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 Troubadour

    Established in 1954, The Troubadour is considered to be one of the few remaining coffee houses of its era in Central London. During the time of its opening, The Troubadour had many notable recording artists – Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell – perform in the cellar, and The Troubadour still contains their LP sleeves, coffee pots, memorabilia and musical instruments from those days.

    More recently, The Troubadour is a live-music venue, restaurant, bar and coffee shop serving pub classics, such as burgers and chips, fish and chips, fresh salads, and a standard breakfast menu. Guests are invited to stay or hire The Garret, a small and cozy living space, whilst regular customers can enjoy from live poetry readings and gigs in the evening or relax in the back garden. Expect eclectic music, simple yet tasty food and an exciting atmosphere.

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  • WYLD at the W Hotel

    This sparkling gem in the Ignite Group on a corner of Leicester Square certainly fits in with the story of Prince Harry and the roaming paparazzi, the story going back 10 years.

    WYLD at the W Hotel, or just WYLD as it’s helpfully called, is referred to by World’s Best Bars as being ‘unashamedly glamorous… this place has it’s sights set on the city’s fashion pack.  The cocktail list is tequila heavy and steeply priced but that’s par for the course.’

    Take note, the bar is guest-list only and being on Hollywood’s doorstep, a hefty minimum spend applies, so either start saving, or land the lead role in the next James Cameron film.  Either way, I wouldn’t go out my way to go here.

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  • Eclipse - Chelsea

    The group’s second largest brand, Eclipse boast two locations in Kensington and Chelsea, in Old Brompton Road and the trendy Walton Street, very near to our largest budget hostel in London, Astor Hyde Park. This swanky lounge bar has added Barcelona to its repertoire and seems set to continue its success.

    With an extremely imaginative cocktail menu, it may seem daunting and a little pretentious at first. With names such as ‘Crack Daddy’ and ‘Flame of the Games’ you might expect a bizarre looking creation with a lot of tacky extras hanging from your glass. Not at all though. The sharing version of the Crackbaby, this £85 beast can serve up to 8ppl and mixes Vodka with passion fruit, blackberry liqueur and a lot of champagne.

    The second is the latest in molecular mixology. Dark over proof rum, red wine and fresh strawberries, blackberries and raspberries finished with cloudy apple and cinnamon.

    Definitely an excellent place to take a date for before heading out to look for somewhere to dance the night away. Don’t hang around too long if you don’t want a very large bill at the end of the night!

     

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  • Eclipse - South Kensington

    The group’s second largest brand, Eclipse boast two locations in Kensington and Chelsea, in Old Brompton Road and the trendy Walton Street, very near to our largest budget hostel in London, Astor Hyde Park. This swanky lounge bar has added Barcelona to its repertoire and seems set to continue its success.

    The branch in South Kensington serves much of the same cocktails as its sister nearby. However, there is a sneaky entrance to a basement club that is pumping until early hours.

    An excellent cocktail list mixing classics with new twists, the aim is not to confuse you but inspire. The Royal Raspberry Mojito is a treat and the Eclipse always goes down easily.

    To top it off, quite literally, the place is surely home to the infamous shot, the Crackbaby. With its very own hashtag Crackbabytime, the shot undoubtedly goes down well with patrons and bartenders alike. The champagne is also reasonably priced with a bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc and Laurent Perrier Rose both @ £100.

    Worth checking out as cocktails and shots are cheaper here than at Chelsea, representing good value for money.

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  • The Hereford Arms

    Widely known for their mouth-watering fish and chips and large choice of cask ales, The Hereford Arms is a relaxing oasis located in South Kensington. The classic British pub menu includes delicious dishes such as Ploughman’s, fresh green salads, steaks and pie and mash, with few gourmet twists allowing an international touch to their food, therefore appealing to one and all with tourists making The Hereford Arms a destination in itself.

