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Bloomsbury Apartment

Certificate of Excellence 2014

from £229 /night help

Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 25 reviews

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

The apartment is 852 square feet or 79 square metres giving a good size living space with fresh, neutral interiors and a secluded location. The property comprises generous reception room with dining area, fully integrated contemporary kitchen, mezzanine-level with potential use as a secondary reception/extra bedroom, two bedrooms both with access to the same en-suite bathroom, and a separate shower/bathroom.

The apartment is based in a quiet attractive street ideally located just moments from museums, restaurants and shops. The area is well-served by Holborn Underground Station (central and Northern Line) and Chancery Lane.

The apartment is very quiet even though you are in central London.

The size of the rooms are:

Reception room: 17 feet x 16 feet (6m x 5m);

Kitchen: 8 feet x 7 feet (2.4m x 2m);

Master Bedroom: 11 feet x 8 feet ( 3.2m x 2.5m)

Second Bedroom: 14 feet x 7 feet ( 4m x 2m)

Mezzanine level reception/extra bedroom area: 17 feet x 10 feet ( 5.2m x 3m).

The Master bedroom has a double bed; the second bedroom has a small double bed, and there is a large area on the mezzanine complete with comfortable sofa bed that would sleep two more people. There is also another sofa bed in the reception room.

The Master bedroom and the second bedroom both share a modern en-suite bathroom (with bath and shower) with two doors connecting from either bedroom. There is also another bathroom with a shower room on the mezzanine floor.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Brighton 80 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Stansted 61 km, Nearest railway: Farringdon 1 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Access Lift access
Further details indoors

This property is managed by Simon and Debbie, a couple in their forties who live and work in central London.

We love our Bloomsbury apartment, and we hope that those who stay here will also love its unique style, and its tranquility in the heart of London.

Simon and Debbie are always available to help their clients. So any questions you may have, simply email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Check-in time between 4.30pm to 8pm. Check-out before 11am on day of departure please.

Further details

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to book this apartment. This is because we will be turning away other clients who may wish to book your dates. The balance is payable one month before your stay and once paid this is also non-refundable.

There is also a breakages deposit of £200 payable at the same time as the balance. If there is no damage to your property, we will refund this money after your stay.

The London region

London is a lively, fashionable international city and often leads the way in art, music and fashion. It is also famous for historical landmarks and royal palaces. Here is a selection of things on offer in London:


Tate Modern hosts major exhibitions of contemporary art as do the Saatchi, Hayward and Whitechapel galleries. There are also private galleries, often free to visit, and photography galleries that welcome visitors.

Bars, pubs and clubs

Bars, pubs and clubs

London is well known for its varied night life with everything from underground clubs to late night jazz and retro burlesque. As London is one of the main art and music capitals there are always new events and club nights popping up – there'll always be something new to experience.


Big pop, rock and dance outfits always play in London, but there are many more underground, experimental, classical, world and jazz events to be explored as well. You can't fail to be impressed by the musical vibrancy of contemporary London; it is after all home to some of the most famous acts in the world.


The National Film Theatre, the BFI, Riverside Studios in Hammersmith and smaller cinemas such as the Prince Charles Cinema and the Curzon offer a wide range of independent UK and world cinema..


There's always an array of theatre productions to be seen in London, from popular all singing all dancing shows like Dirty Dancing and The Lion King to more understated, independent plays. If you're a budding thespian, lover of literature or culture seeker head to the Southbank – home to Shakespeare's Globe and the National Theatre – to be enthralled and inspired.

Fashion and shopping

As well as being home to designers Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, London is famous for its markets: Petticoat Lane for cheap street fashion, Columbia Road for flowers, Portobello Road for second-hand and vintage clothes, and Dalston and Brixton for exotic fruit and vegetables.


Most world cuisines can be found in London at prices to suit everyone. And with fashions in food constantly evolving, there's always something new to try. Areas best for eating out include Soho, a maze full of late night restaurants, and Covent Garden, which is known for its alfresco dining.

Central London/Zone 1

Bloomsbury is situated right in the very heart of London. It is renowned as a cultural centre and fashionable residential area, and home to numerous green areas including parks, gardens and squares. Most famous of these are Tavistock Square, Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square.

