Clink78, London

Kings Cross
13 Reviews
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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
LondonroadMa Staff Reviewer
Published on Sep 12, 2018


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 (Londo City), Greater London, England

Distance to city center: 2.36 km

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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


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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