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Unusual Places to Stay in London, According to Plum Guide

Our home experts have picked out five quirky London properties you'll love.


Arcade game at the bottom of a stairs

London is a a diverse and exciting city, with no shortage of quirky activities on offer. To really embrace the offbeat edge of the British capital, though, why not seek out the most unusual places to stay in London? We here at Plum Guide have handpicked a selection of unusual (yet still utterly resplendent) homes to rent, so that your London experience will be one to remember for all the right reasons. Read on to discover our top pick of unusual places to stay in London: from houseboats to art-inspired apartments and more.

The Dalston Artists - an unofficial art gallery

If you’re big into interiors, book yourself in for a stay at our The Dalston Artists home, where you’ll be spoilt for choice on which Instagram snaps to upload – will it be a pic of the Abigail Ahern-inspired gallery wall, the brass rainfall shower or the plusg velvet sofa? This stylish home can sleep up to six guests and is located in trendy East London – Dalston to be exact. you’ll no doubt enjoy spending your time wandering around the local area, famous for quirky shops and bars. Brick Lane Market is a must-visit too and only 15 minutes away. 

The Dalston Artists, Plum Guide home in London

Piccadilly Baths - a place to celebrate in style

The word unusual is an understatement for this listing, affectionately named Piccadilly Baths. Available for a whopping 22 guests, this quirky Soho home enjoys a central location – ideal for sightseeing in London – and is great for a family shindig or garoup of friends looking to stay somewhere exciting. Try and get first dibs on a room where the ceiling is filled with LED stars to aid a deep sleep or maybe you’d prefer a tucked away abode with a naturally curved (and wonderfully cosy) space. To add to the eccentricity of this place, there’s enough bathing facilities to put the Roman baths to shame. We have no doubt you’ll leave this place as clean as a whistle and utterly relaxed. Complete with jacuzzi, regular tub, sauna, hot tub and rain shower, this home is great for those want a bit of TLC from their London stay.

The Talisman - the perfect blend of industrial-meets-luxury

Thanks to its unexpected, jaw dropping design, The Talisman is one of the most jaw dropping homes in our collection. The space is the perfect mix of industrial and luxury, making it one of the most unusual places to stay in London too. We love the blend of materials, the statement artworks and rain activated skylights to name just a few. Situated in village-like Fulham, you'll feel like one of the locals in no time.

The Talisman, Plum Guide home in London

Upside Down - a playful place to call home

Stepping foot into Upside Down is both an delight of architecture and design. The home has a januty, almost childlike feel, with bursts of creativity around every corner. The bold colours and unique art collection really brighten the place. The home's standout double-height features are a real talking point. Once used as a dairy barn if you could believe it, Upside Down's original features now blend harmoniously with its now-modern aesthetic. This is a fabulous family space that'll make you feel at home in no time. The area is secluded and quiet so the home feels away from the hustle and bustle, but the charming areas of both Portobello Road and Notting Hill are within walking distance ready for you to explore.

Upside Down, Plum Guide home in London

If you're looking for more of our unusual places to stay in London, check out our guide to the best houseboats in London. Or if houseboats are not quite your style, then take a look at our guide to the best Airbnbs in London instead?

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