The SpaceHello guests! I am Kai and am here to host you or answer any enquiries you have about my apartment near New Cross and Brockley in zone 2 London UK! I speak some French (and some baby Italian!) and my partner speaks native Chinese (Mandarin) - please feel free to ask anything you need that I can help you with. I hope the 10 points below will give you all the information you need about our flat. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me. With warmest greetings from London, Kai (and Whitney)
1. LOCATION & TRANSPORT
This apartment is in an excellent location for London:
- New Cross station (zone 2) 9min walk (7min train to London Bridge 1 stop)
- New Cross Gate station (zone 2) 11min walk (7min train to London Bridge 1 stop)
- Brockley station (zone 2/3) 12min walk (11min train to London Bridge 2 stops)
- Lewisham station (zone 2/3) 22min walk (or bus 10 min)
- Goldsmiths College (University of London) 9min walk
- 24 hour open corner shops 2min walk
- Supermarkets (Tesco and Sainsburys open till 10pm daily) 5 or 7min walk
- 24-hour cash machine 3 min walk
- Green gardens and parks and sport grounds 1, 11, 22 min walk
- Buses ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) from 2min walk to central London (Victoria, Paddington, Vauxhall, Waterloo, London Bridge, St Paul, Liverpool Sreet Station etc and also to further south like Lewisham) including 24-hour night buses. (Bus to Victoria 40min, bus to Waterloo 30min, bus to St Paul 50min etc. – During busy traffic hours, add 5 or 10 min on top of these travel times.)
2. ROOM PRICE
The prices of this en-suite room with its own shower and toilet for maximum 2 people are:
GBP £55 a night
GBP £265 a week (over 28% discounted from £385)
GBP £945 a month (over 43% discounted from £1,677)
3. AVAILIBILITY & GARDEN
Please check my listings and availability. I have 4 private rooms in total including this one. They are
- Double room en-suite with garden view (for up to 2 people) (This room is the one you are looking at now.)
- Double room with direct access to garden (for up to 3 people)
- Double room with a double bed (for single occupancy only)
- Single room with a single bed
Everyone staying in this apartment (and the two flats upstairs) has access to a garden and patio. (Please note that the shared garden is undergoing revamping and will look much nicer by September 2015. At the moment it is looking not quiet ready yet. We are working on it.)
4. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
- Price includes everything including cleaning costs so you have absolutely nothing more to pay like service charge fees etc. In your room you will find all bedding and towels (for a double bed for 2 people) and your en-suite shower room has toilet papers, shampoo/conditioner and shower gel. You don’t pay for any of these. And of course there is free wifi.
- You have full access to a shared kitchen which is fully equipped with everything you need for cooking and eating.
- The room is fully furnished and is en-suite so you have your own shower room (though if urgency you can also use the flat’s shared bathroom with bath, shower and toilet), and has a double bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, window, drawers, shelves, curtains and a clothes horse.
Please note that like many places in London, this flat does not have a lounge (also called a living room or a sitting room), but it has a small communal bar area as part of the kitchen with high chairs where you can sit and eat or mingle with other people in the apartment.
5. AIRPORT PICKUP
I have often given a lift to and from airports in my car to our Airbnb guests flying in/out of London UK for a modest charge. (Given the time it takes to drive to and from airports, I am not really making profit by doing this. I just recover petrol costs and I do this to help our Airbnb guests feel welcome and comfortable.) Sometimes I have meetings, work commitments and can be away - I can usually confirm my availability for doing this for you 3 or 4 working days prior to your arrival or departure into and out of London airports. (If I am not available on the date of your flights, I can recommend or book minicab (licensed private hire taxis) firms for you. My charges for doing this (which of course is cheaper and more comfortable car than taxis) for airport pickup or drop off are:
- Heathrow £55 one way
- Gatwick £60 one way
- Stansted £70 one way
- Luton £80 one way
I drive a semi-classic car, a 1990s Mercedes S class limousine which is a very quiet (double glazing windowed) luxury executive saloon (or sedan as they call it in American English) with a generous legroom for both front and back passengers. (My other car is a 1970s Cadillac Eldorado coupe but I usually drive Mercedes.) Please note that I can have four passengers at a time (as the car is a 5-seater including the driver) and if you are a group of 2 or 3 people, I will need to know how many pieces of luggage you will have with you and approximate size of them, before I can confirm my availability for taking you to or bringing you from airports. Please feel free to enquire about airport transfers as I will be there to answer any questions you have in order to help you and find a competitive solution for you.
