Make Your Money Go Further in London
Although many foreign tourists
and backpackers do find a cheap hotel in London on arrival, this section will help the
savvy budget traveller and weekend visitor get a really good deal when they travel to
London independently, by booking online before they travel.
There's plenty of budget accommodation
available around London -- if you book early -- and some of these prices may only be
The first thing to consider is whereabouts in
London you'd like to stay. To help you find the nearest underground tube station, we've
also provided map references and links to colourful street maps. All London maps will open
in a new window.
Search the hostel database for your own budget accommodation and tours.
All prices quoted below are per bed and may be subject to change (depending on time of
year), so please use them as a guide only then check the website for availability and
current price structure.
Budget Accommodation in:
Bayswater - Bloomsbury - Borough - Camden - Earls
Court - Greenwich - Hendon - Kensington - Kings Cross - Lambeth - Notting Hill Gate - Paddington - Piccadilly - Regents Park - Russell Square - Shepherds Bush - Southwark - Tower Bridge - Victoria - Waterloo - West Kensington - Whitechapel.
Hyde Park -- (Dorms from £13.50)
2-6 Inverness Terrace (map)
260 bed hostel located in a beautifully restored Regency Building 100m away from Hyde
Park. The famous ITA Late Night Bar & Bistro is situated in the basement of the
building and has many different theme nights.
Leinster Inn -- (Dorms from £11.50; Privates from £20)
7-12 Leinster Square (map)
Choose from friendly dormitory rooms with bunk beds that vary in size from 3 to 10 beds;
some rooms with their own shower. They also have loads of private rooms, with singles,
doubles and twins, all coming with or without shower in the room.
Quest -- (Dorms from £13; Privates from £21)
45 Queensborough Terrace (map)
The dormitory rooms range in size from four to eight beds per room. Most of the rooms have
en-suite shower and toilet facilities. There are also toilets and showers on each floor
for the few rooms without facilities.
Paddington -- (Dorms from £8.50; Privates from £18)
1 Queens Gardens (map)
Situated in Central London, only 5 minutes from Paddington Station, Heathrow Express and
within walking distance of Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Portobello Market and Notting Hill.
International Youth Hotel -- (Dorms from £9.50)
39-40 Cleveland Square (map)
Close to Hyde Park and Oxford Street and within easy reach of all of the major London
attractions including the South Bank (art, music, film, dance, bars & restuartants),
the London Eye, St Paul's Cathredral and the London Dungeon.
Park Inn: (Dorms from £8.80; Privates from £21.50)
48-50 Inverness Terrace (map)
Set in a stunning grade I listed building, the Hyde Park Inn offers a variety of
accommodation with anything from single rooms right up to 12 bed dorms.
House Hotel -- (Dorms from £9.75; Privates from £15)
78/82 Kensington Garden Square (map)
One the of the most popular budget hotels in London with unforgettable atmosphere. Located
in a very central location just 5 minutes from Hyde park and Portobello Market and close
to all major tourist attractions and shopping areas.
See also: Paddington
Museum Inn -- (Dorms from £13.50; Privates from £22)
27 Montague Street (map)
The Museum Inn is located opposite the British Museum & Library and just a short walk
from Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Soho, and the West End theatre district.
Castle Hostel -- (Dorms from £10)
6a Great Dover Street (map)
Located in the centre of London, very close to London Bridge and Waterloo International
Train Stations. Most guests are from Australasia, Europe or South America and many take
advantage of the cheaper weekly rates. The popular downstairs bar is equipped with pool
tables and live DJs at the weekends.
Hostel -- (Dorms from £8.50)
55/57 Bayham Street (map)
The Camden Town area is one of London's most fashionable hangouts and the hostel is just a
stone's throw away from Camden Town Tube station and the famous Camden Market.
Christophers Camden -- (Dorms from £11; Privates £23)
48-50 Camden High Street (map)
Situated on the busy Camden High Road, between Camden Town and Mornington Crescent tube
stations, this St. Christophers Inns hostel has you close to all the action.
4-12 Barkston Gardens (map)
The Albany is situated in one of the most fashionable and gracious residential areas in
London, within walking distance of Kensington Gardens and the famous Royal Albert Hall
& Memorial. Gloucester Road and Earl's Court underground stations provide excellent
connections to Harrods, West End, theatres, museums, the City and Heathrow Airport.
101 Lexham Gardens (map)
The Amber Hotel stands in a tree lined side street - a classical 1860's town house first
converted in the late 1970's. Over the years the hotel has undergone many changes and now
offers 40 comfortable, moderately sized en suite bedrooms and its own private garden.
