The Best Hostels in London for a Great British Adventure

The Best Hostels in London for a Great British Adventure

How to find the best hostels in London for your trip

LONDON BABY! The city that has it all; Amazing history, beautiful architecture, top grub, awesome shopping, immersive exhibitions, charming parks and banging night life. But it’s so HUGE, where do you start, and most importantly, where do you stay?! To help you make the most of your trip we’ve put together a list of the very best hostels in London to bunk up after a busy day exploring the big, bright capital.

  1.  Best hostels in central London
  2.  Best party hostels in London
  3.  Best hostels in London for solo travellers
  4.  Best cheap hostels in London
  5.  Best hostels in London for couples
  6.  Best of the rest hostels in London

Best hostels in central London

SoHostel

Best hostels in London - SoHostel

If you’re looking for somewhere right in the heart of the action, then you can’t go wrong with SoHostel. It’s one of the best hostels in London for shopaholics and theatre lovers, especially as it’s only a few minutes walk from the buzzing Oxford Street and the famous West End. Furnished with bright, contemporary décor with a fun feel, the hostel also boasts a spacious bar-lounge to relax, meet up with friends and make new ones! Also, SoHostel is proudly unique as all profits made go towards helping London’s homeless, so guests can sleep well knowing they’ve done a good deed and potentially helped someone turn their life around.

There are plenty of opportunities for socialising, whether it’s in the pool and games room, the cinema room, or even by the onsite bar while you’re jamming over karaoke.

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room
  • Cafe, bar and restaurant
  • Games room
  • Free city tours

🏠 Address: 91 Dean Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: Soho

🚍 Nearest station: Oxford Circus Underground

Book your stay at SoHostel now

Clink 78

Best hostels in London - Clink 78

We are ‘guilty’ of having a soft spot for Clink78! The Victorian building is a former courthouse where you can chill out in the courtroom either watching films on the big screen projector or just relax on the comfy reclining chairs. Should you stay, or should you go? STAY of course, as you can tell your friends you slept in the very place where famous rockers The Clash stood trial in 1978. You can even sleep in an authentic cell room if you fancy, or choose one of many spacious, colourful dorms. Also one of the best hostels in central London if you’re heading in or out of the city via Kings Cross, which is just a 10 minute walk away. The hostel has its own aptly named ClashBAR, with DJ nights, live music, a pool table and drink deals – the party is all around you!

Hostel highlights:

  • Bar and nightclub
  • Common room
  • ATM
  • Free walking tours

🏠Address: 78 Kings Cross Road

🏘Neighbourhood: King Cross

🚍Nearest station: King Cross or Kings Cross St Pancras Underground

Book your stay at Clink 78 now

Best party hostels in London

London is such a popular stop for backpackers, so it’s no surprise that the party culture in their hostels is so big! Then throw in traditional British pubs and some awesome nightclubs – and you have the recipe for an unforgettable night.

Wombats London

Best hostels in London - Wombats London

A round of applause for the multi-award winning (voted Most Popular and Best Extra Large Hostel 2017) Wombat’s, which really does set the standard for the best hostels in London. Don’t believe us? Check out the reviews to see that most people are ‘pleasantly surprised’ by the awesome look and feel of the hostel, which is covered stylishly in old oak wood, making it oh so cosy.

Feel welcomed into the hostel’s fun atmosphere with a free beer, then grab a couple more bevvies in the huge bar downstairs (complete with pool and table tennis tables). Join in on their many nightly events such as beer pong. Before long, it’s a quick stroll into the buzzing nightlife of nearby swanky Shoreditch!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free food: noodles and rice
  • backpack storage
  • Free welcome drink
  • Bike rental
  • Bar

🏠Address: 7 Dock Street

🏘Neighbourhood: Whitechapel

🚍Nearest station: Aldgate East Underground

Book your stay at Wombats City Hostel London now

St Christopher’s Village

Best hostels in London - St Christopher's Village

Widely renowned as one of the best party hostels in London, come stay in one of their many dorms and make friends from all over the world. If you’re feeling futuristic, why not try one of their space capsule beds?

