Last Updated on 7 November, 2023
Finding cheap accommodation can be tricky in London so I thought I would provide a guide to the best hostels in London.
Find the best hostels in London for partying, best hotels in London for couples or even the best hotels in London solo travellers as well as for older travellers and families.
We will also look at hostels in London near Heathrow, near Victoria Station, hostels in London with private bathrooms in the room as well hostels in many parts of London.
As a local living in London, you experience so much of the city that it makes it easier to recommend where to stay in London and in this case the best hostels in London with great tourist attractions nearby.
The guide below also offers tips on the cheapest hostels in London and what attractions are nearby to make the decision quicker and easier. The list covers hostels in central London, those near Big Ben Victoria, Bricklane, Peckham hotels and more…
Below are some of my local recommendations of London’s best hostels which include hostel prices, in addition to that I have also detailed what tourist attractions, how to access the airports and facilities they offer. London hostels offer a great way to visit the city without breaking the bank and most are not your typical hostel.
Many are in great location, offering cool and chic places to stay in London, and a great place in the city to base yourself while exploring. With all that is on offer, you would think London hostel prices are ridiculously expensive, but they are not. Beds start from under £10 in central locations.
The Best Hostels In London At A Glance
Best hostels in London for older travellers: Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage Hostel
- Best hostels in London for backpackers: Saint James Backpackers
Best hostels in central London: Wombats City Hostel London( centrally located too)
best hostels in London sightseeing: St Christopher’s Inn Village – London Bridge
Cheapest Hostels In Central London
- PubLove @The Steam Engine Waterloo – Centrally located and close to tourist attractions. Prices for 5-day stay are around £65 and £13 per night.
- Dover Castle Hostel – Located a short walk from London Bridge and easy transport links too. Prices per night are around £72 for 5 nights and about £14 a night.
- The Dictionary Hostel – Located in Shoreditch within easy reach to Liverpool Street and London Bridge. Prices for this one are around £79 and around £15 per night.
The Best Hostels In London
Among other things, Palmers Lodge Hostel is one of the best boutique hostels in London. Also, check out the Palmer Lodge’s Willesden Green Branch if this one is sold out.
2. St Christopher’s Inn – Liverpool Street – Hostels In London Liverpool Street
Where is it: You will find St Christopher’s Hostel in London’s bustling Liverpool Street. There is no way this hostel was not going to be featured on London’s best-located hostel. You could find a better location in where to stay in London than the location of this hostel. Firstly its only located 5 minutes from Liverpool station.
Perfect if you are flying in/out from Stansted Airport as trains come into Liverpool station(still great from any other airport but even better for those using Stansted Airport). They also offer free breakfast, free wifi and beds start from just £15, making this among the best budget hostels in London.
St Christopher’s Inn also has branches in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bruges, Copenhagen, Paris, Prague, Edinburgh and many more cities.
Where is it: Another hostel group with many branches around Europe. This one has branches in Berlin, Budapest, Vienna, Munich and London. Check them out via here. Wombats Hostel is one of the best hostels in London in terms of location and proximity to London tourist sites.
This is among hostels in central London. It’s new to the Wombats hostels but the building it’s in has always been a hostel. The location of this hostel is also a perfect example of where to stay in London as its close to quite a few major tourist sights in London.
It used to be a Hostel for Sailors and seamen of a time gone. This is now a cool hostel for travelers of all kinds from backpackers to daytrippers.
Wombats City Hostel offers free wifi, 24hr reception, laundry facilities, kitchen, a bar, luggage store and beds start from £23.
Why should I stay there, What tourist attractions are near this London hostel: Another London Hostel in a great location. Within walking distance to Tower of London,the beautiful Tower Bridge, Shard Viewing Deck is nearby If you are visiting during the Christmas season you can also enjoy the ice rink next to Tower of London.
The beautiful Katherine’s docks are tacked away around the corner from the hostel. You also have amazing transportation nearby sitting between Tower Gateway and Shadwell DLR stations. Also within easy reach to London’s city airport serving many European cities.
A short walk to the Thames and you can catch the river tour boats. You can also catch the MBNA Thames Clipper to Greenwich for markets, and plenty of tourist sights light the Naval College, Maritime Museum and the Observatory overlooking beautiful Greenwich Park.
