About this listing
Bright airy artistic flat in east London highrise with great views and amazing market downstairs. Tube 30 seconds walk.
Sleeps up to 10, best suited to groups of 4-6 young friends. Groups of young friends will get priority booking + big discounts!
READ! READ! READ! Before I introduce you to the flat, and before you make an enquiry, PLEASE READ THIS FIRST! This flat is best suited to groups of young friends. If you are a group of 4-6 young friends, it will work very well, and I'd be so delighted to host you that you'll get priority booking and big discounts. Groups less than 4 will perhaps find it too expensive, and groups more than 6 will maybe find the flat a bit small. I do sleep up to 10 though. It is always worth enquiring to get a quote if you are a group of young friends. I LOVE HOSTING GROUPS OF YOUNG FRIENDS. If you are a family with older people and/or children, a group bigger than 6 is simply not gonna work. The flat is too small. Groups larger than 6 will ONLY work for young friends out for a laugh. ALSO NOTE THE PRICES! The automated price you see is for a ROOM, but for most groups of more than 2-3 you will need the whole flat, and that is what I will quote you for. However, if you are a group of young friends, like I said, I will be very happy to host you and may give you the flat but charge you just for the room. Now on to the details of the flat....
Hello and welcome! Hundreds of airbnb guests have so far stayed at this bright, airy, colourful and quirky one-bedroom flat with stunning views over London. We have a daily market just downstairs for everything you'll need. The nearest tube is 30 seconds walk away, and the bus stop and even a bike hire station right outside so you're well connected to anywhere you'll want to go, with central London 20-50 minutes away.
The flat includes a fully equipped and functioning kitchen, super fast wifi, a living room with dining table and huge windows so you get fabulous sunlight all day, fabulous sunsets and fabulous views all night. The bathroom is colourfully decorated and has a just-fitted thermostatic shower meaning a nice hot shower is always available no matter how many guests. There is also a bath if you need to unwind after a day of playing tourist.
The main bedroom has a huge big comfy king-size bed and a lovely comfy sofa, together with a table and chair. Hairdryer, iron and all that jazz readily available. Lovely fluffy towels and plenty of linen provided for every guest.
A relaxing and friendly place to chill while on holiday, or a place to sleep a group of up to 10 young friends on a weekend break.
Very well connected to many amenities, with very easy access to Greenwich, The Olympic Park and Tower Bridge, also we are near the river, many canals and parks and marinas, and lots of great restaurants. Also for work, we are 10 minutes from Canary Wharf or ExCel and very close to City Airport.
Easy access to central London and especially London’s hipster East End!
I am an artist, film-maker and DJ, and the flat is accordingly a quirkily decorated creative place, with splashes of colour, lots of art and even loads of disco balls! The living room also boasts a home cinema projector available for use by request.
Prices start at £18 per person per night, so please send an enquiry to get a quote for your trip.
SOME NOTES ON AMENITIES
THERE IS NO TV - only a video projector available for use by prior request. I have ticked TV on the listing, because it is possible to watch TV using the projector and/or a laptop. Also, I would be happy to buy a TV if you really want one. Just ask.
PARKING - You need to ask in advance for this so that I can organise it.
I NOW HAVE A SHOWER! Just a quick update telling you there is now a shower installed.
Please note that my pricing is too sophisticated for this site - the price per person per night is between £18 and £85, depending on a number of factors. Please make an enquiry to find out the price, or check out the pricing diagram in the photos.
Please also note some temporary measures I sometimes have in place (for example in high season, or when there is some refurb going on):
- The minimum total booking is £100 per night or £400 total booking.
- It is not suitable for families of ANY description, even if every member is an adult. I don't take on groups with more than one generation of the same family*
- It is not suitable for pets.*
- It is not suitable for people under 16*
*this is a guide. I am not totally strict on this, and in certain circumstances it could be ok. Please just always make sure you discuss these things with me.
