Wonderful one bedroom apartment located in the old Bryant & May matchstick factory development in East London. With double height ceiling and open plan layout it benefits from being within a secure, gated and staffed estate. Perfect for city breaks.
Thanks for looking at my apartment in Bow, East London. Situated within the grounds of the old Bryant & May matchstick factory it benefits from gated and secure entry and is surrounded by lovely gardens and ponds.
The flat has one bedroom which will sleep two adults and one small child, for which a Mamas and Papas travel cot is provided. It cannot accept guests I'm afraid. An electric blanket is in place for those who like it toasty in bed and it's dual zone to cater for those who do not! All bedding and towels are of course provided as well as an iron, ironing board and a memory foam neck support pillow is available should you feel you want to use it also.
It has a double height ceiling and a huge south westerly facing window with views out towards Canary Wharf and The O2 from the 4th floor of the block but this is more like the 8th floor given the ceiling heights.
There is a TV with Blu Ray player and small (but quality) selection of films, free to use WIFI. The kitchen has a full quota of pots and pans for your use along with tea and coffee making and a toaster.
The estate has its own shop which is very handy for breakfasts (really nice fresh croissants) and supplies of food, drink and any essentials you might've forgotten. There is also a bar on site which has a fantastic curry kitchen (they'll deliver to your door) as well as doing a good old fashioned cooked breakfast at the weekends.
Parking can be arranged within estate grounds. The charge is £10 per day and the car park is fully secure, within the complex and away from the street. At weekends parking is available for free in nearby locals streets. The flat is also near to a train line which some light sleeping guests may be conscious of but on the whole isn't an issue.
The bustling day and night spots of London's East End are all within easy reach by tube, bus and bike and the financial districts of Canary Wharf and the City are pretty much on the doorstep.
Travel times are roughly:
- 5 min walk from Bow Church DLR
- 5 mins walk to bustling Roman Rd Market (Tues, Thur, Sat)
- 8 mins walk from Bow Road Tube
- 10 mins to Canary Wharf
- 10 mins walk to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
- 10 mins walk to Victoria Park
- 15 mins to The O2 (easy bus journey, great for beating the queues after events!)
- 15 mins to Westfield Stratford City (Europe's largest shopping centre)
- 15 mins from Liverpool Street station
- 25 mins from London City Airport (DLR)
- 30 mins to Central London
- 45 mins from Stansted Airport (National Express stop at the end of the road)
I will usually try to meet my guests on arrival and then leave you to it. I am always on hand however should you need any help with anything and am happy to be contacted at any time whether for help, advise or ideas.
For longer stays I may ask for occasional access just to spruce the place up to make my life easier come the end of your stay. This will be arranged with you in advance though if relevant.
I'd like to think I can offer you a place with superb location, that is clean and comfortable, has history and charm with modern convenience and amenities, that is safe and secure and provides a great base from which to work or simply enjoy London.
Other Things to Note
Please note - as a one bedroom apartment it is most suited to 2 adults and a small child. For three adults to stay it requires that one person makes use of an air mattress (which I can provide, with bedding) which fits in the living room area. It is quite comfortable but it does mean that this person is open to the noise and light coming through the window in the morning as there is no curtain.
To many of my guests this is not an issue but I appreciate that it might not be suitable for everyone and I do not want anyone to be disappointed with their stay.
Please consider this before making a booking if you are more than 2 people. Do feel free to contact me with any questions.
- Please, there is strictly no smoking or pets allowed. This includes the communal areas of the building. There is sheltered space outside however in which to smoke.
- Check in and out times are flexible where possible and I will make every effort to meet you. If this is not possible then you will be able to collect the keys from the security lodge. To do this you must bring with you some form of ID before they will release the keys.
I couldn't agree more that Dominic's apartment is a wonderful and lovely pad to stay in during our 5-day London trip. The uniqueness of his apartment is that it used to be a match-stick factory and it still retains much of its historical charm.
Dominic replies fast and we had no issues connecting with Dominic regarding our bookings. He was also ever ready to ensure our stay was as comfortable by ensuring our expectations as guests were managed properly.
Dominic's apartment is clean and very spacious. As the apartment is located next to train tracks, you may have to bear with passing locos. But Dominic is a thoughtful host who had prepared earplugs for any light sleeper. But hey...you're in London, why would one be couped up during the day or early night. It didn't bother us at all so hopefully you won't be either.
During our stay, Dominic was very responsive to our requests. There was an instance when we encountered a faulty WiFi connection. He came to check the next day and arranged for an engineer from the telco operator to get it fixed. When we realised there was only a few detergent pellets left, we informed Dominic and he immediately brought us a new box the following day. We greatly appreciate his efforts.
Overall, our stay at Dominic's apartment has been nothing short of an experience. We highly recommend Dominic's apartment to anyone visiting London.
Dominic was a very nice guy, extremely helpful and very welcoming. His apartment is well situated and is within a very nice private gated community, something I liked very much as I could leave my car in a secure off street space for the duration of the stay. (£10 per day - very reasonable) the complex has a great feel and has everything you need including a well stocked shop. The flat itself is perfectly well equipped and a great place to explore the city from. Many thanks from Paul & Amy
We had a great stay at Dominic' s flat! Location is great! Close to transport links and National Express bus stop to airport was conveniently located. The flat had everything we needed, though we were unable to get the DVD to play. Probably user malfunction. The flat was quite stuffy and warm when we first arrived. We had to open the window which could use a good cleaning.
Grounds are very nice and the security gave us a good, safe feeling. All in all, we enjoyed our stay and would book again! Thank you, Dominic!
Dominic is welcoming, sympathic and he maid a lot of effort to speak slowly as we have a bad english ;) The apartment is well located. Bow quarter is near the tube station, max 10 min by walk. Very easy to access from the train station. The apartment is clean but rails train are just down the building. We had a great stay and the curry meal in Bow quarter restaurant is delicious :).
Great time, great location, history of the building was fascinating! Didn't get to meet Dom but he was very accomodating. Cheers mate! Highly recommend! (GO TO THE BOW BELLS PUB meet the owners they sent us home with roadies!
Dominics place looks just like the photos and the check in/out process is super easy. The area is really safe and secure which is great and there's a few friendly cats around which is always nice! I could hear the trains throughout the day but I slept right through the night without the use of the earplugs kindly provided. Would recommend!
Very well located and well secured. Nice wee corner shop where you can get a good croissant. The flat is quiet at night but noisy during the day due to the railway underneath the window. Great wee flat in general but no hot water at all (even with the boost engaged) during our short visit in the week end.
Sorry to hear about the hot water Guillaume. The boost does work and I do ask that guests let me know immediately of any issues as I would have been able to help. The hot water cylinder has now been professionally checked and is in full working order.
I am sorry for the inconvenience you experienced though.
I am 35, married and from London, UK. I love to travel and see as much of new places as I can in the time that I can. My ideal trip includes the best of a place's high and low culture, the bits that make a location tick as well as the famous/infamous places of interest. Both on AND off the beaten track if you will.
I am a musician and so will usually try to find a local scene where I can to see what influences I can take away. I love meeting new people and this is a great way to do it. I feel that the more you can integrate yourself with the people around you the better traveling will always be.
I have family and friends all over the world and so have done a large amount of traveling without the need for hotels and I think this has worn off on me.