    The Hereford Arms has a large relaxing dining area with wood panelling, large captivating photos and an additional outdoor eating area, and is well situated near both Hammersmith Apollo and Kensington Gardens, and is a lovely pub for tourists wishing to experience a traditional pub experience.

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  • The Builders Arms

    If you are looking for delicious and traditional British food, look no further than The Builders Arms, a vibrant and friendly gastro pub located on a quaint street in Chelsea which won The Evening Standard ‘Pub of the year’ 1999. The spacious pub, made up of 1200 square foot is home to comfortable and plush leather sofas, upholstered arm chairs, wooden tables and shelves stocked high with antiqued books for the guests’ relaxation and enjoyment.

    Guests are invited to dine inside the cozy pub or on the paved outdoor area at the front of the venue, whilst the pub features a long, spacious bar serving sophisticated cocktails for the pub’s varying clientele. The Builders Arms is a wonderful pub to enjoy delicious food and drinks, in a laidback yet cosmopolitan hangout  - perfect for guests enjoying their holidays in London at an inexpensive London hotel!

     

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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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  • 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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  • Royal Albert Hall

    The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall that holds some 350 concerts every year including Classical concerts, Ballet & Opera, Rock, Pop and Sporting Events.

    Opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, the building is recognized as one of the oldest and most beautiful concert halls in the world.  It was originally called the Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but the name was changed by Queen Victoria to commemorate her late husband, the consort Prince Albert.  The Royal Albert Hall has gained international acclaim since 1942, hosting the annual BBC Proms, an eight-week summer spectacle of Classical Music concerts.

    The hall has had the honour of holding the ATP Champions masters of tennis since 1997.  It has also welcomed HM Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to the Royal World Premiere of the recent James Bond films, Skyfall, as well as a host of other high profile musicians such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Paul McCartney.

    If you’re looking for cheap hotel rooms in London, or even a friendly hostel for London backpackers near the Royal Albert Hall, try Astor Hyde Park hostel, located a short walk away!

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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.

    If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Central London, check out our international youth hostel offering discount hotel rates!

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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.

    If you’re looking for the cheapest London hotel, check out Astor Hostels. With our group of budget backpackers accommodation, full of fun and exciting like-minded people!

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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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Nightlife

  • Bodos Schloss

    Bodos Schloss is a bar cum restaurant cum disco set in what seems to be an Austrian ski lodge, with the wait staff dressed in lederhosen, skis decorating the entrance and traditional Alpine furniture. Combining Austrian, German, Italian and French cuisines, you will find fondue and raclette a main dish for most people visiting Bodo’s Schloss.

    Whilst the food is not the main crowd drawer, everything is cooked and served with gusto – the whole venue is filled with so much excitement and cheeriness, the food may be seen as an irrelevant part of your visit.

    Through some chalet doors in the corner of the restaurant will find you in the ‘disco’ – where if you dress up, it could give you free entry. Bodo’s Schloss is a great destination for a bit of light-hearted fun during the evenings, however, do not expect to visit expecting a gastronomic experience.

    Located close by to one of our central London hostels offering you incredible hotel rates, Bodos Schloss can be found on the young and trendy Kensington High Street.

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  • Boujis

    Founded by Matt Hermer, and infamous in its propensity to catch the eye of the media, Boujis has remained at the top of the nightlife scene in London, since opening eight years ago.  With a sister in Hong Kong, and a history of throwing majestic nights in Switzerland, Ibiza and South of France, its reputation certainly plants an expectant seed.

    As previously mentioned, Boujis hits the tabloids regularly with Prince Harry amongst the strong list of A-list celebrities that cram themselves through its narrow doors.  Tatler says that ‘something about Boujis gets even the very VIPs queuing up.’

    It is certainly the club to hit if you want to ‘spot a famous person’ but it is much cheaper (and more humiliating) to queue for Madam Tussauds and look at wax sculptures of celebrities.  Otherwise, there’s always the big queues and expensive credit card bill at the end of the night to keep you smiling.

