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14 Luxurious Airbnb Houseboats To Stay On In London - Updated 2020

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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 timeless appeal and modern allure meld together. Discover London for yourself, and climb aboard these Airbnb houseboat rentals during your stay in the city.

1. Floating home near Hampton Court Palace (from USD 157)

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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2. “Jessie,” the narrowboat in Little Venice (from USD 213)

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
467 reviews
Boat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

3. Boutique narrowboat in central London (from USD 163)

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.

Boutique Central London Narrowboat
London, United Kingdom
179 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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4. “Barbara,” beautiful narrowboat in central London (from USD 157)

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
114 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. Tower Bridge Houseboat with a classic London view (from USD 782)

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. The houseboat 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
48 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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6. A contemporary houseboat with everything you need (from USD 142)

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, the boat is afloat on the Thames River, 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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7. A secluded houseboat in Kings Cross (from USD 261)

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
40 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. A cozy Dutch houseboat, close to London (from USD 98)

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
209 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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9. A comfortable houseboat with a fully equipped kitchen (from USD 91)

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.

Warm and Cozy Boat in London
London, England, United Kingdom
54 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. 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 4 Guests

11. Beautifully restored 1908 Dutch barge (from USD 261)

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. 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

13. 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

14. 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

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. Get acquainted with the charms of this British city and stay awhile. These vacation rentals put you in the perfect spot to explore the vibrant city. Start planning your trip today!

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