31 Best Hostels in London to Crush your Travels in 2018

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London is without a doubt one of the coolest, most international cities on earth!

Backpacking through London is a rite of passage for many travelers and a great way to keep your travel-costs down.

But with nearly 200 registered hostels, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to stay, which is exactly why I have created the list of the 31 best hostels in London.

With the help of this guide, you’ll be able to avoid the congestion of tourists and pick which hostel is right for your travels.

This article is organized by travel-needs, so you can identify your needs, and book the hostel that best suits them!

This guide is designed to do one thing – help you book a London hostel, and quickly, so you can focus on exploring this awesome city.

OK, cheerio, let’s get at it!

 

Quick answer: The Best Hostels in London

Best Hostels in London

This is the ultimate guide to the best hostels in London 2018

 

What to Look for in the Best Hostels in London

With 30 million visitors last year, London’s tourism numbers are shooting through the roof, so needless to say there are a ton of hostel options.

The goal here isn’t to say which hostels are better than others, but to determine which of the best hostels in London is best for you. There are a few things to take into consideration before booking any hostel. By keeping an eye out for these things, you’ll be a budget travel expert in no time.

  • Location – While London is literally the size of a small nation-state (cough; huge) don’t stress too much over your location. Yes, try and find something semi-centrally located, but as long as you aren’t in BFE you’ll be able to take advantage of London’s expansive public transportation. Beware – the by international standards, the tube is great… but boy is it pricey.
  • Price – Everything in London is so expensive that if you are a budget traveler you might genuinely wonder what the hell made you go to London in the first place. Price of Travel puts London at $91 a day! Having said that, there are deals to be found. The hostel prices can be fair, but keep an eye out for the…
  • Amenities – One of the most important lessons while traveling (#70 on this list), is if you are on a tight budget, given the exorbitant cost of London (or anywhere), try and find a hostel that hooks you up with free breakfast. As you peruse the list below you’ll see that’s not always easy but it’s my favorite way to keep hostel costs down. Aside from that? Drink less. Good luck!

 

The 31 Best Hostels in London

Overall Best Hostel in London – Wombats City Hostel

Wombats City best Hostel in London

Wombats City is our top pick for best hostel in London 2018

  • $$
  • Free City Maps
  • Onsite Bar
  • Self Catering Facilities

Making the call on the overall best hostel in London in 2018 was easy, of course, it’s Wombats City Hostel! The Wombats team have won countless awards for their top notch service and on point hostel vibe. With an onsite bar and tons of board games, there’s never a dull moment around here. You can find Wombats right in the heart of the city which is partly why it is one of the most recommended hostels in London! Light, bright but still cosy enough to relax, there’s a place for everyone at Wombats City Hostel!

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Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in London – Generator Hostel

Generator Hostel best hostel in London

  • $$
  • Late Check-Out
  • Bar with Pool Table
  • Restaurant & Cafe onsite

If you’re a looking to make some new friends while you’re in London you best get yourself to Generator Hostel for it is quite simply the best hostel for solo travellers in London. No excuses to not get mingling as they have their own bar and restaurant and mini-nightclub too! The awesome staff are always on hand to help you figure out travel plans and suggest which landmarks to hit up and when. If you want a classic London backpackers hostel you’ll fall in love with Generator!

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Palmers Lodge – Hillspring

Palmers Lodge - Hillspring  best hostels in London

  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Bar, Cafe & Resaturant Onsite

Palmers Lodge at Hillspring is one of the best hostels for solo travellers in London in 2018. With dorm rooms hosting up to 22 people in one go solo backpackers are defo gonna find new buddies at Palmers Lodge. Perhaps you’re a solo traveller ‘cus you like the peace and quiet of exploring without the crowds? No worries, Palmers Lodge have smaller dorm rooms too, sleeping just 4 people per night. The onsite cafe and bar is perfect for solo travellers looking to find some drinking buddies or a coffee companion. As a top hostel in London Palmers Lodge is a great hostel for everyone really!

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Hostel One Camden

Hostel One Camden best hostels in London

Hostel One Camden is a cool hostels for solo travelers in London

  • $$
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Pool Table
  • Self Catering Facilities

Hostel One is one of the best hostels in London for solo travellers, and is easily the best hostel in Camden Town. For solo travellers looking to see the more indie side of London, mix with locals and backpackers simultaneously then Hostel One is the place to book. Hostel One is set above a pub with a fully stocked bar, darts board, pool table and a footie table too. Camden Town is one of the most vibrant areas of London, a real must-visit and Hostel One is a top hostel in London in 2018, what’s not to love?!

