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DUPLEX 3 BEDROOMS ZONE 1 / 2 – Home 166454 Apartment

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies
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DUPLEX 3 BEDROOMS ZONE 1 / 2 – Home 166454

  • Apartment
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  •  min stay varies

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Apartment / 3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner

Description

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, many 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.

Location description from owner

The England region

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

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, many 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.

Location description from owner

The England region

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.

Central London/Zone 1

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
MI6
Lambeth Palace
Kennington Park
Vauxhall Park
Vauxhall City Farm
Tate Britain museum
London Eye
St Thomas Hospital (Florence Nightingale museum)
Houses of Parliament
Sea Life Aquarium
New Covent Garden market (go early)
Walworth market
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
Tate Modern
Borough Market
National Theatre
Queen Elizabeth Hall (roof garden café, concerts, exhibitions)
Southwark Cathedral
Young Vic, Old Vic theatres
Tower bridge, Tower of London
Churchill museum & cabinet War Rooms
Westminster Abbey.
London Dungeon
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.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Vauxhall. Central zone, Victoria tube and overground railway. 6 minutes walk. Access to central London (Oxford Circus, Green Park, etc.) Oval tube. Northern line zone 2. 6 minutes walk. Access to central London (Bank branch) 6 minutes walk. Kennington tube. Zone 2, Northern line. Access to central London (Leicester Square, etc) Elephant & Castle tube. Northern line zone 2, Bank branch. Also Bakerloo line for central London. Overground railway. 9 minutes walk. Bus 196 right outside. To Elephant & Castle one way, to Vauxhall & places of little interest the other.

Interaction with guest

A comprehensive flat management manual (pdf format) is sent to each guest when the booking is complete. Best to save this to a portable device or print it out, it is useful (though the photos don't print very well as I've tried to limit the file size). I try to update it as often as possible to reflect temporary attractions (exhibitions, etc.).

Policies

Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

James H.
Response rate:
95%
Calendar updated::
29 May 2017
Years listed:
6
Based in:
France
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French


This Apartment has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 21 Jun 2011. Located in Central London/Zone 1, it has 29 reviews with an overall rating of 4. The average weekly rate is £1280.

The Owner has a response rate of 95% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 29 May 2017.

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“Easy transportation links”

