Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Double-take' over floating house

Published 18/05/2015 | 17:01

A fully functioning floating house passing the Houses of Parliament as it travels up the River Thames.
A fully functioning floating house passing the Houses of Parliament as it travels up the River Thames.

Commuters had to do a double-take after they spotted Airbnb's latest London listing floating down the River Thames at sunrise.

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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 by sharing their homes through sites like Airbnb.

Passing under Tower Bridge before gliding past the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye on its maiden voyage, the house will meander along the river throughout the week until May 22.

The home has two bedrooms, a living room, working bathroom and even a garden complete with real grass, a doghouse and an apple tree.

Sitting at an imposing eight metres tall and weighing in at 70 tonnes, the structure was built by production company Star Events over the past four months.

The new rules on home sharing which recently came into force allow Londoners to share their homes with travelers for up to 90 days a year. This allows visitors to truly experience London as a local, while helping people make a little extra money from their homes to afford the costs of living. Airbnb has experienced significant growth in the UK and in the last year alone recorded an 86 percent increase in properties listed on the site.

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.

"London is already Airbnb's third largest city globally and one of the World's top tourist destinations.

"With these new, clear rules on home sharing we expect more and more Londoners to open their homes to visitors from across the globe."

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