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Excellent 5/5 11 reviews

John St in Bloomsbury, London

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Car not necessary

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 bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 10 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: London Heathrow/London Gatwick/London Stansted 29 km, Nearest railway: Kings Cross Station & St Pancras International 1 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

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 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
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.

Further details

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.

The South East England 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.

Central London/Zone 1

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.

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Review 1-10 of 11

22 Apr 2014


"A Tired Apartment"

The apartment is in a nice location (near Russell Square). It is on two floors, joined by a steep and narrow staircase. The rooms are functional, but not attractive. The kitchen has the basics, suf… More

It is a great shame that this guest did not pop downstairs to the office on the ground floor of the building during his fortnight, to give us a chance to clean the areas our cleaner had obviously missed. I always say to guests 'don't suffer in silence and complain when you get home, if something is not right, come downstairs and point it out'. I hate the idea of an elderly guest struggling to clean the bathroom and am very disappointed that he did not feel able to come and see me. The cleaner came midway through his stay and we could have rectified matters then. I think it is important to remember that if you rent an apartment, it will not be as much to your liking as your own home. Many guests like the uncluttered look of the apartment, which allows space for the original features and Georgian lines of the large rooms to be seen. Yes, the stairs to the bedrooms are narrow; they are the stairs the servants of this 18th century building would have climbed up to their quarters each night. The kitchen has a fridge, freezer, oven, gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine, two types of coffee maker, crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, large dishes, serving plates, a flask and picnic set and a number of small utensils for cooking. I am open to buying new things for the kitchen that people need when they're on holiday and do respond to reasonable requests. Do let me know what is missing?

5 Nov 2013


"Charming London"

I stayed for a week with my husband and 2 children (11 and 9 years). Very good booking and information supplied - was reassuring that everything would be as expected. Arrived from Heathrow, took tra… More

Thank You for writing about your stay in London. Hope you will return some day.

4 Aug 2013


"Large, central and fabulous."

I stayed with two other friends in this large apartment. It had everything we needed for a weeks stay in London. The kitchen was very well equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.… More

Thank you for taking the time to review our apartment in John Street. So glad you enjoyed your stay!

7 Feb 2013


"Beautiful, clean, light, warm apartment in excellent location with great host."

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


"Perfect London Base for Family"

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


"Good Location, Comfortable, Warm and Clean!"

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.

17 Sep 2012


"A perfect place for family holiday makers to London"

This flat is a perfect place for family. It's is located in a quiet area, but very convenient for sightseeing and shopping. Rooms are clean and two bed rooms are spacious enough for five of us. Kitchen is well equipped. Living room is relaxing. We had a small problem in hot water supply on the first day. But, we did not need to worry as this apartment has a backup electric hot water supply system. On the next day, Melissa called a plumber, and the problem was solved immediately even it was on Sunday. Visited form Tokyo, Japan, August 2012.

17 Apr 2012


"Wonderful spacious apartment in ideal London location"

My family of 5 (3 children) stayed 7 nights at this wonderful central London apartment. It was perfect in terms of proximity to most London attractions, it was easy to walk to most things, including the shops at Russell Square, and also to the tube stations. We loved how spacious, clean and beautifully restored the apartment is and how quiet the street is at night. It made visiting London with the family so much more enjoyable than staying at a hotel. We would not hesitate staying in this apartment again and would recommend it to anyone as a great base when staying in London.

13 Nov 2011


"Clean, spacious, uncluttered and ideally located"

As a family, we have stayed in a few apartments while on holiday in London. This one was by far the best. Melissa was kind and accommodating and the apartment fantastic. Large sash windows which open fully provided us with plenty of fresh air during the sticky Summer (yes, the Brits do have Summer) and loads of natural light. All rooms are incredibly spacious and the apartment really private. John's Road is ideally situated for Central London - close to a number of tube stations but we mainly used the frequent buses we were able to catch at the end of John Road. We actually found John Road more accessible to Central London than our previous apartment in Kensington. The apartment is kitted out with everything one would need including a cell phone for guests to use and a wonderful file of information on local buses, restaurants, shopping areas etc. We would love to return to this apartment.

30 Oct 2011


"Brilliant Way to Vacation in London"

For far less than the cost of a cramped hotel room in the city, we had our own 2-story flat to come home to for a week. The living room was comfortable and spacious enough to have guests over as well … More

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