Ultimate List of the Best Hostels in London

List of the Best Hostels in London : Updated for 2018 @visitlondon

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Note: This article is updated in March 2018!

In this article, we present you with the ultimate list of THE BEST HOSTELS IN LONDON to help you out when considering England’s (and the entire United Kingdom’s) largest city as your next travel destination.

The sights and sounds of London are frenetically enticing thus travelers are drawn to stay longer periods, even those on a shoe-string budget. And with so many to choose from, all you need is a backpacker’s haven carefully selected for your comfort and your money’s worth.

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The Best Hostels in London

Wombats City Hostel London

Price: Dorm bed from $23.82

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Located at: 7 Dock Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 8LL, United Kingdom

Why is it one of the best hostels in London?

FAMOUS FOR: As part of the award-winning largest hostel chain worldwide, Wombats City Hostel is a backpacker hostel providing comfortable and convenient accommodation in central London.

The rooms:  From double rooms to mixed dormitory rooms, the rooms are tastefully furnished. Bathrooms facilities with shower are private or shared.

Amenities: Free-wifi access throughout, lockers are provided in the rooms, vending machine, 24 hour front desk, luggage storage and elevators. A terrace, a bar and shared kitchen are among the amenities. There are billiards and garden for recreation.

Accessibility: Conveniently located in Towel Hamlets, Wombats City Hostel is a great choice for travelers interested in food, sightseeing and monuments. It is a walking distance from Tower Bridge. Near Gallions Reach, Cyprus and Tower Gateway Stations.

Reviews: Guests generally give Wombats City Hostel London a superb rating for value for money, location, staff performance, cleanliness and room comfort. Comments are highly positive.

Safestay Holland Park

Located at: Holland Walk, London, Kensington and Chelsea, London, W8 7QU, United Kingdom

Price: Dorm bed from $20.35

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Located at: Holland Walk, London, Kensington and Chelsea, London, W8 7QU, United Kingdom

Why is it one of the best hostels in London?

FAMOUS FOR: Safestay is a brand of award-winning luxury hostels offering affordable, comfortable and stylish accommodation in landmark buildings and superb city centre locations.

The rooms:  The double rooms and mixed dormitory rooms are  furnished. Bathrooms facilities with shower are private or shared.

Amenities: Free-wifi access throughout, lockers are provided in the rooms, vending machine, 24 hour front desk, and luggage storage. A terrace, coffee shop, bar and shared lounge are among the amenities. There are games room and garden for recreation.

Accessibility: Provides easy access to central London, it is near Holland Park Station. Kensington and Chelsea is a great choice for travelers interested in museums, parks and culture.

Reviews: Guests generally give Safestay a superb rating for value for money, location, staff performance, cleanliness and room comfort. Comments are highly positive.

Travel Joy Hostel

Price: Dorm bed from $27.74

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Located at: 111 Grosvenor Road, Westminster, London, SW1V 3LG, United Kingdom

Why is it one of the best hostels in London?

FAMOUS FOR: The only London hostel overlooking the River Thames, Travel Joy Hostels is a relaxing accommodation centrally located between Chelsea and The Houses of Parliament.

The rooms:  A private twin ensuite room and mixed dormitory rooms are  furnished, some with balcony overlooking the river. Bathrooms facilities with shower.

Amenities: Free-wifi access throughout, lockers are provided in the rooms, secure lockers at reception for laptops, vending machines, 24 hour front desk, and luggage storage. Set above a pub, the hostel has a social atmosphere with a lounge. You can enjoy a free continental breakfast. The restaurant serves Thai and European cuisine.

Accessibility: Provides easy access to central London, it is near Pimlico Tube Station. Westminster is a great choice for travelers interested in shopping, theatre and monuments.

Reviews: Guests generally give Travel Joy Hostels a superb rating for value for money, location, staff performance. Comments are highly positive.

Palmers Lodge – Swiss Cottage Hostel

Price: Dorm bed from $14.00

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Located at: 40 College Crescent , Camden, London, NW3 5LB, United Kingdom

Why is it one of the best hostels in London?

FAMOUS FOR: Multiple award-winning boutique backpacker hostel set in a charming 1881 Victorian Grade II listed building.

The rooms:  The dormitory and individual guest rooms have quality furnishings and are immaculately clean. Bathrooms facilities with shower.

Amenities: Free-wifi access throughout, lockers are provided in the rooms, vending machines, 24 hour front desk, and luggage storage. A restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a conservatory where guests can watch a film or get to know other travelers.

Accessibility: Swiss Cottage Tube Station is 0.5 km away, providing 10-minute links to the historic attractions of Westminster and theatres of West End. Camden’s vibrant market is 1.5 miles’ walk from the Lodge. Camden is a great choice for travelers interested in theatre, entertainment and history.

Reviews: Guests generally give Palmers Lodge a superb rating for value for money, location, staff performance, cleanliness and room comfort. Comments are highly positive.

Generator Hostel London

Price: Dorm bed from $15.76

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Located at: 37 Tavistock Place, Russell Square, Camden, London, WC1H 9SE, United Kingdom

Why is it one of the best hostels in London?

FAMOUS FOR: The most-booked hostel in 2014, this modern six-storey London hostel is set in the city center, in the heart of the West End.

