London, England is pure magic, so it is no question why it is one of the most visited cities in the world. There are so many amazing sights to see like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey just to name a few. The history is rich and the architecture is breathtaking, making London an extraordinary destination. If you’re ready to experience the magic of this city, keep reading for a handpicked list of the 10 best Airbnbs in London.
How to Get to London
London is located in the south east portion of England and is the country’s capital. Although London has six major airports, if you are flying into the city you will most likely be landing in Gatwick Airport (airport code: LGW) or Heathrow Airport (airport code: LHR).
Both airports offer a train service that will take you into central London. The Gatwick Express will take you to Victoria, and the Heathrow Express to Paddington. You can also use other transportation services like busses, taxis, or Ubers to get to your destination as well. Depending on your choice of transportation, the ride from the airport to central London will take anywhere from 20-50 minutes.
How to Get Around London
Like most destination cities, walking is the best way to get around when your destinations are close by. It’s fun to walk the streets and sightsee as you go from one place to the next. If walking isn’t an option, you have a couple different options.
The Tube is an underground transportation system in London that has 11 lines and can get you just about anywhere you want to go. You can pay for tickets online or at a ticket stand outside the station. Another way to get around London would be to hop on one of the iconic red double-decker busses. These busses are actually a very cost effective and efficient way to get around the city, so definitely look into this option as well! Finally, there is always the choice to use Uber for an easy more private ride.
The Best Airbnbs in London
One of the best parts of London is the many unique neighborhoods throughout the city. They range from quaint to artsy to hipster, and are so much fun to explore. When staying in an Airbnb, you get the opportunity to live like a local and dive into the scene of these neighborhoods. Not to mention, staying in an Airbnb is also a cheaper option than staying in a hotel making it perfect for those who are traveling on a budget.
Take a look at this list of the top 10 Airbnbs in London and explore all the city has to offer!
Luxury Apartment in Hyde Park
This first apartment is light, airy, and beautiful! It has two bedrooms, each with a queen bed, so it can hold up to four guests comfortably. It is newly renovated with wood floors throughout, large windows, a fully equipped kitchen, and wifi! This apartment also has a washer/dryer in the unit so it is perfect for those who have a longer stay planned and need to do some laundry. The host also keeps this space stocked with complimentary toiletries, fresh towels, and a Nespresso machine and pods – a nice bonus!
The location of this London Airbnb is very centralized, so you will be able to easily access all parts of the city. It is located in Kensington, a more affluent part of London known for its prestigious museums and outdoor gardens. Kensington is also an amazing spot for shopping! One of London’s main shopping centers is located on Kensington High Street.
When you venture out of the immediate area, you will find that you are also close to major sights such as Buckingham Palace and Big Ben!
Lovely Flat Near Kings Cross
If you’re looking to hold a larger amount of guests, look no further than this four bedroom two bathroom apartment. This space can hold seven guests, so it is great for a family or group of friends exploring the city. Each room has a bright pop of color ranging from purple to yellow to blue, so this apartment is anything but boring! It also comes equipped with all basic amenities including a full kitchen, heating, washer/dryer, and more.
This apartment is also located in a very central area, so you will be close to multiple train stations and bus stops which will make transportation a breeze. You can hop on Bus 63 to Blackfriars and take a beautiful stroll along the river until you hit Big Ben and the iconic London Eye.
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, take a 10-minute walk over to King’s Cross where you can find platform 9 ¾ and do some souvenir shopping. You will also be the same distance away from Eurostar, the underwater train system connecting the UK to other parts of Europe. Have a free day? In just over 2 hours you can ride the Rail Europe to Paris for an epic day trip!
Fully Loaded Penthouse
A well styled penthouse in one of London’s hippest neighborhoods – what more could you ask for? This two bed two bath apartment has a modern flare and could be the perfect fit for your trip to London. It has four sleeping areas, a kitchen, wifi, TV, and elevator access (a great bonus if you have a lot of luggage!) Another great thing about this space is that each bedroom has a deck overlooking the neighborhood where you can relax and soak in your surroundings.
This penthouse is located in the neighborhood of Shoreditch which is known for its trendy bars, creative minds, and eclectic food scene. Vintage and design shops are plentiful in Shoreditch, so you can also spend your days strolling the streets and admiring London’s fashion and street art.
To top it all off, Hugh, the host of this Airbnb, has multiple raving reviews. He will also provide you with an in-depth guide to the city so you can really explore like a local! This penthouse was an easy pick for this list of the top Airbnbs in London.
Stunning Flat with a Lovely Terrace Near King’s Road
Next up we have a beautiful neutral toned apartment near Sloane Square. This Airbnb has one bedroom with a king bed which makes it perfect for a couple’s getaway. It is tastefully decorated and comes with all needed amenities such as a kitchen, washer, heating, and wifi. This space also has a peaceful terrace with a dining table and lots of greenery – a great place to unwind!
