The Best Hostels in London for a Great British Adventure

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This article was last updated Dec 22

How to find the best hostels in London for your trip

LONDON BABY! The city that has it all; Amazing history, beautiful architecture, top grub, awesome shopping, immersive exhibitions, charming parks and banging night life. But it’s so HUGE, where do you start, and most importantly, where do you stay?! To help you make the most of your trip we’ve put together a list of the very best hostels in London to bunk up after a busy day exploring the big, bright capital.

  1.  Best hostels in central London
  2.  Best party hostels in London
  3.  Best hostels in London for solo travellers
  4.  Best cheap hostels in London
  5.  Best hostels in London for couples
  6.  Best of the rest hostels in London


Best hostels in central London

St Christopher’s Inn – Liverpool Street


Just minutes away from Shoreditch, St Christopher’s Inn is an eclectic mix of young locals, businessmen and partying travellers. Wake up surrounded by skyscrapers (the Gherkin is literally on your doorstep), plus you’re only a 5 minute stroll from Moorgate AND Liverpool Street tube stations. If you fancy a pint, pop down to their traditional  British pub, where travellers can enjoy breakfast for just £4.

Hostel highlights:

  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Key card access

🏠Address: 52 Wilson Street

🏘Neighbourhood: Finsbury

🚍Nearest station: Moorgate

Book your stay at St Christopher's Inn now


St Christopher’s Camden


Let’s head to Camden, one of London’s coolest neighbourhoods. To celebrate the live music scene in some of London’s most iconic venues, stay at St Christopher’s Camden. Start your day with a stroll through Camden Market and enjoy a range of street food alongside vintage clothes, antiques and much much more. In the evening, head to Belushi’s where you’ll meet other travellers while letting your hair loose or taking part in a daily pub crawl!

Hostel highlights:

  • Bar
  • Pub crawl
  • Cable TV

🏠Address: 50 Camden High Street

🏘Neighbourhood: Camden

🚍Nearest station: Camden

Book your stay at St Christopher's Inn now


Best party hostels in London

London is such a popular stop for backpackers, so it’s no surprise that the party culture in their hostels is so big! Then throw in traditional British pubs and some awesome nightclubs – and you have the recipe for an unforgettable night.

Wombats London


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A round of applause for the multi-award winning (voted Most Popular and Best Extra Large Hostel 2017) Wombat’s, which really does set the standard for the best hostels in London. Don’t believe us? Check out the reviews to see that most people are ‘pleasantly surprised’ by the awesome look and feel of the hostel, which is covered stylishly in old oak wood, making it oh so cosy.

Feel welcomed into the hostel’s fun atmosphere with a free beer, then grab a couple more bevvies in the huge bar downstairs (complete with pool and table tennis tables). Join in on their many nightly events such as beer pong. Before long, it’s a quick stroll into the buzzing nightlife of nearby swanky Shoreditch!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free food: noodles and rice
  • backpack storage
  • Free welcome drink
  • Bike rental
  • Bar

🏠Address: 7 Dock Street

🏘Neighbourhood: Whitechapel

🚍Nearest station: Aldgate East Underground

Book your stay at Wombats City Hostel London now


St Christopher’s Village


Best hostels in London - St Christopher's Village

Widely renowned as one of the best party hostels in London, come stay in one of their many dorms and make friends from all over the world. If you’re feeling futuristic, why not try one of their space capsule beds?

Foodies will be in for a mouth-watering treat as Borough Market, one of biggest and best food markets in London, is just a few minutes’ walk away. Oh, and another bonus, downstairs you’ll find Belushi’s bar where as a hostel guest you’ll receive great drinks specials PLUS 25% off food. Winner!

See Also: Hostels Near Clapham

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room
  • ATM
  • Free city tour
  • Bar, restaurant and nightclub
  • Terrace

🏠Address: 165 Borough High Street

🏘Neighbourhood: Southwark

🚍Nearest station: London Bridge Underground

Book your stay at St Christopher's Village now


Best hostels for solo travellers in London

London is a BIG city – so there’s lots of people, and lots of opportunities to make new friends. Here are some of hostels we think are best to create those lasting friendships. Solo travellers rejoice!

