Top Five Affordable Hostels in London

Visiting London? Your stay here doesn’t have to be expensive! However long you’re planning on staying, here at ilikelondon we’ve compiled a list of cool, affordable places for you to lay your head. Read on for our list of top five hostels in London so you can get on with enjoying your time here while not worrying about your wallet.

Palmers Lodge Location: Swiss Cottage

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The decor of Palmers Lodge is very funky and Victorian English in style and atmosphere. With being a little over 10 minutes away from central London, it makes it ideal for backpackers or travellers on a limited budget. This is especially because free breakfast is provided as well as free Wi-Fi and Linen. Their staff are also very knowledgeable, helpful, committed and together with it’s historic background it comes as no surprise the hostel chain has won a number of awards over the years.

Gallery Hyde Park    Location: Hyde Park

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Also good value for money, The Gallery Hyde Park is only two minutes’ walk from Queensway and Bayswater Stations, granting you plenty of London tube access including the Central, Circle and District lines. There’s plenty to enjoy around the area too with restaurants, bars and markets within easy reach thanks to being close to the famous Portobello Road. For shopping convenience Oxford Street is also close thanks to train and bus links. The hostel reception is also open 24 hours, as well as providing free breakfast and Wi-Fi throughout the building.

Astor   Location: Queensway


This hostel is also not far from Hyde Park making it a nice location. Astor Hostels is the winner of the Best Small Hostel Group in the world in 2015, with Astor Queensway being one of the reasons why. The hostel is feature-rich with an exceptionally well-equipped kitchen, as well as a dining room, common and lounge area with sofas and a television. Continental breakfast for £0.50 plus 24-hour laundry facilities and reception and CCTV security in common areas. For the very sociable, Astor also hosts events every night such as bowling, dinner or games night within or outside the premises.

The Walrus Hostel    Location: Westminster Bridge Road

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Looking for a place more central? You’d be hard pressed to find a better solution than Walrus. Based in Westminster Bridge Road, it’s a short walk from the hostel to popular must-see attractions such as the London Eye, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. They also have a booking service for tours across the country, very convenient!

The Dictionary   Location: Shoreditch


Shoreditch is one of the trendiest places in the city and a proud symbol of London’s East end. Why not spend it in one of the first hostel’s to open in the area? The Dictionary has a self-catering kitchen as well as a bar and cafe, a great atmosphere and area for being around friends or making new ones.

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