London is an expensive city, so if you’re young and happy to go with the flow, staying in a hostel might be a great way to save your pennies, (or pence to be more accurate.)
Here are our favorite London youth hostels
Astor’s Quest Hostel – Inexpensive
The Astor hostels, established in 1974 as the first independent youth hostels in London, are aimed at 18-3o year old backpackers. The Quest Hostel is the newest hostel in London and has mainly dormitory-style rooms for up to ten people, although there are some smaller twin-bedded rooms.
It’s in a great area; close to Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and Gardens, Portobello Road, and Paddington Station from where it is just a 15 minute journey to Heathrow airport on the Heathrow Express. There are lots of pubs, cafes, restaurants and cinemas in the area and it’s a popular place for visitors from all over the globe.
Nearest Train: Bayswater, Ice Rink
Palmers Lodge – Inexpensive
Palmers Lodge is a friendly youth hostel located in the former home of Samuel Palmer, of the Huntley and Palmers biscuit empire. Built in 1881, this house has been thoroughly restored to offer guests good value, budget accommodations. Guests have access to free Internet and WiFi service in the lobby, they can relax in the lounge or have a drink with friends in the bar. A free continental breakfast, served in the dining room, is included in the price. Honored with Visit London‘s Silver Award two years running for ‘best hostel’, Palmers Lodge is really a winner.
40 College Crescent,
Nearest Train: Swiss Cottage, Finchley Road
St. Christopher’s Greenwich – Inexpensive
This hostel was opened in 1999 and is right next to the main Greenwich rail station. This is one of several St Christopher Hostels in London. There is plenty to see in Greenwich – not just the Dome – and once you have seen the historical town centre, the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House, the Old Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park, Greenwich Market and the Cutty Sark, you can catch a river boat to see more of London.
If you prefer the train, central London is only 15 minutes away. The hostel itself has a coffee shop, a bar and even a theatre with reasonably-priced tickets. It has a choice of four, six and eight-bedded rooms. This is a great choice, especially if you like to party with your new friends. We highly recommend it.
Nearest Train: Greenwich
Rotherhithe Youth Hostel – Inexpensive
Rotherhithe Youth Hostel is part of the Youth Hostel Association (YHA). It’s a large, modern hostel on a busy road not far from the river Thames. It’s convenient to the Docklands, the Millennium Dome, and the rest of Greenwich which offers a beautiful park, the Cutty Sark ship, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Observatory, the Queen’s House and a great market.
The Jubilee Line underground train service extension has made this area much more accessible to London sights than previously.
Nearest Train: Rotherhithe
St. Pancras Youth Hostel – Inexpensive
St Pancras Youth Hostel is part of the Youth Hostel Association. It’s a new, comfortable hostel in the heart of London, just opposite St Pancras station and the new British Library.
Euston and King’s Cross stations are also close by, and it’s an easy trip from here to all parts of central London. You can also walk to Camden Town, famous for its market, antiques shops, clubs, pubs and jazz venues.
You can book accommodation at any of the seven London Youth Hostels through the London. Reservations Office Tel: +44 0 870 770 8868.
Nearest Train: King’s Cross/St. Pancras
Written by Terri Fogarty for EuropeUpClose.com