You found a great flight deal to London – score! But whether it’s your first trip to London or your fiftieth, there’s one big financial hurdle: accommodation. Whether your prefer hotels, hostels, or Airbnbs, it’s hard to find budget-friendly places to stay in London.
I personally love and prefer to stay in Airbnbs. I know these rental listings can cause problems with the housing market, and I try to be conscious to book with local hosts and report scams when I find them. All that said, I typically recommend at least a few Airbnb properties in every city I write about, including London. This is the first time I’ve put together recommendations based on a specific budget.
If you’re looking for budget London Airbnbs, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find a dozen interesting London Airbnbs under $150 per night. As you’ll see, there are plenty of options: across London, for varying budgets, and with as much style or as many amenities as you’re willing to pay for. Read on to find the perfect cheap London Airbnb for your next trip, whether it’s 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or 10 days.
How I Found these Airbnbs
To choose these budget-friendly Airbnbs in London (and determine what “budget-friendly” even means in London, I used a few search criteria to get started
- The Airbnb had to allow 2 guests
- Either “Entire Place” or “Hotel Room”
- It had to be $150/night or less for the dates I was searching
- They had to pass my personal, very official This is a Cool Place to Stay test
First, how did I choose $150 per night? I looked at the price graph for the first two criteria:
This suggests that $150 per night is a less-than-average price for Airbnb. Additionally, Kayak lists the average price of a hotel room in London at roughly $250 per night (source). With 2+ guests ($75 per night) and the entire place to yourself or a ‘hotel room’ according to Airbnb, $150 per night seemed like a reasonable, budget-conscious amount.
One last point: I was searching specific dates (October 20-26, 2019) that yielded this list of awesome London Airbnbs for $150 per night (or less!). Your own travel dates will obviously differ – and prices will too. Visit London in January to find a better deal; visit in June and you can expect to pay more. This list is based on the prices listed on the day I searched and your own results will vary.
Hopefully you’ll still be inspired to find your own budget-friendly Airbnb in London – so let’s look at the list! (Bonus: I made a public Airbnb wishlist so you can see these places on a map.)
💵 Don’t forget: You can get $40 off your first Airbnb booking if you click this link first!
1. Lovely Room at Edgeware Road Hotel by Sonder
As you’ll soon see, there are several Sonder properties on this list. If you’ve never heard of Sonder, you’re about to have your mind blown like I was when I discovered them. Sonder manages high-end hotel rooms in converted non-hotel properties (think a property management property meets hotel designed by the coolest interior designer ever). This room is the “Lovely Room” in the Edgeware Road Hotel, and it’s old and new world charm in a single room.
The base price for this room is $80 per night, which is a steal for hotels in London – much less one this cool.
2. Gorgeous Chelsea 1-Bedroom
This one-bedroom flat has loads of modern touches, which help make it fit right in the Chelsea area. In fact, this is the kind of place I’d be happy to move right into, if I had the budget for such things!
The base rate for this Airbnb is $110 per night for two guests, which is a great price for the location, price, and amenities in this flat. You’ll have Wifi and access to a full kitchen plus washer and dryer if you need it. Oh, and there’s a fireplace instead of a TV if you want to cozy up on a grey or rainy day.
3. Luxury Studio in Belgravia
For our upcoming trip to London, Mr. V and I will be cozied up in this flat. When I spotted this funky little studio, I just knew we had to try it. Reviews say it’s even cozier than it appears in the photos, but the elements in the main room – plus an ultra-modern kitchen and bathroom – make it too interesting to pass up.
Despite all its old world charm and luxe touches, the base price is $147 per night for this Airbnb. While it’s a lower ground floor, it’s in Belgravia, one of London’s most prestigious neighborhoods. That cuts down on noise and the amenities are everything you’d expect.
4. West End Apartment
Theatre buff? This one’s for you. This West End flat is as close to Central London as it’s possible to be, which puts you within walking distance of many of the city’s best sights – and shows!
The description for this listing is lacking, but the photos are illustrative enough. You’ll have a full kitchen, seating area, and cozy bedroom; the couch converts to allow three guests in the space, and there are 1.5 bathrooms too. The base price for this Airbnb is $121 per night, a great deal whether you’re a duo or a trio of theatre geeks.
