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A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.

Bedrooms Studio
Space 400 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine


About the property

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Stylish living in a quiet flat on a lovely garden square. Civilised and pretty.

We're in London's historic Gibson Square, which is an oasis of calm just off of Islington's lively Upper Street, where you'll find literally dozens of upscale bars, restaurants and shops. Our neighbourhood is friendly, safe and immaculate, making the flat a perfect fit for a woman traveling alone, for a professional here on assignment working late hours -- for anyone, in fact, who appreciates a civilized lifestyle. We're convenient to public transport running quickly to all the sights and tourist attractions you'll want to visit in this great city. The flat is on the first floor of a Regency terraced town house (2nd floor American). Travel back in time with us -- all sides of the Square, and the park inside it, look just as they did when George III was busy losing the Colonies. This quiet, elegant, comfortable holiday rental flat features very high ceilings, cornice mouldings, and a brand new first-class renovation. The fully-equipped kitchen is a dream!

Perfect WiFi, and Sky Satellite TV including the extra-cost Sports and Movies options. Pay-per-view sports and feature films are available as well. Sleeps just 2.

Those Wonderful Double-Decker Buses: Several key buses stop just three minutes from the house, giving convenient scenic access to all the museums, tourist sights, markets and historic neighbourhoods you'll want to see on your vacation, cheaper and often quicker than the Tube. Unlike in most cities, here the bus is your friend, with its dedicated express lanes and incredibly low cost -- just £1.50 (or less) with the Oyster Card you'll get the day you arrive! (And NOW, if you have a Chip&Pin-enabled credit card, you can use that as your Oyster Card!) Take the splendid double-decker #4 red bus to Sadlers Wells, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Fleet Street, Oxford Street shopping, Covent Garden and the West End theatres, and finally to Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames to the South Bank (National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, the London Eye), Imax, Waterloo Station, and the Old Vic. (All that in barely half an hour’s ride!) Several other buses from this neighbourhood have similarly-stunning itineraries

The Tube, and the Rail System: It's just a 7-minute walk to the Angel Islington tube station (Northern Line, Zone 1) for quick connections throughout London – just 1 stop to the King's Cross / St Pancras transport hub for further tube connections, the Eurostar to Paris, and mainline trains to Scotland, the North of England, and Gatwick and Luton Airports. And yes, King's Cross does have a brick wall bearing the sign 'Platform 9 3/4'. It's a 10-minute walk to the Highbury & Islington tube station (Victoria Line) connecting to the Stansted (Airport) Express, and looping through Central London to Victoria Station with connections to all lines. Arsenal's Emirates football stadium is at Highbury, as are National Rail's overground North London and Northern City Lines. Canary Wharf, the Financial District and the 2012 Olympics site.

We prefer to book full-weeks only, beginning and ending on Saturdays, and that is how the HomeAway reservation system will handle your enquiries. HOWEVER, please note that we frequently make exceptions, and so PLEASE ENQUIRE if your needs don't conform to that kind of schedule, even if HomeAway won't take the booking on the automated system !!

Our regular rate is just £1,155 per week (£175 per night for shorter stays) -- with never a holiday mark-up -- a tiny fraction of the cost of an equivalent five-star hotel suite.

2016 is selling fast -- a sure sign that we're doing something right! (Just check out our super reviews, below.) But a few summer weeks are still available, and the autumn is pretty wide open!

For larger parties, this property can often be paired with our two-bedroom flat in the same building:

Your Holiday Rental Flat in London: Contact us now to book your London vacation! We're convenient to all the tourist sights, and you can enjoy fine dining, theatres, museums and shopping, while living in a stylish, cosy, classic period flat. Enjoy your London city break out on the town, or take a night off, cook at home and hunker down for some uniquely English delights on SKY TV. Check out our great reviews, and for a map highlighting our favourite shops, restaurants, markets and scenic neighbourhood walks, just click on the link to our personal website:

More Details

Gary Gunas
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

About Gary Gunas

Now retired, my partner and I now live our life-long dream of having four sweet homes and living in whichever strikes our fancy at a given time. Since the stock market crash of 2008, to cover the bills, all the properties are rented on HomeAway whenever we're not in them. Managing the rentals has turned into quite a pleasant, though very time consuming, new profession for us, wherein we meet (or at least correspond with) the loveliest people from all over the planet. We've had over 300 guests in the past ten years, and not a single bad experience. Phew! And we have great local staff for each property, so each home is always up to our own high standards for comfort, cleanliness and beauty.

