London accommodation can be the major part of your vacation budget and it shouldn't be like that. Staying at a hostel is a great way to save money. There are many options all over town and several hostels offer private rooms if you're traveling on your own, in a group or with family. Do check HostelWorld.com for more recommendations and offers.
These colorful digs are more like hotels with bunk beds rather than traditional hostels. Choose from two locations: Holland Park or Elephant and Castle. Families are very welcome here, as are solo travelers. The Elephant and Castle property is set in a fantastic heritage building and the interiors are modern and funky.
This chain of hostels has four London spots with central locations that are hard to beat (Hyde Park, Victoria, Queensway, Bloomsbury). Note, they only accept guests aged 18 to 35 so expect a lively, fun-loving vibe.
There are two Clink Hostels in London's King's Cross area. Clink261 is a cozy, boutique hostel and Clink78 is in a renovated 200-year-old courthouse. Clink Hostels are pretty trendy with modern facilities and pod beds. They once described themselves as the "Tate Modern of hostels".
Dover Castle has a lively atmosphere and friendly staff. The location in Borough puts you within strolling distance of the South Bank, Bermondsey, and the Shard. The hostel has its own late night bar and flat shares are available for long-term guests.
Generator Hostel London is London's largest party hostel with over 800 beds. The great location puts you within walking distance of the British Museum, King's Cross and Oxford Street. A stay at the Generator includes a free "all you can eat" breakfast, free bed linen, movies, nightly entertainment, a free walking tour, plus special meal deals in the bar and restaurant every night.
Journeys Hostel in King's Cross attracts a diverse mix of international travelers. Journeys offers modern budget accommodation with lots of great facilities and relaxing lounge areas. The kitchen offers free tea and coffee throughout the day and guests receive a free breakfast buffet including all-you-can-eat pancakes.
Palmers Lodge is an award-winning hostel in a Victorian grade II listed building in Swiss Cottage. Built in 1881, this substantial house has been restored to its former glory to offer budget accommodation in elegant surroundings. Its Swiss Cottage location puts you within easy reach of Regent's Park and St John's Wood.
St. Christopher's Inns offers fun youth hostels in seven popular locations across London: Camden, Greenwich, Hammersmith, London Bridge, Covent Garden, Shepherds Bush and Liverpool Street.
YHA operates a network of more than 200 Youth Hostels across England and Wales. Accommodation is open to all and everyone can experience a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation, good food and affordable prices. They're a great option for families.