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little doubting that London is one of the most popular places to call home in the world. From its unassuming cobbled streets and alleys to the bright lights of the West End, it offers an eclectic and vibrant combination of cultures that’s difficult to find anywhere else. It’s no surprise that in 2014, England welcomed a staggering 17.4 million tourists into its capital city to see the sights and bask in all it has to offer. While many short term visitors will be perfectly comfortable staying in hotels, hostels and B&B’s around the city, there’s an increasing demand for more permanent residences in the city for people who want to live and work there.

Some property owners in the city who have begun letting the most bizarre makeshift accommodations as ‘quirky’ and ‘interesting’ places to live. We’re going to take a look at some of the most unique, fair and affordable places to live, allowing you to enjoy all that London has to offer in comfort and style.


Ever wanted to spend some time living on the open seas? Well, this furnished house boat on the River Thames isn’t quite the same, but offers a similar environment with the added benefit of having London right your doorstep. The 28ft, one bed houseboat is newly refurbished with all modern conveniences and appliances, and is located on the South Bank of the Thames – just a stone’s throw from Canary Wharf. It’s an ideal haven for those looking to work in London and want to limit their commute and have the buzz of the city on their very doorstep. At  £525 per week, it’s not unreasonably priced for the location and you get the added charm of living on a boat.

If you’re looking for a more temporary stay in London and you want to stay somewhere with more charisma than a run of the mill city centre hotel, you could try this 3 bed triplex apartment in the centre of Covent Garden, which boasts a private garden terrace and a balcony on the front overlooking the Piazza from the west. At around £380 a night it’s relatively affordable for the area if split between 3.


Another example of an affordable yet quirky property in London is this 2nd floor authentic pub conversion. Full of character, with easy access to at least 2 tube stations, it boasts an open plan kitchen and a spacious reception area for entertaining guests. It can be yours for a reasonable £400 per week.

Whatever your reason for staying in London, there’s no reason to pay over the odds for a comfortable and interesting place to lay your head. With so many charming conversions and quirky buildings, there’s no shortage of reasonable places to rent – you simply have to know where to look. Have you found any quirky properties in London recently?