Elegant Edwardian terraces sweep the flanks of this surprisingly quiet street. Thread your way down to Elspeth’s garden flat, filled with all her bits and pieces, that will be your city pied-à-terre for the time that you are a Londoner. Close enough to the Oval to hear the cricket cheers, it’s well connected by public transport so almost anywhere is in easy reach. The double bedroom is the first room on the right as you go in, with its piano and morning light, but go deeper inside for the best bits. Wrapped in green-leaf wallpaper, the living room knows how to relax among an assortment of bulbous lamps, gilt mirrors and a wooden horse, ranged around a circular table. From here, move seamlessly into the dining area with French windows that lead out to the long garden hung with trellised vine, apple tree and willow: a good spot for a book and tea. The kitchen, draped with garlic and utensils feels like a bucolic snuggery, and it’s an easy step across to the warm pine-clad bathroom. Vauxhall Park, the Southbank, Clapham, Westminster, Borough Market, Tate Galleries, Imperial War Museum are all close–by.