Best Places for Backpackers in London, England.

Enjoy backpacking around London, England without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in London, England.

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Top 50 hostels in London, England.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in London, England.

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The Ambassador Heathrow Hotel

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The Ambassador Heathrow Hotel

Boutique style Hotel within close proximity of London Heathrow airport. Most rooms are en-suite and all have flat screen TVs,wireless internet connection,CD players,DVD players,Trouser presses,coffee & Tea trays. and direct dial telephones. Rooms are mainly furnished with Victorian furniture and al...
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The Dover

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The Dover

With friendly staff, excellent service and an ideal location, Dover Hotel is the perfect place to stay if you need a hotel near Victoria Station on your next visit to London. Please explore our site for more details, suitable for any budget, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may hav...
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Fairway Hotel

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Fairway Hotel

Comfortable family run B&B hotel , very centrally located in Central London just opposite Kings Cross St Pancras International stations. Rooms are available ensuite or economy with sharing bathroom for the budget conscious traveller. All rooms have a complimentary English breakfast, flat screen...
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Hostel One Camden

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Hostel One Camden

Hostel One Camden. Our original hostel in the incredible city of London! Here’s what makes us great: - We are designed and run by backpackers, for backpackers. Our goal is to show everyone (particularly solo travellers and small groups) the best possible time - Our friendly staff will help...
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Hostel One Notting Hill

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Hostel One Notting Hill

Welcome to Hostel One Notting Hill! The first thing you should know about us is that we’re an incredibly social hostel. If one of the reasons you’re travelling is to meet other people, then this is the place for you! We’re designed & run by backpackers, for backpackers. *** Therefore reservati...
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Heathrow LHR Apartments

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Heathrow LHR Apartments

Heathrow LHR Apartments is a brand new budget accommodation for LHR Heathrow Airport Travellers and AirCrew. Our property is very close to Heathrow LHR by free public transport. You can store you luggage in our accommodation for a minor fee. Heathrow LHR Apartments is only 5 minutes from Heathr...
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The W14 Hotel & Bar

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The W14 Hotel & Bar

The W14 Hotel London is a 3 star Superior Budget Hotel located in trendy Kensington, Central London and sets a new standard for budget accommodation London. The W14 Hotel spans four beautiful Victorian town houses with original features, mixed in with clean fresh contemporary deco. Situated in a q...
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The Finnish Church in London

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The Finnish Church in London

At the The Finnish Church in London, we offer two accommodation options in the hostel category - 6 persons mixed gender dorms and 4 person en suite dorms. Everybody is welcome to stay with us - you do not have to be Finnish or a member of our church. We have a cafeteria with WiFi serving Finnish...
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Mornington Camden

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Mornington Camden

Mornington Camden Hostel is a high class spacious town house with a lovely warm atmosphere. Everything is new. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We have a nice lounge with a TV, and a Bar, and restaurant with cheap high quality food. Many restaurants, traditional pubs and bars are nearb...
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London Town Hotel

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London Town Hotel

The London Town Hotel is your ideal hotel for exploring and visiting London. With excellent transport links, London's tourist attractions, London's museums and art galleries, West End Theatre shows, London's celebrated restaurants and London's famous department stores, shopping streets and markets...
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Barmy Badger Backpackers

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Barmy Badger Backpackers

The Badger is unique for London in that we have 2 dogs that come in with the hostel owners! Welcoming over 18 year olds, we have NO HIDDEN COSTS. Included in the price of your stay are the following: 120 megabyte WiFi in all rooms, communal areas and the garden Breakfast (cornflakes, muesli,...
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Green Rooms

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Green Rooms

Green Rooms is a pioneering arts-led hotel and “social enterprise” that is deliberately affordable and designed for creative types visiting the capital. It is located right across the road from Wood Green underground station (Piccadilly Line – direct to Kings Cross in 12 minutes and 20 minutes into...
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YHA London Oxford Street

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YHA London Oxford Street

A quiet hideaway from the bustle of the busiest street in the world, YHA Oxford Street allows you relax and have this fabulous city at your fingertips. We have a variety of rooms available, from 2 to 4 bed, as well as offering dorm beds. All rooms have shared facilities. None of our rooms are...
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Pickwick Hall

