13 Hostels in London with Private Rooms

13 Hostels in London with Private Rooms

Staying in hostels is a great way for budget travelers to save money on accommodation when visiting London. However, hostel rooms are typically shared dorm-style rooms. For those looking for more privacy, some cool hostels in London do offer private rooms at affordable rates.

With the growing demand for private rooms, London hostels have stepped up their game and now offer a wide range of amenities and services to their guests.

Short and crisp: The Best Hostels in London

  1. Destinations Hostels @ The Gallery - best for Party Hostel, Solo Traveller
  2. International Students House - best for Digital Nomads, Family-Friendly Hostel, Groups (10+ people), Older travelers (+50), Quiet Rest, Solo Traveller
  3. HI - YHA London - St Pancras Hostel - best for Party Hostel, Solo Traveller
  4. Urbany Hostel - best for Digital Nomads, Quiet Rest
  5. Wombat's City Hostel – - best for Female Solo Traveller, Party Hostel, Solo Traveller
  6. Pickwick Hall - best for Digital Nomads, Family-Friendly Hostel, Groups (10+ people), Older travelers (+50), Quiet Rest, Solo Traveller
  7. Hostel One Notting Hill - best for Family-Friendly Hostel, Party Hostel, Quiet Rest, Solo Traveller
  8. HI - YHA London - Earl's Court Hostel - best for Family-Friendly Hostel, Solo Traveller
  9. Barmy Badger Backpackers - best for Quiet Rest, Solo Traveller
  10. Astor Hyde Park Hostel - best for Groups (10+ people), Solo Traveller
  11. Park Villa Boutique Hostel - best for Digital Nomads
  12. HI - YHA London - London Central Hostel - best for Party Hostel, Solo Traveller
  13. Selina Camden - best for Digital Nomads, Female Solo Traveller, Solo Traveller

London is a huge city, offering a variety of great accommodation, from hostels and guesthouses to luxury hotels. One of the most popular options to stay on a budget in London and having a great time, are hostels. In fact, many travelers are looking for fun and cool hostels to meet fellow travelers.

 Hostels in London with Private Rooms - Selina Camden

How much are hostels in London?

Let us talk about prices. Here is a graph showing you average prices for a bed in a dorm and for a private room. Simply mouse-over to see rates for each month.

Prices can vary a lot, especially on high-season, weekends, and special holidays such as New Years Eve.

Average Dorm Price per Month in London

Average Dorm Price Graph

Average Private Room Price per Month in London

Average Private Price Graph

How to pick your Hostel with a Private Room

The below tips do not only apply to hostels, but also to hotels, and guesthouses. This also not just only applies to London and the UK, but in fact to many cities in Europe and even worldwide.

We have learned the things below on all our travels around the globe.

The advantages of a private room vs a dorm in hostels are obvious: You can meet fellow travelers in the common area and enjoy a good night rest in your private room.

What else should you pay attention to? Here you go:

Double Room vs Twin Room

Many hotels and hostels claim to offer a double room, but sometimes it is technically NOT a double room. All they do is pushing two single beds together. You end up with this annoying gap between the two mattresses.

On Hostelworld and Booking, you can preview photos of the room you are about to book. This will help to check if you will actually get a double room (with one bigger mattress) or a Twin Room (with actually two single mattresses).

It is also good to know that some hostels claim a TWIN Room, but in fact you will be staying in a room with one bunk bed. The result is the same. The room has two separated mattresses. However, one of you will have to climb up the bunk bed.

On Hostelz.com, you can actually filter for the proper room type. We let you filter for each room type available. This can be:

  • Single/ Individual Room
  • Double Room
  • Twin Room
  • Triple Room
  • Quadruple Room
  • Family Room
  • Apartment
  • Luxury Suite
  • and many more

Rooms with and without Windows

Some rooms actually do not come with a window. If this is something you will not enjoy, make sure you check again the photos properly.

It also helps to specifically mention this when doing your reservation. With your reservation, you can usually leave a message for the hotel/hostel.

It is an open secret that every hostel/ hotel has better and not-so-much-better rooms. When you leave a note asking specifically for a window, it is typically honored (but not guaranteed).

Shared vs Ensuite - The Bathrooms

One important thing to know is the difference between the meaning of the word “ensuite” and “shared”.

Ensuite basically means you will have your private, own bathroom.

Shared means that you share this toilet/ bathroom with at least one more room. In hostels, it is also common to have one shared bathroom with many toilets and showers for all rooms/ dorms at the same floor.

You should also know, the private room with a shared bathroom is typically much cheaper. You can check for this easily on Hostelz.com through setting up your filter.

All Hostels with Private Rooms in London

On Hostelz.com, you can simply filter by private rooms. We even let you filter by room and bed type. Just search for your data on all hostels in London here.

How can you find hostels that offer private rooms?

On Hostelz.com, you can search by room type. You can choose between dorms and private rooms.

Can I book an entire dorm as a private room?

Yes, this is possible. When making your reservation, you can leave a note for the hostel. Booking.com and Hostelworld offer this online booking service.

Do all hostels offer Private Rooms?

No, not all hostels have private rooms. By definition, every hostel offers dorms. However, more and more hostels now offer as well private rooms like twin and double rooms. Many hostels allow groups as well to book entire dormitories as a private room.

Are hostels safe in London?

Yes, Hostels in London are generally very safe, both for female and male solo-traveler. Yet, we always recommend using the provided lockers for your valuables.

More Hostels with Private Rooms in London

While staying in dorm-style rooms is typical for hostels, budget travelers can find affordable private room options at select hostels in London.

  • The Dictionary Hostel
  • Astor Museum Hostel
  • St. Christopher's Inn

They also provide comfortable private rooms in different areas of the city at reasonable prices per night, allowing guests to enjoy the hostel atmosphere with added privacy. The next time you're visiting London on a budget, consider staying at one of the city's hostels that offer private rooms.


As you can see, many hostels in London offer cool private rooms. From Single Room over Double Rooms to Family rooms, there is a wide array of choice.

Staying in hostels has many advantages over hotels. You can mingle and meet fellow travelers easily. You can also usually join much cheaper tours like free walking tours and bike tours. Another perk is that the hostels with bars typically offers cheaper drinks and even happy hours.

Want to stay Flexible with your Bookings?

Hostelworld.com offers flexible bookings for many hostels.

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