The Best Hostels in London For Backpackers

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The Best Hostels in London

London has an abundance of great accommodation, but it can be overwhelming when searching for the best hostels in London. Especially since London is such a big place it is confusing when trying to pick the perfect place to stay in that’s close to what you want to do while your there. So, I have compiled a list of the best hostels in London to stay in and a little bit about what area they are situated in too!

Here are the best hostels in London


The Best Hostels in London

The Dictionary Hostel – East London (Tube stop: Old Street)

Located in East London is one of the trendiest hostels on the scene. Dictionary Hostel is an excellent choice because it’s amongst the thriving East London, which means there is an abundance of great bars, restaurants and things to do! It’s only a 10-minute walk to the famous Brick Lane where you can find the best curry’s and the best food and clothes markets (in my opinion) in London!  Personally, this is at the top of the list of the best hostels in London!   To check the latest prices and availability, click here!

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Astor Hostel – Hyde Park (Tube stop: South Kensington)

Located in the more fancier part of London is Astor Hyde Park. The building is beautiful, and the facilities are fantastic. I really loved the interior design of this hostel, especially the front room. Astor Hostel also had the best kitchen facilities that I have witnessed in a hostel before.

That makes it easy to save a bit of money by making your own meals there because the kitchen is so big! The staff were also very friendly which makes you feel more comfortable especially when you’re staying by yourself. I highly recommend this hostel, it’s one of the best London hostels! It’s also in a great spot if you want to explore the most popular attraction, Buckingham Palace as the hostel is on the other side of Hyde Park!   To check the latest prices and availability, click here!

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The Best Hostels in London

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Clink 78 Hostel – Kings Cross (Tube Stop: Kings Cross)

If you’re looking for a hostel that has great transport links, then staying at Clink 78 is a great option. Kings Cross and St Pancras stations are only a 10-minute walk away. St Pancras is also where you catch the train internationally to the likes of France and Belgium. Kings Cross tube station has great links to central London and north to the likes of Camden. There’s also a lively night scene and a great dance club which regularly hosts some of Londons best DJs that I recommend – Egg. The hostel itself has great facilities and is even set in an old courthouse so inside there is a chill-out zone in an actual old courtroom, it’s really unique!   To check the latest prices and availability, click here!

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Wombats city hostel – Tower Hamlets (Tube Stop: Tower Hill)

Wombats hostel London is an excellent choice if you’re looking for somewhere central. It’s not far from the best monuments of London and only a walk away from the Thames. The hostel itself is beautifully designed and has great facilities including nice big rooms and a great breakfast.   To check the latest prices and availability, click here!

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 Generator Hostel – Bloomsbury (Tube Stop: Russel Square)

Set in the beautiful neighbourhood of Bloomsbury, this hostel features a fun environment for any backpacker coming into London. It’s only a walk away from the British Museum and great transport links too. The Generator hostel have a live DJ and free movies! What more you could want out of a hostel?   To check the latest prices and availability, click here!

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SoHostel – Soho (Tube Stop: Tottenham Court Road)

Soho is an area famous for the West End shows! Soho hostel London is set in a fabulous location not only for the shows but also the neighbouring Covent Garden, which is another fabulous place in London to check out. The hostel is colourful and is a fun environment to hang out in with friendly staff and comfortable beds!  This is definitely one of the best hostels in London!    To check the latest prices and availability, click here!

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There’s your round-up of the best hostels in London in 6 different locations!


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  • Reply
    Rob Burnett
    January 24, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Nice selection of hostels, but where is the info on prices. Never stayed at a hostel before, but before I decide which hotel I want to stay in I always look at prices. It would nice to see what it will cost, how often there is availability, and some pics of the kitchen areas. Rob

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    Eric Gamble
    January 28, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    We were very lucky to house sit while staying in London but we looked at Wombats and Soho Hostel because we have used both of them in other cities in Europe. I love that rooftop bar area at the soho hostel. I think these all look like great options for anyone looking for a hostel in London. Anything next to the tube is always a plus!

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    Danila Caputo
    January 29, 2018 at 6:52 am

    While there are so many hotels in London, I must say that unless you book well in advance they can be pretty expensive as well. This list is useful, and who knows maybe one day we can also test out hostels as well! The Wombats looks cool and it’s awesome that it’s so close to the Thames!

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    January 29, 2018 at 6:57 am

    This is a really helpful list for me. My “old” hostel from my backpacking youth has since been updated and rebranded and has a decided not-great vibe – endless high school tour groups combined with partying backpackers and it just isn’t that nice any more. It’s time I thought about my options and branched out to try something new.

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    Nick Wheatley
    January 29, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Well I have to say that I am not much of one to stay in hostels any more – getting a bit too old for that kind of travel style. But these all look quite inviting. In fact Clink 78 and Wombats look downright classy! Almost like co-working spaces rather than hostels. And that rooftop bar of Sohostel is downright tropical – makes me want a MaiTai!

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    Nathalie Caty
    January 30, 2018 at 3:08 am

    This is very helpful. I’ve never stayed at the hostel and if I ever do this is a very comprehensive list. The Soho hostel reminds me of New York in the summer.

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    January 30, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    I’ve never been much of a hostels person – usually I travel in apartments or hotels with Justin. But some of these look awesome, and London is such an expensive city! I’d definitely stay in one of these if they have private rooms!

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    January 31, 2018 at 3:42 am

    We love staying in hostels and this is a great list for hostels in London. The dictionary hostel looks really cool. I like the kitchen facility of Astor Hostel. Good transportation links from Clink 78 is a big plus. The vibrant colours of Wombats City Hostel has won my heart. Free movies in Generator hostel.. Supercool.

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    January 31, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    All of these hostels look great! We typically stay in private rooms if we are in a hostel because I am really sensitive to noise when I’m sleeping, but hostels are always fun to stay in for the atmosphere and the people. I really like the look of the Wombats City Hostel and a central location sounds wonderful as well. The Sohostel looks really cute, too! I love the lawn with the chairs! We will definitely have to check some of these out next time we are in London!

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    January 31, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    I just bookmarked this for my upcoming trip to London! We have a couple of nights that we don’t have booked during our 3 weeks in London and I’ve been looking for perfect hostels. Wombats looks absolutely wonderful – especially if they have a great breakfast!

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    Medha Verma
    February 1, 2018 at 12:26 am

    I am usually slightly apprehensive of staying in hostels because I’ve never done it earlier and I am not sure I am very happy to share the room with 5-6 other people. But if I ever do stay in a hostel, I’d probably do it in a place like London; firstly because it would make a lot of sense economically and secondly, because these hostels look pretty amazing!

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