We are in East London, 1 minute from Victoria Park (a large park given to the East End by Queen Victoria). The site of the 2012 Olympics (now being turned into the Queen Elizabeth Park) is 20 minutes walk from us, across Victoria Park: the Games have helped make the area one of the most exciting in London. The area is residential, mainly Victorian housing built by the Crown Estate in the 1850s; it is a popular area for young professionals and families. It takes about 30 minutes by bus, underground or taxi to get to central London (Bethnal Green tube station, one stop from Liverpool Street in the City, is 15 minutes walk, and there are frequent buses to central London). There are many good local restaurants and artisan food shops and a thriving food and farmers' market on Saturdays. The Hackney Empire Theatre and the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood are an easy walk away. On Sundays, Columbia Road flower market and the shops and market in Brick Lane are an easy walk away. Victoria Park (ideal for a family walk, run or picnic) is just across the road.
Large Victorian house, recently refurbished with large modern kitchen (island unit/two ovens/hob/large fridge/freezer/plenty of worktop space for cooking/large table) with access to garden (with large children's climbing frame, and seating area) . There are two large reception rooms, each with TV and stereo, one with grand piano, each with large south facing windows. Modern bathrooms each with bath and shower, one en suite, one large family bathroom. There is one large attic bedroom; another double bedroom and child's bedroom on the floor below; and a study with a double wall bed on the floor below that. We have a garden - note that the climbing frame you can see in the pictures has now gone and the garden is being redesigned - and a roof terrace.
We have two very affectionate, pretty, and trouble-free Burmese cats, and we hope exchangers would look after them. Previous exchangers and their children have loved them. Obviously, if you are allergic to or dislike cats our home will not be suitable.
We are looking for exchanges for summer 2014 to Los Angeles or Seattle (we have promised our daughter a post-exam trip to LA or Seattle - we have already been to San Francisco with her so are really looking for somewhere else).
Or we are interested in an exchange for a few days in Europe in winter 2012 (around Christmas, Easter or the last week in February - because of school we cannot travel at other times).