The 5 Best Airbnbs in the City of London

Airbnbs in London’s Square Mile will help you live like a local when in town
Airbnbs in London’s Square Mile will help you live like a local when in town | Courtesy of Z & Alex / Airbnb
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Travel Expert21 October 2020

Airbnbs in London’s Square Mile will help you live like a local when in town. From an en-suite pod off Fleet Street to a luxury pad near St Paul’s, here are Culture Trip’s favourites to choose from.

The Weaver’s Room

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The Weaver's Room open-plan interior is brimming with greenery
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Close to Spitalfields, the Weaver’s Room offers guests a verdant haven a stone’s throw from Central London. Filled with bamboo furniture, Chinese artwork and tumbling potted plants, the open-plan living area, complete with a bedroom, has a nautical air to it – not least thanks to the small-pane windows and white-wood panelling. Complete with wifi, space to sit and work and a welcoming bathtub, it’s a small pocket of quiet perfect for those looking to carve out a few days on their own for a spot of self-care or to finally finish that book.

Self-contained luxury pad near St Paul’s

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Self Contained Modern Luxury Pad near St Pauls/City
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This small but perfectly formed one-bed luxury pad overlooks St Paul’s near arty Clerkenwell, offering the best of both worlds for work and play. With exposed-brick walls, reclaimed furniture in various caramel hues and a modern kitchenette and bathroom, you’ll have all you need to keep you going for a few days in town. High-speed wifi allows you to easily research the best nearby watering holes, while the blackout blinds will prevent any unwanted light from waking you up too early. What’s more, it’s overseen by a Superhost; therefore, you can expect a warm welcome, a meticulously clean space and expert recommendations.

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  • By the Wardrobe two-bedroom flat

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    This quirky flat offers a pop of colour and industrial-chic vibes in the heart of Olde London. Its eclectic decor ranges from a multi-colored chandelier to a picture of Heinz Beans, but the artistic atmosphere is by no means the flat’s only selling point. In fact, the place is quite spacious, with a double bed in both bedrooms and a futon sofa in the living room; plus, there’s a small table for dining, and the kitchen (featuring colourful Moroccan tiles) is well equipped – it even has a dishwasher and washing machine. The location, too, is fantastic; a three-minute walk will take you to St Paul’s Cathedral in one direction and the Millennium Bridge in the other, while the Blackfriars tube station is only a two-minute walk away.

    En-suite pod off Fleet Street

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    Fleet Street Airbnb
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    When you’re in town for work, sometimes you just need a pad in which to crash. This en-suite pod, situated a few minutes from Fleet Street, offers exactly that. The room is modern and minimalist, offering guests desk space and fast wifi, a comfortable bed and brand-new bathroom. Though there are no cooking facilities, all guests have access to a shared tea and coffee station as well as a British seasonal menu at the downstairs pub.

    Locke at Broken Wharf City Studio

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    Set amidst the South Bank’s thriving cultural scene, this charming studio is perfect for solo travellers and couples. With a pretty arched window, sage-green walls and other earthy colours, this space gives off calming vibes in the heart of a bustling city. Plus, the compact space is well optimised, with a king bed, a sitting area, a mini kitchen and a spacious bathroom. If you’re looking for a place to hang out on the banks of the River Thames, this is it.

    Christina Collins contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on October 21, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.