This is a sponsored post by Londoner Tracey Chandler, aimed at those of you who would like to visit London more so than those of us who already live here. Although, if I had a house of my own (perhaps one of those “grand house with spacious rooms, a conservatory and a large garden” in Hampstead that Tracey mentions would be nice), I’d certainly be willing to think about it if it meant travelling on the cheap and staying somewhere equally fabulous in a different country. Anyway, here’s Tracey, writing for lovehomeswap.com…
Photo: At Home by Dave McGowan
(from the LLO Flickr Pool)
Words by Tracey Chandler
With the current economic climate, house swapping is fast becoming a new craze. Given that accommodation is the most expensive part of any trip, house swapping is a great low-cost holiday option, allowing you to save money whilst still staying in luxury accommodation.
London has become an incredibly popular place for house swaps. It’s now the most requested global holiday swap destination on many home-swap sites, including Love Home Swap. London has a variety of options when it comes to what type of accommodation you’re looking for, and what area you’d like to stay in.
Here are some of the choices London has to offer:
Hackney. You could swap your home to live in a purpose-built flat from the 1960s in Hackney, East London. During your stay, enjoy the trendy bars along Broadway Market and the food market that takes place here on Saturdays.
Highbury and Islington. Perhaps you’d rather stay in a spacious flat built in the 18th Century in Highbury and Islington, North London? A short distance away is Highbury Fields, perfect for a morning stroll and a stop off at a café. Upper Street is definitely worth a visit, with its many independent retailers as well as great restaurants and bars.
Hampstead. Swap your home to live in Hampstead – enjoy Edwardian architecture in a grand house with spacious rooms, a conservatory and a large garden. You could visit Keats House during your stay and revel in British Literature. If you’re looking to do some sightseeing, you could climb up to Primrose Hill, which is a short walk away. From here you can get a clear and breathtaking view of central London.
Richmond. Enjoy Victorian architecture in Richmond, South West London. Here you can walk or cycle along by the river and visit Kew Gardens, which is a World Heritage site. Richmond Park, the second largest park in London, is also very close. You could make a day of it and take a picnic, or stop off at a bar along the riverside. Richmond is just a short drive from Heathrow, so it’s easily accessible.
Chelsea. Have a real adventure and stay in an elegant, but cosy, houseboat on the Thames in Chelsea. Here you’ll be near Hyde Park and the Notting Hill area, home to the famous Portobello Road Market. For a good place to have a drink, why not just go up on to the terrace and soak in the scenery?
London is certainly a place of great variety. When it comes to home-swapping, you’re bound to find something for you. If any of these places in London have taken your fancy and you want to find out more, just check out this page and a low-budget, luxury holiday could be just a click away.
Tracey Chandler is a freelance travel writer, originally from London, making her way around Latin America at present, with plenty of romantic stories to share.