A floating house on the Thames is as magical as you imagined

Airbnb's latest London listing is like something straight out of an animation

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Monday 18th May 2015, London:  Airbnb�s latest London listing is pictured floating down the River Thames this morning.  This pic: The house with Tower Bridge in the background  The fully functioning Floating House will sail 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 Shard on its maiden voyage, the House will meander along the river throughout the week until Saturday 22 May.  Copyright: � Mikael Buck / Airbnb +44 (0) 782 820 1042 http://www.mikaelbuck.com

Airbnb's latest London listing is a floating blue house in the middle of the River Thames.

Just like something straight out of an animated film, the bright house has two bedrooms, a living room, bathroom and even a garden complete with real grass, a doghouse and an apple tree.

The fully functioning Floating House is eight metres tall and weighs 70 tonnes. It will meander along the river throughout the week until 22 May.

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Airbnb's Floating House on the River Thames

Airbnb's Floating House on the River Thames


Airbnb is offering one lucky group to spend a night in the house on Friday 22 May by entering a competition to win a stay. The four 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.

As one of a million unique experiences offered by Airbnb (remember the cable car hotel room dangling over the French Alps and the Ikea sleepovers?), the Floating House will provide its guests with unparalleled views of the capital as it takes in London's riverside landmarks on its journey down the Thames.

Monday 18th May 2015, London:  Airbnb�s latest London listing is pictured floating down the River Thames this morning.This pic: The house going under Tower Bridge The fully functioning Floating House will sail 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 Shard on its maiden voyage, the House will meander along the river throughout the week until Saturday 22 May.Copyright: � Mikael Buck / Airbnb+44 (0) 782 820 1042http://www.mikaelbuck.com

The installation celebrates new rules that mean Londoners can earn a 15 per cent pay rise* by sharing their homes with travellers through sites like Airbnb for up to 90 days a year.

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

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*According to economist Dr Margarethe Theseira, if an Airbnb host lists their property for seven days a month on average they would earn £5,600 per year. This is a boost to household income equivalent to a 15 per cent pay rise for an average full time employee.