Travel, photography, and becoming your own superhero! – Another Accommodation Option For City Breaks

Posted on March 1st, by Peter Parkorr in Britain, London, Roaming Resources. No Comments

Planning a weekend city break or looking for cheap places to stay near central London?

Everyone seems to think of AirBnB, but lots of other accommodation booking sites go under the radar. An alternative for the next time you book accommodation is the site Housetrip. With a similar format to AirBnB, owners and agents list properties on the site for you to get in touch and rent out their place.

Places on HouseTrip and other sites aren’t always the cheapest option if you can find early hotel deals or promotional discounts, so don’t forget to check the usual hotel booking sites. AirBnB is particularly susceptible to being pricey because of it’s popularity and has almost as many managed accommodations as private rentals (in the UK at least), but there are plenty of bargains for people not following the crowd there. Booking a whole apartment or a room in somebody’s place also has benefits over hotels too, like having a good kitchen, staying near venues outside the city centre, or having the owner on hand as your personal tourist info.

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Street art by Paul ‘Don’ Smith next to Banksy’s protected piece, inspired by Ewan McGregor’s ‘Cold Chain’ awareness drive for Unicef to immunize children in remote places.

Last November I stayed in a 5 double-bed house in London with some blogger mates for the latter half of a week in the capital. The apartment in Kilburn wasn’t swanky but it was enjoyable, because we decided to find somewhere we could each have our own room. I’m a huge fan of a bit of privacy and personal space (says the serial couch-surfer…), especially during busy conferences and events. The flat was barely two minutes walk from the Bakerloo line, which is great for getting to sightseeing areas of London. The Bakerloo line stops at Oxford Circus, Chinatown, Waterloo and the West End (and more), and gets you from the apartment to Trafalgar Square in less than 25 minutes.

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Baker Street, a tube stop popular with Sherlock Holmes fans!

The nearest stop, Kilburn Park, is almost at the opposite end of the line to Safestay hostel in Elephant and Castle, which I stayed at the previous year for WTM. This part of Kilburn is quiet with a tempting Shisha cafe to try out next to the tube stop, and I was comfortable in this part of town getting back at all hours of the night. You can see photos from this particular flat on it’s Housetrip listing.

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The kitchen and living room space at the flat

The price is cheaper per person (assuming enough flatmates) than the CityMarque apartments in central London I reviewed recently, as you would expect for the location and quality. At around £210 per night it’s also better value and more comfortable than a bed in a London hostel dorm, especially if you sleep the maximum 10 people. It’s not a flashy pad; we shared one bathroom, and the furnishings were basic, but it was roomy and clean and, importantly, it had wifi. It’s a budget friendly option I’d happily go for again with a group of mates.

What else is Kilburn known for? Not much it seems, just another townlet within the capital, although it is where a gent you may have heard of grew up… He goes by the name of Sir Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France!

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A developer’s boards in Kilburn proudly quoting Sir Bradley Wiggins

So if you are a group looking for cheap places to stay near central London without breaking the bank, put this on your list of options. You’re next to a tube stop, really close to the main sights, with your own kitchen and living room, and there is a Tesco up the road (along with a few cheeky kebab shops) leaving you plenty of pocket-money to enjoy the big smoke itself. If you’re not visiting London with enough people to fill this flat, check out the other properties on HouseTrip in London or further afield and you’ll find yourself something to fit most budgets.

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My Housetripping compadres for the week! Melvin, Kash, Becki and Mia, with special Teresa missing from the shot.


My stay in the flat was sponsored by HouseTrip in exchange for an honest review of their property and the site. That’s what you got! No word of a lie, guaranteed.   ;)