BEST HOSTELS IN LONDON – The Boarding Pass recommends

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Best hostels in London

London is a dream destination for many. If you are planning to check it off your list, whether as a family or a group of friends or a solo traveller, let me assure you’re in for a crazy journey. With massive interest building on budget travel, it’s safe to say London can be listed for the budget traveller.

London is at an absolute forefront of hostel and hip culture. From vintage hotels to hipster themed options, from the night life lover to artsy creative buffs, London has all of it to offer. The city is filled to the brim of creative and yet budget friendly places to offer. Old Victorian houses and mansions are being converted to happy hostels offering stay options at a shoestring of a price and added amenities that only create an exciting environment. The cost of traveling in London can be quite high, which is why, saving up on stay can be a good start to revamp your travel budget.

Here is a list of my favourite hostels in London!

Quick Look:

Favourite recommendation: Wombat’s city hostel

Most unique hotel/hostel: Green Rooms Hotel


1.       Wombats City Hostel, London

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Imagine staying right amidst the city centre at affordable prices and great amenities? Being just a stone’s throw away from Tower of London, the London bridge and all the major sightseeing spots, this hostel is literally one my favourites.

The one trick I use when I travel is to carefully choose my stay. With London and it’s crazy conveyance costs and time consumed, it’s smartest to be centrally located, and there is nothing more central you’d find at such rates.

I personally recommend Wombats hostel for many reasons. Some attributes being: Location, Design, Comfort, Food and amenities.


Location: 7 Dock street, Wapping, London, United Kingdom E18LL. Nearest tube station – Tower hill.

600m from Tower hill, 700m from tower bridge, this hostel stars in location.

Design: A modernistic approach to its design, this is ridiculously stylish for its price. With common areas defining simple perfection.

Comfort: The hostel has about 120 beds that are super comfortable. It offers private rooms and dorms for the ultra-budget freaks.

Amenities: Clean linen, Wi-Fi, travel guides, in-house laundry service, hammocks to chill by during the day, Luggage storage rooms, super friendly and helpful staff, upbeat restaurant, a super trendy brick-walled Wombar. You are sure to love this upbeat hostel.

Book this hostel here!


2.       Generator Hostel, London

Key takes: Location, double rooms, inhouse laundry, Travel shop and bar

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Generator hostel is known for its 5-star appeal. It is consistently rated as one of the best hostels for couple travellers. It takes a win-win for its location. It’s located in an area rich in history and theatre. The main tube lines are Russell square and kings cross underground stations. Its about 10 minutes walking distance to the British museum and the library.

Amenities include a bar, a restaurant, a tiny nightclub for the music and dance lovers, Wednesday karaoke nights, travel shop to buy tickets and a game room. At prices lesser than $20, Generator hostel stands out for great cheap hostels to stay in London.

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Location: 37 Tavistock Place, Russell Square, Camden, London, WC1H 9SE, United Kingdom

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3.       Clink 78, Hostels

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One of the best party hostels in London, this hostel is located in king’s cross courthouse building. With the Eurostar and national rail being at walkable distance, this is great place to be at. Old courtrooms are now revamped into lounge areas with games and on special request, you can even stay at the vintage jail. There is an underground bar with live music and karaoke nights. This hostel offers dorm rooms, however if you prefer your privacy, there are double rooms available with advance booking. That being said, the reception has friendly staff who help guide you through a varied tour options offering free walking tours to ticketing facilities.

Clink 781

Location: 78 Kings Cross Road, Islington, London, WC1X 9QG, United Kingdom

Book this hostel here!


4.       Meininger London Hyde Park


Once again excellent on location, Meininger hotel/hostel is located in the Kensington area of central London and is right opposite the natural history museum with about 10 minutes’ walk to the Kensington palace and the royal Alberta hall. Kensington is a great place for lovers of art, history and architecture. The hostel offers a good list of amenities like a full running bar, lockers, maps, hairdryers and adaptors available on request at the desk. The hostel also offer ticketing facilities for the stress free traveller.


Location: 65-67 Queen’s Gate, Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW7 5JS, United Kingdom

Book this hostel here!


5.       Palmers Lodge – Swiss Cottage

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The palmers Lodge is a beautifully articulated hostel/hotel with interiors that define charm and character. In other words, a Victorian atmosphere is the trademark of the Palmers Lodge. It is located in a rather lesser hep spots of the city, however staying two hands distance away from centrally located sights. The Westminster abbey is about 10 minutes’ walk and the tube station is less than 500m away. This swiss cottage is popular among the shopaholics.