    If you want to party like royalty, and have to tighten your purse strings on other aspects of your visit to London, stay in one of our cheap hotels in central London, with a hostel booking at Astor!

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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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  • 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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  • Archangel

    In the heart of Kensington High Street, and virtually within spitting distance of Kensington Palace and our friendly hostel, Astor Hyde Park, the former residence of Princess Diana is the defiant Archangel. Having seen many crowds descend, get drunk and then disappear as if having never existed, Archangel has survived over the years and never fails to deliver a good time.

    With a recently renovated basement club, with a large capacity, bar food available and a good location, this place is recommended to swing by on the way out to the East End, or pop in for a nightcap on your way home from the pub. Either way you should expect a decent atmosphere and some vibrant customers.

    As Spoonfed concisely puts it, ‘Rather a good fusion of food and disco dancing, Archangel has a great menu coupled with a pretty kicking disco downstairs.’

    If you’re looking for rooms in London close to this particular location, our cheap rooms offer low cost holidays to one and all!

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  • Meursault

    Fusing traditional French Cuisine with a Japenese influence, L’etranger won best London Restaurant in 2009, and more recently, the 2012-13 AA Wine Award of the Year.

    With excellent service, highly commendable food and a wine list for real enthusiasts be prepared to be delighted by the mix of European and Asian flavors.

    After enjoying a wonderful meal in the restaurant there is also a lounge bar in the basement, aptly named Meursault.  Called so after the protagonist in the acclaimed French novel L’etranger, by French Writer Albert Camul, the Evening Standard calls it ‘a refined night spot where food meets drink under a decadent and vibrant atmosphere.’  With a 3.30am license, excellent food and great cocktails, L’etranger is a spot worth checking out for those who don’t mind a big hole in their wallet.

    If you’re looking for a place to stay in London, why not try our budget backpackers youth hostel in London? Astor Hyde Park is conveniently located near Meursault and has been voted one of the best hostels in London!

     

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Markets

  • Greenwich Market

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

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

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  • Broadway Market

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

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

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

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  • Alfie’s Antique Market

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

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

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  • Brick Lane

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

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

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

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  • Camden Market

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

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  • 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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  • Apsley House

    Situated on the South East corner of Hyde Park, very close to our Astor Hyde Park hotels, Apsley House, often referred to as the Wellington Museum, is the Dukes of Wellington’s London town-house. It is considered to be one of the only preserved English aristocratic town-house from the 18th century.

    Apsley house is now open to members of the public as an art gallery, housing hundreds of paintings given to the Wellington by King Ferdinand VII of Spain in 1813. The current Duke of Wellington, however, occasionally uses Apsley House as a part time residence.

    The collection housed at the museum includes famous paintings by Edwin Landseer, Sir David Wilkie, Antonis Mor, Paul Brill, Anthony van Dyck, Marcello Venusti, Adam Elsheimer, Claude Lorrain and Jusepe de Ribera.

    If Apsley House is one of the major tourist attractions that you’d like to visit whilst in London, you can benefit from staying at one of Astor’s many cheap hotels in London city centre!

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  • Serpentine Gallery

    The Serpentine Gallery, opened in 1970, is located in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park. It attracts an estimated 750,000 visitors annually and admission to the gallery is free. Ian Hamilton Finlay, a revered artist and poet has designed a breathtaking statue of Diana Princess of Wales, comprising a tree plaque and eight benches as well as a carved stone circle found at the gallery’s entrance. Furthermore, many established artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Paula Rego have exhibited their works there.
    The gallery is set to open up a new space, entitled the Serpentine Sackler Gallery housing innovative arts for the 21st century.

    If you’re looking to go on an exciting holiday in London, check out our group of inexpensive hotels in London if you’re looking for a fun London youth hostel.