Reviewed 30 Apr 2017

Our overall stay was disappointing for a number of reasons - some were not the fault of the owner but others are things that should have been better managed. First off, I believe you get what you pay for, so was expecting an apartment that would be like staying with my great aunt - furniture a bit bruised and battered and chipped crockery. The place was in line with my expectations. I was paying for a three bedroom apartment but was not paying for a five star place. My son was on his Spring break and the idea was that some of his friends would stay with us so lots of room. Owner was very responsive to my e-mails and as I was in the USA was impressed. However, once I was staying at the apartment there was no contact number and the owner lives in France and this became a bit of an issue during our stay. I was the first to arrive and the owner had informed me of the key collection. Please note that although it is a three bedroom place, there is only one set of keys and one fob provided. This means you must co-ordinate on logistics which can be difficult when you are dealing with other adults and all have your own plans for the day. So if you will all be together every day and night then this should not be an issue. This was an issue for my son and myself as we did not spend all our time together. I collected the keys and then looked for the building. It looked like nothing in the photos as there was scaffolding all around the building. The owner had mentioned there was maintenance but he expected it to be completed before our stay. Further, as we walked into the building there were strong paint fumes. My son arrived the next day and the paint fumes were so strong (or perhaps it was the dust) that we both had asthma attacks. I was concerned enough to arrange alternative accommodation for the other students so was paying for a three bedroom place when we only needed two and paid for five people when only two of us ended up staying. This painting of the building continued for all weekdays of our stay (which was over a week) except for the day of our departure. The first morning I was surprised to find a man on the balcony when I came down in the morning which meant we had no privacy (which is what I expected being on the second floor) and he was on that balcony every morning and most afternoons painting and talking on his cellphone. He would look in at us when we were sitting in the living room - we would shut the curtains but they are quite sheer. So very little privacy. The apartment is clean, but it is all a little but run down, as I noted it is like staying with your great aunt. Glasses, plates and mugs are chipped, but many, many cooking utensils. Far more than we needed. The lounge in the main bedroom has an arm that is damaged. There was WiFi and it worked the whole time we were there, except when the electricity went out as there was insufficient credit on the account. My first contact with the owner after I arrived was to ask about the hair dryer. One of the items I had ensured was listed was a hair dryer and I could not find it no matter where I looked. A hair dryer is an essential for me in all places I stay. The owner responded very quickly to say he could not help it if people stole things. I did not need a litany of the items that previous people had stolen. My thought is that if you list an item as available then when the cleaners come in they should do an inventory or not list the item as available. I honestly would not have booked the apartment if I has been informed there were no hairdryer. The description is vey honest about the stairs being steep (such that we left our luggage on the main floor) but I had not appreciated that the access to the shower would be a climb in and out. I am 5' 7" and there is no hand bar or non-slip mat for the shower and would be quite concerning it you are shorter. My son is over 6' and did not notice. It is a potential safety issue. The other issue is the water in the shower. Pressure is good when the shower starts and then as the hot water kicks in runs to a trickle then when the hot water runs out full force again, but wait a bit and the hot water comes back and runs to a trickle. It is quite a small hot water unit (think it is instant hot water) but the water pressure for the hot water is not very good. Water pressure is great for cold showers. The apartment is in an area that is going through gentrification and I loved how central is was to all the buses going to various locations. It is also a nice walk to various attractions and the local osteo is highly recommended. The pub across the road is also very good. On our last day we had been our sightseeing and instead of staying out we came back to pack our bags before going out again, and I wanted to have a cup of tea before we ventured out for our last night in London. We went to open the door and the deadbolt was on, which was a bit strange as we only bolted it when we were inside the unit. We finally were able to get inside the unit and I went to put on the kettle and realized there was no electricity. I sent an e-mail to the owner but there were a number of issues with not having electricity such as no ability for a hot shower, so went off to the pub to ask them how to contact the owner to be told he lives in France and they then shared with me how I needed to find a fob in a drawer and take it to an off-license place to get more credit out on the account - I must have looked quite shocked about needing to do that (they even offered to give me the money as they knew the owner would repay them). A patron in the pub said or you could just turn the fob for emergency electricity which sounded much better to me than trying to pay someone's bill - who does not ensure there is sufficient credit on an apartment where they do short term rentals. I have stayed in many short term vacation rentals and never had this experience before. So back to the apartment and hunt through the drawers looking for the fob. Finally found it, put it in the meter outside the front door and we had electricity and I sat down for a cup of tea. Went to open the balcony door (as there was no man standing on the balcony) to find it unlocked. Thought it was a bit strange as I normally lock all doors and kept all the windows opened but in the locked position. I hear back from the owner about the electricity but we are going out and I am quite annoyed by the whole stay at this point - and wishing I had booked a nicer two bedroom apartment as this was all that was needed for our stay. Also, the return of the key is before the place to return the key is open so you need to obtain an access code to be able to make the necessary drop of the keys. We arrive back to the apartment and I have been thinking it was strange about the deadlock and the balcony door. I go and check my bags to find them unzipped and then I lift my bag to find a black painted glove on the ground under my bag and knew it had not been there in the morning. I kept my passport. etc. in the bag since there was no safe in the apartment (only apartment I have stayed in without a safe) and realize someone had broken in. I go upstairs and realize the key to the main bedroom window is bent and the window is now unlocked and the hinge is broken. I check and every window has is now unlocked but the windows were reset to where I had them (so it looked like they were still in the locked position) and there is black marks all around the window in the main bedroom. I sent an e-mail to the owner with photos but apparently the first e-mail bounced back but he got the second one. This would continue to go on when I tried to share information about the incident. He kept asking me why I did not call the police and originally my focus has been on getting electricity and once I realized someone had broken in it did not look like they had stolen anything as I think we surprised them as we had come home at a time when we had been out every other day. As we were leaving the next morning I kept all the windows locked and we left and I left the glove on the floor. Apparently the cleaners cleaned everything and did not think it strange that I had taken out all the trash when we left except for the glove and there were huge black marks around the window. It is obviously not the owner's fault the place was broken into, but safety is a huge concern for me (which is why I rented an apartment on a second floor) and I would not have stayed in a location with scaffolding that enabled easy access through windows and balcony doors. After my first issues with the lack of hairdryer and the painting and scaffolding and less people in the apartment, the offer for compensation by the owner was to give me a discount on my next stay. I do come to London three/four times a year but will not be staying in this apartment again, Too many disappointments with the stay and that is before the break-in. Pros Owner very responsive to e-mails (if the server does not bounce the e-mails) Apartment is clean WiFi was very good Many and assorted cooking utensils Location Transportation links Cons Only one set of keys and one fob for the entrance to the building Scaffolding and painting for the whole stay Little privacy in the living areas due to man on the balcony every week day (morning and afternoon) Server for the e-mails to the owners bounces most replies to the owner's e-mails No contact number for the owner No hairdryer, despite original advertisement listed a dryer Stairs are narrow and steep - both to get to the apartment and inside the apartment, so we left our luggage on the lower floor of the apartment Height of shower (safety concern) Water pressure for hot water No safe and no where to lock up valuables No electricity due to insufficient credit for the account Ignoring the break-in, and I do not hold the owner totally responsible but do not believe the apartment should have been rented for that period or at least letting me know before I arrived so I could have made alternative accommodation arrangements, the issues with the keys, electricity, hair dryer, nowhere to lock up valuables, key return, e-mails bouncing back, no offer to refund me part of the rent as only two of us ended up staying and the lack of a contact number means I would not rent this apartment again - and it is not very often I write a review of a hotel or an apartment where I make that statement. As I said I believe you get what you pay for but not in this instance. I told the owner I wanted to get some perspective before I wrote the review as I wanted to ensure the break-in did not unduly influence my review but on balance there were just too many things that were wrong.

