Georgian Elegance in the Heart of Bloomsbury


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This bright, elegant Georgian (1760's) apartment is your perfect pied-a-terre in Central London. Situated in Handel St. a quiet, tree lined side street just off Brunswick Sq. in the heart of Bloomsbury, the flat is barely five minutes walk from Russell Square tube (Piccadilly line) or the red double decker buses on Woburn Place/Southampton Row. A pleasant ten minute walk though Russell Sq Gardens and you're at the British Museum and UCL Campus or walk North to Euston Rd for the British Library and St Pancras (Eurostar). To the South (two tube stops) or 20 minutes walk, takes you to Covent Garden, Shaftesbury Ave and the West End theatres. The whole building was completely refurbished in 2005 and this first floor flat (US second floor) is a charming place to return to after a busy day of sight seeing or shopping. Retaining the original marble fireplace and painted wooden shutters, the high ceilings and long Georgian windows give a feeling of space and light whilst modern, quality furniture ensures your comfort. All has been recently painted in cool grey with white woodwork with deep pile fitted carpet throughout. The queen-size bed has pocket spring mattress and the sofa bed is very comfortable. The arm chairs are of cream leather, the kitchen area is fully equipped and the pull-out dining table can seat four or more if necessary. The bathroom, newly refurbished in 2013 now has a full walk in shower with 'deluge' shower head, heated marble tiled floor, heated towel rail, toilet and basin. The separate utility/laundry room on the landing has a sink, washer and dryer, iron/board and room to store luggage. The Brunswick Centre, Bloomsburys new High St. is moments away and affords great grocery shopping at gourmet supermarket Waitrose, two Chemists, a Starbucks, plus an interesting Farmers Market on Weds and Sats serving great street food! The arty Curzon Bloomsbury Cinema has been newly rebuilt, now having six screens and couple of bars . Travel to the flat is excellent with Heathrow barely an hour away, straight through on the Piccadilly line. Also easy to get to Euston, Marylebone and Paddington for trains. The Eurostar train to Paris/Brussels is 10 minutes walk or one tube stop. Liverpool St.(Stanstead) or Victoria (Gatwick) are a short ride away by cab, all of which give this bijou 'home away from home' the advantage of a most central location whilst enjoying a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood setting. A recent visitor from VA says...'we LOVED the flat. The location was superb, we fell in love with Waitrose and enjoyed walking in the gardens nearby. The light was wonderful and the history of the house fascinating, we had never seen windows with shutters like that! You had thought of everything - the advantage of you the owners living here part of the time is that it is so well equipped and comfortable. We definitely want to come again. Keywords: Apartment

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  1. Professors John & Deirdre
    This last visit was the second my husband and I have paid to the Handel St. flat, so beautifully maintained by the owners. The location is superb (and not just for proximity to the British Library, the British Museum, and many buses), but also for its closeness to the Brunswick Centre where one can shop for everything at Waitrose (best supermarket in London) and find many nice cafes. Situated on the first floor (second for US visitors), the flat has beautiful large Georgian windows that make the flat wonderfully light: the kitchen is fully equipped and the bedroom comfortable and quiet. No better place to stay in historic Bloomsbury. And finally the property manager is easily reachable and very helpful. Very highly recommended. 30 April 2013 - 14:09:31
  2. Patricia Y.
    This was our third stay (a recommendation in itself) in this lovely flat in Bloomsbury. Each visit has been a little longer as there never seems to be enough time to do all we want to do in London. This is why we decided to stay for four weeks in January this year. Everything we said about the flat and its wonderful location in our first review still holds true (see December 12, 2011), so we will only mention here a few of the improvements that the owners have made to the flat in the past year. There are three which we particularly appreciated. The bathroom has been completely redone, with a spacious walk-in shower, new fittings, and an over-the-sink cabinet with ample storage space for all those things one needs in the loo. There is also a new washer/dryer (one single unit as is common in the UK) in the private laundry room half a flight down, as well as a very useful drying rack. The manual for the flat has also been improved, completely revised and updated. As always, the owners and their daughter, Antonia, are delightful to deal with, responding immediately to any questions or problems. We are already planning our next visit. 24 March 2014 - 20:41:09
