The Best Cheap London Hostels: 15 under 1500 php

London lodgings are expensive — even Sherlock needed someone to go halves with him on 221B! — but these 15 hostels strike a good balance between comfort, location, and most of all, price. Here are 15 London hostels with beds less than PHP 1,500 ($33/£23).
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“What are you up to now?”

“Looking for lodgings,” I answered. “Trying to solve the problem as to whether it is possible to get comfortable rooms at a reasonable price.”

It was Dr. Watson who actually said that — in a conversation in the beginning of A Study in Scarlet with Stamford, his medical colleague who introduced him later that day to Sherlock Holmes — but Watson might as well have been talking about what I’ve been up to.

I’ve been trying to put together a budget trip to London — not for me, for a challenge — and it’s been, well, a challenge. When my sister and I went to London last year, we were incredibly lucky because a high school friend invited us to stay in his flat. (Thank you Rey and Adam!) Unfortunately, not everyone has friends or family in London, so I set out to find lodgings within a Pinoy backpacker’s budget.

Here’s what I did:

  • I ran a search in Booking.com for accommodations in London (I used my birthday as a sample booking date) and filtered the results to reflect only those properties that had a rating of 7 (Good) or higher. I then sorted the results from lowest to highest price. All rates under PHP 1,500 were for beds in hostel rooms that accommodated anywhere from 6 to 33 people per room — but none of us were exactly expecting a suite at The Goring for that price, right?
  • I cross-checked the Booking.com ratings with each hostel’s rating and ranking at TripAdvisor.
  • Finally, I opened Google Maps and determined the distance of each shortlisted hostel to its nearest Tube/rail station.

So here it is: my 15 under 1500, in alphabetical order. A summary of the best hostels in each category — price, ratings, distance to Tube, etc. — as well the hostel I would personally choose to stay in if I were to go to London right now are at the end of the post.

Maps and distances from Google Maps. All other images courtesy of each hostel’s page in Booking.com.

The Best Cheap London Hostels

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Baggies Backpackers Angel

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Baggies Backpackers Angel 01

PHP 1,322.00
Total number of beds per room: 9
Book HERE

Other options:

  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 10 or 12 people – PHP 1,322
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 6 people – PHP 1,718
  • Bed in an all-female room good for 10 people – PHP 1,322
  • Bed in an all-female room good for 8 people – PHP 1,520
  • Twin/double room with shared bathroom – PHP 3,965
  • Quadruple room with shared bathroom – PHP 5,815

Free breakfast? NO
Free cancellation? NO

Booking.com score (out of 10): 8.4
TripAdvisor rating (out of 5): 4.5
TripAdvisor ranking: 41 out of 741 specialty lodgings in London

Address:
333 City Road, Islington, London, EC1V 1LJ, United Kingdom

Distance to nearest Tube/rail station: 0.3 mi to Angel

Baggies Backpackers Angel

Baggies Backpackers Angel 02

Baggies Backpackers Angel 04

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Clink261 Hostel

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Clink261 Hostel 04

PHP 1,322.00
Total number of beds per room: 18
Book HERE

Other options:

  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 8 or 10 people – PHP 1,520
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 4 or 6 people – PHP 1,652
  • Bed in an all-female room good for 10 people – PHP 1,718
  • Bed in an all-female room good for 4 people – PHP 2,048
  • Twin/double room with shared bathroom – PHP 5,286

Free breakfast? YES
Free cancellation? YES

Booking.com score (out of 10): 7.7
TripAdvisor rating (out of 5): 3.5
TripAdvisor ranking: 111 out of 741 specialty lodgings in London

Address:
261-265 Grays Inn Road, Camden, London, WC1X 8QT, United Kingdom

Distance to nearest Tube/rail station: 0.2 mi to King’s Cross St. Pancras

Clink261 Hostel

Clink261 Hostel 02

Clink261 Hostel 01

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Clink78 Hostel

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Clink78 Hostel 05

PHP 1,388.00
Total number of beds per room: 12
Book HERE

Other options:

  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 14 people – PHP 1,388
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 8 or 10 people – PHP 1,520
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 4 or 6 people – PHP 1,652
  • Bed in an all-female room good for 10 or 12 people – PHP 1,652
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 8 or 10 people with private bathroom – PHP 1,718
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 4 people with private bathroom – PHP 1,850
  • Twin/double room with shared bathroom – PHP 5,286
  • Twin/double room with private bathroom – PHP 5,947

Free breakfast? YES
Free cancellation? YES

Booking.com score (out of 10): 7.4
TripAdvisor rating (out of 5): 3.5
TripAdvisor ranking: 153 out of 741 specialty lodgings in London

Address:
78 Kings Cross Road, Islington, London, WC1X 9QG, United Kingdom

Distance to nearest Tube/rail station: 0.4 mi to King’s Cross St. Pancras

Clink78 Hostel

Clink78 Hostel 02

Clink78 Hostel 07

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Gallery Hyde Park

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Gallery Hyde Park 01

PHP 1,189.00
Total number of beds per room: 24
Book HERE

Other options:

