About This Listing
Located in Zone 1, most of London icons along the Thames are within a short walking distance or bike ride. I've been living in London since 1999, and I am happy to share my local expertise of 10+ years to make your stay exceptional.
My pad is a newly built contemporary 2 bedroom apartment designed by award winning, Tate Hindle, Space Craft Architects. My home is decorated with fun loving art and Honey KiKi always welcomes my guests with playful sweetness.
[Your Private Room]
It's spacious for two guests with a large double bed. 100% cotton bedlinens and towels are provided per stay.
- wardrobe with hangers
- hairdryer kept in the chest drawers
- books for bedtime reading
- travel adaptors
- a-z london maps
A set of keys provided for you to come and go as you please. 24hour porter allows for late night check ins & outs. There are cctvs in and out of buildings for extra security as well as the police station located around the corner of the apartment building. The daily professional cleaning service can be arranged at your expenses.
- unlimited WiFi throughout the apartment
- access to fully equipped kitchen for breakfast till 10am
- one bathroom to share (please bring your own toiletries)
- washer/dryer (extra charge) & iron/iron board
- balcony is the only place where smoking is permitted.
Interaction with Guests
Sometimes I may not be around to greet you in person. Before you arrive, please make sure to read Description, House Rules on my listing and Directions for Confirmed Guests (check in & out instructions), House Manuals (wifi access) on your itinerary. If not, don't worry! There is a print-out of all essential information available in your room. Or simply ask me anything through Airbnb.
It's located in a residential area alongside the suburban railway with a police station right around the corner. Many shops are within 5mins walk so please check out my guidebook for more details.
- the cornershop by the bus stop open 24hours where you can top up oyster cards as little as 20 pence
- supermarkets: Tesco, Marks&Spencer, Morrison, Longdan Oriental, 99p store
- Electric Elephant Breakfast Cafe, Dragon Castle Chinese Restaurant, La Luna Pizzeria, McDonald, KFC, 24hour Jerk Chicken, Castle Kebab, Mamuska Polish
- Boots, Holland&Barrett, Argos
- dry cleaners / shoe repairer
- post office, banks (Barclays, NatWest, Lloyds)
- clubs: legendary Ministry of Sound and upcoming Corsica Studio is only 10mins on foot!
Taking into account of luggage collection, border control and buying tickets and so on please allow at least 2 hours from any London airport. However if you are travelling by Eurostar Train (St Pancras International) or Euroline Bus (Victoria Coach Station), 30mins is all it takes. Please download the map photo from my listing which shows directions from tube station in blue and from bus stop in red.
Jump on a train to Kings Cross
Kings Cross or St Pancras (Eurostar)
Jump on bus 45 from bus stop D, take off at Larcom Street
- Jump on Piccadilly Line, change to Bakerloo line at Piccadilly Circus, take off at Elephant & Castle Station, exit towards shopping centre
- Heathrow Express takes only 15mins and you can change to Bakerloo line to get to Elephant & Castle tube station. This is the most expensive way to get to mine but the quickest as you will be saving an hour of your journey time.
- Jump on Train to London Bridge
Then take bus 35 or 40 to Larcom Street or 133 to Newington Butt
- Gatwich Express or National Express Coach to Victoria,
then bus 148 from bus stop N, take off at Larcom Street or bus C10 from bus stop V, take off at London Road
Jump on Stansted Express or Terravision to Liverpool Street
then bus 35 from bus stop K, take off at Larcom Street or bus 133 from bus stop D, take off at Newington Butt
excellent public transport link: (please check city-mapper app or journey planner on TFL website)
- tube stations: 7-10mins walk:
elephant & castle(bakerloo or nothern) or kennington(northern)
- bus stops 2-3mins walk
larcom street or newington butts or elephant & castle
plenty of 24 hour buses taking you to tourist hotspots within 30minutes (Please check the travel tips below)
[Bike Ride & On Foot]
Alternatively, if you dare to be on foot or bike! There are 3 Barclays Bike stands near by. Most of attractions are within your reach.
Borough Market (20 minutes walk or 10min bike ride or 2 tube stations). Once you get to London Bridge, turn right to Tower Bridge, turn left to Globe Theatre, Millenium Bridge, St Paul's, Tate Modern, National Theater, IMAX, London Aquarium, London Eye, House of Parliament (Big Ben), Westerminster Abbey, St James Park (Buckingham Palace), White Hall (Downing Street, Horse Guards), Trafargar Square (National Gallery), Piccadilly Circus, China Town, Covent Garden
Street parking is available pay & display 8.30am - 6.30pm Monday to Friday or free outside those hours. However, for few days, visitor parking may be available upon my request to the concierge.
Other Things to Note
Here are my recommendations for sightseeing routes in London dividing into post codes.
Route 1. (W1):
Bus 12 to Parliament Square (Big Ben, House of Parliaments + Westminster Abbey ) + walk along White Hall (Downing Street, St James Park, Horse Guards) + walk to Trafalgar square (National Gallery) + Leicester Square + China Town + Soho + Piccadilly Circus + Regent Street (Liberty) +Carnaby Street + Oxford Circus (Topshop flagship store)+ bus 12 to London Eye, bus 12 back home
Route 2 (NW1+WC1):
Bus 453 or Bakerloo Line tube to Regent’s Park (London Zoo, Open Air Theater, Primrose Hill with a view across London + walk to Camden Markets + bus 24 to British Museum + walk to Covent Garden, bus 176 back home
Route 3 (SW1):
Bus 360 to South Kensington for Victoria & Albert Museum / Natural History Museum + walk to Kings Road (Kate Middleton’s hangout) for Saatchi Gallery + walk to Knightsbridge (Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Sloane Street Boutiques) + walk to Hyde Park (Serpentine Gallery), bus 148 back home.
