Double bed in Covent Garden / Soho

Apartment - Private room · Seven Dials Village, London, WC2H 9LL, United Kingdom

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!

The Space

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 August 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 big 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 radiator. 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!

Guest Access

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 flat 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 fine too.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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. 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!

Experience: Business
Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $303
Cleaning Fee: $21
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • We had a really great time in London due in large part to our stay with Kenny. The room is centrally located and super easy to get to with Kenny's directions. Kenny was very accommodating and I was able to meet his friend for keys to the flat the night before we checked in so that we could drop off our bags. The room itself had brand new linens that Kenny had put on just before our arrival, the room was nice bed was cozy and the desk and storage was convenient. I would recommend his flat to anyone visiting, especially those who are only in London a short time. Thank you again!

    April 2014
  • My boyfriend and I stayed with Kenny for 2 nights and found our first experience of using airbnb fantastic! The apartment is in an excellent location for exploring London and was in a great neighbourhood. Kenny was a brilliant host as he was incredibly friendly and welcoming and always willing to give advice and tips on the best things to do and see whilst in London. We followed his advice and took a boat trip down the Thames followed by a cable car ride - something we wouldn't have considered if it wasn't for his help! If you aren't familiar with London it's an excellent place to stay as the host certainly knows his stuff! The room was clean and tidy and perfect for a few nights stay and we also got a sneak peak at Kenny's other room which looks lovely and would be ideal for a longer stay as it has an en-suite. Overall a very positive experience with both lovely accommodation and a fantastic host - we would definitely recommend and hope to stay again! Thanks Kenny!

    April 2014
  • Absolutely the best location for a weekend stay in London. Close to everything. Room is great too. There is everything you need. Don't be afraid to book at Kenny's. I'll recommend it! :)

    April 2014
    Kenny
    Response from Kenny:

    And thanks for the Kingdom Of Denmark souvenir mug - I'm drinking peppermint tea from it as I type! :-) It will remind me that I really must visit your country someday...

  • Kenny's place is definitely ideally located and very comfortable. The room is - like Kenny said - cosy for two so I'd recommend going with your partner or a very close friend (if not on your own), but since the flat is at the heart of a very lively place in London you won't spend much time inside !

    I should mention that the bed is simply awesome - we slept incredibly well :) Plus there was some chocolate waiting for us upon arrival, lots of coffee and tea, clean towels and an very detailed list of suggestions for eating out and sight-seeing in case of hesitation.

    If you are concerned about the noise, forget about it: it is pretty quiet, even though we were there during the week-end.

    Kenny has also been a great host - very warm and helpful. My battery was about to die and I was panicking cause I couldn't find the flat, and not only did he patiently help me, but I also was welcome with a home made fruit juice :)

    Thanks Kenny for allowing us a terrific stay in the city - I definitely recommend this flat !

    March 2014
    Kenny
    Response from Kenny:

    Thanks Vanessa! Glad you liked the lovely Warren Evans bed - I've loved the one in the main room for 9 years so it was a no-brainer to buy another one for the smaller room too. Since you stayed, I've upgraded all the linens - it's now furnished with John Lewis's top-grade Egyptian cotton sheets, duvet cover, pillowcases and towels, and anti-allergy hard and soft pillows and duvet. Ready for you next time you visit :-)

  • The room is as presented, cosy for two. Perfect for sleeping. It was particularly nice that we had our own kettle + teas (we even got some more when discussing our favourite flavors) since there is no kitchen. There is a boiler in the room that makes audible noise, but we have never heard it at night (5 nights) since host prevents using hot water :) Do bring you buds just in case, since some outside noise comes in.

    For a few nights, the other room had guests as well, which we never heard/have seen + they have their own bathroom. The appartment has a lift which can be convenient. Best of all everything is close, 10+ breakfast/dinner choices within 1-2 mins walk is the best it can get. Also quick access to public transport takes you anywhere. Kenny takes care of anything, we asked for extra towels, was no problem. Also knows all inside outs, where to buy (musical) tickets, how to travel, where to eat, etc.

    Location of the flat is awesome, close to everything. Good value for money and great host!

    March 2014
    Kenny
    Response from Kenny:

    Thanks Patricia! I'm just gonna clarify one bit of your review - "we have never heard it at night (5 nights) since host prevents using hot water" means I try to avoid using hot water late at night, to stop the boiler kicking in - but of course guests can do what they like :-) As I say in my listing, the boiler is under a year old and as quiet and modern as a boiler can be, but it's not silent and you will hear it occasionally. Hope you had an easy trip back to Holland!

  • Staying at Kenny's place in London for a weekend was great.
    The room was nice, sunny and clean and Kenny is a very experienced, reliable, helpful and friendly host!
    If you stay in the city just for a short time and don't want to lose too much time on public transport and long distances the location is ideal!

    March 2014
  • We had a wee bit of trouble getting in contact for the exchange of keys and finding the place, but the location was superb and we had no problems after that. The room was very clean, but I worry there might be mold from poor ventilation in the bathroom in the hallway. Overall, I would recommend the place as a centrally located stay in London.

    March 2014
  • Kenny's place is awesome and cozy. It's very close to all the landmarks and super convenient in terms of food, bars/pubs and shops.

    Even though I did not get to meet Kenny, he was super responsive. The room was clean and had everything I need for my stay. The WIFI was a bit slow near the desk area (I was using Facetime and watching youtube), but not a big problem.

    I will definitely stay at Kenny's place next time I travel to London. So if you decide to stay here, please keep it clean!!

    February 2014
  • Great location, easy access to tube stations, and many attractions are within walking distance. Chic and trendy shops, café and restaurants around, while ladies can enjoy shopping and the gents can sit down, relax and have a cup of nice coffee. Kenny's being helpful and friendly. The guidebook he prepared was cool and very useful. (I tried the avocado wrap, lovely!!!) Would like to come back next time for holidays!

    February 2014
  • Great neighborhood, great space, great host: THANK YOU KENNY :-) for a great time.

    February 2014
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Brit, 44, 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 guests from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Uruguay and USA. I've also stayed in Brazil, Finland, France, Spain and the USA as an airbnb guest.
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