  3. Sue F.
    My husband and I have just finished spending 8 days in London and staying in this beautiful flat in Bloomsbury. This part of London is one of our very favourites and the 6 Handel Street flat is just perfect. It's location is ideal as one can walk nearly everywhere with ease. Russell Square and the tube station is just minutes away as are the buses which can take you easily to Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Soho etc. The British Museum is also within a few minutes walk. The flat is on a quiet side street with no traffic noise. It is cozy and comfortable and one can pretend for awhile this is "home." We have been able to shop locally and enjoy meals at home. The kitchen is beautifully organized and there is everything that one needs. Waitrose market and Brunswick shopping centre is next door which has coffe shops, restaurants, pharmacy, newspapers etc. A big treat for us is being able to get the International New York Times. The flat is also well equipped with travel books and literature and maps to help you get around and plan your time. Booking the flat was extremely easy and all our questions and concerns were responded to quickly. It has been a lovely week in London and staying at 6 Handel Street has made it a memorable. We will return. 28 September 2014 - 21:05:44
  4. A guest from Kernersville, NC
    We spent a wonderful two weeks in this flat with all the comforts of home. It was exactly as advertised- close to everything including two tube stations and a rail station. Beautiful area to just walk around. The flat had all the amenities needed and was wonderful to come back to in order to enjoy the peace and quiet after a day of sightseeing. Judith and her daughter, Antonia, were a pleasure to deal with! Would highly recommend this flat as a place to stay in London. Would definitely rent again and recommend to others. Enjoyed the Lamb Pub, The Queens Larder and the North Sea Restaurant - all nearby. 18 November 2014 - 03:18:30
    I stayed in this flat for two weeks at the end of March. I loved it! It felt like a home away from home and it was one of the most comfortable flats I have ever rented. The lounge is bright with three large windows onto the street, the furnishings are very tasteful and the Luna and other chair in the lounge are incredibly comfortable. The kitchen is well kitted out and the appliances very easy to use - I ate many meals here and it was very easy to cook in the kitchen and with Waitrose just a few minutes away, getting groceries was not an issue. The bedroom is quiet and again very nicely furnished. I loved the modern bathroom with its heated floor, heated towel rack and rain-head shower! The laundry room is big and the washer/dryer easy to use. All in all, a lovely place to stay. And the location is superb - walking distance to so many tube and train stations, to the British Library and British Museum and even Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road shopping. If you have business at the University of London, it is also very close by and the nearby Brunswick Centre has many restaurants, shops, Waitrose and a repertory cinema. What more could you ask? This is definitely a flat you will want to rent again and again. I 08 April 2015 - 13:03:40
  6. Michael B.
    This flat was a perfect choice for our first trip to London. Its an ideal location with easy access to the underground, shopping, restaurants and walking distance to the incredible treasures at the British Museum and British Library. The kitchen is well equipped with very nice appliances, the bathroom is gorgeous (we loved the towel warmer). After long days of touring London we really appreciated the comfort of the living room furniture and the quiet of the quaint neighborhood. We loved London, an absolutely fascinating city. Even our intimate encounters with strangers during rush hour on the tube were pleasant with friendly and polite conversation. This was also our first experience renting on VRBO and any apprehension we had was quickly dismissed by the professional and courteous communications with Judith and Antonia. We hope to visit London again someday and would definitely consider another stay at 6 Handel Street. 19 June 2015 - 02:01:30
  7. Nora K.
    My husband and I, and our 2 10-yr old boys had a wonderful week's stay in the flat. It was perfect for us, but would be a little tight with older kids or 2 other adults, as the second bed is a pull out couch. The flat is perfectly situated near St. Pancras (handy if arriving from Eurostar), British Museum and Russell Square tube station. But the best thing is being so close to the Waitrose Market and the Brunswick Square restaurants, which were ideal for travelling with kids - breakfast at Giraffe was perfect for them. The flat is well equipped - you can tell they have thought about what travelers need - including lots of hooks!, umbrellas, converter plugs and plenty of maps and guidebooks. Judith and Antonia were great. Highly recommend! 05 July 2015 - 15:02:16
