Central London Airbnb: 10 boutique apartments
I’ve been a fan of Airbnb since the start-up began making waves in the accommodation scene in 2010.
Having experienced both sides of the Airbnb coin, as a guest and a host, I still regularly use the platform.
From booking an eco-friendly glamping site in Gili Trawangan to a luxury riad in Marrakech, Airbnb has made it possible. Add to that, reasonable pricing — naturally depending on the destination and accommodation type.
London living with Airbnb
One of the biggest selling points of Airbnb, is that you can have a local experience on your travels.
And, in a city like London, this can be a huge plus. Staying in a local area, and potentially with a knowledgeable host, gives you a whole other perspective.
If you’re looking for a boutique, yet affordable, Airbnb in Central London, I’ve got you covered. Suitable for couples, families and UK staycations, these 20 elegant choices are your London home away from home.
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1. The one that’s a private architect’s house
Enjoy the ultimate in Airbnb sophistication with this stunning apartment in Fitzrovia.
The serviced apartment belongs to an architect, who regularly hosts on Airbnb. There are 3 well-sized bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, making it ideal for larger groups.
The interior’s modern, sleek and with plenty of natural light. Each bedroom is individually decorated, and comes with either a king or a queen-size bed and a memory foam mattress.
Where is Fitzrovia?
The area of Fitzrovia is quite unique, in that while it’s considered as Central London, it’s also very residential.
Staying here, means being in walking distance of some of the finest bars and restaurants as well as London Theatreland.
The regular crowd consists of city professionals to international students living in the area. It’s a top choice if you’re looking for accommodation that’s centrally located, but not overly noisy.
2. The one with the bijou garden
You’ve seen the movie, now experience staying in the picturesque area that is Notting Hill.
A black and white color theme runs throughout this Central London Airbnb, with chic designer furnishings to match.
The apartment has all the amenities you need, including fast WiFi and bathroom toiletries. The property’s also pet friendly and provides basic essentials for your furry companions.
A world-famous market and more — Central London Airbnb
The area’s also home to several excellent Spanish and Portuguese cafes and restaurants. In short, Notting Hill’s the place which has everything on its doorstep and with plenty to discover in the vicinity.
Stay in the same area of the classic film, Notting Hill, at this boutique Central London Airbnb ©Airbnb
“Staying in a local area, and potentially with a knowledgeable host, gives you a whole other perspective.”
3. The one with the designer apartment
Experience designer living at its finest at this 1-bedroom apartment that’s oozing with sophistication.
A living space that embraces minimalist style and edgy design, the apartment comes with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom.
Inside the kitchen are amenities such as an espresso machine, steam oven and indoor fireplace.
Sleep soundly in a queen-size bed with memory foam mattress and room-darkening shades. The room also comes with the option of a toddler bed.
Keep toes toasty in the bathroom with the heated flooring, before enjoying a refreshing rainforest shower.
Fulham is a quiet, and residential, part of London. It’s close to the upmarket area of Chelsea, and is also easy to reach from London’s West End.
Minimalist chic at this striking designer Airbnb in Fulham, London ©Airbnb
4. The one in a luxury private mews
An area that has luxury written all over it, Belgravia is probably the most expensive area in Central London.
However, this superb home in a private mews, makes it possible to experience living in Belgravia.
There are 2 bedrooms, complete with en-suite bathrooms, in this boutique 2-story maisonette. The main bedroom comes with a super king-size bed, while the second room has a very decent queen bed.
Downstairs in the living room, the sofas can be turned into 2 single beds if needed. The list of amenities is never-ending, and includes everything from a washer and dishwasher, to WiFi and free parking.
Central London Airbnb — what is a mews?
Across certain parts of Central London, you may walk past a mews without realizing it.
These cobbled-stone streets contain rows of houses that were built behind larger ones. They were once used as stables, and carriage houses, for the horses and coachmen of wealthy proprietors.
Today, the houses in mews are typically high-end homes (or offices) in upmarket parts of the city.
Try out a traditional Airbnb in a London mews ©Airbnb
5. The one close to Trafalgar Square
Located in a quiet side road off The Strand, you’re within easy reach of London Theatreland in Covent Garden.
The apartment’s also very close to Victoria Embankment Gardens. This central, yet quiet, green space is a mini escape from the rush of Central London.
Modern, bright and equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, this apartment has it all.
Two bedrooms, one with a king, the other with a queen-size bed, both have en-suite bathrooms. Clean, immaculate and very central, this apartment lets you live in the heart of the action.
