes away, walking. It would be helpful for foreign visitors to get detailed guidance in purchasing Oyster Cards, and using the rail service. Once we found the train stations, learned how to use Oyster Cards, and became acclimated to the system we were able to reach all parts of London.
The manner in which you get the key for the apartment is quite awkward. Rachel suggests arranging for transportation to the apartment from Heathrow via a mini-taxi. She suggests that the taxi take you to a taxi-company office where you get the apartment key. Then you can take a taxi on to the apartment. We followed her suggestion, but the total cost was over £100. There should be a more convenient way of getting the key. We returned to Heathrow on the tube at the end of our stay, leaving the key at the apartment. This took about the same length of time, at considerably less cost.
The matter of the key was also an inconvenience for us; we were only able to get 1 key for the apartment. Our family of 4 adults did not often do things together, usually traveling throughout the city in pairs. We had to carefully coordinate our plans so that no one was locked out of the apartment. The apartment building also has an electronically locked entrance, leaving one not only locked out of the apartment, but also locked out of the building. Rachel said that she is working on getting a second key and fob, but for us this was quite a handicap. This was our 4th visit to London, having stayed previously in Richmond, Kew, and Plumstead. Each visit has been unique. There is no reason not to stay at Rachel's, other than the matter of the key. However, London is a big city and with VRBO there are so many other options.
I am grateful for the feedback on this guests experience as it showed I needed to reword the directions I send out! This I have now done so no further chance for misunderstandings in the future. There are several ways to obtain the keys (all of which are listed in the directions I send to you) but when you are collected from the airport or train station - a less stressful choice after a long flight to an often unfamiliar city - you can request in advance to be given the keys to the apartment in the car on the way so that when you reach the apartment, you can let themselves straight in upon arrival. There is no requirement to take a diversion in the taxi to the taxi office! We like to make things as easy as possible and this method seems to have worked for hundreds of guests so far - thankfully this experience was an isolated one :-)
The closest DLR (metro stop) is a 2 or 3 minute walk from the apartment so nice and handy to get to Canary Wharf (hundreds of restaurants and shops) or Stratford (hundreds more restaurants and shops), although there are buses that run in both directions too. In fact, the apartment couldn't be better situated between the two main hubs of Stratford and Canary Wharf (or 'The Wharf' as the locals call it)! There are also take away restaurants within a 1 - 5 minute walk radius, and more further afield of course.
There are many small grocery stores a minute walk from the apartment but slightly larger ones about a 5-10 minute walk - depending on the direction you're taking. I have now compiled my own map of the local area, including where all the important things can be found around the apartment, and leave copies of them with all the tourist information in the apartment (in the cabinet underneath the TV).
Our apartments are not serviced so once your booking is confirmed we will send you information via email on how to collect the keys from our local office and how to get to the apartment.
This is historical London at its best! The East End is alive with hundreds of churches, synagogues, old ruins, converted factories, remnants of London during the blitz and also has the best of new London - modern developments, award winning architecture, buildings of all shapes and sizes, not to mention the London ExCel Centre and also the Olympic Park, both of which are very accessible to the apartment. Also the waterways (canals and locks) are a few minutes walk from the apartment, and provides a fascinating different view of London.
These waterways provide a hidden 'highway' of connections all across London and it's definitely a recommendation to explore them if you have time.
Canary Wharf (the financial heart of London) is minutes away and has hundreds of restaurants, bars and shops to keep everyone happy!
And if that's not enough shopping and restaurants for you, Stratford Shopping Centre, one of the largest shopping centres in the northern hemisphere, is also very close by as well as the Tobacco Docks
This is a part of London most visitors don't get to see but for me it's the true city.
The apartment is also very accessible to the London ExCel Centre if you're attending one of the many conferences, seminars or trade shows there.
Likewise the Olympic Village (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park) is easily accessible from the apartment if you are taking part in one of the numerous sporting events, or are going along as a spectator.