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1. Posted by Povah86 (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

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I am heading to the UK in June and am looking for a hostel in London which is close to everything, and where it is easy to meet other travellers and not to pricey also much have a good bar!!. I have had a look on the net but just wondering if anyone knows of any really good ones and maybe even some to stear clear of from personal experiance. Also is it worth paying the extra to get a 4 or 6 person dorm?

Any help would be appreicated. Thanks Owen

2. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 8y

Hi Owen,

London West End is where you want to be. You can do a search of "London West End" to find theatre guides, food guides and other stuff there. The Lion King is probably the most popular theatre experience.

The web addresses below will take you direct to the detail site without having to go through looking for them.

The YHA has a really good reputation, their new 2008 hostel web site is

The one that most of my friends like and have used for years is the Piccadilly Backpackers see the web site

I know for sure the dorms are popular and the single rooms give you privacy while being able to wander in and out.
If I can help more than this please get back to me.

Bring a bit of Yanchep Park over with


3. Posted by gaviscon (Budding Member 68 posts) 8y

I found that B&B - don't know about hostel in London is pretty reasonable price, the public transport is so convenience just get the day ticket, you can get it and off around the city without any hassle.

Have fun

4. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

I stayed at Piccadilly Backpackers. It has excellent location (extremely central, just 1-2min walk from the tube station, 5-10min walk to the West End) and good security. A bed in a 6-bed dorm was 12 pounds a night I think. I was there during the last World Cup and went out with my roommates to nearby bars to watch matches, roam around the city at night etc.

What I didn't like were the dodgy toilets and showers - lights didn't work and quite dirty. Showers were 1mx1m cubicles with a plastic sheet as door. Clothes have to be hung on a pathetic hook outside. Beds and mattresses weren't in good condition and room lockers didn't open.

5. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 8y

Hi Owen
I have read the last post about the conditions in the Piccadilly Backpackers hostel, that suggests that you might feel better in the YHA new place. If you do think about the Piccadilly Backpackers have a visit to both and ask to see the accommodation then decide, remember that a good night's sleep is important.
The new place is not as close to the action as the Piccadilly, it is on Bolsover Street a few hundred metres north of Oxford Street close to Great Portland Street, and has luggage store, internet access, laundry facilities a café/bar open from 7am till late.
Prices are from £18.95 adult, £14.50 under18s, pretty good for a central London location.

One thing to do soon after you arrive is to take a Big Bus tour, it will take you round all the tourist sites and you can hop off-hop on as many times as you like in 24 hour that the ticket covers, the web site is then you will know where things are located.


6. Posted by Povah86 (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

Hi all

Thanks for the advice the Piccadilly Backpackers looks like its in an awersome location, i have been looking on the net and ended up booking St Christopher’s Shepherds Bush its a big futhur out but the review and everything look good. I could have spent all day looking at hostels but in the end just decided to go with that 1 only staying there for a week so even if its crap could just move somewhere else have u guys heard ne thing about this 1? Its a bit hard to judge something by the photos on the internet having never been there.
Thanks again Owen

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting Povah86

... i have been looking on the net and ended up booking St Christopher’s Shepherds Bush its a big futhur out but the review and everything look good. ...

I'm staying in St. Christopher's Shepherd's Bush at the moment and I've stayed over for a month already. It's a nice place and there's a bar on the ground floor. You'll feel almost like home here because most of the people staying here are Aussies, including most of the staff! "Let me guess, you're from Australia?" has somehow become my standard question whenever we see a new guy in the hostel chill-out room.

Which type of room did you book? If you book for a week, they give a special week deal of £85 per week for a 6- or 8- bed dorm, or £95 for a 4-bed dorm. If your current booking states more than that, just ask them for the special rate when you check in and they should be able to make the necessary adjustments if it's not already done.

This hostel not that far off from central. It's located in Zone 2 of the London public transportation. Everything's divided into zones and the central area is Zone 1. The further away the place is from central, the higher the zone number. Tube/Underground (subway) Central Line takes about 10-15 minutes into central Zone 1, depending on where you're getting down. Get an Oyster card (a prepaid card for public transport) once you got here in London.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 17, 2008, at 5:23 PM by Hien ]

8. Posted by Povah86 (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

Hi Hein,

Thanks for the info i will be sure to pic up a Oyster card. Yeah i am from Australia haha must have been why i was drawn to booking this Hostel haha. A month nice work how long are u planning to stay?

I booked a 4 bedroom mixed dorm for 7 nights it cost a fair bit more that 95 pounds so i ll be sure to ask about this specail that u speak of!! Is it only certian times of the year though i have booked from 1 June so that is the peak season isnt it?

Does the pub go off or is it failly sedate, its says of the net that walkabout is around the corner aswell prob filled with more Australians i bet. Cant get away from em haha. Cant wait to get there not long to go now!.