Zone 2, excellent transport, lovely park and canal

Zone 2, excellent transport, lovely park and canal


May 2011

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our family home is a three-storey Victorian townhouse. It sleeps up to 6 people. We will make all or part of the house available depending on the exchange. The house has a large living room with a period fireplace and a piano. Our kitchen is spacious and highly functional - fantastic for cooking. We have a nice garden with table and chairs where you can eat and a roof terrace. We also have a large table tennis. We have no pets and cannot do exchanges with pet owners - sorry! We are tied to our sons' school holidays so please bear in mind our availability before contacting us as we can currently only do exchanges on the following dates (9-28 August 2020 and 18 December 2020-2 January 2021 both simultaneously and non-simultaneously)


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More about us

  1. Tom, a policy officer, is from London, and Marialuisa, a journalist, is from near Bologna. We have two boys aged 15 and 17. We are usually 4, depending on the exchange.

  2. We love eating good food, visiting museums and art galleries, and places of natural beauty.

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Where is it?


We love our neighbourhood and so have our guests!
We live in a very quiet street in a family friendly, up and coming neighbourhood close to the financial centres of Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf. The house is near Victoria Park, one of the oldest public parks in London. Very close to the house is also the pictoresque Regent's Canal, ideal for cycling to many of London's most attractive tourist hotspots, including Camden, Regent's Park and Maida Vale. The popular Brick Lane, Shoreditch, and Columbia Road flower market, and Broadway farmer's market, each with many bars and restaurants and lovely shops, are all within easy reach of the house (on foot or by bike). We are also close to the the Westfield shopping centre and the Queen Elizabeth Park, the former Olympic centre (only one tube stop or a short bus drive, or a 20 minute walk).

Our house is centrally located and it's well served by London underground and buses. It is about 7 minutes' walk from the Central Line, District, Hammersmith and Circle Lines, in zone 2. Liverpool Street can be reached in 5 minutes by tube and Oxford Circus is only 20 minutes away. The house is also close to popular bus routes such as the Number 8 that runs through St Paul's and Oxford Street to Victoria. It is also well served by cycle routes, for example, the Regent's Canal towpath which connects the area to Islington, Camden, Regent's Park and Canary Wharf. Greenwich, for example, can be easily reached by bike and then by a short, but spectacular boat trip on the Thames.

Restaurants, bars, pubs and art

Our area is vibrant and multicultural, boasting art galleries, shops and nice restaurants and bars.

Close to our home are plenty of galleries and museums, including the V&A Childhood Museum, the Whitechapel Gallery, and the Tate Modern, which is only a few tube stops away. There are also cinemas and cultural centres nearby.

Other major London attractions are the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral, both reachable in 15 minutes by tube or bus.

Please see the following links for further information about our area:
For families:

Buzzy restaurants
Morgan Arms; Lord Tredegar; Son Que (in Shoreditch); Inn on the Park (and several other restaurants in and around Victoria Park); Tayyab in Whitechapel; Buen Ayre (Broadway Market)
Cool bars
Shoreditch is heaving with night clubs, music venues with live music, etc
Cozy cafés
Cafe East, Zealand Cafe, the Pavillion
Retail therapy
Wesftield, Brick Lane, Columbia Road Market, Broadway Market
Bit of culture
Victoria Park, Whitechapel Gallery, Tower of London, Queen Elizabeth Park. Cinemas: Rich Mix, Genesis, Aldgate Curzon
Walks in the park
Regent's Canal walk to Victoria Park, Broadway Market and Columbia Road Market. Cycle to Islington or in the opposite direction, to Canary Wharf
Spot of exercise
Jog along the canal to Victoria Park; swim in the open air (heated) swimming pool of London Fields Lido. Two more swimming pools within 10 minutes. Tennis in Victoria Park. Climbing Wall in Mile End Park.
Day tripping
Walk or cycle to Canary Wharf (10 minutes) then take a short boat trip to Greenwich; Walk or Cycle along the Regent's Canal to Islington then on to Camden/Maida Vale. Visit the Queen Elizabeth Park (on foot or cycle); Cycle on the greenway to Lea Valley nature reserve; Book a Jack the Ripper tour of Brick Lane/Shoreditch

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