I am a filmmaker and screenwriter, interested in visual arts and all that jazz, and have lived in London all my life.
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Tessa was a fantastic host. Her apartment was a great choice while I got on my feet in London: it was so centrally located, grocery store across the street, a friendly local pub on the corner, and a great street market during the week. Tessa is an excellent tour guide as she will give you both the scenic or the most direct route to get somewhere. I felt comfortable enough in Tessa's home to have a night in watching tv, or just having a chat with her when she was around. Her warm, friendly and welcoming nature made for a great stay.
Tessa is a very friendly host, she can give you lots of tips if you want to go out or if you need to find something. The flat is located about 25min by Tube from the very central London like leicester, or it's a 45min walk if you miss the last Tube. The area is very good, with a supermarket right opposite the flat, some Pub, Hairdresser, Restaurant are in the street. From Monday to Friday there is even a "food market" where you can eat food from everywhere! Very good experience!!
Tess was very kind, helpful, and good natured. Her write up is spot on, there should be no surprises. I will return when travel permits.
I really enjoyed my stay at Tess' cozy apartment in central London! The apartment is just the same as you can see on the photos - it felt like a second home away from home! I stayed for a couple of weeks and Tess is just amazing - she is a very friendly, kind and cooperative person that helps you when you have any questions. I loved my time at her flat and already miss the chats with Tess and the comfortable mattress - I really recommend going there and would love to come back!!!
I really enjoyed my ten day stay at Tessa's place. Tessa is a fantastic host - very easy to talk to and does a great job of making you feel at home in the bustling metropolis of London. She is a very keen observer of people, history, popular culture, etc. and has a great sense of humor about all of those things. The apartment is tucked away on a quiet side street in the Barbican - very close to a Waitrose, some good kebab/doner places and a 15-20 minute walk from Brick Lane/Spitalfields markets. It's a charming flat and the room was smartly appointed, so I had plenty of space for all of my things. I quickly settled into a sunset ritual of biscuits and tea while watching Antiques Roadshow on BBC One, which I found to be an acceptable way to mourn the premature loss of sunlight at 4:15pm. For the more adventurous, there are a number of nice pubs nearby to get a pint. I highly recommend Tessa's spot as a home base in London!
We had an excellent stay. The appartment was very nice and well located. And Tessa is a wonderful host (she even helped us with tips about good restaurants, places to see, exhibitions, ...). You can book her flat without hesitation !
My second stay with Tess was as lovely as the first one.
Thank you so much Tess for opening your place for this possibility!
I enjoyed it even more, since it was like visiting an old friend and everything in the apartment was already familiar and had the same great quality as before, plus the discovery of the "apparatus" for indulging in morning lattes.
Tess has a true talent for hosting, but also a great personality for it. She is a very happy person and it is a pleasure to have someone like her for a host, whose smile lights up the room when you come back to your "home" in London. She also surprised me with a book from her library that I could not resist reading, even though all of London was waiting to be discovered! I am full of gratitude for meeting her,
I really recommend this place! Tessa is amazing, helped me everytime I've needed. When I come back to London I'd like to stay in her house again. Thank you Tessa!
I stayed at Tessa's for a few weeks. Although the room is not big, it was for me the perfect place to stay: central, quiet, non smoking and clean. Tessa is great, she will ALWAYS find a solution to your problem, or an answer to your question. Cherry on the cake: she is a very interesting person. To make it short, I just loved her and her place. :-*.
So you please go to her place, ok, but do leave it free for when I'll have to go back ;-). All the best and enjoy your stay!
Tess is a wonderful woman! I loved staying in her lovely flat. And you will too! Room: comfortable bed, perfect room for 1 person, artistic and fun. Pillows are sooooo good! Flat: 5th floor walk up (good cardio) in a great location! Well thought out flat. Ability to do laundry was a major bonus! This artistic residence made me feel very relaxed and inspired creativity! Area: Close to tube and bus routes. Weekday lunch market a block away was excellent! Quiet area of London on the weekends which allows you to really rest. Host: Tess is a doll! Helpful, personable, kind. I hope to stay here again!
Tessa and her partner were charming, considerate guests who left their room immaculate!
I was very happy to have them hosted.
I stayed with Tess for a week in January 2012 (before she was on AirBNB - hence the reference instead of a review). She's an excellent hostess, very easy to talk with and she knows a lot about the area having lived here her whole life. The flat is very nice as well - the twin bed is quite comfortable and there's plenty of space to relax. The views are also very good. The location is outstanding with lots of big sites withing walking distance, and easy tube/bus access. The food market that pops up every weekday is great for lunch too. I'd definitely recommend Tess and her flat!
I got to know Tess through a friend during my first trip to London in December 2011. My boyfriend and I actually stayed with her at the apartment for 10 days and it was wonderful! Tess is a great person, warm and kind. And an excellent host at that. Before our arrival, she prepared an itinerary for us complete with directions and recommendations enough to occupy our stay! Feel free to ask her for tips and suggestions for things to do in London, she knows it all! (: The apartment itself is very cozy and quaint, plus you'll get a good workout twice a day! We had a great stay with Tess and we're sure you will too!
I have known Tessa for at least 12 years,and she has been and is a very loyal and trust worthy and good friend.I highly recommend Tessa,great personality and great to chat with.She has lived in London all her life so she is very informative about places and things to do in the big city.