ACCESS TO ROOMS
If you take just the room, you have general access to the whole flat, but your access to the kitchen and living room is very slightly limited. However, access to the kitchen can be arranged at any time. Please ask me for details.
A kettle, toaster, and - if required - microwave oven, together with tea & coffee making facilities, are available in your room for your convenience.
The bedroom is for your sole use and the bathroom shared with me.
Obviously, if you are taking the whole flat, then all rooms are for your sole use.
Interaction with Guests
This varies and is difficult to predict. There have been times when guests have stayed when I am out of town, I'm which case they do not even meet me once - other times I have been at home a lot and not busy and have spent a lot of time with guests, even going out around town with them and eating / watching movies together.
Of course, if you prefer to be left alone, that's fine too.
Either way, if this aspect is important to you please let me know and we can discuss it prior to your stay. I always try to make my guests happy. Sometimes it will suit us both to be sociable, sometimes it will be the opposite.
You are literally living right in the thick of a bustling east end market, with lots of life, vitality and amenities literally at your doorstep: cheap fruit & veg, butchers, supermarkets, cafés, restaurants, and canals.
Also in East London within easy reach are Canary Wharf, ExCel, London City Airport, The O2, Greenwich Park & Museums, The Olympic Park, Victoria Park and much more.
The station to take you to central London is 30 seconds walk, also a bus stop 30 seconds walk and a bike hire station even closer.
It takes only a few minutes to get to the nearest "centre" area with lots of shops, restaurants and other hang-oouts. If it's Central London you're after, that will take you between 20-50 minutes, depending on the time of day, mode of transport, and which part of central London you want. On average you can be at Oxford Street in about 45 minutes.
Other Things to Note
I NOW HAVE A SHOWER! Just a quick update telling you there is now a shower installed. I will update the listing accordingly but please ignore any reference to not having a shower!
The flat is quite small for groups of more than 4-6. Please get in touch if your group is bigger than this and we can discuss if it is suitable. Normally this works best if it's a group of young friends staying a few nights. Just get in touch! Anything is possible. I am driven by my guests' needs.
I’m not really one for “rules”, but as airbnb has asked me for it, I’ve put together this – I prefer to see these as guidelines.
Before arriving and when arriving:
1.If you are not coming alone, you must make sure every member of your group has all the same information as you. Make sure they read the listing on the site, see the pictures and reviews, and read any information or other literature I send.
2.Please let me know well in advance your estimated arrival time and leaving time.
3.Please make sure every member of your group has ID or passport so I can photocopy this. Better still, bring copies or send me scans or photos of everyone’s ID before arriving.
4.If you wanna use the printer, DVD or VHS player, amplifier, or projector, and it’s important to you (i.e. you’re not prepared to just wing it) please let me know well in advance of your stay, so we can discuss the possibilities and I have time to set it up.
5.Please also let me know your preferred sleeping arrangements well in advance of your stay, so I know how many beds to prepare and in what room.
6.I allow guests to make their own rules regarding smoking. Please let me know in advance what your smoking rules are. You can ban smoking completely, allow it only in certain rooms, or allow smoking freely. I will also observe your smoking rules – but if I don’t know what they are then I can’t observe them! (I smoke a little, rarely in the house, but sometimes I do). This one is kinda irrelevant if you have booked the whole flat, but still – if you are an ardent non-smoker or are allergic to any trace of smokiness, please let me know in advance so we can discuss it and I can make sure I fully get rid of any traces as best I can.
7.I’m not keen on hosting pets, especially if you are sharing with me, so please let me know in advance if you have a pet and we can discuss it. If I have allowed you to have a pet, please ensure you tidy up after it.
During your stay:
1.There is a cupboard designated to you in the kitchen, and the top shelf of the fridge. Help yourself to anything you find already in these, and also tea, coffee, sugar, herbs, spices, oils, condiments and margarine. Anything else edible in the kitchen is mine so please don’t nick it, or ask me if in doubt. Things like rice and pasta and potatoes I’m pretty cool about.
