Join us for a British family homestay in London, UK

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  • Last activity: 28/01/2023



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    *New availability for one person for mid-March to mid-April, fluent English preferred.*

    No other availability until July onwards: We will interview for the summer in March, but feel free to drop me a message now to register interest. Minimum 1 month, with a preference for longer stays.

    Want to know more about the British family culture? Take the chance to explore London as well as the countryside! Join our family in our South London home.

    We've been doing workaway since Summer 2019 and have found it a fantastic opportunity to offer guests an authentic British family cultural exchange, tips to make the most out of London, and for us to have the benefit of an extra pair of hands to keep the house running smoothly, and learn more about your language and culture. We're very happy to help our guests perfect their English, and love to learn some of your language, but we've learnt that an advanced English level is required to be able to communicate well with the children.

    We have space for two workawayers to join us at a time, so you will usually have someone to buddy up with to explore.

    We'd love to host someone who is happy to be an extra helping hand in our household, such as cooking us a meal (I have collated a book of new recipes from workawayers!) or assisting with some typical family tasks.

    We are a busy family living in the London suburbs. We (Ben & Fiona) work from home, while Pippa (6) and Emmie (4) are in school and nursery, so familiarity with young children would be an advantage to fitting in with the family! They particularly benefit from someone who has real energy and enthusiasm and genuinely enjoys being a big kid!

    We have a large house in London zone 6 with a big garden. We have 3 spare rooms available, two are on the top floor with own bathroom. We are 2 minutes walk from the train station and it takes just 20 minutes on the train to London Bridge or London Victoria, so it is a great base for exploring the city.

    Sorry we cannot accommodate workawayers travelling with their children, and single males only with DBS check or relevant experience. Non smokers only please. We ask for a minimum of 1 month and prefer longer stays.

    When messaging us, please include:
    Your travel dates (start date, duration, any flexibility), why you think you are the right person for our family.

    If we have been in contact in the past and you are still travelling, please do send us a new message, we find it very hard to keep track of everyone we have spoken to!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our place is a brilliant base for exploring London, the train takes just 20 minutes to London bridge (we are in zone 6). We lived in the city centre for 10 years before moving out to zone 6, so we can recommend all sorts of things to do, and help you get good deals on entrance tickets.

    For some long term workaway helpers in the summer we took them on a trip to Brighton and had a 'goodbye' English cream tea - we can't always promise to do these extra things but our guests weren't able to explore the area so much during lockdown and we didn't want them to miss out on the full English experience!

    We are a busy family, so we like to have our own relaxation time in the evenings, but you are welcome to join us for meals and trips out. I love to cook and learn new recipes from our guests, so I'd be happy to teach you to cook and bake the things we eat.

  • Au pair

    Au Pair Help

    This host has let us know they’ll be complying with UK regulations for au pair stays.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We're looking for someone who will join us as a family member and pitch in with typical family daily tasks.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    German: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    You will have a large bedroom with a double bed. Two of the workaway rooms have one bathroom to themselves, and the third room shares the family bathroom.

    We usually host two workawayers, so you will usually have someone to explore the area with.

    You will share our kitchen/breakfast room and will join us for family meals (or cook for yourself if we are out). Please note that we do not eat meat, but do eat fish. We can easily accommodate vegan or vegetarian diets, and other allergies, but prefer that you do not cook meat in our house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in the London suburbs, there are lovely walks nearby, including the London Loop, lots of National Trust properties to explore, and we are an easy drive or train journey from the coast (eg Brighton or Eastbourne). Croydon is a short bus ride away with lots of shops.

    It is very quick and easy to get into central London - it takes just 20 minutes on the train to reach London Bridge or London Victoria.

    Covid note: We ask our workawayers to follow the government rules, but also be sensible about risk taking.

    Note: we do NOT need you to be able to drive - everywhere is easily accessible by public transport.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have a high speed internet connection and can provide access to a desk.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Join us as a family member and help out as required, no more than 5 hours on 5 days

Host ref number: 197172333624

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