About This Listing
A ridiculously central, stylishly designed flat within 7 minutes walk of Kings Cross and St Pancras Tube and Rail stations - easy access to Paris and Brussels on the Eurostar -and five bike rental docking stations. No need for a car!
Recently described by Conde Nast Traveller as "the coolest neighbourhood in London", Kings Cross is truly amazing and constantly evolving. It still has some of the grittiness of the urban landscape, but millions spent on urban renewal, the direct link to Paris & Brussels via the Eurostar from St Pancras, the national rail links from Kings Cross and tonnes of new development in the area makes it a perfect central location to base your London experience.
Only 20 minutes walking distance to Oxford Street, Russell Square, Islington, Regent's Canal, Camden, Primrose Hill, Old Street and Shoreditch. There's literally so much to do, it's impossible to describe without knowing what you like.
This rental period can be anything from one week to six months. For longer-term, it's ideal for anyone staying in the area for a while. If you're on a sabbatical, a placement or because you're relocating to the area and need somewhere to stay before you find a more permanent place to live, this is literally the perfect place for you to stay.
It's super close to the Universities - SOAS, Central St. Martins, UCL, LSE.
It's an 11 minute walk to The Guardian and a 15 minute walk to the British Library.
The flat is on a quiet, cobbled street occasionally used by TV crews to film period dramas, in a very friendly building. It's around the corner from the Gagosian Art Gallery, with it's international shows, like Damian Hirst's dots.
Fantastic street food and local markets are around the corner too thanks to @_kerb & the brand new Granary Square. There are huge windows from which to watch summer fireworks or look out over the stunning view over St. Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and the Shard to the south, and St. Pancras Mansion, Kings Cross and Hampstead Heath in the north.
Inside, there's wifi access. There's also a washer/dryer, a dishwasher and posh cookware and a global village of spices and ingredients from my world travels for your use in the kitchen.
As for what's going on in the area, tell me what you're interested in and I'll create a bespoke list of suggestions of what to see and what to do; I love showing people around and offering insider knowledge. Specialties include food and markets, unexpected local history and surprising walks.
I'm happy to help!
You've got the whole flat!
Interaction with Guests
I'm usually out of the country when the listing is available, but I am totally accessible 24 hours per day on my mobile, email or airbnb.
Kings Cross is transforming in front of our eyes! I love everything about this area: the surprising leafy squares, the access to everything - on foot! - the location is astonishing.
This is probably the most convenient place for public transport in London. Tube, bus, train, bike: less than an hour to all five London international airports. And you're one stop to Paris on the Eurostar - seven minutes walk away!
Other Things to Note
The flat has just been painted and the floors have been sanded. There's a secret table that seats 12. And finally, we have a cleaning lady (cost included) who comes every week too.
Arrival: after 3pm
(Check in/out times can be flexible. Get in touch to discuss.)
Please: no smoking inside the property.
Please, no big parties or noise/music before 9am and after 10pm.
During your stay, please keep the flat and balcony area tidy and clean and take out all rubbish. When leaving, please turn off lights and heaters and leave the flat in the condition you found it.
*Maximum* number of people staying in the flat: 4
Aleks was a fantastic host right from injury through the whole time we stayed in her flat. She was quick and clear with communication no matter where she was in the world. Her tips on the local area were always spot on too. Her flat is central to everything that London has to offer. It is well designed and appointed, we especially enjoyed the sunlight in the living room. If you are visiting London and have the opportunity to stay at Aleks' I would highly recommend you take it.
Had a great time at Aleks' apartment! Everything was clean and ready for us upon arrival. She made obtaining the keys as easy as possible. The apartment was the perfect size for two people and overall, I would definitely recommend this property.
