Stay at a Tourist Guide's House!

House - Private room · London, SW9, United Kingdom

The Space

Would you like to stay in a quiet, secure and safe location in London? And being a short tube ride from all the major places of interest? If so, this may be for you!

I am a former Tourist Guide who enjoys helping my guests get the most out of your stay in the UK. Let me know what you want to see and I can advise you on a programme that you will like.

The location of my house is a good hub for travelling around London and the UK, as well as direct links to Victoria Station, St Pancras and Paddington Station. An ideal base for a great holiday!

I have another room listed:


[The room]

As much privacy as your own hotel room.

* High-Speed Wifi(Virgin Fibernet)
* PRIVATE bathroom with shower, sink and toilet
* A hair dryer is at your disposal
* Bedroom with wardrobe
* Double bed with comfortable mattress (purchased July 2013)
* Antique Desk and chairs
* Plenty of space to hang your clothes or put bags open into the room.
* Professionally cleaned before your arrival (once a week for longer stays)

[Home Features]

* Gas, central heating & hot water included
* Shared living room with Flat Screen Television and DVD player
* Large antique dining table
* Large Kitchen with oven, microwave, toaster, water cooker and large fridge with freezer. USE OF KITCHEN & UTENSILS FREE OF CHARGE
* 20m2 garden with statue and garden house
* 50 metres from bus stop (frequent buses to the West End about 15 Mins away)
* Storage place for bikes
* The house is located inside a gated community, so it's very safe even late at night


Short hop to Central London to see the sights!

* 50 metres from bus stop (frequent buses to the West End about 15 Mins away)
* 10 min walk to Oval tube station for the Northern Line.(3mins by bus which leaves every 5min, 50m from my house)
* 2 min walk to Kennington Park.

[The area]

Very close to bus stops, local amenities, shops & supermarkets.

* Supermarket 300 metres away. Others nearby.
* Great selection of local shops, bars and restaurants (British, Chinese, Indian, Pubs...) 100m away - Even Salsa Dancing! Living London life at the fullest!
* A MUST VISIT according to many of my guests: The Farmer's Market with ready to eat food specialties, takes place on Saturdays at the church near Oval, 10mins walk from house.
* Plenty of local shops, cafes and bars in Oval, Vauxhall, Kennington, Brixton and Camberwell and it’s close to a number of parks.

[Getting here]

Easy access from Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras!
* For travellers arriving at Victoria station, my house is a short bus ride away.
* From Heathrow Airport, take a taxi or the Heathrow Express to Paddington Railway Station. From there there is a direct bus (35 minutes) to a stop 50 metres from my house.
* From Gatwick Airport, take the train to Victoria Railway Station. In front of the railway station there are buses 36 ,185 or 436 leaving to a bus stop 50 metres from my house. (20 minutes)
* From King's Cross/St Pancras, there's a direct route on the Northern Line tube to Oval station.
* For those (email hidden)rpool Steet, you can easily get on the Northern Line to Oval or a direct bus.

I can be flexible on check in times. However, please remember that it might be the case that you arrive on a day a guest is leaving, or that you leave on the day of an arrival. In that case I shall have to set a check-in and check-out time so the room is vacant to be cleaned and prepared. You are always more than welcome to put your suitcases in the corridor or storage room and you can pick them up the day of your checking out to suit your own outward journey.


Famous Residents of Lambeth Area

David Bowie was born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947, at 40 Stansfield Road, SW9 9RZ

Elias Ashmole died here in 1692. He lived next to John Tradescant’s Estate in Lambeth. He bequeathed all his Books to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, including some of Tradescant’s Papers too.

Lillian Baylis was born at 27 Stockwell Park Road she was the driving force that established the Old Vic in 1925 and saw Sadlers Wells become the home of English Ballet in 1931.

William Blake was born in Soho but as spent some childhood locally. Engraver, Poet he wrote the words for the now famous anthem "Jerusalem”.

William Bligh of the Mutiny of the Bounty fame bought 100 Lambeth Road, SE1 in 1794. It was then known as 3 Durham Place. He and his wife are buried at St Marys, Lambeth.

Boris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt at 36 Forest Hill Road, Honor Oak on 23 November 1887 and lived in Camberwell before oving to Canada and then Hollywood seeking his fortune in lots of silent movies. It was as Frankenstein’s Monster that made him internationally known.

Charlie Chaplin was born in East Street a local Market Street just off Walworth Road, the son of two Music Hall performers, Charles & Hannah Chaplin. They later separated before he was 5.

All the exact properties are not known but his parents were so poor that he often slept at the local Lambeth Work House: but the most important were 39 West Street; 92 Barlow Street; 39 Methley Street; 1 room at 3 Pownall Terrace, Kennington Road and 287 Kennington Road.

His mother was committed to a Mental Asylum when he was 9: His father was an alcoholic but became a successful businessman and then owned a number of local Public Houses before he died, when young Charlie was only 12. It is believed that The Three Stags on corner of Lambeth Road /Kennington Road and the Queen’s Head in Black Prince Road were his father’s. His first date with a girl was outside the railings of St Mark’s Church opposite the Oval Tube.