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Best Cheap Hostel in London #1 – Rest Up London

Rest Up best cheap hostel in London

Rest Up is our pick for best cheap hostels in London

  • $
  • Onsite Cafe & Restaurant 
  • Laundry Facilities 
  • Pool Table and Foosball 

In some parts of the world, a cheap hostel would mean a grim hostel, that’s definitely not the case for the best cheap hostel in London. Rest Up London is red, white and blue through and through, there’ll be no doubt in your mind where you are when you walk through the door! Naturally, the bigger dorms are the cheaper dorms, so if you’re happy to share with 32 other people you’ll save yourself some cash to splash when you hit up Camden Town markets! Rest Up is easily the best budget hostel in London, if only for the fact it is bang in the middle of Zone 1.

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Best Cheap Hostel in London #2 – No.8 Willesden Hostel

No.8 Willesden Hostel best hostels in London

One of the best cheap hostels in London with a fantastic party atmosphere.

  • $
  • Bar & Nightclub Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilites
  • Laundry Facilites

Cheap, cheerful and party central, No.8 Willesen is a fantastic budget hostel in London. If you’re looking to make your money stretch in London and party hard No.8 is the place to book. If you’re heading to London over a weekend you’ll love the live music put on by No.8, this goes a long way in making it a highly recommended hostel in London in 2018. For digital nomads seeking a budget but buzzing hostel you’ll be happy to hear No.8 has free, super fast WiFi for all guests in all corners of the building.

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Best Cheap Hostel in London #3 – Via Limehouse

Via Limehouse best hostels in London

Via Limehouse is fun, clean, and one of the best cheap hostels in London.

  • $
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilites
  • Laundry Facilites

Light and super bright (like bright yellow kinda bright!) Via Limehouse is a top budget hostel in London in 2018. With clean dorm rooms offering guests enough room to wriggle, Via Limehouse is one of the best hostels of budget backpackers visiting the English captial. Located in the heart of London’s East End you’re only a stone’s throw away from Canary Wharf, Brick Lane and Old Spitalfields Market. The Via Limehouse team are always around to help backpackers get to grips with London’s vast public transport network.

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Best Hostel for Couples in London – SoHostel

SoHostel best hostel for couples in London

SoHostel is one of the best London hostels with private rooms

  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Onsite Bar and Roof Terrace
  • Tours & Travel Desk

The best hostel for couples in London has to be SoHostel. With both dorms and private rooms available, couples have the option of nabbing a bit of privacy! The added bonus of SoHostel is the free breakfast which makes the slightly punchy price tag a little easier to swallow. The cool and colourful roof terrace complete with fake grass is a great spot for a date night overlooking an illuminated London. SoHostel is considered to be one of the top hostels in London so whether you’re travelling as a couple, solo or with your crew be sure to check out SoHostel.

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PubLove @ The Exmouth Arms

PubLove @ The Exmouth Arms best hostels in London

PubLove is a great London hostel with a private room

  • $$
  • Pub Onsite
  • Late Check-Out
  • Laundry Facilities

PubLove @ The Exmouth Arms offers couples a cute and cosy room for a great price, and is super close to Euston train station too. As one of the best hostels in London for couples, a stay at The Exmouth Arms is a great opportunity for couples to escape the busy dorms and enjoy a bit of privacy. If you’re looking to mingle too you’re in the perfect place, The Exmouth Arms is a cracking little pub with a bar that attracts locals and backpackers too. This classic British pub is a highly recommended hostel in London, especially for couples.

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Abercorn House

Abercorn House best hostels in London

  • $
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Outdoor Terrace

Abercorn House is the best hostel in London for couples on a tight budget. With private rooms for under £35 a night throughout the year you really can’t find better than Abercorn House. Basic it may be but super budget friendly, ultra clean and ideally located in the heart of Central London. Being in the Hammersmith area means guests at Abercorn House are just a few minutes walk from bus stops connecting them to all of London. The outdoor terrace is a cool little hangout and with WiFi reaching that far too couples who work on the road will feel right at home at Abercorn House.

