About this listing
Small cosy bedroom in lovely Georgian flat, Stoke Newington, Hackney, in a tranquil area whilst conveniently located to explore London or be close to friends.
In addition to the guest room you will share the bathroom, kitchen, living room with windows down to the floor. Your room has a great leafy view. The house was built by Thomas Cubitt in 1826. Cubitt is well-known for the houses he built in Belgravia and Tavistock House for Charles Dickens.
My flat is on the first floor as they say in England, up two flights of stairs.
It's a lovely light and airy flat with the kitchen getting the sun in the morning and the living room, the evening sun at the end of the day.
With the bus stop right outside the flat, you will feel like having your personal taxi that takes you to a myriad of places.
You will have a great start of the day with a lovely breakfast. During the week I will prepare breakfast between 7 and 9, on Sundays between 8 and 10.30. Outside of those hours you can help yourself to breakfast, including on Saturday when I leave very early.
The full English Breakfast includes a variety of eggs (poached eggs, fried eggs or scrambled eggs. You can choose to have them with sausages, bacon, tomatoes and/or beans. There is also lovely fresh baked bread from the local Spence bakery.
You can choose between filter coffee, cappuccino, a variety of teas, orange juice, yoghurt, muesli, cheese, jam and whatever else you fancy from what is available. If you have any special requirements such as no dairy etc let me know beforehand and I will make sure to adapt your breakfast for you.
The bedroom comfortably suits a single person or a couple. It is not suitable for two individuals that won't share. It has a standard double bed (140cm x 200cm) has two futon mattrasses with two duvets to make it even softer. You will also have the use of a full length cupboard. The room benefits from double glazing.
There is a shared light airy bathroom. Fresh linen, towels and a wash hand are provided as well as your own bath mat. If needed you can use an iron and ironing board. There also is a small hairdryer and a plug convertor.
You will have the benefits of surrounding greenery, while being close to the centre of town and other hubs of activity. Little cafes, restaurants and small shops are round the corner, so this is your opportunity to enjoy a quality stay whilst being close to town.
The flat is conveniently located for the centre of town, the main tourist attractions or trendy Shoreditch.
I don't have any pets, but my downstairs neighbours have a cat and a dog, which you sometimes will see in the garden.
We are happy to help with suggestions of things to do, and the welcome manual you will be provided with upon arrival includes tips on where to eat, places of interest and what to do.
I'm the only one in the flat and I work in Stoke Newington in the design sector. As Stoke Newington is the place where many writers, artists, musicians and media people live I feel very much at home in the area and never get bored.
The flat is up two flights of stairs. There is no lift.
There is no free car parking. 2 hour or 1 day visitor permits are available for £1.05 for 2 hours, and £3.50 for day tickets.
If you are interested, bookings should be made at least 2 days in advance and for a minimum of 2 nights.
The bathroom, kitchen and sitting room are shared.
The flat has Wifi, and a large TV with HD Screen in the sitting room with all the digital channels, which you are free to use. It has a large sofa designed by Wawa (a local design company) to watch your favourite programmes on the TV in comfort. There is also a large table in the sitting room which you can use at any time.
There is a fully equipped kitchen with a washing machine, and a table which easily seats 4.
You can use the kitchen or the sitting room for your lunch or occasional evening meal. I am not around during the day, but generally during the week.
I have a large collection of vintage and unique CDs, vinyls and tapes, which you can listen to. The kitchen has speakers to listen to your favourite music on your I-Pod.
There is also a great collection of books, including on London and other countries which you may want to read.
Interaction with Guests
I live in the flat myself but I work during the day. I will always make sure to welcome you when you arrive and ensure you feel at home.
You will be given a key and can come and go as you like.
There is a lot of information in the welcome Manual but I will always be available in case you have any other questions. Whether this is at breakfast or in the evening or during the weekend.
The area is very friendly and Stoke Newington Church Street is full of small shops and little cafes and restaurants.
It is child and animal friendly and the greenery makes you feel outside of London whilst benefiting from the good transport links to the centre of town and attractions.
The flat is well situated, being in the middle of the fondly regarded bohemian style area of North East London, Stoke Newington. It's a couple of minutes walk North to Stoke Newington Church Street where there are many restaurants, cafes, delis, shops, pubs, a nice park (Clissold Park), and a great local bakery.
To the south west , 10 minutes down the road is Dalston, with its many clubs, bars, galleries, live music venues and eateries.
