Thames view * City Aiport * ExCel *

Apartment - Private room · Inverness Mews, London, E16 2SP, United Kingdom
Peter
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The Space

SLEEPING QUARTERS:
Private room in compact flat. There is a double bed (a 'real' bed as AirBnB call it!), and there is also a single air-mattress. Normal occupancy would be 1 or 2 people, but a 3rd or even 4th person could sleep on the air mattress(es) on the floor of the bedroom, although that would not leave much room to walk around! Singles and couples welcome, or other groups. The price is for the room, not per person. LGBT friendly.

LIVING ROOM:
The living room has high ceilings (unusual for a modern building like this) with great views directly overlooking the River Thames. A large picture-window opens out on to the balcony; on the other side, it open-plans into the kitchen. In the living room, There is a comfy couch, a collapsible table for eating or writing (which can easily be put on the balcony if you want to have breakfast al-fresco).

BALCONY:
A quiet space, as it overlooks just the promenade and the Thames. The balcony has two wickerwork chairs to lounge in. Nice to sit and read or meditate, and listen the river's water lapping on the shore. The balcony has a roof over it, so you can even sit out there when it's raining, if you wish! You're welcome to take the collapsible table onto the balcony, and dine al-fresco.

THE HOST
You will be sharing the flat with me, the host. I will normally be around most days and very happy to give you advice and suggestions for getting around London and places to visit. Occasionally I have given guests short tours of London, but this is not a standard part of the package because of time constraints. I sleep on a sofa-bed in the living room, but the rest of the time the door is open and you have free access to the living room, open-plan kitchen, and balcony. You will not be sharing with any other guests.

INCLUDED
- wi-fi internet access.
- clean bed linen and towels.
- coffee (instant and Nespresso), tea (regular black tea, and a selection of herbal teas).
- basic breakfast (cereal, toast, jam).
- bedroom slippers
- hairdryer, and tongs
- iron & ironing board
- clothes washing machine
(we dry clothes the old-fashioned way on a clothes-horse on the balcony)

EXTRAS
English lessons: I am a qualified teacher of English as Foreign Language (TEFL, aka TESoL), and lessons are available at £20 per 1.5 hr lesson (with discounts for bulk purchase).
Walking tours: I can take you on walking tours of London at £10/hour. Although I am not a qualified tour guide, I do know London quite well!

AIRPORT:
The location is perfect if you are travelling through the City Airport, which is very close: 5 minutes by taxi, 10 minutes by bus (no. 474), or about 15 minutes by Docklands Light Railway + walking. Although it is very close to the airport, there is no noise problem because the apartment faces away from the airport, the windows are double-glazed, and the airport has only smallish aeroplanes, no big jets.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
Trains:
On the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), the two nearest stations are: Gallions Reach station (12 minutes walk) and King George V ( 10 minutes walk). The westbound DLR takes 23 minutes from King George V to Bank station in east-central London. Or you can change at Canning Town on to the Jubilee Tube line, and get to London Bridge (for Borough Market and the Shard), Waterloo, Westminster, and Oxford Circus. The eastbound DLR from King George V station also takes you in the opposite direction to Woolwich Arsenal, an upcoming area with some nice new amenities.
Buses:
If you are partying late in central London late and the Tube trains are closed for the night, you can always get the N551 bus direct from Trafalgar Square to Gallions Reach, which runs every half-hour throughout the night.

MEET & GREET
Normally, I can come to the station and walk you to the flat, especially if it is late at night, or if you have a poor sense of direction (!), or if you are a lone female arriving at night, or if you have a lot of luggage. Let me know beforehand.

PRIVATE CAR:
There is a space in the secure underground car park. You will have an electronic key-fob to open and close the garage door. I don't drive, so you can put your car there if you have one. NB: You must let me know your car registration number beforehand so that I can get the permit done at the office, otherwise the 'parking police' may wheel-clamp your vehicle!

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS:
- The Excel exhibition and convention centre is very near, a few stops on the DLR from Gallions Reach.
- The University of East London (UEL) is 12 minutes walk away
- The Thames Barrier, a few stops from King George V
- Greenwich is an amazing place, you can get to in about 20 minutes on the DLR

BASIC AMENITIES
There are some basic food shops and beautician 2 minutes walk away; and a cluster of supermarkets, post office, dry cleaner, and good Indian restaurant 10 minutes walk away. Victoria park is nearby which is good for walking a dog and has a big playground for little kids.

QUIETUDE:
The flat is quiet: as it overlooks the river. there is no traffic noise. (There is no flat above us, and on only one side. And the floor and walls are thick concrete.) It would make a good retreat for writing or study.

==== FAQ ====

Q1. How much does public transport cost?

The most economic method of paying for public transport in London is to get an Oyster smartcard. The Oyster costs £5 deposit, which is returnable when you leave London.

When it has been loaded up, the Oyster smartcard enables you to travel on underground trains, overground trains, and buses, and provides a discount on the ThamesClipper boat service and the Emirates cable car.

You can load two kinds of electronic instrument onto the Oyster smartcard: either Pay As You Go (PAYG) credit, or a Travelcard.

With PAYG, you add a certain amount of credit at the start of your stay (say, £35). Each journey is deducted from the credit (£2.70 from Zones 3 to 1, or £2.10 within Zone 1 etc). But the cost per day is capped. When you have spent £7.70, the spend is capped for that day and subsequent trips that day are effectively free. (The numbers are slightly higher if you travel in the rush hour.) Any credit that is left over when you leave London is refunded along with the £5 deposit.

For a visit of 4 days or less, PAYG is best. For a visit of 5 days or more, the 7-day Travelcard for zones 1 to 3 is best (costs £35.60).

