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London hostels are abundant and you can find accommodation in every area of the city. Nice neighborhoods to stay in include Kensington and Paddington, which both offer a wide range of sleeping options. But really, it does not really make a big difference where your hostel is located since London has a comprehensive public transport system. It is possible to get literally anywhere within a reasonable amount of time.
In general, do not expect hostels in London to be spacious; rooms tend to be on the tiny side and it might be difficult to move around without running into something.
London has three major airports that you might be flying into and countless options to get to the city. It is always a good idea to know which suburb you are heading to in order to figure out which bus or train to take to get there. Get a map of the London tube and ask for assistance at the counter. If you are staying for a couple of days, there are discounted multi-day tickets for the public transport which are good value.
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- Save money by buying a London Pass for free entry on attractions, public transit, with a guidebook and other perks.
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"At Ashlee House, the reception area is bright and welcoming, with the London tube map as wallpaper and a funky fake-fur sofa. The other communal areas are in the basement, including a tiny chill-out area, kitchen, and internet corner. The lack of space there would hinder any attempt to meet people, especially since the staff do not allow people to hang out in the kitchen, even though the chill-out area is so tiny. The shared bathrooms are...
St. Christopher's Inn - Camden
"The Location St. Christopher's Inn - Camden is located in the very cool alternative area of Camden town, which is packed with bars and restaurants and a number of street markets open daily. The hostel itself is located on top of Belushi's bar -- in fact, the reception is in the bar itself. It is very easily accessible by either the Morningcrescent tube stop or the Camden Town tube stop, both within a two-minute walk. Rooms and...
St Christopher's Inn - London Bridge
"If you like wifi, plugs, and non-creepy staff, then don't stay here. - There was no wifi in the upper floors of the hostel, which I've never encountered in a hostel before. There was one outlet with maybe four plugs in an 8-person room. This means that not only are there not enough plugs, but you can't charge your phone while you sleep without fearing it being stolen or having your alarm wake up the entire room. No check-in before 2pm is,...
St. Christopher's Inn - Greenwich
"Great value, ok location, ok facilities, good atmosphere - I found the internal layout rather confusing (so many doors and staircases with 90 degree turns, felt a bit like a maze game!). But that may just be me. Friendly pub environment downstairs." … "Good value for such small amount of your money! - Cheap, clean and safe place to stay. perfect location if you're planning to see some event in the nearby O2 arena. rich breakfast....
St. Christopher's Inn - Village
"Be careful not to confuse St. Christopher's Inn - Village with the St Christopher Inn – London Bridge, which is just up the road. The hostel is promoted as a partying hostel and lives up to the promise, so it's most suited to those who want to participate or with a tolerance for some noise as one bar has loud music until 2 a.m. (and later on weekends). It is difficult to find something wrong with this hostel -- it's a superb backpacker hostel...
"It's located just down the street from Hyde Park where you can go walk, sit, write, draw and be mesmerized by the greenest grass, bushiest roses, lovers in row boats, bunny rabbits, exotic herons, ducks, swans, puppies and squirrels so tame they will literally pull on your pants leg for a bite of that sandwich! There is a lock out (which can be a bummer if you are exhausted and jet lagged) but you can stow away your pack and head out for a...
Astor Museum Inn
"Astor Museum Inn is a simple but likeable little hostel in the middle of London. It's part of the Astor group of hostels that includes several hostels around London. It's located right in the center of the city, directly across the street from the British Museum (which has free admission by the way and it worth seeing). The door rooms have any number of beds ranging from 4 to 12, with lower prices for rooms with more beds. The beds are...
Astor Victoria Hotel
"Although the bathrooms and rooms leave something to be desired, Astor Victoria Hotel gets the job done. The Location Although it is not necessarily located close to any of the big tourist spots, the hostel is a few blocks away from Victoria Station, a major hub of transportation, which makes getting around fairly easy. The area around the hostel is pretty quite and feels safe. The few blocks between this hostel and Victoria Station are...
