Attractions

Pubs And Bars

  • Ziferblat

    Ziferblat is the first pay-per-minute café in UK where people can just sit and do whatever they like – work on their computer, play the piano, draw, chat with friends – while drinking a cup of coffee or tea and eating cookies… everything pretty normal, but what makes the difference is that the only “bill” customers will get will depend on the time spent inside the place: 3 pence for every minute. Ziferblat (that is the Russian word for “clock-face”) is very well established in Russia and its founder Ivan Mitin is trying to bring this “social experiment” to other places around the world, starting with the London opening. His dream is to open a new shop soon in San Francisco. The idea he had in mind was to offer a place where everyone could feel at home and that’s why he prefers to call the customers “micro-tenants”, because just like a real house, everyone can do anything, as long as they respect the space and the other people in it.

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  • The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych

    Luxury is what can best describe The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych, with incredibly impressive double heighted ceiling, gigantic yet classically styled flower arrangements, floor to ceiling windows allowing an abundance of natural light, gorgeous and elegant pillars all highlighted by the wonderfully stylish interiors of high-backed armchairs, glittering candles and comfortable and relaxing sofas. Enjoy a lavish Afternoon Tea here, served with Louis Roederer Champagne, or taste their delicious mix of cocktails, randing from the Gentleman’s cigar – a mix of smoky Gentleman Jack, sour-cherry wine topped off with an orange-liqueur martini – or try the wonderfully oriental Rising Sun – sake and sencha green tea mixed together with a splash of ginseng liqueur.

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  • Vats Wine Bar & Restaurant

    If anytime to you is wine o’clock, the highlight of your day is your relaxing tipple and finding a gorgeously full bodied glass of wine is one of your main aims, Vats Wine Bar & Restaurant is undoubtedly a restaurant for you to visit. Sample some of the incredible wines they have on offer on their expansive wine list, all hailing from the greatest and most prominent winemaking regions in the entire world, whilst enjoying their traditional British cuisine. Located on a quaint street in Bloomsbury/Holborn, this romantic and intimate restaurant is great for a hot date or for casual lunches – especially as there is no annoying background music – and you can choose between sitting in the cozy dining area, or dining al fresco on the outdoor terrace.

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  • The Tipperary

    The Tipperary was built on the side of a monastery dating back to the 1300’s, where it is alleged that the monks once used to brew ale, and is now classed as the oldest Irish pub in the whole of London. It first became a pub in the 1700’s and even survived the first fire of London previously! Whilst the staff are extremely friendly, and the pub boasts a large and varied customer base, from City workers, to both tourists and locals alike, the interior of the pub does not reflect the incredible history of the building and area, and as a result, falls easily by the wayside. Serving up food pub food at competitive prices to other bars, with a large wine and beer list, The Tipperary is a lovely pub to come and enjoy – just don’t expect to be wowed by what’s on offer.

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  • Ye Old Mitre Tavern

    Built in 1546 by Bishop Goodrich, Ye Old Mitre Tavern is one of the most traditional pubs in London. It can feel quite cramped in the three bar space, however, there is a courtyard with standing tables where customers can enjoy their drinks as well. With access to the courtyard through a series of alleyways from two separate streets, Ye Old Mitre Tavern is easy to get to, yet subtle and somewhat hidden. Indulge in their wonderful selection of wines, all at reasonable prices, or enjoy Fuller’s Honeydew, George Gale Seafarers and Caledonian 80.

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  • The Ship Tavern

    Located in a quiet back alley behind Holborn station, The Ship Tavern is a small and somewhat gloomy looking pub, and one could not be blamed for their scepticism at frequenting the pub, however, on the inside, The Ship Tavern emanates warmth and a certain charm that many other pubs don’t possess. Decorated with vintage books and trinkets, with antique paintings set on a backdrop of mahogany walls, with the crackling fire place giving off a warm amber glow, The Ship Inn is, without a doubt, one of the homeliest pubs in London. Serving up great British classics, such as pies, steaks and chips, sausage and mash, beer battered fish and traditional roasts; there will be something on the menu to please one and all!

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  • La Bodega Negra

    Walking through a door under a massive sign that lights up ‘SEX SHOP’ in neon lights may scare some people off, however, inside is a trendy café-taqueria.

    Serving delicious and quick café food the ground level, and a more exciting and happening bar and restaurant downstairs, with an entrance on to Old Compton Street, this Mexican restaurant is an exciting feast for the stomach as well as for your eyes. The restaurant downstairs boasts a full dinner menu, delicious tacos, tostaditas, quesadillas, huevos rancheros with black beans, including some steak and grill, slow cooked strews and spicy salsas, all to be enjoyed whilst drinking refreshing margharitas or choose from an extensive list of tequila or mescals.

    Decorated with Day of the Dead Barbies and an exciting cardboard edge of the city landscape lining the walls, La Bodega Negra is a great place to go to enjoy tasty food, or to sip cocktails and enjoy the ‘La Bodega Negra’ experience.

    Those who have booked a hotel and a cheap room with us at Astor Museum can enjoy La Bodega Negra’s delicacies as well as our cheap hotel accommodation in London.

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Tourist Attractions

  • The Boy David

    The Machine Gun Corps Memorial, also known as The Boy David, is a memorial to the dead of the Machine Gun Corps in the First World War. Situated in Hyde Park Corner in London, it is topped with a nude statue of a young David by Francis Derwent Wood. There is a tiny copy of the statue on Cheyne Walk.

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  • Horse Guards Parade

    Located in the City of Westminster, Horse Guards Parade is a road which links Whitehall and Victoria Embankment to the east of the Horse Guards building and the parade area. The site was formerly the Palace of Whitehall’s tiltyard, which was an area allowing various tournaments, such as jousting, as well as the area of annual celebrations for the birth of Queen Elizabeth I. In the middle of the avenue, nearer the Whitehall end, stands a statue of Spencer Cavendish, the 8th Duke of Devonshire, whereas opposite the Ministry of Defence building entrance stands the Gurkha Monument, sculpted by Philip Jackson, with the soldier facing west towards Whitehall, and was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II.  Horse Guards Parade is the sight where Charles I was beheaded in 1649.

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  • Pall Mall

    Pall Mall is a street located in the City of Westminster. It is also found on the UK version of the board game Monopoly. The name of the street originally derived from a mallet and ball game played on the grounds during the 17th century, however it is mostly known as the home of various gentlemen’s clubs – such as the Athenaeum, the Travellers Club, the Oxford and Cambridge club and the Royal Automobile Club – during the 19th and 20th century.

    The southern side of Pall Mall has belonged to the royal family for many years as a result of the freehold, and is currently still owned by the Crown Estate. Marlborough House, found on the east, was formerly a royal residence, whilst St. James’ Park is found on the southern side of the street.

