18 Airbnb Houseboats In London - Updated 2021

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London is a city that needs very little introduction. The fabled capital of the United Kingdom is instantly recognizable and has been captivating imaginations and inducing wanderlust for centuries. Despite its great age, London still brims with youthful energy and is a hub of entertainment, art, history, and culture. Watch the play of light streaming off the city’s remarkable architecture from the panoramic London Eye and tour iconic landmarks like Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, and Big Ben. Explore the wondrous ancient collections at the British Museum, then plunge into the world of the avant-garde art at the Tate Modern. From watching theater productions in the West End to shopping in Camden Market, London’s notable neighborhoods each have their own distinctive identities and brilliant attractions. There is something for everyone in this city where the timeless appeal and modern allure meld together. With such a number of fantastic places to visit, discover the city for yourself and climb aboard these Airbnb houseboats in London during your stay.

1. Tower Bridge Houseboat with a classic London view (from USD 1088)

Wake up to the sound of gentle waves and the breathtaking view of Tower Bridge. This luxurious rental was formerly the ‘HMS Harpy,’ an Edwardian Customs & Excise, and is now a wonderful accommodation filled with modern comforts. This houseboat in London can accommodate up to ten guests, and the space is composed of four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a fully-functioning kitchen, and a spacious salon. Every room provides stunning views of the London skyline, from Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf.

Tower Bridge 5* Houseboat: London's best view
Greater London, United Kingdom
51 reviews
Houseboat 8 Beds 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the views are superb as are the facilities on board
the harpy was well equipped with a good kitchen fast internet sonos and skytv
the harpy was amazing clean comfortable with all the amenities that you would ever want or need
the cabins were very comfortable the living room area and kitchen were unmatched
Cleanliness:
we came and left with clean clothes a nice change from most trips
andrew is a consummate host and the harpy itself is magnificent — clean spacious and perfectly appointed
Host:
let me be more specific:* the host has clearly taken this on as his passion
most of all andrew our wonderful host will be remembered for years to come
andrew is a consummate host ensuring everything was absolutely perfect throughout our stay
andrew was an outstanding host from start to finish and made sure we had everything we needed
andrew is a very good host
Location:
relaxing accommodation close to everything
restaurants and groceries nearby easy walk to the metro
while within walking distance to whatever you could want the area was secure and quiet at night
the location is amazing and really has a wow factor
so this is an amazing place located at an amazing location with amazing views and an amazing host
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2. Aesthetically pleasing houseboat with a kitchen (from USD 183)

This lovely houseboat boasts well-lit interiors and aesthetically pleasing furnishings. It can comfortably accommodate up to four guests, featuring a double bed, a single sofa bed in the living room, and a study area that can be converted to a sleeping area. With a gourmet kitchen, you can easily whip up delicious meals while you are here. The private bathroom has a shower, sink, and a chemical toilet, so you can keep fresh. An indoor fireplace is also available to keep you warm on chilly nights.

Life on the water in buzzing East London
England, United Kingdom
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

3. Idyllic houseboat for three (from USD 293)

Comfortably accommodating up to three guests, this lovely houseboat features a queen-sized bed that can ensure a good night’s rest. It is situated on Tagg’s Island and offers direct access to the lagoon and River Thames. There is a spacious deck where guests can admire gorgeous views of the water and lush trees while they enjoy their morning coffee. The rental has a comfortable lounging area with a cozy sofa and a large TV, so you can enjoy an entertaining movie before going to bed. A full kitchen is available for whipping up delectable meals.

Idyllic Houseboat on Private Island, Hampton Court
Taggs Island, Hampton, London, United Kingdom
30 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
it was spotlessly clean and a beautiful oasis of calm after a busy day at hampton court
Host:
gillian and lac were very responsive when i asked questions
property is wonderful as are the owners
gillian and lac were great communicators and super friendly hosts
gillian and lac were so friendly and accommodating
Location:
beautiful spot with great walks near by
we would recommend a visit to hampton court palace walking distance from the house boat
only 10 minutes walk from hampton court with its charming high street
bushy park was a few minutes from the island and a great place for walking
check this houseboat out as a comfortable option close to london
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4. “Barbara,” beautiful narrowboat in central London (from USD 211)

A colorful style and convenient amenities make the “Barbara” a delightful place to stay in London. The gorgeous narrowboat is spacious and bright, and can provide accommodation for up to four guests. Inside this wonderful accommodation, you will find a cozy bed, a fully-equipped kitchen, a comfortably furnished lounge and dining area, and a compact bathroom.

