Here in London we’re proud to hold the title of one of the best cities in the world. We’re a diverse, unique and exciting city filled with curiosities, the weird, and the wonderful. So during your trip to visit us why not embrace our quirkiness and opt to stay in an unusual home? Here at The Plum Guide, we’ve handpicked Michelin star equivalent homes to rent, so that your London experience will be one to remember for all the right reasons. Read on to see what we think are our top listings for those looking for out of the ordinary accommodation…
#1 The Dalston Artists - An unofficial art gallery
If you’re big into your interiors, you’ll need to make a stop at our 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 peachy velvet sofa? This incredibly well designed home can sleep up to 6 guests, so there’s enough space to bring some friends along to share this amazing home. 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.
#2 La La London - For the unusual and fun family
Looking for a home to suit an unusual and fun family? Then La La London is the place for you. This two bed home in Islington has some seriously quirky features to keep you stimulated - like funky statement lighting, bold art décor and some chalk-painted walls to draw over! There’s even a hidden darts board to entertain the younger ones. But don’t spend all your time inside because the local area has plenty to discover. The Barbican theatre and Victoria Miro art gallery are a must do (be prepared to queue) and you can’t miss out on the notorious ‘Curry Mile’ where you’ll be stopped every 5 seconds by a waiter throwing an Indian food menu at you.
#3 The Trafalgar - A Houseboat in Chelsea
If unusual homes float your boat, pardon the pun, have a stay in The Trafalgar. You can’t get more unusual than staying in a house boat! Situated in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea, this home boats, I mean boasts, fantastic views of the River Thames. Envisage yourself cracking open some fizz on the decking watching the sunset – dreamy right? To top it off there’s luxury throws to snuggle up in, a welcome hamper and a home cinema to make a great night in. If you’d prefer an evening out though we recommend heading to the wildly popular Big Easy for some all you can eat great American diner food – but maybe nip to Bluebird first whilst you wait for your table (watch out for the cast of Made In Chelsea!).
#4 Piccadilly Baths - How to make Roman baths look embarrassing
The word unusual is an understatement for this listing we like to call Piccadilly Baths. Available for a whopping 22 people to stay in, this quirky Soho home in the centre of London is great for a family shindig or gathering 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 in which ceiling is naturally curved to create a cosy space. To add to the eccentricity of this place, there’s enough bathing facilities to make the Roman baths look embarrassing. We have no doubt you’ll leave this place as clean as a whistle. Complete with jacuzzi, regular tub, sauna, hot tub and rain shower this property is great for those want a bit of personal TLC from their London stay.
#5 The Schubert - Entering the weird and wonderful
What do neon yellow, Marilyn Monroe and a stag head have in common? You can find them all in the quirky home we like to refer to as The Schubert. If you like the sound of entering the weird and wonderful, this Putney home will keep you and 3 others very happy whilst you stay in London. You’ll stumble across pineapple stained glass, a bathtub in the bedroom and a tranquil AstroTurf garden out back. The home is a striking eclectic mix of old and new design and really is one unusual space not to miss out on. Outside of your peculiar home, we recommend popping over the bridge to Meghan’s, voted one of London’s top cafes for a tasty bite morning, noon and night – a top Plum Guide tip is to try get a seat at the back under the fairy lit canopy. Or if you fancy something a bit more active, head to Putt In The Park for a session of mini-golf to bring out your inner kid.