Youth Hostels in London

Looking for a hostel in London? Look no further, all the good deals in London are on Dorms.com. Like thousands of other people every month, book your hostel securely at the best price in all neighbourhoods of London. On this site, you can easily find a hostel downtown, in a trendy neighbourhood; a youth hostel in the student- university district, close to bus or train stations, airports or major attractions of London.

Welcome to London

When people tell you London is a ‘city of villages’, they aren’t being cute. It literally is. From its ancient heart in the City of London, it spread outwards and swallowed up smaller settlements without ever really changing their characters. Result? Once-distant neighbourhoods like Stoke Newington to the north or Brixton to the south are now integral parts of London’s patchwork cultural life. That means it’s a sprawling place, but with masses of cheap city centre hostels to choose from, exploring is a doddle. Step out of your hostel dorm, charge up your Oyster card and you’re ready to go: take a spin in the London Eye, enjoy a boat trip on the river Thames, or escape the bustle on Hampstead Heath. Or book yourself into a downtown hostel and dive into the buzzing nightlife of Soho and the West End. Whether you’re hostelling as a group or travelling as a solo backpacker, you’ll fall in love over and over again as you explore the eclectic British capital.

The Line

Get out of the dorm and stretch those legs! Walk from the O2 to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and enjoy a series of sculptures along the way. There’s work from Damien Hirst, Martin Creed, and Eduardo Paolozzi dotted along three miles of waterways. New artwork is added each year.

Website: http://the-line.org/

British Museum

Explore past civilisations, relive historical events, and enjoy the vast collection of artefacts curated by the British Museum. It’s one of the world’s oldest museums and their vaults contain millions of objects. If you’re in a city centre hostel around Holborn or Russel Square, it’s right on your doorstep...

Website: http://www.britishmuseum.org/

Hackney DIY Art Market

The borough of Hackney is fast becoming the city’s creative hotspot, and this market, held once every two months, allows you to browse work by up-and-coming talent. Upcoming dates are July 12, September 6 and November 22.

Website: http://www.hackneyfleamarket.com/artmarket/

Big Ben

The towering, iconic timepiece is a must-see, and it’s close to several great cheap hostels in Westminster. Better still, it’s part of Westminster Palace - home to the Houses of Parliament - so you can tick two landmarks off of your list in one trip. Bargain!

Website: http://www.parliament.uk/bigben

Address: Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1 0AA

District: Borough of Westminster

Tower Bridge

There are prettier bridges, and there are bigger bridges, but there’s only one Tower Bridge. Backpackers and tourists flock to it in the hope of seeing it rise - that’s pretty cool, but the exhibition and the glass walkway 42 metres above the River Thames are even cooler. And much more reliable.

Website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk/

Address: Tower Bridge, London, UK

District: Borough of Southwark

Phone: 020 7403 3761

London Eye

If you’ve just checked into your hostel and want a bird’s-eye view of the city, head here. The Shard may be higher, but the Eye has a lovely riverside location. Book online in advance to beat the queues and grab a 10% discount.

Website: https://www.londoneye.com/

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

District: Waterloo

Phone: 0870 990 8883

St Paul’s

You should also visit the spires of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren - climb to the dome for amazing views over the city. Admission to this famous landmark costs £18 per adult (£16 for students).

Website: https://www.stpauls.co.uk/

Address: St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom

District: City of London

Phone: 020 7246 8350

Nelson’s Column

Commemorate an English hero by visiting Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square (also home to the National Gallery). Old Horatio stands on a 185ft pedestal and is surrounded by huge bronze lions.

Website: http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/place/283774-trafalgar-square

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DU

District: West End Westminister

Stoke Newington

Great for pubs, independent shops, and vintage clothing, this northern neighbourhood attracts arty, creative residents - backpackers will fit right in. It’s not on the tube but it’s easy to get there from Liverpool Street on the train, or you can take the bus.

District: Stoke Newington

Second hand Artsy Pubs

Hyde Park

Sometimes you need to escape the city. You don’t have to go far in London. Hyde Park is a huge green space in the centre of the city that contains Speaker’s Corner, the Serpentine Lake, and the Peter Pan Statue.

