Our flat is in the heart of London with fantastic transport links. You can walk everywhere—we are 10-minute walk from St. Paul's Cathedral, or fifteen minutes to the Thames river, where you can cross Millennium bridge and take in the wonderful views, then visit the Tate Modern or the Globe Theatre. We are surrounded by restaurants, pubs, and just a few steps down the street is a small lovely public park with a playground, and a Waitrose grocery store. Also within walking distance: Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane, Clerkenwell, Bunhill Cemetery (William Blake’s grave), Smithfield, and the Museum of London, just to name a few.
We live in the Barbican, a large residential complex in the middle of the City of London, which contains the Barbican Cultural Centre (literally just downstairs from our flat). The Barbican Centre is the home of the London Symphony orchestra, major London theatre and musical performances and events, and contains two art galleries, cinemas, a library, a greenhouse, restaurants, and the Guildhall School of Music. http://www.barbican.org.uk/. ("City of London" is the name of our borough, it's where the ancient Roman city of London was located.)
As private residents of the Barbican, we have key access to huge gated private gardens (with playgrounds) that you can run barefoot in the grass in the middle of the city. The Barbican Estate is a historically-listed 1960’s residential development in the Brutalist architectural style. (It looks a lot like living in a 1960’s Star Trek set—concrete, hanging gardens, waterfalls, and all.) Ruins of the original Roman walls from the City dot round the estate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbican_Estate
We live on a low floor in a tower with a 24-hour doorman. (Elevator access to flat). Since this is central London, our bedrooms are small. However, we do have four of them, and two bathrooms. One queen sized bed, one double bed, one set of twin bunk beds, and a comfortable foam double fold-out couch. The bathrooms and kitchen are the original 1960’s ones. There is a dishwasher, and unusually for London, we have a full sized washer and dryer.
We are a responsible family of four (2 adults, 2 children).