Route 4 (SE1):
Bus 35 or 40 to Borough Market (try Monmouth Coffee, Neal’s Yard Dairy Cheese) + walk along Thames to Tower Bridge (right) + walk back towards Globe Theater, Tate Modern Gallery + cross Millenium Bridge to St Pauls + walk to Blackfriars for bus 45 back home
Route 5 (West London / best for Saturday):
Bus 148 to Notting Hill + bus 148 to Hyde Park (Serpentine Gallery) + Oxford Street (Primark, Selfridges), Bond Street Boutiques, Green Park (Fortnum & Mason provides groceries to Her Majesty the Queen, great gifts ideas for friends and family) + walk to Buckingham Palace, bus 148 back home
Route 6 (East London / best for Sunday):
Bus 35/40 to Shoreditch, Hoxton Square for brunch + walk to Brick Lane (try bagel factory, vintage stores, flea market)
Please look out for any 2-for-1 offers, deals on lastminute website and don't forget to add ‘fast track’ option or book the timeslot otherwise, there may be a long queue even with the tickets at some attractions.
Also, most of good restaurants in London require bookings in advance, if you want me to book a table for you please let me know your budget and preferences. There are special deals available even on Michellin starred restaurants with reservation.
One more tips for you, major museums and galleries are less crowded weekdays mornings but also many has Friday late nite openings!
You are staying as house guests at a private residence so please follow my house rules. There is a print-out of all essential information available in your room in case I am not here to assist you.
You may not be alone in the flat so please be considerate to others in the flat (i.e time spent in the bathroom) Also please respect other residents in the apartment building as well as our porters (i.e. keep quite after midnight during weekdays). No other guest is permitted at all times unless permission is sought in advance.
As for my dear cat Honey Kiki, when I am away from home for many nights, I may ask you to take care of him. Unless I have specifically asked you to feed him please refrain yourself from giving him extra food.
[In & Out]
Please LET ME KNOW YOUR ARRIVAL TIME in advance and read the directions for confirmed guests on your itinerary for check-in and check-out instructions. Your luggage can be arranged to be kept in the flat (not with concierge!!!) outside check in-out times depending on circumstances so please communicate.
Airbnb takes the card approval of the deposit on hold during your stay, which will be released within 48hours of check out as long as everything is in order. Thank you for your consideration and I would very much appreciate your kind positive review.
Hye ist eine freundliche und offene Gastgeberin.
Die Wohnung ist gepflegt und das Zimmer ordentlich mit allem was man braucht.
Hye gibt gerne Tipps für London und hilft, wenn man Fragen und Anregungen hat. Die Unterkunft kann ich nur empfehlen.
Stayed here for ten nights when I visited London. A short walking distance away from two different tube stations, two clubs and a Domino's (to satiate late night cravings). The bed, as mentioned, is also extremely comfy. Hye is also extremely willing to answer questions that we had. Overall, clean and fuss free
Me and my boyfriend stayed at Hye's place for 2 days. The place is about 5 minutes from the tube station Elephant and Castle, but it is definitely easier to take bus as recommended by Hye in her guide (which stops just around the corner). As we arrived later than expected, the key was kept at the concierge. Everything was prepared for us, the room was clean and cosy. Hye arrived home in the evening, she was very friendly, gave us a lot of tips for entertainment etc. The trains outside were a bit noisy during the day, but we didn't have any problem while sleeping (and I was worried as I am light sleeper). There are 2 night clubs in walking distance - Ministry of Sound and Corsica Studios. And it also doesn't take long to get to the city center. Overall we were really pleased with everything
*extra point for Honey Kiki (yes, we are cat persons! :-)
The information Hye sent in advance was very thorough. The concierge makes entry very easy and Hye was there to greet us. She showed us our room and the bathroom. She did not show us the kitchen but we didn't really need it (other than in morning when we asked to fill up a bottle of water, which she kindly did for us). Hye is the perfect hostess if you want to be left alone.
The description was accurate. The bed was comfortable. The place was clean and warm.
The flat is really easy to get to, especially by bus. We felt fine wandering from the bus stop to the apartment at night.
I had a very good experience at this location. Hye was a very gracious host and we had some nice chats. The flat is located just a few minutes' walk from both underground and bus transportation and you can get around the city very easily from the area. The room was very nice with ample storage, and the bed very comfortable. Wi-Fi worked great. House rules were written out (and posted here as well) so it was clear what to expect. I shared the flat for two nights with two fellow travelers, so be aware that you may not be the only guest (we actually barely saw each other). Hye's friendly cat took quite a liking to me (at one point bunking in my suitcase!) so if you are a cat person this is the spot for you! I would definitely this to other travelers.
We're just back in Italy after four sunny days in London.
Hye's flat is located in a well connected area - Elephant and Castle- , not super central, as it's at the end of the Bakerloo line.
I'd say the area is ok, even if I was glad my boyfriend was there, when we were coming home at night (between 10 and 12 pm).
Apart from that, the building is amazing - for architecture lovers like me- and the room was nice; the bathroom was very comfortable and always clean.
Hye is a nice host, even if we didn't really get the chance to chat with her very much.
All in all, a good experience.
Excellent stay!Good location, kindful host and lovely cat kiki. Room is cozy and clean.If you go to London, you have to stay Hye's house.
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