After many hours searching Tripadvisor for accommodation in London, I stumbled across The Coach House and am so glad that I did. This place is a real gem because you have your own little cottage which enables you to be fully self contained and independent. We are a family of 4 and loved returning to the cottage after a hectic day of sightseeing in London. We stayed for 5 nights. The Coach House is in a very quiet street and has it's own key and side entrance, so you can come and go as you please without imposing on anyone. Furthermore, when you make a booking you are the only people to be booked in...so you have your own home away from home!
Some information that might be useful:
The Coach House is located in Zone 3 - we purchased a 7 day travel card, as opposed to worrying about an Oyster card, which enabled us to have unlimited travel on the tubes and buses within zones 1-3, the children were free because they were under 10 years if age,
The Tube is less than 8 minutes walk away, it takes approximately 25 minutes to get to Victoria station (central location in London),
You can catch an overland train to Victoria station for a different experience, it took 15 minutes,
There are plenty of shops around Balham. We shopped at Sainsbury's at the end of the day and carried our groceries back to The Coach House, very easy! Because you get breakfast included in the tarrif you only need to purchase food for dinner and to pack lunches; however, if you would rather eat out every night you will find many options from casual dining to more expensive dining,
There is a laundromat nearby (there isn't a washing machine or dryer at The Coach House) and for two bags of washing it cost £12... we dropped the washing off on the way to the tube and picked it up in the afternoon on the way home. Alternatively, you can stay there and do your own,
In conclusion, our time in London was wonderful and this is in part due to the fantastic accommodation and hospitality of your hosts, Harley and Meena. The porridge that Meena prepares is as good as previous reviews state. My husband and children loved the porridge..which was a small miracle because they have always refused to eat porridge if I ever made it!
If you are looking for a place that isn't a cramped and sterile hotel room that lacks character, that is within easy access to the main sites of London and enables you to experience London like a local, then
this is the place for you!
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