The capital is packed full of hostels, but how do you pick out the good, from the bad and the ugly? Check out our top picks of London’s hostels – bed bug free mattresses guaranteed.
If it’s a central location you’re after SoHostel tops the list. This bright, stylish spot is located in the heart of the action on Dean Street, Soho – a stone’s throw from the capital’s best nightlife. Spotlessly clean with friendly staff a nice extra here is the pamper room, a beauty haven of well lit mirrors with hairdryers and straighteners. Dorm rooms start at £25 with private rooms from £55, a basic breakfast is £5. Free Wi-Fi in the public areas.
Wombat’s City Hostel, Tower Bridge
This hidden gem on the east side of town in one of London’s most historic neighbourhoods is a plush but affordable option. The Moroccan themed public areas are comfortable and welcoming, and the epic roof terrace with views of the Shard is an added bonus. The hostel is minutes away from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge and just down the road from the nightlife of Shoreditch and Brick Lane. Dorms start at £25 and private rooms from £40, excluding breakfast. Free Wi-Fi.
Equity Point, Paddington
The grand Georgian houses of London are generally off limits, but you’ll get the chance to stay in one at Equity Point. Centrally located minutes from Paddington Station (of Paddington Bear fame) this beautiful building has been transformed into a friendly, stylish hostel. Just down the road from Hyde Park it’s well located for all the action of the West End. Brilliant value with mixed dorms starting from £12 and private rooms from £72. Breakfast included but Wi-Fi is extra at £3 a day.
Clink 78, Kings Cross
Housed in an old King’s Cross court house with loads of original features, Clink 78 is a hostel with a difference. The lounge areas are where the old magistrates’ courtrooms used to be and some bedrooms are even former cells. Rest assured beds are comfy and the basic breakfast is plentiful and tasty. The in house bar entertains guests with quiz and karaoke sessions throughout the week – you might want to select a song or two by the Clash; the punk band once stood trial here. Dorms range from 4 to 14 beds and start from £16 with private rooms from £65, breakfast is £2.
The Dictionary, Hackney
Located in the beating heart of east London’s Hackney, this funky little gem is in a prime location for nightlife and excellent Vietnamese food (Hackney has a large Vietnamese community). Expect a pared down, clean style with exposed brickwork and wooden floors. The atmosphere is lively and fun and it’s the perfect spot to enjoy everything this vibrant side of London has to offer. Shoreditch and Hoxton overground stations are nearby for getting into the centre of town. Dorms start at £17 per night, great perks include a free breakfast and wifi.