Londoners and visitors alike all did a double-take last week as they spotted a very special addition to the River Thames in London.

The fully functioning Floating House sailed up and down the Thames, holding events and overnight stays to mark new rules that mean that Londoners – like the rest of the UK – can share their homes on sites like Airbnb. These new rules on home sharing allow Londoners to share their homes with travellers for up to 90 days a year.

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This allows visitors to truly experience London as a local, while helping hosts earn a little extra cash to meet the demands of living in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
James McClure, UK Country Manager commented: “The Floating House is the ultimate celebration of home sharing and an unforgettable travel experience to bring to the UK. With these new, clear rules on home sharing we expect more and more Londoners to open their homes to visitors from across the globe.”

Sitting at eight metres tall and weighing in at a staggering 70 tonnes, the Floating House took four months to build. In true Airbnb style, the smallest details made everyone feel right at home.

Photo credit: @NikSpeller at Buckets and Spades blog

Consisting of two bedrooms, a living room and working bathroom, plus a garden, complete with real grass, doghouse and even an apple tree, the house charmed everyone who met it.

Passing under Tower Bridge, sailing past the Houses of Parliament, popping by the London Eye, and partying at Canary Wharf, the Floating House quickly became the ‘must see’ of the city.

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People rushed out of offices and even changed the course of their rowing boats to get a picture of London’s favourite house. Here are some of the best, with Amy Fenton winning £250 worth of Airbnb vouchers for her amazing shot of a rower sculling towards the house to say hi.

One lucky winner was able to stay overnight on the Floating House, joined by three friends for an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience.

665A9793The Floating House has been stored safely away for its next adventure. You can check in on its story on social media by searching for #FloatingHouse.

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