If you’re a student or traveling on a budget it’s unlikely that you’re going to want to splash out on something expensive and glitzy. There are plenty of cheaper alternatives such as youth hostels, which are less taxing on the wallet and give you great opportunities to meet fellow travelers and swap intrepid tales.
Centrally located in Battersea near to the famous power station made famous by the Pink Floyd album cover for ‘Animals’, this is a hostel in a student residence that offers single and two bedroom rooms. Just over the bridge from Chelsea and close to all the action of the West End, cheap London hostels like this are few and far between.
Facilities: selection of one or two bed rooms, 24 hour access, self catering kitchens, restaurant, laundry, wheelchair friendly, breakfast included.
Address: 45 Worfield Street, Battersea, London, England.
Nearest tube: Battersea.
Fantastically located in beautiful historic Greenwich, there is plenty to see and do. Go and visit the famous Cutty Sark tea clipper and the Royal Observatory or the National Maritime Museum or enjoy the local market bars and pubs. This hostel offers great facilities including a coffee shop, bar and even a theatre.
Facilities: selection of rooms and dormitory rooms, bar, theatre, satellite TV, games room, chill-out room, coffee shop, free showers.
Address: 189, Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, London, England.
Nearest tube: Greenwich.
Tel: 0208 600 7500
Price guide: from ₤10.00
Situated close to the Tate Modern art galley and Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre, and within walking distance of Covent Garden and the West End there is certainly plenty to keep you occupied. In the surrounding area there are many hip bars and clubs to enjoy so you’re never too far from what’s going on. The hostel offers great amenities such as a bar, games room and television lounge.
Facilities: Variety of rooms, bar, restaurant, laundry, TV room, lounge, wheelchair friendly, car park.
Address: 24 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9JA.
Nearest tube: Waterloo.
Tel: 020 7107 5750
The Youth Hostel Association can always be relied on when you’re looking for cheap London hostels and inexpensive accommodation. This is a purpose built hostel in London’s Docklands with a child friendly outlook. The staff is friendly and the rooms are comfortable. Close to public transport and the fascinating historical area of Greenwich.
Facilities: 320 beds, selection of rooms, restaurant, internet access, children’s play room and library, wheelchair friendly, security lockers, bar, laundry, car park.
Address: 20 Salter Road, South Bank, SE16 5pr.
Nearest tube: Rotherhithe.
Tel: 0345 371 9756
Available during the summer from 8th June to 8th September, this hostel is located in the Waterloo area, only a short walk from Westminster Bridge and Parliament square and all the vibrant cultural highlights that the South Bank has to offer. A nine story building that affords fantastic views of the capital and offers single and twin rooms all with washbasins and bathrooms on each floor.
Facilities: selection of rooms, lounge, laundry, linen included, 24 hour access and security, luggage storage.
Address: 1-5 Lambeth Road.
Nearest tube: Lambeth North.