We’ve found six Airbnb properties that prove Londoners are the hosts with the most.
Holiday home rental website Airbnb gives users amazing opportunities to live like locals in hundreds of locations worldwide and London is no exception. It’s a serious challenge to read through these listings and resist planning a spontaneous stay-cation.
1. This flat located inside the St Pancras clock tower:
Ever wondered what was hidden inside St Pancras’s magnificent clock tower? No, neither have we, but now we know, and we’re totally obsessed with this flat.
This truly unbelievable pad offers a ridiculously cool space to entertain your lucky guests. If word gets out you’re staying here you’ll soon become everyone’s new best friend. How do you even get in? Well, with £150 all your questions can be answered, because that’s how much one night in this place costs. And who can put a price on knowledge?
This luxurious loft is made even classier with the addition of a grand piano. While most guests are unlikely to be able to play more than a clumsy rendition of Chopsticks or the Rugrats theme tune, we can all appreciate it’s aesthetic value.
2. This quirky canal boat:
This charming Little Venice mooring is perfect for all of you aquaphiles out there (that’s someone who loves being in or surrounded by water, FYI). For some people there’s just nothing better than messing about on boats, so this canal boat could be their perfect abode.
It’s fully equipped with a standard-London-flat-sized kitchen. All mod cons. You’ll be able to cook just like you can at home – except you’ll be cooking up a storm whilst also floating on a historic London waterway – with use of the Fridge, Freezer, Microwave, Oven and Water Purifier.
Relax beside the water on the double-seater comfort swing, which hangs from a 300 year old lime tree.
Apparently located adjacently to Richard Branson’s boat, you can live like a millionaire here, too. Enjoy the outdoor hot tub, wood fired pizza oven, and spacious master bedroom, complete with an over-bed skylight. This property costs £500 per night for four guests.
3. This Trump-ified flat:
If you’re into the whole Trump Tower vibe, this could be the perfect place for a cheeky ‘Netflix and chill’ session. The Italian parquet flooring, jewelled light fixtures and cream leather sofas are the perfect way to let your date know just how expensive your taste is. And terrible. But in a fun way!
And you’re bound to impress in the bedroom (no matter how technically proficient you are), because nothing says class like blue LED lighting. Except, possibly, velvet wallpaper on literally every surface.
This poor man’s Palace of Versailles will set you back £995 per night for four people and is located in the heart of Marylebone. That price includes Heathrow airport pick-up and drop-off (in a Mercedes S Class Limousine, naturally), access to over 800 Arabic TV channels and silk bed sheets. Sexy stuff.
4. This Yurt for all seasons:
This quirky garden getaway claims to hold the world record for ‘yurt in the closest proximity to a tube station’. A rather niche world record, but we’ll give them that one.
Located in Highgate, its owners claim it’s the perfect year-round residence. It’s equipped with its own wood-burning stove to keep you toasty warm, even during a stow storm. Although you might find it a little too hot to handle in warmer summer months, as owners insist camping – or glamping – and air con ‘don’t go together’. We’re not sure much ‘goes’ with camping to be honest.
This place may look basic but it offers electricity and Wifi, along with an adjacent, fully-equipped toilet building that even allows you to indulge in a hot shower. How very modern. This al fresco experience will set you back £99 per night for two people.
5. This Hello Kitty haven:
We’re not 100% sure why this host has decided to fill their central London pad with such an impressive array of Hello Kitty merchandise, but, for some reason, it works for us. The host has christened their style ‘Cool Brittania Hello Kitty chic’ – watch out Vogue, you heard it here first.
This flat is just moments from Embankment and Charing Cross stations, making it an excellent home-from-home for first time tourists looking to visit all the riverside London landmarks.
This prrrrrrfect pad costs £160 per night for two guests.
6. This converted church:
This converted church in Islington definitely bring the ‘wow factor’. What was once St Clement’s Church, is now a series of flats, and you can enjoy a tranquil night’s stay in this top floor flat for £150 for four people.
Even the staunchest sinners will struggle not to be impressed with the building’s impressive arches and stained glass windows. The novelty of the space certainly does it for us. How often do you actually get the chance to fall asleep in church without being told off?
We think this looks like the perfect place for a Christmas shopping mini-break. You can battle the festive crowds on Oxford Street then de-stress back in your own little North London sanctuary.