The Residential Suite
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
THE RESIDENTIAL SUITE reigns supreme for romantic getaways, city breaks, business trips, and cultural cruising of the London art, music & fashion scenes. Enjoy fast easy access to Shoreditch, London Fields, Soho, Camden Town, the City, Canary Wharf, and so much more! The Residential Suite is unique in the fact that it is an 1860 built Victorian flat above an art gallery in an authentic village-style enclave of London called Victoria Park Village (London borough of Hackney). The Residential Suite is suitable for 1-4 people. There is 1 bed in the bedroom and 1 bed which pulls out from the sofa in the lounge (which has recently been upgraded with a luxury thick memory foam mattress).
Guests receive a welcome package upon arrival including fresh home-baked bread, butter, milk, fruit, breakfast bars, tea, coffee, sparkling water, fresh flowers and a bottle of wine (or small bottle for 1 night stays).
The Residential Suite offers boutique hotel style essentials in your very own exclusive London pad. Here you can find a culturally rich, fashionable and authentic experience of life as a Londoner beside one of the capital's most popular parks (having recently undergone a £12 million revamp and won the People's Choice Award). Prize winning restaurants, traditional pubs, organic grocers, art galleries, English gardens, row boats, tennis courts, spa, swimming pools, beauty salons and stylish village shops are steps away. Victoria Park Village featured as "London's hidden gem" in the Feb. 2012 issue of Living Etc. Magazine.
"One appeal of London for many visitors is the promise of a quaint neighbourhood, a place where the vague, romantic notion of the English market village merges with London's bustling energy. The thing is, many parts of London's West that might once have fulfilled such fantasies have become very expensive, mobbed with tourists...
Victoria Park Village, with its inarguable cuteness and many local, small-scale specialty shops, delivers the traditional neighbourhood goods."-Alex Robertson Texter, "Round-the-world: Victoria Park Village, London's most perfect retail cluster"
AMENITIES AT THE RESIDENTIAL SUITE:
Unwind after a busy day of gallery hopping -
In the Master Bedroom the Egyptian cotton comfort of a King sized antique French bed awaits you (featuring memory foam mattress and luxury cushioned mattress topper).
The open plan lounge offers a dining area and sofa that pulls-out to a king bed, also fitted with luxury mattress topper.
The suite is stylishly presented with wallpaper designed by Vivienne Westwood, chairs by Phillippe Starck and an eclectic mix of art, antique and contemporary furnishings on a backdrop of original features including exposed brick fireplaces.
The suite's self-catering kitchen is fully equipped with cutlery, crockery, microwave, kettle, coffee maker, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, stainless steel pots & pans, and remote control ceiling fan.
The bathroom is stocked with fresh Egyptian cotton towels and fine quality soaps.
Furthermore, your suite offers a safe for valuables, alarm clock, flat screen TV/DVD, ipod/iphone dock/radio alarm clock, blow dryer, ironing facilities, central heating, and complimentary wireless broadband.
-Direct access to very frequent bus services (24 hours every 2-10min).
-15min. walk or 5min. bus ride to Bethnal Green and Mile End tube stations. (Central, District, and Hammersmith & City lines)
-Within 20min. of the West End/Soho/Oxford Circus/Piccadilly Circus & London Bridge
- 10min. walk to Cambridge Heath rail, London Fields rail, and 15min. to Hackney Central overground.
The Residential Suite is next door to award winning restaurants (British, Italian, French, Indian, Mediterranean, Vietnamese fusion, tapas, seafood, steak, vegetarian, organic and locally sourced). Guests of The Residential Suite enjoy 20% off food and 10% off drinks at local pub, The Lauriston, where they serve exceptional stone baked pizzas, fresh salads and deli platters. I particularly fancy the Baby Octopus pizza! They also have a great selection of wine, beer and spirits to compliment one of their fun evenings of karaoke, quiz nights and live dj sets.
