Backpacker hostels in Central London

Cheap backpackers' accommodation in London's Kensington and Victoria districts

St James' Backpackers Earl's Court London Hostel

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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 major budget accommodation districts in London.

Shops and services are very much geared towards the budget traveller, there is 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.

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Cheap backpacker hostels around Kensington & Victoria

The Londonears Hostel London
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Barkston Rooms - Earl's Court
Dorms from £10 per night, double rooms from £55

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.

Rooms: 4/6/8/10/12/14 bed mixed & 10 bed female dorms, double/twin rooms
Underground: Earl's Court - 200m

YHA Hostel Earl's Court Private Rooms London
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YHA Hostel Earl's Court
Dorms from £20 per night, double rooms from £69

5 mins' walk from Earl's Court Tube station offering a range of affordable accommodation, 24-hour reception, wi-fi access and a TV lounge. There are self-catering facilities for guests to use. Cafe serves breakfasts and snacks throughout day. Bar and games room. Please note this property does not charge an additional temporary membership fee.

Rooms: male & female dorms, private rooms for up to 6 people
Underground: Earl's Court - 250m (Map Ref: 55)

Saint James Backpackers Hostel London
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Saint James Backpackers - Earl's Court
Dorms from £20 per night, triple rooms from £80

A family-run hostel set in the heart of central London. Free wi-fi, two spacious dining areas, 24-hour reception and security. Individual lockers and towels for an additional price. Large communal lounge, that features a 50-inch high definition TV, In the morning, a full English breakfast is served.

Rooms: 4/6/8 bed mixed & 8 bed female dorms, double/twin rooms
Underground: Earl's Court - 350m

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

Astor Hyde Park Hostel London
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Astor Hyde Park - South Kensington
Dorms from £24 per night, double private rooms from £105

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.

Rooms: 3/4/5/6/8/9/10/12 bed mixed dorms
Underground: South Kensington - 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

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