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Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 636 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Groovy 60s Battersea flat with panoramic Thames views

London Calling is a light-filled, newly-refurbished, two double-bedroom flat in Battersea village, fitted with king-sized beds with luxury mattresses, fully equipped kitchen, high pressure shower, TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, hair-dryers, etc.

Built in the 60s, its huge sliding windows look west and north past the Grade 1 listed Georgian church St Mary's and Richard Rogers' cascading modern glass apartment block Montevetro, across the river Thames to the houseboats and historic artists' residences of Chelsea's Cheyne Walk on the far bank, and beyond them the towers and domes of the Kensington museums and West End hotels.

The flat feels very much part of the urban London experience but is high enough (8th floor, elevator-serviced) to feel cosily insulated from it as well. The clean 60s design ethic of the building is echoed in the modern parquet floor, the simple domed light fittings and crisp, uncluttered décor. Cool in summer; cosy in winter.

Chelsea and Battersea Riviera: Battersea is a superb location for the London explorer, close enough for easy access to the city's tourist attractions by bus, train or river bus, and just ten minutes by foot from the restaurants, fashion emporia and cultural hotspots of Chelsea's groovy Kings' Road area, including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Terence Conran's Bluebird Restaurant, the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea Football Ground, the 606 Jazz Club and the newly acclaimed Medlar restaurant.

Battersea is a fascinating location in its own right with nightspots like the Bunga Bunga Bar, the arty Google Bar and the Quecumbar (for live Parisian-style gypsy jazz). It has a sparkling riverside walk, a fascinating old church, where William Blake was married, and the village-like, tree-filled Battersea Square, which has has British, Italian, Lebanese and Indian restaurants, bars and al fresco dining. Gordon Ramsey will add to these with his fine dining restaurant London House, due to open here in January 2014. Other good local restaurants are Gazette, Augustine Kitchen, Source and the Draft House. Some, like Banyan, offer sunset views across the Thames. The Butcher and Grill, beside Ransome's Dock, serves a fortifying Great British breakfast.

There is a Barclays Bike docking point outside the appartment, allowing instant bicycle hire to explore the Battersea and Chelsea riverside or cycle into town.

Nearby institutions include the Battersea campus of the Royal College of Art, the Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea Square and the business headquarters of architect Norman Foster and fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Victoria Beckham.

Clapham Junction, the main rail station serving southern England (good for day trips to Brighton) is a 20 minute walk, or six minutes by bus or bike.

More Details

Owner
Martin Plimmer
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Martin Plimmer

I am a writer and broadcaster who now seems to spend most of his time cooking and thinking of ways to improve this little flat. My current obsession is to reclaim the third window in the main room, which I know is currently behind the kitchen cupboards. It's a small window but I feel the effort and complications will be worthwhile because it will restore the architect's original intention of allowing light into the room from three directions, giving a glimpse of the towers of London to the east and even more of a sense of height and space.

I live locally so I'm usually not far away if needed.

Martin Plimmer purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Martin Plimmer chose England

I had been intending to buy a converted flat in a Victorian property on a terraced Victorian street, but the more of these I saw, the less keen on the idea I became. They were often cramped and creaky and sometimes crazily divided, with the sound of neighbours coming through their flimsy partition walls. They could sometimes be cosy but they they could feel suburban. When you stay in a big city you want to feel excitement. These weren't exciting. I couldn't imagine living in them myself so I wouldn't want to offer them to guests.

As soon as I saw the clean lines and sharp design of this apartment, I felt the excitement I had been looking for. Then there was the wow factor of that view across the river to the river boats and grand old houses of Chelsea. Here was a space that seemed to be open to and give access to the city, rather than cloister itself away from it. The building is a modernist concrete structure designed by the architect Colin Lucas, who also designing the acclaimed modernist house No. 66 Frognal in Hampstead. The apartments benefit from very large windows and are oriented in such a way that no two living rooms are adjacent. In fact only one small wall in each apartment is adjacent to a neighbour. This makes them very quiet. I have kept the décor minimalist and modern, to match the 60s style.