Beautiful narrowboat central london
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
124 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable bed lovely bedding flowers toast and jam
had a lovely time on ‘barbara’ both spacious and cozy
it was a lovely touch to have a vase of roses on the table too
Cleanliness:
excellent communication easy to find clean and a unique way to experience the city of london
beds were very comfortable; sheets pillows and towels were clean and fresh high quality
clean well equipped quirky and great location
boat was very clean with lovely white linens adding to a great nights sleep
hi the boat was charming clean and comfortable
Host:
the boat is beautiful and sam was an excellent host
sam is a wonderful host with great care and attention to detail
sam has been a wonderful host
sam was the perfect host
big thanks to sam for being the perfect host x
Location:
good location for central london
great location right near paddington station
beautifully tranquil location in a bustling and central part of london
barbara was situated in little venice which is an ideal location
great venue in a great location
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5. Floating home near Hampton Court Palace (from USD 169)

This lovely, picturesque floating house epitomizes charm! With its bright interior and spectacular panoramas, the recently refurbished “Wot Not” is an ideal accommodation for a relaxing getaway. The house includes two soothing bedrooms, a cheerful kitchen equipped with convenient appliances, a chic bathroom, and a comfortable and cheerful living space. The peaceful rooftop terraces showcase scenic views of Taggs Island, where the house is moored. The apartment is located near Hampton Court Palace, and can accommodate up to four guests.

Floating Home near Hampton Court Palace
Hampton, United Kingdom
23 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a charming place to visit with all the expected amenities which make for a comfortable stay
Cleanliness:
a fabulous stay in a clean stylish comfortable houseboat
everything was beautifully clean the bed was extremely comfortable and the kitchen was perfectly equipped
hot shower central heating and a super clean home
Host:
the hosts are great and made us feel very welcome
always happy to answer my many questions and very friendly
dominic was a wonderful host (the chocolate gift was much appreciated - thank you so much)
host was brilliant and we had a fantastic time despite the rather wet and windy weather
dominic was incredibly helpful and would recommend anyone to stay in gorgeous house
Location:
fantastic place in a unique location
just loved this place & location
for keen swimmers hampton lido is a short walk away and is a real treat
such a fab place a spacious oasis in the middle of hampton perfect for a weekend away
the most magical place to stay in what feels like a secret location
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6. “Jessie,” the narrowboat in Little Venice (from USD 209)

This delightful narrowboat named “Jessie” has a cheerful atmosphere and cozy comforts. The small boat is bright, charming, and luxurious, and can accommodate up to four guests. Inside the boat is a compact galley filled with convenient appliances, a modern bathroom, three snug beds, and a stylish living area. Watch canal boats stream past in the picturesque Little Venice area, and explore the many restaurants, bars, and shops that are tucked into the area around Browning Island.

JESSIE the narrowboat in Little Venice
Central London Narrowboat, England, United Kingdom
495 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
breakfast on the fore deck was memorable and perfect
meg left lots of nice breakfast bits and for a small space - jessie is well equipped
jessie is comfortable and cosy and a practical solution for a stay in london
he *just* fit in the bed but could walk around easily (didn't need to crouch)
there are two exciting bridges on the canal near paddington the rolling bridge and the fan bridge
Cleanliness:
jessie is a clean comfortable and cosy boat
what a find cosy warm immaculately clean and well equipped narrowboat jessie
everything on jessie was as described and very clean
the boat is clean tidy and practical even with two children in tow
Host:
msg was nothing more than the perfect host
meg the owner leaves wonderful touches like a wonderful loaf of bread some eggs
meg is a great host
fantastic host - very responsive to questions even at slightly unsociable hours
perfect in every way and meg is a wonderful host
Location:
the location is brilliant
great location within walking distance of paddington station
the location is perfect
great location & all round lovely break in this narrow boat
perfect location to explore london from
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7. Secluded houseboat in Kings Cross (from USD 352)

