This is an splendid and beautiful newly refurbished apartment in Elephant&Castle so in Zone 1.
The kitchen and toilet are completely new!!
The apartment is very modern but at the same time you will feel like at home as it's very cosy as well. It has 2 very comfortable bedrooms and a living room and is located in a close, a very residential area of E&C and at the same time with a Pub a shopping centre and a wide selection of restaurants and coffee shops in a doorstep.
The E&C tube stations is just 1 block away and the there are a wide options of buses.
From here you can reach easily Big Ben and all London main attractions in just 12 minutes!!
This place is a unique opportunity to have the tranquillity to feel at home and at the same time to be in the centre of London! in Zone 1 so having all attractions in a few steps.
I can host nicely 6 people. 8 people will be a bit crowded but I have already host 8 people groups!
Unfortunately I did'nt meet Mary personally because she was on holidays but she was very reactive in my questions and requests. And i appreciated to have keys at 2:00pm in my arrival . So that we have beginning to visit london immediatly. And at the end we left the appartment at 10:00am( for cleaning) and we took our luggages at 2:00pm in order to visit london a last time. A good thing for all family!
The appartment is ideally situated: very close to all monuments and Gatwick airport (via London Bridge with southernrail way between 30 and 40 minutes. I advised you to book the ticket at you home like me . So i took immediatly my tickets at gatwick airport ).In the appartment, there is all you need : towels , toilet paper...And the kitchen is well equiped : wasching machine, dishwascher, toaster...And for the breakfast we had a bottle of milk and orange juice,some eggs , tea or coffe,jams and cereals. And i found very good bread for toast in the supermarket TESCO ( only at 5 minutes close to the underground).
Furthermore the appartment is warm ( so important in winter )and clean. The beds were very confortable . And WIFI was excellent: very important for foreign people like me.
So an appartment ideal for 4 or 5 ( we were 3 : me and my two children and it was super).
And the most important for me : i sleep well because it was very quiet ( simple glazing all the more) and it is a safe area .
So if you look for a nice appartment well equiped, warm and close to all monument in london in a quiet area : you can choose this one!
Some advice for travellers:
You should take an oyster card ( in london bridge station) with 30 pounds ( for 5 days) for adults and one day travel card for children ( more than 11, free under 11). It cost 3,60 pounds off-peak (after 9:30 but in the bus you can go before with this card with no problem. you have just to say 'with X children").
There are a lot of buses from "Elephant and Castle": 343 ( to london Bridge), 40( to Monuments: Tower of London, Tower Bridge...), 148 or 12 ( to Westminster Abbey: Westminster abbey big ben, st James park: super for children because ther are alot of squirrel , Buckingam Palace...). And it is easy to take underground : bakerloo line dessert all the place very quickly.
And if you don't want to prepare sandwiches at the appartment , we discovered "PRET A MANGER" : very good sandwiches,salads, youghurt, fruits, tea ( always in London). And we ate at Tate Modern museum restaurant ( weel with a nice view but a little bit expensive) and at ED'S ( close to Tottenham court road ): a good american burger: my children appreciated a lot and me too .
So good experience in London!
We enjoyed our stay at the property. Although we didn't meet Mary she was very accommodating, especially when my two year old son locked himself in the bedroom from the inside and we didn't have keys. Her husband came right over with keys.
Although the apartment is small it was very comfortable for our family of 5, and accommodated our friends including a travel cot reasonably comfortably for one night.
It is not far from the city and easily accessible. The Elephant & Castle shopping centre is a bit dodgey but did us for the few days we were there.
Mary was a fantastic host and went out of her way to make sure our stay was comfortable and smooth. I would recommend her to friends.
The apt, located very close Elephant & Caste Tube and Rail Station, it's good for 6 people (in my opinion 8 are too much..). Mary is a lovely Host and before our arrival (on Christmas Eve night) she provided us for water and milk.
The apt is fully equipped with everything you need!
My family and I got slightly lost trying to get to the apartment, but Mary and her husband were very kind to walk out to us in the cold windy night. They helped us to find parking and brought us to the apartment which was warm and comfortable (and a kitchen equipped and stocked for the next morning's breakfast). Mary was a very helpful host, both before and during the stay. My family really appreciated the cleanliness and convenience of the apartment. We were only spending a day in London but we enjoyed ourselves!
Nella casa di Mary ho trascorso con mia moglie e i miei due bambini di 8 e 10 anni delle bellissime giornate.
La casa è perfetta per quattro persone, con due camere da letto e una sala da pranzo sufficientemente ampie. Per il relax c'è un comodo salotto e uno spazio esterno di cui non abbiamo potuto usufruire perché siamo stati in pieno inverno.
Mary è stata gentilissima ed estremamente disponibile nel fornirci tutte le indicazioni che ci occorrevano.
La posizione della casa è ottima per visitare la città: proprio a due passi dalla stazione della metro di Helephant & Castle, in zona 1, all'interno della quale si trova anche un pratico ed economico centro commerciale per gli acquisti giornalieri.
Quando torneremo a Londra per il nostro prossimo soggiorno, sappiamo dove andare.
Mary was very helpful with good communications and let us leave our cases both at the beginning and end of our stay which was very helpful to us both.Flat was warm had everything we needed including towels kitchen and bathroom are very modern beds are very comfortable we enjoyed our stay and would go there (website hidden) is also very convenient for the London underground.
My family and I had a lovely time in Mary's apartment. Even before our trip, Mary was extremely helpful with directions and responsive to all my questions. I told her I had a good feeling about the trip before embarking on it! Upon arrival Mary was there to greet us. Apartment was nice and clean and less than 5 minutes on foot to the nearest tube station, truly a convenient location. Thank you for being a great host, Mary.
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