Spacious apt nr British Museum
About the home
John St is in the historic area of Bloomsbury, a quiet corner of Central London. You're in the heart of London but away from the crowds. Nearest tube stations are Russell Square (6 min walk) and Chancery Lane (7 mins), but you'll often find it as quick to walk to many of the main attractions. The British Museum is a 10 min walk and Charles Dickens' House (he wrote Oliver Twist here), is 1 minute away. London's West End with its fabulous shopping (Oxford St, Regent St), theatres, art galleries and landmarks (Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben) is close by. Covent Garden with its street theatre, opera house and shopping Piazza is an easy walk. Heading East, you can stroll around the City of London, Europe's financial centre with its famous buildings (St Paul's Cathedral, the Gherkin, Tower of London, Wren churches, Tower Bridge). If you are not visiting London for pure pleasure, John St is close to Great Ormond Street Hospital, National Neurological & Neurosurgery Hospital, University College London, Kings College, London School of Economics, the British Library & the Law Courts.
The apartment occupies the top two floors of a Georgian house in Bloomsbury that was built in the 1790s. The apartment offers all the luxuries of a modern home, including a fully-equipped kitchen (washer/drier for clothes, dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer plus lots of pots, pans and utensils for cooking), spacious living area, two bedrooms and modern bathroom. The living room has two sofas, satellite TV and dvd player, plus a bookshelf stuffed with books which feature London, guidebooks for London, maps of London for you to take out with you, dvds, toys for young children and games. Large windows with Georgian wooden shutters look out to the historic street below. The adjoining kitchen is spacious, well-equipped and has a dining table and six chairs.
A short but steep flight of stairs leads up to two bedrooms and a bathroom. The bathroom has a bath, separate power-shower, basin with mirror, toilet and a smart black and white tiled floor and heated towel rail. The large master bedroom has a king-size double bed and a single bed with large wardrobe, feature mirror and Victorian chest of drawers. The second bedroom has two single beds (adult sized) with Victorian chest of drawers, hanging space for clothes and mirror. Both bedrooms have 'black-out' blinds so that you are not woken by early morning sun. A cot and highchair are available on request. Bed linen and towels included. A hairdryer, an iron and ironing board are provided. This is an ideal holiday home for a family or couples looking to explore London from a central base.
It is a six minute walk from Russell Square tube station (subway) or Chancery Lane tube station. We will send you full directions and a map of Bloomsbury when you book.
Getting Here - Air: It is an easy journey from London Heathrow to John St, as the local tube (subway or underground) station runs directly to the airport. From there it's a 6 minute walk to the apartment. From other London airports (Gatwick, Stansted, Luton or City airports), you can take the train into the centre of London and make a short tube or taxi journey to the apartment. Let us know which airport you fly into and we will send you full directions when you book.
Getting Here - Rail: John St is a fifteen minute walk from the mainline stations, Kings Cross and St Pancras International where the Eurostar service from Paris and Brussells now departs. Euston Station is a few minutes further away. It is a short bus ride from London Bridge and Waterloo stations. Paddington is a tube ride away.
No hidden extras: Price quoted includes VAT (sales tax), bed linen, towels and cleaning. There are no hidden extras to pay.
If you have any questions about the apartment, the local area or London generally, please get in touch by email or phone.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 10m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 5, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
Further details indoors:
The apartment occupies the second and third floors of a Georgian house in Bloomsbury. Although the house was built in the 1790s, it has been refurbished to a high standard and now boasts all the luxuries of a modern home, including a fully-equipped kitchen (washer/drier for clothes, dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer), satellite TV and DVD player, power shower and modern bathroom. There is a large living room (with toys for young children and books and games) with two sofas, a kitchen with dining table and five chairs and upstairs, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The large master bedroom has a king-size double bed and a single bed. The second bedroom has two single beds. A cot (baby's crib) and highchair are available on request. Linen and towels included. Hairdryer, iron and ironing board available. Speakers suitable for MP3 players.
