Central London home exchange offer

London Home SwapA beautiful and incredibly convenient Central London 1 bedroom apartment available for house swap. This apartment is not only 2 minute’s walk away from the best connected London train station (for both the City and the whole UK), but it has an incredible view of Regents Canal. It is situated in the newly fashionable area of King’s Cross, 15 mins walk to many famous places in London such as Leicester Square, Oxford Street and Camden Town.

Exchange Request: Open – anywhere non-UK (unless weekend offer)

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Stay in this lovely home in Canterbury during the Olympics (only 37mins to London!)

House ExchangeLocated in a small hamlet in a conservation area just 4 miles from Canterbury. Lovely 4 bedroom family house with lots of outdoor space. Canterbury city is great to visit with the Cathedral, Abbey ruins, museums, shops and restaurants whilst Dover castle (with its underground War tunnels) Leeds castle, Shepherd Neame brewery, Howletts and Port Lymne animal park are all close at hand. Plus London is only 37 minutes away on the train!

Exchange Request: Open to offers (especially during the Olympics!)

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In London on a home swap? Visit Southwark Cathedral.

Southwark Cathedral‘I will never forget the announcement that London had been awarded the 2012 Olympics. I was in my office at the Education Centre in Southwark Cathedral and even my good friend and colleague Tricia was unprepared for the hysteria.

And then the next day, from the heights of jubilation to the depths of despair: the London bombings. We had a special day ahead. Children from a South London Muslim school  with children from a South London Church of England School working together to enlighten each other about their respective faiths and to celebrate all that they shared.

One school managed to arrive and we spent the day trying to get them home again. The other school had to leave their bus at Elephant and Castle and they too had tribulations and traumas to get back to school.

I am pleased to say that that event did eventually take place and this piece is for all those of you who will be visiting our beautiful city this summer. Stray off the usual beaten path of London landmarks and visit this gem of a building which has stood by London Bridge since 1106, first as a priory, then, after the Dissolution of the Monasteries as a parish church, and, since 1905, as a cathedral.

Southwark Cathedral is an oasis of spirituality and calm on busy Bankside. Through its ancient walls you can hear the bustle of the adjacent Borough Market but inside is peace and serenity, places to sit and think, or to pray, and to marvel at the beauty which surrounds you. Shakespeare’s brother is buried here, as is Lancelot Andrewes, one of the main contributors to the King James Bible and John Gower, held by many to be the first person to write poetry in English, as opposed to French or Latin. My favourite spot is the Lady Chapel, the most tranquil part of the building, with its lovely series of stained glass windows depicting the Nativity.

You could spend days in this part of the city. There is Tate Modern, the Globe, Tower Bridge, City Hall and the re-vamped buildings of the docklands. But I would urge you to visit its greatest prize, Southwark Cathedral, no cost to enter and you’ll reap a bountiful reward.

The cafeteria is rather good too!’ – Sandra Newnham, London

Note: Until her retirement, Sandra worked at the Education Centre in Southwark Cathedral. Sandra and husband, Paul, are very enthusiastic travellers and have enjoyed many home swaps through Home Base Holidays. See their home exchange offer in London.

Looking to escape the Olympics? Visit Sydney!

Home Swap London OlympicsCheck out this fantastic home exchange offer in Sydney, Australia! This luxury three level penthouse apartment is located on the edge of Sydney’s CBD. The apartment has stunning views both east and west to the city. Only 15 min walk to the centre of the city and all it’s restaurants and attractions.

The owners are looking to do a home swap in London during the Olympics

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Live in London? Fancy a vacation in New York?

New York apartment swapIf so we have this lovely 1 bed home exchange offer in New York! Great location in the heart of the West Village on a charming block close to transportation, the Green Market, downtown shopping, movie theaters, restaurants and more. Apartment is newly renovated, minimal design, clean, with great light. One floor below beautiful roof garden.

The owners are looking to visit London in July 2012

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Enjoy parks away from the Olympic Park on your London home exchange

Home exchanges are proving to be incredibly popular in London during the upcoming Olympics, particularly as many hotels are rapidly becoming fully booked or taking advantage of the increased demand and hiking prices. The good news is that many Londoners are actually looking to get out of the city, as being spoilt with living in the second most visited city in the world they are keen to escape the tourist masses, and therefore home exchanges are likely to be appealing to London residents.