Famous residents have included musician Bob Marley, naturalist Charles Darwin and comedian Ricky Gervais.

The area is served by Holborn and Russell Square tube stations, in zone 1, both on the Piccadilly Line (Holborn is also on the Central Line). Bloomsbury offers fantastic cultural opportunities and exclusive boutiques.

Typical journey times via London Underground from Holborn station (5 minutes walk from the apartment):

Covent Garden – 2 minutes

Oxford Circus – 3 minutes

Leicester Square – 3 minutes

St Paul's – 3 minutes

Central St Martins College (Kings Cross) – 4 min

Bond Street – 4 minutes

Bank – 5 minutes

Euston – 7 minutes

Green Park – 7 minutes

UCL (Warren Street) – 9 minutes

Regents Park – 10 minutes

Baker Street – 12 minutes

London Bridge – 13 minutes

Southwark – 17 minutes

Canary Wharf – 22 minutes

Greenwich – 31 minutes

Typical walking times from the apartment to the following locations:

Holborn Station – 5 minutes

LSE (Holborn) – 10 minutes

Oxford Circus – 19 minutes

Covent Garden – 9 minutes

Kings College (Temple) – 13 minutes

Eurostar Terminal (St. Pancras) – 19 minutes

Here is a selection of attractions:

British Library

Located in the heart of St Pancras, the British Library holds copies of everything published in Britain, as well as many historical publications from around the world. Members have free access to these, while non-members can enjoy the magnificent space and the regular exhibitions put on here. A dazzling, permanent display in the John Ritblatt Gallery includes the earliest map of Britain (1250), a Gutenberg Bible (1455), Shakespeare's first folio (1623), Handel'sMessiah (1741) and many breathtaking illuminated manuscripts. The glass walls in the core of the building reveal the huge leather volumes from the King's Library, donated by George III. There are regular talks and events, a café, restaurant and, of course, a well-stocked bookshop.

British Telecom Tower

At 190 m (620 ft), this was the tallest building in London when it opened in 1965. Sadly, the revolving restaurant on top has been closed for security reasons, but the Tower Tavern in Cleveland Street has a good large-scale diagram explaining the tower's constituent parts (as well as hand-pulled beer).

Charles Dickens Museum

Home to Charles Dickens from 1837–39, during which time he completed some of his best work (includingThe Pickwick Papers ,Oliver Twist andNicholas Nickleby), this four-storey terraced house offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of the great Victorian author and social reformer. Some rooms have been laid out exactly as they were in Dickens' time. Nearby Doughty Mews provides another step back to Victorian times.

Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art

Comprising around 1,700 pieces from the 10th–18th centuries, this is regarded as the finest collection of Chinese porcelain outside China. The collection was given to the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies in 1950 by the scholar Sir Percival David.

University College, London

Founded in 1836, UCL is the oldest college of London University and owns several fine academic collections. In the Petrie Museum is one of the largest collections of Egyptian archaeology in the world. Etchings, engravings and early English Mezzotints from the college's art collection are exhibited in the Strang Print Room.Check out performances at the college's Bloomsbury Theatre in Gordon Street.

Pollocks Toy Museum

This delightful child-sized museum is a treasure-trove of historic toys. The shop below is crammed with old-fashioned playthings including Victorian toy theatre sheets, originally published by Benjamin Pollock.

Sir John Soane's Museum

A particular pleasure of this unique museum is watching visitors' faces as they turn a corner and encounter yet another unexpected gem. Sir John Soane, one of Britain's leading 19th-century architects, crammed three adjoining houses with antiques and treasures, displayed in the most ingenious ways. The basement crypt, designed to resemble a Roman catacomb, is particularly original.The Rake's Progress (1753), a series of eight paintings by Hogarth, is another highlight. The houses are on the northern side of Lincoln's Inn Fields, the heart of legal London, where gowned and bewigged lawyers roam. Lincoln's Inn, on the east side of the square, is one of the best preserved Inns of Court in London, part of it dating from the 15th century.

