Clink78, London

Kings Cross
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Clink78 Reviews

With so many options for backpackers in London, it can be difficult to make your choice of where to stay; for visitors with limited time, it makes sense to stay as near the center as possible and Clink78 is a pretty good choice.

The Location

Located just a ten-minute walk from King's Cross and St. Pancras international rail stations, Clink78 is ideally situated for getting in and out of the center of the city, too. Kings Cross underground station has trains to Leicester Square and Covent Garden every few minutes, and there are many buses passing in front of the station that also take visitors to the center or to the financial hub in the City of London. Right outside the hostel, there are many cafes and restaurants and bank ATMs are only a ten-minute walk away.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Clink78 is an old courthouse and jail, hence the name -- Clink is an English slang term for prison. Inside, it's labyrinthine, with many hallways and stairways, and it can be easy to get lost despite the many signs. It's a very clean place with many private rooms, including inventive use of the old jail cells. There are an enormous number of dorms from four to fourteen beds, including female-only dorms. Some are en suite, while some share common ablutions -- there's something for everyone here. The dorms are clean and well-tended with good mattresses and sturdy beds. The linen is clean and fresh, but guests make their own beds. Each bed has a light and both a power and USB socket. Large lockers (bring your own padlock) are also in the dorms. The beds in some of the dorms are pushed right up against each other, but separated by a wooden divider for a little privacy. The common bathrooms are liberally scattered around the many corridors and hot water is available twenty-four hours a day.

Common Spaces

Several common sitting areas provide guests with space to interact or to sit and go online. The free Wi-Fi is very good and available hostelwide. The two courtrooms are excellent places to sit if you want a bit of peace and quiet. The common kitchen is in the basement and breakfast is served here for a small extra charge. The kitchen is very clean and pretty well equipped with a kettle, microwave, two four-hob cookers, and plenty of fridges. The Clash Bar is in the basement and open from 6 to 11 p.m.


Clink78 is a very social hostel and immaculately kept. The layout is a bit confusing, but there are always staff on hand to help and check-in is fast and easy. The free Wi-Fi is excellent and one of the courtrooms doubles as a TV room. Clink78 offers a range of tours and trips around London, but it is very close to numerous transport options if you choose to go it alone. This is an excellent choice if you want to stay in the central area of London and it's not expensive. Clink78 is excellent value.
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Front of the Building
Common Sitting Area
TV Courtroom
Quiet Courtroom
Pool Table
Kitchen Mural
Prison Cell Private Rooms
Londonroad Staff Reviewer
Published on 2018-09-12

Functionally good, great building

I stayed in June, and the rooms were uncomfortably warm at night, made sleep a bit difficult. Kitchen is well stocked, but is only open from 12:30 pm until midnight. The free breakfast is sufficient. It's quite a big hostel, so dining area can get crowded. Music there can be loud and annoying. The bar has real ale, which I appreciated! Overall the place is clean and staff were helpful. The old courtroom used as a wifi room looks cool. But a bit lacking in atmosphere, maybe due to the size. A lot of people there were traveling in groups and stayed within their group. A lot of people with heads buried in their laptops or on their phones. Good location.

Age 36 | Australia

Spend 4 nights, fantastic

They excited all my expectations, Marian in the Travel office, Outstanding, Helpful, big smile, and so informative about tours and getting around, She a big access, but all staff is aces. The french bartender with beard, always greets you with a smile and has excellent customer service.

Age 63 | USA

Best in London so far but book online

I've stayed in about 8 hostels in London so far (most of which were pretty average) and this was easily the best one. The staff were friendly, breakfast was good, luggage room handy and the bar was an excellent place to meet people. The building is interesting, bathrooms are on the corridors rather than in the dorms (which I like as there's less waiting and you feel less rushed.). There didn't seem to be many groups either, which is also good. The beds are quite unique in the way they are positioned so close to each other but being covered up on 3 sides with their own light and plug, they felt very private. Location is handy for transport links/tube and as with most places in London there's plenty of convenient shops and pubs around. It's by no means the coolest or most tourist area around but it's safe. I'd definitely stay here again, particularly if you're at a loose end and fancy a few drinks and meeting people in the bar because it's certainly sociable. One warning though: if you have to extend your stay don't pay for it on reception, book it on the Internet. I stayed two extra nights via two separate bookings. The first quote which the computer said' was 38 in a 12 bed dorm (I paid 22 for my first night). I declined and booked one the next morning, again from reception but for 32 (the Internet room, while really cool looking as it's an old court room was always packed and I was in a rush). My 2nd booking was also quoted at 32 but I didn't check when paying and later found out I was charged a whopping 42 for one night a bed in a 10-bed dorm. Clink72, take note and please don't rip people off. There's no need and you tarnished an otherwise great stay (minus one star for this).


