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 selection of Plum Guide homes.
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.
Climb up to the roof terrace of this chalet-like home and witness a different side of London. You're not in the heart of the city when staying at Riverscape, granted. But where else would you get such clear views over Greenwich and the stunning Old Royal Navy College? This home is ideal for those looking for a more tranquil base in the city.
The Elm Crown
The design choices in this three-bedroom Vauxhall apartment may not be to everyone's taste, but it makes this list for the epic views over London. With two balconies and access to a communal rooftop terrace, you won't find yourself spending much time indoors anyway. Here you're also connected via tube and mainline train to a huge number of London sights: just hop on the Victoria Line to hit Oxford Circus, and the mainline train to watch some tennis at Wimbledon. (If you're a superfan, take a look at our guide to where to stay near Wimbledon next.)
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 Kew Eye
Stay at The Kew Eye and you’ll get a view of our fair city from a 17th-floor flat with floor-to-ceiling windows and an interior balcony. Sound good? It gets better. The balcony runs along the width of the apartment, meaning you can soak in incredible city views no matter which room you choose. When looking for the London Airbnb with the best views, you might not expect to get a free ticket to a football game, but sports fans will love this apartment's views over Brentford Football Stadium. What's more, here you're just a stones throw from Richmond – one of the most charming and safest neighbourhoods in London.
While every nook and cranny of Bohemian Sun is delightful – not least shabby chic living space, complete with piano – the it’s the roof terrace views that cement its position as one of our faves. You’ll get a good look at East London’s most impressive skyscrapers as you ponder over which trendy Shoreditch restaurant you want to hit next.
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).