There are a few areas with hostels that you can stay at in the Greater London area. If you are flying in or out from Heathrow Airport at a ridiculous hour, there are hostels in Heathrow that you can stay at to make your transit a whole lot easier. Make sure you contact the hostels and find out if they have transport arrangements and how easy they are to get to from the airport.
Majority of the hostels are in the area of Greater London are in the city of London itself. This area on its own is incredibly vast. You will find that there are different neighbourhoods that are more popular for hostels than others such as Camden in the north or Clapham in the south. Again, do your research about where it is that you want to stay here to be close to wherever it is that you want to go. The tube system here is vast though and you should be able to get to wherever it is that you want or need to go with one of the Oyster cards on their transport system. Your hostel staff should be able to set you on your way and help you out with directions for getting to and from any destination that you will want to visit during your stay in London, of which there are so many that you could spend months here exploring the amazing architecture, museums, bars and nightlife. There are also a range of different festivals that can be going on here at any given time of year so check out online what is happening and get planning before you arrive so that you can fit it all in.
Ilford is the other place where you can book a hostel to stay in the Greater London area. This is close to the London City Airport if you are flying into or out of here for convenience. Otherwise, there isn't too much to do out in this area other than visit the odd park or museum. It is out in the direction of Stratford and the Olympic Park used in the London 2012 Olympic Games, however this is also easy to get to from the tube if you are staying in Central London.
If you are going to stay within the Greater London area and actually want to go out and explore things to do, then your best choice will be to stay within London city. The only reason you would want to stay in the hostels that are a little further out is for ease of getting to or from an airport for your flight.
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