Top 5 hostels in London

Best cheap hostels in London/England

London is a very popular city and maybe you are not aware of it, but there is a lot of the great hostel properties London offers to its visitors. If you are looking for the best cheap hostel in London, you are in the right place! Below, you can find the best cheap hostels accommodation London in England offers. You can get great service for great price, find new friends and still travel within budget!

London is an expensive city for sure, hotel accommodation is not cheap at all . Therefore we fully recommend staying in a hostel and book it at least 3 months before the planned visit, 5 months before it is ideal, even in case of hostel accommodation, to get really good price. Our list of the best cheap hostels in London will help you pick the best property for your stay – you can look at the pros and cons of each property and decide for one of the best cheap accommodation in London!

Criteria Hostel name Booking.com score & link Hostelsworld.com score & link
Best value for price Wombat City Hostel 8.5 9.1
Best family hostel Astor Museum Inn 8.3 9.1
Best party hostel PubLove @ The White Ferry, Victoria 8.4 8.3

Not sure what to do when you get to London? Click the banner below and choose the one that makes your stay special!

 

How to choose the best cheap hostel in London?

While choosing the best cheap hostel in London, you should consider firstly the location, secondly whether it is party (adult only) or family hostel. Thirdly, and most importantly always read previous visitors‘ review (moreover, you can also follow our ranking, that we get from Hostelsworld.com and Booking.com). 

best cheap hostels in London

If you have not enough of the great cities in Great Britain, check our other blog post about Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland or blog post about the capital of Ireland – Dublin.

I can recognise two groups of visitors when I say London: those who love this city and those who don’t like it at all. I personally love this city very much and do not miss any chance to go there either in Summer as in Winter. Every time I find something new, something I have missed last time and always I am surprised and impressed by how it changes, how many people go there each year and how is this city amazing and full of polite people. And they really mean it!

One of the most important and interesting visits was in November 2018 when I have picked one hostel and on my own went to London to discover the pre-Christmas city. This was something I have always wish to do – and it was a great decision! If you have not visited London yet, I definitely recommend doing this!

best cheap hostels in London

Interesting facts about London

London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. The city stands on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea. London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans.

London is one of the world’s most important global cities  and has been called the world’s most powerful, most desirable,  most influential, most visited,  most expensive,  sustainable, most investment-friendly, and most-popular-for-work city. It exerts a considerable impact upon the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transportation.

London ranks 26th out of 300 major cities for economic performance. It is one of the largest financial centre  and has either the fifth- or sixth-largest metropolitan area GDP. It is the most-visited city as measured by international arrival,  and has the busiest city airport system as measured by passenger traffic.

Top 5 hostels in London

The London Underground, commonly referred to as the Tube, is the oldest and third longest metro system in the world. The system serves 270 stations and was formed from several private companies, including the world’s first underground electric line, the City and South London Railway. It dates from 1863.

Popular sights in London

London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret’s Church; and the historic settlement in Greenwich where the Royal Observatory, Greenwich defines the Prime Meridian (0° longitude) and Greenwich Mean Time.

Other landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and The Shard. London has numerous museums, galleries, libraries and sporting events. These include the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, British Library and West End theatres.[50] The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world.

best cheap hostels in London

Weather in London

London has a temperate oceanic climate. Summers are generally warm, sometimes hot. London’s average July high is 24 °C (74 °F). Winters are generally cool with little temperature variation. Heavy snow is rare but snow usually happens at least once each winter. Spring and autumn can be pleasant.

As a large city, London has a considerable urban heat island effect, making the centre of London at times 5 °C (9 °F) warmer than the suburbs and outskirts. This can be seen below when comparing London Heathrow, 15 miles (24 km) west of London, with the London Weather Centre.

Although London and the British Isles have a reputation of frequent rainfall, London’s average of 602 millimetres (23.7 in) of precipitation annually actually makes it drier than the global average. The absence of heavy winter rainfall leads to many climates around the Mediterranean having more annual precipitation than London.

best cheap hostels in London

Culture of London

Within the City of Westminster in London, the entertainment district of the West End has its focus around Leicester Square, where London and world film premieres are held, and Piccadilly Circus, with its giant electronic advertisements. London’s theatre district is here, as are many cinemas, bars, clubs, and restaurants, including the city’s Chinatown district (in Soho), and just to the east is Covent Garden, an area housing speciality shops.

