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  1. 1. The shed in the living room

    A househunter went to check out a room in Bethnal Green, advertised on Spareroom for a bargain £480 pcm. Described as 'the biggest in the house', it turns out it was a shed in a living room. 


  2. 2. The bed in a kitchen 

    In May 2015, renters got the opportunity to splash out £400 per month on this bed in a shared kitchen in Kingston-on-Thames. It's not even a double. 

  3. 3. The flat with the shower under the bed

    This West Kensington flat was on the market for just £520. But, before you get on Rightmove immediately, we should probably tell you that it had no toilet and the shower was under the bed. Sound like the perfect makeshift steamroom (breeding ground for damp). 

  4. 4. The kitchen-bedroom

    This Ealing apartment made the most of its 19 metre-square living space by sticking a bed right in the middle of the kitchen. Or is that a sink right in the middle of the bedroom? It was available to rent for just… £804 a month.

  5. 3. The 'snug' pad

    5. The 'snug' pad

    A living space, bedroom and kitchen were squeezed into this 'snug' one room studio in Uxbridge. Costing £650 per month, you could reach the electic hob and the washing machine from bed.


  6. 6. Another shower-bedroom

    6. Another shower-bedroom situation

    Costing £195 per week, it's hard to believe anyone would rent a flat as tiny as this Docklands home. It has a shower and sofa in the bedroom as well as a chest of drawers, bed, table, wardrobe and a mirror.

  7. 7. London’s swankiest shed

    7. The £280,000 swankiest shed

    Pitched as a ‘bright and airy one bedroom detached house’ with a ’front and rear garden’. The £280,000 property is basically a pimped out shed, in a garden.

  8. The tree house

    8. The tree house

    A lovely landlord in Clapham rented out a flat with a massive tree growing through it. The branch was so large that one of the house’s electricity cables was set up to run though it.

  9. 1. The 83-inch house

    9. The 83-inch house

    Nope, this isn't a reallife realisation of Mr Tall's house from the Mr Men, this is an actual property you can actually live in. On the market for £235,000, the 83-inch Harringay home used to be a driveway. It now has a reception room, kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms upstairs and a loft.

  10. 10. The bed-desk

    10. The bed-desk

    Student? Why sleep on a bed when sleeping on a desk is SO MUCH MORE practical. Plus, this Lewisham 'room' was put on Spareroom for just £74 per week, including bills. That might sound pricey for a pad with literally no floor space, but don’t go thinking you’re being ripped off: you also get a wifi box and a mattress.

  11. 3. The bed-shelf

    11. The bed-shelf

    An up-market version of the bed-desk, this £275,000 flat in Barnsbury has a bed on a shelf above the kitchen. It's a pretty ingenious use of the very limited 188-square-foot flat, but still massively unpractical. Eurgh, hygiene! 

  12. 4. The UK's priciest flat

    12. The UK's priciest flat

    In October, a Mayfair penthouse became the most expensive home sold in the UK – and it’s not even been built yet. While the exact price of the flat hasn't been revealed, it's one of 18 sold for a total of £210 million and cost buyers £5,000 per square foot.

  13. 5. The oh-so-creepy ad

    13. The oh-so-creepy ad

    A ‘gentle and caring’ 27-year-old man posted what could be the creepiest roomshare listing we’ve ever seen on website Gumtree in September. In the ad, he explained he was offering a free roomshare to an ‘intelligent, sensible, reliable, trustworthy and honest’ student in exchange for ’occasional personal services’. VOM.

  14. 6. The £2.25 million car park

    14. The £2.25 million car park

    Looking for a place to store all eight of your vehicles? Here's the perfect deal. An eight-space car park in Mayfair has gone on the market for £2.25 million, making it the most expensive car park in London. Handily, you’ll get a 900-year lease.

  15. 7. The £359,950 garage

    15. The £359,950 garage 

    With lush rust detail and a delightful wonky roof, this garage in Stoke Newington was put on the market in August. At £359,950 it's pretty pricey, but a bargain compared to the usual £614,000 cost of properties in the area.

