About this listing
Super comfortable double bed. Two shared bathrooms between three rooms. Strong wifi included. Incredible fast travel to Central London 16 mins to London Bridge (Tower of London etc) 22 mins Charing X (Big Ben etc).
Located very close to Greenwich and Blackheath, this lovely bright room has a very comfortable double bed and a large flatscreen TV. There is plenty of storage. Downstairs is a Shower room with power shower, which is shared with two others and also a bathroom. The room has an iron/ironing board and kettle for tea/coffee and a hairdrier. There are electric adaptors for anyone with foreign plugs, shoe brushing kit and luggage scales, so you don't need to pack any of this. There is wireless broadband and a clock radio/iPod dock/charger are also included. Fresh towels are provided (free of charge) although some people prefer to use their own. For anyone traveling "super light" with hand luggage only, I can provide shampoo/shower gel/toothpaste etc, so all you have to bring is your toothbrush. Please request this in advance. There is a "help yourself" breakfast of cereal, toast and tea/ coffee included in the price. As I am a professional opera singer, and antique dealer, you will be sharing my house with a grand piano (you may hear it occasionally) and some really nice antiques. Please note that there is no smoking in the house, but you are welcome to smoke in the garden. There is a microwave for you to heat up meals if you prefer not to eat out all the time. Travel is amazing - Ladywell station is moments away, with London Bridge only 16 mins (with its connections to the underground system) and Charing Cross or Cannon St only 22 mins. The DLR is one stop away at Lewisham. Greenwich is a seven-minute bus ride, and the DLR will take you to Stratford in less than half an hour. There are loads of night buses too for those late nights! There is free parking in the nearby roads, As I work full time, I can't always be at home for your arrival, but if I'm not, I can leave you a key outside, as there is a key safe. Full instructions will be given after booking is confirmed. I am looking forward to making you welcome! I also have another room available, so check it out too - the heading is "Well located comfortable charm" https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/334310 I look forward to welcoming you!
Wifi is super fast, and included in the price you pay. There are two bathrooms shared between three rooms, so there is never a problem with access. One has a shower and one has a bath, both have basins and toilets. You help yourself to the breakfast, as I work quite long hours, , but this means you can have it at a time to suit yourself, should you have had a late night. The kitchen has a microwave, if you want to heat up meals at other times. There is a garden, and I occasionally have smokers, who are permitted to smoke in the garden, but not in the house.
Interaction with Guests
I am always very happy to chat to guests, and to help them plan their trips in London. As I have lived here for over 25 years, I know all the insider tips about the quickest way to travel around, and I can help you plan your day. If you tell me the principal attraction that you want to see, I will be happy to tell you what else is in the same or nearby areas, meaning you can concentrate you day with seeing things that are close to each other, rather than traveling across London and spending lots of time on public transport. I do work long hours so please be understanding if I am out at work, but if I am around, I give of my time willingly - does that sound fair?
Ladywell Village is just that - a little village located within Central London. It has a very unique character, but it only takes 16 minutes to get to London Bridge (for Tate modern/Tower Bridge/Globe Theatre/The Tower of Lndon/St Paul's Cathedral) and 22 minutes to Charing Cross (for Trafalgar Square/10 Downing Street/Big Ben/Houses of Parliament/Westminster Abbey/Buckingham Palace). The station is less than 2 minutes walk, and the village itself has a lovely feel and some really great shops. Probably of most interest to visitors are the two cafes.There is a Frech Pattiserie/cafe on the corner by the station with great croissants and Oscars, a little independat cafe with a tiny garden, where the German lady owner bakes all her own delicious cakes and great coffee. There is also a traditional English cafe, known locally in London as a "Greasy spoon", where you can sample the traditional English breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausages, grilled tomato, baked beans, fried bread, etc known as a "Full English". A post Office for sendin(website hidden). A florist. A tradtional English Bakery for fresh bread (they also do great sandwiches. There is a posh hairdresser and a Turkish barbershop who do a mean men's haircut for £9. There is a wonderful English Pub, The Ladywell tavern where you can sample English ale and continental Lager and they do really fab home-made burgers (with optional home-made chips). Chips are a larger version of French-Fries - home-made and hand cut. What some countries call chips, we call crisps, which are available in all pubs also. There is the Ladywell Tandoori, which does great Indian food, and a Greek/Turkish takeaway, open quite late for souvlaki/ kebab/grilled meats in a pitta. There are several small grocers which stay open until at least 10pm in the evenings for more general puchases including food, toiletries, and a newsagent. There is also an independant dry-cleaner, super-friendly and helpful. Then check out this link:(website hidden)
Public transport in London is absolutely excellent, and I chose to buy in Ladywell because of the amazing transport links. I work in central London, so a super fast route is essential to me. A word about trains versus tubes. In North London, most of the transportation is underground, in South London, which is less crowded, it is mostly overground. All the lines connect to each other, so just think of it all as one system. My house is so near the station you will be amazed - I can run there is 55 seconds, or walk in under 2 minutes. There are four trains per hour into London (roughly every 15 minutes). Two go direct to Charing Cross, and the fast ones go direct from Ladywell to London Bridge. This is amazing travel for such a huge city. The other two per hour go to cannon Street in the City of London. You just take whichever train comes first. If it is a Cannon Street train, you change at London Bridge, and either cross to platform 6, where there is a train to Charing cross every 2 to 3 minutes, or descend to the underground, where you can take the Jubilee or Northern lines. From here you can get pretty much anywhere you want. I should also mention buses, which are frequent and fast from Ladywell. With an oystercard you can take all buses, anywhere you wish. I always feel you see a lot more of the city from a bus, so woud recommend trying this option. There are also loads of night buses after midnight when the tubes and trains stop, and they are fast and efficient. You can take the N47 from Charing Cross to the bottom of Ladywell road. They run frequently throughout the night, and hardly take longer than the train, so you need never worry about getting home after a late night. From the nearby station of Lewisham you can get on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which goes to East London, Canary Wharf, London City Airport and Bank, which is useful for getting into London by a slightly different route. From New Cross, there is also an overground line which goes North to places like Shadwell. The easiest way to work out your route is the London Transport website (website hidden). You just type in my postcode, SE13 7UT, and where you want to go, and it will give you every option available to choose from.
