I fancied staying in a different area of London so I chose Kensington and Holland Park. I stayed in a former Jacobean mansion, built in the 17th Century for Sir Walter Cope who was the James I's Chancellor of the Exchequer. In the 1800s. a salon was owned by Lady Holland who received guests such as Sheridan, Lord Bryon and Wordsworth. It was nice staying in such a nice hostel which is adjacent to Holland Park and near to Kensington and Holland Park. Unlike a lot of London hostels there is a kitchen where you can cook meals and there are clean bathrooms and spacious dorms.
I was impressed with my stay and I would stay there again.
Unique Quality: Staying in a historic house and being surrounded by green space!
Directions: Between Holland Park Avenue and Kensington High Street. Near Tube Stations: Holland Park Avenue, Notting Hill Gate and Kensington High Street.
I've stayed in the Holland Park youth hostel a few times over the past few years. I have been with a group and the group dorms are in the rather nice listed building that you see on the photographs. Smaller rooms are in the main 1970s style building. The location is great and in the centre of Holland Park you can spend some time in the park for your green fix. I don't think that there is any parking though. I found the hostel clean, the food good value, staff helpful, everything was fine really for us but as it was a group of 40 teenagers maybe not for everyone else staying there LOL. I suppose your choice depends on how close you want to be to the centre of London. The photos of Lea Valley look to have a much more 'out of town' feel compared to Holland Park so that would be a bonus but then again I think London has so many great parks that traveling out of the city would not appeal to me.
In the middle of Holland park hides the hostel named Holland Park hostel.
Very nice place , breakfast are included in price and whats important when staying in London - you can come and leave anytime! Reception 24 hrs! Internet though is expencive , would suggest using it in town - lots of places to choose from - much cheaper.
Directions: Yellow or green line , stop High Kensington street. left side exit , left again about 8 mins walk till you reach the park gate at your right. Through the gate and few minutes walk until on your left you see narrow hiden path - here you go! ;-)
Some 6-8 bedded rooms, but mostly 12-20 bedded rooms. Meals available include breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. The evening meal is served from 5pm.
Unique Quality: One wing of the hostel is a former Jacobean mansion, built in 1607 for Sir Walter Cope, Chancellor of the Exchequer for James I. In the 19th century, Lady Holland had a salon here, attended by such famous names as Sheridan, Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron, Wordsworth and Dickens.
Large, comfortable rooms that overlook the park. You may be in a historic old building or an uglier concrete one
YHA Holland House is part of the Youth Hostel Association and membership of this organisation or the International Youth Hostel Federation is required. It can be purchased on arrival.
Directions: Located just off Kensington High Street, close to the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and the main museums are all within walking distance.
My stay, for about a week, in Holland House was my best days in London.
This youth hostel allowed me to meet the most unforgettable people I met during my trip, with who I shared my visit of the city, every day.
I've been welcomed like no other hostels or B&B. So far.
Unique Quality: Rated 3 stars on YHA site.
The hostel is right in Holland Park, a park in the western part of London. It feels like sleeping in the country. It's very quiet.
Two wings can be found at the hostel, one of them has been built in 1607 (where I slept!) .
It has picnic tables outside, plus a cafeteria, which gives you the choice of eating inside or outside.
You can also cook your own meals in the kitchen the hostel has, or buy a meal at the cafeteria.
Breakfast is included.
Directions: Right inside Holland Park!
YHA hostel in Holland Park, Kensington, situated in a former Jacobean manion. Kensington is a very nice area and the hostel is convenient for the tube and bus routes as well as being within walking distance of many of the museums & sites in Kensington as well as Hyde Park and local shops including supermarket.
Unique Quality: I was in a dorm with about 12 beds but it didn't feel overcrowded. Each bed is provided with a large locker so belongings are safe enough through the day. Choose from continental or cooked English breakfast. Self catering kitchen but evening meals are also served in the cafeteria. TV room & quiet room plus internet access. Open 24 hours
£21 per night although I got a discount for some reason & it was only £15
Directions: tube: High St Kensington or Holland Park - use High St Kensington at night
Holland Park Youth Hostel - Great beds and supa cheap...well cheap in London standards :-) The Hostel is located right beside High Street Kensington and this is where Elton John lives!!
20 pounds per night
Unique Quality: Its in a great area
Directions: Right in Holland Park, its kinda hard to find...but if you get off at Holland Park Station and then walk across the street you will see signs leading to the direction.
There is a youth hostel in Holland Park in South Kensington which offers accomodation for people at a fairly reasonable price. For the price, you got bed and breakfast and shared toilet facilities. Not bad for people on tight budgets.
Hello to you all!
I'm visiting London for the first time on mid-October. I'll be staying at the Holland House Youth Hostel. Has anybobody stayed there ot has references to give me? Is Holland Park a safe place? I'll be alone for five days. Is it too far away from central attractions (I know V&A, Science Museum, etc are very close)? Are there shops, restaurants nearby?
I've been reading your posts and learnt a lot. THANKS!!!!!!!!
Holland Park is a very wealthy area full of big houses. Holland Park itself is a pretty London Park full of squirrels with a classy restaurant in the middle. Lots of nannies and au-pairs pushing their young charges around in baby buggies. In mid-October, the leaves will be turning brown and falling.
Kensington High St in one direction is a busy shopping area and in the other you have Notting Hill which has nice street market and lots of restaurants and bars.
Its nice, safe and in the hostel you will meet lots of other single travellers so you might find some company for your peregrinations.
I haven't stayed there, but can confirm that its location is EXCELLENT.
The only downside might be that it might be colonised by boy scouts or some other youth group on a cultural visit. The YHA is that sort of organisation, it is more 'join together and do the chores' rather than 'this is a hotel you are the customer'. So it has these big dorms and basic communal facilities. Those based in London are somewhat better equipped than most, but some foreign visitors are a bit surprised if they are used to hostels with single or double rooms.
Nonetheless, what they do, they do well and their hostels are in some very pretty places.
As has already been said the location is excellent. If you don't mind sharing a dormitory you will not find a better location in an expensive city. If you have time you will be able to walk to many places you want to visit. Enjoy your stay!
Thanks a lot for your responses. I know I'll have an excellent time visiting this extraordinary city and I'll enjoy staying at such beautiful neighbourhood.
On my return home, I'll write to let you know about the hostel.
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