My place is a two bedroomed architect-designed apartment. A double room is available, for a maximum of two people. You will share the apartment with me, Matthew.
Like London, the place is modern on the inside but old on the outside!
WHERE: The apartment is in Southwark, south of the Thames. To be clear, this location, 15mins walk from the Elephant and Castle, is not in tourist London. If you want to roll out of bed into Piccadilly Circus, then this is not the place for you. The area is a residential area just south of the centre of London.
So if you need somewhere comfortable, clean, sunny, and quiet, that is quick to get into town, and in an interesting multicultural area where real people actually live, then this apartment is great!
Central London is pretty big. Yet thanks to the bend in the river Thames, the flat is equidistant to most places of interest - Westminster, Soho, the West End, Covent Garden, and the City of London are a short bus journey away.
The area isn't London's most glamorous, but it is convenient. In fact, with the wind in the right direction, when lying in bed you can hear Big Ben striking!
Local facilities are great for buying provisions. Not only are good British supermarkets under five mins walk away, but a very handy well stocked 24hour Turkish store is also close by, where you can get groceries, fruit and freshly baked bread 24 hours a day!
WHAT IS YOURS: Your room has a double bed, with lots of storage and a desk. Towels are provided.
WHAT IS SHARED: You share with me the open plan living room with high, rooflit ceiling, and a piano if you want to play!
Kitchen area, with oven, dishwasher, microwave, and all utensils, and dining table
Bathroom with shower, bath and washing machine
South facing balcony overlooking private gardens, great for breakfast or lunch in good weather.
and ... There are friendly neighbours!
The place has wi-fi
The buses from the Walworth Road, which is three minutes walk away, are frequent and the best way get here. It takes as little as 20 minutes to all of central London, with 11 routes during the day, and 7 routes all night
The nearest tube station is Elephant and Castle, (in zone 1). This is 15 minutes walk, and is on two lines, Bakerloo and Northern. Kennington tube is also within 15-20 mins walk.
The nearest London cycle hire scheme (only £2 for 24hours access) is a few mins walk away
Elephant and Castle has the Thameslink trains, direct to all central London stops, plus further north and south.
The great thing about this location is all five London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and City) take around the same time to get to from the place, around 1 hour or so.
It was our first stay using airbnb and we were treated so well. I highly recommend Matt as a host for future stays. The apt was comfortable and he even helped us get around.
From the first Matthew greeted us with his wit and warmth. We had a fantastic 4 day stay at his place. He graciously allowed us to use his kitchen to make our breakfast. He also gave us great tourist tips for our short visit. His place is easy to reach via buses that travel near Trafalgar Square and Westminister Abbey.
We stayed for 4 days in Matthew's apartment, this was our first booking in shared apartment at Airbnb. Tha apartment is very nice and has everything we needed (even lend us an umbrella and coats!). Matthew was the best host, he sent us one detailed guide since our arrive until his address, with maps, buses's lines and another tips. He is really a great guy!
Ficamos 4 dias no apartamento do Matthew, foi nossa primeira experiência em reservar apartamento compartilhado no Airbnb. O apto é lindo e tinha tudo o que precisávamos (até guarda-chuva e casacos emprestados!). Matthew foi o melhor anfitrião, nos enviou as orientações detalhadas da nossa chegada em London até o seu endereço, com mapas, linhas de ônibus e outras dicas. Ele é realmente um grande cara!
Matthew is very kind host.
He told us kindly How can get to some place by bus.
Matthew's house placed near Bus station, So we travel London very easily!
Room and Bathroom was very clean.
My friend and I actually didn't cook at all but Kitchen looks also clean and nice as well.
We appreciated to stay here very much.
We stayed at Matthew's house for about 5 days and had a very good time there.
The interior is modern and very pretty. The guest room was also really nice and comfortable.
Unfortunately we only saw Matthew for some minutes, but he seemed really nice and open minded to us.
All in all, we can only recommend Matthew's lodging. We would choose it as an accommodation again!
Graziosa, comoda ed accogliente casa: l'ideale per fare un week end fuori porta, soprattutto a Londra, dove i prezzi sono elevatissimi! Se siete turisti e soprattutto non avete mai visto la città, vi suggerisco di farvi consigliare da Matthew dove andare, cosa vedere e, più in generale, le attrazioni migliori! Matthew è molto disponibile e, qualora non dovesse esserci a causa del lavoro, vi fornirà - in qualche modo - tutte le informazioni! Tornassi indietro, ri-sceglierei sempre la stessa "location".
When we arrived Matthew's place he wasn't there because he was doing a job in Africa. However, he left his house for us and we really had a great time in there. The area was very close to zone 1 London, and you can easily to get the bus to any famous spot in city centre. Also, Matthew was really kind and share all his experience to us. Really happy to met Matthew in the last few days in my UK times, and hope you can come to visit Taiwan as well :)
Matthew's room was very cozy and usefully filled. In London, we also know many hotels and rooms were not spacious, but his flat had many tiny and helpful spaces putting on my stuffs and bags although it's not big one.
Also, it was not located in central and nearby a tube station, but it's very easy to access the Tower bridge, Westminster Sta. (Big Ben), Trafalgar square (The National Gallery), Picadilly circus, Oxford circus and etc.
London's transportation system(Buses and Tubes) is very well designed to transit, I did NOT feel any problems to reach anywhere for me during my trip.
Matthew was very gentle and helpful, I and my wife feel very comfortable when we're in London. I'll highly recommend this flat to visitors in London, when my first daughter has more ages, I would like to go London and stay in his flat again.
This was our first experience with Airbnb. Thanks to Matthew we don´t want to stay in hotels anymore! :)
Matthew is very kind, friendly and nice person. He gave us all information that we needed and added some tips, where should we go, or what ticket to public transport we should buy.
Before our arrival he send us detailed infomation about how we get to his place.
The room was clean and cozy. We felt like home.
Thank you very much Matthew! We enjoyed our time at your place!
With my daughter Tea I have stayed with Matthew and had a great time. Matthew is there if you need information or help but he is very discreet so we felt like being alone in his apartment. We liked the room and the total furnishing in the house- more modern than we have expected and cosy.
As a host he thinks of tourists needs. So to welcome us there was a detailed London map with all the buses from the area and instructions how to access different parts of London. The neighbourhood is quiet and with his detailed instructions easy accessible even during the night. We have arrived late and left early and we could check in and out without problems.
We will definitely contact him in case we travel to London. I gladly recommend Matthew to others.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.
This is the final rate, including VAT along with fees from the host and Airbnb.
This is the fee charged by Airbnb
This is the fee charged by Airbnb and includes VAT