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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  • The Duke of Wellington

    Conveniently located near Marylebone, The Duke Of Wellington is gastropub attracting a well-heeled clientele with a taste for more adventurous food – sample the truffled mozzarella starter or the roast veal and lobster salad with endives and a gorgeous sweet dill dressing. The wine list is extremely impressive with a wine to suit every diners’ tastes. Decorated with White Cube posters as well as enticing framed front pages in the small but extremely bright and happy dining room, The Duke of Wellington is miles away from what you would consider a regular, run of the mill pub.

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  • The Warwick Arms

    With a name so British, it could easily be dismissed as just another run of the mill bar serving pub classics such as fish and chips and pies, however, The Warwick Arms is actually a wood and brass decorated Fuller’s hostelry specialising in Indian curries during the evenings. Whilst it may live up to its name during the lunch time, dishing up standard pub grub, the evenings roll out wonderfully spiced Indian food, such as bhunas, rogan josh, dhansaks and baltis. Often hailed better than some of the curry houses located on Brick Lane, The Warwick Arms is a wonderful place to visit to sample the delicious food, whilst also giving you the opportunity to drink and enjoy the comforting pub facilities.

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  • The Orange Public House & Hotel

    Known to be extremely busy during the weekends, Saturday’s especially, The Orange Pubic House & Hotel bar seems to be constantly full. Exuding an air of elegance in this casual chic restaurant cum hotel, The Orange Public House is a wonderful place to stop for delicious food – the menu is well thought out and serves up wonderful home comfort food – and an array of tasty alcoholic drinks.

    The restaurant is decorated with sophisticated worn wood with stylish taupe furnishings and is priced reasonably for food as delicious as it smells.

    With great service from the attentive staff, it is not hard to guess why the Orange Public House is able to attract such large crowds every evening.

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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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  • Fleet Air Arm Memorial

    This bronze statue commemorates the dead of the Fleet Air Arm, who operate aircraft in support of the Royal Navy’s Ships and shore establishments. The figure, called Daedalus, shows a pilot bearing wings and is by James Butler RA. The statue was unveiled in June 2000 by the Prince of Wales and it can be found in the Whitehall Extension of Victoria Embankment Gardens, between the Ministry of Defence’s Main Building and the River Thames.

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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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  • St James Park

    St James Park is a 23-hectare park located in the City of Westminster and is regarded as one of the oldest of the Royal Parks of London. Buckingham Palace can be found on the west of the park, whilst St. James’ Palace and The Mall are located to the North. The park has a large lake with two islands, Duck Island and West Island. Duck Island was named after the lake’s large colony of waterfowl and pelicans, gifted from the Russian Ambassador in 1664. A bridge, named ‘The Blue Bridge’ which spans across the lake allows views across the west of Buckingham Palace, whilst looking east provides a view of the Swire fountain.

    If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in London Victoria, try out Astor Victoria, one of the best London Victoria hostels!

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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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Green Space

  • Fleet Air Arm Memorial

    This bronze statue commemorates the dead of the Fleet Air Arm, who operate aircraft in support of the Royal Navy’s Ships and shore establishments. The figure, called Daedalus, shows a pilot bearing wings and is by James Butler RA. The statue was unveiled in June 2000 by the Prince of Wales and it can be found in the Whitehall Extension of Victoria Embankment Gardens, between the Ministry of Defence’s Main Building and the River Thames.

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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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  • St James Park

    St James Park is a 23-hectare park located in the City of Westminster and is regarded as one of the oldest of the Royal Parks of London. Buckingham Palace can be found on the west of the park, whilst St. James’ Palace and The Mall are located to the North. The park has a large lake with two islands, Duck Island and West Island. Duck Island was named after the lake’s large colony of waterfowl and pelicans, gifted from the Russian Ambassador in 1664. A bridge, named ‘The Blue Bridge’ which spans across the lake allows views across the west of Buckingham Palace, whilst looking east provides a view of the Swire fountain.

    If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in London Victoria, try out Astor Victoria, one of the best London Victoria hostels!

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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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Places To Eat

  • Chimes

    Established 30 years ago on a busy Pimlico side street, Chimes has improved and grown from strength to strength since its humble beginnings. Providing delicious English comfort foods, Chimes tours the English counties for delicious dishes, including Shropshire fidget pie, Cumberland sausages and mash, West Country cider marinating tasty cod fillets, and gorgeous traditional puddings (not to be confused with ‘desserts’!) such as treacle tarts and apple crumbles.

