10 Best Hostels In London, England

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London is a popular destination and on the wishlist of many people. It attracts visitors for many reasons the vibrant nightlife, the many mayor tourist spots and plenty of museums. Also, London is known for iconic neighborhoods and buildings that are shown up in movies. Must-sees are also the double-deck buses and changing of the guard at the Queen’s Garden. Despite being an expensive city, there are many hostels in London. This makes your stay more pleasant because you don’t have to spend too much money.

Palmers Lodge – Swiss Cottage

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Address: 40 College Cres, London NW3 5LB

This hostel is located close to the city center. It is housed in a legendary building with unique interiors. Swiss Cottage is an award-winning boutique hostel. They offer private rooms and dorms. The dorms vary in size. They have a small dorm with 1-4 beds, a medium dorm with 8-12 beds and a large dorm with 14-28 beds. It is also possible to book a dorm only for females.

The facilities they provide are free Wi-Fi, linen, lockers, breakfast for a small charge, a self-service kitchen and laundry services. On-site there is a bar and snacks. They also have a common and reading room. For a charge, it is possible to park your car on-site. The reception is 24 hours open and there are video security cameras that work for 24 hours.

Just a short walk away there are 24-hour bus stops, a 24-hour tube station, and the London Overground. With a tube ride from 18 minutes, you can reach Big Ben and the Parliament, London Eye, Wembley Stadium and Oxford Street.

Smart Hyde Park View Hostel

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Address: 16 Leinster Terrace, Bayswater, London W2 3EU

This hostel is based on a very good location. They have friendly staff, clean rooms and fantastic access to London’s most famous sights and attractions. Hyde Park and Paddington are around the corner. They offer private rooms and dorms.

The facilities include a laundry area, a bar, free breakfast, no curfew, free Wi-Fi, secure lockers and a 24-hour reception. The beds have curtains and panels so you have enough privacy.

Sights within walking distance from the hostel are Oxford Street, Hyde Park, Portobello Market, Notting Hill, Kensington Gardens, Diana Memorial, Speakers Corner, Knightsbridge, National History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Albert Memorial, Paddington Station, the West End Theatres and Serpentine Gallery.

YHA London Oxford Street

Address: 14 Noel St, Soho, London W1F 8GJ

Located one block away from London’s shopping street, Oxford Street this hostel is in the heart of London’s West End. It offers comfortable and cheap accommodation. You can choose for a private room or a gender-mixed dorm.

The facilities YHA offers are a self-catered kitchen, breakfast, free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, lounge room, TV and dining room. The laundry room offers washing, drying and ironing facilities. On-site there is a bar and you can order food.

Within a five minute walk from the hostel, you find a lot of cafes, pubs, cinemas, boutiques and alternative nightlife. London’s major attractions are close by as well. After a short stroll, you will find the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeons and the Tower of London. It is also located near the underground and the train station.


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Address: 91 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3SY

Located in the heart of London, SoHostel is close to Oxford Street, London Square, Soho Square Piccadilly, and Leicester Square. They offer twin, double rooms and dorms. There is also the option for a female-only dorm.

The facilities include breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour security and reception, laundry room, pamper room(with hairdryers and Hollywood mirrors), daily housekeeping, games room, 24-hour vending machine, linen, luggage storage and TV in the lounge area. There is a bar that offers a daily Happy Hour and during the season the rooftop bar is opened. There are daily freshly cooked hot meals available too.

Because of the location on Dean Street, between Soho and Oxford Street every main tourist sight is walkable. If you prefer not to walk then there is a tube station and bus stop close by. Soho is a lively district during the day and nighttime. Madame Tussauds, The National Gallery, St. James Palace, Charles Dickens Museum, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace are all within walking distance.

Safestay London Kensington Holland Park

Address: Holland Park, Holland Walk, London W8 7QU

This hostel is situated in a former Castle in one of the most famous parks in London, Holland Park. Safestay is known for its green and quiet environment. You can choose for private rooms or dorm with 4 – 21 beds.

