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Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 10:26 AM
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Don't worry.

A night and a half's deposit is very reasonable. I've rented flats and houses for holidays all over and I have always had to pay a deposit (usually more than this).

This area is fine. And actually quite lively and fun. Within the last two years or so the new Hungerford foot bridge has linked the south bank with the west end/trafalgar sq with a walk of about 10 minutes. Before this new bridge, it was a pain to get across the river from the south bank by foot. If you wish to go to an area outside of the centre of london (kensington, camden, etc) all you have to do is walk to trafalgar and catch a bus.

London is very spread out and yes you do have to take a cab/underground or bus from kensington and many other areas but you are a 10 minute walk from the exact centre of london (charing cross/trafalgar sq). Soho, west end, chinatown, etc all right there...not to mention the south bank itself.

this is exactly where i would stay...especially for that rate.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 12:47 PM
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Laurie -
Sounds like your hesitation stems from the fiscal arrangement rather than the apartment itself. What you describe is actually fairly typical, though, and quite reasonable. And I agree with m_kingdom that it looks like a great vlaue in very pricey London.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 01:58 PM
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Hi Laurie:
My wife and I just returned from staying in one of the three properties that are listed and can report that both of the owners are a delight to deal with and flexible in arranging payment upon arrival.We had no hesitation in forwarding 200GBP for a deposit that is standard practice. Contact them about your concerns and i'm sure you can work out something that is comfortable for both of you.On leaving Barry drove us to our hotel as we had another night in London and we expect our damage deposit returned shortly.
Be prepared for a price shocker as the GBP is riding high against the $ and one other point of interest is that if you decide to go to the Oxo Tower Brasserie the food is excellent but in all our years we have never eaten in a noisier restaurant so beware if you are contemplating a relaxing dinner it is not possible in that particular part and as we had researched it extensibly there was never any mention in any reviews about this disturbing problem.
Enjoy your trip and make sure you have comfortable shoes.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 02:30 PM
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Thank you all for your reassuring words.
You have made us feel much more confident about our decision.

Corky, did you stay at this same apartment complex? Ours will be apartment no. 3. Did you find a grocery store that was easily accessible? Can you recommend any other inexpensive pubs or restaurants that are nearby?

Thanks again for help! Laurie
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Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 05:04 PM
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We also rented in London with a damage deposit of 350 L upfront and all the rental fee for 2 weeks in advance...Agency was A Place Like Home and they were fine. Got the damage deposit back after about 30 days. Apartment was fine, a little hot w/o AC in August, but lived up to the photos and was in a lovely Kensington neighborhood. Pricey but worth it.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 05:43 PM
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You asked about grocery stores and restaurants.

There is a Sainsbury's Local store not far from the apartment on Waterloo Road opposite Waterloo Station, there is also a Marks and Spencer simply food in the Station, both are open until about 11pm. There is an excellent bread and cake shop called Conditor and Cook on nearby Cornwall Street.

The following restaurants are all within walking distance of the apartment:

The Anchor & Hope Gastro pub (voted best gastro pub 2004) at 36 The Cut

Livebait seafood restaurant at 45 The Cut

Meson Don Felipe - one of London's best Tapas bars at 53 The Cut

Pizza Paradiso at 61 The Cut

Tas is a very busy and modern Turkish restaurant at 33 The Cut.

Windmill Pub - serves good Thai food.

On Waterloo Road are:
The Fire Station at 150 Waterloo Road. Large modern restaurant with very busy bar in, of course, a converted fire station.

Masters Superfish - a very good eat in traditional fish and chip shop at 191 Waterloo Road - very popular with taxi drivers

Thai Silk at 103 Waterloo Road opposite Waterloo Station and next to Sainsburys. Very reasonable lunch and early evening set menus.

Cubana - just round the corner from the Fire Station - very good cocktails and happy hours.

On Blackfriars Road is a good Polish restaurant Baltic. Have a good early pre theatre menu deal.

This is just a small selection for more restaurants and bars etc have a look at the local website
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Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 08:39 PM
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Wow!! Thanks, David London! That is quite a list of places to eat and drink! You must know this area very well.

I really appreciate knowing about all the pubs, restaurants and grocery stores nearby. It looks like we will have plenty of choices.

Thanks again! Laurie
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Old Oct 3rd, 2004, 01:03 PM
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i just noticed that a new greek restaurant just opened near the globe theatre on the Thames. Prices seem reasonable and it was pretty crowded which is a good sign.

I also like Tas Pide as recommended by another post.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2005, 09:03 PM
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It is very interesting to read this. We will be Renting #3 in 11 days, 20 hours, 15 min. (not that anyone is counting)
I did not feel the deposit, and request for prepayment was out of line, and the price overall seemed just fine. It is nice to get the info about eating, etc.
So how has the weather been?
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Old Mar 23rd, 2005, 10:16 PM
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Please do report back on the apartment. I would definitely consider this myself, but the deposit terms make me quite nervous (although I perfectly understand the landlord's point of view).
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Old Mar 23rd, 2005, 10:33 PM
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I was interested at the rate mentioned above of 122 pounds for 4 nights, but I see the high season rate is 850 pounds for a week - so definitely outside my budget. But it would be very worth considering for a family.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2005, 10:35 PM
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I feel silly now - I now get that the rate is 122 pounds/night! No wonder it seemed like such an amazing deal .
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Old Mar 27th, 2005, 09:00 PM
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Thanks for the additional information! We are looking forward to our stay at this apartment in London.

WillTravel, I promise to do a review of this property when we return in July.
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Old Mar 27th, 2005, 10:04 PM
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Also, Danamr, I would really appreciate a review of this apartment when you return.
Thanks! Laurie
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