ABOUT MY HOME
Hello, I’m Carmel.
I am a professional worker in the finance industry in London who has spent many years travelling to places all over the world such as Asia, the Americas, Europe and Australasia. I have lived in New York, Sydney and Sweden. Ten years ago I moved to London from my native home, Ireland, and since then, this beautiful city has been my home. I live on my own, like to paint in my spare time and run in Hyde Park in London.
My apartment is designed by the world renowned Italian architect, Renzo Piano (whose other recent works include the New York Times tower in Manhattan, and the Shard of Glass skyscraper at London Bridge, with panoramic views of London and a central piazza with restaurants.
It is 75 square meters (800 sq feet) on the 12th floor in a stunning modern colourful building which has been deemed to be one of the most eco-friendly buildings in the city. The apartment is spacious with modern airy rooms, and a balcony from which you can watch the sun set over London rooftops. The London Eye, Charing Cross and Westminster Abbey are all within half a km and clearly visible from the balcony ... this apartment is unique and I know you'll love it!
There is a spacious living room with cable TV (Sky) and wifi broadband, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom (with shower over the bath) and a spacious modern kitchen. I’ve decorated the flat myself with a mix of items that I have collected over the years. It’s modern, cozy, comfortable, bright and airy.
ABOUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD...
My apartment is located in zone 1 in central London, nestled in the north west corner of Covent Garden and on the border with Bloomsbury. There are tons of restaurants, cafes, bars, jazz clubs; shopping areas (including Oxford Street with department stores such as Selfridges and John Lewis).
The apartment is situated in the heart of 'Theatre Land', and just a few minutes walk from Leicester Square where the stars turn up regularly for movie premiers. Within 10 minutes walk of tourist attractions such as the National Gallery, Covent Garden Market, the British Museum, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament & Picadilly Circus. Tube [Metro] stations within 10mins walk are: Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road, Picadilly and Oxford Circus tube. Practically every form of transportation is within a few minutes walk (tube/metro; buses and bicycles). There is a bicycle docking station for the London “Boris Bikes”, outside the entrance to the building, which you can hire a bicycle on a credit card (£1 for 1 hour) to get to anywhere in London within 15-20 minutes, for example, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace or St Paul's Cathedral. The neighbourhood is also very safe as is it central and therefore has a human presence all the time.
I am a single 40 year old female. I am tidy and respectful of my environment and expect the people I swap with to be the same. My guests are welcome to smoke on the balcony.
I don't have any pets, but I love animals (especially dogs) therefore I do not mind if you would like to bring your pet - this is however something that we would need to discuss and I would only consider if your pet is well trained.
I am open to all destinations, and am happy to travel on my own to many destinations. However, I also love to travel with my friend Robert who is also a single professional and very well travelled - also very respectful of his surroundings and very clean. Therefore 2 rooms would be better in that situation (or a spare bed). I am open to suggestions as I just want to travel! I also like to take four day weekends, so if your home is less than a 3 hour plane ride from London, I would love to hear from you. It is not a problem if your place is a drive from the airport as I am happy to drive.
If you would like me to take care of your dog or cat when I stay at your place, it would be my pleasure (provided they are comfortable with strangers).
I am interested in travelling at any time of year. London can be very nice in spring or autumn as it tends to be a little drier than in the depths of winter and summer can get hot. Autumn is my favourite time of year in London as the trees are turning nice and golden, yet it hasn't become cold yet. I also love Christmas in London - cold crispy dry generally with a great festive feeling. I in turn would love to hear from anyone who lives in a sunny rural area to get some sun and fresh country/sea air!