Smart Hyde Park Inn Hostel
"Smart Hyde Park Inn is located in a trendy area of London. The Location It is located on Inverness Terrace, about a two minute walk from Bayswater station and a four-minute walk from Queensway station (both of which are good stations to go to depending on your route. It is also located near many bus stops that run all night. Rooms and Bedrooms The eighteen-bed coed room is what you pay for. It is located in the basement next to...
Dover Castle Hostel
"Dover Castle Hostel has a cosy, home-away-from-home atmosphere with a homey living room and kitchen. Most people are long-termers, adding to the house-like atmosphere. They are very welcoming to the short stay travelers. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel. The hostel lacks clean bathroom facilities. The Location The hostel is across from Borough Tube. The Southwark location is good and there are many eating options and a...
St. Christopher's Inn - Shepherd's Bush
"Good location, comfortable beds, secure rooms. - A convenient and secure place to stay. Comfortable foam mattresses make for a comfortable nights sleep. Wifi speed needs to be improved but the rest is great. There has been a turnover of staff since I last stayed here. The staff did seem arrogant but they assisted me promptly and didn't cause me any trouble. I can not understand how a bunch of workers earning minimum wage think they are so...
Generator Hostel London
"Generator Hostel London is not the typical youth hostel -- it has a little twist with its different and colorful design and style. Generator London has a nice and friendly atmosphere -- it offers everything you'd expect from a hostel, with something a little bit extra like the inside bar where it is possible to get food and drinks, and the travel shop also inside the hostel in case you need to buy something you forgot. The Location...
"London Backpackers is located just outside of central London, just across the street from the train station, small shops, restaurants, and many cafes. The hostel supplies free linen and blankets, free Wi-Fi, a TV lounge, games room, laundry room, and lockers. Also when you're ready to leave, the very friendly hostel staff will help you book your flight, train, or bus to your next stop. The Location The hostel is located down a small...
London Eye Hostel
"Journey’s Waterloo has a great location -- it's tucked away in a residential area so you get to see that side of London, however, it is less than five blocks from the Underground and less than a five-minute walk to Big Ben. Location We feel it is in a great location, and with such access to the Underground (which is not that expensive) you could really get anywhere in the city. Finding it is quite easy -- you just get off at Lambeth...
Smart Camden Inn Hostel
"Smart Camden Inn is halfway between the Mornington Crescent and Camden Town tube stations. During the weekends, Camden Town station gets very busy and is probably best avoided, but if you’re staying in Camden then business is all part of the experience. One gripe is that it operates a fairly arbitrary pricing policy. Those who turn up on the day pay a fixed rate per night whereas those who book in advance can pay less or more than...
Journeys London King's Cross Hostel
"The best asset of this hostel is its location. It's very close to the King's Cross tube station (zone 1 in London), so it's within a short metro ride to anywhere. Journey's King's Cross fares quite well on the value scale as well--not too many options can be found in London for under 15 quid (or as little as 10 quid a day for longer term stays). The hostel has all the basic amenities that the backpackers will expect, but it does lack...
Belsize Park Gardens
"No Security - This hostel has no security. My key opened other people's rooms, and I stayed in someone else's room for 4 nights while they were on holiday, as I could not find my room. My room was in another wing of the hostel, which I didn't know about. I asked at reception, and they informed me that whichever room my key unlocked was mine. Then I was woken at 2:30am on my last night by the room's real residents returning from their holiday....
"Hostel 639 is a convenient place to stay. It is a very cheap hostel and easy to find since it's very close to the subway line. The Location 639 Hostel is located in the northwest of London in front of the Kensal Green subway station. There are supermarkets and pubs close by and also bus lines all day and night long. From London city center it takes approximately thirty minutes by underground. Rooms and Bathrooms There are dorms...
Accommodation London Studios
North West London
"Fraudulent manager and director - Rooms are fine, but renting from this company is really dangerous. Director takes no responsibility for customers' experience and has set up clearly unethical and immoral policies that manager and staff enforce without questioning anything. Like robots they work under the director's command, even when it's obvious they're in the wrong. They have multiple legal charges on the company, historically, and...
