About this listing
An ideal choice for the budget-conscious traveller looking for a great-value room with all the benefits of this unbelievable location right in the heart of London's West End. Read my reviews - dozens will reassure you there's no finer spot in town!
A solid wood small double bed, handmade in August 2012 by famous British bedmaker Warren Evans.
This room is perfect for one, and cosy for two, at 92 square feet / 8.1 square metres, with a small double bed (4" x 6"3, 120cm x 187cm), handmade in 2012 by the famous British bedmaker Warren Evans. It has a floor-to-ceiling patio door that opens onto a Juliet balcony, which overlooks the alleyway. Bedding and huge fluffy towels from the luxury Egyptian cotton range at my favourite department store John Lewis, with both soft and firm anti-allergy pillows, and an anti-allergy duvet. A desk with a huge mirror and dressing-room-style lights above it.
Your room has a kettle with Fairtrade-certified tea and coffee. A fan if you need it, ditto a heater. Huge soft Egyptian cotton towels for the bathroom, toiletries, 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!
If you need more space with an en-suite bathroom, please consider my other listing - to see it, click my name to view my profile, then at the bottom of the left column click "Luxury stay in Soho / Covent Garden".
This is my home, and the bathroom (with toilet, bath and shower) is shared with me, but your room is 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.
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!
The location - Seven Dials, between Covent Garden and Soho and right in the heart of London's West End - absolutely cannot be beaten. 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 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.
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. A printout of this guidebook will also be in your room when you arrive, to give you some ideas and get you acquainted with the neighbourhood.
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 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 much cheaper than getting a taxi when you arrive. Any questions, please ask me.
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.
It's thanks to Airbnbers like you that in 2013 I was able to afford an amazing new boiler, with heating on-demand so the hot water never runs out. It's situated in this bedroom, since gas boilers these days must be directly connected to an external vent. It's about as modern and quiet as it's possible for a boiler to be, but you will hear it clicking into life sometimes.
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!
Remember, this is a small room with a shared bathroom and an alleyway view, and a quiet-but-not-completely-silent boiler. If you need more space with an en-suite bathroom and a great view, please consider my main listing instead.
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 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.
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. Note that for Monday to Friday arrivals I will usually be at work during the day, so check-in will typically only be possible after about 6.30pm - although if there is no guest staying the night before (or if you don't mind using the room just as a bag-drop until I get home after work to reset it) then you can usually come to my workplace at Oxford Circus and collect the keys from me there. 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.
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 ciggie 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!
About the Host, Kenny
Brit, 45, from London, love to travel and have visited 35 countries. I've been hosting with airbnb since May 2012 and I really enjoy it. So far I've hosted over 500 guests from countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Uruguay and USA. I've also stayed in Brazil, Finland, France, Spain and the USA as an airbnb guest. I'm gay, vegetarian, politically left-wing and I believe in social justice and equality, And I do like a drink sometimes, so if you want someone to show you the pubs of London, you've come to the right profile!