For more one getting the most of Greenwich check out my post on Top 10 Things to Do In Greenwich Village.
Where is it: Another hostel in London the is in the best location as it doesn’t get any better than this! This little gem is on the corner of Borough High Street a stone’s throw from London Bridge.
You come of the hostel and you can see the Shard! It seriously doesn’t get any more central than that. You have London Bridge and Borough High Street stations making commuting in London a breeze.
The Thames River is also a short walk away also making it easier to catch the boats on the River whether for tours or just getting around London on the Thames Clipper. Borough High Street Station the closest station and only a few steps from Dover Castle Hostel.
Dover Castle Hostel is easily one of the best hostels in london for solo travellers as they host a lot of activities to meet people. They also offer private rooms and shared rooms. Considering how close the hostel is to tourist attractions it’s surprising how economical the prices are.
Rooms start at £15 and they also offer longer staying guests private rooms in house shares and flatshares which is arranged via their Dover Castle flatshare agency. There is live entertainment, free wifi, a guest kitchen, laundry facilities and free luggage room.
Why should I stay there, What tourist attractions are near this London hostel: As I mentioned that location doesn’t get any better here. Located in Borough with best hostel bars in London, it is also just a few minutes walk to London Bridge and London’s Southbank with close proximity to major tourist attractions, such as the Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Southbank, Tate Modern and the London Eye all within ear short.
What doesn’t that mean? That means you save even more on transportation costs as all of this places can be reached within 30 minutes walk or under.
Borough market is 5 minutes walk where you can international foods if a good ol’ English Breakfast doesn’t fill you up. Head over to my post on Breakfast at Borough Marketfor more on what you can expect to see.
TheShard View Deckand Sky Garden in the Walkie Talkie building are both close by and over London’s best views in town! Check out the links to them but I also have another post on 5 of London’s Best Viewing Decks.
As I mentioned at the beginning about Christmas shopping in the London, you also have New Change Shopping Mall near by together with some of the cities shops just a short walk from the Hostel in addition to London Bridge station nearby offering a quick ride to Stratford’s Westfield Mall.
Where is it: The image above gives you a major clue in its location. St Christopher’s Inn Hostel lies under the watchful shadows of the Shard. Location is so central it’s ridiculous!
You are paying silly money and are in the best of locations with tourist attractions all within a stone’s throw. You have London Bridge Station, Borough Station, and Bank Station all within a short walk(London Bridge and Borough Station are only a few steps away on either side of the Hostel). This makes access to other parts of London super easy as well as the trip to and from the airport.
St Christopher’s Inn has branches all over Europe so finding a hostel in Edinburgh, Berlin, Budapest, Barca and Bruges is all a breeze with Booking.com.
Why should I stay there, What tourist attractions are near this London hostel: The hostel is a short walk to the Shard and Sky Garden viewing decks, which I have linked above offering London’s best views in addition to a plethora of tourist sights at your door step. You also have Tower of London right by the river.
Did I mention this hostel is a short walk to the Thames River Walk? Yes!! That means easy access to Tate Modern, St Pauls Cathedral, London Southbank with all it’s riverside attractions.
Tower Bridge and its newly opened Sky Walk are all within reach two by foot. Again less money spent on transport leaving you to spent that money on food an shopping in the heart of the city or a Dining Experience on the Thames with with a loved one on the.
If you are looking for the perfect hostels in London for partying and nightlife check out the other St Christophers Inn Shepherds Bush branch. You can also add The Dictionary Hostel, The Generator Hostel, and Clink78. All of which have bars opening fairly late, entertainment games and and of course free Wi-Fi so you can Instagram it all.
Where is it: YHA St Pauls is right by St Pauls and right next to my favourite Spa in the City; Ajala Spa. Among hostels in central London as you have a front row seat to St Pauls and the amazing views of the viewing platform. Just wear decent shoes as there are hundreds of steps in narrow spiral staircases to get to the top.
The best hostels in London in many aspects in both access to and from the airport and London tourist sites. Access couldn’t be easier from Luton or Gatwick Airport. You have Blackfriars Station a short walk from the YHA Hostel, a line that serves both airports on either side.