There is nothing better than a secluded houseboat to enjoy a relaxed and peaceful stay. Live your dream as you unwind in the sunny wheelhouse to watch the quiet canal life. The houseboat is equipped with a double bed and a single bed and can accommodate up to five people. Feel free to whip up a delicious meal in the fully equipped kitchen. The outdoor space comes with a hammock for maximum relaxation. Or, you can simply sit on a chair and enjoy your wine while admiring the views of the river.

Live the Dream on Secluded Designer Houseboat in Kings Cross
London, United Kingdom
44 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
well designed attractive interior comfy beds
we have even been provided with some breakfast food and some goodies like coke and coffee
some kwirky points such as the chemical toilet but all part of the adventure
Cleanliness:
the galatée is clean cosy dry relaxing and convenient place to stay while in london
Host:
lovely neighbors and hosts
sarah and simon are really kind people
the boat is the hosts' home and is beautifully decorated and organised
very kind & helpful hosts
the hosts were also really friendly and very helpful
Location:
great location too it’s close to everything
the location is safe and conveniently close to kings cross station
nice and spacious; very tranquil location; great transport links nearby
we really enjoyed our stay in this peaceful location
great location and boat for those that want something a little different
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8. Boutique narrowboat in central London (from USD 186)

Enjoy a romantic getaway aboard this gorgeous narrowboat named “Velvet Morning.” Four guests can luxuriate in the peaceful atmosphere aboard this spacious and elegant rental. Stylishly furnished, the boat has two beds, a bright bathroom, a modern kitchen, a dining area, and a lounge. Sophisticated touches, like the spacious claw-foot tub, fuel stove, and king-sized bed, also contribute to the luxe ambiance. This is one boat accommodation in London you should check out.

Boutique Central London Narrowboat
London, United Kingdom
188 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
also we loved the clifton garden cafe called the quince tree for breakfast
weather was perfect so we didn't have to worry about heaters or cooling
really good everything on kitchen sitting area bathroom and bedroom
Cleanliness:
it' feels a little adventurous but it's also clean cozy and convenient
the beds are super comfy and the barge itself was clean and well maintained
the boat was clean and well stocked with everything you need for your stay
it was very clean well equipped and attention to detail was magnificent
the barge is very clean and cosy with all the equipment you need
Host:
great helpful host
thank you for being such a great host
sam is a really nice host
sam is an amazing host very responsive
sam was a great host and showed great hospitality
Location:
excellent location quirky fun accommodation
great location in little venice
very friendly neighbourhood close to everything
likely a nice place to stay in spring and summer
hyde park about 25 min walk perfect
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9. Comfortable houseboat with a fully equipped kitchen (from USD 61)

Book this comfortable houseboat for a nice stay in central London. The houseboat features a spacious bedroom with a comfortable bed for two people maximum. Wake up to the sounds of nature calling you, including the sound of the water and the birds singing. Make your morning coffee and prepare a hearty breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen. Refresh yourself in the modern bathroom. There is also an indoor fireplace to keep you warm all day long when the weather gets cold.

Cosy House Boat on London's Regent's Canal
London, England, United Kingdom
67 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a really nice alternetive to a room
Cleanliness:
very clean and cosy
the boat house is clean and well equipped with many thoughtful details
i have just had a great experience on ana's boat the boat was warm clean and nicely decorated
Host:
anna is an awesome host
anna was very helpful and accommodating with fast responses
anna is a lovely host very welcoming and responsive when we had questions
she was very welcoming and kindly showed me the boat and gave me many helpful suggestions
anna was a very sweet and gracious host
Location:
anna's boat is a cute place to stay in a great location
cozy house boat in a great location to easily access central london as well as many hip places
i suggest this location for everyone who would like to prove new and romantic experince in london
absolutely great stay at a total different location than usual
very cozy and beautiful location but got a bit cold inside
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10. Modern rental with an indoor fireplace (from USD 87)