5. Corner of Bliss in Bustling London
This is a great option for those of you traveling as a family: this flat in Central London can sleep up to four using the sofa bed (ideal for kids). The base price is $117 per night for two guests ($166 for four).
You’ll be within walking distance of Covent Garden, Holborn, and Tottenham Court Road tube stations, which means you pretty much have all of London at your fingertips. Whether it’s museum-hopping or sightseeing, this flat is a colorful, has Wifi, and is located off a quiet street in the busy heart of one of the world’s biggest cities.
6. Chic Studio in Virginia House by Sonder
Here’s another beautiful Sonder property I found while wandering London’s lovely streets on Airbnb. This studio has a full kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, all artfully designed as part of Virginia House in Central London.
The base price for this flat is $151 per night (okay, $1 over the limit!) but compared with hotel prices in the area it’s a steal. Additionally, you’ll be within minutes of pubs, tube stations, and the heart of London for whatever experiences you hope to have.
7. 1-Bedroom Flat in Center of London
Looking for some breathing room? This recently renovated flat has plenty of room for up to three guests. Even better, you’re in the heart of Central London near both Russell Square and King’s Cross, so anywhere you want to explore is easy to access.
If it happens to rain, which hey, it’s London, you’re within walking distance of The British Museum – and there’s a fireplace if you catch a chill out in it. Note that there is no Wifi listed as an amenity, so this might be a good place to stay for a digital detox. The base price for this Airbnb is $108 per night, so you can afford a SIM card if you really need to be connected.
8. Theobald’s House, Apartment A
If you want to stay in Central London but not in the thick of the crowds like Covent Garden or Trafalgar Square, Holborn is a great option. Theobald’s House, including Apartment A (above) and Apartment C, is a nice option with a full kitchen and only first-floor walk-up.
These apartments in Theobald’s House start from a base price of $151 per night (so okay, also $1 per night above the threshold). You’ll have full amenities and easy access to London’s wonders via Chancery Lane (Central Line) and Russell Square (Piccadilly Line) tube stations within walking distance.
9. Modern 1-Bedroom Flat Near St Paul’s Cathedral
Mr. V and I seriously deliberated booking this room for our upcoming trip to London. I love St. Paul’s Cathedral and I especially love how this flat has all the amenities I need to hole up for a week and crank out work in between adventures in my favorite city.
The base price I’m seeing for this flat is $140 per night. It includes Wifi and has a full kitchen. It’s within walking distance of Chancery Lane and St. Paul’s tube stops, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. There are also over a dozen buses that run on Fleet Street, the major street just south of this flat.
10. Bright Studio in St. John’s Garden by Sonder
This was the first Sonder property I found in London and if I were a solo traveler, I’d be all about this funky hotel room. I am obsessed with that big green headboard, and feel like the desk and mid-century modern chair are the perfect spot to write my great novel (someday!).
Admittedly, this Farringdon room is super cozy for two people, and it’s a pretty small kitchen if you plan to do anything other than prepare simple meals. But at a base price of $97 per night, this is a great option if all you need is a safe place, cozy bed, and high-speed wifi each night.
11. Studio Near Tower Bridge & City of London
I spotted this budget-friendly option near my old ‘hood (Shadwell). This studio flat is located in the Tower Hill area, a short walk from Tower Hill tube station, the Tower of London, and Tower Bridge. (Two of the attractions I consider must-see sights in London!)
While it lacks some of the personality of other places on the list, it makes up for it with a low price. The base price for this Airbnb is $108 per night, including Wifi and an elevator. If you’re a chronic over-packer and love a big rolling suitcase, you’ll be extra glad to not have to walk-up at this place. Bonus: there’s a Tesco nearby for easy grocery shopping!
12. Delightful Shoreditch Apartment
Love nightlife? This Airbnb’s for you, smack dab in the heart of ultra-hip Shoreditch. Spend your days scoping street art and your nights sipping in speakeasies… Shoreditch has long been the place to be seen in London, so you might as well be seen there too!
I loved this Airbnb because – as much as you can tell from the photos anyway – it looks spacious and modern. There’s a full kitchen, and it can sleep up to four. That’s a great deal considering the base price is $110 per night for this Airbnb.
You’re properly inspired, right? Now you just have to choose where to stay in London and start researching your dates! Oh and last chance: ⏰ Get $40 off your first Airbnb booking if you click this link before booking!