Fun youth hostel

Really cool people, central london area, clean, showers are kinda crappy but i wore flip flops in the shower so it was no big deal, comfy beds, awesome bar area, and computers you can use for a small fee. Also friendly and helpful staff.


One of the worst hostels i stayed

Clink hostel was really an awful hostel to stay in. I can't think of anything good about it. The room was really hot and sweaty and you couldn't open the window. The showers were mixed, without doors and it smelled like a zoo. They weren't cleaned during the whole stay. Staff walked in into our room twice, while it was locked and we were in!

Staff overall was really impolite and you there was always a queue during check in and out hours. Location wasn't that good as well, nothing to do in the direct surroundings. Bad atmosphere in general, we didn't meet anybody fun.


Cool place

try this one. most interesting hostel i've stayed in. friendly staff, and clean. bit of a walk with a big backpack.


Clink Hostel is a great choice. It's friendly and fun without being a major party hostel. You can have fun at the bar but also get a good night's sleep. The hostel is a former courthouse and the dorms are former cells -- probably not best for claustrophobics! The hostel is clean and well managed.

The Location

The location is pretty good. King's Cross is not the best part of London but has been cleaned up. Exercise caution at night though. King's Cross is a short walk from Russell Square, which is a nicer area. King's Cross St. Pancras station is a short walk from the hostel. There are eating places and bars nearby the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There is a choice of four-, six-, eight-, ten-, and twelve-bed dorms. All dorms are mixed. There are some dorms and some private rooms with ensuites. These are tiny wet-rooms, so the whole bathroom gets wet and there is not much space to change. The shower pressure is not strong. The communal bathroom facilities are plentiful and consist of rooms of toilets and also single toilets in separate rooms. There are rooms of showers -- rooms for female and male only -- and mixed rooms with hooks for clothes. Shower rooms are very dark and gloomy.

Dorm rooms are accessed by key card. There are small lockers under the beds, so bring a large padlock. There are coat hooks in the room and an extra sink. The room we were in was very cramped with not enough room for luggage. The room (and the rest of the building) is painted brightly, but the room is still very dark -- just a tiny window high up on the wall. So the rooms are not at all cosy -- you would not want to be in your room other than to sleep. The room and bunks are rather claustrophobic. The bunks are pod style with a light above each bed.

Common Spaces

The old courtroom has been left as it was -- it functions as a bright and airy TV room. Many people use their laptops in here too. Whilst the courtroom layout gives great character, it is also not very relaxing with seats facing all different directions, like in court! It's difficult to find and get to a seat. It's not overly social in there unless you get a seat on the sofa that has been pushed in at the back of the room! There is a computer room. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel at a price.

In the basement there is a well equipped kitchen with seating areas in the kitchen and outside of it.This gives a nice friendly, communal atmosphere. There is a funky bar with a very fun atmosphere and cheap drinks and snacks. The bar is a great place to meet people. As there is a bar, guests are not allowed to bring their own alcohol into the hostel. After the bar closes, people socialise at the tables outside the kitchen. It is a great lively atmosphere.There is a luggage room but it does not seem very secure since reception hand out the key to anyone who asks and do not escort people to the room. Be aware that check-in is not until 2 p.m.


Clink Hostel is an enjoyable place to stay short or long-term -- unless the lack of windows bothers you! It's clean and sociable but also quiet enough for when you want to relax.



was really nice, very nice and welcoming staff, really enjoyed my stay there. wasnt expensive either.


