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Very cool, eclectic and personal, lateral loft space taking up the first floor of an industrial turn of the 20th century workshop in Shoreditch / Hoxton, three minutes walk to Hoxton Square, five minutes walk to Old Street underground station (Northern Line) and twelve minutes to Liverpool Street main line and underground. There is a Barclays bike stand 50m from the building. Within three minutes walk are fantastic bars and restaurants.
The markets, bar and restaurants at Columbia Road, Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Broadway Market are all a short distance away. All of the Olympic sites and the West End / Oxford Street are accessible from the excellent local connections (20 minute bus journey / 15 in a cab to Oxford Street).
The flat is essentially one large room, with a three quarter height kitchen divider separating the living space from the bedroom, and from the bedroom, a door leading to a separate bathroom with bath and shower. The space has enormous windows on three sides – fitted with blackout roller blinds for when needed.
It is fully furnished with design originals including a super comfy sofa and a dining table that seats eight easily. The main space has freeview / DVD / blu-ray / full hifi and an HD projector which accepts inputs from most laptops and very fast wifi (50-70meg). The large loading doors at the end of the space can be opened to let the outside in. There is also an informal space on the New York style fire escape leading up to the entrance where one can take the sun and have a coffee on a nice day. Great mood lighting.
Kitchen equipped with a gas hob, an electric oven, a dishwasher and fully stocked with cooking utensils and crockery. Central heating keeps the space toasty in winter despite the large crittal windows.
There is a laundry area with a washer / dryer and an old fashioned clothes airer over the bath. The bathroom is functional and spotlessly clean.
Towels and bed linen all white and of the best quality (400 thread frette sheets) and the bed has a king size (150cm) tempur mattress.
At additional cost, I can arrange a sofa bed / double futon so the space can accommodate 3-4 people in total. Smokers may be accommodated, but please let me know in advance when you book if you will be smoking in the flat.
There is a fantastic coffee shop 15 metres away, perfect for breakfast and a late opening dry cleaners two shops down from that. The nearest pub is just at the back of the building (but we don’t hear the noise) and they serve excellent pizza until late. There is also a late opening Tesco mini supermarket at the other end of the road and an organic grocery four minutes walk in the other direction. I’ve lived in the area for fifteen years and happy to suggest bars, restaurants, art events, parties etc. depending on what you are looking for.
The space has neighbours above and below so loud music and parties after midnight are not welcome please and would need to be discussed before booking.
Interaction with Guests
I usually check in every guest myself and live in the block when I am in London
All welcome if respectful. No parties after midnight please without having been agreed prior to booking. No loud music after midnight please - the sound system rocks but only until midnight! Three locks to get in. One for the gate downstairs and then a mortice and a yale for the front door. When you go out you just close the front door and turn the mortice lock. Easy! There are three other floors in the building, very friendly neighbours. If you smoke, open the doors to air the room - it soon clears - that the beauty of wood floors and leather furniture - the smoke does not stay, which is good for non-smokers like me!
We stayed with Rafa in the loft with our 2 young children. He was very accommodating right from the start with meeting us at the front door and showing us our own car park for our hire car. He gave us a tour and showed us the ropes and then left us to enjoy it.
We loved exploring the place and all his personal memorabilia that decorate the space. Our girls particularly loved the place lit up like a carnival at night. The loft is easy walking distance to the Underground and Brick Lane and lots of trendy places to eat. Loved our stay and would definitely return to stay with Rafa when back in London.
This flat is amazing. We were in London for a friends 50th birthday (who lives down the street) and this was the perfect choice. In fact, when I told our friend where we were staying he said, "I pass that building every day and have always wanted to see the flats inside!" He wasn't disappointed. GREAT neighborhood.
Rafa was amazing. Our flight was delayed and he was a superstar through and through.
A swinging London pad! Stylish, tidy, and full of character. Steps away from hip east London nightlife and the vast array of Asian cuisine on Old Street. Rafa is a conscientious, helpful, and gracious host.
This Hoxton loft was an amazing first airbnb experience. Rafa was a great host and met us at the unit, showed us all around and how things worked. The flat is "uniquely" decorated which fitted our tastes and the London experience we were going for. Centrally located in Zone 1 of the underground, busses and the tube "Old Street" station was a quick 10 min walk. Would recommend this place for a young couple (or friends) looking for an authentic London experience!
Rafa was approachable, helpful and very informative. The apartment oozed style and comfort, and was close to good food and coffee. The neighbourhood was quiet and close to local attractions. Altogether the apartment and Rafa were the perfect end to a holiday. We felt inspired and relaxed from when we arrived to when we left.
Had a great time at Rafa's really cool apartment! He was a great host and really chill about everything, I've already recommended his place to a friend! Xx
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