In addition to that, Liverpool Street is a short bus(unless you want to walk about 20 minutes), which also has easy access to Stansted airport trains. So location couldn’t be better.
I am a fan of YHA hostels and have stayed at a few of them. I love that they are alway close to depending on the activities in the city you want to engage in. I have stayed at a few while hiking and exploring UK’s countryside such as the beautiful South Downs with the white cliffs.
This brunch is best located for anyone wanting to explore the city including, shopping, and theatres in London’s Westend End including and its night live nearby. For more on that with the party season firmly upon us check out my post on London’s Rooftop Bars for cocktails that come with a cool view.
Why should I stay there, What tourist attractions are near this London hostel: You are right in the heart of London here. You have St Pauls Cathedral a few steps literally.
You also have Tate Modern and the beautiful Millennium Bridge close by, not to mention the New Change Shopping Mall with Madison Bar offering great views of London(a must see – it’s also FREE!). Check out my post on 5 Spots In London offering great views in the city.
Another major plus to this hostel’s location is access to London’s Westend. You have all the major theatres with London’s best Westend show’s within easy reach via short bus ride or even quicker via the tube with St Paul’s station close by.
(Tip: For most of the shows it’s actually easier to get the bus going to the Strand than it is to get the train as the buses will get you close to the popular shows than the station is.)
With the Westend Shows in close proximity, that means you are also close by for Somerset House’s famous ice rink during the Christmas holidays. You have London’s Shopping mecca that is Oxford Street nearby.
London Southbank, London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Covent Gard and Buckingham Palaceand close by too by walking or a super short bus ride(providing London’s traffic isn’t in full effect).
7. The Walrus Bar and Hostel – Hostels Near Westminister London
Where is it: Located behind Waterloo Station and a short walk from Lambeth Station. Again location couldn’t be better here as you are literally a short walk from London’s popular attraction that is Westminister Bridge and Big Ben aka Elizabeth Tower.
They have free breakfast, free safe storage for valuables, lockers in all the rooms, free towels, free printing of tickets(for travel). Prices start from £14.50 for a bed a small price for one of London’s best-located hostels. For the location, you would think prices would be high but as I mentioned London hostel prices even in prominent locations are still reasonable.
If they are sold out you also have Pub Love – The Steam Engine Hostel a short walk away with same amenities.
Also coming in from Heathrow Airport is super easy. Piccadilly Line brings to Holborn and from Holborn is a short bus ride to Waterloo station and then a short walk to the Walrus Hostel.
Why should I stay there, What tourist attractions are near this London hostel: Almost every tourist coming to London has Big Ben on their list of things to see and do in London. The location of the Walrus Hostel and Bar is close to Big Ben, London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, South Bank are all within earshot.
London’s Westend Theatres are close enough to walk to, in addition to London’s Oxford Street and Bond Street shopping mecca making this hostel perfect whether coming for a shopping visit, seeing a Westend Show or just exploring the city.
For great deals on theatre tickets check out Love Theatre. Buckingham Palace and St James’ Park are also with in walking distance or 3-5mins on a bus. Transportation and tourist sights are in abundance from where this hostel is located.
If you are up for a cool experience check out the afternoon tea served on a route master while exploring London. It passes through Westminster and Knightsbridge where you will find London Musts-Sees such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
If you are also in the city for the galleries, bars and nightlife then you couldn’t be in a better location. Check out Cubana which is a short walk from the Hostel and turns into a Salsa club on Fridays and Saturdays with Cuban Salas and great Latin Music.
The Westend nearby has bars and clubs in abundance or if you want an easy night, there are performances, bars restaurants on Southbank together with food stalls, but also perfect for romantic evening walks if you want to impress a partner with ease.
Hayward gallery, Southbank Center and National gallery are also on Southbank together with a great market right next to the galleries that do amazing food from Vegan, fry-ups to home-made jams.
8. Astor Victoria Hostel – Hostels In London near Victoria Station
Where is it: If you are looking for hostels in London near Victoria Station, this one is perfect! Located close to Pimlico Station you are in a fantastic location with great access to Victoria’s coach station and London attractions. You have free access to PCs, free printing, £1 breakfasts, onsite ATM, free safe storage, 24hr reception and many more freebies and prices start from as little as £19.
