London Airbnbs with the Best Views
Will it be Westminster Abbey or the Shard? Find the London view you want to wake up to
While London may not have the most impressive city skyline in the world (NYC, you've arguably outdone us there), there are still plenty of stellar views to take in. Now, attempting to take in all of London's sights in one trip isn't completely feasible, so why not book a home where you can enjoy some of the sights, even if just from a distance? Featuring iconic sights like Westminster Abbey and unexpected green urban oases, discover some great alternatives to London Airbnbs with the best views with this exclusive selection of homes. Here at Plum Guide, we pride ourselves on offering only the very best accommodation, with just 3% of homes making the cut, so you know a stay with us is a stay of guaranteed quality.
Peter the Grand
With impeccable interiors and impressive views, we’re not sure whether we’re more obsessed with the indoor or outdoor spaces of this apartment. Ultimately, the balcony/rooftop terrace views are what make this a rare find, especially in this super central London neighbourhood. Yes, that's Westminster Abbey in full view. Just imagine sipping a cup of tea (you are in England, after all) with that view, perhaps while reading a novel picked up from one of London's best bookshops.
If you’re looking for a unique place to stay with unforgettable views, then this converted Victorian water tower has your name on it. This red-brick gothic tower cuts an imposing figure on the skyline of Woodford Green, and has been wonderfully restored and converted to a luxurious standard. The room is dominated by large, circular windows on each side, all looking out across the parkland of Repton Park, Claybury Forest and the city beyond. Down one level, you’ll find a light-filled sitting room with plush red sofas and more outstanding views.
Southwark is a hub of diverse attractions and architecture – from Shakespeare's Globe to the Shard, and Southwark Cathedral to the Tate Modern, the contrasts of this area make it stand out as a place to visit, and to stay in. Although art and design is on the cards for your days out, you’ll also be amazed by the unique design of this modern home. The views from here are unforgettable. While you won’t need to bother getting a ticket for the London Eye with such amazing views at home, you can certainly see it from your balcony, along with St Paul's Cathedral and the sharp peak of the Shard. We can’t think of a better place to mix up some cocktails with your friends and watch the sunset over this iconic skyline.
The London Observatory
The hint is in the name. This stylish Kennington abode offers jaw-dropping views of the city. Plant yourself on the uber-comfy sofa or balcony and see how many iconic London sights you can spot in one sitting. We've got six so far – when it comes to London Airbnbs with the best views, this is hard to beat.
The Harpy Houseboat
This has got to be one of the most amazing views in London. Moored near Tower Bridge on the Thames’ south bank, this impressive home is the former 'HMS Harpy’, and certainly belongs on this list of London Airbnbs with the best views. Once an Edwardian base for customs and excise officers, and a landing stage for King George V, it’s now a unique and beautifully maintained floating home. The oldest and one of the largest homes on the river, The Harpy is unlike purpose-built houseboats - all the cabins are above water level with river views that you will not forget in a hurry. Dine out on the deck at night, to watch the sun set over the London horizon.
There’s a lot to like about this stylish Victoria apartment, but one of our favourite things has to be waking up to views of the South Bank skyline. The London Eye and The Shard greet you through floor-to-ceiling windows in each of the three bedrooms, while London gets the full panoramic treatment on your private balcony.
Want a panoramic view of the city from a chic central London location? It doesn’t get much better than Penthouse Perspective. You’ve got the Shard, the Gherkin, and St. Paul’s Cathedral directly in your line of sight from the envy-inducing wraparound terrace. It’s even more spectacular in the evenings, so why not watch the city light up over a round of rooftop cocktails?
We think St. Katharine’s Dock may be one of the most underrated parts of London. Discover it from Buena Vista, a remarkable Tower Bridge apartment with views of the picturesque marina and its boats. You’re close to many great riverside walks (and, more importantly, riverside pubs).