There are pros and cons to this flat. Starting with pros: very gracious reception. Host is responsive to requests and always returned inquiries. The flat is generally nicely fitted. Main bed is quite comfortable, and single bed in the second bedroom also comfortable. Walk-in closet is great. Galley kitchen works well. The view of the TV is good, internet works well, with a land-line phone. Location is great, exterior of the building grand, and neighborhood quiet and upscale.
Average comments: small dining table is is wobbly and needs to be upgraded. L-shaped couch appears attractive but cushions don’t stay in place and it would not provide a comfortable base for sleeping and they are not that comfortable for sitting either. It would be a stretch to sleep 5 adults, and even 4 would be inconvenient. Perhaps a couple with 3 kids could be managed, but cramped with the layout with the bathroom.
The cons: The main drawback is a constant noise 24-7. Although the neighborhood is quiet, the apartment is subterranean and located next to the bldg equipment room with constant low pitch motor sound. You notice it more at night than during the day when you are active, but will also notice it anytime you want to be quiet. Some people can tune it out, but I am more sensitive, and it is like sleeping with a refrigerator compressor at a low frequency. I worked with it as “my little train station” with a parked locomotive in the next room. I would not take this place again just for this reason, but if you do not mind some background noise then this place could be a good value. The other con is related to the subterranean architecture and climate. Some lower ground flats work better than others, and this one is so-so in our opinion. The temperature inside ranges from overly warm in much of the area to cool and damp in the far little room where you have to crouch because of the low ceiling, and need to maintain a dehumidifier (not a big deal to do that). This is the fad in London – to increase livable space by constructing these lower ground flats. They are not that bad, but you have to accept that your only daylight is a sidewalk well looking up. The little ‘patio’ is really just a sidewalk well, and not particularly attractive as an outdoor space that you would spend any time in.
Overall you get what you pay for. The price that we paid (4530 pounds per mo) was not cheap, but reasonable for the neighborhood, the space provided, and the amenities. So you have to determine what you are willing to put up with for the price. I wish to thank Yvonne for her kind considerations during our visit, but I suggest that any future letting really needs to disclose the bit about the constant noise.