Floating House on the River Thames
About this listing
A magical Floating House has taken over The Thames this week and will be docking at Putney Pier on 22 May, when you and up to three friends will have a chance to stay onboard for the night! Enter to win by 11:59pm BST on 20 May 2015 (details below).
For five days and nights, from 18-23 May, a magical house will sail serenely up and down the River Thames.
The one and only Floating House at Number 1, The Thames, offers bespoke living quarters including two bedrooms, a bathroom and a living room, as well as its very own garden complete with dog kennel and wisteria. Think Primrose Hill meets Pixar; it has all the charms of suburbia... but as you’ve never quite experienced them before.
We’ve truly put the “house” in houseboat. Prepare to be wined, dined, pampered and preened in a space so whimsical you might think you’re in a dream!
After meandering up and down The Thames for a week, passing landmarks, weeping willows and London’s hidden gems, the Floating House will make its final stop at Putney Pier before drifting off beyond the horizon. On 22 May, you and up to three of your friends will have the unique opportunity to spend the night aboard.
While life in London flashes by, life on the river takes its time. On the Floating House you can just sit back, relax and be pampered while enjoying all the comforts of home. Upon arriving, you’ll be greeted by one of our lovely Airbnb hosts, who will take you on a personal tour of her favourite London neighbourhood. When you return to the Floating House, some of London’s best massage therapists, courtesy of PRIV, will treat you to a relaxing massage before dinner is served.
Come with an appetite! Your dinner host for the night will be none other than Robert Ortiz, Michelin-starred head chef of Lima and Lima Floral. Savour the flavours of Peru while taking in the evening’s river views. Once you’ve had your fill, make yourself at home before drifting into one of the best sleeps you’ve ever had.
So how do you make this happen?
Simply enter to win on this page and tell us in just a few sentences where you would go if a Floating House could take you absolutely anywhere, as well as why. Make sure you enter by 11:59pm BST on 20 May, 2015.
Catch you on the river!
•No swimming in the Thames.
•No Floating House parties.
•Leave your life jackets, whistles and rope at home; we've taken care of all safety precautions.
•We’ll also provide all the food and drink you need.
•No smoking inside.
•No floating away.
•No acts of piracy.
Stay at the Floating House on 22 May 2015
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
When you submit a submission for this Contest, you agree with the Official Rules below.
Sponsors. The Sponsors of this Contest (“Contest”) are:
Airbnb Ireland, The Watermarque Building, South Lotts Road, Dublin 4, Ireland (“Airbnb”); and
TBWA\London, 76-80 Whitfield Street, London W1T 4EZ, UK ("Partner")
How to Enter. Participants who have reached the age of 18 at the time of participation, may enter the Contest from Monday 18 May 2015 at 06:30 am British Summer Time until Wednesday 20 May 2015 at 11:59 pm British Summer Time by following the process below. Submissions must be received through the below process by the above closing time of the Contest to be eligible.
Process: To participate in the Contest and to try to win the prize described below, you have to:
1)Sign in with an Airbnb account
2)Click on the "Enter to Win" button
3)Send a message in the form of a story of 550 characters maximum – in English explaining if a Floating House could take you anywhere, where would you go and why?
The message must be sent from the participant’s own Airbnb account. Each participant can only participate once and you represent that you are more than 18 years old. Airbnb is not responsible for computer or network problems, problems with servers, problems with email accounts or the failure to receive any submission for any reason whatsoever. By entering the Contest, participants agree that they may be contacted by Airbnb in relation to the Contest and agree to take part in any publicity that occurs as a result of the Contest and grant Airbnb and their agents the right to use their name and/or image.
Eligibility. The Contest is only open to residents of the United Kingdom. This means that you are not allowed to participate if you reside anywhere else. By entering participants agree that the individual winners will be selected from all entries received from this jurisdiction. Directors, officers, employees, independent contractors and agents of Partner or Airbnb, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates, and the members of their immediate families or households, are not eligible.
Winner Selection. One participant will be selected from the submissions and will be nominated winner and best story writer of the Contest. The winner will be chosen entirely on merit, based on two judging criteria applied by a panel of judges at the following weight:
70% - Originality and creativity of the submitted story. Does it surprise and delight us?
30% - Spirit of the submission. How does your submission relate to the Floating House?
The panel of judges will be comprised of members of the Sponsors' marketing teams, and one independent judge (whose name is available on request). The judges’ decisions are final and binding. If substantially similar submissions are submitted by different entrants, judges will select only the best version of that idea, as determined by the judges in their sole discretion.
Prohibited Content. Submissions/content must be the participant's original work and not have been previously published, or entered in any other competition and must not violate the rights of any other party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights or rights of privacy, publicity or other moral rights. submissions must NOT contain: (a) advertising or commercial content for any party other than Airbnb; (b) content that endorses/promotes illegal or harmful activity; (c) violent, profane, vulgar, obscene, defamatory or otherwise objectionable material; (d) adult material; or (e) defamatory content. The Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any participant who violates these prohibitions or any other provision of these Official Rules, or that the Sponsors deem inappropriate for any reason, in their sole discretion.
