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 Westbourne

    On a quiet afternoon, it would be easy to dismiss The Westbourne as another standard Victorian gastropub, with its stripped wood, chalkboards and leather sofas. However, if you decide to stay until the sun makes its descent, the place transforms and fills up with young, trendy and sophisticated professionals, who chose The Westbourne as their boozer of choice. Whilst there is hardly any seating, which adds to the appeal (especially in the summer when the outside gets busy full of people mingling), the kitchen serves up a wonderful and tasty Mediterranean-influenced British style food. Try the delicious artichoke soup, flavoured with truffle oil, chips and a helping of Bearnaise sauce, and after, indulge in sticky toffee pudding or a ‘pressed’ chocolate cake.

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  • The Prince Albert

    Conveniently located just below the Gate Theatre, at Notting Hill Gate, this homely and neighbourhood pub attracts the culture vultures and the thirsty thespians at the start of the night. With four cask ales which are regularly rotated at the bar, native ciders and a large collection of lagers from all over the world, the bar thankfully operates a ‘try before you buy’ policy to ensure everyone that comes through the doors are very happy with their resulting drink. The food menu is extremely impressive and matched the long list of beers they have on offer, with daily specials and hearty sandwiches. The Prince Albert is a welcoming and friendly pub with several cosy and intimate nooks, as well as a large partially covered garden.

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  • The Oak

    When The Oak first opened, it was originally meant to be another regular pub. However, luckily enough for us, The Oak now operates as a rustic Italian restaurant, decorated to the nines with scrubbed wooden tables and an impressive wood-fired pizza oven. Start your dinner off with vitello tonnato, seared squid and toasted bruschetta laden with creamy burrata, or perhaps try sampling an authentic, thin crust pizza, warmed and cooked to perfection with some people labelling the pizza ‘the best in London’. If you seek something more sophisticated and refined for you palate, sample the grilled zucchini, or the salted ricotta drizzled with delicious truffle oil.

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  • The Cow

    Whilst the downstairs of this pub is extremely tiny, yet exudes a subtle and captivating Irish charm as a result of the well stocked oyster bar and laid-back and simple menu (indulge in some clam chowder, or the deliciously simple hearty steak pie complimented with an ice cold Guinness) the upstairs dining room allows for a more fine dining experience. With classy white tablecloths and elegant wood panelling with giant prints setting the scene for a menu which generally sticks to the wholesome British cuisine.

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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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  • Montgomery Place

    Montgomery Place has drawn inspiration from ‘the roaring era of Hemingway… and the rebirth of cool’, with its low profile, and almost ambiguous exterior serving a delicious menu where variety is definitely served up – tasty traditional cocktails and a mash up of gorgeous fruity flavours and ice-cold Tanqueray.

    The outside of Montgomery Place is decorated with a handful of tables in the summer, whilst the prime table, located by the window on the inside, is an ideal place to sit and people watch. The bar is the place to see and be seen, whereas, if it is a more intimate setting you desire, the large back room is the place to go.

    If you’re looking for the best cheap hotels in London, have a look at our youth hostels in Central London… And if you’d like a fun hostel near Montgomery Place, look no further than Astor Quest hostel.

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  • The Prince Bonaparte

    Located away from the hustle and bustle of busy Portobello Road & Westbourne Grove, The Prince Bonaparte remains a haven for young professionals who centre their decision to spend their hard earned cash on the various available real ales, carefully selected wines and commendable food. The interior hints at The Prince Bonaparte’s luxury, with high ceilings, hanging chandeliers, floral lampshades with exposed brickwork and wood panelling owing to a stylish and cosy dining experience, yet despite its old fashioned and homely décor, The Prince Bonaparte remains entirely contemporary. The extremely inviting bar remains at the centre of The Prince Bonaparte experience, with a large and comfortable dining area and an additional light conservatory.

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  • The Churchill Arms

    Conveniently located just off Kensington Church Street, The Churchill Arms is a warm and friendly pub emanating an orange glow, with light reflecting from the odds and ends, which hang from the prominent beams.

    Although perceived as unfashionable, and as a result, full of character, The Churchill Arms is the go-to place for an easy pint or a quick stop for delicious Thai food. Widely celebrated by regulars and tourists alike, The Churchill Arms is a fine establishment for delicious and quick food on the go.

    Perfect for our young and trendy guests, The Churchill Arms is a great spot for those staying in a cheap room at one of our youth hostels providing them with cheap hotel accommodation.

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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.