Beyond that 2.5 miles further down the road is Shoreditch, famous for its street art, galleries, music scene and vintage shops. It is now the epicentre of London's creative media and arts community. It is also filled with its own distinctive cool bars, clubs, and restaurants, two famous markets (Brick Lane Sunday Market & Spitalfields Market). And many many galleries
We are based in Zone 2. The easiest is to buy a Pay as you Go Oyster card immediately when you arrive, which you can top up as needed.
The 73 and 476 buses stop outside my flat and you will feel like having a personal taxi. The 73 also runs throughout the night so you can come home at any time.
But if you want a tube nearby then this is not the place for you.
The famous 73 bus route crosses London down through Islington to Kings Cross, riding through Oxford St, passing near Buckingham Palace and down to Victoria. Also the 476 which goes to Euston Station. Both buses stop in front of the house.
There are plenty of buses from Stoke Newington Green 2 minutes down the road that run 24 hours to all other parts of London and major attractions such as Westminster, the Tate, and St Paul's amongst others. The overground to Stratford (access point to the Olympic Park and Westfield Stratford is 5 minutes away - it will only take you 20 minutes to get there.
There is resident parking from 8.30-6.30 during the week and (phone number hidden) on Saturdays. I can sell you visitor parking vouchers if needed for a day or 2 hour slots. Free parking is about 20 minutes walk away.
When you have booked you will receive further details before you arrive on how to get to my place from your point of arrival in London. As the bus is in front of my house, there should not be a need to take a taxi.
Other Things to Note
If you are looking for a tube close by, then this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for a quality stay, a home from home and great cooked breakfast, then you are in the right place.
In addition to your room you will be sharing the kitchen, sitting room and bathroom with myself.
Please note that the room is small, but there is plenty of space in the cupboard to put your things. An empty suitcase can be left outside in the hall of my flat.
The flat is up two flights of stairs. There is no lift. I am happy to help carrying up your suitcase(s) if needed.
As I work during the day, it is important that we can communicate clearly particularly upon arrival. This means letting me know via text or other means in case your arrival is delayed, having a means of communication upon arrival and being able to let me know a clear time of arrival and stick to this.
I expect to mostly communicate with the person who stays in the room and as I will need to explain how things work in the flat, therefore it won't work if someone else collects the key on behalf of the person staying.
In addition to English, I also speak Dutch (my mother tongue), Spanish and manage in German and French.
When you book, please give a bit of information about yourself as well as the reason for your visit. As I will be welcoming you into my home it will be good to know a bit more, also to make sure that my flat is the right place for you.
If you want to know what you can expect read the reviews which also gives you an idea of the countries and guests that I have received.
They range from visit to families and friends, longer stays, sightseeing or a home from home before finding a place to live in London.
You will be provided with a key and you are welcome to come and go as you please.
Check in times are flexible. However you should arrive at my place before midnight. This means arriving around 9.30 pm by plane.
No Smoking allowed.
No overnight guests.
In case the next guest arrives the same time, I ask the leaving guest to vacate the room by 12 noon, and ask the arriving guest to use the room from 3pm. However in case the plane leaves late or arrives early this can be accomodated and the luggage can be left in the hallway in my flat.
In addition to a continental breakfast you can make your own tea and coffee during the day, but please keep the kitchen clean as this is shared with myself. We do not have a cleaning fee.
Let us know beforehand if you have a food allergy or don't eat meat so that we can take it into account when buying for your breakfast.
About the Host, Dieneke
I love living in East London, and have done so since the late 70s, when I came here from Holland. I love the multicultural aspect and specifically in East London the amazing creativity that is here. I feel very much at home. I love design and set up an organisation called Hidden Art that promotes and supports designers /makers. Initially only in London but later on all over the UK. Still a large percentage of designers/makers are based in East London. We have also gone to the Milan Furniture Fair once a year. In 2014 Hidden Art is 25.
In the 90s East London was a rough no go area, but organisations like Hidden Art have contributed to change this over the years. Now it is the coolest area in London. "Google" just recently opened a campus in the area, and in addition to the design cluster there is now also a strong digital cluster - young people who are extremely creative with digital technology. I am very interested in the design and digital clusters working together.
I spent many years facilitating exchanges between creative designers and crafts people which included countries like Peru, Mexico and Cuba.
I often travel by bike, a trusty Dutch bike, all over London and to work.
I love cooking, travelling, local history and photography. When I travel I enjoy staying with local people as it gives you more of an insight in the place.