With the London Olympics on the horizon—the opening ceremony is July 27—we thought it time to take a look at London's short-term rentals and find some options that might suit a visitor who's not just coming for the sports. This first one certainly fits the bill. A circular bedroom perched in a former water tower, the rental space is a lung-busting six flights of stairs from the street, which partly explains the owner's decision to go for a minimalist aesthetic. Equipped with a kitchenette and a full bathroom with tub and shower, the tower apartment rents for $207 per night, but, unsurprisingly, has already been rented for the Olympics.
Next: A houseboat moored on the Thames
For something a bit lower, but no less offbeat, check out this riverside houseboat, moored between the Westminster and Chelsea bridges on the Thames. A private room aboard the boat, and access to its pier-side swimming pool, costs just $110 per night. Within walking distance of some of London's most popular sights—like the London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, and the Tower of London—the private room with double bed enjoys access to the rest of the waterborne house, including a full kitchen and entertaining spaces that look less nautical than we might expect.