About This Listing
Cool one-bed flat with 5 big windows looking down onto lively Curtain Rd (the top end by Old St & close to Hoxton Square!) The building's door is right on Curtain Rd. Cafes and clubs abound, so you'll feel comfortable coming and going at all hours.
Rent this cool, light, airy one bedroom flat on Curtain Road in London's version of the Meat Packing District, but with a thousand years of history. (Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre was here.) Shoreditch is the neighborhood of musicians, artists, architects, photographers, and media types.
If you're an Every House member you'll be happy to know this flat is just around the corner from Shoreditch House.
Perfect for women visiting London, the flat is in a well-lit and always busy area. You'll feel safe coming in at any hour.
The flat is right in the midst of great clubs, pubs, and restaurants, so it's not for people who need a super-quiet flat.
"Goodhood," perennial purveyors of Shoreditch-style clothing and housewares are on the ground floor of my building. And scads of Shoreditch mainstays are just down the street or around the corner. The White Cube Gallery. Bottega Prelibata (amazing food, great wine, amazing people, exposed brick, warm ambiance. My favourite.) Tramshed (Mark Hix's hip steak and chicken place. A hulking great Damian Hurst towers over you while you eat.) The Columbia Road Flower Market (Live music, cool shops, great food, and East-end old-time marketeers shouting, "Two bunches for a fiver!!" in the most authentic cockney accents you'll ever hear.) Brick Lane Market. Spitalfields Market. Broadway Market. Awesome coffee and croissant can be had at Slate, a short walk down to the other end of Curtain Road.
The flat is conveniently located between Old Street Tube, Shoreditch High Street Station, and Liverpool Street Station, and is the perfect location for sight-seeing in Central London, or for access to Hoxton Square, or The City (London's Financial District.)
There's a double bed in the bedroom, and a comfortable high-quality sofa-bed in the living room, so the flat can sleep 4, in a pinch. This is a super flat in a super area for a super price.
NOTE: This flat is also my photography studio. I pack most of my equipment away, but one wall of the flat is dedicated to a stack of background frames & foam-core. Most people think it adds to the Shoreditch vibe of the place, but this is definitely a flat for quests who don't mind seeing a bit of photography paraphernalia in their peripheral vision.
Interaction with Guests
Once you've booked please do get in touch right away to let me know your preferred check in time. And when your flight is landing. I or a friend will meet you at the flat to give you the keys, and show you around. Do definitely text/call/email if you're running late. Please do dishes and strip the beds at checkout. And otherwise... have fun!
Airbnb Flat Instructions for "Shoreditch Flat By Hoxton Square:"
-In case of emergency requiring fire-truck, ambulance, or police, please dial 999.
-You'll find plasters (bandaids) on the shelf in the bathroom, along with some antiseptic spray.
-In case of an emergency regarding the flat, (or if you just need to ask me something,) please ring my mobile: (phone number hidden) of the most important things is communication. I (or a friend) will meet you at the flat, so it's important to know when you'll arrive, and if you're delayed. Pease be sure to stay in touch. Text, call or email early and often.
-Check-in is generally at 2pm. And Checkout is generally at 11am. But in some instances it's possible to come at other times. It all depends on whether there's another guest checking in or out before or after you, or whether I have something scheduled. I'm very flexible otherwise.
-If you can't reach me, please call Elkay Properties at (phone number hidden). If you call Elkay, please ask for Patrick or Mary. Explain that you are Lucy's tenant at Flat (phone number hidden) Curtain Road, and then the nature of your emergency. (Please only call Elkay is there is a true emergency such as a leak or a blockage, but please try to reach me first. Note: If you call Elkay after hours, you'll get their machine, but do leave a message. All messages are sent through to Patrick and he will call you back if your request is urgent.)
No smoking please. No pets.
You'll have two keys. One for the building front door. And one for the flat's upper lock. Please note that it's necessary to EVER-SO-SLIGHTLY PULL BACK ON THE FRONT DOOR KEY as you (gently) turn it to the left (or counter clockwise.) Please don't force the key. It turns very easily once you have the knack.
-Please note that the door to the flat locks itself when it closes, so please be sure to take your keys. If you get locked out, please call me first, and Elkay second. But if you're locked out without your phone, and if it's within business hours, you can always run around the corner to Elkay for help. They're on Old Street near the turning for Hoxton Square.
-If you want to double-lock the upper lock over-night, push the small circular knob up to double-lock.
