This is my self-contained one bedroom house with a small garden. There's room for up to 5 people with the sofa beds in the lounge. The house is 5 mins from Mile End station (zone 2) with excellent fast transport links to the City and West End. I work in London during the week, and this is my home. I'm generally not around at weekends, so I've made the space available to the community to meet some new people and help keep the place secure while I'm not around.
This is quite an unusual property for London in that it's actually a house and not just an apartment. There's a small south-facing garden with a table and chairs which is lovely for al fresco dining or letting the kids run around. (It looks a bit threadbare in the photos - I'm trying to get some plants in during the spring!). The space is great for families, especially with the garden and the close proximity of the park.
I've been a host for several years with a number of properties on several platforms. However, this is something different in that it's actually my own home. Most weeks I will spend a chunk of time in London for work and this is where I live. When I'm not there I make it available to the community, and I try to make a nice, friendly experience for my guests.
The house is over two floors; the ground floor contains the lounge and the kitchen, while the first floor contains a large bedroom and bathroom. The house has a ground-floor private entrance, and is fully accessible.
The lounge contains leather sofas, a dining table and chairs, and a TV with BluRay. The TV has access to several video on demand channels, including Now TV Entertainment, Amazon Prime and Netflix. There's also a PlayStation 3 with a stack of games. The lounge also has a door that opens directly out onto the private garden.
The kitchen is well-specced with a hob, oven, microwave, fridge, kettle, toaster and washing machine. There's a top-quality coffee machine for espresso and lattes. There are also plenty of kitchen gadgets and tools - cooking is one of my hobbies, so please feel free to use any of the kit, and help yourself to tea, coffee, or any of the many cooking ingredients you find in the cupboard or the fridge.
The spacious bathroom has a WC, hand basin, and a bathtub with a shower. Fresh towels, shower gel and shampoo are all provided for you. There's also a hairdryer and hair straighteners for your use.
The bedroom features a double bed, ample clothes storage space and a smart TV / DVD combi. All sheets, bedding and towels are provided. There is a small travel-cot available if you're bringing a baby, at no extra charge. My youngest daughter is two-and-a-half and it's just about big enough for her. You will just need to bring your own bedding, sleeping bag etc for the small person.
In the lounge, there is a double sofa-bed that folds out to make a king-size bed, and a single sofa-bed. This means the house can accommodate up to 5 people. and this has been a particularly useful for families. All the bedding for these will be provided, just make sure you let me know the total number of people staying.
A free private parking space is available for one car - just let me know in advance so I can make arrangements.
Nothing's off-limits during your stay so please make yourselves at home, although if you see a locked cupboard, that will probably have my personal stuff inside.
I'm a member of the Tate Galleries, and I have a spare card that gets you free access to all the exhibitions and to the private members' rooms. This has been very popular with my previous guests, so just let me know if you want to borrow it.
The house is located in a quiet side-street in Mile End, East London. The Regents Canal, and Mile End Park (with its famous Green Bridge) are literally seconds away, as is Queen Mary College (my alma mater). There are a variety of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, fast food places and grocery stores clustered around the station and the college. Within walking distance, we have classic East End drinking establishments (great for watching football on TV), high end gastropubs for fine dining and craft ale, and everything in between.
To the East, within a 10-20 minute walk (or a 5-minute bus or DLR ride), we have the attractions of the Olympic Park, which often hosts sporting and cultural events. In the same direction, you have Stratford for shopping and restaurants. The Westfield Stratford shopping centre is one of the largest malls in Europe with retail as well as leisure stuff like cinemas and restaurants.
To the West, there are plenty of cultural attractions throughout East London - the Whitechapel Gallery, and the very vibrant music, art and technology scene of Shoreditch and Hoxton.
There are also many places of historical interest - the famous People's Palace at Queen Mary's, and the local Georgian squares have some of London's finest residential architecture. Lovers of the Gothic should check out Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, a remarkable Victorian enclave in the city, just a couple of minutes away.
Absolutely no parties are permitted in the house. If this is your intention, please do not book. Any loud parties will be shut down immediately and the rest of the booking forfeited as a breach of terms and conditions with no refunds or exceptions.