Georgian Townhouse Sadlers Wells home swap
Beautiful preserved, decorated and furnished georgian townhouse, Grade 2 listed, built in 1838. 4 minutes walk from Angel tube station, 10 minutes bus ride from the West End, surrounded by excellent local bars, restaurants, theatres and historic walks. Located on a quiet side street with a historic old pub next door.
On the ground floor, with a large street-facing window, the dining room doubles as a library with international cookbooks and travel tomes, and an unusual Dia de Muertos skull also has a place on the shelves. The adjacent sitting room is cosy, with a low-slung, red sofa and underfloor heating, and the sleek galley kitchen on this floor leads out to the back garden for convenient al fresco dining at the pink dining set. Inside, and up one flight of stairs, there’s an office, a bathroom, and a sitting room brightened by a sunburst mirror and Latin American art. Two bedrooms are mild in contrast, and span the top floor: the double has a view of the garden while the master looks over the street. And the worldly street food of Exmouth Market is a five-minute walk away should you seek more spice.
About the location
Twenty years ago Clerkenwell was a dead zone, a largely forgotten area between Islington and the City. Now it is one of London’s coolest areas: a creative quarter particularly popular with architects and design companies who have created civilised offices – bare floorboards, opening windows, dogs welcome – in its old warehouse buildings and factories.
It is also a carnivore-focused culinary destination, with restaurants clustered around Smithfield meat market and along Exmouth market. The epicentre for the gastro pub phenomena, The Eagle on Clerkenwell Road, provided the template that has nearly buried Britain’s reputation for mediocre food.
A history of watch making is also evident in the number of watch repair shops on Goswell Road but light industry has now mostly departed. And while the area might be devoid of green spaces Clerkenwell’s old warehouses and factories, set amongst Georgian townhouses and Dickensian cobbles, make for a unique architectural mix.
And for those who prefer to build things with words, Clerkenwell’s long history as a centre for printing means it is still a favoured watering zone for hacks old (though The Guardian has since departed for King’s Cross) and new (City University’s Journalism school is on St. John Street).
Conditions of home exchange
- No pets allowed
- No small children
- Washer / Drier
- Car exchange offered
- Shopping facilities
- Local restaurants
- Art galleries
- Good public transport
Closest airport: All London Airports
Nearest city: London
Property type: House
Location type: City