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  • Trafalgar Square

    Trafalgar Square, one of London’s most recognised public spaces, is a major public attraction due to its central location in the City of Westminster. The square is decorated with many monuments, statues and sculptures, such as Nelson’s Column, with four lion statues at the base, three busts of admirals, a statue of George Washington and many more. The fountains in the square have been fitted with new LED lights allowing different combinations of colours to shine through the fountain. Every Christmas, a fir tree is donated by Norway’s capital, Oslo, which is then decorated and lit by the Mayor of Oslo.

    Easily accessible by tube and buses, Trafalgar Square is a must for those visiting London for the first time.

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  • Buckingham Palace

    Originally titled ‘Buckingham House’, the palace is the official London and principal workplace of the British monarch, located in the City of Westminster. It officially became the primary royal residence in 1837 as a result of the accession of Queen Victoria, where it was reported that the facilities in the new palace were not yet up to par – it is said that the chimneys smoked so much that the fires has to be allowed to die down, and as a result, was extremely cold and icy – much like what many people would consider to be similar in a low budget hotel! (But definitely not at Astor Hostels)

    The staterooms are open to the public every year from August to September as part of the Palace’s Summer Opening, with the palace remaining a setting for state occasions with many British people using Buckingham Palace as a focus at times of national rejoicing and crisis.

    Buckingham Palace is a definite visit for those of our guests at one of our lovely young hostels enjoying discounted hotel rates who are enjoying London for the first time!

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  • Palace of Westminster

    Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, it is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the Palace of Westminster is located in the City of Westminster on the Middlesex bank of the River Thames. Acknowledged worldwide, the Palace of Westminster is one of the most visited tourist attractions in London.

    Built in the 11th century, Westminster was the Kings of England’s primary residence until a fire destroyed a large majority of the complex in 1512.

    Big Ben, located on the north end of the Palace of Westminster in Elizabeth Tower, is the largest four faced chiming clock, as well as one of the tallest freestanding clock tower. Completed in 1858, it is one of the most prominent symbols of both London and England.

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  • The Shard

    Also known as ‘Shard London Bridge’, The Shard is a 95 storey, 330-meter skyscraper located next to London Bridge due to open February 2013. It is considered the tallest building in the European Union. Planned with an irregular pyramidal shape, the Shard’s exterior is made entirely of glass. Providing visitors and residents of London with a viewing gallery and open air observation deck, The Shard provides office space, a 5 star hotel, ten luxury apartments, and a 5 star hotel.

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  • Hyde Park

    Opened to the general public in 1637, Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in Central London, and one of the most famous parks in the world. Covering 350 acres, the park has been a venue for many famous concerts such as Live 8, a series of benefit concerts, and the Rolling Stones, which attracted an estimated attendance of 200,000 people.

    Sites of interest at Hyde Park include London’s Holocaust Memorial, located on the Eastern side of the Serpentine, the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial and Speakers’ Corner, located near Marble Arch, which is an area where the public are invited to watch and participate in open-air public speaking, as well as to debate and discuss any issues they see fit.

    Stay in  Astor Hyde Park hostel London, one of our most popular inexpensive hotels in London if you’d like a fun, international youth hostel close to Hyde Park!

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  • Leicester Square

    Leicester Square, located approximately 300 yards away from Covent Garden, is the centre of London’s cinema land, with one of the cinema’s boasting the largest screen, and one of the cinema’s with over 1,600 seats and is conveniently located near one of our young youth hostels in London, Astor Museum, offering you some of the cheapest accommodation in London!

    Leicester Square is considered to be the prime location in London, and certainly the world, for leading film premieres and co-hosts the London Film Festival each year. There are many clubs, pubs, bars and restaurants in Leicester Square, often making the square extremely busy in the evenings, especially on the weekend. A definite must visit along with Covent Garden for bar hopping for the young and trendy.

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  • Covent Garden Market

    Covent Garden Market, located in London’s illustrious West End is a fashionable shopping and tourist site with many exciting street performers and elegant buildings, home to many entertainment facilities such as Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, the London Transport Museum, The Royal Opera House, St. Paul’s Church, and of course, our fun and trendy backpackers hostel, Astor Museum.

    For many years, Covent Garden has been associated with both shopping and entertainment, with over 13 theatres and in excess of 60 pubs. Licensed for street entertainment, performers audition for allocated slots around the market, therefore providing the public with what can only be described as the best in street performance. Covent Garden is easily accessible by tube, however, expect a mad rush into and out of the station especially during the evenings and on weekends.

    Guests at our cheap budget accommodation in London who have visited Covent Garden have come back with only the best recommendations!

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  • Royal Festival Hall

    The Royal Festival Hall is the first post war building to be protected in the UK, as well as a 2,900 concert, talks and dance venue situated in the Southbank Centre in London, near both Waterloo and Embankment tube stations. The hall was opened in 1951 and has since operated an open foyers policy. This policy allows the public into the significantly sized space throughout the day, regardless of performances. As a result, the foyer is considered to be one of the most used public spaces in London.

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  • Houses of Parliament

    1000 Years of history which have shaped Britain can be discovered within one of the most iconic buildings in the world; the Houses of Parliament. Parliament is open to all members of the UK public and overseas visitors. You can attend debates and watch committee hearings, tour the buildings or climb the famous Clock Tower and see Big Ben.

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  • London Eye (+4D Cinema)

    Standing over 130 meters high, the London Eye is Europe’s largest and most popular Ferris Wheel with approximately over 3 million visitors per annum. As well as being one of London’s tallest structures, the London Eye offers tourists and locals alike the opportunity to marvel at the London skyline with the highest public viewing point.

    Located in between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge, on the South Bank of the River, Sir Richard Rogers, an acclaimed architect has said that the London Eye ‘…has done for London what the Eiffel Tower did for Paris, which is to give it a symbol and to let people climb above the city and look back down on it. Not just specialists or rich people, but everybody. That’s the beauty of it: it is public and accessible, and it is in a great position at the heart of London.’

    Booking is recommended; however, expect a long wait for what is essentially a 30 minute ride.

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Theatre Musicals

  • Duchess Theatre

    With only 479 seats divided on two levels, The Duchess Theatre is one of the smallest ‘proscenium arched’ West End theatres. Located conveniently on Catherine Street, near Aldwych in the City Of Westminster – and therefore near Astor Museum, one of our discount hotels situated very close to Russell Square hostel London – The Duchess Theatre was opened on 25 November 1929 with a production called ‘Tunnel Trench’, with an interior decorated scheme coming in to place five years later. More recently it has produced Written on the Heart, The Hurly Burly Show, Our Boys to much critical acclaim. Whilst The Duchess Theatre is a wonderful intimate theatre to go to, some people may find it slightly underwhelming when compared to the grandeur of the other theatres in the West End, with less famous productions and cast members.

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  • Novello Theatre

    Originally built as a pair with the Aldwych Theatre, The Novello Theatre was established as The Waldorf Theatre, changing its name 3 times before settling on the final ‘Novello Theatre’. Interestingly enough, the theatre was named in honour of Ivor Novello, a famous composer, singer and actor from Wales in the early 1900’s who had previously lived in a flat above the theatre. The Novello Theatre underwent extensive refurbishment in the 2005 allowing for a seating capacity in excess of 1,100 people, after being registered as a Grade II listed building by The English Heritage in 1971. The Novello Theatre has since showcased famous productions, such as Cabaret, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and more recently Mamma Mia!

