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7 Hostels in London

Inspiration for destinations, hostels and activities you can get involved in

Whether you’re shopping in Camden, enjoying West End musicals, or exploring Soho nightlife – London is an unforgettable destination. This vibrant city is packed with world-famous attractions, thousands of fabulous shops, and plenty of great places to eat. YHA has six youth hostels spread throughout the UK capital too, and they’re perfect for city breaks in London and beyond.

If you’re getting off at Kings Cross Station near YHA London St Pancras, don’t forget to stop at The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 ¾. Or take a walk up to the vintage stalls and alternative fashions of Camden Market; you’re bound to spot British subcultures alive and well.

For fun day out exploring London attractions, we recommend Madam Tussauds, London Zoo and the Sherlock Holmes Museum – they’re all near YHA London Central. Or for the best of London nightlife and shopping, try a weekend break in Soho. You’ll find eclectic bars and clubs, top West End shows, and Europe’s busiest shopping stretch just minutes from YHA London Oxford Street.

You’ll love our iconic London landmarks; St Paul’s Cathedral is seconds away from YHA London St Pauls, and don’t forget to take a selfie by London Bridge and the Tower of London. You could even cross the Thames for a look inside the Tate Modern, or enjoy a ride on the London Eye – the iconic 135m high big wheel!

Further west is classy Kensington, Chelsea, and London’s fascinating museum and art gallery quarter. You could see the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum all in one day – YHA London Earl’s Court makes a handy base for them. If you’re feeling flush, hang out on the King’s Road and dine in come Michelin starred restaurants.

Remember, no visit to London is complete without seeing Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace (home of the Queen of England). Stop by in the morning and you might be lucky enough to catch the world-famous changing of the guard ceremony. Whether you’re a family or globetrotter, you’re bound to leave with some fab snapshots.

How about going east to for a look at the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, or a walk along the River Thames near YHA London Thameside? There’s also the O2 at Greenwich which, if you’re feeling brave, you can climb over. Then catch the Emirates Air Line to see London from the skies. If you’re after a bit of retail therapy, pop into Westfield Stratford – the largest urban shopping and leisure destination in Europe with over 250 shops and over 65 restaurants.

If you fancy something more rural, Lee Valley Park is a 40 minute train journey from central London. It offers watersports, walking, and our own YHA London Lee Valley hostel.

From backpackers to tourists, YHA offers cheap London accommodation with good value and facilities for all. Best of all, we offer discounts on top London attractions like the London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium and London Sightseeing Tour.