The 9 Best Airbnbs in London, England

London's best Airbnbs offer everything from luxury lofts to your very own yurt or barge
London's best Airbnbs offer everything from luxury lofts to your very own yurt or barge | © Benjamin Davies / Unsplash
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Travel Expert19 October 2020

Though there are plenty of great hotels in London, sometimes it’s the home comforts travellers want. From luxury lofts to low-key family pads, Culture Trip has the low-down on the best Airbnbs in London.

Comfy Artist’s Home, Camden Town

Homestay, Apartment
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Courtesy of Tessa / Airbnb

This one-of-a-kind home is a traveller favourite, and it’s easy to see why. Tessa – the owner who shares the space – has decorated it with her own artwork and a collection of beautifully preserved family heirlooms and trinkets from her travels around the world. The result is an impeccably designed space with a bohemian edge. It is a great option for solo travellers and couples, as guests stay on a sofa bed in the lounge, but the room can sleep up to three.

Two-Bed Apartment With Off-Street Parking, Hampstead

Apartment, Homestay
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Belsize Park airbnb
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Hampstead, along with its surrounding area, is the preferred home of the rich and famous. Located on Primrose Gardens, this two-bedroom apartment is in one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in London. The house is ideal for families (there are many toys and books to occupy children) or a group of four friends. Make time for a walk on nearby Primrose Hill for one of the best views of the city.

About this place:

Arty, Great Location, City, Self-Catered, Stylish

Docklands House on the River, Isle of Dogs

Homestay, Apartment
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Unwind at this riverside Airbnb
Courtesy of Mikail / Airbnb

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 this spacious 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).

Central London Apartment, Canary Wharf

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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 that sleeps up to six guests. There are two bathrooms, so you won’t all be fighting over the shower in the morning. Also, its prime location makes it easy to get into Central London on the DLR.

Modern Two-Bed Flat, Notting Hill

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Stylish two bed flat in Notting Hill with roof terrace
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Notting Hill is the perfect location for first-time visitors to London, thanks to its charming streets and world-renowned Portobello Road Market. This modern flat is in a traditional red-brick townhouse and offers everything you could hope for from an Airbnb. The owners also provide tea, coffee and toiletries, so all you need to do is arrive and enjoy.

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  • Yurt in the Woods, Highgate

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    Yurt in the woods
    Courtesy of Katherine / Airbnb

    Yes, you can stay in a yurt in London. This unusual accommodation, located in Highgate, is one of the most in-demand Airbnbs in the city thanks to its sheer novelty and cosy vibe. Surrounded by trees, squirrels and foxes, it offers the kind of bucolic setting that’s not easily found in the Big Smoke. The closest Tube station is just a short walk away, so you can get back to busy city life whenever you feel like it.

    The ‘Grand Designs’ Water Tower, Elephant and Castle

    Homestay, Apartment, Luxury
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    The Grand Designs Water Tower
    Courtesy of Leigh / Airbnb

    This unique home is one of TV show Grand Designs’ most memorable conversions and has sweeping views across the whole city through impressive floor-to-ceiling windows. The space has one bedroom and one bathroom, complete with a roll-top bath and a walk-in shower. While the owner of the property also lives here and is always on hand to help with anything you need, you’ll have this particular area to yourself.

    One-Bedroom Loft in a Converted School, Hackney

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    Courtesy of Nathalie / Airbnb

    In the middle of trendy Hackney, this converted school mixes period features with exposed-brick walls and sleek, modern design. For what you get – in this case, space and style – it’s extremely affordable. The owner, Nathalie, shares the apartment and is welcoming and knowledgeable about the local area. While you don’t get the whole apartment to yourself, you’ll have a large bedroom to enjoy.

    Boutique Narrowboat, North Kensington

    Hotel Barge, Apartment
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    Boutique Narrowboat
    Courtesy of Sam / Airbnb

    Forget everything you thought you knew about barges – this one looks like something off the pages of a trendy design magazine. Although the interior is small, its well-designed layout feels cosy rather than cramped and can sleep up to four people. There’s a kitchen with a gas oven, and the bathroom even has a claw-foot tub. The best bit? The boat isn’t on a permanent mooring and moves around, meaning you can stay in Portobello, Westbourne Grove, Little Venice or Paddington.

    About this place:

    Quirky, Great Location, Unusual
    These recommendations were updated on October 19, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.