    If you’re looking to stay in London cheap, look at our youth hostels in Central London – perfect for enjoying the tourist attractions during the day, and partying like a Londoner at night.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

    If you’re looking for hotel accommodation in London, check out our London youth hostels for cheap rooms to make the most of your time staying 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.

    If you need a place to stay in London, check out our low budget hotels offering incredible hostel accommodation in London!

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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.

    If a central London hostel is what you’re looking for, why not try one of our friendly hostels – Astor Hostels.

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  • Portobello Market

    Portobello Road—a street running the length of Notting Hill, West London – is home to Portobello Market every Saturday. It is considered one of London’s most prominent street markets, and is known for second-hand, vintage clothing, and for remaining the largest antiques market in the United Kingdom. Portobello Market is extremely popular with both tourists and local Londoners over the years, and shows no signs of waning popularity. Throughout the week, however, there are many stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables originating from the 19th century, as well as some stalls selling cheese, cakes and bread, and a further smaller Fashion Market.

    If you’re looking for London accommodation in a cheap hostel, look no further than Astor Hostels…. And if you’d like a hostel near to Portobello Market, try out Astor Quest Hostel.

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  • Princess Diana Memorial

    Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opened this beautiful memorial to Princess Diana, Duchess of Cambridge in July 2004.

    Located in the middle of Hyde Park in Kensington & Chelsea, the memorial was designed by Kathryn Gustafson, to reflect Diana’s life, symbolizing her openness and dedication to equality and hope.

    The fountain was built using only the highest quality materials.  Built out of 545 pieces of Cornish granite, each perfectly shaped and laid by the finest of sculptors, the Princess Diana Memorial is a truly stunning fountain, where visitors can enjoy the tranquillity and openness of Princess Diana herself.

    If you’re interested in booking a hostel near the Princess Diana Memorial, check out Astor Hyde Park, one of the best hostels in London!

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Places To Eat

  • Tom’s Deli

    Tom’s Deli is very much like any other American diner that you may have visited – however, Tom’s Deli serves up the British equivalent of burgers and hot dogs served up with crispy chips. Enjoy a classic Full English breakfast, or snack on a toastie loaded with delicious melted cheddar cheese, and accompany your meals with either Heinz Ketchup or even the truly British HP Sauce, with bottles on every Formica topped table. Relax during a cozy and warm afternoon tea served with cake, and eat outside in the leafy covered courtyard garden when the weather permits. Whilst there is a small deli in the basement of this restaurant, most people come for the vintage English sweetshop display decorating the windows. Be sure to get yourself a bad of gobstoppers or a sherbet fountain before leaving.

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  • Taqueria

    Upon one’s first entrance to Taqueria, the sight of the dark wooden floors mixed with the comfortable and large padded red leather seats, one could possibly liken a standard American diner to Taqueria, an authentic and traditional Mexican and Southern Californian restaurant. However, despite first impressions, the tacos, quesadillas and tostados served at this restaurant will probably taste just as good, or even better, than the ones you may find in Mexico itself! Corn tortillas are made fresh daily, and then stuffed with tasty shredded, slow cooked pork or char-grilled steak according to taste. Enjoy your food alongside a range of imported beers, and an eye wateringly impressive selection of tequilas, which can be mixed into salty margaritas or drunk neat.

    Located close to our budget accommodation in London offering our visitors cheap rooms in a fun, youth hostel, allowing them to benefit from low cost holidays.

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  • Le Café Anglais

    Located on top of Whiteleys, a shopping centre, and London’s first department store in Bayswater, Le Café Anglais is an elegant and luxurious restaurant catering for ‘all tastes’ with the high price tag to match. Feast on the duck salad with girolles, following up with seared mackeral and peas with a gooseberry sauce, or perhaps taste our amazingly refreshing summer time treat of chocolate roulade accompanied by fresh raspberries on the delicious all day menu, which will set you back about £25. If, however, you have budgeted more money for your Le Café Anglais experience, sample the spaghetti with crab, roast squab and apricots, or even the grilled hake with salsa verde from a menu which straddles the line between Europe and the British Isles.

    If you’re looking for cheap places to stay in a backpackers hostel around Cafe Anglais, look no further than Astor Quest hostel.

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  • Hummingbird Bakery

    If you’re looking for a nice quiet coffee shop during the day to enjoy a cup of coffee and some sweets, Hummingbird Bakery is the place to go! With mouth wateringly delicious cupcakes in a plethora of flavours and coloured icings, Hummingbird Bakery has become well known with the young, trendy and chic. Sit inside, although, as the bakeries are generally quite small, you may have a bit of a problem trying to find available tables… But if all else fails, sit outside in the small seating area and watch the world go by. Whilst the cupcakes are absolutely delicious and will leave you wanting more, be warned that they are priced quite high for what is essentially a small slice of cake, and that you may find your money better spent at a Starbuck’s when buying coffee.