License. By submitting a submission, participants grant Airbnb a perpetual (or for the term of the protection granted by the relevant intellectual property rights), worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to transform, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, transmit, publish, broadcast, perform, display, translate or otherwise use the submitted story, in whole or in part, with or without modifications, in any form or medium (including but not limited to: internet, any printed medium distributed via press, billposting, point of sale advertising, flyers, leaflets…), whether now existing or later developed, for entertainment, promotional and/or advertising purposes and/or any other purpose. To the greatest extent permitted by law, participants agree not to invoke any so-called moral rights in relation to their submissions (including without limitation the right to be identified as the creator of the work and the right to object to derogatory treatment of the work). For the avoidance of doubt, the license referred to in this paragraph is a fully paid-up license. By entering, you guarantee that your entry is original as referred to above, and that you have all necessary rights to provide the entry and to grant to Airbnb the rights set out in these Official Rules, as well as the consent of any person identified, depicted or referred to in the entry. You will indemnify and hold Airbnb harmless for any breach of these provisions. Only the winners will receive a prize according to the next paragraph: ‘Prize’.
Prize. The winner will receive, in recognition of their personal writing talent and as full and comprehensive consideration for the License described above, the following trip:
The prize includes:
One night’s accommodation on the Floating House for the winner and up to three (3) guests
Check-in and a local tour from an Airbnb host
A multi-course dinner on the Floating House
A beauty/wellness treatment
Sunrise Breakfast on the Floating House
Travel expenses to and from the Floating House from a location within the United Kingdom
The prize does NOT include:
Expenses other than travel to and from the Floating House within the UK
Any meals (other than any meals which are expressly included in the prize description)
Participants represent that they are available to travel to Putney Pier, London to be there by 6:30 pm on 22 May 2015. Participants must have a valid passport (or EU Identity Card) to redeem the prize. The total value of the prize is approximately 1,000 GBP. The Sponsors are allowed to ask for a written confirmation or proof of the place of residence and age of the winners before awarding the prize. No substitution or transfer of the prize is permitted. The prize may not be redeemed for cash. If due to circumstances beyond the Sponsors' control, the Sponsors are unable to provide the stated prize, the Sponsors reserve the right to award, as substitute, a prize of equal or higher value.
Notification/Announcement of Winner.
The winner(s) will be selected on Thursday 21 May and will be notified by phone call and email from 10 am. Each winner must confirm their acceptance of the Prize in writing by 3 pm on the same day of such notification. The Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any winner who does not confirm acceptance of the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules, and reserves the right to select an alternative winner in such event. In the event of a dispute about the identity of a winner, the Sponsors will award the prize to the authorized account holder of the Airbnb account from which the winning entry was sent. The Sponsors may publicly announce the name of the winner within 30 days of the close of the Contest, including through social media channels such as Twitter (@airbnb) and Facebook
Prize Conditions. Save as may be required by any applicable mandatory laws, the prize is provided as-is with no express or implied warranty or guarantee. This Contest is subject to applicable local laws and regulations, including but not limited to tax laws. The winner is solely responsible for any taxes applicable to or resulting from the award of the prize, and the Sponsors will have no obligation for any taxes that may be payable. The Sponsors may require the winner, and where applicable, the winner’s guest(s), to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and a publicity release permitting the Sponsors to use the winner’s name, image and winning submission in promotional materials where permitted by law and subject to applicable rules. Refusal or inability to sign and return such forms within 12 hours of receipt may result in disqualification and awarding of prize to an alternate winner. The winners represent they will behave as good citizens during their stay at the Floating House and that they will cooperate with the security personnel that will be present at the Floating House on 22-23 May 2015.
General Liability Release. By entering this Contest, participants release the Sponsors and their agents from any liability whatsoever, on any theory, and waive all claims and causes of action arising from or related to this Contest and/or fulfilment and/or use of the Prize, to the extent permitted by applicable law. However, nothing in these Official Rules limits or excludes any person’s or entity’s liability for death or personal injury caused by their negligence or any other liability which may not as a matter of law be limited.
Interpretation and Disputes. Participants agree: (a) to be bound by these Official Rules and all decisions of the judges, which are final and binding; (b) that any disputes shall be governed by the laws of England (or by mandatory local laws, if applicable), and shall be resolved only in the courts in England (or in mandatory local jurisdiction, if applicable), without resort to any form of class action or other form of collective action, to the extent permitted by applicable law; and (c) that they consent and waive any objection to the jurisdiction of said courts for any such disputes.
Miscellaneous. The Contest is void where prohibited. If any provision or part-provision of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid, legal and enforceable. If such modification is not possible, the relevant provision or part-provision shall be deemed deleted. Any modification to or deletion of a provision or part-provision under this clause shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of these Official Rules. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Sponsors may suspend, modify or terminate the Contest if they believe, in their sole discretion, that malfunction, error, disruption or damage is impairing or will impair the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, in which case the prizes will be awarded among the eligible entries received that were unaffected by the problem, if possible.
About the Host, Floating House Designers
Hi, we’re Nick and Steve Tidball.
We’re twin brothers, and we’re the creators/designers of the Floating House. We studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture and now work in London as Creative Directors in advertising. We love what we do because we get to create fun, interactive architectural projects like this one.
For the Floating House, we were inspired to create a fairy tale structure in the middle of London – something that would allow people to see the city from a different angle.
It was crucial to us that this was a real house, not just a stage set. One that Airbnb guests would feel truly comfortable in. That’s why it had to provide more than just bedrooms and a bathroom. Visitors will get to enjoy a hand-picked book collection, a dog kennel, and their very own private garden - the kind of things that make a house a home.
This project brings to life so many things we hold dear, from the whimsy of our favourite Pixar films to the charming architecture of Primrose Hill. We love the idea that this house will see more in five days than most other houses see in a hundred years.
We hope that your stay aboard the Floating House is magical.
P.S. Please don’t sink it!