Russell Square Room with a View

Apartment - Private room · Richbell, Boswell Street, London, 27 Richbell, Boswell Street WC1N 3PZ, United Kingdom
Your host, Joanne
71 Reviews
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The Space

Enjoy our cosy room in an artistic family flat- surprisingly quiet at night. Lovely breakfasts served on hand-painted china -espresso or tea to wake up to.

A very central location served by Holborn and Russell Square tube--Piccadilly and Central line.

Be down in Soho or Covent Garden in 15 minutes by walking...or 38 and 19 bus.Carry on to Green Park and walk through the park to visit Buckingham Palace...half hour journey. Happy to help with directions and itineraries...getting around.

We have a very mellow rabbit in the kitchen who is happy to be stroked. My son, Ben is nine years old and a Cub Scout who might show you his latest Lego creation.

The bed is a fabulously comfortable top quality American Queen sized bed. You will get a good night's sleep here.

Guests have access to the bathroom with its London tube map shower curtain. Towels and linens are provided. Toiletries are provided if needed.

Access to kitchen. Feel free to cook your own meals if you wish. Or sit back and let me make you breakfast which can be pancakes with lemon and sugar, or mixed fresh fruit with honeyed yogurt and muesli, or sausages with tomato and beans, cereal, oatmeal... Etc.

Drawer and hanging space in bedroom.
Your own key to come and go as you please.

A nuffield health gym pass if you wish to go for a steam, sauna, workout or swim.

It's like a small village in the centre of London. Bloomsbury...home of Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens and WIlliam Morris. Cosy cafes and restaurants. A clean, safe, tidy neighbourhood with easy access to most of London's central museums and fun places.

I encourage people to walk or use the buses as you can then get an idea of the layout of Central London. It only takes twenty minutes to walk to Leicester square from here. Get a free central London bus map from any tube station. It will explain the routes and is easy to follow.

Buses in this area:

38 and 19 connecting Islington angel upper street trendy cafes, pubs, the canal, chapel street market with

Sadlers wells dance theatre, soho, china town , Knightsbridge 19,,,,, Victoria 38

168 to Camden town in ten minutes or down to the Southbank in ten minutes.

Happy to help you with itineraries and directions

Local cultural venues to check for events:

Union Chapel Islington 19 bus ten minutes contemporary music folk, acoustic guitar etc.

The Place Dance Theatre walk near Euston 15 or 20 min. Modern dance

Royal opera house 15 min by foot opera and ballet

Southbank complex on the Thames 20-30 min by foot 15 by 168 bus. Royal festival hall, national theatre, British film institute, Hayward gallery, Purcell room. Music drama film art exhibitions

Sadlers wells dance theatre rose berry ave 38 bus five stops roughly or walk 20 min cont dance.

Many theatres in west end for plays and musicals all walking distance

British museum five min by foot

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $26 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Cleaning Fee: $18
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Other pet(s)
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  • We had a great stay at Joanne and Benjamin's apartment. Joanne made us a nice breakfast every morning, the bed was comfy and it's a quiet neighborhood, but still very central. Joanne is a very social and creative woman and Ben is a sweet boy. We always stay at B&B's because we enjoy to have personal contact with people and get insider's tips. This was certainly what we got here.

    June 2014
  • Joanne is a super energetic arty mom as well as wonderful hostess. I totally enjoyed my staying with her and Ben. She helped a lot not only giving useful advice for sightseeing even before my stay but also making the original tea pot for me. The breakfast she cooked was tasty and plenty. She is very friendly and good to know of what I needed. Luckily I could walk with her together a couple of times chatting on many topics. Thank you, Joanne. Hope to see you again!

    June 2014
  • Small room but very comfortable bed in excellent location. Perfect for short stay and easy access to museums, shops and nightlife. Joanne was a very friendly host.

    June 2014
  • Joanne was a very welcoming host.She really went out of her ways to make my little niece, who was at her first international experience, feel comfortable and even cooked pancakes for breakfast! The place is very central, quite small but normal size for London central area. I would definitely return, even just to spend some more time with Joanne! Make sure you understand the address properly has the building has no number so you need to know the name and see where it is located on the map.Grazie Joanne!

    June 2014
    Response from Joanne:

    Thank you. It was a pleasure to meet you. And hope to see you again in the future.

    June 2014
  • Joanne is a wonderful hostess. Very knowledgeable about the neighborhood and London in general. Her breakfasts were great. Her son Ben is a super kid & he and I discussed Dr Who at breakfast. Snuffles also comes to the edge of his cage to get a head scratch. Everyone made us feel at home. The bed was very comfy, there were no problems sharing a bathroom and we all got along famously. The apartment is centrally located and we could easily walk to the British Museum and the London Eye area. It was also a short walk to the Holborun Station, which took us everywhere. The apartment is very small, but there seemed to be enough room for us all. It is perfect if what you want is a clean and comfortable place to sleep.

