Cheap backpacker hostels in London

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Affordable: backpacker hostels in London

Cheap backpacker hostels in London are numerous and spread right across London, though major clusters of backpacker hostels are found in budget accommodation areas of Bayswater, Kensington and London Bridge.


Needless to say backpacker dormitory rates are highly seasonal.

Clearly biggest demand is in the summer months when students are able to travel extensively. However there is not the dramatic price change between weekends and the working week that many hotels feature in London.


You also of course pay more the closer you are to the centre of the city, though because of London's excellent public transport it is no real handicap staying a little way out.

It should be pointed out that if there are two or three of you some of the cheap London Bed and Breakfast hotels can be similarly priced to a hostel dormitory.

Many of the independent hostels trade heavily on what the more staid YHA hostels can't provide. No curfews, mixed dormitories, party nights, free walking tours and young energetic staff trying to add value to the hostel experience.


Most hostels have both mixed dormitories and female dormitories.

Clearly most of the hostels here are aimed at the youth market. Many London hostels do not allow anyone under 18 to stay in a dormitory, a few have an upper age limit as well, typically 35.

There is also quite a wide divergence in what you get for the nightly dormitory rate. The majority provide linen and a locker (bring your own lock).

Some throw in breakfast, at others you pay for it, but most provide free wi-fi. Most will provide laundry and cooking facilities, but there are exceptions.

Many hostels have a bar and try to encourage a party feel organising activities or put on walking tours.

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Cheap backpacker hostels In London

The Phoenix Hostel London
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The Phoenix Hostel
Dorms from £12 per night, double rooms from £77

Central location on the edge of Central London, 219 yards from Edgware Road Underground Station, 329 yards from Marylebone Station and 875 yards from Paddington Railway Station with airport trains to Heathrow Airport. Bar and a 24-hour front desk. Shared lounge and luggage storage available. Free wi-fi is available in the rooms.

Rooms: 6/10/14 Bed Mixed Dorms, Double Rooms
Underground: Edgeware Road - 200m

FRESH @ The Green Man  Hostel London
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Publove @ The Green Man Hostel - Paddington
Dorms from £13 per night

Within metres of Edgeware Road Underground Station and 5 minutes' walk to Paddington Train Station. Use of In room Security Lockers (Bring your own padlock). Free wi-fi. Bar. The pub kitchen also serves a lunch and a dinner menu. For entertainment, there is frequent live music events scheduled on a weekly basis.

Rooms: 6//9//18 Bed Mixed Dorms & 6 bed Female Dorms
Underground: Edgeware Road - 50m

PubLove @ The Exmouth Arms, Euston London
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PubLove @ The Exmouth Arms, Euston
Dorms from £14 per night

Great location right next next to Euston's train/underground stations. A continental breakfast, bed linen, free lockers and free walking tours are included. You can also enjoy discounts in the pub. 24-hour reception, 24-hour bar, free wi-fi and a popular on-site burger kitchen.

Rooms: 6/8 Bed Mixed Dorms & 6 Bed Female Dorms
Underground: Euston - 150m

Gallery Hyde Park Hostel London
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Gallery Hyde Park Hostel
Dorms from £16 per night, twin room from £116

Just 250 metres from Queensway and Bayswater Underground Stations, and 100 metres from Hyde Park. The hostel has dormitories and private rooms with free wi-fi throughout. It also offers a spacious kitchen and lounge. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property plus vending machines and baggage storage. Breakfast included in room rate.

Rooms: 4/6/8/10/12/24 Bed Mixed Dorms & 8 bed Female Dorms, Twin & Triple Rooms
Underground: Bayswater / Queensway - 250m

Smart Hyde Park Inn Hostel London
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Smart Hyde Park Inn - Bayswater
Dorms from £17 per night, twin rooms from £78

Just 150 metres from Bayswater Underground Station and Hyde Park, Smart Hyde Park Inn offers budget dormitories with an hour of free wi-fi. There is also a modern kitchen with an oven, refrigerator and microwave, and continental breakfasts are served daily. Common room with computers and TV. Minimum age to stay is 16.

