Who says you have to leave the capital to get away? From St Pancras to Mayfair and everywhere in between, Absolutely presents London’s coolest Airbnbs for your summer staycation
Words Annabel Fuller
Our pick of London’s coolest Airbnbs
Want to escape the hustle and bustle of London, but don’t have the time? Stay and explore the capital with our guide of London’s best Airbnb stays for the summer.
London Bridge Studio
Located right by London Bridge, this cosy home is ideal for the solo traveller or the minimalist couple. The apartment is easily accessible and has 24-hour reception and security in the building for added safety. The large kitchen is fully equipped for meals at home, and there’s also a desk workspace for business travellers. Bonus for those in town for work: the apartment is a short walk across the London Bridge, or a few tube stops, away from the City, London’s financial district.
Staycation in London’s most prestigious neighbourhood, with the best shops, restaurants and members clubs in town. A handful of the capital’s main tourist attractions are within walking distance: Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Green Park, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, London Eye, Selfridges and Harrods.
Welcome aboard the party boat. Make like you’re in the Mediterranean without leaving zone 2 onboard this luxury yacht moored in Canary Wharf. Located within easy reach of the O2, this opulent Airbnb offers a city break with a difference. Fitted out with five bedrooms and bathrooms, sun balconies, large rooftop terraces, a lounge that can hold up to 15 for lavish parties and cabin crew at your beck and call, you’ll never want to return to reality.
St Pancras Clock Tower
Ever wondered what’s hidden inside the St Pancras clock tower? Well, now you and three friends can find out. Explore this ridiculously cool pad and the insane hidden entry. The luxurious loft will excite train enthusiasts and historians alike, with the original clock tower room, 10 meters in height, sitting immediately beneath the clock chamber. Inside the loft sits a classy grand piano, and while you might not be able to play, we all can appreciate its aesthetic value.
For anyone looking for a truly unique stay, this wooden loft if the place to be. Decorated with bespoke pieces the treehouse is right at home in Shoreditch with a bohemian, industrial style that any hipster would approve of. As well, the lounge has some fun and quirky additions such as a wooden swing, a piano and an oversized movie screen with a top of the range projector and speakers.
Looking to take to the high seas for an intimate affair? Velvet Canal Boat is the romantic getaway you’ve been seeking. The centrally located narrowboat is not permanently moored so can be relocated to popular destinations including Portobello, Westbourne Grove, Little Venice and Paddington upon request. Onboard the living area comprises a lounge seating area, dining spaces and a large soaking tub for sipping champagne and watching the sunset.
This pastel duplex is the ideal staycation for a girls trip. The lacquered lavender walls aren’t the only Instagrammable feature, this pretty penthouse boasts three bedrooms, a rooftop terrace and two bathrooms, all decorated immaculately. Located in Clerkenwell, this weekend getaway give you easy access to the best of West London’s West End and East London’s Columbia Road Flower Market.