Directly opposite the suite is "Amandine," a charming and delicious treat for "relaxed breakfasts, lazy lunches and tempting afternoon teas" - not to mention homemade cakes! Another favourite is "PAVILION," the park cafe with a stunning panoramic lake view, serving fresh organic full English breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and locally brewed beer! For dinner head to "Spit Jack's" a highly recommended tapas joint, "Su Sazzagoni" a superb traditional Sardinian restaurant or "The Empress" where head chef Elliott Lidstone brings over 12 years experience in Michelin starred kitchens to offer you modern British/European delights. The Fish House has the best fish n' chips in town to eat-in or take-away. These are just a few favourites from a list of many more!
INSIDER SECRETS TO DRINKING & DINING
BISTROTEQUE - Just a 10min. walk away, hidden down Wadeson Street, you'll discover one of London's most fashionable venues for dining and cocktails, popular amongst East London's exclusive It-crowd of fashion designers, performers, models, art dealers and beyond. But the main pull is the delicious food and fabulous cocktails with fine service in a buzzing upmarket-but-edgy warehouse atmosphere. The menu is French & British including fish n' chips, mussels, steak tartare, beetroot salad, British cheeses and more. Book a table in advance and arrive early for an espresso martini at the bar!
THE HEMINGWAY - Walk 5min. down Victoria Park Road to reach this classy pub decorated as an old gentlemen's club with an interesting selection of taxidermy and guns mounted on the wall, chesterfields and art deco ornaments. It's worth the visit for the bearded monkey head alone however this is a really great place to have dinner or just hang out for drinks. The menu features a posh selection of pub grub and the glistening copper bar offers a wide selection of spirits!
THE COCK TAVERN - Hop on the 277 bus toward Hackney Central (5min. ride) to savour a pint at this newly refurbished pub with its own micro brewery and impressive selection of independent UK hand-pulled beers and ciders. Atmosphere is casual and laid-back in smart traditional dark wood surround, with a bit of music to keep the energy flowing. Staff are warm and knowledgable about their drinks!
WHAT TO DO FOR THE DAY:
If you want a taste of authentic London away from the tourist traps, why not enjoy a day of visiting trendy markets or discovering the numerous contemporary art galleries dotted around? While Victoria Park VIllage has art and shops to check out right on your door-step, a short jaunt in any direction will lead you to enclaves of galleries such as Vyner Street and Bethnal Green, or hip market areas like Broadway Market, Spitalfields Market, and Colombia Road Flower Market. Also nearby are Historic Roman Road Market and flashy giant Westfield Shopping Centre (the largest in Europe). The newest development within walking distance is The Fashion Hub, designed by international architectural practice, Adjaye Associates. The project is currently under development and has already delivered temporary factory outlet shops occupied by Aquascutum, Pringle and Halcyon Days and the Hackney Shop where local designers have successfully been showcasing and selling their designs.
Nearby scenic Victoria Park is host to major music summer events and festivals (Field Day, Love Box) showcasing the likes of Grace Jones, Lana Del Ray, Roxy Music and more. For a more peaceful mood take a walk to discover charming canal boats, row boats for hire (just £10.50 during summer), tennis courts, imposing Victorian monuments, Chinese Pagoda and exquisite gardens. All of these attractions listed above are within walking distance.
WHAT TO DO FOR THE NIGHT:
East London is no stranger to the night. If you're in the mood for dancing all night, take the 277 bus to Dalston Junction. Here Kingsland Road is lined with bangin' clubs all the way from Shoreditch to Stoke Newington. Don't forget your ID and be prepared to queue!
Alternatively, walk 15min. to new club/restaurant/bar "Oslo" next to Hackney Central rail station.
Something more civilised? Get down to Hackney Central on the 277 bus to check out film screenings at Hackney Picture House (they also have a bar & restaurant) or a show at the Hackney Empire, an absolutely stunning ornate theatre designed by architectural master Frank Matcham at the turn of the 20th century.
LATE LATE NIGHT
If it's past closing time everywhere else and you still want to keep partying head to the last resort known as The Dolphin pub where Mare Street meets Well Street (15min. walk/ 4 min. bus on 277). This local dive stays open way past your bed time .. 4am at least. It's dodgy, mad, drunken, loud, but quite fun and definitely an East London institution. You never know who will walk in!