The rooms:  Cosmopolitan dormitory-style shared and private rooms with en suite bathroom.

Amenities: Free-wifi, in-room safes, vending machines, elevator, 24 hour front desk, and luggage storage. The café serves pizza and burger, the trendy Generator Bar has karaoke nights, games room and nightclub.

Accessibility: The Generator Hostel London is only 250 meters from Russell Square underground station and 500 meters from King’s Cross underground and mainline station with access to all of the UK. St. Pancras Station, the terminal of the Eurostar, is only a little further away. The British Library and the British Museum are within walking distance. Camden is a great choice for travelers interested in theatre, entertainment and history.

Reviews: Guests generally give Generator Hostel a superb rating for value for money, location, staff performance, cleanliness and room comfort. Comments are highly positive.

YHA London Central Hostel

Price: Dorm bed from $23.00

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Located at: 104 Bolsover Street, Westminster, London, W1W 5NU, United Kingdom

Why is it one of the best hostels in London?

FAMOUS FOR: A modern, 4-star quality hostel accommodation in the heart of the capital, YHA London Central offers comfort and convenience.

The rooms:  Dormitory-style and private guest rooms with cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are shared bathroom facilities with showers, which in some dorms are en suite.

Amenities: Free-wifi, lockers provided, 24 hour front desk, and luggage storage. A bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café offers a range of breakfast and lunch choices for purchase, including croissants, paninis and pasties. Guests also have the use of computers in this area.

Accessibility: Located in Marylebone, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of BT Tower, London Palladium Theatre, and Royal Academy of Music. Selfridges and Trafalgar Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Westminster is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping, theatre and monuments. This area is also great for shopping, with popular brands

Reviews: Guests generally give YHA London Central Hostel a superb rating for value for money, location, staff performance, cleanliness and room comfort. Comments are highly positive.

St Christopher’s Inn – London Bridge

Price: Dorm bed from $19.00

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Located at: 121 Borough High Street, Southwark, London, SE1 1HR, United Kingdom

Why is it one of the best hostels in London?

FAMOUS FOR: Consistently voted one of the best hostels in the world, St Christopher’s at the Village is the party hostel. There are 3 St Christopher’s hostels on the same street

The rooms:  Dormitory-style and private guest rooms with cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are shared bathroom facilities with showers.

Amenities: Free-wifi, lockers provided, 24 hour front desk, and luggage storage. A coffee shop/café, a restaurant, a nightclub, and a bar/lounge are available at this smoke-free hostel. Free continental breakfast.

Accessibility: Located 1.1 km from Tower of London in London, St Christopher’s Inn – London Bridge is found in Southwark, where culture, monuments and sightseeing are points of interest. The London Eye is a 30 minute walk.

Reviews: Guests generally give St Christopher’s Inn Oasis Hostel a superb rating for value for money, location, staff performance. Comments are highly positive.

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Comments 33

  1. This is particularly useful as London can be so expensive so you really want to get the most for your money but also find somewhere affordable too!

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      Happy to help Nic! Glad you like our list of best hostels in London 🙂 🙂 hostels are definitely good value for your money 🙂

  2. We’ve learned from experience that hostelling is the way to go in London. Proper hotels are multiples of the price and–in many cases–deliver less cleanliness, comfort and amenities. Thanks for this list–I hadn’t know about some of these!

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      Hi Michelle! Glad you like our list of best hostels in London. 🙂 🙂 Hostel is definitely a great option…cheap but very satisfactory 🙂

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      Hi Anita! Glad you like our list of best hostels in London 🙂 🙂 good to know that you had a great time during your stay 🙂

  3. Isn’t it crazy that there are hostels that can cost as much as $28 in London? It is so overpriced. I am glad I can stay with friends whenever I go!

    1. No worries, Christine. Next time you visit London (maybe next year?), just pick one from the list and you will have a better accommodation. Hehe

  4. The Travel Joy hostel looks sooo cosy!! I don’t care about the free wifi, I could go there for the living room alone.. 😀 Planning to do London next year, thanks for your useful tips!

    1. Ahoy there Jesper, Captain of the Ship

      Next year is a great year to go to London, hope you try one of these awesome hostels.

      You’ve got one awesome blog there going.

      Cheers
      Miguel

  5. Super useful post! I love London but finding good accommodation that doesn’t cost the earth there is always a headache. We travel with kids so hostels are not always our first choice, but you never know!

    1. Hi Martha,

      Thanks for checking this awesome list of London hostels. But since you travel with kids you may want to check the other BZFLAG ultimate lists of hotels that is right for your family

      But yes it can be an adventure for kids when considering hostels

      Cheers
      Miguel

  6. Great selection, YHA LONDON CENTRAL HOSTEL looks like somewhere in the school 🙂 I prefer campings on my holidays, but in London I would probably choose some of these hostels. 🙂

    1. Hey Julius,

      Hope you’ll book with one of these hostels when you visit London, camping or not ^_^

      You’ve got some nice travel tips going there in your website btw.

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Miguel

  7. Wow, looks like we could have stayed in one of these hostels that offer private rooms with ensuite bathroom! Even free breakfast! And nice locations! Great prices!

    1. Thanks Adriana, these are value for money accommodations for backpackers on a budget looking for quality and comfort. Hope you see London soon.

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