Colorful and central: the Airbnb apartment within minutes of Trafalgar Square ©Airbnb
6. The one in a glossy magazine
Double-height ceilings, a zen mezzanine bedroom and plenty of abstract art is what you can expect at this London Airbnb.
Beautifully styled and with lavish furnishings, the home has been featured in Elle Decor magazine.
The apartment has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom and is ideal for a romantic couples getaway. A sound system plays throughout the entire apartment, with a Sonos playlist already set up.
An outdoor terrace overlooks a quiet street, allowing for a quiet spot to read or to have breakfast. If local’s what you’re after, this Central London Airbnb has your name on it.
Explore Earls Court
Located in Earls Court, the area has a nice mix of locals and visitors. Kensington High Street is a short distance away, with plenty of shops as well as cafes and restaurants.
A few minutes’ walk from the high street is Kensington Palace. It was the former home of Princess Diana and is the current abode of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Straight out of an interior design magazine: the ultra chic Airbnb in Earls Court, London ©Airbnb
7. The one in a fashionable part of town
Primrose Hill is where you’ll most likely come across a few famous faces. With large — and super expensive — townhouses in the vicinity, the area carries an air of exclusivity.
However, Primrose Hill isn’t just reserved for celebrities as shown by this gorgeous Airbnb. With 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large city garden, this is one listing you’ll fall head over heels for.
Earthy tones, complemented by blues and greens make this apartment instantly inviting.
The 2 bedrooms, which slightly differ in size, both have access to the outdoors terrace. Bedroom One has a king bed and en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. Bedroom Two has a double bed, and access to the main bathroom with bathtub and shower.
When summertime arrives, the patio with outdoor seating makes al-fresco dining a breeze.
Earthy and inviting: a boutique Airbnb listing in Primrose Hill ©Airbnb
8. The one with skyline views
It’s fair to say that the sun doesn’t shine often in London, but when it does, it beams.
And, where better to enjoy the weather, and views of the London skyline, than from this penthouse Airbnb.
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of natural light to pour into this penthouse. Comfortable and inviting, the apartment has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms.
The second bathroom also has a bidet; something you don’t find often in homes across London.
A sleek kitchen with counter and bar stools makes a perfect spot to start your day. Alternatively, dine al-fresco on the gorgeous wraparound terrace and enjoy unspoiled views of London.
Soak up the sunshine, and the views, from this fabulous Clerkenwell apartment in Central London ©Airbnb
9. The one in a stylish loft
Not far from Clerkenwell is the achingly hip borough of Hackney. Better known for bringing hipsters together in one place, Hackney is a well sought-after area to live in.
Ideal for couples, or a group of friends looking for something unique, this 1-bedroom Airbnb is a top choice.
Industrial chic is the term that best describes this property. Fitting for Hackney, the open-plan home is inviting, personal and full of charm.
The apartment has 1 bedroom, in which you can see some of the original brick features. Inside is a king-size bed and room-darkening shades.
A grand white piano and wooden hanging chair is just one of several standout features in the living room. With plenty of industrial and rustic charm, this Hackney Airbnb is a sound choice for Central London.
Plenty of industrial chic at this Hackney Airbnb in London ©Airbnb
10. The one that blends boutique and luxury
Marylebone High Street is one of those locations in London that many people know about, but hardly visit.
Unless you happen to work, or live, nearby, it’s a place that often gets overlooked.
Just a short walk from the shopping mecca of Oxford Street, it’s a street filled with boutique shops and nice pubs.
Central London Airbnb — luxury at every turn
No detail has been left unturned in this luxury, architect-designed, boutique apartment.
Contemporary minimalist design has made way for plenty of open spaces and high ceilings.
The kitchen comes with a breakfast table, espresso machine and an all-important wine cooler.
Both of the 2 bedrooms are fitted with queen beds, soft furnishings and come with modern en-suite bathrooms.
A luxury apartment in a sough-after address, this Airbnb is perfect for 2 couples or a family of 4.
Are you planning a trip to London anytime soon? Or maybe you’re thinking of a having a mini staycation? Let me know which one of these you’d most like to stay at when in the capital.
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Welcome to my site! I'm Lisa, founder of Following the Rivera. I write primarily for a ‘flashpacker’ audience, a demographic (late 20s onward) that enjoys glamping over camping and staying at boutique/luxury boutique hotels. Flashpackers also like to indulge in the local food and wine, cultural activities, as well as a spot of wellness on their travels. Want to know more? Read on....