District: Borough of Westminster

Parks Peace and quiet Central

Camden Town

If you’re after music, markets, and an open air shopping experience, look for a hostel in Camden Town. Head past the congested high street to find the historic markets north of the canal. Eclectic and vibrant, Camden’s labyrinth of market stalls hides plenty of treasures.

District: Camden Town

Flea Market Concerts Peace and quiet

More London Free Festival

An event that runs from June 3rd to September 24th 2015, the festival includes live acts, music, and theatre performances. There’s also an LED screen broadcasting Wimbledon, the Tour de France, and the British Golf Open - and it’s round the corner from hostels in London Bridge.

Website: http://www.morelondon.com/more-london-free-festival-2015/

Address: More London Riverside, London SE1 2RE

District: Borough of Southwark

Dragon Boat Festival

On the 28th of June 2015 there are over 40 teams battling it out at the London Regatta Centre. The event includes martial arts displays, traditional Chinese lion dancing, and a food festival.

Website: http://www.lhkdbf.co.uk/

Address: The London Regatta Centre 1012 Dockside Road, London E16 2QD

District: Borough of Newham

Buckingham Palace summer opening

Pop into Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s London residence between 27th July and 27th September. The Palace opens its doors every summer and there’s plenty to see, including art from Rembrandt in the Royal Collection.

Website: http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace

Address: Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, UK

District: Borough of Westminster

Camden Beach

Who knew? London has a beach. 900 square metres, 150 tonnes of sand, and in Camden. There are deck chairs, beach huts, ping-pong, and booze. Enjoy some fish and chips, but don’t expect good surf. It’s open from 17th July to August 23rd 2015 – and it’s free too.

Website: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2015/camden-beach/camden-beach/

Address: Roundhouse Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH, United Kingdom

District: Camden Town

Secret Cinema Presents Star Wars

From the 24th June until the 27th of September 2015 the hugely successful Secret Cinema team are showing Star Wars at a number of secret locations. Book early to avoid disappointment and experience the film like never before.

Website: http://secretcinema.seetickets.com/tour/secret-cinema-presents-star-wars/list/1/100

British Summer Time

Catch Taylor Swift, Blur, The Strokes, and The Who in Hyde Park - a short walk from youth hostels in Knightsbridge and Kensington. The festival take place in late June. It’s not just a music festival; there are theatre and comedy acts too.

Website: http://www.bst-hydepark.com/

Address: Hyde Park London, United Kingdom

District: Borough of Westminster

Calling Festival

For rock fans Calling Festival is the place to be. Noel Gallagher, The Hives, and Ryan Adams were some of the performers in 2015. Calling takes place on Clapham Common in early July.

Website: http://www.callingfestival.co.uk/

Address: Clapham Common Windmill Drive, London SW4 9DE, United Kingdom

District: Clapham

Wireless

Head over to Finsbury Park and catch a diverse collection of musical acts. The festival takes place in early July. Expect a mix of dance and hip-hop acts - in 2015 the line-up included Drake, David Guetta, Kendrick Lamar, and even Grandmaster Flash.

Website: http://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk/

Address: Finsbury Park, London N4, UK

District: Finsbury

Baozi Inn

Hot and spicy, the food on offer at the Baozi Inn is inspired by street food dishes. Located in Chinatown, this unique little café is a great place for backpackers. You can expect lovely food, so bring a friend, grab some drinks, and it’ll only cost you £25.

Website: http://baoziinnlondon.com/

Address: 26 Newport Court London, WC2H 7JS

District: West End Westminister

Phone: 020 7287 6877

Berwick Street Market

If you’re in a downtown hostel, this market in the middle of Soho is a no-brainer, offering a cheap alternative to restaurant dining. Mostly takeaway options, the food is excellent and likely to cost somewhere between £5 and £8 per person.

Website: http://www.berwickstreetlondon.co.uk/

Address: Berwick Street, London W1F 0PH, United Kingdom

District: West End Westminister

Battersea Pie Station

Located in Covent Garden Market (not Battersea), Battersea Pie has mastered the art of that staple of British grub. Tuck into some lovely meat or veg encased in delicious pastry, enjoy a drink, and take a friend for only £25.

Website: http://www.batterseapiestation.co.uk/

Address: 28 The Market, Lower Ground Floor, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RA

District: West End Westminister

Phone: 020 7240 9566

The Lost Angel

Opulent interiors, art deco themed cocktails, and burlesque shows – what’s not to love? Lost Society promises well-priced drinks and a great night out.

