Cabins on the converted coal barge cost £29 a night
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On board the Airbnb Thames houseboat deemed a fire risk

A "slumboat" barge, which rented rooms by the night through Airbnb, was like a "bonfire waiting for a match", a fire safety expert has said.

Cabins on the converted coal barge, moored on the River Thames at Hurst Park, East Molesey, cost £29 a night.

But a fire protection specialist who spent a night on board said it was not sufficiently fire-proofed.

BBC London went on board the houseboat and tried the accommodation.

  • 23 Mar 2016