This is a very light, airy, stylish 1940s flat has been fully updated throughout. The flat is on a quiet and peaceful street, yet it's just 3 minutes walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras. It is unusual in London to get so much space, so centrally. A bright, sunny lounge comfortably seats six people and has access to the flat's private balcony for sitting outside. The sofas are meltingly comfortable if you are needing an evening in front of the TV. The kitchen is fully refurbished; a good size, it is fully equipped with a fridge-freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. Good quality cutlery, crockery and glassware are available for 6 persons, utensils and pots are ample. A folding dining table in the kitchen can seat 4 people easily and six at a slight squash. The two main bedrooms are both large, double bedrooms with ample space and storage space. The largest bedroom also has direct access to the balcony. The third bedroom has a double futon with a super-comfortable mattress and can sleep 2 persons, but that room is a little smaller than the other two bedrooms; there is less storage space. The main bathroom is newly tiled in clean, white tiles and newly re-plumbed with a commodious shower enclosure, sink unit and toilet. The second bathroom, also newly renovated has a toilet and wash hand basin. Towels are provided. A hair dryer, iron & ironing board are available.
The flat gets lots of natural light and feels spacious, yet cosy. The accommodation would suit a group of friends or a family. The apartment is safe for young children and there is enough space for them to run around a little. There is access to a private garden with a small play area.
Guests can generally access the flat from 11am onwards (the checkout time for previous guests) at least to collect keys leave bags whilst we clean, but official check in time is 4pm. We will clearly negotiate check in times prior to your travel and as we are private individuals with full time jobs, we can only make last minute changes to arrangements in emergencies, such as travel delays. If you need more flexibility than that, please tell us in advance. We have free, high speed wifi. Excellent TV with freeview. Well stocked with cleaning and laundry products and all bathroom basics. Hairdryer and iron/ironing board available. Quality towels and bed linen are provided. Tea, coffee and some kitchen basics are provided so that you don't have to run out shopping immediately on arrival. There is a balcony has a table and 2 chairs. Culinary herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley etc) for your use are growing on the balcony's small garden, which also has flowers. There is a private, tree-lined communal garden with seating and a small children's playing area that guests can also access.
I work with my friend Micky and my husband Tony in looking after the flat and our guests. We live relatively locally and know many areas of London very well. One of us will meet you personally at the flat and show you around and give keys. Thereafter, we will leave you to it, unless you have any questions for us. We have prepared a file with suggestions for local shops, restaurants and services that we can personally recommend. We can help with your travel plans, if you need us. If there is any problem with your accommodation, we will sort it out promptly.
If you need to arrive at late hour (after 6pm) we do understand - international travel doesn't always land you where you want to be when you want to be there. But please let us know well in advance - we all work full time and both have families, so we cant always be were you might wish us to be exactly when you prefer it. We will do our very best to accommodate you but if it's a really odd time of the day or night, we may have to pay someone to come and let you in and charge a modest late check-in fee. Advance warning really helps us to help you best.
I love this area. Its an "old", "solid", safe area with many local people still residing but it's undergoing massive and exciting change with fabulous refurbishment of both the mainline rail stations, several new hotels, amazing restaurants, and world famous educational institutes.
The British Library moved here a few years ago and is a great place to spend time. Central St Martins School of Art recently located here on Granary Square behind St Pancras - the wonderful space by the canal also houses a great restaurant, Grainstore. The Crick Institute will soon open nearby. UCL's main campus is 10 mins walk away.
There are are great places to eat and drink ranging from the grand and stylish (Great Northern Hotels cocktail bar or restuarant Plum and Spilt Milk) and the amazingly romantic (world's longest) champagne bar in the St Pancras station to the innovative and amazing Kerb - a street food market just behind Kings Cross station.
Within 5 minutes from the flat, you can eat English breakfasts at local cafes, coffee and cakes in artisan bakeries, Sunday roast in the local pubs, comfortable meals in familiar chain restaurants and fine dining in fantastic, innovative high-end restaurants is on your doorstep.
But you can also easily walk from the flat to anywhere in the West End. Many of Londons major tourist attractions - museums, galleries and theatres are within walking distance (15-20 minutes ) or can be reached even more quickly by tube or bus.
As well as local "corner shops" , there are several high quality food stores within walking distance. For families with children there is a lovely local park. Coram's Fields, which is a unique seven acre playground and park for children and young people living in or visiting London.
