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Top 15 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Zone 1, Central London, UK - Updated 2020

airbnb Central London Zone 1, United Kingdom
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The massive city of London is divided into transit fare zones, with its most central area designated as ‘Zone 1’, moving up from there as you move outside the central district. London’s Zone 1 is comprised of London city center itself and the outskirts of the several boroughs that surround it. Many consider this area the heart of the United Kingdom, as it is the center for politics, culture, arts, and tourism. Transit fares increase depending on how many zones you travel across, so many people prefer to stay within Zone 1, for easy access to most of the city’s top attractions.

Tourists will have a field day taking in the sites and places of interests in Zone 1, that attract millions of people from all over the world.Visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral is high on most tourist’s ‘to-do’ list, as it is one of the most beautiful churches in the world. Then, there is the iconic Tower Bridge, commonly mistaken for nearby London Bridge, which is dominated by its gigantic towers. If you are planning to pay this area a visit anytime soon, there is a high volume of beautiful and budget-friendly places to stay, found within the Zone 1 boundaries of the city. Check out our list of the top Airbnb vacation rentals in central London’s Zone 1 area and pick the one that best suits your needs.

1. Great location - Right in the center of Zone 1 (from USD 71)

Far up, on the 13th floor of a condominium building, lies this simple yet vibrant rental with a shared bathroom and a bedroom with a double bed, good for one guest. The owner welcomes an additional guest for a fee. Being so high up, it offers the best views of the city of London and Westminster.

The owner lives in the flat with her baby girl, who, at three years of age, is very entertaining to guests. The good thing about this place is that everything is close by. New fittings were recently added to the bathroom, giving it a cleaner and fresher look.

Great location, right in the centre of Zone 1
London, United Kingdom
195 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view from the room is amazing
an awesome room with great views
i loved the view from my room window
homely hospitable great views lovely comfortable bed and stylish bathroom
the flat is spacious and the view from the room superb
Cleanliness:
the apartment is clean
the room and bathroom were always clean and the bed was comfortable
the bedroom and bathroom were both extremely clean and easy to access
good host friendly place clean and comfortable
place is as advertised it's homely and cosy:) bathroom is clean and room is quiet
Host:
kind and thoughtful host
great host enjoyed my stay and the hospitality
frederika was a lovely host check-in went very smoothly
frederika & alex were wonderful hosts and made me feel very welcome
frederika and her daughter were the perfect hosts
Location:
great location very close to the subway
location is great and easy ride from the airport
the location was perfect - i was able to walk to everything
great location for shoreditch and the city
excellent flat in a great location
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2. A penthouse located near the Old Street tube station (from USD 285)

Minutes from myriad attractions in Shoreditch and surrounded by cafes, bars, restaurants, and creative industries, this double-storey loft is a perfect accommodation if you wish to discover one of London’s trendiest neighborhoods on foot. The furnishings throughout the residence bear a predominately white palette that is peppered with some colorful pieces of street art, sofas, chairs, and kitchen appliances. Alongside boring essentials that are commonly supplied such as fully stocked kitchen essentials, basic toiletries, washer and dryer, the home features a forty-inch LED television, Jambox speakers as well as a cozy lounge space, made up of a Camerich sofa and Ligne Roset dining table with seating for 10. Moreover, although the rooms are neither elaborate nor large, they are incredibly comfortable and welcoming.

SUPER CLEAN NYC 1250sf PENTHOUSE | 50ft FROM TUBE
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
73 reviews
Entire loft 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
even the floor mattresses were comfortable
really cool loft style apartment with all the mod cons and nice touch of luxury
hugh's apartment was stunning and an excellent place for our group to stay
spectacular loft apartment light airy & very comfortable beds
great bathroom and kitchen
Cleanliness:
it was spotlessly clean and everything in the flat has been done to an extremely high standard
the place itself was spotless and really well decorated
the penthouse is very beautiful very clean and spacious
it is well equipped spotlessly clean and thoughtfully decorated
apartment was very clean and beds were super comfy
Host:
hugh was a great host
he was a wonderful host
hugh was very helpful
hugh was extremely accommodating and a great host
hugh is highly responsive and certainly deserves his super host status
Location:
great location so near everything literally 20min walk to st
fantastic location next to bus stop and tube
a truly unique flat in a prime location
well equipped and perfect location
it’s very close to the nearest tube station so really easy to get there
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3. Old Street - Two bedroom - Zone 1 (from USD 205)

