Featured post: Hostels in London

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I was lucky enough to live in central London for a couple of years, which gave me the opportunity to experience all the delights that this city has to offer. For the visitor to London though, accommodation can be an expensive option. Today’s featured guest post from Matthew at Hostelbookers gives some advice for some great value accommodation options in London, as well as some ideas for things to do when staying at them.

When visiting London, the top attractions to see are the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and of course, the London Eye. Try a double decker bus tour which stops at the famous Harrods for shopping or a bite to eat.

Hostels in London offer every sort of visitor an affordable alternative to ordinary hotels or bed and breakfasts, and choices are plentiful. From stately old buildings with college dormitory accommodations to quaint family-owned businesses, London hostels are the perfect fit for families or individuals.

Located in Bloomsbury a short walk from both Oxford Street and the British Museum, the Generator Hostel London is an ideal spot for young people traveling through London. Accommodations on offer include a choice of private rooms or dormitory-style lodging both with shared bathrooms. The hostel features a bar open every night from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a Generator Hostel complementary drink upon arrival.

Bed linens, luggage storage, lockers and a lounge area with free movies are provided for guests and from 6 – 9 p.m. value dinners are served including pizza, burgers and vegetarian meals.

The hostel also features 24 hour internet, reception, laundry, game room and snacks in the shop. At 10:15 a.m. everyday a walking tour of the city is scheduled departing from the reception desk. No one under 18 is permitted in the shared dormitories but can stay in private rooms if accompanied by someone over 18.

Clink 78 is located at the heart of it all in King’s Cross. It’s quite near to the Regent’s Park Zoo, the British Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern, Covent Garden and Oxford Street.

Once a courthouse, the hostel offers modern amenities for guests including a kitchen, bar, game area, lounge and a shop. Accommodations range from single, twin, triple and converted prison cells to dorm rooms with four to sixteen beds with restroom facilities. Beds are pod-style and come equipped with reading lights and small head lockers for iPods and other personal items.

The receptionist is on duty 24 hours and security is on duty from 9 p.m. Complementary services include continental breakfast, linen, luggage room, London map and free walking tour. The Clash Bar is open from 7 p.m. for guests over 18 years and features cocktails, games and dancing with a DJ and acoustic sets.

Phoenix Hostel - LondonWithin walking distance from Madame Tussaud’s and Marylebone High Street, the Phoenix Hostel is the perfect home base for a tour of London’s west side.

Close to the shops of Oxford Street and the restaurants of Camden, the Phoenix offers newly renovated comfort in the heart of London.

Room selection includes two, four, six and eight bed dorm rooms and also private single rooms. Hostel guests receive a 20% discount on drinks in the lower level bar and staff are on hand to help book tours of London’s historical and hot spots. Guests are required to be between age 18 to 35 and passports must be presented upon check in.

Hostels in London once used to shelter people made homeless by the Blitz in 1940, are now perfect for students, working people, and those visiting London for the first time. Staying in a hostel in London is a great way to meet people who share your passion for travel.

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