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Excellent 5/5 7 reviews

Townhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 75 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The best way to describe East London is to say that it caters for everyone's wishes and has a really fascinating vibrancy. It even has its own language known as Cockney rhyming slang eg if you need some "cash" a true Cockney would say " need some sausage and mash" ? There is even an ATM withdrawal machine in Leytonstone that now offers its services using this slang, so if you want to see the balance of your a/c on the "screen" it says "Charlie Sheen" and if you want to take out £50 "Nifty", or for £30 it says "Dirty", £20 "Horn of Plenty", £10 "Speckled Hen" & £5 "Lady Godiva". The first festival celebrating the Cockney language and diverse culture is being held from 18 -27 July 2013 by the Cockney Heritage Trust (www.cockneyheritagetrust.org) and will show that Cockney is not "brown bread", that is "dead" !

You can explore the East End for days and days, go to the street markets or have a meal in a local pub that has been operating for 500 years, where Dickens drank a few pints and Sir Ian McKellen is now a part owner, or visit the Prospect of Whitby, the oldest riverside tavern dating from 1520 and watch the world sail, or steam, by on the river Thames. Diversity also applies to the architecture, you can see Stepney's oldest house at 37 Stepney Green, built in 1694 and occupied by Lady Mary Gayer, an East India merchant's widow (see her initials wrought into the front gates); later on it was a Jewish care home, then a craft school and now a family home again. The Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast some of the world's most famous bells, including the Liberty Bell & Big Ben and in 2012 cast the largest bell in Europe in honour of the 2012 Olympics - it weighs 27 tonnes and featured in the Opening Ceremony, it is incscribed with a Shakespearian quote from The Tempest's Caliban "Be not afeared, the isle is full of noises".

Fancy a bit of culture, maybe go to Wilton's Music Hall (www.wiltons.org.uk), which is the oldest surviving music hall in the world dating back to the C19th, or just a good film at our local picture house - in one screen you can sit on a sofa for 2 and have a drink, which was formerly a theatre dating back 150 years called the Paragon and where Charlie Chaplin performed in 1909 before Hollywood beckoned :

http://www.genesiscinema.co.uk/about.php

It has excellent coffee from the boys & girls at Nude Espresso in Brick Lane as well as delcious pastries from the nearby Rinkoff family bakers (100 years old).

Or would you like to hear some poetry or other bed-time stories in a Queen Anne period house (in your pyjamas, of course) and meet some locals over a home-made cocktail or two - we can introduce you to 40Winks (or email : info@40winks.org.)

Shopping - you don't need to go into the West End as you have luxury shops in the City, near to St Paul's, at One New Change, London's newest shopping destination (www.onenewchange.com) or pop down to Stratford (two stops on the tube) to Westfield, claimed to be the largest shopping mall in the whole of Europe (http://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity).

There are plenty of independent retailers too - including the best for men's fashion in the UK chosen by Telegraph Magazine, this is Present (140 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 tel 020 7033 0500 www.present-london.com) the place that sells things that men want in an environment that isn't intimidating. Clothes are the mainstay, but they have the genius factor of including books on fashion, bicycle saddles and a great espresso bar.

Transport - good public transport 24/7 for buses and now there are cycle hire racks following on from the successful scheme that Paris has enjoyed for years - see www.tfl.gov.uk/barclayscyclehire. We have the Overground, the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) and London Underground sevice (celebrating 150 years of service in 2013). The District tube line was opened in 1868 and serves our local stations at Stepney Green and Whitechapel, the upgrade of the tube network is well advanced and in 2013 air-conditioned carriages will be introduced to this line see : www.tfl.gov.uk

2012 was the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and a new 60km route, marked with 500 glass pavement discs along its length, from Buckingham Palace through East London, including Vicky Park's 218 acres, to the Olympics site in Stratford via many of the city's most interesting landmarks (& under the Thames at Woolwich) was opened by The Queen. It is a new pedestrian & cycle route known as the Jubilee Greenway and a permanent monument to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Detailed maps of the Jubilee Greenway and other London walks can be downloaded from :

www.walklondon.org.uk

Full details of what is happening in London are included in the Official London Guide :

http://www.visitlondon.com/

or the weekly magazine Time Out (online & local newsagent) is a witty & informative guide to what's on :

www.timeout.com/london

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Brighton 75 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: London City 8.85 km, Nearest railway: Liverpool Street 4.82 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The house feels a bit like a lived-in art gallery, with all kinds of surprises in nevery nock & crany - it is a fun space. Books & music are available to be enjoyed as is both the indoors and out-of-doors area under the pergola.

