About the Homestay
Welcome to 2018. Myself and my husband Alan love welcoming international guests to our fantastic capital city and to our home which is in a quiet, friendly street in Streatham South London with our 2 cats Sammy and Jack. The house was built in 1930 and has a garden. The bus stop and rail train station are less that 7 minutes walk from the house. Our house is relaxed and quiet for your stay. A light breakfast, fresh towels, toiletries and hairdryer are provided and included in room price.
It is easy to get to the tube (Brixton or Balham underground station). The nearest rail stations are Streatham Common (7 minutes walk) and Streatham (10 minutes by bus). We have good connections to London Gatwick, London Heathrow and London Luton airports. London Stanstead is a bit further away.
There is free street parking outside the house 24/7 every day. We now have the 24 hour tube to Brixton on Saturdays and Sundays and night buses every day so you can get home 24/7 all week.
You can get to central London, tourist places (Oxford Street, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, museums, markets and galleries) and shops like Primark in 30 minutes. You can also get to Brixton or Croydon in 20 minutes which are both good places for food, clothes and shopping.
We have a gym, swimming pool, park, bars, shops supermarkets, cinema, clubs and restaurants within 10 minutes by bus.
We have travelled to lots of cities in Europe and also visited many places in Africa, South America, Israel, USA and Scandinavia and enjoy meeting new people from all over the world. We have had guests stay with us from all around the world, including the UK, the Netherlands, Canada, Russia, USA, Spain, Austria, Sicily, Bulgaria, Finland, Columbia, Macedonia, Canada, Sicily, Algeria, Australia, Malta, South Africa, Germany, Morocco, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, France and Italy. We are happy to host language students, tourists, interns and anyone starting a new job in London. We will do our best to help you enjoy your stay in London. We are happy to recommend restaurants, bars, markets, tourist places and help you plan your travel and make the best of your stay.
Just one thing; no unaccompanied children (under 18) allowed (sorry).
We speak some french and spanish and are both trained TEFL teachers
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Streatham Common overground station is only 5 minutes walk from our house. Trains go to/from Central London (Victoria/ London Bridge/ City) every 15 minutes. Travel time is within 30 minutes. The bus stop to Brixton underground is only 5 minutes walk from the house. Balham Underground is 5 minutes by train and Brixton Underground is 2o minutes by bus. You can get home all night from central London as Night buses run all night to 5 minutes from our door.
There is free street parking all day every day outside our house.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Please note that only a light breakfast is included in the room rate. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
We only accept adults 18 and over to stay in our home. We do host guests with children.
Enjoy your stay; your room has a TV, DVD player, DVDs, radio, WI FI and tourist guides. You are welcome to borrow guides and DVDs - just replace them after use.
Please come and go as you please just remember to close all windows and lock the door when you go out
You are welcome to invite a friend over - just let us know in advance
Please feel free to use the garden and decking
Please do not smoke in the house; smoking outside in the garden is fine
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
Helen&Allen are very friendly. I had the feeling as I stay with family. The room was clean quite with a nice view to the garden. I also spent time in the buetifull garden. They helped me a lot with any information i needed. They give you the feeling that they realy care for you the kitchen is big clean and comfy. It is very essy to get to the city from there. Only 25 mints to victorya station. I had a great time. Thsnk you dears.
Great a very good family
Helen and her lovely husband are just greatly hospitable people. Also you'll love their two lovely cats pretty much.
Helen & Alan are the most kind hosts ever! The house Is very nice, the railway station is very close and you can get everywhere in 25 minutes. I totally recomend staying with them . We loved it!!! It's a five hearts rate!!❤❤❤❤❤
I really enjoyed my three months at Helen and Alan's house! They were extremely kind to me always! Such a pleasure!
Très très déçu, j'avais choisi cette formule pour avoir des contacts et dialoguer avec un couple, "j'apprends l'anglais". Helen est seule, au demeurant très sympathique, mais je n'ai pas eu plus d'une heure de contact en tout sur trois jours avec elle, et me suis retrouvé entièrement seul pour la dernière soirée et petit déjeuner suivant : "Laissez les clés dans la boite à lettre" . Point positif les chats ; ils m'ont tenu un peu compagnie le dernier soir. Les pièces pour CLIENTS, (c'est comme cela que je me suis senti), justes correctes, quand au reste de la maison, beaucoup plus qu'en désordre! Je ne renouvellerai pas cette expérience !!
We love to stay with Helen again!
The house is so lovely and Sammy and Jack are both so cute!
Thank Helen, Alan, Sammy and Jack so much.:)
我們在這裡住了14天 過聖誕節還有跨年的派對真的很棒！！兩隻黑色的咪咪也都很親近人～可以跟他們玩哦（愛心）爸爸媽媽人也都很nice 有什麼問題都可以跟他們討論～
I had a lovely time staying with Helen, Alan and the cats! I was made to feel very welcome from the very outset, the room was clean, bright, comfy and very spacious. It's a shame I didn't have time to sample the beautiful breakfast Helen had laid out but I certainly will next time. Strongly advise anyone thinking of staying in the area to stay here, you will love it.
Ce fut un plaisir de vivre pendant trois mois chez Helen et Alan. Malgré l'aspect et l'intérieur de la maison un peu décevant par rapport aux photos mon séjour fut formidable. La maison est un peu désordonnée mais la chambre est spacieuse et lumineuse. Helen est toujours prête à donner des conseils. Je me suis sentie à mon aise chez eux, ils sont arrangeant et discret. C'est un couple très gentil, ouvert d'esprit! Vous ne serez pas déçu de votre séjour à Londres. :)
It was a pleasure to live with Helen and Alan! The house is a little bit messy but the bedroom is large and bright ! They gave me lots of advices to visit London! I felt ease in their home! This's a very nice and opening mind couple!
My girlfriend and I spent our holidays in London and we stayed with Helen. We had a really great time there. Helen and her husband were very kind and helpful.
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) and a 25% deposit using a choice of payments: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal. The deposit is collected in advance on behalf of the host to protect against no show or late cancellations (within 7 days of arrival). You then pay your host the balance due on arrival. The 25% deposit payment is made to the host 2 business days after your scheduled arrival date. This deposit payment will only be refunded if you cancel the booking at least 7 full days prior to arrival.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.