Just a block away from Sloane Square, this apartment puts you near multiple restaurants, bars, and shops. Sloane Square is also known for the Royal Court Theater. You will be just walking distance away from The Tube, so the rest of London is easily accessible.
This Airbnb is also very close to King’s Road, an iconic stretch of some of London’s best shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. This is one of the best Airbnbs in London simply because it puts you right next to all the action!
Chelsea Townhouse in a Gated Development Off King’s Road
If you love the previous listing’s proximity to King’s Road but need to fit some more people in the space, this Airbnb is the best of both worlds! It has four bedrooms and multiple beds, so everyone will have a comfortable place to sleep. The full kitchen, washer/dryer, and dishwasher are all very convenient for a large group as well.
One of the best things about this Airbnb is the common areas. If you are staying with family or a group of friends it is nice to have shared spaces to spend time together and relax. This townhouse has a living room, outdoor area, and dining space located in a beautiful sunroom!
This townhouse is located in Chelsea, a well known, affluent part of London. It is known for small boutiques and the more high end restaurants that line King’s Road. Chelsea is also not far from London’s most famous sights including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Hyde Park.
The Upholstery Workshop
Once an 18th century upholstery workshop, this space has been fully transformed into one of the trendier Airbnbs in London. It has a double bed, sofa bed, and all amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Not to mention, the self check in will make your arrival a breeze. The exposed brick and restored factory windows will give you a glimpse into some of the building’s history, but with all the renovations it is hard to believe this space has ever been anything other than a trendy studio apartment.
Just like one of the previous Airbnbs on this list, this studio is located in the area of Shoreditch. It is a trendier area with a lot of bars, restaurants, and shopping. When you walk around this area you will find amazing street art and multiple vintage shops. It is definitely an area for young, creative minds!
When you want to explore other parts of London, just hop on a bus or the tube which both have stops close by!
Monochrome Style at an Ubercool Apartment
Enter a bold red door into this next Airbnb, a two bedroom apartment also located in Shoreditch. It is simple and cozy with black and white striped accents throughout the entire space. Each bedroom has a full bed and the shared bathroom is clean and simple with a glass walk in shower. This apartment also has a full kitchen, dining area, and living room for some extra space.
Foodies are in luck because this Airbnb is right next to Upmarket, one of London’s most eclectic food markets. You can try a variety of upcoming street food vendors and amazing desserts. You can also find some handmade goods and vintage treasures here as well!
As always with these centrally located Airbnbs in London, accessing public transportation is simple. You will be just a short ride or walk away from museums, famous theaters, and iconic landmarks.
Arty Loft in a 120-Year-Old Building in Central Shoreditch
This next Airbnb is a fun one! It is decorated with pops of primary colors, unique art pieces, and has a lot of beautiful exposed brick. Wake up and drink your morning coffee on the juliet balcony overlooking the streets. Then take your shower in the luxurious bathroom with marble chevron tiles and a rain shower. This apartment also comes with amazing amenities such as self check in, a full kitchen, TV, and bathroom essentials.
We’ve talked a decent amount about Shoreditch in this list, so you know it is one of the prime locations in London! You will have an endless selection of restaurants, art galleries, bars, shops, and more. Make your way over to Spitalfields market, a huge indoor market with a large variety of vendors. Keep walking along the nearby streets and experience the melting pot of culture with amazing curry houses, Bangladeshi goods, and vintage shops!
Secluded Designer Houseboat in Kings Cross
If you want to explore a side to London that most tourists miss, consider staying on this fully renovated houseboat! That’s right, a boat!! This stay is so unique, it was a no brainer for this list of top Airbnbs in London.
This houseboat sits in a secluded, peaceful area of London and has one bedroom, two beds, and two bathrooms. Enjoy all the comforts of a home such as a kitchen, washer/dryer, wifi, TV, and even an indoor fireplace!
The houseboat is docked at Regent’s Canal, a canal just north of central London. You can walk along this canal beginning in Little Venice and ending in the River Thames. Travel through East End, Mile End Park, and Limehouse Basin. This walk is possibly one of London’s best kept secrets! When you want to experience the hustle and bustle of London, Kings Cross is closeby as well. Hit up all the amazing restaurants and bars at Coal Drops Yard and then make your way over to the royal Buckingham Palace for the perfect well rounded London trip.
Luxurious Boutique Flat on Marylebone High Street
This last apartment is a no brainer for this list of the best Airbnbs in London. Add a touch of luxury to your stay with this architect designed flat. With its modern decor and elegant ambiance, you’ll be sure to feel at least a little posh. It has two queen bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and common areas. Marble showers and countertops tie the entire apartment together in the classiest way. This Airbnb in the definition of contemporary minimalist design.
Sitting on Marylebone High Street, this apartment puts you in an area of London that is chic with a village feel. There is a great mix of restaurants, boutiques, and cafes on the high street, so it is a great place to walk around and explore. This area is also sandwiched between Regent’s Park and Hyde Park which are beautiful places to visit for a picnic or a scenic walk.
This apartment’s beautiful interior and stellar location make it a real gem!