Showcasing cool alternative and quirky places to stay in London this year. With millions of visitors visiting London each year, accommodation often tops the list of important things to plan correctly before arrival. With so many interesting places available in the capital, many travellers are keen to try something a little different, away from the hum-drum of a normal hotel room and these following 3 accommodations should make your stay that little bit more special.

Sleep in a prison cell

The Clink78 hostel
in Kings Cross lets you live the life of a hardened criminal by
offering up rooms in ex prison cells. The hostel, which previously was
used as courtroom has converted its
old holding cells into ‘cosy’ accommodation for backpackers and budget
travellers alike. You can even surf the web in the courtroom, which has
been re-purposed as a communal internet café! Check out the pictures:

All Aboard!  London House Boat
The striking “A Room For London” project by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with Fiona Banner sees a one-off house boat be used as temporary accommodation throughout 2012.

This one bedroom installation piece designed specifically for this project perches on the top of the Queen Elizabeth hall by the Thames and has an immaculate panoramic view over the river. Give it a try, for a truly innovative way to sleep in London. See more details on the work here or a time-lapse video of its creation here:

The making of A Room for London by millimetre from glasshopper on Vimeo.

Live in an ‘unhotel’
If hotels aren’t your thing, then London based onefinestay may be right down your street. The premise is quite simple, visitors to London or New York can stay in a high end luxury home whilst the property’s owner is out of town.
Guests get to live their life for a few days and nights and are welcomed with fresh linens, fluffy white towels and fancy toiletries on arrival. Here are some pictures of one of one fine stay’s Properties – Richmond Avenue in Islington, North London:

The business currently offer homes in central London and New York, although there are plans for further international expansion very soon.

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