What a delightful apartment in a fantastic location. The place was well appointed and inspiring. Mornings are greeted by a beautiful sunshine that warms the front room and motivates one with the promise of a new day. Being surrounded by books and moments from a life well lived, further the creative spirit. Aleks has provided an experience in London living that is both unique and comfortable. From the well thought out built ins and the delightful decor, one might spend the entire time indoors and enjoy every minute. Being so close to the Underground and trains to Paris and points domestic makes this location ideal for the explorer, business person and romantic. I look forward very much to my next visit. Oh by the way, Aleks is not only a wonderful host, she is a delight. 5 thumbs up, and that is just my left hand.
I had a wonderful time staying in Aleks's absolutely lovely flat in London! It really is an oasis in the middle of a busy city, a quite beautifully cozy and charming place with lots of natural light. Aleks was a wonderful host--although I didn't get a chance to meet her in person, she had everything organized for my arrival and departure and was always quick to respond if I ever had a question. Wonderful experience!
Hi Aleks! we loved stay in your flat! exellent (email hidden)easant and welcoming environment. Thank you for your kindness and for the tips. We'll indicate to our friends for sure. Thank you! In portuguese: Obrigado!
Marta e Geraldo
Fully kitted kitchen, great library, clean and very good location (for us). We were able to arrange pick up of keys with Aleks and found the place with no difficulty. Aleks provided very good written instructions and information on the apartment and the neighbourhood. She was also very accessable by email throughout our stay - very much appreciated, Aleks, thanks.
The place is funky chic with lots of neat stuff from Aleks' (presumed) travel. A fully operational imac provided plenty of entertainment at the end of our sight filled days walking the streets of London. The street is very quiet but well lit. Access is easy by elevator. Lots of shops and restaurants nearby to stock the kitchen. Tube and St Pancras are a 5-10 minute walk.
About the Host, Aleks
Hello! I'm Aleks. I'm originally from the US but have been living in the UK for 20 years. I've been in London for three of those, and absolutely love this city.
I also love this flat! It's so close to The Guardian newspaper offices (in the dynamic and delicious Kings Place venue on Regent's Canal), where I'm the host of Tech Weekly, their technology podcast, and where I write columns and features about the social implications of the web. My first book, published by Guardian Books in April, is called Untangling the Web: What the Internet Is Doing to You.
The flat is also only 20 minutes away from the BBC on Regent's Street, where I go every week to record The Digital Human, a series on Radio 4, about who we are in the digital age.
It's also a 15 minute cycle ride to the LSE, where I'm a Visiting Fellow in the Media and Communications department researching the little things the web assumes about us when we use sites like Google and Facebook. For it, I created something called The Serendipity Engine.
I'm a foodie, and love to cook. You can tell this by the cookware I have in the kitchen :) I am a big fan of the new branch of Caravan in the fabulous Granary Square around the corner, and love the street food revolution that's epitomised by _KERB, which is open around the corner every weekday on Kings Boulevard. My favourite restaurant in London, though, is a vegetarian joint, Mildred's in Soho.
I also love exploring this city, using books like Richard Barrett's Medical Walks of London or Peter Ackroyd's London: A Biography as a guide.
I'm currently in Florence, Italy, working on my next book - a story about my grandmother's life when she was a teenager in the underground army in Poland during WW2.
I'm a voracious traveller; I was born in Malaysia to Polish-American parents, grew up in New Orleans, spent five years living just outside LA (though it's where most of my family still live), went to high school in Washington D.C., and college at Oberlin, in Ohio. I moved to the UK because I fell in love when I was studying abroad in Glasgow, Scotland. That relationship didn't last, but my love for the country remains.
I've lived in Glasgow where I learned to drink beer and eat haggis. I've lived in Leamington Spa near Birmingham in the Midlands where I discovered great curry and the cycle paths and canals that criss cross the country. I lived in Guildford where I got my MSc and PhD in Social Psychology. I've lived in Brighton where I began to play beach volleyball competitively on the national tour. And now, I live in London, where I run on the canal, eat good food, consume local culture and generally love the view.
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