The Ultimate List of 15 Cheap & Best Hostels in London

  • AADITEE KULKARNI
  • UPDATED May 29, 2018
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The capital of England and the United Kingdom, London is a powerhouse of quintessential English culture & numerous iconic British experiences. With its history spanning many centuries, the city will treat you to stunning sightseeing places. You can ride the gigantic Coca-Cola London Eye to get a birds-eye view of the city, step into the mystical world of Harry Potter, leave the city behind to discover Stonehenge - one of the natural wonders of the world, take a long stroll through St James’s Park to Buckingham Palace, or indulge in soft scones and aromatic cups of English tea while you tour this contemporary city! 

If you are travelling as a backpacker, we suggest you read on to check out some of the best and cheap hostels in London! 

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1. Hostel Ordnance 

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Set inside a redbrick Victorian building, Hostel Ordnance is perfect for those looking for a cheap place to be in London. The rooms here are strictly non-smoking that come with some of the best city views of the city. The mixed dorms include bunk beds and free Wi-Fi, while the bathrooms are shared. Guests particularly love the continental breakfast served at the property. While there is no restaurant on-site, the shared kitchen at the property will help you dish out some of your best creations. Woolwich Arsenal Train and DLR Station are the closest for those looking to hop on London Underground. 

Address: 18 Beresford Square, Woolwich, London, Greenwich, London, SE18 6AY, United Kingdom

Check In: From 13:00 hrs to midnight

Rates: £10.56 onwards

Amenities: Fan, Heating, Cleaning Products, Free Toiletries, Tea/Coffee Maker, Kitchen, Dining Area, Toilet Paper. 

Things to be noted: The higher you go, the better the view. Upper floors are accessible by stairs only.

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2. PubLove @ The White Ferry, Victoria

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A short walk from both Victoria station and Pimlico tube station, PubLove @ The White Ferry is a casual hostel that is set atop a traditional English pub. Choose from a range of specialty lodging like basic twin rooms, and shared dorms with bunk beds. Some of its amenities include free Wi-Fi, bed linen and in-room security lockers. Walk along the same street and you will reach River Thames where you can take a long unhurried stroll. In the evening, you can hit the pub downstairs and listen to some of your favourite rock music as you taste some traditional ales. The complimentary continental breakfast surely steals the show! 

Address: 1A Sutherland Street, Westminster Borough, London, SW1V4LD, United Kingdom

Check In: From 14:00 hrs to midnight

Rates: £12 onwards

Amenities: Free WiFi, Ironing Facilities, Heating, Hardwood/Parquet floors, Shared Bathroom, Shared Toilet, Toilet paper, Linen. 

Things to be noted: One of the best and cheap London hostels located within a shot walking distance of Buckingham Palace and Victoria Bus Station.

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3. Venture Hostel

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Housed in a vibrant neighbourhood, the Venture Hostel is just a 10 minutes’ drive from the London Eye. The property offers mixed as well as all-female dorms that come with free Wi-Fi, in-room lockers, and fresh & crisp linens. The shared bathrooms have 24-hour hot water where a relaxing bath awaits you. The luggage storage, in-room lockers, and laundry facilities at a surcharge is surely a stellar deal! The Central London is a 15-minute walk while the O2 arena is only 10 minutes’ drive from the property. 

Address: 86 Tanners Hill, Deptford, Lewisham, London, SE8 4PN, United Kingdom

Check In: From 14:00 hrs to midnight

Rates: £14.43 onwards 

Amenities: Free WiFi, Heating, Shared Bathroom, Toilet Paper, Towels/Sheets, Linen. 

Things to be noted: Upper floors are accessible by stairs only. Guests are required to provide a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Each guest will then receive a room key card for access to their rooms. 

