London UK

#LondonIsOpen and more popular than ever. Guests from around the world are coming to experience the diversity we hold dear. Thanks to city laws that have provided clear and simple rules around home sharing, Airbnb’s London community is now driving a behavioural shift: More and more guests are opting for authentic experiences beyond the city centre and tourist hotspots, seeking places to stay in the communities Londoners really call home. Guest spending in local businesses and neighbourhoods inevitably follow — to the benefit of all Londoners.

1.5M guest arrivals in London in the past year

35,000 hosts who have welcomed guests in the past year

£3,500 annual earnings for a typical host

A new report shows home sharing provides economic and social benefits for women hosts around the globe

Mary, a London host, is in her 70’s and has been sharing her spare room since 2014. Hosting doesn’t just empower Mary financially, it also helps her connect with a whole community of women who come to stay in her home.

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Meet London Trip hosts, Josh and Luke, who helped host a festive lunch with Centrepoint UK

Over Christmas, we hosted a lunch for the charity Centrepoint UK and some young people they’ve supported in their campaign to end homelessness across London. We asked a group of Experience Hosts to help us host this festive lunch and we wanted to hear from Josh and Luke, two hosts who enjoyed getting stuck in.

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The European Commission wants to know your views on home sharing

The European Commission recently launched a survey, offering home sharers an opportunity to share their views on the development of the tourism industry in Europe.

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Meet Craig, an Airbnb host in Southwark, London

“I love to travel and to give my kids the chance to experience new places and cultures. Hosting on Airbnb provides me with the funds to do that.”

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Airbnb hosts Christmas lunch for homelessness charity, Centrepoint

Yesterday, we announced our support for young people’s homelessness charity, Centrepoint, who work tirelessly across the UK to support, guide and house young people facing homelessness.

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Making London Better for Everyone

Today, we are announcing a change to our platform that will introduce new and automated limits to help ensure entire home listings in London are not shared for more than 90 days, unless hosts confirm they have the required permission to share their space more frequently. This will make it easier for hosts in London to act in the best interests of everyone in the city.

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London 90-day announcement: what’s being said

Yesterday, we announced bold new steps to help ensure homes in London aren’t shared for more than 90 days a year without permission. Read more about how the announcement is being welcomed.

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#SeeMoreLondon: Welcome to Waltham Forest

We know hosts work hard to provide amazing experiences for their guests. Whether that’s sharing the details of their favourite lunch spot or recommending a pop-up gallery exhibition, the best way to get to know a neighbourhood is through the people who know it best: the locals. That’s why the Airbnb community is excited to team up with Waltham Forest Council to launch a culture map for the borough.

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#LondonIsOpen | Airbnb Hosts in London

#LondonIsOpen is a major campaign launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to show that London is united and open for business and to the world following the EU referendum. It shows the world that London remains entrepreneurial, international and full of creativity and possibility while reassuring the more than one million foreign nationals who live in London that they will always be welcome, and that any form of discrimination will not be tolerated.

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