Cramped Studio Flat in Central London for £1,700 a Month – Sleeping Area Not Suitable for Standing

A compact studio flat has hit the rental market with a monthly price tag of £1,700, but there’s a catch – the landlord openly admits that you “cannot stand” in the bedroom area.

The cozy flat features a living room with a sofa and a small dining table with two chairs. It also includes a separate kitchen equipped with an oven, hob, microwave, sink, and washing machine. The modern bathroom comes with a shower, toilet, and basin, and there’s even a balcony where tenants can enjoy their “breakfast in the morning sunshine.”

However, the sleeping area is a bit unconventional. It’s accessed via wooden steps with storage drawers built into them, and a ladder is provided for access. The double mattress is placed directly on the floor, and the only additional furniture is a bedside table with a lamp. To get in and out of bed, occupants must either crawl or crouch down due to the limited headroom.

This studio flat, located in Bayswater, central London, is currently listed on OpenRent. Prospective tenants are also required to pay a deposit of £1,961.53 before moving in. The flat is suitable for two people, preferably couples or students. However, it’s important to note that bills are not included in the rent, and both pets and smoking are prohibited. Additionally, there is no garden or parking available.

The listing description reads: “A charming studio flat with a balcony in the heart of Bayswater next to Hyde Park. Within walking distance of Paddington, Notting Hill, and the West End with great transport links, including Paddington Station, Crossrail, and the Elizabeth Line.

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“The flat benefits from high ceilings, a separate mezzanine sleeping area. Please note this has a low ceiling and you cannot stand in this area. There is a covered balcony where you can eat your breakfast in the morning sunshine. There is clever and useful storage in the Tanzu steps and modern common parts.

“The last tenants said that the flat was in the perfect central location with a comfortable mezzanine sleeping area and such a luxury to have the outside space with Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens nearby. We are private landlords who want to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Absolutely ideal for couples.”

Despite the unique layout and limitations, the flat’s central location and outdoor space appear to be selling points for potential renters.