For fuller informattion, you can view the Transport for London web site: (website hidden)

Q2. How far are you from central London?

Between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on where exactly you want to go! For Big Ben & London Eye (both at Westminster Underground station) it is about 36 minutes including the walk to the metro station nearest the flat.

More details as follows ...

London is a huge city and there is no precise centre or 'downtown'. Roughly speaking the whole of Zone 1 on the Underground map may be regarded as the centre of London. This stretches from London Bridge in the south-east to Paddington in the north-west. It takes 30 minutes from the flat to get to the first station in Zone 1. Your journey is as follows.

- First, there is a 10-minute walk from the flat to the nearest metro station, King George V on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).Then the DLR train takes 9 minutes to get to Canning Town, where you chage to the Jubilee line, which will take on a cross-section through central London.
- Now you are on the wonderful Jubilee line (the silver line), which takes you to all the main attractions of London! After 9 minutes on the Jubilee Tube train, you come to Bermondsey, which is still in Zone 2, but it is on the edge of 'central London'.A short walk takes you to the amazing Tower Bridge, and the City Hall, and HMS Belfast, and many restaurants.
- Staying on the Jubilee for another 2 minutes, and you are at London Bridge, where you can walk around the beautiful and anicent Borough Market and buy fresh food at the farmers' market, and visit Southwark Cathedral (which has a lovely refrectory for all-day refreshments).
- After 2 more minutes on the Tube, you come to: Southwark, where you can visit the venerable Shakespeare's Globe theatre, and walk across the new footbridge to St Paul's cathedral.
- After 2 more minutes, you are at Waterloo, which is a short stroll to the Southbank Centre (concert/theatre hall), surrounded by restaurants and cafes, with a great river view. Plus the National Theatre, the National Film Theatre, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Hayward Gallery. I loooove this area! You can walk across Hungerford Bridge to Soho, and hence to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.
- Or you stay on the Tube for another 2 minutes and alight at Westminster, where you can immediately see the gothic-revival Houses of Parliament, Westminster Cathedral, and the London Eye (which is't gothic of course).
- Or stay on the Tube for 3 more minutes and alight at Green Park to visit Buckingham Palace.
- Or, after 2 more minutes on the Tube you can get to Bond Steet in the midst of a huge variety of shops.
- Or, finally in 2 minutes you will be at Baker Street for the Sherlock Holmes Museum, Madame Tussauds waxworks, and the Planetarium.

The only things that are not on the Jubilee line are the Great Markets of London: Camden Lock (at Camden Town station), Portobello (Notting Hill Gate), Spitalfields (Liverpool Street), Brick Lane (Bethnal Green). You have to change at Waterloo or Bond Street for them.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $18 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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  • Peter and Kera were VERY WELCOMING. Especially considering I contacted them around 10:30 pm trying to stay at their place that night. They waited up til 1:30 am for us to arrive. They were very caring and kind and I would most definitely stay there again. Highly recommend!

    June 2014
  • All orginise well, frriendly reception early in the morning

    June 2014
  • It was my first experience with airbnb and it was great. Accommodation was fine in a nice neighborhood. Transportation to the centre was ok, we had private nice clean room with basic equipment and easy access to the bathroom. We felt really good and not disturbed by roommates. Peter was really helpful with our arrangement of travell and buying oyster cards in advance. I can just recommend.

    June 2014
  • The stay with Peter was my first airbnb experience and it was a great one. I went there with my mom and my sister and we had a wonderful time together. Peter and his girlfriend Reka were really nice, helpful and always ready to recommend nice spots in the city. Even though we arrived later than I had told Peter, he came to pick us up at the underground station at almost 1am. So, to sum it up: We were really comfortable staying with Peter and Reka!

    May 2014
  • The perfect stop-over on my way for a morning flight out of City Airport.

    Great hosts, friendly and welcoming but not in the least intrusive. Comfy bed, tea and coffee in room and good fast broadband!

    Expect I'll be asking to stay again sometime in the not too far distant future!

    May 2014
  • Had breakfast on the balcony every morning looking at the boats going by and enjoying the sun.

    Very quiet neighbourhood, friendly and handy for the King George V underground stop.

    April 2014
  • Couldn't say thanks enough to Peter, he was really friendly and helpful
    The room is quit good size with all facilities needed. I.e kettle
    Highly recommended and you won't regret your stay with Peter

    March 2014
  • Ho soggiornato in un comodo appartamento con terrazzino e vista sul tamigi ottimamente collegato con il centro di londra. Il proprietario gentilissimo mettendoci a nostro agio e dandoci indicazioni sul luogo e come usufruire della cucina e varie comodità per quasi tutto il soggiorno l appartamento e stato a nostra disposizione.
    Concludo citando quella che è stata un’ottima scelta d’alloggio.rapporto qualità prezzo ottima.

    March 2014
  • Peter is just great! Accommodation is nice and cosy, 30 min from the city center with DLR line. Thank you!

    March 2014
  • Hi all! I don´t speak English very well, but i don´t need many words to describe, how I felt in Peters flat...... It was perfect! Peters flat is very nice and Peters care about guests is 100%. Only to recommend :)

    March 2014
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I am a freelance writer. At present I am working full-time as a technical writer for a media company in Canary Wharf. But my passion lies in my two enthusiasms -- philosophy, and the history of urban railway maps. I have published books and given numerous talks in these two fields, and I find great joy in researching, writing, and teaching. Now that I am working full-time in an office, AIrBnB matters are mostly handled by Reka, who lives with me in the flat. She is a geographer by training, and starting up a business of web design and photography.
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