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Best Party Hostel in London – Clink78

Clink78 best party hostel in London

Clink78 is our pick for the best party hostel in London 2018

  • $
  • Basement Bar and Live Music Venue
  • Late Check-Out
  • Cheap Breakfast – £2

There are several hostels in London offering a top night out but the best party hostel in London is without a doubt Clink78. This old courthouse building is the perfect party venue, and the basement is where the action is at. Throughout the week Clink78 hosts DJ nights and live music too, team this with unbeatable drinks offers and you’re onto a winner. Clink78 is a great youth hostel in London and appreciates the shoestring budget many backpackers have. If you’re looking to save some cash be sure to use their kitchen rather than fork out on restaurant meals. The breakfast is a steal for just £2.

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Destinations at The Rose & Crown

Destinations at The Rose & Crown best hostels in London

Destinations at The Rose & Crown is a top party hostel in London

$$$ Free Breakfast Bar & Pub Onsite Outdoor Terrace

The Rose & Crown is one of the best party hostels in London; set in a classic British pub, backpackers get to experience a real local boozer! There is a free, hearty continental breakfast laid on every morning, making this a top hostel in London. Serving up British staples like Fish & Chips and a roast on Sunday, at the Rose & Crown travellers not only get a good nights sleep but an authentic British experience too. The Nintendo Wii and pool table are a great way to break the ice with new nomadic mates and the live music and karaoke nights are the perfect way to cement friendships and make memories.

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YHA London Earls Court

YHA London Earls Court best hostels in London

Pub crawls and no curfew make YHA one of the top hostels to party while in London

  • $$
  • Free Walking Tour
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities

Not only does YHA London Earls Court offer backpackers spots on the best pub crawls in the city but free walking tours too. The Earls Court area of London is home to some awesome live music and party venues. Although there is no bar onsite there are countless pubs and boozers within a few minutes walk of YHA Earls Court. As one of the best party hostels in London YHA Earls Court has no curfew, no lockout and a 24-hour reception meaning whatever time you stumble in you’ll be welcomed with a friendly face!

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in London – The Walrus

The Walrus best hostel for digital nomad in London

The Walrus is our pick for top Digital Nomad hostel in London

  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Towels Included
  • Bar Onsite

Digital Nomads are a bit different to budget backpackers, they’re usually looking for somewhere interesting to pitch up for a little while so they can knuckle down to work. The best hostel for digital nomads in London is The Walrus because it’s quirky and charming but quiet enough that online workers can knock the work out before exploring. The Walrus Bar is a classic English pub and the rooms make you feel like you’re in a countryside B&B. The free breakfast is the perfect way to start the day. The Walrus, in its own little way, is one of the coolest hostels in London for sure.

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Barmy Badger Backpackers

Barmy Badger Backpackers best hostels in London

Barmy Badger Backpackers is one of the best hostels for Digital Nomads in London

  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Cateing Facilities
  • 120mps WiFi Throughout Hostel

Barmy Badger Backpackers is the perfect hostel for digital nomad in London. With free breakfast, a great guest kitchen and ultra fast WiFi throughout the hostel Barmy Badger is a haven for digital nomads. As one of the best hostels for digital nomads in London Barmey Badger has two USB sockets per bed AND two power sockets too, ideal! Free tea and coffee throughout the day is perfect for keeping those creative juices flowing or simply for fuelling the hard graft. The suntrapped outdoor terrace is lovely if you like working in the fresh air.

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New Cross Inn

New Cross Inn is one of the best hostels in London for digital nomads

  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities

New Cross Inn is one of the best hostels in London for digital nomads, free and unlimited WiFi is just the start. For digital nomads looking to keep costs down the free breakfast and the clean guest kitchen are ideal. New Cross Inn is a highly recommended hostel in London and is just 15-minutes by bus from the world famous O2 arena, be sure to check out who is performing while you’re in town. The New Cross Inn team are super clued up about London and how to make your hard earned cash go further, rock up at reception and get chatting to hear their top tips!

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Best Hostel with a Private Room in London – The Dictionary Hostel Shoreditch

The Dictionary Hostel Shoreditch Best Hostel in London

The Dictionary Hostel Shoreditch is one of the best hostels with a private room in London.

  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar & Restaurant Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities

If you’re all about causing FOMO for your mates at home when you travel be sure to book a bed at The Dictionary Hostel. Probably the coolest hostel in London in terms of decoration, it was the first boutique hostel to open in London. Art lovers will be chuffed to hear that The Dictionary Hostel is dead close to a few of Banksy’s most famous pieces, just ask the staff for directions. This is the perfect hostel for hipsters it’s gotta be said, Shoreditch is the home of indie culture in London.