In our guidebook section, you can find some specific recommendations which are described and mapped.
You will have fantastic access to transport, 3 minutes walk from local underground (Kings Cross has Metropolitan/Hammersmith and City/Circle/Northern/Piccadilly & Victoria lines), British Rail to the midlands, the North and Scotland. And of course, the Eurostar to Europe. You can be in Brussels or Paris in less than 3 hours! The Thameslink station to Gatwick Airport is 4 mins walk. A constant supply of London red buses run from Grays Inn Road and Euston Road. Ideal for those short journeys in the rain when you just cant be bothered to walk. A local minicab firm can be called to send a cab to the door. If you are feeling flush, you can just hail a black cab from the street. If you want to cycle there is a "Boris bike" Transport for London Cycle hire station 2 blocks away: you can just grab a bike - cycle rides of less than 30 minutes are free. (website hidden)
If you have a car, it is usually possible to park right outside/very nearby the apartment, in a public parking bay, but the parking prices are expensive and the local traffic wardens are very astute at catching people out.
Well-equipped kitchen with full cooking facilities including oven, grill, gas hob, microwave, kettle, toaster and some recipe books.
Just 3 rules
Please can you take away all trash when you leave? Please recycle - plastics, cardboard, bottles, cans should all be taken across the road to the recycling centre on Loxham St (about 50 meters). Household garbage (small bags) can be placed daily in the rubbish chute just adjacent to the elevator.
2) Consideration for neighbours:
Please be considerate of our neighbours - dont play music loudly or enter and leave loudly at night. We have 2 neighbours on our landing, both are friendly and have lived in the local area all of their lives. They have our phone number and will call us if our guests cause them any problems.
3) Please don't burn tealights or candles except those we know which are in a safe casing, which are available within the flat already.
Very true to the description, the flat was in very good condition. We really appreciated the flexibility of the host who let us do an early check in and a stress-free check out.
Conveniently located 7mn walk from King's Cross, the building itself is not very impressive, and slightly noisy but once you are inside, the flat is warm and welcoming. There was milk, bread and all necessary basic cooking ingredients in the cupboards as well.
The flat was just as described! It was a perfect fit for 3 adults looking to take in the sights and a football match while in London. There was a pub that offered good food just across the street and just a short walk to a few small markets for food. Kings Cross/Pancreas underground was a couple of blocks away and very convenient when getting around town.
Our stay worked out well, thank you very much.
Flat as described, warm and comfortable, well equipped.
Good central location.
Adele and Micky were great - I was running late and they were flexible regarding my arrival time. The flat is in a great location, with plenty of bars, restaurants, and access to public transit. It was perfect for my needs, with all of the amenities you might need included. I would definitely stay here again.
Adele and Mickey are the perfect hosts and very welcoming. The flat is just as described and was perfectly situated for us. The location is quiet and secure and the facilities are excellent.
Very nice appartment and well located! Everything was very clean and it was a pleasure to stay there! Thanks to Adele and Micky who are very sympatic people
The flat was as described although the apartment block was in rough shape and the entrance to the building was quite dirty. Mikey met us right on time. Everything was clean including the bathrooms. The flat had both a dishwasher and washing machine which would be useful for longer stays. There was coffee, tea and biscuits including milk and sugar which was lovely. It was a very easy walk from Kings Cross station. There were four of us staying -two adults and two children and we had more than enough room. The hosts were extremely responsive and always replied quickly to questions both before and during our stay
Dear Allison Im really glad you enjoyed your stay. Id like to address one comment you made because anyone is able to read the feedback and one of your comments is a little offputting to future guests. I dont think its fair to describe our block as 'in rough shape'. This suggests a lack of maintenance, safety or some kind of risk. The building is a utilitarian, 1948 post war construction - typical of the period - and situated in the hear of a major city. It's thick walled and sturdy but I have to agree, it's of no great aesthetic appeal from the outside. But the building is well maintained overall and in robust physical health despite its lack of beauty and the flat itself is (website hidden) Dell
I live and work in London; I absolutely love my city and I know it very well. I also love to travel and have spent some years living in the US. I am very fortunate to have an apartment in such a great location in London and I'm extremely pleased that I can share the warmth and pleasure I feel at living in this city with other travellers. I work together with my friend Micky, my husband Tony (and sometimes my son Alex helps) to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.