I expect my guests to be quiet and respectful, but this has never been a problem so far. Obviously I'd like the room to be left nice and tidy, ready for cleaning. The kitchen is available for breakfast, and there is a microwave in the kitchen, so that you can heat up meals, as it's no fun to eat out all the time. You also have a kettle in the room. I want to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, so If there is anything that you need, or want to know, you only need to ask
Nous avons passé un merveilleux week-end chez Allan.
La maison est coquette et très confortable, elle idéalement située.
Allan est très accueillant, disponible et à notre écoute.
Nous nous sommes senties vraiment comme à la maison.
C'est une première expérience airbnb réussie. Nous espérons pouvoir y retourner.
Merci Beaucoup Allan.
We had an amazing time in Allan's place. The description is very accurate and it definitely meets the expectations Allan sets with his very informative profile. We met on the second day of our stay and had a lovely chat. I really loved the feeling of being home once you get into your room. Also everything is easily laid within reach and easy to access.
Thanks to Allan we had very valuable advice on where to go, what to see, how to get there and even a guide book! I would definitely highly recommend staying here. It is a much richer experience than staying in a hotel and quality is easily matched.
Que dire de plus que les autres commentaires ne disent pas déjà ? Nous avons passé une super semaine chez Allan, ce dernier a été plus que sympathique et nous nous sommes senti chez nous dès le premier jour ! N'hésitez pas à lui demander conseil, il connait toutes les astuces pour visiter Londres, il pourra d'ailleurs vous répondre en anglais, français, ou même italien pour ceux que ça tente ! La chambre correspond exactement à ce qu'on peut voir sur les photos, elle est bien décorée et le lit est super confortable, le wifi marchait très bien, et bien sûr on pouvait utiliser la cuisine comme on le voulait à condition de nettoyer après, ce qui est un plus quand on a un budget serré !
La maison en elle même est facile à trouver et bien située, un centre commercial à 10 minutes à pieds et un Tesco à 5 minutes.
Bien qu'elle soit ne soit pas dans le centre de Londres, on peut être à London Bridge ou à Waterloo en 10 minutes avec les trains de la SouthEastern (qui sont compatibles avec l'Oyster Card).
En conclusion une super première expérience AirBnB !
We really had a pleasant stay in our accommodation. Unfortunately we couldn't meet Allan because he was in foreign countries because of his Job. But everything was perfect. It was very clean. Although the House is right next to the road it really is calm at night. Allans house is not located directly in the centre of london but you just have a 2minute walk to the next rail station.
If we come to London again, we'll try to stay there one more Time!
We loved Allan's home! Great location, comfortable room and bed. Great wifi, nice kitchen available with a beautiful garden to enjoy! Overall wonderful stay and we would definitely return!!
Der Aufenthalt bei Allan war einfach super. Das Zimmer ist genau wie beschrieben und wie auf den Bildern dargestellt. Er selbst war leider nicht anwesend, dafür seine Mitbewohnerin Jill, die ebenfalls supernett ist und mit der man sich gut unterhalten kann. Das Frühstück war ausreichend und typisch englisch. Die Anbindung an die Innenstadt geht kaum besser, in 20 Minuten ist man an der Station London Bridge, von der aus man alle wichtigen Anlaufpunkte für Touristen erreichen kann. Die Kommunikation mit Allan über Airbnb war jederzeit super und man bekommt im Vorfeld alle wichtigen Infos. Insgesamt kann ich Allan als Gastgeber nur weiterempfehlen!
I had a lovely staying at Allan's place. The room was big enough, clean and the bed was very comfortable. The kettle inside the room with coffee/tea was a huge plus for my wife as she can not speak in the mornings without drinking a coffee first. The house is located in a quiet and lovely area. Within 4-5 min walk you have pubs, restaurants and grocery stores. There is also a nice park right across the street.
Although we did not get the chance to meet, the communication was very fast and easy, Allan giving me all the needed details for my accomodation.
One thing to take into account: if you travel during weekends have a check on-line and see if there are any tube lines or stations closed as this often happens.
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About the Host, Allan
I am a professional opera singer and singing teacher, and I run my own antiques business specialising in silver, glass and jewellery. I once trained as a chef, and love cooking. I have a garden, which is a real passion also. My interests also run to art and interior design, and I have just finished refurbishing a flat that I own in Glasgow, Scotland. I am an avid reader, I like to meet people, and entertain, and I speak fluent french and Italian.