My family of three stayed at Manel's apartment for five weeks. We never met Manel in person, but he was always warm over email. We truly enjoyed the quiet, sunny apartment and the fantastic location. The kitchen is very large and elegant; it is the physical and aesthetic centerpiece of the apartment. For someone who is used to tiny New York apartment kitchens, this was a nice change. The rest of the apartment is smaller and more simply furnished, but comfortable nonetheless. The kitchen and living room get amazing afternoon sunlight--I even had to put on sunblock because my face was getting red one early spring day. The apartment is on a busy street, conveniently located just a few doors down from Highbury and Islington Station (tube, Overground, and National Rail). Yet, the apartment is amazingly quiet; not only does it face a garden, but also the apartment building is blocked from the street by an adjacent building. The apartment is very conveniently located on a roundabout between Highbury and Islington. All the great shops, cafes, bakeries, and restaurants of Islington are just down the street, including Ottolenghi's and three gluten-free bakeries. Highbury also has some gems such as The Fromagerie and Ink 84 Bookstore. The location is great for kids--the Highbury Fields adventure playground is just around the corner, and it is fantastic for babies through teens. Little Highness Play Cafe in Highbury is a great cafe and playspace for kids under 5, and Little Angel Theater on Upper St. in Islington is a wonderful puppet theater (be sure to book tickets at least a few weeks in advance). Freightliners City Farm is just an 8 minute walk away; it is free and was a big hit with my 4-year old daughter. The apartment is also relatively family-friendly. The full-size sofa bed in the second bedroom is low to the ground and against the wall and works well for young children (just don't sit at the bottom edge or it can tip), and the windows in the apartment open from the top, which makes them childproof. The front door was easy for my daughter to open, so we had to put on the chain sometimes to prevent her from escaping. There was a booster seat for the kitchen chairs, and a large bathtub/shower, which works well for children. One thing to note, however, is that the wood floors are quite rustic and rough, so that apartment is not well-suited to babies who are crawling. Overall, we had a great time. We have made a number of extended trips to London over the past fifteen years, and Islington has always been, and remains, one of our favorite neighborhoods.