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

There's no town like London Town.

By Jessica G. Lynch
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.

Luxe Airbnb in Covent Garden

Central sunny flat, Convent Garden
Right next to the Royal Opera House and two minutes from the station, this Covent Garden stay offers the quintessential cosmopolitan experience. Featuring a modern open plan, fully equipped contemporary kitchen and bright windows, you're all set for sunny London mornings spent at home before heading out for the day.

Luxe Airbnb in Westminster

Buckingham Palace duplex with garden, Westminster
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.

Luxe Airbnb in Central London

Art-filled flat near Holland Park, Earl's Court
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.

Luxe Airbnbs in Soho

Unique apartment with sauna, Soho
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.
Golden Square Penthouse, Soho
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.

Luxe Airbnb in Notting Hill

Notting Hill Maisonette, Notting Hill
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.

Luxe Airbnb near Hyde Park

Apartment with period detail, Hyde Park
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.

Luxe Airbnb in Shoreditch

Sun-filled artists' flat with park view, Shoreditch
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.