Lots of light from large windowsPaintings and other decorations reflect owner's global travels and top-flea market finds
Cute, central, arty one-bed flat
Cute, central, arty one-bed flat
4 voyageurs
1 chambre
1 lit
1 salle de bain
4 voyageurs
1 chambre
1 lit
1 salle de bain
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Travel writer's spacious, quiet flat in a great location near lively Brixton (but just far enough away for some peace) with excellent transport links to central London and beyond. New, well-equipped kitchen, lots of art inside and a real London area.

Le logement

This is a solid 1930s-built flat decorated in a suitably retro, global traveller style. It's purpose-built, so there are no poky rooms, and it's been recently refurbished.

The bedroom is simply decorated in white with some historical prints from Florence; there's a double Muji bed.

The living room (lounge) has a large very comfortable sofa, where a third person can sleep, plus a wooden dining table by the window. For a fourth guest (and a small extra fee) I can provide a very comfortable airbed.

The kitchen has a homely feel, with black-and-white tiled floor, thick wooden counter-tops and a gas stove. The owner is a keen cook so the cooking equipment is top notch.

The bathroom is functional, with good light, a powerful shower and a bath.

Decorations throughout comprise handwoven rugs, African and other masks, healthy indoor plants and the owner's own black and white prints from his travels. Plenty of lamps provide a warm, subtle ambiance. There are lots of books to browse and a stereo. No TV, though (do you need one these days with decent wi-fi?)

The flat is on a 30s council estate – on which some of the flats are rented, some owned – and, although the grounds are a bit inner-city scruffy (they are soon to be entirely done up) the atmosphere is friendly. The flats themselves are very solid and well laid out (the way they used to build 'em!) and the neighbours are quiet.

A big selling point of the flat its location. It's about a 15-minute walk from Brixton, one of the liveliest and most diverse parts of London. With Brixton Village – a covered market – it also has one of the widest ranges of good, affordable places to eat in the capital, in a low-key environment.

There are also many buses from the flat to Brixton, where there's a Tube (metro/underground) stop and to many other parts of London. There's a mini-supermarket over the road, plus plenty of (more interesting) food stores five-10 minutes away. This is stylish inner-London living with a bit of grit.

Everything: bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen.

Depending upon their time of arrival, I should be able to meet them near the flat to show them around. For stays longer than a few days, I ask guests to water the plants – or I can pop over and do it.

It's diverse, lively, not snobby, a bit scruffy, central, with heaps of good places to eat and drink. Oh, and there are some huge parks nearby. Search "Lonely Plant Brixton" for a decent description.

The flat is excellently placed for public transport. Many buses go down Brixton Hill, reaching the Tube station in about five to 10 minutes. There are buses in other directions all over London. I also have bike maps guests can use covering much of London.

Please note that if four people stay the charge is £95 a night.

Brixton isn't Hampstead or Mayfair, and the flat is an area where real people from diverse ethnic backgrounds live, so if you want to be in ultra-refined surroundings it probably won't suit you (although the inside of the flat is pretty refined!). On the other hand, if you want a slice of real London – in one of its liveliest parts – this should be a very memorable stay.

Note about the parking: I can provide you with guest parking permits for the estate. It's first come, first served but people haven't previously had a problem finding a space.

Towels: I will provide nice fresh towels for however many guests.

Everything – bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen – bar one smaller bedroom that is kept shut when guests stay.

I will meet guests and quickly show them around ( I can meet you at Brixton Tube stop if you really think you'll get lost) then leave them to enjoy the flat. I respond quickly to texts, emails and phone if you have any queries. For longer stays I'll either need to pop around once a week or so to feed the plants or ask guests to kindly do it.


The flat is in Brixton Hill, about a 15-minute walk or short bus ride from Brixton, one of the liveliest parts of London, with a tonne of great and very diverse restaurants, bars and cafes, especially the cornucopia that is Brixton Village. The area around the flat itself is quiet, with a supermarket over the road and other (more interesting) food stores nearby. There are two "genuine London pubs" (ie the increasingly few that haven't been turned into cookie cutter gastropubs) on the same road as the flat, plus a cheap men's hairdresser and all manner of things.