A home swap for the Olympics also comes with many of the typical benefits of a home exchange, including cutting costs in one of the most expensive cities in the world as well as enabling a much more authentic and in-depth experience in a city that boasts an extremely complex, varied and sometimes hidden character. If you’re heading to the Olympics, you may find that you have spare time around the events you are planning on attending or would like to escape the thronging crowds of such a famous world sporting event. Fortunately, as one of the greenest capital cities in the world, London is awash with a plethora of historical and royal parks to enjoy some rare serenity and peace (Regents Park in photo below).

London's Regents Park

Greenwich Park

Even though ‘North of the river’ London steals much of the tourist limelight, South London boasts some of the best parks on offer. Greenwich Park is the oldest Royal Park in the capital, and is also home to the Royal Observatory and the Meridian Line, giving it the unique feeling of standing at Longitude 0, splitting East from West, and where time differences around the world are measured from. It also offers amazing hillside views of central London, hidden Roman remains, access to the National Maritime Museum and nearby Cutty Sark, as well as a Bandstand with summer performances.

Richmond Park

Richmond Park is another South London gem and is the largest Royal Park in London. As it isn’t maintained and preened in the way other London parks are, there is a great wilderness scene here, with ancient woodland and 1000 year old English Oak trees as well as free roaming deer and rabbits. There are also golf courses and excellent cycling opportunities for the active.

Hyde Park

Possibly one of the most famous parks in London, this is centrally located and adjacent to Kew Gardens. Hyde Park will also host the modern pentathlon and equestrian events during the Games. A popular place for quick respites from the city on a daily basis, many people come here to roller skate, play tennis, go horse riding or play bowls.

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is a surprising area of wilderness within the capital, with ancient woodland and dense grass land it also provides a very challenging orienteering course for anyone keen to really explore off the path. There are also the famous ponds that people go swimming in in the summer, as well as the Lido swimming pool. Due to its sheer size, undulating hills and areas of dense foliage it is more than easy to find your own quiet space within the park.

Regents Park 

Designed by the famous Royal architect John Nash in the early 1800s, Regents Park is one of the most famous royal parks known for its grandiose design and immaculate presentation. There is the well-manicured rose park, as well as a boating lake and many wild bird species and ducks roaming around. Furthermore, on the North Eastern corner is the world famous London Zoo.

St Jame’s Park

St James’s Park is the oldest Royal Park in London and is surrounded by three palaces. Situated in the very heart of London, St Jame’s Park includes a beautiful lake that is home to ducks, geese and pelicans. A lovely romantic setting that is only footsteps away from Buckingham Palace.

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Matt, a keen traveller and writer who has just returned from his Sorrento holidays and is awaiting the upcoming London Olympics.

Stunning London home swap offer – overlooking Tower Bridge!

Home Swap in LondonLovely apartment with views overlooking Tower Bridge. Fantastic part of London – 5 mins walk (over Tower Bridge!) to the Tower of London and the beautiful St. Katharine Docks. 5-10 minutes walk to London Bridge with all it’s transport links and fabulous food market – Borough Market. The perfect base to explore London.

Exchange Request: New York, Sydney, Melbourne

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Want to escape the Olympics? Stay in this lovely home in Provence, France!

Home Exchange FranceIf you live in London but are looking to escape during the Olympic weeks – we have this lovely home exchange offer in Provence! The owners are looking to visit London during the Olympics.

The house is very old (built before 1840) but was renovated in 2008. It’s situated in a lovely provencal village, near the church and near the shops where you will find 2 bakeries and a butcher. It’s not far from Aix en provence (12km), Marseille (30km) and Cassis (30km).

The owners are looking to visit London for 3-4 weeks during the Olympics

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Home Exchange in the heart of London

Home Swap in LondonUnique & beautiful 1 bed “pent-house” flat in a central (zone 2) yet quiet Victorian conservation area. Great transport links (bus, tube & train) to west end theatreland, Chelsea (King’s Road), Knightsbridge (Harrods) Oxford Street, Tate galleries. Professional couple who have exchanged many times on long and short term basis. Both working in central London in university administration and project management.

Exchange Request: Hong Kong, Australia, open to anywhere hot & sunny

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May Home Swap Newsletter – out now!

Home Swappers NewsletterThe May 2012 home exchange newsletter “Home Swappers” is available to download now. Click here to view the newsletter: Home Swappers

May newsletter includes:

  • Featured home exchange listing: chalet in Midi-Pyrenees, France
  • ‘20.12% Off is Great’ – UK tourist boards’ promotion: 25% off Home Base Holidays membership!
  • Competition: Tell us a (home swap) story
  • Member request: Olympic volunteer needs home swap in London
  • Media request: House swaps for horse owners
  • Home Base Holidays exclusive: join Global Home Exchange for just $1