    Chimes’ dining room is reminiscent of an English country pub with traditional and antiqued wooden tables and dusty but appealing books and bric-a-brac. The beautiful old bar is definitely one of the main features of this pub, with a large selection of ciders, lagers and ales. Chimes is the go-to place for delicious and traditional British food, with an array of drinks to compliment your meal. Luckily for our guests and ourselves, Chimes is a short walking distance from our hostel in London Victoria, and those who enjoy our hotel deals can save up that little extra for a delicious and well earned meal at Chimes!

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  • Goya

    Named after Francisco Goya, a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker, this warm and comfortable tapas style bar and restaurant has smartly dressed waiters catering to their well-to-do clientele. With delicious and patriotic paellas, duck marinated in a sweet sherry sauce, sea bass a la plancha and delicious olives and shallots complimenting their traditional selection of tapas, Goya is the go to place for high end, fancy yet delicious Spanish cuisine.

    Many guests that have stayed at Astor Hostels would recommend Goya on to other guests, and stated that staying in budget accommodation in London, such as our youth hostels, allowed them to be able to enjoy the finer luxuries around London.

    The interior is decorated with rustic heavy wooden chairs and deep arched alcoves adding to the primal ambience in the basement dining room. The more relaxed tapas bar is a buzz with clients enjoying their meals and drinks, with the occasional popping of Cava corks. Goya is wonderful place to dine and drink afternoons in to evenings, with summer being exceptionally busy, often filling up the outdoor areas of the restaurant with customers enjoying all that Goya has to offer.

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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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  • 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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  • About Thyme

    Located right in the heart of London in a well-liked neighbourhood near our hotel in London, About Thyme serves up a delicious and modern European cuisine.   The frontage is painting with a kitschy purple hue, which may put some diners off, however, the atmosphere within the restaurant is extremely relaxed and friendly, with a distinct and recognizable bar serving up an extensive wine list from all over the world. With attractive prices  for those staying in a budget hotel, which bring many local office workers, or for a intimate dinner date, About Thyme is the place to go for delicious food known for their tasty flavours and contrasts in the textures of ingredients a great place to try out if you are staying in one of our cheap hotels in Central London.

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  • Baku

    Celebrated as one of London’s first Azerbaijani restaurants, Baku serves up a delicious mix of the Azerbaijani cuisine along with classic European dishes. Decorated luxuriously, with a collection of Persian rugs, chandeliers and stained glass window panels, Baku is sure to impress the well-to-do clientele it regularly draws in. Integrating a modern and contemporary way of ordering, customers are presented with iPads displaying the day’s menu, which is then cooked in the gorgeous open plan kitchen. Enjoy a wonderful range of Caspian caviar, fruity sherbet aperitifs, delicious and hearty meatball soups topped with sour pomegranate molasses and saffron rice puddings delicately scented with rose water.

    If you’re looking for a more casual jaunt, head up the spiral staircase to the wonderful copper toned bar for tapas-style nibbles and mouth-watering cocktails. Luckily for us, Baku is conveniently near one of our London youth hostels, The Astor Victoria. With low cost accommodation bam smack in the centre of London, you’ll have more money to splurge on the delicious and expensive meals served up at Baku!

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  • Buddha Bar

    With gorgeously fused Oriental and baroque interior spread over 2 floors, with a massive wall mounted bronze Buddha and incredible chandeliers with dragons hanging from the ceiling, Buddha Bar is a haven of trendy and fashionable Pan Asian cuisine, high life vibes and world acclaimed music and is conveniently located by our London Victoria hostel and with delicious food served in small portions for painful prices, diners must budget approximately £50 per head on food alone. Drinks, whilst also pleasing to the palette, demand premium prices, however, with world class service and in such a chic and sophisticated environment, one cannot be blamed for indulging in Buddha Bar on the rare occasion.

    Stay in one of our cheap hotel rooms in Central London to save up for a night of indulgence here!

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  • Bumpkin

    Bumpkin is all about seasonal produce, brought from all corners of the United Kingdom and served up in a warm and homely environment.  Ideal for a leisurely lunch or romantic dinner, if you want traditional British food this is the place for you.

    With three locations across London, including two in Kensington and Chelsea, Bumpkin forms part of the Ignite Group (see Nightlife sub-section). Prince William and Kate Middleton hosted 27 of their staff here for Christmas lunch in December 2012.

    ‘Bumpkin’s take on a funky farmhouse kitchen is charming.’ Time out says: ‘It’s buzzy fun and one up from a gastro pub, with a jolly wine list, farmhouse ciders and a guest ale on draught – hurrah!  You are sure to have a traditional British culinary experience with its linen tea towels, rustic feel and ‘simple comfort food.’

    Why not come stay in either our Astor Hostel Victoria London or even our Astor Hyde Park if you’d like budget accommodation around this restaurant!

