Visit London Blog » london hostels Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London’s Top 10 Coolest Hostels Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:00:13 +0000 Safestay

A stay in London doesn’t have to be expensive; it is possible to live it up on a budget in the capital. If you’re looking for an ideal location, comfort and (most importantly) fun, there are plenty of hostels dotted around the city just waiting to show you a good time; you just have to know where to look.

Hostel booking website Hostelworld has selected 10 of the coolest hostels in London:

The Dictionary, Shoreditch

Welcome to Shoreditch, the birthplace of London’s hipster scene, and what better way to enjoy the trendy area than staying in the first youth hostel ever to be built there? More than just a place to stay, The Dictionary offers a self-catering kitchen and super-friendly bar and café, making it impossible to leave here without new friends.

Safestay, Elephant and Castle

Just minutes away from London’s biggest tourism hotspots – including the South Bank, the Houses of Parliament and Borough MarketSafestay hostel gets top marks for convenience. It’s also a fine example of elegance on a budget; the chic Georgian building and artwork from up-and-coming British talent will add a touch of luxury to your budget stay.


Palmers Lodge, Swiss Cottage

With a free breakfast, funky décor and just 11 minutes from the centre of London by tube, Palmers Lodge is ideal for budget travellers with an upmarket taste. The historic building and committed staff have helped the hostel chain win numerous awards over the years, including one for Best Accommodation in the UK.


Clink 78, King’s Cross

This Victorian beauty was once the home of Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist was penned within its walls – along with being a former courthouse, where The Clash stood trial in 1978 for shooting a prize pigeon. Besides a seriously colourful history, Clink 78 is also a famed party hostel, ideal for impoverished backpackers in need of new friends and a good time.

Astor, Hyde Park

Kensington used to be an exclusive playground for the elite, but thanks to the budget-friendly Astor, shoestring travellers can now set up camp just minutes away from Kensington Gardens and The Serpentine. The townhouse boasts a stunning layout and free Wi-Fi.

The Walrus Hostel, Waterloo

Free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and right above a traditional English pub – what more could you ask for? The Walrus is just a short walk from the city’s main attractions and provides a booking service for tours around the country – Stonehenge is a popular choice.

Pride of Paddington, Paddington

Choose from a comfy private or shared dorm above a pub that serves some of the most delicious food in London. Not only does Pride of Paddington offer a free full English breakfast – with all the trimmings – but as a guest you are entitled to a discount on everything on the pub menu. Put that together with Portobello Road market, Oxford Street and Covent Garden all within a 30-minute walk, and you have everything you need to enjoy all the capital has to offer.

The Gallery, Hyde Park

Within easy reach of the central, circle and district tube lines The Gallery is perfectly positioned to explore London’s centre. If shopping on Oxford Street or dining in Mayfair doesn’t suit your budget, have no fear. Hyde Park is right on The Gallery’s doorstep, perfect for long scenic walks and people watching, and it won’t cost you a penny.

Generator London

Generator London, Bloomsbury

If you’re into eccentric interiors and have a healthy appetite for partying, stay at Generator Hostel. Their facilities are extensive – including a bar, travel shop, lounge, café – and the location is probably as central as is possible to be in London. With hostels across Europe, the Generator attracts tourists from all over, so you’re guaranteed to make friends with some seasoned travellers.

Destinations at The Rose and Crown, Borough

The Rose and Crown is the perfect way to experience old fashioned English pub fun, with regular quiz nights, karaoke and hearty real ale. The warm and cosy atmosphere right below this Destinations hostel is ideal for a touch of homeliness in the big city. is the world’s number one hostel booking website. As well as featuring independent and official youth hostels, the site now features campsites, self-catering accommodation, B&Bs and budget hotels. It currently lists over 27,000 properties in more than 180 countries.

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Accommodation Tips: London Hostels Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:30:37 +0000 London has a fantastic range of hostels, which are perfect for exploring the capital on a budget. With prices starting from just £6.99 it’s hard to go wrong, but we’ve written some tips to help you get the most from your stay.

Before you book: Check what’s included – some hostels offer breakfast, which usually consists of white bread and jam or cornflakes, but most have a kitchen you can use 24/7. Make sure you also note whether or not you have to pay to use a towel and, if so, consider bringing your own – they’re also useful for hanging over your bunk to ensure privacy.

What to pack: If you’re staying in a shared room then you may want to bring earplugs and a sleeping mask, which can help you get a good night’s sleep. If you’re trying to pack light, remember that you can buy toiletries and other essentials from local pharmacies and supermarkets.

When you get there: If you haven’t paid the full amount then remember to bring cash with you – many hostels charge extra for processing card payments. In most places you’ll have to make your own bed, so try to check in before you go out on the town!

Last but not least: Get involved! Hostels are always full of interesting, fun people, and the hostel common room or bar is often a great place to make new friends.

Five of the Best London Hostels:

  • Generator Hostel, Russell Square. A typical party hostel, yo’’ll never be bored in this lively venue, even if you never sleep! Check out the special offers in the bar, which draw a big crowd.
  • Clink 78, King’s Cross. You can stay in a prison cell at this converted courthouse, which is conveniently located near the Eurostar terminal.
  • Safestay, Elephant and Castle. This new venue is at the higher end of the hostel spectrum and has the feel of a boutique hotel. All the rooms are small and curtains on the bunk beds ensure that you have some privacy.
  • Travel Joy Chelsea, Pimlico. This basic but well-maintained pub/hostel has a great atmosphere and boasts spectacular river-side views of Battersea Power Station.
  • Smart Hyde Park View, Bayswater. Their six-bed dorms have private bathrooms (although the beds are a little on the short side) and it’s right next to the beautiful Hyde Park, which is perfect if you’re in the mood for an early morning walk or run.

Do you have any other hostel recommendations? Please share your experiences in the comments below…

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