It’s been a funny old week for crazy pop-ups. You know you’re in London when you see a floating house on the River Thames or when there are people paying to go and eat breakfast in bed in Shoreditch.
The floating house I’m talking about, is of course the quirky structure that Airbnb were responsible for. The bright blue dolls house complete with a bright red door and pretty wisteria was Airbnb’s innovative way of celebrating new rules that allow Londoners to share their homes with travellers for up to 90 days a year.
As an added way of marking the occasion, they opened up a competition (you may have seen on my instagram and across the news,) allowing one winner to stay in the house for one night while its docked in Putney. How cool is that?!
The competition is now closed (you can read more about it here) but keep your eyes peeled for other competitions like this. You may recall the competition Airbnb ran offering a one night stay in a cable car in Courcheval? I wonder what this home sharing site could possibly do next?
I was invited along to check out the house while it was docked in Heron Quays, in Canary Wharf and enjoy a little bit of afternoon tea with some other writers. Airbnb were very good at maintaining a high level of intrigue around the floating house. They invited me to the event but kept the details under wraps until a few days before. Of course I was going to go – I love a bit of mystery!
Outside, there’s a garden complete with a dogs’ kennel and outdoor chairs for the winners to relax on.
The upstairs of the house is in fact artificial, however once inside, there’s quite a lot of room!
You’ll find two bedrooms, a bathroom and a very stylish living area.
I almost wanted to move in myself!
While we enjoyed afternoon tea, we chatted to the very lovely Jemima who lists her own house in Victoria Park, on Airbnb. Jemima is an architect, and designed the renovations on her house herself. You MUST take a look (see her listing here). I believe the house is currently occupied, but as soon as it’s available again, it will get snapped up because it’s gorgeous.
I have to say, there were a few moments where the boat tilted a bit, and I forgot I was on water, so felt a little bit wobbly. But what an experience if you get to win this competition! And a brilliantly quirky way to let Londoners know they can now earn that little bit more money by renting out their homes.
I’m off to Malaga next week where I’ll be staying in an Airbnb apartment for the first time and I can’t wait. Home sharing has boomed in the past few years and really seems to be the way forward in getting to know an area like a local. I’m looking forward to reporting back on my experience in Espagne. It won’t be a floating house (it’s actually a loft apartment) but it looks like it’s going to be just as stylish!
Until next time x