St. Pancras International Station

One of the glories of Victorian Gothic architecture, this railway terminus was designed in 1874 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, who also designed the Albert Memorial. Most of the frontage is in fact the Midland Grand Hotel. The Eurostar International Terminal moved here from Waterloo Station during 2007, when the channel Rail Tunnel Link was completed.

St George's Church

This church was described in a 19th-century guide book as “the most pretentious, ugliest edifice in the metropolis”. The steeple is topped with a statue of King George I posing as St George.

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Review 1-10 of 25

10 Dec 2014


"Great stay"

This flat was exactly what we wanted on our family trip to London. The flat was roomy for 2 children, one a teenager, and two adults. It was warm, quiet and central to everything we wanted to do in Lo… More

29 Nov 2014


"Great location, extremely peaceful, more of a 'budget' feel than I'd hoped."

We stayed twelve days in the apartment and give it an average review. The "good" parts first: location is fabulous - in a central location, secure, and most of all, extremely quiet. All ou… More

17 Oct 2014


"Great Location! Lovely Apartment!"

Really enjoyed our stay in this apartment. It was very nice in a quiet, safe area. The owners both Simon and Debbie were very kind, prompt and able to answer our questions about the area.… More

1 Oct 2014


"Not a great experience, unfortunately"

The apartment is in quite an excellent, central location that's perfect for a first-time visit, since so many attractions are within walking distance. Also, as this was one of my first holiday re… More

We would like to reply to these comments as follows:

1. carpet, rugs and sofa bed: We have these professionally steam cleaned. In addition they are thoroughly vacuum cleaned between each booking. However both the carpet and sofa bed are a light shade and so readily show discolouration.
2. Regarding the kettle, London is in an area of very hard water, and scaling forms rapidly. It is however harmless.
3. We will replace the ironing board.
4. We don't usually leave any items in the fridge, unless we see that they might be useful to our guests. Although opened, the items mentioned were still well within date and perfectly usable.
5. There's a tiny hole in the centre of the toilet flush button, which needs to be covered when flushing. We could have explained this had we been made aware of this issue at the time.
6. Wifi is usually excellent in this apartment. Very occasionally, wifi may be patchy because of the sheer number of networks in the area. But we have never had complaints about this from previous guests.
7. ventilation: it was autumn time in the UK, and it seems that these guests turned some heaters on to maximum. But the weather was unseasonably hot, so we imagine the heating made the apartment stuffy. The ventilation is fine in our opinion with at least eight windows in the apartment ready to open.
8. Student party. This apartment is one of the quietest places to stay in central London, and all of our previous guests have been particularly appreciative of its tranquillity. It's very unusual for there to be a party in the building. Again the guests did not call us about this problem at the time. If they had done, we could have contacted the council to take action.

8 Sep 2014


"Very pleased with this apartment"

Loved this apartment in Central London and would definitely stay again. Location was great, only a short walk to Covent Gardens and plenty of local convenience stores right on your door step. Simon wa… More

26 Aug 2014


"Central and quiet apartment"

Clean, central and quiet apartment. Perfect for families. Very good experience. Debbie is very kind. Everything perfect.… More

7 Aug 2014


"A perfect choice"

We chose the apartment for its location as well for the images and its decription on line: after our stay we are extremely happy of our choice, as everything was actually perfect for us. We can't… More

27 Jun 2014


"Brilliant, clean, great quiet location and fantastic hosts!!"

We stayed here for a week in early June 2014. It was awesome! We travelled with two children, 11 & 8. Owners, Simon & Debbie met us on arrival and we had already asked them if we could possibly check … More

12 May 2014


"Idéal !"

Appartement correspondant tout à fait au descriptif et photos , très mignon :moderne, lumineux, calme, propre et sécurisé. De plus, bien aménagé et fonctionnel, avec à l'étage le coin nu… More

13 Mar 2014



L'appartement est très agréable, situé idéalement pour visiter la ville et très calme. Les propriétaires sont très sympathiques et disponibles en cas de besoin. Idéal pour une famille ave… More

Review 1-10 of 25

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  • 2 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:21 Dec 2014

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