At the time, Lambeth had a wealth of Theatres, long before the “West End” became the Mecca for entertainment. He worked for the famous Fred Karno’s Fun Factory based in Coldharbour Lane in Brixton with an equally young Stan Laurel, who was his understudy. When the troupe went to the USA in 1910 both their fortunes changed. It was from this background that Charlie developed his famous Tramp character and Stan (born Arthur Stanley Jeffersen) became the other half of Oliver Hardy, a highly successful duo in 1927.
Simon Cowell was born in Lambeth on 7 October 1959 and later the family moved to Elstree. He was a pupil at Dover College, a Public School whose old boys included: Sir Frederick Ashton (Choregrapher; Tyrone Powell (Hollywood Star); former pupils during WWI were awarded 58 DSO, 89 MC, 1 VC.

John & Sir Henry Doulton were born here and set up their famous Doulton Ware Factory in Vauxhall. In addition to the Sanitary items were the famous figurines and Toby Jugs.

Sir Timothy James Hamilton Laurence was born in Camberwell on 1 March 1955 and is the second husband of HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne. They married on 12 December 1992.

John Major at the age of 12 moved to Brixton and many years later served 5 years as Chairman of Housing on the local Lambeth Council. He later became an MP and subsequently became Prime Minister (phone number hidden), when her own Cabinet kicked Margaret Thatcher in the face. In fairness to John, he had been a loyal supporter and had actually signed her nomination to continue.

W Somerset Maugham playwright, novelist and short story writer. It was whilst training to be a Doctor at the local St Thomas’s Hospital in Lambeth that he wrote his second book, “ Liza of Lambeth”. It was such a success he immediately gave up studying to be a writer.

Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery who commanded troops during WWII (El Alamein - Desert Rats) was born in 1887 opposite the Oval Cricket Ground. His father was the Priest of St Marks, Kennington later becoming a Bishop.

Roger Moore son of a Policeman was born 14 October 1927 in Stockwell and went to Battersea Grammar School. As James Bond the MI6 HQ at Vauxhall would have been just down the road!

John Nash was born in Lambeth in 1752 and lived at Royal Row here. His first building was 15-17 Bloomsbury Square then 66-71 Great Russell Street. They failed to let and he became bankrupt. His debts were £5000, but was lent £2000 by Robert Adam. He was later appointed Architect to the Prince Regent, building much of Regents Street/Regents Park/Buckingham Palace/Royal Mews/Marble Arch/Carlton House Terrace/Clarence House/Brighton Pavilion. He also re-designed St James Park and the Regents Canal. He also built the All Souls Church at Langham Place (immediately in front of the BBC) Her Majesty’s Theatre, the Theatre Royal and the Royal Opera Arcade all in the Haymarket. He built many more fine residences throughout the Kingdom, including Stowe and Kenwood House.

Claude Rains the Hollywood Star was born in Camberwell on 10 November 1889. He later taught Laurence Olivier and John Giegud at RADA.

Sir Arthur Sullivan was born in Lambeth and later lived in Chelsea. He and WS Gilbert wrote the 14 famous Gilbert & Sullivan Opera. He also wrote own his own a further 23 Operas, 13 Orchestral works, 2 ballets, 8 choral works. One of his best-known compositions is “Onward Christian Soldiers.” In 1881 the Savoy Theatre was built on the profits of the G & S Partnership.

Emma Thompson, Award winning Actress and Writer was born in Paddington but have lived in Camberwell for some time.

John Tradescant the elder the gardener and great collector of plants had an Estate in Lambeth and is buried at St-Mary-at Lambeth Church. His son is also buried there and it is now the site of the Museum of Garden History. His friend and neighbour was Elias Ashmole.

Vincent van Gogh lived at 87 Hackford Street, Brixton when he was employed by Goupil & Co. of the Hague and first came to Britain in 1873. In 2013 Van Gogh Walk was created from former Liberty Street to commemorate his walk home.

Sir Christopher Wren lived in Camberwell Road whilst building St Paul’s Cathedral.

Guest Access

Guests can use the kitchen free of charge, but please clean up everything after you have done.
There is space in the fridge and freezer you can use as well.
I have parking space as well
bike storage space
suitcase storage space

Interaction with Guests

I will be present most of the time. I am always up for a chat, or if you need any recommendation, assistance etc. please don't hesitate to ask.

Experience: Business
Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Weekly Price: $653 /week
Monthly Price: $1894 /month
Security Deposit: $344
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • The place and the host, Mr.Gary Rumsey were perfect.
    I made reservations for my dad who flied all the way from my country(Japan)

    I wanted him to stay in safety and comfortable. gary's flat was it!

    My dad really liked the place. Even he stayed 4 nights at the famous luxury hotel in mayfair, but actually he prefered to stay at Gary's flat!

    Gary is a super nice person, reliable, kind, generous, warm hearted.
    I really hope that nice person stay in his flat.