The city is the home of Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose musicals have dominated the West End theatre since the late 20th century. The United Kingdom’s Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Opera, and English National Opera are based in London and perform at the Royal Opera House, the London Coliseum, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as touring the country.

London is home to designers Vivienne Westwood, Galliano, Stella McCartney, Manolo Blahnik, and Jimmy Choo, among others; its renowned art and fashion schools make it an international centre of fashion alongside Paris, Milan, and New York City. London offers a great variety of cuisine as a result of its ethnically diverse population. Gastronomic centres include the Bangladeshi restaurants of Brick Lane and the Chinese restaurants of Chinatown.

best cheap hostels in London

Without a doubt, you should definitely visit London at least once in your life. If so, we will be happy to help you choosing the best hostel from the best cheap hostels in London listed below. Just be kindly aware the price mentioned below each property is only average and could vary based on the chosen date and type of room/dorm!

#1 Wombats City Hostel London

8.5 on Booking.com  9.1 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 63 USD Dorms from 25 USD

Wombat city hostel London

wombat’s CITY HOSTELS – LONDON is definitely the place to stay if you want to fully enjoy London. Only minutes away from sights such as the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the City Hall, it’s an easy walk from the buzzing nightlife of Shoreditch and next to Wilton’s Music Hall; the location is just awesome for young travellers.

Not only is the location awesome, the building itself is breath taking. Formerly a seaman’s hostel, the building was converted to an astonishing traveller’s place. Featuring a huge Bar, a courtyard, a cosy hangout area in the lobby and all amenities a backpacker could wish for.

wombats city hostel london

wombat’s CITY HOSTELS is proud to be one of the most experienced hostel chains (20 years of hostel knowledge!) and a background of award winning houses located all over Europe: Berlin, Budapest, London, Munich, Venice and Vienna. wombat’s CITY HOSTELS offers safe, clean, quality accommodations. Spacious dorm rooms with ensuite bathroom and individual lockers in dorms for personal belongings.

Pros and Cons of Wombats City Hostel London

Pros

  • Great location near the Tower of London
  • Variable dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Great value for money
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Activities organized
  • Bar available
  • ATM on site
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen
  • Adult only property
  • Laundry facilities
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Postal service

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Towels for hire

#2 Astor Museum Inn

8.3 on Booking.com  9.1 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 81 USD Dorms from 23 USD

Astor Museum Inn London

With the British Museum literally on its doorstep, it is impossible to beat this hostel’s location! Located in the very heart of Central London you are a short walk from iconic attractions like Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden.

The moment you walk through doors of the Astor Museum Inn you become part of the family. Every detail – from super clean bathrooms and comfortable pillows to unforgettable social events are perfect, giving you a London adventure that is 10 out of 10! You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Astor Museum Inn

It doesn’t matter if you are shopping down the legendary Oxford Street, watching a play in Leicester Square’s world famous theatre district, having dinner in China Town, drinks in Soho, or partying in the West End you are always a short walk home to a nice and quiet street in an amazing neighbourhood!

Pros and Cons of Astor Museum Inn

Pros

  • Great location near the city centre
  • Variable dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Activities organized
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Shared kitchen
  • Laundry facilities

Cons

  • Towels for hire
  • Breakfast for a fee

#3 PubLove @ The White Ferry, Victoria

8.4 on Booking.com  8.3 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 82 USD Dorms from 20 USD

Walk to the river, turn left, and just keep walking… Stay at The White Ferry House and find yourself in an oasis of calm in a beautiful London backstreet. Located minutes from Victoria coach & train stations, this stunning flat iron building is full of warmth, charm and history.

Start your own river walk 5 minutes from the front door, or walk to Buckingham palace before you’ve finished your morning coffee! Perfect for travellers who love to discover their own adventures. Legendary London adventures start at PubLove. The best thing about staying here? Common room is the great British pub!

Publove @ The White Ferry, Victoria

There is 24hr bar specialising in craft beer & gin. Get social with the locals or swap stories over a drink with your fellow backpackers. Dorms are modern, cool and spotlessly clean. Bunks have hygiene/privacy screens, dedicated power sockets, great free Wi-Fi and crisp white linen. 