The facilities that are offered by the hostel are a private garden, laundry, common areas, free Wi-Fi, lockers, 24-hour reception, breakfast, USB outlets at every bed and an internet terminal. On-site there is a restaurant and bar.

Within a five minute walk, you can find the London Underground. The famous and iconic neighbourhood Notting Hill is only a few minutes away. Close by you can also find the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace.

 Saint James Backpackers Hostel

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Address: 21-23 Longridge Rd, Kensington, London SW5 9SB

This family-run hostel is based in Central London. According to the Telegraph, England’s leading newspaper, it is rated as one of the best hostels in London. “This no-frills hostel feels more like a shared house, exuding a warm, community-based vibe in a convenient location. It’s a great place to stay for people looking to mingle with others”. The hostel offers private rooms and dorms. There is also a dorm for only females.

The facilities they provide for their guests are free Wi-Fi, patio garden, lounge with TV, communal kitchen, two dining zones, and USB charging points in every room. They also offer everyday free breakfast, free dinner and 24 hours free tea and coffee.

At walking distance, you can find Hyde Park. With public transport, you can reach easily Harrods, Big Ben, London Eye, The British Museum, London Zoo, and Camden Town.

Astor Victoria Hostel

Address: 71 Belgrave Rd, Pimlico, London SW1V 2BG

One of the best hostels in London, this hostel is located in a vibrant neighborhood. You can find anything around local markets, restaurants, pubs, vintage stores, coffee shops, and galleries. This makes it the perfect base to experience London. They offer private rooms and dorms.

The facilities include free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception, lockers, free padlock hire, free adaptor hire, breakfast, luggage storage, on-site ATM, fully equipped kitchen, free printing, and hairdryer.

Victoria station and Buckingham Palace are just a few minutes’ walk away. Within 15 minutes you reach the Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.

New Cross Inn Hostel

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Address: 323A New Cross Rd, New Cross, London SE14 6AS

One of the best hostels in London, this hostel is known for its cleanliness and friendly staff. Around the hostel, you can find a lot of music, art, local pubs, restaurants, and cafes. They offer twin rooms, private rooms for groups and have a student dorm.

The facilities include laundry service, 24-hour reception, a kitchen, breakfast, lockers, free Wi-Fi and a common room.

To reach the major tourist attractions you need to go by public transport. The Overground and bus stops are close by. Tower Bridge, London Eye, and Westminster Palace are a must-see.

Hootananny Hostel

Hootananny Hostel
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Address: 95 Effra Rd, Brixton, London SW2 1DF

One of the favored hostels in London, this is a lively hostel situated in a traditional Edwardian public house. They are located in Brixton. This area is famous for its street markets, music venues, atmospheric pubs, and its great cuisine. Downstairs you can find an award-winning bar. It is the Best Live Music Venue in London.

The facilities they provided are a kitchen, a sitting room with TV, books and DVDs, pool table at the bar downstairs, balcony overlooking the venue, washing machine and dryer, free Wi-Fi, lockers, luggage storage, free breakfast, free tea, and coffee 24 hours and a free dinner on Fridays. Guests get a 20% discount on food and drinks in the bar downstairs.

You can reach Central London in 15 minutes by tube. Here you can find the Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Thames and Piccadilly Circus.

Wombat’s City Hostel London

Address: 7 Dock St, Whitechapel, London E1 8LL

In the Victorian Age, this was one of the hostels in London for sailors and seamen for over a century. Nowadays Wombat’s City Hostel can be considered as a luxury hostel close to the docks. It is a home away from home while you’re discovering buzzing London. They have private, twin rooms or dorms with 3-8 beds.

The facilities they provide for their guests are free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, lockers, breakfast, a 24-hour reception, a self-service kitchen, laundry service, USB outlets at every bed and a bar. At the bar, there is a table to play pool available and the booze you can get for a bargain.

Wombat’s is close to the Tower of London, Whitechapel Gallery, Tower Bridge and St George in the East Church.


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