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  • Saatchi Gallery

    Ranked as one of the worlds’ top 3 museums by both Twitter and Facebook, the Saatchi Gallery sprawls across 70,000 sq foot and climbs up through three floors for temporary exhibitions. Originally opened in 1985 by Charles Saatchi as a platform to exhibit his collection to the public, the gallery is conveniently located in Chelsea at the Duke of York’s Head Quarters, and now allows unknown artists a platform to the art market. Many renowned artists have exhibited their collections, such as Tracy Emin, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirts and Paula Rego. Admission to all exhibitions showcased at the Saatchi Gallery are free, with additional book shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and educational facilities making the gallery a must-hit spot for contemporary art lovers visiting London.

    If you want to stay in a fun youth hostel in central London near the Saatchi Gallery, try Astor Victoria, one of our backpackers accommodation in Pimlico.

     

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  • Royal College of Art

    The Royal College of Art is a public research university specialising in art and design located in London, United Kingdom. The college offers the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy

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  • Science Museum

    One of the three major museums that make up the triangle of science, art and academia, the Science Museum was built in 1857 from the collection of the Royal Society of Arts.

    Originally known as the Museum of Patents, and the Patent Office Museum many of the exhibitions from the mid 1800’s remain today and help attract over 2.7 million visitors every year.

    With a collection of over 300,000 items, the Science Museum is home to some of the world’s most inspiring inventions.  Including the Puffing Billy, the first steam locomotive and the first jet engine.

    A recent addition to the museum, the IMAX 3D Cinema now shows Science and Nature Documentaries, and the Welcome Wing which focuses on Digital Technology.

    Like all public museums in London including the nearby V&A and Natural History Museum, there is no admission fee to enter the museum.

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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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  • V&A Museum

    The V&A Museum, built by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, is located in South Kensington, and holds the world’s largest collection of Decorative Arts and Design.
    With more than 4.5 million objects under its roof, the V&A Museum was founded in 1852 and now includes 145 galleries over an area of more than 51,000m2.
    The collection itself spans over 5,000 years of history and includes influences from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa.  The V&A Museum stands in an area of South Kensington, known informally as ‘Albertopolis,’ for it’s immense concentration of Culture, Science, Art and Education and is considered to be one of the best collections of cultural objects in the world, alongside the Musee du Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Entertainment

  • Cine Lumiere

    Institut français du Royaume-Uni is a institute promoting both the French language and the French culture, therefore further encouraging cross-cultural exchange and cultural diversity within society, and attracts approximately 200,000 people annually. The institute is made up of a language centre, a French bistro, a multi-media library and a world famous cinema – Cine Lumiere, which was refurbished and reopened in 2009 by Catherine Deneuve. The cinema boasts establishing itself as one of London’s top repertory cinemas, with a particular emphasis on French, European and World Cinema, with the cinema scheduling to preview new releases, repertory screenings, exclusive on stage events all attended by directors and actors alike.

    As a result of the popularity of the cinema, booking for your desired events and shows is essential and can be done by emailing through to the Box Office Team. There is only one screen in the whole of the cinema, however the auditorium is very large and spacious with a raised stage area.

    Guests at our friendly hostel who get to stay in London cheap and are movie buffs have highly recommended Cine Lumiere!

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  • Royal College of Music

    Established in 1882 in South Kensington, London, The Royal College of Music is a prestigious, highly regarded music school which specializes in the study, training, and research of all types of music. It is located near to the esteemed Imperial College, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the V&A, and is situated directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall. When first opened, the Royal College of Music was used in order to provide free musical training to students who were awarded scholarships under a nationwide scheme. In more recent years, the institute has grown from strength to strength, with faculty members at 2012 including many well known and established musicians, such as Barry Douglas, Mark-Anthony Turnage, BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic and Dimitri Alexeev.

