Two bedroom maisonette with a garden. Clean and decorated to a good standard, with some good examples of 60's Scandinavian furniture, art, books and lots of plants. One double bedroom (south facing, with a view onto the garden, and an apple tree from the bed) and one single bedroom, both upstairs. Living room and separate eat-in kitchen downstairs. If necessary, a fourth person could sleep in the super-comfortable sofa. Very quiet road. There is a nice, south-facing garden with good planting and furniture and a private playing field just behind it. There is wireless broadband but you will need to bring your own laptop. There are two bicicles in good working order that can be used responsibly if wanted. Cicling in the area is very pleasant. Information on transport and local amenities available. I don't mind smokers as long as they can air the place a bit after. Respectful children are welcome. Ah! There is a lovely, very friendly and civilised cat called Fidel that will need food, water and a bit of affection.
Hackney is an exciting area in East London (transport zone two). It has an fascinating mixture of multi-ethnic and gentrified population, so there is plenty of interesting shops and places to eat and drink. The flat is only metres away from London Fields Park, which has a newly opened Lido (open air swimming pool), tennis courts, ping-pong tables, cricket pitch, and, more importantly, a great Pub with a terrace onto the park. Next to the park there is the Hackney Empire theatre, quite an institution with an existance of more than 100 years. The picturesque Regents Canal is very near too, good for fishing and safe cycling on the towpath (all the way to Camden, Regents Park... and Birmingham) Broadway Market, a fashionable street with some interesting shops, places to eat and drink and a street Market on Saturdays, is 5 minutes away. There are lots of good bars and reasonable priced restaurants, and the trendy area of Hoxton/Shoreditch/Old Street is not far. Angel (Islington)is close-by too. Columbia Road Sunday flower market, one of the best and least known markets in London, is some 20 minutes away walking.
I am a 40 years old special needs teacher. I love travelling and I have only recently experienced home exchange, which I love because it is the best way to experience the culture of a place. I am also very house proud. I have some nice pieces of furniture and quite a lot of Art. (I am from Galicia, in Spain, and came to London in 1995 to do an M.A. Fine Art). Being a teacher I cannot be too flexible about my holidays. But I don't mind you coming when I am around, I am able to stay with friends nearby if necessary. At the moment I am mainly interested in staying in Lisbon for a week during Easter (I have 2 weeks holiday, so I can be a bit flexible there).