Hostel One Notting Hill


Hostel One Notting Hill pride themselves on being a super social hostel, with FREE family dinners each night, drinking games and daytime activities – with all this, you might mistake it for your real home!

Located in the charming neighbourhood of Notting Hill, you’ll be right beside Portobello Market, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, with great proximity to some of the world’s best museums. The hostel is set in a characteristic 19th century building, so impress your friends by staying in London the traditional way.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free family dinners
  • Pub crawls
  • backpack storage
  • Common room
  • Garden

🏠 Address: 63 Prince’s Square

🏘 Neighbourhood: Notting Hill

🚍 Nearest station: Bayswater Underground

Book your stay at Hostel One Notting Hill now


Cheap hostels in London

While London is known for its high prices, you can definitely have a killer time on a backpacker’s budget (what else are we here for?)

PubLove @ The Rose and Crown


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Another pub to enhance your traditional British experience, this hostel is located just minutes from Borough Market and the historic Southwark neighbourhood. Feel like a beer at 5am? Well here you can, because the pub is open 24 hours for hostel guests! The dorms are modern and stylish – so there’s luxury pub vibes all around. Previous guests have commended the hostel for its cleanliness, proximity to attractions, and its awesome bar!

Hostel highlights:

  • 24 hour pub
  • Great location
  • Terrace
  • Backpack storage

🏠Address: 65 Union Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: Southwark

🚍Nearest station: Borough Underground

Book your stay at PubLove @ The Rose and Crown now


Best hostels for couples in London

If you’re a couple headed to London Town, you’re in for a treat. A city full of romance and charm, it’s the perfect lover’s getaway. These hostels offer both privacy and opportunities for socialising, with locations in some stunning, central neighbourhoods!

Astor Hyde Park


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Stay in a stunning building located in the heart of Hyde Park – a romantic stroll in the park has never been so easy. The hostel has a spectacular common area with upholstered sofas and a television. With added extras of a £1 breakfast, walking tours and daily events, you’ll find you have everything you need.

The hostel is also surrounded by famous museums like the V&A and the Natural History Museum. It’s close to the shopping district of Kensington High Street too, so you can shop till you drop.

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room with cable TV
  • Book exchange
  • backpack storage

🏠Address: 191 Queensgate

🏘 Neighbourhood: South Kensington

🚍Nearest station: South Kensington Underground

Book your stay at Astor Hyde Park now


Safestay London – Kensington Holland Park

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Fancy staying in a mansion, in one of the capitals most desirable neighbourhoods, in the middle of one of London’s most beautiful parks? Safestay provides just that, so you will not be disappointed with your surroundings. The stunning building dates back to 1605 and has been stylishly refurbished to provide a very cosy and comfortable stay. If you love a good stroll around a nice park you are spoilt for choice with Kensington Gardens and Hyde park just around the corner. Notting Hill, with the famous Portobello Road, is also close by where you can check out one of London’s most famous markets.

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace
  • backpack storage
  • Cafe and bar
  • Games room with pool table

🏠Address: Holland Park Ave

🏘Neighbourhood: Kensington

🚍Nearest station: Kensington High Street

Book your stay at Safestay Holland Park now


Best of the rest hostels in London

London is packed with quality hostels, so there’s definitely more to explore! Here’s some that we simply couldn’t leave off our list.

The Walrus Hostel


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Just minutes from the borough of Westminster, this hostel is ideal for history lovers! Check out Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament – all super close! After your busy day of sightseeing, head to the beautiful and traditional pub inside the hostel for a delicious pub meal. The hostel also includes a free breakfast for guests. Previous guests loved the caring staff and the convenient location.

Hostel highlights: 

  • Free breakfast
  • Great location
  • Book exchange
  • Bar
  • Bicycle hire

🏠Address: 172 Westminster Bridge Road

🏘Neighbourhood: Lambeth

🚍Nearest station: Waterloo or Lambeth North Underground

Book your stay at The Walrus Hostel now


Keep reading:

A crafternoon in London! Discover the best breweries in the capital

The 15 best hostels in the UK

The ultimate backpacker’s guide to the UK

Have you stayed in any of the best hostels in London? How do they compare to other cities in Europe? Let us know in the comments!

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