Anna M


London

About
Anna M


I am an English language teacher. I have taught both general and business English and preparing students for examinations. I taught for a number of years in Dubai in different schools as well as for the British Council. I enjoy being a home stay teacher as I can devote my attention to the specific needs of each student. I can see the rapid improvement in their language skills and the way their confidence in speaking develops. Before I became an English teacher, I worked in HR, administration and training roles for a number of multinational companies. This included working in Libya for over four years.

No smoking Children at home No pets at home Wifi available at home
No smoking Children at home No pets at home WiFi available

Location information

Location: Surbiton, London | View a map of this location

Nearest airport(s): London Heathrow (LHR) 30 minutes

Nominated transfer location(s): Gatwick (LGW); Heathrow (LHR); St Pancras Eurostar

Nearest railway station: Surbiton

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Academic information


I have the CELTA to teach English as a foreign language. I have a HNC in business and finance.

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 Family information


I am married to Robert. He is a businessman and works in the Middle East. He comes home for the occasional week and in the summer. We have a daughter, Sophie, who lives in the house. She is at university and she is studying French and English. She likes to paint and she is musical. She plays the piano and sings. A daughter of a friend lives with us. Clare is also a student. She is studying Fine Art. I am learning to play golf. I like to play tennis and go for a swim regularly. I like silk painting and I have some of my pictures hanging in my house. I enjoy visiting art exhibitions and going to the opera.

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About the teacher’s accommodation


I live in Surbiton, a suburb in south west London. My home is a detached, four bedroom house with a garden. It is a 10-15 minute walk into the centre of Surbiton where you will find shops, eating places, pubs, cinemas and gyms etc. Alternatively, you can can catch a bus which passes the house frequently. If you would like a walk nearby Richmond park is a nice place to go.

About the local area


If you are interested in history you will enjoy a visit to Hampton Court Palace. Dating from the 15th century, it was once a home of English kings. The highlights include The Great Hall, the chocolate kitchens and the maze. The venue for the Wimbledon tennis tournament is nearby and when there is no tennis you can visit the museum. A trip to the town of Windsor is a great day out. You can visit the castle which is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and explore the nice shops and eating places. There are some very attractive towns in the area which, like Surbiton, are located on the River Thames. When you have finished exploring, you can stop for a drink at one of the pubs by the river. My home is an ideal location to explore the sights and attractions of central London. You can catch the train from Surbiton to Waterloo station. The journey time is 20 minutes.

Excursions available with this teacher

Kingston Town Centre and Riverside Walk – We walk to the River Thames (a 15 minute walk from my house) and then stroll along the river until we reach Kingston Town Centre with its historic market square, its Norman style church first built in 1120, its many shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes, its street entertainment and its generally lively atmosphere.

Cost: Free

Hampton Court Palace grounds and River Thames Walk – We drive to historical Bushy Park and then walk up Chestnut Avenue leading to Hampton Court Palace. Hampton Court Palace was the home of King Henry VIII, a Tudor King who ruled from 1509 – 1547. We walk around the outside of the Palace and then take a walk along the river Thames. We end the walk with a coffee and/or ice-cream in the Palace cafe and then walk back to Bushy Park to pick up the car.

Cost: Free

Bushy Park Walk – Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park is the second largest of London’s Royal parks. It boasts a mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland and it is a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of deer. The park is also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the Diana Fountain. We end our walk with a coffee or ice cream at the Pheasantry Cafe in Bushy Park.

Cost: Free

A walk in Richmond Park, Richmond Town Centre and Riverside – The royal connections to this park began with Kind Edward (1272-1307), when the area was known as the Manor of Sheen. The name was changed to Richmond during Henry VII’s reign. In 1625 Charles I brought his court to Richmond Palace to escape the plague in London and turned it into a park for red and fallow deer.

We drive to Richmond Park and then take a walk to The Isabella Plantation, a stunning woodland garden which was created after World War II from an existing woodland, and is organically run, resulting in a rich flora and fauna. We finish our tour of the park at Pembroke Lodge, a popular restaurant with its glorious views across the Thames Valley. In the 19th century, Pembroke Lodge was the home of the then Prime Minister, Lord John Russell and was later the childhood home of his grandson, Bertrand Russell.

Cost: Free

Walking Tour of famous London Attractions – We take the train from Surbiton to Waterloo. We walk across the bridge to the pretty Embankment Gardens and then on to the very lively Covent Garden with its street entertainers, market stalls, restaurants and cafes. From there we walk to Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, stopping at the ever popular M&M Shop on the way. From Piccadilly circus we walk down to Trafalgar Square where the National Gallery is located. Finally we walk back over the bridge to Waterloo Station and Surbiton. This usually takes about 3 hours.

We take the train from Surbiton to Waterloo. We walk along southbank past the Royal Festival Hall, the aquarium, the Tate Gallery and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre . From there we cross the river to St Paul’s Cathedral and the shopping mall close by. After a short coffee break we walk or take the bus to Covent Garden, and then back over the bridge to Waterloo Station. This walk usually takes 3 hours.

Cost: £11.80

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