The place offers two bedrooms with three beds, so a total of five guests are welcome to stay here. This makes it the perfect rental for families and groups of friends who are out to discover the hidden treasures of London. What is nice about this place, is that it is located in one of the more peaceful areas of London.

Getting around is not a problem because the Tube is just a couple of minutes’ walk from here. There’s a bus stop just a minute away, too. Nearby, there are rows of restaurants, bars, clubs, and West End theatres that guests can visit and enjoy.

Old Street 2bed Central City Zone 1
London, United Kingdom
57 reviews
Entire apartment 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds are comfortable and the wifi is working so good
perfect apartment for any london visitor i stayed with my father and sister
(it's the little things that matter:) the apartment itself was quite comfortable with all the necessary mod cons
the beds are very comfortable and there is a nice couch in the living/dining area
the apartment is clean and has all the necessary amenities
Cleanliness:
lauren´s flat is clean and convenient
the rooms were clean comfortable and warm
the rooms were also clean and comfortable
the flat was clean and well equipped
very clean and enough space for a family of 5
Host:
she is a perfect host
she is a great host
lauren was so friendlier and helpful
lauren is very kind and nice
lauren was very kind and very helpful
Location:
great location in old street
very good location
nice place close to the city center
the proximity to the old street tube station is another huge selling point
for the location the flat is good value
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4. Good value - Central London - Zone 1 (from USD 116)

This rental has space for two guests. It is fitted with a bedroom, a double bed, and a bathroom. However, there are a few rules that guests must follow. These are no pets allowed, no partying, no loud noise, and no smoking. Old Street underground station is just a few minutes away. The Barbican Centre is also just a short walk away, where you can have your fill of live performances. Then, there is the Shoreditch area and the kind of entertainment and dining experiences it has to offer. Note that the flat is not available for rent at certain times, so check the calendar.

Good Value Central London Zone 1
London, United Kingdom
63 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
and it's comfy cozy and with a wonderful view
the apartment is a perfect base for exploring london cosy apartment very comfortable and warm highly recommendedlynda & lee
Cleanliness:
she keeps very clean house and we found everything in order
flat was clean and as described
it was really clean and and smartly furnished
spacious extremely clean well appointed
it is very well equipped absolutely clean and comfortable
Host:
the host was extremely helpful and communicative
katherine was a superb host
katherine responds quickly to the message and is a very pleasant host
katherine is a great airbnb host
katherine has been a wonderful caring and attentive host
Location:
great location close to old street underground station
easy walking distance to underground
an absolutely great place right in central location
great location and very bright living space
great little quiet and secure spot close to public transport
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5. Large double bedroom near Old Street and Shoreditch (from USD 41)

This is a quaint and basic rental that is fitted only with the necessary furniture. It has a double bed, a side table with a floor lamp for reading, one filing cabinet, one full cabinet, a full closet for storage, a working desk, and a chair. The color motif is a combination of brown and white, which gives the bedroom a warm and cozy feeling.

The space can accommodate every type of traveler, including honeymooners, backpackers, solo tourists, and business travelers. Smoking is not permitted and pets are not allowed on the property. Children are also not allowed and neither is making too much noise.

