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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 London;St Paul's Cathedral) and 22 minutes to Charing Cross (within walking distance of Trafalgar Square; The National Gallery and Portrait Gallery; Horseguards Parade (for the spectacular Horse mounted Changing of the Guard);10 Downing Street;Big Ben;Houses of Parliament;Westminster Abbey;Buckingham Palace and Tate Britain).
Ladywell 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 cafes and restaurants.There is a French Patisserie/cafe on the corner by the station with great croissants and Oscars, a little independent 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, The Village café, 251 Algernon Rd, SE13 7AG, 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". The place is anything but greasy, however, just a little old-fashioned, in a charming, quaint sort of way, and has been written about favourably in several blogs. Check out The London Review of Breakfasts online. The tea comes in a good sized mug!
Next door is the Post Office, useful for sending your overweight items home by post. Next to that a florist, which adds to the village character, then next again, a Turkish barbershop who do a mean men's haircut for £9. Beside that is a traditional English Bakery for fresh bread (they also do great sandwiches).
In Ladywell Road itself, there is, beside the Patisserie, a posh hairdresser called Geddes. The Larder dDeli sells a selection of delicious treats and organic products including veg, cheeses etc, which is great for making up an impromptu meal, or putting together an amazing picnic. 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, (Ladywell Kebab and Steak House), open quite late for souvlaki/kebab/grilled meats in a pitta. Also for takeaway, is the Ladywell Fish Bar, for amongst other things, traditional English Fish and Chips. No visitor from abroad should miss out on this. Recently, a small independent butcher has opened, which again, adds to the village feel. There are several small grocers which stay open until at least 10pm in the evenings for more general purchases including food, toiletries, and a newsagent. There is also an independent dry-cleaner, super-friendly and helpful. A couple of minutes walk in the other direction is a small supermarket, Tesco Express (262 High Street, SE13 6AD) which has pretty much everything from food to toiletries to wines and beers. And that’s just Ladywell. Lewisham is a four minute walk and has endless restaurants, cafes and shops, not to mention the amazing Street market. Then check out this blog:
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 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. Please note that smoking is not allowed inside the house, only in the garden.
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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.