-There's a step down into the main living area from the hallway. It's quite shallow. Please take particular note of it so that you don't trip over it when moving from the main living area to the hallway (especially in the middle of the night.) You might like to keep the hallway light on to remind you of the step, and to prevent you stubbing your toe at 3am!
-The heating is controlled via a dial on the boiler. The boiler is in the bathroom cupboard (push door to release latch.) There are two round dials on the left, The lower dial (with a radiator symbol beside it,) should be turned to the 12 o'clock position (or lower) to turn on the heat. To turn off the heat, please turn the dial counter-clockwise (top of the dial to the left) until it stops (at approximately the 7 o'clock position.) A good winter-time position for the knob if you don't want to have to touch it again, is about 10 o'clock.
-Please feel free to use any of the soaps and bath products.
-If possible please try to use one bath towel per person.
-If the water for the toilet keeps running, just slide the top of the tank forward (meaning away from the wall.) Please don't try to lift it at all. Just slide it forward, and the water will stop running.
Main Living Area
-Please feel free to use whatever you find in the cupboards or fridge.
-The light switches for the two banks of lights in the main living area (the lights over the kitchen and over the living room,) are inside the tall white kitchen cupboard. The relevant switches are the first and third of the three push-button switches. Please turn off all lights when you leave the flat, especially the overhead lights.
-The rubbish, and a broom & dustpan are also located in this cupboard. If you would like to put a bag of rubbish out for collection, just tie it up and leave it close to the curb before 7am or after 7pm, seven days a week.
-The iron and a spray bottle of water for ironing are on the upper shelf of the tall white cupboard.
-There's a flashlight in the upper-right kitchen cupboard. This is also where you'll find the fuse box.
-The ironing board is behind the bathroom door.
-Your clothes cupboard is the right-hand section of the tall brown wardrobe. Inside there are hangers and two drawers. There's a full-length mirror inside the door.
-The blow-dryer is located in front of the mirror on the green cupboard in the hallway.
-On the desk you'll find speakers into which you can plug an iPhone or other music device.
-The code for the wifi is on the back of the modem.
-Please don't smoke, or light candles, or have any open flame in the flat.
-The light switch for the bedroom is outside the bedroom on the green wall. It's the third push-button switch.
-There's an extra duvet and other linens in the tall brown cupboard in the living room.)
-For spills, there are two old towels on the upper shelf of the tall white cupboard. Please try not to use the white bathroom towels.
-Please DO NOT OPEN THE TRIPLE GLAZED BEDROOM WINDOWS. This is very important because if you don't know how to do it, the raised pane of glass may fall out. Please feel free to throw open both of the big living room windows.
-Please try to leave the flat in a reasonably tidy state. If you don't mind stripping the duvet cover and sheets and pillow-cases from the bed, that would be super.
-There's no need to vacuum, but please do wash your dishes.
-Please leave the keys on top of the green cabinet in the entry-way. And then please make sure the door is properly locked when you close it behind you.
-IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND SENDING ME A QUICK TEXT ONCE YOU'VE CHECKED OUT THAT WOULD BE SUPER.
-Please make sure to put things back where you found them. I've spent scads of time looking for the hair-dryer on a few occasions.
I know all this sounds a bit dry and officious, but that's just because I wrote it fast. It's all a bit common sense really. Just generally try to leave the flat as you found it, and otherwise have a great time.
We loved the apartment and the area is great. We didn’t meet Luce in person since she was not in London but she was always kind and reachable by phone in order to answer our questions.
The flat is immaculate and fitted out with everything one might possibly need as well as special treats that just make it more pleasantly and even decadently welcoming (wine, biscuits, bottled water to name just a few). Luce greeted me personally and even let me set up camp when I arrived even though my flight got in earlier than the usual check-in time. I always stay in this neighborhood when I'm in London because of the yoga studio (now called Fierce Grace), the ease of the tube stop nearby (Old Street), and the general vibe. But this is certainly the best equipped place I've stayed in the area. And it's in the center of it all, including a very quick jaunt to the Spitalfields Market and all the restaurants and bars.
About the Host, Luce
Hi. I'm an American actress & photographer. (And I'm about to start fund-raising for my first film.) For the past 9 years I've been living and working in London. Shoreditch is my hood, and it's the one place on the planet that feels like home. It's full of people who fill up frames, tell stories, and who spend a lot of time thinking "what if?" My kind of folks. My kind of neighborhood. I bet you'll like it too. -Lx
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