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Best Hostels in London

The best hostels in London based on amenities, price, location, and overall quality.


London has over 100 hostels and they cover the full quality spectrum from really nice (and pricey) to junky (but cheap). It pays to book a little ahead because London is busy year-round but the best hostels get snatched up pretty quickly in the summer.

In this guide, we’ll cover the best hostels in London that have the perfect combination of great location, good amenities, and a fair price.


Average Price For A Bed: Hostels in London can be fairly expensive thanks to the exchange rate and the fact that London is an expensive city all around.

Well-rated hostels will be around £25-£40/night (which is about $32-$50) in the summer but there are a few around £20/night. Super budget travelers can something closer to £15 but don’t expect much quality. Prices do tend to be a bit more expensive on Friday and Saturday night.

Check HostelWorld to get exact prices for your dates.

Book Early: The cheapest beds in London’s best hostels fill up pretty quickly (especially in the summer), so it pays to book early if you want to snag a good deal in a good hostel.

Age Restrictions: There are a number of hostels that cater to families and school groups — so book an 18+ hostel if you don’t want to be surrounded by a bunch of middle school kids. Also, family friendly hostels tend to attract an older crowd so you probably won’t find the typical “backpacker” experience.

Areas: There are hostels in just about every area of London. The very dead-center doesn’t have as many because of the crazy real estate prices but you shouldn’t have any problem finding a place in a neighborhood you like.

Check-In Times and Cleaning Times: A lot of London hostels have late check-in times (around 2 pm-4 pm) but nearly all will let you store your bags if you arrive before check-in.

New To Hostels? Check out our Hostels 101 Guide to learn everything you need to know about finding the perfect hostel.

London’s Best Hostels 

As we mentioned before, London has over 100 hostels so you’ll never have a problem finding one. However, they’re not all created equally — which is why we assembled this lists of the best hostels in London. We based our review criteria on overall quality, location, price, and guests’ reviews.

We do encourage you to check out HostelWorld to search through all on London’s hostels.

NOTE: All prices listed below are the cheapest option available during the busy (i.e. expensive) season. Prices will often be 20%+ cheaper during the slower seasons. 

Barmy Badger Backpackers (Top Choice)

Best Hostels in London - Barmy

Barmy Badger Backpackers is one of the highest rated hostels in London because it has free WiFi, free breakfast and it has a full kitchen. It also gets high ratings for comfy beds and it is next to a subway station so you’re in the very center of town in about 10 minutes. See on Google Maps

Beds Start Around £27/night.

Read More Reviews at HostelWorld

Wombats City Hostel London (Top Choice)

best london hostels - wombats

Wombats City Hostel London is another amazing hostel that opened in 2014 so everything is up-to-date. Plus, Wombats is a chain and it receives solid ratings all around — so you can’t really go wrong at any of their properties. It is fairly close to a lot of the sights. It also has a bar on site so this is a good option if you want to party/socialize and it has a kitchen. The only small negative is the lack of free breakfast. See on Google Maps.

Beds Start Around £29/night.

Read More Reviews at HostelWorld

Astor Hyde Park

Best london hostels - Astor Hyde Park

Astor Hyde Park is located in the heart of London but it’s just far enough away from the tourist trail to feel like you’re in an authentic area. It’s also right next to Hyde park and a handful of great museums. It gets solid reviews all around and it has a kitchen but no free breakfast (although it’s super cheap if you want to buy it). See on Google Maps.

Beds Start Around £24/night.

Read More Reviews at HostelWorld

Astor Queensway

Best London Hostels - Astor Queensway

Astor Queensway is another Astor hostel (any Astor hostel will be pretty solid) and the Queensway is a great option if you want to be in a quieter, upscale location. See on Google Maps.

Beds Start Around £24/night.

Read More Reviews at HostelWorld

MEININGER London Hyde Park

MEININGER London Hostel

MEININGER London Hyde Park has an excellent location near Hyde Park so it’s near most of London’s sights without being overrun with tourists. Overall the hostel receives pretty good reviews and the prices are about normal. See on Google Maps.

Beds Start Around £24/night.

Read More Reviews at HostelWorld

Palmers Lodge – Swiss Cottage

Best hostels in London - palmers

Palmers Lodge – Swiss Cottage is located inside a Victorian mansion — so that’s pretty awesome. It is a bit outside the heart of London but it’s well-connected via the Underground. It’s also one of the cheaper hostels in the city. It has a bar and a lively common area so the hostel has plenty of atmosphere. See on Google Maps.

Beds Start Around £20/night.

Read More Reviews at HostelWorld

Travel Joy Hostels Chelsea

best hostels in London - travel joy

Travel Joy Hostels Chelsea is located on the Thames river and there is an outdoor area that overlooks the river. And there is a bar on site so it gets high reviews for fun and atmosphere. They also offer free breakfast. It receives solid reviews in all categories. See on Google Maps.

Beds Start Around £26/night.

Read More Reviews at HostelWorld

Astor Museum Inn

best london hostels - astor london

Astor Museum Inn is located in the heart of the city so it’s probably the best-located hostel on our list. Breakfast isn’t free but it is really cheap. A solid hostel overall but some people complained about the small showers and weak WiFi signal. See on Google Maps.

Beds Start Around £23/night.

Read More Reviews at HostelWorld


London hostels - Clink78

Clink78 has a reputation for being a party hostel thanks to its onsite bar. But people do complain that it can be loud at night, and it has small rooms so it’s not a great option for light sleepers. It’s located near St Pancras International station (the Eurostar station) and King’s Cross underground station so that’s convenient if you’re coming into London at those stations. See on Google Maps.

Beds Start Around £23/night.

Read More Reviews at HostelWorld

More Helpful Travel Advice 

Guide to Hostels in Europe: Tips and advice for finding the best hostels in Europe.

How To Be A Good Hostel Guest: The unwritten rules about staying in a hostel. 

Budget Travel Packing List: What/how to pack when staying in hostels. 

Travel Insurance 101: How to choose the right travel insurance. 

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