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Pickwick Hall

Pickwick Hall provides accommodation for tourists, students and other people who require cheap, clean and attractive short or long-term lodging. We are situated in central London, in the famous area of Bloomsbury, where writers and artists have lived for centuries (Dickens for example). Pickwick Ha...
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YHA London St Pancras

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YHA London St Pancras

YHA will be carrying out improvement works to provide better facilities for our customers which involves extending the reception and café bar, refurbishing the public and DDA toilets and creating a new hostel entrance, Works commence 5 June and will complete by 30 July. We apologise for any in...
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Wombats City Hostel London

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Wombats City Hostel London

Wombat’s City Hostel London opened in December 2014 and definitely sets a new standard for hostels in the UK's capital. Only minutes away from sights such as the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the City Hall, it's an easy walk from the buzzing nightlife of Shoreditch and next to Wilton's Music...
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SoHostel

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SoHostel

With room for over 300 guests and an ideal central location, just minutes from Oxford Street, Soho Square, Piccadilly and Leicester Square, you’ll be right in the heart of the action! SoHostel is London’s newest and most central hostel for travellers seeking comfortable but affordable accommodat...
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Imperial Court Studios

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Imperial Court Studios

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Imperial Court Studios is situated in London, 0.7 miles from Portobello Road Market. Hyde Park is 0.9 miles away. With Hyde Park at the end of the street, these London apartments make a great accommodation option for guests who wish to be near to ameni...
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PubLove @ The White Ferry, Victoria

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PubLove @ The White Ferry, Victoria

PUBLOVE HOSTELS – THE WHITE FERRY: A UNIQUE LONDON EXPERIENCE – NEWLY REFURBISHED IN MARCH 2019 Keen to make the most of your London experience? Then where better to stay than in a proper London pub! All PubLove hostels are located right above awesome London pubs, so you can soak up the atmo...
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Chelsea House Hotel

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Chelsea House Hotel

Whatever your reason for visiting London, finding good accommodation will be high on your list of priorities. Here at Chelsea House, Earl's Court, London, we can guarantee you friendly service at excellent value for money, with the heart of central London only minutes away. We pride ourselve...
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Revive Lodge

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Revive Lodge

We are a small budget property that is only 2.3 miles from Heathrow Airport. Located at a residential area in Feltham, Middlesex, we have all transport links nearby. The direct airport bus services 285 and 490 are 3 mins walking away from our door. Feltham overground train station is an easy reach...
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Astor Museum Inn

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Astor Museum Inn

With the British Museum literally on its doorstep, it is impossible to beat this hostel’s location! Located in the very heart of Central London you are a short walk from iconic attractions like Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden. It doesn’t matter if you are shopping down the le...
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Astor Hyde Park

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Astor Hyde Park

Astor Hyde Park Located in the most beautiful and charming neighbourhood in London, Astor Hyde Park is one minute from Hyde Park and surrounded by some of London’s greatest museums including the Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert and Science Museum. The hostel is a short walk from London’s b...
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Palmers Lodge - Swiss Cottage

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Palmers Lodge - Swiss Cottage

Whether you're a backpacker, flash-packer or a budget traveller, Palmers Lodge has everything you need for one of the most unique experiences in London! Combining the grand charm of our historic building constucted in 1882, our friendly team and accessible location, Palmers Lodge has it all. Swi...
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The Backpackshack

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The Backpackshack

Our hostel is located inside a traditional English pub where you can find friendly locals and travellers alike. Perhaps enjoy a beer, game of pool or chill out listening to music... Upstairs we have 10 bedrooms accommodating 20 people in double rooms, twin rooms and 3 or 4 bed shared rooms. F...
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Kip Hotel

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Kip Hotel

Kip is on a mission to bring the world style and service without the silly price tags. So do yourself a favour, and next time you’re in town #GetSomeKip. Come see us at our brand new Hackney Central location. We need good kip like we need food, water and free wi-fi, but we don’t think that a stylish...
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23 Matheson Road

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23 Matheson Road

This pretty Victorian town house on a quiet street in West London, offers a warm and inviting base from which you can explore London. 23 Matheson Road offer en suite showerrooms and free WiFi in the ground floor communal room. Except when otherwise specified at the time of booking, all bedrooms...
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St Christopher

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St Christopher's Oasis-Female Only

Find comfort and tranquility in our female-only hostel rooms and bathrooms in the heart of London at The Oasis. Head to the second floor of the newly transformed St Christopher’s At The Village in London Bridge where only special key cards will allow you ladies access. London Bridge really is a fa...
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The Walrus Hostel

