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Hostels in the West End of London are at the very heart of the capital - known as the theatre and entertainment district of London.
It is also of course one of the most expensive area of London to find accommodation in London. Be ready to pay a price premium for a backpacker hostel in this part of London but most hostels are just outside the centre.
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 geographical centre of London is Trafalgar Square, that is from where all road distances to London are measured. For the leisure visitor it is the surrounding mile or so that contains much of what most leisure visitors come to London for.
Just north of Trafalgar Square is the main theatre and central restaurant district centred around Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Here are most of the West End Theatres and the major film premières happen at Leicester Square. It is the area many tourists come in the evening to be entertained, eat and people watch.
The YHA hostels dominate what is available in terms of hostel accommodation in this area.
The YHA has three hostels in some of the finest central locations in London off Oxford Street, London's main shopping street, in the heart of the City of London by St Paul's Cathedral and another opposite Regent's Park, one of London's large Royal Parks.
On the fringes of the very centre of London is Bloomsbury, the book district of London, the British Museum is located here in a very atmospheric part of London. You can walk to Covent Garden and Leicester Square in just a few minutes and there are a couple of options here.
There are few hostels right in the West End, SoHostel is one of them - no wonder it's a best seller. The hostel is just a 3-min walk to Oxford Street, and only a 7-min walk to the theatres, clubs, and restaurants in the West End. With a bar, restaurant, shared lounge and 24-hr front desk, you are well catered for.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Bar/restaurant • Breakfast • 24-hr front desk • Terrace • Laundry service • Mixed & Female dorms • Private rooms • Library • Coffee house • Bed linen included
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to Tottenham Court Road
An award-winning hostel, with Madame Tussauds and Paddington Railway Station just a 10-min walk away. You can enjoy the shared lounge and bar to relax in, and check in any time at the 24-hr front desk. Choose from a range of dorm sizes or pay more to get yourself a double room with shared bathroom. Overall, a friendly, relaxing choice for your affordable stay in London.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Dorms or double rooms • Cheap good breakfast • Tickets service • 24-hr front desk • Bar/ shared lounge • Happy hours • Walking tours
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to Edgware Road
In a top location, just a 6-min walk from Regent’s Park, 5 minutes from nearest tube and within 9 minutes of Oxford Street, this is a high-quality hostel offering comfort and convenience. It has its own café and bar with a range of breakfast and lunch choices for purchase, including croissants, paninis and pasties. There are also computers here for guests to use. There are shared bathroom facilities with showers, which in some dorms are en suite. Private rooms are also available.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Dorms or private rooms • Shared lounge • Bar • Tickets service • Breakfast • 24-hr front desk • Lockers • Laundry • Snack bar
Nearest tube: 3-min walk to Great Portland Street
Across the street from the British Museum within 10-15 minutes' walk of Covent Garden and Leicester Square nightlife. Lockers under your bed that can fit your backpack or suitcase. Cooking facilities with crockery and cutlery, hot showers day or night, and no curfew. 18 to 40 year old age bracket only.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Shared kitchen • 24-hr front desk • TV area • Laundry service • Male & Female dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Entertainment • Terrace
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to Russell Square
Enjoy a drink in the famous Generator Bar with special deals on meals and drinks every night. The Generator is in an excellent location, right in the heart of London, near Russell Square close to British Museum and walking distance to Leicester Square and Covent Garden. There's plenty of entertainment from free walking tours, to karaoke, a live DJ and free movies. The bar is open to 2am and has drink specials and happy hour every night. An excellent choice of hostel for those who want the best of the London scene.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Dorms or private rooms with shared bathrooms • Lounge and games room • Live music • Breakfast • 24-hr front desk • Safes • Laundry • Coffee house
Nearest tube: 5-min walk to Russell Square
Just a short walk from London's famous shopping street Oxford Street and on the edge of the West End theatre district. Modern bright decoration throughout. This hostel has a lounge and dining area. There is also a self-catering kitchen and laundry room. This is a busy city centre hostel but is at pains to say it is not a 'party hostel' and all ages are welcome.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Male & female dorms • Private rooms for up to 6 people • Self-catering kitchen • Laundry room
Nearest tube: 4-min walk to Oxford Street
This charming period building used to be a school for choirboys so is steeped in history. Sitting only seconds from St Paul's Cathedral and a short walk from the river, this hostel offers a beautiful London location in a remarkable building. Private rooms are available, there is a licensed bar and breakfast and evening meals are served in the dining room. TV room, library, small shop selling snacks and laundry room completes the picture. There are however no self-catering facilities at this hostel.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Male & female dorms • Private rooms for 2-6 people • TV room • Laundry room • Bar • Restaurant
Nearest tube: 3-min walk to Blackfriars