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Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

The space

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!

Guest access

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.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
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House Rules

Arrival: after 3pm
Departure: noon
(Check in/out times can be flexible. Get in touch to discuss.)

Please: no smoking inside the property.
No pets.

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.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit

7 nights minimum stay

12 Reviews

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Devon User Profile
July 2015
Words cannot express how wonderful Aleks is as a host. From the time I booked my stay until I left the apartment, she was terrific. Though she was out of town while I was in London, she was available to help or answer questions. I met Gorette though and she was so sweet! As for my stay-- I was in London for 2 weeks to conduct research for my dissertation. The location is very well situated and easy to walk to the British Library and the libraries at the University of London. It's also a few minutes from the King's Cross tube station. I never felt unsafe, which is important when you're traveling alone. The apartment was great! I loved the aesthetic! I instantly felt at home. Everything was clean and comfortable. The only negative-- I wasn't able to stay longer. I would absolutely recommend staying here!!

Jenny User Profile
July 2015
We were welcomed warmly by the host's assistant who gave us a quick review of the place. The neighborhood is well located and is quiet with the exception of a weekend party nearby. The photos of the condo were totally different from what we got. We were told the condo was being renovated - to be completed prior to our arrival, but this was not the case. The living room shelves were mainly empty, the mirror was on the floor outside of the bathroom door, a chair was broken, the rug and the television were non-existent. The bedroom shelving, adjacent to the bed, had open wiring and the wall stained with coffee. The heater element - aka alien spaceship - was not enclosed making the bedroom fairly warm for sleep. The kitchen faucet is very sensitive, easily spraying the counter and clothing. The kitchen refrigerator was dirty with mold in several spots. The shower did not have a plastic mat - needed since the shower is in a slippery tub. The main bathroom and the kitchen did not have trash cans.

Maria User Profile
June 2015
Aleks's flat is fantastic. I spent a great week there - such a perfect location for sightseeing in London, without the noise of the more touristy areas. Very well equipped kitchen and a bright cosy living room with great views out to the Shard and St. Paul's. Lovely bedroom with lots of storage and great lighting. Would love to stay there again!
Aleks User Profile
Response from Aleks:
Thanks Maria - so glad you were able to enjoy the place while we were away, and thanks for being flexible with the amenities change!
June 2015

Charlotte User Profile
April 2014
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.

Michael User Profile
January 2014
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.

Todd User Profile
December 2013
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. T

Vladimir User Profile
August 2013
The flat is nice, clean and well equipped. It is situated in near small street in a silent area but in 15 minutes walk to the centre. We really loved Aleks! She was very nice to us! I highly recommend the place!

London, United Kingdom · Joined in November 2012
Aleks User Profile

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.

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