Court Hotel -- (Private rooms from £20)
28/32 Penywern Road (map)
An 80-bedroom, Irish family-run, tourist hotel. The majority of rooms are ensuite and all of them have
TV and radio, telephones, hairdryers and safes.
Court Hotel -- (Dorms from £15; Privates from £20)
194-196 Earls Court Road (map)
One of Londons premier budget hostels. The staff are very helpful and have extensive
knowledge of the best bars, restaurants and the trendiest shopping areas in London.
House Hotel -- (Dorms from £13.50; Privates from £17)
12 Penywern Road (map)
Central London B&B hotel located in Zone 1 -- the Earls Court/ Kensington and Chelsea
area. Prices include breakfast.
Christophers Greenwich -- (Dorms from £11; Privates £23)
189 Greenwich High Road (map)
An ideal base to visit the stunning historical parts of old Greenwich: Its superb market,
the Maritime Museum, Naval College, The Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark, antique shops,
Sir Francis Chichesters Gypsy Moth yacht, and the local parks.
London Backpackers -- (Dorms from £11)
1st Floor, Queens Parade, Queens Road (map)
Ideal location if you're looking for cheap accommodation in North London. There's also
full cooking and food storage facilities, TV lounge with satellite channels, pool table
and Internet access.
191 Queen's Gate (map)
Youth and student hotel centrally located in the London borough of Kensington, close to
the Royal Albert Hall, Royal College of Music, Goethe Institut and Natural History Museum.
House -- (Dorms from £13; Privates from £22)
261-265 Grays Inn Road (map)
Ashlee House backpacker hostel is an oasis of green and calm in the middle of central
London -- a short walk away from the British Museum, Covent Garden, Soho, Oxford Street,
Camden Market and many of London's major tourist attractions.
Hostel -- (Dorms from £13.50; Privates from £18)
54-58 Caledonian Road (map)
Situated in the heart of London, all major attractions are only few minutes away. As it's
the perfect base for backpackers and the number of double rooms is limited, it's
imperative to book early to avoid disappointment.
Hotel -- (Private rooms from £17.50)
36-37 Argyle Square (map)
Clean and friendly Bed & Breakfast hotel offering excellent value and accommodation.
Less than a minute's walk from Kings Cross Station. Most rooms have own showers, coloured
TV and fridge.
Hostel -- (Dorms from £15; Privates from £20)
59 Mount Pleasant (map)
The area around the hostel abounds with cafes and restaurants while West End and Covent
Garden are just a walk away. The famous Camden market is a short bus ride away, as is
Lambeth Sportsman -- (Dorms from £9.50)
73 Lambeth Walk (map)
Clean and friendly backpackers hostel close to Westminster Bridge and Lambeth North
station (Bakerloo line). Price includes linen and a continental style breakfast. There's
also a bar, pool tables, TV room, modern showers, small basic kitchen, Internet access,
small restaurant and lockers in all rooms.
Hill Gate Hotel -- (Private rooms from £25)
6 Portobello Road (map)
The only hotel on Portobello Road, the Gate Hotel has been highly commended by the London
Tourist Board and recommended in several American Tourist Guides. Each room is fully
equipped with mini bar remote control TV with DVD player, direct dial telephone,
refrigerator, tea & coffee making facilities and tastefully decorated ensuites.
Hotel -- (Private rooms from £23)
78 Westbourne Terrace (map)
Conveniently positioned near Hyde Park, and just 2 minutes from Paddington Station and
Heathrow Express, the rooms at the Senator Hotel are bright and cheerful.
Hotel -- (Private rooms from £25)
55-61 Westbourne Terrace (map)
98 comfortable rooms located close to Paddington Station and Lancater Gate.
Hotel -- (Dorms from £12; Privates from £18)
12 Sherwood Street (map)
This new 600 bed hotel is located in the heart of Piccadilly, Londons liveliest
area, and only a stone's throw from Londons most popular attractions including the
famous night-spot Leicester Square, the bustling shopping area of Oxford Street and
Londons renowned Theatre Land.
Student House -- (4 bed mixed dorms £18)
229 Great Portland Street (map)
Centrally located on Great Portland Street, opposite Great Portland St Underground
Station. Free 15 minutes of internet time and 2 for 1 drinks voucher on arrival.