Before retiring in 2005, I spent more than 30 years working on Broadway and in London's West End -- first managing, then producing, big musicals (mostly) plus handfuls of plays and concerts. I was part of the original productions of GODSPELL, DREAMGIRLS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and many dozens more, and producer of original Broadway productions like The Who's TOMMY and JEKYLL & HYDE, to name a few. Broadway concerts include Bette Midler, Michael Crawford, Frank Sinatra and even a very elderly Josephine Baker (a New Year's Eve concert, at the Palace, of course), whose chateau is just down the road from our house in France.

My partner Bill Rosenfield was for many years what Time Magazine wrote of him: 'RCA Victor's Man about Broadway'. He produced more than 60 Original Cast Recordings -- just pick one up at home if you have one -- if it's from the 1990's or early 2000's, his name is probably on it: CHICAGO, TOMMY, RAGTIME, CABARET, on and on. Billy's now retired from that and actively engaged in his one true passion: writing plays. This new career is just budding, but already showing great progress. He does most of his writing in a cute little shed at the bottom of the garden behind our London flat.

Gary Gunas purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Gary Gunas chose Islington

We love the Regency (late Georgian) architecture that is so prevalent in this part of town -- simple terraced houses from about 1810 with strict symmetry and Palladio's cube-and-a-half proportions which somehow create a great sense of calm, order and sophistication. Our house, on a perfectly-preserved square containing nothing but its original Regency terraced houses, features large windows and big open sky -- plus that pristine little park right across from us, with something in bloom every month of the year. And we greatly appreciate that very 'London' phenomenon, which is that all we hear is birdsong here, notwithstanding the fact that we're a 90-second walk to the very busy Upper Street, abounding with life and energy -- more restaurants, bars and real estate agencies than one can count!.

What makes this apartment unique

Immerse yourself in real life here -- our neighbourhood isn't the least bit touristy, just a breath of energized fresh air among real Londoners. Google 'Islington' and just see what comes up!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Islington in St. Mary's

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • The Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Brand New
  • Fluffy towels, and ample storage for your toiletries. This stunning room features glossy white tile walls, state of the art fixtures and great water pressure (which can be pretty hard to find in this town). The hot water is virtually limitless. The free-standing claw-foot tub features elegant chrome Euro-style bath fittings, but there's also an overhead rain head for a proper shower should you be so inclined. (A few older guests have commented that the height of the tub can make stepping into it a little clumsy; it's a standard 24" high -- 60 cm from the floor Me, I just sit on the edge and swing my legs in, but I understand that not everyone can do such things comfortably. Another guest has commented that because the tub is free-standing, he felt unstable with no hard wall to lean upon.) The view from the tub is stunning, enhanced by a large mirror which reflects the big bright sky out back. (And yes, there are shower curtains and blinds, so your complete privacy is assured.)
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • The Main Room - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Wake up to a bright, bright sun as it rises over your park -- or shut it out with those in-built period shutters: 10 feet tall and carved from English oak centuries ago, they swing shut at the press of a finger. The little balconies which face the park are planted with lavender, sage and surfinas -- all in a warm deep blue. There are great reading lights at each side of the bed, plus down spots in the ceiling and of course that chandelier. Most lights are on dimmers so you can set the mood as precisely as a stage designer would , and enjoy the romance of living in this warm and inviting space. Note: If you need a two-bedroom space, please see our other ad:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
There's a washer/dryer for your laundry -- a feature lacking in many London holiday lets. It's hidden in a kitchen cabinet, next to the half-height fridge-freezer. Enjoy a flat-screen 14:9 Sony TV with SKY subscription, including the extra Movies and Sports options. WiFi broadband, of course. Lots of gourmet cookbooks here, and plenty of novels and guidebooks to read. All downlights, and the chandelier, are dimmable to create a serene, elegant setting whenever you want it. The window boxes are automatically irrigated, so no worries there! Note: There is no landline telephone in the flat, but we are happy to lend you a UK-based mobile phone should you need one. Just top it back up at the end of your stay, paying for what you've used. No charges of any kind for the WiFi, of course!


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A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
average rating of 4.8850574 based on 87 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this cozy, well-appointed studio. Our hosts were gracious and accommodating. The bathroom and kitchen are lovely, just as pictured. The bed is very comfortable as are the chairs. The flat is perfectly located on a quiet, tree-lined street near the tube, restaurants and shops. We will absolutely call on Gary again and look forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful studio, fun neighborhood, welcoming hosts.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay. We hope there will be more. We are completely satisfied with the flat, the neighborhood and the hosts. The studio is bright and airy. Gibson Square is very quiet despite the nearby construction and usual city activity. But only two blocks away, Islington is bustling with activity, shops, restaurants, services and transportation. It's literally only 15 minutes to St. Paul's by the #4 bus. The furnishings, books and general ambience all reflect the good taste and intelligence of our hosts - who clearly went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable - and invite our return. We plan to accept.

