Come and stay in my unique London townhouse. A piece of history in trendy Bermondsey, the house dates back to the 1790s. It is ideally situated for the City, West End and Canary Wharf, so makes a great base for sight-seeing, holidays and week-end breaks and is also convenient for those visiting or working in London’s business districts.
(Before booking the flat, please read the house rules to make sure the apartment suits your needs.)
You will have the entire top floor (2nd floor) of the house (70m2/750 sq. ft) to yourselves. You just share the front door to the house and the stairs. It should feel a bit like staying in a boutique aparthotel! Completely refurbished, but at the same time retaining the original period features, the flat sleeps four people comfortably.
There are two double bedrooms which can be made up with superking size double beds or twin beds as required.
The rear bedroom has a lovely sunny south facing balcony overlooking the gardens below, which is perfect for taking breakfast on or catching the last rays of sun with an early evening drink in summer.
All the beds are new and have pocket-sprung mattresses which should give you a fantastic night's sleep.
The new bathroom is equipped with a bath and shower, soaps, shampoo and towels. The heated towel rail means that the bathroom is always cosy and that your towels are warm and dry.
You have exclusive use of a large, well-equipped, open-plan kitchen/living room with brand new 32 inch television, dishwasher, fridge, gas/electric cooker and oven as well as a stylish and incredibly comfortable sofa to relax on after a hard day’s sight-seeing.
You also have free wifi access.
The flat has its own central-heating system which you can switch on or off as needed. Each radiator has a thermostat meaning that you can control the temperature of every room individually.
I am usually around, a floor or two below, to give advice on places to eat and shop, and to answer any questions you might have. At the same time, you are totally independent on your own floor and can make yourselves completely at home, cook dinner, watch TV or just chill with a book or magazine.
In addition to the above, the flat has a hair dryer, toaster, kettle, iron and ironing board. There is no washing machine in the flat, however, for guests staying longer than 1 week, it is possible to use my washing machine which can be found on the lower ground floor. There is no dryer but I can provide airers for hanging your washing on in the flat. Just ask!
EATING AND DRINKING
You have lots of choice when it comes to places to eat nearby, from “Manze’s”, London’s oldest surviving eel and pie shop, to the famous “Pont de la Tour” with its amazing views of the river and Tower Bridge. You’ll find the award winning Italian restaurant, “Zucca”, and acclaimed tapas bars, “Jose” and "Pizarro", on fashionable Bermondsey Street as well as many other great restaurants, cafes and pubs.
For one of the most exciting views in London, why not go for cocktails in the Atrium Bar on the 31st floor of The Shard? On the other hand, if you prefer to eat at home but are too tired to cook, there’s a fish and chip shop opposite the house. The portions are huge! Or if you like your food a bit spicier, there’s an excellent Indian takeaway just along the street.
You have your own well-equipped kitchen which means that you can cater for yourselves. Borough Market, known as “London’s larder”, is in walking distance and comes to life from Wednesday to Saturday. Here you can find everything from the most delicious British cheeses to fresh fish and game. Other great places to shop for food nearby include the markets on Maltby Street, Spa Terminus and Bermondsey Square which are held on Saturday mornings, all three of which are just a 5 minute walk away. If all that shopping has made you thirsty, you can stop off for a glass or two of natural wine at “40 Maltby Street” and enjoy some delicious seasonal food at the same time. They also sell reasonably priced bottles to take away.
SEE THE SIGHTS
Take a stroll along the banks of the Thames to Tate Modern and Shakepeare’s Globe Theatre, or visit White Cube on Bermondsey Street, the biggest private contemporary art space in Europe. Find out how it feels to look down on London from the tallest building in Europe, The Shard, which has recently opened to the public and is a short walk away at London Bridge.
If you are after some traditional sight-seeing, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London are close by, or take a boat trip down the Thames to historic Greenwich or upstream to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
Buses stop every few minutes just in front of the house
The Number 1 takes you to the West End and its theatres and shops in 20 - 30 minutes. It also runs every 30 minutes throughout the night.
The 78 goes to super-trendy Shoreditch and London's main business quarter, the City, via Tower Bridge (10 minutes) and Liverpool Street station (20 minutes).
Bermondsey underground station is on the Jubilee line and is a 10 minute walk away. It’s just two stops to the business district of Canary Wharf, four stops to Westminster and six stops to Bond Street which can be reached door to door from the house in about 30 minutes.
BED LINEN AND CLEANING
Bed linen and towels are provided. Weekly cleaning and linen change for stays of over a week.
I'm afraid that no extra guests can be accommodated. The maximum number of people who can stay at one time is 4.
*** If the dates you need are already booked, I have a lovely, newly renovated, studio apartment to rent at the same address which sleeps two people - either one superking bed or twin singles, as required. You can find it on airbnb at: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1088930 ***
IMPORTANT: The maximum number of guests allowed is 4 in total. No extra guests can be accommodated.