Generator -- (Dorms from £11; Privates from £18)
Off 37 Tavistock Place (map)
Being the biggest hostel in London and the UK, The Generator is the perfect place to meet
loads of other travellers from all over the world and party the night away in their
fantastic bar. Free events every night of the week, including movies on Wednesday &
Sundays, Karaoke on Thursdays and Live DJ's on Saturdays.
Christophers -- (Dorms from £11; Privates from £23)
13-15 Shepherds Bush Green (map)
Close to the Thames riverside boroughs of Hammersmith, Fulham and Chelsea, this hostel
makes a great base for touring round the West End and the rest of London. Whether you
travel to the city via the boat service or by the local underground train and bus
networks, youre in an excellent position to visit the top tourist sites.
24 Sumner Street (map)
Located close to the Tate Gallery, all bedrooms have their own telephones, hospitality
tray and are serviced daily. On the lower ground floor there's a bar, games room,
television lounge, as well as a coin operated launderette and ironing room.
Espresso -- (Dorms from £11)
59 Borough High Street (map)
The Orient Espresso is situated just down the road from London Bridge and the South Bank,
also just 100 metres or so from St Christopher's Village, whose facilities you are
entitled access to.
Christophers Village -- (Dorms from £11)
165 Borough High Street (map)
Only minutes from London Bridge and the River Thames, this hostel has much to offer
todays backpackers in the form of quality accommodation, top in-house entertainment,
security and comfort at unbelievably low rates with no hidden charges.
Christophers Southwark -- (Dorms from £11; Privates £23)
121 Borough High Street (map)
Due to the party atmosphere, this hostel is probably not suitable for children at
Hostel -- (8 bed mixed dorm £15.00)
186 Tooley Street (map)
The hostel is within 10 mins walk from the London Bridge Tube Station and only a 3 mins
walk from the majestic Tower Bridge. You couldn't ask for better views of one of London's
Contact Hostel -- (2 Bed private room £20)
27 Gillingham Street (map)
The hostel is within a 3 mins walk from the Victoria Bus Station, Victoria Tube Station
and Victoria Train Station and only a 10 min walk from the Victoria National Coach
Victoria -- (Dorms from £14)
71 Belgrave Road (map)
The Vic offers friendly dormitory rooms which range in size from 4 to 8 beds. It has brand
new toilets and showers which are all located outside the rooms and are kept clean at all
times. 18 to 30 year old age bracket.
Contact Waterloo Hostel:
121 Lower Marsh (map)
Located above the Elusive Camel Pub, where you can take advantage of the great food and
drink specials that are offered throughout the week to hostel residents.
Located at 68a North End Road (map), West Kensington just 1 min walk from the West Kensington Tube
Station. Get togethers are arranged in the Elusive Camel Pub in Victoria.
35/37 St Stephans Garden (map)
The hotel offers 44 high quality, newly furnished rooms overlooking a bright, quiet garden
square from the front and great views over London on the top fifth floor.
Hotel - (Private rooms from £37.50)
12-20 Osborn St (map)
Ideal for the business traveller who wants to be close to the city. Near Liverpool Street
Station, Aldgate East station, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Barbican, all major banks,
insurance companies, Bank of England, Lloyds, Minories, Tower of London, the London
Hospital and London Guildhall.
Halls, Residences and
17 Flodden Road (map)
96 rooms with a total of 220 beds. Communal kitchens, toilet and showers are available on
18-24 Fitzroy Street (map)
Carr-Saunders Hall provides accommodation for over 150 people in single or double rooms,
each with pleasant furnishings, hand basins and comfortable beds. Just off the Tottenham
178 High Holborn (map)
Set at the top of Drury Lane, High Holborn puts you right in the very midst of London's
Theatre Land. All rooms contain hand basins, are pleasantly furnished with comfortable
beds and have kitchen/dining room and bathroom facilities just outside.
1-7 Endsleigh Place (map)
Occupying ten late-Georgian houses in the heart of Bloomsbury, Passfield Hall is divided
into three blocks around the peaceful garden.
45 Worfield Street (map)
Single and twin rooms available in a student hall near central London during the summer
(until 22 September).
90 Rosebery Avenue (map)
Located in the old Clerkenwell district of the London Borough of Islington -- a heritage
area undergoing rejuvenation. The full English breakfast (included in the price) is served
in the excellent dining hall and on a sunny day you can always breakfast on the garden
of Westminster has 5 Halls of Residence, which are available during the
summer period from 10th June to 10th September:
Flemin - Furnival
Accommodation Around England:
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