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Apartment rental in London for group of five - has anyone tried these??

Apartment rental in London for group of five - has anyone tried these??

Dec 19th, 2012, 06:40 PM
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the apt on drury lane says it sleeps 5 but there are only 4 beds mentioned
does this mean someone gets the couch.? it doesnt look very long and doesnt say that its a sleeper couch...so inquire before booking

in britain older buildings have three prong outlets. if the electric outlets have been updated you may be ok you can ask when booking whether standard american electronics will fit the plugs or not.. and if your group needs to use hair dryers/hair irons etc/ you may need a duel voltage model or buy a cheap one in london.
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Dec 19th, 2012, 08:47 PM
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last time we bought an adapter and had a slight problem!! Lets just say there was a little smoke - lost power and a knock on the door from the staff!!

We bought a local hair straightener and borrowed the hair dryer from front desk - plan to buy a european hair dryer!!
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Dec 20th, 2012, 06:16 AM
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I, too, have used London Connections (Bramham Gardens property) and found them very accomadating. I have booked another property for March 2013 through them last week.
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Dec 20th, 2012, 06:18 AM
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Sorry, misspelled accommodating.
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Dec 20th, 2012, 06:22 AM
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oh2doula: I noticed some of the properties you were looking at were not very close to a tube station. That is just about my top priority when choosing a place to stay! After a long day touring the city (and getting about by Metro) the last thing I want to do is trek a long way home from the station.
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Dec 20th, 2012, 06:52 AM
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I agree with dorfan2 that you should choose an apartment within reasonable distance of a tube station. You do realize that all of the Coach House apartments except the one on St. George's Square (which looks very nice) only accomodate 4 people?

If still in doubt, you can check out this list of agencies: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...hl=en_US&pli=1 It has been compiled by a trusted TripAdvisor member.

By the way, there's no need to distrust TripAdvisor reviews, unless they have been submitted by "one post wonders".
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Dec 20th, 2012, 11:11 AM
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I did realize most were 4 person but had thought someone (if necessary) could sleep on a couch - I will have two 21 year olds and 2 19 year olds with me.

Yes I agree a tube station near by is a must - looking more central!!

http://www.themainhouse.co.uk/index.htm#tac
http://www.cartrefhouse.co.uk/location.html
http://www.blades-hotel.co.uk/welcome

http://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/hyde..._source=criteo
http://www.thefieldinghotel.co.uk/booking_form_send.php

are some more I have found!!! Some many options!!!
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Dec 20th, 2012, 11:56 AM
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Doula, you are *overthinking and worrying too much* per your own self-description.

Don:t wait too long. or the one you finally settle on, whichever it is, will be gone.

Y0u wrote your requirements are * safe, reasonably quiet better location, clean and a place with personality - yes asking for the moon, I know!!*

You are NOT asking for the moon, and i and others have given reccos s for requirements, size and price range. Now just DO it and stop obsessing, so you can relax and enjoy Christmas (-;
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Dec 20th, 2012, 03:33 PM
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"I did realize most were 4 person but had thought someone (if necessary) could sleep on a couch"

Just a quick comment -- you can ONLY sleep five if the property description allows it. Some will say sleep 4 plus extra ££ for a folding bed. But never try to squeeze 5 into a place that is limited to sleeping four. They could reasonably evict you and not refund anything.
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Dec 20th, 2012, 03:40 PM
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oh -meant to add. Even though the places in St Katharine's marina prefer to book by the week - they are still an option. They sometimes book for shorter periods between other bookings.

But even if that isn't possible -- in the off season the 2bdrm flats are only £869 a week. If you 'eat' the extra two nights, it is still far under your budget.
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Dec 20th, 2012, 05:05 PM
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I did notice that janisj - so I won't consider "sleeps 4" - thank you!!

CaliNurse - you are soooo right!! I need to just pick one and be excited about it!!

thanks everyone - I do appreciate it! with that has anyone used
https://www.ivylettings.com/properties/battersea-park/

or
http://farnum-christ.com/images/stor...20room%202.jpg


I will make a decision and stop worrying!!
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Dec 20th, 2012, 05:07 PM
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http://farnum-christ.com/
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Dec 20th, 2012, 05:19 PM
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Farnum & Christ is a long established and well regarded agency.

here is the actual link to the flat http://tinyurl.com/cn3a6mn

It is near Baker St tube station which is on 5 different lines so pretty convenient.

Never heard of the other agency (and I wouldn't stay at Battersea - There is no nearby tube station. Buses and mainline trains are OK - but I MUCH prefer to be on convenient tube lines)
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Dec 21st, 2012, 08:17 AM
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The Farnum & Christ flat looks great. Lots of shops and places to eat nearby as well as a tube sta. with 5 lines! You will appreciate that later.

FYI: The combo washer/dryer that comes with a lot of these rental flats contains a "tumble dryer" only and you will need to allow more time for clothes to dry.

My DH and I will be in London the same time as you. Hope you post a trip report when you get back
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Dec 21st, 2012, 08:27 AM
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I was liking the one in Covent Garden but with all the bloody links you've posted, I dunno which one that is now.

And the Battersea Park apartment is nowhere near where you want to be.
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Dec 21st, 2012, 11:36 AM
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The Battersea Park apartment definitely is a no-no due its location, but Ivy Lettings is a reputable agency.

I agree that the Farnum and Christ apartment looks very nice, and the location is great. When I enquired about an apartment from them a couple of years ago, I was very pleased with their service.
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Dec 21st, 2012, 01:52 PM
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I have been in contact with Farnum and Christ - they are checking about renting for 5 days.....

I have also found http://www.thelondonagent.com/33A-Villiers-(1&2).html
http://www.thelondonagent.com/Leicester-Square.html


has anyone used them??
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Dec 21st, 2012, 02:03 PM
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*I was liking the one in Covent Garden but with all the bloody links you've posted, I dunno which one that is now.*
BigRuss, LOL. ))

Doula, London is IMHO the greatest city in the world -well, except for my hometown of New York. You will have a great time!!! Choose a flat, and then you can have the fun of focussing on other details of your trip.

Re length f stay--LC does 5 day rentals. Both of mine have been for this length--no problem, and no *less than a week* penalty as some have. But I think at the time you are going, you should not have a problem with flexibility in whatever place you choose.
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Dec 21st, 2012, 02:56 PM
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CaliNurse again you are right!! and I agree London is the greatest!! And NY is on my list so watch out!!!
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