    Guests at our budget hostels in London have all recommended the Novello Theatre whilst staying in London, as a prominent and relevant theatre to watch all the most famous and renowned shows!

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  • Playhouse Theatre

    Back when the Playhouse Theatre first opened it was widely known and highly regarded for its quality burlesque shows. It briefly changed the type of shows it produced, with West End funhouse shows, highbrow theatre and even opened up a BBC radio studio where many famous shows were recorded, such as ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ and ‘The Goon Show’. However, it has now reverted back to its burlesque roots much to the enjoyment of frequent visitors of the theatre.

    If you’re looking for a central London hotel around the Playhouse Theatre, try booking a hostel at our Astor Museum hostel, a safe and cheap youth hostel in London.

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  • Theatreland

    Theatreland, named by the Society of London Theatre, is London’s primary theatre district located in the heart of the West End, City of Westminster. There are approximately 40 venues, such as the Royal Theatre, Drury Lane, The Strand and Shaftesbury Avenue. The majority of the shows are musicals, comedy performances, classical and middlebrow plays.

    Many of the theatres in the West End are privately owned, and of Victorian and Edwardian construction. As a result of the opulent façade of the buildings, the buildings exude great character with luxurious designs and interiors. Despite this, however, when compared to more modern theatres, the older structures have more cramped leg room and smaller facilities than that of the more modern theatres around.

    It is recorded that the gross sales of shows in the West End surpassed £529,787,692 making seeing a West End show one of the most popular tourist activities in London.

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  • Fortune Theatre

    The Fortune Theatre located in Russell Street, Covent Garden in London, was opened in 1924 and stands on the site of the old Albion Tavern.

    In 2005 it hosted the long running play The Woman in Black, which was adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the book of the same name by Susan Hill.

    The Fortune’s original building plans were discovered by Richard L. Hay, who used the exact plans to design and build the Elizabethan Stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. The Fortune Theatre, once so succinctly described as ”This most intimate of theatres” first opened to the public on Saturday, 8th November 1924. Built on the site of the old Albion Tavern, it was the first London theatre to be built after World War I.

    Fans of the West End who are staying at our inexpensive London hotels would benefit most from our Astor Museum youth hostel and the inviting low cost rooms.

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  • Theatre Royal Drury Lane

    Theatre Royal Drury Lane is a West End theatre, located conveniently facing Catherine Street in Convent Garden, London Borough of Westminster. It is one of the oldest theatres in London, dating back to 1663, with some suggesting, “[Drury Lane could] reasonably have claimed to be London’s leading theatre” for the first two centuries. Since its opening it has been at the centre of London’s West End theatre scene, continually producing award-winning productions. Whilst Theatre Royal Drury Lane is known all over the world for its incredible and breathtaking shows, the theatre has also gained notoriety as being one of the Britain’s most haunted theatres, if not the world. It has been reported that a handful of ghosts frequent the theatre and signals good luck for the actor and production.

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  • Aldwych Theatre

    Located in Aldwych, in the heart of the City of Westminster and near many London hotels, the Aldwych theatre is a West End theatre that originally opened in 1905 to a production of Blue Bell, a more recent production of the popular pantomime Bluebell in Fairyland. The ornate interior is decorated in a Georgian style, with luxurious and classic three tiered seating, elegant velvety maroon seats and hand sculpted wall fixings. Since 1998, the theatre has been host to numerous plays, musical theatre products and comedies, showcasing successful shows such as Whistle Down The Wind, Fame and Dirty Dancing. Additionally, Aldwych Theatre is said to be one of the many London theatres that are haunted, with some cast and audience members reporting of being able to smell fragrant flowers and perfumes, and often even cigarette smoke with no obvious source owing to the different strong scents.  If you are looking for a hotel in London and want to be near to theatre-land, Aldwych and the Aldwych theatre are a great place to start.  Luckily, the Aldwych Theatre is located very close to our budget accommodation, the Astor Museum.

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Places To Eat

  • The Chancery

    Decorated in chic all-white interiors with a friendly and welcoming front of house team, The Chancery is a classy, albeit rather loud restaurant catering to the local scene. Enjoy foie gras decorated with peach, almond and pork crackling or taste the salty sea bass with sea vegetables, seaweed and lashings of clam butter, and simple yet mouth watering desserts, or sample anything else from the extensive menu. Whilst the food is consistently tasty and presented exquisitely, be warned that their portions are generally on the small side. The Chancery is a wonderful place for a romantic and intimate dinner date or even a casual, working lunch, and whilst some items on the menu may be seen as slightly expensive – the food you order will always be of the highest quality.

    If you’re looking for hostel accommodation in London near The Chancery, try Astor Museum Hostels, one of our first class London west end hotels.

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  • Patisserie Valerie

    Established in the 1920’s as a bohemian café in Soho, Patisserie Valerie has since grown from strength to strength, with over 49 outlets in the UK alone. Patisserie Valerie provides a warm and comfortable café with a pleasingly buzzing atmosphere where you can enjoy a warm and crumbly croissant or brioche with a choice of different coffees, teas and freshly squeezed juices. Come for all meals, delicious breakfasts including a Full English or Eggs Benedict, with lunch times serving up light and freshing meals a la fishcakes and salads. Patisserie Valerie is also a great go to for delicious afternoon teas with mouthwatering pastries and delicious finger sandwiches for you to enjoy.

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  • Cafe Boheme

    Established over 20 years ago, Cafe Boheme has grown from strength to strength with a large majority of the socialising Londoners having a fond memory of the cafe. The chic interior with zinc topped tables and elegant leather banquettes is reminiscent of a sophisticated Parisian brasserie, making Cafe Boheme a go-to spot at all hours of the day. The ever helpful and attentive staff provide brilliant service, adding to the allure and appeal of this gorgeous cafe. The menu features a few Gallic suggestions, such as smoked haddock lyonnaise and coq au vin, however, the rest of the menu remains predominantly French, with reasonable prices that have not fluctuated by much over the years. The wine list only features French wine, with a carafe of house wine costing only £12.50. Come for delicious food at all hours of the day, and live music during the afternoons on weekends. Located close by to our prestigious London hotels offering cheap accommodation, Cafe Boheme is the place to go and be seen.

     

     

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  • Safadi Express

    If you are looking for delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, Safadi Express, once known as Hiba Express Lebanese Restaurant, is the place to go for your fix. The menu has a range of standard Lebanese dishes, expect fresh and crispy salads, such as tabbouleh and fattoush, waraq’inab (succulent stuffed vine or grape leaves), creamy and smooth hummous, delicious and warming bites of kibbeh, tasty fatayer and sambusek, served and complimented with ‘arak’, an anise-flavoured liqueur. All the staff are extremely friendly and attentive, which is helpful especially when helping you with your food selections if you are not familiar with Lebanese cuisine. Conveniently located in Holborn, Safadi Express Lebanese Restaurant is an ideal go-to place for a busy working lunch, or to satisfy evening to late night cravings, especially for those guests staying near Russell Square, as our Astor Museum hostel in London is wonderfully located for easily access to this restaurant.