    [Photo: Rightmove]


  16. 8. The £7,500 cupboard

    16. The £7,500 cupboard 

    Ever wanted to experience Harry Potter's cupboard lifestyle IRL? A number of storage spaces in Brentford Dock were put up for sale in August 2014. Costing £7,500 a pop they featured delightful concrete floors and garage-style doors.

    [Photo: Quilliam Property Services]


  17. 9. Stairs you have to crawl up

    17. Stairs you have to crawl up

    A Hendon landlord was fined for renting out an attic that tenants could only reach by CRAWLING up a staircase. A couple were renting the room for £420 a month despite the head height above the steps varying between 0.7m and 1.2m (shorter than the average height of an eight-year-old). 

    [Photo: Barnet Council]

  18. 10. The house with a slide

    18. The house with a slide

    Architect Ab Rogers unveiled a Portobello Road property featuring a steel slide, multicoloured central spiral staircase and a 360 degree rotating master bed in August 2014. Costing £4 million to buy, househunters can also rent the four-bed home for a mere £15,000 a month.

    [Photo: Zoopla]

  19. 11. The Egyptian tomb flat

    19. The Egyptian tomb flat

    In March 2014, IT worker and artist Simon Edwards put his Mill Hill flat up for rent at £1,300pcm. It was no ordinary abode though. Simon spent 10,000 hours transforming the rooms into a scene out of ‘Alien’, an Egyptian tomb, a skyline of dilapidated temples and a Venetian townscape.

    [Photo: Simon Edwards]

  20. 13. The space ship attic

    20. The space ship attic

    In February, an 11-bedroom house went up for sale in London. Priced at a huge £3,250,000 (blimey!), you'd hope it would come with its own space ship... AND IT DID COME WITH ITS OWN SPACE SHIP. (A faux one in the attic.)

    [Photo: Rightmove]

  21. 12. The £40 per week cupboard

    21. The £40 per week cupboard

    This £40 per week ‘loft conversion’ in Paddington was advertised on listings website Gumtree. Admitting that the tenant wouldn't be able to stand up in the space, the landlord wrote: 'ideally it would suit someone less than 5’4 tall and with no history of claustrophobia.'

    [Photo: Gumtree]

  22. 14. The £21,000pcm flat

    22. The £21,000pcm flat

    At the start of August 2014, Spareroom revealed the most expensive flatshare to ever be advertised on the housemate-hunting site. The three-bedroom apartment featured chandeliers, a dining hall, a gym, a daily cleaning and linen service and a 12-seat dining hall. Meanwhile rent was £21,000 per month, that's a whopping £1,783 a week per tenant.

    [Photo: Spareroom]

  23. 15. The studio that got banned

    23. The studio that got banned

    Lucky househunters were treated to a bargain-basement studio apartment in June 2014. This King's Cross flat complete with ‘en-suite bathroom and kitchenette’ was available to rent for £170 per week. It was so small you could cook while lying in bed and the council eventually stopped the landlord from letting it out.

    [Photo: Rightmove]


  24. 16. The purple house

    24. The purple house

    We're not sure whether to make a Prince joke or a Cadbury's pun here. This bizarre TOTALLY PURPLE house hit the news in November 2013. The Middlesex property had a starting price of £400,000.

  25. 25. Wipe-clean flat

    25. The wipe-clean flat

    Ideal for murderers and messy eaters, this wipe-clean flat in Walthamstow went on the rental market in May 2016. For just £900pcm you could live out your worst nightmares within this one-windowed wonder covered floor to ceiling in the same blue tile. 

  26. 26. Windowless flat

    26. The home without windows

    An affordable home with extras included is an urban myth in London, but since when did windows become a luxury-add on? This two-bed in Brixton boasted a 'bright, open-plan layout', despite the lack of any natural light. Oh, and bills aren't included either. Obviously. 

  27. 27. Kitchen shower

    27. The shower in the kitchen

    Don't you hate it when you have to rinse and repeat before you rip open your ready meal? That's a problem of the past thanks to this stellar renting opportunity in Chiswick, with a wobbly-looking shower within reaching distance of the microwave. 

27 of the weirdest properties advertised in London

From awesome to awful to awful-er

Written by
Kate Lloyd

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