Barmy Badger Backpackers, London

Earls Court
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Nice and simple, a little far away from town

It was a very simple hostel. The sitting area was a little small, but the kitchen was nice -- nice size, good amenities, and nice breakfast. There seemed to be a lot of people living there who were long-term rather than tourists, which could be a good or a bad thing depending on what you're looking for. It was easy to find from the subway, but the subway was necessary to get to most anything. The rooms were very simple, but nice. There were large wooden lockers to put your belongings in (perfect if you bring your own lock) and a safe inside each one -- all very spacious. The bathroom was small, but clean, so no complaints.

Age 24 | USA

Nice place

Good location, great staff, and good facilities.

Age 22 | australian

Nice place for long-term

I really enjoyed my staying here (two weeks in August 2012). Large rooms with huge lockers, bathroom ok. The building itself is nice, kind of old-fashioned, with a garden and a great kitchen. It's very well located in central London, near some grocery stores and some awesome places to chill like Hyde park or Kensington High Street. Facilities are fine too, you find a lot of stuffs like books, ironing equipment. The communal areas are homey and the atmosphere is very friendly. There are a lot of Aussies so you can feel a bit lost when you are not native english-speaker, but anyway a really good way to improve oneself in english and to meet cool people.



The bathroom floor was very sticky and the sheets and room were not particularly clean, although the sticky floor got fixed the second day. We did not have heat the first day and it was December. Somebody stole our labeled food from the fridge. Also, there is no internet, which is a bit silly considering you can get it at just about every other hostel. However, the staff was very friendly and the dogs are cute. It seems like a nice group of people living there, and it was nice to have free breakfast, although it was minimal. It is very well-located and convenient for the Tube. It is right near several groceries, internet cafes, and affordable places to eat. While we would not enthusiastically recommend it, it's not a bad place at all to spend a few nights, and it's cheap.


Nice place -- i visited for literally a minute

when i was in the barmy badger i was actually greatly impressed by the professionalism of the staff and the cleanliness of the place, i imagine it is a great and homey place to live, stay, or visit. when i was there i believe the place was fairly new, 2002.

matt zeigler

It's been my home for a year now and I can't imagine living anywhere else in London. The owners are dear friends of mine -- very friendly and cool! If it wasn't for their high spirits the "Badger" wouldn't be my home away from home. The rest of the Barmy Crew who live there -- well they're my extended family.


It astounds me to find some report-backs to be negative. The Barmy Badger is an awesome little place with a great bunch of people running and living in it. i have only positive things to say about "my home" and has been the reason i have not returned back to South Africa. Give it a try and get your own opinion, you wont be disappointed.


DO NOT STAY AT HE BARMY BADGER!!!!!! We to were fooled by untrue reviews. The renovations have not been done! The place is rundown and needs serious work. The bathrooms are dirty and small. The beds are uncomfortable and dirty the sheets are stained and have cigarette burns in them. Also we returned from a job interview one day and our room had been entered for bug spraying without our consent. They threw our stuff all over the floor NOT HAPPY! The breakfast is great if you enjoy expired milk and stale cornflakes! And the giant tubs of margarine and i think its meant to be strawberry jam are disgusting to say the least. Steer clear of the Badger.

Upset Barmy Stayers

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Loved my stay here, really good atmosphere and felt comfy. Good location and friendly staff. Only issues were you couldnt sit upright in the bed space and the shower in the room was tiny, although it worked well. Overall would recommend.


Everyone at Barmy Badger makes you feel at home, they are so kind, helpful and the atmosphere is amazing. The facilities are like an old English house, which means, a lot of stairs, pretty warm in the summer. But for the area, and the kindness, it's worth it. It's also pretty clean!


Awesome hostel located very close to tube station and supermarkets. Great team of staff members working, and comfy beds in the dorms. Only problem was the heat of the room - we stayed on the top floor so the room was so hot and there wasnt much we could do about it. Free breakfast was great and the kitchen was one of the best Ive seen so far. I would definitely stay here again!


Good sized safe with 8 digit code, nice kitchen, small enough dorms with en suite which are convenient. Large lockers but bring your own safe. Free wifi, helpful staff and really convenient location.


Super friendly staff, great private room with large opening window and comfy bed. Excellent location, close to the tube, supermarkets & restaurants. Will be coming back.


Really enjoyed the staff here - so friendly and eager to make your stay enjoyable. Hostel is a bit dated but quite nice, with a really good kitchen and free breakfast.


