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Winter Holiday 2012: The Apartment

Please note: this isn’t a sponsored post, in fact I very much doubt the owner of the apartment will find it.

We didn’t have accommodation plans until the day before we left. Trying to combine a love of the central area with my boyfriend’s fear of congestion charges was hard. We looked at Balham, and a place in Wimbledon, before finding a few apartments by the Thames. The choice was no longer as difficult. We chose an apartment opposite Canary Wharf that didn’t look very big or particularly pretty inside, but was right near the bus stop for the Tube.

When we got there, wow. The views were spectacular, Canary Wharf literally right opposite. We had to use a radiator on the coldest days but the apartment was a very good size.

The first night all we did was marvel and take photographs. Waking in the morning to the river was also wonderful, and as much as it might get dull if you lived there, hearing the tide, the boats, and the planes from Heathrow was lovely.

There was a lot of storage space in the bedroom, the owner is prepared for long leases. And the reading material was very eclectic. We’ve stayed at places with a variety of books before, but here the owner had really aimed to cater for everyone.

The only bad thing was the lack of cooking utensils. There was also nowhere to really store food other than the fridge, we had to make do with the counter top. But the access to the Thames ferry was great, in the same complex. It only took 5 minutes to get to the other side, Canary Wharf.

We loved the accommodation so much that despite the fact it was more money than we’d usually pay we would definitely go back. You just can’t beat waking up to a river in front of you.

The rest of my photos. If you want to see them full size, right click and open them in a new window/tab.


jenn aka the picky girl

December 17, 2012, 5:12 am

This all looks fabulous! Glad it turned out to be such a great locale.


December 17, 2012, 11:08 am

That’ll be my home soon! Well, London, not right there.

It looks absolutely gorgeous. Shame about the lack of kitchen space but the apartment looks lovely and I am glad you enjoyed it :)

How good that they had some books there for you, that’s better than a lot of the places I have stayed in. Although, those have tended to be hotels rather than apartments.


December 17, 2012, 11:58 am

How lovely! I want to sit out on that balcony and have a cup of looks beautiful :)

Laurie C

December 17, 2012, 12:26 pm

Beautiful photos! You made the right choice to splurge a little for the views!


December 17, 2012, 1:41 pm

You’ve taken some wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing.


December 17, 2012, 11:03 pm

Amazing views! What a beautiful place to stay – it looks much cozier than a hotel room.


December 18, 2012, 3:33 am

Wow, what an incredible view! and very stylish apartment. Enjoy your holiday!


December 18, 2012, 1:58 pm

Your pictures are gorgeous but also what a lovely place to stay! My favorite picture is the one with the rain droplets on the window. I love the idea of staying at an apartment rather than hotel.


December 18, 2012, 5:34 pm

Such a great idea — my wife would prefer this over a hotel any day. The images are wonderful — it looks like a sweet little place!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

December 18, 2012, 11:58 pm

This looks like so much fun, and your pictures turned out great. Thanks for sharing!

Literary Feline

December 19, 2012, 6:15 pm

That view is to die for! I would pay a little extra for it too. How long were you there?


December 19, 2012, 9:16 pm

Jenn: Yes, it was a bit of a gamble, despite the Thames, but was brilliant!

Alice: Exciting! You’ve had books in hotel rooms? I’ve never seen any beyond those bibles that are sometimes left in drawers, how awesome!

Jennifer: That was exactly what I wanted to do – I tried to convince my boyfriend having breakfast outside would be great, though the weather was too bad. Another time, though, definitely.

Laurie: Yes, sometimes the views are worth it.

Jessica: Thank you!

Anbolyn: It was, and the privacy was really nice.

Jennifer: It was indeed stylish.

Trish: Thanks! The rain there was on the first morning, it wasn’t the best weather to take a photo but waking up to it was too nice to not get the camera out. The positives with apartments (or houses etc) is the cheaper cost. I rather like being able to make breakfast rather than visit a dining room, too.

Audra: It is an awesome idea. I think my boyfriend prefers hotels, or at least he used to – I’m like your wife, self-catering is wonderful, and so far that’s mostly what we’ve done.

Kim: It was! Thanks!

Literary Feline: It was indeed wonderful. We were there for 6 nights :)



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