Further details outdoors:
There is no outside space with this property, but for children, the excellent Coram's Fields is moments away. This park only admits adults if they are accompanied by a child. It has swings, slides and climbing frames for all ages, a sand-pit, farm animals and astro-turf football pitches, all free for kids. For adults, London is full of parks and gardens, but Russell Square with its fountain, newly restored gardens and cafe is a good place for a rest from London's fast-paced lifestyle.
Price includes VAT (sales tax), final cleaning, wi-fi and bed and bath linen. There is nothing extra to pay. We accept cheques, PayPal and credit cards. To secure your booking please pay a 20% deposit. Full payment is due two months before your stay begins.
You can check in to the apartment at 2pm on the first day of your stay. If you plan to arrive earlier, please let us know when you book and if we can have the property ready earlier, we will do everything we can to allow you to move in at an earlier time. If it is not ready, there is a secure place for you to leave luggage and a bathroom that you can use.
On the day of departure, please leave before 10am. This can sometimes be extended if we have no one else arriving that day, but do let us know when you book.
Please do not smoke in the property.
The apartment is on the second and third floors and there is no lift or disabled access.
Internet access is WiFi. You will need to bring your laptop to access the Internet. The network is password protected and the passwords are in the black information folder in the living room. This folder
contains information about the property and a short guide to the local area and its shops, restaurants, transport links and facilities. If you would like a copy of this local guide before you arrive, just ask and it can be emailed to you.
The South East England / London region
With 7m people speaking 300 languages, London offers something for everyone. It offers you world class attractions such as the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, London Eye and the British Museum which is very close to this apartment. Or you can go shopping in Oxford Street, Bond St, Carnaby Street, Regent Street, Knightsbridge, Covent Garden, trendy Camden Market (a must for teenagers and 20somethings) or the Portobello Road antiques market in Notting Hill. There is an ever changing variety of things to do in London; art galleries, theatres, clubs, rock and pop concerts, classical music performances, jazz clubs, comedy clubs, cinema, sporting events (the Emirates stadium where Arsenal play football is a bus ride away in nearby Islington). The apartment has a small collection of guide books and restaurant guides to help you get the most out of your stay in central London plus some novels that are set in London.
The Central London/Zone 1 area
London is always changing and in summer 2013, the Olympic Park will re-open with a fanfare of public events and the 120 metre Orbit sculpture will be open again to visitors. The cable cars across the River Thames opened in summer 2012 and you can now walk across The O2 Stadium (formerly the Millennium Dome) in North Greenwich (great for the adventurous over-10s but not so good if you don't like heights!). But if you would like to stay local to John Street, you can spend a quiet afternoon wandering around the garden squares of Georgian Bloomsbury, where Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury set once lived, browsing in the small shops in the charming Lambs Conduit Street, having a drink in a Victorian pub (The Lamb is good). There are lots of restaurants and cafes within a ten minute walk of the apartment to suit all budgets and tastes. Or you can walk east to the off-beat district of Clerkenwell (stop and look at the medieval St John's Gate) where there are many more restaurants plus quirky shops in Exmouth Market. On a fine day a walk by the River Thames can offer great views of London; from St Paul's Cathedral you can cross the Millennium Bridge and along the South Bank take in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tate Modern art gallery, a second hand book market, the National Theatre, Festival Hall, London Eye and Lambeth Palace. Then you are at Westminster Bridge, so view the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben from across the river and stroll up Whitehall, past Downing Street to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery or the National Portrait Gallery. If you are coming to London on business, John Street is a short journey to the City and also to the West End. For academics, the British Library, University College London, Kings College and the London School of Economics are close by. For lawyers, the Royal Courts of Justice and Lincolns Inn are a 20 min walk and Grays Inn is at the end of our road. The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, London Homeopathic Hospital and the Eastman Hospital are within a short walking distance.
