The Best Airbnbs and Holiday Apartments in London, England

Spot the Natural History Museum from the rooftop terrace at this South Kensington apartment
Spot the Natural History Museum from the rooftop terrace at this South Kensington apartment | Courtesy of 130 Queen's Gate Apartments / Expedia
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9 April 2021

Live like a true Londoner on your next visit to the capital of England by booking a holiday apartment. That means when you’re not discovering dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, shopping at Harrods or sipping coffee in Primrose Hill, you can be kicking back in your own private space. Need to know more? Here are our favourite holiday apartments in London – bookable with Culture Trip.

Knightsbridge mews rental with balcony

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Down a cobbled, pastel-painted mews in Knightsbridge is this six-person luxury apartment over two floors. The two king-size bedrooms (with sofa beds) are stylish, as is the marble bathroom with a free-standing wooden tub. Stock up on British produce at Harrods nearby and visit Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. Brave a dip in the Serpentine in Hyde Park or dive into the London fashion scene.

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Arty Soho apartment

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Arty Soho Apartment
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Capital of the LGBTQ nightlife scene in London, lively Soho is an ideal base for tapping into the theatres, galleries and clubs of the capital. This minimalist, four-person, two-bathroom apartment is just steps from Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and the British Museum. The Thames is 15 minutes on foot. Plus an array of bars and restaurants are on your doorstep, such as French Brasserie Zédel which serves perfect steaks and spinach quiches.
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Cosy Kensington crash pad

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4/5 (1 Reviews)
Lexham Gardens III
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Located on a smart west London residential street between Earl’s Court and Kensington High Street, this cheerfully-styled two-bedroom apartment sleeps up to five guests. Thoughtful touches include fresh flowers, capsule coffee machines, and books to browse. It’s a short walk to Hyde Park, the museums of South Kensington, Holland Park, and Notting Hill with its rainbow-washed houses and Portobello Road market.
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Reimagined Kilburn town hall with pool and gym

Serviced Apartment, Apartment
4.3/5 (64 Reviews)
Sanctum International Serviced Apartments - Belsize
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Venture beyond the city centre to northwest London and you’ll find Kilburn, sandwiched between upmarket Hampstead and Maida Vale. This former town hall and theatre has been transformed into urban-smart apartments, with balconies, 24-hour reception and access to an off-site gym, sauna and heated indoor pool. From studios to four-bedroom mezzanines, each unit is kitted out for guests who want to cater for themselves and styled in a calming purple and grey palette. Abbey Road, Lord’s Cricket Ground and fashionable St John’s Wood and Queen’s Park are nearby.
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Luxury apartments in South Kensington

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4.5/5 (153 Reviews)
130 Queen's Gate Apartments
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You can see the Natural History Museum from the rooftop terraces of the two penthouse suites at One Thirty, housed in a converted neoclassical townhouse in affluent South Kensington. Apartments range from intimate two-person studios to four-bedroom penthouses, all with Italian wood floors, floral arrangements and original architectural features such as French windows. Guests have access to a gym plus a 24-hour concierge service. The V&A and Science museums, Hyde Park, Chelsea and Knightsbridge are a 10-minute stroll away.
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Camden Town lofts

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2/5 (1 Reviews)
Club Living - Camden Town Apartments
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Regent’s Park is a 10-minute walk from these loft-style, six-person Camden Town apartments with two bathrooms. Natural light streams through large windows and attention to detail includes vases of fresh flowers and complimentary teas. Camden Market, British Library and swish Primrose Hill (for celebrity-frequented cafes and some of the best views in London) are within strolling distance. Come nightfall, head to King’s Cross where Mumbai-inspired Dishoom on Granary Square dishes up signature black daal and naan rolls.
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  • Minimalist stays in South Kensington

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    3.8/5 (18 Reviews)
    Cromwell Serviced Apartment
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    Situated in a row of pillared-entranced townhouses between Gloucester Road and Earl’s Court, these swish apartments, balance smart and stylish with self-catering comfort. Choose from snug studios or one-bedroom pads with a separate kitchen, all minimally designed with pine-wood floors and pops of colourful artwork. Some have floor-to-ceiling French windows opening onto tiny wrought-iron balconies. A 10-minute walk takes you to Holland Park and High Street Kensington. Hyde Park and the museums of South Kensington are also nearby.

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    Modern townhouse apartments in Chelsea

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    Sandwiched between west London’s glamorous Sloane Square and Brompton Road (home to Harrods and the Knightsbridge designer scene), this remodelled townhouse houses two contemporary apartments. The one-bedroom apartment on the upper floor sleeps three people, while the four-bedroom pad (with three bathrooms and a small balcony) is ideal for groups. South Kensington’s museums, the Saatchi Gallery and the King’s Road boutiques and restaurants are a short walk away. Hyde Park and Battersea Park are just beyond.

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    Sleek Canary Wharf flat

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    Two-bedroom Airbnb flats in Canary Wharf are hard to come by, particularly ones as spacious as this. Modern and decked in white and glass, it offers 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. Its prime location provides easy access into central London on the DLR.

    One-bedroom Hackney loft in a converted school

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    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.

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