Clink78 Hostel

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7.8 out of 10

This fantastic 630-bed hostel is housed in a 19th-century magistrates' courthouse where Charles Dickens once worked as a scribe and members of the Clash stood trial in 1978. It features pod beds (including overhead storage space) in four- to 16-bed dormitories. There’s a top kitchen with a huge dining area and a busy bar – Clash – in the basement.

Parts of the hostel are heritage listed, including six cells that have been converted into bedrooms and a pair of wood-panelled courtrooms used as a cinema and internet room. There are all-female dorms. You'll find an ATM and change machine conveniently placed in the lobby. Linen and breakfast included: toast and spreads, cereal, juice, tea and coffee (7am to 10.30am).

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Clink78 is centrally located just 10 minutes' walk from King's Cross Tube Station and St Pancras International Station. This lively hostel offers free WiFi throughout the building, plus a free London walking tour leaves daily from reception. The hostel is a former Victorian courthouse that has been updated with bold and colourful interior design. Guests can make use of a modern self-catering kitchen. Original courtrooms have been converted into a TV/film lounge and a computer room. ClashBAR, located in the basement, boasts DJ nights, live music, a pool table and table football, giving guests the opportunity to meet fellow travellers. Reception is open 24 hours a day and guests can access the building and their room using a personal key card. Staff are multi-lingual and knowledgeable about hostel happenings and city hot-spots. Clink78 Hostel has shared and female-only dormitory-style accommodation and private rooms. Both shared and en-suite bathrooms are available. All bunk beds have individual reading lights and small lockers for valuables. Towels are included in private rooms and available to others for a small fee. The British Museum is a 20-minute walk, and the fashionable Islington district is a 15-minute walk away.

Important information

Bookings cannot be accepted from any person under 18 years of age unless they are accompanied by an adult, aged 18 years or over. Guests who wish to bring children under 16 years of age must book a whole dorm or a private room. Guests aged 16 or 17 years can be booked into one of dorm rooms, but must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.

The total price of your reservation may be charged in full on your credit card by Bed Reservations Ltd any time after booking.

Stag and hen parties are strictly not accepted. Clink78 reserves the right to deny entry to anyone who has booked online as part of such a group.

Please note payment is to be made upon check in.

Check-in is from 14:30 - 04:00. A luggage room is available for guest use if they arrive earlier.

The hotel requires either a passport, driver's licence, or a government-issued identity card as a form of ID upon check-in.

GROUP RESERVATIONS (15 people or more)
Please note that bookings that sums up 15 or more people for the same period, or with the same name, will be considered as a group reservation. Different policies will apply for those reservations.
Guests must contact the property directly after the booking is made.

The self-catering kitchens are open from 12:30 until 00:00. The kitchen is used to serve breakfast in the mornings, so it cannot be used for other cooking during this time.

Features of Clink78 Hostel

Food and drink

  • Bar


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Lift
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Atm/cash machine on site
  • Vending machine (drinks)


  • Games room
  • Internet services
  • Billiards
  • Karaoke
  • Tour desk
  • Ticket service
  • Wifi
  • Designated smoking area
  • Entertainment staff
  • Nightclub/dj
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Shared kitchen
  • Lockers
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Evening entertainment
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Board games/puzzles


  • Free WiFi available