Clink 78, King’s Cross
Legend has it that this was the exact spot where ol’ Charlie Dickens wrote his masterpiece Oliver Twist. It’s also a former courthouse where members of The Clash were sentenced for accidentally (kind of) shooting some expensive racing pigeons. Don’t believe us? Google it. If you’re looking for a few rowdy nights and to make a few lifelong friends, this is the place to go. Definitely a party hostel.
Clink 78, 78 King’s Cross Rd, Kings Cross, London +44 20 7183 9400
The Dictionary, Shoreditch
Shoreditch’s first ever hostel has a self-catering kitchen and a friendly bar and café perfect for meeting your fellow travellers. Ideally located in this hip hub surrounded by bars, clubs, pubs, restaurants and cool fashion boutiques, it’s a great launch pad for London adventures.
The Dictionary, 10-20 Kingsland Rd, London +44 20 7613 2784
Safestay London Elephant and Castle
This super central hostel is perfect for reaching London’s tourist hot spots. Just a stone’s throw away from attractions like the South Bank, Houses of Parliament and Borough market, you’ll keep travel to a minimum. For the price, it’s also very stylish and pretty damn grand, as it’s a groovy Georgian building plastered with fine British art from upcoming artists.
Safestay London Elephant and Castle, 144-152 Walworth Rd, London +44 20 7703 8000
The Walrus Hostel, Waterloo
If you’re looking for a really authentic British experience, it doesn’t come much more British than this hostel located above a traditional English pub. Just a short distance from London’s main attractions, it’s a great place to headquarter yourself and enjoy all the city has to offer. After a few pints downstairs, it’s a short climb to bed.
The Walrus Hostel, 172 Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London +44 20 7928 4368
Palmers Lodge, Swiss Cottage
Breakfast is included at this fun little hostel, within close reach of the centre of London. Set in a building steeped in history, this award winning place of lodging has buckets of style for a minimal budget. Friendly staff and excellent lodgings make this one a hot ticket.
Palmers Lodge, 40 College Cres, London +44 20 7483 8470
Astor, Hyde Park
Rub shoulders with the ‘haves’ even if you’re a ‘don’t have that much and trying to travel on a budget’ at this hostel located in swanky Kensington. You can’t beat it for stylish location, it’s near Kensington Gardens and the gorgeous townhouse hostel also has free WiFi so you can easily plan your next moves.
Astor, Hyde Park, 191 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London +44 20 7581 0103