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14 Luxurious Airbnb Houseboats To Stay On In London - Updated 2019

14 Luxurious Airbnb Houseboats To Stay On In London - Updated 2019
Hannah
Hannah
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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 154)

Floating Home near Hampton Court Palace
Hampton, United Kingdom
23 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

2. “Jessie,” the narrowboat in Little Venice (from USD 205)

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
445 reviews
Boat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

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3. Boutique narrowboat in central London (from USD 160)

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
173 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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4. “Barbara,” beautiful narrowboat in central London (from USD 154)

Beautiful narrowboat central london
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
113 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

5. Tower Bridge Houseboat with a classic London view (from USD 711)

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
46 reviews
Houseboat 8 Beds 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
Full kitchen full dining room area full living room
comfortable beds excellent hot showers
The gentle swaying of the boat is very relaxing Very well equipped with everything you could possibly need The beds soooooo comfortable
See the pictures read the reviews and you will still be impressed by the real thing
There is plenty of space
Cleanliness:
* Washer/dryer unit
Host:
he received us warmly and he was available all the time for us during our stay
She's bursting with gorgeous art
Let me be more specific:
(the longest our crew made was the six mile roundtrip to Westminster and back)
The Harpy houseboat was an amazing experience
Location:
The Harpy is in a quiet part of the Thames waterfront yet located close to restaurants cobbled lanes with shops and a scenic 15 min walk to London Bridge station Tower of London and the 1000 yea...
nearby easy walk to the metro
The location is fantastic looking out at Tower Bridge every day was incredible
Best place in London to stay Perfect location
Giant rubber ducks in every bathtub just like the B-Ark
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6. A contemporary houseboat with everything you need (from USD 140)

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
23 reviews
Private room in houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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7. A secluded houseboat in Kings Cross (from USD 233)

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
37 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
:-)The boat is equipped with everything we needed
The boat is bigger than it looks in the photos
You will not want to leave the boat and the canal to explore the rest of the London
It was warm and cosy despite October weather
both very easy to do
Host:
very communicative and helpful whenever I needed advice
and she was absolutely lovely as well
The host made us feel very welcome and left detailed instructions for everything
Friendly welcoming flexible and reliable hosts complementary coffee upon arrival
This canal boat home is clearly filled with love and fun
Location:
yet totally surrounded by nature and surprisingly peaceful
Lovely place to stay - fantastic location just 5 minutes from Angel but so quiet and peaceful
15 minutes walk from King's Cross Sarah and Simon
great location and boat for those that want something a little different
Very conveniently located just a 10 minute walk to Kings Cross station and plenty of restaurants nearby as well as a grocery store
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8. A cozy Dutch houseboat, close to London (from USD 97)

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:
Has all the amenities that you need incl a well equipped kitchen and large tv and stereo
The kitchen is very well equipped bed is so comfortable
The boat itself is incredibly cozy & comfortable and the location cannot be beaten
The bed was quite comfortable as well
Everything you need is available or nearby
Cleanliness:
We are both over 6ft and the beds were really long -
The barge was cosy and clean Manuela and Richard were lovely
The accommodations are lovely and the atmosphere was quiet and relaxing
and it was extremely peaceful
Very clean and quiet get away
Host:
Our hosts brought extra blankets to keep us warm when sat outside great hosts
Nice boat Great decoration and detailed
Manuela and Richard are great hosts and was very responsive when we had questions
Great hosts who welcomed us aboard Comfy warm bed
A wonderful boat with lovely hosts
Location:
The bus stop is a literal 2 min walk which made travellimg convenient
The bus stop and market are a 5 min walk
Lovely space in a beautiful location and
Easy walk to the bus station
A quiet location in a very quaint boat and a very short walk to a great little pub
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9. A comfortable houseboat with a fully equipped kitchen (from USD 90)

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
52 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
and the bed is incredibly comfortable
The boat has everything you might need and is incredibly cosy
It was peaceful on the boat except for the expected weekend revellers and the bed was really comfy
The boat was as described
but it was too cold to stay on the boat
Cleanliness:
The gas heater didn't quite warm
Host:
helpful flexible and communicative
She was very welcoming and kindly showed me the boat and gave me many helpful suggestions
original and cute Anna was really helpful with the questions we had and flexible on the check-
Unfortunately the heater in the boat was broken but she made an extra effort to try and get it fixed for us
London Anna was very helpful and accommodating with fast responses
Location:
The location was really convenient - near a tube station and Anna
ducks and coots going by and a short walk from Kings Cross
The canal is awesome place to walk around and see Broadway Market Close to some parks
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
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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

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11. Beautifully restored 1908 Dutch barge (from USD 256)

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

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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

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13. Entire Dutch barge in stunning central basin

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

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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. 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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Hannah is a freelance writer, list making aficionado, and world traveler currently based in the United States. She is an avid explorer, and believes in creating new experiences to put on her bucket...Read more

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