Website: http://www.lostangel.co.uk/

Address: 339 Battersea Park Rd, London, SW11 4LS

District: Battersea

Phone: 020 7652 6526

Cargo

Free entry before 10pm on Fridays, Cargo’s location under Shoreditch railway arches is as cool as the club itself. It hosts DJ nights, and it even has a great food menu.

Website: http://www.cargo-london.com/

Address: 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY, United Kingdom

District: Hackney South

Phone: 020 7739 3440

XOYO

A café bar in Shoreditch, XOYO is renowned for its eclectic nights out; backpackers will fit right in with the colourful, friendly crowd. Plenty of familiar names have played at the club including Friendly Fires, Digitalism and Felix Da Housecat.

Website: http://www.xoyo.co.uk/

Address: 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP, United Kingdom

District: Hackney South

Phone: 020 7608 2878

Crosse Keys

The cheapest place to grab a drink in the UK is generally in a Wetherspoons. The Crosse Keys is part of the chain and it’s located in a converted bank. Enjoy the spacious pub, and its huge oval shaped bar.

Website: http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-crosse-keys

Address: 9 Gracechurch St, London EC3V 0DR, UK

District: City of London

Phone: 020 7623 4824

Corsica Studios

You’re likely to experience a student night out in this trendy bar and club. If you’re into dubstep and garage then you’ll love Corsica. It’s a vibrant, exciting, and award winning venue.

Website: http://www.corsicastudios.com/

Address: 4/5 Elephant Road, London SE17 1LB, United Kingdom

District: Borough of Southwark

Phone: 020 7703 4760

Brick Lane Market

Discerning backpackers can find some great items in amongst the bric-a-brac at this market. Intrepid bargain hunters should head down on a Sunday. If you draw a blank, there are some cracking bars in the area too.

Website: http://www.bricklanemarket.com/

Address: 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR

District: Borough of Tower Hamlets

Blitz London

Like the sound of shopping at Europe’s biggest vintage store? Thought so. This cavernous space in Shoreditch has thousands of pieces at amazing prices.

Website: http://www.blitzlondon.co.uk/

Address: 55-59 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JP, United Kingdom

District: Borough of Tower Hamlets

Portobello Road

An antiques market since the 1800s, it’s still going strong and is more diverse than ever – and it’s a stone’s throw from some great cheap hostels in Bayswater and Notting Hill. There are a variety of goods on offer from food to vintage clothing.

Website: http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/

Address: Portobello Road, London, W10 5TA

District: Notting Hill

Oyster Card

Purchase one before you arrive in the city and you can take advantage of early bird discounts. An Oyster Card allows you to travel around London and save money as you go. https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk

Tkts Booth

Head to Leicester Square and grab some cheap tickets to some of London’s most celebrated theatre and musical performances. If you’re not too picky then this is the perfect option for absorbing some London-centric entertainment. http://www.tkts.co.uk/.

Santander Cycles

Also known as ‘Boris Bikes’, after London mayor Boris Johnson. Rent one of 10,000 located around the city from only £2 per 24 hours. The first half hour is free. https://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles.

Airports:

There are five major airports in London. You can arrive in the British capital via Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, or London City.

Getting into the city centre to find your hostel is easy, but as usual, it’ll take a bit longer if you want to save the pennies. From Heathrow, catch the fast – but expensive – Heathrow Express to Paddington Station, or save money by taking one of the regular Piccadilly Line trains. Gatwick has both an express service and standard local rail services into London Victoria, and from Stansted it’s the Stansted Express service into Liverpool Street station.

Rail:

London has a number of mainline train stations including:

  • Waterloo: Trains to southwest London and south coast
  • Paddington: Trains to the west and Heathrow Airport
  • King’s Cross: Trains to the north and midlands
  • St Pancras: Trains to the north, midlands and continent (Eurostar)
  • Euston: Trains to the north and Scotland
  • Charing Cross: Trains to the south
  • Victoria: Trains to the southeast and south coast and Gatwick Airport
  • London Bridge: Trains to the south
  • Liverpool Street: Trains to the east and Stansted Airport

The city centre and many London suburbs are connected by the London Underground (a.k.a the Tube). Its eleven lines are colour-coded, and it’s easy to navigate the network using the iconic Tube Map – pick up a pocket copy at any underground station.

