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The 15 best Airbnbs in London from the trendy East-End to the swanky west

From deluxe houseboats to a gothic penthouse: you're going to love London's best Airbnbs.

Written by
Matt Breen
Rhys Thomas
Rosemary Waugh
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Jennifer Banful

From crossing the iconic Abbey Road to enjoying a spot of cabaret bottomless brunch with a mate, before scaling the 02 Arena and catching your train at Platform 9 3/4 back to Hogwarts, London is all about spectacle. What can we say? When it comes to finding the best things to do, this walkable and bikeable treasure trove of pub lunch-grub, restaurants and rooftop bars, museums, clothing boutiques, and markets pretty much, well, everywhere, truly has it all. And while we can’t quite get enough of this Big-Ben-tolling capital, the price of a stay in London is no joke. If you're taking a trip to London, it may be friendlier for your wallet to book an Airbnb. 

While there are a lot of hotels, ranging from different styles, tastes, and budgets, Airbnbs give you a more unique experience that won't cost you the earth. Whether you want to be on the doorstep of the West End's theatres and attractions, or in the buzzing hipster’s paradise that is the East End, we’ve rounded up the best of the best Airbnbs in London for you to have a butcher’s at. These stays go from simple convenience to stunning locations, with opulent 16-guest penthouses and even historical houses. 

So whether you’re here for a weekend or two, one thing's for certain, when asked whether you ‘got up to much’, you’ll never be stuck on what to say. 

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

London’s best Airbnbs

The houseboat with views of Tower Bridge

1. The houseboat with views of Tower Bridge

Do you need much more than this from your London Airbnb? Trust us, it’s a pretty special way to spend your time, out on the Thames with the centre of the capital buzzing about beside you. And don’t think of this as just some little boat bobbing about on the water, because it’s basically a proper house, with four beds (all cabins are above water) and some pretty serious kit inside; we’re talking vintage furniture (including a 1920's oak dining table designed for Churchill’s Chartwell House), Egyptian cotton on the beds, Sky Q, a Sonos system and authentic artwork from names you’ll probably recognise. Plus it comes with a bundle of history. It’s pretty cool, we have to say.

What’s the budget range? An economic stay in central London. Ideal for large groups. 

What’s it like to stay here? The boho vintage interiors give the houseboat a seriously cosy feel, while you're moments away from BFI, the National Theatre, and the Tate Modern. 

Rooms: 4 beds, 2.5 baths. Sleeps 10. 

The Kensington pad close to the museums
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2. The Kensington pad close to the museums

Bold and beautiful in a way that has ‘class’ written all over it, this ground-floor flat in west London will have you at all the museums within minutes. Nestled into the heart of Sloane-ville (it’s not really called that) you get to experience the lovely upper-crust ‘village’ feel of the area while also having very quick tube access to everything West End. We love the use of those black and white stripes, and how they’re echoed in the muted grey and white verticals of one bedroom. Extra points for the understated wall art and that beautiful writing desk/cabinet in the living room. Given the seriously ace location, we’d expect anyone who stays here to spend a good whomp of their time in the gastropubs, restaurants and boutiques of the surrounding streets (the Kings Road is but a gentle stone’s throw). However, there’s a hidden gem of a suntrap terrace that just might tempt you to have a few home-bod hours as well. Like on a sleepy Sunday morning, perhaps.

What’s the budget range? On the higher-end but you’re in Kensington & Chelsea.

What’s it like to stay here? The vibe in a nutshell is My Fair Lady (the posh bits) meets Exhibition Road.

Rooms: 2 beds, 1 bath. Sleeps 5. 

Time Out tip: You're in the best spot for touring all the museums, plus Royal Court Theatre and other Sloane-y faves.