HI - YHA London - St Pauls Hostel
"HI - YHA London - St Pauls Hostel is by far the best located hostel in London and easy walking distance from the Millennium Bridge. It is large, clean, and spacious with plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow travelers. The breakfast is a good value and recommended. The Location London -- well, St Pauls YHA is in the middle of it all and mere steps away from St. Paul's Cathedral. Buses and taxi are the easiest ways to...
"Central Hostel in London is a good budget hostel for those who don't expect a lot of frills, with fun decor and a adequate facilities. It's a memorable stay solely for the awesome wall and door murals featuring London landmarks and superheros. The Location Central Hostel is relatively easy to find from the tube, just walk a few blocks from the Bayswater Station on the Circle Line. Reception is fairly hidden, accessed via a thin...
"Really bad! - I stayed for three months whilst I was looking for a job. One day one of the cleaners came into my room and cleaned out one of my drawers -- for some reason they thought I was leaving. Believe it or not, but i didnt get the stuff back! They were useless! Your payment includes the food, but dont eat there! Maybe have breakfast, but that's only because they haven't cooked it. The staff are useless. I had bedbugs! But they never...
Barmy Badger Backpackers
"Barmy Badger Backpackers is not a bad hostel, but not an awesome one either. Earls Court is just a few stops away from major London sites and the night bus makes it super easy to get home from a late night of clubbing. The one major flaw about Barmy is the permanents there. It must be about 80% permanents that stay there, and most are Aussie. Needless to say, they are very cliquey and even put down travelers. Since these people get up...
"Not great atmosphere - Not the best atmosphere for solo travelers. More like a cheap hotel. They had trouble working the credit card machine so I had to go to a cash machine to pay with cash." … "Abysmal - What a dive! My eight-room dorm was tiny, with barely enough room to squeeze our luggage in beside the bunks. The promised "en-suite" consisted of a filthy bath and a sink. The two essential features of an en-suite -- the shower and...
HI - YHA London - Oxford Street Hostel
"The overall impression generated by the HI - YHA London - Oxford Street Hostel is a bland one -- the rooms are nothing special. The hostel's location is without a doubt its main selling point. The Location Superbly placed in Soho and just a few minutes from Oxford Street and the underground, the hostel is in the middle of the action. Rooms and Bathrooms Dorms are basic but good, being perfectly comfortable and clean. They make the...
"It's not what we were expecting - The bathroom was very cold, the breakfast was so poor (they make to us an toast, just 2 per person and to drink only has milk or tea)." … "Worst hotel I have ever been in! - Do not go to this so called "hotel!" It was disgusting, everything was dirty, there were stains and marks all over walls, beds and every surface, toilet lids and seats broken off, blocked loos, water all over bathroom floors due to...
HI - YHA London - Thameside Hostel
"Comfortable -- I return every London trip - Been there at least four times. Another already planned. Each bunk has a suitcase-size locker that can be padlocked. Staff have always been friendly and generous with their time to explain directions or whatever information I needed. The entrance is gated 24/7, with a two-way speaker used to have the magnetic gate lock released to get in. I enjoy its location -- a residential area almost right on...
HI - YHA London - St Pancras Hostel
"YHA London St Pancras' location is great, just a few blocks from the underground on a busy avenue. It is pretty safe -- there's a surveillance system and a quite new elevator. Rooms are pretty quiet, there are individual lockers inside the rooms and some more in the basement in case you need to check out and leave your bag there. Breakfast is great. There's a laundry, kitchen, and TV room. The hostel also has internet access although it's...
HI - YHA London - Earl's Court Hostel
"Very good - I had a very good time in this hostel and will definitely return to the hostel if I go back to London again. Staff is very friendly and willing to help. Nice atmosphere and good location. Had to stay a few days longer because of the severe weather (heavy snowfall). It wasn't a punishment." … "Ripped off - the reception people are unfriendly and unprofessional. they charge you for lots of things, trying to suck your pocket...
