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London Backpackers
Ranked #169 of 908 Specialty Lodging in London
Reviewed December 3, 2011

This hostel is very basic but is excellent value for what you pay. There is a very good kitchen area with great cooking facilities for those that don't have money to eat out all the time and those that are long term residents in the hostel. It is well ventelated in the summer and the kitchen/living and dorm rooms are generally quite clean. Bathrooms are well kept and tidy. Book ahead in the summer as the rooms sell out fast.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

I stayed at this hostel in a single room which was only £22 a night - far cheaper than any of the nearby hotels or even b&bs. The room was small (literally just enough space for a single bed) but clean and the bed was comfy - but what more do you expect for £22 a night. Breakfast was included (cereal, biscuits, toast, jam and coffee) and I had an excellent wifi signal in my room which was great. The wifi is also free. The guy on reception was helpful, polite and friendly, and they let you store luggage all day in their storage room downstairs for £1 a day.
My only complaint was that my room faced onto the road, and it was very very noisy. The hostel is close to a major traffic junction (about 10 lanes!) and the noise did not stop all night. Also, the ladies showers are communal and not very private, you only get a flimsy shower curtain and the bathrooms are very crowded, so if you're worried about that then this probably isn't the best place for you!
Other than that, I would stay here again as the value for money is excellent. And for those who are worried about getting into central london - the hostel is opposite a tube station, which is on the northern line, and about 15 mins to get to Euston, so although it is quite far out, getting into town is quick and easy.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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3  Thank xbackpackerx
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

I stayed in London Backpackers hostel in June 2011. with my friends, we booked a bunch of beds in 21-bed dorm and payed 12 pounds/person/night (a good price for June, time of Wimbledon, and Hyde park music concerts). All in all it is a good place if i consider all the pluses and minuses, but i''ll start from the beginning, from the first contact with this hostel- with their web page, it is a good one, with lot of info, but some are to be double checked.
When you open the home page there is a sign FREE BAG STORAGE- it is free only if you come earlier than check in time is permitted, only then you can leave your bags for free (so they say) till the check in time, but if you want to store your belongings in a locker while you are in the hostel you will have to pay half of a pound per day for a small locker (fits cameras, small backpacks, something like that) or more if you take the big locker. And even on the check out you have to pay if you leave your luggage until your train/bus/plane leaves in the room next to the reception (1 pound per bag). So, there is no free bag storage really.

If you pay for the lockers, be aware that they are on the first floor, and not in your room, as your room can be on second floor, like mine was, and i had to climb down for my things every time i had to take/put something from/in the locker. The hostel has cameras (all the London is covered with them, goodby private life!!) all around the halls (not in the rooms, don't worry, or maybe they are hidden well -just kidding) so that makes the not so safe locker system a little bit more safe.

If your room is on the first floor then the lockers will be closer but you will have to climb up as the bathrooms are on the second floor (ha ha, you thought you will get away with it!!). You get used to all the climbing up and down fast, and by the way, it is healthy!

The 21-bed dorm we stayed in is really stuffed, seven 3-floor bunk beds, the room is too small for so many beds, it is a shock at first when you come in, but then you remember what you payed (London, June, Wimbledon, ...) and just go on (the hostel staff will be glad to help you if you want to change bed if there is any other available, so take the advantage and take the one you prefer, i liked the one on top, no one above me to fart hehehe).

The thing that is really not cool- there are just 2 electric plugs in a 21-bed dorm, imagine 21 person queuing to charge their phones, cameras, peacemakers (not that!!), just imagine ...

The beds, well they are comfortable, they are clean, don't make noise, strong metal skeleton, but they are not so good if you are over 1,90- a tall person just won't fit in.

There are no keys, you open the room by entering a 6 letter-digit code.

The breakfast is on the first floor, toast bread, marmalade, a can of butter, a few slices of cheese, some milk, cookies, tea, cafe, cereals so you can stuff your stomach, not with good quality food but it's food.

The toilets (at least for men, haven't visited the one for the ladies) are OK, there is hot water in the morning, you can't adjust it to be colder or hotter, it is the same for everyone, and as time goes by and you get up a little later than others the hot water will be spent and you might find yourself having a cold wake up shower.
There are 3 shower cabins, 3 cabins to go, and 2 sinks with mirror to wash your teeth, hands, etc.

