Ideal Location, Perfect for Couples and Families, All Amenties in This 2 Bd Flat(15 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-5 nights
- Property type:Apartment
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, sleeps 6
The apartment occupies the entire second floor (one level above the street) with a secure front entry and a lift (elevator). The apartment is modern, bright, and airy with 12 foot ceilings, a balcony, huge windows, generous closet space, and interesting artwork and craft items. In addition, we have many USB charging ports thougout the flat for all of your devises. The larger bedroom has a queen size bed and a storage wall with two large closets and shelf space. The en suite bathroom for this larger bedroom has a shower and a tub. The second bedroom has a desk, a storage wall with one closet and a bank of shelves. This bedroom has a trundle bed that can be raised to create one double bed or twin beds.- (You can see how this works in our photo section.) The en suite bathroom in this bedroom has a shower but no tub. The living room has a very comfortable sofa that seats three and opens to sleep two. The room also has two leather tub chairs and a giant floor to ceiling window. Outside the window is a balcony with flower boxes. The dining area is at one end of the living room The table seats four with a self storing leaf that opens to seat six. There's a convenient pass-through to the kitchen. Near the table is a book case with a collection of paper back books. In the bookcase is also a collection of maps and guide books on London and on the British Isles.
Other amenities in this well equipped apartment include multiple USB charging stations, WIFI, cable TV,, stereo with CD player, washer/dryer, dishwasher, four burner gas range and convection electric oven, microwave, family size refrigerator and separate freezer, garbage disposal (rare in London apartments), electric coffee and tea makers, toaster, hair dryer, a generous supply of dishes, kitchen utensils, and linens, elevator, secure entry, and free local phone calls.
One of the best features of this apartment is its location in Little Venice, which the London Walks brochure describes as the prettiest and most romantic neighborhood in London. It is a quiet, tree filled neighborhood with flowers most of the year. One block from your doorstep is the lovely Regents Canal with its flower decked longboats (including an art gallery and a puppet theatre) and 19th century towpath. Walk the towpath or take a water taxi to the London Zoo or Camden Market.
Enjoy the charm and convenience of the local shops: a small supermarket, a bakery, 2 delis with great take-out food , a pharmacy, wine shop, several hair dresser, and many boutiques, even a specialty shop for animal lovers. Bring your pet a toy from London. Of course you can cook in and enjoy our modern kitchen. But if you'd rather eat out, you have many choices within a few blocks walk. Neighborhood pubs, cafes, and restaurants offer excellent Indian, French, Thai, Middle Eastern, Persian, Burmese, English, and American food.
Need a break? Take a short walk to Lords Cricket Club, or Regents Park with its boating lake and magnificent gardens, or to Paddington Recreation Park, with a gym, 12 tennis courts, a rose garden, and two children's playgrounds.
We hope our privately owned flat (our second home) will add to your memorable vacation.
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- On floor 2
- 900 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Children are welcome. We have no crib or highchair, so bring your own. We do have a rubber sheet, if child needs one. There 's a wonderful park one subway stop or short walk --with 2 playgrounds, tennis courts, and loads of space to run and play. Also close by via a short walk is Regents park with playgrounds, boating lake....moreless
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Books For Adults
- Books For Kids
- CD Player
- Games For Kids
- Music Library:
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Botanical Garden
- Coin Laundry
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
We are in central London,a 12 minute tube ride from Piccadilly Circus, near theaters, museums, art galleries, concerts, shopping, restaurants, historical sites, Thames river cruises, parks, more. ...moreless
River Thames is 18 minutes away by tube. See Parliament, National Theatre, Festival Hall (classical music), Tate and Tate Modern art museums, Shakespeare's Globe, the Eye. Walk or take a cruise!...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Freshwater Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Activities Guide
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Broadband Access:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
High speed Wi Fi (wireless.) connection. Bring your own computer.Password is on the underside of the modem, on the floor to the right of the desk in bedroom #. Also multiple USB charging station....moreless
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Parking On Street
- Security System
- Sofa Bed
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- 4 Ring Stove
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
LOW SEASON - winter
Jan 4 - Mar 3, 2017
3 night min stay
Mar 4 - Oct 15, 2017
3 night min stay
LOW SEASON - fall
Oct 16 - Dec 15, 2017
3 night min stay
Dec 16 - Jan 4, 2018
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- cleaning fee $125
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
Please inquire if staying longer than 2 wks for discounted rate. Security deposit returned after receipt of keys.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Car: Not Necessary
Locally, go to Regents Park for playgrounds, summer theatre, a boating lake, and wonderful gardens. Walk the canal towpath to the famous London Zoo and, just beyond it, to Camden Market, a giant upscale flea market and shopping area--funky jewelry, second hand books, antique toys, leather jackets,vintage clothes, etc--and lots of ethnic food. Teens love it. So do adults. if you don't want to walk, there's a water taxi. Near Little Venice you can visit a floating art gallery and puppet theatre. You can also feed the local ducks and swans. Also local is Paddington Recreation Park, with a gym, two playgrounds, a track, 12 tennis courts, and loads of room for children to run. We go there to play with the local dogs when we miss our own. Lord's Cricket Club is also a short walk away.