6. SHOPS, PARKS & AMENITIES NEARBY
There is a 24-hour family-run corner shop just 2min walk from the flat (you can buy food and drink from there), and small supermarkets (Tesco/Sainsburys) open till 10pm and 11pm everyday just 5 or 7min walk. There is a large supermarket (Sainsbury) open until 8pm weekdays 13min walk (behind New Cross Gate station).
7. FREE PARKING, PARKS AND GYM/SWIMMING POOL
- If you are driving and arriving here to my apartment by car, there is free off-street parking just outside our building. (It means you can park anywhere on this street free of charge.) Usually there are plenty of spaces to park cars. (I myself have 2 cars! – Plus I have several bicycles!)
- There is a communal neighbouhood green area (like a garden for the entire street) right behind the flat (1min walk) and there are parks (such as Hilly Fields) 20min walk. Hilly Fields gives a panoramic view of London including a nice view of Canary Wharf and the Shard of London.
- There is a public leisure-sports centre with a huge swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym and exercise classes just 10min by bus or 22min walk from our flat. (Glass Mill sports centre in Lewisham.)
8. NUMBER OF GUESTS, OTHERS IN THE HOUSE & NEIGHBOURS
This room is for maximum 2-people occupancy (it has a double bed and not twin beds). We do have another room for maximum 3 people with a double bed and a folding single bed, so if you are a group of 3 people or total 5 people in your group, please look at my other listing in the same apartment for up to 3 people. The flat has 1 bathroom (with bath, shower and toilet) but this room is en-suite so you have your own shower room (with shower and toilet).
There are 4 rooms in this apartment including this room. The other double room (for up to 3 people) tends to have other Airbnb guests or short or long-term tenants, and the other two smaller rooms (a double and a single room both for single occupancy) tends to have students studying at Goldsmiths College University of London or professionals working in London, from UK, Europe or other parts of the world, usually long-term but sometimes short term tenants as well.
This apartment is the basement flat (Flat A) of 3 flats at this address in this building, and has its own entrance that you do not sharewith the two neibouring flats. Above this flat is a neighbour family (Flat B on the ground floor) who are a young Latin American family with a small child (a 3 year-old) and a baby. (Like us and our Airbnb guests, they are also all non-smokers and they don’t have a spare room so they don’t have guests staying over.) From your room or this flat in the basement, I believe that you can’t hear this neighbour or the children speaking or crying, but sometimes you can hear and feel the small child running around in the flat upstairs. But usually it is not that bad as it is not constant – it is only occasionally that you can hear the kid running about in the upstairs neighbouring flat. (Above this neighbouring flat is Flat C, on the 1st floor above the ground floor flat, which is my partners flat. That is where she and I spend most of time. We have two spare bedrooms there and we often have Airbnb guest staying in this top floor flat. If you are interested in my partner’s apartment which is different from mine but at the same address, please (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) " Hey, I’m Whitney! London, United Kingdom Member since September 2012", you will see her picture in a field shot from back and her two listings, a single and a double room for up to 3 people.)
Our flat is for NON-SMOKERS ONLY. (100% non-smokers only. We don’t take electronic cigarette smokers either.) We do not take smokers who will not smoke in the house (because due to our neighbour having small children with a baby, and even if not, we don’t want to have smokers standing outside our entrance to our apartments or in our gardens smoking.) For smell, hygiene, fire risk and home insurance requirement purposes, we only take people who never smoke. If you are not a complete nonsmoker we cannot help you, so in that case please kindly look elsewhere, and I wish you good luck in your accommodation search. If you are a total non-smoker, please get in touch as I am here to help you and answer your questions.)
There is a deposit of GBP £85 which will be returned to you after you have moved out as per T&C.
That is about it! I hope this will have answered all the questions you have about this room and this apartment. If you have any more questions, please get in touch. English, French (and even Chinese Mandarin) languages are OK to communicate with us (my partner and myself). With warmest regards from London, Kai (and Whitney)