They have a few branches in London so you are always in with a chance of a stay at one of London’s best-located hostels in the city. Their brunches include Queensway, Belgravia, Hyde Park, British Museumto name a few.
The hostel is also within reach of London’s Victoria coach station offering easy access from many parts of the country to easy coach rides from airports.
Why should I stay there, What tourist attractions are near this London hostel: Within walking distance to Tate Britain and a short bus ride from Buckingham Palace, St James’ Palace in addition to London’s popular sights like Big Ben, London Eye, Number 10 Downing Street, Oxford Street Shopping, Trafalgar Square and a great many cafes and shops nearby.
You are also within a short walk to the riverside making it super easy to walk the Thames Embankment for riverside views and tourist attractions. Also a short walk to the riverside’s duck tours that explore both river and road.
9. PubLove Hostel – The White Ferry, Victoria – Cheap Hostels In London Victoria
Where is it: Set in a Victorian ‘flat iron’ building offering a traditional country pub stay in the heart of London. Publove hostels have some of the best-located hostels in the city. Such as the Publove in Waterloo with Big Ben, London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Theatres in the Westend all within walking distance, you will save money on transportation too.
London hostel prices for Publov hostels are fairly reasonable. This brunch, beds at the hostel start from as little as £13.50 and comes with an onsite pop-up award-winning burger kitchen, 24hour reception and open bar, Free Wi-Fi, security bed screens, individual power sockets and guest food and drink discounts.
Why should I stay there, What tourist attractions are near this London hostel: Within a short distance you have access to another one of London’s beautiful Parks, this comes with the beautiful Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park. You also have London’s beautiful Albert Bridge which is just stunning once lit up in the evenings. Also makes a beautiful backdrop for a romantic walk on the river bank.
Not many tourists get to see this part of London so in addition to saving money with hostel accommodation you also get a great romantic setting if you are bringing a partner for a weekend romance that doesn’t break the bank.
Tate Britain and many riverside activities are also not far from the hostel.
10. Smart Hyde Park View Hostel – Hostels In London Near Hyde Park
Where is it: You are right in the heart of the Westend with this Hostel. With easy access to transportation when Bayswater station is just a short distance away from galleries and shopping. Perfect for those looking for hostels in London near Hyde Park.
Considering the great location of the hostel, if the rooms are sold out also check out Smart Hyde Park Inn Hostel nearby. Both are set in beautiful Victorian Townhouses. With beds starting at under £10 you really can’t get a better deal than that. The hostel offers self catering facilities, washing machines, 24-hour reception and is in a great location. Seriously what more can one ask for?
The hostel offers great value for money and is within walking distance to many tourist sights. This if also great if you are looking for the best hostels in London for partying as you are close to the westend with plenty of casinos, bars and nightclubs.
Why should I stay there, What tourist attractions are near this London hostel: Why stay here? Well, the Beautiful Hyde Park is a short walk away and with that comes Kensington Palace, scenic Serpentine lake, Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, the beautiful Italian Gardens in Hyde Park. You also have London’s shopping that is Marble Arch nearby stretching into Oxford Street.
Also within easy reach is Notting Hill for London’s Instagrammable colourful streets of Notting Hill and Portobello Road, not to mention Portobello Market itself which is unmissable if coming to London. Head over to my post on why you cannot miss a visit to Portobello Market when you visit London.
Also Check Out:
- Hostels In Central London – Providing easy access to London attractions, the majority of which are within walking distance.
- Hostels in London Soho and Hyde Park – Perfect if you have to have easy access to Oxford Street shopping, as well as an attraction in the Westend and Westminster like Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden.
- Hostels London Waterloo – Inexpensive hostels offering walking distance access to London Eye, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, London Southbank.
- Hostels in London Kings Cross – Offering great access to the British Museum and Eurostar for trips to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.
- Hostels In London Victoria– Great access for London coach services in and around the UK as well as coaches to France and other European destinations. Buckingham Palace is also close by in addition to easy access to both Westminister sights like Big Ben and London Eye. You also have Hyde Park close back as well as Marble Arch Oxford Street with plenty of shopping.