The Review

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.
by Londonroad Staff Reviewer
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Front of the Building
Common Sitting Area
TV Courtroom
Quiet Courtroom
Pool Table
Kitchen Mural
Prison Cell Private Rooms


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Clink78" at 78 Kings Cross Road.)


78 Kings Cross Road, London, Greater London, England
51.528747, -0.115497 (accuracy not guaranteed)
020 7183 9400
020 7713 0735
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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. Summary 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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