Clean and freshly decorated apartment suitable for families or groups seeking easy and rapid access to the many attractions of London. Some (Houses of Parliament, Imperial War Museum) close by, others (HMS Belfast, Oxford St, St Paul's cathedral) a short hop by public transport. Cooking facilities, internet, 130+ TV channels and fresh laundry as standard. Code access to the secure block of flats and convenient key pick-up 1600 to 2200hrs, dining room and lounge not counted as beds. Two double bedrooms, one smaller room with a double bed, infant cot supplied, without bedding. Otherwise all linen towels etc provided and changed weekly or at each change of guest.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Brighton 70 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: London Gatwick 30 km, Nearest railway: Vauxhall 800 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Floors mostly parquet, carpet on stairs and landing, lino in wet rooms. Low exposure for allergy sufferers.
Do not bring your car. You will spend more in parking (fines, central London congestion charging etc) than you spend on the accommodation. Hire a "Boris bike" from the rack across the street (others also available nearby) which operate with your credit card and are a convenient means of transport in this relatively flat part of London.
|Further details outdoors|
Leafy area but some traffic noise with the windows open. Many parks, some small and hidden away within easy child walking distance, even a city farm for those who think chicken nuggets grow on trees.
Excellent public transport and tourist attractions in walking distance. Varied selection of local restaurants and bars.
Normal minimum stay five nights, maximum stay one month. Shorter stays possible if there is a gap between two bookings (last minute) with extra payment for services.
Access by electronic key and severe penalties exacted if you do not return the gadget.
London, once the capital of a great empire, is now a tranquil backwater of Europe. Yet it retains the grandeur of its past and most of the loot, including the Elgin Marbles, Cleopatra's Needle, many old master paintings, etc. Guided tours round the museums, Houses of Parliament and cathedrals can be booked. Shopping opportunities are extensive and the City specialises in supplying financial services cheaply to visitors and expensively to voters. Public transport varies between the efficient and uncomfortable (the tube) and the inefficient but delightful (the river buses). A tradition of openness (immigrants include Normans, van Dyke, Huguenots, Karl Marx, more modern terrorists, economic and political exiles of all stripes) means that the choice of eating or culture is almost limitless. Waiters in restaurants are trained to respond to customers needs, in pubs the tradition is to go to the bar and pay on delivery. All human life is here, the saying goes. In statistical terms it's less than 1%, but the error is forgiveable.
Spring Gardens was once the pleasure grounds of central London. It has since been extensively built on. Then it was extensively bombed and redeveloped by the London County Council. Much that is good and interesting remains, including many small parks with facilities for children. Using a good map and avoiding main roads you will come across these on your way from more famous landmarks.
Within easy (child) walking distance:
Imperial War Museum
Oval cricket ground
Vauxhall City Farm
Tate Britain museum
St Thomas Hospital (Florence Nightingale museum)
Houses of Parliament
Sea Life Aquarium
New Covent Garden market (go early)
River boat rides
A walk for adults in fine weather:
Cutty Sark (under repair after fire, closed)
Golden Hind (Sir Francis Drake's flagship)
H M S Belfast
Queen Elizabeth Hall (roof garden café, concerts, exhibitions)
Young Vic, Old Vic theatres
Tower bridge, Tower of London
Churchill museum & cabinet War Rooms
Visitor attractions further afield are easily reached through public transport, choose a day pass zone 2 or zone 1 according to destinations.
On enquiry you will receive summary details (pdf) of the flat & London attractions
On booking you get a more detailed pdf
On completion of formalities you get a detailed pdf of how to collect and use keys, central heating, special events, and hints on maximising the pleasure of your stay.
There will be a folder in the apartment with brochures, calendar of events, etc.