Follow the canal up from Islington to this 1848 townhouse. There’s a key safe for late arrivals and then you’re given your own key so you can come and go – Thomas will explain the day/night alarm system.
Thomas lives at the top of the house and works in the ground floor living room. The first floor is for guests – there’s a double and a single, both with views over several gardens to the back. You share the guest bathroom down moderately steep stairs, but if you don’t mind that you’ve struck gold.
If you fancy more than cereals, tea, coffee and toast for breakfast you can pick up pastries from Pophams Bakery and eat in the basement kitchen/dining room. Thomas is happy for you to have picnic suppers here too and chill drinks in the fridge; there’s a conservatory and a pretty garden beyond.