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The Walrus Hostel

The Walrus Hostel is the ideal choice for you to get the most out of your trip to London. We aim to welcome you, assist you and keep you safe so you can enjoy all the marvels of this historic city. Our hostel features: Free Wi-Fi, simple free breakfast of cereals, toast, teas and coffee free bag st...
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YHA London St Pauls

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YHA London St Pauls

YHA London St Pauls looks out onto a truly iconic London scene. Opposite St. Paul's Cathedral, the hostel provides a truly international environment for people to meet and is close to many of London's most famous attractions. Evening meals are available in our licensed restaurant. Once the sch...
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Park Villa

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Park Villa

Park Villa is a new boutique hostel in the heart of the old East End of London. The hostel is a Georgian Regency villa with attached coach house and has been lovingly restored to reflect its original character and charm. Superfast WiFi is included in the price and all guests have access to a kitc...
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Beaconsfield

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Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield is a basic, budget hotel, situated in Harringey on Green Lanes (A105) within 100 yards of Haringey Green Lanes Mainline Railway Station and five minutes walk from Manor House Tube Station. Guests at this hotel get to enjoy the benefit of being located above a traditional London pub....
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St Christopher

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St Christopher's Shepherds Bush

St Christopher’s Inns Shepherds Bush gives travellers the chance to get a real feel for London life. Just out of the city centre, our hostel is opposite Shepherds Bush station with fantastic and super fast links to Soho, St Paul’s Cathedral, Oxford Street and Marble Arch. You could be shopping on Ox...
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247 London Studios

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247 London Studios

If you are looking for New style comfortable Studio flats in London for a short term stay then look no further I am proud to let you all know that I have Amazing Studios only 15mins by tube to central London... We are offering an up to date Look Studio Apartments with all the comforts that you w...
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St George Hotel

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St George Hotel

Central London Hotel Accommodation situated in a quiet beautiful garden square in the heart of London Town. The accommodation has 22 rooms with colour TV,free movie channels and satellite channel, tea/coffee making facilities, and central heating. Hairdryers, Adaptors and irons available on request....
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YHA London Central

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YHA London Central

Rated London's number one hostel in 2008, 2009 and 2010, YHA London Central boasts seven floors of modern, budget accommodation, just five minutes' walk from Oxford Street. This is the perfect place for young backpackers wanting to experience the heart of the capital. Great news! Modern, stylish...
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International Students House

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International Students House

International Students House provides affordable and friendly accommodation in Central London. There are a range of room types from shared dorm rooms to private doubles. You’ll also receive a complimentary breakfast, a 2 for 1 bar voucher, and access to our on-site bar and free Wi-Fi. Internation...
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St Christopher

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St Christopher's Village

St Christopher’s Inns at The Village in London Bridge is the UK’s first capsule hostel. Its brand new rooms have been specially designed for our guests to get the best night sleep possible before they wake up in amongst one of London’s most vibrant areas. Voted as one of the best party hostels i...
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St Christopher

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St Christopher's Inn - London Bridge

Base yourself in the electric area of London Bridge at our flagship hostel St Christopher’s at The Inn. Here, you’ll get the best of both worlds with modern bath and bedrooms whilst having a traditional but lively 16th century English pub right downstairs with live music every day. Enjoy your mornin...
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MEININGER London Hyde Park

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MEININGER London Hyde Park

We’re located in the heart of South Kensington, directly opposite the Natural History Museum. Our top location makes us the ideal starting point to explore the city. The Science Museum, Hyde Park and the famous department store Harrods are just a few minutes' walk away. If you want to see more S...
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Pride of Paddington

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Pride of Paddington

A traditional English pub beautifully refurbed for 2011. Now offering double, twin, and shared 4, 6 and 8 bed dorms and some female only rooms for the girls to have exclusively. Close to all tourist attractions and not forgetting Hyde Park, Oxford St, Soho, Covent Garden, Notting Hill and Portobe...
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Prime Backpackers Angel

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Prime Backpackers Angel

Prime Backpackers Angel is situated in a beautiful historic building in a great location in trendy Islington. Free high speed WiFi in all areas, a magnificent fully equipped kitchen, a chill-out lounge to while away the hours and make new best friends, and comfortable beds to get a good night’s slee...
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MacDonald Hotel