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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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  • Cote Brasserie

    Although Cote is a chain restaurant, it has an air of a certain sophistication to it that allows the customer to feel as if they are actually in a little brasserie in Paris. With delicious French cuisine, with the bravery to offer steak tartare, Cote is a must visit for all those who would like to experience first hand the taste of France yet are unable to budget a trip to gay Paree.

    Stay in one of our fun and friendly hostels and eat at Cote Brasserie for a taste of French sophistication whilst enjoying London on a budget!

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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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  • Westbourne House

    Decorated luxuriously with large and comfortable gilt chairs, leather upholstery and ornate mirrors, Westbourne House differ from most other archetypal boozers. Although distinctly quiet during the week, you can find Westbourne House packed with tourists and locals at the weekend, usually ordering from the expansive list of cocktails. The food menu includes various tapas, such as meatballs and tortillas to ward off and satisfy any hunger pangs you may experience.

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  • Med Mezze

    Conveniently located in Queensway, West London, Med Mezze is popular with both visitors and locals, serving delicious Moroccan and Lebanese cuisine in an idyllic setting. The interior can only be described as inviting, with dimmed lighting, tiled floor, and jewel coloured scheme adding to the credibility of the aromatically spiced food. Trinkets, such as ornaments, lamps, teapots and wall hangings decorate the restaurant, possibly found in the nearby antiques market, allow Med Mezze’s guests to enjoy their delicious meal in the intimate yet calm surroundings.  Furthermore, with great value for money and with such a trendy and chic location, Med Mezze is a wonderful restaurant to try if you have a taste for the East.

    If whilst booking hostels, you look for the ‘cheapest hotel in London’, look no further than Astor Quest, one of our West End hotels in London.

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  • Bloody French

    This chic, brick-clad contemporary French canteen serves an expansive menu mixing classic bohemian bistro style food with some Med-inspired dishes as a result of the arrival of a new chef.  Cooking up risotto drizzled with truffle oil and salsa verde and seafood, Bloody French does not disappoint. The dessert menu satisfies all and stays true to its truly French roots with portions of crème brulee and tarte tartin. Weekend brunches are extremely busy at Bloody French, with many people enjoying their two to five course menus – or ‘formules’. Wonderful service with even better tasting food and drink and a cozy ambience make Bloody French a go-to for romantic dinners or lazy lunches with your friends and loved ones.

    If you’re looking to stay in London for cheap and fancy staying around Bloody French, why not stay in Astor Quest, one of the best London hostels?

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  • Royal China

    If you are looking for an authentic dim sum experience, Royal China is the place to go. With extremely high quality food that can be continuously relied upon, and efficient service with a recently renovated interior, the Royal China is pretty much always busy with Londoners and tourists alike all queuing for a genuine Chinese dining experience.

     

    Decorated with elegant gold murals atop of black lacquer-lined walls with an extensive menu featuring the aforementioned dim sum, steamed buns, spring rolls and dumplings.  The staff are extremely efficient and accurate, if a little cold and impersonal.  A must for those who enjoy the hustle and bustle of a good quality Chinese restaurant serving delicious dumplings of dim sum, and who don’t mind having queue for a table.

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  • Crazy Homies/Taqueria

    Located in a neon-lit basement, Crazy Homies is bright, colourful and loud with large jukeboxes pumping out blaring beats. With a large wall filled with spirits, Crazy Homies is perpetually filled with trendy youngsters enjoying their tequila spirits and burritos.  Tequila and mezcal, as imagined when visiting a Mexican restaurant, is in a large majority of the cocktails and the seven different types of Margaritas available. The menu features a range of different Mexican dishes – quesadillas with chorizo to tacos and shrimp burros, however, be warned that most of the people frequenting Crazy Homies do not go for their culinary treats but more for the party surroundings. Luckily for us, this makes Crazy Homies a go-to spot for our young and trendy guests who benefit from cheap accommodation by staying in our cheap hotels in Central London.

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Nightlife

  • Trailer Happiness

    This exciting retro rum bar has hardly changed since it was established despite a change of ownership – and what a blessing for the rest of us! Complete with JH Lynch prints, wood-effect walls and patterned fabric, this 60’s tiki get up has continued to remain distinct and relevant in fast paced London. Choose from the new and exciting cocktail menu, with a spicy Asian-style Mr Yellow Belly (Wray & Nephew white rum mixed with lime and jerk and tamarind syrup) or sip a Cool Cat In The Hat (Wray & Nephew, Galliano, Diplomatico Exclusiva and orange tincture and Marasca cherry liqueur) The new and improved dinner menu serves up bar-friendly delicious snacks, all served at a reasonable price – enjoy jerk burgers with some banana ketchup, or nibble at the blackened salmon accompanied by a pickle salad.

