It’s no secret that London, England, is full of history. From palaces and castles to abbeys and cathedrals, London overflows with textbook nostalgia. Believe it or not, now you can experience London’s history from the comfort of this private, affordable 1892 converted church penthouse Airbnb. Here is everything you need to know about the best Airbnb in London for family.
Best Airbnb In London For Family: Location
This award-winning 1892 church conversion Airbnb is located in the borough of Hackney Wick, just outside of London city center.
The neighborhood is quiet, quaint and convenient, which makes for a very family-friendly area. Although Hackney Wick has had rough reputations in the past, the region has since been reclaimed by Greater London. What was once a graffiti-infested adult playground is now a safe, urban, artistic neighborhood.
Furthermore, although the Airbnb is outside of city center, the church itself actually has its own bus stops right outside the front entrance named “St Mary of Eton Church” (stops “L” and “N”). Similarly, the Airbnb is only an 8 minute walk to the nearest underground station (AKA the subway or metro).
If you are taking public transportation while in London, plan for 45-minute routes from the Airbnb to each of the major tourist attractions. This may sound like a far distance, but, in reality, it is only 15 minutes further than if you were to stay in city center using public transport.
Where Is The Best Place To Get An Airbnb In London?
For comparison, the best place to get an Airbnb in London when visiting as a tourist is either the London Bridge, Westminster, West End or Kensington area. These areas are all closest to the best London tourist attractions.
Alternatively, you can get an Airbnb that is next to a bus or underground stop, just like this epic converted church tower penthouse.
Best Airbnb In London For Family: Affordability
While traveling as a family, you’re more than likely always trying to find ways to save money — without sacrificing safety or convenience.
Surprisingly, London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit. So, budgeting accordingly and researching London budget tips is imperative.
Somehow, this coveted converted church meets London’s budget-friendly criteria, costing well under $300 USD per night for up to 10 guests, depending on season and demand. We went in March and April, and it only cost us $170 USD per night.
While even $170 USD per night can add up quickly, it’s a much cheaper alternative to most London hotels for families.
Is Airbnb Cheaper In London?
On average, Airbnb is cheaper in London than hotel room rental by nearly 60%.
And, again, if you’re traveling as a family, you’re likely looking for as many ways as possible to save money on your trip without sacrificing safety. Clearly, renting an Airbnb is the cheapest and safest way to do so.
If you’re curious about the hotel-versus-Airbnb price comparison, you can visit this article.
Now, it’s important to know that you’ll get your money’s worth at the best airbnb in London for family. Ranging from rooftop terrace access, incredible church windows and numerous lofted living areas, I can assure you that this beautiful property will prove worthy.
The property amenities of this church tower penthouse include but are not limited to:
- Air conditioning.
- Heated floors.
- Three bathrooms.
- Full kitchen.
- Washing and dryer machine (works somewhat).
- Rooftop terrace access with panoramic views of London.
- Six lofted floors.
- Original spiral staircase.
- Traditional church windows and doors.
- Self check-in and check-out.
- Convenience store across the street.
- Bus stops outside front door.
- Eight minute walk to the Hackney Wick underground station.
Basically, if you can picture yourself waking up to a tranquil foggy view of London, indulging in a pain au chocolat on a medieval rooftop or leisure reading under bell tower windows, this Airbnb property is for you.
Review Of Comfort
To quote my family, “Those beds were not European.”
If you’re a US resident who has visited Europe before, you understand why that quote is actually a huge compliment to the Airbnb. The beds of the 1892 converted church were actually plush — not at all like most traditional European hotel beds.
Furthermore, as mentioned earlier, the floors of the stone building were heated. Even though we had some issues figuring out the thermostat, the heated floors were still a pleasant surprise.
My only complaint regarding comfort is the inevitable number of stairs on the property. If you wish to spend time in the living/dining room area, the upper bedroom, the lofts or the rooftop terrace, you will have to climb a lot of stairs.
If you have a family member who is unable to take stairs, have them stay in the first bedroom by the front door. They will have access to the kitchen, kitchen breakfast bar and two bathrooms without taking any stairs (besides a few stairs to get into the apartment complex).
Review Of Culture
If it isn’t obvious enough, staying in this family-friendly Airbnb will seamlessly immerse you into the truly historic culture of London.
In combination with the church tower’s medieval architecture, the urban decor reflects the mix of old and new seen throughout Greater London. To be honest, it will feel as though you are sleeping right inside Westminster Abbey.
Best Airbnb In London For Family: Overall Rating
Overall, I rate this 1892 converted church tower penthouse Airbnb an 8/10.
To book the iconic 1892 converted church tower penthouse, you can easily book directly through Airbnb by clicking here. The booking process and exact pricing will depend on your desired trip dates, current cleaning fees and local taxes.
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