  8. Sam V.
    As several others have mentioned you cannot beat the location. Most of London attractions are 10-20 min away by Tube. This flat is located close to Russell Sq. Stn served by Piccadilly Line which also runs to Heathrow Airport. Another big plus is its proximity to King's Cross St. and St. Pancraas where you can board Eurostar trains to Continental Europe. The flat is well thought out in every sense. The living room has comfortable sofa (which convert to sofa bed - queen size). It has very comfortable recliner chairs. Kitchen is well laid out and has every possible appliance you need to cook a fabulous meal. Bed room has a nice queen bed with a view to the garden behind. Beds are very comfortable. We stayed Jul 4-11 as a family of 4, 2 kids 12yrs and 8yrs old. Kids found the sofabed comfortable. Nearby you have Brunswick mall with several restaurants and of course Waitrose grocery store. The prepared meals in Waitrose were awesome. Wonder why you don't get such great options in the US grocery stores! Other options for grocery include Sainsbury express (also in Brunswick mall) and Tesco Express (across Russell Sq. Stn.). We pretty much got prepared meals from Waitrose most of the time as it worked out economical than restaurants. This is our first VRBO/Homeaway rental and were nervous initially. However, Judith (owner, based in USA) and her daughter Antonia (London) made the entire process from reservation, check-in and check-out very convenient. They are very pleasant to deal with. This place will be our first choice in future if London is on our travel plans. 02 August 2015 - 19:27:44
  9. Jane A.
    My partner and I stayed here for a week in July, absolutely loved it, and can only echo the comments made by others. The flat itself is incredibly comfortable, quiet and aesthetically pleasing to boot ... a calming, delightful place to come 'home' to each day. In terms of ease of access to transit and proximity to places to visit and enjoy, it's also great. We were lucky with the weather and walked far and wide rather than taking the underground, but the Piccadily Line station at Russel Sq is only minutes away. Early morning walks through the various Bloomsbury squares were lovely. The flat's proximity to Waitrose was, as others have noted, a bonus too: grocery shopping so close and so good. We didn't want to cook for ourselves and, as others have said, Waitrose prepared foods/ salads and range of cheeses and wine are vastly better than we'd find in an equivalent Canadian supermarket. Practically, Judith and Antonia made it so easy: Judith on email to make the arrangements initially and Antonia to meet us at the flat and settle us in. Thanks to both - and we hope to be back! 08 August 2015 - 14:05:06
  10. What a wonderful cozy flat. It's like being in your home away from home. Everything you need is provided and the location can't be beat. My husband and I stayed for three weeks and enjoyed the convenience of being able to walk to the downtown core, Southbank, the wonderful city parks and numerous other jaunts around town. Having Waitrose one block away made food shopping a breeze. Should you not be up to a walking holiday as we had, public transit is easily accessible from your Handel Street abode. Judith and Antonia were delightful to deal with. All in all a wonderful time and we are looking forward to coming back again in 2017. 22 September 2015 - 14:50:54
  11. Nina H.
    We just returned from ten days staying at the Handel St flat in London (myself, my husband, and our 8-year-old son) and had a wonderful time. The flat is perfect for a couple or a small family. It is very comfortable, bright, and pleasant, with a fully equipped kitchen, nice modern bathroom, wifi, and laundry facilities. It is directly across the street from a great supermarket that has lots of gourmet, ready-to-cook meals and anything else you might need. The street is very quiet and yet the flat is in walking distance to main sites, including British Museum, Covent Garden, and Trafalgar Square. Public transit was easy from either Russell Sq or St. Pancras, plus lots of busses on Euston Road. The owners (in the States) and manager in London were wonderful; coordinating everything was a breeze. We will definitely stay here again the next time we are in London! 09 January 2016 - 16:30:24
  12. Suzanne and Dennis
    My husband and I enjoyed another wonderful stay at Handel Street in October of 2015. It truly feels like coming home every time we arrive! The apartment is perfect for us, attractively and comfortably decorated, with every modern convenience one could need, and the owner and her delightful daughter make the transition to London seamless. While centrally located - the excellent Waitrose is just a block away, the British Museum is quite nearby, as is the tube stop - it is quiet, and the serenity of the street with St. George's Garden at the end is so enjoyable. The kitchen is beautifully equipped, and the new bath is a treat. All in all, we count ourselves quite fortunate to have discovered Judith's Bloomsbury treasure, and we look so forward to our next visit! 22 February 2016 - 17:55:50
