Leanne Kelsall enjoys a five-star sleepover at Europa House Apartments: a splendid alternative to your go-to London hotel.
A former townhouse transformed into 14 elegant apartments (including a Penthouse) in swish Maida Vale. It’s like having the keys to your own luxury London home. Check in for business trips, weekend breaks or the entire month if you like. You’ve got the benefit of being tucked away from the central London chaos, with charming Little Venice on your doorstep and a private, award-winning communal garden to enjoy. The apartments are a 5-minute walk from Maida Vale or Warwick Avenue on the Bakerloo tube line.
What makes it special?
The exquisite interiors and home comforts. Each apartment is like a home away from home, so you can really settle in.
The living rooms are spacious, the kitchens fully-equipped and bathrooms regal in marble. A calming, neutral colour scheme lends itself to the bespoke art pieces and statement furniture by designer Mark Brazier-Jones. And, as well as the luxuries you’d want (Wi-Fi, plush bedding, fresh flowers, premium toiletries,) there’s yoga mats, a dedicated kids’ concierge and a complimentary smartphone with 3G and calls thrown in.
You won’t miss out on your favourite hotel amenities either. There’s a 24-hour phone concierge at your service, who’s more than happy to arrange restaurant deliveries, transport and more. You also have the option to indulge in some excellent in-room pampering – your own masseuse in the privacy of your own (now) home, from Urban Massage (www.urbanmassage.com).
Wining and dining
The neighbourhood has everything you need to live like a local. You’ll find cosy cafes, artisan delis and supermarkets close by. Plus, plenty of high-end restaurants for eating out or ordering take-out for your apartment. For gourmet, homemade and ready-to-cook frozen meals, that are as delicious as it gets, we recommend trying COOK (www.cookfood.net) just moments from your apartment.
Things to do
With its leafy canals, serene gardens and iconic stucco mansions, the local area makes for some serious eye candy. It’s no wonder so many A-listers own properties here.
The best part about Europa House though is its garden and playground. There are three acres of award-winning green space on your doorstep. Ideal for morning jogs, personal training sessions and family picnics. Oh, and if you’re into fitness, tennis courts, an athletics track and a gym are all within walking distance. Venture further afield for London’s famous Hyde Park, bustling Oxford Street and London Zoo.
Getting there by car? Europa House has a secure underground car park – a rarity in the capital.
As well as short-term stays, you can also have the option to stay for longer. Long-term stays start from 90 days and your weekly rental includes a 2x a week housekeeping, Wi-Fi, parking, Sky TV and all your bills.
So if you really love it, you can move in.
Europa House, 79A Randolph Avenue, Little Venice, London W9 1DW