2.Please don’t answer the door or the intercom (unless you are expecting a member of your group). If I am in, leave it to me. If I am out, please leave it.
3.Please use the recycling bins in the kitchen and clean stuff before throwing it. If bins get full please dispose appropriately out the back of the building.
4.Please observe etiquette when then living room becomes my bedroom or private office (see house manual)
5.Consumables such as printer ink, paper and detergent, shampoo, soap and toothpaste are provided as a courtesy – I won’t be held accountable if there is none. Also, if you use a lot of it or empty it – please replace it or at least let me know.
6.Please water the plants whenever they look thirsty and generally look after them.
7.Don’t play music or watch films loudly, and please avoid doing it at all after 11pm.
8.Don’t make a lot of noise in general please!
9.If you break something, please replace it or at least let me know. If you spill something please clean it up.
10.When going out, please do a quick check – is the cooker off? Are the lights off? Do you have your key? Have you locked the door behind you? (It locks itself)
1.Please leave the place generally clean & tidy – I don’t expect you to be thorough but please give it a once over.
2.Leave your key on a table.
3.I prefer it if you leave all linen in situ – please don’t remove from beds or do any laundry.
4.Please leave unused towels neatly folded so that I know not to launder them.
AFTER YOUR STAY
Please let me know any problems you had with the flat (that I can fix) – I really really want my guests to be happy, but if people don’t tell me what was wrong, I can’t fix it! Thanks!
Great location, amazing view over London. Alex was great at communicating throughout and would recommend this flat if you're looking for anything near Excel, London City, Canary Wharf etc.
I really dislike his flat!
This guest was the worst I have ever encountered. Throughout our entire communication she repeatedly asked the most basic of questions, and never listened to any of the answers, so would ask them again and again. We are talking stuff like "how to use the shower?" (you switch it on), and "what is the wifi password?" (guests are given this in many documents plus it is plastered all over the walls in big letters everywhere). She also threw away the contents of my kitchen and freezer which resulted in £200 worth of food being wasted, and she threw away items of furniture. I would not recommend this guest to any users of airbnb, you are in for a very terrible experience.
Alex was very helpful and welcoming, made us feel at ease. We were a group of seven girls in London for an event and weekend away, we all said how much better the flat was than a hotel as it was a very comfortable environment, was lovely having our own living room to chill out together, and the amazing view really added to the trip, it's as wonderful as all the reviews said:). Took us a while to figure the tubes out, but we'd definitely stay again and would be even easier now we're more used to the tube system
Alex was very helpful in the preparations before our stay and arrival. He was very careful and detailed about his terms of stay when we booked with him.
Communication was excellent with Alex. He made sure that if we had any questions or request, he would try his best to fulfil them. The apartment was in a reasonable and decent state when we arrived. Although we never got to meet Alex in person upon arrival, he made sure that his assistant was there to receive us and show us around the place.
Alex was meticulous enough to leave printed information about the neighbourhood around this flat.
Overall we have a pleasant one week stay with this listing.
Location was close to the DLR station, supermarkets and restaurants were nearby too! Apartment decor was quirky and interesting, best of all, the view of london is just stunning.
Thank you for having us Alex, would recommend to all.
In few words we were not satisfied of nor the apartment neither the host. Lets start from the good things:
1) the apartement was big enough and it had a really godd view at night *during the night
2) we had all the equipement needed to cook and all the stuff needed for shower
Now why you should avoid this place: it was very dirty for our standards and I think objectively dirty *both the bedrooms and the kitchen (I think that is enough to avoid the place)
This review is pure fantasy and really quite bizarre. I would invite the reader to read my review of this guest (which was written before I saw his review) which clearly states that these guests were the dirtiest I have ever had. The flat was spotless when they arrived, a professional cleaner had spent more than 2 hours cleaning it, and these guys were very late (without letting us know) which gave us plenty of time for cleaning. We cannot figure out why the guest would completely fabricate a review and try and blame us for the terrible dirty state they left the flat in, with unwashed pots, broken and stolen items, spillages all over the floor, should I go on? Is it possible that these people are so nasty and selfish, that they want to falsify their review to give me a bad reputation, just to save their own reputation? Please avoid these guests. They are very, very bad news - for any host and also this website.