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Entertainment

  • CASK Pub & Kitchen

    Rated 4.5* out of 5* on www.goodbeergoodpubs.co.uk, CASK Pub & Kitchen has one of the largest collections of brews in London, with the pub billing itself as ‘London’s permanent beer festival.’ Many guests at our London Victoria hostel have even suggested that CASK is one of their favourite pubs to visit whilst staying in London due to the sheer variety of beers available!

    Beer lovers will find themselves right at home here, with a vast array of British draught ales, such as Mighty Oak, Otley, Brodies & Kernel and Thornbridge, in excess of 50 bottled brews, all hailing from the US, Denmark and Italy, and the unforgettable English pilsner, Taddington Moravka on tap. For those of you who are not that big into all the beers CASK Pub & Kitchen have on offer, they also cater to the large population of wine drinkers with their extensive wine lists with something to suit every taste. The food on offer is also delicious. Serving up traditional and classic English cuisine, with delicious and hearty sandwiches, large platters ideal for sharing, and tasty chunky mains such as Shepherd’s Pie, CASK Pub & Kitchen is a wonderful pub to visit to suit one and all!

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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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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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  • Harrods

    Known worldwide as the store that sells everything, Harrods is a wonderland for shopaholics, and a nightmare for your bank account. The exterior is distinctive against its backdrop, with a terracotta façade with the distinguished moss green awnings and is located in Knightsbridge, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. With over 1 million square feet in selling space and in excessive of 330 departments, Harrods is the largest department store in the whole of Europe, offering a wide range of products on offer, such as clothing for men, women, children and infants, jewellery, electronics, bridal trousseau, sporting gear, pet accessories, pets, toys, food and drink, health and beauty, stationary, house ware, packaged gifts, furniture and much, much more. Attracting approximately 300,000 customers on peak days, Harrods is the place to go for all of your shopping desires, however, due to the large crowds it brings in, don’t expect a comfortable shopping experience.

    If you’re looking for cheap London accommodation during your visit to better budget for shopping sprees at Harrods, why not stay in one of our biggest youth hostels, Astor Victoria London.

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  • Harvey Nichols

    Less impressive than its rival, Harrods, Harvey Nichols is a department store located in Knightsbridge, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea selling clothing, beauty products, fashion accessories, wine and food. Attracting a larger percentage of younger shoppers than Harrods, Harvey Nichols sells a variation of emerging British talent, such as Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou, new designers, with the likes of Meadham Kirchoff and Brian Reyes and world favourites like Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan, Harvey Nichols is still a superb shopping destination for the well to do lot of the surrounding area.

    If you’re looking for cheap London accommodation during your visit to better budget for shopping sprees at Harrods, why not stay in one of our biggest youth hostels, Astor Victoria 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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  • 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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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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Nightlife

  • 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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  • Buddha Bar

    With gorgeously fused Oriental and baroque interior spread over 2 floors, with a massive wall mounted bronze Buddha and incredible chandeliers with dragons hanging from the ceiling, Buddha Bar is a haven of trendy and fashionable Pan Asian cuisine, high life vibes and world acclaimed music and is conveniently located by our London Victoria hostel and with delicious food served in small portions for painful prices, diners must budget approximately £50 per head on food alone. Drinks, whilst also pleasing to the palette, demand premium prices, however, with world class service and in such a chic and sophisticated environment, one cannot be blamed for indulging in Buddha Bar on the rare occasion.

    Stay in one of our cheap hotel rooms in Central London to save up for a night of indulgence here!

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  • Pacha

    Originally established in the party capital of Ibiza, Pacha attracts the glittering crowd of wealthy, well-to-do clients with incredibly glamorous house parties. Located in a bus depot in Victoria, Pacha is a chic and sophisticated playground for those with money to burn. Decorated luxuriously with impressive chandeliers, top of the range sound systems, large, bed-like sofas and wonderful bars, Pacha is the go-to club for those who enjoy house, trance and techno music. With many famous DJs performing, such as Pure Pacha, Hed Kandi and Twisted Disco, Pacha London has hosted them all. A must visit, despite the high prices, for the occasional, albeit much needed, glamour fix.

    If you’re looking for low cost hotels and the idea of a youth hostel in London does not have you running for the hills, stay at our wonderful hostel in London Victoria, very close by to Pacha.

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Astor Hostels - Loving London

Astor Hyde Park Hostel

Take a tour inside Astor Hyde Park Hostels   Still boasting its stunning original features, the newest addition to the Astor Family is a Victorian Town House on a quiet tree-lined boulevard. Helping Astor Hostels to win an Award for 3rd best hostel group in...

Astor Museum Hostel

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...