About this listing
This really is Location Location Location . Modest but self contained one room studio with bathroom &separate kitchen in the heart of Westminster home of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace .Only for a couple or 2 sharing .Note booking limits in Details
Self-contained studio in great location suitable for one or two people. For this property it really is ' location, location, location'
If you book more than 14 days I will give a 5% discount .For more than 21 days a 10% discount .
The studio is in a quiet private residential block and is only suitable for 2 adults .Under no circumstances can it be used for more than 2 people. I have grandchildren - and love children - but I regret because of size and location the studio is unsuitable for (website hidden) older child staying with one parent may work - send me an enquiry and I will be more than happy to discuss this .
It is strictly non smoking .
I used the studio myself when I was on business in London but now I have retired my own use is flexible and it is therefore available for most dates .
If you are planning a stay in London (holiday or business) my studio flat at Petty France Westminster SW1 is ideal for a single person, a couple, or two people sharing on a budget.(post code SW1 9HF – have a look on the map)
For me the most important thing is that none of my guests are disappointed so below is my honest description of the studio - also have a look at previous guest reviews .
It’s a functional - modest studio in a pleasant but modest - some might say dated but clean and tidy- private block but a brilliant location in Zone 1 (just a few minutes walk from St. James Park, Westminster Abbey Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace). St. James’ Park Station (District Line) is two minutes walk. Westminster (Jubilee Line) and Victoria Stations (Main Line Victoria Line and Gatwick Express etc) are both less than 10 minutes walk away.Extensive local shopping areas ( including food shopping ) and restaurants cinema ,bars traditional London pubs and theatres are just a few minutes walk away .
The studio is like a large ( by London standards -but perhaps not by American -so please look at the floor plan - which gives measurements- in photos )hotel room (PLEASE NOTE the bed and living area is one large room - no separate bedroom -), with its own small hall, separate small kitchen and bathroom.
The accommodation is very adaptable. As you will see from the photos it has 2 beds. The pull down bed is a mini double 4 ft wide,- full depth mattress-very comfortable for one although small for two. There is also a 5 foot wide Ikea sofa bed - a lower to the ground bed with thinner mattress but with a mattress top to add comfort- best for two - also comfortable but not as comfortable as the single bed and may not be suitable for some older /senior backs or those with a delicate back ( although no one seems to have had a problem and the other bed can be used as well / instead if need be ) . The photos show the beds in both up and down positions.
The flat is fully equipped for a short or longer stay. This includes linen (a set either for one or both beds*- see note below) and plenty of white towels provided at the beginning of the stay.
The small separate kitchen, again equipped for a short or longer stay, has a washer/dryer machine, microwave, double hot plates, kettle, coffee maker, toaster and all the usual equipment, crockery /glasses etc you may need . (PLEASE NOTE: there is no conventional oven)
There is free Wi fi ( subject to conditions of use - see below ) a flat screen 32” TV with Freeview, DVD player , ipod /iphone 4 dock /radio, hairdryer, iron & ironing board.
The bathroom has constant hot water - bathtub and a shower over. The shower is new and thermostatically controlled but the tub itself is original. The surface of the bath is ok but worn and has seen better days (although none of my guests have ever commented ! - see the positive reviews). It is quite high so could be a little difficult to step in and out for older people /seniors or those who have difficulty using 'step- into'baths as it is a European bath and therefore higher than an American tub
The price includes all costs – Wifi, electricity, hot water etc. There are no extra charges , save an additional one off linen fee if you want linen for both beds (*see note below).
Why book a small hotel room out of the centre when for less you can have my studio?
Westminster is generally a very expensive area with some luxury hotels costing more than £275 per day! My studio is pleasant but a great deal more modest - and the price reflects this. Westminster is a quiet area, especially at weekends. The block in which the studio is located is very central but is perhaps not the place for you if you want to be in the middle of a party - in that case try Soho or similar areas !
That said it is located in the centre of one of the world's major cities so occasionally there may be some city noise
The studio is on the 3rd floor but there are small two lifts.
Unfortunately the studio isn't suitable for children. Also, the layout of the studio, especially the bathroom, means that it isn't suitable for a wheelchair user or a frail or disabled person.
[* LINEN: If you require linen for both beds there is an extra one off charge of £35 laundry for the second bed - payable direct at the start of your stay. For the avoidance of doubt this only applies to the extra linen if you want to use two beds. There is no charge for linen for one bed - this is included in the rental ]
£105 per day with a minimum booking 7 days [but message if you want 5 or 6 and I may be able to accommodate this in certain circumstances and with a maximum 30 days
The one month rate shown is for 28 days - and I may be able to offer a small additional discount for a single person who want more than 21 days
Wi FI use conditions .The WiFi is provided by British Telecom (BT ) and although this is central London the fastest speed broadband infrastructure is not yet available - responsibility cannot be accepted for any down time caused by BT .That said it is generally fast and stable for email and general domestic internet web browsing and is provided for that (website hidden) may not be suitable for significant data downloads / streaming and as you would expect it should not be used for unlawful material .There are also a number of places where WiFi can be found free while you are on the move around London and a notes of those I am aware of will be at the property
Official photo identification ( such as passport ) may be required for security if you do not have a photo on this site and a deposit may be required
The studio itself and the building is strictly non smoking and the building rules require that it must only be occupied by the person or persons (maximum 2) who have booked.