From the get-go, the staff was super friendly and helpful with making my partner and I feel accommodated and giving us directions around the city. The location is excellent and the atmosphere is really cozy. Providing free breakfast is an added plus and I loved the fact that they make a conscious effort to recycle the waste produced. If youre looking for a place to stay in London, look no further- it was perfect!


I enjoyed my stay here. Staff were friendly, and there was a quieter atmosphere compared to most hostels which was kind of nice.


I had a great time there. I was in a mixed room, and felt a bit uncomfortable as I was the only girl in the room with really old men. (45-50 years old men). The facilities are great. Big kitchen, you can definitely cook there. The hostel was really clean, had no complain about that. There is not much atmosphere however. Its a pretty calm hostel. Finally, the location is amazing. The neighborhood is beautiful. Really close to a metro station. There is a grocery store literally 30 seconds from the hostel. Wo


Perfect location next to Earl's Court tube station. Staff were super friendly and helpful. Quiet location and dorm. Beds were very comfortable, and safe/locker was helpful. The only downside is 12 people (3 rooms) share one a one stall bathroom. Some waiting is necessary. Great first hostel stay!


Absolutely loved it here! There was a bit of an awkward and unwelcoming atmosphere in our room from others staying in that room. It was due to their antisocial behavior and not the fault of the hostel or host, it was an unsettling feeling at times. However, again, not the fault of the hostel itself.


One of the best hostels I have been to! Solid wooden bunk beds that don't make noise when people toss and turn, well built and well taken care of building/facilities. Very clean. Location short walk from a tube station, but on a side street so reasonably quiet at night. Would go back to in a heartbeat.


Great place to stay. I enjoyed the large kitchen, free breakfast, and all day tea or coffee. The garden area is nice on warm evenings. I would definitely stay here again.


One of the first hostels I stayed in years ago. Now I returned and it is still amazing and extraordinary after many hostel experiences. The room feels squeaky clean, had a great night sleep on the bed and the area is great!


Location was great and the hostel felt safe. Staff was friendly and patient! The lockers with a safe inside were useful but bring your own padlock. Toilets were clean (use the one on the first floor!)

Only downside is the rooms got really hot and the windows do not open fully so it can be quite stuffy.


Kind, helpful staff. Great muesli for breakfast. Room was very hot at beginning of stay. Beds are quite hard. Overall we had a good stay there.


Basic and clean place to stay near Earls Court.

Not a social hostel so if you just need somewhere to sleep its good.


Barmy Badger was friendly and welcoming. The floors were squeaky, which led to hearing every person come in and out of the dorm, which got annoying. Other than that, it was easy to walk to from the tube and clean.


good, safe, clean, quiet hostel. staff was great, shoutout ken!


Staff was super nice and very helpful. Super easy walk to Earls Court tube. Friendly kitty to hang with outside. Only thing is the noise level is high, even at night d/t busy street perpendicular to home. If youre looking for quiet, not your guy. If youre looking for a simple, easy stay. Great spot.



Prices – per person and include breakfast, all day tea/coffee and use of bed linen.

6 Dorm - £15 per night, £85 weekly
4 Dorm without bathroom - £15 per night, £87 weekly
4 Dorm with bathroom - £16 per night, £90 weekly
Twin - £17 per night, £90 weekly
Twin with bathroom - £17 per night, £95 weekly
Double - £17 per night, £90 weekly

We have just refurbished the whole of the Badger and work has included brand new bathrooms and more spacious rooms. Fully equipped kitchen, separate tv room with video and sky and huge, comfy bean bags to sit on, laundry, guest pay phone, garden with bar-b-q area, en-suite dorms, central heating, hot showers, free bag storage and lockers in the dorms, plus safety deposit.

Bookings can be made a maximum of two weeks in advance and with credit card only. Please note that the Badger is for travellers only and is not suitable for children or full time students.

Barmy Badger Backpackers
17 Longridge Road, Earls Court, London SW5 9SB
Tel/fax: (020) 7370 5213

Location and Contact


• Zone 1 (Earl's Court), 10 minutes from the city center.
• get to earls court station turn left in to earls court rd and we are the 4 th street on the left the strret is called logridge road



Address: 17 Longridge Road, Earls Court, London, Greater London, England

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Website Barmy Badger Backpackers London
Phone Number: +44 (0) 207 370 5213
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Facilities and Amenities

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Credit Card Payments

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area


Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 07.00-22.30

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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