The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London

The Dictionary Hostel, London

38 Reviews
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The Dictionary Hostel Reviews

The Dictionary Hostel is perfect for people that want a quality place to stay in London, in a decent location, with a free breakfast.

The Location

It is located in East London, a nine-minute walk to Old Street Station (tube and overground), an eight-minute walk to Shoreditch High Street (overground), or a six-minute walk to Hoxton Station (overground). These stations allow you to travel quickly into central London if you're an intrepid tourist wanting to see the plethora of attractions London has to offer. However, you do not have to travel so far to see closer attractions like Brick Lane (a thirteen-minute walk), Spitalfields Market (a fifteen-minute walk), and the Barbican Theatre or Cinema (a twenty-minute walk).

You also don't need to travel far to dine in one of the local restaurants or drink in one of the local funky bars. Fancy a pizza? Amici Miei 2 Go will more than meet your expectations and is only six doorsteps away. If your taste buds are salivating for a kebab at 3 a.m., Kebab Zero is there for you and is even closer! If it's a bar you're after, Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes is a hipster cafe/bar that used to be two eighties bag and shoe wholesalers that have signs hanging on the building's original shopfront. If you're a beer connoisseur, then Bar Prague could be right up your street as it serves a collection of Prague beers. If you want to have a laugh, The Cornershop Bar has an open mic comedy night, after which you can have a jig on the dance floor. Sports fan? Bar Kick is the place to go; it has many large screens showing sports, table football, with various sports memorabilia to give it that unique sports bar look.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Its square-metre size is huge, so it's unlikely there won't be a spare bed for you. The rooms have the bedding ready for you on arrival, with a lockable cage underneath the bunk beds in which to keep your possessions safe. If you forgot to bring a lock, they have some available to buy at reception. They have plug sockets close to the bed but no personal lights. Each room has a private toilet and shower, a convenience that you'll appreciate, although a full room of sixteen people could lead to queues for these facilities. They do have toilets outside the rooms, though, and perhaps showers too, but we didn't see them.

Common Spaces

The reception room is fairly large and has a common space with tables and chairs in which to socialise or relax. Downstairs is the kitchen that also has tables, chairs, a large TV, and a free breakfast between 8 and 10 a.m. Breakfast is simple but it's more than enough; it includes bread that you can toast, butter, jam, peanut butter, cornflakes, oats, tea, and coffee. We could not see a microwave, which is a shame as we wanted to warm up the oats. However, there are three fridges in which you can keep food and drink, plus various kitchen paraphernalia allowing you to cook meals.


This is a hostel we would highly recommend because it has everything you need when seeking a cheap place to stay in London.
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The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
The Dictionary Hostel, London
robwynn Staff Reviewer
Published on 2019-12-08

The Dictionary Hostel is a great, well-designed hostel from which to explore London's hip east side, but not suited to those who want to lay low. It's a party every night! Bring your earplugs, or make use of the free bowl of plugs at reception if you need to get a good night's sleep.

The Location

Shoreditch is the cool, go-to end of London town. Somewhat gentrified, and full of bars, vintage clothing stores, markets, and record shops, it makes a nice change of pace when you've seen enough of the royal family and typical tourist traps. Kingsland Road/High Street is a busy place, and Dictionary Hostel is between two bars, so you'll hear a constant hum of inebriated folks coming and going.

Rooms and Bathrooms

You'll find a typical mix of private, co-ed, and female dorms (some with en suites). It seems like every room will get a bit of noise, but if you're a super light sleeper, ask for a room that's not facing the street. The rooms don't have private power points. Rooms are kept very clean, but staff seems to enter the rooms a little too much to clean constantly.

Common Spaces

The entrance lounge is the only place you'll get decent Wi-Fi. It works only intermittently, or not at all in the rooms (you'll need to get a new Wi-Fi password from reception every twenty-four hours if you want to use it in your room). There's also a small atrium common space, and a cool little rooftop area (you need to climb a ladder to access it, which is a bit scary, but fun). The rooftop closes at 8 p.m., and the atrium at 11 p.m. to help with noise levels. There's a lovely little cafe and cool bar attached, where you'll get twenty percent off food and drinks. The basement level has an excellent kitchen with more kitchen knickknacks than you usually get in a hostel, and there's free breakfast every morning from 8 to 10 a.m. You might be lucky enough to score some pancakes if you're early enough.


This is a lovely hostel in a cool area of London. It's probably not the place to stay if you're a very light sleeper. The noise within the hostel itself is kept under control, it's just the location between two bars, and this area of London in general. But don't let that put you off -- it's really the best part of London, after all.

Kristy Sullivan

Nice place to meet people

The place is nice, the decoration is original and appropriate to the borough of Shoreditch. Very good place to hang out at night and meet some people. Warning -- some rooms are quite noisy, because these are next to the pubs. Don't hope for a quiet and silent night. I recommend this place for travelers who want to have fun! i didn't have the pleasure to meet the mice (i've been told there were some).

Age 22 | French

Great hipsterish neighborhood. Nice staff are very helpful. They let us store bags for a few days. My 6 person dorm was great. Exposed brick and bathroom en suite (ours had some mildew/standing water issues though). Great foam mattresses were very comfy. Decent breakfast w real coffee (can be hard to find in London). Recommended.


Amazing stay and in the middle of Shoreditch!!

I had an amazing stay at The Dictionary Hostel in East London. I stayed for 8 nights and came back for another 3. The staff were great and the bar was a major plus too. The rooms all have an en-suite and. The beds are brand new and super comfortable for a Hostel. And the 8 bed dorm I stayed in was quite large! It is located on a main road with lot of restaurant/bars/cafes, so there is a bit of noise. I didn't find it anything shocking but If you are a light sleeper just bring some earplugs and you will be fine. The beds had big cages to lock up your luggage underneath too. The location on Kingsland rd is the best thing really. Brick Lane is a 5 minute walk and Columbia flower Market is right around the corner. Will recommend to everyone Thanks Dictionary team!


Good Value for Money

For London it was good value, however if you are looking for a quiet nights rest you may want to try somewhere else, it is on a busy street with noisy bars, there was no air conditioning or fans in the room. I was there on one of the hottest nights of the year, which meant the windows were open all night but that meant lots of noise & traffic throughout the night, ear plugs are a must or when booking try to book a dorm room at the back of the hostel away from the main room. If you are in a hurry in the morning and book the 10 bed dorm room, you may have a long wait to get ready as there is only 1 toilet & 1 Shower room for 10 people to use! I had to wait 45 minutes before I could get to use it! The breakfast consists of just 1 Croissant or 1 Bagel with Jam or soft cheese with a choice of Coffee or Tea to go with it! I was left hungry still and went to a local cafe to get a decent sized breakfast afterwards. I wouldn't book it on the basis that it includes breakfast, its nothing substantial unless you are on a diet! Overall I would book this hostel again, it was clean & tidy and the staff were very friendly and helpful! If they can rectify the above issues then it will be a 5 star review instead next time.



Location and Contact




Address: 10-20 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, Greater London, England

The Dictionary Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website The Dictionary Hostel London
Phone Number: +44 20 7613 2784
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



City Tours

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Pub Crawls


24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental


Curfew: No Curfew

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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