It is a comfortable home and has a warm, inviting atmosphere. The beds are luxurious.

Further details outdoors

There is a local pub, an independent multi-screen cinema, a major supermarket, a 24/7 convenience store, numerous coffee shops, cafes & restaurants.

Within easy walking distance to buses, tubes/DLR with connections to mainline trains, & bike rental

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Payment can be via BACS or Paypal

The South East England region

The best way to describe East London is to say that it caters for everyone's wishes and has a really fascianting vibrancy. It even has its own language known as Cockney rhyming slang eg if you need some "cash" a true Cockney would say " need some sausage and mash" ? There is even an ATM withdrawal machine in Leytonstone that now offers its services using this slang, so if you want to see the balance of your a/c on the "screen" it says "Charlie Sheen" and if you want to take out £50 "Nifty", or for £30 it says "Dirty", £20 "Horn of Plenty", £10 "Speckled Hen" & £5 "Lady Godiva". The first festival celebrating the Cockney language and diverse culture is being held from 18 -27 July 2013 by the Cockney Heritage Trust (www.cockneyheritagetrust.org) and will show that Cockney is not "brown bread", that is "dead" !

You can explore the East End for days and days, go to the street markets or have a meal in a local pub that has been operating for 500 years, where Dickens drank a few pints and Sir Ian McKellen is now a part owner, or visit the Prospect of Whitby, the oldest riverside tavern dating from 1520 and watch the world sail, or steam, by on the river Thames. Diversity also applies to the architecture, you can see Stepney's oldest house at 37 Stepney Green, built in 1694 and occupied by Lady Mary Gayer, an East India merchant's widow (see her initials wrought into the front gates); later on it was a Jewish care home, then a craft school and now a family home again. The Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast some of the world's most famous bells, including the Liberty Bell & Big Ben and in 2012 cast the largest bell in Europe in honour of the 2012 Olympics - it weighs 27 tonnes and featured in the Opening Ceremony, it is incscribed with a Shakespearian quote from The Tempest's Caliban "Be not afeared, the isle is full of noises".

Fancy a bit of culture, maybe go to Wilton's Music Hall (www.wiltons.org.uk), which is the oldest surviving music hall in the world dating back to the C19th, or just a good film at our local picture house - in one screen you can sit on a sofa for 2, with footsools plus have a drink - which was formerly a theatre dating back 150 years called the Paragon and where Charlie Chaplin performed in 1909 before Hollywood beckoned :

http://www.genesiscinema.co.uk/about.php

It has excellent coffee from the boys & girls at Nude Espresso in Brick Lane as well as delicious pastries from the nearby Rinkoff family bakers (100 years old).

Or would you like to hear some poetry or other bed-time stories in a Queen Anne period house (in your pyjamas, of course) and meet some locals over a home-made cocktail or two - we can introduce you to 40Winks (or email : info@40winks.org.)

Shopping - you don't need to go into the West End as you have luxury shops in the City, near to St Paul's, at One New Change, London's newest shopping destination (www.onenewchange.com) or pop down to Stratford (two stops on the tube) to Westfield, claimed to be the largest shopping mall in the whole of Europe (http://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity).

There are plenty of independent retailers too - including the best for men's fashion in the UK chosen by Telegraph Magazine, this is Present (140 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 tel 020 7033 0500 www.present-london.com) the place that sells things that men want in an environment that isn't intimidating. Clothes are the mainstay, but they have the genius factor of including books on fashion, bicycle saddles and a great espresso bar.

