Sure, it’s nice to stay in a fancy hotel, but what about all the awesome hostels London has to offer? It’s an affordable alternative that means more money to spend exploring the capital. Here’s our pick of the best hostels in West London.
Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage
Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is equidistant from both Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road tube stations, perfect for anyone looking to be close to Wembley Stadium while also staying near Central London. Strictly speaking, this hostel is in North West London so both trendy Camden Town (North London) and classy Knightsbridge (West London) are just 20 to 30 minutes away by public transport.
Smart Hyde Park Inn Hostel
Just one minute’s walk from Bayswater tube station, Smart Hyde Park Inn Hostel is set right by Queensway in the elegant area of Bayswater. The hostel is about a five-minute walk from both Queensway station and the Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground, which is in the northwestern corner of Hyde Park. Meanwhile, Kensington Palace, the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, is approximately 15 minutes’ walk away.
Meininger London Hyde Park
Right at the heart of South Kensington, the Meininger London Hyde Park places museum-goers in the perfect spot to satisfy cultural cravings. Across the road from the entrance is the Natural History Museum, one of the most majestic buildings in Britain, while the Science Museum and the V&A Museum are just behind it. The hostel is also just a 10 minute walk from the Royal Albert Hall and 15 minutes from world-renowned department store Harrods.
Tony's House Hotel
Tony’s House Hotel is just a three minute walk from Paddington station, which lent its name to author Michael Bond’s famous (fictional) marmalade-munching Paddington Bear and became the most famous railway station in Britain – until J.K. Rowling worked her magic and gave us Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross. The hostel is set on the charming Norfolk Square, which is home to elegant landscaped gardens – the perfect place to chill out on a summer evening.
Safestay London Holland Park
Holland Park, with its leafy streets and fancy shops, is one of the London’s most exclusive areas. Safestay London Holland Park is situated on the eastern periphery of the area’s eponymous park, which is one of the most picturesque places the capital has to offer. Check out the beautiful Kyoto Garden in the centre and discover the Design Museum in the park’s southern reaches – or walk roughly 10 minutes (through the park) to Holland Park station, jump on a tube and explore the rest of the city.
Barmy Badger Backpackers
Located in Earls Court, just a five-minute walk from the tube station, Barmy Badger Backpackers is great for anyone looking to stay in the heart of West London, while also being able to get to the tennis at Wimbledon or catch an Arsenal game at the Emirates Stadium in North London. The museums of South Kensington are about a 20-minute walk from the hostel, not to mention that Earls Court – common theme here – is a lovely area.