Though there are plenty of great hotels in London, sometimes it’s the home comforts we’re after. From luxury lofts to low-key family pads, Culture Trip has the lowdown on the best Airbnbs in London.
Comfy artist’s home
The comfy artist’s home in Camden features floor-to-ceiling windows | Courtesy of Tessa / Airbnb
Though a room – rather than an entire home – is not for everyone, those travelling solo will fall in love with the wistfully traditional styling of this comfy artist’s home. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the guest bedroom give it a light and homely feel while the sofa bed is far comfier than the typical rock-hard monstrosities we’ve all endured before. Tessa is also a friendly and helpful host who’ll give you an insider’s knowledge on navigating the best that the city has to offer. Enjoy a 10-minute stroll to nearby Camden Market and the tube station that’ll connect you via the Northern Line to Central London.
Stay in the heart of Shoreditch | Courtesy of Sara / Airbnb
A studio en-suite apartment near Spitalfields and Shoreditch High Street, as well as Liverpool Street and Old Street tube stations, this Shoreditch loft studio with private entry offers guests complete privacy, although Sara is on hand next door to provide guidance and assistance whenever necessary. Despite the property facing north, it has large windows that welcome plenty of natural light into the loft. That said, dozing off for an afternoon nap should prove no trouble at all thanks to the feather duvet and pillows that should send guests floating blissfully off into the land of nod. The building has an elevator, and the family-friendly apartment includes a 40-inch TV with subscriptions, a minibar and kitchen.
Two double bedrooms with off-street parking, Belsize Park
This Belsize Park Airbnb has two double bedrooms | Courtesy of Sarah / Airbnb
Hampstead, and its surrounding area, is the preferred home of the rich and famous (Emma Stone recently bought a house there), so it goes without saying that this two-bedroom apartment in Belsize Park is in one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in London. Set up for families (there are plenty of toys and books to occupy children) or a group of four friends, it’s perfectly placed for enjoying a snippet of luxurious London. Make time for a walk on nearby Primrose Hill for one of the best views of the city.
The River Thames flows on two sides of Mikail’s Docklands house on the river. Up to nine guests can rent four double rooms and one single room in the 4,000-square-foot (371-square-metre), family-friendly house. Guests can enjoy spectacular views across the river from the large lounge, kitchen and dining room. The property also has a private drive and is just two minutes from Island Gardens station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).
This apartment in Canary Wharf has two bedrooms and two bathrooms | Courtesy of John / Airbnb
Two-bedroom Airbnb flats in Canary Wharf are hard to come by, particularly ones as spacious as this. Thoroughly modern and all decked out in white and glass, it’s an uber stylish city stay perfect for four guests. Two bathrooms mean you won’t all be fighting over the shower in the morning, and the prime location makes it easy to get into Central London on the Docklands Light Railway.
This NYC-style penthouse loft sleeps up to 10 people | Courtesy of Hugh / Airbnb
This huge loft space is big enough to host 10 guests, so if you’ve got a big group of friends and are looking for a place to reunite, this could be the one. It’s just 50 feet (15 metres) from Old Street station and all the brunch, lunch and dinner spots you’ll see queues outside nearby. The decor is clean and fresh – think bright white with pops of primary colours – and the space is big enough for everyone to hang out comfortably without getting on top of one another. There are only two bedrooms – the rest are sofa beds – so you’ll have to fight over who gets them. However, considering how close you are to the best that London has to offer, you’re more likely to be exploring than worrying about sleeping arrangements.