Central London 6th Flr Studio Flat

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Fann St, City of London, England EC1Y 0, United Kingdom

A safe quiet flat absolutely in the heart of London. Situated in the famous "square mile" next to Iconic Barbican estate, has been the rare thing of a town planning success story, with integral Arts/music/Cinema venue, along with imaginative gardens.

Your host, Chris
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A safe quiet flat absolutely in the heart of London. Situated in the famous "square mile" next to Iconic Barbican estate, has been the rare thing of a town planning success story, with integral Arts/music/Cinema venue, along with imaginative gardens.

The Space

West facing studio flat, with views across London - St Pauls, London eye, London sunsets. This is on the 6th floor, one floor down from the top floor. Very light flat, but comes with interlined curtains that will make it reasonably dark for a good nights sleep.

The bed has a recently new Heals Pocket spring with memory foam layer mattress to ensure a very comfortable nights sleep.

Set back from the road this flat is surprisingly quiet and spacious considering its extremely central location.

The flat is a Studio, has a permanent double bed, separate living area, with danish designed sofa from the 60's, Coffee table, TV
and an table area with 4 chairs for dining. Or use as desk space.
It has a strong square table in the corner , space underneath for your suitcase.

It has a nice pair of speakers and Sonos amp - so you can plug in any ipod/iphone, and it has full access to internet radio. There is an iPad mini in the flat (not to be removed) so you can access the Sonos and use it for internet radio, and if you have your own music on your phone/tablet you can download the Sonos app and play your music straight from your device.

Wifi - broadband - is free, I send you the code with the key collection details

On your doorstep is the Barbican center is the City of London's cultural center with Music/Theater/Art and cinema surrounded by a carefully designed residential community.

The City of London is a safe place, well connected by tubes, Barbican tube being 2 minutes walk, St Paul's and Moorgate just 7 Minutes away.

Walk to St Paul's and you can then see the Millennium footbridge which takes you over to the Tate Modern Art Gallery and connects with the Southbank.

The Flat is on the edge of trendy Clerkenwell area, for excellent cafes, bars and nightlife.- or you can head 1/2 Mile east and you'll be in Hoxton /Shoreditch with its great selection of places.

The Studio has a separate kitchen area, as well as full bathroom with (original) shower fixture. The bath is great, the shower is simple , not a power shower, but works well.

There is full width private balcony space also west facing.

The flat is non smoking, suitable for 1 or 2 guests.

There is a laundrette on the Barbican estate, (open 7am-9:30pm daily) that does service washes in the mornings. Tesco open 7am-11pm over the road, (couple of doors down from Barbican Tube) and larger supermarkets nearby.

Key collection is available through 24Hr Security, so you can arrive almost any time

Do let me know in your enquiry your expected check-in and out times.

Have a lovely stay !

Guest Access

Guests have the entire apartment to themselves, with the balcony area immediately in-front of the flat (Please do not wander into other flat's balcony areas, this is forbidden except in emergency).

Secure car parking can be arranged if agreed in advance £10 / 24 hrs

Interaction with Guests

The keys will be left with 24 Hr Security, so I don't usually meet guests personally, but my office is just 5 mins from the flat so I can resolve any maintenance issues very rapidly if I'm in london, not that much tends to go wrong beyond the odd lightbulb.

The Neighborhood

I really love the varied neighbourhoods available depending which direction you walk. First you have the Barbican Cultural centre which is peaceful, offering the gardens and ponds.
Then you have the Clerkenwell / Farringdon area to the east and slightly north, with a wealth of coffee shops bars, and some nightlife. The Smithfield market operates mostly at night so the area is never asleep.
Check out Dose, Workshop and Modern Pantry cafe's.
Then if you head east you have the amazing Whitecross Street, in the day its lined with a fantastic array of street market food stalls offering high quality lunch meals for takeaway.
Permanently it has good restaurants and a cafe with great music / vibe (Fix) and good coffee.
Its also where Waitrose is as the best local supermarket.
Go a little further east you are going to old street
and Shoreditch, the cafe on old st roundabout - The Grind is marvelous coffee, not much space, good for a quick shot.
Shoreditch has lots of restaurants, pubs, bars and nightlife.

Ah yes then there is Londons West End and Soho - easiest to visit via 55 Bus from Clerkenwell rd.

Getting around

You are in the centre of London, a little walking in the right direction and the tubes will connect you to everything, that is if you have to take the tube at all.
Busses go on through the night.
Make sure you have an Oyster card for travelling round london, its half the price of buying tickets, and much more convenient.
And we musn't forget the Bike Hire scheme - known as "Boris Bikes"
I use an iPhone app "City Mapper" this will tell you how to get anywhere by Bus/tube/train or Boris bike, and how long each alternative will take.

