Cat lovers paradise: purrrfect base to explore London
Apartment • Greater London United Kingdom
1 Car space
Exchange types accepted
Listed December 2018
Response rate 100%
~=^•^= A sure thing about my flat: it is a cat lovers paradise, with many cute feline inspired pieces of decoration, cat books, and, a mini purring leopard looking Bengal cat! =^•^=~
I live in a quiet street of Nunhead, in Peckham, a trendy area of South East London, Zone 2. My building is a period house converted into four small flats in a quiet cul-de-sac on the top of a hill. Like many conversions in London, it is an old flat and does look its age. The flat is not furnished in a modern way, as most of my furniture have been inherited or recycled: it is a colourful mix and match, very bright, with lots of natural light.
I describe my home as cute (some people may think it is shabby). It is small but functional, and currently in transition, as I am making (slow) home improvements. There are many changes in the plans: for example, the carpets are past their best days and I plan to get rid of them in favor of rugs. I want to give the walls new colors and hang nice pictures. I would love to have more plants. For now, it just provides a nice base for anyone exploring the city, and as an extra bonus, the bedroom boasts a great view of London’s skyline!
We have one double bedroom, a small size living area (good for UK standards), a small kitchen and bathroom, and a hallway. The space is good for two people sharing a double bed only; there is a small sofa bed in the living room, but that means sharing it with Miss Bojangles, the cat. I don't have a television, but all the other basic amenities are there, including a laptop friendly workspace with a USB-C monitor, WiFi, etc.
I like it that my flat is quite sustainable: it is part of a housing coop, it runs on green energy (Ecotricity), and the wifi comes from the Phone Coop. It has an activist, environmentalist, feminist, left-wing, anti-Brexit, pro-European, #elenão and a very feline vibe. I would love to host like minded people, and frankly, only them. Are you? Be welcome!
My home is not suitable for:
Children (below 14 years old), wheelchair users (or someone who can not tackle a hill and stairs), anyone who needs to have a TV and the latest appliances, or a lot of space.
I will mostly likely welcome you to the flat, and give you a lot of information about my home and local area. The building is on the top of a small hill. There are three sets of staircases and no lifts. For those driving, good news: there is free parking space outside on a first comes, first served basis. This is rare in London!
You will share my home with a lovely cat, Miss Bojangles. She was rescued when she was 3 in 2006 and we have been together since. She only eats dry food and sleeps most of the time, so you can leave her alone for all day long, if you wish to explore London, or even go for a little trip overnight, or a long weekend in the country side.
She is a laid back Bengal who is not too demanding and doesn't need much attention, other than food, water (from the bath) and litter services. She is very vocal, can cry a bit when bored (for a few seconds) and will let you know if she wants affection, but it is best if you don't initiate it.
She sadly doesn't get on with kids and sometimes behaves aggressively and erratically in their presence, so usually I don't allow children in my house when I am not there to supervise.
Oh, she is a feminist: ask me about it if you are interested!
Cupboard / drawers
First aid kit
Unsuitable for infants under 2
Unsuitable for children ages 2-12
Pets not allowed
Nunhead sits next to hipster Peckahm, pretty Brockley and trendy Dulwich, all lively and multicultural areas of South London - Zone 2. People from all backgrounds and many different ethnicities live around here, which makes these one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods of the capital. Yet, our Nunhead high street has a village feel!
According to local legend, the name Nunhead refers to the 16th-century beheading of a nun during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII (check the sign on The Old Nun’s Head pub commemorating this). Nunhead Cemetery is one of the “Magnificent Seven” Victorian cemeteries, created around London between 1839 and 1841 to ease the overcrowding of the city center’s burial grounds and now a local nature reserve. Some say Jack The Stripper is buried there! Located at the top of the hill, you get one of the greatest views of the city skyline (my flat sits on the same hill).
Peckham is packed full of trending cafes, restaurants, bars, music venues, independent bookshops, second hand shops, art galleries and a variety of stores, all scattered amongst African and Caribbean supermarkets. It is the home of the first cooperative/community owned pub in London, The Ivy House, which is my local pub (of which I am a stakeholder!). The Feminist Library has just moved to Peckham, and we also have the cheapest cinema in London, PeckhamPlex, with tickets at only £4,99.
Closer to home, at the bottom of my road, there is the beautiful Peckham Rye Park, which boasts wooded areas, picnic spots, landscaped gardens, ponds, playgrounds and even parakeets. There are a few other parks nearby, making the area very green.
Not much, except rent prices, have changed since Charles Dickens passed through the area:
"Peckham, on the Surrey side, between two and three miles SE. from London-bridge, lies for the most part rather low, but on gravelly soil. The large open common of Peckham Rye, and is neighbour, Goose-green, are on higher ground; the ascent continuing to Nunhead and Honor Oak, which latter stands about on a level with the Crystal Palace. Houses are to be had in the lower part of Peckham at a rent as low as £30 a year, but they are of course small. As the ground rises in situation the rents rise with it; and though they never attain the standard of such situations as Sydenham, Richmond, &c., they are considerably beyond what would be required for houses of the same class at a similar distance on the northern side of town. Taken altogether, however, the Peckham district may be considered, as in proportion to its advantages, one of the cheapest in London. NEAREST Railway Stations, Peckham Rye and Queen’s-road, Peckham; Omnibus Route, Peckham-road."
(Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "Peckham")
I will provide your a comprehensive flat, cat and area guide with my favorite spots and things to do, but are some online guides:
The nearest station is Peckham Rye, Zone 2 on the overground (20 min walk or 4 stops by 343 bus). We have great train connections to London Bridge and Victoria stations, as well as to the regular underground. Many bus lines go to Central London, reaching Big Ben in 40 min. The best airport is Gatwick, but any other local airport will work fine. Other stations nearby are Nunhead, East Dulwich, New Cross Gate, Brockley.
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