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  • La Bodega Negra

    Walking through a door under a massive sign that lights up ‘SEX SHOP’ in neon lights may scare some people off, however, inside is a trendy café-taqueria.

    Serving delicious and quick café food the ground level, and a more exciting and happening bar and restaurant downstairs, with an entrance on to Old Compton Street, this Mexican restaurant is an exciting feast for the stomach as well as for your eyes. The restaurant downstairs boasts a full dinner menu, delicious tacos, tostaditas, quesadillas, huevos rancheros with black beans, including some steak and grill, slow cooked strews and spicy salsas, all to be enjoyed whilst drinking refreshing margharitas or choose from an extensive list of tequila or mescals.

    Decorated with Day of the Dead Barbies and an exciting cardboard edge of the city landscape lining the walls, La Bodega Negra is a great place to go to enjoy tasty food, or to sip cocktails and enjoy the ‘La Bodega Negra’ experience.

    Those who have booked a hotel and a cheap room with us at Astor Museum can enjoy La Bodega Negra’s delicacies as well as our cheap hotel accommodation in London.

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  • Baltic

    Back in 1989 when Baltic, originally known as Wodka, first opened it was ahead of the influx of Polish immigrants who, by all accounts, have started heading home again. It may sound like a vodka bar – and there are a good selection of vodkas and vodka-based cocktails, with Baltic boasting over 60 different types of vodka – but when Jan Woroniecki first set up shop he had the aim of getting the locals to appreciate the drink, and not just for shots.

    His idea was to put the emphasis on the Eastern European food so you would accompany your Polskie Martini with excellent caviar and herring blinis or marinated whiting and pierogi dumplings. This place proves that vodka can also be enjoyed as dessert – with a marinated berry compote. Wines are also available, all hailing from Georgia, Hungary and Slovenia. Easily accessible by tube and bus, this unique Eastern European restaurant has successfully challenged the UK’s perceptions of Eastern European flavours.

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  • Mekong

    Serving up authentic Vietnamese cuisine for years, Mekong is now loved by Londoners for its efficient service served up at a reasonable price. Whilst the exterior of the restaurant may suggest otherwise, the delicious food served at Mekong involve refreshing flavours contrasted with the different textures of the ingredients usually present in Vietnamese food. Whilst also featuring Thai and Chinese food, the menu has something to entice everyone in to tasting their delicious food, and at such a great price, who can resist?

    If you’re looking for a cheap hotel within West London, why not try Astor Hostels, providing a fun, safe, London city hostels for over 40 years?

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  • Maison Touareg

    If a getaway from the hectic lifestyle of London is what the doctor orders, Maison Touareg is the place to go for that touch of tranquillity and serenity.

    Located in the trendy Soho area for the past 25 years, Maison Touareg still provides its clientele with a great time and wonderful memories for years to come. Relax in the elegant ambiance, with seductive, dim lighting, with a delightful perfumed incensed aroma. The Moroccan cuisine available is delicious, choose from both hot and cold mezze, tagines and a tasty selection of couscous and wash it all down with an array of cocktails and gently spiced teas. As Maison Touareg now has a super license, enjoy the food, drinks and entertainment (there is often a belly dancer performing!) until 3am. If you are looking for something more laid back and relaxed, watch the rest of London pass you by on the paved terrace with flavoured shishas, such as apple or rose water.

    Stay in our friendly youth hostel in Central London, Astor Museum located very close to Maison Touareg.

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  • Le Gavroche

    Named after the fictional character in the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Le Gavroche is a wonderful gem serving classic French food with a modern twist. Known for serving the most expensive meal in the world, per head, when three diners spent in excess of £13,000 for the total bill, Le Gavroche has recently been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Many notable chefs have worked in the kitchen of Le Gavroche, including Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay, Bryn Williams and Michael Smith, Le Gavroche is consistently placed in Restaurant’s Top 50. A definite must-go to for mouth-watering food of the best quality ever imaginable… as long as you have approximately £150 or more to spend per diner.

    If you’re on the lookout for budget accommodation in London, and a backpackers hostel is all you can afford, Le Gavroche may not be the first place on your London To-Go list!

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  • ASK Italian

    ASK Italian offers great quality Italian food for an incomparable price to most other London Italian restaurants. The décor is chic, sophisticated and modern, and the restaurant offers a wide range of Italian dishes, from delicious pastas to tasty pizzas with fresh, green salads and an exciting choice of grilled fish and meat… It’s often hard to find a suitable alternative for such tasty food! Furthermore, located very close to all of our backpackers hostel offering cheap places to stay, London on a budget has never been more convenient!

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Nightlife

  • La Bodega Negra

    Walking through a door under a massive sign that lights up ‘SEX SHOP’ in neon lights may scare some people off, however, inside is a trendy café-taqueria.

    Serving delicious and quick café food the ground level, and a more exciting and happening bar and restaurant downstairs, with an entrance on to Old Compton Street, this Mexican restaurant is an exciting feast for the stomach as well as for your eyes. The restaurant downstairs boasts a full dinner menu, delicious tacos, tostaditas, quesadillas, huevos rancheros with black beans, including some steak and grill, slow cooked strews and spicy salsas, all to be enjoyed whilst drinking refreshing margharitas or choose from an extensive list of tequila or mescals.

    Decorated with Day of the Dead Barbies and an exciting cardboard edge of the city landscape lining the walls, La Bodega Negra is a great place to go to enjoy tasty food, or to sip cocktails and enjoy the ‘La Bodega Negra’ experience.

    Those who have booked a hotel and a cheap room with us at Astor Museum can enjoy La Bodega Negra’s delicacies as well as our cheap hotel accommodation in London.

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  • Guanabara

    Centrally located in a somewhat ugly, concrete carbuncle in Covent Garden, one could not be blamed for passing Guanabara without offering it a second look, however, on the inside, Guanabara is an exciting and exotic club with Copacabana vibes, highlighted with the loud pumping noises of zumba, the artful Brazilian capoeira, salsa and afrobeats. Enjoy delicious South American themed drinks, such as sweet and refreshing minty mojitos, different variations on cachaca, coconut batidas, and of course, Brazil’s famous and delicious caiprinhas.

    The menu offers delicious and reasonably priced food – choose from salt-cod fishcakes, seafood casseroles, locally known as ‘moquecas’, deep fried chicken strips and delicious sausage and bean stews. Guanabara is a go-to spot for delicious South American food, tasty and patriotic cocktails, all served at an extremely low price.

    If, whilst staying in our cheap hostels in London, Brazilian food is what you desire, head over to Guanabara, conveniently situated in Covent Garden, near Astor Museum, one out the best London hostels!

