Often know as Backpackers Hostels or Boutique Hostels, London’s independent hostels offer some of the best accommodation for students, independent travellers and tourists. Just like London Youth hostels, they provide pleasant self catering accommodation at affordable prices. There is often a social side to staying in an independent hostel, where the staff organised bar crawls, quizzes and ghost tours to help guests to mix . Staying in cheap private rooms and dormitories is ideal if you’d rather spend your money in the wide range of shops central London has to offer. Stay in a London Independent Hostel and visit the iconic tourist attractions of the UK’s capital city with newly made friends.
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One of London's top backpacker hostels, Clink261 offers simple, comfortable, self-catering accommodation in the city centre. King's Cross is a creative area close to the British Museum, Covent Garden & Camden Market or a short tube ride to Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square. Guests can go round the corner to Clink78 (also in this guide) for entertainment and good value drinks at the ClashBAR.More details
PubLove The Steam Engine
Book a bed upstairs, then relax on one of the snug Chesterfield sofas in this classy British pub in the heart of Waterloo. Everything you need is on hand, 24 hour reception, a beer garden for summer evenings, free WiFi, handcrafted burgers and the best of London's beers & gins. Publove @ The Steam Engine is a short walk from London's main attractions. Head to the river to see London in all its glory, Big Ben and the London Eye. Enjoy a classic night out in central London in the heart of British pub culture.More details
In the centre of London in a 200 year old courthouse, Clink78 combines original features with modern interior design to create a friendly unique hostel. In the heart of King's Cross, with easy tube access to the whole city. The friendly team will happily help with your itinerary and provide discounted attraction tickets. Kitchen, games area, TV/film lounge. Meet new people in The ClashBAR.More details
PubLove The Exmouth Arms
Five minutes stroll from Euston Station and just 15 minutes' walk from the Eurostar at St Pancras, with The British Museum, Madame Tussauds, Regents Park and many of London's attractions an easy stroll away. Publove@The Exmouth Arms not only gives you a bed for the night, but also the great atmosphere of a British pub. Complete with pub quizzes every Tuesday, hand crafted burgers and a wide range of drinks including local gins and ales. Explore London by foot in the day, knowing you have a night of cracking PubLove ahead.More details
PubLove The Crown
A hip hangout for locals and travellers, The Crown at Battersea has easy-going vibes. Check in and find your bed, then lounge on the cosy sofas with a tipple or get involved with some board games. Newly refurbished in 2018 The Crown is in south-west London on the lively Lavender Street. Hostel beds are in mixed dormitories, with WiFi, fresh linen, duvet and pillow, 24hr bar, reception and security all included. With food and drink discounts for hostel guests, experience the fun and lively atmosphere of PubLove culture in London.More details
PubLove The Green Man
Spend your night above a pub, 5 mins from Paddington Station and experience the real and exciting local London. Publove@The Green Man, has great transport connections to all the famous sites, 24 hour reception and bar, free WiFi, personal power sockets, bed screens and guest food & drink discounts. You can book by the bed or book a private room. There are friendly bar-staff who like to chat, so ask about places to go and the events happening because there's nothing better then advice from a local.More details
St James Backpackers
St James Backpackers is a family-run hostel welcoming global travellers in central London's Earls Court. A great place for people who like to mingle, with a communal dinner each night and a warm community vibe helped along by the lovely staff. Just around the corner from Earl Court Tube station (Zone 1, central London). Free fast WiFi. Free dinner, breakfast and 24hr hot drinks. Lots of space for socialising including a lovely garden and lounge with HD TV.More details
PubLove The White Ferry
The White Ferry House is a stunning Victorian flat-iron building steeped in history. It provides accommodation in central London, close to Victoria, The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. In the traditional pub atmosphere you can enjoy chilling out and playing board games, locally sourced drinks and award-winning burgers. There's a 24 hour reception, free WiFi, individual power sockets and guest food & drink discounts. Publove@The White Ferry offers a classic night out and a great location for exploring London by day.More details
This map of London shows the location of the independent hostels which are part of IHUK, the largest network of bunkhouses and hostels in the UK.
Fed up of staying in Youth Hostels in London ? Hostelling International / the YHA are not the only option. Why not try a stay at an independent hostel instead. This map shows that most of London’s Independent hostels are situated in the city centre These central hostels have all the benefits of a youth hostel, but with a more relaxed atmosphere, often with bars, live music, and city tours. Beds are available in private rooms, shared rooms great for 4 or 5 friends, or in larger dormitories. Generally the more beds in the room the less you pay.
Independent hostels are the perfect places to base yourself whilst visiting such attractions as The London Eye, the historic Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and the British Museum which shows arts and antiques from ancient and living cultures all over the world. Central London has lots to offer with shops, restaurants, iconic landmarks and attractions. China Town, the West End theatres, exciting nightlife, and the O2 centre which hosts live music from world famous artists. Live TV shows, such as Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor; The Brit awards; and Sports, such as wrestling have all been hosted at the O2. The hostels shown on the map above, in London city centre, are a quick tube ride away from all the major tourist attractions. City breaks are exciting but not always cheap. Staying in an independent hostel can make your trip affordable, comfortable and friendly, so you will have a great trip, never mind your budget. From a business trip to a family holiday or a weekend away with your mates; no matter what you’re planning, these affordable central hostels are in the perfect location to make your trip fabulous!