About this listing
Enjoy a comfortable single bed with crisp cotton sheets, a small private bathroom with full bath, shower and endless hot water. Coffee with the ducks in prize-winning Vicky Park, then stroll down canal to Mile End station - minutes to central London.
We offer a single bedroom with own private bathroom beside it. The bedroom has double glazed doors onto a private terrace overlooking a long row of gardens. The bedroom is quiet as it does not face the traffic. It is also small.
Single bed with 100% cotton bedlinen, hypo-allergenic pillows & duvet and an extra blanket. There is a desk, chair, bookshelves, storage space for bags under the bed, a chest of drawers and hangers behind the door and at the end of the bed. A hairdryer and universal plug adaptor are provided.
There is gas central heating in the house and the radiator in the room is independently adjustable. There is a small heater in the room for additional heat if needed.
Private bathroom: sink, mirror door cabinet with some shelf space for your things, full size bath with wall-mounted shower over and glass screen and toilet. Hot water is available 24 hours a day and the shower pressure is good.
Our home is a Victorian terraced house, originally built in 1854 and totally renovated in 2011. It is like new inside, with reclaimed wooden floors throughout, double glazing, and lots of insulation. There is a large kitchen/diner with glass folding doors to a patio garden and our art studio/office. The quiet living room (which you are welcome to use by arrangement) has a Victorian fireplace, sofas and flat screen TV. There is a separate downstairs bathroom used by the family. The house is full of books, guitars and sports equipment. We have fast internet.
What to expect during your stay?
If you do come and stay with us you may be on your own or various family members may be there too - depends on where we are. We can accept arrivals between 8 am and 10 pm but need to plan this with you, and will give you your own key. We can leave you space in the fridge if you would like to cook and there are plenty of herbs and spices and cooking oils etc in the kitchen which you can use. Help yourself to tea, freshly ground coffee and fruit.
We are a family of four - two working parents and two teenage children who who study outside London. We travel the world competing in sailing and like meeting interesting people who want to come and explore London. We know London well and are happy to help you plan your visit and excursions.
Use the kitchen for cooking if you wish, also the living room if not occupied.
Interaction with Guests
We interact with guests depending on mutual interests and if we are busy or not. Sometimes you will be in the house by yourself and sometimes we will all be there. We all travel and work so it can be a bit variable. We try and pick people that we would like to meet and have shared interests with so please do complete your AirBnB profile.
The East End is vibrant and changing rapidly. When we first moved here in 1989, the area was mainly East End families. Now many of East Enders have moved out, however we still know many of our neighbours.
Our home is on a quiet residential street with local shops at one end and an arts and dance centre at the other. We are near several markets. The area where we live is close to the Olympic Park and Westfield shopping centre and also very well connected to central London (15 minutes to Oxford st on the tube).
We live a couple of minutes walk from a canal - you can walk up to Camden or run down to the Thames along the towpath, passing canal boats along the way. We are especially well sited for Queen Mary University of London and you can walk there via the canal. One of London's nicest parks - Victoria Park - is on our doorstep.
The area is famous for local pubs. It has a thriving arts scene, great local restaurants and festivals and there is always something going on. We enjoy Richmix a great local arts Centre at the top of Brick Lane (the street known as London's curry capital) only a few stops on the bus. Sundays are best spent over at Columbia Road Flower market, or picnicking in Victoria Park.
Food shopping is easy with local shops open till late just at the end of the street. There are several takeaway restaurants and cafes on the Roman Rd. We recommend Zealand cafe, open during the day time only, on the street of that name, two down from our road. In Hackney Village on the other side of the park, there is an organic Butcher (The Ginger Pig), fishmonger, baker, deli, wonderful coffee shops and the best baigel shop in east London.
Have a look at our AIRBnB online guide book.
The essential tools for getting around london are
1. a Tube map. Pick it up at any station, we usually leave some in the room, or download a phone app
2. The Transport for London online travel planning guide. (website hidden)
3. An Oystercard. You can buy this at airports and any underground station. It costs 5 GBP initially and then you can load money on it. Swipe when you go through train, underground barriers or get onto buses. Worth it if you are here from more than 3 days and making more than a couple of trips a day. You can also use your touch banking card if you have one.
METHODS OF TRANSPORT
London Underground aka "The Tube": Mile End station - Central line, Hammersmith & City and District lines - is ten minutes away on foot (or two minutes if you hop on any bus going down Grove Road.) You can walk to Mile End via the canal and over the green bridge which take five minutes longer but is a really nice route.
Buses: There is a bus stop at the end of the street and two more at the crossroads a few metres from there. Frequent buses include the no 8 bus which goes to Brick Lane, Liverpool St and Oxford Circus and runs all day and night.
"Boris Bikes" also officially known now as Santander bikes (website hidden)-cycles: These are bikes you can hire by the hour/day. There are several bike stands near the house. For example there is a stand half way up Grove Road on the way to Mile End Tube station and about four minutes walk from the house.
Cars: We do not own one but rent when we need it as cars are LOTS of trouble in London (our view). There is metered car parking outside our house and you can buy parking scratchcards from us for up to fives hours use at a time (2.00 GBP each) - there are some in the house folder. You can park for free in various streets on the other side of Victoria Park which is not too far away.
TO AND FROM AIRPORTS:
Stansted Airport: Best to get the National Express bus which stops first at Stratford and then at Mile End underground station (which is where you should get off). There is also a train to Liverpool St and from there you take a central line tube back to Mile End. (We never bother with this route and just take the bus). A third way is to book a mini cab - this will be about 45 GBP if you look online before you come, plus any parking fees.
Gatwick Airport: Take a train into London - Blackfriars is the best stop and then District Line to Mile End. No need to take the Gatwick Express as it will take longer and is more expensive. A more expensive way is to take a minicab which will be about 60 GBP - book in advance and online.
Heathrow: Cheapest way if you have a lot of bags is to sit on the Piccadilly Line to Barons Court, cross the platform and take the District line to Mile End. If you do not have bags then take the Piccadilly line to Holborn, change to the central line and go to Mile End. (about 1.5 hours) Slightly quicker (and more expensive) - take the Heathrow Express to Paddington and then the Hammersmith & City line to Mile End. (about 1 hour 10 mins.) Most convenient of all is to take a taxi, but we strongly advise to book a mini cab to meet you (around 55 GBP) and not pick up a cab at the airport (if you do it will be very expensive). It will take about an hour and more in rush hour.
Luton Airport: Take a train into St Pancras, walk across the station to Kings Cross underground and take the Hammersmith & City line to Mile End.
London City Airport: Our favorite as you can either hop in a cab for 15 - 20 GBP or else take the Docklands light railway to Stratford and then the Central line to Mile End (only one stop). There is a bus/Docklands light railway combo you can take but it is a bit more complicated.
Southend Airport: Much easier than you might think - take a train into Stratford and then one stop on the underground to Mile End.
Other Things to Note
We are especially keen to meet people who share our interests, which include sport, technology, music, medicine, academia and the environment. Happy also to share and swap books as we read like maniacs and are always running out.
Have fun in London
Leave the house as you find it
No parties (we like our neighbours) - it is polite to be pretty quiet after 11 pm at night
Please water our window boxes and garden
Separate your trash (food, paper/cans/bottles, and everything else). Collection is on Mondays.
No smoking. Absolutely no drugs.
Please keep the noise down late at night - this is a residential area and we stay in good relations with our neighbours.