The lodge offers a lively pub, free WI-FI, a common room for socialising and a warm attentive staff.

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Location: 40 College Crescent, Camden, London, NW3 5LB, United Kingdom

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6.       Green Rooms Hotel, London


And finally, to one of the most uniquely designed and themed stays in London, Green Rooms is UK’s first arts led enterprise hotel. Bring the artist inside you out and alive because this little hotel/hostel is a blush full of art and creativity. If you are an artist, you get to win dorm rooms or private rooms at cheaper prices than the regularly charged traveller. This place offers a high-quality experience at affordable rates.  This hotel is designed in a building that dates back to 1935. It is bang opposite the wood green tube station and one straight Piccadilly line give you a direct access to central London.

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This hotel boasts 2 studio apartments, private double rooms as well as dorms. Its filled with vintage furniture that gives it an old artsy feel. There is no television though, which stays in line with the theme of the place. It has a well-lit lobby that includes a bar and an exhibition space to promote art and creativity of all kinds.

Location: 13-27 Station Road Wood Green, London, N22 6UW, United Kingdom

Book this hostel here!


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That’s it folks. These are the best hostels to stay at in London. I hope you found your best match, what you were looking for. And assuming that you have, your London trip is much closer to being one heck of an adventure you’d remember for a lifetime.

This list is based on my personal experience and/or online reviews from fellow bloggers. If you have stayed in any of the above or any other hostel that blew your mind, or have any other awesome place to add on here, mention in the comments below!

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I am Sakshi from India. Travel writer by profession, traveler by passion, bibliophile at heart and photographer by hobby, I possess an endless quest for newer travels and adventures. Hiking is my annual routine and some call me the mountain queen. Nature inspires me and travel motivates me to be better, write better, live better. I am a girl living in abundance, just a girl hunting for her boarding-pass!

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Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl)

Very useful post to me. Hostels are great when it goes to saving a pretty penny in staying. And I am planning my trip to London soon enough

Mosaics Lab
Mosaics Lab
2 years ago

Can’t thank you enough for writing this post, that is so cool! Love the recos!

Angela Fry
2 years ago

These are beautiful choices. I’d love to visit London some day!

2 years ago

Thank you for sharing – I will keep this in mind should I visit London one day (can only hope I do!)

2 years ago

Hostels in London is great. I miss london. It was my home once upon a time.

Eli, The Partying Traveler

Whoa. These hostels are so trendy. Read this just in time as I’m going to London in 10 days!

Thoroughly Modern Grandma
Thoroughly Modern Grandma
2 years ago

Wow these look brilliant. I’ve worked in London for years but never heard about any of these.

Sara Welch
2 years ago

London is on the top of my next destination list. These are some amazing hotel options!

Pati Robins
Pati Robins
2 years ago

i am so glad that you inclided wombats – that is one great place to hang out

2 years ago

I’m long over my hostel days, but these are excellent choices for London. I love the Generator hostel brand, they’re really great.

Jasmine - LoveLifeLaughMotherhood

interesting! i’ve never stayed in a hostel, but these look pretty nice! sharing this with traveling friends

2 years ago

accomodation in London can be crazy expensive! So I’m taking note of your suggestions for my next trip!

2 years ago

I have never stayed in a hostel! I know lots of people who stay in the regularly but they make me a little nervous. I really need to just go ahead and give one of these a go.

2 years ago

I love how hostels are decent places to stay these days! I remember watching lives as a kid and they were sorta shady!

2 years ago

I live in London so I have never looked for hostels however these look very interesting for at least one night! I used to live next to the Generators hostel, this area is very cool for tourists and walkable to everything! Love it and your photos

2 years ago

Wow, hostels in London have definitely improved since I was backpacking in London. Time to return, I think. Thanks for posting this.

2 years ago

Wow, hostels have really stepped up their game. Going to bookmark this one because London is so damn expensive.

2 years ago

Usually, I’m not doing hostels since I don’t like sleeping in one room with others. But the Palmer’s might change my mind – it looks really great. And Swiss Cottage is very close to where I usually stay when in London so I might give a try on my next trip.

Alexander Popkov
Alexander Popkov
2 years ago

Hmm, I think I would go for the Generator Hostel. I liked the design. But the rest looks quite nice too!

1 year ago

Hi there… thank you very much for the details. I have been looking for a budget stay for my tracel during Christmas and couldn’t find anything at all but now through your blog i have not only found somewhere excited to stay for me but also for my friends..! Thanks a ton.. Very good and detailed info…!!! Well done for the great job ?