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MacDonald Hotel

Most of our visitors first comment about our perfect location as they are amazed at how easy it is to reach us whether you are arriving from the North, Scotland or from one of London's 5 international airports (and soon Eurostar). Close to the major attractions and the West End we are ideally loc...
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Elmwood Hotel

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Elmwood Hotel

This central London hotel just 2-minutes from Kings Cross rail station, offering well-maintained reliable facilities and an attentive, professional service. Compact, practical rooms with standard interior design throughout, complement excellent public transport links with tube, bus, taxi and...
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Saint James Backpackers

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Saint James Backpackers

The Saint James Backpackers has been accommodating global travellers in central London for over 45 years. We offer free breakfast and a free dinner every day. Our mission is to help you make new friends by bringing you together at our dinner and at the social events we host every night e.g. karaoke,...
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The Lodge at Crystal Palace

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The Lodge at Crystal Palace

The iconic, world famous Crystal Palace National Sports Centre was opened in 1964 and today is a listed heritage building. Set within 200 acres of parkland, the facility provides a unique London venue steeped in sporting tradition. The Lodge provides excellent value for money with options of sing...
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Astor Kensington

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Astor Kensington

Located a short walk from Notting Hill, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace (home of William, Kate and the Royal Babies!) it is easy to see why so many people fall in love with this neighbourhood. With three Underground Lines and countless 24hr buses, Astor Kensington is the perfect hub from which to ex...
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Safestay London Elephant & Castle

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Safestay London Elephant & Castle

Safestay at Elephant & Castle is ideal if you are looking for budget accommodation in London, whether you are seeing the sights in this amazing city or travelling with your family. If Tate Modern, the National Theatre, The Imperial War Museum, the London Aquarium, the London Dungeon, a cricket matc...
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Sara Hotel

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Sara Hotel

Sara Hotel provides clean and comfortable accommodation at the most affordable prices in Central London. All bedrooms are centrally heated and are provided with a colour television, alarm clocks,Wi-Fi, and fitted hair dryers. The rooms are spacious with private shower and toilet and hand basin with...
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YHA London Thameside

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YHA London Thameside

Great for exploring London. YHA London Thameside is a busy 24-hour hostel with easy access to Heathrow and Gatwick. It has convenient underground links to the Excel Centre, Canary Wharf and Greenwich as well as Central London with Westminster only 20 minutes away. If the Tower of London, Tower B...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in London, England.

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If you're already planning to visit London, England - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

The 90 Mile Straight

After leaving Eucla we soon found ourselves on the longest straight stretch of road in Australia. Cutting through the western side of the Nullarbor, the 90 mile straight (146.6 kilometres) presents over an hour of driving without so much as a kink in the road. This stretch of road really put into perceptive just how big and empty Australia is; we found ourselves surrounded by nothing but openness, alone on the road. This was one of the things we enjoyed most about driving in Australia; that you can head out and not pass another soul for hours. You can let yourself become completely lost in just driving and enjoying the passing scenery. Three days after passing the road sign marking the eastern side of the Nullarbor Plains, we reached the town of Norseman and the end of the Nullarbor. Despite the horror stories we had been told by countless people before setting off (Wolf Creek was mentioned more than once), we had made it across without a hiccup. Although a lot of our success was down to careful planning beforehand, such as stocking the car with plenty of spare fuel, water, engine oil and food, deciding not to drive at dawn or dusk to avoid kangaroos and taking regular breaks. One of the most useful websites we found was this one, which documents each roadhouse along the way allowing you to plan each break before setting off. Our drive across the Nullarbor has been one of our favourite trips, although only short it gave us a sense of just how big this world is and how little we have seen of it, sparking our sense of adventure it would become just one of the long road trips we would complete in Australia. The distance we covered crossing the Nullarbor (1,200 kilometres from Ceduna to Norseman) is comparable to driving from London to the Germany/Poland border, something we would never have considered doing back in England, yet three days after joining the Eyre Highway we had and still hadn’t reached the far side of Australia. It is no wonder that Australians view distance so differently to the rest of us. Don’t let the distance and the horror stories of locals put you off driving the Nullarbor for yourself; the Eyre Highway is after all just another road to travel.

