Unique converted flat - Central London home swap
We live in a large (2500 sq ft) converted flat, in a quieter street just off the famous, bustling, Brick Lane. Visitors tell us it's amazing to find such a calm oasis with so much going on outside.
This is not an ultra-modern high-end conversion. Like the area of London it's in, it's a little rough round the edges, full of character, and all the more interesting for it. The ground floor has floorboards and a staircase dating back to the building's original use as a Victorian furniture factory. You can trace how the building's use has changed in the exposed brickwork.
The main living area is at ground level, and is a large open plan, double-height space. It divides into an area at the front with a desk and piano, and living/dining area at the rear. Ideal if you need to do some work on your trip. At the back of the property, there is a mezzanine with house plants and another seating area, and a spiral staircase up to a small roof terrace. There's a bench and some folding chairs on the roof terrace, but don't come to London expecting to sun bathe! You are welcome to use the grand piano, but you might find it's slightly out of tune.
The bedrooms, and a cosy lounge, are in the basement. The large main bedroom is at the front of the house, and benefits from natural light coming in from the front windows via a internal glass wall. There is also a small home gym (a cable machine, and a treadmill). N.B. There is a second double bedroom, but it does not have any windows. A sofa-bed in the basement lounge is also available.
There is a large family-sized bathroom in the basement, and a smaller shower room + WC at ground level.
About the location
Spitalfields is one of the most interesting and dynamic parts of central London, right on the border of the swanky City of London, and the humble old East End. There are countless places to eat, drink, shop, have coffee, go to events, take an art or history tour, and mix with the amazingly diverse range of Londoners who come here to work and enjoy themselves. At the weekends, Spitalfields and the wider area hosts several very popular markets, each with their own speciality and identity.
The area has its own fascinating history of constant change, which has left behind a rich cultural heritage in terms of beautiful old houses, workshops, churches, synagogues, mosques, museums, art galleries, street art, and creative industries.
The Thames, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London are a 15min stroll to the South.
Zone 1 Liverpool St Station is the nearest tube station (less than 10mins walk), and is a major transport hub for easy access to all the major sights of London, and day trips to places like Cambridge. If you plan to use London to visit other places in Europe, the Stansted Express train service goes from here to the airport, connecting you to many short hop destinations.
Conditions of home exchange