Camden is the original cool-kid destination in London. Its sprawling market, underground gigs and legendary nightclubs – including KOKO and Egg London – attract celebrities and backpackers alike. Whether you’re coming to see the sights, make new friends or just have some fun, these hostels offer something to suit all tastes.
Not for the faint-hearted, St Christopher’s is a true party hostel; it has its own bar and organises daily pub crawls through Camden. Voted Best Large Hostel Chain in 2016, it’s a reliable, comfortable choice that won’t come with any nasty surprises – just a proper London pub vibe and lots of fun. Rooms range from private twin to 10-bed mixed dorms, but all come with an en-suite bathroom.
Part of the Mornington – a hostel specifically for women – the Hurdwick is great for solo travellers and those anxious about visiting London for the first time. Stylishly designed and located inside a cool townhouse, the deluxe double rooms also feature en suites, which makes for a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. It doesn’t have the party environment you’ll find at some city hostels, but it feels far more luxe than your usual dorm room. The private patio is a highlight, while free towels and soap also help justify the higher nightly rate.
A consistent favourite among solo travellers, Hostel One has a welcoming pub environment with top-class staff and a fun atmosphere. Social activities are high on the agenda, making this a great option for backpackers hoping to make new friends and party. Dinner, which is usually a vegetarian option, is part of the booking package here, so you won’t spend a fortune eating out locally.
The perfect location for those hoping to see London, this hostel is right next to Camden’s famous markets. The rooms and chill-out areas at Smart Camden Inn are basic, but clean, and prices are reasonable for such a central location. Free breakfast is a highlight, and be sure to seek out the friendly staff, who are are more than happy to advise you on local hotspots.
Located slightly out of Camden in green and pleasant Swiss Cottage, Palmers Lodge has a more relaxed atmosphere than most others in the area. The Victorian mansion gives a sense of a boutique English countryside hotel but, in reality, you’re only a short tube journey from Central London. The recently renovated interiors have a real St Trinian’s vibe (in the best kind of way) and the outdoor garden is a great place to chill and meet new people – when the weather allows.