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.
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.
🏠 Address: 91 Dean Street
🏘 Neighbourhood: Soho
🚍 Nearest station: Oxford Circus UndergroundBook your stay at SoHostel now
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).
🏠Address: 40 College Crescent
🏘 Neighbourhood: Swiss Cottage
🚍Nearest station: Swiss Cottage UndergroundBook your stay at Palmers Lodge now
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. Grab a couple of bevies in the huge bar downstairs (complete with pool and table tennis tables) before a quick stroll into the buzzing nightlife of nearby swanky Shoreditch. Once you’ve stayed here, you’ll find it hard to discover a better hostel.
🏠Address: 7 Dock Street
🚍Nearest station: Aldgate East UndergroundBook your stay at Wombats City Hostel London now
4. Park Villa
Park Villa is a new boutique hostel in the heart of the old East End of London that is pushing for the gold in highest rated hostel in London. It’s no surprise to us that value for money, security, facilities and cleanliness ratings are all rated easily over 9. The hostel gets its name as it is a Georgian Regency villa with attached coach house that has been lovingly restored to reflect its original character and charm. Cosy, comfy and convenient, you’ll feel right at home here.
🏠Address: 51 Grove Road
🚍Nearest station: Mile End underground stationBook your stay at Park Villa now
Widely renowned as one of the best party hostels in London, St Christopher’s have recently undergone a massive refurb, sprucing the place with over 200 new comfy beds and getting futuristic with a selection of pod style 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!
🏠Address: 51 Grove Road
🚍Nearest station: London Bridge underground stationBook your stay at St Christopher's Village now
6. 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 London if you’re heading in or out of the city via Kings Cross, which is just a 10 minute walk away.
🏠Address: 78 Kings Cross Road
🏘Neighbourhood: King Cross
🚍Nearest station: King CrossBook your stay at Clink 78 now
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.
🏠Address: Holland Walk
🚍Nearest station: Kensington High StreetBook your stay at Safestay Holland Park now
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. 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.
🏠Address: Baden Powell House, 65-67 Queen’s Gate
🚍Nearest station: South Kensington or Gloucester Road underground stationsBook your stay at MEININGER London Hyde Park now
9. 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.
🏠Address: 13-27 Station Road
🏘Neighbourhood: Wood Green
🚍Nearest station: Wood Green underground stationBook your stay at Green Rooms now
This stylish 18th century Georgian building is perfectly located for you to enjoy all of London landmarks with ease. You are within 6 stops on the underground to must-see places such as the London Eye, Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. After a busy day sight-seeing, chillax in the chic comfy lounge or outdoor terrace.
🏠Address: 144-152 Walworth Road
🏘Neighbourhood: Elephant and Castle
🚍Nearest station: Elephant and Castle underground stationBook your stay at Safestay London Elephant & Castle
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!