Lovely 1 Bed home swap in London, England

The apartment is ultra-modern, and furnished with vintage Ercol chairs and a Saarinen dining table (both, entirely coincidentally, designed in 1956); contemporary Matthew Hilton tables; Sean Dare sofas; Dieter Rams shelving; Jamie Reid punk artwork; Timorous Beasties and Stephen Sprouse upholstery.

There is a Smeg induction hob (we are both serious foodies); fridge/freezer; washer/dryer; lots of Le Creuset cookware... a huge library of cookbooks, from Mugaritz to Robuchon.

There is linen for guests to stay on the downstairs sofas.

We have US Netflix. Superfast 100MB Wifi and the latest, largest screen iMac on a Matthew Hilton/Ercol desk to use.

The most modern, fabulous leisure centre in London (designed by Hodder Associates) - with the most awesome gym and pool & is 60 seconds from the door (we bought this flat because of the centre & the squash courts, adults-only pool and sauna etc are amazing). The cafe at Clissold Leisure Centre bakes the best sourdough anywhere.

We are 10 minutes walk from "the scene" of Dalston and 15 minutes walk from the Victoria line tube station of Highbury & Islington. The new "Ginger Line" stops at Highbury and also at Canonbury (which is an even closer walk) - and takes you to the stop right opposite Shoreditch House in 7 minutes, or takes you to Portobello Road and W11 in half an hour in the West (but Londoners are territorial - we stay East).

The 73 is the most frequent bus in London, and stops at the end of the road, to take you directly to Kings Cross, Euston, Soho, Victoria... If your destination isn't on that bus route or Victoria Line, you can be at Manor House Tube in 15 minutes for the Piccadilly Line (door to door 40 minutes V&A, South Kensington, Harrods etc.)

Malcolm McLaren was born on this street in the 1950s... Which is entirely "by the by". But it's been one of East London's most bohemian quarters for decades.

Stoke Newington = Park Slope, but with Williamsburg 15 minutes stroll east.

Stoke Newington has lots of craft breweries, farmers markets (and Wholefood Markets and Borough Wines), antique and thrift stores, bakers etc...

Walk east for 15 minutes for the art deco Rio cinema, Beyond Retro, pop up restaurants, galleries, the Dalston strip, DJ bars, LNCC and Christopher Kane's studio (if he's expecting you) etc. The best coffee in London is at Mouse & Delotz and Haggerston Espresso Room. But we also favour Flat White and Fernandez & Wells in Soho.

You can take or leave "the scene" in East London. As someone Tweeted of Stoke Newington: "it's where people from Dalston go to feel like they are in the country". We feel like we're in a village, but in central London.

You probably already know all about East London, but we (and our friends) can point you in all the right directions.

Type of home swap

  • Home Exchange
  • Long Term Exchange

Conditions of home exchange

  • No small children
  • Non smokers only
  • No pets allowed
  • Pet Care Offered

London (HE29563)

London,   England

  • 1 bed   (sleeps 2) 2 bath

Preferred destinations

  • USA - New York

Dates available

March 2014 - June 2014
February 2013 - February 2013

Swap duration: 3 - 6 months


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Membership expiry date: 29 Dec 2014