What’s the Big Deal? – London Museums

Welcome to Astor’s inaugural, what’s the big deal London blog series? Each post we will look at a different side of London that is sometimes over looked by some guests. Then seek to inspire you with some insight into the awesome experiences you might have if you give it a go. This week we are going to have a roundup of some of the iconic artefacts in London’s museums. This way you can make a list some of the worlds big ticket items to check off during your visit. The first place to visit is one of London most Iconic destinations. British Museum – Free...

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Guia rapida de la noche londinense: Primera parte

Como todo el mundo sabe, Londres es una de las ciudades mas visitadas por turistas de todo el mundo. Esto es asi debido a que cuenta con una amplisima cantidad de lugares a los que acudir, actividades que realizar y rincones que no te deberias perder. Lo que igual no es tan conocido por todos es la cantidad de posibilidades que ofrece Londres por la noche para aquellos que no esten demasiado cansados de hacer turismo todo el dia y les apetezca pasar una buena noche de fiesta. Lo que sigue es una de las muchisimas posibilidades que puedes encontrar durante la semana para conocer...

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Wonders of London

No matter what time of year, what day of the week, or what time of day you happen to be in London there is always going to be something to do. This summer we’re happy to host London Wonderground located at Southbank Centre. This is an eccentric mixture of fun fair and circus. The event is packed full of fantastic acts with anything from acrobatics to burlesque (or ‘boylesque’) to puppeteers to endless cabaret shows. It is the place to be this summer. It’s also a perfect stop if you’re already out sight-seeing and want to take a small trip in to a different world as...

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The Original London Underground

As if the London Underground service wasn’t cool enough, as well as being part of the authentic London experience, there are other things that lie under this beautifully erratic city. Believe or not, London is home to a network of 36 km of manmade caves. In the humble south-eastern suburbs of Chislehusrt, hidden away, there is a labyrinth covering over 60 square meters. The concealed caves sit 30 meters under woodlands and were originally built for chalk used for limestone burning and brick-making for the building of London. The caves have served many purposes in their time – anything from murder to smuggling, ammunition storage...

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Londres a traves de la literatura

Uno de los aspectos más olvidados de Londres es sin duda su historia literaria, y es que muchos de los clásicos de la literatura universal fueron escritos e inspirados en esta ciudad. Londres, con sus tejados oscuros y sus numerosas chimeneas es el escenario donde se desarrollan Oliver Twist o David Copperfield. Puede que ahora en pleno siglo XIX sea difícil imaginar las callejuelas donde Oliver Twist cometía sus travesuras, pero si eres fan de Charles Dickens o simplemente te gustaría apreciar más de cerca este trozo de historia puedes visitar la Casa Museo de Charles Dickens en el Barrio de Holborn. Otro de los...

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Astor Hostels - Loving London

Astor Hyde Park Hostel

Take a tour inside Astor Hyde Park Hostel   Astor Hyde Park Hostel in London is the newest addition to the Astor Family. Still boasting its stunning original features, the hostel is a Victorian Town House on a quiet tree-lined boulevard. Helping Astor Hostels to win...

Astor Museum Hostel

One of the oldest low budget hostels in London, Astor Museum has been helping weary backpackers and travellers loosen up since 1977!  The location of this hostel makes it one of the best value hostels in London central. Right in front of the British Museum,...

Astor Queensway Hostel

This boutique budget hostel, formerly named Astor Quest, is located in the bustling neighbourhood of Bayswater and has been welcoming backpackers through its doors for over 20 years. With 100 beds, this hostel is charming, welcoming and set in a quiet street minutes from Hyde...

Astor Victoria Hostel

The largest of our budget accomodation, split across two adjoining buildings, the atmosphere can be described as laid back and an ideal place to meet new friends.  We have been operating here for close to 15 years, with the Victoria hosting the after party for...