Transport - good public transport 24/7 for buses and now there are cycle hire racks following on from the successful scheme that Paris has enjoyed for years - see www.tfl.gov.uk/barclayscyclehire. We have the Overground, the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) and London Underground service (celebrating 150 years of service in 2013). The District tube line was opened in 1868 and serves our local stations at Stepney Green and Whitechapel, the upgrade of the tube network is well advanced and in 2013 air-conditioned carriages will be introduced to this line see : www.tfl.gov.uk

2012 was the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and a new 60km route, marked with 500 glass pavement discs along its length, from Buckingham Palace through East London, including Vicky Park's 218 acres, to the Olympics site in Stratford via many of the city's most interesting landmarks (& under the Thames at Woolwich) was opened by The Queen. It is a new pedestrian & cycle route known as the Jubilee Greenway and a permanent monument to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Detailed maps of the Jubilee Greenway and other London walks can be downloaded from :

www.walklondon.org.uk

Full details of what is happening in London are included in the Official London Guide :

http://www.visitlondon.com/

or the weekly magazine Time Out (online & local newsagent) is a witty & informative guide to what's on :

www.timeout.com/london

Central London/Zone 2

The old images of the East End of London in the blitz, with gangsters (Kray Bothers) and murderers (Jack the Ripper), poverty and gloom have been largely replaced with a vibrant hub of diverse and fun things to do and to see. For fuller information on Stepney, see : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stepney

East London is known for its diversity from clubs & pubs to interesting walks. It has a number of well known street markets - some of which are well worth exploring - our suggestions are :

* Broadway market on a Saturday - trendy clothing, food and bric-a-brac, most successful community market and a haven for the young - there is a popular Ozzie hangout with long queues to get inside

http://www.broadwaymarket.co.uk/

* Columbia Rd market on a Sunday - flowers & plants, modern version of the old Covent Garden flower market and heaps of fun - with 60 independent shops (open during the week) + street stalls - has the best bagels around and a couple of good pubs - best deals around 2pm when the market is packing up to close for the day - the whole place is just a paradise !

http://columbiaroad.info/

* Petticoat Lane market - Mon - Fri & also on a Sunday - bargains and a real sense of a street market, going for over 400 years and linked to the thriving clothing industry at the heart of the East End - known as the rag trade http://www.click4bricklane.co.uk/16.html

* Whitechapel market - a vibrant Asian market opposite the famous Royal London Hospital with its newly opened £1bn extension linked to Barts Hospital, is known for good value for money and the bowls of fruit or veg for £1, so you are likey to be greeted with "want a bowl of mangoes for a pound ? " It is having a £2.5m facelift - the restored architecture is well worth checking out from Aldgate following the High street east (Whitechapel Ary Gallery is perfect example). http://www.highstreet2012.com/

* Spitalfields Market - this is near to Liverpool Street and has a City buzz, good atmosphere, especially lively on a Sunday

http://www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com/

or further afield is :

* Dagenham Sunday Market with an astonishing 600 stalls with a broad range of items & produce from organic meat through to second-hand furniture and designer clothes, akin to a Parisian Flea Market

* Farmers' Markets can be found in Brentwood, South Woodford & Upminster - monthly, dates see link:

www.essexfarmersmarkets.com and at our local Stepney City Farm (every Saturday)

The Whitechapel Art Gallery, Victoria Park & its quaint village (known to locals as "Vicky Park, it is the oldest public park in Britain) via Regents Canal towpath - 2012 was the bicentenary of the start of the Canal's construction - and Wapping with its amazing Wapping Project are all within walking distance of Stepney House - see links for further information :

www.whitechapelgallery.org (check-out restaurant with award chef from The Connaught & her Italian heritage shins onto the menu)

www.friendsofregentscanal.org

www.victoriaparkvillage.com

www.wappingproject.com

The Stepney City Farm (formerly Stepney Stones Farm) backs onto the Stepney Green Park (behind Stepney House) and covers over 4 acres - great spot to take the children to and those who love animals - it faces historic St Dunstan's Church, which is in the old nursery rhyme "Oranges & Lemons, say the bells of St Clements" and now over 1200 years old. Great coffee and a lively farmers market every Saturday.

The East End of London was always known for its lively pubs and there are still some good ones nearby :

1) Morgan Arms - caters for its ecletic local Bow community and has really good food, with a happy atmosphere - was the Evening Standard pub of the year a few years back and has kept the locals happy

http://www.capitalpubcompany.com/the-morgan-arms/

2) The Half Moon - this was a Theatre and has a large outside space with tables & large umbrellas (for both rain & sun) - good value with steak club on Tuesday @ £5.99 ph for steak platter including a beer or glass of vino, curry night on Thursday @ £5.59 ph and traditional breakfast from 9am to 12 noon with Lavazza coffee

www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-half-moon

3) The Crown - overlooks Vicky Park, has outdoor seating and a first floor terrace with good food and excellent wine. You can either like or dislike the faux fur chairs. It is one of the trendy independants.