The East-End photography studio in the heart of Hackney
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3. The East-End photography studio in the heart of Hackney

Ready for your close-up? You don’t need to fancy yourself as the next Lord Snowdon to have a whale of a time at Fossil Stills, a one-of-a-kind daylight photography studio in Hackney. Located just two minutes from Clapton overground station, this converted industrial loft space (yes, so very Hackney) is achingly cool but also surprisingly cosy. Its big-ticket items include an all-white piano for late-night Elton John moments, a circular hanging seat in the living room, and a big projector screen that descends from the ceiling to watch films on. The open-plan kitchen is ready and waiting for you to whip up some eggs but, if you can’t be bothered with the washing up, head out instead to an East London eatery for one of the best brunches in London. While the main spaces are bright white and filled with light, the bedrooms here sink you into deep shade darkness – perfect for those mornings when you’ve spent quite a lot of time out partying in Hackney the night before.

What’s the budget range? A bit of a splurge for a special long weekend.

What’s it like to stay here? It's a one-of-a-kind hipster hang out (with hanging chair to boot).

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 4.

Five-bed dream home with a sauna in Fulham
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4. Five-bed dream home with a sauna in Fulham

OK, so this one is just flat-out gorgeous. A former lodge for Fulham Cemetery, this neo-Gothic abode has been transformed into the kind of dream house that features its own swimming pool, sauna, wine cellar and deliciously stocked bar. Yes, it drips with decadence and every room feels a bit like an art installation but its also surprisingly… liveable? For all its undeniable wealth, this is a house you actually could imagine kicking back in and having a proper good time. Big points for the more ostentatious parts of the interior design scheme, particularly the underwater cosmology bathroom and that gorgeous sunset artwork in the hall. This place is genuinely unique – and we heart it.

What’s the budget range? Go wild! Blow the whole budget.

What’s it like to stay here? No doubt you'll enjoy the laidback vibes of leafy Fulham and Parsons Green, and all the great pubs therein.

Rooms: 5 beds, 5 baths. Sleeps 9. 

Stay in a piece of history in Russell Square
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5. Stay in a piece of history in Russell Square

If you're into your brutalism (you know, funky window positioning, concrete and stuff) then this is the temporary home for you. Welcome to a Grade II-listed building, designed by famed British Architect Patrick Hodgkinson in the mid-sixties, building started in 1967 and finished in 1972. The building is known as the Brunswick Centre, this angular structure juts out over the streets of Bloomsbury on one side while overlooking its own collection of shops, restaurants and more on the other. Previously it was a row of Georgian-era terraces which had become a little run down. Anyway, if that hasn't stolen your heart – at this location (right next to Russell Square station) you're within walking distance of the British Museum, and the West End. All of the things! There's room for up to 11 people at this abode too, so it’s ideal for larger groups (or a lot of person space). 

What’s the budget range? Seriously cheap the larger your group. 

What’s it like to stay here? It's very modern and clean with impressive skyline views of the city, especially at night. 

Rooms: 2 beds. 2 baths. Sleeps 11. 

The stunning mews apartment in Kensington
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6. The stunning mews apartment in Kensington

If you're after class and sophistication, we've got you. This beautiful mews apartment in Kensington, London, is a feast for the eyes. Full of vintage and antique charm, but still super sleek and modern, you'll get the best of both worlds in this Airbnb. Surround yourself with books and gold furnishings, you'll be feeling like a royal in no time. The Airbnb caters for three adult guests in one king-sized bed and a sofa bed. There's a fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom with a gorgeous shower. So pretty, you won't want to leave. 

What’s the budget range? Enjoy a cosy, lavish stay in one of London's swankiest boroughs. 

What’s it like to stay here? A very vintage-luxe apartment in a very becoming part of town, where you have first dibs on High Street Kensington's best cafes and shops. 

 Rooms: 2 beds, 2 baths. Sleeps 3.

