In the words of a recent guest: 'The house is darling, and the room itself is lovely with its private shower. The neighborhood is close to so many interesting areas, and is a great jumping off point to embark from.
I highly recommend a stay here!'
This is the spare room of a Victorian terraced house in a quiet street in a conservation area. The room is very peaceful (there's no traffic noise), at the back of the house, so overlooks my - and all the neighbouring - gardens.
It is furnished with a very comfortable double bed, plenty of wardrobe space and an en suite shower and toilet. Clean bedding and towels are provided - and plenty of spare blankets and duvets, if people need them. There's also a hairdryer and an iron. It's a good sized room, with two radiators and two windows, providing great light. There is also a small television in the room and very reliable wi-fi throughout the house. The house has recently been redecorated and there's new flooring in the guest room. There’s also a garden for guests to use. Note: the Street View on this listing seems to show neighbouring streets rather than my road.
For travellers arriving at Victoria station, my house is a short bus ride away, or two stops to Vauxhall tube. For travellers arriving at Kings Cross/St Pancras, there's a direct route on the northern line tube to Oval station. For those travelling to Liverpool St station (from Stansted or Luton airports) you can easily get on the northern line to Oval.
I’m happy to show guests around and help them get oriented.
Check-in is usually flexible. But please ask before booking, with an idea of your arrival time.
Guests have full use of the kitchen and living areas. In the kitchen, there are two fridges, all the usual appliances and guests are welcome to prepare whichever meals they choose. As you'll see from my reviews, this doesn't cause problems with my own mealtimes. I don't provide breakfast as I discovered guests prefer to do their own thing, which is fine.
Interaction with Guests
I always meet guests in person when they arrive, to welcome them and help with check-in. And I'm on hand to answer questions, show people around, make suggestions and generally chat.
My neighbourhood is known as Oval.
There are plenty of local shops, cafes and bars and it’s close to two parks. Just north of my area is Vauxhall, which has been christened 'VoHo' because of the mix of bohemian shops, gardens, cafes and bars. There's a great newspaper article about it in the Evening Standard.
Other cool neighbourhoods nearby are Kennington, Clapham and Brixton.
The Tate Britain gallery is just across the river and the South Bank Centre is a few stops away in the tube.
The house is convenient for public transport (zones 1 & 2 tube stations). Oval tube is 3 minutes’ walk away (on the Northern line) and Vauxhall station (Victoria line and overground) is 10 minutes away. There are also plenty of buses into central London (either the West End or Covent Garden), taking about 20 minutes. And it's perfectly possible to walk into central London along the river, about 45 minutes at a gentle pace. There are also bicycles for hire (the Barclay Bikes), with stations in adjoining streets.
Other Things to Note
One of the things I like about AirBnB is getting to know a bit about guests before they come, so I can help and assist to make their stay a good one. That's why I really encourage anyone getting in contact to have a full profile with details about themselves and several verifications, and not just a blank square and name. For this reason, I will only accept reservation requests from users with full profiles and verifications.
Guests will be asked to provide some kind of photo ID on arrival (and I'm happy to provide mine in return).
Since there's a new carpet in the guest room, I would prefer guests to remove outdoor footwear while in the house.
A polite reminder, this is a non-smoking house, but guests are welcome to smoke in the garden.
There's an electrical adapter plug in the room, which is compatible with most power supplies. I would ask, however, that guests do not leave electrical items plugged in and charging which are unattended.
Guests will be given a set of keys and can come and go as they please. They have full access to the dining and kitchen areas on the ground floor. I ask that guests respect my privacy in other parts of the house.
Usual security rules apply: please don't leave windows open when leaving the room/house. And guests are requested to use the extractor fan/light in the shower and put the bath mat on the floor. Guests are welcome to use the washing machine, but please ask for instructions first.
If guests would like to bring friends back to the house, please check with me first, as a courtesy.
My partner and I spent 2 nights at Matthew's place before heading home to Canada. This was our first airbnb experience and we were thrilled with how well it all worked out. Matthew was very helpful in communicating all the details regarding directions, London transportation, etc. He was a very gracious host - very helpful but definitely not 'in your face'. The place itself was just perfect for us. It was clean, quiet and well-appointed and we felt like we had privacy. The location was also very handy - we had large bags that we were managing and the short 3-5 minute walk from the tube/bus station was very manageable and easy. HIs place felt like a quiet refuge from the hustle and crowds on London.
I would not hesitate to highly recommend Matthew's place - it was well-located, clean, quiet and calm and Matthew was helpful and respectful.
Mattew est une personne très accueillante, discret mais disponible si besoins, nous le remercions également pour les conversations en français car notre anglais est assez moyen ;-).
Nous avons passé un super séjour, la maison est propre, très lumineuse, cuisine à disposition, la chambre est grande et le fait d'avoir douche et wc privés est un plus appréciable.
Les bus et le métro sont à proximité desservant rapidement le centre de Londres à toutes heures de la journée. Nous retournerons volontier chez lui à notre prochain passage à Londres.
My stay at Matthew's place was great. The house is beautiful, very comfortable and Matthew was a really great host. The room is spacious, clean and well furnished - the bed comfortable and the shower powerful. Even in the heat it stayed relatively cool. I'd happily recommend a stay.
Matthew's flat was as advertised...clean, private, and in a neighborhood with no traffic noise. A short walk away were at least 8 bus routes that took us to many of the attractions of London. There was a great fish and chips place about 50 yards away as well as many other eating places representing the diverse cultures of London. Very nice kitchen facilities that we were able to utilize.
Matthew was very helpful guiding us in using the bus system and had numerous guide and sightseeing literature available.
The bathroom and shower area were a bit small and we're average-sized people. The bed was comfortable and the room had a small television. There was ample closet, dresser, and desk space to spread out our travel stuff.
Matthew est un hôte charmant et très prévenant. La chambre correspondait parfaitement à notre attente. La maison de Matthew est proche du métro et très calme. Nous avons passé un bon week-end à Londres.
Matthew's place is really clean, ambient lighting and fully-equipped. We do enjoy the convenient suite room. There is also travel information provided in the room that is useful. It is just few minutes to the Oval tube station. The community is safe and neat and we especially love the sandwich and salad provided by the coffee shop just on the way to tube. Matthew is kind, enthusiastic and leaves us privacy as well. This is our first time to approach "airbnb" and thank Matthew who give us good impression and experience in London. We highly recommend this place. :)
Matthew is a welcoming host, helpful and accommodating. His home is just as pictured, and in a great position, close to the underground, giving speedy access to all the London sightseeing that a tourist requires. We felt very comfortable living with Matthew during our stay in London and highly recommend him.