Since we would be in London for a few days we decided to try renting a small apartment from residents rather than opting for one in a hotel. It was a chance to try a different neighbourhood than is our usual haunt so we decided on 122 Great Titchfield Street. The photos made the property look appealing but as a photographer, I should not have fallen for the trick.
The first floor studio is a self-contained apartment. What isn’t described well is the state of the bathroom. It is the oddest design. The shower is overhead situated in between the toilet and sink.
The floor is made of open planks and the drain is underneath. It was necessary to brush teeth & address any other bathroom needs before having a shower and putting socks on as once the floor was wet it just didn’t dry. This type of design may work in Bali but not in damp UK. There are no ceramic tiles in the bathroom and consequently the pealing painted walls and door are turning moldy.
Winter would not be comfortable in this studio apartment as the only heat source is at the street side and it is my guess that the bathroom floor would never dry then.
Some ‘get started’ food was left for us including rancid butter in the fridge. I think often people in the UK who do not have modern homes tend to not understand refrigerators and that they cannot be turned off when not in use or if the appliance is off to conserve electricity, that the door must be kept open to allow the fridge to breath. It smelled bad for the very reasons I cite.
The weather was quite warm while we in London and so we took the stained comforter out of the wrinkled cover. Ugh. The apartment was dusty and reminded me of student digs.
As for the location it was okay, it is about a 12-minute walk to Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road station. There are restaurants on the street however they had lots of smokers and the fare not interesting. Charlotte Street is close with some okay eateries. There are grocery stores close enough with Sainsbury’s being the best for baked goods.
Sadly we arrived at 122 Great Titchfield after 2 glorious, sumptuous nights at the sophisticated, luxurious, elegant Hever Castle bed & breakfast, the contrast couldn’t be more extreme. The sad bit is that we paid GBP150 for both places and one was superb the other was disappointing.
Mike & Wendy would be well advised to address my comments and fix up their property.
The building comments are from experience. My husband and I have renovated a 19th century building and built a new modern, glass & steel house and we do have considerable knowledge and expertise in construction & design.
I wrote the details as it would be helpful for others contemplating staying at 122 Great Titchfield to have a clearer picture of what to expect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- DESCRIPTION Bed and Breakfast right in the heart of central London in private home owned by architects. Expect a friendly welcome from your hosts Mike and Wendy. Well appointed rooms and English or continental breakfasts made from fresh ingredients and cooked to order. We have two large double or twin rooms with en suite facilities. For those who prefer to cater for themselves, we also offer a comfortable and generously sized self-catering suite, with private kitchen facilities. ROOM RATES £150.00 Double Rooms £120.00 Single Rooms £150.00 Self Catering - includes a food hamper Breakfast, service and taxes are included in the B&B room rate. Welcome food hamper included in the self catering rate. Children: An extra bed is available in all rooms for one or two children - £50.00 Per night. Pets welcome: One off charge of £20.00 PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS ... more less
- Also Known As:
- 122 Great Titchfield Street B&B London, England