YHA London Holland House
"Not Good At All - My room was filthy; it was very dusty. The cleaners hardly did their job. The shower was very small and dirty with small bugs flying around. The staff seemed mean and prejudice. It was a total waste of money and I would never go there again." … "It's not good as the other hostels in London - The location is good no doubt about it but the manager and the rooms of Lha Holland House are just sh*t,specially the beds and...
"Mediocre - Stayed there for a couple of months when studying in London. it's cheap and centrally located, but that's about it. The mattresses are terrible and will kill your back. There's usually about twenty random college kids just lurking around the kitchen. They advertise free breakfast, but it's just toast and jelly. There is an illusion of security, but that didn't stop my laptop from being stolen. Apparently Pickwick (unlike hostels in...
No. 8 Willesden Hostel London
"Friendly, but dirty - Not a pleasant experience here. Do not stay in the 24-person room. The owner is friendly but overworked as the sole owner of a hostel+bar complex. Room lock is old, kitchen is small, but the bathrooms are ok. Good location in London for the price, so make sacrifices in comfort for a short ride to the city center on the Tube." … "Overall, it was nice - The beds weren't the best, and the location is a little out of...
Smart Hyde Park View Hostel
"I stayed there one week ago. It's nice and close to Hyde Park (100 yards away), and fairly near Queensway, so it's by plenty of restaurants, but over all the living conditions were just the deciding factor. It has the smallest 6-person rooms I have ever seen. I could barely move once I was standing inside of one. Lockers are jammed up between beds. Much of the place is old and antiquated, and they closed up a very poor breakfast 15 minutes...
London Private Rooms
"… washer and dryer on site. A simple breakfast of toast, butter, jam, coffee and tea is provided free of charge for any dorm bookings Please note our youth hostel unfortunately has an age restriction of 18-45 years old. We offer private accommodation for guests outside of this age bracket. PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION Choose from single, double/twin, triple and quad rooms and studios. All rooms and studios have : -Fresh...
Budget London Apartments
"… are fully equipped with your own private ensuite, and kitchenette, no shared facilities. Please note that studio apartments incur an additional 2 per day, on top of the total rent owed. Please note that private accommodation is not serviced. We can service rooms/studios upon request at an additional charge. Please contact reception. CHECKING IN/PAYMENT We offer a FREE PICK UP SERVICE from the Willesden Green station....
Royal Bayswater Hostel
"Really, really bad - The Royal Bayswater Hostel is really inadvisable. The rooms are not tidy at all. You can see fungi all over the walls and in the bathroom, especially in the shower. The windows are dirty, broken and despite you can close them, you can hear the noise of the street. There are far too less plug sockets and most of them don't work properly. The breakfast is poor, too. It contains toast, fake-jam, butter and cereals and as...
"Excellent value for money - Great location, very helpful and friendly staff, comfy bed, and cheap. Not a good place to meet travelers though." … "… us to see if the beds are in the same room. We advertise beds not rooms (Apart from Single Rooms and Twin Private Rooms) Beds booked for more than one night consecutively are not guaranteed to be in the same room for the duration of your stay, as we are selling beds in between...
"Unreliable staff / manager - Worst ever stay in my lifetime. I am offered to change the date of the reservation at the same fare. No amended reservation is sent out at that point, but only later on, when I am on my way to the airport, which overcharges almost 4 pounds on the agreeed price. The hostel manager reconfirms the original, lower fare, in person at the hostel, two days before check in. When I check in, I am for the third time...
Palmers Lodges - Swiss Cottage
"Palmers Lodges - Swiss Cottage is a clean, easily accessible hostel with most of the amenities a backpacker or traveler needs. Unfortunately, it is one of the less social hostels that we've seen and improvements could be made to the rooms' setup to better promote meeting other travelers. The Location Palmers Lodges - Swiss Cottage is located close to the Swiss Cottage underground station. It is easy to access from most of London because...
