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Olympia, in the Kensington district of London is the site of one of the largest exhibition centres in the city, home to elaborate shows such as The London International Horse Show, The Royal Tournament and Crufts Dog Show. The area was largely wasteland until the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park made Olympia a popular place to live, and many of the elegant Victorian town houses built in the era have survived alongside picturesque garden squares. Access Apartments are housed in one of these charming buildings and offer visitors a home away from home in a convenient and safe area for sight seeing.
Whilst the apartments evoke London's past on the outside, indoors they reflect London's modern cosmopolitan nature, with chic modern fittings, hard wood floors and funky colourful furnishings. The apartments are 2 bed and sleep up to 5 or 6 people (depending on how cosy you don't mind getting!), and all come complete with a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine and dishwasher, a colour TV and DVD player, an incoming telephone line, wireless internet for a surcharge, a combination safe, a weekly cleaning service and 24-hour maintenance. Everything you will need during your stay; and if you don't fancy paying for the Internet, there is a Starbucks Cafe nearby, which offers a free Wi-Fi connection and some tasty breakfast options. There is a Sainsbury’s supermarket and an M&S Simply Food store just a 7-minute walk away if you need to pick up groceries, but the surrounding area also has a good choice of restaurants, with prices to suit all budgets. From reliable chains such as Wagamamas and Zizzis, to exotic Iranian fare at Mohsens, tasty juices and snacks at Crussh and hearty gastropub fare at The Pembroke.
This area of London is very popular with tourists, due to its proximity to popular sights and attractions. Earl's Court exhibition centre is just one tube stop from Olympia tube station on the district line, where you can visit exhibitions such as The Ideal Home Show and large-scale concerts, making this an excellent accommodation choice for those visiting and exhibiting. To the north of the apartments, you will come across Shepherd's Bush, home to a colourful market; the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, for live music; and Westfields Shopping Centre. Football fans will be thrilled to find Stamford Bridge Stadium, home of Chelsea FC, just a 10-minute bus ride away and The Troubadour Cafe is a fascinating venue in Earl's Court, where Jimi Hendrix played his last London show and Oliver Reed used to prop up the bar. Kensington High Street is lined with exclusive shops, bars and restaurants, including a large Whole Foods Supermarket, for organic goodies and a large cheese room, and Kensington Roof Gardens, where you can enjoy a cocktail amongst live flamingoes and oak trees in the heart of the city. Kensington High Street culminates in Kensington Palace and Gardens, the former home of Princess Diana, which leads on to Hyde Park, home of The Serpentine Gallery.
South Kensington is also close by, just a ten-minute bus ride from the apartments, where you can visit the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums, the Royal Albert Hall and Harrods department store, for an extensive range of luxury goods.
The nearest London Underground station is Kensington Olympia, just one stop away from Earl's Court station, where you can catch the District Circle and Piccadilly lines. From here you have direct links to Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express terminates); Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express terminates); King's Cross, St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminus is located); and many more areas of London. If you are driving to the hotel, it can be accessed from the main A4 road, via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone.
Access Apartments have proved popular with previous guests, who were impressed with the friendly staff, well-appointed units and the superb location. Disabled guests should be aware that there is no lift in the property, so it is advised to request a ground floor apartment. These apartments are also especially useful if you are staying with a family for the extra flexibility they provide and the affordable rates will suit everyone.