You can't beat this 3rd/4th floor flat for location or transport connections, and such good outdoor space is also rare for this price in central London. Perfect for exploring, or for a small family staying longer. We've never had an unhappy guest.
A characterful, light-flooded 850sqft maisonette apartment only minutes' walk from the centre of London's West End and right next to 3 tube stations with 5 lines between them (and dozens of buses). 2 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom with tub and shower attachment [Note: NOT a proper power shower - but works in its own way for people of average size and height - otherwise baths recommended!], spacious living room, eat-in fully-equipped kitchen that opens out onto a large planted terrace. All bills included, with hi-speed wi-fi and cable tv, but no phone. Near to Euston and Fitzrovia, as well as Regents Park, this is the perfect base for exploring both central and north London. On top floor of converted 18th century house, this home is packed with beautiful antiques and books, and is surprisingly quiet despite its location. No good for people with bad knees however. Owners (British, Australian and American - and fluent in several European languages) are usually near at hand if you need anything. Note for fans of the new Sherlock Holmes series: it is filmed directly across the street!
Everything is private except the common stairs up to the flat and nothing is off limits except disturbing the downstairs neighbours.
Interaction with Guests
We are only about 30 mins bus-ride away, or a 10 minute taxi in an emergency, and always happy to take calls or emails to help guests settle in or find their way. It is very rare that we can't be there to great guests and show them the flat when they arrive.
This is a diverse Central London neighbourhood, busy with office workers and students during the day but not overly noisy. Plenty of supermarkets, 24 hour shops and restaurants (especially London's best cheap veggie Indians), it is always pretty safe because you are never alone on a street. It is just metres outside the central 'congestion zone', and connects to every direction of London equally well. Walking distance from many tourist sites, such as the British Museum or Regents Park, and directly across the street from a Sherlock tourist spot...but at the same time it's 'real' London, not tourist fake.
Can not beat the transport connections of this flat. I leave guests to check out the nearby tube lines (from Warren Street, Euston Square, Euston, Kings Cross) and bus routes to verify this. Never takes more than 30 minutes to get anywhere central-ish, if you know your route.
Other Things to Note
We like to make sure that the flat really will be suitable for our guests, so we always like a conversation, no matter how brief, before we 'pre-approve'. Telling us a little about yourself, your group/family, and the purpose of your trip when you make an enquiry is very useful!
No smoking, no pets, no parties or guests other than those named and approved. Other than that, just treat it like your own home please... And be considerate of the neighbours in terms of noise when coming in and out of the "common parts". We have written a brief 2-page "licence agreement" containing a more detailed break down of owner/guest responsibilities that we usually ask those staying for longer periods to sign and return prior to arrival.
One set of keys provided by owner, who will receive you upon arrival. A second set can be provided upon request.
We staid at Ophelia's flat for a month. The flat was lovely with few antiques and it develops on two floors. It is also very well located, very close to the underground station of Euston Square and Warren street, and just opposite the hospital.
To us it was a very special time because of the arrival of our newborn daughter. And we are very grateful that we could stay there!
Ophelia was a perfect host and took good care of us and every detail.
I can honestly say I have made a new friend!!
Our host, Ophelia, was welcoming and very responsive before, during and after our stay. She answered all of our questions regarding the flat and surrounding area, was flexible in helping us pick up the flat keys, and took care of a minor water leak very quickly.
The flat is well-located very close to two tube stations, grocery stores, and many restaurants, and in walking district to other sites such as the British Library and British Museum. It is perfect for a family as it has a great kitchen, two bedrooms, and a spacious living room area. It's also a reader's paradise with books on every topic lining the walls in most of the rooms. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Gower Street Flat!
You cannot beat Ophelia's flat for a superb visit to London. Exactly as described, with every amenity of home you could think of. Location is unbeatable with short walks to 1 of 3 train stations which connect you easily to the rest of the city. As a host Ophelia is quick to respond to questions, & was welcoming even as we had been held up on our flight in. I really appreciate her attention to detail as she walks you through all the unique bits of the flat. Her pride of home is infectious as I found myself wiping up every last errant spot. I will miss morning tea & nightcaps on the balcony greatly. I have already & will highly recommend friends to stay with Ophelia, & I hope to stay with her again soon!
Ophelia es muy amable, nos resultó muy sencillo entendernos con ella a pesar de nuestro poco inglés. La decoración tiene mucha personalidad, no es el típico apartamento casi vacío para alquilar. Las fotos reflejan exactamente cómo es. La cocina está muy bien equipada y la terraza es muy (website hidden) ubicación es perfecta, no lejos del centro, bien comunicada en metro y en autobús y cerca de varios supermercados. Además, ver a todos los que fotografiaban la casa de Sherlock fue divertido.
Superbe appartement, parfaitement situé, à quelques mètres des métros Euston Square et Warren Street, et d'une demi-douzaine d'arrêts de bus.
Etonnement calme vue la situation, l'appartement est largement assez grand pour accueillir une famille de 4 personnes sans jamais se marcher dessus.
Amusant de voir tous les fans de la série Sherlock passer devant l'immeuble d'en face, mais en rien dérangeant.
Adresse à conseiller et à garder pour de futures vacances !
Orphelia is a wonderful host, reliable and helpful. Her apartment to is even better than I expected, with the main rooms very light and spacious. Everything was spotless and comfortable. We both enjoyed quiet nights and got good night's sleep, despite being in the heart of London. Orphelia doesn't mention it in her ad but there a couple of great local pubs, a coffee shop with cheap breakfasts, all a stone's throw away and Euston Station is less about a 4 mins walk. (Euston Square about 2 mins walk). Also a quick walk to Indian restaurants around the corner, especially a great and inexpensive vegetarian Indian restaurant (Ravi Shankar).
We had a wonderful week in the apartment of Ophelia. The location is super! The flat is very cosy, warm and clean. The kitchen is very well equipped. Next time in London we will try to book the same flat:) Thank you, Ophelia!
I am a writer and mother, living in London, but of Australian and American (Minnesotan) background. My partner is a British lawyer and film-maker. We are both well travelled.