Top-class washrooms are private and offer shampoo, shower gel and plenty of hot water. Every Hostel-Pub has an award-winning Burger Craft kitchen serving up burgers, loaded fries and brunch, with vegetarian and vegan options. They open daily from 9am until 10pm.

Pros and Cons of PubLove @ The White Ferry, Victoria

Pros

  • Great location near Victoria station
  • Variable rooms and dorms available
  • Great bar inside the building
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Great value for price
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Activities organized
  • Adult only property
  • Bar and restaurant available
  • Meals available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Street parking

Cons

  • Towels for hire
  • Breakfast for a fee

#4 Park Villa Boutique Hostel 

8.6 on Booking.com  8.8 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 57 USD Dorms from 28 USD

Park Villa Boutique hostel

Park Villa is a new boutique hostel in the heart of the old East End of London. The hostel is a Georgian Regency villa with attached coach house and has been lovingly restored to reflect its original character and charm.

Superfast WiFi is included in the price and all guests have access to a kitchenette (including kettles, toasters, fridge and combination microwave/grill/oven) and an inviting lounge / TV room. All rooms and showers are cleaned daily and the electronic entry systems, cameras and reception ensure the hostel is safe at all times. 

Park Villa Boutique hostel

There is also a continental breakfast offered for £3 per night, fresh towels (£1 on check-in), a coin operated laundry and a car park (£10 per night). Dorms at Park Villa feature oak wood floors, customised bunk bed pods, luxurious cotton bedding, grand plantation shutters and are mainly en suites.

The family rooms offer the same luxury, with shared bathrooms and full size baths. All rooms offer warmth, comfort and lots of space to stretch out and make your own.

Pros and Cons of Park Villa Boutique Hostel

Pros

  • Great location near the tube station
  • Tea and coffee available whole day
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Laundry facilities
  • Shared kitchen
  • Family rooms
  • Private parking

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Towels for hire
  • Front desk limited hours
  • Prepayment needed

#5 Burlington Residence

9.0 on Booking.com  9.6 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 50 USD Dorms from 24 USD

Burlington Residence

Situated in South West London, close to Balham underground and Rail stations, Burlington Residence offers unrivalled access to Central London. The Northern Line station at Balham runs for 24 hours a day on Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays, giving you the perfect opportunity to explore the wonderous nightlife of central London with ease.

The accommodation features evening entertainment and a shared lounge. Guests at the hostel can enjoy a continental breakfast. You can play table tennis at Burlington Residence.

Burlington Residence

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Burlington Residence is situated in London, 5 km from O2 Academy Brixton and 7 km from The All England Lawn Tennis Club Centre Court.

Pros and Cons of Burlington Residence

Pros

  • Free breakfast
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Activities organized
  • Free city tour
  • Restaurant available
  • Meals available
  • Laundry facilities
  • Shared kitchen
  • Pet friendly
  • Children friendly
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Private parking (for a fee)

Cons

  • Towels for hire
  • Front desk limited hours

#6  Urbany Hostel London

8.8 on Booking.com  9.3 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 70 USD Dorms from 25 USD

Welcome to Urbany Hostel London, a perfect spot to explore the city, a place where you can make friends & feel at home. Hostel is located in Notting Hill, a cosmopolitan and multicultural neighborhood, in a typical Victorian terraced house built in the 1800s.

From Urbany Hostel, you can easily walk to Portobello Market and Hyde Park, two of the most popular sites in London. There is a variety of shared mixed dormitories, whilst also offering private rooms for those who prefer not to share.

The highlight are common areas; a large & well-equipped kitchen opened 24/7, a dining room, large terrace, a co work /study area and a beautiful cosy lounge where you can relax and meet your hostel mates. 

urbany hostel london

Toilets and showers are available on every level and are regularly cleaned by our fabulous team to ensure your comfort and safety! Free high-speed Wi-Fi (50-100Mbps) is available everywhere, even in your room.

Pros and Cons of Urbany Hostel London

Pros

  • Great location near a tube station
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Quiet neihgborhood
  • Free dinners
  • Laundry facilities
  • Shared kitchen

Cons

  • Towels for hire
  • Front desk limited hours
  • No elevator

#7  SoHostel

8.3 on Booking.com  8.8 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 183 USD Dorms from 53 USD

SoHostel London

With room for over 300 guests and an ideal central location, just minutes from Oxford Street, Soho Square, Piccadilly and Leicester Square, you’ll be right in the heart of the action! SoHostel is London’s newest and most central hostel for travellers seeking comfortable but affordable accommodation.