The Holland Park artist’s home
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7. The Holland Park artist’s home

In the late nineteenth century, Holland Park became known as the home of a collection of artists known as the ‘Holland Park Circle’. Who really knows what those eminent Victorians would make of this gorgeous art-filled flat close to the green space that gave the group its name, but we think they would probably have approved. Soaring double-height ceilings (not so common in London) ensure the living room is saturated in light and uplifting to sit in. A clever hybrid of vintage and modern furnishings gives the whole place a distinctly ‘West London’ artsy feel without the place being unnecessarily overstuffed with items. There’s a lovely little balcony for you to admire the redbrick Victoriana opposite, plus a soothing white-on-white bedroom to help you drift into peaceful slumber. This flat is so stylish it was once featured in Elle Décor magazine – and yet here is it available to book on Airbnb. Pretty cool, huh?

What’s the budget range? Holland Park prices (and there’s a seven-night minimum booking policy). But it is beautiful.

What’s it like to stay here? Carefully curated elegance befitting its swanky address. Not to mention, it's on one of those tree-lined squares.

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 2.

The oh-so-British Highgate home
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8. The oh-so-British Highgate home

This very British (read: posh but mud-splattered) flat is the perfect crash pad for anyone looking to combine the charms of a specific neighbourhood – in this case, Taylor Swift’s namechecked Highgate – while still being able to get to all the major London attractions in a jiffy. Its well-lit rooms are filled with slightly eccentric artworks and inviting cosy furniture. This place caught our attention specifically because it’s a tiny bit rough around the edges. It feels ‘real’ in a way only a true home can. Hidden perks? A little south-facing terrace with a vintage-style bench; lovely European-feeling shutters on the windows and a funky lighting system that allows you to play around with different colours. Oh, and in the summer months, it’s not all that far to the bathing ponds of Hampstead Heath either.

What’s the budget range? High-er, but fair price for High-gate.

What’s it like to stay here? Think North London boho eclecticism with lots of pictures.

Rooms: 2 beds, 1 bath. Sleeps 4. 

The artsy Shoreditch loft
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9. The artsy Shoreditch loft

Get this one: not only is it in super edgy, uber fashionable Shoreditch, within a few metres of the area’s finest nightlife spots, but the flat itself is also exceptionally swish. Decked-out with mesmerising artworks and decorated with immaculate taste, this place captures everything that’s great about one of London’s most on-trend neighbourhoods. Sure, it’s a little pricey, but it is hella glamorous.

What’s the budget range? Boujie price tag for the hippest part of London Town. 

What’s it like to stay here? A gold dust location – close to Spitalfields Market, Liverpool Street Station and Brick Lane. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 3. 

The perfect pad for Portobello Market
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10. The perfect pad for Portobello Market

Hoarders take note. Many of us always-short-of-storage-space ‘stuff’ fiends should learn a lesson or two from the hosts of this Notting Hill apartment. The whole place has a minimal-ist aesthetic while not being ‘minimalist’ per se. Confused? Think vintage-inspired (or actually vintage) furnishings with just the right amount of plant life, patterned rugs and coffee-table artbooks, but all kept so paired-back it seems like each and every item present has been selected with upmost care (which it probably has). We love that big ol’ velvet headboard on the bed, the breakfast bar and, yes, those books. The hosts are keen to stress its closeness to Portobello Market but it's equally beautifully situated for long walks in the west bit of Hyde Park (the best bit, imo).

What’s the budget range? Pay a little more for a great west-to-central location.

What’s it like to stay here? The vibe here is "less is more".

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 2. 

The luxury loft apartment in Archway
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11. The luxury loft apartment in Archway

London is home to some of the most luxe apartments and this one is no different. This luxury London loft Airbnb is close to Finsbury Park and several Tube lines, putting you 15-20 minutes away from Soho, Oxford Circus and The City. The space is bright and modern, with exposed brickwork adding an urban vibe. Make use of the high-speed Wi-Fi, two smart TVs, and huge arched windows showing lovely views of the neighbourhood. Get the best of British with this Airbnb, converted from a Victorian former school building. The loft caters to up to four guests in a double bed and two singles, ideal for families or friends.

