Book lovers, the coolest pop-up Airbnb is set to launch this month and we just know you’re going to be excited. To celebrate World Book Day, Airbnb has teamed up with St Paul’s Cathedral to offer literary fans the ultimate bookish stay inside its Hidden Library. 

Hosted by Abby Parker of #BookTok fame @abbysbooks, guests are invited to sleep overnight inside the secret heart of this iconic historical landmark. Here’s everything you need to know… 

What can you expect? 

Located inside this legendary London landmark, the Hidden Library allows bookworms to fully immerse themselves in the wonderful world of literature. Home to a curated collection of over 22,000 books, ranging from timeless classics to Penguin Random House US’s upcoming releases from Holly Jackson, Kevin Kwan and John Grisham, there’s quite the world of book-bound possibility. 

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Guests will enter through the Dean’s door and climb the famous geometric staircase, before basking in this literary space. Expect to be greeted by the Dean of St Paul’s and receive a tour of the Cathedral, before being given exclusive access to the pages of Holly Jackson’s The Reappearance of Rachel Price, John Grisham’s Camino Ghosts, and Kevin Kwan’s Lies and Weddings before they hit the shelves.

There’ll be the opportunity to dine at a nearby restaurant for dinner before returning for a night filled with reading. Plus, guests will wake up for a hearty breakfast and a climb of the breathtaking dome of St Paul’s Cathedral to finish the stay. Expect a truly magical experience, complete with endless photo opportunities and a chance to explore every ounce of this brilliant space. Plus, guests will be gifted signed and stamped copies of the upcoming Penguin Random House US unreleased books mentioned above. 

Exclusively listed on Airbnb for one night only, this will be the first time anyone has officially slept inside the Cathedral since the St Paul’s Watch protected the building during World War II.

credit: simone morciano
credit: simone morciano

How much is it & what does it include? 

The stay is suitable for two adults and will cost £7 for the night. As well as having a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay inside this magnificent library and explore all of its nooks and crannies, both breakfast and dinner are included.

How to book 

This exclusive stay inside St Paul’s Cathedral is available for one night only, on Friday 15th March. Bookings open for this bookish stay on 12th March 2024 at 10am. All you need to do is head to airbnb.com/hiddenlibrary.


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