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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.
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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!
I've visited London six times now and Rafa's flat is easily the best place I've stayed on any of my trips. The apartment is both hip and relaxing -- it's exactly like it appears to be in the photos -- and the Hoxton neighborhood is a great home base for exploring London. You won't regret staying here.
Rafa is an amazing host, very informative and friendly. I stayed at this place for nearly a month, the loft is spacious and located in one of the most fun neighborhood. I'd definitely book again.
Another home-away-from-home in London. Why? Just a hop-skip from all that is worth tasting and exploring on Shoreditch Highstreet and Brick Lane and 2 min. from Old Street Station, this large, light-filled eclectic studio is filled with personal histories and all conveniences for a comfortable stay. Great wi-fi, an XXL projector screen for those rainy days, a wide variety of books to browse and a great mattress. Rafa is a timely, communicable and overall formidable host, looking after all the finer details. Will be back :)
Perfect stay on all dimensions! Amazing flat. I wish to come back soon!
It is the perfect place if you want yo explore Shoreditch area. Cool is the best word to explain the house with incredible details all around. Rafa was a perfect host and would definitely stay there when we come back.
Rara was a legend! Was there bang on time when I asked to meet and was super helpful. The place was just "wow" didn't want to leave. Really cool, clean and tidy in an amazing location just off old street roundabout. Will be coming back.
Rafa was very welcoming. The loft apartment was a great place to spend the weekend. Very eclectic and an awesome location. Thankyou
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