Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as £12 up to £25 per night. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Bear in mind prices might be a bit more expensive on Friday and Saturday night, as well as special holidays or events.
Well-rated hostels will be more expensive, around £25-£40/night (maybe you can find special offers).
You can also find super budget hostels, which costs around £15 per night. Don’t expect much quality at those hostels.
Booking hostels in London: The beds in London’s fill up pretty quickly (especially in the summer season). Make sure you book early if you want to get a good deal in the best hostels London has available.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Exploring London: Distances in London are huge. That is why, the most important thing when booking your accommodation is to have a bus stop or underground/ tube station nearby. You will use the underground to visit the different places around the city.
After a long day walking and exploring, you will be glad if the tube station (or bus stop) is not further than 10-15 minutes to your hostel. Plus points if on the way you find a supermarket to buy your dinner ingredients. Find more info below with public transport tips.
Hostel with private rooms: All hostels offers dorms. There are many hostels with private rooms in London as well; from budget to luxury options. Below we created a full list of all hostel accommodations offering private rooms.
The London Underground is less than a 5-minute walk away. It is just 5 stops from the city center. Reach top sights such as the London Eye in just 15-minutes from here.
Swiss Cottage is located near the Finchley Road stop of the National Express A6 bus to Stansted Airport, which means you can walk to the airport bus. On Finchley Road, you will also find may shops, restaurants,…
Catching your flight: bear in mind traffic in London is horrific. If you are traveling by bus, make sure you have plenty of backup time just in case there is an accident or a traffic jam.
Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is the best hostel in London for:
We’re super keen to jump in and show you around the place. There’s lots to see.
As for fun things to do and enjoy, check out:
Courtyard & comfy lounge
Cave-like hostel bar
Table football & pool
If you fancy cooking, you’ll appreciate the modern kitchen on-site.
It’s also totally worth investing a few extra coins for an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast available every day.
And it doesn’t stop there!
Continue the social vibes outside of the hostel by joining a FREE London landmarks tour with your new roommates. Then round the day off with a quiz night or karaoke in the womBAR.
Let’s now have a little look at the room choices:
4, 6, 8 and 10-bed mixed dorms
6-bed female dorm
Twin room with private bathroom
Double room with private bathroom
The dorms are simple, clean and comfy. Though there aren’t privacy curtains, the option of a 4-bed room makes up for this.
Super cool: the smart keycard works for your room and your very own locker – no padlock necessary!
And yes; free, reliable WiFi will follow you throughout the property. Bonus.
Location: In a prime spot in Whitechapel, close to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Nearby Shoreditch is home to buzzing nightlife, restaurants and coffee shops. There are 3 very handy underground stations close-by.
Wombats City Hostel London is one of the top hostels in London for:
Here you’ll find an impressive bar, one of the best hostel bars in London with cocktails on the menu, open until 2 am every night.
Everything you need for a great party is there:
a snack machine,
great beds to collapse in to.
Camden Town is also on the doorstep for further pubs, bars and clubs for all kinds of people. If you have been looking for hostels in central London, then you just found it. Super central, cool location and fun vibes at the bar.
You are also just a 10 minutes walk from Kings Cross and the British Museum. Remember, the British Museum has free entrance. 100% recommended to visit! In our guide to 4 days in London we share more details.
Once a Victorian warehouse, now an industrial hipster haven.
Dictionary Hostel is an alternative party hostel if you’re looking for:
A bustling on-site bar (for locals, too)
Rooftop terrace vibes
An actual swing in the dorm room
However, in the name of honest reviews, we’d like to include a traveller review we found.
“If you want to check out East London for a couple of days and party hard and late on the cheap then stay here. Otherwise, avoid. The hostel is on top of a bar with very powerful bass that penetrates earplugs and vibrates your bed until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights. Which is of course fine if you’re not in bed by that time. Rooms are very small.”
Stay here if you’re looking for a crazy party atmosphere and good location in Shoreditch.
As said before, the popular Generator Hostel London has a top location in Camden. It is a big and modern hostel with its own bar.
It is really known as one of the coolest hostels in London England. The bar is great and even serves food. However, you cannot bring your own food. This is a bummer, really. As a budget traveler, we know how important this is to safe money, especially in London.
As for the dorms, they are equipped with good and sturdy beds.
Each bed has its own light and power socket with USB port. Yet, the bunk beds do not have the popular privacy curtains.
Last but not least, every morning a free walking tour in london picks you up at the reception desk to join the tour. Many of the hostels actually work with free walking tours. Check directly with the reception. Pick up is usually between 9:00am and 10am, depending on your accommodation.
I am pretty sure as someone looking for best hostel in London for adults, you want to avoid the hard-core party hostels and opt for a ‘London hotel cheap and cheerful’ vibe.
We have to say that Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage exceeds itself yet again as a perfect hostel in London for older travellers and adults.
Why, might you be asking?
Well, they care so much about welcoming all kinds of travellers, that they put together this piece entitled Hostels for Older Travellers. Same as Hillspring Palmers Lodge, the Swiss Cottage caters to a wide range of travellers.
Bonus points for our 5 Star Hostel in London!
Also, since there is several big common areas, the guests do not hang out in the dorm to mingle. The common area is also separated from the dorm and sleeping area. This makes it much better to get a rest – or to stay at the bar and have drinks with your new friends.
