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Backpacker hostels in London are of course spread across all of London. On this page we look at those backpacker hostels in Central London close to the places people want to visit and experience around Kensington and Victoria.
The original traditional area for backpacker hostels was Earl's Court Kensington. This is still one of the most popular and major budget accommodation districts in London.
Shops and services are very much geared towards the budget traveller, there are good public transport links and if you are flying into Heathrow, cheap, fast and frequent underground trains run every 5 minutes.
Within sight of the front entrance of Earl's Court Underground on Earl's Court Road you will see most of the global fast food chains, including McDonald's, KFC, Starbucks and independent bakeries and such like. For the budget traveller all the basics are here with launderettes, pubs and small supermarkets available. Some of the pubs do very good value breakfasts as well as traditional pub grub in the evening.
Victoria is also one of the best places for transport links. There are direct airport links to all four of London's major airports and train services to Dover ferry port. London's only coach station is here, the cheapest way of travelling around England and to Europe. Victoria is also a major transport hub for getting around Central London with 3 Underground lines and countless bus routes that will get you to most places in Central London you want to visit within 15 or 20 minutes.
The backpacker hostels located in this part of Central London have no curfews and most offer a wide choice of different size dormitories and the option of private rooms too. Many will have female only dormitories. Most include breakfast in the overnight rate. The Kensington and Victoria area is full of cheap bed and breakfast hotels which may offer an alternative to the backpacker hostels. The private rooms in these often being cheaper than private rooms in hostels.
A warm welcome greets you at this hostel for adults only, just a 10-min walk from Victoria train and bus station. Top London attractions are easily reached on foot - Big Ben and Buckingham Palace are a comfortable walk away. You can choose between private or dormitory style rooms with a free continental breakfast and clean bed linen. There is a shared kitchen and living rooms, plus safes, hairdryers and laundry facilities.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Dorms or private rooms • Shared lounge • Tickets service • Breakfast included • 24-hr front desk • Safes • Laundry • Vending machine
Nearest tube: 4-min walk to Pimlico
Relax in this hostel in ambient surroudings of a Grade I listed building in West London. There is a large garden with pond and terrace to explore, with great connections with the nearest tube being just a 4-min walk away. For relaxing indoors there is a shared lounge and games room. The world famous Portobello Market and the Westfield London with its designer shops, places to eat and cinema can be reached in less than a 20-min walk.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Dorms or private rooms with shared bathrooms • Beautiful garden and terrace • Lounge and games room • 24-hr front desk • Bar • Laundry • Vending machine
Nearest tube: 5-min walk to Russell Square
This well positioned hostel set it a beautiful Victorian building has recently seen improvements made throughout, with new showers, toilets, beds, self catering kitchen and social spaces. It offers a range of affordable accommodation, 24-hour reception, Wi-Fi access and a TV lounge. The cafe serves breakfast and snacks throughout the day. There is also a bar and games room. Close to Hyde Park, Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall. Please note this property does not charge an additional temporary membership fee.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Male & female dorms • Private rooms for up to 6 people • Self-catering kitchen • Laundry room • Cycle store • Garden/grouds • Cot available
Nearest tube: 5-min walk to Earl's Court
Close to Earl's Court Underground Station, a major underground hub and a great range of budget pubs, fast food, supermarkets and convenience stores within 2 minutes' walk. 24-hour check-in and reception. Luggage storage, laundry. A wide range of shared dormitory rooms are available including female only dorms and private rooms.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • 24-hr front desk • CCTV • Restaurant • TV area • Garden • Male & female dorms • Private rooms
Nearest overground: 4-min walk to Earl's Court
Situated in the upscale neighbourhood of South Kensington beside Hyde Park and close to several of London's best museums. Two separate lounges, a spacious dining area and kitchen. Electronic key-card access system. Bed linen and hairdryers provided in each room, towels for a surcharge. Free Wi-Fi throughout. 18 to 40 year old age bracket only.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Shared kitchen • CCTV • 24-hr front desk • TV area • Laundry service • Male & female dorms • Private rooms • Shared kitchen
Nearest overground: 4-min walk to South Kensington
A family-run hostel set in the heart of central London. Free Wi-Fi, two spacious dining areas, 24-hr reception and security. Individual lockers and towels for an additional price. Large communal lounge that features a 50" high definition TV. In the morning a full English breakfast is served free and dinner is also free in the evening. Rated as one of the best hostels in London 2017 by the Daily Telegraph.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Shared kitchen • Lockers • 24-hr front desk • TV area • Laundry service • Male & female dorms • Private rooms • Shared kitchen • Restaurant • Bar
Nearest overground: 4-min walk to Earl's Court