This is a completely self contained property .I try to be flexible on time and wherever possible agree early check in and late check at no extra charge BUT NOTE -if your likely check in time is after 9pm ( 21.00hrs) you must check with me first before making the booking as I do not live on site and special arrangements will have to be made before the booking can be taken .
Interaction with Guests
I normally hope to show guest in myself at check in .Check out - just leave the key and shut the door !
I try to be flexible on time and wherever possible agree early check in and late check at no extra charge BUT NOTE -if your likely check in time is after 9pm ( 21.00hrs) you must check with me first before making the booking as I do not live on site and special arrangements will have to be made before the booking can be taken .
This is the home of Westminster Abbey , The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace .Walk across Westminster Bridge ( 10mins walk ) and take the South Bank walk - one of the best walks in London or go to St James Park ( 5mins away ) for great views .Walk across to Queen Anne's Gate ( 5mins ) said to be one of the finest streets in London or go to one of the many local London pubs .Local shops for food etc.. open early and close late
You are just 2mins to the tube ( District line ) - that takes you to in a few stops to Sloane Square and on to the big museums ( Natural History Victoria & Albert - or the Albert Hall .Victoria ( Victoria Line and main line ) and Westminster ( Jubilee Line ) stations are just a 10mins walk . Parking is very restricted and if you are thinking of bringing your car make arrangements for this before (website hidden) cab taxis have a rank very near and "Boris " bikes are nearby .From the studio the most visited sights in the West side of London are within walking distance or a few minutes in a taxis or a few stops on the tube
Other Things to Note
If you are flying into Heathrow I suggest you take the Heathrow Express ( this is very easy to access from the airport and you can buy tickets before or on he train itself ) to Paddington and then the underground - or as we call it the tube to St James Park or taxi
If you are flying into Gatwick I suggest the the Gatwick Express ( this is not quite as easy to access from the airport as it doesn't have a dedicated platform and you have to buy tickets before you board the train ) to Victoria .From there there is one stop by tube or you can walk ( but if you have luggage - take a taxis )
If Stansted take the express to Liverpool Street and then the tube or there is a coach to Victoria bus station
If Eurostar take tube or taxi from St Pancras
To get through passport / customs at the airports and then travel to the studio it will be about/ at least 2 hours .
After you book I shall ask me to let me have your estimated time of arrival ( ETA ) and then once you land ( or when you are about a hour + away ) contact me by phone , text or email to confirm when we are to meet at the studio -NOTE - I do not live there and have to travel to the studio myself
If to Luton take A1 train to Victoria Station and then the tube for one stop ( District / Circle ) or taxis or 10 min walk
Strictly no smoking
Maximum 2 guest
Not suitable for young children or because of its layout people with mobility problems
We regret no pets allowed - this is a strict building rule
The block is generally quiet and is not really suitable if you like a party atmosphere or loud music late at night
Check in is officially between 3pm and 8pm and check out by 11am but usually I am able to arrange an earlier check in or late check out because I try avoid back to back bookings - but this is not guaranteed
Arthurs son met us with keys. They kept in prompt contact with us throughout the trio. PERFECT location close to tube. Wonderful pub next door!
Thanks to Arthur! Greeted us and showed us around the apartment. All appliances etc can be found in the apartment. Amazing location!! 10 min or less walk to big ben, buckingham palace, westminster abbey, hyde park etc. 2min walk to underground. Highly recommended!
Hemos estado en el piso de Arthur durante una semana y hemos vuelto encantados. Nos recibió la esposa de Arthur que nos esperó y dió las llaves. El piso es tal y como aparece en las fotos: sencillo, acogedor, cómodo y muy adecuado para una pareja. Vecindario tranquilo y perfecto también para descansar. La localización es la mejor; a doscientos metros del metro y muy cerca de Buckingham Palace, Parliament y Westminster Abbey, con muchos lugares para desayunar y comer en los alrededores. Absolutamente recomendable.
My friend and I stayed at Arthur's place for a week in May and were very satisfied. Arthur was away when we arrived but his son let us in and was very accommodating and easy to reach, all our questions were answered. The flat was exactly as pictured, as was the surrounding area. It's minutes to parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, as well as multiple breakfast, lunch and dinner places.
Vi blev väl mottagna av vår värd. Arthur mötte upp på utsatt tid och visade oss runt. Beskrivningen av boendet stämde väl. Läget var fantastiskt och grannskapet lugnt och närmast fridfullt. Vi rekommenderar verkligen det här boendet.
The studio is stylishly simple, perfectly located, and everything you could possibly want for a London base. Arthur a lovely host, very welcoming and helpful! We will definitely be back and would recommend the studio to friends and family
We have just returned from an amazing ten day stay at Arthur's London flat. What a great host he was. There was excellent communication before our arrival and throughout our visit and Arthur was actually waiting on the sidewalk to meet us as our cab pulled up.
He showed us around the apartment and it was exactly as advertised - no surprises except for the few things that he had added (milk, orange juice, muffins, bananas). Nice touch!
There is no need to discuss location, but I will say that if your goal is to be a short walking distance from Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Hyde park, the Tube and still be in a quiet area….then look no further.
London is one of the great cities to visit and renting this flat made it even more enjoyable for us. Thank you again, Arthur!
Brian and Peg
About the Host, Arthur
Semi retired lawyer living In London . Looking to travel more and hope to be the host for my central London studio and the guest in other parts of the world . I've tried set up the studio so that it suits visitors to London and helps them enjoy one of the World's greatest cities