This modern houseboat can comfortably sleep up to two guests, making it ideal for solo travelers and couples wanting to enjoy a relaxing getaway. The place features a daybed that can be converted to a cozy double bed for a restful sleep. For your dining needs, the rental comes with a fully equipped kitchen to make cooking convenient. The spacious back deck is the perfect place to enjoy your delicious breakfast while you marvel at the stunning waters. At night, you can cozy up by the fireplace with a hot beverage and a good read.

Urban retreat on the London waterways!
London, England, United Kingdom
10 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
foodies will be delighted i was able to whip up some wonderful meals in the well appointed kitchen
Host:
a very friendly and welcoming host who went out of her way to make sure everything went smoothly
our host has always been attentive available precise and responsive
amanda is an amazing host she was always there to help in person and via messenger
Location:
the area looks sketchy but literally right around the corner is super high class dining and recreation
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11. Beautifully restored 1908 Dutch barge (from USD 281)

A charming accommodation for couples or solo travelers, this wonderful boat is simple and sophisticated. Aboard this refurbished 1908 Dutch barge is a cozy cabin and bathroom. Close to the attractions, pubs, and restaurants in Central London, this boat moves between the Regent’s and Hertford Union canals.

Beautiful restored 1908 Dutch barge
London, England, United Kingdom
31 reviews
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
much better than staying in a boring old hotel room excellent
thank you rosie for making out stay so comfortable
Cleanliness:
she left clean towels and bed linen fruit and breakfast bits
Host:
she was the perfect host
rise the host is an amazing person and extremely helpful and responsive
rose was a brilliant host
rose is incredibly helpful and kind she went above and beyond what i expect from an airbnb host
rose is a lovely host makes you feel very welcome
Location:
located close to one of the central train stations and really good restaurants and bars
amazing quirky little barge in a perfect location
if you are looking for a unique comfortable and central place to stay this place is it
roses barge is located beside a beautiful park is so cosy and has alot of character
the location is amazing unique experience and great way to see london and all of its neighborhoods
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12. Comfortable houseboat for solo travelers (from USD 54)

This comfortable houseboat situated on a canal in London is perfect for solo travelers, featuring a cozy double bed for a good night’s rest. It comes with a private shower room, so you can conveniently freshen up after a day of sightseeing. With a kitchen that is equipped with a stove, oven, and other cooking basics, you can prepare delicious meals during your stay. The living room has a cozy sofa, which is ideal for relaxing with a cup of coffee.

Comfy London Canal Houseboat: Rental or Staycation
London, England, United Kingdom
15 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
so much nicer than staying in a faceless hotel room
Host:
anna was very friendly and accommodating
anna's boat is really cosy clean and anna was very welcoming thanks again for hosting us ;)
had a lovely stay anna was so helpful and its a great experience
incredibly pleasant and helpful all
Location:
great location for visiting sites in london
a great and unique place to stay in london
we had an entire park feel like our back garden
recommended experience the boat was moored in a prime location
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13. Contemporary houseboat with everything you need

Escape from the usual stay in London. Instead, stay aboard this contemporary houseboat, for a wonderful and unique experience. Nestled on a private, gated mooring, the houseboat offers one bedroom and one private bathroom to accommodate up to two guests. There are three decks you can enjoy throughout the day. Sip your morning coffee on the front deck. In the afternoon, enjoy your tea on the back deck. Finally, relax over a glass of wine on the rooftop deck area in the evening.

Other facilities to be enjoyed include an indoor fireplace and an equipped kitchen. One thing to note, this is one of the houseboats for rent on the Thames, so you should expect the slight movement of the tide every now and then.

