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).