'We are very excited about the prospect of our first house swap. We were slow on the dash for Olympic tickets so have decided instead to head out of London and have a break. The idea of finding ourselves in a fantastic location where we can get some insider information on where all the good places are ticks all our boxes and that we can do the same in return appeals to my social outlook on life.
When we go away there is always one thing top of the agenda. Food. We love it - cooking it, eating it and even shopping for it. Running a business selling fresh truffles means that we've really got to know and love the foodie scene in London. Finding people all over the world who love their foodie scenes as much as their house just gets my mouth watering.
My dream house swap will be as much about helping our guests enjoying the best food and coffee London has to offer as it will be about going to experience their part of paradise.
While the Olympics are on, do not doubt there will be plenty of poor food on offer, the trick will be making sure you know where to get the good stuff.
I have three recommendations I suggest anyone to try:
- Go to Leather Lane where you can find Prufrock and Department of Social Affairs, two coffee shops both alike in dignity serving up London's best coffee and great lunchtime eats. Prufrock is my morning coffee stop and something I might miss while I'm away...
- Treat yourself to a gastronomic delight at Roganic, a pop-up restaurant in Marylebone headed up by Ben Spalding, a 24 year old Chef who you can expect to have a Michelin star very soon. It's very reasonably priced at £80 for a 10 course taster menu and is where I've eaten my favourite dish ever (that is a high accolade).
- Try to meet the locals by going to a supper club. There is a movement in London for foodies to turn their front rooms into restaurants. It's an underground movement, so do a search for "London supper clubs" and you'll see there are a lot of options there.
So if any foodies out there, living in breathtaking beauty would like to swap during the Olympics, just let me know!' - Hugo, London
Hugo, Emma and 3 and 1/2 year old Oscar live in a Victorian flat in an amazing location, a two minute walk from Greenwich Royal Park (Olympic venue for equestrian events and modern pentathlon). The photo above shows a view from the park. See their full home exchange offer.