Large double bedroom in Old Street/ Shoreditch
London, United Kingdom
6 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the room was clean spacious cosy and nicely cool
Host:
bozenna was a lovely host: most accommodating and good company
Location:
the location is excellent great value for money and i would come back again
i would recommend this place to anyone who wants a peacefull place to stay in a good location
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6. Bright, spacious double bedroom in central London (from USD 65)

This rental is made to accommodate two guests and is equipped with a shared bathroom, a bedroom, and a double bed. Located up in an apartment building, this unit has more to offer than just the view. It has so much space, with closets and cabinets for storage. Looking through the window, guests will catch a glimpse of Bunhill Fields, a historic cemetery and park.

The internet is included and guests are free to use both the living area and cook their meals in the kitchen. Check-in time is after 3 PM.

Bright, Spacious double bedroom in Central London
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
97 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the views from the apartment were awesome as well
great view over the city from both the living room and bedroom
truly specular apartment amazing views and i highly recommend this to any body looking in this area
the view from the room is amazing and the position is very strategic to visit london
the apartment is very clean with breathtaking views of entire london (including london eye big ben etc
Cleanliness:
my room was clean and quiet
everything was really clean and the facilities its always available for you
the room is clean light and pretty spacious
the flat was warm well kitted out and clean
really clean and great flat with one of the best views in london
Host:
lovely plat lovely host
friendly and helpful host
ian and elzi were great hosts
the hosts are great and really fun to interact and hang out with
ian is an amazing host super friendly and eager to help
Location:
beautiful stylish flat 2 minute walk from the tube station and 15/20 minute walk from brick lane
it's perfectly located very close to transportation with tons of options for eating
the apartment is comfortable close to public transport and close to shops
the location is superb i walked everywhere
both the tube (public train station) and tesco are a short walk away which is really good
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7. Large, one-bedroom flat in the Old Street/Shoreditch area

This rental can easily fit five guests with its three beds. It has one bedroom and a bathroom for exclusive use because no one else lives in the unit. It is centrally located near the city center, Shoreditch, and Old Street. Guests are just a short walk away from interesting places and the best restaurants in town.

The flat has high-speed internet and a high-grade entertainment system. The bathroom has a hot tub for guests to unwind. The building has its very own gym, where travelers can keep their fitness in check.

Large one bedroom flat in Old Street - Shoreditch
London, England, United Kingdom
31 reviews
Entire apartment 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the flat was also complete with the essentials one needs to ensure a comfortable stay
comfortable beds spacious (especially the bathroom) with an excellent shower
Cleanliness:
place was very clean and comfortable
a lot of nice extras clean plenty of towells
it was super clean really cosy great for 4 people
Host:
friendly host quick to reply to any concerns
ioannis is a kindly host detail-oriented
very cosy apartment with well equipped kitchen and facilities lovely host
very helpfull host i would recommend a stay
lastly the host provided a very helpful guide of the neighborhood
Location:
location is great too
the location is perfect 3 min
nice and comfortable apartment at a convenient location with the train station and supermarket just minutes away
location is perfect less than 5 minute walk to the tube station that will take you anywhere in london
ioannis's place is located in a perfect spot to travel anywhere in london
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8. Spacious apartment in Central London

Spotless, uncluttered, and spacious by London’s standards, this apartment is a superb option for travelers seeking ample space to work. It is also able to sleep up to six guests. This bright and airy accommodation sits in a convenient location off the Old Street, surrounded by the Barbican Centre, Smithfield Market, Museum of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Also in the vicinity are several other attractions including Angel, Exmouth Market and Shoreditch.

Large Spacious Loft Apartment in central London
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Entire loft 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

9. A spacious apartment surrounded by theaters and restaurants

Situated in a strategic location, where restaurants, theaters, and shops are all around you, this spacious apartment offers a bedroom and a bathroom to accommodate two people maximum. Feel free to cook up a delicious breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen when you want to take your time in the morning and are too lazy to go outside to find something to eat. Soak in the huge bathtub whenever you want to relax your muscles. Turn on the large-screen TV for your entertainment at any time.

3 min walk from Covent Garden, Super Central
London, England, United Kingdom
35 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

10. Lovely, large double room

This rental has spaciousness written all over it. The room is very big and is fitted with a king-size bed, two full closets, and two cabinets for personal storage. With its huge window, the room gets its fair share of sunlight during the day’s peak sun. Aside from these features, there are two, full-sized bathrooms to share.