When taking about “Youth hostels”, it usually refers to the Youth hostel association. In the UK, this association is the YHA. Youth hostel associations around the world belong to Hostelling International, or HI for short.
Our favorite youth hostel London is YHA Central. It is one of the few wheelchair accessible hostels. It has a proper kitchen to actual cook your own meals. Again, this is really handy when travelling on a budget.
What we do not like: The rooms do not have WiFi! You can only use the WiFi in the common areas. This is our personal preference though.
In general it is a fun hostel though! it has its own bar and many many events like pub crawl, free walking tours, market tours and such. One of the cooler backpacker hostels for sure!
Are you in search of budget accommodation in London? Perhaps your whole trip depends on finding places to stay in London cheap.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels for the budget travelers out there. However we think it’s not worth it to go with the cheap places to stay in London.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport.
Bare in mind it’s not exactly possible to enjoy a London cheap stay – this is an expensive city.
Bear in mind, when using Hostelworld, you will also find London hotels being listed on the platform.
Here is my more general advise on hunting down cheaper hostels. If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget ergo backpacking London, and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find cheap places to stay in London.
Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations & cheap areas to stay in London
Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Again, my best recommendation for a cheap place is Clink78. Always compare prices first! Depending on the travel date, prices can be up since rates always change.
After all, nowadays you can stay in a private double room in a hostel and enjoy the social character of a hostel at the same time. Out of all the best hostels in London for couples, we favour Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage, it is the #1 place in this guide. Scroll up!
Yet, there is obviously many more.
So, below you find a list of all hostels in London with private rooms, great for couples!
They offer Twin Rooms with and without ensuite bathrooms. Couples can get a lovely Superior Double Bed Private. As for families, you have the choice between Standard 4 Bed and 6 Bed Family Room. This is one of the best hostels in London for families.
Superior Double Bed, Standard 4 Bed, and Twin Private. That is the offer at Palmers Lodge Hillspring. If you ask me, this is a great hostel for couples looking for a private room and a chill-out hostel.
Here are two more examples for you. Please note, there is a lot of accommodations in London listed as “hostels”. Yet, they do not have any dorms. Just be aware. St Christopher’s Inn do have dorms alongside private rooms, however!
This option is not an hostel but an affordable hotel in London. For those seeking for a cheap private accommodation, here you can choose between: Budget Double Room, Trip Room, Quadruple Room and Family Rooms. Yet again, no dorms here.
How you can find more affordable hostels with private rooms?
By far the best way to get around London is by Underground. Either pre-order an Oyster Card online, or purchase one at any station.
Tip: top up £10 per day, enough for the daily cap-pricing of £9.60. Travel as much as you like (underground, bus) per day without exceeding this price.
Download the Oyster app for simple top-up and handy map of the entire metro system.
The underground works until midnight during weekdays and even later on Fridays and Saturdays. It is a perfect connection in case you want to party with the locals on the weekends.
The voltage is 230V in the UK. Come prepared to charge your devices – bring an adapter for the 3-pin UK outlets. Even better, invest in an universal adapter and forget worrying about charging all our electronics while your travels.
Did you know the major museums in London have free entry?! Amazing, right!
The Natural History Museum,
Victoria and Albert Museum,
Museum of London,
National Maritime Museum,
National Portrait gallery,
and many more
Let’s just say they are always popular, but even more so on rainy days.
If you want to visit the British Museum or Natural history Museum (the most known), here is our best advice: aim to be at the museum entrance shortly after opening time to avoid big queues. Take a packed lunch too as they make up for the free entrance with over-priced cafes!
Even-though London isn’t cheap, you can find inexpensive lunches. Sainsbury, Boots, Co-op & Tesco supermarkets offer inexpensive deals.
They cost around £3 and consist of a sandwich, a snack (such as chips (crisps), fruit or chocolate) and a drink.
You can also find inexpensive meal also at many markets: Candem Market, Borough Market… These are places you might visit anyway, so plan it good and be there at lunch time.
Take advantage of your smartphone and download the London App. It provides directions, recommendations, history and more.
There are two options to ensure you get a good price and good seats at your chosen performance.
Book online: there are always discounts on offer, usually a few weeks in advance. Spend time comparing prices on the many sites that offer cheap theatre tickets.
Buy last minute tickets: we did this and got a fantastic deal! There are ticket stands around Piccadilly and Convent Garden selling on-the-day cheap tickets.
Day trips from London
London is the capital of the United Kingdom but the country is very diverse. Try to plan time during your trip to get outside of London and see more! You could visit:
Map of the Best Hostels in London + Sights
There are enough things to do in London that could keep you busy for a lifetime. With this in mind, we’ve pinpointed (most of) the major sights below.
You’ll also notice our awesome hostels in London are on the map, too. Convenient!
As you can imagine there are plenty of tours on offer.
Although most things can be booked on the day, we suggest pre-booking tickets for the following popular attractions:
You can find hotels starting from 65€ per night for a double room. These hotels are obviously not in good quality. A solid hotel in London costs around 100€ per night for a double room. Booking a bed in a dorm room starts from 15€.
What are the best hostels in London with private rooms?
If you are couple who wants to benefit from the social vibes at a hostel yet have a private room, we recommend Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage. The common area is big and it is easy to meet people at the bar or playing pool billiard.
Also, the sleeping area is completely separated from the common areas; meaning the noise won’t disturb the ones taking a rest.
What are the best hostels in London for older travellers?
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