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Clink78 Reviews from the Web

I never got to stay here. After having it booked for months I received an email a couple of weeks before my trip telling me it was being refurbished and that they could switch me to their sister hostel Clink 261. We were satisfied with the trade until a few days later when we found out Clink 261 wasn't open for Christmas, forcing us to find another hostel for the two days of the 24th and 25th. Note - the staff at Clink261 are in no way to blame for this, they were wonderful and helpful.


Was only here for 1 night so so far so good


Why are you still taking bookings when you know the hostel is not open?


Great location and staff were really friendly. Good budget accommodation.


My favourite hostel I stayed at in all of Europe!


Not happy with the customer service.

Stayed several times but wont be returning


I like the cleaning staff, really friendly. I like the kitchen facilities and laundry. I like the shower room. Good water pressure. The cleaning could use some improvement particularly during this coronavirus situation. They really didnt disinfect door handles or sterilise the place. The beds could use privacy curtains. I didnt like the way they kicked out people during the crisis and used the government as an excuse. We all read the news. We all knew it wasnt entirely true.


Wouldn't go back, one if the staff members was very rude and i kept having to change my room. I'd stayed at the hostel before but since then they charge you for leaving your luggage. It just felt like they wanted every cent possible from you. Atmosphere was flat, especially since I didn't stay in one room for long.


Overall unimpressed. They pack them in like rats. Beds are set up so you can literally throw your leg over the guys next you in the other bed. Wierd set up, 5 bunkbeds right next to each other. Bathrooms are super cramped too.

Price was the best in town and I can't complain about that.


Wish it was more tidy

Staff screaming all day as they talk to to each other near rooms .


Bathrooms not cleaned for days on end ..

Floors nor mopped for 2 weeks


Considering I was here during the virus outbreak the hostel handled it really well. Cleaning the bathrooms every 2 hours, cleaning the kitchen multiple times a day, wiping the handles and desks often. The cleaners were there almost all day cleaning! Everyone had masks on and the facilities were very clean. They closed the bar in order to maintain what they could as well. I was really impressed for a hostel to handle it this well! Before the breakout they were also very clean and had lots to Do:)


Was good experience,the room was ok. Not a big comfy , but for a night its ok. The security is the main point. They worry a lot w it. I felt safe there.

The showers is ok,theyve toilets in side the bedrooms.

The staff is wonderful. I recommend for the price.


My friend and I stayed here in March 2020 and we had so much fun! The beds are amazing and very private.


Spent one night here, great value for what I paid. Wish the lockers had been bigger though. Super close to transportation that you need to get to anywhere in the city, also directly to the airports. St. Pancras International is tight there so you can even catch major trains out of London. Staff was wonderful!


i only stayed for 2 nights but i could of stayed for more! it was pretty clean but the originally sheets i got were stained, but i switched them out no problem. the staff was very friendly and very helpful. i stayed in an all girls room and PAYING FOR THE BOTTOM BED IS WORTH IT. my only complaint about the room is it was cold, but they brought us a heater once we said something. the location is great, close to the tube and 9 3/4 harry potter, kings cross. the food around the area is good/cheap.


The location was amazing. So close to Kings Cross Station which is easy to get around London from. The room was a lil cramped but it did come with a sink, shelves and lights above the bed so that made up for it. Kitchen was will stocked with equipment and the showers were clean. Only thing that was negative was there was a strange smell in the toilet and the shower. But other than that it was clean and nice.


The bathroom was not clean at all


I had to do a quick trip and it was good location for what I needed.

I had first booked 4 bed with ensuit, arrived at the miniature room with a sink, so was changed rooms to a 6 bed with ensuit.. They didn't offer the difference of price or anything so make up the price difference. I wouldn't book a 4 bed room ever the size of it was ridiculous 4 people standing wouldn't even fit in the room let alone luggage. The beds were well too close for comfort..


