You are planning your visit to London, but you’re on a budget? Don’t worry and don’t get scared from the high prices of the London hotels. In this city you can find everything you need, including the best budget place to sleep. Many people have negative attitude about hostels, thinking that they are dirty, overcrowded and noisy accommodations. The truth is, London has reached higher level in hostel services, perfect for backpackers, families and groups. London hostels offer good location in the city center, safety and satisfactory privacy.
Let go through a quick guide to some of the best and highest rated London hostels which are a great and cheaper alternative to London hotels.
Interesting and popular hostel in London, Clink78 is located near to King’s Cross- in the perfect city center. Situated in 200 years old courthouse with its Victorian façade, Clink78 has renovated and modern interior. It can bear up to 500 guests and different types of rooms can be found- mixed dorms, female dorms, en-suite rooms. In case you prefer privacy and comfort, there are also private rooms.
Interesting fact about Clink78 are the cell rooms – real prison cells, used by real criminals in the past. They are refurbished, but still authentic- with barred windows and metal doors, enriched with humor elements. You can experience the criminal past of London by sleeping there. The other attraction in Clink’s building is the late bar and venue- The Clash Bar. It takes its name from the famous punk band “The Clash”, as they stood a trial there in 1978. You can feel their spirit and have a drink at affordable price.
Address: 78 King’s Cross Rd, London WC1X 9QG
Prices: Dorms start from £13 per night, the private rooms are £40 and the prison cells – £50.
Nearest Tube station: King’s Cross/ St. Pancras Station is only ten minutes away.
YHA indeed is modern place to stay in the heart of London’s West End – in the popular Soho district. It’s located on the corner of Oxford and Noel Street and major attractions are very close – The Eye, Madame Tussaud’s, London Dungeons and Tower of London are just off the street. In the hostel you can buy tickets for the attractions, they offer walking tours and theatre trips. In the area visitors can chill or party in café’s, bars, clubs and shops in quick 5 minute walk. YHA has 2, 3 or 4 bed rooms, single sex dorms and of course private small rooms for two people.
All facilities are clean, cozy, decorated in vivid bright colors – even the kitchen is in pink! Laundry is available for the guests and the kitchen can be used freely for to prepare yourself a dinner. Visitors are offered common court room, to relax, have a cup of tea or just read. YHA like most of the hostels has late bar and lounge.
Address: 14 Noel St, London W1F 8GJ
Prices: Bed in shared room starts from £22, depending on the availability. Private room is about £80.
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus is the nearest Station, but also Tottenham Court Road is close.
Generator Hostels is big hostel chain having facilities in 10 big European cities and capitals. The hostel in London will not disappoint you. The building is just off Russell Square, very close to Covent Garden and St. Regent’s Park. Generator Hostel is proud with its interior design and for a reason. They have transformed the old building of a Police station into contemporary space, decorated with taste and flavor of traditional materials. Generator hostel has funky, industrial, but modern look. They offer private, twin, en-suite rooms, rooms for 3 or 4 people, girls shared rooms and mixed shared rooms.
The rooms are kept in white, enriched with geometrical colourful figures. Generator Hostel will surprise you with its innovative cafe space – strange mix between vintage and funky design. They serve continental breakfast, coffee and hot drinks and lunch and dinner as well. Don’t forget to visit the late bar, in the same charming vintage style, with wooden high-top tables and ice cold beers. Works until 3 am every day and also offers happy hour discounts. And if you’re still bored, well Generator hides cozy, comfortable chill-room and movie nights.
Address: 37 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SE
Prices: The large shared room- sleeping with 1 to 12 people will cost you 22.50£. Other smaller rooms are between £24 and £30 per bed. If you chose more privacy and share your room with 3,2 or just 1 roommate, you will pay between £88 and £121 per night.
Nearest Tube: Russell Square and King’s Cross Stations
Another Hostel chain, Palmers Lodge has two building in London, but we suggest Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage. It doesn’t have such great location, like the others – it is in zone 2, but you have plenty of options for public transport. They claim to be luxury and award winning hostel in Central London. The luxury in the rooms can be doubted a little, but as for the interior this is true. The hostel is in old historical Victorian building and the interior is kept in traditional style, compilation of boutique design, antiques and modern classics.