  13. Ted W.
    What a pleasure it was to come home to a warm and "toutes comforts" flat after a long days walking the town.And quiet.Enjoyed the view of an old brick building,particularily the weather vane. 06 March 2016 - 23:32:16
  14. Jean
    The Handel Street flat suited us in every way. It is in a lively neighborhood with convenient access to public transportation, but the street and building are quiet. Being close to the British Museum was a big plus for us. We especially liked these things about the apartment: It was spotless, also well-lighted and airy. The kitchen was well-equipped and all the appliances worked. The bed was comfortable and had convenient reading lights. The WIFI connection was reliable and fast. The bathroom was modern, with a heated floor and towel rack. We would happily stay here again. 25 March 2016 - 18:42:14
  15. I'd really like to tell you not to stay at Handel Street because I selfishly want it to be available for me. But the reality is that it's a lovely flat in a great location for a couple or small family. The small size of the bedroom, with a very comfortable bed, is more than made up for by the large living room and beautiful modern bathroom. The small kitchen doesn't feel so small because of the open design and large window. And having a laundry room is a real treat. There's room to hang your delicates and not have them draped over that lovely towel warmer in the bath. The location is just about perfect. Waitrose is a block away, so grocery shopping is easy. And if you're a little late getting there on a Sunday evening, just go to the Tesco nearby. Kings Cross St. Pancras is a short walk for the train or the tube and Russell Square is equally close if you're headed to Covent Garden or Leister Square. You don't even need the tube for the British Museum or the British Library or the Welcome Collection or Sir John Soane's house or the Foundling Museum, all worth a visit and within easy walking distance. Communication with the owner and her daughter, who manages the property, is easy and both respond promptly. I'd arrange my future London trips to stay at Handel St. 15 May 2016 - 11:34:01
  16. Rebecca S L.
    This cozy Bloomsbury flat provided my husband and me with a comfortable place to stay after days filled with London sightseeing. Its location was convenient to every area of London we wanted to explore by walking, bus, and tube. This neighborhood has an amazing supermarket, close tube stop, many restaurants and shops, and several beautiful, historic parks (gardens). The owners were very helpful with guidebooks and recommendations. Thank you for recommending Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant; it was a delicious treat indeed & we could walk to it! Our favorite pub was the Harrison where we thoroughly enjoyed an Irish music jam Sunday evening. I needed help with joining the flat's WiFi and the owner was pleasantly prompt in providing problem-solving strategies. This historic property is clean, tastefully furnished, modern, and charming. This was our first trip to London and the flat helped make it a perfect one. 02 July 2016 - 17:27:50
  17. Rick and Ann L.
    My wife and I just returned form our third stay at Handel Street. We have only positive things to say. As this is the owners' residence part of the year, it has everything you would need and the quality of the furnishings is high. The flat is sunny, clean, up-to-date, and comfortable. The street and neighborhood are quiet and pleasurable. The Waitrose supermarket is only a block away, and the efficient kitchen is great for preparing your own meals. The location is perfect for getting anywhere by foot, bus, or Underground. The owners are great to work with. 31 July 2016 - 21:22:25
  18. Bruce and Helen G.
    We stayed here for three weeks and it was perfect for our holiday. It was comfortable, clean, quiet and well equiped. A Waitrose supermarket is close by as is a tube station. Restaurants are within easy walking distance (Ciao Bella was a particular favourite). For rainy days the British Museum is 5 minutes away with frequent free tours. The booking process was easy and communication was clear and prompt. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to our friends. 15 September 2016 - 05:18:40
  19. Anne C.
    Hoped to find Bloomsbury haven for reunion with college roommate. Handel Street apartment proved a winner. Street has no through traffic remarkably quiet for London. Area is real neighborhood with park and small shopping mall around central courtyard. As women we felt safe walking home late at night from nearby tube station. Apartment is both comfortable and well-maintained. Kitchen outfitted with high-end appliances. WiFi worked well. Large windows flood light into kitchen and living room; dandy shutters keep it private at night. Everything you need to know about apartment and neighborhood are in apartment's handy manual. We appreciated referral to Trusted Driver John ("TD John," we call him.) TD John is the man for early morning airport runs when carting too much home (that would be me). Rental process was smooth; we thank both Judith and Antonia. I'd suggest three people as max fit. That's American sizing, probably not a fair measure considering London's standard doll-sized hotel rooms. 17 October 2016 - 17:27:01
  20. Christobel B.
    We couldn't have been happier. The Handel Street flat proved a great location - for exploring (on foot or by tube), for grocery shopping, for quiet nights. We were happy eating in or dining out. Saw many museums and attended concerts and restaurants. In particular we recommend a few hours at the Wellcome Institute just a short walk away on Euston Road. Superbly curated exhibitions, a permanent display and the best of bookshops. We will be back - thank you. 23 March 2017 - 22:12:00

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