    The Royal College of Music regularly hosts events showcasing many musical talents spanning across all ages and musical styles. The main concert venue at the Royal College of Music, the ‘Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall’ is a 470 seated concert hall designed by Blomfield in 1901. The ‘Britten Theatre’, another of the college’s main venues, has approximately 400 seats and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986 and is now used for opera, ballet , music and theatre.

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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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  • Mamounia

    With gorgeous interiors emanating the glamorous Arabian charm, and delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, Mamounia Lounge is stylish and chic lounge, located on the affluent Brompton Road. The chefs at Mamounia can cook up an array of different dishes to suit and entice your palette, from fluffy and tasteful Couscous and delicately spiced tagines. With Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings requiring a minimum order per person, and a delicious and tasty menu of cocktails, including the wonderful Arabic spirit Arak, Mamounia may not be the place to go whilst on a budget,  nevertheless, Mamounia is still the place to see and be seen.

    If you’re looking for discounted hotels or just generally cheap accommodation in London, stay at Astor Hyde Park for low cost rooms.

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Places To Eat

  • 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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  • Mamounia

    With gorgeous interiors emanating the glamorous Arabian charm, and delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, Mamounia Lounge is stylish and chic lounge, located on the affluent Brompton Road. The chefs at Mamounia can cook up an array of different dishes to suit and entice your palette, from fluffy and tasteful Couscous and delicately spiced tagines. With Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings requiring a minimum order per person, and a delicious and tasty menu of cocktails, including the wonderful Arabic spirit Arak, Mamounia may not be the place to go whilst on a budget,  nevertheless, Mamounia is still the place to see and be seen.

    If you’re looking for discounted hotels or just generally cheap accommodation in London, stay at Astor Hyde Park for low cost rooms.

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  • The Baltic Restaurant

    Back in 1989 when Wodka first opened it was ahead of the influx of Polish immigrants who, by all accounts, have started heading home again. It may sound like a vodka bar – and there are a good selection of vodkas and vodka-based cocktails – but when Jan Woroniecki first set up shop he had the aim of getting the locals to appreciate the drink, and not just for shots. His idea was to put the emphasis on the Polish and Eastern European food so you would accompany your Polskie Martini with excellent caviar and herring blinis or cheese filled pierogi dumplings.

    This place proves that vodka can also be enjoyed as dessert – with a marinated berry compote. Wines are also available and go well with mains of Golonka pork shank with sauerkraut as well as more ‘European’ dishes of crab and cod fishcakes and venison meatballs. Housed in a former dairy to Kensington Palace, within a pretty residential street, this elegant restaurant – sister to Baltic in Southwark and Chez Kristof in Hammersmith – has successfully challenged UK perceptions of Eastern European flavours.

    If you’re staying at our youth hostels in London, and LOVE vodka (much like the rest of our guests!) and enjoying incredibly central London accommodation for cheap, make sure you give The Baltic Restaurant a visit!

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  • Bill Wyman's Sticky Fingers

    The infamous Bill Wyman’s Sticky Fingers found just off Kensington High Street has been paying homage to the rock star by serving the best Burgers and Ribs in London for nearly 20 years!

    It is a raucously entertaining spot to have lunch or dinner, with the hickory-smoked bourbon glazed ribs being the house favourite.  There is no shortage of atmosphere here; a great place to spend the evening with friends eating, drinking and soaking up Bill Wyman and the Rolling Stones.

    Square Meal Recommends: ‘..try the ‘fully loaded’ burger topped with bacon, cheese, mushrooms & caramelised red onions or the Californian, which adds salsa & guacamole to the mix.’  Highly recommended, this joint is a ‘hotchpotch of 60’s rock memorabilia’ creating a ‘kitsch, good-time vibe.’

    Sticky Fingers would be a perfect place to have dinner for those guests staying at Astor Hyde Park, one of our largest international youth hostels offering you low cost holidays!

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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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  • Launceston Place

    Owned by D&D London Group, Launceston Place is a hidden gem found on a quiet Kensington street in a building dating back to 1839.

