213 beds (private rooms available), cot available, cafe/bar, restaurant/dining room, meals available, lounge, tv room, games room, library/quiet room, garden/grounds, laundry, luggage store, internet access, wifi (free for YHA members), conference facilities and good public transport links.
36 Carter Lane London EC4V 5AB 0845 371 9012
One of the best city break hostels around, this is the only youth hostel in the City of London, and has a fantastic location on a quiet lane just around the corner from St Paul’s Cathedral. The building used to be the choirboys' school from 1875 until the 1960s, when the crocodile of boys crossing the road to the cathedral would regularly stop traffic. Nowadays, most of its rooms are converted to dormitories, with 4–8 beds in most. Large groups are accepted but it’s not a party hostel; indeed the only thing that’s likely to keep you awake at night are the bells of the cathedral, but that’s part of the charm. There’s a bar, restaurant, TV lounge for guests and Wi-Fi is available in public areas (chargeable) but there's no kitchen or lifts. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult in a dorm.
In the heart of London, this once school for St Paul's Cathedral's choir boys is ideally located in the midst of the city. Merely minutes away from the West End and within easy access of the city centre this hostel is perfect as a calm retreat after a busy day exploring all that London has to offer. Whether it is for a cheap city break or weekend away, YHA London St Pauls offers the chance to discover London's many attractions. Learn about the residents of the capital at the nearby Museum of London or venture across the Millenium Bridge for a taste of modern art at the Tate Modern. There's always the magnificent St Paul's Cathedral within minutes of the hostel and you can end the day with an evening meal in our fully-licensed restaurant.
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From St Paul's Underground: come out the St Paul's Cathedral exit and follow the Brown 'Carter Lane Youth Hostel' signs. From Blackfriars: come out the Queen Victoria Street Exit, turn right and walk up St Andrews hill, turn right into Carter Lane and the hostel is on the left hand side.
Open all year. Reception Times: 24 hour.