We consider all of London 'our area' because public transportation is so good. London's many theatres, galleries, and museums are within easy reach. Some of our favorites are the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert (new directors--wonderful special exhibitions), the Museum of Natural History (adults as well as children) Tate Modern (go to St Paul's tube station and walk across the Millennium Bridge for great views), Tate Britain, the Jewish Museum, Somerset House, and the Theatre Museum. Don't forget the National Gallery (free) and the National Portrait Gallery, (also free) with a lot more than traditional portraits. There's even a cartoon museum. Something for everyone.
We love London theatre. The National Theatre (south Bank) is world class. The West End is like Broadway. Also try the off-West End theatres and the unique 'fringe' theatres scattered all over London. A website 'LondonTheatre.co. uk lists what's on and what's opening and closing soon, with reviews. It's good to look at that before you come to London and get tickets ahead of time for popular shows. If you are a 'senior,' ask for 'concessions' on any tickets. (Seniors are called OAP's--Old Age Pensioners!)
If you are a music lover, as we are, London is full of music, in large places like Royal Festival Hall, in modest local churches, and everything in-between. You'll find classical music, country, jazz, and a lot of African and Asian music that you won't find easily in the US. There's opera in the original language and in English and wonderful dance of all kinds at Sadler's Wells and other venues.
There are lots of festivals in London, no matter what time of year--film festivals, craft festivals, ethnic festivals, and, in summer, street parties and outdoor events of all kinds. We love the food, the music, and the photo ops. Many are in neighborhood parks. Get on a bus or tube and seek them out. You'll meet nice people and see different parts of London.
I'm not a big palace person, but the Royal Stables are fun to visit. The Tower of London is great if you are a history buff, also Parliament, and St Paul's . Go by boat to Greenwich for the nautical museum, the prime meridian (we're all on Greenwich time'), and street market. Like gardens? Go to Kew.
Walk London! The books in our apartment have suggestions for walks in London and nearby countryside. There are organized 2 hour 'London Walks,' often led by unemployed actors, with themes-- Jewish East End, Dickens, Shakespeare , Harry Potter ,, a Churchill War Rooms walk (our favorite). Shakespeare fan or not, go to the reconstructed Globe theatre on the South Bank for the tour and adjacent exhibition. You can record a part in a famous play and compare your rendition of Hamlet to that of Lawrence Olivier.
There's so much to do in London that if you have a week or less, stay in town. If you are here longer, try a day trip to Oxford or Cambridge (more beautiful and less frenetic), York (great cathedral, Viking remains), Avebury (like Stone Henge only you can get closer), and Stratford-on-Avon. Our favorite outing is Churchill's summer home, Chartwell--great house, gardens, and historical documents.
If London is part of a longer trip, (2 weeks +) go further. Take a train, then rent a car at your destination. Our favorite 3-4 day trip is south and west to Devon and Cornwall (charming inns, thatched roofs, fishing villages, wild horses, beautiful cliff walks by the sea). Or go north to the Lake District for rugged hills and challenging hiking.
There are endless things to do in and around London. You probably have plans. But if you want, Bob and I will be happy to talk with you about what would be especially interesting and fun for you and your family.
