About the property
- Apartment900 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, sleeps 6
This fully equipped and beautifully located apartment is perfect for the vacationer who wants to see and do everything London has to offer, while living in a real neighborhood just outside the noise and hustle of downtown London. This 2 bd/2.5 bath is perfect for one couple, two couples, or a family. Two double bedrooms and a sofa bed in the living room sleep six with the convenience of an en suite bathroom in each bedroom and a powder room (half bathroom) off the hall. It is in the heart of Little Venice, a unique 'upscale' residential neighborhood in central/west London, minutes by tube from all the cultural and historical sights, entertainment, and other attractions you come to London for. We are centrally located and very close to public transportation. The nearest tube (Warwick Avenue station on the Bakerloo line) is only one block away, as are four convenient bus lines. Piccadilly, the entertainment center of London, is 12 minutes away by tube. Regents Park, with a boating lake, playgrounds, and lovely gardens, is an easy walk. You can get anywhere from here! Or stay near home and explore wonderful cafes, shops and services nearby. Our rates are may be flexible, depending on length of stay and time of year. For more detailed information, please read the material below and in the specialized sections describing specific rooms, amenities, and things to see and do nearby. Please contact Maxine and Stuart Seller (a mother and son team) through VRBO or HomeAway and we will be more than happy to answer any questions. This is our second home and we look forward to sharing it with you.
The apartment occupies the entire second floor (one level above the street) with a secure front entry. 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 throughout 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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- Apr 21, 2018
About Stuart Seller
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.
Stuart Seller purchased this Apartment in 1994
Why Stuart Seller chose City of Westminster
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.
What makes this Apartment unique
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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We rented this flat for a week, sharing it between two families of three. We absolutely loved it! It was very easy to go anywhere we wanted on public transit (bus and tube) from the flat. It was very quiet at night and comfortable for sleeping. We went to the local coffee shop, small grocery store, and pub regularly. The owner was fantastic, even when dealing with some last minute flight changes our party had. I would highly recommend this place and want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to the owners for a great experience!
Terrific flat and location - wish we could have stayed longer
The flat had everything we needed to enjoy a short week visit to London. “Ideal location” is an understatement - Located in a quaint neighborhood with underground access within a 2 block walk. Walk 2 blocks the other way and you have access to multiple shops and restaurants.
Stuart was extremely responsive and helpful before, during and after our trip. Definitely will look to book this place again!
I am so glad you found our flat met and exceeded your needs for your vacation. I agree that the location is very special—from the short distance to the tube and a short walk to mulitple shops and restaurants – to our lovely neighborhood is just a few of the reasons we love it also. I enjoying going the extra mile for our guest and was glad that I could assist assist you with your arrangements. Thank you for staying -- Stuart
Wonderful Winter Getaway in London
This flat was perfect for our family of 5 visiting from the U.S.
It was comfortable and just enough space for our purposes (which was mainly to sleep and have breakfast there before heading out for our busy sight-seeing days.) It is very convenient to the Tube (use the Warwick Avenue stop) and, although we travelled by Tube only, there is a bus stop right there as well.) Two blocks away are some shops, including a grocery which met our needs perfectly. The flat itself is well-equipped with what you need for a short stay. There are plenty of towels, linens, dishes, cleaning supplies, etc. We all found the beds to be comfortable. Do read the instruction manual/informational notebook for the appliances, etc. as it will save you time figuring them out! Our only trouble was washing & drying clothes, particularly given that it is asked not to do this later at night due to noise for the neighbors. It worked out, however!
Stuart has many tour books & brochures there for you to peruse; do not feel as though you need to buy many (or any, other than what you want to look at before your trip.) On that note - some attractions in London are not open in the Winter months, so a little research ahead of time would help in planning your days. Additionally, the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace can be cancelled for weather, so check their website.
Stuart was very responsive & communicated well. Definitely a great experience!
We would stay here again, if lucky enough to return to London! Enjoy your stay!
I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. We are delighted your family found our flat to be ‘perfect’ for your stay—from the beds that you found to be comfortable to the extremely convenient location. I know when I travel, I look for comfort and location. So I am glad you found both fit your needs. We strive to keep the flat well equipped and to have the extras that help make a vacation/stay special (the travel books, brochures, information about the shops and restaurants in our neighborhood). Thank you for your understanding with the clothes dryer. Most guest are able to work around the times and I am glad you were able to work it out also. I am sorry the time of year affected some of your activities. Hopefully sometime you can return when the weather is a bit warmer. I am sure you will like our courtyard and garden. Thank you again for staying with us. Stuart
Very nice and well located flat
We spent six days in Stuart's flat and we really enjoyed. We are a french family with three children so the flat was ideal for us with two bedrooms with bathrooms and a sofa in the living room. The flat is very well located, near a subway station and a Tesco market which is so practical and not too expensive. Thanks to Stuart for all the advice before we arrived, and the flexibility (arrival times and departures for the keys and the luggages). It is a good place to be to visit London.
Thank you for staying at our flat. I am glad you found the flat and its location well suited for your family and children. It was my pleasure to help you and your family with the advice and flexibility. Family travel is complicated enough so I was glad I was able to help. Thank you for staying -- Stuart
A great flat in a quiet neighborhood, convenient to everything.
A charming flat. The bedrooms are on the garden so they are quiet. The underground is block away so all of London is at the doorstep.
I am glad you had a wonderful stay. The garden side is wonderful--you should see it in the summer. I agree, the location is fantastic with the tube less than a block away it makes as you said London at your doorstep. We hope we can help with your next visit.
Wonderful Flat and Convenient Location
We had a absolute wonderful time. The flat was perfect. It was clean and very nice. The location was very close to the Warwick station of the tube and not far from Paddington. Just down the street was a market and an even more wonderful place called Raoul's Deli where we had fresh french pastries and coffee almost every morning. I would definitely stay here again. Thank you so much, Stuart.
Thank you for your kind words. I am thrilled
you took advantage of the great location. Being so close to the tube and great restaurants is a major plus of our flat. I look forward to your return-- Best--Stuart
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.
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Please inquire if staying longer than 2 wks for discounted rate. Security deposit returned after receipt of keys.