Foodies will be in for a mouth-watering treat as Borough Market, one of biggest and best food markets in London, is just a few minutes’ walk away. Oh, and another bonus, downstairs you’ll find Belushi’s bar where as a hostel guest you’ll receive great drinks specials PLUS 25% off food. Winner!

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room
  • ATM
  • Free city tour
  • Bar, restaurant and nightclub
  • Terrace

🏠Address: 51 Grove Road

🏘Neighbourhood: Southwark

🚍Nearest station: London Bridge Underground

Book your stay at St Christopher's Village now

Best hostels for solo travellers in London

London is a BIG city – so there’s lots of people, and lots of opportunities to make new friends. Here are some of hostels we think are best to create those lasting friendships. Solo travellers rejoice!

Hostel One Notting Hill

Hostel One Notting Hill pride themselves on being a super social hostel, with FREE family dinners each night, drinking games and daytime activities – with all this, you might mistake it for your real home!

Located in the charming neighbourhood of Notting Hill, you’ll be right beside Portobello Market, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, with great proximity to some of the world’s best museums. The hostel is set in a characteristic 19th century building, so impress your friends by staying in London the traditional way.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free family dinners
  • Pub crawls
  • backpack storage
  • Common room
  • Garden

🏠 Address: 63 Prince’s Square

🏘 Neighbourhood: Notting Hill

🚍 Nearest station: Bayswater Underground

Book your stay at Hostel One Notting Hill now

MEININGER London Hyde Park

Best Hostels in London - Meininger Hyde Park

If you love strolling around world-class museums, there’s no better spot! Step outside the hostel to find the world-famous Natural History Museum directly opposite or walk just a few minutes down the road to discover the Science Museum. Here you can explore on your own with no pressure for time!

Set in the beautiful borrow of Kensington you also have Hyde Park and plenty of shopping, including the exclusive Harrods, very close by. Once you’re done with all that learning and shopping, kick back in the comfy lounge, at the bar, or on the outdoor terrace to socialise with the other backpackers (and maybe party the night away)!

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room
  • Terrace
  • Cafe and bar
  • Games room

🏠Address: Baden Powell House, 65-67 Queen’s Gate

🏘Neighbourhood: Kensington

🚍Nearest station: South Kensington or Gloucester Road Underground

Book your stay at MEININGER London Hyde Park now

Cheap hostels in London

While London is known for its high prices, you can definitely have a killer time on a backpacker’s budget (what else are we here for?)

The Birds Hostel

This hostel has so many extras you’ll feel like you owe them money! Right next to the central line, you’ll have direct and quick access to all of London’s delights. This charming pub hostel offers a 20% discount to its guests (so you can get the most out of a backpacker’s budget). The hostel’s décor is inspired by the famous (and once local) Alfred Hitchcock, giving that extra touch of culture. Why stay in the centre of London, when you can quickly access it AND save money?

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Book exchange
  • Bar
  • Backpack storage

🏠Address: 692 High Road

🏘 Neighbourhood: Leytonstone

🚍Nearest station: Leytonstone Underground

Book your stay at The Birds Hostel now

PubLove @ The Rose and Crown

Another pub to enhance your traditional British experience, this hostel is located just minutes from Borough Market and the historic Southwark neighbourhood. Feel like a beer at 5am? Well here you can, because the pub is open 24 hours for hostel guests! The dorms are modern and stylish – so there’s luxury pub vibes all around. Previous guests have commended the hostel for its cleanliness, proximity to attractions, and its awesome bar!

Hostel highlights:

  • 24 hour pub
  • Great location
  • Terrace
  • Backpack storage

🏠Address: 65 Union Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: Southwark

🚍Nearest station: Borough Underground

Book your stay at PubLove @ The Rose and Crown now

Best hostels for couples in London

If you’re a couple headed to London Town, you’re in for a treat. A city full of romance and charm, it’s the perfect lover’s getaway. These hostels offer both privacy and opportunities for socialising, with locations in some stunning, central neighbourhoods!

