5 Best Hostels in Central London

Our top picks for the five best hostels in central London in terms of facilities, location, cleanliness and safety for when you are looking for a cheap place to stay in central London

Accommodation in London is expensive and travelling around London, even using public transport, is expensive too. If you want to make the most of your budget when visiting London staying at one of the best central London hostels can kill the proverbial two birds with one stone. Plus you will get to meet some cool people and won't have far to travel - there or back - if you want to visit some museums or go out partying in Soho or Mayfair .

On the other hand you don't want to be stuck in a creepy hostel with mouldy bathrooms and uncomfortable beds. To help you reap the rewards of cheap hostel in London we have put together the following recommendations for the best ten.

Pickwick Hall

Pickwick Hall provides accommodation in private rooms and in dorms for people who want cheap, clean and attractive short term lodging in central London.

YHA London Central

YHA London Central is the perfect place for backpackers to stay when wishing to explore the capital. The Youth Hostel is modern, but affordable, and ideal for those looking for culture or shopping! Ask our knowledgeable staff for a range of great deals on popular attractions, or insider advice on London's hidden gems.

If you're looking for accommodation where you'll feel secure, this London backpackers' hostel can deliver. With key card access required for both the bedrooms and the corridors, rest assured that you'll be safe and sound!

Astor Museum Hostel

With the British Museum literally on its doorstep, it is impossible to beat this hostel’s location! Located in the very heart of Central London you are a short walk from iconic attractions like Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden.

It doesn’t matter if you are shopping down the legendary Oxford Street, watching a play in Leicester Square’s world famous theatre district, having dinner in China Town, drinks in Soho, or partying in the West End you are always a short walk home to a nice and quiet street in an amazing neighbourhood!


SoHostel is ideal for travellers looking for comfortable but affordable accommodation in the heart of London.

As well as bright, contemporary décor with a fun feel, there is a spacious bar-lounge and large reception area to relax in. The hostel is stylish, clean and secure offering accommodation for single travellers, couples and groups.

But what makes us unique is that our profits go towards helping London's homeless. The hostel is owned and managed by One Housing – a not-for-profit housing association that houses and cares for thousands of people across London and the South East. One Housing's famous homeless shelter in Camden, Arlington, houses and helps homeless men and women get the support and training they need to get back on their feet.

YHA London Oxford Street

This Youth Hostel has 104 beds over 36 Rooms including double, twin bunk, three bed, four bed private rooms and dorms all with shared facilities. The bright and colourful lounge and dining area has comfortable seating and tables and chairs. The hostel also benefits from a superb location, self-catering kitchen and a laundry room with washing, drying and ironing facilities.

If you have stayed at one of these central London or hostels and have some feedback for us, or have found another great hostel we should know about then please contact us.

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Last updated on 9/12/19, 2:23 AM

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