Very much a party hostel, especially on a weekend. The common areas aren't so great - very cramped kitchen/dining for the number of people using it, and the courtyard isn't so comfortable for hanging out. Could have been cleaner and have things like loo paper replaced/rubbish bins emptied more often. It is walkable to central London though and if you're into East London's art scene it's quite a good place to see that.
I stayed in a number of hostels in London whilst looking for work/a flat and this was easily the best. Super clean, comfortable, with a nice breakfast included and lots of space to hang out. If after a party hostel this isn't really it, but it's very recommendable for quieter travellers and those seeking a pleasant base. It's a ways out but there are transport links. Bed curtains are a nice touch, the 4-bed dorms are very pleasant and the large dorms surprisingly manageable (but bring earplugs).
I'm really can't recommend this hostel to other backpackers, it has a somewhat strange atmosphere with both weekend partygoers and people affiliated with the YMCA long-term. It doesn't have pleasant facilities for hanging out, there's no kitchen (to be fair they do state this) and the wifi was hopeless. The dorm bathrooms got saturated with water everywhere and I doubt the duvet covers had been washed for some time. The price was at the upper end for dorm accommodation - I'd try elsewhere.
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