Astor Hyde Park

Stay in a stunning building located in the heart of Hyde Park – a romantic stroll in the park has never been so easy. The hostel has a spectacular common area with upholstered sofas and a television. With added extras of a £1 breakfast, walking tours and daily events, you’ll find you have everything you need.

The hostel is also surrounded by famous museums like the V&A and the Natural History Museum. It’s close to the shopping district of Kensington High Street too, so you can shop till you drop.

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room with cable TV
  • Book exchange
  • backpack storage

🏠Address: 191 Queensgate

🏘 Neighbourhood: South Kensington

🚍Nearest station: South Kensington Underground

Book your stay at Astor Hyde Park now

Safestay London – Kensington Holland Park

Best hostels in London - Safestay London - Kensington Holland Park

Fancy staying in a mansion, in one of the capitals most desirable neighbourhoods, in the middle of one of London’s most beautiful parks? Safestay provides just that, so you will not be disappointed with your surroundings. The stunning building dates back to 1605 and has been stylishly refurbished to provide a very cosy and comfortable stay. If you love a good stroll around a nice park you are spoilt for choice with Kensington Gardens and Hyde park just around the corner. Notting Hill, with the famous Portobello Road, is also close by where you can check out one of London’s most famous markets.

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • backpack storage
  • Cafe and bar
  • Games room with pool table

🏠Address: Holland Walk

🏘Neighbourhood: Kensington

🚍Nearest station: Kensington High Street

Book your stay at Safestay Holland Park now

Best of the rest hostels in London

London is packed with quality hostels, so there’s definitely more to explore! Here’s some that we simply couldn’t leave off our list.

Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage

If you want to sample Victorian London of old, step in time to Palmers Swiss cottage. Get a taste of stunning British architecture in this Victorian Grade II listed building, converted into a beautiful boutique hostel. Guests have described Palmers as a ‘spacious, lovely old mansionette’ with a distinctly Victorian English atmosphere and proper British charm.  The hostel is located only a few minutes from the tube and famous landmarks such as Abbey Road (the studio where many famous artists have recorded, including The Beatles) Camden market (great for all your London souvenirs) and Regent’s Park (amazing for a walk, jog or a look around London Zoo).

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room
  • Terrace
  • Book exchange
  • ATM
  • Cafe, bar and restaurant
  • Games room

🏠Address: 40 College Crescent

🏘 Neighbourhood: Swiss Cottage

🚍Nearest station: Swiss Cottage Underground

Book your stay at Palmers Lodge now

Green Rooms

Best hostels in London - Green Rooms

Would you consider yourself “artsy”? If you answered with a finger-painting or interpretive dance, this place is for you! It has been deliberately designed for creative types who are visiting the capital and is the perfect space to get your creative juices flowing whilst enjoying London. Green Rooms is unique among the best hostels in London because it’s also a place to work, collaborate and rehearse if you so wish. The building includes a top floor gallery, a great lobby bar with exhibitions and DJs at the weekend, plus local craft beers on tap.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free towels
  • Cafe, bar and restaurant
  • Backpack storage

🏠Address: 13-27 Station Road

🏘Neighbourhood: Wood Green

🚍Nearest station: Wood Green underground station

Book your stay at Green Rooms now

The Walrus Hostel

Just minutes from the borough of Westminster, this hostel is ideal for history lovers! Check out Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament – all super close! After your busy day of sightseeing, head to the beautiful and traditional pub inside the hostel for a delicious pub meal. The hostel also includes a free breakfast for guests. Previous guests loved the caring staff and the convenient location.

Hostel highlights: 

  • Free breakfast
  • Great location
  • Book exchange
  • Bar
  • Bicycle hire

🏠Address: 172 Westminster, Bridge Road

🏘Neighbourhood: Lambeth

🚍Nearest station: Waterloo or Lambeth North Underground

Book your stay at The Walrus Hostel now

Keep reading:

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The 15 best hostels in the UK

The ultimate backpacker’s guide to the UK

Have you stayed in any of the best hostels in London? How do they compare to other cities in Europe? Let us know in the comments!

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