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More of the Best Hostels in London

SafeStay London Kensington Holland Park

Safestay London Kensington Holland Park Best Hostel in London

Safestay is a top youth hostel in London

  • $
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Laundry Facilities

If you’re travelling as a big group then you can stop your search now as SafeStay is the best hostel in London for big groups. The grand old building will make you feel like a king or queen for the night, even if you do opt for a 30-bed dorm room! If you’re headed to London in the summer you’ll love exploring the Kyoto Japanese Garden; be sure to try a G&T on the roof terrace too! Sheets and pillows are provided but towels are £2 to hire. SafeStay Holland Park is a brilliant youth hostel in London and the staff are super helpful too.

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Meininger London Hyde Park

MEININGER London Hyde Park Best Hostel in London

  • $$
  • Bar and Cafe Onsite
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Games Room & Pool Table

You will find Meininger hostels dotted all around Europe but Meininger London Hyde Park is not only one of the best hostels in London in 2018 but one of the best located too. You will find Meininger London directly opposite the Natural History Museum and a 5-minute walk from the awesome Science Museum. If you wanna get your geek on in London, Meininger is the place to stay. At certain times of the year, they do have a 2-night minimum stay policy so be sure to double check your booking.

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St Christopher’s Village

St Christopher's Village Best Hostel in London

St Christopher’s Village is one of the best cheap and party hostels in London

  • $$
  • Restaurant, Cafe & Bar Onsite
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Nightclub/Music Venue

St Christopher’s Village has been one of the coolest hostels in London for the last 20 years and it is something of an institution. They have hosteling down to a fine art and know exactly what the budget backpacker needs for a good time. Free wifi, free linen and free laundry, coupled with no curfew make for the perfect hostel combo. On top of this guests get 25% off food at the St Christopher’s Village cafe, restaurant and bar. No complaints here!

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Keystone House Kings Cross

Keytone House Kings Cross Best Hostel in London

  • $$
  • Bar and Free Tea & Coffee
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Tours & Travel Desk

It is safe to say there’s always room at the Inn at Keystone House Kings Cross, they have so many rooms. If you’re booking totally last minute and need somewhere cheap in the centre of London, Keystone House should be your first port of call. They offer free breakfast to guests on Saturdays and Sundays which is an added bonus. Simple, friendly and right next to Kings Cross train station, Keystone House is one of the best hostels in London for sure.

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Palmers Lodge – Swiss Cottage

Palmers Lodge - Swiss Cottage Best Hostel in London

Palmers Lodge is a great hostel for solo travelers in London

  • $
  • Restaurant, Cafe & Bar Onsite
  • Laundry Facilities 
  • Free City Tour

Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is a highly recommended hostel in London not only for the laid-back vibe but because it is super affordable too. You’re spoiled for choice as to where you wanna hang out; the bar, the restaurant or the cafe?! An hour in each perhaps?! Although breakfast isn’t included you can dive into the continental buffet for just £4.50. Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is a top youth hostel in London and has won a ton of awards too.

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Astor Victoria

Astor - Victoria Best Hostel in London

Astor – Victoria is one of the best hostels in London for solo travelers

  • $
  • Cafe Onsite
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Towels for Hire

Astor Victoria pride themselves on their super fast wifi making it a top hostel in London for digital nomads or those who need to work on the road. Although breakfast isn’t free guests are invited to donate £1 to charity and then fill their boots on the breakfast spread. The staff are super helpful and vow to give extras for free, if not for as cheap as possible. Can’t go wrong really!

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London Waterloo Hostel

London Waterloo Best Hostel in London

  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar Onsite
  • Tours & Travel Desk

London Waterloo Hostel is proud as punch to be the closest youth hostel in London to Big Ben, Westminster and, of course, the London Eye. On top of that, they have super fast wifi in all areas of the hostel, including the dorms. Each bed has its own UK plug socket meaning you and charge up and scroll to your heart’s content! London Waterloo Hostel also offers a free walking tour of London, a great way to explore the city and meet fellow travellers.