Rooms: 4//6/8/9//12/15/16//20 Bed Mixed & 10 bed Female Dorms
Underground: Bayswater / Queensway - 150m

Clink 261 Hostel London
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Clink 261 Hostel - King's Cross / St Pancras
Dorms from £18 per night, twin rooms from £74

Five-minute walk to St Pancras International Train Station and King's Cross Underground Stations. London's most well connected transport hub. Free: wi-fi, London walking tour (departing every day from reception), continental buffet breakfast and safety deposit for valuables.

Rooms: 4/6/8/10/18 Bed Mixed Dorms & 4/10 Bed Female Dorms
Underground: Kings Cross St Pancras - 250m

RestUp Hostel London
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RestUp London
Dorms from £18 per night, double private rooms from £85

Five-minute walk from Elephant & Castle station and shopping centre. Free wi-fi is provided in the on-site bar. Laundry room, free luggage storage and library area. A continental breakfast is served in the bar lounge, as well as toasted sandwiches and snacks. A games room with pool table is also available to guests.

Rooms: 4/6/8/10/12/20 Bed Mixed Dorms & 4 Bed Female Dorms, Double/Quad Rooms
Underground: Elephant & Castle - 600m

Smart Russell Square Hostel London
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Smart Russell Square Hostel - Russell Square
Dorms from £18 per night, twin private rooms from £87

Very central location conveniently located near the British Museum with a tube station, supermarket and pubs right around the corner. Custom made Pod Beds with unique privacy screens. Enormous common room with two big-screen TVs, sofas, a pool table and several vending machines. Free wi-fi.

Rooms: 4/6//8/9/15/18 Bed Mixed Dorms & 10 Bed Female Dorms & Private Twin Rooms
Underground: Russell Square - 100m

YHA London Central Hostel London
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YHA London Central Hostel - Marylebone
Dorms from £23 per night, double rooms from £85 per night

A five-minute walk from Great Portland Street Tube Station, and 10-15min to Oxford St + West End. It has its own bar and snack bar, and offers luggage storage and laundry services. Cafe and bar offers a range of breakfast and lunch choices for purchase. Note this property does not charge an additional temporary membership fee for non YHA members.

Rooms: Male & Female Dorms, Private Rooms for 2 to 6 People
Underground: Great Portland Street - 300m

Astor Victoria Hostel London
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Astor Victoria - Victoria
Dorms from £24 per night, double private rooms from £90

Only 10 minutes' walk from Victoria train and bus station, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace not much further. Free continental breakfast, clean bed linen, hot showers 24 hrs a day, a safe to lock up your valuables, a fully equipped kitchen, cable and satellite TV and a DVD player. 18 to 40 year old age bracket only.

Rooms: 4/6/8 bed mixed & 4/6 bed female dorms, single rooms, private rooms for 2-6 people
Underground: Pimlico - 20m

Generator Hostel London
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Generator Hostel - Russell Square
Dorms from £25 per night, twin rooms from £79

Very central location near Russell Square close to British Museum and walking distance to Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Free walking tours, free wi-fi, free bed linen and lockers, good value dinners every night from 6pm to 9pm. Bar is open to 2am and has drink specials and happy hour every night 18+ age restriction.

Rooms: 4/6/8 Bed Mixed Dorms, Private Rooms for 1-6 People
Underground: Russell Square - 500m

Safestay Holland Park Hostel London
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Safestay Holland Park
Dorms from £25 per night, twin private rooms from £99

Just to the west of Hyde Park and Bayswater, Holland Park Tube Station (Central Line) is just a four-minute walk away. Guests will benefit from a large garden with pond and free wi-fi access is available. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, a games room and luggage storage. Bar, Snack Bar.

Rooms: 5/6//9/12/13/15/21/27/33 Bed Mixed Dorms, Double/Triple Private Rooms
Underground: Holland Park - 500m

St Christopher's Village Hostel London
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St Christopher's Village - London Bridge
Dorms from £29 per night, twin rooms from £98

Five-minutes walk from London Bridge tube station. Dormitory rooms with 24-hour reception, free wi-fi, laundry facilities, a lounge with TV and DVD player, a roof terrace, a bar and a restaurant. On-site entertainment venue has karaoke nights, fancy-dress parties, and music.

Rooms: 4/6/8/10/12/14/22/33 Bed Dorms
Underground: London Bridge - 300m

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