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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Midsummer: A slice of history & celebrations around Europe.

So Midsummer or summer solstice is to come this weekend, I believe most of you guys knows what that means. Scientifically is when the tilt of a planet’s semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the star (sun) that it orbits, simply is the beginning of summer and the longest day of the year! woohoo!! In Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Estonia, Midsummer’s Eve is the greatest festival of the year, comparable only with Walpurgis Night, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve. Up in the northern countries the festivities are mainly related to folk magic. Midsummer was a very potent...

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Day trips from London.

It’s been famously said that when you’re tired of London you’re tired of life, and after a little over a year living in this wonderful city I’m inclined to agree. However, that doesn’t mean a little break isn’t called for now and again. For the frantic tourist trying to fit everything this city has to offer into three or four brief days this might not exactly be on the cards, but for those taking it a little slower a day trip out of town can be the perfect thing to break up the pace. With its central location and great transport connections London is brilliantly...

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Top 3 Most Helpful Apps whilst in London.

  So for all you travellers who are coming over to our wonderful city of London, here are our top three marvellous apps you can use which will make your life easier while exploring. Number One: CityMapper I can guarantee you this app will help you out.  CityMapper is a full journey planning app available on both iDevices and Android. Not only does this wonderful app show you the tube map, it will also tell you how to get from point A to point B in a number of ways including buses and trains. It will give you the closest station or bus stop and...

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Salsa Time!

As our guest at Astor Hostel, we want to give the authentic London experience. One way we like to do that is not just tell you where to go on nights out, we love to come with you as well! The staff here might be from all over the world, but staying in Central London makes us quite the local tour guides. Saturday night we ended up partying in Camden, my favourite town in London. The Cuban is a lovely tapas restaurant by day and a lively salsa club at night, right in the heart of the old horse stables. If you fancy something a...

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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...