7 luxe Airbnbs in London to book for your next stomp around the Old Smoke

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Notting Hill Maisonette via Airbnb.

A global melting pot standing on the River Thames, London needs no introduction of its own. Boasting diverse and vibrant cultures, as well as a bounty of museums, verdant parks and some of the most famed feats of modern architecture, it is one of the world’s most illustrious metropolises not without reason.

Whatever the grounds of your trip – be it business, pleasure or a nondescript third category – you’ll want somewhere to kick up your heels after a day spent pottering around Portobello Markets or getting lost in Tate Modern.

From penthouse apartments in Soho to a nineteenth-century townhouse across the road from Buckingham Palace, we’ve curated an edit of luxe Airbnbs in London to book for your next stomp around The Old Smoke.


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Luxe Airbnb in Westminster

Buckingham Palace duplex with garden

Location: Westminster
Sleeps: Seven guests

Being just across the road from Buckingham Palace, this luxe stay is the one for the monarchist. The £12 million nineteenth-century townhouse is Grade II-listed and was designed by Sir James Pennethorne, the architect who designed the south wing of the palace in question. Primely located in central London – under 10 minutes to Westminster Abbey, Downing St and Mayfair on foot – it’s a sightseer’s delight.

Reasons to stay:

  • Private parking
  • 24/7 concierge
  • Chef’s kitchen
  • Private terrace
  • Central London location
  • Lift access
  • Air conditioning and underfloor heating
  • Breakfast and snacks included
  • Additional services can be arranged

Luxe Airbnb in Central London

Art-filled flat near Holland Park

Location: Earl’s Court
Sleeps: Three guests

Featuring double-height ceilings, a mezzanine bedroom, a marble walk-in wet room and a balcony overlooking Nevern Square, this centrally located apartment is a one of true luxury. Eclectically decorated and partly furnished with custom-made pieces from Paris and New York, the red brick Victorian flat is a retreat within the heart of the city.

Reasons to stay:

  • Double-height ceilings
  • Mezzanine level
  • Fully stocked kitchen
  • Balcony
  • Sonos system

Luxe Airbnbs in Soho

Unique apartment with sauna

Location: Soho
Sleeps: Four guests

For the bohemian with a taste for the finer things, this Soho stay is rich in character with its exposed brick, timber accents and eclectic furnishings. Have a morning steam in the sauna after a night out exploring the Soho’s buzzing restaurant, theatre and bar scene.

Reasons to stay:

  • Open plan kitchen
  • Private sauna
  • Gas fireplaces
  • Bathtub in bedroom
  • Sound system
  • Luggage drop off allowed

Golden Square Penthouse

Location: Soho
Sleeps: Six guests

Sophisticated yet bold, this luxury Soho penthouse sleeps six and boasts a fully equipped kitchen – ideal for the London Town visitor with a penchant for entertaining. Get a lay of Soho’s land from the alfresco area over a shared bottle before painting the town red.

Reasons to stay:

  • Central air conditioning and heating
  • Sound system
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Luxury interiors
  • Penthouse balcony

Luxe Airbnb in Notting Hill

Notting Hill Maisonette

Location: Notting Hill
Sleeps: Four guests

In a location primed for pottering about Notting Hill’s bookshops, markets, eateries and mews, this maisonette is fitted with comforts of understated luxury. Retire to the four-poster bed after a barbecue on the roof terrace that offers panoramic views of the fabled neighbourhood.

Reasons to stay:

  • Panoramic roof terrace views
  • Barbecue
  • Four-poster bed
  • Three indoor fireplaces
  • A study

Luxe Airbnb near Hyde Park

Apartment with period detail

Location: Hyde Park
Sleeps: Four guests

Within a heritage Stucco building lies this central apartment with period detailing, just a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park. A perfect base for gallivanting around London Town – be it at gastro pubs, Victoria and Albert Museum or the Serpentine – or just peoplewatching from the bay window.

Reasons to stay:

  • Period detailing
  • Small French balcony
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Espresso machine
  • Long-term stays allowed

Luxe Airbnb in Shoreditch

Sun-filled artists’ flat with park view

Location: Shoreditch
Sleeps: Two guests

Teeming with sunlight and artwork, this artist’s flat in a quieter part of Shoreditch is powered by 100 per cent renewable energy – an ideal stay for the eco-conscious traveller. The sunny balcony overlooking the park also makes a sweet spot for holiday musing.

Reasons to stay:

  • Sculptural furnishings
  • Park view
  • Fast Wifi
  • Private balcony

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