If you’ve been reading along last week, you already know that I had a terrible time with British Immigration, which put a major damper on my London adventures. What you may not already know is that there were a couple things I did love about London. At the top of that love list was the enormous, charming home where I rented a room.
It was located in a quiet, lushly green suburb called Lewisham (home to overgrown cemeteries, bright coffee shops, and pretty stone and brick homes all in a row), just a few minutes from two different London Overground train stations (the London Overground, for those of you who aren’t familiar, is an extension of the underground) about 25 minutes from the city center.
The location was really perfect for me, as I like being a little outside the city center, away from the throngs of tourists and all their frenetic energy. I like to live places that feel lived in. And Lewisham definitely fits that bill.
Even better than the location, though, were my wonderful, welcoming, hilarious housemates: a quirky, compassionate priest who went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable in the house; a reserved, yet chatty programmer who was constantly looking after Luna for me; a young Indian engineer who sang Bollywood songs in the halls when he thought no one was listening; and, for a short time, a lovely friend of mine from South Africa who was also in London to attend the conference that I’d come for.
I joked that it was like living in a Sitcom. So many colorful, wonderful personalities, including me and my pint-sized pooch.
So, you probably want some more pictures, right?
Your wish is my command.
Interested in staying in the vicarage? Contact Father Stuart to ask about availability and pricing.
When I stayed, pricing was around $1,000 per month and a bit higher if you want a weekly or daily rate. Father Stuart may consider well-behaved dogs (so just ask). And linens, towels, utilities, and WIFI are included.
Planning a trip to Europe? You can see all the beautiful spaces I’ve stayed in here.