About this listing
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.
About the Host, Sarah
“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.