Wir waren als fünfköpfige Familie da, die Kinder im Alter von 12 bis 16. Es hat uns sofort gefallen und wir haben uns vom ersten Moment an zuhause gefühlt, haben später auch die Chance genutzt, unseren Aufenthalt zu verlängern. Das Appartment ist hell und gemütlich, die Aussicht atemberaubend. Geschäfte für den täglichen Bedarf sind direkt um die Ecke und wer dran ist, die Frühstücksbrötchen zu holen, kann sich erst mal in ein Cafe setzen und beim morgendlichen Aufbau des Marktes zusehen. Man hat öffentliche Verkehrsmittel wie Bus und DLR direkt vor der Tür, dazu eine Fahrradstation, alles bestens erklärt in Alex' ausführlicher Gebrauchsanweisung für seine Wohnung. Das Auto konnten wir während des Aufenthalts ganz in der Nähe stehenlassen, dank Alex' Unterstützung. (Ihn selbst haben wir im Übrigen während des Aufenthalts nicht gesehen, er hat aber auf jede Anfrage sofort reagiert und geholfen.) Eigentlich sitzt man bei solchen Reisen ja nicht gern zuhause rum, aber hier ist selbst das toll: Die wahnsinnige Skyline bei Tag und bei Nacht, spektakuläre Sonnenuntergänge, selbst Regen und Sturm sind nicht schlimm, weil man das nächste Wetter schon von weitem kommen sehen kann. Also wir hatten hier eine wirklich schöne Zeit!
Thanks Jurgen! Here's a rough translation in bullet points for non-German speakers....
- We are a family of five with children aged 12 to 16.
- We liked it immediately and we felt from the first moment at home
- We actually liked it so much we extended our stay.
- The apartment is bright and cozy
- the views are stunning
- Shops for daily needs are just around the corner
- You can breakfast in a local cafe and watch the market set up.
- It has public transport such as bus and DLR on the doorstep, plus a bike station
- all well explained in Alex's detailed handbook.
- We were able to park our car very near and for free thanks to Alex's help
- We didn't see Alex during the stay, but he immediately responded to every request and was very helpful
- Normally when you go on holiday, you don't spend much time relaxing indoors and maybe having a little drink - but in this case we loved to do it.
- The insane skyline by day and at night, spectacular sunsets, even rain and storms are not that bad, because you already can see it coming from afar the next weather.
- All in all, we had a great time!
MY NOTE: I have nothing to add to this review really. A note about parking: it is not guaranteed but I will always do my best to make it as easy and as cheap as possible for you. A note about hosting families: As a rule I am shy about accepting families, but as you can see from this review, sometimes it can work out perfectly! So please don't hesitate to get in touch and let's see if the place is suitable for you.
Thanks again Jurgen!
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About the Host, Alex
A relaxed London guy in my 30s, I work in art, music, events and film. I lead quite a busy life and also have quite a hectic social life! I go out dancing and socialising quite a lot.
I try to cycle around London, always finding new bits after 16 years here and loving living in the East End.
As a host I try to leave guests to themselves as much as possible unless you need help with the flat or advice on the local area or getting around London. However, if you want to socialise with me that's fine if I'm available. If it's an important part of your trip please tell me in advance and I'll let you know if I will be able to give you a tour or take you out!
As well as keeping the flat functional on a day-to-day basis, I will also listen to any reasonable requests you have for things I should buy or improvements I should make.