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The Top Hostels in London

London is the place to visit for any backpacker travelling around Europe or for anyone in the UK wanting to get away for the weekend (but not go abroad) because there is so much to see and do! Depending on what’s top of your list to see, depends on which area you need to stay in, so I’ve put together a guide on three hostels in three different areas of London that are all very close to some of London’s main attractions…

One of the biggest and most popular tourist attractions in London is Buckingham Palace and the closest hostel to this attraction is the Astor Victoria. As well as being close to Buckingham Palace it is also walking distance from other major attractions including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament – so don’t forget your camera! The Astor Victoria has a number of mixed and female dorms with showers on every level which are cleaned twice a day and the hot water is available 24hours of the day so you it doesn’t matter what time you wake up! The hostel also houses two fully-equipped kitchens and a few communal TV rooms, one even has a projector screen which is great for watching the football. Prices start from around £15 for a mixed dorm and breakfast is also included in this price!

Another popular attraction in London is its museums especially the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. Both of these museums are free to enter and both are located in Kensington, one of the closest hostels (and nicest) is the MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park. This is a 4 star hostel that won the Visit Britain Hostel Award in 2007. The Meininger hostel as 48 rooms, some rooms come complete with en-suite and TV! The communal areas include a roof top terrace and an entertainment room which contains a PlayStation, TV and karaoke machine. This is one of the only hostels that contains free underground parking! Room prices start from £21 for a mixed dorm and £45 for a private twin dorm.

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London is home to one of the most trendy music venues in the UK, Brixton Academy. Brixton Academy is quite a way out of central London and if you are seeing a gig at Brixton Academy you want to make sure that you are staying close by because the tubes will be shut by the time the gig finishes! One of the best hostels to stay in is the Journeys London Bridge, which is famous for being in ‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ and ‘Snatch’. This is definitely the party hostel where they hold live music, movie and poker nights. The Smoking Barrels Pub downstairs offer discounted drinks for Journey’s guests and also has a games room complete with a pool table, darts board and Wii. Journey’s also offers a free continental breakfast to help you recover from the night before! Prices start from £20 for a mixed dorm.

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