First hostel experience, so I did have a bit of a low expectation for a hostel. This hostel had trouble using the key card, was super loud, floors creaked, and beds were uncomfortable


Decent for UK standards. Beds are comfortable but if you Getty the top bunk you dont get a reading light or charger port. Everything else was really clean and they do cheap breakfast in the morning



Clink Hostel in London is all about reinvention. We restored a 200 year old courthouse, creating a stylish backpackers Hostel, and we also set out to transform the traditional concept of youth hostels. With its utterly cool interior, modern facilities and high-tech pod beds, Clink Hostel is a far cry from the generic budget accommodation.
Clink Hostel London England is the perfect place to experience the boldness of 21st century design combined with Victorian architecture. We're the Tate Modern of hostels! Our building is classified as an English Heritage building due to its front entrance, reception, 2 original courtrooms and 7 original prison cells. We offer cheap, chic stylish accommodation with designer dorms, private rooms and even authentic prison cells. Clink backpackers is proud to have amazing settings such as the TV lounge Courtroom (chill out where The Clash were on trial!) and Internet Courtroom (write your own story from the place that inspired Charles Dickens to create Oliver Twist!)

Location and Contact


• Clink Youth Hostel is situated in central London near King's Cross station. We are extremely well connected and easily accessible from all major airports and train stations. Did you know that King's Cross station has 6 underground lines? 4 bus routes? Direct trains from Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow and only one change from Stansted? And now hosts the Eurostar? Clink Backpacker Hostel provides the ultimate in cheap accommodation in the heart of London.
• From King's Cross, St.Pancras (Eurostar) Underground and Train stations:
• The closest Tube/Underground/Subway Station to Clink Hostel is KING'S CROSS ST.PANCRAS. We're only a 10 minute walk away. There are a lot of exits from the station but whichever one you exit, make sure EUSTON RD is in front of you and that the King's Cross and St.Pancras stations are behind you. Turn LEFT and walk down Euston Rd. Euston Rd then becomes PENTONVILLE RD. Walk down this road and the 2nd street on your right is KING'S CROSS RD. Take this road and as it curves around to the right you will see a big TRAVELODGE on your left. We're located directly after this hotel. We're a big COURTHOUSE, impossible to miss! We're located at 78 King's Cross Rd. Bus 63 will drop you from King's Cross station just in front of Clink Hostel London (only 2 stops!)
• From Heathrow Airport:
• Just take the Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue) all the way to King's Cross St.Pancras Station and follow the directions above. The journey will take you about 50 minutes and will cost you £4
• From Gatwick Airport:
• First Capital Connect trains takes you directly to St.Pancras Station and then follow the directions above. This will take you about 50 minutes and will cost you £17 return.
• From Stansted Airport:
• By Bus (cheapest option)– Terravision/Eurolines Buses will take you to Liverpool St. Station or Baker Street Station. From Liverpool St. Station transfer to the Underground and take the Metropolitan Line (Dark Red), Circle Line (Yellow) or Hammersmith and City Line (Pink) WESTBOUND to King's Cross St.Pancras Undergound station and follow the directions above. This will take you about 60-90 minutes and will cost you £14 return.
• By Train (fastest option)- The Stansted Express will take you to Liverpool St. Station and from there take the Metropolitan Line (Dark Red), Circle Line (Yellow) or Hammersmith and City Line (Pink) EASTBOUND to King's Cross St.Pancras Station and follow the directions above. The train journey will take you about 45 minutes and will cost you £27 return.
• From Luton Airport:
• By Bus (cheapest option)- Easybus or Green Line coaches will take you to Baker St Underground Station and from there you can take the Metropolitan Line (Dark Red), Circle Line (Yellow) or Hammersmith and City Line (Pink) EASTBOUND to King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station and follow the directions above. This will take you about 75 minutes and will cost you £18 return.
• By Train (fastest option)- You will need to take first the shuttle bus (£2) to Luton Airport train Station and from there the First capital Connect/Thameslink train will take you to St Pancras station and follow the directions above. This will take you about 40 minutes and will cost you £20.50 return.
• From Victoria Train and Coach stations:
• Take the Underground, Victoria Line (Light Blue), NORTHBOUND to King's Cross St.Pancras and follow the directions above. This will take you about 20 minutes and will cost you £4.



Address: 78 Kings Cross Road, Kings Cross, London, Greater London, England

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Website Clink78 London
Phone Number: 020 7183 9400
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Facilities and Amenities

Female Solo Traveller

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



City Tours

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Pub Crawls


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

24 Hour Security


Air Conditioning


Board Games

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments


Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers




Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Pool Table


Walking Tours

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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