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Loft living doesn’t always mean low ceilings, awkward angles and inadequate lighting — in fact some of the most spacious properties on Airbnb prove that you can fit a whole lot of house into a loft. Here are five of our favourites which defy the rules of loft living with their high ceilings, outside space and extraordinary lighting.
Luxury loft living
There’s no danger of hitting your head on a slanting roof in this loft. This stunning three bedroom property in Battersea — formerly a Victorian school building — boasts double height ceilings and huge North AND West facing windows which flood the rooms with light. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner (why not?) on the terrace which overlooks the communal garden. With its antique furniture — and even the odd musical instrument — this place oozes elegance. Perks include modern appliances and gated off-street parking. Plus it’s located in prime location — only a 15 minute walk away from Chelsea with easy transport links into central London. More info and booking
East London artist's haven
If it’s art you’re after then you’ve come to the right loft. This converted warehouse in Stoke Newington is only a stone’s throw from bohemian Dalston. Being a guest here is like going on an alternative street art tour but without all the tourists and walking. Inside, the walls are filled with original artwork and upcycled furniture, giving it that retro, cleverly curated junk shop look. You’ll have full use of the kitchen which is fully stocked with spices from the owner’s travels. Perfect for a sociable individual or couple enthusiastic about east London’s art scene. You’ll be flat sharing with Stuart (who works with graffiti artists), two cats and a whole host of creative types.
London loft retreat
One minute you’re exiting Clapham Junction station, five minutes later you’re walking through a tropical paradise into an otherworldly loft full of beautiful hand-crafted furniture, natural materials and Moroccan touches. Complete with double futon, single bed, en-suite bathroom, extra wet room and fully equipped kitchen, this loft is perfect for three people wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. If you can tear yourself away from this oasis of calm there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops on your doorstep. Although we’d rather be chilling on the roof deck, eating our organic breakfast, surrounded by the exotic plants and olive trees.
Loft with sky views
This stylish, open plan loft accommodates four — great for a couple or small family wanting to take advantage of the amenities offered by Battersea Park, a mere two-minute walk away. Fancy falling asleep under the stars? We’d shotgun the room with the skylight and the en-suite if we were you. Perks include 24 hour concierge service and — weather permitting — you can eye up Battersea Power Station from the roof terrace, while sipping on those hard-earned evening drinks.
Spacious Shoreditch loft
In a former life this staggeringly spacious loft in Shoreditch was a Victorian bank depository. Up to five people can fit into two bedrooms. With over 3,000 square foot of floor space (!) to play with you could lose yourself (or fellow irritating guest) quite easily if necessary. The main room feels more like the reception of an upmarket art gallery, and indeed there is plenty of original artwork on display so it’ll be like you’re residing over your very own private collection. Industrial windows let in that luscious light and overlook the spire of St Leonard’s Church, the inspiration for the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons. The external staircase doubles up as a suntrap with stunning city views, a perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee before eexploring the street art, quirky shops and nightlife Shoreditch is known for.
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