If you want to experience London at it's best then come to Camden. This area of London is central, safe and packed full of cafes, bars, famous nightclubs, music venues and the world famous Camden Market along with beautiful parks and Primrose Hill.
I live in the heart of Camden Town, in a late Georgian terrace of houses within a Conservation area, right in the centre of London.
You will be staying in my sitting room on a new comfy sofa bed with a pocket sprung mattress. My flat is richly decorated which reflects the work that I do as a Textile Artist. My walls are covered with my choice of vintage finds, antiques and objets d'art.
You will get complete privacy during your stay in my sitting room. This large sunny room has two big windows with wooden shutters and a big fire place. There will be fresh bedlinen, a choice of pillows, towels, big duvets and hot water bottles. I provide earplugs for you as I am on a main road.
I can also accommodate up to 2 extra children on state of the art Air mattresses, or one extra adult in the sitting room... this suits families on a tight budget.
You can use my kitchen whilst staying with me. There is unlimited tea and coffee, a washing machine, microwave, a fridge, iron and ironing board. You have free Wi Fi, TV, DVD and information about what is going on in London, with maps, all packed into a bulging file, and countless books to browse through.
I don't supply breakfast but Arancini's, a cool new cafe, has wonderful breakfasts every day and is 1 min away. Mario's around the corner (with his own mini Art gallery) also does a mean breakfast and you get to meet the neighbourhood.
I always try to welcome guests personally to show them around but if I am not around I make other arrangements for you.. I provide a welcome pack for you and answer all your questions. Then I leave you be.
Round the corner:
There are 3 supermarkets, organic butchers, an Earth Store, 2 book shops, one of the first cycle shops in London, pharmacy, ATM and Post Office, 3 train stations, a great vegetable stall, and the award winning Bengal Lancers restaurant.
In Walking Distance
Camden is a vibrant area with many different cultures and creeds. This is reflected in the street life. We have a farmers market, boutiques, cafes, coffee houses, the Jazz Cafe, a Cinema, the Jewish Museum, welcoming pubs and small restaurants, thriving night clubs and a ground - breaking music scene, as well as charming neighbourhoods and easy access to London's Museums. I have lived in this area for over 24 years and still love it.
*5 mins - Welcome to Camden Market packed with 100s of stalls, that receives over 100,000 people each weekend. This colourful street market is world famous and provides a glimpse of all of London's many tribes and fashions.
*7 mins walk along Regents Canal to London Zoo and Primrose Hill with one of the best views of london. It has also featured in many films.
*12 mins walk to Regents Park which has an open air theatre, cafes, walks and events.
*20 mins you can walk to the British Library (next door to St Pancras Station) with the exquisite Treasures Room, 14 million books, cafes, exhibitions, and a huge statue of Newton thinking about gravity.
The best way to get around London is to buy an Oyster card when you arrive as this gives you cheap trips on all the tubes, buses and trains. I tend to go by buses everywhere as you can see so much and it is a delight to do so.
I live nearby 5 major train Stations including Euston, Eurostar, St Pancras, Kings Cross, Paddington and Marylebone Stations. Camden Town Tube and Camden Overground are are close by.
*20mins walk to St Pancras International Station and Kings Cross Station but you can take a 6 mins bus or a 5 mins taxi.
*6 mins walk to Camden Town tube.
*2 mins walk to Camden Overground that takes you straight to Stratford and the Westfield Centre for shopping, in 20 mins or to Kew Gardens the opposite way.
Coming in from Eurostar is easy as I live in the same road. Arriving from Heathrow, get the Express to Paddington, then the tube. If you arrive at Gatwick, take the train to St Pancras International, or the Express to Victoria then the tube. Arriving at Luton Airport take the fast train to St Pancras, or the slow train to Kentish Town then it is a 6 min walk.
Coming in from Stansted Airport is straightforward. Take the Stansted Express to Liverpool St Station then a tube to Camden Town. If you have booked a cheap flight that arrives late at night, do please accept a pre booked taxi to my home for about £55 for a 40 min journey. Public transport late at night is unreliable and guests who have tried this way arrived at 3am. This does not work for them and me and I shall gracefully decline a booking that will not accept a taxi journey if arriving late at night.
Sights to see
*5 min bus to Kings Place, a fantastic new music and culture venue at the back of Kings Cross.
*20 min bus to the British Museum and 9 other Museums all within walking distance, in the heart of Bloomsbury
*25 min bus to the Tate Modern and the South Bank area that includes the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre.
*6 min bus to the British Library
*10 min bus to Bloomsbury, for literary fans, see a monument to Gandhi, the University and the Welcome Trust building.
F *15 mins bus to the heart of Covent Garden for boutique shopping, the Opera House, and street performances.
*20mins bus to Soho and China Town and Trafalgar Square.
