Houseboat on the Thames

Houseboat on the Thames

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Commuters had to do a double-take this morning as they spotted Airbnb’s latest London listing floating down the River Thames at sunrise.

The fully functioning Floating House ‘sailed’ down the Thames to celebrate new rules that mean that Londoners – like the rest of the UK – can earn a 15 per cent pay rise* by sharing their homes through sites like Airbnb. Passing under Tower Bridge before gliding past the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye on its maiden voyage, the House will meander along the river throughout the week until Saturday 22 May.

This rather surreal, yet fully functioning, home has two bedrooms, a living room, working bathroom and even a garden complete with real grass, a doghouse and an apple tree. Sitting at an imposing eight metres tall and weighing in at 70 tonnes, the structure took production company Star Events just four months to build.

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Crossing local neighbourhoods such as Chelsea, Westminster and Canary Wharf, the house will hold community events and overnight stays throughout the week before opening its doors to one lucky winner and three guests, who will stay overnight on Friday 22nd May.  Hosted by a member of the Airbnb community, the guests will enjoy spa treatments from on-demand app PRIV, as well as a private dining experience with food personally prepared by Robert Ortiz, head chef of Peruvian and Michelin-starred restaurant Lima and Lima Floral.

The Floating House – just one of more than a million unique experiences available through Airbnb – will provide guests with unparalleled views of the city, as it takes in London riverside landmarks on its journey down the Thames.

To win the chance to stay on board the Airbnb Floating House on Friday 22nd May enter at https://www.airbnb.com/night-at/floating-house by midnight on Wednesday 20th May.

*According to Airbnb’s economist, listing your property with Airbnb for seven days a month on average would earn you £5,600 per year.

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