How to get there
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The apartment is one hour away from the airports of London Heathrow, Luton, Gatwick, Stansted and City Airport. It is a fifteen minute walk (5 mins in a taxi) from Kings Cross Station and St Pancras International Station which has Eurostar services to Paris and Brussels. Euston Station is 20 mins walk. Waterloo, Paddington and London Bridge stations are a short bus/tube (subway) ride or a 15 minute taxi journey. It is a 7 minute walk from Russell Square (Picadilly tube line) or Chancery Lane (Central line) tube stations. Please try not to bring a car as parking in Central London is dreadful.
Activities near Central London/Zone 1
07 Feb 2013
We had a wonderful stay in Melissa's apartment. She is a fantastic hostess. Melissa provides a comprehensive folder about the apartment, local area, pubs... which was invaluable. The apartment itself was 5 star with everything you could wish for. We stayed warm even when it was snowing outside. We highly reccommend this accomodation. Thank you Melissa.
23 Jan 2013
Our Australian family of 2 adults and 3 teenagers stayed at this lovely London apartment for 8 nights in late September/early October, 2012. It was in a perfect location and satisfied all our family's needs.
Bloomsbury is a refined, safe area within easy walking distance of 2 tube stations - Russell Square and Chancery Lane. We used Russell Square most and also did our grocery shopping at the Brunswick Centre, opposite the station. All of London seemed to be at our fingertips via the tube, though we enjoyed our walks around Bloomsbury, to the British Museum and Covent Garden.
The apartment itself was delightful and situated on the two floors above the owners' business, so security felt even greater during the day. There were 44 steps leading up to the apartment and 14 stairs between the apartment's two levels. There was no elevator. All rooms in the apartment felt spacious and homely and there was lots of natural light. Bedding was comfortable, cleaning of a good standard and storage space was ample. Wifi connection we found worked best in the living room, which also had plenty of handy maps and books for reading about London's attractions. The kitchen had everything we needed for a family of five. Noise levels at night were absolutely minimal. Fantastic!
Communication, booking and check-in were very easy and we found the owners, Melissa and Robert, professional, flexible and reliable.
We would highly recommend 22 John Street as a comfortable family base to explore all the wonders London has to offer.
We realise that the stairs can be a shock if you are used to lifts/elevators and 21st century lateral living. We offer you part of a 200 year old house with unique character and beauty in a historic street in London. We feel this would be compromised by putting in an elevator/lift (and we'd never get planning permission as this lovely building is grade 2 listed and protected by some pretty stiff laws). We make it very clear on our descriptions that this apartment is not suitable if you have difficulty with stairs.
30 Nov 2012
Stayed at the 22 John Street apartment with wife and 3 kids (ages 11, 8 and 2) from 11th to 19th November. Happy with the location (Central and Picaddily line tube stations within acceptable walking distance though you'd probably need a stroller for kids aged below 4) and delighted with the state and condition of the apartment. It was very homely, comfortable and (most importantly) clean and provided us with a suitable base for our London exploits.
There were also some good reading materials provided (London-based subjects in general) including general information on the locality and amenities near the apartment which we found very useful. In general, we were very satisfied with the overall condition of the apartment and would not hesitate staying here again should we return to London in future.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 5|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Summer 2013||6 Apr 13||22 Jun 13||£ 1295||£ 199||£ 199||5 Nights|
|High Summer 2013||22 Jun 13||1 Sep 13||£ 1395||£ 199||£ 199||5 Nights|
|Autumn 2013||1 Sep 13||22 Dec 13||£ 1295||£ 199||£ 199||6 Nights|
|Christmas 2013||22 Dec 13||5 Jan 14||£ 1395||£ 199||£ 199||1 Week|
|Winter 2014||5 Jan 14||5 Apr 14||£ 1295||£ 199||£ 199||1 Week|
|Easter 2014||5 Apr 14||26 Apr 14||£ 1395||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer 2014||26 Apr 14||21 Jun 14||£ 1295||-||-||1 Week|
|High Summer 2014||21 Jun 14||30 Aug 14||£ 1395||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
If you stay for two weeks or more the price includes a weekly cleaner and change of bed and bath linen.
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