Year Purchased: 1994
About the owner: I, Maxine am retired historian after many years at the University at Buffalo. I live in Buffalo, New York (no jokes about snow, please) I typically spend a few months each year in London, in that very pretty and convenient apartment you see on our website. We know the apartment is comfortable and up to American standards because it's our second home. After spending two sabbaticals with my husband in London, 1988 and 1995, we fell in love with the city. We bought an apartment here because any time of year there's an endless choice of things to see and do. London is a perfect visitor's city. It's easy to get around by public transportation, and everyone (almost) speaks English. We enjoy the world class music, dance, art, museums, and theatre here. For a change of pace we explore parks, craft shows, street festivals, open air markets, and restaurants offering every kind of food you can imagine. The surrounding countryside is lovely for walking, and Oxford, Cambridge,York, Canterbury, and Stratford-on-Avon are easy day trips. As retirees, we have time to take advantage of being here. We enjoy hosting our friends and our family (three sons, two daughters in law, and five grandchildren. My sons Stuart and Michael now assist me in handling the day to day operations and share the love of London with me. Stuart and Michael both live in Colorado. Stuart is a business owner and a ski instructor in Vail. Michael is a psychiatrist in Denver. Both like to spend time at the flat with their families. Samuel Johnson once said, 'If a man is tired of London, you're tired of life.' We agree.
Why the Owner Chose Maida Vale, London, UK:
Our apartment is in a unique, upscale neighbohood in central London, a few minutes from a tube stop and many busses, but it is also in a very pretty residential area. So we have the best of both worlds---trees, flowers, local shops, and the Regents canal a few minutes walk away, and just a short tube or bus ride to all the 'downtown' city activities and attractions we enjoy so much.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Our location is unique--both urban and residential--beautiful, quiet, yet close to all the action of a great city. The apartment is unique also in being both traditional and modern. It is in a 'listed' Victorian house (Mary Poppins could be upstairs!) the outside of which can't be altered. However, an architect bought it, gutted the inside, and made it into four modern apartments. He had just started when we bought it--so we could have it just the way we wanted. Therefore, unlike many London flats, we have lots of closets, bright light, an elevator, two and a half bathrooms, a dishwasher, a big freezer, our own laundry (not shared) even a garbage disposal-- Our location is London but our comforts are U.S. This is great for us and for our renters. Another unique benefit is our location. We are in central London, so close to transportation and so close to 'downtown' that you won't waste your time on long journeys getting to the places you want to see. Unlike commercial properties, this is our second home. We are here twice a year for at lest 6 weeks. So our apartment is not decorated like a rental flat. It has leather chairs, a really comfortable sofa bed, and art work and craft items that we picked out because we liked them. Finally, unlike many other neighborhoods in inner London, which are dreary, or noisy, or both, our neighborhood is quiet, safe, and beautiful. There are flowers most of the year. Property values are rising-- as reflected in the shops and boutiques. At the same time, it's a diverse, interesting neighborhood where people of all kinds seem to get along fine. That is perhaps the most valuable of the many 'unique benefits' of our property--it's a great place to live, as an owner or as a guest.
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Our apartment--the one with the balcony--one flight up, but there's an elevator.
Leather chairs and flat screen tv.
The dining table seats four, with a self storing leaf that opens to seat six.
Bedroom #1. View of trees and garden below. (Hanging clown acrobats.
#1 en suite bathroom. Tub and shower.
Desk in bedroom #2. Large window.Bring your laptop. We have wireless connection.
Powder room off of the entrance hall.
A local pub (one of several). Great Thai restaurant upstairs.
Well supplied local branch of Tesco supermarket. .
Regents Canal--one block away. Flowers on one of the canal boats.
Houseboats and a nineteenth century Catholic church on the Canal.
Living room. Note the 12 foot floor to ceiling window.
Dining area, passthrough to kitchen, bookshelves (novels, guidebooks cd's)
Separate frig and freezer. Double sink. Reg/convection oven, elec garbage dispo
bedroom #1. Queen bed and storage wall of closets and shelves.
Bedroom #2. 'Trundle' bed that opens to double or twin. Storage/closet wall.
ensuite bathoom in bedroom #2
Clifton Road--Our local 'high street.'
Local cafes: 'Cafe Rouge' (French) and 'Vicky's' (sandwiches and salads.)
Our green grocer provides quality produce.
Regents Canal Houseboats. Walk towpath to the London Zoo and Camden Market.
This listing was first published here in 2005.
Date last modified - Sunday, February 26, 2017
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