My house is in a quiet street in a Victorian conservation area in south west London. It’s light and very spacious, with two living areas, a dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms (each with bathroom) and an office in the attic and a nice garden. It comes with all mod-cons (including wi-fi, digital TV etc).
The house is very peaceful (there’s no traffic noise), as this is a side street away from the main road, and the back of the house overlooks my – and all the neighbouring – gardens.
My neighbourhood is known as Oval.
There are plenty of local shops, cafes and bars and it’s close to two parks. Just north of my area is Vauxhall, which has been christened ‘VoHo’ because of the mix of bohemian shops, gardens, cafes and bars.
Other cool neighbourhoods nearby are Kennington, Clapham and Brixton.
The house is convenient for public transport (zones 1 & 2 tube stations). Oval tube is 3 minutes’ walk away (on the Northern line) and Vauxhall station (Victoria line and overground) is 10 minutes away. There are also plenty of buses into central London (either the West End or Covent Garden), taking about 20 minutes. And it’s perfectly possible to walk into central London along the river, about 45 minutes at a gentle pace. There are also bicycles for hire (the Barclay Bikes), with stations in adjoining streets.
For travellers arriving at Victoria station, my house is a short bus ride away, or two stops to Vauxhall tube. For travellers arriving at Kings Cross/St Pancras, there’s a direct route on the northern line tube to Oval station. For those travelling to Liverpool St station (from Stansted or Luton airports) you can easily get on the northern line to Oval.
There are numerous cultural landmarks within easy reach, including the Imperial War Museum, both Tates, Modern & Britain plus the South Bank (the National Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye). Waterloo is 10 minutes away, with two theatres and some great restaurants.
Central London and the West End is 15 minutes by tube (or a 30 minute walk), with shops, bars and other attractions. In the opposite direction, there’s Clapham, with the great Common, and lots of shops and bars. I’m also within walking distance of the Vauxhall gay scene.