Bus:

Backpackers travelling by bus will arrive at Victoria Coach Station, located in the centre of the city. It’s the place of arrival for most coaches into London. It’s about 10 minutes’ walk from the Victoria rail terminus (Victoria Line, suburban rail services and local bus services).

Getting around:

The city has an integrated travel system, and if you’re travelling on a daily or weekly ‘Travelcard’ you can hop between tube, bus and local rail services using the same ticket. There are nine travel zones so make sure that you buy a ticket that covers the zones you want to visit. By far the easiest way of managing your travel is to get an Oyster card – they’re available at any station and can be charged up with cash, allowing you to ride anywhere on the network on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.

It’s also worth travelling at off-peak hours as its can be much cheaper. There are also options to rent bicycles and experience the city on your own terms.

Language: English

Currency: Pound Sterling

Voltage: 230 v

Timezone: Greenwich Mean Time Zone (UTC+00:00)

Dialing code: For international calls the United Kingdom’s telephone code is +44. The area code in London is 020.

Post offices:

Stratford Post Office

26  - 28 The Broadway, Stratford  London

Tel: 0345 611 2970

Camden High Street Post Office

112 – 114 Camden High Street, Camden Town  London

Tel: 0345 722 3344

Belsize Park Post Office

199 – 205 Belsize Park, London

Tel: 020 7431 9716

Hospitals:

The Royal London Hospital

Whitechapel Road,  Whitechapel  London

Tel: 020 7377 7000

University College Hospital

235 Euston Rd,  London

Tel: 020 3456 7890

University College Hospital

235 Euston Rd.,  London

Tel: 020 3456 7890

Tourist information:

St. Paul’s Churchyard,  London

Tel:  020 7606 3030

17 – 19 Cockspur St

Trafalgar Square,  London

Tel: 020 7389 5040

Opening hours:

Traditional business opening hours are 9am – 5:30pm. But you’ll find some shops, plenty of restaurants, and even more bars and clubs that stay open far later.

Emergency numbers: The emergency services can be contacted on 999.

 

Districts

Landmarks

Hostel Youth Hostels - Tribal Hostel

We are only 20 minutes away from London Bridge and Tower Hill

Hostel Youth Hostels - Phoenix Hostel London

We are 10 minutes walk from the famous Baker street (with Maddame Tussauds and Sherlock Holmes history), with Regents Park slightly further East. Paddington and Marylebone are within 10 minutes walk, with Hyde Park an easy stroll south.

Hostel Youth Hostels - Safestay Elephant & Castle

Stay at Safestay Hostel London Elephant & Castle and you’ll find Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Oxford Street and Leicester Square all less than 15-minutes away by tube. Tate Modern, the National Theatre, The Imperial War Museum, London Aquarium, London Dungeon, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Kia Oval and the famous Ministry of Sound are all within 1.5 miles of the property.

Hostel Youth Hostels - Safestay Holland Park

Stay at Safestay Hostel London Holland Park and you’ll be close to The Natural History Museum, Kensington Olympia, Portobello Road, The Royal Albert Hall and Science Museum. What’s more this unrivalled Zone 1 location means all of central London’s most famous attractions are only a short tube journey away.

Hostel Youth Hostels - Hostel Ordnance

Located close to London and Europe's most popular Arena; the 02 Millennium Dome and Greenwich Mean Time, these are next door attractions, even before venturing beyond to central London. Other places of attraction are Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussaud's, Tower of London, London Eye and the London Zoo are just a short tube/bus or boat journey away.

Hostel Youth Hostels - Astor Queensway

Our hostel is located in Nothing Hill gate, a 10-minute walk to the famous Portobello Road and right on the door step of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, home to Prince William and Kate Middleton! A charming, safe and beautiful area to explore London from, Astor Queensway is a home away from home.