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4. St Christopher's Hammersmith

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Offering daily complimentary breakfast, a super friendly 24hr reception, free Wifi, and free walking tours, the St Christopher's Inn Hammersmith is one of the best and cheapest hostels in London. Situated next to Belushi’s Bar, for its location, this property is rated for the best value in London. Choose from mixed or female dormitory with 4 to 18 beds, heating, shared bathroom, shared toilet, and linen. There are many restaurants dotted around the area, markets to suit all tastes, and some of the London’s best free museums and galleries if you wish to head out. Insider tip, do not forget to collect your London City map from the reception.   

Address: 28 Hammersmith Broadway, Hammersmith and Fulham, London, W6 7AB, United Kingdom

Check In: From 14:00 hrs to midnight

Rates:  £14.90 onwards 

Amenities: Heating, Shared Bathroom, Shared Toilet, Free WiFi, Bar, 24-hour Front Desk

Things to be noted: Guests under the age of 18 years of age are not allowed in shared dormitory and must be accompanied by an adult. A valid passport, photo ID, or driver’s license must be provided at the time of check in. 

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5. Hootananny Hostel

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You will surely love the large rooms here that come with a kitchenette. The Hootananny Hostel features a large sun terrace where the guests can spend time reading their favourite book, or just chit-chatting. The rooms come with free Wifi, in-room lockers, seating areas, and shared bathrooms. The property is located at 1.1 km from Brixton Academy and provides its guests a complimentary dinner every Friday. A classic old school English pub and a live music venue is located just below the hostel.

Address: 95 Effra Road, Lambeth, London, SW2 1DF, United Kingdom

Check In: From 11:00 hrs to midnight

Rates:  £15 onwards

Amenities: Seating Area, Heating, Hardwood/Parquet floors, Shared Bathroom, Shared Toilet, Towels/Sheets, Linen, Board games/puzzles. 

Things to be noted: Upper floors are accessible by stairs only. Since the property is located above a lively music venue, evenings are usually buzzing. Upon check-in, guests are required to provide a photo identification and credit card, along with GBP 10 deposit per set of keys. 

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6. The Pride of Paddington

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As one of the best and cheapest hostels in London, the Pride of Paddington is situated just a 5-minute walk from Hyde Park. Serving you the best of traditional English breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Pride of Paddington has its own bar and restaurants. The rooms are basic, with carpeted floors, bunk beds, and shared bathrooms. Free WiFi is available throughout the building. This hostel is ideal for those looking to explore London at their own pace. While the Kensington and Notting Hill is 15-minute drive away, the Heathrow Airport is a 30-minute drive away. 

Address: 1-3 Craven Road, Paddington, Westminster Borough, London, W2 3BP, United Kingdom

Check In: From 14:00 hrs to midnight

Rates:  £18 onwards

Amenities: Iron, Ironing Facilities, Heating, Shared Bathroom, Towels/Sheets, Linen.

Things to be noted: Guests are required to pay a deposit of GBP 20.00 at the time of check in for linen and keys. Guests are also required to show a valid photo ID upon check-in. The check-in and key-collection takes place at 1-3, W2 3BP, London. 

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7. St Christopher's The Inn - London Bridge

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St Christopher's The Inn is located at just a 5 minutes’ walk from London Bridge. For the price it offers, this place is a steal. The rooms are large and clean with 4 to 8 bed mixed dormitories. Here, the guests can enjoy a free WiFi throughout the property and a pub that serves traditional English finger-food. For those looking to venture out and explore the nearby areas, the Borough Market that that is best known as a traditional fruit and vegetable market is just a 5-minute walk away. 

Address: 121 Borough High Street, Southwark, London, SE1 1HR, United Kingdom

Check In: From 14:00 hrs to midnight

Rates:  £20.80 onwards 

Amenities: Fan, Heating, Hairdryer, Shared Bathroom, Shared Toilet, Toilet paper, Towels/Sheets (extra fee), Hairdryer, Restaurant, Lockers, Laundry.  

Things to be noted: All guests under the age of 18 years must stay in a private room. Guests under 18 years old are not admitted in the bar. Check-in and key-collection takes place at 121, Borough High Street, SE1 1HR London.

