8 Best London Airbnb Holiday Rental Properties - 2024
The choice of Airbnb properties in London is vast, with every available space seemingly offered for hire. Needless to say, some are much better than others and it's worth doing a bit of sifting to avoid a stinker.
We've picked out 8 of the best London Airbnb rentals where you hire the whole place, rather than where you end up sharing a bedroom with another family. Most have 3-night minimum stays but there are some Airbnb in London which let you just book for a night or two.
We looked at factors including how convenient they are for the big attractions in London (e.g. London Eye, British Museum, Buckingham Palace), customer reviews, facilities and value for money. Review scores are correct at the time of typing.
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1. A Regency Townhouse Apartment near Camden Market (sleeps 2)
This nicely done apartment is in a townhouse in North London so it's particularly convenient for a couple arriving at Kings Cross or St Pancras railway stations (i.e. anyone from most of the Midlands, the North of England and the Eurostar). Nearby attractions include London Zoo, Regents Park, Madame Tussauds, Camden Market and The British Library.
It sleeps two people and is spacious compared to some London apartments. The kitchen and bathroom are both modern, light and airy.
When we checked it had received more than 200 reviews and was scoring more than 4.9/5 on average which is about as good as it gets.
2. A Trendy Apartment near the Tower of London (sleeps 2)
This apartment in a modern building in East London looks like it belongs in an interiors magazine. It's simple and clutter free with a modern bathroom and it is semi-open plan to make the most of the space.
It's on the north side of the Thames and it's within walking distance of The Tower of London and Tower Bridge. It's also close to Liverpool Street Station so it's good for visitors coming from East Anglia.
Reviews are outstanding with an average of nearly 4.9/5 from 250+ reviews.
3. A Neat Apartment in a Grade II Listed Building near St Paul's Cathedral (sleeps 3)
I like the look of this apartment in Farringdon which is a listed building on the outside and has a modern decor on the inside. It's got a double bed and a sofa bed, so it's best for either two or three people and gets glowing reviews of about 4.8/5 after 140+ reviews.
In terms of location, it's one of the best spots you'll find in London if you want to avoid public transport and don't mind a bit of a walk. Within about 20-25 minutes you can walk to the British Museum, Covent Garden, The Barbican, St Paul's Cathedral, the Royal Opera House and the Thames where you can do things like river cruises.
It's got a good-sized lounge, a kitchenette (that's a small kitchen to anyone other than an Estate Agent) and a bath/shower room.
Farringdon Railway Station is nearby but you'll probably want to use public transport to get from major stations like Kings Cross and St Pancras.
4. A Family Friendly Apartment near The British Museum (sleeps up to 11)
There are only two bedrooms in this North London apartment but you can just about squeeze 11 people into it if you don't mind getting a bit cosy. That makes it a more affordable option for a family sightseeing holiday than a lot of Airbnb properties in London.
It's had more than 500 reviews and was scoring more than 4.7/5 when we checked. The decor and interior is simple but the kitchen and bathroom are both modern and neatly done.
It's close to St Pancras and King's Cross railway stations so it's good for trains from big cities like Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, York, Edinburgh, Cambridge and Leeds. Nearby, you'll find the British Museum, The British Library and Regents Park and you can walk to places like Covent Garden and the Thames within about 25 minutes.
5. A West London Townhouse near Kensington Palace (sleeps 10)
By London standards this West London town house is whopping with five bedrooms and almost as many bathrooms. Of course, a large house which is a few minutes from Hyde Park isn't cheap but it wasn't as much we were expecting when we checked a few dates (a week in February 2021 was about £5300 which is about £75 per person, per night).
Each room has a double or king size bed and there's a good sized lounge and kitchen/diner.
Unsurprisingly, it gets very positive reviews of nearly 4.9/5 from 40+ visitors.
As it's near to Paddington Railway Station, it's a good option for people coming from the Westcountry and South Wales (e.g. Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Swansea).
Attractions nearby include Portobello Market and Kensington Palace and on the other side of Hyde Park you can visit the Royal Albert Hall and most of London's best free museums including the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the V&A Museum.
6. A Houseboat near Tower Bridge (sleeps 10)
I often tell people visiting London that the best way to see the city is by walking along the River Thames or by going on a river cruise.
And so, I'd recommend taking a look at this large historic houseboat called The Harpy which has four bedrooms and one of the best views you'll find in London. It isn't a cheap option but it's got four bedrooms and can sleep up to 10 people. The week that I looked at was about £6000, which works out at about £85 per person, per night if you filled it up. For London, that's not a bad price at all!
Onboard, it's got various pieces of carefully selected art and furniture as well as several modern luxuries. It even comes with a parking space nearby which is a rarity in London.
As you can tell from the picture, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London are both nearby. There are plenty of places to eat along the river if you don't fancy cooking every night.
Reviews are unsurprisingly outstanding with an average of 5/5 from 50+ visitors.
7. A Trendy Notting Hill Apartment near Hyde Park (sleeps 7)
This is another light and trendy apartment in West London which is well located if you're arriving at Paddington Railway Station (from Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter etc). It's larger than many apartments on Airbnb as it's got two bedrooms and the potential to sleep seven people if you squeeze a few into the lounge.
As you'd expect, it's all very modern and slick and reviewers score it at more than 4.8/5 after 200+ ratings.
Notting Hill, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are all nearby and it's only a short tube ride to the West End if you want a night out at the theatre.
8. A Kensington Townhouse Apartment near The Science Museum (sleeps 4)
This posh Airbnb in London is one of the closest apartments we could find to the city's major free museums. Within about 15 minutes walk you'll be able to reach the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park and Imperial College London.
It's in a swanky part of London and it's more spacious than most flats for four people, as you actually get two bedrooms rather than being expected to sleep in the bath or in a wardrobe.
If you fill it up with four people then it's cheaper than a lot of London hotels and you get a whole lot more space. It doesn't have one of the major railway stations on the doorstep but you can easily get to London Victoria or Paddington Railway Station on the Tube.
After 100+ reviews this one was just a whisker away from scoring 5/5.