Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Find yourself far from the madding crowds of Kensington and Knightsbridge….
Bright and spacious, with high ceilings and a pretty courtyard garden; a stone's throw from a bustling thoroughfare lined with as many bars, restaurants and boutiques the heart could desire; famous landmarks and museums a short walk from your doorstep; your pick of a triad of well-connected underground stations all conveniently close….sound too good to be true?
Welcome to Cromwell Crescent. Take a step through the private entrance into the luminous luxury of the perfect central London residence. This garden flat really does have it all – from a large semi-open plan reception, dining area and kitchen bathed in natural light, thanks to its partially glazed roof, which leads directly onto a bijou garden – to not only one, but two large double bedrooms, both tastefully and simply furnished, each with its own individual en-suite bathroom.
Living and eating
A large living area, which leads directly out onto a beautifully kept charm of a garden, is a sight for sore eyes, particularly after a hard day's sightseeing. A couple of generous sofas provide soothing comfort for tired limbs, and the large and well-lit kitchen that adjoins it contains everything necessary for whipping up a sustaining meal, or indeed a sophisticated dinner party. This certainly is a room with a view – outside your back door you will discover a miniature Arcadia, wonderful to while away the long summer evenings, host al fresco dinners, or watch the world go by whilst sipping your morning coffee.
Bedrooms and bathrooms
Two roomy and comfortable double bedrooms provide all one could desire – soft neutral décor marries harmoniously with tasteful upholstery in both rooms, and stylish double beds will lull you into sleeping like the proverbial baby. Each bedroom leads onto en-suite bathrooms, complete with bathtubs and shower attachments – you will be spoilt for ablutionary choice!
There is a third guest bathroom located in the hallway of the property, and it also boasts a laundry and considerable storage room in the vaults. This exceptional property truly is a little idyll, ideal for family groups who want to see London from the heart of the action, but also desire some peace and quiet and their own back garden; equally it would suit a couple over in the capital for a romantic break, or a group of friends who want to be able to relax 'at home' as well as be in an excellent situation in terms of enjoying London's gastronomic delights, or who wish to profit from the capital's cultural allures.
Access and Suitability
Located on the lower ground floor, the only steps to contend with are those that lead up from the street into the property. This property is ideal for families, couples, or adult parties.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double beds (2)|
Central London/Zone 1
Originally a small village, Kensington grew up quickly into the cosmopolitan sophistication with which it is synonymous today when William III (William of Orange), wife to Queen Mary, moved his court to Kensington Palace after becoming King following the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Noted for its beautiful and eclectic architecture, from the early 17th century gem that is Kensington Palace itself, to the austere and impressive monuments to Victoriana, like the Natural History Museum, or the Albert Memorial, it is also on the doorstep of the fabulous Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Families will never be short of things to do in this part of London – children will be enthralled by the splendours and curiosities of the Natural History Museum, such as the famous Diplodocus that stands in the hallway, or the great blue whale, and happy walks through the parks can be taken during all seasons, rain or shine.
Very central and cosmopolitan, but also enjoying the luxury of residential tranquility, it is no surprise that writers, artists and actors have always flocked to this part of town. The small side streets and quiet squares which are to be found have been home to myriad great names, such as T.S Eliot and William Makepeace Thackeray (Kensington Square – this is also the place that Isadora Duncan made her debut, in a manner of speaking. Mrs Patrick Campbell, George Bernard Shaw's muse, and the original Eliza Doolittle) lived at number 34 of this square. One moonlit evening, she noticed someone dancing, without a strip of clothing on. It was a cold night, so out she went, and asked the girl who she was and where she came from. Isadora answered that she came from the moon, which Mrs P accepted with equanimity, but nevertheless insisted she come inside. And from this chance – and unusual meeting – Isadora Duncan's dancing career was launched, thanks to Mrs P's connections and enthusiasm.)
Those who love to shop are also in the ideal location: Harrods is down the road, as is Harvey Nichols, and all around you will find wonderful antique shops (including the brilliantly named 'Butchoff', which is at the top of Kensington Church Street, and is well worth a visit, if only for its name) and small boutiques, like Yastik, which sells only cushions. For the epicureans, this area is home to many and various restaurants, bars and pubs, including the Michelin starred Launceston Place, and the Greyhound pub, the favourite London haunt of J.R.R Tolkein. A wonderful farmer's market takes place every Saturday up off Kensington Church Walk, and the Whole Foods Market on High Street Kensington provides all you need for every culinary occasion, as well as being a joy to browse.
For those who want to explore London's less well known but still equally fascinating sights, this area is fabulous too – the Oratory church, (founded by John Henry Newman during the Catholic emancipation of the late 18th and early 19th centuries), on the Cromwell Road, is a beautiful example of neo - Baroque architecture, and is a haven of peace on this busy road. A bit further in towards Knightsbridge, just at the bottom of Kensington Church Street is St Mary Abbots church, the steeple of which is the highest in London, and the place where Beatrix Potter was married.
In terms of access, this is again a very convenient part of town. Within easy walking distance of at least 3 underground stations (Gloucester Road, South Kensington, High Street Kensington) and with bus-stops on every corner, you are within a 15 minute commute of the City and the West End, Chelsea and West London, i.e. Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush.
Kensington is frequently associated with the city's best dressed and well-heeled. As such, it is no surprise that it is notable in particular for its main commercial artery, Kensington High Street, home of the Whole Foods Market flagship store and a vast selection of affordable brand names. Moving westwards takes you to Shepherd's Bush, home of the behemoth Westfield shopping centre, the largest urban mall in Europe. Alighting at the South Kensington tube stop, you begin to understand the area's reputation as the city's heart of high-brow culture. Right next to the station you will find a tightly knit (and well signposted) corridor of museums and galleries, all of which date from the 1851 Great Exhibition, whose profits Prince Albert used to regenerate the area. This includes the V&A, Science and Natural History Museums, as well as the Royal Albert Hall. The beauty of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park adds weight to London's title of most verdant city of its size in the world.
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