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  • Beach Blanket Babylon

    Despite receiving bad reviews, and being accused of having a lack of ‘substance’ Beach Blanket Babylon, or BBB as it is sometimes called, is consistently busy during the weekends, with a loyal following of customers. Absolutely gorgeous, yet somewhat luxuriously opulent interiors decorate this club, with ornate and gaudy purple chairs, vaulted cellars and elaborate fireplaces hint at a cross between the Palace of Versailles and another run of the mill drag-queen club. The young and affluent who frequent Beach Blanket Babylon will drink million dollar mojitios and Moscow mules, and other such cocktails, all priced around the £10 mark. Come for a ridiculously expensive, and a possible train wreck of a dinner, and enjoy the vulgar moneyed atmosphere. If BBB is something you may be interested at whilst staying at one our wonderful low budget hotels, Astor Quest would be the most convenient accommodation choices in London!

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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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Entertainment

  • The Puppet Theatre Barge

    Found on a converted barge (a flat bottomed boat), The Puppet Theatre Barge is a fifty-seater marionette theatre, which presents daily puppet shows, all of which put a fun and exciting modern twist to what would normally be traditional tales and kids’ classics, for both adults and children alike. The Puppet Theatre is moored in Little Venice, in Maida Vale throughout the year, and moves to Richmond-upon-Thames during the warmer summer months. Whilst going to one of these shows may be a last minute decision, be sure to wander around the Maida Vale area afterwards, and stop by the canal for a cold drink or perhaps a bite to eat. The beauty of The Puppet Theatre Barge lies mainly in it’s gorgeous surroundings, and despite the shows presented being produced at the highest quality, many adults may find that they don’t want or need to go to a show unless they have obligations with children.

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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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  • Portobello Star

    With no obvious signage, it is often common to confuse the Portobello Star with a speakeasy, however, the large gaggle of trendy professionals outside the entrance often help you to locate this small bar. The Portobello Star is mainly a sparingly decorated long, thin room with a handful of tables and a square booth located at the back of the bar. The bar, being the obvious attraction, serves up a wonderfully edited menu of classic and modern cocktails. Widely celebrating Gin, the owners of the Portobello Star have recently opened Ginstitute, where customers can attempt distilling their own concoction.

    Although you may have to shout in order to make yourself heard over the pumping DJs, the variation of music styles played in this pub can’t help but attract the trendy and chic residents of Notting Hill.

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  • The Idler Academy

    With a large fan base, including regular customer Louis Theroux, The Idler Academy, a cosy bookshop/coffeehouse/school/hang out, owned by Victoria Hull and Tom Hodgkinson, the author and editor of The Idler magazine, who have stated that they “want to bring this spirit of cultivated leisure to the 21st century, and cross it with the lively atmosphere of an 18th century coffeehouse.” Despite its name conjuring up images of couch potatoes and laziness, The Idler Academy has a subtle yet obvious knack of perfecting the art of slacking in a more usefully and educational way.

    The interior is decorated with a range of new and second-hand books for you to peruse whilst enjoying your coffee on one of the abundant comfy chairs, be tempted by the strong and delicious smell of freshly made cakes, and allow your inner creative to run wild with the available pencils, geometry sets, cards and exercise books. If that isn’t enough, The Idler Academy additionally provide different courses to sit your individual needs, providing both education and entertainment through both practical and academic subjects, such as book keeping, English grammar, Latin, Life drawing, gardening, calligraphy, playing the ukulele and even embroidery.

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  • The Coronet Cinema

    Offering extremely cheap movies (£3.50 on a Tuesday regardless of whether you’re a student or not!) The Coronet Cinema is a small yet charismatic cinema with history, located conveniently on Notting Hill Gate, West London. Whilst the cinema may not offer you what other major cinemas such as the Odeon may offer you – surround sound, good views from every comfortable seat, extremely large screens – it makes up in character and history what it doesn’t in facilities. The tiny booking booth in the marble entrance will transport you back to a time when going to the cinema in the evening was a welcome treat, and the small viewing balcony and the endearing two screens that the cinema has will remind you of how generic and uninspiring other cinemas are. A must visit for those who would love to watch current blockbusters at a cheaper, bargain price whilst staying in our low cost hotels, charging cheap hotel prices.