    June 2014
  • I enjoyed my stay at Joanne's place she spoilt me rotten! She was very helpful when I was asking for info about places to meet friends.
    Where the flat is situated is ideal for exploring London.
    It was good to meet Ben her son and Snuffles the rabbit.

    June 2014
    Response from Joanne:

    Nice meeting you too, Jane. All the best, Joanne and Ben.

    June 2014
  • Joanne was a wonderful hostess. She prepared a great breakfast every day, was talkative and friendly, and she even gave me Vitamin C when I wasn't feeling well. The apartment is in a great location too!

    May 2014
  • Très bon séjour chez Joanne, de bons conseils et malgré mon anglais plus qu'approximatif nous avons bien discuté. Chambre spacieuse et lit confortable. Appartement très bien situé en plein cœur de Londres, à 20 mins à pieds de la gare St Pancras et proche du centre historique, bon accès aussi aux différents moyens de transports (bus et métro). Petit bémol par contre pour la douche et le manque de pression, problème due à la conception de l'immeuble, plus d'eau apparemment le soir, mais je n'ai pas vérifié.

    May 2014
  • Our stay at the home of Joanne and Ben has been great. The apartment is very close to covent garden, soho, picadilly and the British Museum. Perfect to move much walking. And Joanne perfect hostess. Every day preparing a delicious breakfast and a day we prepare a picnic to eat very good. I was also always willing to help us with our routes.
    And with our baby Adur they have behaved great. It was a pleasure to spend our time at home Joanne and Ben.
    Nuestra estancia en casa de Joanne y Ben ha sido estupenda. El piso esta muy cerca de covent garden, soho, picadilly y el British Museum. Perfecto para moverse mucho a pie. Y Joanne una perfecta anfitriona. Todos los dias nos preparaba un delicioso desayuno y un dia nos preparo un riquisimo picnic para comer. ademas siempre estaba dispuesta a ayudarnos con nuestras rutas.Y con nuestro bebe Adur se han portado genial. Ha sido un placer pasar nuestra estancia en casa de Joanne y Ben.

    April 2014
    Response from Joanne:

    Thank you again for staying. It was lovely to meet you.

    April 2014
  • Very nice stay with Joanne in London. Comfortable bed, good location. Short walk to bus lines. Breakfasts were very good.

    April 2014
    Response from Joanne:

    Thank you again Bruce. It was nice to meet you. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

    April 2014
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English, Italiano
Guilford High School, SAIC, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Cosmo China
I'm an artist working in hand-painted chinaware, collage and watercolours. Former university lecturer in English and Art, I have lived in Chicago, Naples, and Seoul. If you choose to stay at the Russell Square Room with a View, you will be sharing the space with my son and myself. Otherwise, the other listings are those of my friends who live in the area. My son who is nine and I enjoy travelling, bike riding, Lego-building, swimming, and attending to our pet bunny called Snuffles the Butler. We love to travel. Our favourite spots are The Sahara Desert in Morocco and quiet villages along the coast, a picturesque horse farm in Tuscany and Barcelona. I am interested in geography and other cultures. I am also a member of The Royal Geographical Society and might be able to invite you along to an explorer's lecture. Favourite books are Wild Swans, Shantaram, Gone Girl, Killing Floor, Dr. Seuss Sleep Book, No Second Chance, Generation X, Down and Out in London and Paris, The Aquariums of Pyongyang. Favourite Music Kate Bush, Sun Kil Moon, Fleet Foxes, Suzanne Vega, Police, and Melody Gardot. Favourite parts of London: Walking along the Southbank, the boating lake and gardens of Regents Park, fine food at Burough Market, the teas, jams, and biscuits at Fortnum and Mason, the long boats on Regents Canal, Bloomsbury, Covent Garden's unique boutiques, bric a brac and international cuisine at Brick Lane Market on Sundays, Kingsland Road for trendy bars, cafes, and Vietnamese noodles, Victoria and Albert museum, South Kensington, Hampstead Heath --Kenwood House for scones and tea, the river walk at Richmond, Hampton Court Palace and Hoxton. We enjoy meeting people from around the world. We like to hear how life is where you are from. We like to help our guests get the best from their time in London by pointing out good restaurants, cafes, markets, theatre tickets, and other cultural events. We also help you with the logistics of getting from A to B by bus, tube or foot. I am happy to help you with your itinerary.
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