Lively Youth Hostels around Saint Pancras
The Generator is a well-known, highly sought-after hostel located in Bloomsbury, the neighbourhood just south of Saint Pancras station (serving many of the major national and international routes). People generally come here to party, more precisely in the hostel’s bar-club that proposes regular upbeat nights. Another advantage with The Generator is that the lively neighbourhoods of Camden and Soho are just a ten-minute walk away.
Not far away, the Clink 261 generally attracts groups of young people with its contemporary, urban style. Travellers appreciate the laid-back vibe and the chance to meet other globe-trotters from far and wide. Be warned: use of the wifi is an extra charge. The company’s sister address Clink 78, located close to King’s Cross station, hides ultra-modern interiors behind a 19th-century façade. As for the atmosphere, it’s the same idea as Clink 261, with meet-ups and an animated bar.
The brand new YHA London St Pancras (from £20 in a dormitory) is just opposite the Saint Pancras. The location comes highly commended by visitors, as do the practical features. Families with children are also welcome here. For those looking for a bit of peace and quiet, the slightly more central YHA London St Paul's offers the same kind of simple and friendly lodgings in the midst of The City. From £18.
Calmer, more classic options
Setting the standards among youth hostels, Palmers Lodge is at the top of polls in its category. The hostel is located to the north of Regent’s Park, next to Camden and its famous market. The Victorian building with its period features gives the place a special atmosphere that has made a good impression on guests. The numerous facilities – restaurant, pool room, Wii consoles and thoughtful features such as curtains around the beds – are also highly appreciated.
Less pricey than the chic neighbouring districts of Kensington and Chelsea, Earl’s Court in West London is a good place to look for budget accommodation. This is where you’ll find the YHA London Earl’s Court – a reference in the domain of youth hostels that attracts as many families as young people. The quiet area, the nearby park and the building itself, renovated in 2006 and equipped with a functional kitchen, are all advantages for travellers wanting to stay in a calm environment on a small budget.
Camden’s modern residential hotels
The following two residences have many things in common: the same location in the heart of Camden Town, one of the liveliest areas in London; the same price range (around £125 for a studio sleeping up to four people; and the same cheerful décor. Located on a quiet street, the Regent’s Park Residence distinguishes itself with certain flats offering an outdoor terrace, whilst the Camden Town Residence offers more in-room features such as a washing machine and dishwasher.
The recently-renovated Studios@82 are a success with their light, modern interiors, proximity to Buckingham Palace (a five-minute walk) and their functional fittings. From £110 for a studio sleeping up to four. While a night in one of these residences is little more expensive than a bed in a hostel, the calm, privacy and opportunity to meals are serious advantages.