Beautiful and spacious studio (40m2) in a unique London townhouse. A piece of history in trendy Bermondsey, the building dates back to the 1790s. Ideally located for the City, West End and Canary Wharf, it makes a great base for sight-seeing, holidays and week-end breaks, or as a pied-à-terre for those visiting or working in London’s business districts.
This is a wonderfully light, large and comfortable studio flat (40m2/430sq. ft) on the first floor (US 2nd floor) with a view over the garden. You just share the front door to the house and the stairs, so are totally independent. It should feel a bit like staying in a large suite in a boutique aparthotel! Completely refurbished, but at the same time retaining the original period features, the studio accommodates two people comfortably. The comfy beds from the famous furniture store, Heal's, can be made up as one super-king size double or as twins, as required, and should give you a fantastic night's sleep.
Original wooden floorboards and the large bay window give a cosy but light and spacious feel.
The huge bathroom has been recently redecorated and is equipped with an extra-large shower and a beautiful freestanding bath. Soaps, shampoo and towels are provided.
You have your own well-equipped kitchenette with kettle, toaster, microwave oven (please note that there is no hob) and full-sized fridge. There is a TV/DVD player and you also have free wifi access.
I am usually around, a floor or two below, to give advice on places to eat and shop, and to answer any questions you might have. At the same time, you are totally independent and can make yourself completely at home, have a meal, watch TV or just chill with a book or magazine.
In addition to the above, the studio has a hair dryer, iron and ironing board. There is no washing machine in the studio, however, for guests staying longer than 1 week, it is possible to use my washing machine which can be found on the lower ground floor. There is no tumble dryer but I can provide airers for hanging your washing on. Just ask!
EATING AND DRINKING
You have lots of choice when it comes to places to eat nearby, from “Manze’s”, London’s oldest surviving eel and pie shop, to the famous “Pont de la Tour” with its amazing views of the river and Tower Bridge. You’ll find the popular Italian restaurant, “Antico”, and acclaimed tapas bars, “Jose” and "Pizarro", on fashionable Bermondsey Street as well as some other great restaurants, cafes and pubs. The Grange pub a few doors down from the house has locally brewed beer and serves good food in the evenings and also lunch at the weekend.
For one of the most exciting views in London, why not go for cocktails in the Atrium Bar on the 31st floor of The Shard? On the other hand, if you prefer to stay at home but are too tired to cook, there’s a fish and chip shop/Chinese takeaway opposite the house. The portions are huge! Or if you like your food a bit spicier, there’s an excellent Indian takeaway just along the street.
Whether you want a full-English fry-up and builder's tea or a dainty pastry and organic espresso for breakfast, you will find it within 5 to 10 minutes walk from the house. Here are just a few great places: Crol & Co, Hej, The Watch House, Roka, The Garrison etc etc
If you feel like catering for yourself, Borough Market, known as “London’s larder”, is in walking distance and comes to life from Wednesday to Saturday. Here you can find everything from the most delicious British cheeses to fresh fish and game. Other great places to shop for food nearby include the markets on Maltby Street, Ropewalk, Druid Street, Spa Terminus and Bermondsey Square which are held on Saturday mornings, all three of which are just a 5 minute walk away. If all that shopping has made you thirsty, you can stop off for a glass or two of natural wine at “40 Maltby Street” and enjoy some delicious seasonal food at the same time. They also sell reasonably priced bottles to take away.
SEE THE SIGHTS
Take a stroll along the banks of the Thames to Tate Modern and Shakepeare’s Globe Theatre, or visit White Cube on Bermondsey Street, the biggest private contemporary art space in Europe. Find out how it feels to look down on London from the tallest building in Europe, The Shard, which is open to the public and is a short walk away at London Bridge.
If you are after some traditional sight-seeing, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London are close by, or take a boat trip down the Thames to historic Greenwich or upstream to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
Buses stop every few minutes just in front of the house
The Number 1 takes you to the West End and its theatres and shops in 20 - 30 minutes. It also runs every 30 minutes throughout the night.
The 78 goes to trendy Shoreditch and the City, London's main business quarter, via Tower Bridge (10 minutes) and Liverpool Street station (20 minutes).
Bermondsey underground station is on the Jubilee line and is a 10 minute walk away. It’s just two stops to the business district of Canary Wharf, four stops to Westminster and six stops to Bond Street which can be reached door to door from the house in about 30 minutes.
The Jubilee line runs through the night on Fridays and Saturdays for night owls!
BED LINEN AND CLEANING
Bed linen and towels are provided. Weekly cleaning and linen change for stays of over a week.
I'm afraid that no extra guests can be accommodated. The maximum number of people who can stay at one time is 2.
IMPORTANT: No extra guests are allowed. The maximum number of guests that can stay at one time is 2 in total.
Strictly no smoking
Not suitable for children under 8
Well behaved, small dogs accepted but must not be left alone. (There is a small park across the road for dog walking)
No naked flames e.g. candles.
No overnight guests unless agreed in advance
Try and keep the noise down after 11pm. Other people sleep in the building and may need to get up for work.
Please keep the front door double locked at all times.
Let me know within 24 hours of checking in if you find anything damaged or not working.
Please contact me if you break, spill or damage anything during your stay. Don't leave it until you check out to tell me.
I love my house and hope you will too. Please treat it with the respect it deserves.
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“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”, so said the 18th century Londoner, Samuel Johnson. I love London and its history and traditions, but it is also constantly changing which is what makes it such an exciting place to live. There is always something new to experience whether it’s the highest building in Europe blocking out the skyline (aka The Shard) or some delicious natural wines to taste at the wonderful “40 Maltby St” under the railway arches just a few streets away. Although I love to travel, and I even spent six years living in France where I return regularly, I’m always happy to come back to my home city. I’m looking forward to passing on some local knowledge as well as tapping into the Airbnb network on my next holidays.