First, location. The apartment is not just IN Seven Dials, it's AT Seven Dials. It overlooks the tip of Monmouth Street, though the street address is on Earlham. On the corner below is Cafe Nero, a coffee chain store. Below the flat's windows is Balan's Soho Society, nice for dinner or nosh or an ale. Across from the Seven Dials monument is the theatre housing "Mathilda". Daytime is business foot traffic, early evening is the dining crowd, the pub crowd a little later, and the after theatre crowd-expect to occasionally hear encore numbers outside from "Mathilda". By 10:30-11 it settles down for the night, little noise. We slept well with windows partially open.
From Leicester Square station we got anywhere we went in London in 45 minutes, once we took an initial scouting tour to get situated.
Comparing it to New York it is like finding a corner apartment at 42nd and Broadway, not "right there" but close enough to hear and enjoy everything, without the blinding LED signs and the traffic.Just the people watching is great.
A number of very good restaurants, pubs and urban adventures are within two city blocks. The British Museum was a fifteen minute walk, Leicester Square Tube Station was seven minutes for us, The Marks and Spence store in Covent Garden was just under ten minutes, large and well stocked for urban cliff dwellers.
It's two spacious rooms, a bath and a kitchen. The bed was comfortable for myself and my wife, and we are not small people. Storage was adequate, the bathroom was nice. I will say that the tub/shower is high walled, and my wife had some issues negotiating the climb. Plenty of hot water, good pressure. The kitchen is fully appointed, so don't be afraid to shop rather than dine out. There are also plenty of linens. Americans used to small washcloths may wish to bring your own. Spare sheets, other bedclothes and towels are plentiful.
The lounge had a convertible sofa bed, used by our grown son who joined us. He could have converted it to a bed but preferred the sofa itself. Power outlets are where you need them, but bring converters from the US. The TV is pretty small by most US standards, but we only watched when exhausted from day trips, tours, and exploring the city.
We initially booked the place for the middle of May, but had to cancel due to our daughter's doctoral graduation. I checked the calendar and found a free week which we immediately booked, even though the cost was a little higher "in season". There were no issues.
Our host met us on arrival as arranged, although we were a couple of minutes late due to time spent "scouting" (er-getting lost) and the unpredictability of large bags on the flagstone streets and pavements. Once there, we had a very brief orientation.
Everything was included in a handy folder, so little else was needed. Given the US-London time differences, the delay for prior communication was negligible. We were very satisfied with the transactions
A comfortable flat in the West End of London and convenient to theatres and the tube. The flat is on the first floor with lift access which was important to us. The local streets were generally full of pedestrians and many vacant taxis came past. Note the Leicester Square, the closest tube station, has 50 steps from the Piccadilly line to the street.
The apartment was comfortable, clean, and well equipped. It was a great place to come home to after a day of sightseeing. We very much enjoyed the location. The weather was chilly and so the windows were closed and we were never bothered by noise. We liked being at the Seven Dials and enjoyed the vibe of the area. Thank you, Ben, for such an enjoyable stay!
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Yes, this apartment is very conveniently located to the theatre district, museums and galleries; access by walking to many attractions is very easy. The elevator is a plus for travelers with bags; the kitchen is fairly well equipped (although the smoke detector didn't like the smell of toast!). The apartment is small but adequate for two people staying for several days, but probably would not be suitable for a long-term stay.
However, our check-in was anything but stress free. Wet sheets, bedding and towels hung in the one and only closet in the bedroom. We had to move these wet items to hang on the shower curtain rod in the bathroom and waited 48 hours for these items to fully dry. Evidently the washer/dryer combo machine could not handle at least the drying portion of its task! When we complained to the owner, we were told our "early" arrival was the complicating factor, but as we had pre-agreed an arrival 2 hours early, its hard to see this as a major factor in delaying the drying of the sheets, bedding and towels!
A second issue was the definition of a "king-size bed". What is available is not a "king-size" as is understood in the US; it was basically a double bed. The owner assured me that this was the UK definition of a king-size bed, but later in our travels in England we stayed in 3 different hotels where a real "king-size" bed was available. Clearly there are other people in the UK who have a different definition of "king-size" then this apartment's owner! I think Trip Advisor needs to clarify what "king-size" is by its listing agents to avoid this kind of confusion in the future.
The bedroom was lacking in bedside tables to put stuff at night (e.g., my glasses, clock, antacid pills!), and the one chest of drawers in the room needed cleaning out before we could put our clothes away for our week's stay.
Lastly, be cautious in the shower as the water is either scalding hot or cold; finding the right balance requires a very sensitive touch!
We have rented about 10 apartments and homes over the past few years when travelling in Europe, and this is the first time we have had these types of complaints. The rental appears to be new to the market (listed since February 2016). Frankly, this apartment is not ready for prime time and we would not recommend it as is.