5 of the Absolute Best Hostels in London, According to Our Site

By Jessica Nemire
Posted on 17 October 2021

We recently told you about 5 budget trips you can take around the U.K. this autumn. Our list didn’t include one of the most popular destinations in the U.K. - London! Although not hailed as a budget destination, London has many hostels that can be a great affordable place to stay while allowing you to meet fellow travelers. We put together a list of the 5 highest rated London hostels on our site in order to help you plan your trip to London. Read on!

1. St Christopher's Inn, Liverpool Street

Rated 9.0 on our site, St Christopher's Inn on Liverpool Street has dorm beds available starting at £36 per guest. You can also book a private room starting at £101 per guest.

This well-known hostel is located just above the popular pub The Flying Horse, which is frequently visited by locals and tourists alike. There is also another traditional pub under St Christopher's Inn which treats the inn’s guests to a 25% discount on food at the bar plus 2 for 1 drink specials all day.

Book St. Christopher’s Inn here!

2. Wombat’s City Hostel London

Also rated 9.0 on our site, Wombat’s City Hostel London offers dorm beds starting at £26 per guest. There are also private rooms available for £60 per guest. This cozy hostel features a huge bar and lots of common spaces to hang out and meet fellow travelers.

Wombat’s City Hostel London is located close to famous sights such as the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the City Hall. It’s also a short walk to Shoreditch, which is well-known for its nightlife.

Book Wombats City Hostel here!

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3. Astor Hyde Park

Astor Hostels has several locations all over London and York. This one is located only a few minutes away from Hyde Park and surrounded by some of London’s top-rated museums, Astor Hyde Park is rated 8.9 on our site and has dorm beds available starting at £22 per guest per night. Travelers can also book a private room starting at £50 per guest. 

Astor Hyde Park has daily activities designed to encourage you to meet fellow travelers. They also have a cozy common area to relax in after a long day of sightseeing.

Book Astor Hyde Park here!

4. Safestay Elephant & Castle

You’ve probably heard of Safestay Hostels, a popular hostel chain across Europe. Safestay Elephant & Castle in London is one of the highest rated hostels in London on our site.

Located close to the River Thames, Safestay Elephant & Castle is a popular hostel among backpackers and remote workers alike. The hostel includes a 24 hour reception, free WiFi throughout the facility, and lots of common areas perfect for socializing with your fellow hostel mates.

Rated 8.8 on our site, Safestay Elephant & Castle in London offers dorm beds starting at £25 per guest and private rooms starting at £40 per guest.

Book at Safestay Elephant & Castle here!

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5. St Christopher's Inn, London Bridge

St. Christopher’s Inn has not one, but two of the five highest-rated hostels on our site! St Christopher's Inn, London Bridge is rated 8.7 on our site, with dorms starting at £28 per guest and private rooms starting at £62. The hostel features a bar downstairs with live music every night, and exclusive drink deals just for its guests. This property is located in a 16th-century building, minutes away from both London Bridge and the Tate Modern. This location is a short walk from the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the London Dungeon as well as the The London Bridge tube station and Borough Markets.

Want to keep exploring more hostels in London? Check them out!