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!
Favourite recommendation: Wombat’s city hostel
Most unique hotel/hostel: Green Rooms Hotel
1. Wombats City Hostel, London
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.
2. Generator Hostel, London
Key takes: Location, double rooms, inhouse laundry, Travel shop and bar
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.
Location: 37 Tavistock Place, Russell Square, Camden, London, WC1H 9SE, United Kingdom
3. Clink 78, Hostels
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.
Location: 78 Kings Cross Road, Islington, London, WC1X 9QG, United Kingdom
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
5. Palmers Lodge – Swiss Cottage
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.
Location: 40 College Crescent, Camden, London, NW3 5LB, United Kingdom
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.
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
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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!