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  • The Roof Gardens and Babylon

    Owned by Sir Richard Branson of the Virigin Group, the Roof Gardens and Babylon is a spectacular night out in one of London’s most eclectic areas.  Descending onto the 12th floor of Barkers Arcade by elevator, you are greeted by large open spaces and a lot of nooks and crannies to explore.

    Don’t expect to head here on a budget though, entry and drinks are expensive.  However, if you can save up, it is worth experiencing at least once for the wow factor of the venue itself.  Attached to this rooftop maze is a restaurant called Babylon.

    On the 7th floor of this magnificent building, Babylon serves up classic French dishes with the occasional twist.  Timeout magazine calls this establishment one of ‘London’s most glorious follies.’ In the end, ‘Richard Branson’s bright and breezy brasserie doesn’t have to go out of it’s way to pull in the crowds.  And nor does it.’

    The verdict is, head to the Roof Gardens for an evening of cocktails and dancing, but don’t bother swinging by Babylon.

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  • Volupte - The Cabaret Salon

    Claiming to be one of London’s most ‘debauched supperclubs’ with drinks and dinner being served up amongst the hustle and bustle of burlesque and cabaret dancers who make it their mission to dazzle and entertain you all night long.

    Hosted in a sexy and sophisticated bar and club, Volupte – The Cabaret Salon Lounge will be sure to provide you and your guests with a night of old-school glam, with the in house Volupte cast demonstrating their takes on the glitz and melodies of a traditional Broadway show. The Cabaret Salon hosts two shows each night, whilst the Bon Bon Bar, with it’s refreshingly kitschy drinks which utilize the sweetness of different types of candy, helps to tie in the candy theme of ‘candy trees’ and pick and mixes.

    Try the ‘Candy Cane’ cocktail, a wonderful mix of Koko Kanu, Blue Curacao, Lichi Li Liqueur mixed gently with gin and decorated with a candy cane. Or perhaps, try the ‘Miss Marshmallow’, a special mix of raspberry and vanilla vodka, topped with fluffy marshmallows. Whatever you decide to drink or eat, Volupte Lounge will be sure to entertain you and leave you wanting to visit again!

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Green Space

  • Victoria Park

    Victoria Park, known colloquially as ‘Vicky Park’ or the ‘People’s Park’, is a massive park measuring approximately 86.18 hectares in size, stretching out across the East End of London, with parts of the park bordering in to Bethnal Green, Bow and Hackney. As a result of its substantial size, Victoria Park is often used as a concert venue, hosting numerous festivals annually. Victoria Park was originally opened in 1842, after the Crown Estate had purchased 88 hectares of the park. The park was then opened to the public in 1845, and because extremely popular as a result of the park attracting less visitors than it’s other counterpart Regent’s Park.

    In 1831, London Bridge was demolished, and in 1860, Victoria Park then acquired two pedestrian alcoves, which were the last few remaining fragments of the bridge. This draws in thousands of visitors each year, all of which are interested in being able to view what is essentially a piece of history.

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  • Hampstead Heath

    The Heath, or more commonly known as Hampstead Heath, is one of London’s largest and most impressive parks, measuring approximately 790 acres in size. Hampstead Heath sits alongside a ridge considered to be one of the highest points in London, and features an outdoor swimming pool, beautiful and tranquil ponds, gorgeous woodlands, both ancient and recent, playgrounds and training tracks.

    Hampstead Heath has over 25 ponds, including a two single-sex swimming pools, bathing ponds, boating ponds and a pond dedicated to wildlife reserve and a fishing lake. Additionally, as a result of the hospitable environment, Hampstead Heath is home and a refuge for many wildlife, with muntjac, deer, foxes, grass snakes, worms, rabbits, terrapins, frogs and squirrels.

    Made famous by George Michael for his now notorious bathroom activities, Hampstead Heath is a lovely place for our guests staying in our trendy backpacker hostels in London.

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  • Holland Park

    Located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Holland Park is approximately 54 acres in area. It is considered to be one of the most peaceful and serene parks located in London, partially due to its smaller size with the northern half of the park featuring semi-wild woodland, with the central section located around the ruins of Holland House featuring several unique garden areas and sports grounds.

    The park has many amenities and facilities, including an Orangery, a cricket pitch, a giant chess set, a Japanese garden, squirrels and peacocks, an impressive children’s playground, tennis courts and even a youth hostel!

    As of 2010, the park set aside an allocated area of land to be home to pigs, with their job of reclaiming the area from nettles. As a result, the cleared area would then be used to create another meadow area for fauna and wild flowers.

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  • Regent’s Park

    Partly located in the City Of Westminster, Regent’s Park is one of the Royal Parks of London, containing both London Zoo and Regent’s College. It was scheduled to play a significant role during the London 2012 Olympics, however, due to the sports that it was originally meant to host being dropped from the Olympics, Regent’s Park was unable to host the prestigious and famous sporting event.

    Stretching across 410 hectares, Regent’s Park boasts a lake with heronry and waterfowl, a range of sports pitches, children’s playgrounds and a boating area ensuring fun for everyone. There are many public gardens which feature exotic flowers and specimen plants, including an open air theatre located in Queen Mary’s Gardens.  There are many sports played within the park, including, but not limited to, softball, rounders, football, tennis, athletics, netball, cricket and hockey, which take place within an area named the Northern Parkland.

    There are two link roads within the park area, however, apart from this, the park is largely reserved for pedestrians, with elegant terraced housing placed along the corners of the park in the East, West and North.

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  • Hyde Park

    Opened to the general public in 1637, Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in Central London, and one of the most famous parks in the world. Covering 350 acres, the park has been a venue for many famous concerts such as Live 8, a series of benefit concerts, and the Rolling Stones, which attracted an estimated attendance of 200,000 people.

    Sites of interest at Hyde Park include London’s Holocaust Memorial, located on the Eastern side of the Serpentine, the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial and Speakers’ Corner, located near Marble Arch, which is an area where the public are invited to watch and participate in open-air public speaking, as well as to debate and discuss any issues they see fit.

    Stay in  Astor Hyde Park hostel London, one of our most popular inexpensive hotels in London if you’d like a fun, international youth hostel close to Hyde Park!

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Entertainment

  • BFI IMAX Cinema

    The BFI IMAX cinema is run and organised by BFI Southbank (formerly known as the National Film Theatre) and is located on the south bank of the River Thames, London. The IMAX screen is the largest in the whole of the UK, and features popular and contemporary releases and short films which showcase the modern technology, including 3D screenings and in excess of 11600 watts of digital surround sound.

    The British Film Institute currently holds the largest film archive, which includes the previously named National Film Archive, National Film Library and National Film and Television Archive, with over 50,000 fictional films and approximately 100,000 non-fiction titles and around 625,000 television programmes.