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8. The Walrus Bar and Hostel

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The Walrus Bar and Hostel offers its guests mixed-bed accommodation and an on-site kitchen where the guests can cook up their own meals. The rooms come with bunk beds, hardwood flooring, and free WiFi. Luggage storage areas, lockers, and safety deposit box are a few more amenities available at the property. One of the top attractions in London, the Big Ben is only 700 metres away. Take a stroll around town and take in some of the best views of London. Evenings can be spent at the bar where you can listen to jazz and enjoy some of the best beer in town. 

Address: 172 Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London, SE1 7RW, United Kingdom

Check In: From 14:00 hrs to midnight

Rates:  £24 onwards 

Amenities: Free WiFi, Fan, Heating, Hardwood/Parquet floors, Shared Kitchen, Bar, Bicycle Rental, Safety Deposit Box, Luggage Storage. 

Things to be noted: Upper floors accessible by stairs only. All guests checking-in to the hostel must be aged 18 years or older. Guests below 17 years of age must book a private room. 

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9. The Queens Hostel

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At just a 2-minute walk to Queens Park Rangers Football Stadium, the Queens Hostel is yet another cheap hostel in London that is quite a hit among the backpackers. Featuring non-smoking rooms with free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a terrace, this property is perfect for someone who is easy-going and enthusiastic. The hosts are very welcoming, and the family-like atmosphere here will make you never wanna leave! 

Address: 121 South Africa road, Hammersmith and Fulham, London, W12 7PA, United Kingdom

Check In: From 14:00 hrs to midnight

Rates:  £25 onwards 

Amenities: Free WiFi, View, Shared Bathroom, Shared Toilet, Toilet paper, Sun Terrace, Library, Games Room, Lockers, Laundry. 

Things to be noted: All guests are required to provide photo identification and credit card at the time of check-in

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10. YHA London Thameside

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In a tree-studded neighbourhood of Rotherhithe, the YHA London Thameside is one of the best hostels in London. Just a few steps away from River Thames, this hostel will charm you with its peacefulness. The rooms here are thematic, with bright décor, bunk beds, and a free WiFi so that you are online at all times! While some rooms have a television, all rooms and beds are provided with fresh linen every day. The London’s O2 Arena is just a 5-minute tube ride away! Pastries, savoury snacks and drinks are offered on demand. 

Address: 20 Salter Road, Rotherhithe, Southwark, London, SE16 5PR, United Kingdom

Check In: From 14:00 hrs to midnight

Rates:  £39 onwards 

Amenities: Heating, Shower, Toilet, Library, Snack Bar, 24-hour Front Desk, Games Room, Free WiFi

Things to be noted: All guests must show a valid photo ID upon check-in. Bookings for more than 14 nights in a row will not be accepted. 

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11. London Backpackers Youth Hostel

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Yet another popular youth hostel in London, the London Backpackers Youth Hostel is just 20 minutes from the Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena. This modern hostel is served by the Hendon Central Tube Station and is under 10 miles from the British Museum and Hyde Park. The rooms are decorated with bright and inviting colours featuring female-only and mixed dorms with shared bathroom and free WiFi. The on-site kitchen, TV room, and the games room makes this one a perfect home away from home. 

Address: 8-10 Queens Parade, Queens Rd, London, NW4 3NS, United Kingdom

Check In: From 14:00 hrs to midnight

Rates:  £40 onwards

Amenities: Heating, Hardwood/Parquet floors, Shared Bathroom, Shared Toilet, Towels, Linen, Free WiFi, Laundry, Luggage Storage

Things to be noted: All guests checking into this hostel must be between 18 and 35 years old. Guests are required to provide the management with a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. 

