As a family of 4, we look for good value, well-located accommodation wherever we travel. As you can imagine rooms for four in any city can be hard to come by and expensive when you do finally find them and this is no exception in London. We have stayed in hostels in Europe and Asia in the past and hope to do so in the future because they really work for us. So on our recent trip to London, we put the YHA Central London to the test!
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As you enter YHA Central London you are greeted by the smiling staff, with a warm smile and a great big hello! After getting through the formalities of checking in the staff will ask you if you have been to London before.
If you have not they will give you a crash course on where all the attractions are located and how to get there. They will point out the free tour that leaves from the hostel every day at 10.10 am. There are brochures and tourist information available but there really is nothing like getting all the best tips from locals. You can even book some tours and activities through the front desk.
The check-in area shares space with the cafe, bar snack and breakfast area of the YHA. You can grab coffee and cake, beers and chips, snacks light bites and full-sized meals during the day.
Pizza, nachos, salads, jacket potatoes, and Paninis are on the menu alongside chips, onion rings and garlic bread. There really is something on the menu for everyone and for every price bracket.
There are couches and bench tables for lazing and chatting. For families, there was a range of board games available to play and keep everyone entertained. Free wifi for facebook, youtube and Instagram to keep you connected but I must say the wifi was only available in the communal area not in the rooms. I think our two teens may have gorged themselves on free wifi using youtube and Netflix while they made themselves very comfortable on the couches!
Family-Friendly London hostels do exist
Talking kids and teens, there were many families staying at YHA Central London. Being one of the most expensive cities in the world the hostel option is perfect for families. You can get a private room with ensuite or rooms with shared bathroom facilities that are even cheaper.
The private family rooms are small but certainly manageable. There is room under the beds for suitcases, small lockers where you can secure your personals while out and places to hang your jackets. The kids were happy with all the power points in the rooms so they could keep their phones on a charge.
An affordable breakfast at £4.95 awaits you or alternatively the YHA Central London has a big kitchen in the basement. There are storage containers for you to put your food in if you are staying for a long time, there are 4 big fridges, stoves and microwaves. You could easily whip up any meal that you cook at home here and we did while we were there!
A Tesco is located within 100 meters from the hostel. You can grab food from there to prepare and eat in the kitchen dining area of the London hostel. Makes travelling much cheaper when you can cook yourself.
You will always a laundry room. Travelling with kids makes laundry a priority and YHA Central London has you covered with washers and dryers for use. The laundry also doubles as the beauty room where you will find a big mirror and hair dryers to make yourself look pretty.
The hostel gets a weekly allocation of theatre tickets to see some of the best London musicals for a bargain price of £29. One of the guys at the front desk can walk you through the shows that they have tickets to, help you purchase your tickets and help you with directions if you need them.
It is only on a Wednesday night and you will get personally escorted to the theatre for the show. My wife and my daughter went and saw Wicked. By all reports it was amazing.
Central London YHA is easily accessible from London Euston station which handles trains coming from the North. Euston is only 1 kilometre away. London St Pancreas which we arrived at one the Eurostar is only 1.5 kilometres away. Oxford Street and Regent Park metro stops are both with 700 meters of this London Hostel.
The British Museum is an easy 15-minute walk, while Madame Tussauds is 10 minutes, the shopping and stores of Oxford St are under 10 minutes away. The Central location is an ideal position for families in London to explore the city.
So what do we think about this London hostel for families? The YHA Central London in England ticks all the boxes for a family stay. The rooms have an ensuite, you can cook and do laundry, there are cheap food and a communal area. All this makes this YHA property a winner for families coming to London.
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Mark Wyld is a father, Husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support