About this listing
Ever heard of Seven Dials? Nestled between Covent Garden and Soho, Leicester Square and Shaftesbury Avenue, it's the beating heart of the West End. And here's your chance to experience the best of London life, right in the very centre of it all...
Seven Dials is a cute and quirky neighbourhood with a village feel centred on a sundial monument with seven streets radiating out from it. These seven streets are famously brimming with boutique shops and cafés, and since chain stores aren't permitted within a block of the sundial, it makes the area completely unique.
The perfect location for exploring London by foot, and as central to London's tourist, shopping and nightlife hotspots as you can get. Read my reviews - nearly everyone talks about the location. Guests often tell me I've undersold it, and despite what I wrote they still can't believe the location when they're here. Lots of listings claim that they're central. You've found one that actually is :-)
Absolutely ideal for tourists - all of the following are within a ten minute walk: British Museum, National Gallery, Covent Garden Piazza, Soho, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, the River Thames, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, and all the major West End theatres.
It's bustling with life during the day, but surprisingly quiet at night - all the nearby pubs close at 11pm and the late-night clubs and bars, whilst close enough for you to easily walk home, are far enough away that there's usually little noise after midnight. Sometimes, in the dead of night, you can even hear Big Ben chiming, over a mile away. It's also very safe, both day and night.
And that's just the area - let's talk about your room :-)
Welcome to my apartment. The room is dominated by a king-sized solid wood bed handmade by the famous British bedmaker Warren Evans. Bedding and big fluffy towels from the luxury Egyptian cotton range at my favourite department store John Lewis, with both soft and firm anti-allergy pillows. At the end of the bed there are two large shuttered openable windows overlooking the unique boutique stores of Seven Dials, either side of a wall-mounted Sony LCD TV showing dozens of channels. On the right is a floor-to-ceiling glass sliding patio door opening onto a Juliet balcony, making the room incredibly light and airy from two sides.
Your en-suite private bathroom has a toilet, shower, sink, and a heated towel rail (huge soft Egyptian cotton towels provided). The other bathroom has a bathtub that you are also welcome to use.
Your room has a glass-fronted drinks fridge, with a couple of complimentary welcome drinks in it. A kettle with Fairtrade-certified tea and coffee. A Dyson hot and cold fan, and a radiator. A hairdryer, and an alarm clock. A guidebook I've written to give you some ideas and get you acquainted with the neighbourhood. And of course, free and unlimited high-speed wireless internet for all of your mobile phones, laptops and tablet devices.
Your room also contains several pieces of furniture from the athletes' bedrooms at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Bought from the official sale after the games, we'll never know who used them - but it's fun to imagine who might have done!
This is my home, but your room and ensuite bathroom are very private, since you don't have to pass through my lounge or bedroom to get there. In general you won't have access to elsewhere in the apartment, so no kitchen or lounge access, but you'll have your own keys and can come and go as you please.
I also rent a second room in the apartment, it is smaller with a separate shared bathroom - to see it, click my name to view my profile, then at the bottom of the left column click "Double bed in Covent Garden / Soho".
Interaction with Guests
I'm very happy to help you kick off your London experience, with a walk around the neighbourhood, a beer or two perhaps, breakfast - whatever you feel like. If you want to keep yourself to yourself, that's perfectly fine too. Just let me know!
This really is the most extraordinary place to stay - click the Street View tab above to take a look around. I've also highlighted some interesting and useful places nearby - please click the Guidebook icon above.
You're within a couple of minutes' walk of both Leicester Square and Covent Garden Underground stations - but if you stay here, you probably won't use "the tube" much - you're right in the thick of it all and can walk everywhere!
When you book, you'll receive an automated email with detailed arrival instructions from all London airports and by Eurostar, as well as lots and lots of insider tips - it's well worth a careful read before you get here. I can also organise a licensed minicab pickup from the airport that's much cheaper than getting a taxi when you arrive - just ask.
Other Things to Note
I'm a vegetarian and I request that you don't bring meat or fish products into the apartment; furthermore, fur is expressly forbidden, so you cannot bring fur into the apartment. There are dozens of cafés nearby catering to all palates and budgets.
I'm gay, but very straight-friendly :-) I'm a nice guy and I'm happy to help you in any way I can to make your stay more enjoyable. I've lived in central London most of my adult life and I'm happy to advise on things to see and do. I've created a whirlwind two-hour circular walking tour covering many of the major sights that I can send you on (or perhaps even join you on) - first-time visitors to London usually love it. And it certainly doesn't take much to persuade me to join you in the pub!
If three of you are staying and you don't all want to share the king bed, there is a single floor mattress that can be set up next to it.
Seven Dials has always been in fashion. Let's leave the last word to Charles Dickens, here's what he had to say about Seven Dials back in 1835: "What involutions can compare with those of Seven Dials? Where is there such another maze of streets, courts, lanes, and alleys? The stranger who finds himself in 'The Dials' for the first time, and stands at the entrance of seven obscure passages, uncertain which to take, will see enough around him to keep his curiosity and attention awake for no inconsiderable time. From the irregular square into which he has plunged, the streets and courts dart in all directions."
I will try to work with you on mutually agreeable check-in and check-out times. If you have exact timescales in mind, please agree them with me before confirming your booking. Whenever I'm at home, I will gladly allow you to drop your bags off before check-in and/or collect them after check-out. If needed, there are left luggage facilities at Charing Cross station nearby.
I'm a vegetarian and I request that you don't bring meat or fish products into the apartment; furthermore, fur is expressly forbidden, and if you arrive at my door with any fur you will be refused admission. There is no kitchen or communal areas access, although you have a kettle with tea and coffee and a drinks fridge in your room.
Remember that you are responsible for the behaviour of any guest you have in the apartment, and in accordance with standard airbnb terms (as well as English law) you are ultimately liable for the full cost (not just the security deposit) of any loss or damage caused by you or your guests. Use your discretion, and don't bring anyone to my home that you wouldn't bring to your home. The maximum occupancy is two people including yourself.
You won't hear the neighbours - please don't let them hear you either! Please try to minimise conversation and other noise in the corridors and other communal areas of the apartment block.
No smoking inside, but you can open the patio doors and lean out of them with a cigarette if you like.
Please don't be the first guest to lose your keys! You'll be charged the cost of replacement if you do, which is over £50.
Other than that, please treat the place with the respect you would your own place. And have a great time in one of the greatest cities in the world!