Staying in London, United Kingdom can be quite expensive therefore, staying in hostels is the best way to save money. My sister and I decided to stay at 2 separate hostels located nearby public transport and the places of interests in London, United Kingdom. That way, we not only save money on accommodation, but on transportation as well. 😉
We used Booking.com to book our hostels in London, United Kingdom because not only does it offers the best price, it has beneficial features too such as book now, pay later and free cancelation. If you take a look at my 5D/4N Backpacking London Travel Itinerary, I divided my itinerary into 2 areas in London – East London and Central London.
The Dictionary Hostel in Shoreditch, East London
The first hostel we stayed was The Dictionary Hostel. This hip and happening hostel is located in the capital’s hippest and trendiest district: Shoreditch, East London. This part of town is well-known for its hipster and alternative cultures, vibrant street art, cool bars, quirky boutiques and unique coffee shops.
The bustling hostel is strategically located within walking distance to two train stations – Old Street Station and Shoreditch High Street Station, whereas a double-decker bus stop is located right in front of the hostel. This makes The Dictionary Hostel a popular choice for visitors to spend the night in London, United Kingdom. 🙂
The hostel boasts friendly and helpful staff, free WiFi, free breakfast, 24-hour reception, roof terrace, a self catering kitchen, launderette, courtyard, luggage room and more. It also offers a wide range of activities to do and fun tours that are available at a discounted price.
The Cheapest Place to Stay in London
The main reason why my sister and I chose to stay at The Dictionary Hostel in East London is for its cheap, comfortable and affordably priced dormitories and private rooms. The fact that there is excellent public transport and a variety of shops around the hostel makes it a gem. 😀
There are a total of 220 beds in The Dictionary Hostel, divided into 4, 6-8 , 10 and 12-16 bed mixed rooms, 8 bed female only rooms and private double rooms. The rooms either have en-suite or shared bathroom/toilet. The single beds are priced from £22 – £30, whereas the private double rooms are priced from £60 a night, with a minimum of 2 nights stay.
For your info, you will get a discount if you spend more nights at the hostel. Upon check-in, each guest will be given a single bed, a spacious security cage to keep his/her belongings and a key card room entry for access to your room and other common areas in the hostel.
Cosy & Comfortable 2 Nights Stay in the 8-Bed Female Dormitory Room with En-Suite
The Dictionary Hostel‘s reception was friendly and helpful. There was a slight mixed up with our reservation, but the problem was rectified in a jiffy and we got our room sorted out. After getting our key card and door access code, my sister and I made our way upstairs to our 8-bed female dormitory room with en-suite bathroom/toilet. 😀
In the room, the individual bunk beds are numbered and labelled with our names using a temporary card. Nice! My sister and I were given the bunk beds on the left, located nearby the entrance and en-suite bathroom/toilet. The bed sheets, duvets and pillows were clean. We kept our belongings secured in the security cage hidden under the bunk bed. Padlocks and towels are not provided, but can be bought at £5 each. You can also opt to rent a towel at £2 each.
In general, the room was huge and clean, albeit a tad untidy. It was neither too hot or cold too. Unfortunately, the large window in the room was blocked by a huge bunting, making the room appear somewhat dark, but cosy. Personally, my sister and I would prefer some fresh air and natural lighting in our room. We also realised that there was not enough plug sockets to charge our electronics. Thankfully, we brought along a power socket extension, so our problem was solved. 😉
Free breakfast is served in the kitchen from 8am-10am. WiFi is available for free in the communal areas throughout the hostel. For high speed internet access in the rooms, there is a £1 fee for 24 hours’ access. Overall, our 2 night’s stay in the 8-bed female dormitory room with en-suite at The Dictionary Hostel cost a total of £80.
Address: 10-20 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 8DA, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 207 613 2784
Up next: Exploring the hostel – Of roof terrace, kitchen, launderette, courtyard, luggage room and more information on our stay at The Dictionary Hostel in Shoreditch, East London