Connie Moseley

What to See: Surrounding Sites

The original plan was for us to stay one day in Port Campbell but that easily changed into three. Port Campbell itself is a small town but the surroundings are something not to be missed and its takes a few days to do it all. We chose to hit all the sites on our first day as the weather was windy and a bit colder then we are used to up in Sydney. But as the days went on we realized that the Great Ocean Road is a very windy place and even though the sun may be out it doesn’t heat up like we were used to. So make sure you pack an extra jumper or jacket and a pair of pants as it cools off even more at night. Regardless, dress for the weather as make the most of this beautiful area. We started off by driving south to see the 12 Apostles. There is a parking lot that is easy enough to access and from here you walk out to observe the 12 Apostles, or what is still standing of them. As we were standing there taking in the beauty we loved the sites from above but wanted to get to the beach. We saw people walking along the sand and wanted to join. For access to the beach you need to drive south of the main tourist area and go to the small road turn out. There you can access a set of stairs that takes you down the beach. I highly recommend getting yourself down to the sand and being at sea level to experience it. We got back in the car and headed and headed north back towards Port Campbell. There are multiple look outs along the way and be sure to hit every one of them. You will see the Loch and George, Thunder Cave, The Arch, London Bridge-awesome story with this one, and the Grotto. When we were at the Grotto we decided to go a bit off the beaten path, and it was well worth it. If you get the opportunity take yourself inside and experience The Grotto right at the water. Do your best to hit every site as they are all so unique and but equally as breath taking.

Brandi Buss

Is three days enough in this crazy city?

We arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport (Bangkok airport) from England at around 7am local time. Everybody left the plane, eager to get their bags and set out on their onward travel but were faced with a queue of around 100 people at border control. We stood patiently, waiting for the Thai border force to allow us through, they were awfully slow. Once we received our 30 day visitor’s visa we ran to our baggage claim, so worried our backpacks weren’t going to appear, they did, thankfully. We walked into the arrivals hall, eyes peeled for our airport pickup. We had booked a tour for our first week in Thailand and they were here to collect and take us to our guesthouse. The tour company we used was Thaintro and I’m so glad we used them because they not only give you an introduction to Thailand but an introduction to Backpacking in general. Our group leader Liam, had organised a taxi to take us back to our guesthouse, he rode with us and got us checked into the Wild Orchid Villa. Naturally, Alex and I crashed out until around 2pm, we had pretty much been awake all night on our flights from London to Dubai and Dubai to Bangkok. We booked our flights with Gapyear.com, it was ever so simple, all done over the phone in a matter of minutes.

Rebecca Brunning

A local

If you’re in England and visiting London there is an incredible amount of things to do and see and places to go, such a vast city has a lot to offer, and although I do recommend checking out the obvious places, it is easy to miss the essence of London when following the tourist trail. Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street, Big Ben, the London Eye etc. are all entertaining and interesting in their own right, but London is so much more than a selection of attractions, even if they are very nice attractions.

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Top Things To Do In Manchester

My first visit to the city of Manchester in United Kingdom was in April 2017. Getting out of Piccadilly Station that day, having just spent two hours in the incredibly efficient and fast Virgin trains plying every few minutes between London and Manchester, I had no idea that I was about to take my first step into a city that would soon become my home. It was a cold, windy and wet day but outside the station, Mancunians, as the city’s inhabitants are lovingly called, milled about happily, seemingly oblivious to the weather.

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Hamburg : Vibrant and Edgy

You fall for Paris, London is so vibrant, Berlin invents itself anew on a daily base and you feel like you never want to leave Rome again- and you are right. However, I argue that you actually would never leave again if you would roam around more. To prove my theory, I choose one of the most obvious examples in Germany: mesmerizing, surprising, aesthetic, friendly Hamburg with a smell of the sea and a Nordic touch. Great for visiting, it is truly addictive when staying longer.

Janni from Travel Without Ends

England: Not just London

As London is home to some of the most frequented airports (and thus, cheapest) for European travel, many euro-trippers make London their first stop at the beginning of their adventure or their last stop on the journey home. Don’t get me wrong, London is beautiful, full of amazing history, and home to some of the best music and art scenes in Europe. Don’t skip London! That being said, don’t stop at London! Bare the cold and cover as much of England as you can. My time in England was spent with friends, just exploring the country. I don’t have much advice as to what touristy spots are worth a visit in England, but I can assure you these listed areas are most than exciting enough places to hang out for a couple of days!

Haley Brown

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