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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Dover Castle Hostel and Flatshares
Dover Castle Hostel and Flatshares, located close to London Bridge in Central London (Zone 1), offers backpackers great value, short and long stay accommodation. Located in the centre of the city. It is walking distance to sights such as Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Dungeon, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern and the London Eye. Prices include free breakfast and free WiFi. The hostel has a guest kitchen and common room, free luggage room, a laundry service as well as a
One of London’s best established backpacker hostels. Clink261 offers simple, comfortable accommodation in the centre of London in a renovated Student Union building. A great place to return to after a day spent exploring the city. Backpackers love the laid back, welcoming atmosphere.
Travel Joy Hostel
Travel Joy Hostels are relaxed and chilled-out hostels which focus on personal service. Travel Joy is the only London hostel overlooking the river, centrally located between Chelsea and The Houses of Parliament. There is bicycle dock and a 24-hour bus outside the door that goes every ten minutes to Victoria Station, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Soho, Oxford Street and Camden. On-site European & Thai restaurant and tour/theatre-tickets desk. Laptop available at reception and € exchange with 5% commission. Free
Crystal Palace Lodge
Located within the grounds of the world famous Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, The Lodge offers good value hostel accommodation. An ideal place to stay when visiting London. Specialising in sports bookings, group bookings and tour packages, residents benefit from discounted use of the National Sports Centre, with indoor swimming pool, gym, games room, tennis courts and more. Children and coach parties are welcome. Accommodation is in single and
Clink78 is a social backpacker’s hostel, providing simple yet comfortable accommodation in the centre of London. The hostel provides a basic breakfast and free WiFi throughout. Set in a 200 year old courthouse, original Victorian features combine with bold and colourful interior design to create a unique, characterful hostel.
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 affiliated to Hostelling International or the YHA? 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!