Traveling abroad is an amazing adventure that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Many would-be travelers to far-flung never go on the trips of their dreams due to lack of funds, lack of planning, and many other reasons.
However, many of these problems are negated by planning out said trip including making arrangements for staying in a local hostel.
That way, not only do you get a more authentic taste of the local culture, instead of a pricey and often out of the way hotel disconnected from the locals, but you save money by spending less money on lodging and transportation costs.
With a unique and comprehensive history, London, England may just be the perfect place for your trip. It’s long been one of the most well-known and famous cities in the entire world.
In this article, we will look at some of the best hostels located in London. of them could well be the perfect place for your stay.
London, England, a city with a history dating back to Roman times, is home to many famous attractions, as well as famous people such as Madonna and Kate Moss. As the most visited city in Europe, London boasts a total of around 27 million visitors every year (that is a lot!).
While visiting London, consider stopping by Hyde Park and taking a stroll where the suffragettes once famously protested. Or, maybe visit the world-renowned Buckingham Palace, home to the British royal family since 1837.
Truth be told, there is so much history to explore within this city it’s impossible to fit it all into one trip (or article). Pick your reason for visiting London, there is no shortage of them, that is to say, the very least!
Best Hostels In London
- Wombats City Hostel London
- Hostel One Camden
- Pickwick Hall
- Palmers Lodge – Swiss Cottage
- PubLove @ The Rose & Crown
Staying in a foreign city can be daunting, but it can also be fun and a time full of wonder and amazement, it all depends on how you choose to spend your stay.
Staying in a hostel such as the ones listed below will be sure to enhance your experience in London and in Europe overall.
Wombats City Hostel London is an 18 and older only hostel. This hostel is part of the Wombats City Hostel chain with award-winning houses throughout London, Budapest, Berlin, Munich, Venice, and other parts of Europe.
When you check into this hostel anytime from 2 pm until 11 pm you must provide valid proof of your identities, such as a photo identification card or a passport. Once you have provided identification you can pay in either cash or using a credit or debit card. Keep in mind before booking that this hostel has a seven-day maximum stay policy.
Included with your stay in one of this hostel’s spacious dorms, is a personal locker for your belongings, bedding, wifi, city maps, a guest kitchen for your use, a room to store your luggage on the day of your arrival and departure, as well as a free welcome drink offered at check-in.
Some additional features this hostel offers include low-cost drinks including a happy hour at their on-site bar, a breakfast buffet for a small fee, coin-operated laundering facilities, as well as bike rental.
Run by backpackers this hostel makes an effort to accommodate as many travelers as possible throughout their stay in London. One of the ways in which they do this is by limiting each traveler to a maximum stay of 14 nights.
An 18 and older only hostel, Hostel One Camden requires you to provide a valid passport at check-in to verify your identity. Keep in mind when booking this hostel that Hostel One Camden pre-charges the card provided at booking for the full balance of your stay leaving you nothing to pay at check-in.
This hostel provides many services for free, wifi, lockers, dinner, and luggage storage among them. There is even a basement area with a TV, lounge, and communal table available for your use. Choose whether to stay in a mixed dorm or a double private room and have access to all of these amenities and more.
Rated 9.0 out of 10 on HostelWorld Pickwick hall has left quite an impression on all of its visitors. At this hostel, you have the option of staying in either an en-suite room with a private bathroom or you can stay in a standard room where the bathroom equipped with toilets and showers are shared with a limited number of guests.
This hostel has a guest sitting room with cable TV access and access to the internet allowing you to stay connected with the world during your travels. Provided during your stay are bed linen and towels, as well as laundering facilities to keep such items clean. During your stay, you will also have the option of eating at Pickwick Hall’s continental breakfast, or if you’d rather cook, this hostel allows you access to a guest kitchen.
No matter what type of room you stay in, or how you obtain your sustenance, this hostel is situated in the prime location for the ambitious traveler. Pickwick Hall is within a ten minutes walk from the British Museum, University of London, West End, and Covent Garden. For those of you who want to experience maximum cultural diversity during your trip, this hostel is also conveniently located right by SoHo and Chinatown.
Awarded “Best customer service” and “Best UK youth accommodation”. 2012, 2013, and 2015 by the British Education Travel Association among other awards, Palmers Lodge has proven itself to be a remarkable place to stay during your travels. Rated 8.5 out of 10 on HostelWorld, many travelers have been known to remark on how excellent their stay was.
This hostel has a double, twin, and dormitory rooms, however, those under 16 must be accompanied by at least one of their parents and must stay in a private room. Those 16 and 17 years old may stay in any type of room with an adult over the age of 18 accompanying them, along with written consent from their parents and a copy of their passport or an identification card.