Not suitable for children under 8
Well behaved, small dogs accepted but must not be left alone. (There is a small park across the road for dog walking)
No deep-frying please
No overnight guests unless agreed in advance
Try and keep the noise down after 11pm. Other people sleep in the building and may need to get up for work.
Please keep the front door double locked at all times.
Let me know within 24 hours of checking in if you find anything damaged or not working.
Please contact me if you break, spill or damage anything during your stay. Don't leave it until you check out to tell me.
I love my house and hope you will too. Please treat it with the respect it deserves.
Sarah est une personne trės sympathique et trės serviable.l'appartement trės propre,est prės de toutes les commodités .2 lignes de bus a 20 mètres et la ligne de metro a 15 petites minutes de marche.Nous avons passé un excellent séjour .Merci encore pour votre gentillesse.
Our holiday in London at Sarah’s home was very pleasant.
The apartment is comfortable, functional and very clean, equipped with everything that you could need. Sarah is precise and organised, kind and helpful, giving us information and useful advice in spite of our linguistic limits!
The neighbourhood is calm with good pubs where you can eat and supermarkets that are open until late in the evening to do the shopping. The two extremely convenient bus stops on the street below the apartment allow easy access to the different areas of the city, as well as its tube stations.
We’d love to return!
This is our second stay at Sarah's flat and yet again it did not disappoint. Sarah is a wonderful host and the flat is impeccably maintained. It is in a perfect location and the area is very quiet with excellent amenities. We are already planning our next trip to London and would definitely stay at Sarah's flat.
Sarah is a really good host and we had a great stay at her beautiful London house.
She gave us clear directions to the house and once in London she was also really welcoming and helpful. She showed us around the house personally, answered all of our questions and even gave us tips on how to get to different tourist attractions. She also kept our luggage for a few hours after we had checked out, so we could enjoy our last day in London without having to carry our bags around.
The apartment on the top floor of her house is very cosy and clean. It looks exactly as it does in the pictures and we found everything we needed there.
The rooms are nice and comfortable and the kitchen is really functional. We also loved relaxing on the comfy couch after a long day of shopping and sightseeing.
The flat accommodates four people comfortably and it’s really convenient for its central location. It’s also well connected with several bus routes and not far from London Bridge train station (which connects well with Gatwick Airport).
We would stay in Sarah’s house again if we came back to London.
Sarah es muy buena anfitriona y estuvimos muy a gusto en su casa de Londres.
Nos explicó muy bien cómo llegar. Una vez allí nos enseñó la casa, nos explicó todo y nos dio algunos consejos y recomendaciones sobre cosas que ver y sobre transporte.
También nos guardó el equipaje después de dejar la casa para pudiéramos disfrutar del último día en Londres sin tener que llevarnos las maletas a todas partes.
El apartamento está en la parte de arriba de su casa, es independiente y está muy bien. Es igual que en las fotos y tiene todo lo que necesitas. Las habitaciones son bonitas y cómodas, la cocina es muy práctica y la verdad es que el saloncito está muy bien para descansar un rato después de un largo día de compras y de pasear por Londres.
El apartamento está bien para cuatro personas, es muy céntrico y está bien comunicado con varias líneas de autobús en la misma puerta. También está bastante cerca de la estación de London Bridge, desde donde es fácil ir y venir del aeropuerto de Gatwick.
Repetiríamos en esta casa sin dudar.
Un grand merci à Sarah. Nous vous remercions de nous avoir accueillis dans votre maison. L’appartement est très spacieux, agréable et fidèle à la description qui a en été faite.
Merci de nous avoir donné de précieux conseils pour séjourner dans votre ville. Nous avons passé un excellent séjour, intéressant et enrichissant.
François / Isabelle
Mathieu / Anais
Nice stay and a very nice host. Lovely appartment in a quiet neighbourghood. I Can fully recommend the place. Easy to take the bus, which stops in front of the house. We might be back another time.
The appartment is located very central, all the public transports were fast reachable. The flat was very cosy and clean and we really loved the beds :). Sarah is an excellent host and if we had any questions she helped us every time. The next time when we will visit London we will come back! :)
Lovely regards from Lina & Famliy
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“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”, so said the 18th century Londoner, Samuel Johnson. I love London and its history and traditions, but it is also constantly changing which is what makes it such an exciting place to live. There is always something new to experience whether it’s the highest building in Europe blocking out the skyline (aka The Shard) or some delicious natural wines to taste at the wonderful “40 Maltby St” under the railway arches just a few streets away. Although I love to travel, and I even spent six years living in France where I return regularly, I’m always happy to come back to my home city. I’m looking forward to passing on some local knowledge as well as tapping into the Airbnb network on my next holidays.