Hostel Youth Hostels - Clink78

Perfectly located to explore London’s rich past as well as its diverse multicultural present, Clink78, just ten minutes’ walk from Kings Cross Station, is the ultimate destination from which to discover all that London has to offer. To the North; you will find Camden Markets and Regent's Park Zoo, to the South; the world famous British Museum, St Paul's Cathedral and the Tate Modern, to the East; the trendy nightlife of Angel, Old Street and Farrington and to the West; the shops of Covent Garden

Hostel Youth Hostels - Rest Up Hostel

We are located in close proximity ( walk-able distance) to the key London landmark sites, including the London Eye, the Tower of London, London Bridge, Big Ben, and easy access to transport links to Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Hyde Park, the Tate Gallery, Imperial War Museum and West End theaters.

Hostel Youth Hostels - Venture Hostel

Our hostel is located in New Cross, near Greenwich. A quiet place near the heart of London, one of the world's most. Venture Hostels is close to three main stations: Deptford Bridge on the DLR, Deptford station on the railway and New Cross station on the overground. It offers excellent transport links to central London and all the major attractions, like the Royal Greenwich observatory, Cutty Sark, the Emirates Air Line and the O2 Arena, a stage for the most exciting and famous concerts in Lond

Hostel Youth Hostels - Generator London

The central location of Generator London in the heart of the capital is genuinely hard to beat. We’re literally a stone’s throw from King’s Cross and St Pancras International train stations, as well as Russell Square tube station on the Piccadilly Line, making it a breeze to get around and explore the city’s sights and sounds.

Hostel Youth Hostels - Saint James Backpackers Hostel

Zone 1 central London location. Very safe neighbourhood. 5 minute walk to Earls Court Tube/Metro Station (Piccadilly Line and District Line). Lots of bus routes. Short walk to Holland Park , Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Kensington High Street. Food shop and launderette both 30 seconds walk away

Hostel Youth Hostels - SoHostel

SoHostel is on Dean Street, linking Soho with Oxford Street. Most of the main tourist sights of London are walkable but if you’re feeling lazy, Tottenham Court Road tube station is less than five minutes’ walk away with Oxford Circus not much further. We’re also surrounded by bus routes if you want to see the city from one of our world-famous double deckers.

Hostel Youth Hostels - St Christopher's Inn, Greenwich

You’ll find the home of GMT at the Royal Observatory, the Greenwich Markets, Greenwich Park, the National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark within walking distance from our front door. Close to Central London From Greenwich station you can travel to practically anywhere in the city on the fast tube system and DLR.

Hostel Youth Hostels - St Christopher's Inn, Liverpool Street

We’re moments away from the famous Shoreditch, London’s gritty centre for progressives and urban art lovers, as well as a bustling Brick Lane and Old Spitalfields Market - the place to go for all your vinyl, vintage and international street food! Not only that, but our St Christopher’s Inn Liverpool Street is just a stone’s throw from the city’s exclusive terrace views – from Heron Tower to the mammoth Gherkin, this part of town offers every cocktail recipe imaginable!

Hostel Youth Hostels - St Christopher's Inn, The Inn, London Bridge

Located in central London we’re only a short walk from the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the London Dungeon. The London Bridge tube station and Borough Markets, one of the best and most extensive food markets in London are right on our doorstep. You can also take a stroll along The River Thames and beyond to take in St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern Gallery, OXO Tower, Gabriel’s Wharf, the British Film Institute, the Southbank Centre, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.

Hostel Youth Hostels - PubLove @ The Crown

Located in the district of south-west London, The Crown is situated on the lively Lavender Street in Battersea. As well as an extensive bus network nearby, which connects the area with much of south and central London, The Crown has three tube stations and two railway stations walkable distances away.

Hostel Youth Hostels - PubLove @ The White Ferry

With Victoria station and Victoria Coach Station just a 5-minute walk away and piles of things to see and do from The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Victoria Palace Theatre all walkable distance away, you’ll get to discover the streets of London.

Hostel Youth Hostels - PubLove @ The Steam Engine

The place to stay in London! The Steam Engine is a hop, skip and jump away from London’s main attractions. Head towards the river to see London in all its glory. Walk between Big Ben, the London Eye, museums and more – and don't forget to get that perfect selfie! #PubLove

Hostel Youth Hostels - PubLove @ The Green Man

Located in central London, The Green Man in Paddington is only a 5 minutes walk to Paddington Station and on the doorstep of Edgware Road Station, with trains taking you to all local attractions and famous sites throughout London.