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Top 14 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Zone 1, Central London, UK - Updated 2019

Gabriel
Updated Apr 11, 2019

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 14 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 66)

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
181 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 bed 1 bedroom 1 bathroom

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2. A penthouse located near the Old Street tube station (from USD 471)

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.

NYC 1500 Sqft PENTHOUSE - 50ft to tube - VAT inc.
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
68 reviews
Entire loft 4 beds 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom

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3. Old Street - Two bedroom - Zone 1 (from USD 226)

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
54 reviews
Entire apartment 3 beds 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom

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4. Good value - Central London - Zone 1 (from USD 124)

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, Greater London, United Kingdom
52 reviews
Entire apartment 1 bed 1 bedroom 1 bathroom

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5. Large double bedroom near Old Street and Shoreditch (from USD 40)

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

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6. Bright, spacious double bedroom in central London (from USD 69)

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
77 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 bed 1 bedroom 1 bathroom

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7. Large, one-bedroom flat in the Old Street/Shoreditch area (from USD 108)

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
27 reviews
Entire apartment 3 beds 1 bedroom 1 bathroom

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8. Cleckenwell loft that houses four (from USD 138)

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

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9. Spacious apartment in Central London (from USD 375)

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

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10. Comfortable loft with a rooftop terrace (from USD 246)

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

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11. Lovely, large double room (from USD 72)

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

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12. Five-star, luxury flat with swimming pool and gym in the best area (from USD 116)

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

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13. Old Street, one-bedroom apartment (from USD 124)

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

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14. Double bedroom in a flat-share near Old Street (from USD 95)

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

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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.

This article was originally published on Apr 25, 2018

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