London is one of my favorite cities in the world. The diversity of people, restaurants, and things to do makes it the perfect place for my always curious mind and hungry stomach. When we decided not to get an EU Visa for now, we knew we wanted to spend a lot of time in London.
We stayed for four days in July at the Waldorf, on our way from France to Ireland, with a plan to return in August for at least a month. After extensive searching and debating on neighborhoods, we booked this flat in Notting Hill for six weeks.
Notting Hill is a charming neighborhood, with great restaurants, colorful homes, and the Portobello Road market, and this flat was right in the middle of everything. It was also a few minutes from the tube, making it easy to get to anywhere in London.
The garden flat meant it was essentially in the basement, but it didn’t feel like it. There were a few stairs going down to the front door. It was nice to enter directly into the flat, versus entering a building’s common area first. The mudroom had a combo washer/dryer, and the long hallway to the kitchen immediately made the flat feel bigger than any place we’ve stayed.
The flat has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. We each had our own bathrooms, and I used the second bedroom to do yoga. It was really nice to have space to spread out a little, especially after six months of smaller places.
The kitchen was small but updated and fully stocked. With so many great restaurants in London, I only cooked a few times, but I had everything I needed.
The living room/dining room had plenty of space and a couch big enough for both of us. But the main reason we booked this specific Airbnb was the garden. The living room had a wall of sliding doors leading out to a small garden with a lovely sitting area. It was like having a second living room. I spent a lot of downtime out there reading. Having the entire wall open also made the living room feel huge. Despite being a very busy neighborhood in a huge city, it was very quiet and peaceful out back.
At $14,392 for six weeks, it sounds like a lot but it’s an amazing flat in an amazing location. A decent place in an okay location was around $10,000 for six weeks, so we decided to up the budget and stay somewhere that would make us happy.
We’re returning to London in December for a week before finally flying home to FL, and if this flat is available we’ll definitely stay here again.
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