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London Eye and London Aquarium, Southbank
London Eye and London Aquarium, Southbank

The Best Hostels in South London

Picture of Ruaidhrí Carroll
London Travel Writer
Updated: 19 December 2017

Sure, we would all love to stay in a five-star hotel every time we go away, but sadly that’s not necessarily affordable. For all those other trips on a shoestring budget, it’s important to find somewhere decent to stay that won’t break the bank. Here are a few of the best hostels South London has to offer.

Destinations at The Rose & Crown

Above a pub that has the feel of an old working men’s club that’s been refitted with a modern twist, Destinations at The Rose & Crown is just a four-minute walk from Borough tube station. With the River Thames less than 10 minutes’ walk away, too, this place is right in the heart of London.

Hootananny Hostel

Situated above a lively bar in Brixton, one of South London’s hippest areas, Hootananny really is a hoot – although it’s probably not a place to take your nanny. Both Brixton tube station and Herne Hill train station are just over a 10-minute walk away, so it’s not a bad base for an explorer either.

Safestay London Elephant & Castle

Great for partygoers, Safestay London Elephant & Castle is located a short walk from the Ministry of Sound, one of the best nightclubs in Europe. The hostel, which is also a hotel with a heated patio garden, is only a five-minute walk from Elephant & Castle train station and less than 10 minutes from the tube station of the same name.

London Waterloo Hostel

While the London Waterloo Hostel is actually a 15-minute walk from Waterloo station, there is plenty else that the hostel is close to. It’s just over a five-minute walk to the Imperial War Museum, while Lambeth North tube station is 10 minutes away. Also close by is Lambeth Palace, a 13th-century architectural masterpiece that is home to the Archbishop of Canterbury and is situated across the river from the Palace of Westminster.

The Walrus Bar & Hostel

Ideal for anyone looking to be close to as many major attractions as possible, The Walrus Bar & Hostel is within 10 minutes’ walk of the London Dungeon, the London Aquarium and the London Eye in Southbank, all right across the river from the Houses of Parliament. Also just a three-minute walk from Lambeth North tube station and slightly over five minutes from Waterloo train station, it’s well placed for exploring the city, too.

St Christopher's Inn Greenwich

Sitting atop a Belushi’s bar, St Christopher’s Inn Greenwich is very closely situated to the enormous Greenwich Park. This means it’s ideal for anyone looking to visit the National Maritime Museum or the Royal Observatory, established during the 17th-century reign of Charles II and home to the Prime Meridian, international waypoint of time. Greenwich train station and its DLR station are just a couple of minutes away.