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.
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
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
Hello! I'm Aleks. I'm originally from the US but lived in the UK for 20 years. I was 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 was the host of Tech Weekly, their technology podcast, for eight years, and where I have written columns and features about the social implications of the web. My first book was published by Guardian Books in 2013, and 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 you can hear 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 was a Visiting Fellow in the Media and Communications department researching the little things the web assumes about us when we use sites like and . 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 Los Angeles, working on my podcasting empire (Pillowfort Production), and also 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 I lived in London, where I ran on the canal, ate good food, consumed local culture and generally loved the view. I've also done stints in Florence, Italy and Paris, France. Next up: Paris again. Or Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. Who knows? The world is our oyster.