http://www.geronimo-inns.co.uk/thecrown/

4) The Empress on Lauriston Road, E9 is one of those eaty boozers that for reasons of location near to Victoria Park is posh enough to heave with professionals in the evenings and is eerily serene during the day. It has rather grand, Victorian pub proportions and really good food - three courses for under £30. Tel 020 8533 5123

5) The Approach, 47 Approach Road, E2 is the other side (southern) of Vicky Park and another popular watering hole, with a great outdoors area Tel 020 8980 2321

6) The Grapes in Wapping - if you want to do some celebrity watching, this is the spot to go. It dates back 500 years being established in 1583 and Sir Ian McKellen is one of the 3 owners & lives nearby in the Georgian terrace overlooking The Thames. The Grapes was the model used by Dickens for "The Six Jolly Fellowship" in Our Mutual Friend. His godfather lived in Limehouse and Dickens was a regular - The Grapes has a good fish restaurant and does a traditional Sunday roast (lamb or beef)- bookings are essential in the restaurant.

www.thegrapes.co.uk

7) The George Tavern, 373 Commercial Raod E1 is a 700 year old pub that Dickens mentions in the Diary of Samuel Pepys that is going through a restoration phase being energetically supervised by the landlady for almost 10 years (the lovely Pauline Foster)- Grace Jones is one of the celebrity backers of The George.

www.thegeorgetavern.co.uk

Eateries (local)

For a good panini - try Cafe Fresh at 10 Globe Road, great coffees too and friendly service.

For breakfast or a great coffee try New Road near the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, there are several spots with pavement seating, try our favourite Zaza's Cafe Bar. 117 New Road, London, E1 1HJ

There are good Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean Grill, Indian, Italian, Turkish and Brazilian to select a few - this link shows spots on the map

http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/tube/stepney-green-tube-station-245.html

Tayyabs is a joy because it is a truly authentic old-style Pakistani Punjabi restaurant and you will probably find a queue - take your own Tiger beer or wine (they don't charge corkage) - good value for money. Tel : 020 7247 6400 www.tayyabs.co.uk 83 Fieldgate Street, E1 1JU....booking is strongly advised unless you like standing in a long queue !

Another good local is the Lahore and you could well be in a side street of Karachi or Lahore rather than on the outskirts of the City of London (financial district) - it's just off Commnercial Road in Aldgate and you must try their spicy lamb cutlets with roti as a starter (take you own poison - there is an off-licence next door).

Lahore Kebab House, 2 Umberston Rd (off Commercial Road), Whitechapel, London E1, tel 020 7488 2551

We have a 24/7 snack shack nearby, on Mile End Road (outside the Genesis cinema), Billy Bunter, & it is a favourite haunt of the taxi drivers for a strong tea and bacon buttie (and lots of local gossip). If you like sweets, we have an old fashioned sweet store Yummy Yummy with dozens of large jars of all kind of yummy goodies, plus a wide range of wicked cakes (whole ones and by the slice).

Some of the best places to eat in London are nearby (Les Trois Garcons, 1 Club Row E1 tel 020 7613 1924 is a serious dining experience), many are family owned and run, plus some well known multiples like the Portugese/South African Nandos. We will happily give you our suggestions or you could look at Peter Prescott & Terence Conran's new "all about food" book Eat London2 (ISBN9781840915839) .

London Detours do walking art tours of the area - see http://www.londondetours.com/eastlondondetour.html for info on their walks around East London (incl Jack the Ripper ones at night) starting at Aldgate East and ending up at Old street some 4.5 hours later.

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Review 1-7 of 7

21 Jul 2014

4/5

"Very comfortable and cosy stay in London"

Very nice house in London. Spacious and very cosy with all facilities. Two nice bedrooms with separate bathrooms.
Very friendly and warm welcome by Alejandro.
Near the metro and other facilities.
(small) negative points: one bedroom with hard mattress and a bit poor exterior acoustic insulation.

12 Apr 2014

5/5

"Cosy, quirky accommodation, ideally located, at a good price."