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  • BFI Southbank

    BFI Southbank, better known as the ‘National Film Theatre’, or the ‘British Film Institute’ is the leading repertory cinema in the UK showcasing classic, independent and non-English language films, located on the south bank of the River Thames, London. The British Film Institute is a charitable organisation set up to “Encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and the moving image generally, and their impact on society, to promote access to and appreciation of the widest possible range of British and world cinema and to establish, care for and develop collections reflecting the moving image history and heritage of the United Kingdom.”

    The BFI Southbank is conveniently located near our youth hostels and is a definite place to go for movie lovers!

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  • The Storm Club

    Conveniently located a less than 1 minute walk away from Leicester Square tube station, The Storm Club is a popular nightclub with DJs spinning R&B, old school garage, funky house, drum and bass, hip hop and basement between 10pm-4am Monday to Saturday. Additionally, Storm is open from 7:30pm as a comedy club featuring many well known comics and various up and coming stand up comics, with customers for the comedy club receiving free entry into the nightclub which starts straight after the last show of the evening.

    Despite providing Londoners and tourists alike with extremely entertaining and fun evenings, the venue is very small and as a result, tends to get very full very quickly. However, all the staff are extremely friendly and attentive which often makes the large crowds easier to deal with.

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  • Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

    Whilst the large majority of Ronnie Scott’s clientele are regulars who all have the same appreciation for music, there is always room to book a table and enjoy amongst the weekly regulars. Expect to see a lot of money being spent whilst more famous performers are playing – think bottles and bottles of Champagne, and order after order of the most luxurious caviar. The menu features an array of different types of burgers, calf’s liver with confit potato and salsify, artichoke and ricotta tortellini, however, the menu has recently changed to allow for more patriotic dishes. Cocktails are served in the bar on the upper levels of the venue, where you can find a younger, trendier crowd, who are all gathering and meeting for the funky club nights held upstairs, therefore making Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club the perfect venue for guests at our hostels in London West End benefitting from low cost holidays.

    Whilst downstairs is for the dedicated space for more serious music lovers, do not let it hinder you from enjoying what could potentially by the best musical evening of your life – just make sure you don’t talk during performances, as many of the people who frequent Ronnie Scott’s jazz club go for the performers over food, drink and crowd and can get quite offended and rowdy should they feel that someone is offending the performer at the time.

     

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  • Curzon Cinema Soho

    When going to the cinema, most of us make do with boring and tasteless film snacks – stale popcorn or cold nachos with a gel-like cheese sauce, usually – that are sold at ridiculous prices… But at Curzon, with a fully licensed bar on the mezzanine, and Konditor and Cook, two separate cafes on the ground level, the cinema experience is made so much fancier and exciting. Looking for a bite to eat before your film? Curzon offers you delicious food at both the cafes. Fancy a quick drink? The bar will be sure to offer you whatever it is you’re looking for.

    With 6 locations across London and its surrounding areas, there is a Curzon theatre located conveniently for all our guests at our low budget Astor hostels.

    Located right in the centre of Soho, Curzon has made itself recognizable by contributing to the film industry through screening art-house cinema, presenting previews, premieres and screenings within a relaxed and comfortable setting. With three screens, comfy sofas and delicious snacks available, why would anyone ever settle for a regular cinema again?

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  • The George

    The George is a wonderfully traditional English pub, located bang smack in the centre of Strand, London with a great reputation of incredibly outstanding service, consistently satisfying their regular clientele. The gorgeous Tudor style exterior of the pub has been successful in drawing in the crowds, especially the naive tourists who believe it to be a little piece of Briton. Whilst The George is almost exactly the same as any other pub, the only factor separating The George from all the other run of the mills pub is the comedy show that they host, aptly named ‘The Funny Side’ which has kept customers returning time and time again. However, whilst The George may have received several commendations as a result of their central and convenient location, their stylishly chic building and their wildly popular comedy nights, their food and drinks are almost indistinguishable when compared with other (cheaper!) pubs.

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  • Mekong

    Serving up authentic Vietnamese cuisine for years, Mekong is now loved by Londoners for its efficient service served up at a reasonable price. Whilst the exterior of the restaurant may suggest otherwise, the delicious food served at Mekong involve refreshing flavours contrasted with the different textures of the ingredients usually present in Vietnamese food. Whilst also featuring Thai and Chinese food, the menu has something to entice everyone in to tasting their delicious food, and at such a great price, who can resist?

    If you’re looking for a cheap hotel within West London, why not try Astor Hostels, providing a fun, safe, London city hostels for over 40 years?

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  • Maison Touareg

    If a getaway from the hectic lifestyle of London is what the doctor orders, Maison Touareg is the place to go for that touch of tranquillity and serenity.

    Located in the trendy Soho area for the past 25 years, Maison Touareg still provides its clientele with a great time and wonderful memories for years to come. Relax in the elegant ambiance, with seductive, dim lighting, with a delightful perfumed incensed aroma. The Moroccan cuisine available is delicious, choose from both hot and cold mezze, tagines and a tasty selection of couscous and wash it all down with an array of cocktails and gently spiced teas. As Maison Touareg now has a super license, enjoy the food, drinks and entertainment (there is often a belly dancer performing!) until 3am. If you are looking for something more laid back and relaxed, watch the rest of London pass you by on the paved terrace with flavoured shishas, such as apple or rose water.

    Stay in our friendly youth hostel in Central London, Astor Museum located very close to Maison Touareg.

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Atm Amenities

Shopping

  • Westbourne Grove

    Westbourne Grove is a retail road running across the young, trendy and chic area of Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It runs from the start of Kensington Park Road all the way to Queensway on the east and crosses over the world famous Portobello Road. It has since been termed both ‘up and coming’ and well as ‘fashionable’ with a mixture of both independent and chain retailers.

    In 1997, London’s Time Out magazine said of Westbourne Grove: “Seeking a key shopping road symbolic of western aspirations, we decided that preposterously fashionable Westbourne Grove, or “Westbourne Village”, has it all. It was here that Madonna headed during breaks in filming “Evita” – to the funky boutiques, the avant-garde florists, the designer jewellery and futuristic furniture (at millennial prices). This is certainly up-and-coming – in terms of price tags that is.”

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  • Westfield Shepherd’s Bush

    Located in White City, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Westfield London was opened in 2008 as Europe’s largest shopping centre, notable for its size of approximately 30 football pitches, or 150,000 square metres.

    In 2009, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush was nominated for the ‘Carbuncle Cup’, an architecture prize given out annually by Building Design magazine, who suggested that the centre was ‘the ugliest building in the United Kingdom completed in the last 12 months.’

    The centre features an estimated 250 stores, including All Saints, Reiss, Zara, Apple, HMV, House of Fraser, Hollister & Co., Jaeger, Kurt Geiger and many more. ‘The Village’ is an area within the shopping centre which is home to many high-end designer retail stores, catering for a large and varied customer base.

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  • Regent Street

    Regent Street is one of the primary shopping streets in the West End, which is regarded as one of the top places to go by both tourists, visitors and local Londoners alike. Every building featured on Regent Street is a Listed Building, all with at least Grade II status and form the Regent Street Conservation Area. Liberty, a well known department store is located on Regent Street in an iconic Tudor style building. Additionally, Hamley’s, another highly regarded toy shop has their flagship store on Regent Street, with the store claiming to be the largest toy store in the whole world!

