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1. Posted by littlebit (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Can anyone give tips or advice to booking a hostel in london this summer? Or do you have a recommendation?? Thanks!

2. Posted by Ava_Aus (Inactive 21 posts) 10y

Hi, London is a really expensive city (as my credit card found out) so if you want to find a cheaper place try to get a hostel slightly out of the centre of London.

For hostel bookings I usually use www.hostelword.com. Last time I was in London I stay next to Hyde Park (Astor Hyde Hostel) I found the price reasonable and there is a subway just around the corner. They provide breakfast (just basic, toast, cereal, breadrolls, Tea & coffee)and there is a bar downstairs (drinks are quite cheap)

I arrived in gatwick airport and only had to get the train to Victoria Station and the tube to bayswater station. Which ended up only costing 12 pound.

I hope that this helps you out a little bit

[ Edit: Edited at May 18, 2006 4:04 AM by Ava_Aus ]

3. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

I used to stay in the Generator Hostel, off Russel Square. It's okay, decently cheap although a bit 'industrial'. But if you're looking for something cheap, it's a good place.
It's about 5 minutes walking distance from Russel Square Tube Station and the British Museum.

4. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 10y

I've always had good luck staying at some of the B&B's in Pimlico and it is a great area near Westminster. You may want to try this link http://www.holidaycity.com/uk-pimlico/index.html The Georgian House Hotel offers a hostel as well as traditional B&B facilities. I have also staid at the Elizabeth, The Airways Hotel, Sidney House and Astoria in this same general area, (St. George Dr. or Warwick Ave.) All an easy walk from Victoria Station and Parliament.

5. Posted by elliot_aus (Full Member 61 posts) 10y

when i stayed in london - i used http://www.hostellondon.com/ to book! it has LOADS of hostels on it - and if you use one of the other sites - i think it is www.hostelworld.com - you can book hostels in almost any country!

The Wake Up! hostel near paddington is not a bad hostel - it is full of aussies and they have information sessions and stuff like that to help you hit the gound running if your trip to london is on a more permanent basis!

6. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

I stayed in London for 5 days and didn't spend much money at all.

I always use www.hostelworld.com no matter where I go in the world. You have to leave a credit card deposit but I have found it is safe and my reservation has always been guaranteed. (Note-your CC info dosen't go to the hostel. It goes to central reservation in Dublin and will appear that way onyour statement).

I also stayed at the Astor Hyde Park. I was in an 18 bed room which was a bit crowded but was a place to sleep. It was close to two subway lines and a Marks and Spencer if you want to buy a few cheap meals to microwave at the hostel. Astor Victoria is a tad more expensive but is in an awesome location. It is a little cleaner and quieter than Hyde Park. The Victoria Railway and Coach stations are within walking distance as well as all the major sites. There is also a new hostel called ACE Hotel in Kensington that looks pretty good.

I'll give you some tips for doing London cheap. If you like to hit the sites, I would suggest to buy a London Pass www.londonpass.com. get the one including transportation. Or buy a British Heritage Pass and London Travel Card. You must buy these before you get there as they are not available to locals (as far as I know). It includes free admission to all the major sites (as well as some unknown but pretty cool things like Jason's Canal Trip). The pass also lets you jump ahead of any lines.

There are also a number of sites (British Museum, Tate Modern, National Gallery etc.) that offer free admission. They are also open late one night a week. You may want to visit those places on the nights they are open late so you can use your London Pass during the day.

7. Posted by littlebit (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Thank you all so much!! I leave in two days and can't wait! Wish me luck!

8. Posted by paty91 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hello!

I advise you to visit this website: http://www.discountcityhotels.net/which proposes a lot of nice hotels in the most beautiful and pleasant locations of London with very COMPETITIVE prices. I have already dine a reservation via this website and I was very satisfied.

Bye!

Patricia

9. Posted by rasberries (Inactive 154 posts) 10y

i just booked via hostelworld.com
the Bayswater Hostel. Looks great.

-Cara