Old Street tube station is just a few minutes away, on foot, and can take guests to any part of the city. Just outside is a bus stop, where guests can hop on bus number 55, which heads straight to Oxford Circus. Every place of interest is just a stone’s throw away.

Lovely LARGE DOUBLE ROOM, OLD STREET
45 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

11. Five-star, luxury flat with swimming pool and gym in the best area

This rental speaks of luxury, all the way from the linen and furniture to its facilities. Imagine paying such a small amount for a unit that has a gym, indoor swimming pool, and a hammam, or steam room. These amenities are located just a few floors below. Guests might not want to leave this flat, for all its comfort and conveniences.

It accommodates two guests and has a bedroom and a bathroom. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything a traveler needs. The home is fitted with smart home technology and there is an Amazon Alexa device available for your use. The flat is in the best location, as Shoreditch, the entertainment center of London, is just seven minutes away.

5* Luxury Flat with Swimming Pool/Gym in Best Area
12 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 2 Guests

12. Old Street, one-bedroom apartment

Four guests can comfortably fit in this unit and have access to all its areas. It comes with a well-kept bathroom and a fully-stocked kitchen. Strategically located near London’s liveliest areas, guests will never run out of things to do, whenever they step out into the streets. For those who love performing arts, the Barbican is just a few minutes away. An epicurean tour is also not a far-fetched idea and the restaurants on nearby Old Street are more than willing to accommodate. Guests can easily travel to all the places of interest located in both East and West London.

-25%! Old Street one bedroom fantastic apartment.
9 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 4 Guests

13. Double bedroom in a flat-share near Old Street

This rental is right in the middle of some of the major transportation lines of the city. Old Street and the Barbican tube stations are less than a 10-minute walk away and there is convenient access to the Circle, District, and Hammersmith lines. On the street behind the flat, you’ll find Whitecross Street Market, filled with a vast collection of food stalls and the perfect place to grab some cheap eats.

The flat has a shared bathroom and guests can use the kitchen any time they like. There are three people living in the flat - the owner, her daughter, and a housekeeper.

Double bedroom in flat-share in Old street
6 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 1 Guests

14. Comfortable loft with a rooftop terrace

Located in the thick of Clerkenwell, the stunning loft is within a short stroll of King’s Cross St Pancras International and a host of shops, restaurants, bars, as well as historic parks and landmarks. It boasts generous space, which offers plenty of unexpected comforts – guests can take an afternoon nap or a romantic night under the stars up in the quirky garden room and enjoy a delightful escape, up amongst the historic rooftops of Clerkenwell at the private roof terrace. Meanwhile, on the inside, the rooms are done in warm brown, grey and whites tones with an occasional green flash of potted plants hanging from above. It’s got that wonderful zen-like feeling that unfolds as soon as you cross the threshold, making it an ideal accommodation for six guests.

Central London Loft and Rooftop Terrace
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
44 reviews
Entire loft 2 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

15. Cleckenwell loft that houses four

Nestled amongst five tube stations, this boutique apartment puts you in the epicenter of Clerkenwell, once home to London’s clockmakers and bookbinders. Housed in a converted packing case factory building, this historic property was given a contemporary-chic makeover. Its newly refurbished modern design is spruced up with the addition of exposed brickwork, vibrant contemporary art pieces and lofty windows that offer delightful views of a tranquil historic park, located just across the street. It also features a comfortable living space and bijou kitchen, fully equipped for your stay; sat on one side of the entrance, and a stylish bedroom on the other.

Cool Britannia: Clerkenwell Loft Space!
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
23 reviews
Entire loft 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

The best accommodation in Zone 1 without spending too much

These Airbnb rentals in central London’s Zone 1 are located right in the heart of the city. These rentals allow guests to explore the city’s places of interest without exerting too much time and effort.

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