    All of Regent Street is owned by the Crown Estate, with major redevelopment taking place on the street as well as a few selected side streets. This redevelopment will allow for larger retail stores whilst still retaining the external and somewhat prominent façade.

    Conveniently located near all of our youth hostels in London, if you’re looking for a low cost hotel, stay at Astor Hostels London for cheap accommodation!

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  • Bond Street

    Running North-South between Oxford Street and Piccadilly, Bond Street is a major shopping street in the City of Westminster, West London. Bond Street is now commonly known as the home of many high priced fashion shops, with Bond Street being known as one of the most expensive strips of real estate in the whole world.

    The Northern end of Bond Street is notable as one of the world’s greatest concentrations of high priced, upmarket jewellers, suggesting to many that the presence of the jeweller on the street is regarded as de rigueur for brands who wish to proclaim the highest international standing.

    Additionally, many designer shops are located on Bond Street, such as Armani, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Mulberry, Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, Miu Miu and Alexander McQueen.

    Even if your budget only allows for cheap London accommodation rather than bags of designer goods, if you plan to visit London, Bond Street is a must with some people suggesting it is one of the prettiest areas of London!

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  • Oxford Street

    Known worldwide as a shopping destination, Oxford Street is approximately 1.5 miles long, and is one of Europe’s busiest shopping streets with an estimated 300 shops from 2011. Located in the City of Westminster, the middle of Oxford Street features Oxford Circus, with a busy intersection joining on to Regent’s Street.

    Oxford Street is home to numerous major department stores, as well as flagship stores and smaller, local shops. Many stores located on Oxford Street include Debenhams, House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Selfridge’s and the flagship Topshop store.

    Oxford Street is easily accessible, with many tube stations in close distance, such as Marble Arch, Bond Street, Oxford Circus, and Tottenham Court Road.

    If you’re looking to burn some plastic on Oxford Street during your visit to London, and would like to book a hostel at a youth hostel in London close to Oxford Street, stay at Astor Museum, our lovely central London hotel close by to all the shopping and night life areas!

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  • Camden Market

    The fourth most popular London attraction, attracting approximately 100,000 visitors per weekend, Camden Market, or as it is more commonly known, Camden Lock, is a large retail market located in Camden Town, North London. A variety of different products are sold at the market, such as clothing, fast food, crafts and bric-a-brac. Camden Market is made up of other smaller markets, such as the Stables Market, Buck Street Market, Camden Market and Inverness Street Market. Seen as a hang-out for alternatives, Camden market is a must-see for tourists and locals alike.

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  • Spitalfields Market

    Located in a 13 hectare site in East London, Spitalfields Market is Europe’s main horticultural market which specialises in exotic fruits and vegetables. The market has 115 trading units with cold storage rooms and ripening rooms and large parking facilities to accommodate customers, market personnel and delivery vehicles. Spitalfields Market can be described as an adventure, with unique and exciting things to buy, such as unusual gifts, clothing, accessories and jewellery and is a wonderful and exciting way to spend a Sunday afternoon. If you love a bit of vintage shopping, or love to look out for original and exciting pieces that are unrivalled, Spitalfields is the place to go! Stay in our youth hostels in London, sure to be one for the cheapest hotels in London!

     

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Markets

  • Greenwich Market

    Greenwich Market is a unique and exciting covered market, which has been in existence since the 14th century. It has often been regarded as one of London’s best and most valuable markets, selling a large array of both quirky and unusual pieces, such as, antiques, new and second hand books, hot, delicious, prepared food and vintage, handmade and often new clothing. The market is generally very busy, with very little available space left for visitors to comfortably and easily navigate their way around. Find the well known Flood Gallery for an exciting and exuberant mix of modern art, drawing inspiration from an eclectic mix of movie, landscape art and music that is sure to provide you with entertainment and fun.

    If you want to visit London and are looking for a place to stay in London, or if you’re already staying at one of our young hostels in London, be sure to visit Greenwich Market on your weekends for a bit of unique vintage shopping.

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  • Broadway Market

    Located in Haggerston, the London Borough of Hackney in East London, this Saturday food market was once the site of a busy fruit and vegetable market before the late 20th century, providing the community with a stable source of food and supplies by the community itself. On Saturday’s, Broadway Market is closed off, diverting traffic away from the market, and offers different types of foods and tastes, providing those with a different sense of culture. There are many stalls, pubs, shops, restaurants, and cafes, all of which claim to offer the best food at the lowest price, as well as the most original and vintage clothing.

    Many people who live nearby refuse to shop at conventional supermarkets and grocery stores, swearing by the markets top quality food, often at prices lower or equal to that of supermarkets. The London Fields offers parents and their children a tranquil and unique place to relax and a safe place to play.

    Why not try booking a hostel with us so you can conveniently get to Borough market?

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  • Alfie’s Antique Market

    Located on Church Street, in Marylebone, City Of Westminster, Alfie’s Antique Market is one of the largest indoor markets, great for those wishing to acquire gifts, staying in hotels for cheap. It houses in excess of seventy-five separate dealers, all of which offer a large and varied selection of antiqued goods. The vast array of pieces on offer includes silver, jewellery, furniture, Art Deco items, ceramics, paintings, vintage clothing and glass. The market comprises over 35,000 square feet, spanning over 5 floors and which is ideal if you are staying at a cheap, friendly hostel and need a gift for those back home. In 2005, The Quad was launched, allowing a focus on modern design from the last 100 years. Many renowned designers, such as Jasper Conran, Kelly Hoppen and Tom Dixon have stated that Alfie’s Antique Market remains a destination to conjure up inspiration for their next works, therefore attracting many up and coming artists and antique lovers to the area.

    Alfie’s Antique Market is open Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, from mid-morning until early evening. It is easily accessible, with Marylebone and Edgware Road stations very nearby as well as a host of other budget accommodation in London.

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  • Brick Lane

    Often called Banglatown, Brick Lane is located nearby Spitalfields market in East London, and is the heart of London’s Bangladeshi-Sylheti community. Renowned for its many curry houses, Brick Lane has grown considerably since 1976 when many Bangladeshi immigrants moved to the area. More recently, Brick Lane has become more fashionable and trendy, with many art and fashion students deciding to call the area their work area due to the abundance of many exhibition spaces.

    Visit some of the city’s most well known bars, such as The Vibe Bar, and 93 Feet East or marvel at Christ Church, Spitalfields, one of the finest Anglican churches in the United Kingdom. Additionally, you can also enjoy Brick Lane’s vast array of graffiti walls which feature artists such as Banksy, Ben Eine and D*Face.

    If you’re looking for delicious Indian food whilst staying in one of our international youth hostels in central London, Brick Lane is the place to go.