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  • All Star Lanes

    This 8-lane boutique bowling alley is a must for those nights were you just want to be able to have fun in a relaxed and comfortable setting without spending bucket loads of money. All Star Lanes – conveniently located near Quest, one of our hostels in West London – has a bright and cheerful 50’s style diner serving up American classics, such as juicy burgers and chips, mac and cheese, and buffalo wings with creamy blue cheese sauce. If that’s not enough to entice you to come check this place out yourself, the award winning bar team at the Las Vegas inspired bar can rustle up a variety of tasty cocktails ensuring you visit again. Many customers have raved about their personalised drinks – if you chat with any of the bartenders and tell them what type of drink you like, the bartender will be sure to make a delicious concoction tailored to your liking. At the end of the night, after indulging in numerous tasty cocktails, it’ll be easy for any of our guests to go back to their hostel accommodation in London and to retire to their comfortable and trendy budget room.

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Theatre Musicals

  • 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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  • Old Vic Theatre

    Located south-east of Waterloo station, on Waterloo Road, Lambeth, The Old Vic was established in 1818 as the Royal Coburg Theatre. Since February 2010, the theatre obtained a new performance venue below the current London Waterloo Station, which features a series of dark, underground tunnels, allowing for a wonderful and unique performance space as well as an area for artists to exhibit their installations. In 2003, it was reported that famous American actor Kevin Spacey was appointed as the new artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre Company, as a result, receiving a substantial amount of media attention.

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  • Theatre Peckham

    Theatre Peckham is a production company, which offers arts education and training to the younger generation at a high quality level in the London Borough of Southwark and it’s surrounding areas. Established more than 20 years ago, the theatre continues to produce several productions every year, using both professional actors as well as students who have enrolled into the theatre’s workshops. As a result, this allows many of the students a natural progression in to professional performances just from merely participating. With a large capacity of approximately 160 patrons, the theatre is also available for hire by other production companies or community groups for performances, presentations, meetings, workshops and conferences when required.

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  • Wyndham’s Theatre

    Located in the West End, on Charing Cross Road in the City of Westminster, Wyndham’s Theatre, built in 1916, can accommodate up to 760 patrons on three separate levels. A recent refurbishment, however, has introduced a new level. The theatre was opened by an actor/manager named Charles Wyndham, who also established the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus, another famous West End theatre, with a smaller seating capacity of approximately 590 patrons spread across three separate levels. It has been the home of incredible plays and productions, including The Vagina Monologues, The King’s Speech, Abigail’s Party, Much Ado About Nothing, The Shawshank Redemption and Avenue Q.

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  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

    Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of The Globe Theatre, another Elizabethan playhouse, located along the River Thames, in the London Borough of Southwark. The original globe was built in 1599, but was unfortunately destroyed by a disastrous fire in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII. It was then rebuilt the following year, and was then demolished again in 1644.

    The present theatre is now located on Bankside, approximately 700 feet away from the original site, whilst an additional indoor theatre was built next door to accommodate cast members during rehearsals, and for education projects. It is now proposed to open in 2013 as a fully kitted out public theatre.

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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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  • The Gate

    With an expansive cocktail menu, full of both classic and mixed cocktails, The Gate at Notting Hill offers all the ingredients for a greatly successful night out. Although quite pricey, despite the Zone 1 address, The Gate Restaurant and Bar serve delicious Asian cuisine with a tasty array of canapés and ‘light bites’. With a large dance floor and rocking DJ for after dinner entertainment, The Gate has events on every night making it the go-to place for young, trendy professionals living and working in the Notting Hill area.

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  • The Print Room

    Situated just off Westbourne Grove, this converted 50’s warehouse is now a graphic design workshop, exhibition space and studio theatre all rolled in to one. The Spectator suggests that The Print Room is the ‘most exciting fringe venues in London’ with ‘every production it programs [turning] into a must-see’. As a privately funded charity, The Print Room is the place to go if you are looking for wonderful and unknown pieces by many different types of artists, and to give you the opportunity to work with established and emerging artists from all fields of work.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Portobello Market

    Portobello Road—a street running the length of Notting Hill, West London – is home to Portobello Market every Saturday. It is considered one of London’s most prominent street markets, and is known for second-hand, vintage clothing, and for remaining the largest antiques market in the United Kingdom. Portobello Market is extremely popular with both tourists and local Londoners over the years, and shows no signs of waning popularity. Throughout the week, however, there are many stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables originating from the 19th century, as well as some stalls selling cheese, cakes and bread, and a further smaller Fashion Market.

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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.

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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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