Palmers Lodge is winner for best customer service in 2012 and 2013. The biggest mixed rooms is for 28 people, but there other smaller rooms and of course private rooms for couples. Palmers Lodge serves cocktails in their bar, offer continental breakfast for 4.50£ and reading and lounge common rooms are available for all guests.
Address: 40 College Cres, London NW3 5LB
Prices: Prices start from £15 for the largest mixed dorms and end up at £22 for the 6 bed rooms.
Nearest Tube: The nearest stations are Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road. You can take minicab as well.
Astor Museum Inn
Astor has four hostel buildings in London, but we will concentrate on Astor Museum Inn. Great location just in front of British Museum and Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square are in 10 mins. Astor Inn is typical low budget facility, bright, clean and recently refurbished. Kitchen is available for cooking, common rooms are comfortable and wide. All necessary goods for every backpacker, such as room locker, hair dyer, towels and laundry room are assured. The most important thing about Astor Inn is the offending age limit, they force over their guest.
Only visitors between 18 and 35 are allowed to stay in the hostel. So, in case you fit in these borders, you can choose in range of 16 to 2 bedded rooms. The other disadvantage of Astor is, that they offer only mixed dorms and only one female room. However, the hostel is great for groups, but you should make your inquiry first.
Address: 27 Montague St, London WC1B 5BH
Prices: 16 bed room is £17 per night and room for 6 and 4 persons are £21 and £22. Private ones start from £40.
Nearest Tube: Russell Square and Holborn are the nearest stations.
Safestay Hostel / Elephant & Castle
Safestay have two hostels in London, one in Holland Park and the second near to Elephant & Castle Station. We will take a look into Safestay Elephant & Castle building, as Holland Park is more distinct from the city center. On a “stone’s throw” are the London Eye, Tate Modern, the Imperial War Museum and Borough Market. Safestay occupies old building- the John Smith House, the former 18th Century Labour Party headquarters. Inside is fully refurbished, covered with pink and purple carpets, chairs, doors, curtains.
The whole atmosphere is fresh and quirky. Inside the rooms bunk privacy curtain is put at every bed and also personal night light. Breakfast is not included, but they have rich snack menu and breakfast can be ordered. You are not allowed to bring your own alcohol, because the hostel has license to sell drinks.
The hostel has 8, 6 and 4 bed dorms and private en-suites. Rooms are very simple without any unnecessary furniture. In the private rooms, guest take advantage of free towels, free tea or coffee and toiletries are provided. The common room, which functions as bar as well is great shared space for reading and free WIFI.
Prices: For 8 bed room price is £13.60 and most expensive is 4 bed en-suite room for £21.25
Nearest station: The nearest station is Elephant & Castle.
St. Christopher’s Inn/ The Shepherd’s Bush
St. Christopher’s has couple of hostels in London, and private apartments as well. We have chosen The Shepherd’s Bush, because of its unique location and party atmosphere. St. Christopher’s is for those, who don’t intend to sleep a lot. They are famous with their late night bars along London’s streets. St. Christopher’s Inns have two types of bars at all of their hostels – traditional English pubs and the popular Belushi’s bars. Belushi’s bar at The Shepherd’s Bush is a place for sports, rock music and food.
There is always something going on, you wouldn’t be disappointed or bored. At the hostel their chill-out rooms also works 24/7 with a bar of course. Hostel’s location gives a chance for all kinds of entertainment, it is close to Europe’s biggest shopping mall – Westfield, the famous venue St. Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Nothing Hill with the famous Portobello Market. In this hostel breakfast is free, towels in female rooms are provided and just in front you can find BBQ. In the chill-out room you can play some pool or ping pong. It’s a multicolored place for party people. Rooms range is 8 to 4 bedded rooms plus privates.
Prices: Prices start from around 22£, depending on the day and season. Privates are around 47£. Note that St. Christopher’s is quite busy hostel, you should book at least 2 weeks in advance, to find available privates.
Nearest Tube: Shepherd’s Bush is the nearest station.
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