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  • Camden Market

    The fourth most popular London attraction, attracting approximately 100,000 visitors per weekend, Camden Market, or as it is more commonly known, Camden Lock, is a large retail market located in Camden Town, North London. A variety of different products are sold at the market, such as clothing, fast food, crafts and bric-a-brac. Camden Market is made up of other smaller markets, such as the Stables Market, Buck Street Market, Camden Market and Inverness Street Market. Seen as a hang-out for alternatives, Camden market is a must-see for tourists and locals alike.

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  • Spitalfields Market

    Located in a 13 hectare site in East London, Spitalfields Market is Europe’s main horticultural market which specialises in exotic fruits and vegetables. The market has 115 trading units with cold storage rooms and ripening rooms and large parking facilities to accommodate customers, market personnel and delivery vehicles. Spitalfields Market can be described as an adventure, with unique and exciting things to buy, such as unusual gifts, clothing, accessories and jewellery and is a wonderful and exciting way to spend a Sunday afternoon. If you love a bit of vintage shopping, or love to look out for original and exciting pieces that are unrivalled, Spitalfields is the place to go! Stay in our youth hostels in London, sure to be one for the cheapest hotels in London!

     

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  • Borough Market

    One of the top food markets in Europe, and the largest food market in London, Borough Market sells a selection of food from all over the world. Located in Southwark, Central London, on the southern end of London Bridge, Borough Market operates from Thursday to Sunday, selling fine foods on the retail market, such as Artisan Bakers DeGustibus, Peter Gott and Sillsfield Far and Furness Fish & Game Supplies.

    Many different European and British products from all parts of the UK are represented and sold at the market, such as cheese, meat, freshly baked bread, pastries and fresh fruit and vegetable, as well as pre-prepared food and snack items.

    In recent times, Borough Market has become an extremely fashionable place for people to buy their food items, with Borough Market being heavily supported and promoted by renowned British chefs. Guests at any of our friendly youth hostels in London can easily travel to Borough market for an amazing meal!

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  • Chinatown

    Found in Soho, City of Westminster, Chinatown occupies the majority of Gerrard Street and it’s surrounding areas, and was first established in the area in the 1970’s as a means of catering to the Chinese sailors who frequented in the docklands. It finally began to gain notoriety as a result of the many opium dens, brothels and slum housing rather than the available restaurants and supermarkets. The area boasts over 80 authentic restaurants, the majority of which are Chinese restaurants, as well as bakeries, souvenir shops, supermarkets and other Chinese-run businesses. Head over here for authentic Asian food, but do not expect any products bought from here to be a long lasting investment.

    If you’re enjoying a low cost holiday at one of our international youth hostels, Chinatown is a great, low priced area to find delicious and authentic Asian food.

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  • Covent Garden Market

    Covent Garden Market, located in London’s illustrious West End is a fashionable shopping and tourist site with many exciting street performers and elegant buildings, home to many entertainment facilities such as Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, the London Transport Museum, The Royal Opera House, St. Paul’s Church, and of course, our fun and trendy backpackers hostel, Astor Museum.

    For many years, Covent Garden has been associated with both shopping and entertainment, with over 13 theatres and in excess of 60 pubs. Licensed for street entertainment, performers audition for allocated slots around the market, therefore providing the public with what can only be described as the best in street performance. Covent Garden is easily accessible by tube, however, expect a mad rush into and out of the station especially during the evenings and on weekends.

    Guests at our cheap budget accommodation in London who have visited Covent Garden have come back with only the best recommendations!

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Galleries And Museums

  • National Gallery

    The National Gallery is another art museum located at Trafalgar Square, and houses over 2300 paintings, all of which date back to the mid 13th century until the 1900’s. The National Gallery is one of the fourth most visited art museums in the world, placed after the Musee du Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum. The building in which the National Gallery is housed was designed between 1832-1838 by renowned designer William Wilkins, with the façade of the building facing Trafalgar Square remaining unchanged as a result of the growth and expansion of the museum. The museum was established after the British government bought 38 paintings from the heirs of John Julius Angerstein, who was an insurance broker as well as a patron of the arts in 1824. Since its humble beginnings, the gallery has grown slowly, with the collection exhibited considered underwhelming when compared to other European galleries.

    The National Gallery is a definite must visit for all guests at our hostels, especially first time visitors to London. Stay at our trendy London backpackers hostel and enjoy cheap holidays in our cheap rooms.

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  • Tate Modern

    The Tate Modern is a modern art gallery and Britain’s national gallery of international modern art, housing the national collection of British art from 1500 to present day artists as well as a collection of international modern and contemporary art. Located in London in the former Bankside Power Station, it is one of the most visited modern art galleries in the world, attracting in excess of 4 million visitors annually.

    The main collection exhibited consists of four separate wings, all of which take up approximately half a floor of the main building, each wing named with a different and separate theme or subject, and the collection inside is continually changing and evolving, exhibiting different works and collections which keep within the set theme and subject. Some previous collections and exhibitions have included; ‘History/Memory/Society’, ‘Still Life/Object/Real Life’, and ‘Nude/Action/Body’.

    The Tate Modern additionally features ‘The Turbine Hall’, which historically housed the electric generators of the power station, which features 3,400 square metres of floor space and stands at over 5 storeys tall. The hall is currently used to display very large works that are specially commissioned by the artists themselves.

    If you’re looking for a young hostel in central London offering cheap hotel rooms, look no further than Astor Hostels London… And for all you art lovers, stay at Astor Museum Hostel, located within close proximity to the Tate Modern.

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  • The Royal Academy

    The Royal Academy of Arts is a large and renowned art institute based in London, and is an independent, privately funded academic institution led by renowned artists and architects, who have devoted their time to promoting the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of visual arts through an array of exhibitions.

    Michelangelo’s Taddei Tondo (The Virgin and The Child with the Infant St. John) only marble sculpture, representing the Virgin Mary who is seated, with baby Jesus on her lap, whilst she looks towards the infant St. John the Baptist who is offering baby Jesus a bird, is one of the Academy’s most prized and priceless possessions. The Taddei Tondo is on display at the Academy in a purpose-built area in one of the wings.

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  • Natural History Museum

    This is a museum in South Kensington, designed by Alfred Waterhouse and built in 1881, as a result of a massive surge in the collection and categorization of historic material and other forms of scientific research in the 1800’s.  Considered the leader in Taxonomy.

    Dubbed the ‘Cathedral of Nature,’ it is famous for it’s dinosaur skeletons, and impressive architecture.  Home to earth science specimins the museum is made up of five important collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Paleontology and Zoology.

    The collections originate from the British Museum, and were built to give more space for the display of items of scientific value.  A world-renowned research institution, the Natural History Museum can boast specimens collected by Darwin himself.  The Natural History Museum Library is also one of the largest collections of academic research, scientific journals, books and manuscripts.  Admission is free.

    Whilst the Natural History Museum is a must visit for guests at all our backpackers hostels in Central London, those guests who choose to visit the museum frequently should stay at Astor Hyde Park hostel, one of the best hostels in London.

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One of the oldest low budget hotels 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...