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12. Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage

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Set in a restored Victorian-era building, the Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is a laid-back hostel and one of the best youth hostels in London. The many mixed and female dorms are rustic and offer bunk-bed style of accommodation. The rooms provide free Wi-Fi, lockers, exposed-brick walls, fireplaces, and en suite or shared bathrooms. Located at just a 3-minute walk from the Swiss Cottage Tube station, this hotel is nearby most of the famous attractions in Westminster. 

Address: 40 College Crescent, Camden, London, NW3 5LB, United Kingdom

Check In: From 14:00 hrs to midnight

Rates:  £41 onwards

Amenities: Free WiFi, Laptop safe, Safety Deposit Box, Heating, Shared Bathroom, Shared Toilet, Linen, BBQ Facilities, Lockers, Tour Desk, Snack Bar.

Things to be noted: Entire unit located on ground floor. The property does not accept American Express. All guests must provide a valid photo ID at the time of check-in. 

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13. Abercorn House

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Abercorn House is a low-key and modest hostel that is located just a 3-minute walk from Hammersmith Tube Station. The property features a 24-hour front desk, and an access to shared kitchen with you can try your hand at trying some delicacies. The rooms and dorms here are fitted with wardrobes and an en suite shower. London’s Paddington is just a tube away!

Address: 28-30 Bute Gardens Hammersmith, Hammersmith and Fulham, London, W6 7DS, United Kingdom

Check In: From 14:00 hrs to midnight

Rates: £43 onwards

Amenities: Seating Area, Heating, Tile/Marble floor, Wardrobe/Closet, Shared Bathroom, Shared Toilet, Refrigerator, Electric kettle, Towels, Linen. 

Things to be noted: WiFi costs GBP 1 per hour. All guests must provide a valid photo ID at the time of check-in. 

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14. Acacia Hostel

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Acacia Hostel is colourful, trendy, and chic! Located merely 700 metres from The Royal Albert Hall in the fashionable South Kensington area of London, this property is set inside a 18th-century Victorian townhouse. The mixed dorms here sleep between 6 to 8 guests and feature wooden bunk beds, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and shared bathrooms. The staff is extremely professional and will go an extra mile to make sure your stay is a comfortable one. 

Address: 14 Queensberry Place, Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW7 2EA, United Kingdom

Check In: 24 hours check-in 

Rates:  £45 onwards

Amenities: TV, Satellite Channels, Heating, Private entrance, Wardrobe/Closet, Shower, Shared Bathroom, Shared Toilet. 

Things to be noted: Guests are required to pay a key deposit of GBP 20 upon arrival. The property does not provide cutlery, towels, or toiletries, and hence the guests are advised to bring their own. 

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15. Kensal Green Backpackers

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This trendy hostel is located a short walk from the romantic Notting Hill.  Kensal Green Backpackers is a budget hostel that comes with amenities like shared bathroom, restaurant (à la carte), free Wifi, 24-hour front desk, bar, and games room. The dormitory bedrooms are spacious and airy, and come with contemporary bunk beds and fresh linens. The bar here offers a range of beverages and light bites. The hostel also provides a complimentary shuttle service to & from Victoria Station. Located in North West London, the Kensal Green Backpackers is one of the best valued hostels in London. 

Address: 639 Harrow Road, Kensington and Chelsea, London, NW10 5NU, United Kingdom

Check In: From 14:00 hrs to midnight

Rates:  £46.17 onwards 

Amenities: Free WiFi, Shared Bathroom, Shared Toilet, Karaoke, Games Room, Restaurant (à la carte), Bar, Luggage Storage, 24-hour Front Desk. 

Things to be noted: The hostel exclusively caters for 18-40-year-old age group. Guests are required to pay a refundable key security deposit of GBP 10, and provide a photo identification and credit card upon check in. 

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London is full of possibilities. Come and explore this magnificent metropolis on your next trip! 

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AADITEE KULKARNI AADITEE KULKARNI

Ever since my first trip at the age of 4, I’ve been fascinated to explore places around the world. Lover of world cultures, food, souls and all things blue; I spend most part of my day writing about travel. I also travel with my buddies when my boss approves my leaves.

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