I recently had to visit London to see a client. As my meeting was on a Friday, I decided to take my partner (and my Dad) and make a long weekend of it.
In the past, when in London, I have always stayed in hotels, the self catering option is not one that readily springs to mind. I don’t know why but I always associate self catering with quaint isolated country cottages. But there is growing pool of quality self catering in the centre of London and this time, I decided to give it a go.
I got a really good deal at Odessa Wharf, a fantastic riverside apartment. It was only £240 for 3 nights which is less than the three of us would have spent on hotel rooms.
We got lucky, Odessa Wharf is unbelievable, situated on the riverfront with a balcony that actually extends over the Thames, no really! It is centrally located, yet out of town enough to be very quit and private. Odessa is literally 100 metres from the London river bus – a great way to travel! It was so refreshing to be able to escape the hustle and bustle of central London in the evening, hop on the river bus and escape to the luxury of the flat where we could sit out on the balcony, sip on a glass of wine and listen to the Thames lapping on the shingles below.
Self catering accommodation, in general, can offer excellent value for money. It can work out extremely cheap, especially if you are staying in a large group. Self catering accommodation also provides more control over your finances, with the option of preparing packed lunches, picnics and cooking your own meals. Meal times will also be of your own choosing; there is no need to set the alarm and rush down for an early breakfast, or adhere to the often bland full-board menu options.
Self catering properties provide guests with all the facilities of a genuine home-from-home experience. Odessa wharf had a fully equipped kitchen, dinning area, lounge space and a private waterside roof terrace with unparalleled views of the London skyline ;-) Self catering is private. Guests do not have to mingle in the lobby as in a hotel. There is usually a living room where everyone can relax in a private, comfortable atmosphere. This is especially welcome when funds are tight, the weather is dreadful and you want to spend a quiet night in. There are no other intrusions or forced interactions. No one will knock on the door and ask to clean your room, or ask you to leave your key when you leave.
When I used to think of self catering, I thought of Aviemore or the Lake District, but fully quipped self catering flats, apartments and houses in London are increasing. There is something out there for everyone and every budget, however, I do recommend a place with a private balcony over the river Thames with uninterrupted views of Canary Wharf :-)