What’s the budget range? Enjoy a luxury couple's stay or an affordable stay for four. 

What’s it like to stay here? It's industrial, modern, and very very cosy.  

Rooms: 2 beds, 2 baths. Sleeps 4. 

Time Out tip: While you're in the neighbourhood visit the award-winning Cricks Corner – a cracking little coffee shop nearby.

Old-school Chelsea pad near Albert Bridge
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12. Old-school Chelsea pad near Albert Bridge

Ah Chelsea, what could be any more regal? Well, actually, maybe this house. Which is on a *famous street* near the riverside in Chelsea, is everything you’d expect of a charming, genteel period property in London. It's beautiful and incredibly old-school London. The boutiques and restaurants of Kings Road are a short stroll away, while Battersea Park is just across the river. If you want to live that chandeliers and patterned wallpaper lifestyle, you'll not find a better place to stay. It runs parallel to the river, and notable residents (past and present) include: David Lloyd George, Bram Stoker, T S Elliot, Ian Fleming, George Best, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards. Woah. It sleeps up to six guests in six bedrooms, so maybe they all hung out together? Who knows?

What’s the budget range? Expect to cough up a pretty penny for this very posh pad, situated in a serene, leafy cul-de-sac with a view of the Thames. 

What’s it like to stay here? It's Regency-style, so it's practically dipped in gold. 

Rooms: 6 beds, 3.5 baths. Sleeps 6. 

A modern-Gothic masterpiece in Kensington
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13. A modern-Gothic masterpiece in Kensington

We love a bold decorating concept and this black-walled Kensington flat can certainly lay claim to that. You’ll have to climb four flights of stairs to reach this third-floor flat, but the views from the spacious roof terrace make the climb oh-so-worth-while. There’s some big masculine vibes going on with the aesthetic (although the other bedroom is totally different) but the unusual inclusion of things like: old carved wooden cabinets and a very cosy reading nook stop it from feeling too cold or too ultra-modern. Our favourite part? The surprise appearance of a bright white ornate metal handrail. In summary: pure drama. And that’s never a bad thing.

What’s the budget range? Good price and great location.

What’s it like to stay here? Very bachelor Pad 2.0.

Rooms: 2 bed, 1.5 baths. Sleeps 5. 

Humungous six-floor townhouse in central London
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14. Humungous six-floor townhouse in central London

To say this place is kitted out to the max is a bit of an understatement. Not only does this townhouse in the middle of London sleep up to 16 people across six floors and eight bedrooms, it’s also home to some arcade machines, a poker table, a jacuzzi, loads of boardgames, and a rooftop terrace. You may well end up not setting foot outside. (Ideal if there's a lockdown ever, to be fair). Though if you do decide to all get your boots on and wander outside, you'll find yourselves a street from Pall Mall, and a mere stroll from Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. Monopoly goals right there! 

What’s the budget range? A budget-friendly stay for large groups. 

What’s it like to stay here? It's the best place for trotting around the shops, best fine dining, museums, parks, and more. 

Rooms: 8 beds, 6 baths. Sleeps 16 or more.

The converted warehouse in Clerkenwell
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15. The converted warehouse in Clerkenwell

The Big Smoke is well Known for its converted warehouses, but perhaps you've yet to experience one quite this stylish and modern. Situated in London's art and design district, this stunning space is a scrummy architectural mix of metal, glass and that signature bare brick wall - a real mastery of texture that makes this three-bed home feel all feng shuied out, and, well, cooler than we'll ever be. Here you'll find a tranquil space fit for leisure and focus with a study area, huge terrace, living room and high-spec kitchen to enjoy. 

What’s the budget range? An affordable group stay or a luxury city break for the family – the choice is yours. 

What’s it like to stay here? Some say it's an "architectural masterpiece" and we second that – it perfectly encapsulates the city's swagger and sophistication.

Rooms: 3 beds, 2.5 baths. Sleeps 6. 


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