London has always been known for having expensive real estate. When staying in the city, your best option so that you stay close to the city centre (and most of the popular tourist attractions), but don’t pay a fortune, is to rent a private room in an apartment on Airbnb. Luckily, there are many affordable Airbnbs in London available, although it always pays to book as early as possible to get the best choice!
Here are 5 great private rooms on Airbnb in London, that each go for under £70 ($90 USD) per night for 2 people. There’s 3 fabulous options in the East End of the city, plus one in the popular Paddington area, just north of Hyde Park. I also couldn’t resist including a quirky Airbnb option further out to the north of London. And they all have plenty of 5-star reviews!
? Dog-friendly: Some of these options are dog-friendly, see below. Looking for more options to stay with a dog? Check out my recommendations for dog-friendly hotels in London.
A Cosy Room in a Charming Bethnal Green Apartment
This charming and sparkling clean apartment is located in Bethnal Green, in the East End of London. It’s just three blocks from a subway station, but also walking distances from the delights of Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Victoria Lane. And host John is a pro at hosting Airbnb guests, providing a friendly welcome to everyone.
The private room on offer is small and cosy, but big enough for a a couple or spacious for a single occupant. You’re also welcome to use the rest of the apartment, including the kitchen. As a bonus there’s also free parking available on the premises.
? Dog-friendly: This Airbnb allows dogs
A Room in a Creative Shoreditch Apartment Airbnb
Host Sara has a stylish and homely apartment in the buzzing heart of Shoreditch. Located on Hoxton Street, it’s a longish walk to the centre of London or just a 3 minute walk to Hoxton Station. It’s also just a short walk from East End highlights such as the Columbia Road Market, Spitalfields and Brick Lane.
The private room on offer features Sara’s quirk style, with a double bed with feather and down pillows, a wardrobe and hanging rail and a full length mirror. There’s a shared bathroom and guest toilet, plus you’re welcome to make yourself at home in the living room (complete with piano) and kitchen. A balcony stretches along the living room and kitchen, plus there’s a roof terrace with table, chairs and barbeque facilities. Sara works from home, so is happy to chat and share her London knowledge.
? Dog-friendly: This Airbnb allows well-behaved dogs if arranged in advance
The Chocolate Room Airbnb in Stepney/Bethnal Green
The great thing about staying in the East End of London, is that it’s so close to the city via the underground (known locally as the Tube). The apartment that contains this chocolate room is only 5 minutes walk to Stepney Green and Bethnal Green Stations, and 15 minutes from the city. It’s also conveniently close to trendy Brick Lane (ground zero of great English curries) and the vibrant Shoreditch nightlife.
The apartment has been recently refurbished, with a gorgeous new shared bathroom and toilet. The actual room has an impressive list of inclusions. As well as a king-size bed, there’s a TV and DVD player in the room, with Chromecast access, an electric kettle, cups and tea essentials, mini fridge with complimentary milk (plus cereal), an international plug adapter and even bath robes. It’s a family-friendly household (the hosts have a well-behaved 3 year old). Just note there is no access to the living room or cooking in the kitchen (microwave use only).
An Ensuite Room near Marble Arch
This charming private room in Paddington, London, makes a great alternative to a hotel stay. While there is no access to the kitchen, except for that essential cup of tea (or coffee), the room comes complete with its own private bathroom and an outdoor area.
Host Carolina makes guests feel at home, in this quiet, residential neighbourhood. Although it’s also close to all the conveniences, including a 24-hour supermarket, great restaurants ranging from Lebanese to tapas and multiple tube stations, including Marble Arch station. It’s also just a short stroll from the green surroundings of Hyde Park.
Cool Britannia meets Olde English Style Airbnb
From the outside, Blenheim Lodge in a quiet upmarket residential area of North London looks like a typical old English manor. However, if you stay in this excellent B&B, when you step into your room you will find it decorated with non-stop Union Jack paraphernalia, including the cushions on the bed and the floor rug, making for a truly British place to stay! In true B&B style, a plentiful continental breakfast is included in the price of the room.
This house with its beautiful and peaceful garden to relax in seems a world away from the London city streets, but is in fact only a 5 minute walk from East Finchley Station and then 20 minutes on the tube to London Bridge and Kings Cross St Pancras, or 10 minutes to the delightful Camden Market. There’s also a English-style pub, the oldest cinema in the UK and shops and restaurants nearby.
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