Your London adventure starts in my VERY central flat, 1 block from Trafalgar Square, 4 from Big Ben, B'ham Palace. King bed or 2 singles, own bathroom, sofa beds for 1 -2 more. I have my own bedroom & bath, helpful tips for your special stay. Great gym in building.
UNIQUE LOCATION IN THE VERY CENTRE OF LONDON - JUST one block from Trafalgar Square yet quiet and with an outside terrace.
FOR FOUR PEOPLE MAXIMUM
- The DOUBLE BEDROOM for 1 or 2 people, which has a king size bed and generous closet space
- 2 SINGLE SOFA BEDS, with generous closet space. - £60 per person per night.
YOUR OWN BATHROOM with extra hanging space directly opposite the double bedroom.
** PLEASE NOTE: Your hostess shares the flat with you and has her own bedroom and bathroom. YOU CAN ONLY BOOK THE WHOLE FLAT for your exclusive use BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT AT £497 PER NIGHT**
No one believes how central this location is until they arrive at the front door. This is the only residential block on this street. The hotel next door is £300 a night for two people, the other two hotels are £500 a night for two people. It's location, location, location. You can walk to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, St James's Park, the National Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields, major theatres, Covent Garden in less than 10 minutes from here.
NEAREST UNDERGROUND STATIONS: Embankment, Charing Cross or Leicester Square.
The FLAT is lovely and airy, featuring polished floor boards, an outdoor terrace, 2 bathrooms (1 allocated specially for guests), plus modern open plan kitchen with dining and living room. Views across London & Paris-style roof tops to St Martin-in-the-Fields spire on Trafalgar Square. And although in the centre of London, it's surprisingly quite in the flat, being 4 floors up. (Stairs or lift)
NEAREST UNDERGROUND STATIONS: Embankment, Charing Cross or Leicester Square
Superbly located just minutes from Trafalgar Square, with the National and National Portrait Galleries, and free and paid concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields almost on the door step! We're also one block from Golden Jubilee Bridge leading to South Bank with Royal Festival Hall, National Theatre, St James's Park and the Mall and Buckingham Palace are just 10 minutes walk away. We are near all of London's major theatres, cinemas and attractions, including China Town, Covent Garden, Oxford and Regent Streets for world-class shopping and Piccadilly Circus.
Near all major transport links.
Closest tubes: Embankment, Charing Cross, Leicester Square
Mainline train stations: Charing Cross, Waterloo, Victoria (4 underground stops from Embankment)
Looking forward to your staying here soon!
- All bed linen and towels provided
- Tea and coffee facilities provided
- Continental style, generous breakfast included in price of your stay
- Separate bathroom
-London guide books and tips about theatre and special events
-PearlShare App on iPhone under my name Phyllis SantaMaria or look at the guides on (URL HIDDEN)
-Gym in building and only £20.99 for a month's membership.
Friendly welcome, helpful tips about best things to see in London.
I sometimes ask guests to be out of the flat one afternoon a week when there are medical consultations in the flat.
It's the best location in London, close to Trafalgar Square with the National Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields, theatres, China Town, the vibrant South Bank, Houses of Parliament, hundreds of restaurants and great book stores. The best of London is on our doorstep.
NEAREST UNDERGROUND STATIONS: Embankment, Charing Cross or Leicester Square
Embankment, Charing Cross, Leicester Square underground stations are all nearby. Waterloo and Victoria stations for overground are close by and buses, including night buses, for everywhere in London.
FROM HEATHROW AIRPORT: Take the Piccadilly line to central London. At Baron's Court, hop off the train, cross the platform and take the District Line to Embankment. Then you will have to lug your luggage up a flight of stairs.
FROM STANSTED AIRPORT: take the Stansted Express train or coach service to Liverpool St Station. Then take the Circle Line to Embankment underground station. (Have to use stairs.)
OR From Liverpool Street Station, go to the back of the station, up the escalator, to the bus stop for either the no. 11 or 23 bus to Trafalgar Square. This way you avoid having to use stairs in the underground. It's a short walk from the bus stop.
FROM GATWICK AIRPORT: take the train from Gatwick to Victoria station, then the District Line Eastwards to Embankment Station. Or the no. 24 bus from the side of Victoria Station to Whitehall, getting off at Horseguards Parade. Or a taxi.
FROM LONDON CITY AIRPORT
Take the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) to Canning Town. Change to the Jubilee line heading to central London, get off at Westminster. Take the District Line eastwards one stop to Embankment.
FROM VICTORIA STATION: take the District or Circle line to Embankment.
Please do NOT ask for the address until you have paid for your booking for security reasons.