They offer stylish, clean and secure accommodation for single travellers, couples and groups. Large range of rooms will suit everyone’s needs and budget. From 6-bed dorms to rooms with access to shared bathrooms, and brand new rooms with private en-suite bathrooms, there is something for everyone!

SoHostel London

Breakfast is available on-site along with 24 hour vending for your midnight cravings. Bed linen is provided and towels can be hired at a surcharge. Washing and drying laundry facilities are available.

Guests can relax in the shared TV lounge, or have a drink and make new friends at the onsite bar and enjoy our happy hour with half price drinks or daily special cocktails along with live music, karaoke nights and more!

Pros and Cons of SoHostel London

Pros

  • Great location near city center
  • Free breakfast
  • Variable dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Activities organized
  • Bar available
  • Free city tour
  • Adult only property
  • 24-hour front desk
  • On-site coffee house
  • Laundry facilities

Cons

  • Higher price
  • Towels for hire

#8 Dean Court

 9.9 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 63 USD 

Dean Court London

Established by the same owner over 30 years ago, Dean Court Hotel provides comfortable hostel accommodation and hotel rooms at very reasonable rates for tourists. Located in Bayswater within the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Dean Court resides within the heart of London.

Having excellent access to Hyde Park and many attractions throughout London, Dean Court is the perfect location for one wanting to explore or simply, immerse into London life. Located 50 metres from Bayswater Underground, 100 metres from Queensway Underground and with many bus-stops close by, Dean Court is easily accessible.

Dean Court London

Dean Court Hotel is a Victorian Terrace building in a leafy Street one street back from the vibrant Queensway, which has shops, restaurants, bars and Whitley’s shopping centre.

Pros and Cons of Dean Court

Pros

  • Great location near tube station
  • Free breakfast
  • Tea and coffee available whole day
  • No bunk beds
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Shared kitchen
  • Family rooms

Cons

  • Front desk limited hours
  • Towels for hire
  • No lockers in rooms

#9 Hostel One Notting Hill

8.7 on Booking.com 

 Privates from 193 USD Dorms from 48 USD

Hostel One Notting Hill

Hostel One Notting Hill provides accommodation in London near Portobello Road Market and Royal Albert Hall. This is a social hostel designed for backpackers and solo travellers.

The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi, and free daily activities and evening events.

Hostel One Notting Hill

Hyde Park is 1.8 km from Hostel One Notting Hill. London City Airport is 17 km from the property.

Pros and Cons of Hostel One Notting Hill

Pros

  • Great location near tube station
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Free dinners
  • Activities organized
  • Adult only property
  • Shared kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • 24-hour front desk

Cons

  • No female-only dorms available
  • Towels for hire
  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Higher price

#10  The Mornington Camden

8.7 on Booking.com  9.1 on Hostelsworld   

 Dorms from 39 USD

The Mornington Camden

Mornington Camden Hostel is a high class spacious town house with a lovely warm atmosphere. Everything is new. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There is a nice lounge with a TV, and a Bar, and restaurant with cheap high quality food. All rooms in the female-only hostel are equipped with a coffee machine.

The rooms have a private bathroom. At The Mornington Camden rooms include a seating area. Many restaurants, traditional pubs and bars are nearby and breakfast and snacks can be purchased next door in our sister building, the Crescent Cafe, at a discount. 

The Mornington Camden

The renowned Camden market, Regents Park, London Zoo and Fitzrovia are within walking distance. Kings Cross, Euston and St Pancras (Eurostar) are within easy reach.

Pros and Cons of The Mornington Camden

Pros

  • Great location near Camden 
  • Female-only hostel
  • Towels included
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Shared kitchen
  • Laundry facilities

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Front desk limited hours

In conclusion we can agree there are great hostels in London, that definitely offer great services and provide all you need for a pleasant stay in this popular city. All over – youth hostels are great place to stay – you can save money and still have great services all the above hostels offers. 

In other words, you cannot be alone in a hostel such as are listed above even if you are travelling alone. Hopefully, the list of the best cheap hostels in London  helps you having a great time in this vibrant city! 

