Whether you’re in town for the fashion show circus, annual design festival, Frieze week or just taking a much-deserved holiday, we’ve tracked down seven of the best London apartments for rent. On our list is a converted barrel factory, a fashion brand’s Georgian townhouse and an designer’s glass-capped warehouse home. There’s something for every taste.
A Huguenot townhouse in Spitalfields
As holiday apartments in London go, this one’s pretty unusual. The three-storey Georgian townhouse was once a Huguenot weaver’s shop and home in Spitalfields. Antiques expert Fiona Atkins has restored and converted it into a two-bedroom bolthole. Its wood-panelled rooms are elegantly decorated with period furniture and contemporary design pieces by the likes of Philippe Starck. Available to book via Welcome Beyond or directly.
Converted Clerkenwell cooperage
Originally a barrel factory, this Victorian building has been radically overhauled by Chris Dyson Architects, who have turned it into a stylish three-storey house, complete with a living wall. Its central location is ideal for exploring the city, while the vast living space and added greenery make it an oasis of calm. Available via One Fine Stay.
Contemporary art in a storied setting, Whitechapel
This wisteria-clad London apartment for rent comes replete with fashion kudos, having been exactingly refurbished by the duo behind cult London boutique Hostem. Artwork throughout has been curated by Stuart Shave/Modern Art, while the comprehensive wine cellar has been collated by Jérémie Cometto-Lingenheim of Primeur. Overall the Myrdle Street Residence offers a cerebral and stylish refuge from the hubbub of London and is available through The Modern House.
Warehouse living off Old Street
Designer Marta Nowicka transformed this 19th-century warehouse into her own home, capping it with a zinc-clad glass box overlooking St Luke’s Church. A wood-burning stove adds cosiness, while the vast terrace has great views for anyone wrapped up warm enough to brave the elements. Book through Airbnb.
A London apartment in an old Hackney shoe factory
Vast windows, exposed brick, leather armchairs and a piano, all in an East London converted factory – this holiday apartment is quite the hipster paradise. Revel in the industrial details or settle in for a movie night with the projector. Available via Airbnb.
Carpenter’s House, Bethnal Green
Found up a cobbled alley, this 20th-century space has been transformed by Studiomama into a multilevel abode including a bespoke ‘hanging house’ in the attic. Decorated in wood and marble, with pops of primary colour from furniture and art, the London apartment is for rent via The Modern House.
Woodland sanctuary in Highgate
This rustic holiday cottage is a little off the beaten track, tucked beneath a canopy of trees on the edge of Highgate woods. Architect-owner Caroline Ingle’s extensive renovations include the creation of an upstairs reading room with skylights offering marvellous views across the parks. Available through One Fine Stay.