About This Listing
Quiet flat, near ExCel convention hall (15 mins), to the Canary Wharf financial centre (30 mins) and Southbank cultural centre (40 mins). Double bedroom, sharing bathroom with host. Room has kettle, toaster, teas, coffee, etc. Underground car park.
Bedroom: desk (far left), wardobes, bookshelves, bed, bedside shelves, and bedside cupboard. (Photo: Antoine Breant)
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 air mattress(es) on the floor of the bedroom, although that would not leave much room to walk around. The price is for the room, not per person.
You will be sharing the flat with Peter and Reka, the hosts. I go out to work every weekday, but Reka works from home. We are happy to give you advice about getting around London. We sleep on a futon in the living room, but the rest of the time the door is open and you can have access to the open-plan kitchen. You will not be sharing with any other guests.
- wi-fi internet access.
- clean bed linen and towels.
- coffee (instant and Nespresso), tea (regular black tea, and a selection of herbal teas).
- bedroom slippers
- hairdryer, and tongs
- iron & ironing board
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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 information, 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.
Double bedroom, shared bathroom, extensive library of books, CDs, DVDs. Kitchen in day-time only.
There are two metro stations nearby, King George V (10 minutes walk) & Gallions Reach (12 minutes), also 24-hour bus no. 474 (2 minutes walk)
Well-behaved pets are welcome.
Smoking is not allowed in the flat.
Please lock the flat door when you go out.
Please switch off lights and heaters when not in use.
Please leave bathroom door open when not in use, for ventilation.
Writing desk in the bedroom, with old maps of London and Cardiff (my home town) on the wall. (Photo: Peter B Lloyd)
Peter was very friendly and flexible when we had to make some changes to the reservation, unfortunatelly we didn't had the chance to meet him in person, but we were comfortable at his place and Reeka was very nice when she received us. The room is right at the entrance of the flat and next to the bathroom, so it gives you privacy. I didn't notice that the ad does not include access to the kitchen or the rest of the house, and we were expecting to use the washing machine, as we would travel somewhere else from there, but it was not a big problem.
Actually everything ok and as described. As we were there during christmas time, Peter and Reka left the day we arrived and returned just shortly before we were leaving, so we had the flat more or less for ourselves.
The only thing some people should be aware of, is the two cats they have which are not mentioned in the description - if you are allergic to cats, this could be a problem.
Well connected to the tube and train lines. Great value.
Clean room and facilities.
Peter was very welcoming and helpful.
100% would recommend
Nice hosts. Room exactly as described. Very close to London City Airport. Easy commuting to London but very few restaurants around. A very good price / quality. Particularly loved the description given by Peter on how to arrive to the place and how to use the public transport... An excellent support for us French.
Dell'accoglienza si occupa Reka, potrete però mettervi in contatto direttamente con Peter. Entrambi amichevoli e carini, disponibili per qualsiasi cosa. La casa è abbastanza lontana dal centro, ma dista a 10 minuti dalla fermata della DLR che consente di collegarsi alla metro e di muoversi in tutta Londra liberamente e con facilità.
About the Host, Peter
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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