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The Best Hostels in East London

The Best Hostels in East London

Picture of Ruaidhrí Carroll
London Travel Writer
Updated: 6 December 2017

London has plenty of hotels that will happily take your cash. But sometimes it’s nice to not blow the entire holiday budget on finding somewhere to stay. That’s where these fantastic hostels come into the equation – places to stay that won’t break the bank.

The Dictionary Hostel

Sitting proudly in the northern reaches of Shoreditch, one of London’s coolest neighbourhoods, The Dictionary Hostel is in the perfect spot for culture vultures looking to experience the capital in all its edgy glory. There is lots to keep the millennial traveller busy around these parts: check out the artsy graffiti on the walls and indulge in the tasty foodie haunts in the daytime before exploring the famous Shoreditch nightlife as the day moves on.

Wombat's City Hostel

Situated in Tower Hamlets, Wombats City Hostel is roughly a ten-minute walk to Tower Hill, which makes it ideal for anyone looking to stay near iconic landmarks like the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Each single-sex dorm comes with an ensuite bathroom and a separate toilet. Padlocks may well be retro chic, but they’re not exactly practical. That’s why Wombat’s locker boxes are unlocked using guests’ personal room keys – so no fumbling around looking for that padlock key here.

Via Limehouse Hostel

Limehouse is a quieter area of East London – but that’s only by East London’s standards. Via Limehouse Hostel positions guests by the beautiful Limehouse Basin, which marks the spot where the River Thames, Regent’s Canal and the Limehouse Cut of the River Lee meet. Guests can jump on public transport and, depending on the direction, be in Canary Wharf, Shoreditch or Bank within 30 minutes. Fancy some exercise? Canary Wharf is just 15 minutes on foot, while Shoreditch is about 45 minutes’ walk away along Commercial Road.

Bethnal Green Rooms

Bridging the gap between Shoreditch and Bethnal Green, the Bethnal Green Rooms can be found on the Bethnal Green Road in – you guessed it – Bethnal Green. Equidistant from two East End hotspots, there are plenty of things to do around here, whether that means a good old-fashioned pub quiz in Bethnal Green or a lively night out in trendy Shoreditch. An added perk for anyone in the area on a Sunday: Columbia Road Flower Market is just over a five-minute walk away.