If you are looking to experience the most exciting part of London right now, Dalston is where you need to stay! This is not Chelsea. It's bustling, lively and colourful. Only here can you find Stik graffiti (look it up!), Gilbert & George's favourite Turkish delight , West African fabrics and food and Cafe Oto (apparently the UK's best venue for live music right now - you decide!).
My place. It's a top floor flat in a late Victorian terrace, bang in the middle of Dalston - on Dalston Lane. As Banksy said, blank walls are criminal. I do not commit this crime - as you will see throughout my flat!
You will stay in a double room with French doors onto large balcony where you can chill out, have breakfast or just a coffee overlooking trees, mews and roof tops.
The room has a firm double bed, clean sheets and towels and a rail for clothes. Tea, coffee, milk, bread and butter are provided. Shared use of bathroom and kitchen (with me only and occasionally the odd friend staying with me). Use of radio and wifi.
My room is the one with the sofa (see photos), you have access to this as a sitting room when I am at work (Mondays to Fridays) and some evenings as i am mostly out and about.
The flat is a short walk from London Fields, Broadway Market, Regent's canal, Kingsland's road bars, famous Turkish and Vietnamese restaurants, Ridley Road Market, Rio Cinema, Vortex Jazz club, Arcola theatre and cabaret, pubs and some of London's trendiest new bars.
Great bus links to Hoxton square, Columbia flower market, Brick Lane, Angel and Old street, only a 15 minute train journey to Camden town! And literally 3 minutes walk from the new Overground station linking to famous Shoreditch bars, the Olympic park in Stratford and Victoria line at Highbury, so pretty much 30 minutes to central London and more!
I definitely recommend staying at Claudias place. She sent us detailed directions of getting there and other details earlier, so it was no trouble finding the place. It has great connection to the city both by overground and by bus.
The room and the rest of the apartment was really really nice and clean. There were even travel adapters and travel guides, maps etc. in the room. Claudia herself is so easy to talk to so you feel right at home.
It was fantastic stay at Claudia's apartment. Nice cosy room and well equipped kitchen. Claudia really gives us the flexibility in the unit. We felt very comfortable in the place. She was very informative, she tries to provide as much as she could even she had a long day at work, I was really impressed. We were really glad we chose the unit. I would definitely go back again if traveling to London. Take care ya Claudia.
Very great room and flat, well located with many buses and overground nearby. Everything worked perfectly in the flat. Very nice host. Highly recommanded.
Chambre et appartement très agréables, bien situé et desservi par l'"overground" et de nombreux bus. Tout fonctionnait parfaitement dans l'appartement. Hôte agréable et disponible. A recommander.
the place is wonderful, the bed is just so comfortable! Now it was cold, but I guess summertime it is wonderful to have the morning coffee on the balcony! The place is so well situated, there is bus nr. 38 that takes You directly to Victoria station or through the whole centre and it goes every 3min. just in front of the apartment! It is also the night bus, then the number is N38 and it goes every 12 min. through the night! This is very useful if You need to catch an early flight like we did! There are 2 supermarkets open till 23.00 and 24.00 just in front of the building. For transport in London we used the Oyster card, which made the transport half price and You could even get the deposit 5 pounds back when You left. Just You have to empty the card. We loved those bus journeys in the first row of the double decker through London, it takes kind of 30min. from the center of London till Dalston junction. It is much quicker with the underground, but You do not see anything, plus buses are the cheapest, with Oyster card it is 1.45 pounds per journey. We met Claudia as well one evening, she is a very nice person, lovely to chat with, well travelled, the apartment is full of amazing paintings from all over the world. Thank You so much, Claudia, Your place made our visit to London very special!
Perfect stay. Can`t say anything bad about Claudia or the flat. The house is not very far from the metro station. The room was clean and comftable. I could feel, that Claudia cares about her guests and her home (very nice interieur). When I come back to London, I would like to come to her again.
It is a nice and clean place, shared with the owner Claudia, who was very friendly and supper helpful. The place is cozy and attractive, the price was wonderful. There is a nice bedroom with one bed, shared for 2, and the owner let us use the bright kitchen and the bathroom with a good water flow. The heating was very sufficient and the place was easily accessed by the public transportation that was very well described. The area is not so popular for tourists, nevertheless my friend and I (2 Caucasian middle aged women) were coming in separately and not very late, so all was fine. Any city in the world has some safety issues, especially at night. If one comes very late and worries, then there is a taxi that can take you for a few blocks to a side street, so you feel more secure in an unknown area. If you happen to be a couple, walking together, you should be just fine. Claudia comes home often late and alone, she feels safe. The place will still save you a lot of money, since you don't live downtown in a hotel. I like that. I rather spend on wonderful performances! I would certainly recommend the place.
Un grand plaisir de me retrouver à nouveau chez Claudia, elle toujours disponible et sa maison toujours très agréable et chaleureuse ! Merci Claudia
Der Aufenthalt in Claudias Wohnung war sehr schön. Die Wohnung ist super gepflegt, stilvoll und mit Liebe eingerichtet. Wir haben uns sofort wohl und willkommen gehüfhlt! Wir haben Claudia nur kurz getroffen, sie war super sypathisch und sehr offen und hilfsbereit. Großartig war auch die Kommunikation, Claudia war jederzeit zu erreichen und hat immer schnell geantwortet. Von der Wohnung aus fuhren zwei Buslinien direkt in die Innenstadt (Picadilly Circus usw). Man war also innerhalb von 30 Minuten in der Stadt und hat auf dem Weg noch etwas von der Stadt gesehen. WIr hatten eine tolle Zeit bei Claudia und kommen gern wieder! Sehr empfehlenswert!
Claudia's flat was very cozy and tidy. We only saw her once after she came back from a trip from Africa, but even after all her traveling, she was friendly, accommodating, and asking us if we needed anything.
We really enjoyed our stay in Dalston. Claudia's apartment was great, close to public transport and the supermarket across the road. It was nice to be a bit out of the craziness of Central London, but still only a short bus or train ride away.
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