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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St James Backpackers
St James Backpackers is a family-run London 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. A great central location 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
One of London's best established backpacker hostels, Clink261 offers simple, comfortable, self-catering accommodation in the centre of London. King's Cross is a creative, upcoming area close to the British Museum, Covent Garden and Camden Market or a short tube ride to Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square. Guests are invited round the corner to Clink78 for entertainment and good value drinks at the ClashBAR.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 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
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!