Unbelievably friendly and warm staff who gladly gave expert travel advice and recommendations that only a Roman would normally be privy to. - Loic Diels
I LOVE this website and will gladly recommend it to anyone headed this way. Nothing disappointed us! - Mary-Iris Taylor
I have been using Cross-Pollinate for about 10 years now. The service is consistently great and I can always find just the kind of apartment we like, at the right price. - Hirani Himona
A really great idea - with a network of hand picked little rooms/guesthouses. If only we could have this in more city destinations! - Zoe Buck
I love Cross-Pollinate and every time we go to a new city I look to see whether they have some accommodations over there. - Arantza Aldea
The two places I have stayed at from Cross-Pollinate have been among the best across Europe. Highly recommended. - Nicholas Burn
Thanks a lot to Cross-Pollinate for the opportunity to experience a city as an insider! We really enjoyed our stay in Rome and Venice and look forward to more. - Tatiana Marchenko
Cross-Pollinate was very helpful when the owner of the B&B wanted to charge us for the baby under 2 y o. It would have been difficult without them since the owners did not speak any english. - Yulia Pichugina
This was our only stay with a C-P apartment and we were very pleased with the entire process. Will look to use them again on our next Europe trip! - Anthony Giglio
Great web site and quick response from the team a CP made the whole experience easy and hassle free. I have already recommended CP to quite of few of my airline industry colleagues and I'm sure they will make use of their excellent service. - Shane Pickles
Cross-Pollinate was extremely helpful! They found us a place to stay in our price range when many other places of business couldn't help us. - Sarah Seminutin
Cross-Pollinate was very easy to use, and it is so much better to stay in places like these than big corporate hotels; you get a much better feel for the place. - Kaspar Deane
Very straight forward. Well done. Definitely would use it again. Love these type of alternatives to hotels! - John White
Cross-Pollinate was fantastic and easy to use. We used Cross-Pollinate to book a room in Florence (the second leg of our trip), which was everything I thought it would be. We have recommended Cross-Pollinate to our friends. - Barbara Carlin
Cross-Pollinate are great - the descriptions are accurate and they are very responsive to questions. - Dominique Bayne
Cross Pollinate was just the best. I had tried a couple of places before coming upon them. As soon as I sent the first email I stopped looking for any more websites. I just wish they expanded to every city in Europe. Their knowledge, helpfulness, etc. was second to none. - Caroline Collis
Albemarle Apartment
Albemarle is an understated two bedroom short let London home, moments from Farringdon station. Tucked away on a secret little side road that only our cabbies seem to know, you will not believe how close you are to the hub-bub of the City.

Pristine and well presented, the living room offers attractive honey coloured wooden floor boards, sofa, armchair and a flat screen TV. Enjoy the classic 20th century Eames furniture and bags of London style which make this home a comforting sanctuary.

The modern kitchen is open plan to the living room, unobtrusive and to the side. It offers all machines including a dishwasher, ceramic hob, washer/dryer, oven, microwave and cafetiere. There is also a folding dining table and chairs for four.

Directly off the kitchen is a large roof terrace overlooking the tranquil courtyard of the Order of St John. This is a lovely spot to relax amidst the fairy lights that adorn the two mature olive trees. The outdoor modular furniture has huge, comfortable cushions.

The master bedroom is a haven of calm with soothing smalt coloured walls and a generous king sized bed. The second bedroom has a comfortable single bed and overlooks the attractive church property adjacent. Newly laundered 1000 thread Egyptian quality linen is provided for each stay.

The smart modern bathroom has a large walk in shower, WC and basin. Deluxe starter toiletries and fluffy white towels are provided as standard.

Clerkenwell Albemarle is fully furnished and equipped including linen, towels, hairdryer, iron and ironing board.
This is a spacious short let London home on the second floor of a period building. The flat itself is arranged over two floors.

- Farringdon station - mainline trains plus Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City Line - a five minute walk away
- Barbican station - Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City Line - all in travel zone 1 - a seven minute walk.
- Chancery Lane - Central line - fifteen minute walk.
- All in travel zone 1
- There are several car parking garages in the immediate area however we do not recommend that you bring a car to central London.
- Black taxi's are plentiful in this area and can easily be hailed on the corner of the street.

This particular street in historic Clerkenwell is steeped in history. Oliver Twist, perhaps Charles Dickens' most beloved novel, was set in and around here. The Bard himself, Mr William Shakespeare, is said to have held play readings in St John's Square and Henry VII visited the Priory of St John and the cloister gardens behind it.

Clerkenwell itself is a convenient central London location in close proximity to the City, Bloomsbury, Shoreditch, Hoxton and Islington. There are great local amenities, numerous restaurants and supermarkets, plus historic and important cultural attractions. The Barbican is up the road, Hatton Garden is around the corner and you can walk to St Paul’s in 15 minutes. Farringdon station is one of the largest and best connected in London and only one stop to King's Cross / St Pancras. This is an authentic London pied-à-terre, much loved by the home owners and neat as a new pin.
  • 2nd floor
  • full kitchen
  • flatscreen TV
  • dishwasher
  • central heating
  • DVD player with selection of movies
  • American coffee machine
  • hair dryer
  • ipod dock
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • microwave
  • no elevator
  • private terrace
  • tea kettle
  • toaster
  • washing machine/dryer
  • WiFi
Ange Ryan on Sep 2017:

Location was excellent, arrival and departure well organised and the accommodation was beautiful.
Trevor on Mar 2017:
First off, the apartment has been amazing. Thank you for sharing this wonderful space. I have enjoyed all of the special touches — design, quality, fresh flowers. I will definitely be in touch for my next trip to London.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 3 people
Payment accepted: by credit card 60 days before arrival (guest pays 2.8% fee)
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 5 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 60 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 king (180cm) and 1 single bed or 1 king (180 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: no children under 10 years old, non-smoking
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 Albemarle Apartment
Paddington Station
Victoria Station
St. Paul's Cathedral
Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey
Tower of London
Big Ben
London Bridge
The British Museum
National Gallery
London Eye
Waterloo Station
Kings Road
Picadilly Circus
Tate Modern