London has so much more to offer other than standard hotels. Check out these unique places to stay while visiting the British capital
What an amazing city London is; full of history, culture, restaurants, beautiful parks and more. With so many wonderful sites, attractions and activities – whether you’re a film buff looking for ‘that’ bookshop in Notting Hill or a culture vulture seeking the bright lights of London’s legendary theatre district -you’ll want a super-convenient and ultra-comfortable base to take it all in. We’ve scoured Airbnb, the innovative website that connects people to unique holiday accomodation, and found the quaintest quarters and perkiest pads to stay all over London to complete your trip of a lifetime. Take a look and see if one qualifies as a home-from-home to enjoy a slice of London life.
From £88 per night.
Fancy a cityscape view? If you are looking for a contemporary place to rest those tired feet after a long day of central-London sightseeing, this is the one-bedroom flat for you. Located on (arguably) the quieter side of the river Thames, you’ll find impressive London landmarks like Southbank, Tate Modern, the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Tower Bridge right on your doorstep. While you’re out and about, why not pick up the ingredients for dinner – or a delightful dish – in bustling Borough Market, or step out to one of the many traditional pubs, independent restaurants or microbreweries dotted around the area?
The bright and modern backdrop of this apartment is furnished with antique furniture and mid-century pieces. It’s located on the fourth floor and has a balcony that spans the entire front of the apartment for you to enjoy the glorious London views.
Quirky garden cabin in CamdenFrom £90 per night. Sleeps 2.
Get the best of both worlds by staying in this curious garden cabin in the heart of diverse and eclectic Camden. Known as one of the edgier districts of London, Camden is a hub for music lovers, grungers, bohemians and eccentric stylists. Its famous sights include the beautiful and historical lock, bustling market and many alternative music acts that might take your fancy. However, step into this restful urban retreat with its private terrace, and it feels as if you’re totally removed from the buzz and butle beyond.
Described as ‘small but perfectly formed’, the cosy garden cabin is decked with wood-panelled walls, a small wet room, basic kitchen facilities and free wifi. With its own secure private access, you can come and go as you please.
Charming garden flat in Notting Hill
From £110 per night. Sleeps 2.
As most locals know, gardens are a luxury in central London. So this delightful one-bedroom garden flat, slap-bang in the middle of Notting Hill, is a rare treat. It boasts a large living area, ‘The White Company’ style furnishings and, of course, a charming garden terrace that is perfect for breakfast, sun basking or even evening entertaining should you wish. Desireable Notting Hill has plenty to offer, including the famous Portobello Road market that’s filled with unique vintage and flea-market finds, the colourful summer carnival and fun filmic locations from a few well-known British rom-coms.
Stylish Mews in MayfairFrom £155 per night. Sleeps 2.
Located in one of London’s most exclusive districts, you can pretend to be a super-rich resident if you choose to stay in this utterly elegant mews house. Situated right in the heart of central London the high-end location is within close proximity to London’s beautiful parks and royal abodes, including Buckingham Palace itself.
Tucked down a quiet road, the property is surprisingly spacious and has plenty of room to store all the shopping bags you’ll likely return with from nearby New Bond Street. The decor is in keeping with its location, with comfortable, elegant furnishings as well as original features such as ornate fireplaces and lead sash windows.
Luxury Shoreditch warehouseFrom £99 a night. Sleeps 3.
Just like New York’s Meat Packing District, Shoreditch in London wins the medal for being an inner London area brimming with trendsetters, artists and young professionals in the know. In other words, it’s the current fashionable place to be seen. Curtain Road and Old Street are full of super-stylish pubs and bars to rival those of the West End. Here, plenty of former industrial buildings have been converted into creative offices and flats, just like this slick, one-bed warehouse apartment.
With its urban industrial vibe, the light, spacious and open-plan layout feels comfortable and contemporary. Designed and refurbished by an interior designer, this accommodation gives you everything a five-star hotel would… apart from a full English breakfast in the morning. But East London’s Spitalfields and Brick Lane are just a stone’s throw away so you won’t need to go far to get some quality food.
Stunning Art Deco apartment in SouthfieldsFrom £95 per night. Sleeps 6.
Tennis lovers will find the location of this luxurious split-level apartment a definite advantage. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom property is approximately five minutes’ drive from The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, which is home to the Wimbledon Championship every June. This suburban spot is also within walking distance of high-end Chelsea – home of fashionable Kings Road – as well as Harrods and Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge.
The plush interior meets high standards with a modern open-plan living space and pleasingly colourful decor. There is also a south-facing terrace offering roof-top views and secure underground parking at no extra charge!
Victorian Wing in Wimbledon Village
From £400 per night. Sleeps 12.
You would be forgiven for thinking this property is a stately home set in beautiful rolling countryside. It is, in fact, a grand detached Victorian house in Wimbledon Village. The elegant property makes a stunning base for those who like to get out of the busy city centre at the end of the day and enjoy London’s leafy suburbs.
It may be a bit pricey, but you do get a lot for your money; the front right-hand third of the house, with its own private entrance, is all yours for your stay. There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms (plus extra loo), a sitting room, huge kitchen/diner (shown above) and even a study room with computer and printer that could potentially be used a fifth single bedroom. It’s family friendly with high chairs, stair gates, changing station and travel cots also available. And, if that’s not quite enough, you get to enjoy the beautiful established garden too. PHEW!
Georgian townhouse in Clerkenwell
From £125 a night. Sleeps 6.
This characterful townhouse in Clerkenwell is close to many London hotspots, including Islington’s Upper Street and Sadlers Wells Theatre. It’s also located within easy reach of the West End.
Impeccably decorated in tones of soothing grey and featuring stylish mid-century furniture, the interior is a tardis: two bedrooms, a spacious bathroom, utility area and, off the master bedroom, an outside terrace with bistro table and chairs. The owner of this property goes all-out to make you feel comfortable by offering complimentary eco-friendly shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap and washing powder. There is also a wine, tea, coffee, milk and biscuits to get you started – how thoughtful.
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