*20 min bus to Oxford and Regents St shopping, including Selfridges and the Apple store.
*15min train to Brick Lane Market.
* 25 min train to Kew Gardens.
* 10min bus ride to Madam Tussaud's and the Planetarium.
Things to do:
Cycling -- Boris Bikes are great and can be hired for as little as a £1 a day.
Swimming 3 mins walk away is a newly restored Victorian Baths which is a delight.
Walks around London are held on every subject yo can think of including street art and early morning photography walks.
Picnics_- go up to Hampstead Heath 480 acres in the middle of London and listen to concerts or go on walks.
Sight Seeing bus rides at night are well worth doing.
Dinner at one of many London underground restaurants.
All of London's famous Markets.
Football... Emirates Stadium is a 20 mins walk away.
or Movie Fans;
At the back of St Pancras Station ( Batman Begins 2005) is Somerstown, featured in the film of the same name. Chaplin 1992 and countless films were filmed by the canal there, which has now been opened up for visitors and has a new street food market and a brilliant music venue called Kings Place. The Spice Girls filmed in the now magnificent St Pancras Hotel -- well worth a visit. All 8 Harry Potter films were filmed at Kings Cross Station so fans will want to visit platform 9 and 3/4 - ask anyone where it is. Alfie, Breaking and Entering, Nanny Mcfee 2 were filming in that area as well as Regents Park, Primrose Hill, Regents Canal. Camden has been filmed in numerous times. And Robert Downey Jn had his photo taken right outside my front door for Sherlock Holmes. And I missed it...
Things to Note:
I have had whole families stay with me, ( or students) in my sitting room. This is a tight squeeze for families but so worth it financially. I have two extra mattresses for kids that can be put up during the day. Families love staying with me as I live in a safe neighbourhood and they can do what they want. The youngest guest I have had was 4 months and the eldest was 78yrs. My flat on the 1st floor for the guest room and the second floor for the bathroom.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Pull-out Sofa|
|Extra people:||$35 / night after the first guest|
|Weekly Price:||$519 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$2075 /month|
|Neighborhood:||LB of Camden|
Great experience. Really lovely and huge room. Tessa was very kind, welcoming and helpfull. I'd highly recommend her place and i'd love to come back another time.
Tessa's home is warm and comfortable, and perfectly located near the Tube and Camden Market. Tessa herself is lovely and very helpful. Thank you, Tessa, for putting me up at such short notice!
AMAZING stay! I wish I had stayed longer. Tessa is very organized and helpful (even when, a pity, she had to be away). A lovely house too, I loved every accessible corner of it, it was an absolutely brilliant visual adventure. Thanks again for making me feel at home!
Tessa's place is excellently located - a few minutes to the underground, and also close to King's Cross. The room is very comfortable.
Tessa is a warm,friendly, and thoughtful host (thanks for the earplugs, and all the local tips!).
Would be my first choice if I go back to London!
Tessa is so warm and welcoming and so is her lovely home. It was a real treat to stay there - so much so that I will definitely book again. It is thankfully a world away from an anonymous beige hotel room and I only wish that I could have stayed longer. The location was superb and breakfast at nearby Arancini's was delicious. It cannot be faulted in any way!
Was a all in all great experiance to stay at Tessa's place!! Everything indoor and outdoor was just perfect. Very recommended...
I have stayed with Tessa a few times whenever I am in london for a course. She is a welcoming and kind host who always makes me feel at home. The room is comfortable and cozy and Tessa thinks of all the little touches that make a difference to your stay. Bath robe, cosy socks for walking to the bathroom, hair dryer, maps and info of the area, ear plugs for night if needed and shower stuff you may have forgotten. She is lovely to talk to and yet never feels intrusive. A recommended stay for sure.
We've spent three days in Tessa's home. It was a real pleasure. Before our departure, Tessa responded to our mails very quickly, and during our stay, she has always been available to give us advises about the places to see, or how to get to the different spots we've planned to visit. Her hospitality helps feeling well abroad !!
She was very nice and we felt very well there !
It was our first experience by Airbnb and we definitely would suggest Tessa's home as a good address for a stay in London. Thank you Tessa, and we wish you the best for the future !!
My sister and I had a wonderful weekend in London. Tessa is a great host and her home is absolutely beautiful. Her tipp to visit Camden Market was our highlight. It was an incredible experience.
If possible we would like to visit her again sometime.
Although my stay was a short overnight one, it was a very pleasant experience. Tessa was a very gracious host and although I only met her briefly upon arrival, she was kind, friendly and helpful. Furthermore, she evidently has a lot of local knowledge which would be beneficial for guests hoping to stay for a longer period than I. Everything in the bedroom and through the mazy staircase was immaculate and the decor has been meticulously put together throughout. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.