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London Hostels

London has a fairly decent selection of hostels ranging from the long-established YHA hostels suitable everyone including families, to the more party-orientated backpacker hostels for the under-35’s.

They’re affordable and for solo-travellers, staying in a hostel is a great way to meet people. Most have communal areas and offer activities from free walking tours to a Sunday roast at a local pub.

If you’re a large family, finding a hotel room for 5-8 people is not easy in central London. The YHA hostels are definitely worth considering if you want to stay in one room. Pick one with a self-catering kitchen to keep your costs down.

All the hostels listed below have dormitory-style accommodation; a bed in a shared room. If you want a more privacy, many have twin or 4-8 bed rooms as well.

Dorm beds in central London cost between £12–£23 per night per person. In general, YHA hostels are more expensive than independent hostels.

These are some of the best hostels in central London (zone 1).

YHA London Central

YHA Central Hostel, LondonThe YHA Central hostel in London is a stylish and modern hostel. It’s one of the most centrally located hostels in London. Plenty of private 4 to 6-bed rooms suitable for families.
Accommodation: 4, 5, 6 & 8-bed dormitories
Breakfast: Extra
Food & drink: 24 hour cafe. Self-catering kitchen
Internet access: WiFi available (charge but free if you’re a YHA member)
Transport: Oxford Circus or Great Portland St tube
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YHA St Pancras

YHA St Pancras Hostel Kings Cross LondonThe hostel is opposite the British Library and a short walk from King’s Cross St Pancras and Euston tube/train stations. Suitable for all ages.
Accommodation: 4, 5 & 6-bed dormitories. Single & twin rooms
Breakfast: Extra
Food & drink: Cafe/bar
Internet access: WiFi available (charge but free if you’re a YHA member)
Transport: King’s Cross St Pancras tube
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The Clink 261

Clink 261 Hostel Kings Cross LondonSmall hostel in a convenient location; just 2-minutes’ walk from King’s Cross St Pancras tube station. Free walking tour. Suitable for under 35’s.
Accommodation: 4–6, 8–10 & 18 bed dormitories. Private single, twin and triple rooms.
Breakfast: Continental breakfast included
Food & drink: Self-catering kitchen
Internet access: Free WiFi
Transport: King’s Cross St Pancras tube
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Clink 78

Clink78 Hostel Kings Cross LondonFun backpacker hostel housed in a restored courthouse. Free walking tour. Suitable for under 35’s.
Accommodation: 4–6, 8–10, 12–16 bed dormitories. Private single, double, twin and triple rooms.
Breakfast: Continental breakfast included
Food & drink: Bar and self-catering kitchen
Internet access: Available in the internet ‘courtroom’. WiFi available (free)
Transport: King’s Cross St Pancras tube
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The Generator

The Generator Hostel Bloomsbury LondonTucked away in a little side street, this 800-bed hostel has lots of in-house entertainment and offers a free walking tour included in the price. It’s in a great location; only 4 minutes’ walk to Russell Square or 8 minutes’ to King’s Cross St Pancras tube. Female-only dorms are available.
Accommodation: 4, 6, 8 & 12-bed dormitories. Private single, twin, triple, quad and six bed rooms
Breakfast: Continental breakfast included
Food & drink: Restaurant and bar
Internet access: Free WiFi
Transport: Russell Square tube
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YHA St Paul’s

YHA Hostel St Pauls LondonJust around the corner from St. Paul’s Cathedral, this is one of the few hostels in the City of London. Quiet at night and within easy walking distance to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe. Suitable for families and all ages.
Address: 36 Carter Lane, EC4
Accommodation: 5–11 bed dormitories, single, twin, triple & quad rooms.
Breakfast: Extra. There are plenty of places to eat nearby.
Food & drink: Restaurant
Internet access: Internet access. WiFi available (charge but free if you’re a YHA member)
Transport: St Paul’s tube
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YHA Earl’s Court

YHA Earl's Court Hostel LondonThis busy YHA hostel is in a quiet street off the main road, 5 minutes’ walk from Earl’s Court tube. Suitable for individuals and families who like a lively atmosphere.
Accommodation: 6, 7, 10-bed dormitories. Twin and family rooms for 3 or 4
Breakfast: Not offered but there are plenty of cafes in the local area
Food & drink: Cafe and self-catering kitchen
Internet access: Internet access in the lobby. WiFi available (charge but free if you’re a YHA member)
Transport: Earl’s Court tube
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Meininger Hotel

Meininger Hotel South Kensington LondonMeininger Hotel is a hostel (although they call it a hotel) close to the museums in South Kensington. It’s a bit more expensive than other hostels but you’re paying for the Kensington location. It has its own underground car park (£25 per day). Suitable for all ages.
Accommodation: 12-bed dormitories. Single and twin rooms.
Breakfast: Extra
Food & drink: Packed lunches available
Internet access: Free WiFi
Transport: Gloucester Rd/South Kensington
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