Main bedroom has a super king size bed, can convert to 2 single beds. Own bathroom with bathtub, shower, extra hanging space and shelving
Kitchen for generous continental breakfast which is provided in the cost of your room, OK for you to prepare light meals and snacks. Teas, coffees, hot chocolate any time.
Outside terrace with seating. Guests can smoke outside but not in the flat.
Lounge with wifi and TV with surround sound.
Interaction with guests
I work from the flat in my separate office. I interact with the guests in a friendly, yet unobtrusive way. As you will see from the reviews, many have liked our conversations, my useful tips and interactive guide book about London. I enjoy having the world come to my front room and the wonderful opportunity to get to know more about guests' lives and to share about mine.
We now have a gym in the building, and I have arranged a special deal with the gym so you have easy access. I also have a very good personal trainer who has helped several of my guests with physiotherapy.
Other things to note
You will be sharing the flat with your hostess, who's originally from the US, living in the UK since the 70s, still working in projects in Vocational Education and the Environment internationally and nationally.
Teas (including herbal teas) and coffees provided.
Generous Continental style breakfast in price of booking. (Cereal, toast/equivalent, milk/milk substitute, yoghurt, fruit, coffee/tea. Please indicate if you are gluten or dairy free, breakfast preferences when you book.)
Quiet after 11 pm. If arriving late, be respectful of others in building and in the flat.
You can do some cooking and using the fridge for snacks. All my guests have been great about cleaning up afterwards and being respectful.
Please note: avoid long showers as consideration for the environment.
Laundry facilities NOT provided other than your own hand washing of small items. I make an exception for people staying for one week, noting that you can air dry your clothes as I don't have a dryer. (Items dry during the day with no problems.)
Price depends on your having the double bedroom (two single beds or king-sized bed) or using the sofabed options. Rate is for the double bedroom for 1 or 2 people. It is £60 extra for additional guests using the sofabed(s).
The lift (elevator) is in operation or you can take the healthy (puff, puff) option, the stairs!
No pets allowed in building.
Smoking allowed only on the outdoor terrace with considerate disposal of cigarette butts.
Check out time is 10 a.m. If you have a later flight, you may leave your luggage and collect it at a convenient time, leave the keys inside the flat.
Check in time is 14.00 (2 p.m.) If your flight or train arrives early, you can leave your luggage, collect the keys and come back after your room is ready. I am usually quite busy, and it's often that I have guests leaving and checking in the same day. I will always do my best to make it easy for you.
My work has been in community development projects, education, microfinance and the BBC . I have lived and worked in the USA, UK, Germany, Spain, Central America, Africa and Asia. My not-for-profit organisation is based in my home office, and we are exploring projects in energy efficiency in London, after working for many years in alternative finance which includes microfinance and innovative finance for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to create financial inclusion. Our current work will seek to include alternative finance and development of micro and small enterprises. Our recent work has been with leadership and management programmes for alternative finance in the UK and internationally, in China with the Peer-to-Peer sector.
I am a member of the congregation at St Martin-in-the-Fields, a church well known for its music, work with the homeless and international issues.
As hobbies I enjoy the gym, transcendental meditation, technology (for work-play), travelling, cycling, swimming walking, (I've done the London to Canterbury Pilgrimage from St Martin's six times), cooking with friends, enjoying London, especially theatre, museums and South Bank events. I'm a member of several networking groups, mainly for entrepreneurs, technology, microfinance and women.
My associates (interns and full-time colleagues) and I work in the office in the flat, which is not featured in the photos or description. As we are in central London, we often have project meetings or hold workshops in the flat, often combining those with informal lunches or dinners. As soon as people enter the flat, their immediate reaction is 'what a great place'. We have a good life-work balance, often going to meetings elsewhere as well as having them here.
I am a social entrepreneur, using my resources for projects that make a social and economic difference. Income from Airbnb goes towards my other work, as I jokingly say, to support my habit. I speak five languages, unusual for an American. I've been in the UK since the early 70s and fondly call the UK home, although I am grateful for my American roots and being brought up in a multicultural family of ten children.
You will find this home lively, welcoming, fun, cosmopolitan, well-informed and focused on being an expression of my life's purpose: modelling a future worth living
My first 'job' after university was as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the mid-60s in Guatemala, where I founded the first women's weaving group, which became a great success. That has inspired me to work with entrepreneurs at the grassroots and to live life with curiosity. My favourite quote is from Michaelangelo: 'I am always learning'.
I have had the good fortune to host amazing AirBnB guests with most interesting lives. I love the AirBnB spirit of helping people of similar interests to get to know one another. Also, I've been able to connect AirBnB guests with others, linking them through our joint similar interests in technology, entrepreneurship, social enterprise and living a life without borders.
My life motto is 'modelling a future worth living'.