Fast forward to last fall and London where I discovered the modern version of the pension, the small B&B. I stayed two wet but lovely weeks in the village of South Ealing in an Edwardian terrace house with old working fireplaces, beautiful old woodwork, and chickens and rabbits in the garden.
It was a 15 minute walk to the Tube station, and then a straight shot into London on the Picadilly Line. The quiet neighborhood was made up of young families and students and there were grocery stores and small ethnic restaurants an 8 minute walk from the house. It was perfect for me.
Linda, my host, owned a business in London. She was friendly, interesting, and couldn't have been more generous, stocking the cupboard for breakfast and buying little treats she thought I would like to try.
|South Ealing, walk to the subway|
There are several websites out there for booking home stays, but the one I used was Airbnb. From their listings and the recommendations people leave, I think you can get a pretty good sense of whether or not the site will be appropriate for you. The cost of my room was about $40 per night.
|Not a sight you would see in my town!|
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