A film lovers dream, this stylishly modern Blenheim Crescent studio apartment is moments from that famous 'blue door' that housed Hugh Grant in the blockbuster Notting Hill. Movie memorabilia brightens the soft pales shades of the walls. This is an apartment to relax in, to explore from and to get a real London home experience in.
Living and Eating Spaces
Open the door to find an open-plan studio apartment, with simple yet effective décor. There is a sofa to flop on, facing an ornamental fire-place and a television to entertain you. Moving on you find the kitchen, fitted with all the equipment you would expect. Next you have a round glass-top table with 3 chairs, perfect for those wishing to have a hearty breakfast before venturing out into the City, or equally a feast to finish off a busy day. The living area is tastefully designed in warm colours, and lined with a carpet to delight tired feet.
Bed and Baths
There is a double bed that fits seamlessly in to the studio apartment, making the most of available space. It is positioned excellently with a view through the large windows at the back, and therefore receiving lots of natural light. The sofa in the open plan living area is also a double sofa bed that can accommodate two extra guests.
Expect a spotless bathroom with basin, toilet and walk in shower unit.
Access and Suitability
Although this is at ground floor level there is one flight of external steps to enter. This home would particularly suite couples or the solo traveller.
When you are ready to venture out you are perfectly nestled close to the bustling Notting Hill Streets. Foodies will delight in the abundance of options on your doorstep. From the unique Electric Diner to the classic Italian Mediterraneo you are surrounded by fantastic eateries.
Perhaps you will spend the day exploring the eclectic and bustling Portobello Road. Originally a lane leading to Portobello Farm, its sides now burst at the seams with antiques, vintage fashion stores and bakeries. And if it is markets you are after, this area boasts some of the world's best-loved stalls. The Portobello Green Fashion Market runs Thursday through to Sunday. Or head to Golborne Road for tempting food produce in the week, and first class bric-a-brac and second hand items at the weekend.
If you want to go further afield you are ideally located a few minutes walk from Ladbroke Grove station, which is on the Hammersmith and City Line. With just one change at Paddington from here you can easily go to Kensington, the West End or Regents Park. A slightly further walk will take you to Notting Hill Gate Station that is well connected on both the District and Circle Lines and also the Central Line.
Don't forget you're within walking distance of the magnificent Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, perfect for a morning stroll (or run for the more energetic). Take a picnic under one of Hyde Park's magnificent Oak trees. Watch the roller-bladers slalom through some cones, or rent a rowing boat and test your speed on the magnificent Serpentine.
Wandering down the colourful streets, it is not surprising that the area is home to many literary and bohemian festivals including the soulful Notting Hill Carnival in August and the Notting Hill International Book Festival in April.
Finally, you may not want to spend the whole day here but if you are passing by and find yourself caught short, London's most architecturally renowned public toilets are quite an experience in themselves. Aptly named the 'Turquoise Island', since their design in 1993 by modernist architect Piers Gough, they operate as half florist, half-toilet and quite a focal point of the area. The florist in question, Nikki Tibbles, defeated 70 rivals to win this spot, interestingly her other shop sites include Harrods and Liberty of London.
We politely ask clients to note the following:
Minimum length of stay: 5 nights
Maximum party size: 4
Only couples over age 25 and families
Strictly no smoking or pets
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