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Clink261

Clink261 Best Hostel in London

  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Tours & Travel Desk
  • Self Catering Facilities

Clink261 is the sister hostel to the best party hostel in London in 2018, Clink78. Ideally located just 5-minutes walk from St Pancras International Station Clink261 is a great base for any traveller in London. The kitchen is the perfect place to meet new people and it’s where you’ll find the crowds gathering before they hit the bars that are close by. Clink261 also offer a cracking breakfast for just £2.

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Saint James Backpackers

Saint James Backpackers Best Hostel in London

  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Dinner 
  • Self Catering Facilities

If you’re looking for a super chilled out youth hostel in London, Saint James Backpackers is the perfect fit. Not only is breakfast included in your room rate but nightly dinner too; just make sure you sign up at reception before 4pm else you won’t get fed! Taco Tuesday is not to be missed! Saint James Backpackers is on Longridge Road in Kensington which is a very rich neighbourhood. Fans of Chelsea will certainly see some famous faces around here.

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YHA London Oxford Street

YHA London Oxford Street Best Hostel in London

  • $$
  • Bar Onsite
  • Late Check-Out
  • Breakfast Available for £5

YHA have, for decades, been the go-to hostel option for backpackers all over the world and YHA London Oxford Street is no exception. This YHA is one of the most highly recommended hostels in London mostly because of its awesome location and lovely staff. They offer guests free walking tours of London which are the perfect opportunity to meet fellow travelers and connect the landmark dots! Plus, guests get discounted rates for entrance to loads of London’s top attractions just for staying with YHA.

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Smart Russell Square

Smart Russell Square best hostels in London

  • $
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Late Check-Out
  • Travel & Tours Desk

If you think you’re going to be whizzing here and there while you’re in London be sure to think about Smart Russell Square Hostel. It is just a 2-minute walk to Russell Square Tube Station which links directly to Heathrow Airport and St Pancras International Train Station too. The dorm rooms are all under £20 a night making it one of the best budget hostels in London. The fully kitted-out kitchen is perfect for travellers who want to cut down on the food spend. Breakfast can be added to your stay for just £2 per person per day.

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Pub Love @ The Steam Engine Waterloo

PubLove @ The Steam Engine Waterloo Best Hostel in London

  • $
  • Bar Onsite
  • Late Check-Out 
  • Meals Available

Pub Love is exactly as it sounds, a hostel above a traditional English pub. The Steam Engine is home to an epic burger kitchen that is loved by locals and travellers too. Guests get a decent discount on food and on booze which is always a bonus. If you need to burn off those burger calories you can wander down to Big Ben or the London Eye in a matter of minutes. For foodies and beer lovers Pub Love @ The Steam Engine is a great London backpackers hostel.

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Pride of Paddington

Pride of Paddington Best Hotel in London

  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Onsite Restaurant
  • 24-hour hot showers

The Pride of Paddington is a classic British pub and top hostel in London. They offer 4, 6 and 8-bed dorms as well as female-only rooms. The Pride of Paddington is super close to Paddington train station connecting you to the rest of the UK and most usefully, Heathrow Airport. The free breakfast laid on by the Pride of Paddington team is the perfect fuel for exploring all of London’s many sights and sounds. Pride of Paddington is one of the best hostels in London in 2018.

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SafeStay London – Elephant & Castle

SafeStay London - Elephant & Castle best hostels in London

  • $$
  • Free Walking Tours
  • Bar & Cafe Onsite
  • Outdoor Terrace

SafeStay at Elephant & Castle is a top hostel in London in 2018. Super close to the world famous Ministry of Sound, the Imperial War Museum and London Dungeon; if you want to be at the heart of the action be sure to book at bed at SafeStay Elephant & Castle. Although not included in the room rate you can fuel up in the morning for just £4. The outdoor terrace is an ideal place to meet your fellow hostel inhabitants and plan your adventures in the English captial. The SafeStay team are always around to help give you tips on how to make the most of your time in London, whatever your budget.

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Conclusion to the best hostels in London

And to think this is jus the tip of the iceberg! While it’s difficult to pick only 20 out of hundreds, we are confident that one of these hostels will be the hostel-of-your-dreams while staying in London.

With the help of this guide, you’ll be able to know exactly which of the best hostels in London best suits your travel, so you can travel through England like a boss (and save some money!).

Again, if you can’t pick, our #1 recommendation for the top hostel in London is Wombats City Hostel.

Wombats City best Hostel in London

What do you think? Did I miss your favorite hostel in London?

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