Here's what Lonely Planet says about Brixton:

The years that most shaped contemporary Brixton were the post-WWII ‘Windrush’ years, when immigrants arrived from the West Indies. (Windrush was the name of one of the leading ships that brought these immigrants to the UK.) Economic decline and hostility between the police and particularly the black community led to riots in (phone number hidden) and 1995.

Although violence returned to Brixton during the London riots of August 2011, the mood today is upbeat. Soaring property prices have sent in house-hunters, and pockets of gentrification sit alongside the more run-down streets. Apart from some great restaurants and clubs, the big sights are the fantastic Brixton Village – a current south London culinary and shopping hotspot – and Brixton Market.


Excellent public transport. There are many bus stops a short walk from the flat, taking you to central London and beyond. There's a Tube (Underground/metro) stop in Brixton, which is a 15 minute walk or short bus ride from the flat down Brixton Hill. There's also an overground train stop (Streatham Hill) about 10 minutes away.

Please note that if four people stay the charge is £95 a night.

Brixton isn't Hampstead or Mayfair, and the flat is an area where real people from diverse ethnic backgrounds live, so if you want to be in ultra-refined surroundings it probably won't suit you (although the inside of the flat is pretty refined!). On the other hand, if you want a slice of real London – in one of its liveliest parts – this should be a very memorable stay.

Note about the parking: I can provide you with guest parking permits for the estate. It's first come, first served but people haven't previously had a problem finding a space.

Towels: I will provide nice fresh towels for however many guests.

Heating: Always so complicated in hotels! Not here. Attached to the wall in the hallway, just to the left of the kitchen doorway, is a little control panel. Flip it open from the bottom and you'll find a little grey switch on the right. Move the switch to "auto" and the heating will come on automatically in the morning and evening; move it to "man" if you want heating there and then. Leave it at "off" if you don't need the heating. Simple! There's also a little grey heater/fan blower in the living room that you can move where you like about the flat.

Accès des voyageurs

Everything – kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room – bar one additional small room kept closed to guests.

Échanges avec les voyageurs

I will meet you briefly when you arrive, show you around and then leave you to it. Happy to meet people at Brixton Tube (metro, underground) and show them the way, if that's easier.


Équipements
Parking gratuit sur place
Internet
Produits de base

Prix
Voyageur supplémentaire 23 € / nuit après 3 voyageurs
Frais de ménage 23 €
Réduction à la semaine : 10%
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Règlement intérieur
Départ avant 12:00

Not a lot of rules. Don't burn it down. Keep the noise to a reasonable level. Also, I ask for shoes off inside, for neighbours' sake, etc. You can smoke comfortably out on the landing. Sorry, no pets!


Annulations

Dispositif de sécurité
Détecteur de fumée

Disponibilité
Séjour de 3 nuits minimum

4 commentaires

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Profil utilisateur de Marius
janvier 2015
L'accueil de Simon a été convivial. Hôte attentif et courtois, celui-ci a su attendre ses invités dans les meilleures conditions. L'appartement est un coup de coeur assuré: la décoration se marie parfaitement avec une bibliothèque riche et diverse. Idéal pour une petite famille ou un couple. Nous le recommandons vivement.

Profil utilisateur de Patricia
juillet 2014
Lovely little flat. Lots of buses opposite the street to the city centre within half an hour, King's Cross station,Oxford Circus,Liverpool Street.... Great kitchen and many good books to read. Unfortunately didn't stay long enough to read any of them.

Profil utilisateur de RaffaellaRaffaella est un Superhost.
décembre 2014
Simon has been helpful and kind. The house was super cozy and warm, the neighborhood is charming and quiet. We slept wonderfully and shower is great, everything was clean and tight. I would recommend and in the future i will surely book Simon's place again.

Profil utilisateur de Alex
juillet 2014
Simon was a great host and had a beautiful flat. I spent a week there and was very comfortable. Very cool area of London and a great pub nearby. Would definitely recommend his apartment. Also lots of incredible books!

Londres, Royaume-UniMembre depuis janvier 2013
Profil utilisateur de Simon

A travel writer and editor, keen decorator, cook, reader.

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