About this listing
Located right in the centre of London, this self-contained and well-equipped studio flat offers leisure and business travellers a comfortable and secure space close to major tourist sights, shopping and dining, and the new Victoria commercial area.
A GREAT CENTRAL LONDON LOCATION FULLY EQUIPPED FOR SIGHTSEEING OR BUSINESS VISITORS.
10 minutes walk from Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. James Park, Horse Guards Parade, this self-contained and fully equipped studio flat is ideally located to be a really central pied-a-terre for visitors to London.
The flat is a studio on the fourth floor of a secure block with entryphones and two lifts looking out over a quiet pedestrian passage.
It consists of:
•A small entrance hall with a coat cupboard and big shelf over it to store your suitcases.
•A separate kitchenette with electric hob and a microwave/oven/grill, refrigerator, washing machine, Nespresso machine, toaster, electric kettle and all china and equipment necessary.
•The fully tiled bathroom has a full length bath with hand-shower unit and new thermostatic head shower, hand basin and WC.
•The flat is comfortably furnished for two people, with one queen-size bed. There is also a choice of automatic air mattress or foam floor mattress for one extra person for shorter stays, and a folding travel-cot for babies up to 15kgs (see photo). There is hanging space, shelves and drawer space. There is an iron and ironing board, a hair drier, basic sewing kit, radio, Bluetooth music system, Smart TV with Netflix and Chromecast.
For business travellers there is workspace with a desk, high speed internet (100Mbps Ethernet; 60 Mbps WiFi) and a WiFi and Airplay all-in-one printer/copier/scanner. Also a X-cut shredder so you don't have to travel on with confidential trash. Easily connect up the Smart TV as a 32 inch wireless monitor to your laptop/tablet from the proper writing/typing desk. There is a post-office and UPS/DHL/FedEx courier services agency available just round the corner.
There is good central heating and hot water. The block is not centrally heated in the summer, so there is an electric fire in case of cold days.
The rent includes heating in winter, hot water, electricity, linen and high-speed broadband connection.
There is excellent easy shopping 5 minutes away on Victoria Street: Waitrose, a Marks and Spencer with good food hall and groceries, the usual High Street stores, supermarkets, fast-food outlets, take-aways and some nice pubs mean you can get meals and other necessities pretty much 24/7. There is also a great range of up-market (including Michelin-starred) restaurants nearby if you are looking for fine dining.
For exercise-lovers, you are three minutes jog from the contiguous green areas of St.James' Park, Green Park and Hyde Park with great 5, 10, 20 k circuits. There is a Pilates mat in the flat and also a Bikram Yoga centre in the next block. A public swimming pool open from early morning till late in the evening is just 10 minutes walk away.
No smokers, no pets.
Guests have full access to everything in the apartment.
Interaction with Guests
We may not be in London when you are staying and therefore may not have the pleasure of meeting you. However our caretaker Maria and the block caretaker Roger will always be happy to help you with questions and suggestions - as of course are we by phone or email.
Buckingham Palace, St James'Park, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament are literally 5-10 minutes walk away. Trafalgar Square (National Gallery) and Piccadilly Circus (shopping on Piccadilly and Regent Street) are 15 minutes' walk. Theatres for plays and musicals are about 20 minutes' walk, in the Haymarket and Leicester Square area - just beyond Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.
There is the full range of high street shops on Victoria Street, for clothing, food, toiletries, cellphones. A 15 minute walk across St. James' Park brings you to the wide range of more fashionable shops on Jermyn Street, Piccadilly and Lower Bond Street - from Fortnum and Mason's superb food store to Hatchards bookshop. Stop off at the Royal Academy for an exhibition on your way, or pop into either the Ritz or the Fountain Bar at Fortnum's for a classic English tea (better to reserve in advance).
There is a wide range of convenient eateries – mainly in the Victoria Street direction: Jamie's Italian (by Jamie Oliver), Starbucks, Pret-a-Manger, Pizza Express, etc. The flat is surrounded by cafes and local pubs that also serve food. On and near Strutton Ground pedestrian street you can easily find a quite nice Italian restaurant, several delicatessens, a wide variety of food tents during the day and a number of cafes (where you can get cheap and very sustaining full English breakfasts).
For more upmarket dining, the Crowne Plaza - St. James Hotel on Buckingham Gate at the intersection with Petty France has the Michelin starred South Indian restaurant “Quillon", Zander's – “the second longest bar in London", and the “Courtyard at 51" for outdoor summer eating. The Cinnamon Club on Great Smith Street is another good modern Indian restaurant. St. Ermin's Hotel just round the corner on Caxton Street has a nice cosy bar with open fireplaces and a very good gourmet British restaurant called Caxton's.
The flat is within 4 minutes easy walk of ST. JAMES PARK Underground (Tube) Station on the District (Green) and Circle (Yellow) lines.
The number 11 bus runs very close by along Victoria Street. This is a really convenient main bus route that can take you West to Sloane Square and the Kings Road, and East to Trafalgar Square, The Strand and Fleet Street – It is almost worth taking just for the sight-seeing along the route from the top deck of a double-decker.
There is a London Taxi Cab rank nearby at the intersection of Caxton Street and Buckingham Gate, which generally has one or two taxis. Otherwise you can normally catch taxis very easily on Victoria Street.
In addition to the Uber and Gett aps, there are several private mini-cab services and we can give you details for best-priced airport transfers.
No smokers and no pets please.
The kitchen and bathroom are stocked with every-day consumables and we like to invite our guests to feel free to make use of these on the basis of "use and reasonably replace".
The telephone only takes incoming calls, and can also be used to dial emergency services. However the Internet is high-speed and can comfortably be used for video-calling.
The price includes one full set of linen and towels, renewed every two weeks for longer staying guests. I do ask for an additional contribution for laundry if guests use extra linen and towels, which are stocked in the apartment.