  • Review Submitted: 03-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The flat is lovely with a great location.

  • 4 of 5

Charming flat. Well kept, comfortable and convenient. Owners are available, detailed and have thought of everything. Bathroom is lovely, including claw foot tub, but it is a little tricky to shower in. Kitchen seems to have everything you would need, but we didn’t cook much. Main room is amazing. Huge windows, high ceilings, comfy leather chairs, comfortable bed with great pillows, and beautifully decorated.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful flat, wonderful neighborhood, convenient to Central London

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I wanted to experience London during the Christmas holidays. We didn’t want to stay in a hotel, but rather a home so we could experience the holidays as the locals would. What a wonderful flat and location we found. The flat is in the Islington borough of London in a quiet and picturesque neighborhood. It is 3-4 miles from the center of London which is easily accessible by taxi and other public transportation. The neighborhood has several excellent restaurants and pubs that are a short walk from the flat if you want to grab a casual dinner after a day of exploring.

Gary was a wonderful host. When I inquired about the availability of the flat, he immediately responded. After I secured the flat for our dates, Gary was a wealth of information. He was quick to respond to any questions I had leading up to our departure. He provided all information necessary about accessing the flat upon our arrival to London, and has created a great guest website that tells you everything you need to know about the flat, the neighborhood including restaurant recommendations, and how to get around the city. I knew that on Christmas everything would be closed so I asked Gary to give me the top 3 things my wife and I should do, non-touristy, on Christmas Day. He took the time to write me a lengthy email on his suggestions and his traditions. We took his advice and experienced Christmas Day as if we were living in a London. It was truly a magical trip.

Lastly, Gary was just as prompt in returning our security deposit as he was in taking the reservation.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as described: wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I very much enjoyed our stay in the Studio Flat on Gibson Square in Islington. The space was small, but well designed and just as we expected. Worked very well for us. The palette is tasteful, the kitchen well equipped, and the how-to's thoroughly detailed in a big, fat notebook. (Don't read it all at once, however, could be overwhelming, but use as a reference.) We appreciated the tips about the neighborhood as well as about the flat and quickly felt at home. The owners are friendly and welcoming. We would definitely return to this property.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sunlit studio

  • 5 of 5

Lovely comfortable studio in great area overlooking the park. Close to good restaurants and shops. We always stay here when we come to London.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Just around the corner.
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Kings Cross and St Pancras
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Just around the corner.
Car: not necessary

Ideally situated to explore London for a great city break, Islington itself is a hip, sophisticated destination on the northern edge of Central London, politically and aspirationally resembling Manhattan's upscale Upper West Side. The renowned Almeida Theatre and Kings Head Theatre Pub are just steps away, as are all the main supermarkets, plus endless boutiques and really fine food and antique shops. Stroll, bike or jog along Regents Canal. Easy transport links, fine restaurants, gay friendly. You can even walk (22 mins) to the Eurostar terminal and day trip to Paris in luxury for £59 return. Local celebrities include James McAvoy, Lily Allen, Dido and, formerly, Vladimir Lenin, Heath Ledger and Sir Walter Raleigh. Gibson Square alone boasts an Oscar-nominated film composer, a Booker Prize-winning author, a renowned stage director, a nationally known comic and a Member of Parliament. Former neighbour Tony Blair formed New Labour with Gordon Brown in one of our Upper Street restaurants

Other Activities: Theatre, theatre, theatre. (Or theater, theater, theater!) Museums, fashion, cuisine -- everything that London has to offer!

Golf: No golf here in central London, of course, but many of the nation's legendary courses are within an easy day-trip from the many train hubs easily accessible from our flat.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £500

We normally rent from Saturday-to-Saturday only, but for extended stays we offer different arrival and/or departure days, if required. We have booked many such stays, which have left the calendar with several 3- and 4-day openings. In such a case, we're happy, of course, to fill in the voids with shorter bookings, at just £140 per night!

There are no other charges whatsoever unless you decide to rent premium Movies or Sporting Events on our Sky Satellite TV system. And, if it takes Maria longer than 2 hours to clean the place after your departure, overtime will be deducted from your deposit at the rate of £15 per hour (but please note that this has NEVER yet happened!).

Extra days, when available, are simply 1/7th of the base weekly rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.