About this listing
Already one of the best locations in the Portobello area of Notting Hill, this trendy apartment has now been upgraded with a new firmer double bed and the installation of a new dedicated and faster broadband WiFi connection from December 2014.
The spacious lounge has high-ceilings and a huge window overlooking the vibrant restaurant area outside.
Behind a blue door [now blue/green], and just 18 yards from the famous Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill, this modern one-bedroom apartment is at the epicenter of the trendiest location in London. With a host of great restaurants, bars, boutiques and the world renowned Portobello Market just a few steps away, this chic little home just couldn't be better located.
The restaurant below the apartment was the often-mentioned bar/restaurant in the Bridget Jones’s Diary books, where she met up with her friends to talk about her love life and other things (well, mainly just her love life). Today, it is a great family-run Italian restaurant and, formerly known as just '192' (the original sign is still below the window), it was the popular haunt of media types and many a celeb – not just the British ones, but also Hollywood megastars when they were in town.
At the very hub of the Notting Hill scene, this little block alone boasts six fine restaurants and cafés, the famous 100-year-old and beautifully restored Electric Cinema and Brasserie, the Notting Hill Community Church and several of the area's trendiest clothing boutiques – all accessible without you even having to cross the road! There's also no need to leave the block to catch the brilliant 23 bus which will take you to dozens of London's top tourist attractions – including Paddington Station (with direct access to Heathrow Airport within 15 minutes), Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, The Strand, Waterloo Bridge, Fleet Street, St Paul's Cathedral, The Bank Of England and Liverpool Street Station (with direct access to Stansted Airport) and close to trendy Brick Lane and Shoreditch. So, no need to take the Tourist Sightseeing Bus – this great regular local service practically has them all on its route for you already. And just a few yards away along the street, further local buses give you direct access to Notting Hill Gate, Kensington High Street, Kensington Palace & Gardens, The Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, Harrods, Piccadilly Hard Rock Café, Buckingham Palace and Victoria Station (with direct access to Gatwick Airport).
All those famous landmarks easily reached without even having to venture onto the tube/subway system! But with two underground stations a short walk away – Ladbroke Grove five minutes (Zone 2) and Notting Hill Gate eight minutes (Zone 1) the whole of the capital is within easy reach. Without having to change trains from either station, the former is just 17 minutes to St Pancras International Station with direct access to Paris and Brussels (just over two hours away), and the latter a mere 8 minutes away from Oxford Circus. This apartment just couldn't be better located for everything this great city has to offer!
Whether you're staying for a long weekend, on vacation or on business, this apartment is a fully-fitted home from home and has a quiet working/study area in the bedroom at the rear of the property which includes a pine desk and laser printer and, of course, a WiFi internet connection is freely available. The kitchen is fully-fitted with a Smeg dual-halogen hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, electric fan-assisted oven and washer/dryer. There is gas central heating and hot water. We have recently added a child's travel cot, too!
RATES FOR ADDITIONAL GUESTS:
Please note, the rates shown are for TWO ADULTS ONLY - children under the age of 18 are FREE but additional adults (a maximum of 2) are charged at the additional rate of £50 PER NIGHT EACH (approx $80 or €60 extra per night per person). If you have two children travelling with you, just put down the number of adults (ie, 1 or 2) so that you don't get charged any extra via the system. If you DO turn up with more than two adults in your party which was not indicated at the time of booking then you may be refused access and would therefore forfeit a 5-day booking fee according to the Airbnb Terms & Conditions. Finally, there is also a cleaning fee of £50 (approx $80 or €60) added to the overall bill to cover the cleaning and laundry fee irrespective of the number of days booked.
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About the Host, Lee
I have worked in the media for the past 37 years – across publishing, advertising and for the last decade or so in the film industry. I'm currently a partner in an international talent agency and also write and consult on feature film script development and international co-productions. I love the media vibe and the unique creative energy that Notting Hill has to offer (which is why I moved there 13 years ago) but now new and exciting adventures are taking me to Vienna where I will be spending most of my time – hence I have decided to share my lovely apartment with you for the foreseeable future! My family and housekeeper live in London and are around to make sure your stay runs smoothly.