  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 8, 10 or 12 people – PHP 1,322
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 6 people – PHP 1,454
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 4 people – PHP 1,718
  • Bed in an all-female room good for 8 people – PHP 1,454
  • Bed in an all-female room good for x people – PHP
  • Twin room with shared bathroom – PHP 5,947
  • Deluxe double – PHP 6,277
  • Triple room with shared bathroom – PHP 6,608

Free breakfast? YES
Free cancellation? YES

Booking.com score (out of 10): 7.1
TripAdvisor rating (out of 5): 3.5
TripAdvisor ranking: 265 out of 741 specialty lodgings in London

Address:
23 Inverness Terrace, Westminster Borough, London, W2 3JR, United Kingdom

Distance to nearest Tube/rail station: 0.1 mi to Bayswater

Gallery Hyde Park

Gallery Hyde Park 02

Gallery Hyde Park 03

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Generator Hostel London

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Generator Hostel London 02

PHP 1,469.00
Total number of beds per room: 8
Book HERE

Other options:

  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 6 people – PHP 1,646
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 4 people – PHP 1,704
  • Twin room with shared bathroom – PHP 4,819
  • Triple room with shared bathroom – PHP 6,347
  • Twin room with private bathroom – PHP 6,852
  • Quadruple room with shared bathroom – PHP 6,817
  • 6 beds with private bathroom – PHP 11,283

Free breakfast? NO
Free cancellation? NO (Free cancellation available for extra 11.11% of the price)

Booking.com score (out of 10): 7.9
TripAdvisor rating (out of 5): 4
TripAdvisor ranking: 66 out of 741 specialty lodgings in London

Address:
37 Tavistock Place, Russell Square, Camden, London, WC1H 9SE, United Kingdom

Distance to nearest Tube/rail station: 0.2 mi to Russell Square

Generator Hostel London

Generator Hostel London 05

Generator Hostel London 04

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Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage

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Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage 01

PHP 1,110.00
Total number of beds per room: 28
Book HERE

Other options:

  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 21 people – PHP 1,175
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 18 people – PHP 1,241
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 12 or 14 people – PHP 1,371
  • Bed in a mixed-gender premier room good for 4 people – PHP 1,371
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 10 people – PHP 1,437
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 8 people – PHP 1,502
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 6 or 9 people – PHP 1,567
  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 4 people – PHP 1,698
  • Bed in an all-female room good for 12 or 14 people – PHP 1,371
  • Bed in an all-female premier room good for 12 people – PHP 1,437
  • Bed in an all-female room good for 10 people – PHP 1,437
  • Bed in an all-female room good for 8 people – PHP 1,502
  • Bed in an all-female room good for 6 people – PHP 1,567
  • Bed in an all-female room good for 4 people – PHP 1,698
  • Double bed in a mixed-gender room good for 9 people – PHP 3,200
  • Twin/double room with shared bathroom – PHP 5,093
  • Twin/double room with private bathroom – PHP 5,354
  • Triple room – PHP 5,681
  • Quadruple room – PHP 7,575

Free breakfast? NO
Free cancellation? NO (Add 1 GBP for free cancellation)

Booking.com score (out of 10): 8.1
TripAdvisor rating (out of 5): 4
TripAdvisor ranking: 34 out of 741 specialty lodgings in London

Address:
40 College Crescent, Camden, London, NW3 5LB, United Kingdom

Distance to nearest Tube/rail station: 0.2 mi to Swiss Cottage

Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage

Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage 03

Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage 02

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Pax Lodge Hostel

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Pax Lodge Hostel 01

PHP 1,189.00
Total number of beds per room: 7
Book HERE

Other options:

  • Bed in an all-female room good for 7 people – PHP 1,189
  • Bed in an all-male room good for 6 people – PHP 1,322
  • Bed in an all-female room good for 3 people – PHP 1,586
  • Twin room with shared bathroom – PHP 4,493
  • Twin room with private bathroom – PHP 5,286
  • Family room (4 beds) with shared bathroom – PHP 5,286

Free breakfast? NO
Free cancellation? NO

Booking.com score (out of 10): 8.6
TripAdvisor rating (out of 5): 4.5
TripAdvisor ranking: 75 out of 741 specialty lodgings in London

Address:
12C Lyndhurst Rd, Hampstead, Camden, London, NW3 5PQ, United Kingdom

Distance to nearest Tube/rail station: 0.4 mi to Belsize Park Underground / Hampstead Heath Rail

Pax Lodge Hostel

Pax Lodge Hostel 02

Pax Lodge Hostel 04

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PubLove @ The Steam Engine, Waterloo

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PubLove The Steam Engine Waterloo 01

PHP 1,321.00
Total number of beds per room: 12
Book HERE

Other options:

  • Bed in a mixed-gender room good for 9 people – PHP 1,651

Free breakfast? NO
Free cancellation? YES

Booking.com score (out of 10): 7.3
TripAdvisor rating (out of 5): 4
TripAdvisor ranking: 97 out of 741 specialty lodgings in London

Address:
42 Cosser Street, Lambeth, London, SE1 7BU, United Kingdom

Distance to nearest Tube/rail station: 0.2 mi to Lambeth North London

PubLove at The Steam Engine Waterloo

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PubLove The Steam Engine Waterloo 02

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I need to break this list up because, as you can see, the article is already too long, but the next page will be the last one, and it contains some of the best hostels in this list.

The Best Cheap London Hostels
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