There is not much youth hostel London would offer, to be fully honest, but still there are some quality hostel properties you could pick from if you really want to spend your stay in hostel when visiting London! It is for sure an expensive city, accommodation is not cheap at all (especially when you book it just before you go, so here I recommend to book accommodation at least 3 months before the visit, 5 months before it is ideal even in case of hostel accommodation).
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 am here to recommend you so cheap and nice accommodation so you probably change your mind and go there at the same time as me.
You can find a lot of bed and breakfast accommodation, but after some time of searching I have tried one hostel for my visit and I made a good decision. Not only due to this hostel was in my favorite place – Kensington (just a few meters from Earls Court underground station), but the hostel was very pleasant, the accommodation and breakfast sufficient and it did not ruin my wallet at all!
Barmy Badger Backpackers – is a hostel in a typical London house in a quiet place, where you can find a really friendly place to stay in for a very reasonable price.
Near to this hostel, there is a lot of pubs, shops, and before Christmas, whole Kensington looked like in a fairytale, a fantastic place to stay! And with the tube, you can get to the city center very fast.
Let‘s now look at the best 5 hostels I would recommend in London:
Due to my personal experience, I would recommend this hostel due to the fantastic location, great and friendly accommodation, for a reasonable price. You can have breakfast (only basic one – cornflakes, toast, butter, fruit, milk, tea, coffee) and choose from a lot of accommodation possibilities – from private double rooms to 6 Bed Mixed Dorm.
The staff is very friendly each time of the day and we can assure you there is a big chance to meet interesting people within this accommodation you can share your London experience with.
This hostel also offers free wifi and luggage storage (short-term storage is for free, long term is not), a good night sleeps on new memory foam mattresses and pillows, fully equipped kitchen, free tea and a coffee whole day. There is a minimum age of the visitor set for 18, there is no upper age limit.
A great place where to meet interesting people is placed near the station Bayswater. Very good hostel evaluated as one of the top London hostels by former travelers! This hostel is a party hostel and if you like to meet other people, it is definitely a good choice! This hostel offers a variety of mixed dorms as well as private double and twin rooms, and serves each evening free dinner!
There is also free wi-fi available, free city maps, luggage storage, tea & coffee, hairdryers and iron available. The only disadvantage is there is no elevator due to is the hostel situated in a historic building with 5 floors, so be aware of that before planning your visit.
I believe Camden is one of the most exciting places in London – if you have not visited this place yet, I honestly recommend it – if not for accommodation, then only for fun, a great meal, and shopping. Reachable by bus from the city center and close to tube stations Belsize Park and Chalk Farm.
This hostel prepares each evening a free delicious dinner, has plenty of mixed dorms as well as double private rooms.
This hostel is a smaller one, but big enough to be social if you wish to. This hostel also offers super-fast wi-fi, free city maps. It is located above the pub (so if you really like silence in the evening, this probably won‘t be a good choice for you).
If you wish to stay right in the city center, you should choose this hostel with the hippie and relax atmosphere former visitors (in age 18 – 40) appreciate. This is a small hostel, but right near to Tottenham Court Road and Covent Garden underground stations, offers everything needed from a hostel – fast wi-fi, comfortable beds, and pillows, super clean bathrooms, wonderful fully equipped kitchens, all you can eat breakfast, free luggage storage and much more.
This hostel offers several dorms, the basic dorms are located one minute far from the main building, however, the guest could enjoy all hostel features.
Very well valuated hostel with a great atmosphere close to the Tower of London. If you like new, modern London and would like to fully enjoy your stay, this hostel is a great choice! This hostel is lead by travelers so they are aware of what most visitors need and requires – cleanliness, fast wi-fi in the entire building, city maps, luggage room, welcome drink.
There is a variety of dorms and private double rooms, there is also a huge Bar, a courtyard, and a cozy hangout area in the lobby – everything you can wish for a pleasant stay! You can enjoy a breakfast buffet with bread, cornflakes, yogurt, cheese, spread, fruits, orange juice, milk, coffee, tea and much more and if you wish you can also use a possibility of bike rental this hostel offers. There is only a minimum age limit set for 18, there is no upper age limit set.