It’s no secret that London remains to be one of my favourite places in the world. I rarely get the feeling of “I-want-to-move-here!” in my travels, but London is somewhere I have always imagined myself living. I always say to Zombie, “I just know in my heart, I will live in London sometime before I die!”
Okay, I admit that’s rather over-dramatic but hear me out. I despise cold weather, but whenever I’m in London (and I’m always there October or November), it never seems to bother me.
So on my last trip to London, I decided to experience something new other than staying at a hotel.
Cheval Three Quays, of Cheval Residences, is a five-star serviced apartment that faces the River Thames and The Shard, and is right next to the Tower of London. The Tower Bridge is also nearby and when you view it from one of the apartments, it feels like it is just within reach.
As this was an apartment stay, arrival / check-in was relatively quiet and quick. Our one-bedroom apartment is on the second floor with a view of the Thames.
One Bedroom Apartment
This is what greets you when you open the doors. Living area / kitchen to the right, and the bedroom and bathroom to the left. There’s another adjoining area right across the bed that leads you straight to the living area.
The kitchen is well equipped with modern cooking facilities. But what I loved is that the fridge is stocked, and they also have quite the luxury welcome hamper which will ensure you won’t ever be hungry in the apartment.
This is really way more than just your average ‘light refreshments’ or welcome amenities. Among many others, it has two boxes of muesli, nuts, fruit, cheese, jam, loaf of bread, bread sticks, olive dip, organic chips, biscuits and many more.
It was indeed quite a generous hamper and we didn’t even finish everything for our two night stay.
The fridge also is quite well-stocked with juice, cheese tray, sparkling and still water, and wine.
As Cheval Three Quays is quite centrally located, it is not a problem to dine out at all. However, for those who are in London for a longer stay or simply want to eat in the apartment, there’s also a handy cook book and a mini-directory of nearby restaurants that can deliver.
It would have been lovely to use the kitchen to cook up our own meals, however we didn’t have the time.
Here’s a mini-tour of the room and surrounds of Cheval Three Quays, where you will also see the bathroom.
Here’s another angle of the living area and kitchen. It’s very airy as there’s a lot of natural light coming from the river view.
The bedroom also shares the river views with the living room. As we were on the second floor, we didn’t really have a direct view of the river, but rather of the pool-looking water feature that flows down to the fountain feature of the first level.
What I noticed throughout our stay was how quiet it was in the apartment. The entire building actually. The doors, windows, and walls all are very thick and sound-proof.
This one bedroom apartment measures 611 square feet.
Deluxe Two-Bedroom Apartment
I was able to visit Cheval Three Quay’s Deluxe Two-Bedroom Apartment and this is the room type you’d want to get for the creme de la creme views of London.
Mon Dieu, The view! Imagine waking up to that view, eating with that view, and just chilling in the apartment with that view.
The Tower of London is literally a stone’s throw away and the Tower Bridge feels like it’s just within reach.
As a luxury serviced apartment, these are the amenities that come with a stay at Cheval Three Quays:
Concierge / Reception for 24 hours, daily maid service including weekends, towels and bedlinen change, free wi-fi and onsite gym.
This is my first foray into a luxury apartment stay, and though I love hotels immensely, I can say that I’d want a repeat of this experience, if all apartment stays were as convenient and lovely as this.
I really am impressed with the privacy of these apartments. We rarely ran into other guests, and the entrance of the apartment is quite subtle too.
No two stays in London are the same, and this visit was definitely made extra memorable by this apartment stay.
And yes, it heightened my desire to live in London even more! 😉 I have friends and know people who have lived in London (and live there) and I somehow get a universal reaction from them: The grass is greener on the other side, and living in London is so very different from just visiting it for a week.
I get what they mean. I truly do, but I still would like to experience it for myself one day and don’t mind at all if I return saying “You were all right!” or maybe I’d end up staying because I will love it entirely.
Who knows? 🙂
40 Lower Thames Street
London EC3R 6AG
Are you already living in That place you’ve always wanted to live in? Where in the world is your equivalent to ‘my London’? I’d love to know!
We stayed as guests of Cheval Three Quays, however all opinions, views and passionately theatrical odes to London are mine.