I love the area itself, which is intrinsically beautiful, being next to the ever-changing Thames river. This was one of the first industrialised districts in the world and is therefore rich in an eventful history of human struggle and commerce. Now that the heavy industry has gone the area has gentrified, and while it is close enough to the bustle of London to be constantly interesting, it is also a place of gentle walks to a pub or a park or a quiet coffee on the cobbles of Battersea Square.

What makes this apartment unique

Living here is fun. For one thing it's so easy to get into the city - you just hop on a bus. There's one every couple of minutes and they run all night. Once inside you are above all the bustle and yet you are still intimately in touch with London. You can see all the evidence of London't history laid out below: the old church where Turner Painted, next to the ancient right-of-way slipway, the Thames itself snaking from the west, bringing life to the capital, the riverbank opposite, where Henry VIII and Thomas Moore had palaces. I am fascinated by the history of London, particularly Battersea's part in it, and I keep a small library of London books, novels and films in the apartment for guests to browse.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nous avons passé un excellent séjour en famille. Cet appartment est particulièrement agréable pour séjourner et nous avons beaucoup apprecié la décoration. Le bus 170 nous a menés en trés peu de temps jusqu'à Victoria et nous avons pu visiter beaucoup de choses et revenir sans se fatiguer par le bus.

Merci à Ivy Lettings aussi bien sûr pour toute l'aide et les bons conseils apportis. Nous reviendrons et nous recommanderons a des amis.
Dec 2011
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Amenities

London Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 8
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 636 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Large stand-up shower in bath with good pressure.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • The two bedrooms, one red and one teal, are almost identical and have views west over St Mary's church and the upstream course of the Thames to Wandsworth Bridge. They are both equipped radio/alarms, hair-dryers and have built-in wardrobes with hanging space. The curtains in each are a 50s style and cover the entire end wall. For parties of five I can supply an inflatable single bed to go in one of the bedrooms. I can supply a baby cot, mattress and basic bedding if needed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Binoculars
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • tennis
Notes:
The kitchen table folds out to a rectangle that seats six. The kitchen is equipped with a 15-bar Lavazza espresso machine.

Reviews

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Sparkling Two Double-bedroom Riverside Flat Overlooking Chelsea and Kensington
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5

London

  • 5 of 5

London Calling is a fabulous flat which we have been lucky enough to call our London holiday home multiple times over the past 6 years. We keep coming back for many reasons, some of which I'll share.

The apartment is always spotlessly clean, all appliances work as they should, the view is fantastic, it is quiet, very comfortable,welcoming and secure.

Battersea is a lovely suburb which is rapidly gentrifying but still doesn't feel overrun with tourists.It has a fabulous farmer's market nearby every Saturday and is a stroll along the river path away from the beautiful Battersea park and the new multimillion Battersea power station redevelopment. Cross the river and you are in the middle of upmarket Chelsea and King's road. Transport options are good with excellent bus services and a quick trip to the Tube at South Kensington or Sloane square or overground trains at Clapham Junction.

Martin always provides a lovely welcome with some food supplies for hungry travellers. Not only that, over the years I have been impressed by his conscientious upkeep of the apartment ensuring all beds feel brand new, the shower is good and on our last trip a new faster wi-fi system.

We love spending time in the apartment and struggle to drag ourselves away from the ever-changing view of the Thames. I have always considered myself very lucky to have "discovered" this apartment and have not hesitated to recommend it to friends. I just hope that Martin continues to rent it as a holiday rental for many years to come.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Perth, Australia
5

Beautiful flat with amazing views and lovely decor

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of five who stayed for 8 nights at London Calling. The flat is beautifully decorated with everything you could need in terms of facilities and supplies, including guide books, maps, games, books, DVDs, food stores, first aid supplies - you name it. There is also a binder with loads of good information about the area and about the architecture of the flat itself. The views are fantastic and the big windows make the flat light and bright. The host Martin met us and provided food and flowers to welcome us, along with lots of useful info about getting around the area. We will almost certainly stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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5

Relaxing and convenient

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I had a great relaxing time here at the London Calling flat in Battersea. It's a nice quiet area, and the apartment has great views. The apartment itself is quite comfortable and well furnished (I hope to take some inspiration from it for my own apartment). We cooked every night at home in the flat, which made for a comfortable end to each day. We also took advantage of the numerous and frequent buses going over into the main city. I have a serious love for London buses now - so convenient and perhaps even less stressful than the tube. I will certainly be keeping this flat in mind for any future trips to London and letting my friends know about it as well!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Connecticut
5

