Three-bedroom flat in hipster heart of the city. Large balcony overlooking London Fields park
Walking distances (in minutes):
2: London Fields Lido (50m heated outdoor pool) (NB closed until summer 2017)
5: London Fields station: fast links to the City/West End
6: Broadway Market (Saturday farmers' market)
12: Hackney Empire
15: Burberry, Aquascutum, Anya Hindmarch, Nike among 'outlet' shops in the 'Fashion District'
18: Columbia Road flower market
20: trendy Dalston including Arcola theatre
PLEASE NOTE BEFORE BOOKING:
I was going to call this section "Reasons not to book" but actually everybody who has been to stay so far has really liked the flat and the location, as reflected in the reviews. However, just as I like to be fully informed before I book anywhere, please bear in mind the following:
1. CHILDREN. The flat has a 4th floor balcony overlooking the park. As you can see from the pictures, it has a proper wall and safety rail but if you have the kind of children with a tendency to explore/climb unsupervised, it might not be the place for you.
2. DECORATIVE REPAIR The flat is undergoing a renovation later this year. Until then, it's not in perfect decorative order - clean and comfortable but with occasional bits of peeling paint in places.
3. WATER PRESSURE there is low water pressure in the upstairs bathroom and the cistern takes time to fill, which may prove irritating although the toilet always flushes in the end!
4. GURGLING! A quirk of the plumbing means that water running through the pipes at night can produce a low gurgling sound which can be particularly annoying if you are sleeping in the small third bedroom on the sofa bed.
5. NOISE. The wonderful location of the flat (directly overlooking London Fields park) means that it is, for the most part, very peaceful and relaxing. However, especially in summer, you sometime get people walking back from the pubs on Broadway Market and making a bit of a racket. And on very hot nights, when people have been on the park all day, you might hear chatting, singing and even drumming etc before they disperse.
Also, the rubbish/recycling collections for this estate are often as early as 6.30am on weekdays, and this can also be very noisy, since the flat is right next to the bin area.
6. Creaky floorboards. One guest did mention these and, ahead of the renovation, I'm afraid the upstairs floorboards do creak quite a bit in places.
That all gives an impression of a constant cacophony. It's really not - most of the time it's very restful here - but just want potential guests to be fully informed!
So, if all of that hasn't put you off.. here's a bit more information.
The flat is arranged over three floors:
1. entrance level (the front door is on a raised walkway, with a single flight of stairs leading up to it from the ground level). Stairs to...
2. first floor with living room, kitchen and toilet. Stairs to..
3. Second floor, with three bedrooms (two double, one single), and bathroom.
Guests have the entire flat to themselves.
All bed linen, towels etc are provided.
Free parking directly outside the flat can also be arranged.
Please note that this isn't a 'party' flat. It's in a residential neighbourhood and I have neighbours below and to one side of side of my flat so noise needs to be kept down after 10.30pm.
I usually stay nearby when I have guests to stay and am easily contactable via mobile, (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), text etc etc. I'm really keen that people should have a fun and relaxing stay when they are here, so do my best to sort out any issues that may arise as soon as possible.
Hi. I'm a British freelance journalist based in London and writing feature articles for the national newspapers here.
I'm not a fan of hotels and so really like staying in apartments etc to get a real feel of a city when I travel. I live in London Fields, a vibrant area of East London and I let out my own three-bedroomed flat via AirBNB. As far as what I'm like to have a as a guest - I'd say I'm a pretty tidy non-smoker who is easy to have around and doesn't demand much of a host, except perhaps a few pointers as to good places to eat out etc. Please feel free to ask any questions. Thanks, David