Travelling from Heathrow :
Take the Heathrow express (15 mins every 15 mins) to London Paddington. As you exit the train go the opposite way to most people, and up the stairs to bridge and follows signs for Underground "Hammersmith and City Line". take line heading East - 7 Stops and you are at Barbican tube. 3 Minute walk to the flat.

From Kings Cross / St Pancreas
Take Underground "Circle Line/ Hammersmith & City / Metropolitan line - head east 2 Stops, and you are at barbican Tube, 3 minutes to the flat.

From Euston : Exit Euston, cross the extremely busy main road (A40 Marleybone Rd) (wait for the traffic lights) and follow signs to Euston Sq. Tube - Head East 3 stops and you are there.

Gatwick - Don't take the Gatwick express into London Victoria, instead look for the trains to Luton, "Thameslink" they stop at Farringdon, change to Underground and 1 stop you are at the barbican.

Luton airport - you can look for trains to Brighton, as these will stop at Farringdon. Else take the normal airport express trains into St Pancreas, and then change to underground. Note: Although St Pancreas and King Cross share an underground station there is a good 10 minute walk from leaving the train at St Pancreas to reaching the tube.

Stanstead Airport - take the Stanstead Express into London Liverpool St, take Underground "Circle Line/ Hammersmith & City / Metropolitan line" head west - 2 Stops and you are at Barbican.

And it you need any more detail do try
(website hidden) for all transport questions !

Other Things to Note

I do usually have futon available with full set of linen & duvet for guests to use, but request additional one off £20 for additional Laundry costs.
Just let me know in advance if you need it.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1121 /week
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Great location, really convenient, close to the tube and everything else we wanted to see and do. The place was really clean and had a great bed, great to sleep off our jetlag and it was quiet too. Thanks Chris

    July 2014
  • I was pleasure to stay at Chris's flat. The Flat is so large and comfortable. The key could be got at any time cause there is 24HR security. Thanks for Chris to give us so wonderful B&B.

    June 2014
  • I met Chris by chance and he was very helpful and kind.
    The flat was lovely, good location and my parents enjoyed staying there.

    I would recommend Chris' flat!

    Thanks Chris!

    June 2014
  • Apartment easy to access and in great location. Good communication with host.

    June 2014
  • Great location and safe neighborhood Apartment is only a 2 minute walk from the Barbican tube. Walking distance to the London Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral and One New Look mall. There is a Tesco Express beside the tube station and only a 5-10 min walk to the supermarket Waitrose which gives you more selection.

    Strong wifi in apartment - we used 4 devices at the same time and wifi was perfectly fine.

    Chris was responsive to emails from the booking process to during the stay. We've enjoyed our stay at Chris' apartment and would love to stay here again in the future.

    June 2014
  • Es war mein erster Aufenthalt in London und auch die ersten Erfahrungen mit Airbnb. Es hat alles wunderbar geklappt und Chris ist ein toller Gastgeber.
    Man bekommt alle benötigen Infos vor ab und Chris steht für alle Fragen zur Verfügung.
    Das Appartment ist sauber und sieht genau so aus, wie man es auf den Fotos sehen kann. Die Tube Station "Barbican" ist nur ca. 5 min Fußweg entfernt und zur St. Pauls Cathedral sind wir ca. 20 min gelaufen. Alles super!

    June 2014
  • Chris war ein toller Gastgeber. Er war sehr hilfsbereit und hat schnell auf Fragen geantwortet. Seine Wohnung war gemütlich eingerichtet und perfekter Ausgangspunkt für zahlreiche Ausflugsmöglichkeiten. Die U-Bahn ist schnell erreichbar und die Gegend ist sehr sicher. Chris hatte sogar Karten und Broschüren über London bereit gelegt. Außerdem hatte er einen DVD Player sodass man nach einem anstrengenden Tag auch mal einen schönen Film gucken konnte. Perfekt für einen rundum gelungenen Urlaub.

    May 2014
  • Quick response, detailed list of the flat and the neighbourhood.

    May 2014
  • A very central location and functional place!
    Chris is a very good and easygoing host.

    May 2014
  • Never actually met Chris but there was no need, he gave me all the information we needed via email and made it extremely easy to collect the keys. the apartment is exactly how it looks in the pictures, very clean and well maintained!! The area around the apartment block was under construction so was a bit nervous when first arrived but in the end, didnt matter. The surrounding area was very quiet and most places were closed, don't know whether that was due to it being a bank holiday weekend but places like shoreditch high st and brick lane weren't a long walk away and the barbican train st was literally 2minutes from the apartment so everything was very handy to get too. i will definitely be recommending to others!!

    May 2014
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I work a couple of days a week in London, and the rest of the week work from home with my family near Lyme Regis on the Jurassic coast. We have 2 wonderful daughters and my wife is a writer.
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