Owner's reply: I probably deserve this bad review- Things like handicap, narrow stairs (same as any others in London) are not relevant and can never be fixed by me. I buy about 4 hairdryers per year and they still go missing. I should update the website to reflect these problems. I have an excellent team (cleaners, laundry, electrciian, plumber, key holder) and if any other host wants to find a good artisan, please contact me. On to the gory story: I own a 125 year lease. i.e. I own the apartment but not the walls, roof, windows, exterior. The freeholder decides about major works. So in early February I made a special visit to check on what I thought would be the hardest part, changing the windows. Pretty parky without windows for a day or two but the guys did an excellent job. There are two liaison officers on site (nice ladies I met) who told me there was a bit of outside plastering and painting and all would be finished in a couple of weeks. Three months later the building contractors have still not finished the simple bits. Liaison agents do not respond to e mail or mobile and I'm all out of carrier pigeons. Occasionally the site manager sends me an e mail about a question I haven't asked, or says job V will not be done on day X but day Y, and you're lucky if it gets done on day Z. Anyone who books in May or June can cancel any time and I will refund, no questions asked (except about what the last snafu the builders have got up to). I am frustrated too. In fact, I'm furious. I would like to confront the builders face to face but the equipment I want to use is not allowed on an airplane.

“VERY CENTRAL AND CONVENIENT”

Reviewed 7 Nov 2011

Nice clean apartment over the road from a great pub. Very central to city and very easy access to trains and tube. Suited our purposes down to the ground. all the necessary equipment was there.

“Extremely good location - delicious 25 minutes walk to Westminster Abbey along the Thames”

Reviewed 31 Aug 2011

The location of the flat is very convenient. You can walk to the Houses of Parliament along the Thames. It takes only 25 minutes if you decide (big mistake!) not to enter the Tate Britain in your way to Westminster. Or you can get to Vauxhall underground/train station in just 10 minutes, to start there your exploration of London - as this station is in zone 1, you can get to most attractions in the town at a relatively cheap fare. There is a Tesko store a few steps from the apartment, where you can find all you need (food, press, etc.). The flat is comfortable and clean. Decoration is not luxurious but you get all that you need. Note that one of the bedrooms is single, while other accommodates three (one double bed plus one single). The kitchen has all necessary things, including washing-machine, dishwasher, microwave oven, etc. You have to climb a few stairs (not many) to get to the apartment - no lift. There is a nice pub at the other side of the road. The area is safe and quiet: no problems of any sort during the riots of 6-8 August, which coincided with our visit to London. All in all, a very convenient place to use as a base for visiting London.

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