Big 2-bed Victorian house, 3 floors, 2 bathrooms, 2 large terraces, sleep 6, zone 1 border, De Beauvoir Town (Dalston/Shoreditch/Hoxton/Islington). Terraces, tube 2mns, City 12mns, canal.
The lounge (again) ... the photographer must have stapled himself to the wall to get this shot... BTW, you can get six round the table, easily
Large 2-bedroom early/mid Victorian house spread over 3 floors on zone 1 border, sporting a south-facing 1F sun/garden terrace (total sun trap, if it's ever sunny!) and G/F back patio in N1/De Beauvoir Town, a lovely little green oasis wedged between Dalston-Islington-Hoxton/Shoreditch-Haggerston. A sort of "middle of two betweens".
Whole house available, short and long stays. Bed linen, towels provided.
So why here? It's a semi-posh, groovy local manor already up in the world (see the video link below); it's green and grey but quite groovy, with new bars, restaurants and cafes opening almost weekly, very near the canal, and very very central - I can't think of such a green area of London so close, say, to the City of London and Old Street/Silicon Roundabout. It also has great pubs!
Please ask for special offer if you want a week +. The airbnb settings are complicated, so maybe just ask. But don't get sad if we yell "NO"! :-)
There's two double bedrooms, one with en suite. One has brand new bed. Both are very comfy large double beds. There's a large 7ft sofa for extra guests and recently bought luxury self-inflating or electric pump blow-up air-mattresses for the lounge, if you like. One is a "luxury double", quite cool. The other is a double which folds into a raised single. Perfect for kids. The house can sleep 6, though we now keep it at 4 adults, maybe 5 max, or 4 adults and 2 children. Six adults is just too much wear and tear, sorry.
It's up to £150 Sunday/weekdays and up to £175 per night Fri/Sat, usually it is cheaper. The exchange rate moves. Please please please be aware also that AIRBNB CHARGES 6-12%. It's not us being greedy, honest Mum!
PSS: If you want to Streetview the surrounding streets try Mortimer Road, De Beauvoir Road, Northchurch Terrace/Road, De Beauvoir Square, Culford Road, Downham Road, Regents Canal ...
***NOTE again: If this is your first trip to London, and you want all the 'normal' touristy stuff, that's cool, but you may wonder why you ended up here. Better off further west, we reckon. If you want cool, trendy east and murky old historic London stuff, the galleries, bars, graveyards, etc, then this is your place. Mind you, it is only 20mins tube to Soho and West End by tube or bus. You can even walk (60mins)
Our house is in the De Beauvoir conservation area, famed for its gardens (see video), and very close for the plethora of new bars, restaurants, galleries, pubs, gigs of Dalston, Shoreditch, Haggerston, and the N1 manor (lovely Barnsbury, Canonbury, Angel and Upper Street), right by the uber-cool and urban Regents Canal, 200m to now trendy Haggerston tube on the all-new tube to Canary Wharf, Brick Lane and all the way southwest to regal Richmond, it's only 100m for 5min buses to East End/Brick Lane, 15 mins central London/ West End. It's 13mins walk to Old Street. We are 10-15mins walk to the City, 30 seconds to the canal, 15 mins to in-vogue Broadway Market and London Fields, 14 minutes to Upper Street, happening Dalston is a 2min stroll.
All amenities: washing machine/dishwasher/Smeg oven/ microwave-combi ovens/residential street parking (temporary permits available - they aint free!), superfast BB/wifi, phone, flatscreen TV/cable with super-great TiVo cable TV, HAIRDRYER, iron (and ironing board!!!), gas BBQ, en suite and main bathroom etc etc. There's a public rental station 200 metres away, too, and one planned for across the road. Handy or what?
There are lots of restaurants within 200 metres - be it Vietnamese, Argentinian tapas, Sicilian pizza, Caribbean, African, Turkish, Venezuelan, Malaysian, American BBQ, Japanese noodles, Cuban, a super popular real ale and BBQ place, a super-dooper new Italian pizza place, a cool modern British, a top craft brew and BBQ place one minute away, and an award-winning fish 'n chips - plus brunch or coffee on the canal featured in NYTimes, a lovely deli, loads of gastropubs. There are four convenience shops within 2mins walks, for all your snack and booze needs. Something opens every week, we can't keep up.
The local DB pubs are all gastro serving, all cool and convivial. The latest new pub/bar Duke's Brew and Cue specialises in tasty craft ales and BBQ - the top steak is £27, way too expensive! A new pub seems to refurbish each week. The Fox is now good, too. Talbot is our favourite on Englefield Road (I think it appears in the Carling ad, although it doesn't serve Carling, thank god!).
Being a Londoner, a journalist and travel writer and a local for 12 years I can put you right as to where and when to go, all the hidden nooks and historical crannies (did you know Lenin and Stalin stayed round the corner? Not with airbnb, obviously). I'll do a must-see and local listing summary, there's so much to do around here in this local manor of London. Other nearby attractions include: Colombia Row flower market, Barbican, Spitalfields, Dalston, lovely Stoke Newington, Jamie Oliver's 15, Smithfield Market, Broadway Market, the happening London Fields area, Geoffrey museum, Victoria Park, too many others to mention
My partner speaks Swedish and all lingo Scandi plus some German, unt a liddle bid a Fronch, if you need to talk different.
Right, that's enough. Email any questions. We are more than happy to help - I have been told I'm very chatty on email. Which is good, right? Ciaowiedersen!
Everything. It's all your's!