The Residence gallery director Ingrid Z is delighted to share her insider knowledge of the area and tips on experiencing the most out of East London's thriving art, culture, music and social scene.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Brighton Beach 80 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||10 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: London Heathrow 29 km, Nearest railway: Cambridge Heath 2.5 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
-The suite's self-catering kitchen is fully equipped with cutlery, crockery, pans, microwave, kettle, coffee maker, fridge and recent updates included brand new washing/dryer and designer ceiling fan.
-The bathroom is stocked with fresh Egyptian cotton towels and shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hand soap and shower gel.
-Furthermore, your suite offers a safe for valuables, radio & alarm clock, television, blow dryer, ironing facilities, central heating, and complimentary wireless broadband.
|Further details outdoors|
-Parking is available on the street. Vouchers are available for purchase from your host @ £3.50/day (Mon - Fri). Parking is free on Sat. and Sun.
-Welcome pack provided upon arrival
-The Residence gallery director Ingrid Z and her team will be more than happy to share their insider knowledge of the area and tips on experiencing the most out of East London's thriving art, culture, music and social scene.
The South East England region
London is South East England's most iconic travel destination and home to an amazing array of sights, activities and events. Places of interest include the Tate galleries, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, London Eye, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Even first time visitors to London will quickly be enthralled by how fun and fascinating London really can be. London conjures up history and a powerful past. However this isn’t all that London is about. Vibrant, pulsating and dripping with opportunities for entertainment or sightseeing by day or night, it's a city that exhilarates and stimulates
London's climate is among the mildest in England, with damp but mild winters and moderate summers. Temperatures in summertime (June to August) average around 18°C but can occasionally rise to 30°C or more. In spring (late March to May) and autumn (September to October), temperatures average 11-15°C. In winter (November to mid-March) they hover just below 6°C. It very rarely freezes in London.
The River Thames divides the city into northern and southern halves making navigation reasonably easy. Theatre lovers will be inspired by the productions held here, musicians will love the variety of sounds, artists will delight in the age and colour of the place, the galleries and museums. Sports enthusiasts too, won’t be disappointed by the action on offer. Historians can get lost in a time warp and the young at heart will find plenty of opportunity to party the night away. No matter what type of holiday destination you seek, London can almost guarantee a taste (if not the full course) of anyone’s dream holiday.
Central London/Zone 2
"One appeal of London for many visitors is the promise of a quaint neighborhood, a place where the vague, romantic notion of the English market village merges with London's bustling energy. The thing is, many parts of London's West that might once have fulfilled such fantasies have become very expensive, mobbed with tourists...
Victoria Park Village, with its inarguable cuteness and many local, small-scale specialty shops, delivers the traditional neighborhood goods."-Alex Robertson Texter, "Round-the-world: Victoria Park Village, London's most perfect retail cluster"
The Residential Suite is next door to independent shops, gorgeous restaurants (British, Italian, French, seafood, Asian, organic), local markets & traditional pubs. Nearby scenic Victoria Park is host to major music summer events and festivals where everyone from The Clash to Grace Jones, Snoop Dogg and Roxy Music have played (Field Day, Love Box, High Voltage, LED Festival). For a more peaceful mood enjoy organic breakfast by the park, see canal boats, imposing Victorian monuments and exquisite gardens. A short jaunt in any direction will lead you to enclaves of top international galleries along Vyner Street, Bethnal Green and London Fields. Historic Roman Road Market and fashionable Broadway Market are just a few of the local shopping delights not to be missed. Walk 15min. in another direction and you'll have an exclusive view of London's 2012 Olympic stadium!
Direct access to iconic London buses (24 hours every 5-10min). 10min.-15min. walk (3min. bus) from Bethnal Green and Mile End tube stations, 10min. walk from Cambridge Heath rail, London Fields rail, and Hackney Central overground. Within 10min. of the City and 20min. of the West End/Soho/Oxford Circus/Piccadilly Circus & London Bridge on the Central, District, and Hammersmith & City lines. The Residence gallery Director Ingrid Z will be more than happy to share her insider knowledge of the area and tips on experiencing the most out of East London’s thriving art, culture, music and social scene.
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