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1. Posted by karolin155 (Budding Member 60 posts) 10y

I have booked already a twin room in the "Generator Hostel" in London for three nights. Has anybody stayed there or knows something about it? Would like to hear a lot of good news :)
And, we will have two whole days (one weekend), what can you recommend to do without spending too much money?
Would be great to hear from you,

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

Generator is not too bad, it's cheap and it's quite lively. It's got a bit of a 'Bunker' feeling to it, but if you're looking for just a bed it's good.
It's in walking distance to the British Museum - you could spend a day in there without problems...
And it's close to Russel Square Tube station which brings you anywhere you want.

Hope that helps.

3. Posted by J-Farm (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

my roommate stayed there. he actually recommended it highly. good atmosphere i hear. i am looking to stay there at the end of april myself, start of may.

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Stayed there once a few years back - was absolutely fine.

5. Posted by eurofan (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

i've stayed there a few times over the past few years. it's not my favorite hostel in london, yet i keep going back, primarily because of the location (i like being in bloomsbury, near russel square and UCL). and the price doesn't seem much different from most other hostels in the city.

however, my biggest complaint is that it caters to the type of people who prefer to spend their entire evenings in the hostel itself. while i understand the desire of many first-time travellers to meet fellow travellers in the hostel bar, i'm a bigger fan of going out and trying all of the great pubs; it is london after all. and i think that if you're not the type who likes to hang out with the loud (and often obnoxious), late-night crowd at the hostel bar, there are other hostels that might be a better fit.

6. Posted by karolin155 (Budding Member 60 posts) 10y

That doesn´t sound bad at all! (The bar in the hostel was one reason to book it)
But what about London itself? Like I have said, we do have a whole weekend, what should we do?

7. Posted by eurofan (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

well if the hostel bar is for you, it's for you. personally i just think that, in a great town like london, where there are pubs on almost every corner, there's a lot more to do for entertainment than to stay in the hostel bar. but then again, the pubs close early and i wouldn't be honest if i said that i hadn't hit up the generator bar afterwards.

what to do: have you been to london before? if not, i would suggest doing what most tourists do on their first time. spend a while in the british museum (or any other museum...they're mostly free); visit the tower of london; walk along the thames from the tower bridge to big ben and houses of parliament; ride the london eye; see the changing of the guard at buckingham; check out piccadily circus and trifalgar square; walk through hyde park...

there is a lot to do in london and, personally, the things i listed above aren't things i do when i'm there. but if you've never been and want your first feel for the city, you might as well try the typical stuff.

also, try to hit up one of london's famous pubs- outside of the generator hostel bar- if you can. ;)

8. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Well, a 'whole weekend' should be pretty easy to fill. Suggestions above are good. I would definitely go to Tate Modern if you're at all interested in art - even the building is great. Take a walk around Hyde park to escape the hubbub for a bit - it's conveniently near the really good Science and Natural History museums.

I also love Kew Gardens but that might be a bit much to fit in in a weekend, with everything else there is to see.

9. Posted by karolin155 (Budding Member 60 posts) 10y

Thank you so much for your replies!
But which one is a really famous pub of London? I´d love to go to one because I really like english pubs in general. And no, we haven´t been there before, so I really need your suggestions on what to do.
Again thanks for your help

10. Posted by eurofan (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

one of my favorite's is the george inn, south of the thames near london bridge. i think it's one of the few oldest in the city, and i think charles dickens used to hang out there.

i also used to go to the water rats quite a bit, which is down tavistock, somewhat near the generator. i originally started going there because i heard karl marx lived above it and did some of his writing there (he also wrote at the museum tavern, right across from the british museum, but that's pretty touristy).

you might just do a google search and find one that looks interesting or close to where you'll be. but look at it this wya- no matter what you end up doing you're probably going to have a great time.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 20, 2007, at 11:50 AM by eurofan ]