    Gary has 2 rooms for 2nd floor.
    One is a master bed room. and another has twin bed.
    My dad stayed at a master bed room that has own bathroom.
    It was a very very bright room, and an enough big room for a man.
    There are a desk, towels, and soaps. Even a hair dryer is available on the grandfloor.

    The closest tube station is "Oval".
    you can reach to the station by a bus.
    The bus station is just 20 secounds from Gary's flat.
    The bus comes so often. I think this is the best place for sightseeing.

    April 2014
  • This worked very well for our first England and London experience. The bus stop is just around the corner and easy to catch. Thanks to Gary for explaining the Oyster Card to us, which we used quite often on both the buses and the Tube. You can be almost anywhere in the London center in about 20 minutes. Have him explain the difference in location between Victoria Train station (where you will get off the bus) and Victoria Coach station (just a few blocks away and where you will catch tours to Stonehenge). The bed was comfortable, the bathroom was nice (it is attached to the bedroom so it is completely private) and we had a quiet nights rest for each of our 5 nights there. Be aware that there are two flights of stairs to the top floor, where the room is located. The 2nd floor contained a dining room and couch with a television, which we only used once as the air is somewhat stale in there . The Wi-Fi worked flawlessly and we always felt completely comfortable going down to the kitchen and coming in and out of the house at early and late hours. Gary is extremely respectful of the guests privacy but also very available for any questions and is a patient listener and a wealth of knowledge. Meeting people like him is really a big part of why we like Airbnb (not to mention the costs!).

    March 2014
  • I and my wife were been to Mr Gary's house and we loved very much our room. We were like at home and we thanks a lot Mr, Gary for his courtesy. The room is situated in a good place for reach the center of London.

    March 2014
  • Great host! Getting to his place was easy thanks to the clear instructions but should note that Embankment Tube Station is closed for those coming from Heathrow via Tube. He was very friendly and accommodated us even when my sister and I arrived early. He also gave us many suggestions on what we could do in London and how to get around as well.
    The location was wonderful as well - we had straight buses to Victoria Station where we caught Wicked the musical. The bus also takes you all the way to Oxford Street for some shopping! If you walk a bit further out to other bus stops in the vicinity, you could take a bus to London Bridge area where there is Tate Modern and St Paul's to visit. Personally, I prefer taking the bus because it's cheaper than the tube, and the tube is about 10-15 minutes walk away from Gary's place.
    Great host, great place, will definitely stay again!

    January 2014
  • Our stay at Gary's beautiful home was simply perfect and a memorable experience. Gary has been very very kind to us, providing us with many interesting pieces of information and making our stay over new year's eve unforgettable. The room has been very comfortable and everything as described. We truly recommend to start exploring London at this place and are looking forward to see Gary again.

    January 2014
  • Gary was very friendly and made us feel very welcomed. He gave us a ton of information about London with lots of good tips on what to do. The room was clean and he made our stay very comfortable!

    December 2013
  • I would recommend staying at Gary's as he is a kind, gentleman full of wonderful knowledgable stories about Britain. It's almost as if you need not leave the house to experience the essence of what England is. We felt at home at Gary's, and it would be a pleasure if one day our paths crossed again.

    December 2013
  • Everything was as discribed and shown on the pictures. Gary Is a nice man, if you ask for help or something he is there, and can give you advises and tips. Thank you Gary for the nice time.
    Merry Christmas and a happy new Year

    December 2013
  • We stayed 35 days at Garys apartment. The house is perfect, very comfortable. It has everything you may need to feel at home. Washing machine, hairdryer, fridge, everything! and Gary is a great host. He was really helpful and very knowledgeable. I really enjoyed talking to him!
    The room was very clean and it was great to have our own bathroom. We had our privacy. We really felt as home!
    The neighbourhood is really safe and very well connected to buses and tube.
    If we ever return to London (and we will for sure), we will return to Gary's house.
    Thanks Gary for making our stay so nice. We really enjoyed it. It was lolvely meeting you.

    November 2013
  • We were lucky to find such a beautiful place in our first visit to London. We enjoyed the entire house and not only our private room, as we got access to the living room and the kitchen likewise.
    The place is reachable by common transports, frequent buses are just seconds away, and an underground is very near.

    Gary made sure we got all freedom and peaceful stay during his nice reception. He's well educated and very open, conversation with him is rich of information and fun, nice stories about faces and places.

    We had a wonderful stay in London, we visited eastbourne as well, and Gary made sure we get well guide.

    Thank you Gary for the nice reception
    Keep that positive energy
    We hope to meet again

    Sincerly Ahmad

    October 2013
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I used to be the Aide of one of Great Britain's former Prime Ministers.
I very much enjoy gardening and reading books. I live in a large house with a garden and there are many parks nearby. As I only use a few rooms of the house, I rent the rest out to guests who would like to have a wonderful stay in London. I have written a book on Portugal and have traveled around the world extensively. I am always up for teaching English, if you need a hand. Also if you want to have a chat, just knock on my door.
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