A few more tips while i remember:
At night, after 10 pm, the hostel doors are closed and you open them with a card that you have to pay 5 pounds deposit when you take it (on your arrival) and when you return it you get your money back, the same goes for the locker key.

The neighborhood is really good. A big, nothing special, park up the street from the hostel,
the metro station is just across the street, some 30 seconds walking, and there is a good supermarket a few steps further from the tube entrance called SUPER SAVE where you can buy really cheap food and drinks if you missed the breakfast or are not really a fan of marmalade and butter.
Next to the supermarket there is a internet cafe if you need one, and it sells for instance memory cards for cameras (and other useful things like that).

The night bus N5 stops next to the hostel so that is really a great thing for you drinkers and it takes some time while it comes here from the town center so you can have some sleep in it until it arrives!!

So now, once again, if i weigh all the pluses (good price, Hendon Central is a good location, great neighborhood, night bus connection, close tube, he staff in the hostel is good, they will help you with everything, really nice people, pictures all around on the walls, linen included) and minuses (no-space 21-bed dorm, upstairs bath, and downstairs lockers, not so nice breakfast, not so nice eating area, ...) i would say it is a price for value.
If you are young, hostel is just a place in a town you are visiting that serves you to sleep over and spend as less possible time inside, am i right?
So, if you think like this, if you are a compromise person, London Backpackers is a thumbs up place.
And if you are of the other kind, well, I know a good London hotel, 90 pound per night, , i'd be glad to help...

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

This hostel may be cheap, but you get what you pay for.
Its about 35 mins out of Central London on the tube so what you save in money on the hostel, you pay for in Zone 1-4 tube tickets which are 7.15 pounds per day.
The showers here are HORRIBLE! They are on a timer that runs out every 30 seconds and they are not even hot, you can't control the temperature.
The staff are unfriendly, the male staff burst into the female dorms for no reason several times a day even if they've been asked to wait they will still barge in.
The rooms are tiny and have several 3 tier bunks crammed into them. The wi-fi sucks and the kitchen area smells and is dirty.

The only good thing about this place is that it is only a few stops from Camden town and there are a few good charity shops close by if you enjoy hunting for bargain vintage.
If you must stay here, make sure its for a very short time, this place (no matter how much they try to make it funky and cool by having cute paintings on the wall) sucks.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 22, 2010

For only 10 pounds a night, that's a bargain. I've stayed in an 18 bed room (6 x 3 bunkbeds). Bathroom is great, it got's what you need. And drawings on the walls are very funny. I haven't stayed on breakfast, so I can't tell you anything about that. If you want to eat somewhere I recommend that restaurant next to hostel. Also I recommend Pepe's Piri Piri across the street ;)

Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
1  Thank delorayn1
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Reviewed June 11, 2010

We had a private double and stayed for two nights.
Cons:
If you need internet access, it's not reliable and inconvenient to sit in their common area.
About 20 minutes on the tube to get to the center of London (depending on what time of day).
Thin walls, but when we stayed everyone was fairly quiet.
The front office people are not helpful. They were unaware about transportation, tours, and sites.
The
Pros:
Great kitchen.
Quiet.
Extremely close to Hamden Station (for the tube), grocery store, coffeshop, taxi service, and restaurants. The location was far away but the area was filled with the things one may need while travelling.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2010

we just arrived about 2 days after they finished the refurb and so it was all nice and new and we loved it.
very friendly staff and all round great atmosphere - will definetely be going back in easter w/end

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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Address: 1st Floor, Queens Parade | Queens Road, Hendon, London NW4 3NS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
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Ranked #169 of 908 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range: $14 - $72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of London's Original Hostels catering for backpackers, travelers and student groups. The hostel has a variety of room sizes, fully equipped self catering kitchen and 2 lounges with a pool table, plasmas and over 500 movies to choose from. We have no curfew - are accessible 24 hours. Free BreakfastFree Wi-fiFree Lockers Free Bed Linen ... more   less 
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