13 Airbnb Alternatives With the Best Views of London

Find the London view you want to wake up to.

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London homes with views

While our hometown may not have the most impressive city skyline in the world (NYC, you've 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 that feasible. So why not book a home where you can enjoy some of the sights, even it's just from a distance?

We're always ready to show our city off. Discover some of London's best views, including some underrated ones, from one of these 13 Plum Guide approved homes:

Peter The Grand

With impeccable interiors and impressive views, we’re not sure whether we’re more obsessed with the indoor or outdoor space 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.

From £117 per person per night, sleeps 9

Riverscape

Climb up to the roof terrace of this chalet-like home and witness a different side of London. This isn’t the heart of the city. But where else would you get such clear views over Greenwich and the stunning Old Royal Navy College? Ideal for those looking for a more tranquil base in the city.

From £37 per person per night, sleeps 10

The Western Perchoir

It’s one thing to find great London views from a home terrace. It’s quite another to find them from a private outdoor hot tub. Luckily for you, we’ve managed to do just that. Jump into the rooftop jacuzzi alone or with some friends and soak in the sights. Pun intended.

From £366 per person per night, sleeps 4

Courtship Paradise

Escape to the rooftop terrace of this almost-too-perfect penthouse for some fresh London air. Here, you’ll get a good look at some of the Victorian and Gothic buildings in the historic Temple neighbourhood. You’re also well located to get to some of the city’s most ‘happening’ areas, including lively Covent Garden nearby.

From £286 per person per night, sleeps 4

Polperro

Now, this may not be the quintessential London view that you expected. The snug balcony space in this Canary Wharf apartment offers a glimpse of the famous O2 Arena AKA The Millennium Dome. Full disclosure - there’s not a whole lot to do in the area, so this may be most suitable if you’re attending an event at The O2 or business in Canary Wharf.

From £57 per person per night, sleeps 5

The Elm Crown

We’re not obsessed with the design choices in this three-bedroom Vauxhall apartment, 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.

From £71 per person per night, sleeps 6

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.

From £67 per person per night, sleeps 6

The Bird's View

Situate yourself in this zen apartment in Primrose Hill if you want to feel close to nature in London. The views of the lush green treetops are quite the sight to wake up to in the city centre. If you’re looking for a family home away from home in London, this could very well be it.

From £66 per person per night, sleeps 6

The Kew Eye

Stay here 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. So you can soak in incredible city views no matter which room you choose.

From £46 per person per night, sleeps 4

Bohemian Sun

While every nook and cranny of this home is delightful and beautifully lived in, 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.

From £54 per person per night, sleeps 6

Penthouse Perspective

Want a panoramic view of the city from a chic central London location? It doesn’t get much better than this. 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. Watch the city light up over rooftop cocktails.

From £100 per person per night, sleeps 4

Buena Vista

We think St. Katharine’s Dock may be one of the most underrated parts of London. Discover it from this 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).

From £46 per person per night, sleeps 4

Basque in Glory

Observe the London skyline from the comfort of this tastefully decorated Canary Wharf apartment. There are several cosy seats to plop in and enjoy the sights from. We love that you’ve got both river views and skyscrapers in one sweeping shot.

From £115 per person per night, sleeps 4

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