Interaction with Guests
I can leave you alone, or show you the sights
You can see the manor on this video: (website hidden)
If it is hidden, then search for the East London from the air Official video - De Beauvoir is from 0.50-0.60secs. Also has aerial shots of all the attractions in this quarter, from the Columbia flower market to Broadway Market to Victoria Park to London Fields and canals
Transport is excellent - tube 2mins, buses 2mins, Boris bikes 2mins, feet, black cabs go past allo the time
Other Things to Note
For detailed price/times - try the Transport for London (TfL) website's journey planner
Our nearest tube is Haggerston – 2mins walk, zone 2
Our postcode is N1 5AT. We are right next door to the tyre garage, dark grey door, 48(B)
A London black cab will take 30mins to an hour, depending on rush hour/traffic. It will cost £85-£100. A private minicab can cost between £40 and £60.
Heathrow Express train takes 12mins to Paddington, costs £21.50 or £10 child, £35 or £17 return for a child. Taxi from Paddington costs £20-25, takes 15 to 25 mins
The tube costs £5.70 one way to zone 1, take the Piccadilly line to Kings Cross (with an
Oyster card it costs £5), where you can change to the Victoria line, one stop to Highbury and Islington, change to Overground/orange line to Haggerston
Taxi from King's Cross costs about £10 and takes 10 minutes.
Buses from Kings Cross are too complex
Best to take the local fast trains through Croydon to London Bridge, takes 30 mins, costs around £10 adult one way. DO NOT take the Gatwick Express, this sends you to Victoria, miles out of your way, and it is expensive.
From London Bridge station, grab a 10-15 minute black cab cost £10-£15 or the bus £2 (routes (phone number hidden) all go past Haggerston station or very nearby)
From Stansted Airport
Take the Stansted Express train to Liverpool Street, can cost as low as £8 in advance online, or £19 on way, £32 return (takes about 45-50mins), then grab a cab for £10 (takes about 5-10 minutes), or the buses mentioned above (also 242), take up to 15-20mins.
Stansted coach costs £8, £14 return (online offer) but takes 1hr 20mins to Liverpool Street
From London City Airport
Cab takes 15-20mins, about £20
Tube to Haggerston via DLR (change at Shadwell) takes 22 mins door to door, and costs about £4
I no longer smoke, but you can outdoors. Or else my girlfriend emma will kill you.
Please be tidy, reasonably quiet, and lock the doors please.
NO ravers! Kein hipsters!
We can arrange 2 blow-up double beds and a sofa if there are more than 4, say 6-7 max, or if 5, someone can sleep on the big sofa, if they prefer. The house/flat is really a 4 (+2) but if you wanna keep costs down and people don't mind sleeping in the lounge on airbeds, that's up to you.
We will always be on hand to let you in and show your round, or if not, a friend who lives nearby. Just post the keys back through the door. Friends will be on hand in the event of a complete and utter total "omnishambles" (emergency).
Not sure what else? We'll provide towels/clean sheets - nothing more annoying than filling your luggage with bulky stuff. And if you use them, please just leave them on the floor, like a hotel. Not that we are a hotel!!! Far from it!
We don't have pets but there is the cuddly toy Rex who looks like a dog and is treated as one of the family (picture provided - you don't have to walk him, just shake his paw and chat occasionally to him, move him around a bit!)
Tim was a wonderful host :-) he was very attentive and helpful throughout our 9 day trip. He left a bottle of wine and scotch each for us to enjoy at his place. He was always prompt with his responses and helped us out whenever we needed something! The house was impeccable, clean and the neighbourhood was quiet and scenic.
Tim was very welcoming and showed us everything we needed. He even found their old baby cot and built it for us so our little one had somewhere to sleep.
The house itself is very charming, warm, rustic, clean and baby friendly and handy to everything. We really enjoyed our stay there. Thanks Tim!
Kara, Beat & Angus
Tim was very pleasant and helpful... He agreed to check us in at 9pm, waited for us and showed us the house - which is an awesome place to stay - it was actually my best experience in London. I love the neighborhood, between dalston and shoreditch. It's safe, calm and silent, even if very close to the best bars in town.
Bedrooms are spacious, linen is new and clean, kitchen and living room are large and very convenient - there was even a bottle of wine and food. Wifi works perfectly. We were never bothered by Tim. He only contacted us to make sure we were fine. London is much better with hosts and houses like this.
This is a truly comfortable and a very enjoyable house, with many humorous touches by the host, from artwork to books, and a very convenient base in London. Tim's communication was superb and to the point and we would certainly hope to stay again.
Tim was absolutely amazing, not only did he welcome us with a bottle of wine but with amazing recommendations based on my foodie interests and passion for local markets. It was my first time in London and this was the perfect location. Everything was a walk or tram/tube away. The area was an urban hipster vibe and you could explore to different areas with ease. The place itself was so cozy - loved the record player and books. Defiantly will be back next time I am in town. (hopefully very soon)
Everything was simply fine. Overground service and Barclay's bike service at easy reach.
I'm a newspaper/web journalist, writing mostly travel, editing news. Love reading, writing, watching, running, cycling - all the "ings"! Not sure what to put here, feels like a dating site. My partner Emma is Swedish, works for a top charity and speaks Scandi. My son is too young to speak yet. I speak mockney but can order cigarettes in Cantonese (Silk Cut ji sik, ngoi"). And that's about all.
I travel a lot, and use airbnb so we have given it a go at home, which is De Beauvoir Town, N1, London - a happening and smart, upmarket area above Shoreditch, down from Dalston, west of Haggerston and east of Angel - hence "the middle of two betweens" (well, four!).
Love Sweden, Berlin, Languedoc, Spanish cities, London pubs, London history, walking in the country, the urban but beautiful Regents canal.