There's nowhere quite like the South Bank. By day, the crowds flock to be amazed and inspired by the Hayward Gallery, to thrill to the Imax cinema and browse for books beneath Waterloo Bridge. By night and the National Theatre reverberates to ecstatic applause as, outside, couples walk hand in dreamy hand along the moonlit river. And here, just a step back from the cafes and restaurants, is Theed Street. This home is smart and comfy, with just the right amount of personality. And when the sun is up, take your breakfast on the roof and enjoy a three hundred and sixty degree view your very own London Eye.
Your hosts' primary home is in Kent, but they're often up in the city. They've three children, the eldest of whom is at studying law just round the cornerâ€“ and she likes to come to Theed Street with her new friends.
There's a definite blush to this home, from the rosy sofa cushions to the kitchen's fuchsia splash-back. You're surrounded by old buildings, but in fact, this one is very new and not only is its structure modern, but its interiors were renovated just a year ago. The family bathroom and ensuite are cleanly sophisticated, while you'll find everything you need in the stylish kitchen. There are two bedrooms, a sunny twin, and the master double, where you can go to sleep gazing upon a wall of images from your hosts' travels all around the world.
Be it a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall or an hour watching the skateboarders rehearse their tricks, you're surrounded by things to do both day and night. Walk down to Westminster and Big Ben, or follow the river the other way to Tate Modern and Borough Market. Cross Waterloo Bridge (pausing to enjoy one of the world's finest views) to reach Covent Garden and the West End, or, take the tube. The journey from Waterloo to Oxford Circus lasts seven minutes.