New Cross Inn Hostel
"Dover Castle - New Cross Inn Hostel is a average, everyday hostel. Any age group could be satisfied here, but note there is a bar downstairs that plays music usually late into the night (its effects depend on which floor your room is on). The hostel is relatively cheap, but the location is not the most desirable in London. The rooms are of decent size and quality but the bathrooms leave more to be desired. A guest at the hostel says it is...
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London Travel Tips & Suggestions
I love London Pubs! Great Ales.
Don't go to London -- street art everywhere and stolen sh*t in the museums! The British are pirates, I tell you!
London is incredible. You should spend at the very least a week there. All the museums are free and the locals are all friendly and willing to help. Getting around is very easy when you use the underground. Go to Brick Lane and have some drinks. Also, for the ladies, go to Canary Wharf around 5 p.m. on a Friday -- there are loads of men at the bars who just got out of work!
— Beverly Barnes-USA
I suggest to go to London for two weeks, visiting not only the central district but also suburban places like Hampstead, Richmond, Wimbledon, and Kew Gardens.
A good way to have a look at the town is to get on a bus.
If you are in London in September you should go to Proms in the Park -- great day out and a chance to see the British at their most patriotic! take your flags and a picnic and some wine.
If you're into the pub/club scene, take some time to visit the East End. Two of the best places I encountered were located there -- Elbow Room (with at least two locations, possibly more) and The Backpacker. Don't forget to check out Brick Lane for amazing, authentic Indian/Pakistani cuisine and great street vendors (be careful not to traverse down random alleys jutting out from Brick Lane, though).
Do the Red Bus trip around London. I gave it a miss because of the cost but someone else I knew did it and loved every second. It seems like it would be a great induction to the city to help give you a feel for where everything is and makes it a good way to pop in and out of some of the tourist attractions that you don't need a lot of time for.
The "Big Red Bus" and "Original Bus" tours are a great way to see London and top sights. Some routes have a live guide and some have recorded conmmentary. Busses are double decker, some with open tops. Pay one price for the day, hop on or off at any stop, Thames river tour included in price.
I suggest spending at least one week in London if it's the first time you go there. The best place in London for those who are keen on history (particularly the XXth century) is the Imperial War Museum on Lambeth Road (metro Lambeth North). The entrance is free. There are permanent exhibitions about the holocaust and "live" experiences of the trenches in the 1st World War or the bombings of London in the 2nd World War. Tanks, aircrafts, and guns are also in the hall. I spent there three days and I suggest it to everyone.
— Davide Santi, Italy, 28 years old
I strongly suggest if going to London that you buy an A-Z book. It is very helpful with traveling the buses and tube stations as well as other attractions to see and places to eat.
Luton airports sometimes have cheaper flights and there is an amazing hotel there called the Red Lion Inn that is super cheap and about a five euro cab ride to the airport or the train station. We took the train from London to Luton and then flew out from there.
If you get a chance day trip into Kingston. It's about a 20 min train ride or only a 5 min ride from Heathrow. It's a beautiful town with lots of pubs on the Thames. Take a cruise down to the Hampton Palace and walkin the huge, beautiful gardens.
Remember that most of the museums here are free, so take advantage of that.
London is a fun, vibrant city with lots to see and do. My advice would be to spend at least a week here, to at least begin to appreciate what London has to offer. Perhaps the only downside is that it is quite expensive - you need to monitor your spending if you're on a budget.
If you like Castles and historic places and are spending a week or more in London and the rest of UK, then get the Great British Heritage pass before you leave home. You save heaps of money. For only around $80-$90 AUS you can get a pass for 15 days that gets you in free everywhere (except for Tower of London which is half price). Considering entry prices at castles and historic properties range from 8 - 15 GB pounds you save a lot. You can use it also at places like Roman Baths museum at Bath and at Stonehenge too. We used it in London for Hampton Court Palace, Kensington palace and Windsor Castle. You can also use it in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
— Vanessa from Sydney
Be sure to take one of the London Walks tours - they're marvelous, cheap, and let you see and learn more about London than you could on your own!
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