15 Beautiful and Affordable Homes to Rent in London

Read on for our 15 favourite London homes to stay in without breaking the bank.

While it's very true that London is one of the pricier cities in the world, it's also one of the most exciting (hey, no bias). That being said, you'll be pleased to find it doesn’t cost quite as much as you thought to find yourself a central London home - for a few nights, that is. Even in some of the city's trendiest neighbourhoods, it’s possible to rent a Pinterest-worthy flat for under £79 per person per night.  

Us Londoners love a good deal. Here’s our selection of 15 beautiful and affordable homes to rent in London: 

The Ginger Meggs Plant yourself in this contemporary one-bedroom flat in the lush leafy neighbourhood of Islington. Rest your weary head (and worn out feet from lots of London traipsing) on the plush king bed. Wake up to enjoy freshly brewed coffee from your very own Cafetière in the bright and stylish kitchen.  

£55 per person per night, sleeps 2

Blue Gardens Settle into this snug studio in Lewisham with seriously laid back vibes. Yes, it’s attached to a family home. But you’ll have your very own entrance and cosy little garden space. Perfect to plot out your plans to conquer the city. Blue Gardens is the perfect snug nook for two.  

£45 per person per night, sleeps 2

SubmarineGaze out of the large bay windows of this Notting Hill one-bed as you daydream of meeting your very own Hugh Grant. This charming little flat is a steal at this price for its you-can’t-get-more-central-than-this location. And you’ve got access to your very own little garden - which most Londoners can just dream of!  

£46 per person per night, sleeps 2 

A Little PeaceDecked out in earthy tones, 'a little peace' is just what you’ll find in this one-bedroom Finsbury Park studio. Stroll over to the tube station nearby for a quick jaunt into central, or enjoy your pick of the numerous restaurants and pubs in this up-and-came neighbourhood. Don’t attempt to lug too much stuff in here -  it’s on the cute and compact side.  

£52 per person per night, sleeps 2

Tulip HouseThis rustic-in-a-charming-way cottage is a surprising find in the heart of the city. If you’re looking for a home that’s kitted to the nines, look away. There’s no microwave, no washing machine, and (gasp) no dishwasher. It might not be well suited for a very long stay, but it’s perfect for a weekend break in a good location in London.  

£51 per person per night, sleeps 2

UrsulaNamed after its owner and not the epic under-the-sea Disney villain, you’ll love the eclectic mix of vintage furniture and contemporary art pieces in this Victorian one-bedroom flat. You’re a short walk from  bustling Kilburn High street with great tube connections to the heart of the city.  

£58 per person per night, sleeps 2 

The Photographer Plant yourself in the chi-chi neighbourhood of Pimlico for a night (or three). Sure, this one-bed studio is compact, but it’s got plenty of character and some very vibrant colours to make it pleasing to the eye. With the city at your doorstep, you’ll appreciate its homely vibes after a wonderfully exhausting day of London exploration. 

£58 per person per night, sleeps 2 

Mini MaryleboneLocated in Marylebone village, one of our favourite areas in London, you’ll find this compact-but-cute modern apartment. From the marble surfaces in the kitchen and the bathroom to the hotel-standard plush bedding, it’s the little touches of comfy luxury that make this a must-stay.  

£63 per person per night, sleeps 2

Retro Chic in Stroud GreenThe hint is in the name with this one. Walk into this open plan two-bedroom flat and you’ll see plenty of, well, retro chic touches throughout. Yes, it’s in zone 3. But you’re in trendy Shoreditch in just 10 minutes on the train. 

We love: the rainfall shower, the snug reading nook, and the random bright yellow wall. 

£30 per person per night, sleeps 4

The Highbury Studio Honey, we're home. This cheerful studio in (you guessed it) Highbury & Islington is just a short stroll from many pubs and restaurants. And it’s full of little nooks to plop yourself in as you bask in the streams of natural light and admire the quirky art pieces.  

£63 per person per night, sleeps 2

Small Town HouseDesign lovers, take note. You’ll find plenty of inspiration in this unique little home in the vibrant Bethnal Green area. Choose to kip the night away in a hanging sleeping pod (yes, you read that right) or the snug shed-like ‘bedroom’ on the ground floor.  

Full disclosure: if bright colours are not your thing, move on to the next. The bathroom is bright yellow. 

£33 per person per night, sleeps 4 

Bona Fide Make the exclusive Chelsea area your home, just for a bit. This one-bedroom apartment offers an unbeatable location and classic British decor. It’s the kind of place where you’ll feel compelled to lay on your very own quintessential afternoon tea. Bring on the scones.   

£68 per person per night, sleep 2

Sweet Lizzy Want to live in the lap of luxury in one of the city’s fanciest neighbourhoods? Situate yourself in this uber chic one-bed in picturesque Hampstead. We love the effortlessly cool decor and French windows leading out into a little balcony space. Perfect for people watching with your morning cuppa.  

£69 per person per night, sleeps 2

LolaIf personality is what you’re after, this pad has got it in spades. Lola is small - but perfectly designed. The wood-panelled walls and minimalist interiors give us serious beach shack vibes in the heart of the city. Head over to nearby Portobello Market if you’re lucky enough to stay here on the weekend.  

£69 per person per night, sleeps 2 

The Merchant HouseboatEver wondered what it would be like to actually sleep in a houseboat? Us too. Float the night (and day) away in this tastefully converted canal boat in Paddington. You’ll get the quintessential houseboat experience with the added bonus of highly instagrammable Scandi-chic decor. 

£75 per person per night, sleeps 4 

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