The house is full of personality, with good furniture & colourful art. The owners, David and Alejandro, were away during our stay which was a pity as their home told us that we would like them very mu… More

5 Aug 2013

5/5

"A quiet house close to a busy London"

Three blocks to the Stepney Green Tube station, then 20 minutes to anywhere in London. In a quiet neighborhood, with some stores, restaurants, a good pub (the Half-Moon), and a theater (Genesis) nearby. The house is clean, well furnished, artfully decorated and comfortable to live in. The quiet, cool garden is a delight. Kitchen is completely equiped if you tire of the London East End myriad of eateries. Bathrooms are clean and modern. Overall, it came to feel like home, but we did stay for a month. And will again if we get the chance.

We love the Genesis too - did you know that Charlie Chaplin performed there before Hollywoord beckoned ? They serve the most delicious pies with mash (gravy & mushy peas too)in the new restaurant - something for the next visit perhaps...

12 Jun 2013

5/5

"The welcome, comfort, perfect food, location aesthetic fun and lovelines make this a perfect place to stay.s"

Located just near Stepney Green Station and a bus straight to St Pancras, this is a perfectly situated B and B or self catering spot for London. It's such a surprise to be surrounded by trees and birds with the lovely view of the garden too. The hosts are warm, welcoming, genuinely attentive to your needs. The bedroom and beautiful bathroom are luxurious. The fun of the eclectic decor is visually pleasing and makes the stay 'an experience'. Alejando's breakfast was brilliant - fresh everything and served with imagination. Alejandro and David make you feel at home. Every last detail has been thought of.

11 Jun 2013

5/5

"A place of calm in a busy work trip"

I travelled to London for work in late 2012 and Stepney House B&B was an absolute oasis in the midst of three works of hectic work.

The location is great and access to transport (bus and train) is excellent. The chance to explore the neighbourhood (rather than the lobby of a 'touristy' hotel was a plus). What really made my stay comfortable was the calm atmosphere at the house and the little things that make accommodation great- like a powerful shower and a really comfortable bed.

My colleague and I both enjoyed the local knowledge that our hosts shared and they went out of their way to welcome us... but at the same time provided lots of privacy and quiet time for us.

I'd be back in an instant if Australia wasn't so far away!

27 Mar 2012

4/5

"We all agree that this stay was the 'London experience' we were looking for."

Three of us stayed here in May last year, all on our first trip to London, and just loved the warm character of the East End and its proximity to central London. David and Alejandro, the hosts at Stepney House, are on the ball. They are wonderful company, know London extremely well and pointed us to some fascinating features of the city. Alejandro prepared ample and nutritious meals and guided us to his favorite restaurants; the Chilean restaurant was my personal favorite.
It is a short walk to the famous Brick Lane and Spitalfield markets where there must be nothing you can't buy (I had lost my iPhone power cord and found a cheap spare here in 10 minutes). On Sunday the historic Columbia Road flower markets are nearby and a spectacular sight. Stepney House is so close to London, a short walk to Bethnal Green station for the Underground, or you can take the scenic route on the top deck of a London bus.
We were delighted to meet some of the neighbours, real East Enders, all so friendly and fascinating to talk to about the history of the area. One highlight was a visit to a nearby aged care home where we put up flags, cooked a barbeque, and put on a sing-along for the residents and staff to celebrate the marriage of William and Kate. How very British, and what a hoot!
We all agree that this stay was the 'London experience' we were looking for, rather than an average tourist visit to London.

We enjoy geting responses from our guests and can learn what works for them, so improve the quality of our service to the next guests. Although Bethnal Green is the closest tube stop for the central line, we do have closer ones at Stepney Green and Whitechapel.

12 Mar 2012

4/5

"Welcoming, & a particularly comfortable, convenient & quiet location"

The owners were most welcoming, & the house is very comfortably furnished, with a particularly interesting & eclectic art collection. The location is agreeably quiet, & offers convenient public transport access to a range of key cultural facilities like the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Tate Modern, The Jeffrye & Soan Museum. Additionally, it's a safe area in which to explore some early & unusual architectural heritage sites near the river, as well as the river-walk itself, along which are several very popular & historic river-front restaurants. A little further along, an interesting & buzzy contrast is the huge Canary Wharf development. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in an area of London I hadn't previously explored.

The area surrounding Stepney House is quiet, but the birds in the garden are quite chatty in the morning, so a gentle way to wake up and then wonder down to the conservatory for breakfast with other guests or the owners.

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