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The best Airbnbs in London

Need a place to stay in London? We’ve done all the searching and scrolling so you don’t have to

Written by
Matt Breen
&
Rhys Thomas
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London is a wondrous city with many excellent attributes, but being cheap ain’t one of them. We have a tip. If you’re thinking of spending a couple of nights in "the Big Smoke", you should give Airbnb a browse – chances are it'll be far better value than a hotel or B&B, especially if you're going with a larger group. And maybe nicer! Whether you want to be on the doorstep of the West End's theatres and attractions, or thriving in the buzzing hipsterland that is the East End, we’ve rounded up the best of the best Airbnbs in London for you to take a butcher’s hook at (that’s Cockney rhyming slang for ’look‘, btw). These houses go from simple convenience to stunning locations, lavish opulent sixteen-guest pent houses and even historical houses (including one on the same street that three of the Rolling Stones). 

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London’s best Airbnbs

If you're into your burtalism (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). 

Have the Olympics on your doorstep in Stratford

Since the 2012 Olympic Games were hosted in this part of East London, Stratford has continued to enjoy a huge amount of regeneration. There's an enormous shopping centre, a state-of -the-art aquatics centre (including the best swimming pool you can get, as used in the Olympics). Away from the shops and swims, there's  acres of landscaped greenery to frolick in, or in the case of this flat, gaze at – which you can do perfectly from the floor-to-ceiling corner window of this flat. Sitting right beside the canal, you can also find views of water, nature and the Olympic stadium. Plus it's decked out as boho-chic and can sleep up to four guests. The transport links are also excellent, so you can get around the rest of London quicker than Usain Bolt (maybe). Thankfully Stratford's glow up hasn't come through destroying the charm that the artists and OG Londoners brought to it in the years gone by, if you pop out for a stroll you'll see prime old-school east London landscapes. 

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If you take the "I need a place in CENTRAL London" then this this flat you're practically sleeping in the heart of Soho. Therefore, the walking-distance ease at which you can get to the theatre district, shops, restaurants, bars, museums and more is probably the top selling point. But it'll also suit a quirky bunch of mates perfectly. It sleeps five and is decorated with eclectic colours and furnishings. Plus there's a cute little balcony to make that post-soho coffee all the more rejuvenating. Covent Garden is home to a lot of the great things in London, from luxury retailers and street entertainers to the most chic bars, restraunts and private members clubs in all of London. By using Airbnb you'll not have to worry about reception being closed. 

All aboard the party boat! This lush yacht is moored right next to the Tower of London – ideal for easy access to the City. Though it might seem a tad on the pricey side, it sleeps four people, so you can split the costs pretty nicely. Other wins include the entire boat being heated, making it a perfect river-side spot whatever the weather. Think more James Bond villain lair than cold canal boat. Temporarily living in a lovely boat, next to the Tower of London has to be the city break to end all city breaks, don't you think? Your Instagram followers simply are not ready. 

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Swanky house in Kensington

A one-bedroom flat that’s very well sunned and open-planned, this Kensington flat is bright and contemporary. Given just how swish and luxurious it looks in these pictures, curling up with a book and floating about the place in loose clothing feels like an absolute dream. A perfect restorative place to unwind. There's a garden, too. But honestly, what else would you expect from a pad in this well-heeled part of town? Outside the home, a small stroll past some beautiful cafes, coffee shops, wine bars, and more, you'll find the like of the V&A Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, The Natural History Museum, and more.  

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 fine yourselves a street from Pall Mall, and a mere stroll from Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. Monopoly goals right there! 

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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. So what's the street called, you're probably wondering? Cheyne Walk. 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. 

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