London may be a traveler’s paradise, but it can be quite testing for the budget travelers when it comes to lodgings. We know you have more than once been forced to run around looking for the best budget stay option. Here’s something for the wanderers who might want to explore this city for more than a day. We give you four of the best hostels from around Big Ben.
One of the stylistic and comfy lodges situated in the heart of the city, Palmer’s Lodge is a beautiful Victorian Grade II-listed building. It is polished and classy with a collection of antiques, salvaged furniture from architectural sites and modern classics. Palmers Lodge was once an abode of Samuel Palmer of Huntley and Palmers biscuits fame – hence the name. A restaurant in scullery and a cocktail bar in the chapel are other specialties. It has single sex, mixed and couple rooms for rent
40 College Crescent NW3, from £16 per night
Generator Russell Square
This one is perhaps one of the biggest of its kind in the city, with more than 800 beds in mixed/female dorms and private rooms. Generator Russel describes itself as “London’s largest, liveliest and funkiest hostel.” It has built-in internet café, chill-out room, games room and laundry facilities. The building stands close to Leicester Square and the British Library. The hostel bar stays open up to 2am.
37 Tavistock Place WC1, from £23 per night
The Lodge at Crystal Palace
This lodge is situated along with the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and has been there from1964. A solitary 10-storey tower, it is the only one near to the park. Staying here is really cheap with the largest room in hostel accommodating just three. It has a state of the art gym, swimming pool and a track where the legendary Usain Bolt motored down.
Ledrington Road SE19, from £20.90 per night (including breakfast)
YHA Oxford Street
The hostel is in the heart of city, just round the Corner of Noel street.YHA has tried to get rid of its pricey image, and pretty much all of their inner-city hostels are economical. The Oxford street branch is all polished and equipped, after a £1.5m renovation. It is the most contemporary among the city hostels and has all the modern conveniences (including a café/bar and launderette) Option ranges from a two-, three- or four-bed rooms to even a small dorm.
14 Noel Street W1, under-18s £12.50 (£3 extra for non-members), adults £16.65 per night