First trip to London

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to London, prior to arriving- Martin answered all of my questions. Martin was always reachable via phone if we needed anything. My mother and I felt safe walking around the area- it was very close to public transportation that will take you into the center of London or you can walk (about 30 minute walk). Also an opportunity to take photos of the sunrise/sunset from the living room. This apartment suited our needs for the duration of our trip. We are planning to return to London and look forward to staying at this property again.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Nice comfy flat off the beaten path

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for 4 nights in June when London was roasting. The spotlessly clean flat looks out on the Thames and gets a decent breeze, so lack of AC was not fatal. The beds are comfy, kitchen is well equipped and the washer is a nice bonus to take care of sweaty clothing. Martin welcomed us with chilled wine, eggs, butter, bread, fresh flowers and a bowl of cherries and included shampoo, soap and lotion (not all owners do this). The nespresso machine made our mornings and the pods were included. The location is not central, but the Battersea neighborhood is quiet and has its own local life and good shops. We enjoyed the Gordon Ramsay restaurant nearby and stopped for elderflower tonic and fresh fruit daily at a nearby store. This is a good place to stay if you are interested in living like a local and don't mind taking public transportation to get to what else you want to visit. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Florence, Kentucky
5

Impressive!

  • 5 of 5

I was very impressed with this place! It looked exactly like The pictures. Martin had everything we could have needed for our stay. The neighborhood was really nice. We walked to a few of the restaurants and over the bridge into Chelsea. It was really easy to get an uber from the flat. I would definitely stay here again!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Heathrow
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Barrio
Nearest Ferry
78 Miles
Dover
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Clapham Junction
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
M4
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Gordon Ramsay's London House, Battersea Square
Nearest Beach
51 Miles
Brighton
Car: not necessary

Battersea is a waterside gem 5 minutes over the Thames from Chelsea; 10 from King's Road's trendy restaurants and cinemas.

London Zone 2 convenience - Victoria and Kensington are a 14 minute bus ride away, Clapham Junction, offering rail access to south and west England, just around the corner.

Remember the chimneys on the flying pig Pink Floyd cover? - that's Battersea Power Station. Next to it is Battersea Park, the birthplace of modern football, one of London's biggest parks, complete with zoo.

Urban but villagey Battersea Square is a leafy hang-out for coffee-lovers, with a Brazilian bar, Lebanese restaurant, Italian deli/restaurant and modern Indian eatery, as well as London House, gobby TV chef Gordon Ramsay's latest restaurant.

Good eating and drinking: Gordon Ramsay's London House for fine dining; the Butcher and Grill for hearty Great British breakfasts; Brady's for traditional fish and chips; Gazette for a reliable French brasserie experience, whether it's just a coffee and madeleine you want or full-on chateaubriand; for Ritzy cakes and other chocolatey seductions, Eric Lanlard's Cake Boy boutique; for modern pub food in a traditional British pub, the Prince Albert; for smart food and cocktails by the dockside, Source; for sunsets across the water and Bollywood glitz, Banyan on the Thames; for Argentinian steaks and chummichurri sauce, the Bariloche; for an astonishingly large choice of craft beers (which can be sampled in small glasses), the Draft House; for steak nights and beer, the Woodman; for former Mon Plaisir chef Franck Raymond's dishes of the Evian region of France, Augustine Kitchen; for live gypsy jazz most nights of the week, the Hot Club de Battersea at the Quecumbar; for cod Italian food and decor, the company of the late night fashion crowd and the occasional partying royal prince, the Bunga Bunga bar; for free expression, the Doodle Bar, where you can pose with students from the nearby Royal College of Art students (and draw on the walls if you feel like it - it's encouraged). These are just some of the local restaurants; walk five minutes across the bridge and the rest of London begins, starting with the mile long fashion and food parade that is the Chelsea King's Road.

Architecture: new boys Norman Foster and Richard Rogers big it up right here on the Thames Path by lovely old St Mary's Church.

Barclays cycle hire is on the doorstep. Instant bicycles for curious travellers.

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee $8.11 per person per night
Damage Deposit $135.12

Short lets are only available when adjoining other lets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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