Hostel in Kensington & Hyde Park

Housed in the late-1950s Baden Powell House opposite the Natural History Museum, this 48-room German-run ‘city hostel and hotel’ has spick-and-span rooms – most are dorms of between four and 12 beds, with podlike showers. There is also a handful of private rooms. It has good security and nice communal facilities, including a bar and a big roof terrace, plus a fantastic location.

You're a seven-minute walk from Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, while Gloucester Rd tube station is just down the road.