My friend and i will be travellin to London on Sept 11th and was hoping if someone could point out some good cheap hostels (that they've been too??) Also if u could tell me of some cool bars/clubs that would be great. I will be there for 2 weeks n my friend for only 1 - so if you guys know of any cheap places to visit(ie. from museums to clubs i am flexible n hang out where i can amuse myself - plz let me know...thanks heaps.
Have only ever once stayed in a hostel in London, was called the Generator and it was OK 6 years ago, don't know what it's like now. £15 for a bed in a dorm including breakfast:
Most museums in London are free! If you're into art, Tate Modern is an absolute must. If you're into history and archaeology go to the British Museum. If you like rockets and dinosaurs then the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum are right next to each other.
I think that a nice cheap thing to do is to get a boat along the Thames. Hyde Park is a good place to escape the hubbub on a sunny day. I also really like Kew Gardens. Definitely spend a day in Greenwich where there is the Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark and lots of cheap-ish places to eat.
Although I’ve never stayed there, Carter Lane Youth Hostel is very close to where I work, and in terms of location it looks like a great option, less than a minutes walk to St Paul’s Cathedral, very close to the River Thames (a 5 minute stroll) and once there it’s only another 5 minutes over to the Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre (crossing the river using the Millennium Bridge).
As I say, never stayed there myself, so I can’t recommend it on that basis, but it looks like a pretty nice place and it’s very well connected, less than a 5 minute walk to both Blackfriars tube (Circle and District Lines) and St Paul’s (Central Line) and the station at Blackfriars also offers a mainline service with direct connections to Gatwick if you happen to be flying into there (basically it’s very central, in between Covent Garden/West End on the one side, and East London on the other).
In terms of cool bars and clubs, kinda depends on what you’re into, but I’d recommend the Brick Lane area (District Line to Aldgate East or Circle line to Aldgate), lots going and pretty lively…if I were pushed to name you a place, I’d maybe head to ‘93 Feet East’ for at least one night, but at then end of the day it’s probably best to pick up a listings magazine to check out what’s going and what suites your taste. Would also recommend checking out Borough Market at some stage (not far from the Tate Modern), good atmosphere and some great pubs and restaurants.
Anyway hope this helps you to some extent, if you want any further info let me know, cheers.
Thank you guys for the info - it was very helpful. Mite have to bug u later on if i have any more Q's
If you have not left yet Razia, try St Pancras YHA hostel only a short walk from Kings Cross Station up the Euston Road. I have stayed here. It is around £21.00 for a clean,safe, bed, with meals in a good cafe on the top floor.
If you would like to stay in a private home for £24.00 bed and light breakfast try:
The elderly gentleman who runs this network of small private bed and breakfast houses can only be contacted by fax or telephone, not email. See the website - which is good. I have booked to stay ther in two weeks and expect a very pleasant wecome.
Thanks for that. My friend has just come through so i can crash on the floor at her place now which will help me heaps financially!! I loved the private home stuff though...will keep it in mind while i travel through Europe.
I've stayed in the Holland Park youth hostel twice with big groups and it's quite nice- nice breakfast, in a convenient area, clean etc here's the link http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/hostelpages/141.html
I´ve stayed at the Generator hostel with a friend, and we payed around 32 euros each, but we stayed in a 2 bedded room...** it´s not that difficult to find cheaper places.. but I´ve heard pretty bad stories about accomodation in london...**very very low quality***i would suggest you to pay a little bit more and stay at this kind of hostels, like Generator, or any HI, that even though they are not great, they have a very standard level...