10 Backpacker Hostels In London, England - Updated 2021

backpacker hostels in london

Saving on accommodation need not necessarily mean you have to compromise on the quality and experience of your stay in the country. Where there is so much to see, eat and shop in a place like London, there is not much time for you to leisurely have a cup of coffee in your apartment - because even if you have time to spare, you’d probably rather sit in a nice coffee shop nearby rather than stay indoors! However, as the day draws to a close and when you want to give your tired legs a break, hostels provide the perfect ground to relax and unwind over a drink or a game with people from other cultures. On your next trip to London, take note of this list of backpacker hostels in London, England, which will hopefully help you out with your planning.

1. Generator London Hostel - From 21 USD onwards (from USD 17)

Located in Central London and within walking distance to the subway station (King’s Cross), this accommodation misses nothing - because with a common space for like-minded travellers like you to come together, an in-house bar, which serves pretty decent alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and a good location, the Generator London Hostel is the place if you are thinking of saving on accommodation! With the money saved, you could give Camden Market a go, since it is near the hostel, too.

Generator London

Address: 37 Tavistock Place, Russell Square

Luggage storage Vending machine (snacks) Vending machine (drinks) Pub crawls Packed lunches Karaoke Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Special diet menus (on request)

2. Via Limehouse Hostel - From 17 USD onwards (from USD 16)

If a shared bathroom sounds too much for you to take, consider staying at the Via Limehouse Hostel because they provide you with the privacy you need. That is, they have rooms with en suite bathrooms on top of other options, such as double rooms and rooms with bunk beds. Situated near the tube station, those who intend to go on grocery runs will find it convenient here because there is a supermarket nearby, as well. The hostel is also close to one of London’s iconic landmarks - the London Bridge and, when the sightseeing and walking make you hungry, head down to the nearby Borough Market for a tea or coffee break.

Via Limehouse Hostel

Address: 628 - 634 Commercial Road, Limehouse

Fax/photocopying Vending machine (snacks) CCTV in common areas Vending machine (drinks) Smoke alarms Board games/puzzles Security alarm 24-hour security

3. Wombats City Hostel London - From 32 USD onwards (from USD 28)

Spotting a chic and Scandinavian-looking lobby area, the rooms at the Wombats City Hostel London prove to be just as promising. With an underground bar, this hostel is one with a good social scene. Another point for consideration is that the Tower Bridge is nearby and the hostel has the option of a private bathroom or shared.

Wombats Hostel London

Address: 7 Dock Street

Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Lift Ticket service Luggage storage Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Shared kitchen Facilities for disabled guests Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines

4. Saint James Backpackers - From 19 USD onwards (from USD 25)

Being situated near London Bridge, the London Eye and Hyde Park, the ideal location of this hostel makes it definitely somewhere to consider on your visit to London. With mixed gender bathrooms and both breakfast and dinner included in the package, the hostel is thoughtful and provides their guests with that extra privacy they might need.

Saint James Backpackers

Address: 21 Longridge Road

Pub crawls Movie nights Parking Daily housekeeping Books, DVDs, music for children Kids' outdoor play equipment WiFi available in all areas First aid kit available

5. Kensal Green Backpackers 2 Hostel - From 8 USD onwards (from USD 12)

This is the place for those who yearn for a healthy balance between travelling and lifestyle. Kensal Green Backpackers 2 offers a space for those who love to play tennis. Situated near the traffic junction, it makes finding the hostel not too difficult because we all know how weary it is to be looking around for a hostel but not ever arriving because of its bad location.

Kensal Green Backpackers 2

Address: 637 Harrow Road Brent

First aid kit available Invoice provided Ironing service Safety deposit box Board games/puzzles Vending machine (drinks) Snack bar Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays

6. Hostel 639 - From 8 USD onwards (from USD 12)

Hostel 639 has a vibrant environment, with nicely-painted walls and complementary colours that will certainly brighten up your day as you walk through the corridors. If the ardent football fan in you is calling, you might want to consider catching a live football match at Wembley Stadium, located nearby so you can live out your England football dreams.

Kensal Green Backpackers

Address: 639 Harrow Road

Family rooms Games room Karaoke Free WiFi Laundry Safety deposit box Non-smoking throughout Darts

7. London Eye Hostel - From 25 USD onwards (from USD 22)

As the name of this hostel suggests, it is conveniently located in an area which will satiate the ambitious traveller in you if you’re wanting to visit Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and more. Unwind after a day of exploring around the River Thames and watch London turn from light to dark, as the city lights come on at night. There is a 24-hour bus stop near the hostel, so it makes it convenient to return back to at any time.

London Waterloo Hostel

Address: Lambeth Walk

Walking tours Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Thermometers for guests provided by property Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Pub crawls Cashless payment available Movie nights Billiards

8. SoHostel - From 15 USD onwards (from USD 33)

If you love shopping, you will be delighted to hear that SoHostel is only a stone’s throw away from your very own London shopping experience. Located near the famed district of Soho and fashion belt of Oxford Street, residing in SoHostel seems the ideal choice, where you can easily deposit your shopping loot back at the hostel and get recharged for another round. Besides shopping, SoHostel is near Trafalgar Square, a must-go spot for tourists from around the world. As with the other hostels, toilets here are shared, but they have been said to have the cleanest toilets around!


Address: 91 Dean Street, Soho, Westminster

Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Smoke alarms Pub crawls Daily housekeeping Adult only Internet services Restaurant

9. The Phoenix Hostel - From 14 USD onwards (from USD 21)

Located away from the bustling streets of London, the Phoenix Hostel is a quiet respite. But this doesn’t mean that there is nothing in the area because there are two supermarkets on the same street, so you can get your grocery shopping done. The hostel also boasts a unique feature, which is the option of lockers for their guests.

The Phoenix Hostel

Address: 6 Daventry Street

10. Hostel One Camden - From 15 USD onwards (from USD 86)

If you are looking for a place with a lively ambience, where you meet like-minded individuals who are travelling around the world collecting and creating memories, Hostel One seems like the one. With a bar that offers many local drinks, you could easily wind down after a day of sightseeing with a couple of drinks with new friends, just waiting to be made.

All the sights, sounds and fish and chips...

It’s all awaiting you in London! When there are so many musicals to attend and attractions to go to, it is no wonder why you’ll want to save on accommodation so you can splurge on musicals and shopping! London provides you with some of the best hostels around without compromising on your experience in this beautiful city.

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