    With an expert sommelier featuring an award-winning wine list, Launceston Place serves fabulously presented British and French food.  Whilst many of the restaurants’ existing clientele have been disappointed with the recent refurbishment, it is difficult to feel anything less than VIP whilst dining in the elegant and welcoming venue of the rich chocolate brown walls and regal banquet seating.

    The service is sophisticatedly formal, however, if you are looking for a restaurant with a wide range of choices, Launceston Place may not be the restaurant for you. Additionally, the high, almost pretentious prices are not for those who wish to experience London on a budget… unless you stay in one of our cheap rooms in our backpackers hostel at Astor Hyde Park hostel.

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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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  • Bella Italia

    Bella Italia, previously known as Bella Pasta, is a chain of Italian restaurants in the UK, with a menu mainly featuring pizza and pasta, with a choice of other speciality dishes and grills.

    With 14 locations just in London – some very close to our discounted hotels – which stay open later than most other restaurants, Bella Italia is a go-to restaurant après shows especially as most other restaurants are packed full at that time and charge much higher prices. Furthermore, their relatively low price allows for a tasty budget meal whilst out and about in London. With savings on delicious food and staying with us for cheap accommodation in London, you’ll be able to enjoy all the tourist attractions and glitzy clubs!

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  • The Bangkok

    The Bangkok is a restaurant little known to travellers, but one that has been serving up unpretentious and surprisingly authentic food for more than 30 years.  The son of a Cultural Attache at the Thai Embassy started the restaurant in 1967 and the menu has remained largely the same since opening.

    Tucked in a frenzied narrow street next to South Kensington Station, the decorations are basic.  Expect paper napkins, wicker chairs and an unassuming appearance.  With its open plan kitchen, well thought-out menu of classic dishes and friendly but bashful staff, the Bangkok should never disappoint.

    If you’re looking to accomplish a ‘cheap stay’ in London, look no further than Astor hostels – offering discount hotels and incredible hotels deals and rates throughout the year.

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  • Pierino

    Pierino has been serving traditional Italian food for the past 35 years, and is conveniently located within a walking distance from the Royal Albert Hall, making it a fabulous pre and post theatre dining spot. Reservations are a must if you plan on dining at Pierino’s, as the restaurant is generally extremely busy in the evenings, often with many disappointed customers having to wait for a vacant table.

    Tables at Pierino are placed back-to-back, adding to the homely ambience and filling the restaurants atmosphere with other diners’ excitement, and enjoyment of the delicious food.

    With a wonderful range of seasonal Italian dishes served at a reasonable price, Pierino is a wonderful slice of Italy in South Kensington.

    If you’re looking for hotels in London West End, stay at Astor Hostels, a group of friendly hostels in central London.

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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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  • L’Etranger

    Fusing traditional French Cuisine with a Japenese influence, L’etranger won best London Restaurant in 2009, and more recently, the 2012-13 AA Wine Award of the Year.

    With excellent service, highly commendable food and a wine list for real enthusiasts be prepared to be delighted by the mix of European and Asian flavors.

    After enjoying a wonderful meal in the restaurant there is also a lounge bar in the basement, aptly named Meursault.  Called so after the protagonist in the acclaimed French novel L’etranger, by French Writer Albert Camul, the Evening Standard calls it ‘a refined night spot where food meets drink under a decadent and vibrant atmosphere.’  With a 3.30am license, excellent food and great cocktails, L’etranger is a spot worth checking out for those who don’t mind a big hole in their wallet.

    If you’re looking for a low cost holiday with cheap accommodation around L’Etranger, why not rent a room in London with us at our international youth hostel, Astor Hyde Park hostel.

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Green Space

  • 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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Astor Hostels - Loving London

Astor Hyde Park Hostel

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 the World, this Hyde Park hotel is a striking...

Astor Museum Hostel

One of the oldest low budget hotels in London, the 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 (ex Quest)

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...