 

10 thoughts on “Best cheap hostels in London/England

  1. Hostel one notting hill is perfect for me and I like every bit of this. The hostels you have listed here are really great and I fancy all of these. For a start, it is not an easy thing to explore the great city of London. Getting the perfect hostel for shelter when visiting would just be perfect.  Thank you so much for sharing all these hostels here

  2. Hey thank you for the awesome post!!  London is on the list of cities my wife and me want to go to one day, to learn about our ancestors, who primarily came from England and Ireland.  I was happy to see a post over hostels because they are cheap and entertaining to stay in.  I like the looks of Astor Museum Inn.  As you said, it’s right in town, and that’s how my wife and me like it, in the middle of all the fun and action!

  3. Hello Renata, London is a great city that lots of people have at heart to visit and its also in my bucket list for a place to go to comes this Christmas. One if the beauty of traveling to a city is having a good hotel to rest after a long journey. I love these hotels listed here by the little you have said, but I’ll love to make more inquiries about some other things like wifi, meals.

  4. Although on this occasion I feel like I’ve missed the boat, I now have valuable information for the next time. Over the last six months, my son has visited London at least four times, twice he has stayed over. His mother has travelled down and they have shared accomodation for one to two nights. 

    Like you’ve said, there are plenty of bed and breakfats set ups but it’s not always easy to find those at the right price or with a guarantee that the rooms or surroundings are going to reflect the price or recommendation, if you’ve managed to find one.

    I know over the next six months there will be further visits planned and I’ve sent this link to my wife so she can browse through and maybe make some further enquiries into a couple of your choices. I do know that the appointments are very near Kensington so the ‘Barmey Badger Backpacker’ looks very favourable.

  5. Hi, I have never been to London but I have always wanted to go. I have heard that there are a lot of rich people in London. I think that it is a gorgeous city with many beautiful buildings. I love the idea of visiting.

    I have only met a few British people in my life, but they were all nice. I did not know that it was expensive to visit, so  I guess that’s just they way it is.

    I will be honest, when I thought of staying in a hostel, I thought of some piece of crap and unsafe place to stay.  but I like that you showed the pictures of what they look like.

    It looks like it might be a pretty good experience, I would recommend doing more research on where ever you decide to stay, to ensure the best possible experience (and that it is safe and all that).

    Thanks.

  6. Very interesting one here about London. London is a great city of may beauties and live. Nothing beats the atmosphere here and the reception from the people and the liveliness in this city. It is just simply a great place and would be awesome to spend the Christmas holiday. I love the WiFi and the other features provided by most hostels listed here. Thanks

  7. Thank you for your great hostel suggestions! I have wanted to visit London for as long as I can remember and I’m FINALLY in the planning stages. My hope is to solidify my plans and visit the city next year. 

    The only problem is I do not know the exact dates I will be in the area just yet. Is it possible to make a reservation now to lock in a great price and change the date in the future if need be? Thanks again, I really appreciate you sharing your experiences!

    1. Hello Shan!

      It is nice to hear that you plan to go to London next year, we wish you the plan comes true and you will visit this fantastic city!

      In relation to the dates – unforunately it does not work this way – if you change the dates of your stay, the price will be changed as well and will be based on the current price. So there is not possible to lock the price – at least not through the booking portals, we cooperate with.

      As the flight tickets are also sometimes offered cheaper to be booked earlier than later, we suggest to book them first and try to find some suitable hostel for the chosen date. Also, the bookings changes from time to time (some people cancel it on the last time), so no panic when there is no free room right away in the property you desire to stay in!

      Hopefully, is our answer sufficient, if you would like to get more tips in relation to London all over, just leave us a comment. We are here to help!

      Bye Renata

  8. Great post. It’s my dream to visit London, my aunt lives there and i am planning to visit her soon. I’ve never stayed at hostels before, your post is motivating me to try them. I love how organize your website is and it’s easy to find things. Thank you!

  9. I really had no idea there such affordable options when it comes to London. Some friends of mine are planning a tour across Europe when everything returns to normal and I think they will find your reviews mind-blowing. Thank you for sharing.

    My personal favorite from this list is the Barmy Badger. Looks like a great place to spend the night.

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