Luxury Houseboat Living in London
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
24 reviews
Private room in houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room is small but perfect with a comfy bed and private bathroom
i would definitely recommend this place if you want something different from a traditional / boring hotel room
small room but comfortable to sleep in
Host:
also the hosts are simply the best
hosts are cheerful and upbeat
beautifully decorated and friendly hosts
the boat is just beautiful as are the hosts
marie and pete were amazing hosts that even shared with us their special engagement moment
Location:
fantastic location train and bus at your door step
we liked the location: quiet in a nice area and still easy to reach all places of interest
the boat is docked in a beautiful location but isn't near much
so the location is nearly perfect especially for me as a chelsea fc supporter
amazing place to stay in london unique quiete and easy to commute to city center
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14. Beautiful narrowboat by RBG Kew Gardens

A tranquil escape in a private marina in Kew, the “Briar” is a beautiful narrowboat filled with comfort. This picturesque boat has two beds, a modern bathroom, a compact kitchen equipped with convenient amenities, and a quaintly furnished lounge. Close to the remarkable Kew Gardens, the Briar is moored on a private pontoon with a river footpath that leads along quiet banks to restaurants and shops.

Beautiful narrowboat by RBG Kew Gardens
26 reviews
Boat 2 Beds

15. Canal retreat in Little Venice

This charming boat provides a cozy, quiet escape. Located in Little Venice, this quaint accommodation is picturesque, simple, and comfy. Two guests can stay in this charismatic boat, which has a lush bed, a snug bathroom, a modern kitchen, and a charming rooftop deck. Little Venice is home to many canal boats, and there are a plethora of waterside cafes and pubs tucked along the river banks.

Canal retreat in Little Venice

16. Entire Dutch barge in stunning central basin

Filled with modern amenities and comfortable furnishings, this spacious barge provides a unique guest experience. The two-bedroom property can accommodate up to four guests, and consists of two beds, a modern bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen, and a large living area perfect for relaxing. Located in the Blackwall Basin, the barge provides magnificent views of Canary Wharf.

Entire Dutch barge in stunning central basin

17. One-bedroom floating home by Tower Bridge

From this lovely floating home you can enjoy beautiful views of the breathtaking skyline of London and enjoy close proximity to one of the city’s most iconic sights, Tower Bridge. A wonderful accommodation for couples or solo travelers, the bright and cozy accommodation can host up to two people. Inside the wooden cabin is a snug bed, a compact bathroom, a kitchen, and a dining area. The boat also has Wi-Fi. Located in St. Katharine’s dock, there are many restaurants, pubs, and attractions nearby.

1 Bedroom Floating Home by Tower Bridge!
London, England, United Kingdom
20 reviews
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

18. Cozy Dutch houseboat, close to London

Welcome to this Dutch-style houseboat that guarantees a tranquil and cozy stay, close to the vibrant city of London. Equipped with one bedroom and one bathroom, the houseboat is the perfect urban oasis for solo travelers or couples. Other facilities that can be found here include an equipped kitchen and a living room, where you can relax and recharge your energy.

Cosy Dutch House Boat Close to London
Uxbridge, United Kingdom
210 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the heaters worked awesome the small pub down the river had great food
the bed was extremely comfortable and a good size for 2 adults
the living space is so homey and comfortable and cute and there was definitely enough space to relax
this is a houseboat so the space is small but very comfortable
the bed was quite comfortable as well
Cleanliness:
clean and well equipped
space was very clean and cozy
very clean and well maintained boat house
very clean and quiet get away
it’s very clean and cozy
Host:
lovely hosts
friendly and very helpful hosts
a wonderful boat with lovely hosts
amazing hosts that are very attentive
nice barge with nice host
Location:
easy walk to the bus station
bus into town is easy
pubs and shops a short walk away but ideal and tranquil location
if you want to just relax get away from the “busy” of life this place is ideal
slept like logs the local bus is frequent and takes you to uxbridge station
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Fall in love with London

With some of the world’s best art, entertainment, shopping, and dining experiences, London is a city of unceasing enchantment, perfect for couples looking for romantic things to do. Get acquainted with the charms of this British city and stay awhile. While in the area, why not stay on a boat in London? These vacation rentals put you in the perfect spot to explore the vibrant city. Start planning your trip today!

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