We booked this property for a week during our stay in London while joining my husband on a business trip. The location was perfect for him (since it's in The City, and he was about a 10 minute walk from his building), and it's also a short distance to the Tower, bus stops and the Tube. The 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment itself was in updated condition and very nicely appointed, with a kitchen that had a dishwasher and combo washer/dryer.
We arrived on a Saturday, and the first two nights were fine until Monday night. I had no idea that the apartments are right over a bar/nightclub, which is closed on the weekend (in general, The City is pretty dead on Saturday and Sunday) but open literally all night during the week. We listened to excruiatingly loud club music until about 2 in the morning Monday through Friday night (how these people go to work the next morning is beyond me; maybe I'm getting old). Since we were on the second floor, the bar was immediately below us and was probably worse than had we been up on a higher floor (though it was so loud I don't know if it would have mattered). Also, although the address is St. John's Street, it's little more than an alley. The main street on the other side is the Minories, which is a much busier street (though the traffic noise was much more welcome than the insanely loud club music). The kids took forever to fall asleep; I don't think I slept at all. But then, I am a light sleeper.
So if you have kids or like to get any amount of sleep at all during the week, I wouldn't recommend this property (note to self; ask if the apartment is above or near a bar the next time when booking in London). But if you plan on going clubbing every weeknight and want a place close enough to simply stumble upstairs and pass out on your bed (or sofa, if you can't make it that far), this would be the place for you!
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