This hostel is the perfect place for young travelers concerned about their safety during their stay. Everything is monitored with full CCTV coverage, and access to the hostel after hours is available only by keycard access. For the protection of your personal items, there are safes as well as luggage lockers in every room.
Located directly above a London pub, the Rose & Crown is strictly 18 years and older only. This location is located near all major tourist attractions and transport hubs in London. The pub below this hostel is open with 24-hour access to those staying in the Rose & Crown.
This hostel permits check-in from 2 pm until 3 am the next morning, and requires check-out before 10 am on your scheduled check-out date.
You must pay the full balance of your stay in cash or with a card upon arrival. Be aware that breakfast is not included in the cost of your stay. However, there are plenty of cafes nearby.
Furthermore, much of the sight-seeing you’ve planned to partake in during your trip to London is easily accessible from the location of the hostel. At any rate, a short stroll will reveal much of London’s local culture, including clubs, restaurants, and novelty shops.
Similar to the Rose & Crown hostel, this hostel is owned by the same chain. Rated 8.7 on HostelWorld guests claim that their stay at the White Ferry, Victoria was the best hostel stay of their lives. This location is above a London pub and also maintains an 18 years old and older policy.
When you stay at this hostel you receive discounts on food and drink at the pub downstairs. You can check-in from 2 pm until 11 pm and head directly to the pub, or stay in your room. Check out before 10:30 am on your check-out date and head down to the pub to have a little fun before you head out.
7. Park Villa
Rated 8.9 out of 10 on HostelWorld, Park Villa is located in a restored Regency villa with an attached coach house. This hostel allows access to a kitchenette and TV lounge room, as well as internet access throughout.
When you arrive from noon to midnight you should provide proof of identity such as a passport, and then pay in cash or with your card. At check-in, you can purchase access to their continental breakfast, fresh towels, coin-operated laundry machines, and access to the car parking.
All of the rooms come with comfortable furniture and all of the basics you’d expect in a hotel room. As far as bathrooms go, both shared and private are available. That said, make sure to keep this in mind when reserving a room at any hostel.
The Finnish Church in London is a great place to stay for those of you looking to relax and enjoy your time in London, England. This church has many amazing extras offered exclusively for guest use.
Included with your stay this hostel offers a buffet breakfast and a Finnish sauna as well as inclusion in any church activities you would like you to attend. If you’re visiting London on a holy pilgrimage, or happen to be a strong believer in the Church, there are few better lodging opens for such an affordable price in all of London that offer such a religious experience.
When you check-in to this hostel, be prepared to pay the balance of your stay as well as a refundable key deposit with cash or card and remember those of you traveling under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at this hostel.
If you want to be able to walk to the key attractions of London, then it is safe to suggest that St. Christopher’s Village may be the perfect spot for you. This particular hostel also includes access to the hostel’s party bar, Belushi’s. Talk about having a good time!
Remember to bring a passport to check-in, as well as payment of cash or card (excluding American Express cards). You are expected to pay a refundable keycard deposit. That said, it’s well worth it, still being considerably more affordable than an over-priced hotel in some out of the way place.
After checking in go visit the London Eye or the Tower bridge both only a short walk from this hostel. In fact, you can see many of the city’s most popular attractions just by strolling around the area surrounding the hostel.
10. Astor Victoria
As a youth hostel, Astor Victoria is rated 8.3 out of 10 on HostelWorld and is accepting only of travelers ages 18 through 40 years old. When you check-in, be sure to bring your passport as it is mandatory to provide a valid government-approved form of identification.
This hostel is great for sociable travelers, offering guests the opportunity to join into daily organized events hosted by this hostel. If you prefer to do things solo you can pick up a free city map from the reception desk at any time.
For those of you concerned about guest safety this hostel has CCTV security monitoring as well as free security lockers for all of your valuables.
Selecting the Best Hostel For Your Needs
As you might guess, there are many great (and more often than not low-cost) lodging options in London, England. Whether you prefer a quaint little hostel that conjures imagery of Harry Potter to mind, or a cutting edge smart-facility, London is sure to have the perfect hostel for your trip abroad.
Enjoy the sights, sounds, and sensations of London. Make new friends create once in life-time memory, and most of all, remember that it’s your trip, so make it the best it can be.
Let us know how your stay in London went and if you stayed at one of the aforementioned hostels. We’d love for you to share how you felt about it, what you liked or disliked as well as your suggestion for the best hostels in London.
Enjoy your travels and never be afraid to look beyond the borders for your next travel destination.