Trip report: fantastic home exchange in London

Columbia Road Flower Market in East London“James and Maria Jose have a lovely home not far from Bethnal Green tube . It is on two levels with two sitting rooms and surprisingly quiet for being just behind the main road. We arrived at our home swap home to find a welcome bottle of wine in the fridge, useful instructions on how everything worked and ideas of where to eat and visit in the area.

We walked to Brick Lane for a meal the first night, and found the area buzzing with activity. On Sunday morning we walked to Columbia Road for breakfast and a look around the flower market and shops, and later on we also walked to Victoria Park for a picnic as we had great weather. The area has a lot going on and its pretty easy to get around by bus, tube and train, but also there’s plenty nearby to visit on foot.” Rachael

Home exchange highlights:

  1. A visit to Columbia Road flower market
  2. Sunbathing in Victoria Park
  3. Local cafes and restaurants

James and Maria’s home swap in London  &  Rachael’s home swap in Lancashire

Interested in home swapping? Find your perfect swap with Guardian Home Exchange

Win a Kindle Fire + home swap memberships

Guardian Home Exchange

Win a Kindle Fire + home swap memberships (worth £59) for three runners up.
Thanks to all who have already entered (some great photos and stories). There is still time to send us your travel photos and be in with a chance of winning a Kindle Fire.

We’re looking for photos that best encapsulate your favourite travel experiences. It could be a shot of your children eating ice-cream on a beach, a selfie in front of a famous site or beautiful scenery, or, if taken on a home swap, your family enjoying dinner in your hosts’ home.

How to enter: 

  1. If you’re not yet a member first sign up to Guardian Home Exchange (select either a full or free trial membership)
  2. Send us your favourite travel photos to
  3. Include a description telling us about your holiday and where the photos were taken

The closing date is the 25th August 2016. We will then select a winner to receive the Kindle Fire and three runners up who will each receive a 12 month Guardian Home Exchange membership.